Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:21

Thailand on alert for flooding

BANGKOK, July 15 -- Thais in many provinces braced themselves for flooding due to persistent rains while the Meteorological Department warned of heavy downpours in some areas in the next few days.

BANGKOK, July 15 -- Thai authorities were arranging for the evacuation of Thai citizens from Israel, Libya and Kenya, where rising unrest has caused insecurity and the loss of livelihood.

BANGKOK, July 15 -- Thai health authorities are ready to deliver free flu shots to 3 million individuals “at risk” by the end of this month, after up to 41,000 people fell ill with the disease in the first half of this year.

BANGKOK, July 14 -- There were no reports of casualties among Thai nationals in Israel as fighting between Israel and the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip continues, according to Sek Wannamethee, director-general of Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Information Department. 

BANGKOK, July 14 -- The Thai authorities are expected to arrest more persons suspected of committing a series of attacks on demonstrators against the former government of Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this year after detaining a suspected attacker about a week ago, said deputy national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung. 

BANGKOK, July 12 --  Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and acting Foreign Affairs Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow on Saturday briefed the Thai ambassador and consul generals based in China about the current political situation in the kingdom.

BANGKOK, July 14 - Public health officials throughout Thailand have been instructed to be on alert for the possible spread of dengue fever, especially during the current rainy season, after 13 persons died since the beginning of the year, according to Dr Narong Sahametapat, permanent secretary for public health. 

BANGKOK, July 12 --  Buddhists throughout Thailand early on Saturday flocked to temples to make merit on Buddhist Lent Day, wishing for bright prospects and happiness.

BANGKOK, July 14 -- Six one-stop service centres in Bangkok, designed to facilitate migrant worker registration, will open tomorrow until August 14, according to Sumet Mahosot, Director-General of the Labour Ministry’s Employment Department. 

BANGKOK, July 14 -- The recent establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) by Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will benefit Thailand’s trade and investment in future, according to Kalaya Sirikul, director of Thailand’s International Trade Promotion Office in Moscow.

Thailand, as a centre of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), has enjoyed warm relations with Russia for 117 years should benefit from the EEU, signed by the three countries in late May. The agreement becomes effective on January 1, Ms Kalaya said.

The three countries have a combined population of 170 million and are undoubtedly large in terms of the global economy, she said. The EEU would help push Russia and the two others to play a larger role.

Russia has started playing prominent roles in a number of Asian countries including China, India, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia recently, she said, adding that Thailand which is considered as the centre of ASEAN should speed up considering what merchandise and services it could offer to Russia during the next three to five years.

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