Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:15

NRC elects President and 2 Vice-Presidents

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 The National Reform Council (NRC) voted in its first meeting today to elect its President and two Vice Presidents.

Under the interim chairmanship of 87-year-old Paron Issarasena Na Ayutthaya, the most senior member of the NRC, the Council elected Dr.Tianchay Kiranan as the President of the NRC, Borwornsak Uwanno and Dr.Tassana Boontong as the first and second vice presidents, respectively.

NRC President Dr.Tianchay Kiranan received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Chulalongkorn University and continued his studies in the United States, where he earned his Master's Degree in Economics & Demography from Hawaii University and a Ph.D in Economics from Duke University. Dr. Tianchay is the Vice-President of Prince Mahidol Award Foundation and was a professor in economics at Chulalongkorn University as well as the former President of the University.

First NRC Vice President Borwornsak Uwanno earned his Bachelor of Law at Chulalongkorn University and completed his postgraduate and Ph.D studies at the University of Paris. He is currently serving as the secretary-general of King Prajadhipok's Institute. He was a member of the drafting committee of the 1997 Constitution of Thailand, and previously served as the Cabinet secretary-general under the Thaksin government.

Second NRC Vice President Dr.Tassana Boontong received her Bachelor of Education in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Chulalongkorn University and completed her postgraduate studies at Boston University, earning a Masters Degree in Adult Psychiatry and her Ph.D in Health and Higher Education.

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014 The Community Development Department (CDD) has revealed that the OTOP villages' travel routes project has been successful, and now aims to promote additional routes to cover all 60 villages, in a plan to accommodate the AEC in 2015.

Mr. Surasak Aksonkul, the CDD’s Bureau of Community Enterprise Promotion's (CEP) Director of the coordination of planning and information group, said that the operation of the OTOP villages travel routes during this year has been successful. The project has established 5 main routes covering 15 villages. The bureau is now gearing up to establish more routes to cover 60 villages.

The five existing routes in the project consist of the northern region route to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Mae Hong Son province; the eastern region route to Rayong, Trat, and Chonburi province; the southern region route to Krabi, Phang Nga, and Phuket province; the central region route to Suphan Buri, Phetchaburi, and Ratchaburi province, and the north-eastern province to Surin, Sisaket, and Buriram province.

The routes connect OTOP villages in different provinces, while providing more options for tourism, said the CEP Director.

BANGKOK, 14 October 2014  Commander of the Fourth Army Area Commander Lt. Prakan Chonlayut has emphasized that the local people in the southern border provinces need to take part in the process to bring peace back to the restive region.

Lt. Prakan said the 4th Army Area Command’s policy in the southernmost provinces would focus on the local people’s participation rather than deployment of army personnel. The policy was in line with the government’s strategies which sought to gain access to the local people and satisfy their needs, said the army official.

More army officers in the southern border provinces would be replaced with civilian forces such as police officers and security volunteers. The army officers who were responsible for security in high-risk areas would be assigned to help develop communities in line with His Majesty the King’s “Understand, Reach Out and Develop” guidelines, Lt. Prakan added.

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014  Dr. Chaiyapruek Serirak, Secretary-General of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, revealed the Minister of Education has given an idea to hold a month –long training camp for vocational students in a bid to end their enmity towards students from other colleges that often ends up in violent brawls on streets.

The Office of the Vocational Education Commission will coordinate with the Royal Thai Navy in launching the camps which will be piloted in Samut Prakan province. A total of 100 students will be chosen from various vocational colleges to participate in the camp project, at the Navy’s Chumphon Thahan Rua School in Sattahip District, Chonburi. The training will last one month from 12 November – 12 December 2014.

He said the training is hoped to readjust the students’ attitude towards their careers and colleagues and instill the right values of co-existence in the society including the spirit to help other people – the qualifications useful to their life when returning to respective schools.

When the camp ends, a team is to be set up to assess the success of the project and will serve as mentors to assist the students in their study.

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014  The Marine Department of Thailand has issued its safety requirements to prevent accidents during the Loy Krathong festival, while warning all boats and ships to proceed carefully. 

TRANG, 19 October 2014 - The Prince of Songkla University, together with the Department of Science Service, Ministry of Science and Technology held a workshop entitled ‘Management in compliance with the Primary GMP’, to increase competitiveness of Thai products under the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) program as well as safety standards of those goods.

The workshop was conducted by Asst. Prof. Damrong Lohalaksanadech from Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya Trang Campus. The workshop was held in line with the Ministry of Public Health’s policy to strengthen the competitiveness of OTOP food products both in local and global markets by enhancing their quality and safety standard to match those of the Primary Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The measure is seen to help raise the recognition of Thai OTOP products ahead of the arrival of the ASEAN Community. Participants to the workshop were trained in the production techniques, the selection of related equipment, food-processing in line with the Primary GMP criteria, and how to apply for Thai FDA Licence numbers for processed food.

The entrepreneurs were expected to apply these methods to their industrial plants and encourage other business owners to take similar steps.

PHUKET, 19 October 2014 - A speedboat collided with a fish trawler on Sunday around 7 PM four nautical miles off the coast of Phanh Nga province, injuring 27 passengers. Two of the speedboat’s passengers are still missing. 

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014  M.L. Puntrick Smiti, Director-General of the Department of Skill Development said that Thailand has sent youth representatives to participate in the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam, during 19 – 29 October this year.

She explained that the biennial competition is held to demonstrate commitments of ASEAN to develop qualified human resources to match world standard and offer an opportunity for members to show off their vocational skills.

Thai representatives will compete in 21 categories such as Welding Technology, Tile Installation, Wood Joint, Brick Installation, Web Design, Automobile Technology, and Food and Beverage Services. They are expected to win at least three gold medals from welding, food and beverage services and tile installation. According to the director-general, Thailand is quite confident in winning the top prize from welding as Thai competitors used to be the champions in previous competitions, both at ASEAN and world levels.

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014  The Social Development and Human Security Minister has brought the royally-sponsored Kathin to the people of Surin.

HM the King has granted permission for Social Development and Human Security minister Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo to bring the royally-sponsored Kathin or robe offerings to a bathing rite at Wat Sala Loi, where a number of ministry officials, officers from the Surin City Hall and the residents of the province were waiting.

Wat Sala Loi, built at least a century ago, is a royal temple which is located in the centre of Surin.

Prior to the ceremony on Saturday, Pol. Gen. Adul had paid a visit to the Nong Bua community in Mueang Surin District, where a campaign to help the poor solve their problems related to living conditions had been going on.

After that, the Social Development Minister led ministry officials to Ban Mueang Ling School in Chom Phra District to get updated on the community strengthening project and on the progress of various career development initiatives.

BANGKOK, 19 October 2014  The chief of the Third Army has visited Chiang Rai, where residents have been affected by the arrival of the cold season.

Commander of the Third Army Region Lt. Gen. Sathit Pitrat on Saturday visited the Pha Muang Task Forces to get an update on their operations.

During the visit, Lt. Gen. Sathit also traveled to Mae Fa Luang District in Chiang Rai province, where he handed out 500 blankets to residents of Tambon Thoet Thai who have been suffering from the drop in temperatures.

The Third Army chief said the blankets are particularly needed for people residing along the border region, where there is reportedly a short supply of winter clothing.

According to the General, the Royal Thai Army has collaborated with both state and private agencies to procure weighted blankets for those in need.

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