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Cannabis patent application rejection not enough: activists
Govt warned of hidden applications in the system which could undermine traditional Thai medicine

‘Drugs, alcohol behind violence’
Respondents also name family life, upbringing as causes; urge stricter enforcement of law.

Probe report to decide fate of Praram 2 Hospital today
THE HEALTH Service Support Department (HSSD) will today release the result of its investigation into Praram 2 Hospital’s handling of an acid-attack victim, who succumbed to injuries.

Boost in workers’ skills necessary to propel nation forward: minister
THE GOVERNMENT is focusing on technological enhancement to drive development, Labour Minister Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew said at the opening ceremony of the 2nd TVET (technical and vocational education and training) Forum in Bangkok yesterday.

Govt urged to control private hospital fees
Private operators must shift focus from profits to patients, say consumer groups

Call for action to halt farmers’ use of antibiotics for fish, prawn stocks as drug-resistance fears grow
Some farmers sprinkle antibiotic medicine onto their fish and prawn stocks that are kept inside floating baskets either in enclosed ponds or natural waterways, a practice that poses the dual threat of drug resistance in consumers and environmental pollution, experts at Chulalongkorn University said on Monday.

Registration opens for nationwide love-focused bike ride
Registration has opened for “Bike Un Ai Rak 2018” (“Warmth of love”) bicycle rallies to be held nationwide simultaneously on December 9 at 3pm.

55,000 police to guard 200 Loy Krathong venues nationwide
The Royal Thai Police will deploy 55,000 policemen to keep security at some 200 Loy Krathong venues around the country on Thursday night, a deputy national police chief said on Monday.

Operators of private Bangkok buses demand fare increase
Some 200 operators of private Bangkok buses rallied at the Transport Ministry Monday morning to demand an increase in fares.

Increased allowances for elderly in need proposed
Some 3.5 million elderly Thais holding state welfare cards may see their old age allowance increased to a flat rate of Bt1,000 per month to help them better cope with rising living costs, Vice Minister for Finance Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday.

Wai Sai Centre offers refuge, support for teen moms in Chiang Mai
STRESSED TEENAGED moms in a Chiang Mai community have a place of refuge in the Wai Sai Centre, which offers group counselling, along with education on safe sex and family support.

Political parties pledge to right land-rights wrongs
Democrat Party vows to pursue its unfinished agenda; future forward seeks progressive tax

More talk on Pak Bang Dam, but is anyone listening?
THE THAI delegation at a meeting this week on a third dam planned for the Lower Mekong River at Pak Bang in Laos urged the Chinese project developer, Datang Corp, to conduct a transboundary study to resolve outstanding issues.

Interest from investments in FIDF bonds exempted from income tax
THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has issued an order under Article 44 of the charter to exempt income tax on interest revenue derived from bonds issued by the Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) in a bid to boost the country’s financial system stability.

Top monk tells temples to work with locals, govt on ALRO land
THE SUPREME patriarch has recommended that Buddhist parks or monastery woodlands go fenceless and welcomes joint management through engaging with locals and government agencies.

Water resources in EEC area being studied
State agency aims to ensure that increased demands from ambitious project are met

Alert over use of amoxicillin in orange orchards
PUBLIC HEALTH Ministry officials have been instructed to check on pharmacies and antibiotics manufacturers that may have distributed amoxicillin for farms – reportedly used widely in northern and central orange orchards – as it could lead to drug resistance or even fatal allergies in humans as well as contaminating the environment.

Woman fighting case against doctor urges assistance from victims
A lawyer fighting against an obstetrician accused of molesting his patients in Nakhon Sawan province has urged more patients to come forward to reveal the truth.

Tri-party agreement signed to aid people with mental disorders
The Mental Health Department, Mahidol University (MU) and Advanced Wireless Network Co (AWN) signed a five-year Memoradum of Agreement on Thursday for the use of technology, research and knowledge to aid people with intellectual disabilities and forensic psychiatric patients in Thailand, said Mental Health Department director-general Dr Kiatipumi Wongrajit.

Chularajamontri rules measles vaccine not prohibited by Islam
The Chularajamontri, or Thailand's Islamic spiritual leader, has unofficially ruled that Muslims can receive measles vaccine, a spiritual leader in Yala said on Saturday.

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