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ANGKOK, 25 July 2015  The government is set to provide pre-registration for mothers to access the new-born subsidy on 1 September 2015, while the subsidy program will begin in October. 

BANGKOK, July 2015 - To enable Buddhists and city people to observe Asalha Puja and Buddhist Lent Day, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will be offering free bus trips to nine best-known temples of the capital city during July 30-31.

BANGKOK, July 2015 - Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong has asked all aviation-related agencies to speed up the improvement of their personnel’s abilities to boost the country’s aviation industry. 

PHUKET, 27 July 2015, The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has revealed its plan to promote the southern island province of Phuket as the best location in the region of the Andaman Sea, for Meetings, Incentive events, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE).

TCEB Vice President Supawan Teerarat, announced the strategy, as the province launched the 2nd Thailand MICE Mart last week. She said the fair gives an opportunity for 34 MICE related operators, such as hotel and resort owners, in the province to conduct business matchmaking with corporations from both Phuket and Bangkok.

According to the Vice President, last year Phuket was able to generate more than 500 million baht in tourism revenue from approximately 70,000 MICE travelers.

Meanwhile, Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong told reporters that the province is developing necessary infrastructure projects and working with the private sector in order to facilitate the activities of MICE businesses and build confidence among tourists. He said such projects cover the province's airport expansion and other public facility upgrades, which are expected to be completed by February next year. The improved facilities would be able to handle 12.5 million travelers a year, said the governor.

BANGKOK, 27 July 2015, The Royal Thai Police is determined to tackle the issues of teen street racing and bars operating near education institutes.

According to the Royal Thai Police Spokesperson, Pol. Lt-Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, the majority of entertainment venue operators in Bangkok are willing to obey the new regulation calling for all establishments offering alcoholic beverages to be located away from education institutes by at least 300 meters.

Warnings will be given to venue operators who breach the regulation and arrests will be made if they defy the law.

Initially, entertainment venue operators in the capital and its vicinity have been in compliance with the authorities's order, said Pol. Lt-Gen Prawut; however, those in the provinces would be reminded of the seriousness of the offence.

Speaking on the topic of teen street racing, the spokesperson said parents would from now on be held responsible for their kids repeated offense, adding that parents or the child guardians can request helps from police or the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, if needed.

BANGKOK, 27 July 2015, The Ministry of Commerce has delayed the auction date for inferior rice in its stockpile, from the end of this month to the beginning of next month, allowing more time for officials to conduct a thorough survey and separate quality grains from inferior ones.

According to Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikanya, he has ordered ministry officials, academics, the National Farmers Council, surveyors, rice sellers, and the Thailand Development Research Institute to inspect silos where government's rice has been stored .

These officials are to thoroughly inspect 1.29 million tons of the supposedly low quality rice in the ministry's stockpile as well as estimating the cost of improving the grains for various purposes.

After the examination, the officials would determine whether the rice should be sold in smaller portions or as an entire silo. They would also separate inferior grains from the rice to be sold for public consumption.

Auction winners have been told to strictly use these grains for particular purposes, the Minister said, adding that his ministry would later conduct follow-up inspections to make sure that the low-quality rice would not be sold for public consumption.

General Chatchai also disclosed that the auction of around 400-500,000 tons of quality grains scheduled for next week would go ahead as planned.

NAKHON PHANOM, 27 July 2015  -Members of the National Reform Council (NRC) committee for the reform of economy, finance and treasury met in Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan over the weekend for an off-site meeting that centered on the special economic zone in Nakhon Phanom.

On Saturday, Nakhon Phanom governor Adisak Thep-at reported on economic, trade and investment-related developments at Nakhon Phanom special economic zone to members of the NRC committee as well as to the governors of Bung Kan and Sakon Nakhon, and representatives from relevant government agencies in Nakhon Phanom, Bung Kan and Sakon Nakhon.

Somchai Ruchupan, chairman of the NRC committee for the reform of economy, finance and treasury, indicated that the weekend meetings were being held to collect input as well as to present existing reform guidelines. According to him, his committee's study panels have so far presented many guidelines for the reform of the economy, finance and treasury to the NRC. The said guidelines included the reform of the tax structure, management of enterprises, micro-finance and savings cooperatives. The committee also proposed the setting up of Parliament's own entity for budget analysis.

UBON RATCHATHANI, 27 July 2015 - The National Reform Council (NRC) committee for the reform of social values, arts, culture, ethics and religion visited Ubon Ratchathani over the weekend to observe the way of life of those living along the Chi River.

Naowarat Phongphaibun, chairperson of the committee, led its members in observing the way of life along the Chi River, which predominantly consists of weaving, basketwork, rice growing and fishing. The committee members also listened to the locals for information. The main purpose of the weekend visit to the plains of the Chi River was to collect information on the conservation and continuation of the local way of life, in order for the information to be used to draft an Act on a national arts and culture council.

The committee also participate in a seminar to collect opinions on the direction of arts and culture reform for the next 10 years, in which emphasis was especially placed on the economic and social significance of the culture found in the plains in Ubon Ratchathani close to waterways.

CHONBURI, 27 July 2015 - Khao Kheow Open Zoo is inviting holidaymakers to plan a visit to glimpse into the cuteness of the zoo's blue wildebeest family, which has recently grown with the addition of a newborn calf.

The zoo's veterinarian team, having inspected the calf after birth, assured that the calf was healthy. The calf was constantly by its mother's side, and was feeding on the milk of its mother.

The blue wildebeest is a large mammal whose head resembles that of a bull while its body is leaner and resembles a horse. Blue wildebeest herds normally comprise 80-100 members. The herds roam the grasslands and sparse forests of eastern and southern Africa. The gestation period is usually eight months, and only a single calf is born each time.

Visitors can enjoy the blue wildebeest family at the zoo's African savanna zone.

NAKHON NAYOK, 27 July 2015, Some of the people of Nakhon Nayok Province oppose a new industrial-oriented city plan, which could be implemented in 2017. They have signed a petition asking related agencies to reconsider the project.

The residents opposing the plan yesterday gathered at the province's Suan Luang Rama IX Public Park, lead by a group called the Network of Nakhon Nayok Citizens.

The new city plan would allow the establishment of industrial factories, such as petrol refineries and asbestos processing plants, in the province's green areas.

The group demanded that the provincial administration maintain the province's natural beauty and keep it free of industrial developments.

The petition listing the names of those who oppose the new city plan will be submitted to the Governor of Nakhon Nayok, the provincial Office of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, the Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Personal Affairs Division of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

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