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Update: Tue, Sep 19 2017    

How to catch a snake

With too many snakes to catch, a tambon municipality in Khon Kaen sets up a training session. A short video shows how you too can catch a snake.



Study: Children in South 'most malnourished'

Children in Thailand's southernmost provinces are the most malnourished, compared with children living in other parts of the country, according to a Unicef-sponsored survey on the situation of children and women in the far South. The percentage of children under five in Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani, Satun and Songkhla provinces who are too short for their age is far higher than the national average, according to provincial surveys conducted by the National Statistical Office in association with Unicef.



Smugglers escape, but 400kg of marijuana dumped

Soldiers, police and Interior Ministry officials failed to catch a gang of drug smugglers in Nakhon Phanom on Monday morning. But they apparently scared them enough that 400 kilograms of marijuana was found abandoned at the roadside in central Sakon Nakhon province's Tao Ngoy district.



Psychiatric patient drowns in Uthai Thani

A psychiatric patient drowned in Uthai Thani's Thap Than district on Monday after he lost control of himself and jumped into a pond, saying somebody was about to harm him. The body of Samroeng Phakpho, 58, was found by scuba divers about an hour after he panicked and ran, then jumped into the pond in Moo 4 village in Tambon Nong Krathum at 10.30am.



Australian tourist drowns at Thailand beach

Female tourist drowns at popular Thailand beach after being swept away by powerful waves 'when she ignored red flags warning her not to swim' Ivan Fistrovic, 75, and his wife Barbara, 65, had been walking along Kamala Beach in Phuket, Thailand, on Sunday afternoon. They decided to take a quick dip in the ocean around 3pm, but reportedly ignored signs telling them not to swim.



Google Doodle Explores Thailand's First National Park

It was 55 years ago Monday when Thailand established its first natural protected area, Khao Yai National Park. To mark the birth of this tropical treasure, Google's animated slideshow celebrates the park's diverse wildlife and lush landscapes; from a mother and baby elephant, the national animal of Thailand, to the cascading natural waterfalls so sought by travelers to the country.



Uttaradit school director accused of sexual assault

Accompanied by her husband, the teacher whose name is withheld due to the nature of offence lodged a police complaint on Monday saying the alleged offences took place at her school in Nam Pat district between last December and September 1. She submitted photos and the names of other teachers at the school who were prepared to testify in support of her allegation. The teacher and witnesses said that, in the latest molestation, in a hallway near some washrooms, the school director allegedly tried to hug and kiss her.



Schools closed, pigs swept away by floods

Six schools in Chaiyaphum's Muang district were closed and businesses shut their doors on Monday due to flooding caused by tropical depression Doksuri. The municipal area was inundated, with low-lying areas under water a metre deep.



Three for questioning over civil service job rort

Three people are expected to be summonsed for questioning in connection with an alleged 30-million-baht job scam run by the operator of a tutorial school in Kalasin. Police said on Monday they have evidence suggesting the trio referred potential victims to Wirachai Kalaphakdi, 41. He offered tutoring for people required to take a mandatory civil service exam, as well as "special help" in securing jobs for his students in return for extra payment.



Red Cross urges stem cell funding

Stem cell treatment has been offered quietly by some clinics in Thailand, including the Regeneration Center of Thailand, whose website supplied this graphic. The Thai Red Cross Society has urged the government to increase funding for stem cell schemes to help people with blood diseases.



PM approves cancellation of arrival/departure card for Thai citizens

According to the Government spokesperson, the Prime Minister has approved the exemption of Thai travelers from having to fill in the arrival and departure card. The PM used provisions of Section 44 of the interim charter to effect the change, which will take effect this month.



Easy fishing in Hua Hin

Hua Hin residents enjoy an easy fishing expedition as fish and other marine life are found near the beach on Sunday. PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Hua Hin residents enjoyed a great day's fishing on Sunday - without even going out to sea.



Phichit on alert for northern run-off

PHICHIT: The provincial irrigation office is keeping a close watch on heavy rain brought by storm "Doksuri" for fear that run-off from the North could worsen the flooding situation in the province. Tinnakorn Ratanapuapan, director of the Phichit Irrigation Office, said the rain brought by storm Doksuri is threatening to send a large volume of water from the Wang Thong and Khlong Chomphu mountains to flow to Noen Maprang district in Phitsanulok and further to Sak Lek and Muang districts to the Nan river via Tambon Hua Dong.



Korat dams holding up well

Lam Takhong is one of many reservoirs in Nakhon Ratchasima ready to absorb more rainwater as storms have hit most parts of the country. NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Despite heavy rain brought by several storms causing widespread flooding in most parts of the country, the water levels behind all five major dams in this northeastern province are still well below full capacity.



Korat village threatened by elephants

Park officials and soldiers safeguard Ban Thung Takhian in Khon Buri district in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday night after about five wild elephants were seen around the area. NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Villagers of Ban Thung Takhian in tambok Khok Krachai in Khon Buri district of this northeastern province were sleepless last night as a herd of about five wild elephants appeared ready to attack, but were scared away by a number of Thap Lan National Park officials and soldiers from the 2nd Army's 3rd Artillery Battalion.



Security guard hit, killed in Khon Kaen road accident

KHON KAEN: A security guard attached to the War Veterans Organisation was killed after an accident involving his motorcycle and two cars on a bypass in Muang district early on Sunday. Pol Lt Col Nonpurich Detthanakul, deputy Muang police chief in charge of traffic, said the accident occurred at about 1am at a U-turn near Ban Nong Saeng in tambon Phra Lap on the Khon Kaen - Kalasin bypass.



Kra me a river

They say that in 1677 King Narai the Great came up with the idea of excavating a ditch for a canal from Songkhla to Burma. His French engineer de Lamar travelled to the South, looked around and reported back that it was impossible.