BANGKOK, 25 August 2014  – His Majesty the King has given a royal command appointing Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand. 

PHETCHABURI, 22 August 2014 – The Department of Livestock Development is scheduled to arrange the 'Thailand Green Livestock Expo 2014' to take place between 27-31 August at the Phetchaburi Animal Quarantine Center in celebration of the the Department of Livestock Development's 72nd Anniversary. 

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014 - Thailand is gearing up to further discuss service liberalisation and speed up talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with other ASEAN members during tomorrow’s 46th Asean Economic Ministers' (AEM) meeting.

The realization of the RCEP and the elimination of non-tariff barriers are some of the key focuses once ASEAN integration becomes fully effective next year. The Ministry of Commerce's permanent secretary Chutima Bunyapraphasara will represent Thailand at the ACM, which is being held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from August 23-28.

The ministry said ASEAN ministers will focus on promoting more integration in several sectors. Several agreements on economic integration initiatives will be signed at the meeting which includes an agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Accountancy Services, the Asean Medical Device Directive and an agreement to amend FTAs with Australia and New Zealand.

At the meeting, ASEAN ministers would also look beyond the region's full integration in 2015.

The session will include other partners such as Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States.

BANGKOK, 21 August 2014 - The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has advised that 100,000 phone numbers have already been registered via the "2 Shots" app, and that it would soon offer the service at convenience stores. 

BANGKOK, 20 August 2014  - The construction of Bangkok’s Blue Line underground train system has made a significant progress and the first tunnelling under the Chao Phraya River is set to commence soon. 

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014  - The Public Health Ministry has dismissed rumors about a case where a 48 year-old Thai woman who has recently arrived from Liberia has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Dr. Narong Sahamethaphat, Permanent-Secretary for Public Health, stated that the woman had be detained at the Suvarnabhumi Airport’s International Quarantine Center as she arrived home on August 20th. Initially, she did not have a fever, but a day later, she experienced headaches and developed rashes on her skin.

Concerned about her symptoms, she immediately went to see a doctor at a private hospital, who then told her she had urticaria. However, she took responsibly by reporting to the Disease Control Department (DCD) via the hotline 1422 to truly make sure that she has not been infected with Ebola.

The woman was then taken to the Bamras Naradoon Institute for close watch. The results indicated she did not have the Ebola virus and that her case was not worrisome.

Dr. Narong has also urged members of the public to not easily believe the rumors that have been circulating around social media sites, as most of them are often created to distort the truth or cause widespread panic.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:05

Nonthaburi getting prepared for AEC

NONTHABURI, 22 August 2014 - Nonthaburi is preparing to welcome representatives from China to Thailand in an effort to enhance the cooperation between the two countries. Nonthaburi Governor Thanon Vejchakornkarn presided over the preparation meeting to welcome representatives from China with the purpose of exchanging views and opinions on tourism, trading, investment along with discussions on culture, research, sports and education. China will sign a MOU regarding culture, trade and investment cooperation on the provincial level which will lead to greater provincial framework development. China will agree to enhance the Free Trade Agreement, trade and investment increasing next month to prepare for the ASEAN integration in 2015.

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014  - 95 more Thai workers in Libya would be returning to their home country, says the Labor Attache in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

According to Mr. Banyat Siripreecha, the Thai labor attache in the UAE, around 205 workers would be moved to Tunisia on the 25th before being transferred to the United Arab Emirates. However, only 95 workers out of this group would be returning home due to the limited number of available flights.

Full assistance would be provided by the Royal Thai Consulate in Dubai, who has agreed to fly them back to Thailand via Emirates Airlines, flights EK 748 and EK 384. Both flights are scheduled to arrive in the kingdom by August 26.

Meanwhile, the Facilitation Center for Thais in Libya, which has its branches both in Tunis and Dubai, managed to transfer a total of 444 workers to Dubai during August 1-19. The 95 remaining workers are expected to join this group on August 25, bringing the total number to 539, which would arrive in Thailand.

Another 110 workers are still waiting for an available flight to Thailand, as Emirates Airlines is unable to arrange additional flights at this point.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:02

Police seize rosewood logs in Bang Saen

CHONBURI, 22 August 2014 – The Saen Suk Provincial Police together with a team of forest rangers have confiscated several logs of Siamese Rosewood in the middle of Bang Saen City.

Police have received a tip-off by a good samaritan that a large number of these logs were hidden in the open behind the Night Plaza Market in Chonburi Province. During their raid, police found several logs, slabs of wood, and scraps of wood.

In a nearby forest area, authorities also found 120 logs of rosewood that were neatly stacked up and covered with canvas tarps, all valued up to 20 million baht.

The owner of these rosewood logs was a 33 year-old man, who convinced that the logs were legal by presenting a valid document of trade. He also confessed that the stacked up logs were bought from another vendor at a price of 2.5 million baht.

Nonetheless, the authorities have confiscated the logs to check whether they have been legally obtained or not.

SONGKHLA, 22 August 2014 - Songkhla Municipality has unveiled its master plan to conserve and develop Songkhla’s old community. One major element in regaining the appearance of old, involves placing all the black electricity wires of the modern era underground, so that the old town looks the way it was more than a hundred years ago. 

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