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BANGKOK, 25 July 2014 – The Second Meeting of Governors Mayors of ASEAN Capitals will be held in Bangkok on 4-6 November.

Due to political movement in Thailand, ‘The Second Meeting of Governors Mayors of ASEAN Capitals’ (MGM ASEAN) and The Third ASEM Meeting for Governors and Mayors (MGM ASEM) that was supposed to be held in August in Bangkok was postponed.

As the situation in Thailand has reportedly become better and received more confidence from foreign tourists, Bangkok is rescheduling the Second Meeting of Governors and Mayors of ASEAN Capitals on 4-6 November and the Third ASEM Meeting for Governors and Mayors will be held in March 2015.

The meeting issues of each country will emphasize on accident administration, tourism, and culture and education.

MAHASARAKHAM, 25 July 2014  – Mahasarakham Province opened a one stop service center ‘Provincial Damrongtham Center’, following the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) policy to be an integration center for government services.

The Mahasarakham Governor presided over the opening ceremony of Provincial Damrongtham Center which will provide government services and will act as the Provincial Internal Security Operations Command.

The center is set up in order to meet NCPO policy of offering a complaint channel for people, and it can also facilitate people who need government services, as well as a place to receive suggestions about country reform.

The Mahasarakham Provincial Damrongtham Center is located at 2nd floor, City Hall, call 1567.

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014  – Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has assigned related officials to urgently solve the fruit oversupply problem, especially in border areas.

On his weekly TV program “Returning Happiness to the People”, Gen Prayuth revealed that over the past week, representatives of the State Enterprises Worker’s Federation of Thailand, the Chinese-Thai Enterprises Association and the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations met with the NCPO’s head of economic division to inquire about economic guidelines of the council. All of them were reportedly satisfied after hearing the clarifications.

As one of the pressing economic issues at the moment, Gen Prayuth stressed that the overproduction of fruits, such as mangosteen and longkong, is being tackled by relevant agencies led by the National Economic and Social Development Board. Alternative markets have already been prepared to accommodate the excess produces. In the meantime, authorities have been tasked to strictly monitor and regulate the transport of fruits in and out of the country along the borders.

As for the issue surrounding the price of sugarcane, Gen Prayuth stated that the price has been set at 900 baht per ton for now. Measures for pushing the value up further are also being drafted, including the development of sugarcane genes, improvement of soil and substitution of chemical fertilizers with organic ones.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:38

SET Index closed the week slightly down

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014 – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today closed slightly negative at 1,543.85. Thailand’s SET Index slipped by only 0.07 points, or 0.000045%, on turnover of 53.139 billion baht. The Bluechip SET 50 Index closed at 1,033.82, up by just 1.16 points or 0.11%, accounting for 23.856 billion baht. Meanwhile the MAI Index closed positive to 587.68, a raise of 9.81 points, or 1.70%, accounting for 4.676 billion baht.

UBON RATCHATHANI, 25 July 2014  – Ubon Ratchathani has been hit with many instances of forest runoffs, and many parts of the province have become flooded on Thursday.

Districts that were experiencing floods included Warinchamrap, Samrong, Thung Si Udom, Det Udom, Nayia and Phibun Mungsahan. The flooding was caused by heavy raining over the past three days, brought on by a monsoon trough that was covering the upper part of the Northeastern region.

In Thung Si Udom district, the water level has already receded, only to reveal the extent of damage to farmlands and roads. Some locals in two sub-districts of Phibun Mangsahan were evacuated on Thursday. In Warinchamrap, many roads have become inundated after a large amount of water flowed into the area from Sisaket province.

The water level of Mun River reportedly rose by 85 centimeters from Wednesday. The water height was 1.25 meters from overflowing the riverbanks.

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014 - Acting Assistant Permanent Secretary of the Australian Department of Defense, Brigadier John McKenzie, has paid a courtesy call on General Worapong Sa-nganetr, Deputy Supreme Commander at the Armed Forces Headquarters.

The call was part of Brigadier McKenzie’s visit to Thailand to attend a conference on security cooperation between the two countries from July 23rd to 25th.

Thailand and Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation which includes combat drills, logistic supplies, educational training, and enhancement of capabilities of army personnel.

The MoU aims at forging a tight relationship between the armies of the two nations.

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014) - The Royal Thai Police will focus its energy on eliminating dangerous influential figures and hire gunmen.

The policy was handed down by Deputy Police Commissioner General, Police General Ake Angsananont, who instructed his subordinates to step up their efforts in dealing with the said individuals including extortionist gangs.

He appointed Police Lieutenant General Jakthip Chaijinda as the director of the suppression unit, and Pol Maj-Gen Chaiwat Ketworachai as chief investigator on the matter.

Police General Ake explained that the suppression unit would keep a watch list of potentially dangerous people and monitor their actions.

The Deputy Commissioner General also urged the public to call the 1599 hotline to report on crimes or information related to these individuals, while promising to protect the identity of those cooperating with the officials.

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014,  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is preparing to establish a public learning center on garbage disposal.

The plan is revealed by a Bangkok City Councilor for Huay Khwang District Pradermchai Boonchuayluea during his inspection of the On Nut garbage disposal facility in Pravet District, in his capacity as secretary general of the 2015 Budget scrutinizing committee.

The On Nut disposal center is located on an area of 580 rai and has to deal with about 10,000 tons of trash being sent in from 20 districts daily. Currently the center divides the garbage into 2 portions, one for fertilizer production and the other for recycling.

The On Nut garbage disposal unit is also responsible for maintaining the environment by treating wastewater, campaigning for more green areas and minimizing the impact of garbage on the public. The learning center is also part of the unit’s efforts in cleaning up the capital.

NARATHIWAT, 24 July 2014 - Smoke caused by forest fires in Indonesia is now affecting people’s vision while driving and sailing. The air quality has diminished to 62 micrograms.

The Director of Narathiwat Meteorological Office Manee Uttarak has revealed that the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia has covered many Southern provinces of Thailand including Narathiwat. The air quality measured today is 62 microgram per cubic meter which is lower than three days earlier but is still at a moderate level. It has no negative impact on public health but causes poor vision at a 200 – 300 meter distance for drivers and sailors. Those who drive or sail, therefore, are advised to be cautious while traveling at this time.

Currently, south-west monsoon conditions and south-east winds are entering Narathiwat province, bringing thicker smoke into the air. However, rainfall is expected to increase by 40 – 60%, which could clear the smoke away.

SONGKHLA, 24 July 2014  –The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Hat Yai Office has announced that it will hold a tourist promotion activity during the four days of the Mother’s Day holidays 2014, on the theme of ‘Songkhla Ancient Amulets’, in cooperation with the Songkhla Provincial Administration Organization, Hat Yai Municipality, the Tourism Business Federation of Songkhla, and the Songkhla Professional Tourist Guide's Association.

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