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15 Japanese ‘conmen' to be extradited
The authorities on Friday will extradite 15 Japanese men suspected of being members of a call-centre gang, according to acting immigration police chief Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang.

Thai couple held Indonesian ‘ice’ smuggling
A Thai couple have been arrested while allegedly attempting to smuggle 600 grammes of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” to Indonesia, the police said.

Late King’s birthday named the National Day
December 5, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, has been named the National Day and the Father’s Day.

Chinese fugitive arrested at Suvarnabhumi
A Chinese fugitive wanted on an Interpol red notice has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport, acting Immigration Police chief Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang said.

Advocates for marijuana start 270km walk
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.

Biodiversity key to every life on the planet
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.

Forums on sugar-tied power plant postponed
Khon Kaen residents fight against project due to concerns over health and ecology.

May 4 announced as official holiday to mark Coronation Day
THE CABINET yesterday announced May 4 as the official holiday for Coronation Day.

Private hospital in trouble for charging Bt30,000 for diarrhoea
A PRIVATE hospital is in hot waters for charging a patient Bt30,000 for a simple stomach infection.

Marijuana users queue up on last day for amnesty
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.

Seniors urged to build muscle strength to avoid falling
AN ANNUAL average of more than 140,000 seniors sought emergency treatment for injuries from falls over the past three years, a senior official said yesterday.

Marijuana users queue up for amnesty on last day
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.

Myanmar inmates released from Ranong Prison after royal pardon
Fifty-nine Myanmar inmates were released from Ranong Prison on Tuesday after being granted a royal pardon on the occasion of Coronation Day.

Tak local group seeks academic partner to develop medicinal marijuana
A local cannabis campaign group in Tak province is seeking collaboration in medical cannabis research in collaboration with an academic institute with aim of operating a local non-profit cannabinoid production company.

May 4 announced as new date for Coronation Day official holiday
The Cabinet on Tuesday announced May 4 as the new Coronation Day official holiday.

Tragic Phoenix goes up for auction
The double-decker cruise boat Phoenix, which sank off Phuket last July killing 47 Chinese tourists, is among 48 items that the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will auction off on Wednesday at its head office in Bangkok.

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

Medicines to be produced from seized weed
OFFICE of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) says it will be ready to distribute the 24 tonnes of cannabis now in its possession to registered institutions that will use it as the raw material for producing cannabinoid drugs.

Activists call for an end to statelessness, urge agencies to end double standards
ACTIVISTS are calling on the authorities to cut down on the red-tape and speed up the nationality verification process in order to eradicate statelessness nationwide, instead of dealing with it on a case-by-case basis.

Man charged after cleaver attack in hospital
POLICE YESTERDAY filed four criminal charges against an Ubon Ratchathani man who attacked a male rival with a cleaver while the latter was being treated for injuries in hospital.

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