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PRD chief invites public to join Bike for MOM

BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Director-General of the Public Relations Department (PRD) is calling the general public to attend the Bike for MOM event on 16 August 2015 to express their gratitude and loyalty to the Queen, and to take part in the Guinness Book record breaking event.

The PRD Director-General Apinan Juntarungsri revealed that the PRD has invited staff from the Guinness World Records to capture the historic picture of the Thai public's loyalty and gratefulness towards Her Majesty the Queen and the monarchy, in the Bike for MOM event that is set to commence on 16 August 2015.

Guinness World Records will scan bar codes on tags placed on participants' bicycles riding over 4 kilometers. The record breaking attempt location in Bangkok will be at the rest point of the Army Stadium in Bangkok, and at other designated locations in other provinces.

The PRD Director-General has said that the rehearsal of the recording procedures has been carried out on 2 August 2015 with some part of the process needs to be refined.

He also invited the general public to attend the event to express their gratefulness and loyalty to the Queen, and to be a part of the historic world record attempt altogether.

Gifts for Mom still bustling on 2nd day

BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The second day of “Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom” Fair, held at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market near the Government House, saw a large number of visitors of all ages since morning whereas fashion products were the best sellers.

Most of the products put up at the fair are from OTOP suppliers nationwide. Hats, bags, scarves and silks are highly popular among buyers.

Apart from goods, the fair also features a special exhibition in honor of all mothers and handcraft training by craftsmen of the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts And Crafts Center.

The fair is set to run for three weeks from August 3 to 23 with three different themes each week. The first week from Aug 3-9 comes under the “In Trend Mom&Child” theme during which mothers and their children can shop for trendy and fashionable stuff such as clothes and accessories. Highlight of the event seems to be the famous Praewa silk cloth woven in 11 patterns using threads in 78 colors .

PM: Cabinet approves THB7,000m for drought-hit people

BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, expressed concerns over the ongoing drought disaster and the newly emerging floods in different parts of Thailand, saying the Cabinet today approved seven billion baht to help farners affected by the drought.

With the new fund, the Interior Ministry and the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry will together work out a cultivation guideline for the upcoming agricultural season and the employment of farmers on out-of-farm jobs pending the new planting season.

The prime minister suggested that the hiring of farmers in such jobs should be project-based, which gives higher productivity and generate wider income distribution than hiring on an individual basis.

To deal with flooding in northeastern provinces caused by overflow from the Mekong River, the prime minister has urged provincial authorities in the region to well manage the situation. He suggested they should divert and keep the overflown water in dams for use during the dry spell which is predicted to recur later this year.

Gen Prayut also expressed his worry towards severe floods in Thailand’s neighboring Myanmar, saying that the government would hold a campaign in Thailand to raise fund to help Myanmar in line with the humanitarian principle.

The issue of homeless people was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting. Gen Prayut said that the cabinet approved housing plans for four million homeless families, especially those living by the riverside. The project will take 5-10 years to complete.

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will seek deserted empty lands possibly owned by the state, on which the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry will build permanent living quarters for landless families.

The ministry has already built houses for 1.3 million impoverished families who used to live on encroached riverside land.

Chiang Saen submerged after heavy rain

BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The water level of the Mekong river has rapidly increased and submerged many areas in Chiang Saen district in Chiang Rai province.

Abundant rain since last week has made many parts of the Mekong river overflow. In Mae Ngern and Ban Saew sub-districts, farmers have harvested crops urgently after the water flooded their farms.

The water level measured in front of the Chiang Saen district office was 7.30 meters on Tuesday, about one meter higher than the previous day. Riverside residents have been warned to move their belongings to high places and row in the Mekong river with caution. They have been suggested to closely monitor the water situation during this period.

Water conservation exhibition held in Chiang Mai Province to showcase His Majesty the King’s works

BANGKOK, 4 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is holding an exhibition to showcase His Majesty the King’s water conservation initiatives.

Agriculture Minister Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya said His Majesty throughout his life has placed great emphasis on improving the country’s water management and conservation methods and has passed on his Royal Project’s innovations to local communities. This has resulted in effective water management for agriculture and relief for drought affected regions in the country.

The exhibition features an education center on His Majesty’s work pertaining to water management and conservation, an academic forum, showcasing of various crafts, and an education center for agricultural practices. The exhibition also features booths selling products from local farmers.

The exhibition is being held at The Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai Province from August 1 to August 15.

DPM expresses condolences for flood disaster in Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR – 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs expressed his condolences for flood disaster in Myanmar at the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meetings.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn has expressed his sympathy for the current flood disaster in Myanmar to the Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, at the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The flood disaster currently covers four areas in Myanmar including the Chin State, Rakhine State, Magway Region, and Sagaing Region. Other areas have also been affected, due to continued heavy rains since mid May 2015, under the influence of the Komen Storm from the Bay of Bengal.

People affected from this disaster range between 67,000 - 110,000, while 21 fatalities have been confirmed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 30 July 2015.

The Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon has reported that no Thai nationals are affected from this incident, and assured that the embassy will continue to monitor the situation closely.

NRC proposes methods of healthcare reform for elderly

BANGKOK, 4 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has proposed methods of reforming Thailand’s welfare system and elderly care.

A report was delivered by the NRC committee on social, communities, children, youth, women, elderly, disabled and the underprivileged people reform.

To reform how the country funds welfare and elderly care, the report calls for expanding contributions and disbursements of pension funds, raising the age of retirement and supporting the elderly who choose to remain in the workforce. The report also called for improved accessibility to public facilities and better-equipped elderly care facilities, to better accommodate Thailand's aging society.

The committee has emphasized the importance of family planning and society’s outlook towards the importance of family support. To improve the well-being of the elderly, the report called for more support for family education in well-being and home care services.

PM urges public to wear Thai clothes for Mother’s Day

BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has urged the general public to wear Thai attire to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, and reminded the public to love their mother and be good children.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke with artists who had received the 'gratefulness to mother' awards for 2015, prior to the Cabinet’s meeting at Government House, to promote the sale of jasmine flowers on the occasion of Mother’s Day 2015.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives also brought in mulberry farmers, responsible for the production of silk from Maha Sarakham Province, to meet the Prime Minster. The farmers were able to express their gratitude to him, for being a continuous supporter and the model for wearing Thai Silk attire.

The farmers also gave the Mud Mi Soi Dok Mak silk cloth to the Prime Minister, as part of a campaign to encourage the public to buy Thai Silk for their mothers during the month of August.

The PM has suggested that, in addition to the preservation of the Thai weaving identity, silk producers and manufacturers should make silk products in a range of prices which differ according to quality in order to create affordable Thai Silk products for the public.

He then invited all Thai nationals to wear clothes made from Thai Silk, as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the auspicious occasion of her birthday on 12 August 2015.

He also reminded the farmers to live their lives with sufficiency, in keeping with the royal guidelines from His Majesty the King, and called on the public to show their love for their mothers throughout the month of Mother’s Day.

The Minister of Culture also brought along youths to meet the Prime Minister, to promote the ‘Wear Thai Attire for the Queen’ campaign, in keep with Her Majesty’s initiative to conserve the art and utilization of Thai textiles.

U-EMEX 2015 annual aviation safety exercise held in Udon Thani

UDON THANI, 4 August 2015 (NNT) Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani held an annual aviation emergency response exercise or U-EMEX 2015 to ensure that its provincial airport have all staff, equipment and systems ready for any kind of emergency, Director of the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Sarawut Palawat revealed during the exercise.

The exercise involved a mock-up accident in which an airplane experienced a mechanical problem at the front wheels while landing in the airport. The wheels’ failure made the plane skid off runway, causing an oil leakage that finally led to a big blast.

The exercise was conducted strictly in line with Thailand’s national emergency plan 2015 and the safety standards of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The drill embraced not only outdoor training but also involved all working groups in the emergency response system, making it a full-scale exercise from tabletop to every specific task force. In this year’s exercise, four rescuers of Laos’s national rescue team also came to observe and joined the activity in Udon Thani.

OAE is taking followup survey of income-added projects for drought-hit farmers

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) is carrying out a month-long followup survey in fifty-eight provinces affected by the drought disaster where thousands of community-initiated projects have been implemented to add more income to farmers’ pockets.

OAE Secretary-General Lersak Rewtrakulpaiboon revealed on Monday that the survey started on 13 July and will end in the next two weeks on 16 August. The team has already visited 516 projects so far.

"The projects are part of the government’s efforts to reduce farmers’ hardship due to the prevailing drought. Each community in the 58 provinces designed their own development projects in a way members of the community can replenish income lost to suspended cultivation,” said Mr.Lersak.

A total of 6,598 projects have been executed under this initiative. Each of the projects employed between 5 and 900 workers depending on the requirements of the particular project. Farmers working for the projects could earn 200-400 baht a day each, while skilled workers got higher daily wage of up to 500 baht. Some worked on a piece-by-piece basis from which they could gain up to ten thousand baht a job.

Leading members of each community, in cooperation with the Agricultural Technology Service Center, are now working on assessment of the projects before forwarding the report to the government.

Results of the OAE survey will be handed over to the ministries in charge of the projects, before being forwarded to the cabinet for use as a guidance for the project’s development in the following years.

Thailand to send initial 5m baht aid to Myanmar

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Thai government is preparing to send the initial donation of 5 million baht to Myanmar to aid those affected by the disastrous flood, while Thai nationals residing in flood affected areas in Myanmar will be assisted.

The Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Col Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said that the government is now working with the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand to provide help and relief measures for the flood affected in Myanmar.

He said that Thailand will be sending the urgent initial 5 million baht donation to Myanmar tomorrow (4 August 2015), while the Ambassador of Myanmar to Thailand is scheduled meet with the delegation of Thai government representatives, to detail the current situation in order for Thailand to provide appropriate assistance.

The PMO Deputy Spokesman said that Thailand's aid to Myanmar will depend on the severity of damage and the need of assistance, comparing the flood disaster in Myanmar to that of the earthquake in Nepal. Future damage reports from Myanmar will determine whether Thailand will dispatch help units to Myanmar or not.

In the country's cultivation areas, 27 Myanmar nations have died, while about 150,000 remain affected. There are no reports of Thai fatalities from this incident.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is set to issue a letter of condolences to the President of Myanmar Thein Sein through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The PMO Deputy Spokesman has also said regarding the assistance to the flood affected in Sop Moei District in Mae Hong Son province of Thailand, that the government had assigned the Ministry of Interior to survey the damage and to provide urgent aid to the area. Assistance operations will cover areas that have been declared an emergency situation area, while utilizing funds from the provincial budget.

Further assistance to the flood affected with the considered at the Cabinet’s meeting on 4 August 2015.

Police Chief to propose name of successor soon

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General has confirmed he will decide later this month as to who will replace him in the position after his retirement.

Asked about the selection of his replacement, National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang insisted that he needs to give the matter his most careful consideration before he can make any decision. He said he will not seek advice from other people as it could cloud his judgment.

According to the National Police Chief, five of his deputies are contending for the top post and have already presented their visions and policies. He affirmed that the name of the most suitable candidate will be submitted to the Royal Thai Police Board chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha by August 20 for approval.

Pol Gen Somyot was appointed the tenth Police Commissioner-General of Thailand in 2014 in place of his predecessor Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew. He is set to retire at the end of September this year.

PM launches new canal-side market offering Mother’s Day gifts

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The government has inaugurated a new market along Phadung Krung Kasem Canal in which visitors can shop for a wide array of Mother’s Day presents.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony for the market, which is set to run for three weeks from August 3 to 23 under the title “Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom”. Coinciding with the National Mother’s Day and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12, the market also features a special exhibition in honor of all mothers. Participants are welcome to sign well wishes for Her Majesty the Queen as well.

Products available to shoppers at the event are divided into three categories. Fashion and textile products, including such traditional items as Jok cloth and Praewa silk, can be found in the first week while motherhood products, including lactation supplements and weight control products, will be offered in the second week. In the final week, there will be home decorative items and wooden furniture on offer.

The Gifts for Mom market is the latest event under the government’s ongoing campaign to stimulate the Thai economy through a series of activities along Phadung Krung Kasem Canal adjacent to Government House.

Vietnam-US diplomatic ties marked in Hanoi

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a banquet on July 30 to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the normalisation of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the remarkable achievements reached by the two countries over the past two decades, while expressing his gratitude for the efforts made by previous generations to establish and nurture the relations.

The two countries have moved towards cooperation in various fields, the Deputy Minister said, adding that with their comprehensive strategic partnership, Vietnam and the US would contribute greatly to the maintenance of peace, sustainability and cooperation in the region.

For his part, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said the two sides have addressed the consequences of the war and discussed measures to further collaboration since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The Ambassador said he was impressed by the growth in bilateral trade, which is currently valued at approximately 40 billion USD per year, a 100-fold increase compared to 20 years ago. He highlighted that this figure was expected to rise even further once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed.

Photographs on Vietnam-US relations and the US through the lens of Vietnamese photographers were exhibited at the banquet

Vietnam to attend KL Converge in Malaysia

A Vietnamese delegation will participate in the three-day communications expo KL Converge at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in the Malaysian capital from August 27-29.
The Vietnamese delegation includes the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV), Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Vietnam Internet Association, Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS), and Saigontourist Cable Television Company.

The delegation will introduce the development of communications in Vietnam and showcase a wide variety of products and solutions in 15 pavilions.

It is also scheduled to participate in a number of regional seminars and workshops taking place as part of the exhibition.

Attending the platform for the second time, Vietnam aims to promote its natural and cultural beauty, as well as its innovations in a number of fields, including communications, information technology and television broadcasting.

KL Converge 2015, jointly organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Ministry for Communications and Multimedia, is expected to see the participation of relevant groups from other nations in the Southeast Asian region, as well as China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The exhibition aims to provide networking opportunities, popularise relevant policies, promote investment prospects, and share experiences and innovative ideas.

Vietnam receives support for forest, coastal ecosystem protection

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has signed implementation agreements with GIZ, the German Federal enterprise for international development cooperation, for two projects on forest biodiversity conservation and coastal forest protection, the Quan Doi Nhan Dan reported.

The project “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” aims to create the preconditions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Vietnam’s forests at the central level.

The project has 4.5 million EUR in non-refundable aid from the German Government via the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and 450,000 EUR from the Vietnamese government.

Meanwhile, Phase Two of the project “Integrated Coastal and Mangrove Forest Protection in the Mekong Provinces for the Adaptation to Climate Change (ICMP)” aims to efficiently manage and protect coastal ecosystems in the Mekong Delta in order to mitigate and adapt to environmental hazards related to climate change.

The ICMP project has a total budget of 8.8 million EUR, including 4.5 million EUR from the German government, 3.5 million EUR from the Australian government and 800,000 EUR from the Vietnamese government

Shanghai delegates visit Chiang Mai as its sister city

CHIANG MAI, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Delegation from Shanghai Municipal Government and Foreign Affairs Office paid their visit to Chiang Mai on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations, while the number of Chinese tourists to Chiang Mai is expected to rise to 600,000 this year.

The Governor of Chiang Mai Suriya Prasartbandit has welcomed the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress Wang Zhong, and the Thai Consulate-General to Shanghai Parichat Luepaiboolphan for their official visit to Chiang Mai, which is a sister-city of Shanghai. This visit occurs on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations.

The meeting was also attended by the head of official divisions from Chiang Mai province, while both sides exchanged opinions on activities that could enhance the cities' relations.

The Governor of Chiang Mai disclosed that the province welcomed about 400,000 tourists from China last year, while this number is expected to grow to 600,000 tourists this year.

He said that the beautiful nature and the conservation of the ancient city's layout were the factors that impressed the Chinese tourists, adding that this is the strength of Chiang Mai that has allowed conservation tourism to flourish.

The Shanghai delegate and Chinese businessmen were also invited to attend the Lanna Expo 2015, set for commencement by mid September and organized by the upper northern region provinces.

NLA reports amendments to human trafficking laws

BANGKOK, 3 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has reported that all parties have been actively amending legislation on the prevention and elimination of human trafficking.

NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said the National Council for Peace and Order, the government and the NLA have collaborated in passing many laws. The legislature is currently deliberating an additional five bills forwarded by the Cabinet to expand their jurisdiction and enforcement.

Mr Pornpetch believes the country has achieved enough progress to prevent a trade embargo by the United States.

The NLA President added that all human trafficking-related laws will be translated into English and other languages, in order for the international community to take note of the country’s efforts in the matter.

Bicycle sales increase dramatically in Nakhon Ratchasima

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 3 August 2015, (NNT) Bicycle sales have increased dramatically in Nakhon Ratchasima, reflecting the popularity of the approaching Bike for Mom 2015 event.

Records show that more than 7,100 cyclists have registered for the event, the highest number in the northeastern region. Vendors in the province are enjoying the rising demand for bicycles which has increased by 2-3 times.

A bicycle shop owner and president of the province's bicycle club, Pongsak Pipittawanitch, yesterday said the Bike for Mom campaign has boosted the number of bicycles sold in his shop by 300 percent, meaning sales of 40-50 bicycles a day at the end of July from an average of 10 per day normally. He said the most popular model is the 'city bicycle' which is priced in the range of 2,000 - 5,000 baht.

The Bike for Mom event has sparked an interest in cycling for health and fitness among members of the public in Nakhon Ratchasima.

PM asks all sides to refrain from creating political rifts

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday implored all sides to refrain from creating political conflicts and undermining the reform process in the Kingdom.

The Prime Minister made the statement after being asked for his opinion on the Foundation of Mass Public for National Reform, which was formed earlier this year by the members of now-dissolved People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

The foundation reportedly aims to promote democracy under a constitutional monarchy and to monitor the reform progress.

The Prime Minister stressed that the formation of such a foundation had nothing to do with the government, and those people involved were free to do so as long as they follow the rule of law. He underlined that the same sentiment was applicable to all other entities, individuals and factions who were planning similar action, while reiterating anyone violating the rules will be punished accordingly.

He urged all sides not to destroy the administration's efforts to create peaceful atmosphere and progress by inducing political rifts among the residents.

Floods invade farmland in Sakon Nakhon, more rainfall expected in the North and Northeast

SAKON NAKHON, 3 Aug 2015, (NNT) Continuous rainfall in Sakon Nakhon has caused flooding in several rice farms in the province. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in the northern and northeastern regions.

Officials in Sakon Nakhon reported about 8,000 rai of farmland is facing floods, especially those located near the local Huay Tung and Yam river basins which are flood prone areas.

The local weather agency expects a monsoon trough will move through Myanmar to low pressure areas in Laos and the northern part of Vietnam. It also says the southwestern monsoon will cover the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

These could result in heavy thundershowers in Thailand especially in the North and Northeast. Residents living in the Provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Tak, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom are warned of flash floods.

King Rama IV statue to be transported to Ratchaphak Park in Hua Hin today

AYUTTHAYA, 3 Aug 2015 (NNT) The 13.9 meter-tall bronze statue of King Rama IV will be transported from a casting factory in Ayutthaya to the newly constructed Ratchaphak Park in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan today at 10 AM.

The statue is one of the seven statues of ancestral kings to be enshrined at the Ratchaphak Park on the Royal Thai Army land in Hua Hin.

The statue of King Rama IV was securely loaded onto a 22-wheeler truck at the the weekend and will start its journey from the Asia Fine Art Foundry in Ayutthaya this morning.

The relocation was earlier scheduled for August 2, but was postponed to this morning. The convoy will be taking Route no.347 to Pathum Thani Province, where it will join another caravan removing the statue of King Rama I from the foundry to the same park. From Pathum Thani, both statues will travel in the same caravan to the destination -- Ratchaphak Park in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan. The park has been named by His Majesty the King, meaning the park that was built to show public loyalty towards the kings.

Reform councilor Manoon calls for clear principles behind public referendum questionnaire

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) A member of the National Reform Council has called for more clarity related to the public referendum before the corresponding questionnaire is written.

NRC member Manoon Syrian said that he has spoken with some of his fellow members regarding the principles behind a public referendum on the draft Constitution after another member, Paiboon Nititawan had suggested that the questions to be used in the process should have been written by now.

Mr. Manoon said that his discussion focused on whether or not the national reform process should be completed before the next general election.

He added that when his group proposed some changes to the draft charter to the Constitution Drafting Committee, they suggested the CDC consider holding a public referendum to ask the people’s opinion on this point.

Meanwhile, another NRC member Direk Teungfung said that he, at least, is not supporting the suggestion that the term of the National Council for Peace and Order should be extended, and worries that such an action may bring about more problems.

Most NRC members support extension of Reform Road Map deadline

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Most members of the National Reform Council have expressed their support for the extension of the Reform Road Map, which, if approved, will further delay the next general election.

NRC member Niran Pantharakit said that many of his fellow members agreed that the national reform process should be completed before the general election takes place because they are not sure if political conflicts will flare up again.

Mr. Niran said that those NRC members who feel so said that unless there is genuine confidence that there will not be any street protests or political uncertainties, the next general election should not be scheduled yet.

Under such a scenario, he said that the Reform Road Map’s deadline can surely be extended in order to ensure that Thailand will be truly peaceful.

Mr. Niran added that there are currently two ideas to back such a suggestion; the first is to ask the people of Thailand in a public referendum on the draft charter if they agree to the extension of the deadline to two years.

The second idea is for the NRC to vote to reject the draft charter in order to buy time for the implementation of all reform efforts, he said.

Thai FM to attend 48th AMM in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn is scheduled to attend the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and related meetings in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur this week from 3-6 August 2015.

The 48th AMM will be the last annual meeting at the ministerial level before the official arrival of ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015. It is therefore a crucial stage for them to discuss outcomes of the regional cooperation and finalize ASEAN’s post-2015 vision to facilitate a people-centred and public participatory achievement.

It is also a forum to discuss various agendas such as maintaining a leading role of ASEAN, developing the regional connectivity, dealing with non-traditional threats that emerge from the closer ties among member states.

Apart from the 48th AMM, Gen Tanasak is to take part in a series of related meetings with ASEAN dialogue partners such as China, Japan, South Korea.

He will join the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Meeting, ASEAN+1 Meeting, ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, as well as ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) with Japan and South Korea will be a sub-regional meeting he will attend.

Agendas of those meetings mainly focus on one-year followup on the progress of the meetings and mapping out of next-year operational plans to strengthen the efficiency of all ASEAN meetings.

As 2015 is the last year Thailand serves as coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, Gen Tanasak will meet with Chinese representatives to emphasize the roles of Thailand during the past three years before the country will change its role to a coordinator of ASEAN-EU relations this August.

Gen Tanasak will then exchange opinions with ARF foreign ministers in major issues of their common interest such as Superpowers Relations in ASEAN, situation in East Asia and the South China Sea.

MOU signed for better quality of life in Thailand-Cambodia

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Thailand and Cambodia have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the objective of improving the livelihood of the people of both nations.

The Royal Prajasonggroh Thai-Cambodia Foundation (PTC) held the 'Relations of Two Lands Thailand-Cambodia' event on Sunday, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to improve public health, education, religion and economic issues in both countries, through the efforts of both governments.

The event was chaired by Jirakhom Kitiyakorn at the Royal Thai Police Club, Bangkok.

The MOU is a binding agreement for the PTC to propel cooperation in royally initiated projects in both countries; the promotion of a better understanding among the public of both sides; the improvement of the daily quality of life, through self-sustainability; support for education, public health, agriculture, the environment, employment, and charity; the promotion of religious, cultural, and traditional affairs; the cooperation of royal affairs for the benefit of the dual economies and society; to provide aid for the public affected by hardships; and with support for projects unrelated to politics.

The Relations of Two Lands Thailand-Cambodia event, also featured a lecture on the investment opportunities in Cambodia by the Thai Minister Counsellor on Commercial Affairs Jiranun Wongmongkol, along with a business matching session.

The Prajasonggroh Thai-Cambodia Foundation was founded in 2014 with its objective being the creation of good understanding among neighboring citizens, regional economic prosperity, and the formation of a cooperative network in education, to promote Thailand as the center of human resources development in the region.

Chiang Rai donations for flood victims in Myanmar

CHIANG RAI, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Chiang Rai province has gathered donations from both the public and private sectors to help the flood-affected people in western Myanmar.

The Thailand-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC) in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai has joined hands with the Thai-Myanmar Cultural And Economic Cooperation Association, Chiang Rai Branch, to set up a donation center to help the flood-affected public in the western region of Myanmar.

The Governor of Chiang Rai Pongsak Wangsamer and the Thai TBC Chairman Col Prapat Pobsuwan of the King Guard, 2nd Calvary Division announced that he received donations of dry foods and drinking water from delegates of government and private agencies in the province. Donations campaigns have also been pursued by the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce.

The Vice Chair of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce Pakaimas Vierra has said that the ongoing flood in Myanmar has caused distressed many people, while the general public of Chiang Rai can contribute by donating to the Mae Sai border post, to the Chamber of Commerce offices in Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, and Mae Sai, or to the Mekong Riverline Unit.

She has said that donations will be allocated through to Myanmar via airplanes from Tachileik Airport, which will then be delivered to the public by Myanmar officials.

Floods in western Myanmar has claimed 27 lives, while around 150,000 people have been driven out of their homes, with Rakhine State suffering the most from this disaster.

Maynmar has now declared an emergency situation in Kachin State, Rakhine State, Magway Region, and Sagaing Region.

Better Thailand-Myanmar relations tightens ASEAN integration

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The expanding relation between Thailand and Myanmar has helped tighten the connection and integration between ASEAN countries, a MFA official says.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Vitavas Srivihok has said that the Visa-free agreement for the citizens of both nations will be beneficial to both sides' tourism and economy, while the relations of ASEAN as a whole will also be improved from this cooperation.

Thai and Myanmar nationals can now visit each other without having to apply for a visa, with the maximum stay allowance currently at 14 days. While this new regulation will become effective 11 August 2015.

The MFA Deputy Permanent Secretary has said that Thai-Myanmar relations are now very good, evident from the opening of the Consulate-General of Myanmar in Chiang Mai province, Thailand on 29 May 2015.

The Myanmar Consulate-General will help facilitate travelers from the third nations who wish to visit Myanmar, to apply for their visa in Chiang Mai. The MFA Deputy Permanent Secretary said this will help boost tourism in ASEAN, where Thailand's location is key for the region's connectivity.

Panda Lin Hui to get ultrasound scan for pregnancy

CHIANG MAI, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The veterinarian team of Chiang Mai Zoo is preparing to take panda Lin Hui for an ultrasound scan later this month following an artificial insemination in July.

The veterinarian team is in an expectant mood after Lin Hui has begun to show signs of pregnancy, such as a growing appetite, the making of her own territory, weight increase and a higher progesterone level.

Zoo visitors are also curious about the giant panda’s condition. Many of them formed a long line to detect her changes. Lin Hui is the mother of female giant panda Lin Ping – the first female panda born in the zoo and has been sent back to China since 2013.

Specialists will conduct a thorough health check-up and an ultrasound scan on Lin Hui on August 21.

Fisheries Department to hold fishermen forum on 3-5 Aug

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of Fisheries is set to hold a fishermen forum during 3-5 August 2015, in an attempt to solve the illegal fishing issue, says the department’s Director-General.

The Director-General of Department of Fisheries Joompol Sanguansin has revealed that the department will be organizing a workshop on the proper use of fishing equipment, according to each fishing zones, during 3-5 August 2015. The workshop on 5 August will take place in Krabi province and will be participated by fishermen from the provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Trang, and Satun.

He stated that using inappropriate fishing equipment that are too powerful will result in a decline of marine fisheries resources. These tools are being used increasingly and is disproportionate to the marine resources available in the entire 420,280 square kilometers of fishing areas in Thailand.

The unregulated fishing equipment has also resulted in an overlap of commercial and community fishing zones, increasing the competition in certain areas with a variety of equipment, thus causing conflict that should be resolved through clear operational guidelines.

Meanwhile, the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has assigned the Department of Fisheries to gather opinions from fishermen in various areas and submit the conclusion to the CCCIF within 7 August 2015.

Yala Private Education Office holds fair

YALA, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Yala Private Education Office has held an academic fair to promote education in Southern border provinces.

The fair, chaired by deputy governor of Yala Sayan Intarapak, features an exhibition of the academic achievements of private schools in the far South of Thailand, an English-language debate, an English-language story telling competition, an Islamic song contest, stage performances and religious discussions. Over 1,000 students participated in the fair.

According to the Private Education Office Director, related agencies need to encourage students to practice and display their academic and non-academic skills to enhance their experiences which would enable them to cope with future changes.

Winners of each competition will be able to take part in major events as the representatives of the southern border provinces. Organizers expect that the event will raise awareness of the importance of learning in students.

PM concerned over heavy rains in North and Northeast

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concerns over heavy rains caused by the monsoon trough in the northern and the upper northeastern regions. The PM instructed provincial officials to stay vigilant and prepare to issue warnings of natural disasters.

Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd said the PM’s concerns were based on the forecasts of the southeastern monsoon and monsoon trough which might cause thunderstorms, heavy rains and flash floods in some areas. Gen. Prayut therefore instructed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the Ministry of Interior and provincial units to be on standby 24 hours and promptly warn people of possible natural disasters.

The PM also commended the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for its rainfall management according to the real rainfall data in each area. He suggested that the ministry frequently update its rainfall information for efficient water management and warning.

Krungthai ATM theft suspects nabbed

KHON KAEN, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Police have arrested three Krungthai Bank employees suspected of embezzling more than 19 million baht from a Khon Kaen branch last week.

The suspects are identified as Thawatchai Samranbamrung, Sompote Singsom and Surasak Prasertsank. KTB General Services filed a complaint with police after the three were absent on July 27-31 during which time 19.7 million baht in cash destined for 17 ATMs in the municipality also disappeared.

According to the Commander of Khon Kaen provincial police Pol Maj Gen Jitjaroon Srivanit, Mr. Sompote has confessed to stealing the money on July 29, before fleeing to Laos. He was apprehended on August 1. Mr. Tawatchai and Mr. Surasak are not involved in the ATM robbery.

Police have seized 1.4 million baht in cash, five gold necklaces and over 40 currency straps from Mr. Sompote. The accused is to perform a crime re-enactment today.

“Bike for Mom” rehearsal goes smoothly

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday presided over the rehearsal of the “Bike for Mom” bike ride at the Royal Plaza where he started cycling to an army base on Phahonyothin road. Cabinet members, government officials and members of the general public also participated in the event.

A lot of cyclists donning blue showed up at the rehearsal of the “Bike for Mom” bike ride scheduled for 16 August 2015. The nationwide event is in honor of Her Majesty the Queen who will turn 83 on 12 August 2015. In Bangkok, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will lead the bike ride from the Royal Plaza.

During the rehearsal, there were military officers riding with the cyclists to help prevent accidents and provide security for them.

Government to reclaim misused land along Chao Phraya River for public use

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) In a new move to revamp land use in the capital city, the government has announced its plan to reclaim areas of misappropriated land along the Chao Phraya River.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha has instructed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and related agencies to survey houses and other constructions that have encroached on parts of both banks of the Chao Phraya River and along the canals.

Residents living in the areas of illegal encroachment will be requested to relocate. The BMA has been assigned to offer them new land plots at affordable prices. The reclaimed land will be developed for public use. Related agencies have been tasked with clarifying the objectives of the land reclamation.

According to a survey by the Marine Department, constructions which protrude into the river and canals across the capital city number 2,034, most of which are piers, pipes, barrages and bridges.

Min of Interior policy calls for provinces to crack down on drug abuse

BANGKOK, 2 August 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of the Interior has ordered the authorities in all provinces across the country to tackle drug abuse and drug trafficking in accordance with government policy.

The Ministry’s National Command Center for Drugs Elimination has instructed all governors to explore mechanisms to tackle drug abuse in their provinces. Governors have been called on to establish district-level screening centers, as well as centers for the care and monitoring of rehabilitated drug addicts.

Information gathered from these centers will be entered into the Narcotics Information System for the Provinces Agency (NISPA). The NISPA database will then be used to determine each province’s preparedness in the establishment of rehabilitation centers. Additional measures are being considered, including local anti-drug campaigns.

This involves related law enforcement agencies carrying out drug raids, extended investigations, and state administration measures. The anti-drug campaign would also raise public awareness of drug abuse among target groups, encouraging addicts to seek rehabilitation.

Public transportation operators recruited to help officials track human trafficking ring

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The Office of Social Development and Human Security in Nakhon Si Thammarat has recruited public transportation operators to fight human trafficking by asking them to inform officials of suspected activities in the province.

Deputy provincial governor Siripat Pattakul yesterday chaired the opening ceremony of the voluntary campaign, which attracted 120 public transportation operators in the area.

According to the Deputy Governor, human trafficking has evolved over the years. Traffickers now deploy various techniques tricking and forcing victims into prostitution and begging business. He said all sides’ cooperation are needed to fight human trafficking.

Meanwhile, Ms. Paveena Hongsakul, president of the Paveena Hongsakul Foundation for Children and Women stated during her attendance at the event that efforts continued to help 39 rescued Thai fishermen who had been tricked to work illegally in Indonesian waters, and to prosecute their former employers. These workers had been detained by the Indonesian authorities for more than 6 months without any assistance from their employers.

Water level of Mekong River in Mukdahan Province rises

MUKDAHAN, 2 August 2015, (NNT) The northeastern province of Mukdahan has warned its residents of possible collapsing river banks along the Mekong River, after continuous rain significantly increased the water level of the river.

The warning was made by the Governor of Mukdahan, Sakolsarid Boonpradit who also stated that small craft should be extra careful when crossing the river from Thailand to Laos PDR, because of the rising water level, the stronger river current and the timber debris floating down the river.

He instructed the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office to closely follow weather conditions in order to formulate proper measures of assistance.

Government poised to expand trade in Pakistan & Turkey

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Commerce will lead a team of Thai business operators to Pakistan next month to boost trade with the South Asian country.

According to Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, Gen Chatchai Sarikalya is scheduled to attend the third meeting of Thailand-Pakistan Joint Trade Committee during August 12 and 13 and has also planned to arrange a get-together between Thai and Pakistani businessmen during the visit.

In September, the government will host the first free trade negotiations with Pakistan and Turkey. The government intends to conclude such agreements with Turkey and Pakistan in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Gen Chatchai earlier this month led a team of Thai entrepreneurs to South Africa to explore business opportunities. The minister also convened a meeting with Thai commercial attaches in African countries to discuss trade plans for different markets.

Bright hopes for farmers as 51 million cubic meters of water flows into dams

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) Rain yesterday brought real hope to people living in twenty two drought-affected provinces in the Chao Phraya River Basin as it brought over fifty one million cubic meters more of water to main dams within a single day, reveals Deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Such a considerable amount of rainfall in a day was very satisfactory. He continued "compared to rainfall during the whole past week which brought only 202.73 million cubic meters to dams. Back in the first two week of July, there were only a hundred million cubic meters of water flowing into the dams, around seven to eight million a day on average."

As a result, he said the Royal Irrigation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has increased the rate of daily water release by one million cubic meters, from eighteen to nineteen million. The released water flowed to devastated agricultural lands and helped revive them. At the same time, more rain in various areas has mitigated the impact of the drought situation considerably.

Despite the better water situation in Thailand, Sansern emphasized that the government still requests the public to continue using water economically. He noted that water saving measures should be observed regularly regardless of the water situation as water is a valuable natural resource.

BMTA adjusts bus routes to open ways to “Bike for Mom" campaignnn

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has adjusted public bus routes to avoid transport problems on Sunday 2 Aug, the major rehearsal of the Bike for Mom 2015” rally and on Sunday 16 Aug, the actual date of the event.

On both Sundays, roads from the Royal Plaza to the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Royal Guards will be blocked temporarily, covering Si Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai Road, Ratchawithi Road, Din Daeng Road, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Phahonyothin Road and other roads connected to them.

The road closure during the major rehearsal will start at 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. whereas it lasts twice longer from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday 16 August.

The bus routes adjustment was to ensure highest safety of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn who will lead the biking event, as well as all participants.

The BMTA has set up the "Bike for Mom Coordinating Center" at its headquarters. Bus patrol officials will be deployed at crowded bus stops to facilitate passengers and manage traffic flow around each bus stop.

RID to discharge more water as rains replenish dams

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has decided to raise the daily water supplies by another one million cubic meters per day to help provinces along the Chao Phraya River.

Deputy PM's Office spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the RID has been releasing 19 million cubic meters of water, instead of 18 million cubic meters, to sustain the ecological system and support the agricultural sector and public consumption in 22 provinces.

According to Maj Gen Sansern, the RID has scaled down its water management plan as the arrival of rainy season has boosted water levels in the main dams. Thundershowers last week increased water reserves by more than two million cubic meters. Rainfalls yesterday alone added another 51 million cubic meters to the dams.

Despite the improving situation, Maj Gen Sansern commented that Thai people should be aware of the importance of water and continue to conserve water and adopt the habit of resource conservation.

Public forum to be held to find solutions to illegal fishing

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Fisheries Department is planning to organize a public forum to find solutions to illegal fishing in Thailand.

Fisheries Department Director General Jumpol Sanguansin has revealed that the number of machines that fishing trawlers are using still poses a big threat to the balance of marine life. As trawlers use machines that are non-selective in the fish they target, marine resources have quickly dwindled due to advanced fishing tools.

The Director General said there are no restrictions pertaining to the types of tools that should not be allowed in the sea. Fish and crustaceans of all sizes have so far been caught without being spared and opportunities to breed. Many fishermen have also been fishing beyond their territories.

Public opinions will be compile from the forum and proposed to the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing for consideration within August 7th.

Lotus supplies low in Khon Kaen and Trang due to drought

KHON KAEN, 31 July 2015, (NNT) The drought crisis has stymied lotus cultivation used for merit-making activities on Asarnha Bucha and Buddhist Lent in the provinces of Khon Kaen and Trang.

A lotus farm in Khon Kaen's Mueang district revealed that supplies are low due to water shortages. In order to evenly distribute the product, the farm has set the quota for lotus flowers at 1,000 per retailer, sold at one baht apiece.

Similarly in Trang, more than 20 lotus farms were reportedly affected by severe drought conditions. As a result, lotus sales during Asarnha Bucha and Buddist Lent have substantially decreased. Currently, each farm can only sell about 300 lotuses at 4 baht apiece, a significant drop from 2,000 - 3,000 lotuses in the previous years. Lotus growers said the drought-induced shortage has cost them about 20,000 baht in revenue.

Buriram Province celebrates Buddhist Lent on SroewGround walking street

BURIRAM, 31 July 2015 (NNT) Buriram Province has held its Buddhist Lent ceremony at its SroewGround walking street in order to reflect Thai and Buddhist culture.

The ceremony was held by 18 collaborating districts in the province and inaugurated by Deputy Governor of Buriram Chalermpon Ponlawan.

The walking street also held a traditional Thai dance contest as well as a candle sculpting contest with the majority of contestants sculpting candles into figures from Thai literature or Buddhist scriptures.

The Lent ceremony paraded along the walking street and was admired by an array of tourists and local people.

Thai students bag 1 gold, 3 silvers at Chemistry Olympiad

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) Thai students have put the country in the academic spotlight again after having brought home one gold and three silver medals at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Azerbaijan.

The medalists are Weerapat Yotamornsunthorn, Ruangrawee Kittichotekul, Noppasit Wittayapalert and Pakapol Prachyathammakorn from Traim Udom Suksa School and Mahidol Wittayanusorn School.

According to Dr. Torsak Luanphaisarnnont, leader of the student team, this year’s International Chemistry Olympiad was joined by 290 representatives from 75 countries. He said the students’ success can be accredited to the team’s preparedness.

Dr. Torsak added that the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and related agencies will continue to seek and support students with academic talent to represent the country for next competitions.

Colorful jelly fish appear in large numbers in Rayong

RAYONG, 31 July 2015 (NNT) A large number of colorful jellyfish have been seen near Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province.

These jelly fish have become a new attraction on the beach. Tourists and street vendors have flocked to the bridge, which is located near the beach, to see the jelly fish up close.

One beverage vendor said local fishermen told her that there were more colorful jelly fish underneath the water. Many of them are unable to float to the surface due to strong currents.

More of them are expected to appear on the surface of the water today. Tourists visiting Rayong are urged to visit Mae Ramphueng beach to see the jelly fish this long weekend.

Number of fishing boats plummets in Songkhla

SONGKHLA, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Songkhla Fishermen’s Association said the U.S. decision to keep Thailand at Tier 3 on its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report does not have any significant impact on the fishing industry in the province.

According to the Association, most fish and crustaceans caught are only sold in domestic markets and to neighboring nations. However, there are only 100 legal fishing vessels remaining at the pier.

Their landings are reportedly too small for oversea markets. Many seafood suppliers were forced to procure certain types of fish from Phuket and other coastal provinces for export to Singapore and Malaysia.

Songkhla Fishermen’s Association President Praporn Ake-uru said he is more concerned about the number of fishing boats in the sea than Thailand being kept at Tier 3 in the human trafficking report.

Several fishing vessels have remained moored since the crackdown on illegal fishing began. Only 10% of boats that supply seafood to Songkhla have been registered.

Residents warned of flash floods in the North, Northeast

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Meteorological Department has issued warnings for people in the North and Northeast to remain on alert for flash floods, as heavy rain continues in these regions.

According to meteorologists, the monsoon trough is now moving its way across Myanmar and Laos, bringing heavy rain to the upper regions of Thailand.

The southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand has also been contributing to a higher amount of rain in the North and Northeast.

Those living in the provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom have been told to brace for mudslides and flash floods.

CP All:domestic economy shows signs of recovery

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015, (NNT) CP All PCL, operator of Thailand's 7-Eleven convenience stores, has indicated that the domestic economy is showing signs of recovery, despite the ongoing global economic slowdown.

According to CP All Vice President for Marketing and Merchandising Yuthasak Poomsurakul, sales of consumable items in 7-Eleven stores during the second quarter improved over the first quarter. He believes that the momentum will carry into the last quarter of the fiscal year.

In addition, Mr. Yuthasak unveiled his company's new campaign to use popular Japanese cartoon character 'Rilakkuma'. A stamp featuring Rilakkuma will be given to customers for every 50 baht spent in any 7-Eleven store. The stamp has a value of one baht and can be used as currency in the stores. It can also be redeemed for a wide array of prizes, exchanged for tour package discounts, or donated to the Medical Development Fund at Siriraj Hospital or the International Temple in Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

Details of the road closures for Aug 2 Bike for Mom rehearsal

BANGKOK, 31 July 2015, (NNT) The Traffic Police has announced several road closures for the Bike for Mom rehearsal scheduled on Sunday, August 2.

Police said the first route includes the road around Dusit Palace, at the U Thong Nai Junction to the Royal Plaza; Si Ayutthaya Road, from the Wat Benchamabophit Intersection to the Pol 1 Intersection; and Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, from the King Rama V Intersection to the Suan Mitsakawan Intersection and Royal Plaza. These roads will be sealed off from 6:00 - 9:00 hrs.

The second route includes Si Ayutthaya Road, at Wat Benchamabophit Intersection to the Phaya Thai Intersection; a portion of Ratchaprarop Road, from the Ratchaprarop Intersection to Ratchawithi Road; and Ratchawithi Road to the outbound lanes of Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, from the First Infantry Regiment to the Sutthisan Intersection. These roads will be sealed off from 6:00 - 12:00 hrs.

Motorists can contact the Traffic Control And Command Center at its hotline 1197 for more information.




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