BANGKOK, 21 April 2015,  - The Ministry of Commerce has planned to distribute more limes to areas currently experiencing shortages, following the market price reaching a 12-month high of 9 baht apiece. The ministry said the price of limes is likely to increase further as demand continues to rise.

According to the latest survey in Bangkok and its vicinity, limes size 1 and 2 are now priced at around 8-9 baht, from the previous 6-7 baht. Limes size 3 and 4 are now 6-7 baht, a significant jump from the previous 4.50 baht.

The ministry stated that the wholesale price has also increased and expects it to rise further in the near future, thanks to lime harvests damaged by severe drought.

For the moment, the ministry has been planning to directly distribute limes from agricultural producers to high-demand markets.

The ministry said it would not regulate market prices of limes, as the current demand has simply exceeded supply.

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015  - The Department of Health has advised people to stay hydrated and refrain from drinking alcohol during the summer months.

Department Director General Pornthep Siriwanarangsan recommends that people drink cold water and shower regularly to moderate their body temperature on warm days.

Dr. Pornthep added that drinking 20 glasses of water daily helps to replenish body fluids. He said that if a person urinates less than five times a day, he/she is relatively dehydrated.

He warned against drinking alcohol on warm days, because the alcohol increases body temperature and can eventually contribute to heatstroke.

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 - Cable operators have called on the National Reform Council (NRC) to draft practical legislation on cable television that suits business operations in the industry.

The petition was delivered to Mr. Manich Suksomchitra, who is a member of the NRC committee on mass communication and telecommunication reform.

The petition argued that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has passed broad regulations that are not relevant to cable television and hinder business operations.

Mr Manich said he would forward the petition to his committee for further consideration.

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 –The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) for a while now has been recommending Thais exercise more, and suggests to those who have to work within a tight schedule that simply swinging their arms thirty minutes a day is very beneficial. This technique has been proven by both Thai Health and the people who’ve tried doing it, confirming that it helps to take around a centimeter off the tummy within a month of continuous practice. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 - The chairman of the National Reform Council (NRC) committee on political reform has expressed his concerns over the draft charter’s section regarding political leadership and political parties. 

TRANG, 21 April 2015 - TRANG CITY FREE Wi-Fi, a project by the Municipality of Trang, has been extended to help Trang residents enjoy the modern lifestyle made possible by the Internet and online services.

The municipality of Trang has expanded its free wireless hotspots with the help of the TOT following the high popularity of the TRANG CITY FREE Wi-Fi, the Mayor of Trang said today.

The free service now provides the 2 MB per minute wifi across the Munucipality of Trang with strong signal in public locations, government offices and community zones where demand for wi-fi access is high.

Mayor Apichit Winothai said the municipality has attached much importance to the information technology as it enhances public access to the Internet which is a source of information and allows personal communications to be made at anywhere and anytime.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:28

Interior Min lays out 6-month achievements

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The Ministry of Interior has publicized its achievements made during the past six months, with the upholding of the monarchy and the restoration of unity being some of the highlights. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015  – Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Thanasak Patimapagorn has attended a meeting with an Indonesian minister to discuss illegal fishing in an effort to improve the situation in Thailand. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The Ministry of Commerce will consider adjusting down its annual export growth target this Friday, however, affirming that the rate will not be below 1 percent. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 - Labor Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat is taking stronger action against employers of fishery workers left in Indonesia, to prevent the employers repeating their mistake.

Peeraphat Pornsirilertkit, the Director-General of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare revealed that the department has been ordered to sue the offending employers on criminal charges even though they have paid compensation to workers. A document detailing the minister's official order will be sent to all provincial branches in Thailand to ensure the instructions will be attached to new contracts.

In fact, Thailand’s labor protection law authorizes officials to sue employers on both criminal and civil charges. However, in the past, the department hasn't taken criminal action as they thought the employers were not the culprits. Thus most cases ended up with just the employers paying compensation.