BANGKOK, 15 January 2015 The Department of Disease Control has assured that people can still eat Kao Man Kai, following reports of bacteria found in chicken blood. 

BANGKOK, 15 January 2015  Teachers in the restive South are calling for an educational reform, which is hoped to help restore peace and prevent violence in the 3 southern border provinces. 

BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has reaffirmed that the government is pushing forward an economic growth through trade and investment policy, especially through the opening of five special economic zones which will enhance connectivity within ASEAN.

Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said the obstacles to the opening of special economic zones such as laws related to town and country planning were discussed in today’s meeting in order to ward them off and ensure that the policy will be implemented in consistency with the national strategic plan.

As for the proposed impeachment of several former politicians, the Prime Minister said the government allows the proposal to follow the legal procedure without the government’s interference in order to keep political conflicts in the country to a minimum. He confirmed that the government is ready to listen to different opinions from all sectors and take their suggestions into account so that systematic solutions will be given to the conflicts.

He also assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to find the best solution for controlling elephant attacks in Khao Yai National Park and study a possibility for tourists to use alternative roads in order to bypass the elephant’s way. This is believed to make humans and elephants live together peacefully, the Prime Minister said.

BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 - Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for Defence, is scheduled to visit the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 13-15 January 2015, following an invitation by his Vietnamese counterpart.

The three-day official visit is aimed at tightening the good relationship between Thailand and Vietnam, and also to continue cooperation projects that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had laid down during his recent official visit to that country.

During the visit, the Thai delegation will make a courtesy call on Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh.

They will discuss the development of military cooperation conducted under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both countries in 2012. The MoU stipulates collaboration in national defense, intelligence, military exercises, among others.

Moreover, they will use this chance to discuss the construction of transport routes across the Mekong sub-region, the establishment of special economic zones along their borders, the supra-national joint security in order to ensure regional security and improve the quality of life of people living along respective borders.

BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 - Labor Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat has vowed to tighten policies related to safety at work in order to promote a healthy work force and keep occupational workplace accidents to a minimum. 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 13:41

King visits park and the Chao Phraya

BANGKOK, 14 January 2015 - His Majesty the King on Tuesday (Jan 13) left Siriraj Hospital on a private visit to a nearby park and to observe the Chao Phraya River.

His Majesty the King left Chalerm Prakiat Building, Siriraj Hospital, at 5.29 p.m. to visit a little park built in his honor on his 72nd birthday anniversary. The park is located next to Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital by the Chao Phraya River.

His Majesty paid homage to the statue of King Rama V and his 18-month-old son, Prince Siriraj Kakuttapan, located in the park. The hospital built the statue in 2011in honor of King Rama V who founded the hospital in 1888 and named it after the little prince who died at a very young age.

The park was developed from a 12 rai piece of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand. It is covered with a wide variety of herbal plants and is intended to be a learning center for interested people. His Majesty the King later stopped by the Chao Phraya to take a look at the scenery of the river as well as the life of people on both of its banks and the traffic on Phra Pin Klao Bridge.

He returned to Siriraj Hospital at about 6 p.m. His appearance brought jubilation to many people who visited the hospital on the day as their king appeared in good health.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 13:40

Chiang Mai Zoo braces for cold

CHIANG MAI, 14 Jan 2015 - Chiang Mai Zoo deploys various methods to keep its animals warm, as the cold is relentlessly sweeping through the northern region of Thailand.

According to Chiang Mai Zoo Director Niphon Wichairat, the recent drop in temperature has affected several animals especially during the night time, leaving tropical animals in a most difficult time adjusting themselves to the unusually cold ‘winter’ in Thailand.

He said these animals include giraffes, zebra, elephants, and various reptiles such as snakes and turtles.

Director Niphon said that measures to fend off the cold the zoo is currently deploying is using spotlights, haystacks, and dried leaves, while giving vitamins to warm up the animals.

The supervisor also instructed all zookeepers to keep their eyes on the animals under their responsibilities. He however assured the public of his staff’s experience in dealing with the situation, saying that none of the animals at Chiang Mai Zoo would pass away from the harsh winter conditions.

BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2015 - Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiyawong has expressed his hope that the campaign in sending tutors to give additional lessons to southern students will give them equal footing to their urban counterparts in taking entrance examination.

The campaign, which kicked off recently, gives tuition to grade 12 students in schools located in areas under the supervision of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command. It also provides tuition through VIDEO Teleconferencing to students in region.

These students are mostly living in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and 5 districts of Songkhla Province which are Na Thawee, Sadao, Chana, Thepa and Sabayoi

The Deputy Minister said the campaign would give the participating students an edge in their journey to higher education. He said a recent survey showed that the campaign had proven helpful to students in taking the university entrance examination, giving them a better chance to gain admittance to their preferred institutes.

BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2015 - Region 4 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Prakan Chonlayuth has indicated that the civil society plays a key role in motivating the public to participate in official efforts to establish peace in the southern region.

Lt. Gen. Prakan said that the Army has held more discussions with the civil sector as part of its strategies to create understanding with locals about the situation in the area.

He explained that civil society agencies have close ties with locals and thus serve as excellent media to convey government messages to them. Realizing this, the Army has opened a stage at all levels to discuss the situation with private sector units, merchants, NGOs, even those who hold opposite ideas.

The commander said the move would bring those organizations closer to the Government and that they would understand the officials’ plans, budgeting, and strategies. He hoped that these units would later spread their understanding to local residents.

BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 - The Ministry of Commerce is expecting more commodities to become cheaper this week.

According to Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya, prices of products are not always solely determined by the fluctuation of oil prices. He said product price structures would be revealed later this week following an investigation.

However, he assured that some of the items would definitely become cheaper especially motor oil and those that are driven by gas prices.

President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Issara Wongkusolakit, meanwhile, said the private sector is willing to lower the prices of commodities in line with the market trend.

He also said that the move by the government to increase value added tax (VAT) to 8-10%, up from the present 7%) would only deter consumer spending, citing the slow economy as a reason for the government not to raise the tax at this time.

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