BANGKOK - The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has expressed satisfaction with its one-month progress.

NRSA Speaker Capt Thinapan Nakata, along with Deputy Speakers Alongkorn Ponlaboot and Valairat Sriaroon and the NRSA spokesperson team, delivered its one-month progress report and its plan of action for the future. 

BANGKOK – Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanchanarat has conferred accolades on 83 best-performing agencies at the Thailand Energy Awards 2015. 

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the organization, UN Women, together took part in an organized an event today for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the annual campaign to end violence against women and children and domestic violence in general. The event took place at the United Nations Conference Centre.

BANGKOK – The OTOP TO AEC Fair at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market has come to a close, generating more than 70 million baht for participating vendors over the 23-day period.

Gen Wilas Aroonsri, Secretary-General to the Prime Minister, today presided over the closing ceremony of the OTOP TO AEC Fair. In his speech, he cited the event as a great success and revealed survey results that indicated visitors’ satisfaction with the types of products being offered, the overall picture of the fair and its duration.

After having been launched by the Ministry of Interior on November 3rd, the fair welcomed more than 220,000 visitors and brought in over 70 million baht during its course of 23 days. Gen Wilas stated that the event successfully established direct contact between sellers and buyers in compliance with the Prime Minister’s initiative while providing the public with access to a wide array of quality and affordable OTOP products.

During the closing ceremony, the Prime Minister’s Secretary-General presented the Ministry of Commerce with the name plaque of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market, designating the Ministry as the host of the next event which will feature Father’s Day and New Year gifts. It is scheduled to take place from December 1st to 24th, between 10 am and 7 pm daily.

Government Housing Bank (GHBank) is allocating 10 billion baht for its new real-estate credit program, offering loans to low-to- medium income real-estate buyers with debt service ratios of up to 50 percent.

GHBank’s Chiang Mai branch manager Pongsakorn Tulanond announced in a recent press conference that the move is in line with the government’s policy of stimulating the country’s real estate sector and extending more credit to low and medium income earners.

The new loan program extends no more than 3 million baht in credit to real-estate buyers earning less than 30,000 baht per month, with a debt service ratio of 40-50 percent of the monthly income.  Interest rate for the first year will be at 3.5 percent and increase to 4.25 percent in the following year.  Those under welfare will be given a minimum retail rate of 1 percent per year, while individuals under normal conditions will be given a minimum retail rate of 6.75 percent per year.  The maximum duration of the mortgage under the program is 30 years.

Meanwhile, Krirk Vanikkul, Chairman of GHBank said those who are interested in the program can apply at GHBanks across the country, call 02-645-9000, or visit www.ghbank.co.th.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a welcome ceremony for a Norwegian man who has become the twenty-six millionth tourist to visit the country this year.

At Phuket International Airport, Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas, Juthaporn Rerngronasa presented Tommy Jeppson from Norway a round-trip ticket between Norway and Bangkok, a five-night hotel accommodation package and a smart phone with a 4G SIM card.

Jeppson said he felt excited and happy to be the twenty six millionth tourist this year and would definitely come back to Phuket again.

The activity is part of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ campaign to attract foreign visitors. The ministry has estimated the number of tourist arrivals at 28.8 million this year. In Phuket alone, 80 percent of hotel rooms have already been reserved and bookings are likely to rise further. (NNT)

BANGKOK- The Royal Thai Army is hosting the 16th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM), entitled ‘The Readiness of ASEAN Armies in Response to the Challenges in the Next 5 Years’. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:17

PM to attend 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

BANGKOK - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the Prime Minister will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, while a government spokesperson has stated that the European Parliament's invitation to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra is a personal matter, unrelated to state affairs.

PHUKET- Phuket province has held a meeting with ambassadors from five countries on security measures for tourists and their cooperation to promote tourism together. 

BANGKOK – The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) has inspected shophouses in urban areas where fireworks may be sold during Loy Kratong Festival and checked licenses, labeling, quality, standards and storage of fireworks.

The main targets for the OCPB inspection were shops for monk supplies in urban areas and fresh food markets reported to secretly sell fireworks and firecrackers. Only one shop with fireworks and firecrackers for sales was found without a license.

The shop owners in question denied the charge of doing business without license and argued that the authorities could not confiscate their goods or prosecute them.

Nevertheless, the officials will inspect further and strictly follow security measures to prevent children and youths from dangers of firecrackers or fireworks.

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