BANGKOK, 16 July 2014 -The Ministry of Commerce is organizing the 2014 Organic and Natural Expo to promote organic products. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend, resulting in a cash flow of more than 15 million baht.
BANGKOK, 16 July 2014 - The Seismological Bureau of Thailand, has advised news agencies that at 11.40am, Wednesday 16th July, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck Chiang Rai’s Pan District (19.71 N, 99.71E) at a depth of 2 km. People residing near the epicenter felt the tremor. At present, no injures or damage have been reported.
BANGKOK, 17 July 2014 - Street vendors occupying the pavements along Ratchadamnoen Road have packed up their belongings in order to relocate to other areas, following the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s policy to improve the city landscape and reduce congestion.
July 16 was also the last day where lottery sellers on Ratchadamnoen were allowed to occupy their existing space before being evicted from the area. Some of these sellers have chosen the Government Lottery Office in Nonthaburi as a new location to sell lottery tickets.
However, certain vendors and lottery sellers have expressed disapproval of the plan. These groups of sellers have pleaded the BMA to consider waiving the requirement, claiming that they have been selling their goods in the Ratchadamnoen area for more than 30 years.
BANGKOK, 17 July 2014 - Acting Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangkhla Chan has expressed his approval and support for the National Council for Peace and Order, commending NCPO Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha for his strength to carry out the tremendous task of administering the Kingdom.
BANGKOK, 17 July 2014 – The acting police chief indicated on Wednesday that five candidates have been short-listed for the position of Royal Thai Police Commissioner, and that the appointment of the selected individual is expected within August.
According to Police General Watcharaphon Prasanratchakit, the acting chief of the police, the National Council for Peace and Order has called for the structure of the police force to be adjusted, having the Royal Thai Police deputy commissioners and the police inspector-general chair each of the police force's executive subcommittees.
Pol. Gen. Watcharaphon said the short-listed candidates included Pol. Gen. Ek Angsananon, Pol. Gen. Phongsaphat Phongcharoen, Pol. Gen. Somyot Phumphanmuang, Pol. Gen. Woraphong Chieupricha and Pol. Gen. Chaloemkiat Siworachan. The selection of the new police chief will be based on seniority, achievements, experiences and capability. He noted that all the five deputy police chiefs had at least 35 years of well-rounded experience in the police force.
Regarding the construction of new police station buildings nationwide, Pol. Gen. Watcharaphon said the median prices have been set for 140 buildings, leaving 41 remaining.
BANGKOK, 16 July 2014 -The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources says the reason for dead whales, and dolphins beaching themselves on the shore recently, is due to the current monsoon and Thailand's lack of professional veterinarian care for marine life.
It is believed that 99 percent of whales and dolphins whose bodies are beached on the shore have suffered from illnesses such as pneumonia, lung infections, and renal failure.
However, marine life rescue after injury or illness causes problems at the moment since the necessary medical aid and equipment are still lacking in number and expertise.
BANGKOK, 17 July 2014, - A combined task force of military and police officers has raided a condominium in Pathumwan District of Bangkok, confiscating several war-grade firearms and a large batch of ammunition.
BANGKOK, 16 July 2014 – The subcommittee of Thailand charged with preparation for an ASEAN community center has held its first meeting to move forward the country's preparedness for the ASEAN community.
Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Gen. Surasak Karnjanarat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, have issued a joint communique as the chair persons of the first subcommittee of Thailand meeting in preparation for the ASEAN community center, in order to ensure Thailand;s readiness to promote the ASEAN community.
Thailand's readiness is segmented into three issues covering in-house preparation, the promotion of the political community and ASEAN stability, and world connections.
The project movement is also set to develop in three stages comprised of an urgent phase from July to September, to build up the in-house readiness to enter the political community and ensure ASEAN stability; the second phase from October 2014 to December 2015: to move on the five main integrated issues such as southern border administration and trust, or proactive diplomacy; and the third phase from January 2016 onwards, which is the long-term plan: to integrate every involved government sector for ASEAN community readiness, leading to the establishment of the ASEAN community and ASEAN stability.
BANGKOK, 16 July 2914 - Six one-stop service centers set up to issue temporary work permits for immigrant workers are up and running in Bangkok as part of the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) bid to tackle human trafficking and labor abuse. On the first day of operation, the Department of Employment Director-General Sumet Mahosod said that there were 1,007 workers who applied at the Rama-Indra Sports Center in Bangkhen and 727 workers who registered at the Bangkok Youth Center (Thai-Japan) in Dindaeng. Meanwhile 701 workers came to register at Minthinthong City Hall in Minburi, 528 migrants at Lumpini Youth Center in Pathumwan, with another 616 at Taweewattana’s Youth Center, and 557 workers who applied for their work permit at Bangbon’s Sports Center. A total of 4,136 foreign workers have now registered for work permits at the six newly opened one-stop service centers in Bangkok on the first day.
BANGKOK, 15 July 2014 -The Ministry of Commerce has continued to support rice farmers by asking rice mill owners to buy paddy at a price per ton 100 – 200 baht higher than the market price in the production year 2014/15, in exchange for being offered a 3% deposit on loans. The Acting Director General of the Internal Trade Department Jintana Chaiyawannakarn said that the authority will not continue the rice pledging program nor intervene in the market to help farmers as previously done.
Instead, it will try to reduce cost factors in production such as chemical fertilizer, pesticides, harvesting machines and farm rental costs. In addition, during the rice harvesting season in the following one or two months, the ministry will proceed to appoint private sector and rice mill operators to buy paddy from farmers at a price about 100 – 200 baht per ton higher than the market price in November. These buyers will be offered loans with only a 3% deposit to be able to purchase the rice. Moreover, they will also be asked to stock the rice for 3 – 6 months, that is from November 2014 to July 2015 to maintain the price in the market.