BANGKOK, 6 April 2014  — Government authorities are continuing to tighten measures to try to prevent and decrease deaths caused by auto accidents during the New Year and Songkran festivals, according to Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Director-General, Chatchai Phromlert. 

CHIANG MAI, 6 April 2014 -- The provinc of Chiang Mai has organized a ceremony to release more than 3 million fish into the Ping river on Sunday.

April 6 is Chakri day, the day to commemorate the contribution of the First king of the Chakri dynasty, who founded Bangkok as the capital of Thailand in 1782.

Many Thais on this occasion express their love and reverence to the Kings of the Chakri Dynasty through a variety of activities.

The Chiang Mai provincial authority has chosen to release roughly 3.4 million fish into the Ping river as the way to show support to the Monarchy. The event is under the project to revive the Ping river's ecology.

BANGKOK, 5 April 2014,  - Thailand's 7 major commercial banks have reportedly reserved banknotes worth around 182.1 billion baht altogether ahead of the Songkran long holidays, from April 11th - 16th.

Media analysis , meanwhile, indicated that this year's bitter political protests have negatively affected the local economy, suggesting that the public will be frugal

Krunthai Bank has prepared 45.7 billion baht worth of cash, a decrease of 11.3 billion baht from last year's figure. Bangkok Bank has reserved 45 billion baht worth of banknotes for its 8,500 ATMs nationwide. Siam Commercial Bank has set aside 35 billion baht of notes for this Songkran, an increase of 1.5% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, The Thai Military Bankhas has stored up to 12 billion baht of bills for its customers via its 2,386 ATMs across the country. Ayuthaya Bank has readied 16.5 billion baht of notes for the long holiday, increasing by 1.59 billion baht from it did last year.

Kasikorn Bank has reportedly prepared 25.6 billion baht worth of bills for the period, a jump of 5 billion baht from last year's amount.

LAMPHUN, 4 April 2014 - The Lamphun Province Business Development Office is helping SME and OTOP entrepreneurs to get their businesses ready for the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

The Lamphun Province Business Development Office has organized a seminar, entitled: "Developing Thai Business in advance of the AEC". The seminar has been developed in order to encourage SME and OTOP entrepreneurs to prepare themselves for AEC in 2015. The event will take place at Lamphun Will Hotel, and Lamphun deputy-governor Mr. Nawin Sintusa-art will preside over the event.

Pissamon Mongkolthep, head of Lamphun Province Business Development Office said this seminar is aimed to support Thai entrepreneurs so that they are prepared to be competitive when the AEC takes hold. Moreover, they will be trained in finding ways to keep their businesses sustainable when entering AEC trade market.

Topics that are scheduled to be discussed at the seminar include: "How to adjust businesses in order to survive" to be given by the managing director of Jampha Shopping Plaza and the head of Lamphun Province Business Development Office. The second topic is: "How to pay off loans when funds are tight" by a senior manager of Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation.

Many SME and OTOP entrepreneurs have shown great interest in attending this seminar.

BANGKOK, 4 April 2014  - Acting Bangkok Governor Dr. Pusadee Tamthai met with relevant agencies to discuss undertaking a zoning approach to ensure a safe Songkran Festival without alcohol. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will host Songkran activities in four leading areas including Silom Road, Khaosan Road, Soi Chokchai, and Utthayan Road.

NAKORN PATHOM, 4 April 2014  - The Chairman of the Thai Human Imagery Museum, Suthee Sribenjachote says the Thai Human Imagery Museum, in cooperation with the Samut Songkhram Tourism Authority of Thailand office, and the Tourism and Sports office of Nakhon Pathom province, along with Educational Institutions, and the public and private sector has organized "Songkran Festivals to Inherit Thai Culture and Wisdom" between 13th-15th April 2014 from 10.00-16.00 hours at the compound of the Thai Human Imagery Museum, Nakhon Chai Si district, Nakhon Pathom province.

The purpose of this festival is to inherit Thai culture from the past to the present. The event is being presented as an ancient Thai village. There will be a Thai band playing distinctive music; A Thai pottery demonstration; a display of rare Baan Celadon ceramic household wares; a display of ancient Thai toys; stalls selling Thai food and desserts; Thai flowers such as the Thai orchid; regional Isan music, and a Buddha image to receive water for the best of luck in 2014. In the afternoon, attendees can water a Thai national artist for more good luck.

Those who seek the origins of the ancient Thai New Year Festival can join in on all three days 13th April 2014 A Show by the Local Isan Pong Lang Band, at Wat Lum Hoey school. 14th April 2014 A Show by the Ramawadee Musical Band, at the Contemporary Thai Music Development Center. 15th April 2014 A Show by the Ramawadee Musical Band, at the Contemporary Thai Music Development Center.

Moreover citizens over 60 years of age can enter the Thai Human Imagery Museum free of charge from 13-15 April 2014.

In addition, the third Thai Music Competition for treble fiddle is being held on 14th April in two categories : primary school students and high school students, with scholarships and trophies to be awarded.

Bangkok, 4 April 2014 - There are not only unrest cases in the southern border provinces. Like other areas throughout Thailand, the region deals with civil conflicts which can be settled by mediation. Recently in Pattani province, Prince of Songkla University and the Ministry of Justice have launched a project to train Muslim women mediators for provincial Islamic offices in the far South.

The project, piloted in five southern border provinces in 2014, was initiated after the provincial Islamic offices had increasingly received petitions from Muslim women had been violated by other members in their families. The provincial Islamic offices found it difficult to help those women due to the fact that they had no female mediators to mediate the cases.

The university, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, recently organized the first training for Muslim women who wanted to work as mediators in the cases involving Islamic family and inheritance laws. The training took place at the Park View Resort hotel in Pattani province in 2014.

Deputy chief of the project Khosali Benmat, an law lecturer from Fatoni University said the project had asked various mosques in the deep South to send Muslim women, 10-15 people from each province, to participate in the training. It was the first time ever that Muslim women would be trained as mediators for the provincial Islamic offices in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla and Satun. The first group of Muslim female mediators would mediate rows for Muslim women in order to screen and try to settle their disputes before the cases were processed in a court system, the academic explained.

The project holds the belief that Muslim women mediators are able to deal with their fellow Muslim women better than their male counterparts since they can discuss sensitive issues better. The Muslim women who have trained in the project are expected to work as volunteers first since the provincial Islamic offices still have no budget to hire them. The project is therefore trying to raise fund to pay the women.

It takes more than a strong will to mediate a family conflict. Mediators, especially those working in the restive South, should have good knowledge on the cases they are responsible for. They should be trained to mediate a disagreement in a peaceful manner and educated about human rights. It is also necessary for them to be able to use the media to communicate with other sectors in the society and inform people of basic legal knowledge so that they learn to settle conflicts peacefully by themselves.

Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:58

Suphanburi holds the 3th “Fish Fair”

SUPHANBURI, 4 April 2014  – Suphanburi Province is holding the 3rd“Suphanburi Fish Fair” in order to promote aquatic animal farming, general farm development and the boosting of exports of ornamental fish.

Attractions include exhibitions of various breeds of aquatic animal, a distribution of aquatic animal products, a contest between rare and beautiful fish, an eating contest, and a fine art contest, with many rewards being offered at the fair from now to April 7, 2014 at Big C Supercenter, Mueang District, Suphanburi Province.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 4 April 2014 -The Hua Hin Mayor has invited tourists to celebrate Songkran Festival in Hua Hin district. A No Alcohol campaign will be promoted to reduce the accident rate during the festival.

Mr.Nopporn Vuttikul, Mayor of Hua Hin, says that the Songkran Festival will be celebrated in several places around Muang Hua Hin Municipality. On April 11, the first day of the festival, there is a Phra Phutthasihing Buddha Image showering ceremony, traditional dancing shows, a Pee Pung Dtai game and musical performances at Phon Gingpetch public park, in addition to a Songkran Parade around the town. Moreover, in front of the Market Village shopping mall, the 2014 Songkran Foam Party will be unleashed. People can enjoy the foam, performances by famous artists and fun activities with free gifts throughout the party. During April 11-14, the Songkran Festival at the Cicada Market includes a Buddha image water rinsing ceremony, a presentation of unique Songkran desserts, a musical play and many amusing activities. The event runs from 16.00 – 23.00 hours. All tourists are invited to join the Songkran festival celebration in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The festival is non-alcoholic to help reduce the accident rate.

SINGBURI, 4 April 2014  - Singburi Governor Surapol Sawangsak said that more effort is necessary to ensure road safety during Songkran, and that there will be specific designated areas for the festive water splashing tradition, in an effort to reduce accidents and the loss of life.

Therefore, in order to prevent and reduce the number of accidents during this year's Songkran festival, Gov. Surapol announced that there will be 130 alcohol-free areas where the water splashing tradition will take place. Moreover, vehicles with water containers, water guns or related equipment, as well as people who are celebrating, can enter these areas between 11.00-19.00 hours.

While fun water play is acceptable, immoral behavior such as getting naked, being violent and selling alcohol in these areas will be strictly prohibited according to the relevant legislation.

The 130 designated areas are mostly situated around temple areas, ancient areas, government offices, public park areas, and some roads near irrigation canals that have been famous for water festival activities.

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