Security tightened at Monday cabinet meeting venue

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SURAT THANI, Oct 21 – Security has been tightened at Suratthani Rajabhat University, the venue for Monday’s cabinet meeting in this southern province.

About 1,500 police officers will provide security at the cabinet meeting on Monday, with about 750 officers on stand by.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday chaired a meeting with a joint state and private sector committee from four provinces – Chumpon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung ahead of the cabinet meeting.

Earlier Sunday, Ms Yingluck visited to Nakhon Si Thammarat to preside over a ceremony to support Wat Phrathat’s proposed listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ms Yingluck said the government is due to hold the cabinet meeting in the southern province for an opportunity to see development projects both in the short term and long term to improve lives of local people.

She then visited Surat Thani to see the Bung Khun Thale, a 500-acre freshwater lake which will be developed into recreation and eco-tourism site under the tourism development project.

The lake is also a water retention area and supplies water for irrigation. A budget of 180 million baht will be sought at the cabinet on Monday to go towards road and bridge construction.