BANGKOK, 26 December 2014 - State agencies in Phuket and Phang-nga will today be holding memorial services for December 2004's tsunami that killed at over 5,000 people in Thailand, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster. 

BANGKOK, 26 December 2014– The Highway Police has set up the "Highway 1193" Line ID to make it easier for the public to receive traffic information while traveling during the New Year's period. 

BANGKOK, 26 Dec 2014, - The nation's GDP will likely expand by 3% in the last quarter of this year and up to 4 % in the first quarter of 2015, says Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula. 

PHAYAO, 26 Dec 2014 - The Phayao Provincial Administrative Organization, together with several local social clubs yesterday donated 700 blankets to students and senior citizens in the cold struck Phusang District of Phayao.

Aside from the winter clothes, the team also gave sports equipment and stationery to schools in the area, which is being hit by a cold spell due to its high hilly terrain.

Authorities said the temperature in Phayao continues to drop, with the minimum temperature at 10.4 degrees Celsius presently. All districts in the province are declared as cold disaster-hit areas.

According to the officials, more than 87,000 people in the province lack proper winter gear. However, government units and private organizations have joined hands in finding blankets and warm clothes for 50,000 people. The officials are inviting public donations, both in cash and kind, to help those still waiting for help.

YALA, 26 Dec 2014 - Officials disclosed that the water levels in Saiburi River and Pattani River have recently risen by 1.5 meters.

The authorities credited the increasing water level to the heavy rains on the night of December 23rd which caused run-off in several areas of Yala Province, especially in Muang’s Tha Sab Sub-district. The run-off also cut off roads and inundated households located near the Pattani and Saiburi rivers.

Yala’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has issued the mudslide warning to locals, while urging residents to closely monitor the flooding situation.

Bang Lang Dam’s water level yesterday was 114.05 meters high. Officials stated the dam could still handle an additional volume of 50 million cubic meters. They said the reservoir's integrity currently remains intact without the need of releasing water.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:06

A bag of explosives found in Chachoengsao

CHACHOENGSAO, 24 Dec 2014 - A local in Chachoengsao Province discovered a bag containing an explosive suspected to belong to a local gang of thugs. The bomb was disposed of by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad shortly after the discovery.

The provincial police received a call that a white plastic bag containing the explosive had been discovered under the bridge near irrigation canal in Bangkaeo Sub-district, Muang District.

A squad of EOD was then dispatched shortly after the call. Upon their arrival, the officials found a bag containing a Chinese or Russian made time bomb with 50 meters of destructive radius and a smoke grenade.

The EOD decided to dispose the explosive by detonating the bomb to prevent any further danger. The operation went by smoothly without any incident. The police however confiscated the less-dangerous smoke grenade as an evidence.

Chachoengsao officials suspected that the bombs belong to a local gang of thugs who intend to use them on rival gangs but unable to deploy the weapon due to the intensified security measures of the officials during this period.

CHACHOENGSAO, 24 Dec 2014 - Chachoengsao Provincial Police have rescued more than 800 wild turtles and snakes from the local Bangkhla Plaza Market.

Director of the 2nd Wildlife Protected Area Regional Office, Yuu Senatham, and Bangkhla police officials today inspected a building at the address of 36/45 in Bangkhla Plaza Market, after being informed that the venue was engaged in an illegal wildlife trading.

Upon the inspection, the officials discovered that the building contains 717 wild turtles, 29 Burmese pythons, and 35 reticulated pythons. The police arrested the owner, Attaporn Dullayapaisan, for trading wildlife without an appropriate license.

According to the officials, those engaged in such illegal trade are subjected to imprisonment of no more than 4 years and a fine of no more than 40,000 baht. The authorities are sending the confiscated turtles to Bang Phra Siracha Wildlife Station in Chonburi Province while the snakes are to be delivered to Khao Son Wildlife Station in Ratchaburi Province.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:03

Chanthaburi to open four-nation trade fair

CHANTHABURI, 24 December 2014 - The eastern province of Chanthaburi is preparing to kick off its major annual festival to be held in cooperation with neighboring countries -- Cambodia, Vietnam and China.

The event is aiming to bolster trade and investment among countries in the Mekong sub-region and also to attract tourists to Chathaburi. It is also a part of preparation for the integration into the ASEAN Economic Community that will be soon started.

Producers of OTOP products from Chanthaburi and three other adjacent provinces --Trat, Rayong and Chonburi will sell their top quality goods while Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian vendors will also participate in the event.

The venue is the border market of Talad Ban Laem in Pong Nam Ron district. The Chathaburi governor and his counterparts from Pailin and Battambong will co-chair the opening ceremony on Thursday 25. The event will be ended on Sunday, 28 December.

BANGKOK, 24 December 2014 - The Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) has held a meeting to ponder over appropriate action against human trafficking beginning next year.

According to DOPA Director General Kritsada Boonrat, the meeting has been held in order to increase the capacity of the provincial administration officials in dealing with human trafficking issues.

33 provinces in Thailand that are located either by the sea or along the border are said to be a hotbed for human trafficking activities.

The NCPO has instructed every agency involved to strictly deal with illegal human traders to the full extent of law, after Thailand has been relegated to a Tier 3 on the US human trafficking watch list. The commitment should also be made to prevent illegal migrants being brought into the country, concluded the director.

BANGKOK, 24 Dec 2014 - A recent survey by Bangkok University has found that lower oil prices did influence Thai people to consider taking a trip during the New Year holiday.

According to the poll, 68 percent of the respondents are planning to take a trip during the New Year season. As much as 63 percent admitted that cheaper petrol prices led to them to their decision to take a holiday trip more easily. The northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai are the most favorite places for the respondents.

Traffic accidents, congestion and overcrowded tourist spots were found to be the most worrisome factors. When asked about the politicians with whom the respondents wish to celebrate the countdown most, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, former Prime Ministers Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva proved to remain the three most popular ones in their opinion.

Economic recovery, corruption elimination and solution to social disunity, meanwhile, are the most eagerly-awaited New Year gifts they expect from the government.

The survey results were compiled from the answers of 1,207 people nationwide.

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