BANGKOK, 2 July 2014 -The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) governor Somchai Roadrungwasinkul has overseen the Energy Mind Award 2013 ceremony. The Energy Mind Award was given to schools which met a standard ranging from 1-5 stars. There were 48 schools participating through the year. 

BANGKOK, 2 July 2014 - Mr. Panthep Klanarongran, President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has disclosed that NACC officials will investigate areas involving possible fraud in the rice-pledging scheme, along with total rice stocks as well as the rice distribution process, to gather information for further investigations. 

BANGKOK, 2 July 2014  – At the daily press conference of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) at Government House today, Dr. Yongyuth Maiyalap, of the NCPO’s public relations unit revealed that the NCPO committee has been notified of an agreement between the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited, the operator of the MRT Subway in Bangkok, to delay a rise in train fares for another 4 months.

The extension means the MRT fares will remain between 16-40 Baht, despite the regular 2-year price progression. However, this price freeze is only until October 2014. The extension was made because of the country’s current economic status and to spare commuters the necessity of higher spending on transportation at this time.

After October 2014, the new fares will still start at 16 Baht and only reach 42 Baht depending on the distance; this new range of fares will be effective for another 24 months once the new prices take effect in October.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:57

Saudi King gives dates to Thai Muslims

NARATHIWAS, 3 July 2014  - The King of Saudi Arabia has recently provided 60 tons of dates to Muslim people in southern Thailand, through His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The royal dates are intended for the Thai Muslim community for consumption at the beginning of the Ramadan month. His Majesty the King has designated the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and the Satthachon Foundation for Education and Orphans to distribute the dates to the Islamic Committees of the five southern border provinces and Muslim people in the region.

Mr. Jetsada Jitrat, chief officer of Su-ngai Ko-lok District yesterday presented portions of the royal dates to religious and community leaders as well as representatives of various mosques in the district, at their monthly meeting held at the district’s official administrative center.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:56

Pathumthani braces for possible floods

PATHUM THANI, 3 July 2014  - Irrigation officials in Pathum Thani Province are bracing for northern run-off and possible floods coming in its wake.

Authorities at the Chulalongkorn Watergate in Thanyaburi District are installing more water pumps in anticipation of massive water volume flowing downstream to the station which is in the frontline to absorb the water before it enters the eastern part of Bangkok and is diverted into the Chao Phraya.

Irrigation officials said aside from installing additional water pumps, they have erected water barriers to prevent run-off from entering the capital as well.

A total of 24 additional water pumps are being installed at the Chulalongkorn Watergate with a combined capacity of pumping 9 million cubic meters of water per day.

The head of the Irrigation office in the province has instructed related officials to closely monitor the water level in Rangsit Canal and to provide reports to the provincial administrative body on a continuous basis.

BANGKOK, 3 July 2014  – The Customs Department has removed signs on the arrival floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport that warned about taxes against carrying more than 10,000 baht of items into Thailand from abroad. 

BANGKOK, 2 July 2014  - Dr. Pornthep Siriwanarangsun, Director-General of the Department of Health has advised that using tissue paper to absorb oil in dishes of cooked food is safe. The Director recommends using paper which is manufactured for use in the kitchen and is certified HACCP, which is the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point standard.

However, some other kinds of paper such as recycled tissue are not safe to use when handling cooked food. This is because Sodium hydroxide, Chlorine and Dioxin are used during the recycling process and on the production line. The chemicals used in production are considered to be carcinogenic which is a serious threat to a person's health.

MUKDAHAN, 2 July 2014  –The Mukdahan Natural Resources and Environment office has arranged to bring rosewood back to the province in order to create sustainable happiness at Huai Rai Reservoir in Mueang district. The Governor Sakolsarit Boonpradit presided at the opening ceremony attended by 2,000 local people including students.

The campaign was organized by the Mukdahan Natural Resources and Environment office and the Rajapruek Foundation to create pride and contentment among the local people as well as to create awareness of environmental conservation. An auspicious 99,999 rosewood saplings were given out to the participants to grow into trees for a sustainable ecosystem.

LAMPANG, 3 July 2014,-The Lampang provincial military has discovered that more than 40 rais of land in Maeyao National Park linking the districts of Kohka and Hangchat has been encroached upon.

The area is a lush deciduous forest and serves as the water source of the nearby areas. Authorities found several tree stumps and 10 charcoal kilns in the area, leading to speculations that offenders encroached on the area to produce charcoal for sale.

The speculation was confirmed after they discovered more than a thousand bags of charcoal neatly packed, ready for distribution.

Officials did not find any perpetrators at the scene, however, speculating that they must have escaped before the officers arrived.

Authorities have removed the fences and reclaimed the area, vowing to bring those responsible for the encroachment to justice.

BANGKOK, 3 July 2014 – The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand (ZPO) has announced it will waive entry fees at all 7 zoos plus an elephant home under its jurisdiction on July 11, to heed the National Council for Peace and Order's policy to foster happiness among the public. 

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