PHAYAO - A birdwatching spot will be built in Phayao province to accommodate tourists arriving to see wild peacocks leaving the mountain to feed in nearby cornfields.
BANGKOK - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) believes the Thai economy will continue to recover, but voiced concern over the persisting drought crisis.
BoT Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said the drought crisis will remain a key factor of economic growth, as rural household income has declined due to the lack of water for farming activities. He also blamed household debt as another major factor of the economic slowdown.
The BoT Governor further stated that the Thai economy continues to be susceptible to foreign monetary policies especially in the U.S., Europe and Japan. These foreign policies will likely cause further currency volatility, as foreign leaders try to restore their nations' economies.
However, Dr. Veerachai added that government investment plans and its economic stimulus measures should cause noticeable growth in the third quarter fiscal 2016, despite a slump in the tourism sector.
AYUTTHAYA - Renovation and landscaping efforts are now underway in Ayutthaya province to improve areas around historical sites.
Ayutthaya Deputy Governor Kajornsak Charoensopa has visited Bung Praram Park to inspect the site after it was found to have been littered with garbage.
Bung Praram is a public park, where the remains of centuries-old temples are also located. According to the Deputy Governor, landscaping work will take place under a ‘Big Cleaning Day’ campaign held from November 24 – 25.
It is also aimed at restoring Ayutthaya as one of the world’s top cultural heritage destinations and bringing visitors back to the province.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA – The deputy governor of Nakhon Ratchasima Province has called a meeting with different agencies today to discuss the plan to separate liquor shops from schools and student dorms.
The discussion was joined by officials from local administrative and security organizations as well as the Regional Excise Office. The zoning is one of the National Council for Peace and Order’s efforts to lessen alcohol consumption in youngsters, especially students.
The government stipulated that all provinces must finish their zoning before 30th November. Nakhon Ratchasima has more than 500 educational institutions. More than 30,000 operators have applied for alcohol sales licenses.
Deputy Governor Surapan Dissaman said directors of all educational institutions had been instructed to look for alcohol outlets in their localities to map out a proper zoning plan. Mr. Surapan confirmed that the zoning task would comply with the government’s policy without affecting existing licensed operators.
KRABI - The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has joined universities in the South in a seminar on the environmental effects of the coal powered plant in Krabi.
CHIANG MAI - Chiang Mai province is establishing a command center to deal with the cold snap this winter.
Head of the provincial public relations department in Chiang Mai Ubonrat Khongkraphan said the northern region’s meteorological center had predicted that winter would begin mid October 2015 and end around mid February 2016. The weather would be similar to last year and the temperature would be lowest from the latter part of December to January. The public and private sectors as well as a civil society network were working together to prepare assistance for cold spell-affected people in the province, said Ms Ubonrat.
The committee is responsible for advising people on how to care for their health and assisting those affected by the cold weather. The committee works with the provincial public health department in arranging mobile medical units and implementing instructions of the government to deal with the cold snap.
BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked members of the public to keep tourist attractions clean during the high season.
As the high season approaches, the prime minister said he had instructed all related ministries and agencies to ensure safety at various tourist sites as well as risk-prone areas such as airports, bus stations and piers.
The PM also asked members of the public to help ensure safety for tourists as well as keep their areas clean.
As for various tourist attractions, Gen Prayut said authorities must efficiently manage the volume of tourists at one time while caring for the environment and preventing littering at places such as national parks.
Restroom is another important matter, he said, adding that there must be enough clean restrooms to accommodate tourists. It will be unacceptable for a large crowd of tourists to be met with either dirty or expensive restrooms. The standards of services must be kept in line in order for the tourism industry to progress.
BANGKOK - The government has detailed the major implications of the new gender equality bill that is now in effect.
According to the Government Spokesman's Bureau, the government aims to ensure gender equality in society and to provide assistance and compensation to those who have been affected by gender discrimination, as well as to create a society that respects individuals of both genders.
The government therefore proposed a gender equality bill which has been passed by the National Legislative Assembly.
The new law establishes a committee on gender equality to draft related polices, and a committee tasked with examining complaints regarding gender discrimination.
A gender equality fund will be established to provide financial compensation to those who have been affected by gender discrimination.
Surabaya - The 50th meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN - COCI) has taken place at the heart of Surabaya, the second largest city of Indonesia, on 9-11 November 2015. A group of delegates from 10 ASEAN member states and the ASEAN secretariat attended the annual meeting to discuss plans and the implementation of projects under the ASEAN cooperation framework.
BANGKOK - The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand has expressed support for the Kingdom in several areas during his visit with Deputy Prime Minister for social affairs Admiral Narong Pipatanasai.