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SONGKHLA, 1 July 2015, The Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre (SBPPOC) this morning held a workshop on making oral presentations for officers.

Attending the event were Deputy Police Chiefs in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and in four districts of Songkhla.

The attendees are expected to be able to deliver oral presentations at the level of police academy graduates by the end of the workshop.

According to the SBPPOC, presentation skills are crucial in delivering a concise report in a meeting with high-ranking officers from governmental units, the Royal Thai Police and other national security offices. Southern violent incidents often require briefings to commanding officials, in order to bring them up to speed.

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 - The Department of Labour Protectionand Welfare (DLPW) is inviting the public to visit the event held to promote workplace safety at BITEC Bangna this week.

According to DLPW Director General Peerapat Pornsiri, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak will be presiding over the opening ceremony of the 29th workplace safety week exhibition, which is to run from July 2nd – 4th.

The objective of this event is to promote workplace safety and the well-being of workers at work as well as to reduce the number of injuries. Awards will also be given to 551 companies with outstanding safety records.

Visitors will have a chance to attend a seminar on safety standards and look at the exhibition and booths displaying safety related innovations.

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 -The former Commerce Minister and core leader of Pheu Thai Party has reported to the 1st Army Area, after expressing his view on the recent political movement by college students who call themselves Dao Din Group.

Ex Commerce Minister Wattana Muangsook has been asked by the Army to report to the military for attitude adjustment after having criticized the military’s attempt at keeping peace following the recent arrest of 14 university students.

Mr. Wattana greeted the media briefly, who were waiting for his arrival at King Rama the 5th Equestrian Statue, as they were not allowed to enter the area in front of the 1st Army Area.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 1 July 2015, The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) office in Prachuap Khiri Khan along with the province’s administration, police and military heads have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on corruption prevention, in an attempt to eliminate price collusion in government projects in the province.

The combined efforts from the province's top governmental units are expected to successfully repel price collusion, a malpractice that is deeply entrenched in Thai society and costs billions of baht in damages to the Kingdom.

Signing the MOU were Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Veera Sriwattanatrakoon, Provincial NACC Director Tanongsak Muangmanee, Deputy Chief of the Military Circle 15 Colonel Surin Ninluang, and Provincial Police Chief Police Major General Krissana Jamsawang.

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 -The majority of manufacturers recently surveyed have agreed that the minimum wage should not be adjusted at this time as the economy still remains in doldrums.

Employers’ Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry Vice President Tanit Sorat has revealed in the survey that most manufacturers in Thailand do not want the minimum wage to be the same throughout the nation, given the costs of production vary from one region to another.

They do not want the wage to rise just yet as the export growth is slow and prices of farm goods are declining. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor Nakorn Silapa-archa said the Provincial Wage Committee is currently collecting information on the minimum wage rate and economic growth in each province.

The Central Wage Committee is expected to finalize its decision on the new wage rate within August. The new rate will be fair to both workers and their employers, according to the Labor Permanent Secretary.

PHAYAO, 1 July 2015 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)'s Roving Buakaew program was conducted yesterday in the northern province of Phayao.

During the visit, the participating MFA officials gave talks on various topics, such as Thailand’s application to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the economic connectivity in the ASEAN region and the diplomatic protocol.

The visit aimed to allow MFA officials to exchange opinions with all sectors in the province.

The “Roving Buakaew” Program is an MFA campaign designed to inform residents in provincial areas of the ministry’s accomplishments and roles while preparing the public for the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year. The program is a joint effort by five major departments under the MFA, namely the departments of Information, International Organizations, International Economic Affairs, Protocol, and Asean Affairs.

BANGKOK, 01 July 2015, According to Mr.Yuttachai Teyarachakul, Executive Director of Personal Financial Services, United Overseas Bank (Thai) Pcl., lower income credit card holders are at greater risk of contributing to Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).

In order to address the problem, he said UOB is to beef up its regulations in issuing new credit cards, as the local economy slows down. New card holders must have a minimum monthly income of 15,000 baht. In normal economic circumstances, the minimum income required to obtain a new credit card is 10,000 baht.

The bank issued up to 10,000 new credit cards per month during the first 5 months of this year. UOB is still likely to achieve its goal of issuing 120,000 new credit cards this year. The bank currently has about 700,000 card holders.

Mr.Yuttachai said UOB’s present reject rate of credit card applications is at 40-50 percent. The bank’s records show monthly credit card spending per person is at 4,000 - 5,000 baht

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 -Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said there is no need to give illegal fishing boats an extension of the present registration period.

The Prime Minister said the government is unable to agree to the demands of the operators of fishing boats to give them more time, as it would directly affect the export of Thai sea food. General Prayut is asking them to understand what an extension could entail.

Thai National Shipper’s Council Advisor Paiboon Polsuwanna said if they are going to stop work in their protest against the government’s decision, there won't be enough seafood for domestic consumption.

He added that supplies might have to be imported to maintain the level required to meet local demand for seafood. Mr. Paiboon again encouraged boat operators to have their boats registered before the end of September as Thailand could potentially face a European Union ban on seafood imports in October.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:09

TBC: Thai-Burmese border calm

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 -The Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC) has insisted that no Burmese soldiers have engaged in a fight with ethnic minorities near the Thai-Burmese border.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:04

Industrial output shrinks 7.6% in May

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 – Lack of recovery in the global economy and diminished domestic purchasing power have resulted in industrial output dropping by 7.6% in the month of May, although the situation is expected to improve in the latter half of this year, according to the Office of Industrial Economics (OIE).

Udom Wongwiwatthanachai, director of the OIE, indicated that the relocation of production bases for electronics products away from Thailand also contributed to the drop in output of certain products, such as hard disk drives, automobiles, televisions and jewelry.

However, the OIE expects a recovery in the sectors of automobiles, chemicals, cement and garments due to stronger demand in the latter half of the year. Exports to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – CLMV countries – are also expected to contribute to a better industrial output figure. Exportation to the CLMV countries expanded by 9% in the first five months of the year.

Mr. Udom expects industrial output to return to positive growth in the latter period of the third quarter thanks to more state spending and the expected recovery of the exports sector.

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