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    Critics dismiss army's local defence scheme

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 17/11/2014

    » Yala — The 4th Army commander has pronounced the so-called "Thung Yang Daeng model" — new security provisions utilising armed civic defence volunteers and siren systems to alert defenders to attacks — a success and said it will be used in other areas of the restive South.

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    Pattani bomb kills waitress

    Online Reporters, Published on 31/10/2014

    » At least one person was killed and two injured in separate bomb attacks at three different restaurants in Muang district of Pattani province on Friday evening, police said.

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    A model community

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 17/08/2017

    » Somjit Bunraknang, 67, weaves a shrimp by using dry palm leaves. She sits inside a gazebo of her neighbour's house in Ban Ram Daeng in Singha Nakhon district in Songkhla. Despite her impaired right eye, she can skilfully fold the leaves to make fish, grasshoppers, birds, pencil containers and baskets.

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    Thai universities in drastic decline

    News, Published on 19/02/2018

    » Thai universities are failing abysmally, according to this year's Asia University Rankings (AUR). Seven of the top 10 Thai universities scored lower than last year, while two obtained the same ranking and only one advanced.

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    Getting the green light on electric cars

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 30/10/2016

    » As of Sept 30, Thailand had 52 electric sedans on the road. There are roughly 1.3 million electric cars on the roads worldwide, but with fears batteries will flatten in traffic or flooding will lead to lasting damage, Thai drivers have been slow on the uptake.

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    Coming to terms

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/11/2017

    » A man with short hair -- wearing a sarong around his chest the way a woman would -- is seen frolicking alone happily on a crowded beach. Lost in his own world, he seems unfazed by the scrutiny and strange looks from children, women in hijab, and men in skullcap. In the background, the sound of Islamic prayers can be heard.

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    The bats are on the wing

    Brunch, Published on 17/07/2016

    » In last week's Green Fingers, I mentioned that my friend, who lives in California, said that US farm owners hired flocks of sheep to graze on their farms. "It's cheaper than hiring workers to clear the land of grass," he said. I thought he was pulling my leg, but just because the practice is unheard of in Thailand does not mean it's implausible. I just read that Google hires 200 goats regularly to chew away grass in its lawns rather than use lawnmowers.

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    Will Nepenthes suratensis make bail?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/06/2015

    » Kanchanadit district of Surat Thani province boasts a botanical uniqueness — it is a home to Nepenthes suratensis, a species of tropical pitcher plant endemic to the southern region of Thailand. An exotic, brightly coloured specimen, the plant is also a critically endangered one. Only a few hundred are currently growing in the wild in this area.

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    Out in the South

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 19/06/2016

    » Mo was born and raised in an isolated Muslim village not far from Pattani city in the South.

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    Passing the smell test

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 17/04/2016

    » Ten years ago, Kriepob Limkangwalmongkol wrote to say that Phuket, where he lived, had many Chinese Taoist temples and they burned quite a lot of mai juang, or theptaro wood, to cleanse the atmosphere during their numerous ceremonies, especially during the annual vegetarian festival.

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