BANGKOK, 26 Nov 2014, The Commerce Ministry is holding a week-long commodity goods sales event as a New Year gift to the public.

According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Chutima Boonyaprapat, numerous department stores and retail vendors nationwide have said they will participate in the Ministry’s New Year’s scheme, which will be held from December 24th - 30th.

Miss Chutima claimed that the event would also boost public spending during the period, aside from being a New Year gift for the public

In addition, she also instructed the Department of Internal Trade to hold weekly markets offering the public everyday items at discounted prices, piloting the project in three popular areas in Bangkok.

The project is meant to help low income earners, she said, adding that officials are currently in the process of selecting venues for the scheme, which is expected to kick off at the beginning of next year.

UTHAI THANI, 26 Nov 2014,  The military and officials from Uthai Thani have agreed to allow 69 forest encroachers in Huy Cot ( ห้วยคต ) to stay in the area for another 3 years, under the condition that they participate in a reforestation campaign.

The agreement was made during yesterday’s meeting between the officials and the 69 locals and Karen tribe members who have encroached on the Huy Cot forest reserve area.

Attending the meeting were Colonel Pisan Nakpajol, the commander of the military in Uthai Thani, Colonel Anuson Thoopthong, the province’s Internal Security Operations Command Deputy Director, and Nakhonsawan provincial administration officials as well as the Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The meeting concluded that all the 69 individuals, who had illegally occupied the area of Huy Cot forest reserve for their personal use, would be allowed to stay in the area for the next 3 years under one condition: They must plant trees in the encroached areas during the time of their occupation.

Official said the encroachers would be asked to vacate the area immediately if they violated the agreement.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:22

PDRC made its suggestion on the new charter

BANGKOK, 26 Nov 2014  - The People’s Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) yesterday met with the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), giving its suggestions on what should be included in the new charter. 

BANGKOK, 26 November 2014  The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) secretary-general announced that the assets hidden inside the home of the former Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief of the Royal Thai Police were derived from money laundering.

Police Colonel Sihanat Prayoonrat, the AMLO secretary-general, disclosed that the assets that were stashed inside the house of former CIB chief Pongpat Chaiyapan had violated the money laundering laws. More than 10,000 assets worth more than 2 billion baht have been found inside his home.

According to the Anti-Money Laundering Prevention and Suppression Act, Pongpat are found guilty of intentionally hiding his assets and amassing unusual amounts of wealth. These two charges have allowed AMLO to take legal action to seize his assets.

The AMLO is creating an account to correctly evaluate the value of the assets, which are now classified into two categories: the assets that were seized and would be used as evidence by the police and those to be placed under the possession of AMLO.

The AMLO would trace the source of wealth of the former CIB chief and his accomplices to determine where they got the money from.

PHRAE, 26 November 2014 - Agricultural experts have headed down to Phrae province to study a new kind of pomelo that has a coconut-like fragrance. The group is ready to name it the “Viroon Pomelo” after the orchard owner.

According to Mr. Pansak Kaenhom, a researcher at the Department of Agriculture, the pomelo is believed to be an indigenous fruit species that has evolved into a different kind of pomelo as a result of cross-breeding. The pomelo has been discovered inside the orchard of Mr. Viroon Fanfuen, who lives in Baan Nam Jom Village in Cho Hae subdistrict, Phrae province.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Agricultural Research and Development Center in Phrae, Mr. Sakol Meesuk, has made some suggestions to the orchard owner. He recommended good pruning of the tree branches to allow enough sunlight and the tree to fruit. He also urged the orchard owner to cooperate with the Department in developing the plant as one of the outstanding products of the province.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:16

Gen. Anupong: Govt pushes for speedy polls

BANGKOK, 24 November 2014 - Minister of Interior Gen. Anupong Paochinda has confirmed the government is following its roadmap so as to arrange a general election soon, saying provokers will face legal actions.

The minister on Monday gave an interview on symbolic protests against the government, saying they negatively affected the country more than the government or the National Council for Peace and Order. The government was urgently reforming the country in order to pave the way for national polls, said the minister.

Regarding a three-fingered protest salute by college students, the minister said they had no hidden agenda but other forms of protests, such as instigation of violence, would be dealt with by the authorities.

BANGKOK, 24 November 2014 - The Ministry of Transport is drawing up measures to ensure safe and convenient travels for all vacationers during the upcoming New Year holiday.

BANGKOK, 25 Nov 2014, The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has said the country's household debt rate has shown signs of decline; however, it urged the officials to be careful not to encourage more loans.

According to Deputy Secretary General of the NESDB, Chutinart Wongsuban, the nation's household debt figure in the 3rd quarter stands at 3 trillion baht, an increase of 8% on-year. The rate however slowed down from 10.7% in the first quarter and 8.8% in the second quarter of this year.

Overall non-performing loans (NPL) continued to rise, standing at 90 billion baht currently, increasing from 29.4% to 31.8% on-quarter, Ms. Chutinart said, adding that officials should keep an eye on the figures, as the livelihood of the people and financial institutions would be affected should the NPL figure keep climbing.

She also recommended that people generate more income, save more money and control their spending.

Employment rate in the agriculture sector declined by 1.8% in the third quarter as a result of drought and floods. However, employment rate outside of the agricultural sector increased by 9.6%, while the overall unemployment rate stands at 0.84%, a slight increase from the previous quarter’s 0.77%, the NESDB’s third-quarter report indicated

BANGKOK, 25 Nov 2014,  The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has revealed its plans to implement information technology within governmental agencies, in a bid to transform the current administrative services into ‘Digital Government’ to support the Digital Economy policies.

BANGKOK, 25 Nov 2014 - The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in Nakhon Ratchasima is confident that it will be able to pay the assistance fund to all of the 190,000 rice farmers in the province by December 20th.

So far, the provincial BAAC office has handed out the money to 43,000 farmers, involving more than 514 million baht under the Government’s assistance program that gives each farmer 1,000 baht per rai and no more than 15,000 baht per household.

The BAAC has expressed its confidence that it would be able to complete all the payment well within December 20th. Previously the bank had set the deadline on November 30th but quickly realized that the goal was not realistic due to the sheer number of farmers registered for the scheme and the time it took to verify their credentials.

Meanwhile in Udon Thani, the first batch of 200 rice farmers in Kumphawapi District has received their compensation. There are 12,036 rice farmers eligible for the fund in the district.

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