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Royal Project agricultural fair to be held at CMU’s Conference Centre

New tourism festival in Mae Hong Son

One million possible mass lay offs likely

Royal Project agricultural fair to be held at CMU’s Conference Centre

Saksit meesbukwang
The 14th Doi Kham Royal Project Fair and Exhibition will take place December 21-23 at Chiang Mai University’s Convention Center on Nimmanhaeminda Road. A wealth of organic agricultural products will be displayed and for sale, including vegetables, fruits, flowers and foods, and painting and wood-carving competitions will be held.
Displays of advances in agricultural developments relating to the highland areas of the northern region, which may result in a reduction of opium and marihuana cultivation, will be on show in honour of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen. In general, the agricultural projects sponsored by the Royal Project Foundation are considered to be highly successful.


New tourism festival in Mae Hong Son

Hill tribe ladies in traditional costume appear at the grand opening of the Pangmapha tourist festival.

Khajohn Boonpath
Mae Hong Son’s Pangmapha district introduced a new tourism festival recently with the slogan, ‘Tribal tours, beautiful mountain scenery, cave explorations’, in the hope of attracting more visitors to the area. At the opening of the festival itself, tribal entertainment was provided by representatives of the Lua, Thai Yai, Black Lahu, Red Lahu and Lisu peoples.
Tambon Pangmapha’s administration organization is the sponsor for the tribal performances, which are being held daily. Crops grown by the various hill tribes, and also souvenirs, will be available for sale during the period of the festival, which will boost the tribal peoples’ revenues during the winter season when they are unwaged.
Mae Hong Son’s deputy governor considers that the festival has great potential as a regular event, and has promised to promote it at a provincial level in future, saying that, “Pangmapha has charm and many unique attractions such as the ledge cave, home to ancient human bones dating back to prehistoric times. The district itself is second only to Pai district in its appeal to foreign tourists.”


One million possible mass lay offs likely

A senior official of Thailand’s Ministry of Labour on Thursday expressed concern that around one million workers in the Kingdom are likely to lose their jobs in the coming months.

The Ministry of Labour predicts up to one million workers could be laid off in the near future.

Acting Minister of Labour Uraiwan Thienthong allowed that Thailand’s current unemployment picture is clouded not only by the results from the domino effect from the global financial crisis but also from the last week’s domestic political turmoil, especially the seizure of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports by the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy.
Both negative factors aggravated unemployment and tremendously affected the tourism and export industries.
According the latest official statistics, 519 companies and firms were put out of business and nearly 45,000 workers were laid off.
Another 2,000 companies are likely to lay off 83,721 of their employees in the coming period.
Because of the ongoing situation, the ministry will adjust its policies, including the budget for dealing with unemployment crisis, said Mrs. Uraiwan.
The ministry will seek a budget from the Cabinet to alleviate the effects of the lay-off crisis, she said, indicating that a budget of Bt1.5 billion is expected to be approved soon.
The budget will be allocated to meet the demand of the private sector. (TNA)



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