BANGKOK, 25 August 2014 - The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has warned residents living near the Bhumibol and Sirikit Dams to use water sparingly after the water levels in these dams have dropped to a great concern. 

BURIRAM, 25 August 2014  - Buriram province, in collaboration with local administrative organization, has organized a rice planting campaign and competition to conserve the traditional farming method as well as helping farmers reduce their costs.

Buriram Deputy Governor Chalermpol Pollawan this morning led more than 1,200 people from government offices, local administrative organizations, students and residents in Paisan sub district, Prakonchai district, Buriram, to a rice field of 50 rais in Baan Nongsaeng, Moo 4, Prakonchai district in order to grow rice under the “Rice Planting for Reconciliation and Returning Happiness” campaign.

A rice growing competition was also held, with contestants from 16 villages in the province joining the event. The campaign is aimed at promoting reconciliation in the community in line with the NCPO’s policy, cooperation between government sector and public, and traditional rice growing conservation as well as helping farmers reducing their costs on wage. The seeds of rice of this lot will be given to farmers for use in the following agricultural season.

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014 -The Ministry of Energy, Thailand has invited the public to participate in the 'Conserve Energy Contest' campaign, to honor His Majesty the King’s initiatives regarding a sustainable community.

Members of the public who are appreciative of the campaign are asked to take a photograph of their energy-conserving activity and compose a one-page long essay to the judging committee. The conservation contest was also launched to boost the morale of Thai people, who are encouraged to adopt His Majesty's practices and initiatives in conserving energy.

The campaign is designed to demonstrate the King’s wisdom and vision in developing sustainable living conditions for Thai people.

For more information please contact 0 2140 6304 or download the application at http//www.energy.go.th http//www.energyservicecenter.go.th

NONTHABURI, 25 August 2014 - Nonthaburi Governor Thanon Wetkarakanon has chaired a meeting at the city hall to discuss preparations to welcome representatives of Sangyao and Yishan districts, China, who are scheduled to visit Nonthaburi to exchange information regarding tourism, trade, investment, culture, research, sports, education, public health, human resources etc. during late August – September, 2014.

Both Government and private sectors are joining the meeting. The Chinese representatives are to sign an MoU with Nonthaburi Province to establish partnerships in the exchange of culture, trade, investment and other interests in preparation for the AEC.

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014  - Analysts have predicted that the SET Index of Thailand would continue to rise this week due to a positive sentiment about the designation of a new Cabinet. 

Suphanburi, 25 August 2014 - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is moving to put into practice the program of distance learning via satellite introduced by His Majesty the King. Suphanburi province has been selected as the model for the project.

Today, Lt-General Surachet Chaiwong, who is in charge of social psychology under the NCPO, chaired the Distance Learning via Satellite Education Management Training project at Vasidtee Hotel, Suphanburi province in tribute to His Majesty the King’s birthday anniversary on December 5th, 2014.

The distance learning via satellite method was developed to help students at small-sized schools with a shortage of teachers and learning materials, to be able to access a proper range of educational opportunities like other students.

The Secretary-General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission Kamol Rodklai said that Suphanburi Primary Educational Service Area Office 1 had implemented the method fully and found that the learning results, especially NT and O-Net scores have increased markedly. The NCPO, therefore, ordered the Ministry of Education to roll out the project nationwide within the second semester of this year.

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014  – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee in charge of drawing up meeting regulations is expected to finish its duty within this week before the regulations are reviewed by NLA members next week.

NLA Vice President Peerasak Porjit revealed that details of the draft regulations for NLA meetings have been resolved in almost all aspects, including the dismissal of political title holders as well as NLA members. He said each member will be obligated to attend no less than one-third of the NLA meetings and an evaluation will be conducted every 90 days.

Moreover, the drafting committee is currently determining whether the NLA should have 15 or 20 working committees since the NLA is considered a different type of legislative body from a regular parliament. As for the announcement of government policy, the NLA Vice President believed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will take on the task by himself.

Mr Peerasak was adamant the drafting process will conclude no later than this week. The meeting regulations will be considered by the NLA President before being brought to the attention of NLA members next week.

CHIANG RAI, 25 August 2014 - An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale was recorded in Mae Suai district of Chiang Rai province early this morning.

The seismology office of the Meteorological Department reported that that locals in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai felt the earthquake, which occurred at 5:32 AM. There were no reports of damage or casualties.

The epicentre of the quake was reported to be about 6 kilometres underground, near the Chiang Mai province border.

Another 3.9-magnitude aftershock occurred at a depth of 5 kilometers in the same district.

A series of minor quakes have recently been reported in the northern province which straddles fault lines. A total of 274 aftershocks have been detected following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Chiang Rai on May 5. Around 54,000 residents in seven districts have been affected by the quake.

Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayuth Chan-ocha has stressed that the NCPO would not interfere in the reform process and that Thai people must work together in order to achieve the desirable national reform.

In his weekly televised public address, General Prayuth called for cooperation from all sides in pushing for the reform, which is necessary to move the country forward.

He urged the people who oppose the NCPO to stop making false accusations against the good intentions of the council through leaflets or social networks. He said that the NCPO wanted to create an atmosphere conducive to reconciliation, so that the reform process could be carried out smoothly. However, some people were trying to take the country back to instability by calling for democracy, the return of power to the people and general elections. These people did not see that an incomplete democracy would lead the country back to an unstable situation.

He pointed out that such a situation would result in the country losing its credibility with the global community. Moreover, it would also lead to unfair distribution of income, corruption, illegal activities, encroachment on natural resources, and exploitation through legal and illegal means.

Based on Thailand’s long experience with the situation, it should be obvious that an incomplete democracy could not solve the people’s basic problems at all. If the old style of democracy is allowed to continue, he said, it would slow down national development and that Thailand would suffer damage in the future.

General Prayuth said that the NCPO had made some progress in phase one of its roadmap during the past three months. However, when certain problems eased, some influential persons started using social pressure and misled low-income earners into committing wrongdoings, as a way to exploit large numbers of people again. He said that these influential figures had attempted to use the general public as a hostage and that their attempts must come to an end.

Despite the movements of these people, he said, the NCPO needed to continue its reorganization efforts. For instance, it will continue to keep pavements in order and solve the problem of street hawking. In this regard, relevant governmental agencies should seek appropriate ways to help the poor in order to prevent further illegal acts. For example, they may find new selling areas for them or set clear rules in certain areas, in line with the NCPO’s policy.

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014  – His Majesty the King has given a royal command appointing Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand. 

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