BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 - A medium-intensity southwestern monsoon covering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand and a low pressure cell at the north of Vietnam are set to bring scattered rains and heavy rainfall to some areas of Thailand.

Regions that are susceptible to rain include the East, the Northeast, and the Southwest of Thailand.

Waves in the Andaman Sea are set to reach up to 2 meters. Fishermen and boat service operators are advised to take caution before setting sail.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Matmo in the Pacific Ocean is set to make landfall in the Philippines and is moving northwest to Taiwan and eastern China. The typhoon is not expected to have any affect in Thailand. However, those who plan to travel to countries under the influence of the typhoon between July 22-25 are advised to take caution and closely follow weather updates.

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 - Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck of Bhutan, sister of the King of Bhutan, is paying an official visit to Thailand from July 20 to 24, 2014 as guest of the Court of Law of Thailand.

In her capacity as the President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck yesterday (July 21) visited the Supreme Court of Thailand located in the Government Center in Chaeng Watthana area, to observe the system of searching for court decisions and rulings and other legal services.

Later in the afternoon, Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck observed the activities of the Legal Training Institute of the Thai Bar Association in Taling Chan area, which currently has over 24,000 registered students. In the 2013 academic year, 1,227 students successfully passed the bar examination.

Upon the royal visit, the Thai Bar Association humbly bestowed on the Princess honorary membership in recognition for her talents and knowledge in political science and law and her contributions in the fields to the people of Bhutan. The Princess is the fifth person to receive the honor from the Thai Bar.

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014,  - The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission together with the Department of Pollution Control (PCD) are planning to regulate the disposal of obsolete mobile phone batteries.

The campaign emerged after records showed the nation’s electronics garbage collection has increased exponentially over recent years.

Residents are urged to dispose of unused and obsolete batteries at one of the NBTC’s designated areas, officials said, adding that they would collect and dispose of these items appropriately and in accordance with the safety codes. They believe doing so would significantly reduce electronics waste while minimizing the impact on the environment and health.

Meanwhile, the Department of Pollution Control has indicated that there were 8.52 million discarded mobile phones and household telephones in 2012, forecasting the number would reach 10.91 million in 2016. The Department stated electronics waste tends to increase at the rate of 7% annually.

More importantly obsolete cell phones can leak deadly chemicals such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic, while citing LED displays that contain cancer inducing agents.

The Department is particularly concerned about the newer models of mobile phones which tend to have more advanced and larger LED screens, adding however that Thailand does not yet have the know-how to ensure their correct disposal or recycling.

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014,  - Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayuth Chan-Ocha has expressed his concerns over the ongoing violence in the South, urging all sides to monitor and address the problem. 

BANGKOK, 21 June 2014  H.E. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the newly appointed Indian ambassador to Thailand, on Monday visited Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the chief of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) at the Royal Thai Army headquarters. The two discussed several issues of cooperation including security, economy and society. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Division 1 provided security guard at the location.

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014  - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has sent messages of condolence to the Heads of State of Malaysia and the Netherlands over the loss of lives in the downed Malaysia Airlines on the 17th of July 2014 in eastern Ukraine.

The royal message sent to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, said Their Majesties the King and Queen were deeply saddened by the news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines in eastern Ukraine which led to the loss of so many lives. Their Majesties conveyed profound condolences to the Malaysian king as well as to members of the bereaved families for this irreparable loss.

In another message sent to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Their Majesties the King and Queen extended heartfelt condolences and deep compassion to the Dutch monarch and, through him, to the families of the Dutch victims in the plane crash.

Monday, 21 July 2014 13:50

Pattaya Beach to be reorganized

CHONBURI, 21 July 2014, - Authorities have now set their eyes on reorganizing areas of popular Pattaya Beach, Chonburi Province. 

BANGKOK, 21 July 2014  - Rivers across several communities in northeastern Thailand have overflowed due to the effects of Typhoon Rammasun, which has caused heavy rains throughout the area.

Typhoon Rammasun has caused torrential rainfall within Northeastern Thailand, with Yasothon province being the most-affected from the storm’s affects. Water levels along several canals have increased drastically, overflowing the banks and inundating 500 rais of rice fields.

The flood waters from the typhoon have also destroyed fish farms in a nearby community, causing distress to the locals.

Elsewhere in Chiang Rai province, the water level from the Kok River continues to increase steadily but has not overflown its banks yet. However, the rising water coupled with strong water currents have eroded part of the riverbank.

Chiang Rai Governor Pongsak Wongsamer has called on officers from the provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) to inspect the damage, and warned locals to keep a close watch on possible flash floods and landslides. He has also had rescue teams on standby, ready to provide help around the clock.

BANGKOK, 21 July 2014 - The National Council for Peace and Order has released a statement expressing its condolences to the countries impacted by the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine.

The NCPO head General Prayuth Chan-Ocha said in the statement that he is greatly saddened by the loss of 298 lives on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in the east of Ukraine on July 17th. On behalf of the Thai government, he extended his condolences to world leaders who suffered the loss of their people and to the families of the many victims.

He said Thailand stands in solidarity with the peoples and governments of the crash victims at this difficult time. Thailand also demands an independent and transparent investigation into the incident and is ready to provide assistance to the international community.

The passenger list released by Malaysia Airlines shows the plane was carrying 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 10 Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines, and one each from Canada and New Zealand. Memorial services and vigils have been held in many countries, including Australia, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

AYUTTHAYA, 21 July 2014 - The National Anti-Corruption Commission is joining forces with Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) to use Buddhist philosophical insights to combat corruption in the kingdom.

The NACC is hosting an international conference at the university with the aim of raising awareness of upholding the values of integrity, wisdom and good governance in Thai society.

MCU rector Dr.Phra Brahmapundit said the drive is part of a wider campaign to use Buddhist teachings as pathways out of a problem. The drive was launched in collaboration with provincial NACC offices in most parts of the country.

The MCU and the NACC are set to distribute handbooks on ethical elements in Buddhist teachings in relation to the administration of the kingdom, to host seminars on using universal principles of ethics and morality in everyday life and to organize a contest for the best anti-corruption action based on Buddhist philosophy.

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