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MUKDAHAN, 12 Jan 2015,  More than 2,000 Thai and Laotian runners yesterday attended an international marathon in Mukdahan, which was held to promote the province's local tourism.

Mukdahan Governor Thawatchai Thamarux yesterday presided over the marathon, which started from Mukdahan Wittayanukul School in Muang District.

According to the organizer, the province is using the international running event as a means to promote Mukdahan’s highlights, while encouraging youths, the general public and foreign visitors to exercise more.

Participants were to compete in 4 different races, which are the 42.16 km marathon, the 10.5 mini-marathon, the 5km fun-run, and fancy-walk-and-run rally.

The organizer said the marathon drew approximately 2,000 runners, creating a friendly and lively atmosphere at the organizing venue.

The race saw all participants crossing the Second Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge, watching the sun rising over the horizon amid the refreshing early morning weather.

Monday, 12 January 2015 11:49

Winter clothes in high demand in Khon Kean

KHON KEAN, 12 Jan 2015,  Winter clothes, particularly sweaters and jackets, have been in high demand in Khon Kean Province, as cold weather persists.

The lowest temperature was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius yesterday, according to the media.

A large number of residents yesterday flocked to Banglamphu Market in the municipality of Muang Khon Kean to purchase sweaters and other winter clothing offered at affordable prices.

According to one of the vendors, she buys those winter clothes direct from a factory, and sell them at an average price of 80 baht apiece, adding that she can not sell them at a higher price given the local economy. She also said most of the sweaters are made from quality yarn, which can be worn year round.

BANGKOK, 12 Jan 2015. - The Office Of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is working on the details of the Education System reform planning for 2015 - 2021, in the hope of raising the quality of Thai education to the international standards.

OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai disclosed during a meeting yesterday that Thailand’s education system ranks 78th in the world and 8th in ASEAN.

According to him, the overall rankings of other Asean member nations such as Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines have been steadily rising over the past eight years, expressing his concerns that Thailand's education will soon lag far behind those nations' unless action is taken to raise her standard.

The reform would focus on 4 areas, including curriculum revision, giving all children equal access to education, and improving education quality in accordance with the Education Ministry’s policies, Besides, the nation must also develop the quality of teachers, and the administration's power over education institutes must be decentralized further, said Mr. Kamol.

The details of the proposed reform will be submitted to the Education Minister, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, before being forwarded to the National Reform Council

BANGKOK, 12 January 2015 - Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn leaves for the United States this morning on a fortnight visit to observe medical research and development in that country.

The Bureau of the Royal Household announced last night that Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn would board a Japanese airline flight no. JL 708 at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8.15 am this morning (Monday) to fly to the United States for a visit from 12th-26th January.

While in the United States, Her Royal Highness will observe research and development on artificial medicine at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado State. Her Royal Highness will return to Thailand on 26th January, arriving at Suvarnbhumi Airport at 11.15 p.m.

BANGKOK, 12 January 2015 - Retailers are asking the government for help as commodity prices remain high despite lower oil prices.

Fresh food prices have reportedly increased even though cheaper gas prices could have reduced the production cost.

The retailers believed the middlemen have been behind the rising prices. They urged the government to keep them at bay and maintain the prices at a reasonable level.

Prices of meat, eggs, cooking oil and fruits have not declined at most markets in Bangkok. However, many fresh food vendors are happy with lower income while they are trying to help consumers.

Many families have now turned to ready-to-eat meals as fresh ingredients are too expensive.

SI SA KET, 12 January 2014 - The construction of a road linking Thailand and Cambodia in Si Sa Ket province is expected to be finished in November and ready for tourism in the AEC era.

According to Deputy Minister of Transport Akom Termpittayapaisit, the 7.5 kilometer road, which is located in Phusing district, will connect the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket with Siem Reap of Cambodia.

Its main purpose is to promote tourism between the two nations once ASEAN nations are integrated into a single market late this year. The construction has begun since June 10th last year and is scheduled for completion by November 1st, 2015.

The Ministry of Transport is also planning to open a bus service on the Bangkok-Si Sa Ket-Siem Reap route to facilitate visits between the two peoples.

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.

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