SAMUT PRAKAN 29 April 2014  — Samut Prakan province is holding an OTOP fair in order to promote locally made products and publicize the province’s tourism sector.

Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Prasopdee presided over the opening ceremony of the OTOP fair, which will be held in front of the Samut Prakan City Hall near the Chao Phraya dam from April 28 - May 2, 2014.

The OTOP fair is part of a larger exhibition that aims to showcase locally made products and publicize the province’s tourism sector. Moreover, discussion on how to combat poverty in the region will also be held.

The entire venue is mainly geared towards promoting Samut Prakan to become better known both domestically and internationally, and is set up to prepare for the welcoming of the upcoming 2015 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:49

Prices of instant noodles increased

BANGKOK 29 April 2014  — Instant noodles makers have increased the prices of their products due to the decrease of sales.

According to Association of Thai Wholesaling and Retailing president Somchai Pornratanacharoen, some instant noodle companies have increased the prices of their noodles due to slower sales in the instant noodle market.

It is likely that the rest of the producers will increase their product prices on the back of rising production costs. The prices of instant noodles have increased by 25-50 satang per pack; however, under the present regulations, each pack will have to be sold at no more than 6 baht apiece, Somchai said.

A slower economy and the increase in the cost of living have prompted the public to spend less of their income on consumer goods — affecting the sales of instant noodles in turn.

Mr. Somchai has called on the government to quickly address this issue in order to allow more competition in the market, adding that he hopes a new government could soon be formed in order for the country to move forward.

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014  – According to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) stood at 84.7 points in March, the lowest in 5 years. 

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014,  - The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has predicted that more than 100,000 SME operators will likely quit if the political turmoil continues until the end of the year. 

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014  – Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has denied the military’s involvement in the killing of red-shirt activist Kamol Duangphasuk, who is also known by his penname as “Mai Nueng Kor Kunthee”.

Gen Prayuth has warned all ill-intentioned people not to link the military with the murder of Mai Nueng, saying that soldiers would never hurt people and that the military can never be bought by money. He strongly asserted that soldiers only stand to protect the people and the nation.

As for security measures, he said as of now, the military has no plan to reduce the number of military personal deployed in Bangkok and its vicinity. However, he said the matter would have to be discussed with the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) first before any decisions could be made.

Red-shirt activist Kamol Duangphasuk was attacked by an unidentified gunman who shot him twice in the chest. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

RANONG 29 April 2014— The Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary is conducting follow-ups on His Majesty’s drought relief efforts in Ranong province.

Mr. Jaralthada Kannasut, consultant to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, traveled to parts of Chumphon and Ranong on April 27-29, 2014 in order to receive updates and follow-ups on the current drought situation in the two provinces and on the developments and improvements of His Majesty’s royal initiatives in the region. On April 29, Mr. Jaralthada traveled to a local reservoir in Ranong.

In regard to the “Att Nam Huay Hoi" reservoir built by the royal project in Ranong province, it is now under the Royal Irrigation Department and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The reservoir itself was built in 2006 to provide locals with better irrigation and resolve the problems of water shortage plaguing the area.

According to Mr. Jaralthada, the local community of the “Att Nam Huay Hoi" reservoir is quite efficient when it comes to water usage. However, a major problem in the region is that forests in the mountains have been massively destroyed — rendering them unable to retain less water for use during the drought season. Mr. Jaralthada, therefore, suggested that locals realize the importance of preserving their forests in the area.

To handle the drought situation in the short-run, Mr. Jaralthada has commissioned another small reservoir to be built in the area in order for local residents to be able to have access to wate.

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014 – As the annual Coronation Day is approaching, a number of police will be deployed around the Klai Kangwon Palace to ensure safety during the celebration. 

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014,  - Lt. Sunisa Lertpakkawat Deputy Spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister has revealed that the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) has submitted several suggestions regarding the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA)’s plan to purchase 3,183 additional NGV buses.

According to Lt. Sunisa, the cabinet will consider the NACC’s proposals which are significantly different from the BMTA’s purchasing plan, adding however that the current administration, being an interim government, doesn't have the authority to approve the purchase. Nonetheless the cabinet has appointed Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt to explain to the NACC which aspects of the recommendations can or cannot be implemented.

Mr. Chadchart meanwhile said that his ministry has closely monitored the project, frequently making appropriate adjustments to the purchasing plan.

The NACC has proposed that the purchase deal be opened up for auction instead of being an exclusive deal with a particular company, adding that bidders from anywhere in the world, should all be manufacturers with experience in similar transport deals.

The agency said that the public must be advised of the initial price of the vehicles, while the calculation of the cost must strictly accord with the 1999 anti corruption code, further insisting that additional related information be incorporated when announcing the price.

BANGKOK, 29 April 2014 – The Pheu Thai Party has urged all political sides to refrain from violence, and instead, seek solutions through an election.

The party representatives, Pheu Thai Secretary-General Phumtham Wechayachai and Pheu Thai strategist Pokin Polakul made an official announcement, calling on the Election Commission (EC) and the government to hurriedly schedule an exact date for the pending general election. The announcement followed a meeting of political parties during which most of the parties agreed that the only peaceful solution to the current conflict was through an election.

Mr. Phumtham added that the Pheu Thai Party would like to see a royal decree brought forward in order to set a clear direction for the country as well as to minimize violence.

He also called on all parties to participate in the election regardless of their political standpoint, adding that the longer Thailand is without a government, the more damage is done to the country.

YALA, 29 April 2014 – Officials in the southern border provinces are still on high alert around the clock as the 10 years anniversary of the Krue Se Mosque incident rolls past. 

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