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BANGKOK, 30 May 2014, - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is reviewing the previous government’s one tablet per child policy, while assigning the Ministry of Education to go over the debt collecting measures of the Student Loan. 

Friday, 30 May 2014 16:22

Gambling Den in Chachoengsao raided

CHACHOENGSAO, 30 May 2014,  - Chachoengsao Provincial military, administrative officers and police have raided a gambling den in the area, in accordance with an official instruction of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that forbids any kind of gambling.

The combined force conducted a search of a residence in the Namuang Sub-district of the province’s Muang District after receiving a report of an illegal activity. The force found gambling equipment but the gamblers were able to escape.

According to an interrogation of a man suspected of having an involvement in the operation, the den belonged to an unknown local politician who rented the venue to open a restaurant as a front, while running an illegal operation behind the scenes. The officials confiscated gambling equipment while examining a CCTV camera installed in the establishment in their attempt to identify the owner of the gambling den.

The military urged the public to strictly uphold the NCPO’s instruction, stressing that the authority is serious about eradicating gambling, narcotics, and arms dealing.

The officials also admitted Chachoengsao Province has several gambling dens operating under the wing of local politicians and influential figures.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 29 May 2014 - Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Public Health Office is promoting the 2014 World No Tobacco Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) sets May 31st of each year as World No Tobacco Day and the theme for this year is "Raise Taxes on Tobacco". As for Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Public Health Office this year, it is focused on promoting public places, work places, public transportation and homes as non-smoking areas, which is helpful to those who intend to quit smoking. Despite several years of encouraging smokers to break the smoking habit, quitting is remains difficult, considering the rate of only 2-3% of habitual smokers who successfully quit smoking each year.

However, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and the Acting on Smoking and Health Foundation, are encouraging the public to place no-smoking stickers in the no-smoking places determined by law and urging every organization to create a non-smoking environment at the workplace

BANGKOK, 30 May 2014, - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has assigned various agencies to whip up their respective reconciliation roadmap while handing down policies to pave way for a general election. 

BANGKOK, 30 May 2014  – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued an order on Thursday banning debt collectors from making threats to rice growers who owe them money.

Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the Royal Thai Army, explained that the NCPO issued to order due to concern about the safety of farmers, many of whom had resorted to borrowing from loan sharks after having spent months waiting for their money from the rice pledging scheme.

Col. Sirichan added that out-of-the-system loans are illegal, and the lenders involved with such loans must legalize their actions by producing a borrowing document that included an interest rate permitted by the law. If the debtor fails to repay the loan, the creditor shall have the police proceed with the case.

She noted that lenders who violate the NCPO order will be prosecuted.

BANGKOK, 30 May 2014 – The police asserted that at least 10 instances of irregular practice have been detected in the rice mortgage program, whereas the number of complaints registered against such irregularities stood at 250.

Police General Ek Angsananon, deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, met with Finance Ministry Inspector Kunrit Sombatsiri on Thursday to discuss progress of investigation into reports of graft in the rice pledging scheme. He said afterwards that based on current information, there were 10 cases that were under investigation by officials, and that all of the cases involved counterfeiting of rice mortgage documents – primarily the warehouse receipts.

According to Pol. Gen. Ek, so far no high-level politicians or civil servant have been found to be involved with the irregularities.

BANGKOK, 29 May 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has declared that any individuals who have wartime weapons in their possession must turn in the items soon or face imprisonment of up to 20 years.

In its recent announcement, the NCPO ordered all possessors of armament, such as firearms, ammunition and explosives, to report themselves to local authorities and give up the illegal items by June 10. After having done so, the culprits would be given penalties stipulated by the Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive Articles, Fireworks and Imitation of Firearms Act 1947.

However, failure to surrender the weapons would result in more severe punishment, that is, a jail term of 2-20 years.

The announcement was made after the NCPO had raided the properties of several political activists and discovered and confiscated a large amount of heavy weaponry.

BANGKOK, 30 May 2014 – Those looking to renew or apply for their driver's license are advised to take note of the new issuing process coming into use by the Land Transport Department starting on June 2. 

BANGKOK, 29 May 2014  - Thunderstorms and strong winds are expected in many parts of Thailand during May 31 to June 3. 

BANGKOK, 29 May 2014  - The Consular Affairs Department made known that the passport services office on Chaeng Wattana Road is set to officially reopen on June 2, after months of occupation by the anti-government protesters. 

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