ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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CZECHOSLOVAKIA- Economy Dragging Its Feet

November 20, 1976 the first aircraft to be downed in more than 20 years of insurgency in Thailand' Thailand's defence budget for 1976- 77 is now US $ 620 million, as compared to US $ 490 million for the previous year. The budget provides for 13,000 more police, 16 F-5E fighter planes and 15 tons of US ammunition stored in Thailand. The increase in the defence budget was justified on the grounds that the Americans were withdrawing. (When the Kukrit government decided not to allow an ongoing residual force to remain in the country, the military elite had expressed strong disapproval; many attribute Kukrit's defeat during the subsequent elections to this issue.) A further aspect of the military's inter-insurgency is the wanton killing damage inflicted on the rural people in the remote areas where the heaviest fighting takes place. The most notorious case of this kind was the burning of a village in the northeast province of Nong Khai in 1974. The government had attributed the destruction to the Communists. Later, it was admitted that it was in fact the government's own troops

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