PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 13 August 2014  - The Hua-Hin Municipality is launching a ‘beach-cleaning’ campaign after tourists have filed petitions saying some restaurants were ripping them off with unexpected food prices. 

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 – The Fisheries Department has reported that its measure banning fishing activities for two months in parts of the Gulf of Thailand has yielded great benefit to fishermen, whose catch rate have increased significantly.

Department director-general Niwat Suthimichaikun spoke on Wednesday of the measure to ban fishing in a stretch of the Gulf that included the seas off Prachuap Khirikhan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Bangkok. The stretch was determined to be the major spawning site of numerous marine species.

The fisheries ban was in effect from June 1 to July 31. The two-month ban has already begun to pay off; fishermen are now making an average catch of 18 kilograms per hour, compared to the usual rate of 13 kilograms per hour before the ban took effect. Currently, around 10,000 mackerels are being caught per day. This compared very favorably to the 2,000 mackerels caught per day before the 'closure' of the Gulf. The size of the fish has also increased. According to Mr. Niwat, other marine catches have also increased in quantity and in size.

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) projected on Wednesday that the economy would expand by four percent in the latter half of the year.

According to the NCPO, the improved growth prospect was due to improvements in consumer confidence and business sector confidence. The accelerated growth in the second half would allow the whole-year GDP growth to reach two percent.

The council also instructed related agencies to ensure the smooth co-existence of the tourism industry and the demands of internal security. More public relations aimed at tourists will be made, and security measures for foreign visitors will be improved.

The council also approved fifteen draft laws on Wednesday, including one aimed at tightening control over surrogacy. The draft bill is aimed at deterring the commercialization of surrogacy, and protecting children born via surrogacy.

PHETCHABUN, 13 August 2014  - The One Stop Service for migrant worker registration in Phetchabun province has registered 2,148 workers into the system and will stay open until October 31st, 2014 to continue registrations.

Phetchabun Governor Wichien Chantharanothai visited the One Stop Service Center for migrant worker registration at the Muang district hall in Phetchabun province which opened on August 4th. So far, there have been a total of 2,241 migrant workers registered in the system made up of 2,148 workers and 93 followers. Out of that number, 965 workers with 9 followers are Burmese, 459 workers and 58 followers are Cambodian and 724 workers and 26 followers are Lao.

The One Stop Service will operate until October 31st, 2014. The next step following the registration is a health check up at Phetchabun hospital.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:35

Update on collapsed building in Pathumthani

PATHUMTHANI, 14 August 2014  -- Rescue workers yesterday pulled our seven more bodies from the concrete rubble of the condominium which collapsed in the province of Pathumthani.

So far, ten people have reportedly died in the collapse of the condominium under construction in Prathumthani. According to authorities, more bodies might be found under piles of rubble of the six-storey U place Condominium project that collapsed two days ago.

The area was declared an emergency disaster zone. Police are looking for engineers and contractors in order to probe into the cause of the collapse. More than 80 percent of rubble have been cleared out and the search for more bodies is expected to be completed today, said the deputy director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Relief Department.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:32

Hua Hin vendors refuse to move out

HUA HIN, 14 August 2014 - Vendors on the famous beach of Hua Hin have refused to move out after being told to do so by Prachuab Khirikhan authorities, in line with the beach clean-up plan.

Hua Hin governor Vera Sriwatanatrakul said he would explain to the vendors the plan of the National Council for Peace and Order to reorganize busy tourist beaches nationwide in a bid to attract more foreign tourists.

According to the governor, Prachuab Khirikhan's Hua Hin beach has long been encroached on by a number of vendors and resort owners, who have illegally built their own facilities right on the beach, which have become an eyesore. The province needs to move all the vendors to designated places close to the beach and start cleaning up the beach and improving the landscape.

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014  - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday (Aug 13) represented His Majesty the King in receiving credentials from seven newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Thailand at the Amporn Palace. 

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014  – The Ministry of Public Health has issued four announcements in the government gazette that are aimed at preventing any spread of Ebola in Thailand. 

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has called a meeting with representatives from the Machinery Operation Centers to follow up on the readiness of machinery and equipment to be used in flood prevention efforts. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:16

NCPO sets up selection panel for NRC

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has established a committee comprising 77 officials for the selection of National Reform Council (NRC) members.

An announcement was issued by the NCPO today, designating a total of 77 individuals as members of the NRC selection committee. The selection panelists are divided into 11 groups in accordance with their areas of concentration, including political affairs, local administration, education, national administration, legal and judicial affairs, economic affairs, energy, public health and environment, and social affairs.

Among the committee members are such notable figures as Chief Advisor to the NCPO Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Acting Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly Surachai Liengboonlertchai, former Army Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda, former Senate Speaker Meechai Ruchuphan, former Governor of the Bank of Thailand MR Pridiyathorn Devakula and former Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

The NCPO also ordered the establishment of a local selection committee in each province in order to have NRC members who come from every corner of the country.

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