BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  - The Department of Industrial Works has launched a project to accommodate investment in the provinces with the potential to grow substantially in terms of industry.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works Sakda Phankla said the provinces included Kanchanaburi, Phetburi and Suphan Buri. The project was aimed at bringing industrial development to other provinces apart from Bangkok and the vicinity. The selected provinces were ready for industrial development due to their infrastructure, public utility, telecommunication and logistics. They also had large markets for products, the official said.

The project also seeks to prevent the problems caused by industrial expansion such as congested population and pollution.

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  - PTT Plc., has announced a maintenance plan for the Sinphuhorm gas field in Udon Thani province covering 8th-12th September 2014 which will impact upon NGV supplies to 37 NGV gas stations in 12 Northeastern provinces.

Chakree Buranakanon, vice president of PTT Plc's natural gas business unit, first informed the public about the maintenance period of the Sinphuhorm gas field plant in Udon Thani from 8th-12th September 2014. As a consequence, NGV gas supply stations in Nam Phong district, Khon Kaen province cannot supply NGV gas to 37 stations in 12 Northeastern provinces: Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Loei, Mukdahan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani.

However, PTT is prepared to allocate NGV gas from other sources such as Kaeng Khoi gas station and Baan Na- Kaeng Khoi gas station in Saraburi province to the Northeast of Thailand. While stations in the Central and Northern regions will be supplied by King Kaew gas station in Samut Prakan province.

SURIN, 2 September 2014 - 1,837 Migrant workers have registered at the Surin One Stop Service since it opened on August 4th up to September 1st 2014. 

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:05

EC to plan budget spending for fiscal 2015

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014  - The Election Commission has been working on its operations for the next fiscal year, including the draft of an election law that is called for by the provisional charter. 

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014 – General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has commented on the operation of the new cabinet. Under the policy of the National Legislative Assembly, the government's responsibilities will be assigned to five Deputy Prime Ministers, while the NCPO’s role will be lessened.

Gen Prayuth has also reiterated that government authorities and working groups will perform their duties under 12 main assessments of Thai values including 1. Love for the nation, religions and monarchy 2. Honesty, patience and good intention towards the public 3. Gratitude to parents, guardians and teachers 4. Perseverance in learning 5. Conservation of Thai Culture 6. Morality and sharing with others 7. Correctly understanding democracy with the Monarch as head of state 8. Discipline and respect for the law and for elders 9. Awareness in thought and activities, while following the guidance of His Majesty the King 10. Living by the sufficiency economy philosophy guided by His Majesty the King 11. Physical and mental strength directed against greed, and 12. Concern about the public and the national good, more than self-interest.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:59

NRC application closes with 6,729 nominees

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014 – At the end of the National Reform Council (NRC)’s application period, the Election Commission (EC) reports the number of candidates at 6,729. The qualification process is now underway while the final selection will be made by September 22.

EC Secretary-General Phuchong Nutrawong stated that after the 20-day application process concluded today, a total of 6,729 individuals were found to have been nominated for a seat in the NRC by non-profit organizations. Out of all the applications received, nearly 4,000 were submitted to the central EC office and the rest to provincial offices throughout the country.

In terms of the number of applications filed in each of the 11 fields of reform, the highest number was seen in education, followed by miscellaneous affairs, social affairs, local administration, and public health and environment. The least applications were tendered in the field of media.

According to Mr Phuchong, the EC is currently cooperating with 14 other agencies in conducting qualification checks on the NRC nominees, with completion expected by September 12. The qualified names will be forwarded to the selection committees in a bid to narrow down the candidates to 50 persons for each of the 11 reform areas, or 550 persons in total. The number of candidates representing each province will also be slashed to five.

By September 22, 250 of the finalists will be handpicked by the National Council for Peace and Order as NRC members and their names are to be presented for royal endorsement by October 2.

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014 – The Ministry of Culture has opened an administration center to facilitate this year’s hajj pilgrimage by first providing help with flights postponed due to delayed visa approvals, and take care of 170 pilgrims beyond the quota.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture acknowledged that the new visa approval system of the Saudi Arabia Embassy caused the delayed issuing of visas. Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia due to go on the 30th-31st August have also been delayed and await four flights with 1,184 remaining passengers.

The ministry has coordinated with Thai Airways and Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, Secretary of the National Council for Peace and Order who deals with hajj affairs, to provide flights twice a day on 2nd and 3rd September.

Out of a total quota of 10,400 to Saudi Arabia, 5,069 persons have now arrived at their destination and 5,331 persons are in the process of traveling, while the other 176 persons with delayed visas will immediately receive further assistance.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:56

1st Cabinet meeting might take place on 9 Sept

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  - The first Prayuth Chano-cha Cabinet meeting will likely take place on 9 September before the government delivers a policy statement to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA). Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the Cabinet would work immediately after it swore in.

On 2 September, deputy spokesperson of the army Col.Sirichan Nga-thong said Prime Minister Prayuth ordered a Cabinet meeting room at Government House prepared before 9 September where the first Cabinet meeting would likely take place.

Gen.Prayuth also assigned Deputy Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpitayapaisit to work on the government’s policy statement with the focus on the economy and quality of life of the people. The premier said the policy statement would use simple and direct to the point language for easy understanding.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:52

DDPM: Floods ease in 15 provinces across Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department made known that the floods in 18 provinces throughout the country have eased but more storms and flash floods are still expected in many parts of Thailand. 

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014 -- Mr. Tim Curtis, the Director of UNESCO's Thailand's Cultural Heritage Section and head of the contest committee, has revealed that UNESCO Thailand had announced the result of the Asia and Pacific Cultural Heritage Contest 2014 to commemorate important persons and organizations, and cooperation between the government and the private sector. Forty-six projects had been submitted to the contest, and fourteen projects from ten countries were selected. None was awarded the first prize. However, the Award of Merit went to the project to reconstruct and renovate Saryazd Citadel in Iran. Honorable Mentions went to the Phraya Sri Thammathirat Residence in Thailand, the Exeter Farm in Australia, the Shri Sakhargad Niwasini Devi Temple Complex in India, the Frankton Boatshed in New Zealand, and the Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple in Singapore. Complimentary awards went to the Shahzada Hussain Mausoleum in Afghanistan, the Cape Inscription Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters in Australia, and the Rottnest Island World War II Coastal Defences in Australia.

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