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KHON KAEN, 31 August 2015  - Disciples of the late revered monk, Luang Phor Koon, organized a merit making ceremony in Khon Kaen marking the 100th day of the abbot's death, with more than 30,000 people taking part.

BANGKOK, 31 August 2015, - The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Local Administrative Organization have held talks on approaches to enhancing various aspects of community health.

Meeting topics included tobacco control measure, alcohol consumption and road accident reduction campaign,and sustainable agricultural development. A healthcare system for the elderly and a program focus on creating mentally fulfilled youths were also discussed.

The talks were aimed at encouraging the public to work with local health institutes and hospitals in taking care of their health at the community level. The meeting has decided to choose Petchaburi as a pilot province for the initiative.

Underlining sustainable agricultural development, official said 7 centers related to the course would soon be established. They also planned to introduce campaigns to produce food from local agro- products, which educates locals about food and production technology as well as how to make fertilizer from left-over food.

BANGKOK, 31 August 2015 – The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) expressed confidence that the number of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) tourists will expand on target amid the global economic slowdown.

TCEB President Nopparat Maythaveekulchai revealed that there were about 720,000 MICE travelers who visited Thailand during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2015. This was an increase of 7.84% from the same period last year. The visits generated roughly 63 billion baht in revenue, a year-on-year increase of 8.69%.

Mr. Nopparat believes Thailand's MICE industry will not be affected by the global economic slowdown or currency volatility. He reasoned that Thailand's MICE capacity is more developed compared to other countries in the region and that the government has been striving to regain the confidence of foreign tourists.

The TCEB President believes Thaliand will reach its target of one million MICE tourists by the end of the fiscal year. Next year's target is 1.6 million visits, generating an estimated 90 billion baht in revenue.

BANGKOK, – The Department of Consular Affairs (DCA)’s Mobile Passport Unit will be providing passport issuance services for the public in four provinces this September.

BANGKOK, 31 August 2015  - The Prime Minister has assured that his government will be free of corruption.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the latest Cabinet reshuffle was intended to help adjust the work of the government to be more in line with the current domestic and global situations.

The PM’s reason behind the shake-up of the Cabinet line-up was heard again during the weekly TV program “Returning Happiness to the People”.

According to Gen Prayut, the change has come at the time when the government is entering its second phase that needs a more concrete realization of all initiatives in order to boost confidence of the public, the private sector and local and foreign investors.

He stressed that all projects must be implemented under clear and transparent plans and that there must not be any corruption.

YALA, 31 August 2015, Yala Provincial Administrative Office officials have visited locals affected by storm.

Muang Yala District Chief Preecha Chanakitkamjorn yesterday led a team of military, administrative officials, and village chiefs to visit Ta Sae Sub-district of Muang Yala District, which had been hard hit by a tropical storm earlier; where they distributed survival kits and offered various kinds of assistance to the affected locals. The storm wrecked 74 homes, several schools, hospitals and farmlands.

Yala Special Task Force 16 , meanwhile, dispatched officers to help residents repair the damaged homes, particularly roofs, given the storm had knocked electric poles down on several residences. Military, police officials and volunteers will also join hands assisting the locals over the next couple of days.

BANGKOK, 30 August 2015 - The Ministry of Transport has reported that a Japanese rail car manufacturer will be able to deliver all rail cars for the Bang Sue-Bang Yai purple electric train route in January next year.

Permanent Secretary for Transport Soithip Traisut has traveled to Japan to monitor the progress of the rail car manufacturing by the Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) in Yokohama. The official said she was happy with the overall assembling and decoration of the rail cars. They were the latest models with the highest speed of 80 kilometers/hour, said Mrs. Soithip.

J-TREC is expected to deliver all 21 electric rail cars to Thailand in January 2016. After that, they will be tested for three months before the purple route provides free service for the public around May 2016. It is expected to be officially open in August.

BANGKOK, 30 August 2015  - Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra presided over a road accident reduction campaign held on Sunday at Taling Chan Floating Market.

BANGKOK, 30 August 2015  - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has advocated a reduction in classroom hours in public schools nationwide but stressed teachers must be able to integrate all compulsory curriculum within shorter learning hours, revealed Government spokesperson Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

BANGKOK – The Ministry of Education is planning to reduce class time for students in the basic education system in a bid to allow them more time to be with family or to take up extracurricular activities. 

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