BANGKOK, 24 April 2015 - Prachuap Khiri Khan province organizes a grand event to promote tourism in Hua Hin district and celebrate the royal wedding anniversary of Their Majesties the King and Queen on 28 April 2015.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:48

PM has established Education Super Board

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 - Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has established an education policy and development committee, aimed at driving national education projects and promoting lifelong learning.

General Prayut revealed in yesterday’s TV broadcast of ‘Returning Happiness to the People’ that along with the committee, dubbed ‘Super Board’, other education boosting measures are being implemented such as the long distance learning through satellite. He also sets a goal of having universities in each region produce graduates who will take jobs that will contribute to economic growth in respective regions.

The Prime Minister said production of skilled labor must be carried out on a continuous basis. Vocational institutions must collaborate with local factories in putting their students for training to ensure that the country will produce sufficient manpower for industrial needs. Such a goal will be achieved through integrated efforts of the ministries of Education and Labor, the Prime Minister added.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:45

King views the Chao Phraya

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 - His Majesty the King yesterday (April 24) left Siriraj Hospital on a private visit to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Center located by the Chao Phraya River.

TRANG, 25 April 2015 – The provincial Election Commission (EC) of Trang held the 2nd workshop to instill knowledge on roles of good citizens, election and democracy, to young delinquents at the provincial Juvenile Observation and Protection Center.

EC President Suraphon Wichaidit said at the opening ceremony of the workshop that as the nation is entering the reform phase, it is now the time for all sides to reevaluate their roles in creating a new society by focusing on fostering new generation of good citizens who respect and comply with the democratic regulations.

He told the teens that a good citizen respects rights of others, obeys the rules of society, and is responsible for oneself and the community.

The EC president said that in order to instill such values to the younger generation, they must understand about the context of being a good citizen, while being prepared for the reformation, the new constitution and the upcoming election.

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha says the government has reclaimed more than 35 million rai of illegally-owned forest areas.

During his weekly TV talk show, PM Prayut said the forest areas which were fetched back from encroachers would be revived. Parts of the land have been set aside for landless villagers.

PM Prayut, however, confirmed that those allowed to use the allocated land were unable to sell them. They are required to pledge their assets or agricultural yields to obtain the right to land use.

The government has so far handed more than 100,000 rai of confiscated land to villagers in 12 provinces and has planned to allot another 50,000 rai to those in 17 provinces this year.

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 - On the fifth day of the deliberation of the first constitution draft, the National Reform Council discussed a total of 59 sections covering the rule of law and the court’s roles.

A member of Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC), Banjerd Singhkaneti, told the meeting that the new draft highlights transparency and would provide unity to the court.

He also defended the CDC’s decision to include the clause that requires at least one outsider in every 3 members of the Judicial Commission, saying it does not mean that the CDC is leaving gaps for politicians to interfere with the court’s work, but would rather keep the judge’s perspective fresh.

Most of the NRC members however disagreed with the idea, saying outsiders always invite interference from the political sector. The meeting also proposed the idea of having both the Appeal and Supreme courts be able to handle political related cases. Another NRC member suggested establishment of a district level court to help low-income earners to settle their legal matters.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:41

BMA prepares to cater to elderly society

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (MBA) is set to map out new development plans to make Bangkok a quality society for the elderly.

In the wake of a growing number of senior citizens, BMA deputy governor Pusadee Tamthai said it was high time the capital city launched schemes to serve the needs of this group of population.

According to Dr. Pusadee, the BMA will classify elderly people into two main groups so as to cater to them effectively. The first group consists of senior citizens who can look after themselves. The latter is made up of those who need to be in the care of others.

For the aged who can take care of themselves, the BMA will provide them with support in line with their request, such as vocational training or job opportunities. As for those who cannot depend on themselves, the BMA will launch campaign to urge family and community members to pay attention to old people in their neighborhood.

In the meantime, the BMA will introduce programs aimed at educating family and community members on physical and psychological changes the elderly are likely to experience, so that younger members can treat the aged ones with understanding and proper care.

BANGKOK, 25 April 2015 – The Thai Ministry of Defense and China’s Central Military Commission have agreed on the plan to strengthen defense cooperation.

On an official visit to Thailand, vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission ACM Xu Qiliang has stressed China’s readiness to support the Thai government’s peace process and attempts to solve internal problems.

During the talks, the vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission and Deputy PM for defense and Defense Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan concurred with the idea of forging defense ties on four issues: the upgrading of military cooperation, the expansion of joint training covering three branches of military, the development for defense industry and the establishment of ASEAN military medical center in Thailand.

Gen. Prawit showed his approval of the idea by setting up a special committee to study each other’s proposals. The Deputy PM and Defense Minister added that he wished to see more collaborations on research and development in the area of defense industry between Thailand and China. The Gen. also took this opportunity to express his appreciation of the 40-year-old friendship between the two countries.

Vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission ACM Xu Qiliang is scheduled to visit the Kingdom between April 23 and 27 upon the invitation of the Ministry of Defense.

BANGKOK, 24 April 2015 - Prof Sombat Thamrongthanyawong of theNational Reform Council (NRC) spoke of the progress of the NRC’s deliberation of the draft constitution, saying the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has agreed to some of the NRC’s proposals, but is still concerned that certain provisions would lead to future conflict.

BANGKOK, 24 April 2015 - The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will send the draft constitution to political parties for their scrutiny and input.

CDC Chairman Prof Borwornsak Uwanno revealed that , the CDC will after Apr 26 send the draft constitution to political parties and political movements to ask for their input. He said emphasis would be given to provisions the political groups think could lead to future conflict and how they could be amended.

According to Prof. Borwornsak, the National Reform Council have mostly directed their criticisms towards the draft constitution’s chapter regarding political leaders. He asked that all groups pay as much attention to the chapter regarding citizen rights as there are many provisions that are designed to empower the people.

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