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News for Friday, 14 February 2020

Terminal 21 in Korat reopens

14 February 2020 - 12:21 am

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Terminal 21 reopened for business on Thursday after the shopping centre was shut down by a gunman on Saturday, during a rampage that claimed 30 lives and left 58 people wounded. Shopowners, well-wishers and officials first gathered at the mall in Muang district for a morale boosting "Korat Strong Together" event.

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Morality studies get thumbs up

14 February 2020 - 12:20 am

The Education Ministry will be asked to amend the school curriculum by increasing study hours for religion and morality to reduce violent incidents plaguing society. The proposal is being prepared by the House committee on religion, art and culture which yesterday discussed research findings which link violent behaviour with anti-social activities online.

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Govt lifts scrap paper price

14 February 2020 - 12:18 am

The Commerce Ministry has ordered the minimum price of scrap paper and cardboard -- which have been classified as price-controlled goods -- to be lifted, says Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit. He said the order was to reflect the higher global prices fetched by scrap paper and cardboard.

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Prayut pledges drought fix in Phayao

14 February 2020 - 12:17 am

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised villagers in Phayao that a slew of new water-management projects being developed in the province will help ease drought there. "The improved systems will allow us to store more water than in the past, when inefficient systems were used," he said during an inspection of Nong Leng Sai, a swamp in the drought-hit province.

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Bad Feng Shui, ‘Blasphemous’ Paintings Blamed for Korat Mass Shooting

14 February 2020 - 12:16 am

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — As pundits and experts are debating what led to a mass shooting that killed 29 people in Korat over the weekend, some are seeing the works of the supernatural. Several media agencies quoted feng shui experts as saying that it was the bad mojo in Terminal 21 Korat’s architecture that caused the tragedy, while a Facebook page said the killings were a result of an artwork that disrespect Buddhism.

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Cops to buy high-tech surveillance gear

14 February 2020 - 12:15 am

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) is considering upgrading gear for its special operations units to increase operational efficiency and safety for their personnel, according to a senior police officer. Pol Maj Gen Torsak Sukvimol, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), said the procurement plan, backed by national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda mainly involves high-tech equipment such as thermal drones.

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Thai Rice Export Expected to Drop This Year

14 February 2020 - 12:14 am

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — The Thai Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday said it expects Thailand to only export 7.5 million tons of rice this year, a drop below the target of 10 million tons for the second straight year. The ministry’s Foreign Trade Department factored the drop in exports to the strong Thai baht currency, decreasing competitiveness and low supply because of a widespread drought.

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Air force signs Airbus training chopper order

14 February 2020 - 12:13 am

The air force has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from Airbus and insisted the deal was above board. Air force chief ACM Maanat Wongwat said yesterday the deal was not done "on the quiet". The helicopters will be used for training missions, the air force commander said, without mentioning how much they would cost.

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Phuket’s cruise ship arrivals to be screened for coronavirus

14 February 2020 - 12:12 am

Over 4,000 tourists and ship crews arrive in Phuket today, on two separate cruise liners, one from Hong Kong and one out of Singapore. There has been a sudden surge of interest in arriving cruise ships after the cruise boat still anchored in Yokohama Bay with a cluster

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Police’s Valentine Crackdown Questioned by Women Rights Activists

14 February 2020 - 12:11 am

BANGKOK — Per yearly tradition, police on Thursday said the force is set to patrol love motels and entertainment venues on Valentine’s Day tomorrow to prevent young people from committing immoral acts and deter any sexual crimes. Police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said both uniformed and plainclothes police will be on the lookout at those venues and other areas, like public parks at night.

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