BANGKOK, 7 December 2013 – Amnat Charoen Province is set to declare its 7 districts cold spell disaster zones after the temperature has dropped to 15-16 degree Celsius.

The temperature in Amnat Charoen has dropped to 15-16 degrees Celsius, causing a number of locals to come down with respiratory diseases. To make matters worse, a lot of people living in the countryside are poor and in need of winter clothing and blankets. The provincial governor is, therefore, seeking a budget for the purchase of blankets for those people. The governor is also keen on declaring 7 districts of Amnat Charoen cold spell disaster zones.

Some locals in Amnat Charoen have been seen outside their homes in the morning and the evening making bonfires to keep themselves warm, while some people gather outside to do aerobic exercises.

In the meantime, local doctors have issued warnings, urging those who buy used clothes to boil them for 5-10 minutes before wearing them in order to prevent themselves from catching contagious diseases that might come with the clothes.

BANGKOK, 6 December 2013 - In order to closely monitor the political situation in the country, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has decided to cancel all her 3 overseas trips planned for next week.

According to Government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi, the premier earlier planned to visit Russia on December 8-9, and to attend the opening ceremony of the SEA games in Nya Piw Taw, Myanmar on December 11th . However, she has assigned a minister to attend the events on her behalf.

The Prime Minister has also cancelled her planned trip to Tokyo to attend the ASEAN-Japan meeting on December 12-15, but has assigned Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisal to attend the meeting instead.

Saturday, 07 December 2013 13:40

Lampang gears up for big temperature drop

LAMPANG, 6 December 2013 - Wintry conditions are set to linger in the northern province of Lampang as the average temperature has dropped to as low as 12 degrees Celsius.

The local weather unit said a cold spell has been gripping the province since December 2. The temperature on mountain tops is expected to sink to below 9 degrees Celsius.

Residents in 13 mountainous districts have been warned to prepare for a cold snap as another high-pressure cell from China is slated to cover the upper parts of Thailand during December 6-8.

Commuters driving past the mountainous areas are advised to brace for poor visibility during the morning hours due to thick fog.

The Lampang provincial administration has joined hands with local charities to provide winter gear and other necessities to hundreds of low-income earners and hill tribes villagers in Wang Nuea district, which is situated at high altitude.

Saturday, 07 December 2013 13:15

Nelson Mandela passes away at 95

BANGKOK, 6 December 2013  – South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95 after receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection. 

BANGKOK, 6 December 2013 Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan insisted on Thursday that requesting a royally-bestowed line-up of cabinet ministers or a prime minister cannot be done under Article 7 of the charter.

Mr. Charupong spoke of demonstration leader Suthep Thueksuban's claim over rights stipulated under Article 3 and Article 7 of the charter for a royally-bestowed ministerial cabinet. He asserted such practice cannot be implemented in accordance with the charter, adding that the government had always tried to seek solutions based on democratic principles, via Parliament. He added that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been trying to talk to Mr. Suthep, and the latter's proposals would be heeded if they were within the framework of the Constitution.

Wirot Ali, a lecturer at Thammasat University's Faculty of Political Science, said Article 7 was considered a violation of rights under the democratic framework because Parliament had not 'disintegrated' and the political system was still functional. In addition, most members of the public were ready to exercise their rights in going to the polls.

In the meantime,The 'citizens group for peace' plans to hold a discussion over the topic of whether Article 7 in the charter can provide an exit for the current political conflicts.

BANGKOK, 6 December 2013 The Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association is currently reconsidering holding its regular New Year’s countdown celebration due to the effects of the political protests. 

BANGKOK, 5 Dec 2013 Thai workers have been advised not to take any medicines with them when leaving for Taiwan, according to the Foreign Ministry. 

BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 (NNT) – Bangkok Metropolitan Administration(BMA) is extending the BTS Skytrain service on Silom Line to cover Wutthakat and Bang Wa stations today.

Bangkok governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra said on Wednesday that testings at the new stations proved successful, and the stations were ready to accommodate commuters. Until January 5, passengers commuting by the BTS electric trains will not be charged any extra amount for using the two stations. From January 6 onward, passengers will have to pay an additional 10 baht if they ride on the extended route.

The governor added that the opening of the two new stations was expected to generate an additional 70,000 users for the sky train service per day. BMA also plans to add 6 more stations to the sky train line, which will run from the newly-opened Bang Wa station to the planned Taling Chan station. The extension, to be carried out at the cost of 11 billion baht, is expected to be completed in 2019.

BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 Activities have been held in Pattani Province in celebration of His Majesty the King's 86th birthday anniversary

At Pattani’s Muang District, Deputy Pattani Governor Sompoch Suwannarat presided over the celebration of the King’s birthday. Major activities organized during the celebration in honor of the King included the releasing of 1 million shrimp into their natural habitat and a parade, in which over 1,000 state officials, religious leaders, and the locals took part. The releasing of shrimp was aimed at preserving water and marine resources and creating conscience among locals as well as promoting the balance of nature.

BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 Bangkok is holding a grand ceremony offering alms to 287 monks in the capital. 

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