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Provincial survey carried out prior to determining principal sources of sacred water for King’s coronation

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The water from four ancient ponds of Suphanburi known as Sra Ket, Sra Kaew, Sra Ganga and Sra Yamuna.
The water from four ancient ponds of Suphanburi known as Sra Ket, Sra Kaew, Sra Ganga and Sra Yamuna.

Provincial survey carried out prior to determining principal sources of sacred water for King’s coronation

national January 23, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

MORE THAN 100 water sources in 76 provinces have been surveyed for a careful selection process to determine the principal sources of sacred water to be used in the elaborate “Rachaphisek” coronation rite for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on May 4-6.

Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda yesterday said he had instructed officials in the provinces to survey 107 water sources in order to select the principal sources for sacred water and to carry out landscaping arrangements for the rite.

“Abhisek” sacred water will be collected from each chosen source in accordance with ancient tradition, he said.

In coronation rites for King Rama I to Rama IV, the water used in the purification bath of the King on the morning of coronation day was collected from six principal sources, in line with the tradition of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

The water from four ancient ponds of Suphanburi known as Sra Ket, Sra Kaew, Sra Ganga and Sra Yamuna was counted as one source combined with those from the “Benjasuthiganga” five principle rivers in the Kingdom. These were the Phetchaburi River (collected in tambon Tha Chai of Phetchanburi’s Muang district), the Ratchaburi River (collected from tambon Dawadeung in Samut Songkhram’s Muang district), the Chao Phraya River (collected from tambon Bang Kaew in Ang Thong’s Muang district), the Pa Sak River (collected from tambon Tha Rap in Sara Buri’s Muang district), and the Bang Pakong River (collected from Phra Ajarn Pond in Nakhon Nayok’s Muang district).

Later, the second coronation rite (after leaving monkhood) for King Rama V in 1873 added water from another five sources in India known as “Panjamahanathee” – the five ancient Indian rivers of the Ganges (Ganga), the Mahi, the Yamuna, the Sarayu and the Achiravati.

That brought the number of water sources used in the coronation rites to 11.

King Rama VI’s first coronation rite used the same 11 water sources and his second coronation rite used the “Abhisek” sacred water consecrated at 17 sites.

The 17 sites included 10 important Buddhist temples across the country such as Wat Borommathat of Chai Nat, Wat Mahathat of Phetchabun, Wat Klang of Nakhon Ratchasima, Wat Sothon of Chacherngsao, Wat Thong of Phuket and Wat Phrathat Chaiya of Chumphon.

The coronation rites for King Rama VII and King Rama IX used sacred water anointed at 18 sites.

The rite for King Rama VII had added Bung Phra Lanchai in Roi Et to the existing 17 sites and shifted from Wat Mahathat of Phetchabun to use Phra That Cho Hae of Phrae instead.

The rite for King Rama IX maintained the number of 18 sites but shifted from Phra That Chor Hae to use Phra That Chae Haeng of Nan instead.

The consecrated water from each source will be sent to Bangkok before the coronation ceremonies and enshrined at the Ubosot of Wat Phra Kaew until the rite.

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Controlling medical prices pose a tough test

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Controlling medical prices pose a tough test

national January 23, 2019 01:00

By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA,
WICHIT CHAITRONG
THE NATION

PRIVATE HOSPITALS WARN OF THREAT TO MEDICAL HUB POLICY, BUSINESSES MOVING OUT; CITIZENS TO MONITOR GOVT MOVES

WITH THE Cabinet approving the resolution to control the prices of medical supplies and services yesterday, a bigger test awaits the government as to whether it will be able to ensure implementation.

Complaints are now growing from private medical facilities that warn the regulation poses a threat to make the country a medical hub and also denies people alternatives. And now claims are being made that people buying health insurance will also bear the brunt.

“We will monitor the government’s next moves closely,” Supatra Nacapew, the chief of the Independent Consumer Protection Committee’s sub-panel on food, drugs and other health products, said yesterday.

She pointed out that the government had in the past failed to implement control over medicines.

While medicines have been on the controlled list since early 2018, their prices remain exceptionally high at private hospitals.

“Medicine prices at some private hospitals are between 70 and 400 times higher than the prices charged elsewhere,” Supatra said.

Regarding implementing the controls, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said a subcommittee would be established to prepare measures that would be fair to all.

“This subcommittee will include representatives from various sides such as the Commerce Ministry, the Public Health Ministry, private hospitals and consumers,” he said.

Sontirat is trying to downplay concerns that government control over the prices of medical supplies and services would seriously damage the country’s private medical-care sector.

“It’s not true that we will be setting the ceiling for private hospitals’ fees,” he said.

Sontirat

He pointed out that authorities had never before set the price ceiling for items on the Commerce Ministry’s controlled-product list, with the exception of sugar.

“As for all other items, we have only checked the cost to ensure these items are reasonably priced,” he said.

Supatra is not happy with Sontirat’s explanation. “The minister should not jump quickly to such a conclusion,” she said.

Supatra said other countries, including Singapore, had successfully set a price ceiling for their private hospitals – at up to 2.5 times higher than the rate charged by state hospitals.

Commitee of Foungdation for consumers press conference .

Dr Aurchat Kanjanapitak, a former president of the Private Hospital Association of Thailand, said private medical facilities would definitely comply with the Cabinet resolution but seek to stay afloat at the same time.

“This means we will list the costs of various services including patient transport, registration service, reception services and drug-stock management on medical bills. These items used to be grouped under the prices of medicines,” Aurchat said.

He believed such a move would affect health-insurance policyholders, most of whom are eligible to claim reimbursements for medicines only.

“The Office of Insurance Commission will have to think about solutions,” Aurchat said.

He added that if the controls were too strict, private hospitals might consider relocating their businesses to neighbouring countries.

“It should be noted that more than 300 private hospitals have generated more than Bt10 billion for the state,” Aurchat said.

According to him, after Singapore introduced controls on the price charged by its private hospitals, it lost business opportunities to Thailand.

“Should we go down the same path?” he asked.

Aurchat believed the strict control of private hospitals’ prices would please only about two per cent of hospital patients, and upset the rest.

In his opinion, the subcommittee should be flexible in a bid to minimise the negative impact. The president of the Thai Medical Error Network, Preeyanan Lorsermvattana, said if a ceiling were not set, there would be the risk of private hospitals charging whatever they wanted.

Preeyanan also pushed for a One Stop Service Command to help investigate whether medical facilities flouted the price controls.

“Don’t just approve the price controls in principle. The government must show actual implementation if it does not just intend to fool people,” she said.

Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) research director Somchai Jitsuchon said the first step should be to require private hospitals to make their service prices public.

“Patients should know the price before they go to the hospitals,” he said, “Price announcement will encourage competition.”

He disagreed with the suggestion of setting a price ceiling.

Viroj Na Ranong, another TDRI research director, said there were many factors behind private hospitals’ increasing prices. Among them are increasingly advanced technologies and growing medical tourism.

In his view, private hospitals will find ways to circumvent the government rules in the end, no mater what control measures are introduced.

“In the short run, their prices may be controlled. In the long run, they will find ways to charge patients more,” he said.

On medical tourists, Viroj suggested that the government should collect a specific tax from them.

“These medical tourists do not have to shoulder the cost of medical training shouldered by Thai taxpayers. So, they should pay additional taxes,” he said.

Four held after bid to smuggle animal parts into Laos foiled

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • The Provincial Police Region 1 yesterday present to the press the 1,666 wild bear claws worth about Bt8 million that were seized in Ayutthaya from a gang of wildlife smugglers on January 10.

Four held after bid to smuggle animal parts into Laos foiled

national January 23, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

A TIMELY police crackdown on a gang involved in transnational wildlife smuggling yielded more than 1,600 pieces of bear claws and tiger parts that were about to be smuggled into Laos.

Laotian Katai Sisuwan, 28, Thai Thammanoon Kongdee, 44, Thai Warapong Panjam, 58, and Vietnam national Nguyen Wan Herb, 39, were arrested, police told a press conference yesterday morning.

Katai Sisuwan was arrested on Saturday after investigators received a tip-off about an attempt to smuggle wildlife parts to Laos via the international Bangkok-Pakse bus route, Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander General Chalermkiet Srivorakarn said.

Police stopped the bus at Amphoe Wang Noi in Ayutthaya province for a search and found a bag containing animal parts and bones inside. Experts later revealed that there were four tiger bones and 1,666 pieces of bear claws, possibly belonging to over 83 Asian black bears, a protected species. The haul was estimated to be worth more than Bt8 million, he added.

The bag belonged to the bus driver – Laotian national Kratai Sisuwan – who confessed he had received it from a Vietnamese man called Min. He said he had been commissioned to hand it over to a Laotian male customer, aged about 30, who was waiting for him in Pakse.

His arrest led to the arrest of other members of the smuggling network, which also included Warapong and Nguyen, who packed the bag and facilitated the transportation for Kratai. Thammanoon reportedly collected the animal parts for them. Police also confiscated other animals like a hawksbill sea turtle and a green turtle from his house.

After Thammanoon received the goods from his sources, he handed them over to Warapong and Nguyen to pack them in the bag. He assigned Kratai, who works as a bus driver, to deliver it to a customer in a third country.

Investigation revealed that the claws were meant for making amulets, as people believed they could protect wearers from harm. They could be sold for Bt700 each and after they were made into jewellery and amulets they could be sold for as much as Bt8,000 to Bt10,000. Tiger bones were intended for use in traditional medicine.

Police said the four men confessed to their crime and were charged with possessing carcasses of protected or reserved wild animals without permission and concealing, selling or transporting carcasses of protected or reserved wild animals.

The group had allegedly engaged in smuggling more than 10 times and also had links to online wildlife traffickers in many provinces in Thailand as well as Laos, Vietnam and China.

Police will continue the investigation to bring those related to the gang to prosecution.

Special report : The deadly wave that changed everything for some Laotians

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Special report : The deadly wave that changed everything for some Laotians

big read January 23, 2019 01:00

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
THE NATION
ATTAPEU, LAOS

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THE LIVES of dam disaster victims in southern Laos have changed for the worse six months after a deadly wave brought by flash floods following the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoi dam washed away their properties, their loved ones, their dreams and hopes for the future.

Chang Sithanon is a 13-year-old Lao boy from the small rural village of Ban Samong in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province. He was a playful teenager, who loved to swim in the river and play in the field with his many friends. He had a loving family consisting of his father and mother, and a nearby uncle and male cousin, who was a little older than him.

But life unexpectedly turned upside-down on the night of July 23 – a full six months ago today. Chang, who now resides at Pindong camp, remembers clearly the nightmare of that night when he lost his family members, his normal teenage life and his dreams for the future.

Calm before the storm

Following heavy rains over the previous few days, the afternoon of that Monday in late July was dry with a partially overcast sky, with no portents of the tragic disaster about to befall the peaceful farming villages along Xe Pian River.

Chang recalls that after finishing school for the day, he went directly for a sleepover to his cousin’s house at Ban Thasangchan, which was located about three kilometres upriver on the opposite bank from his home.

The river water was high, fast-flowing and had already flooded the low-lying plains, but Chang was not concerned as the river often overflowed and flooded the riverside communities. He continued the journey to his cousin’s house, which also sat beside the river.

There was no alarm about the dangerous condition of the dam upriver, which was by then close to collapse. Neither was there a flash-flood warning, Chang said, and so they continued as usual with their activities and dinner that evening without realising that a wall of water as high as 16 metres was crashing down the river right towards them.

In a shivering voice with tears in his eyes, Chang recounted his memories of that night, beginning with the high wave of a flash flood slamming into his uncle’s house with a force that shook the building.

The water level rose rapidly and uprooted trees, and the debris from destroyed houses upstream slammed into the family’s home.

As the house began to crack and crumble, Chang held his cousin’s hand tight and together they jumped into the raging torrent in the darkness. The current overwhelmed them, the pair lost their handgrip and the wave separated the teens, carrying Chang’s cousin away into the darkness. It was the last time Chang saw his cousin.

The boy tumbled onto a big tree and luckily was able to grab the branches and climb to safety. Chang remained alone in the dark for a while until, to his surprise, his parents found him.

He was later told that his uncle’s family had been wiped out that night, and also many of his friends. His uncle’s house and also his parents’ house were completely destroyed.

“I was so terrified,” he recalled. “I am now afraid of floods. After the incident, I never look at the river the same way again.”

According to the official record of Lao authorities, the devastating dam disaster claimed 40 lives, caused more than Bt3 billion in economic damage, and displaced more than 4,000 people. That is the official tally. However, unofficial estimates place the death toll at over 100, as many people remain missing six months after the deluge in the remote area.

Thoon Sithanon, Chang’s mother, says the flood completely changed her family’s fate. All of their property, belongings, and even the little money they had been able to save were washed away in the deadly wave.

They stayed in a tent at the Pindong camp for the flood survivors. Lao authorities have not given the victims permission to move back to their former properties. Thoon says the quality of life inside the camp is poor; it is crowded, lacks clean water and the supply of food is inadequate, she says, and so her family moved back to their home.

“Our homes are gone. Our farms are gone and we have nothing left after the flood. But at least at our old home we have a better chance to survive, as we have the space to rebuild our house and we can access fish and clean water from the river,” she said.

Even though they must start all over again to regain their livelihood, she insists her family will eventually overcome their struggles.

As for Chang – his life has changed drastically after the disaster. His responsibilities towards the family have increased. He now works to find food and earn an income to help his parents. “I have to overcome my fear of the river and help my father fishing,” he said. “Now, I am no longer afraid of the river.” But he admits that now he has a deep fear of fast-rising floodwaters.

He, however, clings to the possibility of a better life.

“My hope now is to help my family rebuild our lives,” he said, “but I still have a dream that I can go back to school and further study at university one day.”

This is the second in a series of reports on the fallout of the disaster at the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam in southern Laos. The next report, on January 28, will focus on the continuing physical and emotional scars endured by the victims of the dam disaster.

Bangkok air hits ‘code red’ while authorities resist strong measures

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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One of 25 drones released yesterday sprays chemicals over Vachirabenjatas Park in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district to reduce the amount of hazardous PM2.5 dust particles.
One of 25 drones released yesterday sprays chemicals over Vachirabenjatas Park in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district to reduce the amount of hazardous PM2.5 dust particles.

Bangkok air hits ‘code red’ while authorities resist strong measures

national January 23, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

THE CAPITAL’S air pollution situation became more severe yesterday, as the quantity of dangerous PM2.5 particles rose to code-red status of above 90 micrograms per cubic metre of air at many locations. If the level remains that high for three consecutive days, drastic measures may be implemented, perhaps including a ban on the use of cars by 2 million civil servants.

Nearly 10 Bangkok areas were at 7.15am yesterday flagged “code red”, which is triggered when particles with diameters sized at or below 2.5 micrometres reach 90 micrograms per cubic metre of air. More than 30 areas were designated “code orange”, which denotes the beginning of negative health effects, a report by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Environment Office’s Air Quality Division said.

The safe limit in Thailand is considered under 50 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air, whereas the World Health Organisation pegs it at 25 micrograms.

The red-coded areas include the Thanon Tok intersection in Bang Kho Laem district with the highest level at 101 micrograms; outside Siam University in Phasi Charoen district with 100 micrograms; Mahaisawan intersection in Thon Buri district with 95 micograms; roadside area in Bang Khunthien district with 95 micrograms; roadside area near Bang Phlat District Office with 94 micrograms; and Sanam Luang in Phra Nakhon district with 96 micrograms.The BMA report, available via bangkokairquality.com, provides the capital city’s readings for PM10 and PM2.5 levels over the past 24 hours.

Thai workers spray water into the air along the main road in the city in an attempt to ease the effects of bad pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 January 2019.// EPA-EFE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) said in its daily update on the PM2.5 situation that 40 areas of greater Bangkok had yesterday morning reported levels of PM2.5 above what is considered safe. Seven roadside locales (each equipped with an air quality-measuring station) were flagged with the code-red status, the PCD said, while attributing the pollution to the lack of rain and absence of strong winds. The PCD has predicted that there may be less pollution today as stronger winds are expected, though the PM2.5 level would remain within “starting to affect health” level.

The related state agencies are so far standing firm following their conclusion at a Monday meeting that “the smog is still not critical enough to declare the capital a pollution-control area, which might affect tourism and the business sector”, as PCD director-general Pralong Damrongthai later told reporters.

The agencies were instead recommending other pollution-tackling measures to the prime minister including increasing mobile units to detect vehicles with black exhaust smoke in the inner city; checking the condition of city buses; and intensifying rain-making operations later this week, Pralong said.

If the PM2.5 rises beyond 90 micrograms per cubic metre of air for three consecutive days, more intense controls on road traffic and construction sites will be imposed, Pralong said.

The measures could include reducing the number of cars on the road, beginning with asking civil servants and state personnel to avoid driving to work.

If more intensive measures failed to curb pollution, the city may be announced as a controlled are under the Public Health Act, Pralong said on Monday.

More drastic measures are available and could be triggered, such as declaring the capital a “pollution-control area” under Article 9 of the Promotion and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act. However, Pralong said that would be a last resort, as it would yield negative impacts.

Despite the gradual approach being taken, Pralong insisted that people’s health is of the highest priority.

Meanwhile, independent environmental health expert Sonthi Kotchawat said in a recent Facebook post that the government’s gesture on Monday had made him believe that it does not care about people’s health – unlike how governments in developed countries perceived their citizens. He said US and European governments have set an Air Quality Index for Health (AQIH) and implement measures to contain the problem before the situation escalated.

If the AQIH reading reached 7 to 9 (having 54 to 70 micrograms of PM2.5 over 24 hours), public members, especially “sensitive receptor” children and the elderly, are advised to reduce outdoor activity and warned of eye irritation and coughing, said Sonthi. The governments also launch measures to tackle the pollution at the source, he said.

If the AQIH reading stands at 10 or above (more than 70 micrograms of PM2.5) people have to wear masks while outside, all outdoor activities stopped and classes suspended, while the government declares a pollution-control area to allow immediate implementation of strict measures, he said.

Sonthi said it was imperative that the government took action immediately as many areas in greater Bangkok have 70 to 85 micrograms of PM2.5. The authorities should not wait for PM2.5 levels to exceed 90 micrograms for three consecutive days before they implement more drastic measures, he warned.

German man arrested for stealing passenger’s luggage at airport

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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German man arrested for stealing passenger’s luggage at airport

national January 22, 2019 21:00

By The Nation

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A 39-year-old German man, who is wanted in connection with the theft of a British tourist’s luggage from Suvarnabhumi Airport on December 13, has been arrested while trying to leave Thailand via a border checkpoint in Trat province.

The German suspect, Michael Joerg, was

identified by CCTV footage as the person who took the man’s luggage from a conveyor belt for arriving passengers and then fled by taxi.

The police later identified the suspect and secured a warrant for his arrest from Samut Prakan Court.

After the suspect’s arrest on Saturday afternoon at the Ban Hat Lek border checkpoint, he was sent to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for questioning, during which he allegedly confessed to the theft and also told police he had done similar crimes at the airport several times before.

He reportedly told police he would usually sell the stolen valuables, then leave the country via a border province before returning to steal in Thailand again.

Police initially charged him with theft at an airport, which is punishable by a jail term of 1-5 years and/or a fine of Bt20,000 to Bt100,000.

Five emergency lanes now in use in Bangkok

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Five emergency lanes now in use in Bangkok

national January 22, 2019 19:30

By The Nation

Five special lanes for ambulances are now in use near Bangkok hospitals, a senior Bangkok Metropolitan Administration official said on Tuesday.

Panurak Klunnurak, director of the BMA’s Traffic and Transport Department, said the BMA had cooperated with traffic police to open five special lanes for ambulances, called “emergency lanes”, on five roads to allow them to reach hospitals faster instead of being stranded in traffic.

The five routes with an emergency lane are:

1. From the spot under the Din Daeng expressway at the Din Daeng triangle to the flyover at the Din Daeng intersection, onwards to the Victory Monument past Soi Ratchavithi 13 to Ratchavithi Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated the emergency lane.

2. From the Naralom intersection on Silom Road to Lerdsin Hospital. Half of the second and third lanes have been designated as an emergency lane.

3. From the Sua Pa intersection on Sua Pa road to the BMA’s Central Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.

4. From Yukol 2 Road to Bamrung Muang Road, onwards to the BMA’s Central Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.

5. From the Thanon Tok intersection of Thanon Tok Road to Charoen Krung Pracharak Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.

Panurak explained that normal vehicles could in drive in the emergency lanes, but they must move aside to make way once there is an ambulance behind them.

The emergency lanes have been designated following several cases reported on social media that vehicles would not move aside for ambulances to pass through, and that some cases had led to the deaths of patients who failed to reach hospital in time.

Investigation finds Thai wild tigers targeted by foreign professional gangs

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Vietnamese poachers recorded their kills of wild tigers in Thailand.
  • Vietnamese poachers recorded their kills of wild tigers in Thailand.

Investigation finds Thai wild tigers targeted by foreign professional gangs

national January 22, 2019 19:28

By The Nation

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New findings from a three-month investigation have revealed that professional gangs were dispatched across Thailand’s borders to target the Kingdom’s wild tigers.

Freeland, a Bangkok-based international non-governmental organisation working in Asia on environmental conservation and human rights, on Tuesday congratulated Thai authorities for making this discovery and already arresting one of the gangs.

The investigation was initiated after the successful arrest of two Vietnamese men by Thai police in late October following a tip-off from a Thai driver-for-hire.

The driver had been travelling between the west-central towns of Tak and Phitsanulok when he considered the baggage belonging to two foreign customers to be suspicious, so he called the police.

Police officers stopped the vehicle, inspected the bag, and discovered a fresh tiger skeleton inside.

 

Thai police inspect the remains of a poached tiger.

 

They arrested the owners of the bag, took the suspects and the tiger remains to Nakhon Sawan police station, and inspected the suspects’ belongings, including their phones.

Police then contacted Freeland for analytical assistance.

The NGO’s forensics experts were dispatched to the scene and provided on-the-job training.

Using Cellebrite digital forensics technology, police found evidence that the poachers, originating from Vietnam, had crossed Laos into Thailand for targeted hunting in the Kingdom’s forests.

The poachers documented their trips on their phones, including tiger kills.

Freeland believes the poachers were working on assignment from a Vietnamese criminal syndicate.

“We do not think this was the poachers’ first time in Thailand, and we have reason to believe they were planning to strike again,” said Sangchai, director of Freeland-Thailand.

Following the discovery of the gang and the poached tiger, Thai rangers were put on high alert.

“This gang has been removed as a threat, but we should be aware that whoever employed them may dispatch more hunters to kill our country’s tigers,” said Petcharat, adding, “Police, rangers and the public must remain vigilant.”

Freeland is now trying to create an information exchange to suppress cross-border poaching and trafficking, which it believes extends to the criminal exploitation of rosewood trees.

KKU seeks more donated flowers as million people expected at Luang Phor Koon cremation

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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KKU seeks more donated flowers as million people expected at Luang Phor Koon cremation

national January 22, 2019 19:00

By Sumalee Suwannakorn
The Nation

Khon Kaen University (KKU) has asked for additional donations amounting to 200,000 rose-patterned funeral flowers, as the prepared 800,000 flowers are not enough to support the one million people expected to turn up to pay their respects to the late much-revered northeastern monk, Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho.

Meanwhile, a large crowd on Tuesday continued to pay respect to the monk’s body, which is among the KKU Faculty of Medicine’s 647 “Khru Yai” cadavers placed for Abhidhamma prayers at the KKU Golden Jubilee Convention Hall since Monday, before the royally sponsored cremation rites are held on January 29 for 144 “Khru Yai” cadavers, including that of Luang Phor Koon.

The late abbot of Wat Bai Rai in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Dan Khun Thot district will be cremated in a “one-of-a-kind art masterpiece” temporary crematorium erected at Buddhamonton Isan, a religious venue within the Wat Nong Waeng compound in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district.

KKU’s rector assistant for human resources, Jongrak Hong-ngam, in her capacity as head of funeral flower-making for Luang Phor Koon’s cremation, on Tuesday said the university had prepared 800,000 funeral flowers, an amount that was now deemed insufficient by a revised assessment based of the crowd that turned out on Monday night.

Another 200,000 funeral flowers were therefore needed, as one million people were expected to pay respect to the late monk, she said, adding that those wishing to donate the rose-patterned funeral flowers can contact officials at the funeral-flower distribution point in front of the hall.

Luang Phor Koon, died at the age of 92 on May 16, 2015.

His will donated his body for medical research at KKU and requested that the body be later cremated to avoid a “burden to others” or of anyone taking advantage of his body, as well as preventing conflicts among his disciples.

Army plans to have soldiers ordained, posted to temples in troubled South: Army chief

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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File photo : Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong
File photo : Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong

Army plans to have soldiers ordained, posted  to temples in troubled South: Army chief

national January 22, 2019 16:54

By Narong Nuansakul
The Nation

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The Army plans to have some of its soldiers ordained into the monkhood and assigned to posts in temples, Commander in Chief General Apirat Kongsompong said on Tuesday.

Having soldiers as monks in temples will create confidence and ease concerns among the public and other monks over their safety. Apirat said soldiers will join the plan voluntarily.

Apirat was speaking after visiting Rattananuparb Temple in Narathiwat’s Sungai Padi district, which was attacked by armed militants last week.

The temple’s abbot and his deputy were killed instantly after being shot at close range, while many other monks were injured in the attack.

This was the first time that a temple and its monks had become the targets of such an ambush.

Apirat on Tuesday attended both monks’ funerals in the presence of senior provincial officials, including Narathiwat Governor Ekkarat Leesen, and Buddhist monks and Muslim leaders.

The Army chief also talked to local residents, both Buddhists and Muslims, telling them that the attack had been an isolated case and carried out by individuals who were trying to drag the differences between religions into the ongoing conflict in the deep South, aiming to widen it.

Therefore, no one should not fall into the trap laid by the culprits, he stressed, adding that he was pleased to see both Buddhists and Muslims attend the funerals of the monks.

Apirat then left for Chulabhorn Army Camp in Narathiwat’s Mueang district to attend a meeting held to review measures and systems aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of Friday’s violent incident.

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