BANGKOK, 21 August 2014 - Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) executives have gone down to inspect the stalls lining along the Khlong Toey and Wattana Districts of Sukhumvit Road.
Vallop Suwandee, the BMA Deputy Governor, said that most vendors have agreed to fully cooperate with the BMA’s move to clean-up the congested road area.
He further stated that the BMA has requested the vendors not to set up their stalls during daytime. However, they’re allowed to do so at night starting at 7:00pm onwards. Under the new law, each vendor is also allowed to occupy a space measuring only 1.5 meters by 1 meter.
According to a female vendor who has been making a living selling watches in the Sukhumvit 11 Road area for more than 20 years, the Nana area is the place where most tourists come to shop during daytime.
Therefore, she has asked the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to reconsider its decision to allow all the vendors to sell their goods during daytime as well, or else it would seriously affect their way of living.
SONGKHLA, 21 August 2014 - A continuous spate of dead Irrawaddy dolphins in Songkhla Lake has created concerns among scientists that the distinctive creature could be heading towards extinction.
LAMPANG, 21 August 2014 - Heavy rain overnight caused flash floods in two districts of Lampang province.
Officers from Jae Hom sub-district municipality, officers from Mueang Pan District and officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation went out to inspect damage in the two affected districts of Jae Hom and Mueang Pan early this morning after continuous downpours for many days but especially last night's heavy rain which measured 105 millimeters brought about widespread flooding.
A total of 20 Households in Jae Sorn, Mueng Pan district were affected, along with damage to a concrete bridge connecting the villages of Din Dum of Jae Sorn district and Ban Dorn Kaew Village of Mueang Pan district. The bridge is now unusable; the approach to the bridge heading to Jae Sorn National Park was also damaged by the flooding.
Mueng Mai sub-district of Jae Hom district was affected by flooding as water streamed in from Tham Pha Thai National Park, damaging 10 households. The flash flood also badly affected rice fields in the area covering 100 rai.
Currently, rain in the area has eased and officers are inspecting the area for damage, in a bid to restore the region and give aid and assistance.
UBON RATCHATHANI, 21 August 2014 - A 12-year-old girl who has lived alone in a rural village for 10 years is having a new life as His Majesty the King has heard of her news and instructed the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the royal patronage to take care of the girl, including providing educational funds to the highest level that she would prefer.
Miss Pitsamai Ngok-suk was yesterday moved from her little makeshift cottage where her parents left her 10 years ago, in Tambon Na-loen, Si Chiangmai district, Ubon Ratchathani, to Rajaprajanugroh 32 School, in the same province, with the help of the provincial governor, in his capacity as the provincial chairman of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, and other officials.
Little Pitsamai used to earn her living by seeking employments from neighbors including taking care of old people, doing the washing and baby-sitting.
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.
NCPO spokeswoman Pathamaporn Rattanadilok na Phuket disclosed that the ruling military leaned in favor of the move so that the kingdom’s judges would be able to cope with Thailand’s current economic situation.
The adjustment would be made based on the judges’ rankings and salary levels.
Level 1 and level 2 judges would have their COLA increased by 6,700 baht and 6,900 baht per month respectively.
Level 3 and level 4 judges would receive higher allowances of up to 7,300 baht and 12,500 baht per month respectively.
BANGKOK, 19 August 2014 – M.L. Pannadda Diskul, the PM's Office permanent secretary, has held an official discussion with Mr.Philip Calvert, the Canadian Ambassador.
BANGKOK, 21 August 2014 - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is leaving for the Republic of Singapore today on a two-day official visit.
The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be visiting the Republic of Singapore on August 21-22 to open the Eighth International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens.
The Princess will also observe activities and operations of the Institute of Technical Education - College East and the Asia-Europe Foundation. Besides, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and his wife will host a luncheon in honor of Her Royal Highness at the presidential residence.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn leaves the Suvarnabhumi Airport for Singapore on August 21 at 11.50 a.m. and will arrive back on August 22, at about 8.00 p.m.
BANGKOK, 21 August 2014 – General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named Thailand’s 29th Prime Minister after receiving a unanimous vote at the fourth National Legislative Assembly (NLA) meeting.
AYUTTHAYA, 20 August 2014 - The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) in Ayutthaya province has declared that food stall vendors would no longer be allowed to set up their stands around the Phra Mongkol Bophit Temple compound.
Colonel Ronnawut Ruangsawat, the Deputy Director of the ISOC in Ayutthaya province, announced that more than 300 food shops that have illegally occupied the temple’s existing space would be asked to move out of the area.
The decision was made by the ruling military government in a bid to enhance the temple’s surroundings as well as improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion within the area.
Food stall vendors will instead to be asked to relocate their shops at a newly designated space right at the province’s Old City Hall. The entire process would take approximately two months.
BANGKOK, ANGKOK, 20 August 2014 - The Ministry of Public Health is gearing up to increase the wages and salaries of officials in positions of responsibility as instructed by the Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, Prayuth Chan-ocha
The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health Wachira Pengjan disclosed that the ministry is ready to increase the salaries of state officers and employees to help them make ends meet in the everyday cost of living. The measure covers officers base salary and cost of living allowances and OT pay.
The Ministry is planning to increase salaries of 300,000 officers and employees nationwide by 1 April 2015. The salaries of civil servants will be adjusted to reflect their skills and the current economic condition. The department will also set up a committee to consider increasing beneficiary and special incentives to the officers and employees who are working in the southern border provinces of Thailand. In September, authorities will study the potential impact of the pay rise policy, especially the impact on wages of high-ranking civil servants and the results should be announced soon. The rise is believed to morally support civil servants and employees who serve the country.