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NRC to debate new draft charter April 20-26

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 - The National Reform Council is scheduled to open a week-long session to deliberate the draft Constitution in April.

President of the NRC Tienchay Kiranant said that, after the Constitution Drafting Committee hands over the completed draft of the charter on April 17, the reform council will convene to deliberate all details during April 20 and 26.

Mr. Tienchay assured that the NRC will be thorough in the deliberation and will allow all members to freely share their opinions while all information and suggestions collected from all public forums will be brought up for review in order to perfect the draft as much as possible.

However, he declined to make any comment about the public referendum of the draft charter, saying if all agree to do so, there must be an amendment to the interim charter to allow such a process to take place.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 - The chairman of the Thailand-Australia Parliamentarians’ Friendship Group has met with the Australian Ambassador to Thailand and discussed closer ties between the two nations. 

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 - Labor Minister General Surasak Karnjanarat has laid a foundation stone for a new skill development building.

The new building, which belongs to the Department of Skill Development, serves as a comprehensive center for people wishing to improve their vocational skills. It will provide such services as vocational training, skill enhancement training and certification.

Once completed, the building will house different agencies under the Department of Skill Development to enable those bodies to work more closely and systematically. The top floor will function as the meeting hall with a fully-equipped audio visual room. The ground floor will consist of a large parking lot and a multi-purpose area.

General Surasak said that the launch of this building was aimed at boosting Thai laborers’ skills in preparation for the emergence of ASEAN Economic Community, adding that development of productivity and quality of Thai laborers would be the key to the country’s competitiveness in the global arena.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 - The spokesperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has stated that the decision whether to hold a public referendum on the new constitution rests with the government and the National Council for Peace and Order.

CDC Spokesperson Kamnoon Sithisaman revealed to the press today that the charter drafting committee has reviewed 205 out of the 315 articles in the first draft of the new constitution.

He affirmed that the CDC has coordinated with and taken input from the National Reform Council (NRC) throughout the entire process. Furthermore the committee will convene from May 25 to July 23 to consider the input compiled from all groups.

In accordance with the interim charter currently in place, the new constitution must be approved by the NRC before it is enacted.

Mr. Kamnoon said while the majority of the CDC agrees that the new constitution must also be approved by the public, the decision on whether to hold a public referendum ultimately rests with the government and the National Council for Peace and Order.

YALA, 19 March 2015 - Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has expressed satisfaction with the progress made by security officials in the Deep South and disclosed that delegates for the next peace dialogue are being chosen.

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 - Facebook launches its new feature that may help its users from suicide. This new feature will be available for both computer and mobile users.

SAMUT PRAKAN, 20 Mar 2015 - Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Dissakul has implored officials to help address the corruption issue in the country, saying their contribution would tremendously improve the nation’s competitiveness in time of the ASEAN Economic Community.

The minister yesterday made the call at a special seminar of civil servants and government employees who were participating in the ministry's first batch of the anti-corruption training course held at the Ancient City in Muang District, Samut Prakan.

M.L. Panadda said that it was everyone’s duty to eliminate the corruption issue. He stated citizens should keep an eye out for the problem and must report to authorities whenever they learn about it.

The Minister said unless the problem is being tackled seriously, Thailand would never be able to compete with other nations when the ASEAN Economic Community arrives at the end of this year.

Yesterday’s seminar was intended to give the participants experiences and knowledge about corruption in the civil service as well as anti measures, while promoting the value of honesty as a shield against malpractices.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 - The chairperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee’s sub-committee on public participation has assured that all opinions will be incorporated into the drafting of the new charter that empowers the people.

Chairperson of the sub-committee Dr. Thawinwadee Bureekul on Thursday took part in a seminar that invited around 130 academics from state and private universities across the country to hear their opinions on the draft charter.

According to Dr. Thawinwadee, all ideas and suggestions will be viewed by the charter drafters who are currently reviewing each of the 315 articles of the draft Constitution — the process that is to be completed before April 17, after which the National Reform Council will have 10 days to deliberate the entire draft.

After the NRC’s review, any suggested changes will be passed back to the CDC to work on until the end of June. During this period, the public is also encouraged to send in their ideas for consideration.

Dr. Thawinwadee stated that the CDC has intended to offer a new charter that really empowers the people, delivers clean politics and promotes justice in the society.

SURIN, 20 Mar 2015, The provinces of Surin and Buriram have joined hands bringing their OTOP products to Cambodia, as they plan to expand the market to neighboring countries.

More than 100 OTOP producers from the 2 provinces and Nakhonratchasima traveled to Allongweng District of Udonmechai Province in Cambodia yesterday to take part in an exhibition showcasing their products to the locals.

The efforts is part of the the Interior Ministry’s OTOP promotion policy which highlights the expansion of the products’ distribution channel, while promoting ties with neighboring nations.

The event is the first of its kind in 2015. Officials strongly believe that the fair would also cement the already strong ties between Thais and Cambodian.

The event has opened up rare opportunities for Thai vendors to conduct business matchmaking with their Cambodian counterparts.

The most popular Thai OTOP items among Cambodian are foods, closely followed by herbal products, cosmetics, silk, and clothes. The fair will be concluded on Sunday, March 22nd.

NAKHON PATHOM, 20 March 2015 - A market for paddy rice producers held in Nakhon Pathom has proven successful with 700 tons of rice sold to silo owners on the opening day of the market.

The 3-day market provides farmers an optional channel to sell their grains at negotiable prices. Government officials also took part in the program to assure transparency in humidity measurement and purchase of paddy among buyers.

According to the Department of Internal Trade, silo operators bought 700 tons of paddy worth nearly five million baht on the opening day of the market on March 18.

Prices have been bargained to the range of 6,500 - 7,000 baht per ton as the humidity levels of the rice were found to be higher than 20%. Farmers were reportedly satisfied with the prices. It is expected that more than 2,000 tons of paddy will have been sold by the end of the event today.

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