BANGKOK, 27 May 2014  - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has shown her interest in using the scanning electron microscope or SEM equipment for photographing purposes. 

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014  – Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha asserted after receiving royal appointment to the post of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that he was not aiming to gain power with the coup, but the objective was to prevent conflicts from escalating in the country. 

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014  – National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha says the army’s main priority is to maintain order and restore peace in the nation. He however gives no time frame for a general election.

BANGKOK, 26 May 2014 – The fifth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting will benefit the tax rate and increase the distribution of goods, the Department of Trade Negotiations deputy director-general Jintana Chaiyawannakarn has said.

The fifth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiation round, will be attended by the 10 ASEAN Member States and its Free Trade Agreement Partners (Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand)

The meeting, taking place in June in Singapore, aims to reduce any obstacles to trade in goods, services, and investments, as well as to attain cooperation in intellectual property.

She also said that the RCEP will benefit the tax structure and diversified materials as the six negotiating counties are Thailand’s significant trade partners.

Furthermore, the deputy director stated that the free trade negotiation is a channel where the government agencies would like to create bigger opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs in term of goods, services, and investments. The private sector can propose what it needs, as the public sector will bring its topics of discussion to the meeting, which will eventually lead to Thailand's keener competitiveness in ASEAN.

CHANTHABURI, 26 May 2014  – Owners of shops, convenience stores, and nightclubs in Chanthaburi Province have provided full cooperation with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s policy of a nationwide curfew.

Many Chanthaburi locals agree that having military intervention is the right solution to end the political crisis. Therefore, most of them were willing to comply with the Army’s curfew from 10pm to 5 am and have continued to live normally without any problems. However, when the clock ticks at 10pm, everything closes down.

Last night, officers from the Border Protection Command at the Chantaburi-Trat border along with military and police officers have staged a patrol across several checkpoints in the province.

Meanwhile, a local seller at the Namphu market added she is not afraid with the coup because there has been no violence so far and it is a stepping stone to unite people across the nation together.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 10:29

Farmers being paid for pledged rice

KHON KAEN, 26 May 2014  - Khon Kaen farmers have been on cloud nine since they learned that they would soon be paid for the rice pledged under the former government's rice pledging scheme.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) recently convened a meeting of related agencies to discuss ways to pay off the remaining debt to farmers. Upon hearing the news, a farmer from Khon Kaen province said he had had to switch to using chemical fertilizer in order to cut production costs, given he had not yet received payment from the former government's rice pledging scheme. The delayed payments will be disbursed beginning Tuesday 27th.

Farmers all over the country will be paid no later than next month. According to them, the rice pledging policy is necessary for farmers, since the cost of production is very high, whereas this year's rice fetches only 5.50 to 6.50 baht per kilogram; adding that they hope the new government will continue to pay them a minimum of 15,000 baht for a ton of rice.

CHIANG RAI, 26 May 2014  – The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)’s disaster unit warned residents in the North to brace for possible soil erosion ahead of the rainy season.

The DMR said that a major earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks early this month has caused a shift in the geological landscape, which may trigger soil erosion.

The expected large volume of rainfall during the upcoming wet season can further soften the soil and create a number of landslides in areas affected by the earthquake.

Residents in Chiang Rai province, especially those living along the Lao River, are urged to closely follow weather updates.

The DMR also addressed reports regarding a new fault line called the Pua line discovered in Nan province. However, the department’s analysts have disputed the claim that fault line was new. Rather, they said the line has existed for a long time.

BANGKOK, 26 May 2014  - Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been royally appointed as the leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), effective today after the Royal Command to that effect was published in the Royal Gazette. 

NONG KHAI, 26 May 2014  – A summer storm and a hailstorm has swept through Phra That Bung Puan Subdistrict of Muang district in Nong Khai province where over 400 homes have been severely damaged.

The storm also brought down 13 electricity poles, causing a widespread blackout and leaving 2 people injured.

On the evening of May 25th, a summer storm producing gusty winds and hailstones lasted for about 40 minutes and devastated 10 out of the 400 damaged homes.

According to locals, hailstones sizes of limes were heavily falling followed by an hour of rain and at least 3 strong whirlwinds passed by.

Authorities will be assessing the damage to provide assistance and report to the provincial office. An amount of budget will soon be allocated to those affected by the natural disaster.

PHITSANULOK 26 May 2014 — Phitsanulok residents have shown support for army officials in the province after the recent coup.

Locals in Phitsanulok province have gathered to show their support for the army officials in the province. 50 people have reportedly gotten together to offer soldiers water and snacks; they also voiced their support to the troops.

The troops, along with Ms. Pongpan Chan-ocha, chairperson of the Army House Wives, responded by affirming that the army would restore peace and order as soon as possible and thanked the locals for their show of support.

According to Mr. Singh Pakketati, 63, a local of Phitsanulok, he was delighted when he heard that farmers would soon receive their long-overdue payments from the rice mortgaging scheme. He had farmed 38 rai of rice and pledged his produce more than 100,000 baht worth of rice under the program but had yet to receive his payment, he said, thanking the army for their endeavor.

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