BANGKOK, Aug 29 -- Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday told Thailand's army officers to be proud of serving the country and also asked them to stay united, loyal to the monarchy and to stay as good model to the people.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 10:16

PM: Thailand welcomes foreign investment

BANGKOK, Aug 28 --  Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has told a Japanese businessman that Thailand is undergoing its reform process to include foreign investment facilitation, and has been assured that Japanese are ready to invest in the country as long as it is peaceful and stable.

BANGKOK, Aug 27 -- Col Winthai Suvaree, deputy spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), allayed farmers' concerns that the release of government rubber would further lower rubber prices. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:33

Thai exports decline 0.85% in July

BANGKOK, Aug 27 -- The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), said that the value of Thai exports was recorded at US$18.8 billion in July, falling by 0.85 per cent, according to Duangkamol Jiambutr, DITP deputy director-general, 

RANONG, Aug 27 -- Private business interests in Thailand's southern province of Ranong is proposing a revived 'Thai Canal,' or Kra Isthmus Canal project to Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha for consideration.

Nit Ouitekkeng, advisor to the chair of the Ranong Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber, the industrial council and the tourism association of Ranong will call for the revival of the project for the new government to consider.

Mr Nit said that many governments had considered the project but finally shelved it. He said it was a mega-project that would benefit the national economy.

He claimed the project was stalled due to the political problems.

Mr Nit said that the Kra Canal would be a shortcut between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and Thailand would become an important location of transport between both oceans.

The project would lead to industrial and commercial development in southern Thailand, he said.

He referred to new deep-sea ports, electric railways, east-west highways, refineries, oil depots, and water and power supply facilities.

The Thai Canal, formerly known as Kra Canal or Kra Isthmus Canal, refers to a plan for a large canal that would cut through southern Thailand at Ranong province to enable improved transportation in the region.

BANGKOK, Aug 27 -- Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the Thai-European Business Association that the business community should not worry as the government and NCPO are continuing support of trade and investment relations with foreign investors.

NARATHIWAT, Aug 27 -- Security at Narathiwat Airport in this southern province was beefed up today to ensure the safety of 577 Thai Muslims set to leave for the Hajj pilgrimage to Madinah en route to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.    

BANGKOK, Aug 26 -- the Thai police will use digital billboards to communicate information on missing people and stolen vehicles after its successful trial use.

Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung, national police chief-elect, signed an agreement with representatives of the Thai General Insurance Association, the Mirror Foundation and Plan B Media Co for screening such information on digital billboards in Bangkok.

Gen Somyot said the information dissemination via digital billboards at intersections and mass transit rail stations was intended to eliminate room in society for those commit crimes.

The Thai General Insurance Association offers Bt1.4 million bounties for those providing clues to the arrests of 50 major car thieves.

Rewards ranged from Bt15,000 to 50,000 per case.

Information on missing persons will also be screened on digital billboards as such communication has led to finding many missing persons.

Car theft remains rampant in Thailand due to demand in neighboring countries and the Thai public's demand for used auto parts and used vehicles illegally assuming the registration of vehicle wrecks.

Police are searching for about 600 vehicles with such illicit registration.

One outcome of the meeting is a planned ASEAN force for humanitarian missions.

Thailand's Defence Forces chief Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn presided over the opening ceremony at a Bangkok hotel. 

BANGKOK, Aug 26 -- Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), today told the council's 12th meeting at Army headquarters that despite the formation of his government, NCPO would continue to function, but it will exercise its authority only when it is necessary to maintain security and order. 

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