HAT YAI, 20 August 2014 -- The municipality of Hat Yai is holding a seminar on halal product standard to food producers and their suppliers to improve hygiene while safeguarding halal principles.

Food producers and vendors in Hat Yai District have been invited to the seminar to be held at a downtown hotel on Thursday 21st.

Representatives of Songkhla's Office of Islamic Committee and Health and Hygiene Office as well as the municipality of Hat Yai will take part in the seminar to educate entrepreneurs abour religious and legal regulations and then exchange ideas with participators.

PHETCHABURI, 20 August 2014 - In celebrating the Department of Livestock Development's 72nd Anniversary which was on the 5th of May 2014, the department has scheduled the holding of its 'Thailand Green Livestock Expo 2014' between 27-31 August 2014 at Petchaburi Animal Quarantine Center. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:33

Thirty provinces recover from drought

BANGKOK, 20 August 2014  - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has declared thirty provinces now relieved of drought, while emergency assistance is still needed to relieve the plight of people in Ubon Ratchathani.

The Department Director-General Chatchai Promlert said even though 30 provinces nationwide now have relief from the scarcity of water, the drought situation still affects 2,928 households in two districts.

He said that authorities have been told to inspect the remaining drought-hit areas so that adequate distribution can be worked out to supply water efficiently, for use in farming during the hot season. Advice will also be given to farmers to avoid planting second crop paddy and to turn to less water consuming plants, he said. Water supply trucks, water pumps and buckets are also prepared and available to help people in remaining drought-hit areas to relieve their difficulties, he said.

Anyone affected by drought and needing help can contact the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation for assistance on the hotline 1748 available 24 hours.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 20 August 2014  – The Office of Disease Prevention and Control Region 5 has warned members of the public to be aware of eye infections during the monsoon season.

Conjunctivitis or “pink eye” has affected an increasing number of people in Thailand due to the heat and humidity during the season. The infection causes an inflammation of the outer eye membrane and has been on the rise recently.

Dr. Teerawat Walaisatian, the ODC Region 5 Director, has disclosed that nationwide about 80,000 patients are suffering with conjunctivitis. The youngest infected was a 28 day-old infant. Parents and members of the public are advised to be extra cautious and maintain good hygiene.

With the monsoon rains arriving in Thailand, people across the country are advised to protect themselves against a host of seasonal illnesses.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Control is already reporting a rise in the number of patients with the pink eye condition.

Members of the public should take precautions to avoid contracting the disease and have good medical coverage for additional protection.

Ophthalmologists have warned that people who wear contact lenses for extended periods are particularly susceptible to allergic papillary conjunctivitis, which develops as a result of an allergic reaction.

The following tips help prevent the spread of pinkeye:


  • Wash your hands often.
  • Do not share towels, linen, pillows, or handkerchiefs. Use clean linen, towels, and washcloths daily.
  • When in the wind, heat, or cold, wear eye protection to prevent eye irritation.
  • Wear safety glasses when working with chemicals.
  • Do not use the same towel when wiping tears or discharge from the eyes, to avoid reinfecting yourself from the bacteria or virus on the towel.
  • Children should refrain from playing in stagnant water and remain indoors.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:26

NLA passes budget bill in first reading

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the 2015 appropriation bill in principle in the first reading while the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) promised transparency in the disbursement process. 

BANGKOK, 20 August 2014 - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has given the approval to increase the cost-of-living-allowances (COLA) of all judges under the Administrative Court starting on October 1st. 

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 - The present National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has asked its members to study regulations of the 2006 NLA especially those concerning the prime minister selection so that the new premier is appointed soon. 

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 -The Election Commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong reaffirmed that that the selection of nominees to sit in the National Reform Assembly (NRC) has been done with transparency. 

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 – The committee drafting the National Legislative Assembly (NLA)’s meeting regulations has appointed a chairman and has set a timeframe of 15 days for completing its duty. 

BANGKOK, 17 August 2014  - The National Council for Peace and Order has approved a special budget to tackle flood problems across the country. 

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