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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – Harry Potter monks in deep trouble

Via: The Phuket News

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BANGKOK: The National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has condemned two Harry Potteresque monks pictured riding broomsticks to hilarious effect.

Although their attempt to imitate Harry Potter was probably a passing moment of silliness and not a rite of dark sorcery, others were Not Amused. NOB Director Nopparat Benjawattananan said today (July 10) that the monks in the widely shared photo acted inappropriately and lack discipline. The organization will identify them, he said; they deserve punishment. Nopparat said the only clue to locating the mischievous monks was that they live somewhere in the north.

http://www.thephuketnews.com/harry-potter-monks-in-deep-trouble-47302.php

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July 11, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – Commander Welcomes New Submarine Centre, Despite Lack of Subs – ‘a mai pen lai moment’

Via: The Phuket News

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“I think [that having submarines] are necessary because it makes our navy more dynamic and it will be useful for self-defence in the Gulf [of Thailand],” said Panu Punyavirocha, commander of Thailand’s submarine unit.

The centre, equipped with a German-made submarine simulator (See Photo), was opened on Monday to train combat-ready personnel in case the country does acquire submarines.

The navy has been petitioning the government to purchase the vessels.

The navy also plans to send officers for training in Germany to gain knowledge about modern submarine warfare.

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Critics of the navy’s submarine plans point to the navy’s purchase of the aircraft carrier Chakri Nareubet, which the navy had also described as necessary for defence.

Due to budget cutbacks the carrier currently sits at anchor year round serving as a museum ship.

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http://www.thephuketnews.com/thai-commander-welcomes-new-submarine-centre-despite-lack-of-subs-47278.php#sthash.2I4WLCHc.dpuf

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July 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – ‘Photo of the Day’

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‘Baby Rice Field’ @ Mae Jam by wanas by wanas

http://500px.com/photo/75435989/baby-rice-field-@-mae-jam-by-wanasapong-jaiinpol

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July 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pattaya – Police Crack Down On Prostitutes On Streets

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The police of Pattaya city police station, Chonburi province, leaded by Pol.Capt. Netithorn Rattanasuchanan (Deputy Inspector of Pattaya city police station, Chonburi province) and forces of police and volunteer police teams and over 20 officers of the special detachment of Chonburi Provincial Police Station (both in uniform and plainclothes ) together suppressed and arrested groups of woman and lady boy prostitutes that loitered to offer foreign tourists sexual services on Pattaya beach and Walking Street.

Pol.Col. Supphathee Boonkhrong (Deputy Commander of Chonburi provincial police station, Acting Superintendent of Pattaya city police station) emphasized on suppressing and arresting such offenders in order to improve the image of Pattaya city and to prevent crimes that may be committed by the groups of woman and lady boy prostitutes.

During the sweep the police arrested over 60 defendants including females and lady boy prostitutes and also could arrest over 10 females from Madagascan. The police detained all the defendants and sent them to Pattaya city police station in order to check their criminal history and to record their details before prosecuting them in the allegation of pestering other people for sexual services in a public area. They were all fined around 500 THB ($15.38 USD) before letting them go.

http://www.pattayadailynews.com/pattaya-news/2014/07/02/police-crack-down-on-prostitutes-on-pattaya-streets/

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personal thought:

For the last few years, the fine was 100 THB. At 500 THB it might (???) be more effective, but I doubt it.

HAPPY HOLIDAY!

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July 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment