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News for Friday, 17 January 2020

MP Calls for Legalizing Brothels ‘to Reduce Rape’

17 January 2020 - 01:14 am

BANGKOK — Fully legal brothels should be introduced to combat sex crimes, a government coalition lawmaker said Wednesday. Thai Civilized Party leader Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, who also chairs the House Committee on sexual violence, said brothels and sex shops would help potential offenders “release their manhood. But the director of an organization that asists rape victims criticized Mongkolkit’s remark as ignorant and misleading.

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Somsak: Medical kratom to be legal soon

17 January 2020 - 01:13 am

Kratom will likely be taken off the national narcotics drug list in June this year, in a move to unlock its medical and economic benefits. The plant, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, has long been used as a traditional medicine to treat pain, fever, dysentery and diarrhoea. But after it was categorised as a Type-5 narcotic 78 years ago, the government has spent millions of baht prosecuting people found possessing it or trading in it.

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Gov’t MP Disappears as Court Convicts Him of Disrupting ASEAN Summit

17 January 2020 - 01:12 am

BANGKOK — The Supreme Court on Thursday found a pro-government lawmaker guilty of crashing an international summit back in 2009, weeks after he disappeared from the Parliament. Phalang Pracharat MP Waipoj Apornrat was convicted in absentia by the court in Pattaya, who also issued a warrant for his arrest. A previous order by the court to have Waipoj apprehended back in December arrived at the Parliament days after he went missing, and his aides claimed to have no knowledge of where he might be.

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Chinese to join rescue drills

17 January 2020 - 01:11 am

In an effort to boost confidence among Chinese tourists, Phuket authorities will conduct a full-scale emergency drill next Thursday, Phuket governor Phakaphong Tavipatana said yesterday. The drill will be held at Ao Chalong pier in Muang district and overseen by the Ministry of Interior, represented by Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee.

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Police shoot knife-wielding attacker in Phuket Town

17 January 2020 - 01:10 am

A police officer has shot dead a robber in Phuket Town early yesterday (Wednesday). The knife-wielding robber, 34 year old Aekkasit Kesorn, from Nakhorn Sri Thammarat, had attacked the officer whilst being interrupted in the middle of a robbery. The policeman ended up with a knife wound to the neck. The officer pulled out his firearm and shot the attacker in self-defence.

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Thailand is Sending Submarine Crew to Train in China

17 January 2020 - 01:08 am

BANGKOK — The Royal Thai Navy on Thursday said the first group of Thai submariners would receive their training in China, where Thailand’s first submarine fleet in nearly 70 years are being built. Navy spokesman Prachachat Sirisawat said the navy will select a group of sailors to take training courses in China within this year. Their training would be completed just in time when the first of the three submarines is expected to be delivered to Thailand in 2023.

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News for Thursday, 16 January 2020

Weather forecast for 17 January 2020

16 January 2020 - 12:10 pm

The current weather situation in Thailand. What is the weather like on 17 January 2020 in Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand (Isan), Central Thailand, Eastern Thailand, Southern Thailand and Bangkok.

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Cabbie returns bag, B1.5m in cash, valuables to passenger

16 January 2020 - 03:18 am

A taxi driver has been rewarded for returning about 1.5 million baht in cash and valuables to a businesswoman who left her bag in his cab in Bangkok. Withoon Jungphan, 22, of Ubon Ratchathani, returned the bag along with 5 million yen, 23,440 baht, a Louise Vuitton belt, two red gems and other valuables, worth about 1.5 million baht in total, to Thanisara Attarit, 47, at the FM 91 traffic radio station on Tuesday afternoon.

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Govt gives assurance taps won't run dry this year

16 January 2020 - 03:17 am

The government is taking all necessary steps to deal with the current drought and will ensure there is an adequate supply of tap water throughout the dry season, spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Wednesday. Ms Narumon gave an assurance there will be sufficient water for home consumption throughout the year.

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Recently released thief caught stealing at airport

16 January 2020 - 03:16 am

A man released from jail four months ago has been arrested and charged with stealing a purse containing cash and a gold necklace from a woman passenger at Suvarnhabumi airport. Natthapol Phanhiran, 34, turned himself in to police at Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday after the Samut Prakan Provincial Court approved a warrant for his arrest, Kittipong Kittikachorn, deputy general manager for Operations 1 at Suvarnabhumi, told reporters.

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