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NARATHIWAT, July 16 --  The peat swamp forest in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat continues burning with a persistent smouldering fire for the fifth day despite heavy rain last night.

BUENG KAN, July 16 --  Typhoon Rammasun is impacting many provinces in the Thailand's Northeast, while the South is facing heavy rains and big waves.

BANGKOK, July 15 -- The study centre to prepare for ASEAN Community 2015 under the Thai Ministry of Interior has pushed forward toward readiness for regional reality beginning in late 2015.

Permanent-Secretary for Interior Wiboon Sanguanpong told journalists yesterday that the ministry’s ASEAN centre is working to prepare the Thai public and government workers for the forthcoming ASEAN Community in accord with the policy of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

As part of the preparation for the ASEAN Community 2015, the Interior Ministry’s ASEAN centre will focus on eight key strategies including improving the country’s competitiveness in products, services, trade and investment, improving the quality of life and social protection, as well as developing infrastructure and logistics, developing human resources, improving laws and regulations, creating knowledge and understanding of ASEAN and its significance among the Thai people, improving internal security and increasing ASEAN connectivity by developing community potential.

BANGKOK, July 16 -- Thailand’s Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday met together to discuss the country's readiness ahead of the ASEAN Community (AC) integration, focusing on how to solve conflicts peacefully in order to demonstrate to the rest of the ASEAN member states Thailand's leadership role.

BANGKOK, July 16 -- Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has set up a supervisory centre to prepare Thailand's political, economic and social sectors for participation in the imminent ASEAN Community.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is trying to restore confidence to reclaim its role as the top tourist destination title from Kyoto, Japan.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul said Bangkok lost its top tourist destination championship to Kyoto and fell to the third position (in Asia - and out of the top 10 in the world) in a survey by the Travel + Leisure magazine this year because of continuing political demonstrations.

Bangkok’s city hall will discuss efforts to restore confidence among tourists with operators of five-star hotels whose client numbers have dropped by half, he said.

The BMA will join with concerned organizations in the government and private sectors to restore confidence. It will explain Thailand’s local situations to participants in international conferences in Bangkok including those in the International Publishers Association Congress that was postponed from last year to September this year due to the political situation, the 3rd Lower Mekong Tourism City Mayors’ Summit this November and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) next February.

In addition, city hall will organize activities to promote tourism, especially annual activities in the winter including music-in-the-park and fashion street events. It will also organize food festivals because Thailand is well-known for its food.

Such activities are likely to woo tourists back to Bangkok, Amorn said.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:35

BoT closely manages baht value

BANGKOK, July 15 -- The Bank of Thailand (BoT) gave assurances today that it was keeping the value of the baht at a the level that would neither obstruct Thai economic growth and trade nor affect confidence.

BANGKOK, July 15 -- The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) is preparing to conduct the Thailand Research Expo 2014 in Bangkok in August.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:57

Three therapeutic Thai innovations unveiled

BANGKOK, July 15 -- King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang has introduced three innovative therapeutic aids that can be used with computers, tablets and smart phones.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:54

Progress made on PDRC attack case

BANGKOK, July 15 -- Headway has been made in the February case in which M-79 grenade landing in front of a discount store near the protesting site of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), killing 3 people.

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