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BANGKOK, 3 July 2015 - Small and medium enterprises (SME) are encouraged to visit the 'Smart SME Expo 2015' for all they need to help promote their businesses.

The expo, held under the theme ‘Ultimate Opportunities,’ now underway at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, is aimed at accommodating business owners and helping them market their products through various channels ahead of the AEC.

BANGKOK, 3 July 2015,  National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Secretary-General Thakon Tanthasit reports his agency is looking into recent complaints concerning cases of mobile phone disconnection due to a weak mobile phone signal. The NBTC is also to advise service operators to rename the misleading 'unlimited mobile' internet data plan. 

Friday, 03 July 2015 16:32

Samut Songkhram inspects its fisheries

SAMUT SONGKHRAM, 3 July 2015, Officials from the Samut Songkhram Administration office, Marine office and Social Development and Human Security office yesterday inspected fishing vessels docking at piers on Mae Klong River.

The inspections came as the government stepped up policies preventing illegal fishing in the country. Fishing operators without appropriate licenses from July 4 onward will be arrested. The majority of fishing vessels docked in the piers have been waiting for their licenses to be issued.

Officials said the inspections are also meant to inform fishermen of the registration process and educate them of the importance of having the appropriate license for their fishing operation. A legal fishing vessel must have licenses for all of the ship's personnel, registration documents for the vessel itself, and a permit for fishing. Each vessel must also equip with a Vessel Monitoring System.

An estimated 1,100 fishing vessels in Samut Songkhram have filed for registration, but only 50 percent have been approved. Currently, 400 vessels waiting for the approval are docked in piers across the province, which have a limited capacity.

Friday, 03 July 2015 16:31

Singburi holds Bang Rajan Memorial Day

SINGBURI, 3 July 2015- The central province of Singburi last night organized a Bang Rajan Memorial Day, commemorating the courage, patriotism and sacrifice of the Khai Bang Rajan heroes who defended their home against Burmese invaders to the last man during the Burmese–Siamese War in 1765–1767.

Officials from the provincial administration office, district office, police, and the military as well as Singburi locals Attended the event held in Khai Bang Rajan District.

The province this year marked its 249th year anniversary of the historic event with a massive merit-making ceremony joined by 245 monks. Many event-goers also participated in a meditation session and a candle-lit procession, honoring the men and women who fearlessly gave their lives defending Khai Bang Rajan two and a half centuries ago.

BURIRAM, 3 July 2015 - According to Muang Buriram District Chief Poomjitr Sriwongrat, farmers in the area have already planted rice in 290,000 rai of farmland in the area’s 17 sub-districts, 70 percent of which is facing a water shortage.

He said most of the drought affected farmland is located outside the irrigation zone and relies heavily on rainfall for productive farming. Chief Poomjitr cited the province’s drought report, saying water shortages affect a total area of 370,000 rai of rice farmlands and para rubber fields in Buriram’s 18 districts.

The district chief expects the planted rice will wither, if rain does not fall within a month.

The Muang District Chief said however there was no report of any drought affected damage from the area’s agricultural sector, just a minority report on a water shortage.

Farmers are urged not to plant rice until rain starts to fall and closely follow the Meteorological Department’s daily forecast. Local administration offices have also been instructed to immediately distribute water for consumption whenever there are requests for assistance.

Friday, 03 July 2015 16:29

Navy eyes submarines from China

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015  – The Royal Thai Navy is planning to propose purchasing submarines from China in a latest move to bolster its defense capacity.

Navy chief Kraisorn Chansuwanit disclosed the Royal Thai Navy decided to seek a budget of 3.6 billion baht for the purchase of three Chinese submarines through a government-to-government deal. The making of the warships is expected to take five or six years and the budget should be disbursed step by step for up to 10 years.

Admiral Kraisorn said the Navy’s committee picked Chinese submarines rather than those made in Germany and Sweden, as they are equipped with the Air Independent Propulsion system which enables the ships to remain under water for as long as 21 days. Submarines from other countries are yet to have this technology.

The Navy chief said he could not tell when Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan would propose the purchase plan to the cabinet meeting. If the purchase is approved, the country will possess the first batch of submarines after 50 years.

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015  – The Ministry of Energy has approved an additional sum of 4.9 billion baht from the 2015 budget to finance energy conservation and development projects, said the Energy Minister. 

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 – The Government is to hold a "Healthy City, Community Way of Life Fair" in response to a higher demand for healthy living. It will take place in July at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market near the Government House.

The event will run for three weeks from 7 to 26 July with a special theme in each week. Divided into three zones, the event showcases and sells health products from over a hundred suppliers.

"Bringing Thai Traditional Medicine to the World" is the theme of the first week from 7-12 July where business matching will be arranged while use of Thai traditional medicines, herbal supplements and detoxicification will be demonstrated.

The second week will focus on "Alzheimer-Free Community", promoting anti-alzymer foods, acupuncture and physical exercise. In the final week, visitors can see "Thai Herbs for Beauty" such as facial spa and anti-aging treatment.

Gen Prayut is scheduled to inaugurate the event on July 7th at 5 p.m.

The objectives of the fair are to stimulate domestic economy and promote SME suppliers to have additional channel for their business. Meanwhile, buyers are assured of high quality Thai medicines and health products sold at the event.

The upcoming fair follows the success of two earlier events -- "Qualiy Orchid Market" and “Flowers and Ornamental Fishes Fair" held respectively at the same location since the beginning of this year in line with the Prime Minister's policy.

The new fair will be accompanied by the usual "Floating Market" in the nearby Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Canal where visitors can take boat service free of charge to the market during 8.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.

Moreover, the Culture Ministry will bring cultural-based products for sale at the fair as well as cultural performances to entertain visitors.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 2 July 2015 – Prachuap Khiri Khan Province will be leading OTOP entrepreneurs to a business matching conference in Myanmar's OTOP Fair in Myeik.

The Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Community Development Official Precha Kittisattayakul has revealed that the province will bring a delegate of OTOP entrepreneurs in the province to participate in the second OTOP Fair of Two Lands trade fair, set to take place in Myeik, Myanmar from 31 July to 5 August 2015 at the Myeik Shopping Center.

Famous OTOP products from Prachuap Khiri Khan will be introduced to the Myanmar market in this event, as they have already received positive feedback from the last year's introduction to the fair. The event will also host the signage of agreements between Thai and Myanmar manufacturers as well as the business matching negotiations in order to expand both nations’ trade cooperation.

The Community Development Official has further stated that this event will also mark the opening of the OTOP Center store in Myeik Shopping Center, which is the sales outlet for OTOP products to Myanmar customers. The center will allowing entrepreneurs to extend their export channels and learn the consuming behaviour of Myanmar customers in order to adapt their products accordingly to the market’s demand.

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 – The Ministry of Culture will introduce an emblem for the southern border provinces as a medium to tighten the relations among ASEAN countries, according to an official.

The Permanent-Secretary of Culture Ministry Apinan Poshyananda has revealed the outcome of the meeting to solve the southern border issues that the meeting has discussed various projects and activities that could be organized to represent the cultural identity of southern border provinces, and to push the area into a cultural center of ASEAN.

He has said that the Ministry of Culture will be responsible for activities that focuses on the combined identity of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei through cultural exchange activities in performance art, livelihood, and foods.

The Ministry of Culture’s initial plan will include traditional performances such as Likay Hulu and Shadow Puppet, performances from companies from the neighbouring countries, exhibitions on clothes and attire such as Batik of the southern provinces, fashion show in collaboration with the neighbouring countries, and the Halal food fair.

The meeting also acknowledged the planned establishment of the Quran museum, designed by the Department of Fine Arts at Narathiwat Province, to attract faithful muslims from the neighbouring countries to visit in the faith tourism campaign. If successful, this campaign will help generate more income to the people in southern border provinces.

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