BANGKOK, 28 July 2014 – The Education Ministry is planning to host festivities to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen during this year’s Mother’s Day. 

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014  – The Public Health Ministry is raising awareness on Hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day, which is observed on July 28 of every year. 

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014  – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) expects the names of members of the National Legislative Assembly to be royally endorsed and publicized within this week, after which the Assembly’s first meeting will soon be convened. 

RANONG, 28 July 2014 – Officials in Ranong province are planning to bring down dangerous fish nets that are very harmful to sea animals.

The Marine Resources Conservation Center along with national park officials and the Ranong provincial authorities are dismantling fishing nets along the mangrove forests. These nets are deemed very dangerous to sea animals and various teams of officials including 50 provincial authority volunteers have boarded 3 long-tailed boats and 2 speed boats to remove 15 of the nets covering an area of 8 rai. This illegal action has prevented local fisherman to catch fish for a living.

The harmed area is a main source of food for animals. The fishing nets placed here is considered to cause the most destruction among all other types of nets. Even small fish would not be able to swim through the nets.

These nets were sneakily placed along the island during night time when tide is low and would be invisible to the naked eye during high tides, but once tide is low, the animals that came into the area to feed on the rich food source, would immediately become trapped in the net.

Damage has been estimated at about one million baht per day. Tearing down the nets would take approximately 2 days.

CHIANG RAI, 28 July 2014  – Officials in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province are quickly cleaning up the areas recently affected by flooding.

The Mae Sai municipality and related government units are providing relief operations to assist local residences, stores and restaurants devastated by the flooding.

Continuous rainfall the night before had caused the water level in Mae Sai River to drastically rise to more than four meters at the Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge. Water overflowed into trading areas on both sides of the Mae Sai, which also serves as border line between Thailand and Myanmar.

At the moment water has receded to a normal level allowing locals and officials to begin clearing away mud and rocks that have scattered all over the roads.

Restaurants and stores expected they would be able to resume services as usual very soon, if no more flooding occurs.

NAN, 28 July 2014  - The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) in Nan province has deployed a team of soldiers and police to arrest members of a loan shark gang charging its clients with exorbitant interest rates of 60 percent per month. 

RAYONG, 26 July 2014  – The quality of sea water around Samet Island off the coast of Rayong has been confirmed to be within the acceptable standard, and the beach ecosystem is on course for recovering to normalcy. 

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014,  - The National Disaster Warning Center has warned people in the North to brace for more run-offs, flash floods and mudslides, as rains will likely continue to buffet the region in the next couple of days. 

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has called for cooperation from all sides to move Thailand forward in order to achieve national reform. 

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014  – The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, has reported an increase of 3.9 percent in exports in June 2014, with a total value of 19.8 billion US dollars. 

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