BANGKOK, 24 July 2014, - The private sector’s confidence in the political sector has greatly improved, thanks to the provisional charter , says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

According to the FTI, the implementation of the temporary constitution will pave the way to the forming of the new government, raising investors’ confidence, and a new round of national polls.

In the past 2 months the NCPO has been able to stabilize both the local political and the economic sectors, responding to the suggestions of the private sector.

The Federation, however, indicated that there were still a number of issues that needed to be further discussed, such as various rules and regulations.

Records show the Industrial Confidence Index has been on the rise, increasing to 88.4 on the index in June from 85.1 in May; which reflects entrepreneurs’ positive sentiment on the current political situation, leading to a favorable climate for business and the nation’s economic recovery.

However, the U.S.’s decision to downgrade the country for its human trafficking elimination efforts remains one of the FTI’s concerns, admitting that the problem needs to be quickly addressed.

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014, - The Commerce Ministry yesterday said it propose that the Rice Policy Committee allow the Ministry to resume its plan to sell about 500,000 tons of stockpiled rice monthly through all available channels, beginning next month. 

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014 – An auto industry group has revealed that the automotive industry domestic export rate in June 2014 has grew more than in the early months of the year. 

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has provided opportunities for citizens in every sector of Thai society to express their opinions, as a starting point for national reconciliation and reform. 

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 - About 73.6 percent of mothers in Tambon Baan Phue, Jom Phra District, Surin Province, have been feeding their babies with breast milk for the first six months of birth. The rate is an outstanding rise from 37.8 percent in 2011 before the “Tambon Breast Milk for Family Bonding” Project was introduced to the community.

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 – Singapore has expressed its support for the reform plan of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), while showing its willingness to cooperate with Thailand in all aspects of development.

As a special guest to the Royal Thai Army, Supreme Commander of Singapore Ng Chee Meng paid a courtesy call on NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. On this occasion, Gen Prayuth asked the Singaporean side to continue its close ally with Thailand and support the work of the NCPO in bringing about a true and sustainable democracy back to this very nation. He also stressed the importance of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In his reply, Supreme Commander Ng Chee Meng told Gen Prayuth that Singapore was willing to work with Thailand, especially to strengthen military ties that the two nations had enjoyed for the past several years.

Prior to his meeting with the NCPO chief, the Singapore supreme commander met with Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, NCPO deputy chief and supreme commander of Thailand. The Singaporean side took this opportunity to express its support and confidence in the NCPO’s national reform plan as well as its readiness to mobilize the two nations towards ASEAN integration.

The two parties also had a chance to discuss a wide range of cooperation, including the establishments of a coordination center for human rights assistance and disaster mitigation in ASEAN.

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014  - Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was seen with her son at the Suvarnabhumi Airport last night, while bringing along 11 pieces of luggage with her to head for France as part of her European trip scheduled from July 20th to August 14th.

Ms. Yingluck has been granted permission by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to travel abroad due to her cooperation in refraining from active political roles since the military takeover of the country.

When asked by members of the press on whether she would return to Thailand, Ms. Yingluck promised to do so without any conditions.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul was also among her entourage who would accompany her during the trip. However, former Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong would not tag along with her, stating that he did not obtain a travel visa to stay in Europe. Instead, he had only accompanied Ms. Yingluck to the airport.

NONG KHAI, 24 July 2014 – A new pier for vessels on the Mekong River has been opened in Nong Khai province's Mueang district to facilitate freight.

On Wednesday, Mueang district permanent secretary Wirot Uthumphok chaired the opening ceremony for the docking site, located at the Mekong River patrol Unit in Ban Hin Ngom (บ้านหินโงม) , Mueang district.

According to Lieutenant Chetniphit Pannim, head of the Nong Khai pier, there are at least 20,000 vessels plying their trade on the Mekong River at present; 3,000 of those in Nong Khai alone. Given the lack of regulations on these vessels, various illegal activities such as narcotic and contraband smuggling along the river, which marks the border between Thailand and its neighbors, have mushroomed in recent days, Monitoring efforts against these activities are also very difficult to carry out, according to Lt. Chetniphit.

There are now 105 piers in Nong Khai province, from a total of 140 that have been planned.

CHIANG MAI, 23 July 2014 – The Botanical Garden Organization will allow students from institutions nationwide to visit the botanical gardens for free in honor of the occasion of the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on 12 August 2014.

The Botanical Garden Organization is inviting all educational institutes to take their students to visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, for free throughout August. More information is available at the Information and Publicity of Botanical Garden Organization, call 053-841234 and www.qsbg.org.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:16

Situation in haze-stricken Yala improves

YALA, 23 July 2014 -The situation in haze-stricken areas continues to improve with no areas registering an unhealthy Air Pollutant Index.

Haze from forest fires on Indonesia's Sumatra Island has moved over Thailand's lower Southern Region.The haze has drifted over Yala from its origins in Sumatra in Indonesia.Wildfires are a frequent occurrence in Indonesia, and the lower portion of Thailand's southern region is frequently affected by the Indonesian haze, mostly in June to August every year.

The haze has caused reduced visibility and a large amount of dust. The predicted rains and a change of climatic conditions will help sweep away the haze. It is not yet affecting the public’s health.

The director of the Yala Office of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Saman Satae said that the authorities had been keeping a watchful eye on the situation to maintain the safety of air quality. According to the Office of Natural Resources and the Environment, the area recorded a moderate particulate matter measurement. The measurement reading is categorized as only moderate, PM-10 which maintains the health-based national air quality standard.

However, villagers who are sensitive to the haze and those with allergies will likely suffer from physical irritations. Health masks should be used to cover the nose when out in the open. All health offices are encouraging people to put on damp masks in the more heavily dusty areas.

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