SONGKHLA, 6 August 2014  – In another upset to State Railway and Railway Police officials who have recently been scurrying to boost public confidence in train travel, ten mobile phones and an amount of cash belonging to passengers on a carriage of a south-bound train from Bangkok were reportedly stolen early Tuesday morning,

There were about 30 passengers in the car at the time of the theft. It was only one train car away from the safety-focused 'lady bogey' that had recently been introduced to address safety concerns. Some of the passengers suspected those in the carriage may have been drugged, as most of the passengers reported having slept throughout the night without waking up – a rather unusual occurrence for them.

State Railway officials disclosed that the director for train operations, Thanongsak Phongprathet, has ordered the implementation of another security measure, under which the train keeper and the police officers on each train will conduct hourly patrols between midnight and 5 am.

BANGKOK, 5 August 2014  – The first batch of Thai nationals evacuated from Libya has returned to the Kingdom safely while relevant authorities were present at the airport to provide them with prompt assistance.

This afternoon, 13 Thai workers from war-torn Libya landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Emirates Airline flight EK 384. The group was warmly greeted by related officials and was given assistance at the customs checkpoint. Staff from the Ministry of Labor handed out application forms which were to be submitted by the workers to the fund for the assistance of Thai workers overseas for a compensation of 15,000 baht per person.

To claim their compensation, the workers were informed that they would have to present proof of employment in Libya to the Office of Employment in their home province. Once the document verification process is completed, the money will be deposited into the workers’ bank accounts within four working days.

Contacts are being made with the employing company in an effort to ask for the unpaid portion of the workers’ salary. The company will also shoulder all expenses incurred in the transport of the evacuees back to Thailand.

Initially, there were 18 workers set to return home in the first group; however, only 13 of them could travel back due to the limited number of seats available on the flight from Dubai. It is expected that 23 more workers will arrive in Thailand tomorrow and another group of 81 will follow on August 8.

CHIANG MAI, 5 August 2014 – Celebration activities will be organized at Royal Park Rajapruek in the northern province of Chiang Mai to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday on August 12. 

CHIANG MAI, 5 August 2014  -The Ministry of Science and Technology will hold the 2014 National Science and Technology Fair featuring science activities including a showcase of mammoth robots and a 30 meter long bone of a dinosaur. The fair is targeting over a million visitors.

The 2014 National Science and Technology Fair will be held at the National Science Museum on the theme of Science Ignite for Life Improvement during 12th – 18th August 2014 at the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

The fair is on during the week of National Science Day, in recognition of the remarkable talent for science of both King Rama IV and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and in order to present modern science and technology developments in a manner that will inspire today's youth.

Highlight activities include a Lanna agricultural technology showcase, a future energy exhibition and an Ice Age exhibition showcasing mammoth robots and a 30 meter dinosaur bone and 4D movie. Entrance is free.

BANGKOK, 5 August 2014 – The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) is expediting the construction of a futsal court in every sub-district of the Deep South in an effort to instill unity among local youth through the popular sport.

Deputy Secretary-General of SBPAC Lertkiat Wongpotipun has convened with over 100 officials from the provincial offices of tourism and sports and the tambon administrative organizations in the three southern border provinces, namely Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

The objective of the meeting was to follow up on the progress of the “One Tambon One Futsal Court” project as the end of the 2014 fiscal year is coming around the corner. One of the top issues discussed was how the local administrators would ensure that youth in their respective areas would get the most out of the new futsal facilities.

The project is part of SBPAC’s reconciliation effort in the Deep South, aiming to promote sports as a medium to connect with the young population of the troubled region. Through sports, the authorities hope that local youth will learn to spend their free time wisely, steer clear of narcotic substances and live in harmony once again.

BANGKOK, 5 August 2014 - The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is organizing activities to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary from tomorrow until August 8. 

BANGKOK, 5 August 2014 - The Foreign Affairs Ministry has reported that about 92 Thai workers were successfully evacuated out of the Libyan capital of Tripoli on the night of August 4th, bringing the total number of Thai evacuees from the war-torn nation to 111. 

UDON THANI, 12 August 2014 -The National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT) with Udon Thani province as well as The Udon Thani Red Cross, are organizing social service activities in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday anniversary.

Three months after taking over national administrative powers, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has restored peace and order, expedited reform, and outlined a roadmap towards a sustainable democracy. 

BANGKOK, 5 August 2014  - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has sent a message of condolence to the President of the People’s Republic of China, expressing his sympathy over the loss of lives and property due to severe earthquake that hit southwest China’s Yunnan province on August 3.

The Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary said the royal letter had been forwarded to the Chinese leader via the Thai Embassy in Beijing. The letter said Their Majesties the King and Queen were deeply saddened by the news of the earthquake that killed a lot of people and injured many others. The quake also caused heavy damage to property and infrastructure in the People’s Republic of China.

Their Majesties extended their heartfelt sympathy to the Chinese President and to all those who have suffered loss and bereavement in this natural disaster.