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Security tightened ahead Thai coup anniversary

Some 1,950 metropolitan police began deploying across the Thai capital Tuesday, days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the September 19 coup ousting prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra,

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Some 1,950 metropolitan police began deploying across the Thai capital Tuesday, days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the September 19 coup ousting prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and a thousand more will be put on alert this Sunday.

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Chairing a video conference with senior police officers nationwide, police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree ordered his agency’s top cops across the country to tighten security and to closely monitor the political movements of the Red Shirt activists to mark the bloodless coup, police spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Prawut Thavornsiri said, adding that provincial police have been instructed to handle any crowd in accordance with the law.

Participants in the demonstrations are prohibited from causing any loss, blocking roads, obstructing the entrances of private homes and threatening and harming other people. Any violations, particularly by persons living in areas under the emergency decree, will be punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a maximum fine of Bt40,000.

via 2,000 police tighten security ahead of Sept 19 coup anniversary Red Shirt rally.

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Abuse against women still prevalent in Thailand

Like many other Asian countries, Thailand is a patriarchal society in which women are generally tied to the role of family caretaker which usually means raising children and taking care of the elderly, as well as other household chores like cooking and cleaning.

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In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

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Thai cabinet approves 350 billion baht Aid for COVID-hit Businesses

Thailand unveiled new measures to help small and medium COVID-hit businesses in the tourism industry hit by a liquidity crunch.

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The Thai cabinet has approved assistance worth 350 billion baht($11 Billion) to help businesses affected by COVID-19 with soft loans and asset warehousing.

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Thai Mango growers complain of low prices and fewer exports

Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, their mangoes are not being exported, due to fewer buyers, and their prices have plunged to between 10 and 20 baht per kilogram, depending on size.

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Mango orchard owners in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanuloke are seeking help from the provincial administration to promote the sale of their sweet fruit, particularly Barracuda Mango variety.

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