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Chao Phraya River sufficient water supply until next year: RID

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has released latest water availability report, showing the Chao Phraya River now holding 5,400 billion cubic meters of water, which is sufficient for consumption until next year’s dry season.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135370-chao-phraya-river-sufficient-water-supply-until-next-year-rid/

 

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Drunk Russian arrested twice in one day after exposing himself to tourists in Pattaya

 

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A Russian has been arrested after allegedly exposing himself and harassing tourists in Pattaya and Koh Larn.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135372-drunk-russian-arrested-twice-in-one-day-after-exposing-himself-to-tourists-in-pattaya/

 

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TAT launches Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges to boost spending by foreign tourists

Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges project to stimulate travel spending by foreign tourists from now to January 31 next year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135375-tat-launches-amazing-thailand-grand-sale-passport-privileges-to-boost-spending-by-foreign-tourists/

 

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DPM Somkid eyes creating New Year economic momentum

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Deputy Prime Minister for the economy has called a meeting with the government’s economic team to introduce new measures for the New Year, aimed at spurring growth with momentum for next year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135378-dpm-somkid-eyes-creating-new-year-economic-momentum/

 

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PM Prayut orders economic ministers to steer economy forward

Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - After instructing the economic ministers, who are from various political parties, to engage in conversations with each other more regularly, the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, reminded them to work within the government framework and to deliver policies to alleviate people’s hardships.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135379-pm-prayut-orders-economic-ministers-to-steer-economy-forward/

 

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Prince Mahidol Award Foundation to award German virologist, British physician

Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, under Royal Patronage, is to present awards to German virologist, Prof. Dr. Ralf F. W. Bartenschlager, and a British physician specializing in infectious and tropical diseases, Professor Dr. David Mabey.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135381-prince-mahidol-award-foundation-to-award-german-virologist-british-physician/

 

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Digital Ministry holds Anti Fake News Center operational meeting

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has held a brainstorming workshop with some 200 agencies to enhance the operations at Anti Fake News Center, after the center has so far received verification requests for some 500,000 messages online.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135385-digital-ministry-holds-anti-fake-news-center-operational-meeting/

 

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Iraqi forces kill four protesters, cleric warns of crisis

By Ahmed Aboulenein

 

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Demonstrators run from tear gas during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces killed four protesters in Baghdad on Friday, according to police sources, and forcibly dispersed activists blocking the main port near Basra, as the country's top cleric called for electoral reforms to end the unrest.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135388-iraqi-forces-kill-four-protesters-cleric-warns-of-crisis/

 

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Thousands gather for renewed Colombia protests, curfew called in Bogota

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Nelson Bocanegra

 

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Demonstrator throws a tear gas canister during a protest on the second day of a national strike, in Bogota, Colombia, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

 

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Colombians gathered for renewed protests on Friday and sporadic looting erupted in several parts of the capital Bogota, after mass marches on Thursday ended in three deaths.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135390-thousands-gather-for-renewed-colombia-protests-curfew-called-in-bogota/

 

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Ex-CIA officer sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiring to spy for China

By Sarah N. Lynch

 

(Reuters) - A former CIA case officer was sentenced by a federal judge in Virginia on Friday to serve 19 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to become a spy for China, federal prosecutors announced.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135392-ex-cia-officer-sentenced-to-19-years-in-prison-for-conspiring-to-spy-for-china/

 

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African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, end 'colonial' rule

 

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PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The African Union on Friday called on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and end its "continued colonial administration" there after a U.N. deadline for it to do so expired.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135395-african-union-urges-britain-to-cede-chagos-islands-end-colonial-rule/

 

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Heavy rain, strong winds and high waves forecast for the South

By THE NATION

 

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Thailand Meteorological Department issued a warning on Saturday (November 23) of heavy rain, strong winds and high waves in the south of the country.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135397-heavy-rain-strong-winds-and-high-waves-forecast-for-the-south/

 

 

 

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Chalong Hospital finally opens with limited services, expansion to come in 2020 

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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PHUKET: Chalong Hospital has finally opened, providing people in the south of the island with a limited range of medical services until a new seven-storey building dedicated to inpatient services is finally approved and built.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135399-chalong-hospital-finally-opens-with-limited-services-expansion-to-come-in-2020/

 

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Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft

 

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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> on Friday filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims contesting the Pentagon's award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O>.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135400-amazon-files-lawsuit-contesting-pentagons-10-billion-cloud-contract-to-microsoft/

 

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Pope departs Thailand for Japan, bringing anti-nuclear message

By Philip Pullella and Kay Johnson

 

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FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leaves after leading the Holy Mass at the Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok, Thailand, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Pope Francis left Thailand on Saturday after a three-day visit and headed to Japan, where he is to visit the ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of his campaign against nuclear weapons.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135407-pope-departs-thailand-for-japan-bringing-anti-nuclear-message/

 

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