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BANGKOK, 19 September 2014 – The association of state agency employees has called on the National Legislative Assembly to look into extending civil servants' pension law to cover non-civil servant employees.

Atthaphon Ngamdi, the president of the association of state agency employees on Thursday handed Tuang Anthachai, member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), a letter requesting that the NLA consider extending the benefits stipulated under the draft bill on civil servants' pensions and benefits to cover permanent employees of state agencies.

The NLA member also accepted a letter from Mr. Anusan Sonsinlaphong, representative of the association of education area offices of the Northeastern Region. In this letter, the association asked that the NLA provide support to the reform of education.

BANGKOK, 17 September 2014 – The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has resolved to maintain the policy interest rate at 2 percent per annum in hopes of stimulating spending and facilitating economic recovery. 

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014 -- The Ministry of Interior has plans to overhaul Thailand's waste management system to deal with the rapidly increasing amount of waste in big cities across the nation.

According to Permanent Secretary for Interior Viboon Sa-nguanpong, a full-cycle waste treatment plant will be soon established on an area of 372 rai in Ayutthaya Province. This pilot plant will apply proper waste disposal technologies that will include reprocessing of garbage into clean energy.

In the second stage, the ministry will hold talks with both government and private units concerned to lay down an overall picture of the country’s waste disposal system which should be able to deal with the volume of garbage both currently and in the future. Once drafted, the proposal will be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration.

SONGKHLA, 19 September 2014 - The State Railway of Thailand has expressed confidence it will finish the repairs to the damaged rail line in Chana district within three days.

The derailment of a southbound train yesterday has caused damages to about 100 meters of the rail section in Chana. SRT executives are today visiting the scene of derailment to investigate the cause of the accident.

All the derailed cars are expected to be cleared out of the track today, to open ways for repairs. Authorities said they need three days to fix the track and expect the service to resume by next week.

SURAT THANI, 19 September 2014 – The mayor of Koh Tao has requested a budget for the procurement of CCTV cameras and additional street lamps as part of a measure to increase tourist safety following the recent murder on the island. 

SONGKHLA, 19 September 2014  - The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced that train services to the three southernmost provinces have been suspended after a local train went off the line.

Local train No. 452 running between Su-ngai Kolok and Nakhon Si Thammarat was derailed in Songkhla province on Thursday afternoon, causing injuries to seven passengers. Most of them have returned home after receiving treatment.

Railway workers have started restoring the damaged train and repairing the tracks. The entire process is expected to take three days or longer. Authorities have also found out that several push pins that were used to hold the railway tracks in place have been removed, causing the train to derail. However, they are unsure at this point to conclude that it was a possible attempt by a third-party to instigate unrest within the area.

Meanwhile in Yala province, a number of special express train services have been cancelled including trains No. 38, 169,170, 171 and 172, running between Bangkok and Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat and between Bangkok and Yala Province.

Passengers who have reserved their tickets will receive a full refund upon their return of the tickets. For more information, they are encouraged to call Hotline 1690.

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014  – The Meteorological Department's daily weather forecast, expects scattered rain in the kingdom today.

The Meteorological Department says with the weakening southwest monsoon passing over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand, widely scattered to scattered downpours will occur in many parts of the country.

The department also advises anyone traveling to the Philippines and Taiwan today or tomorrow (19-20 September) to keep updated with the weather conditions as the Tropical storm “FUNG-WONG” is now passing over the Pacific ocean and will move on to the Philippines and Taiwan. However, the storm has no effect on Thailand.

In the Northern region of the kingdom very cloudy skies are to be expected today with a 60% chance of scattered thundershowers especially in the provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang and Tak. Temperatures will range between 23-25 C minimum and 31-33 C maximum. In the Northeast (Isan) region, cloudy skies are expected with a 30% chance of scattered thundershowers especially in the provinces of Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima. The temperature in this region ranges between 24-25 C minimum and 32-34 C maximum.

People in the Central region can expect a cloudy sky with a 30% chance of widely scattered thundershowers especially in Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi provinces. Temperature range between 24-25 C minimum and 33-34 C maximum. People in the Eastern region can expect very cloudy skies with a 40% chance of scattered thundershowers especially in Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces. The temperature ranges between 24-25 C minimum and 30-33 C maximum and a wave height of 1-2 meters can be expected at sea today.

The East Coast of the Southern region can expect a cloudy sky with a 30% chance of widely scattered thundershowers in the provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani, and a wave height of 1-2 meters can be expected at sea today. The temperature ranges between 24-25 C minimum and 32-34 C maximum.

Meanwhile, on the west coast of the southern region, can expect a very cloudy sky with a 30% chance of scattered thundershowers especially in the provinces of Ranong, Phang-nga and Satun. At sea, wave heights of between 1 and 2 meters are expected. Temperature ranges between 23-24 C minimum and 30-33 C maximum.

In the Bangkok metropolitan area, residents can expect cloudy skies with a 60% chance of scattered thundershowers with temperature ranges between 25-26 C minimum and 33-34 C maximum.

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014 – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has given the green light to seven draft laws in the first reading while special committees will be established to look over the drafts before their resubmission to Parliament. After being proposed by the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, a total of seven draft bills were accepted in principle by the NLA today. Over the next seven days, amendment committees will be formed with the responsibility of reviewing the drafts and making alterations as appropriate.

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014  – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologized for his criticism of foreigners’ beach attire made during his recent address on the murder of British tourists on the island of Koh Tao, insisting no insult was meant. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:56

PM Prayuth may soon go on nationwide tour

BANGKOK, 17 September 2014 - Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is planning to go on a nationwide tour when the situation allows. 

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