PHICHIT, 4 March 2014 Phichit rice growers participating in the rice mortgage program have just received another 134 million baht from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).
BANGKOK, 4 Mar 2014, According to the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), the bank’s rice farmers’ fund was able to raise 121 million baht on its first day of operation.
BANGKOK, 3 Mar 2014, According to the Government Savings Bank (GSB), the withdrawal rate at its bank branches has returned to the normal level with daily financial transactions recorded at 5 to 6 billion baht at the end of last week.
BANGKOK, 3 March 2014 The establishment of the rice farmers’ fund is legal as it does not violate the BAAC royal decree, said the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).
BANGKOK, 3 March 2014 Colonel Natee Sukolrat, Vice President of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said today that there has been approval of a plan to expand the digital TV network to cover another 28 provinces.
There are two phases of digital TV network expansion that will soon cover 80 percent of the population. The first phase of digital TV network expansion will start broadcasting on April 1 in four provinces: Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai and Songkhla. Then, in May, the system will start in another three provinces, including: Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani and Rayong, and soon after that, it will cover Singburi, Sukhothai, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.
The second phase of network expansion will happen in six phases. From August 1, the system will start in Roi Et, Chiang Rai, Sa Kaeo and Nakhon Sawan. On October 1, the system will start in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Trang and Lampang. On December 1, the system will start in another five provinces including Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Nan, Phetchabun and Prachuap Kirikhan; on February 1 of next year, the system will start in Kanchanaburi, Chumphon, Trat, Mukdahan and Tak; on April 1, 2015 the system will start in Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Loei, Chaiyaphum and Phrae; and on June 1, 2015 the network will cover Satun, Uttaradit, Beung Kan, Sri Saket and Yala.
KHON KAEN, 3 March 2014 Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Suwansucharit said the Khon Kaen Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has launched measures to help farmers affected by the rice mortgage scheme. Farmers can now take 20 percent of the value of their warehouse receipt on loan and extend their existing debt for up to 12 months.
The bank also offered the farmers additional credit to pay for the new agricultural season and for household expenses while waiting for money from the rice mortgage scheme. Interested BAAC clients who are farmers can ask for more details at their BAAC branch or local BAAC branches.
BANGKOK 4 March 2014 Army Commander in Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered army commanders to fully utilize community radio networks to promote understanding with the Thai people during the period of political tension.
Army spokesperson Col. Ying Siri stated that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha had ordered all army commanders to create better understanding within the Thai community through community radio networks, in order to prevent political confrontations that may occur in future.
According to the spokesperson, the army C-in-C does not take sides, but only tries to bring justice and order back to the nation — adding that all army commanders must be cautious when conducting themselves in the current political tension so as to prevent any misunderstanding among the public as a result.
In his statement, Gen. Prayuth praised all army personnel for carrying out their duties in support of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) in its mission to maintain peace in the capital under the Emergency Decree, said Col. Ying.
BANGKOK, 4 March 2014 Police indicated political motive was behind another grenade attack at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., which is linked to the earlier M79 grenade attacks at the Civil Court and the Criminal Court.
BANGKOK, 4 March 2014 Bangkok City Hall is dispatching officials to watch over the ecosystem within Lumphini Park to prevent adverse effects that may result from protest activities inside the park.
According to Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumband Paribatra, Bangkok City Hall on Sunday mobilized around 3,000 personnel from 28 district offices to clean up 4 spots-- Asok, Ratchaprasong, Pathumwan and Silom-- earlier used as protest venues by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
On Monday, the governor ordered relevant offices under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's jurisdiction to dispatch officials to Lumphini park to ensure proper hygiene for those using the park for various activities, and to ensure that animals and the ecosystem inside the park would not be afflicted by the PDRC's rallies within the park.
BANGKOK, 3 March 2014 The army has maintained its checkpoints near demonstration sites and continued support for the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO). Its operation is still focused on violence prevention and peace keeping.