BANGKOK, 9 August 2014 -- The Election Commission is in the process of checking on the background of more than 7,000 candidates who have applied to contest for the 250 seats in the National Reform Council. 

BANGKOK, 10 September 10, 2014 -Flood prevention is currently an urgent priority. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department is now speeding up preparatory measures to prevent floodwater from the northern region badly affecting areas downstream. DDPM officials have been ordered to conduct a clearance of water plants and obstacles in the water, to help ease the drainage of flood water in the river basin. 

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 - General Prayuth Chan-ocha has stated that government ministers who were unable to perform well in their duties could be dismissed from their posts. 

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 - Her Royal Highness Princess Siriwanwaree, a daughter of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, will take part in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, during September 19 to October 4, 2014. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:32

68 items of local wisdom named national heritage

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 –Sixty-eight items of local wisdom have been identified as part of the national heritage by the Department of Cultural Promotion.

The permanent-secretary for Culture, Apinan Posayanon has revealed that the Ministry of Culture is planning to propose an enactment of the draft of Intangible Culture.

Meanwhile, the 68 items listed this year, include performance e.g. Si Bot dance, Choi dance; Craftsmanship e.g. Ubol Ratchathani woven fabrics and floral decorations; Local Literature, for example, the Pan Tai Norasingha Legend, Thai Art of War; Local Sports, ceremonies and festivals e.g. Mae Posop (Rice Goddess) ceremony, and Praying for Rain parade. These aspects of national heritage will be showcased in several places including Siam Paragon Shopping Center to disseminate the intrinsic value of these precious cultural heritage items to younger generations.

CHANTABURI, 9 September 2014 – Prawns in Chantaburi province are experiencing a stage of shock due to changing water conditions as a result of continuous rainfall.

The phenomena has caused farmers to quickly sell off their prawn supply before risking further damage, in case they are reluctant to sell them now while they are still alive.

Several days of heavy rains have caused black tiger prawn owners to face huge problems after some of them have been found floating to the surface and changing color, forcing owners to quickly sell their catch before the appropriate timing. Some prawns were then sold below the market price.

A prawn farm owner stated that among her 4 ponds that were 2 months old, prawns were beginning to float and die due to their inability to cope with extreme temperature changes in the water. Damages were estimated at around several hundred thousand baht.

Owners had to hire workers to collect the shocked prawns and send them to middlemen to be sold. Prawns should normally be kept until 4 months but this time they were only 2 months old, immediately lowering the prices of prawn from the original 200-300 baht down to only 126 baht per kilogram.

BANGKOK, 8 September 2014 – The Ministry of Finance has officially launched its latest initiative to rid the country of corruption.

The Finance Ministry's permanent secretary Rungson Sriworasat chaired the opening on Monday of a new campaign “Zero Corruption” — an initiative aimed at promoting transparency in all government operations while building a greater anti-corruption awareness among the people of Thailand. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:04

EC concludes number of NRC nominees at 7,370

BANGKOK, 8 September 2014 – The Election Commission (EC) has confirmed the official number of nominees for the National Reform Council (NRC) at 7,370. The qualification process is near completion, with 30 candidates ruled out so far.

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 – Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has reiterated to Cabinet ministers their obligations to conduct their duties righteously and have the national interest at heart.

During the first Cabinet meeting today, Gen Prayuth remarked that it was an auspicious day for all the ministers to come together with a goal to drive the country forward. He placed an emphasis on the Cabinet’s participation in promoting 12 moral values in Thai society which were announced earlier by the National Council for Peace and Order.

The Prime Minister called on the ministers to adhere to their oath, recently taken in front of His Majesty the King, to serve the country with honesty and transparency and to put the national interest before their own.

The meeting today was mainly aimed to look over each ministry’s policies in preparation for Gen Prayuth’s delivery of policy statement to the National Legislative Assembly this Friday. The premier also asked that each ministry’s budget be spent in a careful and efficient manner.

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 - The National Anti-Corruption Commission is setting up a joint working group with the Office of the Attorney General to probe charges against former premier Yingluck Shinawatra in relation to the rice pledging case.

The move came after the OAG failed to prosecute Ms Yingluck in the controversial scheme, citing insufficient evidence. The decision has prompted the NACC to call a meeting with the OAG, resulted in the setting up of a joint panel to proceed with the charges within 14 days.

The two independent public agencies held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the formation of the panel, which will compile additional evidence supporting allegations of fraud against the former premier.

NACC secretary general Sansern Poljiak said if the joint working group fails to reach a conclusion that proves satisfactory to both agencies, the NACC will either file legal action against Ms Yingluck or will appoint a lawyer to file the charges.

The NACC has charged the former prime minister of malfeasance for her negligence to stop corruption in the rice pledging scheme in accordance with Article 157 of the Criminal Code and for breaking the anti-corruption law.

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