BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 - The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thuangsuban and other members have held a meeting with high-level executives of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) in a bid to push for more reforms.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has assured the public that no Thai nationals in Saudi Arabia have contracted the Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, after a recent spike in cases at the gulf state.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 - H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside at a ceremony for the 121st Anniversary of Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) on April 25 while the public is invited to join in and receive special services from the organizations under the TRCS.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is set to host a fair at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani to promote locally-made products from Bangkok's 50 districts.
SA KAEO, 23 April 2014 – Sa Kaeo Province is holding its 6th annual Mango Exhibition Fair, and this time around, the event is being held from April 22-28.
Sa Kaeo Provincial Governor Pakarathorn Thienchai presided over the opening ceremony of the Mango Exhibition Fair in the province. Related officials and those engaged in the growing of mangos also participated in the event to showcase their own products.
The venue will be providing visitors with a plethora of mangos to purchase. Moreover, Sa Kaeo province is actively promoting its produce for exports and using its provincial emblem as a logo to advertise quality mango grown from the region.
Visitors will have a chance to attend the fair from April 22-28. Activities in the fair include the best quality mango competition, eating raw and ripe mangos, as well as making som-tam out of mangos and mango with sticky rice.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014, - The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has revealed that the price of the 5% moisture Thai rice has declined by 0.30 baht, down to 11-12 baht per kilogram, after Thailand has failed to seal a rice deal with the Philippines.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 – The cabinet has agreed to extend free bus and train services for another 3 months in a bid to help reduce living expenses.
MUKDAHAN, 23 April 2014 – The Mukdahan Governor has carried out measures to provide proper housing for the poor in accordance with the local government’s policy to help those in need.
Mukdahan Governor Sakolkrit Boonpradit, along with President of the Thai Red Cross Society Suthida Boonpradit, traveled to the residence of Ms. Boonlert, a local Mukadahan citizen living in very poor conditions.
The group of officials made donations to Ms. Boonlert in an effort to assist in her basic needs and provided her with food, medicine, and a home to allow her better living conditions.
Ms. Boonlert is currently 69 years-old and is no longer able to work due to her age. Her home comprises of 5 family members: one daughter who suffers from diabetes, 3 other grandchildren, and herself. The family currently lives in an old decrepit house with very poor living standards.
The donation of a new home to Ms. Boonlert is part of the local government’s way of helping and assisting those in dire need for better living conditions. The total budget used in the donation was 50,000 baht.
BURIRAM 23 April 2014 — Buriram officials are continuing their investigation into the local education scandal involving teachers who apparently cheated on their exams to obtain their teaching certificates.
Officials are digging for more evidence in the education scandal in Buriram province to shed more light on the case. So far, they have found that 2 teachers who passed the teacher’s examination are related to Mr. Pitak Supaluek, the Dean of Nongsai School.
The two teachers found to be related to the Dean are identified as Mr. Chumpol Supaluek and Mr. Thanakrit Supaluek, both of whom are teachers in schools located in Buriram province, and whose names were recorded in the teacher’s examination for positions of assistant teachers in Nonthaburi province. Meanwhile, Mr. Pitak’s name was found in the examination records during the April 19 examination held in Samut Sakorn province.
Further investigation is underway to determine whether the 2 teachers related to the dean, Mr.Pitak, and the dean himself have been involved in corruption in the education system. Officials have promised that the trial will be fair and unbiased.
BANGKOK, 23 April 2014 – Thai police have arrested a group of Rohingyas after they illegally entered the Thai territory.
Chumphon police apprehended 13 male and 3 female illegal migrants and two Thai nationals identified as Chayuth Sirisom (32) and Yakob Kaewma (41). The two Thais were originally from Prachuap Khiri Khan and Surat Thani. After the arrest, the police said 5 of the migrants were believed to be Muslim Rohingyas, whereas the rest were still unidentified.
The two Thai nationals confessed that they had been hired by a human trafficking network in Prachuap Khiri Khan and that it was the second time they had done that.
Rohingyas are members of an ethnic group who practice Islam. The origin of this group is disputed as some say they are indigenous to the state of Rakhine in Myanmar, while others say they are Muslim migrants who originated in Bengal and then moved to Myanmar during the period of British rule.