BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 – The NLA President has revealed that the government is obligated to hold general elections immediately after constitution passes referendum, while the DPM has assigned the NLA to legislate additional anti human trafficking laws.

The President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Pornpech Wichitcholchai revealed that the Deputy Prime Minister for legal affairs, Wissanu Krea-ngam, has ordered the NLA to issue important laws on human trafficking in 4-5 acts. The new laws will cover the elimination of human trafficking activities.

He has said that the NLA will closely follow the process of imposing these laws, issue an immediate warning if any are violated, and provide suggestions to the government. The NLA will also appoint the government to translate all laws, which had been officially announced at the government gazette, into English and to seek the United States' consideration, in an attempt to solve human trafficking issues.

Regarding the suggestion that national reform should be completed prior to the elections, the NLA president said that the government must proceed according to the designated roadmap, as addressed in the constitution. The election process are set to commence after the constitution has been approved in a public referendum.

He has also added that the Prime Minister is not legally permitted to extend the operating term of this interim government.

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015  “Likay”, a stage traditional performing art of Thailand, will stage the first ever performance in Israel to promote better understanding between Thailand and Israel, as well as celebrate the National Mother’s Day 2015, Permanent Secretary of the Labour Ministry Nakorn Silpa-archa said at a press conference on Monday.

Twenty performers of the Likay troupe are from the Christian Communication Institute (CCI), Payap University. They are serving as cultural ambassadors on this trip which begins 3 August 2015 and end on 13 August. On 7 Aug, the troupe will join Bet Labem Live Festival 2015 held in Bethlehem. Three days later on 10 Aug, it will move to the Isareli capital Jerusalem.

The performance is part of the cooperation by the Thai Embassy in Israel, the non-profit humanitarian organization of Holy Land Trust (HLT), and Jerusalem authorities.

On 12 August which is observed as Thailand’s National Mother’s Day, the troupe will go to southern Israel to perform in front of Thai workers and expats living there.

The show is meant to honor Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 83rd birthday anniversary and give moral support to the Thai nationals. It also takes this chance to promote Thai culture among Israeli employers and local residents there.

In 2014, there were 28,146 Thai workers employed in Israel. A majority, or 27,400 people, worked in the agricultural sector; 500 people in restaurants and hotels; and 200 were carers of elderly and disabled persons; and 50 others worked in construction sites.

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 - The Ministry of Transport has revealed that its officials will be traveling to Chengdu, Southwest China, regarding the Thailand-China high-speed railway project.

Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong revealed that the committee responsible for the railway project was scheduled to meet today to prepare ahead of the three-day visit to Chengdu, Sichuan province from August 6-8. The project is a collaboration between the governments of Thailand and China.

Chinese authorities have completed initial blueprints for 50% of the project, particularly for Bangkok - Saraburi and Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima. However, these blueprints are inconsistent with those of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, especially in pockets of Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai provinces.

These inconsistencies can lead to changes in land expropriation and environmental impact. Once transport officials return from Chengdu, the ministry expects railway blueprints to be finalized and construction to begin some time between October and December this year.

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 - The Department of Disease Control warns of influenza, or flu, spread during rainy season. According to the Department’s Disease Monitoring Report , there are 109 affected people and 22 deaths in total from Jan 1 to July 31 this year. 

TAK, 3 August 2015, The Thai Red Cross Society has put together an optometry caravan for students in rural areas.

The caravan provides vision tests and corrective lenses, as well as diagnoses any eye abnormalities free-of-charge. The caravan is based at Tak city hall.

The mobile eyecare station is a bus outfitted with optometry equipment that allows for swift turnaround times. Students can take their eye exam and pick up glasses on the same day.

The Relief and Community Health Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society advanced the program in dedication to HRH Princess Chakri Sirindhorn's birthday anniversary on April 2, 2015.

However, the program was originally conceived in 1997. Since then, it has provided glasses for 63,189 students across 77 provinces. This year, it will operate in six provinces, namely Tak, Nakhon Phanom, Bueng Kan, Ratchaburi, Kalasin, and Chachoengsao

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 - The Meteorological Department has issued warnings to people in the North and North East to prepare for continuing heavy rain during the week. 

NAKHON PHANOM, 3 August 2015 - Rivers could be spilling over embankments in Nakhon Phanom province soon, due to continuous rainfall.

It has been reported that five riverside communities in the northeast province could be at risk of flash floods. Continuous precipitation over the past few days has increased water levels in nearby streams. Authorities fear that if the rising waters cannot be released into the Mekong River soon enough, more than 200 homes could be inundated.

Most homes in Pailom district are affected by flash floods each year, because they are situated in low-lying areas adjacent to Phu Lang Ga Mountain.

Local administrative officials have warned residents to be ready to move to higher ground or stack sandbags around the perimeter of their homes to keep out floodwaters.

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 - The government has shifted focus towards mounting agricultural debt, urging relevant agencies to get involved and educate farmers on financial management.

Deputy Spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that total agricultural debt has climbed to three trillion baht.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern for this problem and instructed related units to help affected farmers as soon as possible.

For farmers with informal debt, the Ministry of Justice will provide them with legal counsel, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will look for ways to relieve them of their debt.

More than 100,000 farmers have applied for financial assistance with the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and the Government Savings Bank.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance is expected to come up with relief measures and promote jobs to help farmers struggling with formal debt.

CHONBURI, 3 August 2015 - A seafood market in Chonburi province remains bustling with shoppers even though prices of fish and crustaceans are high.

Samae-sarn market in Sattahip District which is famous for its fresh seafood varieties was reported with brisk business over the weekend. Despite their soaring prices, seafood has been selling well. Many fishermen in Samae-sarn district have reportedly been unable to leave the shore to fish as the descriptions of their vessels do not match their licenses.

The seafood available at the market becomes scarce and the prices have gone up accordingly. One kilogram of crabs could cost as much as 500 baht while mantis shrimp costs almost the same for a kilogram. However, despite less supplies and higher prices, seafood is as popular as ever.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:53

Thai baht may drop further this week

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 - Thai stocks are likely to fluctuate this week due to domestic and external factors. Meanwhile the Thai baht is expected to weaken further after it plunged to its lowest level in six years last week.

Kasikorn Bank has forecast resistance and support levels for the Thai stock market this week at approximately 1,460 and 1,420 points.

However, the fluctuations are subject to several factors which include monetary policy, the US economic figures, the purchasing managers index (PMI) and the Eurozone financial disruption in Greece.

The Thai baht will likely fluctuate at a maximum of 35 baht against the US dollar. The Thai currency is also susceptible to commodity demands, employment rates and trade figures.

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