BANGKOK, 24 March 2014 The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is set to stage a mass rally on March 29th in a bid to demand for a country reform before a new round of general election is held.
People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban made an official announcement that the PDRC would take to the streets on March 29th.
According to Mr. Suthep, PDRC supporters from provinces across the country will hold rallies at their home provinces, while the PDRC in Bangkok will mobilize supporters from all corners of the capital and start its rally from 9.30am onwards on March 29th.
The planned rally, according to the PDRC leader, is to demand for the national reform in the country before general elections are to be held.
BANGKOK, 24 March 2014 The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will stage mass rallies nationwide on April 5.
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan, who has recently been appointed as UDD chairman, announced that red-shirt supporters would don black on March 29th to express their disagreement with the Charter Court’s ruling to have Feb 2 general election nullified on grounds that it was not held in one single day as required under Section 108 of the Constitution.
He also told red-shirt followers across Thailand to prepare for their biggest rallies on April 5th. The locations will be announced later.
The announcement was made during the UDD gathering in Pattaya on Sunday (Mar 23).
Jatuporn said the forthcoming rallies are aimed at fighting for justice and democracy in the country as well as showing support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who is currently facing charges for her negligence in government’s rice support program.
BANGKOK, 24 March 2014 The Public Health Ministry is warning all Thais of 6 possible skin diseases that normally develop well in hot weather condition.
Director General of the Department of Medical Services Suphan Srithamma revealed that a lot of people each year suffer from six skin diseases which are heat rash, sunburn, eczema, chloasma, skin allergies, and body odor disease. He also urged everyone not to take skin diseases for granted.
The director further revealed that people who are at risk of catching skin diseases include children, individuals who are exposed to sunlight for a long period of time, and those who wear unwashed clothes.
He also suggested ways to prevent skin diseases including using sunscreen, wearing long sleeve tops, avoiding thick clothing, and washing hair more frequently to prevent fungi.
BANGKOK, 24 Mar 2014, The Election Commission is satisfied with the overall situation of yesterday’s advance voting of the senatorial election, despite the very low voter turnout.
According to EC Secretary-General Phuchong Nutrawong, 2.1 million voters exercised their rights in the advance polls, which accounted for only 4.18% of the registered voters. Srisaket topped the voter turnout, with 30.55% of the voters who had registered for the advance voting casting their votes; the province with the lowest voter turnout is Krabi, at 1.29%.
Mr. Phuchong said several voters showed up to vote without registering in advance, during the registration period from March 10th - 14th.
The EC Secretary General also voiced his opinion on the low voter turnout, assuming that the recent annulment of the February 2nd general election might have discouraged citizens to exercise their voting rights. His agency would quickly address the issue by launching an election promotion campaign from Wednesday onward, handing out leaflets about the polls to tollway users. He said the campaign would begin at the Prachachuen tollway booth.
BANGKOK, 24 Mar 2014, Vietnam will likely drop its rice prices during the upcoming auction, in its bid to win Philippine deal, says the Thai Rice Exporters Association
BANGKOK, 24 Mar 2014, According to a source from the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, since it received the 20 billion baht of central budget from the Finance Ministry on March 18th, the bank, between March 20th-21st, paid out 6 billion baht to farmers registered under the rice pledging program as planned.
At this rate, the bank will spend the whole allotted amount on debts owing to rice farmers within this month, said the source, adding that BAAC would soon receive another 2 billion baht from the sales of the stockpiled rice and would immediately start distributing the sum to 100,000 farmers who have yet to receive rice support program payments.
The BAAC has already paid approximately 70 billion baht, out of the 90.3 billion baht owed, to 594,000 farmers participating in the rice mortgage scheme; who have pledged 4.5 tons of rice under the program.
In addition, the bank has paid 500 million baht, out of the 1.24 billion baht generated from its Rice Farmers’ Fund, to the farmers. Out of the total amount of over 1.2 billion baht paid out, 21 million baht of which was donated, 730 million was from non-interest-bearing savings accounts, and the rest was from savings accounts earning 0.63% interest.
BANGKOK, 22 March 2014 Tourist numbers will swell during the upcoming Songkran Festival, because of the improved political situation, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
SURIN, 22 March 2014 The Director of the Surin Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chookiat Pothito has announced that Surin TAT is promoting tourism in Isan and the lower northeast of Thailand to the AEC market, by organizing the “Thai-AEC Civilized Route” campaign, during 2014.
The route through Buriram province, Surin province, Sisaket province and into Cambodia will be publicized through Media Educational Trips (MET) and promoted by field-trips or package tours through Agent Educational Trips (AET) from 22-26 March 2014. TAT will promote travel and provide information on accommodation, tourist attractions, and shopping areas to create widespread interest.
The Commerce Ministry anticipates that the recently lowered interest rate announced by the Monetary Policy Office, could increase the nation’s inflation rate by 0.0025% while expressing confidence that Thailand’s economy would still grow 2 to 2.8%.