BANGKOK, 20 Mar 2014 Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatchapanitch says he is confident in his evidence against impeachment efforts by the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) which is reported to wrap up his case involving last year’s Senate Origin Bill amendment today.
BANGKOK 20 March 2014 The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is campaigning for the public to switch off their electricity for 1 hour during the 60 Plus Earth Hour event this year.
BANGKOK 20 March 2014 Disgruntled farmers will today gather in an attempt to pressure the government to call it quits, says the President of Thai Farmers.
BANGKOK, 19 March 2014 Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong has indicated the 20 billion baht borrowed from the government's central budget is ready to be processed in order to pay rice growers who have been awaiting payment for their mortgaged rice.
According to Mr. Kittirat, the money will be transferred to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), so the latter can commence paying the rice growers who have not received money owed to them under the 2013/2014 growing season. Between 150,000 to 200,000 rice growers, who received their warehouse receipts before December 9, 2013, will be entitled to money derived from the 20 billion baht amount.
In the meantime, Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan asserted the government would be able to acquire enough money from the sale of mortgaged rice to return the 20 billion baht amount to the central coffers by the May 31 deadline.
BANGKOK,18 March 2014 The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is releasing a number of forest dwelling animals back into their natural habitat to celebrate the most auspicious occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 59th birthday. Prateep Hermpayak, chief of Ban Phachi Wildlife Conservation Area, as well as other agencies and the park's veterinarians have checked the animals' health to prepare them to return to their original habitat.
Mr. Prateep explained that “The wild animal release for the fertility of the forest” program, has been launched to select genetically pure wild animal species of Thailand, considered suitable to return to their place of origin. The favored method is to select pure blooded and disease-free examples of a species and release them back into the forest habitat.
The project has been assisted by the Wildlife Conservation Office Huaykhakaeng Uthai Thani province, along with advice from other agencies.
So far there are 14 wild deer, Eld's deer, and many kinds of birds and peacocks that have been released into the forest, a mixed deciduous forest which is in good condition in terms of its ecosystem and well able to support the return of natural species.
BANGKOK, 18 March 2014 The Ministry of Public Health is launching a campaign to thoroughly clean public toilets in time for the Songkran festival .
The activities center on cleaning and sanitizing all essential toilet facilities. The Ministry is asking every sector to join the cleaning week from 1-7 April 2014 to clean public toilets in the areas of their responsibility and to urge Thais to keep the facilities clean after using the toilet. The Ministry has already introduced the “Thailand public toilet standard development” project, to encourage greater hygienic behavior in Thai people.
BANGKOK, 18 March 2014 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has voiced her concerns over the blaze at a dump site in Samut Prakan province while urging all related units to help extinguish the fire and provide aid for people in the neighborhood.
BANGKOK, 18 March 2014 The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has agreed to investigate the case against the Prime Minister and two Cabinet ministers over their recent statements which are believed to have been made to incite social divisiveness.
BANGKOK, 19 March 2014 The Ministry of Education has found Prathom 6 and Mathayom 3 students' O-NET examination scores for year 2013 to be below the satisfactory level.
Office of the Basic Education Commission deputy secretary-general Kamon Rotkhlai said on Tuesday that the scores from the two grade levels were below standard, with average scores for each primary subject being less than 50%. He explained that the low scores could likely be attributed to the fact that they were derived from students nationwide, meaning that test takers in rural areas may have brought down the scores.
Mr. Kamon disclosed that the 1,000 schools where students scored the lowest will be selected as sites for a project to improve students' scores. This is believed to help the students score higher in the next education year; the target is to improve scores by 3% in every subject. The Ministry of Education will also be making improvements to teachers' teaching in localities who are weak in particular subjects; this latter initiative to send in per-subject specialists is geared towards cost-effective development.
CHIANG MAI, 19 March 2014 The haze situation in Chiang Mai remains critical, with more than 16,000 people having been admitted to hospital because of the pollution.
The sky over Chiang Mai city remains blanketed by smoke from forest fires, which have persisted over the area for more than a week. Most of the people going about outdoors were reportedly wearing face masks to protect themselves from the pollution. Visibility remains severely hampered.
Of the more than 16,000 patients admitted to hospital so far, 8,078 had heart or arteries conditions. 6,028 were diagnosed with respiratory problems, 1,352 had eye inflammation and 1,392 persons had skin conditions.
In the meantime, as many as 60,000 people have fallen ill in 8 other provinces in the North. Public Health officials are preparing to hand out 500,000 face masks to people afflicted by the haze. Locals are also advised to avoid exercising outdoors during the current period of high air particulate matter reading.