BANGKOK, 2 June 2014 – The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is proposing a rice field insurance scheme to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that would carry a 494 million baht budget.

BAAC Manager Lak Wajananawatch said that the bank is planning to propose an insurance scheme for nationwide rice fields insurance comprised of 7 types of coverage. The coverage is divided into two levels; coverage for damages from the government at a rate of 1,113 baht per Rai and coverage from insurance companies at a rate of 1,111 baht per Rai.

In the plan, farmers would have to pay 60-100 baht per Rai for insurance premiums depending on area conditions, the rest of the premiums will be paid by the government. The budget of 494 million baht will cover 1,500,000 Rai of rice fields.

Mr. Lak added that Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, the economic chief of NCPO, is interested in policies that help farmers in the scope of fiscal discipline that don't distort the mechanisms of the market.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has started implementing a 3-stage administrative roadmap to move the country forward.

MUKDAHAN, 3 June 2014 -Thirty nine logs of endangered Siamese rosewood were seized on Sunday in Muang district, Mukdahan province.

Pol.Lt.Col. Terdrit Suwanpatang, Commander of the Border Patrol Police 234, together with officials from related agencies, intercepted a pickup truck carrying 39 processed timber logs. After questioning the driver said the illegal logs were to be hidden in a rental house in Mukdahan.

After inspecting the house almost 40 logs of the valuable rosewood and a blue Mitsubishi pick up truck with license plates registered in Mukdahan were found. The whole collection of logs had a volume of 1.80 cubic meters.

According to authorities, the suspects were about to transfer the logs for further transportation, through neighboring countries.

The police are looking for the owner of the house and the vehicle to take further legal action.

BUENG KAN, 3 June 2014  – Bueng Kan officials are patrolling areas of the province that have been hard-hit by drought and flood in order to assess the problems and issue a resolution.

Bueng Kan Governor Chalotorn Phakote traveled down to the Huay Paed Hang area in the province in order to visit drought-afflicted locals who have been suffering from the prolonged drought in the province.

Initial findings have revealed that one of the problems that caused drought in some areas were weeds growing around the vicinities. As weeds grow in the area, it becomes increasingly difficult for water to flow through the community, causing water shortages to occur.

Moreover, the governor and related officials have worked together to dig water canals to provide much needed water sources for locals in the Huay Paed Hang area and building more reservoirs to hold water in order to alleviate that flood that happens every year.

PATTANI, 3 June 2014 - Two volunteer Army rangers were gunned down by a group of unidentified perpetrators as they were using motorcycles to patrol at the Narathiwat-Pattani Route (Highway 42).

According to a news reporter, the rangers were seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting by a group of insurgents who boarded a pick-up truck. The suspects used a number of war weapons and a 9mm pistol to shoot at the rangers. Even though the rangers returned fire, the insurgents quickly fled the scene and were nowhere to be found.

The rangers were identified as 40 year-old Papon Sommaneewan and 26 year-old Samphan Onprawat. Both were quickly rushed to the Saiburi Crown Prince Hospital. Unfortunately, their injuries were too severe and they were pronounced dead at the hospital a couple of hours later.

PHICHIT, 3 June 2014 – The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has participated in a launched a campaign to prevent violence against children, women, and family members.

Phichit Provincial governor Surachai Khan Asa has presided over the opening ceremony of the campaign to prevent violence against children, women and family members. The governor has also led a march on behalf of the campaign to let the public and passersby become conscious in preventing such violence.

A conference has also been held after the march where Mr. Surachai attended as a conference speaker. The purpose of the conference is to educate local organizations, women networking groups, and community leaders to be aware of reducing violence against children, women, and family members in the society.

TAK, 3 June 2014 - Tak provincial authorities have busted a large human trafficking ring at a community near the Mae Sot Municipality area. A total of 163 alien workers have been taken into custody.

Military and police officers yesterday surrounded the Song Kwae community within the Mae Sot Municipality District to shut down a human trafficking gang, which had been smuggling numerous alien workers past an immigration checkpoint in the province. Together, they found a total of 163 alien workers.

Investigations reveal that the area has been a hideout for illegal workers and an operation base for a large human trafficking gang. Upon learning that, both soldiers and police quickly moved in to bust the operations.

According to Colonel Terdsak Ngamsanong, the superintendent of the 4th Infantry Regiment, the operation has been carried out to ‘clean up’ the community in order for it to be free from illegal activities. As Mae Sot is an area where many industrial factories are located, it is important that all the immigrant workers have legal work permits.

BANGKOK, 3 June 2014 – Events to commemorate the life of His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand who died shortly after his 100th birthday last year, continue to be organized in many quarters. Tributes have been organized by all sectors of Thai society since October 3rd 2013. Now Bang Kwang Central Prison is also participating in a commemoration of the life and work of His Holiness, by organizing the creation of 10 Dharma book zones for prisoners. With this project it's hoped that during their stay, prisoners will gain greater access to Buddhist teachings, to better improve their self reliance and personal development. 

CHAINAT, 3 June 2014 - Chainat province, along with the Chainat Primary Education Service Area Office, is arranging an AEC preparation project to train people about the changes coming with the implementation of the AEC.

Today, the Chainat Primary Education Service Area Office is holding AEC preparation courses for the public and more than 400 attendees joined the training today. Sasithorn Wongmetha, director of Chainat Primary Education Service Area Office, said that this project, supported by Chainat province, is divided into 5 classes with 400 people per class.

The 2-day training aims to increase people's abilities to get ahead in their careers so conversational English language is being taught. Amongst the attendees who came to the first class are youths and shop owners.

Chainat governor Suthipong Julcharoen added that certain Thais need to adapt themselves to increase their competitiveness as there are 550 million people among AEC member countries and speaking English is important as the AEC takes hold so local people need to improve.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 16:14

NCPO to set up budget inspection body

BANGKOK, 3 June 2014 - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is preparing to set up a committee to inspect the use of state budget. 

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