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Police seize haul of weapons, drugs in post-Songkran blitz

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Pongwut Pongsri inspects firearms and drugs seized in post-Songkran raids throughout Southern Thailand. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET:-- Police Region 8 yesterday put on display 193 firearms as well as more than 310,000 meth pills and more than 2.3kg of crystal meth, all seized in a post-Songkran anti-crime blitz from April 20-30 and May 11-19.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102005-police-seize-haul-of-weapons-drugs-in-post-songkran-blitz/

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Marijuana users queue up for amnesty on last day

By Puangchompoo Prasert, 
Mongkolchaowarat Thangmangmee 
The Nation

 

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More than 1,000 people queued up outside the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) head office in Nonthaburi to put their names down as users of marijuana on Tuesday, the very last day of the amnesty period.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102008-marijuana-users-queue-up-for-amnesty-on-last-day/

 

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Prayut warns horse-trading could hurt govt’s credibility

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION

 

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PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha shows the press a small durian that will be displayed at the upcoming roadshow, Thailand Fruit Festival 2019.

 

Junta chief ready to lead large coalition and implement policies of political partners

 

JUNTA CHIEF General Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned that the current horse-trading among politicians could hurt the next government’s credibility. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102043-prayut-warns-horse-trading-could-hurt-govt’s-credibility/

 

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Marijuana users queue up on last day for amnesty

By THE NATION

 

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A huge number of people turn up at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Bangkok yesterday to apply for amnesty over their possession of marijuana.        

 

THOUSANDS of people nationwide showed up at provincial health offices to put their names down as users of marijuana yesterday, the very last day of the amnesty period.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102008-marijuana-users-queue-up-for-amnesty-on-last-day/?do=findComment&comment=14165208

 

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Advocates for marijuana start 270km walk

By THE NATION

 

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Monks, patients and renowned advocates demand free access to marijuana-based medicines before starting the 268km “Cannabis Walk” from Vachira Bhodiyan Forest Temple in Phichit province yesterday.

 

DECHA SIRIPHAT, a well-known campaigner for medical marijuana, and his allies from over 10 organisations promoting sustainable health and agriculture practices began their 270-kilometre “Cannabis Walk” yesterday from a temple in Phichit, the Transborder News website reported.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102045-advocates-for-marijuana-start-270km-walk/

 

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Nakhon Si Thammarat zoo set to close after 40 years of public service

By Krissana Thiwatsirikul 
The Nation

 

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The only public zoo in the upper southern region, Thung Talard in Nakhon Si Thammarat, is to officially end its four-decade-long service at the request of local authorities.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102047-nakhon-si-thammarat-zoo set-to-close-after-40-years-of-public-service/

 

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Biodiversity key to every life on the planet

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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THE GLOBAL community has to take immediate action to conserve biodiversity and maintain healthy ecosystems in order to avoid catastrophic consequences to every life brought about by the impact of human activities.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102048-biodiversity-key-to-every-life-on-the-planet/

 

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Forums on sugar-tied power plant postponed

By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA, 
KAWINTRA JAISEU 
THE NATION 

 

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Locals fly banners last month to express opposition to sugar and biomass |power-plant projects in Khon Kaen’s Ban Phai district out of concerns that the industrial operations will hurt the environment, their health and way of life.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102049-khon-kaen-forums-on-sugar-tied-power-plant-postponed/

 

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Atthaya returns to scene of her greatest triumph

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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Teen prodigy and ex-champion Atthaya Thitikul will spearhead the local challenge when the Ladies European Thailand (LET) Championship is staged for the third time in Pattaya next month.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102051-atthaya-returns-to-scene-of-her-greatest-triumph/

 

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Tough warm-ups will test Thailand’s readiness for World Cup

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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The Thailand women’s football team hopes to reap experience from European warm-up games as much as possible as they leave for France for their final World Cup tune-ups.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102052-tough-warm-ups-will-test-thailand’s-readiness-for-world-cup/

 

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Bhumjaithai to join a coalition but only if its “free kanja” policy is accepted

 

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Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that his party will join the coalition that commands the majority in the House of Representatives but on the condition that the alliance accepts the party’s policy to legalize cannabis (kanja) and its products.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102053-bhumjaithai-to-join-a-coalition-but-only-if-its-“free-kanja”-policy-is-accepted/

 

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Increasing opposition to government withdrawing Philip Morris lawsuit

 

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The Thailand Health Promotion Institute has joined anti-tobacco advocates in opposing the recommendation from the Foreign Ministry that the Thai government withdraw the 60 billion baht lawsuit against Philip Morris, the American cigarette manufacturer, for alleged tax evasion.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102054-increasing-opposition-to-thai-government-withdrawing-philip-morris-lawsuit/

 

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