CHIANG MAI, 2 August 2015 - The veterinarian team of Chiang Mai Zoo is preparing to take panda Lin Hui for an ultrasound scan later this month following an artificial insemination in July.

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 - The Department of Fisheries is set to hold a fishermen forum during 3-5 August 2015, in an attempt to solve the illegal fishing issue, says the department’s Director-General.

The Director-General of Department of Fisheries Joompol Sanguansin has revealed that the department will be organizing a workshop on the proper use of fishing equipment, according to each fishing zones, during 3-5 August 2015. The workshop on 5 August will take place in Krabi province and will be participated by fishermen from the provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Trang, and Satun.

He stated that using inappropriate fishing equipment that are too powerful will result in a decline of marine fisheries resources. These tools are being used increasingly and is disproportionate to the marine resources available in the entire 420,280 square kilometers of fishing areas in Thailand.

The unregulated fishing equipment has also resulted in an overlap of commercial and community fishing zones, increasing the competition in certain areas with a variety of equipment, thus causing conflict that should be resolved through clear operational guidelines.

Meanwhile, the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has assigned the Department of Fisheries to gather opinions from fishermen in various areas and submit the conclusion to the CCCIF within 7 August 2015.

Monday, 03 August 2015 10:00

Yala Private Education Office holds fair

YALA, 2 August 2015 - Yala Private Education Office has held an academic fair to promote education in Southern border provinces.

The fair, chaired by deputy governor of Yala Sayan Intarapak, features an exhibition of the academic achievements of private schools in the far South of Thailand, an English-language debate, an English-language story telling competition, an Islamic song contest, stage performances and religious discussions. Over 1,000 students participated in the fair.

According to the Private Education Office Director, related agencies need to encourage students to practice and display their academic and non-academic skills to enhance their experiences which would enable them to cope with future changes.

Winners of each competition will be able to take part in major events as the representatives of the southern border provinces. Organizers expect that the event will raise awareness of the importance of learning in students.

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concerns over heavy rains caused by the monsoon trough in the northern and the upper northeastern regions. The PM instructed provincial officials to stay vigilant and prepare to issue warnings of natural disasters.

Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd said the PM’s concerns were based on the forecasts of the southeastern monsoon and monsoon trough which might cause thunderstorms, heavy rains and flash floods in some areas. Gen. Prayut therefore instructed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the Ministry of Interior and provincial units to be on standby 24 hours and promptly warn people of possible natural disasters.

The PM also commended the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for its rainfall management according to the real rainfall data in each area. He suggested that the ministry frequently update its rainfall information for efficient water management and warning.

Monday, 03 August 2015 09:58

Krungthai ATM theft suspects nabbed

KHON KAEN, 2 August 2015 - Police have arrested three Krungthai Bank employees suspected of embezzling more than 19 million baht from a Khon Kaen branch last week.

The suspects are identified as Thawatchai Samranbamrung, Sompote Singsom and Surasak Prasertsank. KTB General Services filed a complaint with police after the three were absent on July 27-31 during which time 19.7 million baht in cash destined for 17 ATMs in the municipality also disappeared.

According to the Commander of Khon Kaen provincial police Pol Maj Gen Jitjaroon Srivanit, Mr. Sompote has confessed to stealing the money on July 29, before fleeing to Laos. He was apprehended on August 1. Mr. Tawatchai and Mr. Surasak are not involved in the ATM robbery.

Police have seized 1.4 million baht in cash, five gold necklaces and over 40 currency straps from Mr. Sompote. The accused is to perform a crime re-enactment today.

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday presided over the rehearsal of the “Bike for Mom” bike ride at the Royal Plaza where he started cycling to an army base on Phahonyothin road. Cabinet members, government officials and members of the general public also participated in the event.

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 - In a new move to revamp land use in the capital city, the government has announced its plan to reclaim areas of misappropriated land along the Chao Phraya River. 

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015, The Ministry of the Interior has ordered the authorities in all provinces across the country to tackle drug abuse and drug trafficking in accordance with government policy. 

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 2 August 2015- The Office of Social Development and Human Security in Nakhon Si Thammarat has recruited public transportation operators to fight human trafficking by asking them to inform officials of suspected activities in the province. 

MUKDAHAN, 2 August 2015, The northeastern province of Mukdahan has warned its residents of possible collapsing river banks along the Mekong River, after continuous rain significantly increased the water level of the river.

The warning was made by the Governor of Mukdahan, Sakolsarid Boonpradit who also stated that small craft should be extra careful when crossing the river from Thailand to Laos PDR, because of the rising water level, the stronger river current and the timber debris floating down the river.

He instructed the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office to closely follow weather conditions in order to formulate proper measures of assistance.

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