BANGKOK – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) is driving an eight measure drought relief plan, assuring that water reserves are sufficient for consumption. 

PHETCHABURI – Phetchaburi Rajabhat University and Office of the Higher Education Commission are jointly holding a frog-farming course for the general public. 

BANGKOK - The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has revealed in its recent survey that Thai-Chinese people will spend around 52 billion baht during the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

LAMPANG, – The Minister of Energy has observed EGAT's operations and constructions of new the generators at Mae Mo power plant.

The Minister of Energy Gen Anantaporn Kanjanarat has led a team from the Ministry to observe the progress of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s (EGAT) 4th-7th generators construction, replacing the existing ones at Mae Mo Power Plant, in Lampang Province.

On this occasion, officials and EGAT executives have informed the visiting team regarding the operation of Mae Mo Power Plant, the construction progress of the new generators, including possible environmental impacts and the mitigation measures.

The EGAT’s Deputy Governor-Fuel Thaworn Ngamganokwan, and the Assistant Governor-Generation 2 Nikul Silasuwan gave lectures on the overview of operations at Mae Mo Power Plant, which now has a production capacity of 2,400 megawatts of electricity at 19,000 units each year, servicing 17 provinces in the northern region.

The new generators, all of which are thermo-electric generators, are capable of generating 600 megawatts of electricity. They are being constructed to replace the existing generators which are close to expiration. The construction costs 36.8 billion baht, inclusive of the SCR environmental management system equipment, and implements the latest technology.

The Minister of Energy has then said the new power facility shall be constructed with enhanced capabilities at a lower cost, and the facility shall be the catalyst for engagement and participation with the local communities.

The construction of the new generators is now 18 percent complete, with the opening date expected at November 2018.

RATCHABURI – Thailand and Japan are testing a rail system that connects the port of Laem Chabang and the port of Dawei in Myanmar.

The railway project resulting from the cooperation of Thailand and Japan is being tested before its official opening. The test run was presided over yesterday by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who was accompanied by Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek and Tsutomu Shimura, Deputy Director-General of the Railway Bureau under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.

During the test period, small containers are being transported across various routes such as Kanchanaburi-Bangkok, Bangkok- Chachoengsao - Aranyaprathet, and Bangkok- Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang.

According to Mr Arkhom, Japan has been a great partner in implementing this project, passing on its extensive knowledge on rail technology to Thailand. With Japan’s expertise, he said Thailand will be able to stabilize its infrastructure, which will in turn bring greater economic growth.

In the meantime, Mr Shimura said Japan is determined to help Thailand reduce transportation costs as well as improve the country’s logistics system.

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to attend the US-ASEAN Summit in California between February 14th and 18th.

Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the prime minister will take part in the inaugural US-ASEAN Summit which will be held in Rancho Mirage, California on February 14th to 18th, at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.

The spokesperson said it will be the first time the US and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet on an official platform following the formation of the ASEAN Community on December 31st, 2015.

The platform will allow the US and the ASEAN Community to discuss economic relations, strategic partnership, and international issues.

Mr Sek said while attending the summit, the Thai Premier will push for greater economic cooperation between both sides with a hope of benefiting sustainable development.

BANGKOK – The prime minister has invited Thai and foreign tourists to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market near Government House.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Cha-o-cha said Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market is presenting the land of smiles event from now until February 26th, hosted by the Ministry of Culture. 

TRANG, – Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, has travelled to Trang Province to observe the rubber purchase project in the province. 

Bangkok – The Ministry of Public Health has indicated it is unlikely the Zika virus will enter and spread through the Kingdom.

Department of Disease Control Adviser and Virology Expert, Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, recently took part in a meeting to prepare measures against emerging ailments. Following the meeting, the adviser stated that there is only a low to medium risk of a Zika virus epidemic in the Kingdom as so far it has spread mostly only through mosquitoes with very few instances of sexual transmission suspected.

The Ministry of Public Health has erected 4 blockades against the illness ranging from virologist techniques to entomologist techniques. It is also monitoring the public for signs of the virus, especially newborns as the disease has been linked to abnormal development of fetuses. It has noted for those traveling back from risk areas that the illness itself is not dangerous and can be self-treated.

On an Omani man in Thailand found to be infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), ministry officials stated his overall condition is good and he only requires breathing assistance from time to time. Nonetheless, they asserted that precautionary measures should continue.

Saturday, 06 February 2016 11:06

Fishing license to require background checks

BANGKOK - The Department of Fisheries has proposed to the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) that background checks be conducted on a boat operator before issuing a fishing license.

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