CHANTABURI, 9 September 2014 – Prawns in Chantaburi province are experiencing a stage of shock due to changing water conditions as a result of continuous rainfall.

The phenomena has caused farmers to quickly sell off their prawn supply before risking further damage, in case they are reluctant to sell them now while they are still alive.

Several days of heavy rains have caused black tiger prawn owners to face huge problems after some of them have been found floating to the surface and changing color, forcing owners to quickly sell their catch before the appropriate timing. Some prawns were then sold below the market price.

A prawn farm owner stated that among her 4 ponds that were 2 months old, prawns were beginning to float and die due to their inability to cope with extreme temperature changes in the water. Damages were estimated at around several hundred thousand baht.

Owners had to hire workers to collect the shocked prawns and send them to middlemen to be sold. Prawns should normally be kept until 4 months but this time they were only 2 months old, immediately lowering the prices of prawn from the original 200-300 baht down to only 126 baht per kilogram.

BANGKOK, 8 September 2014 – The Ministry of Finance has officially launched its latest initiative to rid the country of corruption.

The Finance Ministry's permanent secretary Rungson Sriworasat chaired the opening on Monday of a new campaign “Zero Corruption” — an initiative aimed at promoting transparency in all government operations while building a greater anti-corruption awareness among the people of Thailand. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:04

EC concludes number of NRC nominees at 7,370

BANGKOK, 8 September 2014 – The Election Commission (EC) has confirmed the official number of nominees for the National Reform Council (NRC) at 7,370. The qualification process is near completion, with 30 candidates ruled out so far.

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 – Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has reiterated to Cabinet ministers their obligations to conduct their duties righteously and have the national interest at heart.

During the first Cabinet meeting today, Gen Prayuth remarked that it was an auspicious day for all the ministers to come together with a goal to drive the country forward. He placed an emphasis on the Cabinet’s participation in promoting 12 moral values in Thai society which were announced earlier by the National Council for Peace and Order.

The Prime Minister called on the ministers to adhere to their oath, recently taken in front of His Majesty the King, to serve the country with honesty and transparency and to put the national interest before their own.

The meeting today was mainly aimed to look over each ministry’s policies in preparation for Gen Prayuth’s delivery of policy statement to the National Legislative Assembly this Friday. The premier also asked that each ministry’s budget be spent in a careful and efficient manner.

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 - The National Anti-Corruption Commission is setting up a joint working group with the Office of the Attorney General to probe charges against former premier Yingluck Shinawatra in relation to the rice pledging case.

The move came after the OAG failed to prosecute Ms Yingluck in the controversial scheme, citing insufficient evidence. The decision has prompted the NACC to call a meeting with the OAG, resulted in the setting up of a joint panel to proceed with the charges within 14 days.

The two independent public agencies held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the formation of the panel, which will compile additional evidence supporting allegations of fraud against the former premier.

NACC secretary general Sansern Poljiak said if the joint working group fails to reach a conclusion that proves satisfactory to both agencies, the NACC will either file legal action against Ms Yingluck or will appoint a lawyer to file the charges.

The NACC has charged the former prime minister of malfeasance for her negligence to stop corruption in the rice pledging scheme in accordance with Article 157 of the Criminal Code and for breaking the anti-corruption law.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:47

Global Joint Action Day on Climate Change event

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014  - Global Joint Action Day on Climate Change is an event organized by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 

CHONBURI, 9 September 2014 – Chonburi Province is preparing its 143rd annual buffalo racing event to take place on October 7th 2014 in Chonburi province.

In addition to the buffalo racing on October 7th, a fair with food stalls and handicrafts to appeal to visitors who love authentic Thai food, snacks and sweets, is being held from October 4th to 10th 2014. There will be rides for children, concerts of folk music and, of course, a beauty contest where the prize is the honor of being declared Miss Buffalo.

SUKHOTHAI, 9 September 2014 – Sukhothai Governor Chakkarin Plianwong has expressed his concerns over the flood situation and hopes to see the province return to normal the soonest.

Mr. Chakkarin visited Pak Kwae District to inspect the flood situation there and found that the water level has reached 80 centimeters, whereas the water level at kilometer marker 33 is measured at 20 centimeters high. Water in that area has eroded parts of the road.

The governor has also handed over compensation up to 50,000 baht to the family of a flood victim, who unfortunately passed away on September 7th and another 33,000 baht to another flood victim's family as funding for their house repair. 300 flood relief packages were given to affected locals in the area.

Mr. Chakkarin stated that at the moment assistance measures have been provided for flood victims through cooperation from related units and various foundations offering help and support in terms of necessities.

As for the maintenance process to the damaged land along the Yom River, the governor will see through that the operation is conducted as soon as possible. If no more rainfall occurs in the area within these few days, the restoration process can begin immediately.

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014- The Public Relations Department of Thailand is developing cooperation with Cambodia in exchanging news and information.

Thailand is hosting the 7th Thai-Cambodia technical conference to designate a framework for the exchange of news and information between the two countries. 

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014  – National Legislative Assembly (NLA) vice president Surachai Liengboonlertchai said the NLA is set to discuss controversial provisions on the impeachment of political office-holders in the upcoming meeting. 

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