BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The National Legislative Assembly has resolved to accept the draft Freeman Safeguarding Medal law.

The NLA meeting on Thursday deliberated the draft Freeman Safeguarding Medal Act, which the Cabinet has presented for debate.

Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr informed the NLA that the proposed law has been drafted in such a way to offer moral support and recognize all individuals who have performed the duties of national defense, internal security and related affairs on the government’s order.

NLA members expressed concerns over the process to consider the recipients of the medal as they are worried the awarding could be exploited for personal gains — the move that can eventually devalue the decoration.

The meeting has suggested that criteria and procedures must be set to determine who will be eligible to be presented with the medal before votes have been cast. The NLA voted 176 to six, with 20 abstentions, to accept the draft and to appoint a 21-member special committee to review the law.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The National Legislative Assembly has resolved to accept the draft amendment of the law on the organization of the military court. 

BANGKOK, 9 January 2015 - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has given a special gift to children on the National Children’s Day by putting the Protection of Rights of Children and Youths as the first article in the new constitution they are drafting. 

Saturday, 10 January 2015 13:05

Agriculture Min. to solve rubber problems

BANGKOK, 7 January 2014 - The Ministry of Agriculture has come up with a five-point strategy aimed at efficiently solving problems of the rubber industry.

After a video conference with 69 provinces nationwide on Wednesday, Deputy minister Amnuay Patisey said that authorities in those provinces had been briefed on procedures to shore up rubber prices through the provincial-level mechanism.

The five-point policies, which will soon be implemented by local officials are : Firstly, to closely monitor problems in each area which can quickly be solved at the provincial level.

Secondly, each province should come up with a production and distribution plan for each fiscal year. Thirdly, create an information network accessible to local rubber growers in order to update them on the latest local as well as overseas market situation.

Fourthly, make known of the bill being drafted in relation to the setting up of the central rubber organization of Thailand tasked with managing the whole industry. The fifth and final strategy is to have all related agencies in the province cooperate and create understanding among rubber growers should they detect any sign of protest or movement on the issue in the area.

LAMPHUN, 8 January 2014 - Lamphun Province has warned locals in all districts to be prepared harsh weather condition expected between January 8-10.

According to the Department of Meteorology, the strong high pressure system from China covering the northern and northeastern parts of Thailand will cause severe weather condition in the said areas, which includes thunderstorm with gust;in addition, some areas will experience hail. The temperature is expected to dramatically drop by 3 to 4 degree Celsius.

The Lamphun authotities have ordered local agencies to be prepared for possible storm and cold snap, which might cause damage to agricultural products. Local residents should also brace themselves for possible incidents affecting their lives and properties.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The overall traffic situation during the New Year’s holidays was orderly as a result of the strict measures enforced that helped reduce the number of accidents and fatalities, said the police spokesman.

The Spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri reported that the overall situation during this New Year’s holiday was considered orderly as many organizations had taken care to improve the conditions of the roads in advance.

He said that another factor that had relieved traffic congestion is the fact that there were more holidays in this New Year's season, allowing the public more time to travel. However, congestion issues were still found on the Mitraparb Road in the day when people were traveling back to Bangkok. The police had to open an additional lane to help ease the inbound congestion.

Meanwhile, the police had strictly suppressed the selling of alcoholic beverages, effectively decreasing the number fatalities this year by 6-7 percent.

The police spokesman has also said that the police are now prepared to provide security on the Children’s Day with police officers stationed at many locations set to host the Children’s Day event.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The Department of Fisheries is scheduled to host Thailand International Ornamental Fish Expo 2015 (TIOFE 2015) during 2-5 June 2015 at Building B, of the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok. 

YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - Yala Province yesterday held an activity that brought together local Islamic and Buddhist leaders, in its bids to achieve peace.

The meeting, which was being held at the Office of Local Administration in Na-tham Sub-district in Muang Yala, was also attended by government employees, military & police officers, community leaders and locals.

Peace building dominated the discussion yesterday. Muslims and Buddhists brainstormed ideas together to seek ways to ease the tension in the area without discrimination against one another, paving ways to peace talks and ultimately eliminate the southern violence.

The talks are one of the many efforts of the Government to address the ongoing violence in the South.

YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - A boy, who has been paralyzed from waist down by an insurgent attack, got his wish for a new wheelchair as a gift on the Children’s Day.

Handing out the wheelchair to the boy was Yala Governor Samart Waradisai, his spouse, Red Cross President Jutamat Waradisai, Special Education Center Director Kasemsuk Pasuntaratham at the paralyzed boy’s school in Bannangsta District.

11-year old Imran Surapong lost his father and the use of his legs by perpetrators of violence a few years ago. He underwent a 3-year treatment and rehabilitation before returning to class.

The wheelchair has been provided by the Region 2 Special Education Center in Yala.

Imran expressed his profound gladness for receiving the new wheelchair. He earlier told the media that he had 2 wheelchairs; an old one for home use and a-year-old one for school use. He said the newly received wheelchair would replace his old one, as the aging chariot has weathered and is now less functional.

Yala Red Cross also gave out eggs to the school for making lunches.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The government's committee on energy policy administration on Wednesday announced another reduction to retail prices of benzene and gasohol fuels, which would see the prices drop by between 20 to 60 satang per liter.

The Energy Policy Administration Committee (EPAC) has resolved to cut the prices of benzene 95 and 91, and gasohol 95 and 91, by 60 satang per liter. The price of E20 and E85 gasohol fuels will also be cut by 40 and 20 satang per liter, respectively. The new prices will be in effect at gas stations at 5 am today (Thursday).

Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee said after chairing the EPAC meeting that the formula for calculating the production cost of LPG gas has also been adjusted, meaning that the cost of production is now calculated at 16.11 baht per kilogram. Although the new formula will take effect on February 2, pump prices will not be changed until March.

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