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News for Saturday, 25 February 2017

Temple siege heightens, both sides strengthen positions

25 February 2017 - 10:47 am

Monks, followers build barricades inside Wat Dhammakaya

PATHUM THANI - Soldiers supplied with riot control gear massed outside Wat Phra Dhammakaya on Friday, as monks and followers inside built barricades several lines deep near the gates. All entry to the sprawling temple grounds was prohibited, only people inside opting to leave were allowed to pass through the gates.

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Fingerprints needed for phone users

25 February 2017 - 10:46 am

Deep South ID system to prevent bomb blasts

The national telecom regulator will impose a mandatory online fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card customers in the deep South to boost security, according to a highly placed source.

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PM urges study of maths, science, English

25 February 2017 - 10:44 am

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged Thai students in Si Sa Ket to study maths, science and English to meet growing demand as the country develops. Speaking during a visit to Rasi Salai School to observe teaching methods yesterday, Gen Prayut encouraged students to study the three main academic subjects to fill a growing demand for human resources in several fields which will help boost the country's prospects.

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DSI cuts off internet, phone communication around temple

25 February 2017 - 10:33 am

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has cut off internet and mobile phone communications in and around Wat Phra Dhammakaya in efforts to "stop the spread of false and distorted information".

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Thailand entices Chinese pupils

25 February 2017 - 10:32 am

Thailand could become an education hub for Chinese students due to its comparatively low tuition fees and high-quality international schools, according to an education expert. Howard Wu, an education specialist and adviser of Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST), said Chinese parents are now sending their children to study abroad as the number of wealthy families in China continues to grow.

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Govt to mull park fee cut

25 February 2017 - 10:31 am

The government has agreed to consider a call by tourism business operators in three southern provinces to lower entrance fees for foreigners to a popular marine park in Krabi. Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the Protected Area Committee (PAC) will meet on Monday to discuss the possibility of slashing fees to Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park in Krabi's Muang district by 50%.

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Six city policemen busted on drug charges

25 February 2017 - 10:29 am

Six Bangkok policemen, including three commissioned officers, have been suspended from duty for alleged involvement in the drug trade.

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Govt seeks fix for Krabi plant

25 February 2017 - 10:28 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will invite all stakeholders to discuss a solution to unravel "unclear procedures" for the Krabi coal-fired power plant project's environment and health impact assessment studies.

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Noxious haze in North less thick this year

25 February 2017 - 10:27 am

Favourable weather cuts hotspot numbers

Chiang Rai: The haze situation in the North is unlikely to be as bad as those of the previous two years due to favourable weather that has seen a reduction in the number of hotspots. Natural Resources and Environment Gen Surasak Kanjanarat said the ministry expects 20% fewer hotspots in Chiang Rai this summer.

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Grade 6 students fail in Thai essay writing

25 February 2017 - 10:24 am

Slang, local dialects found in examinations

Grade 6 students sitting the recent Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net) were found to have fared poorly in the essay portion that tests their Thai language skills, according to the National Institute of Education Testing Service (NIETS).

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