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Thailand to check monks’ bad habits with new ‘smart ID cards’

BANGKOK: Thailand's Buddhist monks could soon be issued "smart ID cards" flagging any drug or criminal records, in the latest move by the junta to restore the tarnished image of the men in orange robes. The kingdom has around 300,000 monks, who are held in high regard as keepers of the national religion. But in recent months the clergy has been plagued by a series of high-profile scandals ranging from sex and drugs to murders taking place at temples. The junta, which took power in 2014, wants to reorganise Thai…