CHAI NAT, 18 September 2014 - Vegetable prices in Chai Nat province have declined contrary to the trend for their climbing prices during the Vegetarian Festival, which is scheduled to take place from September 24 to October 2 this year.

At the Phasi Sung Fresh Food Market near the Chai Nat Municipality area, prices of several vegetables have dropped unexpectedly despite higher demand during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival.

Chinese broccoli prices have dropped from 35 baht to 25 baht per kilogram, whereas prices of cabbage and yard-long beans have decreased from 30 baht to 20 baht per kilogram as well. Prices of coriander and red chili have also been lowered from 60 baht to 50 baht per kilogram.

According to a vegetable vendor, the prices have dropped since many locals have been growing their own vegetables and selling them at prices below their competitors. However, the prices of these vegetables are expected to rise next week as the Vegetarian Festival draws near.

NARATHIWAT, 17 September 2014-- Mr. Niwat Jirawit, the President of the Tourism Business Association of Narathiwat, has advised residents and visitors that the 99 Years Narathiwat Fair is taking place from September the 18th to 27th, 2014, at Chaaloem Phrakiat Park in the Narathiwat Government Complex. The fair features a ninety-nine year historical timeline of the province, a showcase of local products, and cultural shows and activities to promote local history. The fair is expected to create a positive image of the province, and draw tourists into the area. At present most accommodation is booked out during the period of September 18th to 27th. Some tourists have chosen to book rooms in Sungai Kolok District.

It is expected that during the period of the fair, more than 80,000 tourists will be in the area, and the average outlay per person is likely to be about 5,000 baht. Security personnel and responsible offices are to be on safety alert and facilitate the access of tourists to the fair. They will arrange shuttle buses and give out special promotions as well.

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014 – The Ministry of Commerce has agreed to meet with rice growers' representatives every two weeks to ensure stability of rice price is achieved and to address the demands of rice growers. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:28

Industrial confidence index drops slightly

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014 – The industrial sector confidence index has declined for the first time in four months due to slowing consumption and floods.

Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Suphan Mongkhonsuthi said that the index dropped to 88.7 in August, down from 89.7 the month before. The decline was attributed to a slowdown in consumption of electrical appliances, farm machinery and automobiles. According to Mr. Suphan, the slowdowns were triggered by the ending of the first car buyers' scheme, the tumbling agricultural goods prices and state budget disbursements falling short of target. The floods in many localities also disrupted economic activities and presented a hurdle to transportation of goods.

Mr. Suphan indicated, however, that business operators believe the government will be able to drive the economy more concretely by pushing through its economic policies. He also said the FTI would like to see speed-ups in government investment in various projects, adjustment of loan guarantee requirements aimed at helping SMEs secure funding sources, issuance of measures against importation of low-quality products and the development of workers' capability.

PANG-NGA, 18 September 2014 – US ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney on Wednesday visited the southern province of Pang Nga, which was severely destroyed by the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in the morning of December 26, 2004.

During her trip to the province yesterday, the Ambassador visited the mangrove forest at Pang Nga Bay and villages on Panyee Island. She later traveled to the Tsunami Museum at Khao Lak, the area worst hit by the tsunami. She also paid a visit to the Sea Turtle Preservation Project located at the Tablamu Naval Base, where she released sea turtles back into the nature. The Ambassador finally visited children orphaned by the tsunami and handed them sports equipment, and played a game of basketball with those children.

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its regrets to the British government regarding the gruesome murder of two British tourists who were on vacation in Koh Tao.

Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn has sent an official letter of sympathy to his British counterpart Philip Hammond regarding the murder case.

The letter reads: “In the name of the Thai government and its people, I offer my condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and wish to reassure that the safety of tourists remains the number one priority for the nation.”

The letter also informed that Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered related agencies to toughen up security measures in various tourist destinations and to quickly solve the case through careful scrutiny with a view to arresting and prosecuting the culprits in the most expeditious manner.

It gave assurances that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would work closely with the British Embassy in Thailand and provide assistance in any way they can.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:22

River overflow inundates Mae Sai-Tachileik border

CHIANG RAI, 18 September 2014 – Heavy rains caused the Mae Sai River to swell overnight, flooding important trade areas in Mae Sai district on the Thai side and Tachileik district in Myanmar.

As a consequence of Typhoon Kalmaegi, which was wreaking havoc in nearby southern China, heavy downpours hampered the uppermost region of Thailand from yesterday evening through last night. The level of the Mae Sai River running past the Mae Sai-Tachileik border in Chiang Rai province was reported to be increasing rapidly until the river finally burst its banks at around 3 am.

The water gushed into communities and famous markets on both sides of the river, with a depth of up to one meter. Locals, who were woken up in the middle of the night, had to struggle to move their belongings off the ground as quickly as possible to prevent damages.

The extensive devastation has forced a number of local businesses to close for today as rains continue to fall. Authorities are working hard to clear out debris which has gotten stuck on the river-crossing bridge while hoping the floodwater will begin to recede soon.

INCHEON, 18 September 2014 - Thailand women’s national football team defeated Maldives, with 10 to nothing on the scoreboard at the 17th Asian Games on Wednesday.

The Thai team, led by Pitsamai Sornsai who netted four goals including two beautiful headers, humiliated Maldives in the group stage of the 17th Asian Games, which is currently held at Incheon, South Korea.

Pitsamai’s partner striker, Nisa Romyen, also did not let down the Thai people after scoring a hat-trick. Maldives did not look like they could pose any threat to the Thai women and the final score was 10-nil.

After the game, the Thai national team received 500,000 baht reward from the Football Association of Thailand.

Thailand will face India next; it is a must-win game for the Thai side if they want to qualify for the knock-out round.

BANGKOK, 17 September 2014 -The DDPM is aiding flood victims continuously while seven provinces remain flooded.

The Director-General of DDPM, Chatchai Promlert, has announced that heavy rain on 15th-16th September, caused flooding in three provinces: Ranong, Trat, and Prachinburi. However, the situation in Ranong has now eased, even though rain has been falling frequently, meaning the situation has to be closely observed for emergency situations. In Trat, the water level has decreased and life is also expected to return to normal in Prachinburi.

As for the flood situations in Sukhothai, Pichit, and Phitsanulok, overall the water has continued to decrease, while the water level in Chao Phraya River has risen and caused flooding in two districts in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, namely Sena and Phak Hai districts. Recently, the water level there has also decreased. As a result, the rescue of victims has been expedited, and a damage survey has been made, including repair of infrastructure and restoration of public utilities. Victims are able to report problems and request help on 1784, 24/7.

SURAT THANI, 18 September 2014 - The Surat Thani governor has ordered beefing up of security measures in Koh Tao following the gruesome murder of two young British backpackers that happened on the night of September 12. 

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