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Major drug bust in Northern Thailand

Police seized nearly 90,000 speed pills, crystal methamphetamines and over US$150 million in assets during a crackdown on drug trafficking networks in Chiang Rai last week, as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced it will work with Thailand and countries in the region to prevent the smuggling of precursor chemicals used to manufacture illegal narcotics.
Police seized nearly 90,000 speed pills, crystal methamphetamines and over US$150 million in assets during a crackdown on drug trafficking networks in Chiang Rai last week, as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced it will work with Thailand and countries in the region to prevent the smuggling of precursor chemicals used to manufacture illegal narcotics. 
 
Authorities from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, provincial police and the Pha Muang Task Force, a military unit, participated in the Chiang Rai raids, which took place at severa

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Brainstorming session to boost Thai exports

Business startups in the Kingdom increased during the first quarter of this year, but the Ministry of Commerce is moving ahead to organize a brainstorming session with major business groups to boost Thai exports, which have weakened because economies in many of Thailand’s key markets have slowed.
Business startups in the Kingdom increased during the first quarter of this year, but the Ministry of Commerce is moving ahead to organize a brainstorming session with major business groups to boost Thai exports, which have weakened because economies in many of Thailand’s key markets have slowed.
 
The central bank and others have forecast Thailand’s economic growth for 2015 at above 3 percent, but economic activity is picking up at an even faster pace as the number of newly registered companies increased by 12 percent during the first three months of the year, ac

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Ancient stupas discovered in Petchabun province

Archaeologists uncovered 24 Buddhist stupas they believe are about 1,300 years old in a national historical park in central Petchabun province last week, the latest find in a yearlong excavation of the area. The stupas are believed to have been built during the Dvaravati era, a kingdom that predated Thai kingdoms in Southeast Asia.
Archaeologists uncovered 24 Buddhist stupas they believe are about 1,300 years old in a national historical park in central Petchabun province last week, the latest find in a yearlong excavation of the area.  The stupas are believed to have been built during the Dvaravati era, a kingdom that predated Thai kingdoms in Southeast Asia.
 
Researchers consider the site to be the most complete religious center from that era ever uncovered in Thailand.  They believe it was used for both Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies and worship.

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Trafficked Thais return home, fishing vessels inspected

The Royal Thai Air Force brought home 68 Thai fishermen last week from the island of Ambon in Indonesia where they said they had been stranded after being trafficked onto trawlers and used as forced laborers, as government inspections of fishing vessels to prevent trafficking began in earnest at four key ports in Southern Thailand.
The Royal Thai Air Force brought home 68 Thai fishermen last week from the island of Ambon in Indonesia where they said they had been stranded after being trafficked onto trawlers and used as forced laborers, as government inspections of fishing vessels to prevent trafficking began in earnest at four key ports in Southern Thailand. 
 
“I never thought I would ever return to Thailand,’’ Phongsathon Bunon, a 19 year-old returnee told the Bangkok Post newspaper after clearing immigration at Don Muang airport in Bangkok on Thursday.

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Prime Minister hands out seized land to poor farmers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a ceremony in Northern Thailand in which plots of forest land seized by the government from illegal encroachers were given to landless families. The Prime Minister used the authority provided for under Article 44 of the interim constitution to donate the land, as government representatives briefed the diplomatic corps on the Article and how the Prime Minister would use it.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a ceremony in Northern Thailand in which plots of forest land seized by the government from illegal encroachers were given to landless families.

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Officials moving tigers out of famed tiger temple

Thailand’s government took strong action this month to protect wildlife as officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation began moving all 146 tigers from the country’s famed “Tiger Temple” to wildlife breeding centers and sanctuaries after repeated complaints the endangered cats were being abused.
Thailand’s government took strong action this month to protect wildlife as officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation began moving all 146 tigers from the country’s famed “Tiger Temple” to wildlife breeding centers and sanctuaries after repeated complaints the endangered cats were being abused.
 
The Department did not issue an official statement regarding the reason for the removal, but media reports indicated that a former monk from the temple had alerted authorities that three of its tigers had disappeared.

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Reformers take on monopolies; record bond issues forecast

Reformers are planning to grant more power to a watchdog tasked with breaking up business monopolies, as the Thai Bond Market Association predicted last week that Thai companies will set a new record this year for corporate bond issues.
Reformers are planning to grant more power to a watchdog tasked with breaking up business monopolies, as the Thai Bond Market Association predicted last week that Thai companies will set a new record this year for corporate bond issues.
 
To create a more level playing field for local and international business, the National Reform Council (NRC) is proposing an overhaul of Thailand’s Trade Competition Commission to make it more independent and able to act against business monopolies and shield it from political interference.
 
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ASEAN countries urged to monitor local IS recruits

Countries in the region need to monitor Islamic State recruiting tactics aimed at local Muslims to prevent them from joining the Middle Eastern terror group and then returning to Southeast Asia where they could subsequently launch attacks in their home countries, according to a Professor at Thailand’s Thammasat University who specializes in the Middle East.
Countries in the region need to monitor Islamic State recruiting tactics aimed at local Muslims to prevent them from joining the Middle Eastern terror group and then returning to Southeast Asia where they could subsequently launch attacks in their home countries, according to a Professor at Thailand’s Thammasat University who specializes in the Middle East. 
 
“We cannot rule out the prospect that the Islamic State (IS) has its eyes on Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia which has the highest number of Muslims in the world,'' said Thammasat Professor Jara

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Martial law lifted, business welcomes move

The Thai and foreign business communities welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s decision to lift martial law last week, saying it would improve business sentiment, while the government works to allay concerns expressed by human rights groups about the executive powers under the interim constitution.
The Thai and foreign business communities welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s decision to lift martial law last week, saying it would improve business sentiment, while the government works to allay concerns expressed by human rights groups about the executive powers under the interim constitution.
 
Prime Minister Prayut announced the decision to end martial law early last week, and the law was lifted on April 1.

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Prime Minister will act to solve air safety concerns

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said last week that he will use his broad power under the interim constitution to speed up all measures necessary to meet concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) over lack of capacity in Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation, concerns that had been ignored by previous governments for a decade.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said last week that he will use his broad power under the interim constitution to speed up all measures necessary to meet concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) over lack of capacity in Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation, concerns that had been ignored by previous governments for a decade. 
 
The ICAO, an arm of the United Nations, has not found any safety violations with any of Thailand’s airlines.

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