Saturday, 26 September 2015 11:18

WHO growth charts to be used for Thai children

NONTHABURI, 25 September 2015  – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is preparing to use the growth standards of the World Health Organization to monitor the growth and development of Thai children. 

BANGKOK, 25 September 2015  - Ambassador of the People’s Republic China to Thailand Ning Fukui paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong at the Government House this morning to discuss various topics including Thai-Chinese railway cooperation.

Air Chief Marshal Prajin expressed his satisfaction over the Thailand-China joint meeting on the railway construction which was conducted smoothly with considerable progress.

He said the Thai government considered the joint project very important as it would benefit economic and social development in both countries.

Mr. Ning Fukui said on his part that despite some unagreeable points, he believed the two sides would be able to overcome the hurdles with their sincerity and determination to fulfil the project.

The two sides also discussed educational cooperation in which both expressed interest to raise the level of cooperation in the field. ACM Prajin thanked the Chinese government for sending volunteers to teach Chinese language in Thailand.

The Chinese ambassador realized that the Thai government has had a policy to promote researches in renewable and alternative energy. He thus committed to encourage high-standard Chinese-based companies and state enterprises to invest in Thailand's energy sector.

Saturday, 26 September 2015 11:10

Thailand appointed G77 Chair for 2016

NEW YORK, 25 September 2015  – Thailand has been endorsed as the G77 Chairmanship for 2016, reflecting the international community’s confidence with Thailand on the global stage.

Saturday, 26 September 2015 11:05

Commerce Ministry restructures provincial offices

NONTHABURI, 25 September 2015 – The Ministry of Commerce has provincial commercial affairs offices under the One Roof Policy, established 18 province groups to enhance the capability. 

BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 – The government proposed to gear the Single Gateway project towards economical benefits and national security, the ICT Minister says.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Uttama Savanayana has said regarding the government's National Single Internet Gateway project, that it is intend to facilitate economic expansion as providers will be able to cut their costs from common uses of the facility.

He addressed that that the project will not violate any privacy or rights of individuals, claiming that this arrangement would further enhance data security as the authorities will have better access to information regarding online offenses.

The ICT Minister has stressed that the government does not intend to utilize the new gateway arrangement for the political stability reasons, adding that the project is now currently being studied. The ministry will invite representatives from the business sector and the general public to further inform the details of this project.

PATHUM THANI, 25 September 2015 – The Minister of Social Development and Human Security has visited the Rohingya refugees on the occasion of the Hari Raya holiday, and congratulated refugees who have been accepted for migration to the US.

The Minister of Social Development and Human Security Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo yesterday visited the refugee shelter in Pathum Thani Province to meet with Rohingya refugees on the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.

He said that the MSDHS has accepted 328 Rohingya refugees who have qualified the screening for victims of human trafficking to receive asylum. During his visit, he observed the livelihood of the refugees in the asylum shelter and also provided words of encouragement to them as well.

The MSDHS Minister revealed that all refugees have been accepted to migrate to the United States as a third-party country, and will embark on their journey to the United States during late September 2015.

BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 - The Ministry of Finance has planned to discuss aid measures for the agro-sector with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, in preparation for the dry season next year.

After a meeting with three government banks, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong revealed that the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and the Government Savings Bank (GSB) would offer debt suspension and further credit to farmers in drought-hit areas.

SME Bank will help boost farmers’ incomes via a variety of channels, such as community enterprise and One Tambon One Product outlets: it will also cooperate with the Ministry of Commerce in launching trade fairs. The Ministry of Finance may approve a fund to help farmers in areas where the crisis is too severe to handle.

Mr. Apisak added that he would discuss the aid measures with the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in order to map out integrated solutions together. The talk is expected to take no more than a week. The result will be submitted to the cabinet during the meeting in early October.

Saturday, 26 September 2015 09:20

Water levels in Mekong River steadily decline

NAKHON PHANOM, 25 September 2015 - The declining water levels in the Mekong River have prompted officials in Nakhon Phanom province to retain more water in its reservoirs.

Mekong River water levels are declining at the rate of 20-30 centimeters per day and beginning to affect many rice fields.

Water is now being diverted into the reservoir under the Nam Kam Basin Development Project to make sure there will be at least 60% capacity to sustain the growth of rice and household consumption.

Farmers living outside of the irrigation system have been advised not to grow crops, as there may not be enough water.

SONGKHLA, 25 September 2015 – Police are tracking down a businessman, one of the suspects who allegedly involve in human smuggling and money laundering in the South.

According to Deputy Commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 8 Police Major General Pawin Pongsirin, the suspect is identified as Supat Santipiyakul, locally known as Ko Tok. Supat is a Sonkhla-based businessman who owns multi-million baht businesses. A close scrutiny of his financial transaction found that his bank accounts contained billions of baht in circulation.

The suspect has reportedly fled to Malaysia. Police have informed Malaysian authorities on his escape and asked for his deportation. They are also preparing to seek arrest warrants for more suspects, including some civil servants. Police Major General Pawin denied claims that the implication of state officials in the crime was a foul play, affirming that the investigation had been carried out in a transparent manner.

Police expect to finalize the probe and submit the results to the Attorney General within September after spending nearly five months tracking down the wrongdoers.

BANGKOK, 25 September 2015  – The Ministry of Transport is preparing its procurement proposal for electric buses in the Bangkok area.

Transport Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek revealed that he will ask the Cabinet to revise its decision to import more than 3,000 natural gas buses and instead purchase 200 electric buses, in order to meet the urgent demand for public transport in the capital.

According to Mr. Omsin, electric buses, despite their higher initial price, will be more cost effective than natural gas ones in the long run.

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) earlier completed bidding for the procurement of 489 natural gas buses. However, the vehicles have yet to enter service, pending a probe into complaints of malfeasance.

The minister said he would inquire about the progress of the probe at a meeting with BMTA’s board of directors on September 28.

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