Dtac taps Nokia to revamp core network


Thailand's Dtac has become the market's first mobile operator to implement an SDN-ready IP/optical network using equipment from Nokia.

Dtac is implementing the technology to replace its existing IP core routing and DWDM infrastructure, in order to achieve the capacity to serve Thailand's fast-growing mobile subscriber base.

The deployment also includes Nokia's security gateway for Dtac's LTE network.

“Over the last two years we've seen demand for mobile broadband grow exponentially,” Dtac CTO Prathet Tankuranun said.

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Thai Navy to buy and help harvest rice as farmers struggle


The Thai navy will buy rice directly from farmers and assign naval ratings to help them harvest their grain, a navy spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps by the military junta to soften the impact of falling prices on farming communities.

On Monday, the country's rice committee announced new loan schemes worth $514 million to help rice growers, as the junta looked to gain support in rural areas ahead of an election next year.

Rice prices in Thailand hit a 13-month low last week, hurting farmers in the world's second-largest rice exporter. Rice exports account for around 10 percent of Thailand's gross domestic product.

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The Origin of Our Domesticated Dogs


The dog, Canis lupus familiaris, was the first animal, and the only large carnivore, to be domesticated. Yet its origins remain a mystery. Now, an unprecedented global collaboration of scientists is at last unraveling the tangled story hidden in dogs DNA.

For years, getting researchers to pinpoint the origin of man’s best friend was like walking into a room full of dog owners and asking, ‘Who’s a good boy?’ Everyone would promote, with utmost confidence, their own pet theory.

Recent genetic studies have placed ground zero for dog domestication in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia. And they date dog origins anywhere between 10,000 and 38,000 years ago.

Some of these contradictory results arise from dogs’ complex history with humans and other canids. Once domesticated, dogs proved valuable in myriad ways: guards, hunters, shepherds, pack animals, sled pullers.

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New Zealand Ambassador distributes 5000 New Zealand apples to mourners


The New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand and his family today distributed 5,000 New Zealand apples to the public coming to mourn the passing of His Majesty the late King.

Anti-Human Trafficking Division Commander Kornchai Khlaikhleung welcomed Mr. Ben King, the New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand, who came to distribute 5,000 New Zealand apples to people who are mourning the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The welcome took place at the Central Investigation Bureau's Joint Administration Center, Ratchaworadit pier, Navy Club.

The Commander of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division said that the New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand coordinated with the Central Investigation Bureau to express loyalty to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as he realized that all Thai people love His Majesty very much and the ambassador wished to take part in providing moral support to the Thai people by distributing New Zealand apples.

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Grow your Own Basil for Freshest Taste


Although the Italians might have made basil their own, they’re comparatively recent adopters. Ocimum basilicum was originally a weedy plant of forest clearings, probably native to India, and its plant varieties are found in cuisines as disparate as Thai cooking, South Indian, Greek and Mexican.

In the garden, like any from the wet tropics, basil flavors moisture, warm soil and sun. Other conditions either slow it down or kill it outright. Even in upper North-Thailand, basil will struggle in the cold season.

To ensure a good supply of tender young leaves throughout the season, sow basil seeds in the beginning of the wet season. In dark, damp conditions basil seedlings are prone to fungal disease and at all stages, basil can be plagued by slugs and snails.

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Sanam Luang area open-for public to stay overnight


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has designated Sanam Luang area to serve as the public's overnight accommodation area for the general public from outside Bangkok.

The BMA’s City Law Enforcement Department Police Colonel Phichai Kriang watthanasiri, said that the BMA has opened Sanam Luang area to accommodate mourners nationwide. However, the general public using the area are strictly prohibited to cook food, shower or hang their clothes in the grounds of Sanam Luang.

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Internal Trade Department inspect prices of black apparel


The Internal Trade Department has been closely monitoring prices of black apparel, due to high public demand.

The Internal Trade Department's Director General Nanthawan Sakuntanak disclosed that she dispatched patrol officers to monitor the sales of black apparel, to ensure black attire are sufficient supplied at reasonable prices for the public who would like to buy black apparel during the national mourning period for the late His Majesty the King.

Patrol officers would visit clothes markets, shops, and wholesale and retail malls as there is a significant increase in demand, and to ensure the price tags of black attire are not hiked during this period. Entrepreneurs have also been instructed to clearly attach the price tags on their clothes.

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Udon Thani holds disaster prevention meeting


Udon Thani officials have reported its 15 dams are registering higher water levels than the same period last year, recommending residents closely follow Meteorological Department reports.

Udon Thani Governor Chaiyawut Chantara, chairing the third provincial disaster prevention and mitigation meeting for the year, received a briefing indicating water levels in the province’s 15 dams have averaged higher than last year but not by much. The meeting noted that the cold season is predicted to see lower temperatures this year and that the public should be warned to take caution by as soon as later this month.

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Investing the Correct Way


Deciding how to invest is a formidable task. Like businesses, there is no single set of rules to be followed. We have to rely to be followed. We have to rely on experiences and intuitions. The following characteristics may be considered:

The most important habit for anyone to develop is to save and keep saving regularly. Second, understand the extraordinary power of compounding. The third important habit is capital preservation.

It is important to know how much money you are prepared to put aside for investments and for how long. You may require investment planning and should consider some of the categories shown below.

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Drinking Sake in Thailand


A long time ago, sake was quite heavy in taste and less refined than the sake we know today – which was why people often warmed it up to enhance the flavor. Modern sake is made from polished rice to eliminate the unwanted flavors that come from the outer layer of the grain, the smaller the rice is polished, the finer the sake will be.

There are now many different categories of sake (classified depending on the degree of rice polishing, combined with other raw ingredients used) and most of them are suitable to drink chilled. However, there are sakes that are best enjoyed when warm, like Yamahai, Junmai, Kimoto and sometimes Junmai Daiginjou. I’d suggest trying the sake a bit cooler than room temperature first – to find out the bare character; from there, you can decide whether you want it warmer or cooler.

Usually, higher categories of sake like Junmai Daiginjou, Daiginjou, Junmai Ginjou or Ginjou are best drunk colder – but it really depends on the drinker’s preference.

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