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WFMC to ask for special budget to launch short-term solutions for drought

BANGKOK, 20 February 2013 (NNT) – The Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) is set to propose to the Cabinet a short-term plan to tackle the drought problem.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Suphot Tovichakchaikul said that the Water and Flood Management Commission will ask for a budget of 2 billion baht from the Cabinet to procure 20,000 water containers for 10,000 villages and to dig underground wells in areas hit by drought.

The planned proposition was initiated after the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported that there is a demand for 9,000 underground wells across the country while the Department of Groundwater Resources can only dig 2,000 wells.

Mr. Suphot stated that more joint studies must be performed to identify solutions to provide water supply for those in need within 90 days, as called for by the government.

He added that there are now 31 provinces hit hard by the drought crisis and the government is in a hurry to find water supply for people in those areas.

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Army chief visits South; intelligence warns of possible car bomb

By Digital Media

BANGKOK, Feb 20 - Thailand's army chief left Bangkok today for the south to follow up military operations against the insurgency in the border region, as intelligence reports warn of possible car bombs in the four southern border provinces.

Intelligence reports warn security and other state agencies in Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces to be on alert for possible car bombings as a group of insurgents reportedly have built explosives into two vehicles--an Isuzu pickup truck and a Proton sedan.

The warning came in the light of latest bomb attack which wounded eight soldiers at an army outpost in a temple compound in Yala yesterday.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Bangkok with prime minister's adviser Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa, Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha commented that soldiers were caught off guard which resulted in eight soldiers being wounded.

A grenade was thrown at the group of soldiers as they played football.

Two attackers on a motorcycle, one dressed like a Muslim woman in hijab traditional dress, stopped outside the temple and then threw the grenade over the temple wall.

The incident was recorded by a surveillance camera.

The army chief said the soldiers were careless and easily became the target of an attack.

Gen Prayuth said he repeatedly told the soldiers to remain vigilant. The army chief said he would again urge them to be more alert for self-defence and safety. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2013-02-20

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Underground Trade Part Four: One Town in Thailand (and human trafficking)

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It was twilight, and I didn't know what to expect as I arrived by car to Pattaya, Thailand.

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Health Ministry Aims To Raise IQs of Thai Kids

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BANGKOK: -- The Ministry of Public Health has been developing a project to increase the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of Thai children from the year 2000.

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Cops bust Nigerian fraudsters in Bangkok

By Coconuts Bangkok

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Bangkok's Bang Kapi district

BANGKOK: -- Acting on warrants issued by a Chiang Mai court, police in Bangkok have arrested three Nigerian men and one Thai woman who were accused of running an online fraud scheme out of the Bang Kapi area of Bangkok.

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National Labor Skill Standards Day Fair to be held during March 1-3

BANGKOK, 20 February 2013 (NNT) – The Labor Ministry has announced that it will hold the National Labor Skill Standards Day Fair during March 2-3 at The Mall Bang Kapi to honor Thai skilled labors and promote His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for earning his title as “the Father of Thai Craft Standards.”

Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap stated that His Majesty the King has been honored as the Father of Thai Craft Standards from his superb artisanship and inspirational presence to all citizens, especially skilled laborers. The National Labor Skill Standards Day, having been set on March 2 of every year, is mainly to serve as a reminder for all skilled laborers in Thailand of His Majesty the King’s commitment and unrelenting effort in putting his creative inventions into good use for the benefit of the nation’s citizens.

The National Labor Skill Standards Day Fair will be held at MCC Hall, The Mall Bangkapi, consisting of exhibitions on His Majesty the King’s works and excellent skilled labor projects, outstanding workplace for labor development, and skill standard test demonstration.

The ministry has also cooperated with the Thai Contractors Association and relevant agencies from Malaysia and Indonesia in setting up skill standard assessment in construction, residence cleaning, Thai massage, and cooking.

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Rice farmers told not to grow rice in low lying areas as water running low

BANGKOK, 20 February 2013 (NNT)-The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has told farmers not to grow rice in the low lying areas of the Chao Phraya River as there is not enough water in the dams for irrigation.

The Water Assessment Center of the RID has revealed that there is only 23% of water left in both Bhumipol and Sirikit dams combined. And since the drought is expected to continue for another 2 months, farmers have been told not to grow out-of-season rice to prevent water shortages.

Even though the amount of water in reserves around Thailand amounts to 43.3 billion cubic meters or 62% of their total capacity, only 19.8 billion cubic meters is considered usable.

In the low lying areas of the Chao Phraya River, there are 2.6 billion cubic meters of usable water in Bhumipol dam, 1.7 billion cubic meters in Sirikit dam, around 537 million cubic meters in Kwae Noi Bumrungdan dam, and only 417 million cubic meters more in Pasakcholasit dam.

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Govt to use chance of Thai baht appreciation to repay debt to Japan ahead of maturity; mulls borrowing locally for infrastructure projects /MCOT

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Special report:

City dwellers to be first to receive coupons for digital TV

BANGKOK: -- With the world shifting into the digital age, Thailand has come up with plans for analog switch-off and digital switch-on. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will next year distribute coupons to help people purchase the set-top boxes for receiving digital TV signal, while all television operators will shift to the digital system.

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A military chopper lost contact in Phetchabun Wednesday

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- A military helicopter lost contact while flying over forest site in Phetchabun's Khao Kor district on Wednesday.

Officials are trying to locate it. It is still not known how many crew were on board.

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-- The Nation 2013-02-20

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Despite poor Govt's 18-month performance score, Yingluck wins 5.42. 24% of respondents say she is better-than-expected: Bangkok University Poll /The Nation

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