Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:14

Medicine Cupboards Project launched

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014 - A project called Medicine Cupboards for Children in the Southern Border Provinces has been introduced at the Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), Central World Plaza in Pathumwan District, Bangkok. Presiding over the opening ceremony of the project on Tuesday (July 22) was Privy Councillor Mr. Kasem Wattanachai.

The project is established under joint efforts by the Pharmaceutical System Research and Development Foundation, the Santisuk Task Force of the Internal Security Operations Command and the First Division of the Royal Guards, to raise funds for the purchase of medicine cupboards and essential medicines for schools located in the three southern border provinces which are being affected by the unrest situation.

The project includes the issuance of manuals in Thai and Malayu languages providing useful recommendations on treatment of local and important illnesses. The Medicine Cupboards for Children in the Southern Border Provinces Project is launched as a tribute to Their Majesties the King and Queen .

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014  - HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has led fourth-year cadets of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy on a visit to Kolkata, Republic of India. Her Royal Highness left Bangkok yesterday (July 22) amidst a large number of well wishers seeing her off at Don Mueang Airport including high-ranking officers of the three armed forces, representatives of the wives’ associations of the armed forces, members of the Thai Red Cross and village scouts, among others. Also accompanying HRH on this trip are the head of the Historical Division of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy and other ranking officers. While in Kolkata, Her Royal Highness will take her entourage to various places of historical importance. Kolkata has been known as the cultural capital of India.

The public and private sectors are joining hands in organizing a “Reconciliation Festival” to return happiness to the people and promote national reconciliation. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:03

King grants interim constitution

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 22 July 2014 - His Majesty the King on July 22nd granted an audience to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Head of the National Council for Peace and Order, to grant him the Provisional Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2557. 

BANGKOK, 23July 2014 - Yesterday (22nd July 2014) at the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) 7th weekly meeting, it was confirmed that the committee had agreed to the Public Health Ministry's request for 9,074 new positions for government officers in their sector, and will now start filling the positions from the 29th August 2014, placing major emphasis on positions in poor and distant rural areas and places with high workloads. 

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014  - Household debt problems in Thailand are starting to have a serious impact on the economy, resulting in more and more people having to turn to loan sharks to make ends meet.

For this reason, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has cooperated with relevant agencies to find a way to help tackle this problem. Some debtors have even committed suicide, as they were unable to pay back their loans or frightened by loan sharks’ violent debt claims.

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has reported that the total household debt now stands at 9.79 trillion baht or 82.3 percent of the country’s GDP, which is a rather worrying statistic.

Meanwhile, the National Credit Bureau (NCB) of Thailand also reported that at least 1.1 million borrowers are starting to fall behind on their debt payments during the first quarter of 2014. Compared to last year, only 850,000 of them had trouble repaying their loans.

Unsurprisingly, these are some reasons that most people, especially low-income earners, turn to informal lenders to make ends meet. Should debt problems prolong, then Thais would be trapped in a vicious cycle of debt where there would be no foreseeable solution to resolve this problem.

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014 - The 70th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) will be held in Bangkok next month. The 70th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will be held from 4th to 8th August 2014 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok. The meeting’s main agenda is to discuss development strategy to establish a Regional Connectivity and Shared Prosperity.The meeting is divided into two session: from 4th to 6th August for Senior Officials, and from from 7th to 8th August for the Ministerial segment. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. It was established to encourage social and economic cooperation and to discuss certain substantive issues: Macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and inclusive development among its member states. On the 7th August 2014 the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow will preside at the opening ceremony of the meeting.

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014  - The Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with public and private organizations has organized the reconciliation event at Sanam Luang, between 22nd-27th July 2014. 

ANG THONG, 23 July 2014  - Most of the van service providers in the provinces have expressed their agreement with the new regulations, while a number of operators request an extension of the registration period.

According to authorities in Ang Thong Province, many passenger vans are operating without appropriate license plates provided by the Department of Land Transport, adding that some of them have not yet had their vehicles checked.

Several van operators implored the authorities to extend the registration period, claiming that some of them have been hired to other provinces while some have to purchase new vehicles to replace the ones aged more than 10 years.

Van service providers operating on the Bangkok - Tak route are also asking for a small window of grace period, allowing them more time to obtain the required yellow license plates.

Meanwhile, in Udon Thani Province, officials have organized a meeting with the van service operators on the new regulations. The vans operating in the province are running under different service contracts, the officials said, adding that a majority of them agree with the new regulations which aim to eliminate extortion by local influential figures in the long term.

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 - Mr. Supan Saengthong, the Secretary General of the Office of Atoms for Peace, said that the project to gather opinions on draft laws on atomic energy is being held from 24th-25th July 2014. The Office of Atoms for Peace has amended the laws relating to the use of atomic energy and there are five draft laws in total.

The target groups are stakeholders including those who are allowed to produce, possess or use radioactive materials, have responsibility for a radiation generator and nuclear materials, as well as medical personnel who work with radiation, lawyers, government officials and other associated people. The seminar is expected to help develop complete and effective draft laws.

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