Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:52

Thailand sells an additional 500,000 tons of rice

Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn said the Foreign Trade Department will sign on behalf of the Thai government a G2G contract with the Indonesian government, in which the latter will purchase 500,000 tons of rice from Thailand.

BANGKOK – The Ministry of Culture and several other agencies will jointly organize Loy Kratong festival on November 25.

Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat said those agencies which will organize the yearly floats festival include the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Ministry of the Interior, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, the Royal Thai Police and Public Relations Department and the Ministry of Culture. 

BANGKOK - The Airsport Federation of Asia has been established, with its headquarters based in Thailand and Group Captain Veerayuth Didyasarin elected as its first President.

BANGKOK - The Embassy of the United States in Bangkok organised a welcome reception for the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Thailand on the evening of the 10th of Novemeber.

H.E. Glyn T. Davies is the new U.S. Ambassador to Thailand after being nominated by President Obama to the position on April 14.

Important Thai government officials were in attendance such as Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, M.L. Panadda Diskul, and Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as well as other ambassadors from various countries.

H.E. Mr. Davies gave a speech expressing his appreciation to Thailand for giving him such a warm welcome. He has been stationed in Thailand for seven weeks now and so far the Ambassador has visited six provinces including Chiang Mai, Trat, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Petchaburi and Ratchaburi. The ambassador said that he has learned a lot and has gotten to know Thailand much better since coming here and he can see that Thailand and the United States have many things in common and that Thai people have a deep affection for Americans.

The ambassador spoke of the high regard that the United States holds for Thailand and the deep relationship between the countries for nearly two centuries, collaborating on a wide range of issues. He specifically highlighted joint efforts to advance regional security, trade and investment, enhancing public health, while assisting refugees and displaced persons. He also mentioned the collaborations in fighting against the spread of illegal drugs, wildlife and human trafficking and transnational crimes and working to protect the environment. The ambassador said that he would like to see the United States and Thailand’s activities in these areas to continue.

The ambassador expressed that he would like to see Thailand become stronger, more prosperous, and to move forward on the path to achieving true democracy, and that Thailand will continue to play a leading regional role as it has since the middle of the last century.

BANGKOK - The Department of Land Transport will revise its public and private automobile policies in a bid to increase the public’s confidence in the country’s land transportation policies and services.

Sanit Promwong, Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, spoke today of the department’s 2016 policy which will emphasize fast and efficient services.

He said the department aims to enhance its automotive engineering industry to match international standards to ensure the safety of public transportation vehicles. The department will also install GPS navigation systems on public vehicles and clearly display the identification cards of the drivers.

As for private vehicles, the department will enforce inspection policies of vehicles and enhance the credibility of driver licenses by revising the content tests and the standards of driving schools.

CHIANG RAI - Myanmar nationals have begun returning to Thailand after traveling to participate in the country’s first free elections in 25 years.

At the Mae Sai border crossing in Chiang Rai province, which connects to the Myanmar town of Tachilek, Thai immigration authorities reported a daily average of 6,000 Myanmar nationals crossing the border to cast their votes, most of whom have already returned to Thailand. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:02

Sky lanterns discouraged during Loy Krathong

BANGKOK - The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has called on the public not to use sky lanterns during  festival this year. Those who need to use one must inform the AoT in written form seven days in advance.

BANGKOK – The Ministry of Defense and related agencies have conducted an inspection of security systems in downtown Bangkok in preparation for the upcoming BIKE FOR DAD activity and New Year celebrations.

The Defense Ministry’s Chief of Staff is working with officials from other security units to check on the condition of CCTV cameras and street lamps around Bangkok. The objective is to ensure that all devices are functioning properly in order to prop up people’s confidence in their own safety prior to the many national functions coming up later this year, including the BIKE FOR DAD cycling event and New Year festivities.

The inspection today was performed at Ratchaprasong intersection, from the Erawan Shrine to Big C Department Store on Ratchadamri Road. The operation had earlier taken place in 10 other locations of the capital which are considered prone to untoward incidents

The Deputy Prime Minister is preparing to submit a proposal to the Cabinet calling for December 11, the date of BIKE FOR DAD, to be a public holiday.

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn reiterated that the government has not yet announced December 11 to be a public holiday. On December 11, the Kingdom of Thailand, as well as Thais living abroad, will celebrate His Majesty the King's 88th birthday anniversary with the cycling event, BIKE FOR DAD.

Related agencies from the public and private sector have said that if December 11 is declared a public holiday, then it will ease the administration of the activity. However, all parties have reported readiness and have focused on the safety and convenience of participants.

BANGKOK – More than 100,000 passengers are expected to pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport on a daily basis during the high season.

The director of Suvarnabhumi Airport said the airport will be handling up to 160,000 passengers a day during winter which is a high season. The high season starts on October 25th, 2015 and will end on March 26th, 2016. During this period, the director said there will be a total of 969 flights a day, 96 of which will be passenger flights, 9 cargo flights, and the remaining 19 flights will be under a codeshare agreement. 

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