BANGKOK, 25 Dec 2013  - Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach has conducted a price inspection on ready-to-eat meals and commodity goods in Mor Chit 2 bus terminal.

The Deputy Commerce Minister found out that vendors have increased prices of single dish meals by 5 baht, with items such as noodles now being priced at 25 – 35 baht. Mr. Yanyong said however the prices are still considered at a normal level as they reflect the current national economic situation.

He added that commodity prices are still stable. Furthermore the Transport Company Limited has offered ready-to-eat meals for its passengers, providing more options for them to choose from.

The Deputy Commerce Minister also said that the ministry has established a complaint center in the terminal for the passengers, encouraging them to report on any unfair trading activities. Mr. Yanyong added reports can also be made at the Department of Internal Trade's 1569 hotline.

BANGKOK, 24 December 2013 — The Thai Red Cross Society has invited the general public to donate blood during the New Year holiday.

National Blood Center Director of the Thai Red Cross Society, Dr. Soisaang Pikulsod, has invited all who are interested in donating blood to do so during the Red Cross’ New Year campaign held between December 23 - 30, 2013 and January 2 - 5, 2014.

The Blood Center, located on Henry Dunant Road, will be open from 8 am - 7.30 pm on December 23 - 27, and from 8.30 am - 3.30 pm on December 28 - 30.

Also Participating in the the humanitarian organization's campaign are the Thai Red Cross offices in the provinces of Chonburi, Ratchaburi, Khon Kaen, Ubol Rachathani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Hua Hin and Phuket.

For more information please call the Blood Donation Public Relations at 02-256-4300, 02-263-9600-99 ext. 1101.

BANGKOK, 24 December 2013 — The Department of Highways will be holding a road safety campaign in order to provide safety measures and convenience to travelers during the New Year holiday. 

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has left the northeastern region and arrived back in Bangkok to chair a cabinet meeting.

During the cabinet meeting at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters this morning, Prime Minister Yingluck, who is also the Minister of Defence reportedly informed the meeting of her order to set up a reform council which will restore the model of a similar council in 1973. The council will be responsible for national reforms particularly in political and legal aspects.

And in the afternoon, the PM will inform the public about the setting up of the council in a nationwide television broadcast.

Meanwhile, the National Security Council Secretary-General, Lieutenant General Paradon Patanatabut, is expected to advise the PM to extend the Internal Security Act (ISA) for another 60 days after its expiry at the end of this month to give the government a tool to better monitor and control the anti-government rally which has been going on for several weeks.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 14:14

PM admits she is worried about Feb 2nd polls

PETCHABUN, 25 Dec 2013, - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has admitted that she is worried about the upcoming February 2nd polls.

During her visit to Petchabun Province, the Prime Minister said she was truly concerned with the Democrat Party’s decision to boycott the general election, despite several academics’ claims that it could go on without the Opposition party's presence. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s rejection of the polls might also prevent it taking place.

The Prime Minister, meanwhile, said she agreed with the 7 Private Organization Network’s proposal on the political reform, which focuses on implementing the reform before, during, and after the general election.

According to Ms. Yingluck, she supports the idea as it can be done in parallel with the national polls, adding that the plan will be ideal if it can be completed in 2 years' time, the same time frame her government has set.

As for a certain party’s attitude toward her role as Prime Minister, she said she would not retaliate in order to avoid creating more conflicts, while urging the group to refrain from expressing its opinion in such a strong manner, as it would damage the country’s image.

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013  – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has agreed in principle with the proposal to set up an independent organization for country reform, while calling on protesters not to shut down Bangkok during the New Year's period.

On Tuesday, Ms. Yingluck expressed agreement with the country reform proposals from 7 private sector organizations. Thongthong Chantharangsu, permanent secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, was assigned to compile the proposals from every party that engaged in various discussions about the reform. If the proposals could fit into a certain pathway, then it could be carried out within a year.

Ms. Yingluck asked the protesters not to shut down the capital, saying doing so during the holiday season would not bode well for people's happiness and would also affect the country's economy.

Asked about the protesters' demand that the Shinawatra family stay away from politics, Ms. Yingluck said she would have the public decide on the matter via election. She was ready to accept any poll result that might indicate the Shinawatra family was no longer of benefit to the country.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana said on Tuesday that the proposal to issue an emergency decree for the establishing of a country reform organization will be submitted to Wednesday's cabinet meeting for thorough deliberation. However, he noted that any developments must be in accord with the constitution.

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 – Election Commission (EC) bodies in many provinces are getting to get the venues ready for the registration of constituency-based MP candidates, scheduled for December 28 through January 1, amid the possibility of obstructions by protesters.

The candidates for party-list MP seats have yet to be assigned numbers for use in the general election, due to the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protestoes' blockade of the Din Daeng sports complex in Bangkok. This has led the EC bodies in the provinces to request police presence at the registration venues, during the registration period for constituency-based MPs.

The EC body in Satun was reportedly organizing personnel to handle the registration for the province's two constituencies. Meanwhile the EC body in Trang expressed readiness in holding registration of the candidates for all of the province's 4 constituencies. Election Commission officials in Trang revealed that the province had 3 voting stations located on islands. In previous elections, long-tail boats were used to transport the ballot boxes. However, if the weather proved challenging, the Water Police will be asked to help transport the boxes.

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 – The Metropolitan Police Bureau has affirmed it is ready to ensure order at all 12 major countdown spots in Bangkok, and facilitate traffic at bus terminals and protest venues on New Year's Eve.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Police Major General Adul Narongsak, assured that the police will be conducting aerial monitoring of traffic routes to facilitate traffic flow out of Bangkok. It will also work to mitigate traffic jams at the city's bus terminals.

Regarding the countdown celebrations, Pol. Maj. Gen. Adul indicated the police were prepared to handle all 12 countdown spots, especially the 3 main spots at Central World, Asia Teak and Crystal Design Center.

The deputy commissioner added that Bangkok police were continually following the protest situation in order to mitigate traffic problems by deploying rapid response teams, adjusting traffic signals at intersections, and advising commuters to avoid routes being used by protesters.

BANGKOK, 24 December 2013  - The Southern Border Province Administrative Center (SBPAC) chief has remarked that compensation for the southern unrest victims cannot compensate for the lost lives but it proves that the government does not abandon them.

SBPAC Secretary-General Pol.Col.Thawee Sodsong said the government had continuously compensated the victims of the southern violence for a long time as another way to take care of them and help them live their lives properly. He added that everyone could be a victim of violence.

The official also emphasized that the victims needed compensation and other forms of assistance in order to regain their normal lives without becoming a burden on the society.

BANGKOK, 24 December 2014 - The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in the northern province of Chiang Mai organizes the “Botanic Festival 2014” to exhibit a wide variety of plants and flowers for tourists this New Year festival.

Held from 21 December 2013 to 5 January 2014, the Botanic Festival 2012 features discussions by academics, plant and flower enthusiasts as well as celebrities and actors. The event opens from 9.00 – 18.00 hrs.

The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden preserves and houses plants grouped by their families and characteristics. Highlights of the garden include the glass houses on a mountain top where tourists can enjoy and learn about beautiful plants amid the spectacular scenery.

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