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Park fees ignored

The Nation

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Koh Chang National Park will conduct a campaign to inform tourists and tour operators about the new entrance fee at the park’s Rang Islands.

Tourists have so far refused to pay, saying tour operators should handle the fees, said park head Panpong Khongdech-adisak. However, tour operators say they weren't informed about the policy.

The fees are Bt40 for Thai adults, Bt200 for foreigners, Bt20 for Thai children and Bt100 for foreign children.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-18

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Fake perfumes, cosmetics seized

The Nation

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PATHUM THANI: -- Counterfeit perfumes and cosmetics worth Bt30 million were seized yesterday by the Department of Special Investigation in Pathum Thani's Lam Luk Ka district, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

The 30,000 items included copies of products from Nitipon Clinic, Wuttisak Clinic and Yanhee Hospital.

The fake products were advertised online via www.bevershop.com and www.sumpang.com, he said.

The DSI had warrants to search three houses in Lam Luk Ka and a shop in Don Muang's new market. Tarit said the items belonged to a man named Som-o Kulsongkram, who has previous similar offences.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-18

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Rice Production in Thailand Poised to Reach Record in 2012-2013

By Supunnabul Suwannakij

BANGKOK: -- Thailand, set to be the world’s biggest rice exporter this year, may harvest a record crop as a government plan to lift farm income boosted planting, said the Office of Agricultural Economics.

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New species, old threats to Mekong wildlife: WWF

HANOI, Dec 18, 2012 (AFP) - From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 129 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said Tuesday in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011.

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Japanese investment in Thailand unchanged despite new political leader

By Digital Media

BANGKOK, Dec 18 – The leadership change in Japan, with ex-premier Shinzo Abe returning to power, will not have an impact on Japanese investment in Thailand, according to a high-level Thai industrialist.

Payungsak Chartsuthipol, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTT), said the Japanese private sector has increased their investment in Thailand with some relocating their manufacturing bases to this country in the past few years.

Many countries are interested in using Thailand as production centre to supply to Southeast Asian countries, apparently in preparations for the coming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, he said.

Describing Thailand as the hub of Southeast Asia, he said western China with a population of 700 million is easily accessible to Thailand while land transport from Thailand to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is also feasible.

The FTT chairman predicted a favourable economic expansion for Thailand next year with an economic growth at not less than 5 per cent despite an ongoing economic slowdown in Europe and the US.

Mr Payungsak said natural disaster, internal political crisis, impact from higher minimum wage and labour shortage are risk factors impeding Thailand’s economic growth.

He said 42 industrial categories in the country have been integrated into 11 clusters to boost their efficiency and competitiveness.

Some of the clusters are rubber and rubber wood, health products, food, fashion and lifestyle products, he said, adding that each cluster has its road map for concrete development in accord with the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2012-2016). (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2012-12-18

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Crane rips roof off Phuket tour van

Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: -- A retractable crane arm hanging over Patak Road in Chalong ripped the roof off a Phuket tour van full of tourists just after 9am today.

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'Sri Nakarin Dam still strong': director calms doomsday-phobic people

By Coconuts Bangkok

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KANCHANABURI: -- Sri Nakarin Dam assistant director Dilok Thanosawan reassured Thais that the dam’s condition was still normal and that the structure was ready to handle any quakes caused by the “end of the world” on December 21.

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Tsunami warning app lands on Phuket shores

Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: -- The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) launched a mobile phone application this month that allows iPhone and Android phone users to receive instant notifications of any tsunami alerts and warnings issued by the center.

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Drug gang arrested with 300,000 meth pills worth Bt144 million at Narathiwat's Su-ngai Kolok check point, heading to Malaysia /MCOT

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Apple v Samsung: Judge rejects Apple plea for sales ban

A US judge has rejected Apple's plea to ban sales of Samsung's smartphones that violate its patents.

Apple had requested the ban after a jury ruled earlier this year that some Samsung products had infringed Apple's patents.

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Narathiwat passenger vans & bus company stops services to Su-ngai Kolok passing Cho-airong district indefinitely after chartered pickup was attacked; two government worker killed /MCOT

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Karon Mayor: Phuket seafood vendors will be charged with beach encroachment

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PHUKET: Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham warned Phuket seafood vendors with stalls set up along Kata Beach that they will be charged with beach encroachment.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/605813-karon-mayor-phuket-seafood-vendors-will-be-charged-with-beach-encroachment/#entry5941548

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NARATHIWAT

Buses suspend services following attack on public bus

The Nation

NARATHIWAT: -- Public passenger vans in Narathiwat's Sungai Kolok district on Tuesday suspended services after insurgents opened fire on a public bus on Monday, killing two officials and injuring many others.

The victims were identified as Patimoh Salae, 34 and Naowarat Leenin, 29, both agriculture officials in Sunagai Padi district. Both died on the way to the hospital. As of press time, four of the five passengers injured in the attack had been allowed to return home.

The suspended routes were from Narathiwat's Muang district to Sungai Kolok, Joh I Rong and Sungai Padi districts. People in these districts have been badly affected by the suspension, as the public buses provide the major mode of transportation in this border province.

Following the ambush, combined forces blanketed the area and searched for the attackers in Joh I Rong and Rangae districts.

Initial police investigation quoted witnesses as saying some 12 individuals were involved in the attack. They emerged from behind bushes on the roadside and opened fire with assault rifles at the passenger bus, which was crowded with passengers heading home from work.

Police collected many spent M16 and AK47 cartridges from the scene.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-18

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