BANGKOK, 23 November 2014 - The Ministry of Labor is urgently developing skills of automotive workers to be at par with the international standards.

Adviser to the labor minister Noppadol Kannikar said the ministry placed high importance on the development of curricula on labor skills in various fields. In today’s world, all sides, especially the government, private sector and international organizations should work together in increasing the country’s bargaining power, said the adviser.

Director-General of the Department of Skill Development M.L. Puntharik Samiti said the ministry would develop official standards for automotive workers after it set up an institute for them in Samut Prakan province. The ministry was cooperating with the private sector in developing curricula and encouraging entrepreneurs to help train automotive workers, the official added.

Monday, 24 November 2014 14:37

Two new ministers take oath before the King

BANGKOK, 23 November 2014 - On Sunday, at 4.52 p.m., His Majesty the King granted an audience to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha who led two newly appointed members of the Cabinet to give an oath before assuming their posts, at the Her Royal highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra’s Meeting Room, on the 14th floor of Siriraj Hospital. The two ministers were Mr. Wisut Srisuphan, Deputy Minister of Finance and Mr. Amnuay Patisae, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Mr. Ampon Kiti-ampon, the Secretary General of the Cabinet was also present at the ceremony.

CHIANG RAI, 23 November 2014  - The Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce arrange a seminar to brainstorm solutions to the country’s economic problems and discuss how to increase its competitiveness.

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda presided over the seminar attended by representatives of chambers of commerce nationwide. It is held at the Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai province from 21-23 November. Results of the seminar will be submitted to the prime minister for consideration and implementation.

Gen. Anupong also presented the Samphao Thong Awards to the provincial governors who supported the work of chambers of commerce this year.

The seminar’s participants are 1,500 people. Representatives of government units and the media also participate in the event.

SATUN, 23 November 2014 - All districts in Satun are warned of landslides, especially in flood-prone areas, after the province were hit by heavy rains since Friday.

Satun governor Detrat Simsiri said those who lived in Tambon Kamphaeng and La Ngu district as well as the areas along the Andaman coasts should be cautious of the natural disaster. Small fishing boats and tourist boats were prohibited from setting sail, said the governor.

The provincial disaster prevention and mitigation is closely monitoring the water levels of Chalung and Mambang canals as well as Duson dam in Khuan Don district. Villagers will be warned immediately if the canals overflow.

BANGKOK, 24 Nov 2014,  The Prime Minister’s Office yesterday held a singing contest, commemorating His Majesty the King’s 87th birthday anniversary.

The contest was presided over by Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, M.L. Panadda Disakul, who revealed that the event was organized as part of the Father’s Day celebration, to be held on December 5th, adding that the contest also served as a means to express loyalty to the King, a true genius in music.

Participants included children from 5 orphanages: Youth House--Maharaj Foundation, Rajvithi Home for Girls, Pak Kred Home for Boys, Thunyaphon Place for Girls, and Mahamek Home for Boys.

Participants sang selected all-time popular songs composed by His Majesty the King such as ‘Falling Rain’, ‘H.M. Blues’, ‘Love at Sundown’, and ‘The impossible dream’. The winning teams were awarded scholarships and certificates.

All participants were also invited to write well wishes messages to HM the King, and treated to a free meal.

BANGKOK, 24 Nov 2014, A hearing on the impeachment cases of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, former Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont, and former Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatchapanich will be held on Thursday and Friday.

According to Phonpetch Wichitchonlachai, the President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the impeachment, if goes on as scheduled, is in accordance with Section 6 of the 2014’s interim constitution, and Section 64 of the 1999’s constitution law on anti-corruption.

Mr. Phonpetch said the session on Thursday would deal with Mr. Nikom and Mr. Somsak and Miss Yingluck’s case would be processed on Friday.

The former Prime Minister has been accused of negligence for failing to stop corruption and losses in the rice pledging scheme. She chaired the National Rice Policy Committee when she was prime minister.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission found former Parliament President Somsak and former Senate Speaker Nikom guilty of violating the 2007 Constitution by pushing for charter changes in relation to the composition of the Senate.

BANGKOK, 24 November 2014  An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale has erupted in the Tachilek town of Myanmar yesterday at 6:49 p.m., sending aftershocks traveling to Chiang Rai province of Thailand.

The Seismological Bureau under the Meteorological Department reported that the quake originated about 14 kilometers northwest of Chiang Rai province and was 13 kilometers deep. Residents living in Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, Mae Chan, and Mae Fah Luang districts as well as those in the downtown area of Chiang Rai have slightly experienced the aftershocks.

Locals living in a two-story townhouse in San Sai subdistrict mentioned that they felt the building was shaking. Those residing in one-story homes had similar experiences to tell as well. According to them, the vibration was like a car passing by and the chairs and lamps were also shaking.

No damages have been reported so far, however. Residents living in both countries have continued to resume life as normal.

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 - Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is preparing to open the first walking street on Silom road, Bang Rak District, to compensate for the effects of the reorganization of commercial zones around Bangkok suffered by street vendors. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:50

PM wants revision of the Joint Investment Bill

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asserted that he had no intentions to amend the Joint Investment Bill, but would make improvements to it.

General Prayut stated that sections of the bill regarding the investment process would be revised to make it shorter and more investor-friendly. As for the digital economy policy, the working committee is now devising a framework, which would be implemented to promote the use of technology in the current economy.

The framework will be then proposed to the cabinet for consideration in the beginning of December. The Thai government is also planning to encourage giant overseas companies to invest and open their regional offices in Thailand.

He reiterated that the government is doing its best in moving the country forward, despite a few problems with the Thai economy. The premier cited the financial aid scheme for farmers as an example, which has been slow due to certain issues in the registration process. General Prayut said the government would take actions in case any irregularities are found.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:49

NLA passes bill regarding air traffic offenses

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed bill regarding air traffic offenses, which establishes jurisdiction over crimes committed during flights.

After the special committee delivered its report of the bill along with its proposed amendment, the NLA voted 174 in favor of the bill with 5 abstentions.

Meanwhile, the NLA members have also concurred to propose an amendment to Article 43 of the bill in order to provide a clearer definition of various air traffic offenses. Crimes committed both within and beyond Thai airspace are subjected to punishment according to the Thai law.

The law in essence sets out to define various criminal offenses punishable during flights and is an update from preceding laws to coincide with modern treaties and severity of punishments.

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