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Security beefed up in three southern Thailand coastal provinces

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Security officials in three coastal provinces along the Andaman Sea well known as tourist attractions have been put on alert for potential violent incidents by southern militants.

Throughout Krabi province, local reporters said that tourist police on Sunday checked all the 40 surveillance cameras installed in commercial places and spots popular among vacationers to make sure they will be in working condition.

These people said that Pol Maj-Gen Worawit Panprung, commander of Krabi territorial police, ordered the security beef-up after having an intelligence record that southern militants might establish another wave of attacks towards tourist attractions in Krabi and two other coastal provinces equivalent to an arson attack throughout Ao Nang of Krabi throughout August last year.

In neighbouring Phang-nga province, police launched a criminal offenses crackdown during June 1-9 and managed to seize 17 illegal firearms, including an M16 assault rifle, 260 rounds of ammunition, 15,000 methamphetamine pills.
Similar security beef-up was also reported in Trang province where a bomb explosion took place in August last year.

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Thailand’s English proficiency falls to “very low”

The report shows that Thailand fell to 74th out of 100 countries, a 10 points drop compared to 2018, with a score of 47.62 considered a “very low” competence.

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English proficiency is not a strong point for Thais: their level is falling again for the third year in a row, according to the annual English Proficiency Index developed by EF Education First World Education Society.

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Thailand ranks 31st in WEF tourism competitiveness index

Seven of the subregion’s nine economies improved their T&T competitiveness since the last edition of the report.

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Thailand ranked 31st in the tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2019, the country has South-East Asia’s largest T&T GDP, which is reinforced by some of Asia-Pacific’s most attractive natural resources (10th) and most efficient tourist services infrastructure (14th).

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Heavy rains hit southern Thailand

The Thai Meteorological Department on Sunday morning warned of heavy rain and strong winds in the southern and eastern provinces of Ranong, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Chanthaburi and Trat on Sunday and Monday.

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Thai authorities said yesterday that more than 205 houses were damaged in the southern province of Satun struck by torrential rain and storms.

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