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News for Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Weather forecast for 19 February 2020

18 February 2020 - 01:38 pm

The current weather situation in Thailand. What is the weather like on 19 February 2020 in Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand (Isan), Central Thailand, Eastern Thailand, Southern Thailand and Bangkok.

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Nine-day Songkran under consideration

18 February 2020 - 12:19 am

April 11-19 being considered to shore up travel

The government is considering adding two more public holidays during the Songkran festival to bolster the sagging tourism sector, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday. Gen Prayut admitted the nine-day holiday for the Thai New Year celebrations is under consideration but he did not give the timeline for the final call.

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Big meth seizure on Mekong bank

18 February 2020 - 12:18 am

NAKHON PHANOM: Rangers made a large seizure of methamphetamine pills and arrested three men in Tha Uthen district of this northeastern border province on Sunday night. The drugs were found by a unit from the 21st Ranger Task Force patrolling the Mekong river bank in Tha Uthen district, following a tip-off that a large shipment had been smuggled from Laos by boat, Maj Gen Sawarat Saengpol, commander of the Surasakmontree Force, said on Monday.

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Dust red alert in North, cool change on the way

18 February 2020 - 12:17 am

The Pollution Control Department posted a red alert for hazardous levels of fine dust in Mae Hong Son and Phayao townships on Monday, and unsafe levels in Chiang Mai city, with the northern and northeastern regions facing a cool change this week.

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Thailand records 1 new case of coronavirus

18 February 2020 - 12:16 am

The health ministry said on Monday that Thailand had recorded one new case of the coronavirus and was increasing screening of visitors from Singapore and Japan entering the country in response to the widening outbreak.

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Gov’t Eyes Plan for State Media to Take Over Coverage in National Crisis

18 February 2020 - 12:15 am

BANGKOK — The government’s proposal to monopolize news coverage during times of national crises drew criticism on Monday from media personalities, who warn that the measure risks eroding press freedom even further. Digital economy and society minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, who also heads the government’s “anti-fake news center,” puts forward the idea during a Senate meeting today.

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Remedial payments for Korat shooting deaths now B2m each

18 February 2020 - 12:13 am

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A provincial committee on Sunday agreed to increase the amount of assistance money for families of innocent victims killed or left with permanent disability in the Feb 8-9 shooting rampage from 1 to 2 million baht each.

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Fire Destroyed Thousands of Rai of Forest at Phu Kradueng

18 February 2020 - 12:12 am

LOEI — A wildfire that scorched thousands of rai at a popular national park was extinguished on Monday morning, a local forest official said. About 3,400 rai (544 hectare) of forest and bush at Phu Kradueng National Park in the northeastern province of Loei was devastated by the fire, chief of the park Sombat Pimprasit said. Firefighters reportedly spent 15 hours battling the blaze.

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Man charged after shots fired from house

18 February 2020 - 12:11 am

BURI RAM: A man has been hit with four charges after firing dozens of shots with a handgun from his house in a community in Nang Rong district on Sunday. The man, identified as Jakkrit Songkul, 31, surrendered to police after they surrounded his house at Wat Khun Kong community in Nang Rong Municipality after reports at least 40 shots had been fired between 4pm and 6pm.

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TikTok ‘Skullbreaker Challenge’ Can Result in Jail Time: Cops

18 February 2020 - 12:10 am

BANGKOK — Police on Sunday warned netizens not to attempt a viral Tiktok meme due to its recent record of fatalities and serious injuries. Those who participate in the Tripping Jump Challenge, also called the Skullbreaker Challenge, may also face prosecution and possible jail time since the prank can result in fatalities, police said. In the “challenge,” two friends trick a person standing between them to jump, before kicking their legs out from under them.

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