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Foreigner falls to his death from high floor at Jomtien Beach Hotel

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Cops bust Nigerian fraudsters in 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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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

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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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RT @191Thailand: Picture of smoke coming from the AUA building on Ratchadamri - RT @Junjaowjaa: ภาพไฟไหม้ตึกเอยูเอจากตึกออลซีซั่น http://lockerz.com/s/284272382

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Yingluck scores more points than her Govt

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Yingluck government has failed the test, as the 18-month performance score is only 4.87 from the 10-point scale, according to Bangkok University Poll.

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Chinook helicopter in joint military exercise codenamed Cobra Gold 2013 crashes near Phetchabun-Phitsanulok border. No immediate word on crew's fate /MCOT

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We are in Bangkok submitting visas however the building next door is on fire. Here are some live pictures.

Currently no applications can be submitted. /ThaiVisaExpress

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Nepalese ex-prince suffers heart attack in Thailand

BANGKOK, Feb 20, 2013 (AFP) - Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah is in intensive care in Thailand after suffering a heart attack, the Nepalese embassy in Bangkok said Wednesday.

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Fire breaks out at former AUA building on Ratchadamri Road; firefighters controlling blaze /MCOT

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SET

New high despite rate meeting

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BANGKOK: -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand Index hit a new 18-year high, ahead of the Bank of Thailand's policy rate meeting today.

The Thai bourse ended the morning session at 1,540.12 points, gaining 8.05 from the previous closing.

Thanks to robust economic growth in the fourth quarter, most economists believed that the policy rate would be maintained at 2.75 per cent. A cut would further boost investment in the stock market.

Sukit Udomsirikul, managing director of Maybank Kim Eng Securities (Thailand), told TPBS in the morning that the market sentiment is boosted by improvement in global economic indicators rather than the policy rate.

The Bank of Thailand has been urged by the government and exporters to cut the policy rate, primarily to deter capital inflows and hence weaken the baht against US dollar.

"Such inflows are mainly going to the bond market. As we have witnessed, foreigners are net-sellers this month," he said.

According to the SET data, foreigners’ sell has outpaced their purchases by Bt13 billion so far this month.

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-- The Nation 2013-02-20

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SOUTH CRISIS

Army chief visits Pattani; intelligence warns of possible car bombs

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PATTANI: -- Army Commander in Chief Prayuth Chanocha on Wednesday travelled to Pattani to to follow up operations against the insurgency in the area while intelligence information warns of possible car bombs in the deep southern border provinces.

Intelligence warns 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 vehiclesan 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. Insurgents' activities were believed to be intensified after marine killed 16 insurgents who raided their unit last Wednesday.

Speaking before leaving Bangkok with prime minister’s adviser Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa, Gen Prayuth said 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. He 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.

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-- The Nation 2013-02-20

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