BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 -The deputy prime minister in charge of foreign affairs has hosted a dinner reception for foreign diplomats and representatives from international organisations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn, on Thursday, chaired an official reception for ambassadors and spouses from 48 countries as well as representatives from various international organisations in Thailand.

The party, taken place at the Foreign Ministry, was also joined by senior ministry officials.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said that the reception has been initiated for DPM Gen. Tanasak to officially introduce himself to foreign diplomats after taking office more than three months ago.

Apart from his formal introduction, Gen. Tanasak assured foreign diplomats at the party that Thailand is still on course to draft a new Constitution, which will enable the country to implement its long-term reform efforts while promoting sustainable democratic rule.

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 - The National Reform Council committee on local administrative affairs is yet to discuss the details of the reform plans due to the complexity of the issue.

According to Chair of the NRC committee on local administrative affairs Pongpayom Wasaputi, a former Interior Ministry permanent secretary, the committee has not discussed in detail the planned reforms for Thailand’s local administration.

Mr. Pongpayom conceded that local administrative reforms are complicated even after the government’s decentralisation efforts in the past years.

Nevertheless, he believes that such a reform will be attainable if the central government really steps back and allows local administrative offices to work independently and with high level of public participation.

Mr. Pongpayom added that while the NRC will be able to come up with the directives to complete the reforms within the next 12 months, the success of the overhaul will largely depend on the civil society participation to help solve any problem faced by the people of Thailand.

BANGKOK, 21 Nov 2014, The Prime Minister’s Office is preparing to hold a musical event to commemorate His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 87th birthday anniversary, December 5th, and Her Majesty the Queen’s 82nd birthday anniversary, which falls on August 12th. 

Friday, 21 November 2014 13:48

21st Music in the Garden

BANGKOK, 21 Nov 2014, - In its bid to promote unity and harmony in the country, the Public Relations Department (PRD) yesterday held its 21st and final ‘Music in the Garden’ at PRD Auditorium at Soi Ari from 4.00-8.00 p.m. 

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 - Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi, the Royal Consort to HRH the Crown Prince, yesterday morning (Nov 20) presided over the opening of an event to celebrate the “World Prematurity Day : 17 November 2014”, at the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Pathumwan District, Bangkok. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:14

US hands over 554 ancient artifacts to Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 November 2014 - The United States has turned over 554 archaeologically significant items, most of which were of prehistoric era, to Thailand.

Mr. W. Patrick Murphy, Charge d’affaires of the US mission in Thailand, Department of Information Director-General Sek Wannamethi and Department of Fine Arts Director-General Bawonwet Rungruchi witnessed the official handover of the artefacts on Wednesday, presided over by Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat.

According to Mr. Veera, the artefacts were previously stored at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. The items comprise 222 articles of clay pottery, 197 bronze ornaments, 79 bronze tools, 35 articles of decorative beads, 11 articles of stone tools and axes, and 10 articles of sandstone moulds. Most of the artifacts were prehistoric items from archaeological sites in Thailand's Northeast. A number were prehistoric items from sites in Thailand's Central Region. A few remaining items were newer artefacts not from the prehistoric period.

Mr. Bawonwet said a portion of the items will be put on display at Ban Chieng National Museum in Udon Thani due to interest from local residents. Another portion will be put on display at the national museum in Pathumthani.

TRANG, 20 Nov 2014, Students from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Trang Campus, have claimed several awards at an international cooking contest in China. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:08

TWZ: telecom business looking bright in 2015

BANGKOK, 20 November 2014 - 2015 will be a good year for telecommunication businesses, says mobile devices and accessories distributor TWZ Corporation Plc.

According to TWZ chairman Puttachat Rungkasiri, his company will be able to expand alongside other businesses in the telecommunication sector in year 2015, owing to the experience within the field that the company has accumulated for as long as 20 years. The company plans to focus on seeking new allies and new product outlets in 2015 and 2016; the target is to expand coverage of the TWZ-brand shops throughout the country. The company is expecting a domestic sales figure of 5 billion baht in 2015.

Meanwhile, Kittipong Kittipassorn, the company's vice president for product management and marketing, explained that the company has three main businesses that comprise telecommunication, 'digital life' products and software. In the first business, the company distributes mobile phones of popular brands as well as those under the TWZ brand, mobile phone accessories, sim cards and top-up cards. The second business involves distribution of electronic gadgets, entertainment devices and security products; for example, the E-Robot closed circuit camera that works with mobile phone applications. The third business involves software and applications that are periodically developed in accordance with the lifestyle of consumers.

BANGKOK, 20 November 2014 - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) whip has yet to consider the National Anti-Corruption Commission's impeachment motion on former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra or the 38 former senators.

Dr. Chet Siratharanon, spokesperson for the NLA whip, revealed that the meeting did not involve discussions about the impeachment motion on former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her handling of the rice pledging scheme. Neither did the meeting involve discussions on the impeachment of 38 former senators who have been marked as wrongdoers by the National Anti-Corruption Commission for their decision to amend the section on Senate recruitment within the now-defunct constitution of 2007. Dr. Chet added that the case file for the latter impeachment motion has yet to arrive at the NLA.

The NLA whip also reached the resolution that Major General Konlachai Suwannabun, an NLA member who is also one of the former 38 senators, will be able to log his name as having attended the meeting to consider the impeachment motion, but will not be allowed to be present while the meeting is ongoing and will also not be allowed to vote on the topic.

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 20 November 2014 - An oil spill has polluted Nakhon Si Thammarat province’s famous Si Chon Beach, raising concerns from the locals that it may destroy marine life living in the area.

Si Chon District Chief Mr. Pithak Baripot has led a team of soldiers and related authorities to investigate the beach. Investigations reveal that the oil spill probably originated from an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, as there had been a similar incident in February 2014 where an oil spill hit Si Chon Beach. The February oil spill had left 10 dolphins dead and washed ashore and devastated a large number of marine creatures living near the area.

Meanwhile, Mr. Anothai Amornkit, the President of a Marine Resource Conservation group, revealed that about 3-4 months ago, the group had spotted a large number of dolphins playing in the water. However, there are a few to be seen these days. Therefore, he has requested the authorities to quickly resolve the oil spill problem since it has a huge impact on wildlife.

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