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19 year old caught transporting drugs to Korat in a hired taxi

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A young man has been arrested after being allegedly found with methamphetamine pills, marijuana and a gun in a taxi at a checkpoint in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Police say he had hired a Bangkok taxi to take him, along with the drugs, to a client in Buri Ram.

Pol Lt Col Ronnarong Surathot, deputy commander of Chokchai police station, said 19 year old Natthachai Plaengdee, a resident of Buri Ram, was arrested at a road checkpoint in Chokchai.

Ronnarong said Natthachai appeared clearly nervous when he saw police at the checkpoint so police searched him and found 1,690 meth pills, 285.25 grams of marijuana, a .38 revolver and 19 rounds of ammunition in his bag.

Ronnarong said the taxi driver did not know about the drugs as he was only hired to take Natthachai to Buri Ram.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Air pollution: Cabinet asked to allocate 6 billion baht to help buy sugarcane harvesters

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Air pollution: Cabinet asked to allocate 6 billion baht to help buy sugarcane harvesters | The Thaiger

Thailand’s Finance Ministry was asking cabinet for approval of a 6 billion baht budget to help the government tackle the northern and north-eastern smog and air-pollution problems.

The funds would be distributed by the state-run Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to help farmer cooperatives and farming communities to buy sugarcane harvesting machines.

BAAC manager Mr. Apirom Sookprasert says that sugarcane farmers are unable to afford the machines themselves so, in several provinces, many of them are resorting to burning the cane stubs to prepare for the next harvest.

But the practice has two downsides – the smoke then wafts south-west in the prevailing winds to affect populated areas and that the practice reduces the quality of the harvest and, thus, the value.

Mr. Apirom says that, if approved, farmer cooperatives and community enterprises will be able to contact the BAAC to apply for loans to purchase the harvesters and avoid the burn-offs. They say that at least one sugar miller will be acting as the guarantor.

The bank will charge an interest rate of 4%, half of which will be subsidised by the government for the first three years.

Farmers, who are members of cooperatives or community enterprises will be able to hire the harvesters from their organisations as a step towards reducing the smog caused by cane burning.

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Thailand will swelter through searing temperatures this summer

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Temperatures in Thailand this summer is forecast to be 1-2 degrees Celsius warmer than last year. The announcement comes from the Thai Meteorological Department director-general Phuwiang Prakammin.

And it’s predicted to hit 42-43C in seven provinces in northern Thailand.

In Thailand summer, as a regional season, is listed as running between February 21 to mid-May.

Phuwiang says daytime temperatures in March and April will hit 40C in much of the North, Northeast, Central and Eastern regions. But he doesn’t foresee the record set on April 28, 2016, when Mae Hong Son, on the north-western border sweltered at 44.6C, being broken.

“But Mae Hong Son is one of the seven provinces forecast to reach 42-43C this year, the others being Lampang, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Nakhon Sawan and Kanchanaburi.”

“In southern regions, the maximum temperature will be 38-39C in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala, Krabi, Trang and Satun, accompanied by occasional rain and waves at sea up to a metre high.”

“Rain will increase towards the end of April (the traditional start to the country’s wet season is Songkran which is on April 13 each year), and waves will be up to three metres high.”

“The weather in Pattaya in Chon Buri will match that of the South, with a maximum temperature of 35-37C in April.”

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Uighur escapees captured and back in Mukdahan jail

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Seven undocumented Uighurs, who escaped from an immigration facility in northeast Mukdahan, on the Laos border in far north-east Thailand last week, have been recaptured.

Pol Colonel Sith Sirikangwalkul, the acting Immigration chief for the region, says that one was recaptured on Tuesday (February 12), the same night everyone escaped, and two more were found in a forest two kilometres away on Wednesday.

Another, aged 37, was nabbed yesterday (Saturday) hiding in a hut on a rubber plantation. The last three, all in their 20s, were picked at 9.30pm last night, exhausted and walking on the Liang Muang 4 bypass road.

The Uighurs had been held in custody since early 2016 for unlawful entry into Thailand.

They escaped when the immigration officer supervising them agreed to fetch an item from among their confiscated belongings, leaving the door of their cell unlocked.

SOURCE: The Nation

The Uyghurs, or Uighurs are a Turkic ethnicity who live in East and Central Asia. Today, Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, where they are one of fifty-five officially recognised ethnic minorities. Uyghurs primarily practice Islam.

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