Saturday, 16 August 2014 10:45

Crown Prince receives new ambassadors

BANGKOK, 15 August 2014  - Ambassadors-designate from six countries presented their respective credentials to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Thursday (Aug 14), at Amphorn Satharn Villa, Dusit Palace.

Acting on behalf of His Majesty the King, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince received the following newly-appointed ambassadors who presented to him their Letters of Credence:

- Mr. Manuel Eduardo dos Santos e Silva Bravo, ambassador of the Republic of Angola who holds the concurrent post of ambassador of Angola to India. His official residence is in New Delhi.

- Mr. Nguyen Tat Thanh, ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Mr. Thanh served as a director-general attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam before taking up his post in Bangkok.

- Mr. Mun Song Mo, ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. Mr. Mun Song Mo used to be Director-General of the Office of Diplomatic Mission Service under the Foreign Ministry of the DPR Korea.

- Mrs. Eat Sophea, ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Mrs. Sophea served as a deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia before taking up her post in Bangkok.

- Mr. Cheikh Sid Ahmed El Bekaye Ould Hamady, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Mr. Cheikh Sid Ahmed El Bekaye Ould Hamady also holds the concurrent post of ambassador of Mauritania to the State of Qatar and has official residence in Doha.

- U Win Maung, ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Before coming to Thailand, U Win Maung served as a brigadier general in the Office of the Commanding General of the Military Security Affairs of Myanmar.

BANGKOK, 15 August 2014  - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is paying a 2-day visit to the northeastern province of Loei to observe the progress of royally initiated projects at various Border Patrol Police (BPP) schools. 

BANGKOK, 15 August 2014  -- Mr. Chawalit Chookhajorn, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said Her Majesty the Queen has been committed to preserving sericulture as Thai silk is one of the symbols of Thailand. She has provided the Royal Peacock Trademark to certify Thai silk products’ standard, which guarantees the source of raw materials and manufacturing process.

In honor of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture will organize "The Ninth Royal Peacock Trademark to Preserve Thai Silk Legend Fair” from August 21st – 25th, at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. The opening ceremony will be presided over by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on August 21st.

The event aims to promote the Royal Peacock Trademark in order to create confidence in the quality of Thai silk products as the main raw materials used for production are inspected by the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture. The products are also produced using an environmentally friendly manufacturing process.

Those interested are invited to visit the fair from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. every day at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. For more information, please call 0-2558-7924-6.

SURIN, 15 August 2014  - 1,252 Migrant workers have registered in Surin One Stop Service in 11 days since it opened.

The Surin Employment Authority has stated that since the opening of Surin One Stop Service for Migrant Workers, workers from Burmese, Lao, and Cambodian have been coming in droves.

However, there are about 4,000 workers that have not registered yet. The province expects to register 150 migrant workers per day and expects to be completed with this task at the end of the month.

BANGKOK, 15 August 2014  –The Department of Tourism has noted a trend towards a recovery in tourism arrivals in Thailand with tourist numbers increasing 22.7% in July.

The Director General of the Department of Tourism said the tourist numbers to Thailand in July 2014 had increased by 22.7%, or 1,914,582 arrivals, compared to the previous month, and brought into circulation about 89,816 million baht, which was a good trend towards recovery.

The number of tourists in Thailand in the first 7 months of the year from January to July 2014 reached 13,626,929, a reduction of 10.47% compared to the same time last year.

Visitor numbers from China decreased most with a 21.19% drop due to the political turmoil, while most tourists travelling to Thailand are Chinese, Malaysian, and Russians.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 13 August 2014  - The Hua-Hin Municipality is launching a ‘beach-cleaning’ campaign after tourists have filed petitions saying some restaurants were ripping them off with unexpected food prices. 

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 – The Fisheries Department has reported that its measure banning fishing activities for two months in parts of the Gulf of Thailand has yielded great benefit to fishermen, whose catch rate have increased significantly.

Department director-general Niwat Suthimichaikun spoke on Wednesday of the measure to ban fishing in a stretch of the Gulf that included the seas off Prachuap Khirikhan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Bangkok. The stretch was determined to be the major spawning site of numerous marine species.

The fisheries ban was in effect from June 1 to July 31. The two-month ban has already begun to pay off; fishermen are now making an average catch of 18 kilograms per hour, compared to the usual rate of 13 kilograms per hour before the ban took effect. Currently, around 10,000 mackerels are being caught per day. This compared very favorably to the 2,000 mackerels caught per day before the 'closure' of the Gulf. The size of the fish has also increased. According to Mr. Niwat, other marine catches have also increased in quantity and in size.

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) projected on Wednesday that the economy would expand by four percent in the latter half of the year.

According to the NCPO, the improved growth prospect was due to improvements in consumer confidence and business sector confidence. The accelerated growth in the second half would allow the whole-year GDP growth to reach two percent.

The council also instructed related agencies to ensure the smooth co-existence of the tourism industry and the demands of internal security. More public relations aimed at tourists will be made, and security measures for foreign visitors will be improved.

The council also approved fifteen draft laws on Wednesday, including one aimed at tightening control over surrogacy. The draft bill is aimed at deterring the commercialization of surrogacy, and protecting children born via surrogacy.

PHETCHABUN, 13 August 2014  - The One Stop Service for migrant worker registration in Phetchabun province has registered 2,148 workers into the system and will stay open until October 31st, 2014 to continue registrations.

Phetchabun Governor Wichien Chantharanothai visited the One Stop Service Center for migrant worker registration at the Muang district hall in Phetchabun province which opened on August 4th. So far, there have been a total of 2,241 migrant workers registered in the system made up of 2,148 workers and 93 followers. Out of that number, 965 workers with 9 followers are Burmese, 459 workers and 58 followers are Cambodian and 724 workers and 26 followers are Lao.

The One Stop Service will operate until October 31st, 2014. The next step following the registration is a health check up at Phetchabun hospital.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:35

Update on collapsed building in Pathumthani

PATHUMTHANI, 14 August 2014  -- Rescue workers yesterday pulled our seven more bodies from the concrete rubble of the condominium which collapsed in the province of Pathumthani.

So far, ten people have reportedly died in the collapse of the condominium under construction in Prathumthani. According to authorities, more bodies might be found under piles of rubble of the six-storey U place Condominium project that collapsed two days ago.

The area was declared an emergency disaster zone. Police are looking for engineers and contractors in order to probe into the cause of the collapse. More than 80 percent of rubble have been cleared out and the search for more bodies is expected to be completed today, said the deputy director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Relief Department.

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