BANGKOK, 14 July 2014,  -The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is setting up 6 new alien registration centers tomorrow (July 15th).

Department of Employment Director-General Sumet Mahosod said the new centers would be set up in Rama-Indra Sports Center in Bangkhen,Bangkok Youth Center (Thai-Japan) in Dindaeng, Minthinthong City Hall in Minburi, Lumpini Youth Center in Pathumwan, Taweewattana’s Youth Center, and Bangbon’s Sports Center.

According to the Director-General, all the 6 centers will open for services from July 15th to August 14th and up to 1,000 foreign workers are expected to register at each center, which will be manned by 10 of the department officials.

Reportedly, nearly 28,000 foreign workers registered with the center in Samutsakhon between June 30th to July 13th.

BANGKOK, 14 July 2014-The Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s office has ordered all warehouses and silos to follow the defining code of conduct, while the office itself is gearing up to maintain the quality of rice.

In the recent inspections, there were indications that several rice sacks had been gutted. All the warehouses and silos which received pledged rice must tighten their security measures and ensure high standards are maintained.

ML Panadda Diskul, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, said that all warehouses and silos in the country are to follow the code of conduct strictly and maintain appropriate standards in safeguarding the large stock of rice. The Code of Conduct is intended to ensure high standards fully apply in stocking grain.

The code promotes best practice and is a detailed guide to the warehouse and silo provider who must observe regulations and procedures relating to the merchandising, inspection, grading, weighing, storing and handling of grain and other commodities.

The warehouses and silos must be rodent-free. Stores must be kept clean at all times including during the storage operation. Walls and roofs must be free of cobwebs, dampness, condensation or mould. The immediate surroundings of stores must also be kept clean and free of weeds and debris.

Pallets, building materials, etc. should be kept in clearly defined places away from storage areas to avoid providing refuge for rodents and insects. Other buildings on the site should be kept clean for the same reason. The labeling must be specific and clearly written.

Thailand’s new global tourism campaign, “Amazing Thailand: Happiness Within,” will be launched for visitors to experience the “Thai way of happiness.”

The campaign is part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s marketing plan for the 2015 fiscal year, with special international events organized starting in October 2014.

According to TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik, the new marketing plan is targeting to generate an estimated 1.4 trillion baht in revenues from foreign tourists and 800 billion baht from domestic tourists. The core concepts will be to restore visitors’ confidence in Thailand by promoting Thai culture, happiness, and sustainability, as well as balanced and sustainable growth.

When tourists are happy, they usually forward messages to friends on their social networks, the Governor pointed out. The TAT will thus focus on promoting the concept of “forwarding messages” in the online world. When visitors forward their messages, this will raise the awareness about Thailand and attract more future visitors.

Among the special international events to be organized is a “Thailand Music Festival” under the theme “Land of Fun.” In December 2014, a number of events will be held to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King and the New Year festival, which will take the form of “Thailand Happiness Carnival.” This will be in addition to the traditional fun and happiness celebrations that mark Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year in April.

The TAT Governor noted that Thailand will also take advantage of the opportunities opened up by the enhanced facilitation and transportation connectivity when ASEAN Community is in place in late 2015. This will allow the development of special cross-border tour packages and caravans to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and China.

He said that, in 2013, Thailand’s tourism revenue ranked sixth in the world and third in Asia by the World Tourism Organization. The TAT is striving to make this ranking higher in 2015. It will follow the guidelines set in the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2012-2016) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ National Tourism Development Plan, as well as the policy of the National Council for Peace and Order.

On the international front, emphasis will continue to be placed on special-interest markets, such as golf, honeymoons and weddings, health and wellness, and eco-tourism. Both first-time and repeat visitors will be targeted.

The domestic tourism plan will target the family market, working people, the elderly, and youths. Ten major cities are to be categorized as “Must Visit Cities” in 2015. They include Lampang, Phetchabun, Buri Ram, Loei, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chumphon, and Trang. These provinces have been chosen because each one has a special story that people should know about.

YALA, 11 July 2014  -The Youths Association of Ban Charang Ta Dong, Raman District, Yala Province has received tools for wood-furniture making, from the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC), in order to create job opportunities for youths in the southern district.

Moreover, SBPAC has presented dates and juice to support the Ramadan pilgrimage for Muslim people.

BANGKOK, 12 July 201 – The US ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand says diplomatic relations between the United States and Thailand remain strong. She also suggests that Thailand amend its trade and investment laws in order to trigger the faltering economy. 

BANGKOK, 12 July 2014 – A large number of travelers were seen yesterday taking trains at Hua Lamphong Station to make their commutes for the long holiday this weekend, despite the murder of a teen on board a moving train early this week shaking public confidence in the safety of train passengers.

Passengers at Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok said they chose the train service due to convenience and the economical price. However, they noted that the safety issue needed to be tackled, and called for more frequent patrols on board the trains.

At Khonkaen province's main train station, officers from the Provincial Police and the Tourist Police were seen augmenting security on board the Nong Khai-Bangkok trains that run through Khonkaen, in an effort to prevent a repeat of this week's tragic incident. Meanwhile, train passengers at the station told reporters they were not confident over their safety, and wanted to see better security measures.

The State Railway of Thailand has added another 50 cars to the trains that run daily, in order to accommodate the rise in passenger numbers during this long weekend. By doing so, the SRT can increase passenger carrying capacity by 5,000 passengers per day. Railway officials have also reported that seats have been fully booked for the Buddhist Lent holiday period.

RANONG, 12 July 2014 – Officials in Ranong province have reported minor damage in the wake of the recent heavy raining and bouts of gusty wind. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has warned of strong wind waves in the Andaman coast as well as in the Gulf of Thailand.

Nakha and Kamphuan sub-districts of Suk Samran district in Ranong were especially hard-hit by gusty wind, which caused the collapse of a roadside resting spot where locals usually sit to wait for public transport. Around 10 homes that were situated along the coast suffered damage to their roofs. A couple of fish cages were also reported damaged. Locals in Suk Samran were maintaining vigilance against the weather on Friday, even though the raining had already died down.

The Meteorological Department indicated on Friday that waves in the upper part of the Andaman Sea would reach 4 meters in height, and waves in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand would reach a height of 3 meters. Small boats are advised to keep ashore.

Although the amount of raining in most parts of Thailand is projected to lessen, isolated heavy raining is also expected.

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 18 April 2014 – Police officers from Thung Song Provincial Police Station and staff from Namtok Yong National Park recently led volunteer police and over 50 students to the water saving forest in Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat, in a reforestation project. The distance up the hill is about three kilometers. About 500 trees including Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Hopea odorata and Parkia timoriana will replace trees that were illegally cut down. Namtok Yong National Park will in future provide patrol officers to prevent illegal deforestation and to care for the trees that were planted this year

BANGKOK, 11 July 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has pledged to adhere to royal advice and philosophy of His Majesty the King as a guideline in developing the country. 

BANGKOK, 11 July 2014  – Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has instructed related authorities to speed up the legal process against the train worker who recently raped and killed a teenage passenger. 

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