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Youths admit cheating at an early age, and many don't think it's bad, study finds
The Sunday Nation

BANGKOK: -- Dishonesty in Thailand sprouts roots at an early age - with 81 per cent of youths admitting they cheat in exams and 63 per cent saying they signed a class attendance form for an absent classmate, a new study has found.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775078-youths-admit-cheating-at-an-early-age-and-many-dont-think-its-bad-study-finds/

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High flying and high pressured 'Sky Doctors', new lifesavers of the North
Naridsa Phachart
Special to The Sunday Nation

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CHIANG MAI: With less than perfect working conditions and no insurance in case of the unexpected, "sky doctors" and nurses and four related agencies are trying to provide aircraft to transport critical patients from the mountainous border province of Mae Hong Son to better equipped hospitals in Chiang Mai.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775079-high-flying-and-high-pressured-sky-doctors-new-lifesavers-of-the-north/

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Democrats opposed to compromises on justice in push for reconciliation
THE SUNDAY NATION

BANGKOK: -- Punishment for people who break the law should not be viewed as an obstacle to the plan for reconciliation, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said yesterday.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775080-democrats-opposed-to-compromises-on-justice-in-push-for-reconciliation/

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Apec backs extradition of corrupt officials

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BEIJING: -- States to set up network to share intelligence to catch graft suspects

Asia Pacific countries agreed yesterday to cooperate on the extradition of corrupt officials, enhance asset recovery efforts and establish an anti-corruption transparency network to share intelligence on graft.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775081-apec-backs-extradition-of-corrupt-officials/

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No reports of crimes using new electronic card-skimmers
The Sunday Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Economic Crime Suppression Division yesterday affirmed that the new method of electronic card-skimmer crime - in which a device smaller than a palm is used to steal card information via contact - was not yet in Thailand.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775083-no-reports-of-crimes-using-new-electronic-card-skimmers/

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Android app to help prevent farmers making false subsidy claims
The Sunday Nation

BANGKOK: -- In an attempt to prevent corruption in the Bt1,000-per-rai subsidy to rice farmers, the Department of Special Investigation will introduce an Android app that uses satellite footage to determine the exact number of working farms.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775084-android-app-to-help-prevent-farmers-making-false-subsidy-claims/

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Crackdown on crime during Loy Krathong nets 2,000 suspects
The Sunday Nation

BANGKOK: -- Almost 2,000 suspected criminals have been arrested in a crackdown on crime by the Provincial Police Region 1 during the Loy Krathong festival last week.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775085-crackdown-on-crime-during-loy-krathong-nets-2000-suspects/

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King relaxes briefly at Siriraj’s riverside pavillion

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BANGKOK: -- His Majesty the King today spent half an hour relaxing at the Siriraj Hospital's health park, and viewing the Chao Phraya river scenery amid the happy and joyous crowd chanting 'long live the king.'

It was the first time for His Majesty to come down from the hospital room on the 16th floor since he was hospitalized at Siriraj on October 3 from infected gallbladder.

The King was sitting on the electric wheelchair pushed by Siriraj hospital director Dr Pradit Panjavinin at 1.45 pm on the way to the health park and relax at the riverside pavillion to view the river.

Upon learning of His Majesty leaving the hospital room to the health park, hundreds of well-wishers coming to the hospital to sign in the visit book wishing him good health and fast recovery, gathered along the path to the park and chanted together long live the king.

Many, with tears in their eyes, chanted in happiness after seeing the King, in multi colour stripe shirt, has gained strong health.

The King also smiled as he looked around slowly while his wheelchair moved pass his wellwishers to the riverside pavillion just finished a few weeks ago.

The King spent longer time viewing the river scenery before proceeding to the statue of his father, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej or Prince of Songkla, to lay flower garland and later returning to his hospital room to rest.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/king-relaxes-briefly-sirirajs-riverside-pavillion/

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-- Thai PBS 2014-11-09

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PHUKET: Double trouble for illegal Kyrgyz tour guide
The Phuket News

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Pindiurin was tooled up for a day of hustling armed with tourist maps and tour package receipts.

PHUKET: Tourist police today (Nov8) arrested Dmitrii Pindiurin, 27, a native of Kyrgyzstan for working illegally as a tour guide.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775087-phuket-double-trouble-for-illegal-kyrgyz-tour-guide/

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Many southern provinces warned of heavy rains

BANGKOK, 9 November 2014 (NNT) - The Meteorological Department warns ten southern provinces on the coasts of the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea of heavy rains and strong winds during this period. Cool weather is forecast in the northern region.

The department on Sunday issued the 11th announcement, saying a strong low pressure system in the middle part of the southern region is moving to the Andaman Sea, resulting in heavy rains and strong winds from 9-10 November 2014. The Gulf of Thailand will have 2-4 meters waves. People in the provinces of Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun are warned of dangers caused by the weather conditions. Small boats are advised to keep ashore.

From 9-12 November, another moderately strong high pressure system is expected to pass through the upper part of Thailand. It will cause thunderstorms and then cool weather in the morning with 2-3 degrees Celsius drops in temperature. The northeastern monsoon at the Gulf of Thailand and the southern region are expected to become stronger.

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42 arrested for racing bikes on Bangkok ring road

BANGKOK: -- Police blocked a ring road in Bangkok's Bang Bon district at 3 am Sunday and arrested 23 boys and eight girls, who are between 14 to 17 years old.

Police seized 25 motorcycles in the arrest. Police had to block the section the road with trucks and raced after them but about half of them escaped.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/42-arrested-for-racing-bikes-on-Bangkok-ring-road-30247337.html

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-- The Nation 2014-11-09

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Most community leaders support impeachment cases: survey

BANGKOK: -- An opinion survey by Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association found that 54.1 per cent of community leaders support the impeachment process by the National Legislative Assembly against former Parliament president Somsak Kiartsuranon, his deputy, Nikom Wairatpanich, and former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775138-most-community-leaders-support-impeachment-cases-survey/

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Thienchay calls for unity among 250 NRC members

BANGKOK: -- National Reform Council President Thienchay Kiranandana Sunday called on 250 NRC members to adjust their attitude to share the same vision for reforming the country.

Speaking during a seminar of NRC members, Thienchay said the unity is necessary for the NRC to be successful in reforming the nation.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Thienchay-calls-for-unity-among-250-NRC-members-30247334.html

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-- The Nation 2014-11-09

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EC pledges support for NLA

BANGKOK, 9 November 2014 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has instructed provincial EC offices in all 77 provinces to set up coordination centers to facilitate and support operations of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

EC Secretary-General Phuchong Nutrawong on Sunday said he had tasked provincial election directors nationwide to prepare to provide administrative support for the NLA. The provincial EC offices would receive people’s opinions on reform in all 11 areas and arrange a session where provincial NLA members met with the people to listen to their problems, he said.

Meanwhile, NLA member from Nonthaburi province Direk Thuengfueng said all NLA members would meet on 9-10 November to learn and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the assembly. On 11 November, the NLA would meet again to acknowledge the NLA committees before selecting their chairmen, deputy chairmen and secretaries.

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Phuket Airport announces parking changes
Saran Mitrarat

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PHUKET: Phuket International Airport announced yesterday (Nov 8) that part of the main open-air car park has been cordoned off to install facilities for the Asian Beach Games.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775148-phuket-airport-announces-parking-changes/

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Chiang mai to seek at least bt23 million from tourism ministry for bike lanes

CHIANG MAI: -- The Chiang Mai provincial administration will seek a budget of at least Bt23 million from the Tourism and Sports Ministry to launch its project to turn the northern city in a bike-touring city, Chiang Mai chief tourism and sports officer Montree Piyakul said Sunday.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775156-chiang-mai-to-seek-at-least-bt23-million-from-tourism-ministry-for-bike-lanes/

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Jet fuel leakage in Chiang Mai caused minor disruption

CHIANG MAI, 9 November 2014 (NNT) – The PTT has successfully controlled the jet fuel leakage at the Chiang Mai airport which has now resumed its normal operations.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775164-jet-fuel-leakage-in-chiang-mai-caused-minor-disruption/

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Storms do not prevent tourists from visiting southern region

BANGKOK, 9 November 2014 (NNT) - Tourists are still traveling to the southern coastal provinces despite a warning of storms in the Andaman Sea. In the upper part of the country, a 11% increase in tourism revenue is expected due to cool weather.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/775165-storms-do-not-prevent-tourists-from-visiting-southern-region/

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