LAMPHUN, 8 January 2014 - Lamphun Province has warned locals in all districts to be prepared harsh weather condition expected between January 8-10.

According to the Department of Meteorology, the strong high pressure system from China covering the northern and northeastern parts of Thailand will cause severe weather condition in the said areas, which includes thunderstorm with gust;in addition, some areas will experience hail. The temperature is expected to dramatically drop by 3 to 4 degree Celsius.

The Lamphun authotities have ordered local agencies to be prepared for possible storm and cold snap, which might cause damage to agricultural products. Local residents should also brace themselves for possible incidents affecting their lives and properties.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The overall traffic situation during the New Year’s holidays was orderly as a result of the strict measures enforced that helped reduce the number of accidents and fatalities, said the police spokesman.

The Spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri reported that the overall situation during this New Year’s holiday was considered orderly as many organizations had taken care to improve the conditions of the roads in advance.

He said that another factor that had relieved traffic congestion is the fact that there were more holidays in this New Year's season, allowing the public more time to travel. However, congestion issues were still found on the Mitraparb Road in the day when people were traveling back to Bangkok. The police had to open an additional lane to help ease the inbound congestion.

Meanwhile, the police had strictly suppressed the selling of alcoholic beverages, effectively decreasing the number fatalities this year by 6-7 percent.

The police spokesman has also said that the police are now prepared to provide security on the Children’s Day with police officers stationed at many locations set to host the Children’s Day event.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The Department of Fisheries is scheduled to host Thailand International Ornamental Fish Expo 2015 (TIOFE 2015) during 2-5 June 2015 at Building B, of the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok. 

YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - Yala Province yesterday held an activity that brought together local Islamic and Buddhist leaders, in its bids to achieve peace.

The meeting, which was being held at the Office of Local Administration in Na-tham Sub-district in Muang Yala, was also attended by government employees, military & police officers, community leaders and locals.

Peace building dominated the discussion yesterday. Muslims and Buddhists brainstormed ideas together to seek ways to ease the tension in the area without discrimination against one another, paving ways to peace talks and ultimately eliminate the southern violence.

The talks are one of the many efforts of the Government to address the ongoing violence in the South.

YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - A boy, who has been paralyzed from waist down by an insurgent attack, got his wish for a new wheelchair as a gift on the Children’s Day.

Handing out the wheelchair to the boy was Yala Governor Samart Waradisai, his spouse, Red Cross President Jutamat Waradisai, Special Education Center Director Kasemsuk Pasuntaratham at the paralyzed boy’s school in Bannangsta District.

11-year old Imran Surapong lost his father and the use of his legs by perpetrators of violence a few years ago. He underwent a 3-year treatment and rehabilitation before returning to class.

The wheelchair has been provided by the Region 2 Special Education Center in Yala.

Imran expressed his profound gladness for receiving the new wheelchair. He earlier told the media that he had 2 wheelchairs; an old one for home use and a-year-old one for school use. He said the newly received wheelchair would replace his old one, as the aging chariot has weathered and is now less functional.

Yala Red Cross also gave out eggs to the school for making lunches.

BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The government's committee on energy policy administration on Wednesday announced another reduction to retail prices of benzene and gasohol fuels, which would see the prices drop by between 20 to 60 satang per liter.

The Energy Policy Administration Committee (EPAC) has resolved to cut the prices of benzene 95 and 91, and gasohol 95 and 91, by 60 satang per liter. The price of E20 and E85 gasohol fuels will also be cut by 40 and 20 satang per liter, respectively. The new prices will be in effect at gas stations at 5 am today (Thursday).

Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee said after chairing the EPAC meeting that the formula for calculating the production cost of LPG gas has also been adjusted, meaning that the cost of production is now calculated at 16.11 baht per kilogram. Although the new formula will take effect on February 2, pump prices will not be changed until March.

YALA, 8 Jan 2015 - Children crippled from violence incidents in the deep South say they want new wheelchairs more than anything else as gifts on the Children’s Day.

One of those unfortunate children, an 11-year-old Imran Surapong, a local of Bannang Sata District in Yala, got caught up by one of the incidents that took away his father and left him paralyzed from waist down.

The boy underwent 3-year treatment and rehabilitation before returning to class. Fortunately their teachers and fellow students welcomed him back with open arms.

Fear however still planted deep in Imran, he developed distrust of strangers and is now less conversational than before. He has 2 wheelchairs; an old one for home use and a-year-old one for school use. He said it would be nice to replace his old wheelchair with a new one, as the aging chariot has weathered and is less functional.

Over the 11 years of southern violence, the three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat, now have 5,448 orphans, out of that number 1,225 are in Yala, 2,130 are in Pattani, 1,918 are in Narathiwat, and 175 others are in 4 districts of Songkhla.

BANGKOK, 7 January 2015 - Despite the drop in the number of fatalities resulting from road accidents during the New Year's holiday travel period, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday he was not content with the figure.

General Prayut said the government was still not content although the casualties figure had improved, as the government wanted to minimize losses. He said relevant agencies have been tasked with making improvements to roads that did not meet standard. The prime minister added that he would like to thank state officials who worked hard to minimize losses during the New year's travel period.

A total of 2,997 road accidents occurred during the seven days of peak travel period for the New Year's holiday, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. 341 fatalities and 3,117 injuries resulted from the said accidents. The major cause of accidents was, as usual, drunk driving; motorcycles were the type of vehicle involved in the highest number of accidents. In comparison, 366 people were killed and 3,345 were wounded by 3,174 road accidents during the same period of the previous year.

Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, attributed the reduced casualties to that fact that as many as 200,000 state officials and volunteers were deployed to facilitate traffic and road safety during the seven-day period. He also noted that the provinces of Nakhon Phanom and Singburi did not have any fatalities from road accidents during the travel period.

BANGKOK, 6 January 2015  Representatives from nationwide political activists have petitioned the National Reform Council (NRC) to pass a law that promotes the distribution of the government’s administrative power to the people of Thailand. 

BANGKOK, 7 January 2015 - Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner Pongsapat Pongcharoen on Tuesday chaired a meeting of police officials and representatives from the Treasury Department over the issue of the allegedly unauthorized advertisement boards on top of police kiosks.

According to Police General Pongsapat, there are around 6,000 police kiosks nationwide and 805 of these have been fitted with advertisement boards. 173 of the advertisement boards have been installed at police kiosks under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police. The Treasury Department has concluded that all of the pieces of land the police kiosks are situated on belong to the department, and the decision of whether to continue allowing the advertisement boards will rest solely on the department.

Pol. Gen. Pongsapat said a probe would be launched into the contracts made between businesses and the Metropolitan Police and between businesses and the regions 1-9 police, to ensure that everything was in accord with the regulations of the Royal Thai Police. After the probe, the decision of whether to allow the advertisement boards to stay until the expiry of the contracts will be made.

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