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Hua Hin undergoes beach facelift

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 19 March 2015 (NNT) Prachuap Khiri Khan province has cleared up its Hua Hin beach as part of its city cleanup campaign.

In response to the resolution of the city committee, Hua Hin Municipality has carried out removal of 22 stalls extending from the area in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin to Khao Takiab which was previously an area allowed for small business activities.

Hua Hin’s assistant district officer said all the stall owners were aware of the objective of the city cleanup campaign and agreed to cooperate with authorities. They will move to a newly arranged area which spans more than seven kilometers. The assistant district officer added that the beach revamp is the biggest-ever task.

The beach facelift is also part of the preparation for the upcoming mobile cabinet meeting set for March 27-28 at Suan Son Pradipat Beach.


Thailand and New Zealand to double bilateral trade value in 5 years

 BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT)-Thailand and New Zealand have agreed to double their bilateral trade volume in 5 years.

The cooperation was highlighted at the meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn and newly-appointed New Zealand ambassador to Thailand Reuben Levermore. The envoy paid a courtesy call on Gen. Tanasak on the occasion of his assumption of the post.

At the discussion, both sides agreed to push for greater cooperation under the existing framework of ‘Thailand-New Zealand Closer Economic Partnership’ agreement which was inked in 2005. The two countries on this occasion set an aim to double bilateral trade value by 2020.

General Tanasak also told the New Zealand ambassador Thailand’s readiness to support the latter in holding activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year.

In other cooperation areas, Thailand will co host a ‘Senior Officials’ Talk’ with New Zealand in June while General Tanasak will be attending the ‘Thailand-New Zealand joint Commission Meeting’ in New Zealand.


DWR poised to hold World Water Day event, focusing on solutions to drought

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is ready to open an exhibition on the National Water Conservation Week and World Water Day this weekend, with an emphasis to be placed on the tackling of drought problems.

Ahead of the annual observance of World Water Day, which falls on March 22 of every year, Director-General of the DWR Jatuporn Burutpat stated that the water strategic committee chaired by Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya has assigned all water-related agencies to integrate their efforts to draw up a strategy that can tackle problems in upstream, midstream and downstream areas while sending out teams to collect data from each locality.

Given the severe drought situation this year, which has forced up to 27 provinces to be declared disaster zones, Mr Jatuporn said the goals which the government is trying to achieve first and foremost are to ensure sustainable supply of water for consumption and to reduce the number of drought-affected zones in the country, with public involvement to be highlighted. Rehabilitation of forest areas, meanwhile, has been included in a ten-year plan.

Details on the government’s projects concerning water will be featured in the National Water Conservation Week and World Water Day exhibition, which is scheduled to take place at the Royal Paragon Hall at Siam Paragon Shopping Center on March 22 and 23. International organizations, specialists and foreign diplomats are also invited to the event.


Traffic police gearing up for Red Cross Fair 2015

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) The Traffic Police is gearing up for the Red Cross Fair 2015 which will begin at the end of this month.

Traffic Police Deputy Commander Police Colonel Phusit Visetkamin has disclosed that Ratchadamnoen Nok and Si Ayutthaya roads will be closed to traffic from March 30th – April 7th due to the fair.

The road closures will begin from 14.00 – 23.00 hrs during weekdays and from 10.00-23.00 hrs on the weekend. The venue of the fair covers the areas and roads around the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn, Miksakawan intersection and Benjamabopit Temple.

100 traffic police officers will be deployed to relieve traffic congestion each day. The venue will be off limit to street hawkers and illegal parking. Visitors are advised to travel by public transportation.


Foreign Affairs Minister to join JCBC meeting in Vietnam.

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn is scheduled to visit Vietnam between March 19 and 20 to participate in the Thailand-Vietnam Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) meeting in Hanoi.

General Thanasak will co-chair the Thailand-Vietnam Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) meeting with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, during which the two sides will discuss the progress of cooperation in several areas and the possibility of enhancing collaboration in the fields of politics, security, society and economy.

Thailand and Vietnam officially established diplomatic ties in 1976 and have since continued to strengthen and expand their relations, as witnessed by regular bilateral meetings and mutual visits between Thai and Vietnamese high-ranking officials.

In terms of economy, Thailand is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner in ASEAN. Trade between the two countries last year was worth 1.1 billion US dollars. As for tourism, the number of Vietnamese tourists arriving in Thailand reportedly surpassed 550,000 last year


NRC having members remove family members, relatives from paid positions

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has reached a resolution to have all members remove family members and relatives from adviser or secretary positions.

Wanchai Sonsiri, spokesperson for the NRC whip, said on Wednesday that the resolution calls for all NRC members to remove family members and relatives from the positions of private assistants and specialists. Mr. Wanchai revealed that the resolution came about after the whip agreed to set a good example for the political sphere, by using the same practice guideline employed by the National Legislative Assembly.

The spokesman also revealed that press members in Bangkok are being invited to attend a seminar for discussing the draft of the new permanent constitution on March 28. The seminar will take place in Building Two of the Parliament.

According to Mr. Wanchai, the NRC has finished reviewing 174 sections from 315 sections in the draft charter.


Nong Khai-Bangkok, Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut railways construction expected in October

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) Deputy Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith indicated on Wednesday all survey work for the Nong Khai-Bangkok and Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut standard gauge railways will be completed within August.

Mr. Arkhom said after the day's meeting of economy-related ministers that the Ministry of Transport had reported the progress made on the railway projects as a result of three official discussions with China. In summary, China will take responsibility for the railways design, the technologies to be used, as well as the type of rail, but construction will be carried out by Thai companies. The train service itself will be jointly operated, possibly through a joint venture company. Funding will come from several sources, including state budget, loans from domestic banks and loans from China.

The survey and design works will be completed within August, after which a construction go-ahead for the projects is expected in September. Construction itself is expected to commence in October, according to Mr. Arkhom.


Singapore sends two Chinook helicopters to help Thailand fight haze

CHIANG MAI, 19 March 2015 (NNT) The Singaporean air force has dispatched two Chinook helicopters to help Thailand combat the haze blanketing the country's northern region.

The two CH-47 aircraft were dispatched along with 40 personnel and will be working with Thai authorities for two weeks to support anti-forest fire operations in Chiang Mai and other northern provinces. One of the Chinooks will be flying aerial firefighting missions that will involve dropping 5,000 liters of water per trip. The other helicopter will be shuttling firefighters to and from the sites of fire outbreaks. The first mission will be conducted as a response to wildfires that recently erupted to the north of Doi Suthep mountain range in Chiang Mai.

Air Chief Marshal Monthon Sutchukorn, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Air Force, indicated that Singapore's assistance was in accord with ASEAN's framework of humanitarian and disaster mitigation assistance.


Tak holds 7th meeting on SEZ establishment process

TAK, 19 Mar 2015, (NNT) The border province of Tak yesterday held the 7th meeting on the progress of the Special Economic Zone establishment, discussing the zone’s location and entrepreneur perks.

The assembly also discussed the obstacles, shared suggestions, and laid out a budget plan for the project.

The province is set to establish an industrial zone in the 23.84 square km of the local forest area. They also plan to build a government complex near the Province’s Ratchapat University.

The province would use the local Mae Sod Hospital as the health center for foreign labors for the time being, saying it may build a center later on.

Tak Provincial Administration Office and the Board of Investment have agreed to provide at least 13 types of benefit for vendors and entrepreneurs operating in the province’s Special Economic Zone. These benefits include tax refund, measures to facilitate monetary transactions and cross-border transportation services.

The Ministry of Transport has initially approved a budget of 500 million baht for the construction of the second Mei River Bridge. A working committee overseeing the project would soon be established, the meeting concluded.

The provincial chamber of commerce also reminded the meeting of the necessity of conducting an environmental impact assessment on the industrial project planned.


Fruits, seafood and ready-made meals are more expensive in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 19 Mar 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has acknowledged the issue of high commodity prices despite the fallen fuel prices. Meanwhile, findings revealed fruits, seafood and ready-made meals being offered in the capital are more expensive than in rural areas.

Government Spokesperson Capt. Dr. Yongyuth Maiyalarp quoted a report from the Ministry of Science and Technology as saying that 52% of Thai households earn just the exact amount to pay their daily bills, only 12.3% are able to make a regular saving, and 35.7% earn less than what they are paying out. He said people in the last group solve their problem by resorting to loans from various financial sources.

The report indicated that 41.3% of people in the Northeast were earning less than their expenditure, the rate higher than other regions.

The Spokesperson said 59.8% of the residents still find that the commodity prices in February remain the same despite the drop in fuel price. The Captain stated that the majority of the people set to become more frugal in dealing with the problem. He also indicated that generally 49.1% of items being offered in Bangkok are more expensive than in other provinces.

Captain Yongyuth said items that people want the government to keep its eyes on are pork, rice, cooking oil, ready-made meals, fertilizer, eggs, and seafood.


Cabinet endorses application for membership of International Renewable Energy Agency

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has endorsed Thailand's application for membership of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), proposed by the Ministry of Energy.

According to the Ministry of Energy, being a member of the IRENA would increase Thailand's access to information, knowledge, technology and renewable energy networks. The country will also be afforded assistance in research and development relating to renewable energy, in the forms of funds, specialists and aids such as eligibility to low-interest loans from the IRENA/ADFD funds.

Entry into IRENA would also allow Thailand to voice its opinion in various undertakings sanctioned by the IRENA Assembly and at IRENA conferences. Thailand would also be able to play a role in the administration of IRENA by sending personnel to take up prominent positions at the agency. Lastly, membership at IRENA would allow Thailand to propose projects that would benefit the country's efforts to develop renewable energy.


Cabinet endorses observer status application for Pacific Alliance

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed Thailand's application as an observer country within the Pacific Alliance trade bloc, and also endorsed the hosting of the 48th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Council Conference.

Captain Yongyuth Mayalarp, the government spokesperson, disclosed on Tuesday that the Cabinet had assigned the minister of foreign affairs or a substitute to lead Thailand's delegation to the Pacific Alliance. Thailand's application for the observer status would allow the country to carry out pro-active foreign policies, tighten multilateral relations, and provide Thailand with the opportunity to express its voice at the Latin American stage.

Capt. Yongyuth said the Cabinet had also endorsed the hosting of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) education ministers' conference in Pattaya, Chonburi from May 6-9. The annual meeting will be participated by the education ministers of 11 member countries and 8 additional countries who will come together to lay down joint policies and designate various joint activities and projects.


Security agencies inspect cameras, lighting at risk spots in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) Security-related agencies in Bangkok, City Hall officials and personnel from the Metropolitan Electricity Authority have been inspecting closed-circuit cameras installed throughout Bangkok to ensure safety for the public.

Out of the prime concern of security and safety in the lives and assets of the public, 283 closed circuit cameras and improvement of lighting have been installed at spots deemed at risk of crimes. After the spots had been fitted with cameras and lights, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon ordered assigned security-related units to ensure that the cameras are properly maintained to be in working order.

Since last week, officials have been inspecting the function of the cameras and the lighting at the 'risk spots', which include various ports, Victory Monument and Chatuchak Park, to name a few.

The inspections drew much interest from passersby, who inquired about the functions of the cameras and who were relieved to know that security agencies placed importance on the lighting and electricity feed at the risk spots. Some members of the public also said they wanted the government to continue imposing martial law, as they felt that its use has improved safety in their daily lives.


Thailand-Turkey relations upgraded to strategic partnership

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) Thailand and Turkey have upgraded their bilateral ties to the level of strategic partnership.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapagorn on Tuesday extended an official welcome to Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu , the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, who is on his first formal visit Thailand.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu , who is a guest of Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, and Gen. Tanasak, held talks on various bilateral issues ranging from economics to security, academic cooperation, and international collaboration.

The two also agreed to upgrade both nations’ relations to a strategic partnership.

Thailand and Turkey established diplomatic ties in 1958 and both countries’ relations have been close and cordial.

Turkey — a moderate Islamic nation with over 75 million populations — is also viewed as a gateway to Central Asia, the Balkan Peninsula, the Middle East and Africa.

After the meeting, the Thai Foreign Ministry hosted a dinner reception for Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu .


CDC completed review of 161 articles, to visit Chiang Mai during Apr 3-4

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee has completed the review of more than half of the articles included in the draft charter and is planning to travel to Chiang Mai at the beginning of April.

The CDC meeting on Tuesday continued reviewing individual article of the draft Constitution to check on their accuracy and completeness.

So far, 161 articles have been reviewed, excluding article 76 which calls for a minimum of one in three of party-list lawmakers being women, as it is yet to be picked up for deliberation.

At the meeting, the charter drafters also discussed the preparation for the upcoming trip to the northern region, where the CDC will bring the draft Constitution to show to locals in order to hear the opinions of residents from four northern provinces.

The trip is scheduled to take off in Chiang Mai during April 3 and 4.


International Kite Festival in Cha-am at the end of March

PHETCHABURI, 18 March 2015 (NNT) The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting public members to visit the International Kite Festival in Phetchaburi province held at the end of this month.

TAT Phetchaburi Office Director Duangjai Khumsa-ard said the festival has been organized annually for the past decade on the popular beach of Cha-am.

Mrs. Duangjai added that the sky usually becomes windy toward the end of March, which is the beginning of summer, and is ideal for kite flying. The beach also sees a large number of tourists during this time.

More than 100 large spectacular kites, said to be as big as 4 story-building, will be displayed. Many of them will come in different shapes and sizes. Some resemble animals while the others will appear in geometric shapes.

Families will also enjoy a wide range of activities and witness the world renowned kite flyers maneuvering difficult kite flying tricks. The event will be held from March 28-29, 2015 on Cha-am beach.


PM instructs related agencies to get tough with forest burners in the North

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed related agencies to get tougher with burners of forest or farming areas in another move to contain haze levels in the northern region.

General Prayut has told the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the air force, the army and the Department of Local Administration to join hands in stemming the crisis. Among the solutions include imposition of a ban on slash-and-burn farming in risk-prone areas and registration of collectors of wild food, as some of them are believed to be responsible for forest fires. Since February, 10 people have reportedly been arrested for having burnt forests or farming areas.

As a short-term measure, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment meanwhile has imposed a ban on entry into forest reserves, starting from now until April. Wild food collectors’ request for an entry to forest reserves will be approved on a case by case basis. The drafting of long-term plans will be incorporated in a national agenda. Gen Prayut said he wished the country would in the future have a special unit tasked with dealing with wildfires like foreign countries.

Provinces with critical levels of particulate matter (PM10) include Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, Phayao and Tak. Doctors estimated the number of people affected by the ongoing haze this year at 30,000 in Chiang Mai alone. In Mae Hong Son, the number of patients with respiratory problems has exceeded 5,000 since January.


Private industries are helping design vocational curriculums for Ar-chiva students

BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Education is getting the industrial sector to help improve vocational education ahead of the AEC.

The Minister of Education reported the progress to a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning. He said an agreement between the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and vocational institutions has been signed to develop an internship program.

The agreement gives vocational or 'Ar-chiva' students an opportunity to use the skills they have learnt at school in a real-life work environment. The cooperation involves more than 8,000 companies registered as FTI members.

They will help design curriculums for vocational school students. This is to assure that the students will graduate with the skills demanded by manufacturers. Those companies are also expected to lend to vocational institutions tools and teaching materials that are not available in classroom.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also stressed the importance of using English as a medium of instruction especially in the field of mechanic study as it would be useful for them when working with foreign companies investing in Thailand.


Environment minister calls for better deterrents to burning in North

CHIANG MAI, 17 March 2015 (NNT) Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dapong Ratanasuwan has called for more stringent enforcement of the law to deter slash-and-burn practices, which contribute to the haze pollution in the North.

General Dapong was in Chiang Mai on Monday to inspect the haze situation in the districts of Chom Thong, Mae Cham and Samoeng where the air particulate matter readings have exceeded the acceptable level. After his aerial inspection, the minister had a meeting with representatives of relevant agencies from 10 Northern provinces to seek measures to alleviate the haze blanketing the North. Gen. Dapong told meeting participants who gathered at Chiang Mai City Hall that more stringent law enforcement was needed to deter burning.

On Monday, the haze blanketing the runway at Chiang Mai airport caused four flights to be diverted. Two aircraft diverted to Chiang Rai's Mae Fah Luang Airport whereas the other two returned to their departure airports – Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi. It was reportedly the first time this year that pilots landing aircraft at Chiang Mai Airport decided not to land because of the hampered runway visibility caused by the haze.


Commercial attaches told to be more business-minded in driving exports

BANGKOK, 17 March 2015 (NNT) International Trade Promotion offices abroad have been tasked with implementing the Ministry of Commerce's export-driving strategy that calls for pro-active approaches in four aspects.

General Chatchai Sarikulya, the minister of commerce, handed down his policy to the commercial attaches stationed at the more than 60 International Trade Promotion offices abroad on Monday. The minister stressed adherence to the strategy that involves pro-active management of rice and farm products, cost of living, the driving of exports and the integration into the ASEAN Economic Community.

Gen. Chatchai emphasized that in order for exports to be stimulated, new markets must be penetrated and trade opportunities must be expanded constructively.

He noted that the International Monetary Fund has reduced its projection for global economic growth in year 2015 to 3.5%, and the economies of Thailand's main trading partners were growing at reduced rates. These factors have been weighting on Thai exports, according to the minister.

In addition to working harder to promote Thai businesses' endeavors abroad, Gen. Chatchai also called for commercial attaches to be more business-minded and to forge closer ties with businessmen in their respective countries.


Financial subsidy for rice and rubber farmers proves most popular among govt projects

BANGKOK, 16 March 2015 (NNT) Poll respondents gave the government led by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha a rating of 7.91out of 10 for its first six-month performance, conducted by Rajabhat Suan Dusit University.

According to the poll, the distribution of the 1,000-baht financial subsidy to each rice farmer who sold their rice to the government under the rice pledging scheme received highest satisfaction from the public among all other projects.

In terms of individual performance of each ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives was ranked second with 72.18% in public support, following the Defence Ministry coming in the first place with 74.51% of support.

The Poll was conducted among 1,632 respondents across Thailand from Feb 20-28.


MNRE speeds up wild elephant zoning to avoid CITES ban

BANGKOK, 16 March 2015 (NNT) Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, General Dapong Rattanasuwan has assigned the Forest Industry Organization (FIO) and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) to speed up a survey of wild elephant population nationwide in order to bring the data for use in the zoning of elephant habitats, said Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Suphot Tovichakchaikul.

“In some areas of the forest, wild elephant population exceeds foods and water supply, especially in the dry season when they need to come out of the forest to forage for more food in community zones,” Mr. Supot revealed, adding that the survey will help authorities evaluate whether each of the existing habitats has enough foods and water for all elephants.

He insisted that a transfer of wild elephants from highly populated areas to new habitats will be the last measure for reducing concentration of elephant population as it is difficult to do and needs information in great detail.

The elephant population zoning is part of the National Master Plan on Solutions to elephant-related problems. It is scheduled to be completed by March before being reported to CITES, hoping to save Thailand from an economic sanction by CITES.

Although the elephant population in Thailand has increased, the mammals are still facing a high risk of extinction due to the continuous forest invasion for foods and lands and elephant hunting for ivories.


Public Health Ministry distributes face masks in North, warns against heat stroke

BANGKOK, 17 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is distributing 250,000 face masks to members of the public in the nine Northern provinces afflicted by the haze. Ministry officials are also urging people to avoid heat strokes during bouts of hot weather.

Deputy Minister of Public Health Somsak Chunharas disclosed on Monday that public hospitals in the nine haze-afflicted northern provinces have readied medical supplies for patients around the clock. 250,000 face masks are being given out, and 150,000 more have been ordered.

Department of Disease Control Director-General Opart Karnkawinpong, meanwhile, said that diarrhea, food poisoning and heat stroke are the ailments that could be expected during the present period, when summer is just starting. Dr. Opart suggested that people who work in hot environments take hourly rests and drink plenty of water. If fatigue sets in, the person should take cover in shaded or cooler areas and drink electrolyte beverage.


Transport Ministry to approve budget for Ubon Ratchathani airport revamp

UBON RATCHATHANI, 15 March 2015 - The Ministry of Transport is preparing to approve a budget for the revamp of Ubon Ratchathani International Airport which was damaged by fire in October last year.

According to Deputy Transport Minister Akom Termpitayapaisit, the Department of Civil Aviation has already named the contractor who will undertake the renovation. The task is expected to take 150 days and require a budget of 69 million baht.

The face lift will focus on an upgrade of airport facilities, including the improvement of car rental service booths, souvenir shops, the food court, the runway and the jet bridges.

Ubon Ratchathani International Airport was partly damaged by fire in October last year. No one was injured. The airport’s operation remained unaffected.


Crown Property Bureau recognised with UNESCO award

BANGKOK, 15 March 2015 (NNT) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has honored the Crown Property Bureau for its successful restoration work.

The Crown Property Bureau organised an award ceremony after UNESCO announced it was one of the recipients of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The award was made for the Bureau’s restoration work at the Phraya Sri Thammathirat Mansion.

The annual awards presentation, recognizes important persons and organizations, and cooperation between government and the private sector. Forty-six projects were submitted to the contest, and fourteen projects from ten countries were selected in the past year.

At the ceremony, Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Director of the CPB, was the representative who received the award from UNESCO Director Gwang-jo Kim.


Chanthaburi seeks food donations for wild elephants

CHANTHABURI, 15 March 2015 (NNT) Buddhist monks, the municipal organization and territorial defense officials have jointly set up a food donation campaign aimed at helping wild elephants affected by the prolonged drought.

The program has drawn a huge response from local people who have so far donated more than 20 tons of fruit and more than 180,000 baht. Over 200 wild elephants are reportedly in need of food as the ongoing dry season has damaged their food and water sources, forcing them to move to human residential and farming areas to search for food.

The Chanthaburi organizers hope that the project will prevent or lessen the necessity for wild elephants to intrude on local people’s properties, which sometimes leads to elephants damaging local food gardens. The donation centers are located in two districts namely Kanghangmaew and Khao Khitchakut which are home to the wild elephants.

The money that has been donated will be handed over to the elephant caretakers of both districts who will spend the cash on buying food for the animals.


Many para rubber planters in Uthaithani forced to sell of farmlands

UTHAITHANI, 16 Mar 2015, (NNT) A number of Uthaithani rubber planters have reportedly started selling off their farmlands to raise quick cash, as latex price continues to plummet, fetching only 40 baht a kilogram.

The unprecedented low latex price has put planters in a very difficult situation. Many had held on to their rubber sheets for months, waiting for the price to go up but were recently forced to sell them at low prices to raise cash for their family expenses.

The severe drought conditions have also affected rubber tapping, making the situation even harder for the rubber farmers.

Several planters have resorted to selling off their farmland in order to make ends meet. These include those who have just started in this profession. Rubber planters are now looking for other opportunities that may yield profit.


CDC and representatives on official field trip in Germany

BANGKOK, 16 March 2015 (NNT) A group of representatives from the Constitution Drafting Committee has left for Germany on an official government invitation to learn about the country’s election system.

The visiting trip has seen the participation of CDC members, who were joined by representatives from the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Council as well as nine election commissioners and academics.

The trip, scheduled for March 15 to 20 and led by CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno, is in response to an official invitation of the government of Germany in order for the group to get first-hand information about the German-style election system, which Thailand could adopt in its upcoming poll.

According to CDC spokesman Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich, the trip would not only focus on the study of Germany’s election system but also other related elements that Thailand can make use for its charter drafting process.


CDC organizes more seminar to hear opinions of politicians and academics

BANGKOK, 16 March 2015 (NNT) The charter drafting committee has organised another seminar to hear opinions from politicians and academics.

The CDC-organized seminar on Sunday saw the participation of representatives from various political parties, including Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit and Mr. Boonyod Sukthinthai from the Democrat Party, Mr. Somsak Kosaisook from the New Democracy Party, and Mr. Sumit Sundaravej from the Thai Citizens’ Party.

CDC’s Vice President Direk Tungfung informed the seminar that the new charter consists of 315 articles although some of which have been disagreed with by the political reform committee.

He said that the same seminar will be held in all four regions of Thailand again in April.

During the seminar, Mr. Jurin said that while the new charter has to be effective in sustaining the development of Thailand’s parliamentary system and democracy, not every detail of the draft has to be totally new.

Mr. Somsak added that he agrees with the energy and labor reform but disapproves of the government’s plan to introduce a new property tax policy, while calling on more effort to resolve the issue of social inequality.


Interior ministry expedites aid to drought-hit Chiang Mai

BANGKOK, 15 March 2015 (NNT) Special operations centers have urgently assisted eight drought-affected districts in Chiang Mai province. Water trucks from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation have been sent to help them.

Around 1,000 Rai of farmland have received water from the water trucks. As for fire risks, the Ministry of Interior has instructed all relevant units to conduct fire drills in the areas at risk of fire during the dry season. The ministry has increasingly warned the public of fire and discouraged them from burning grass or waste.

Local administrative organizations have prepared equipment, vehicles and staff so that they are ready to help local people 24 hours.


More southern residents say no to violence, 4th Army Area Commander claims

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 15 March 2015 (NNT) The Fourth Army Area Commander Lt Gen Prakarn Cholayut has claimed that growing braveness among the public is resisting determined efforts by others to cause unrest in the far south of Thailand.

He said that increasing numbers of local residents have taken part in a variety of government projects such as the anti-drug campaign, road construction, and the Thung Yang Daeng Model as well as the Kampong Taqwa project, which aim to build a community with a balance between Islamic practices, local culture and laws.

“Over twenty thousand people from villages in thirty seven districts (of the South) protect teachers on their way to the schools.” he added.

The commander further mentioned the ongoing peace talks that the military is promoting, leading to discussions with many groups of people in the south including local residents, while maintaining cooperation with the Malaysian military to bring about successful overall talks.

Another peace initiative called the “Bring People Home” scheme is also successful to some extent. After two years of the project, around a thousand people have reported to authorities and had seen their warrants and summonses revoked. The government is seeking more success with the idea, by appointing village and district headmen and local police as members of the committee in order to boost the confidence of people subject to arrest warrants to show up themselves.


Prachuap Khiri Khan holds Thai-Myanmar cultural training

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 16 Mar 2015 (NNT) A cultural exchange and training course has been held at Daansingkhon border checkpoint in Muang District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

The event draws participation from 150 people, both Thai and Myanmar.

The event aims at creating understanding about cultures of the two nations which would benefit residents of both sides who often cross the border for trade and sight-seeing. The training will help ensure that they have better understanding in terms of traditions, culture, languages, and lifestyles.

The training also prepares people on both sides of the border for the opening of a permanent trading point when the ASEAN Economic Community is introduced at the end of the year.

It provides knowledge on laws and regulations such as import bans on such illegal items as animal skins and orchids.


Anti-ivory smuggling campaigns promoted on Thai Elephants Day

SAMUT PRAKAN, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is holding an event to mark the Thai Elephants Day, celebrated on March 13th every year.

This year, commemorative activities are arranged to demonstrate Thailand's serious efforts in fighting illegal ivory trade and promoting at the same time the elephant conservation as the endangered national animal.

The activities are held at international airports in three provinces namely Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai and Phuket. They feature an exhibition on Thai elephants and their habitat, efforts on elephant conservation and campaigns on anti-ivory smuggling. The exhibition at each airport reportedly received great attention from Thais and foreigners.

The Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation says his office has strongly been campaigning for tourists to stop buying ivory-made products and taking them back to their countries as it violates the Ivory Trading Act B.E.2558.

He advised people who possess any products made from domesticated elephant’s ivories to register their possession by Apr 22nd. So far, 2,600 people have registered their possession involving around 23 tonnes of ivory in combined weight. Information from the registration will help authorities curb the killing of elephants for ivory. The Director-General added that Thailand is to submit a comprehensive report on the control of trade in elephant ivory as well as the conservation of elephants to CITES by March 31st.


Interior Minister concerned about farmers’ burning practice

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda has ordered all provincial governors to raise understanding with farmers about the danger of wildfires and ask them to stop burning farmland after harvesting.

The order came in his serious concern over rising problems caused by wildfires and the burning of agricultural land and forests to make way for new crops by farmers.

The Minister said burning of farmland was more frequent in the harvesting season and causing haze and other environmental problems. He said all governors must raise public awareness among farmers about danger of careless burning and encourage them to take part in forest protection and fire control in their own community.

The minister also urged the authorities concerned to work out a sustainable approach to solve the burning practice by farmers.


Water Resources Department to review spatial data countrywide

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of Water Resources is preparing to review the spatial data across the country after statistics indicated a growing number of risk-prone areas.

According to Director General of the Department of Water Resources Jatuporn Burutpat, statistics have shown that the number of villages prone to flashfloods and landslides has soared by almost 2,000 in less than four years.

The number of villages frequently hit by flashfloods and landslide in 2011 was recorded at 4,427 across the country. The number of risk-prone areas has currently jumped to 6,300 due mainly to overuse of land, deforestation and climate change.

The findings have prompted speculations that the disaster-prone zones will be far more expansive within a couple of years, if there are no preventive plans in place. Mr. Jatuporn said the compilation of data will be conducted along with the preparation of contingency plans for local people.

The Department of Water Resources will spend its budgets for 2015-2016 on the installation of 895 disaster warning systems for villages in 28 provinces in the central, northern, and western regions. The first batch of disaster warning systems will be installed at 493 stations covering 1,584 villages this year. The other batch of equipment will be installed in 402 stations to cover 1,509 villages next year.


Surat Thani pushes forward eradication of drug abuse in youth

SURAT THANI, 13 March 2015 (NNT) Surat Thani province is proceeding with the move to prevent youth in risk groups from getting involved with drugs and vices.

Deputy Governor of Surat Thani Wichawut Jinto held a meeting to discuss the prevention and elimination of drug abuse found in the province. Emphasis was placed on the effort to stop the spread of drug addiction and involvement with vices among youth who are considered vulnerable, in compliance with the first strategy of the drug prevention and protection plan 2015.

The strategy mainly focuses on building an immune system for young children at child development centers and kindergartens through the telling of moral stories and the discouragement against drug experimentation.

The strategy also aims to improve the capabilities of educators and school staff in order to allow them to help protect teenagers at schools from drug involvement more effectively. Outside classrooms, there will be a program that seeks to empower youth, especially vulnerable ones, to be able to abstain from narcotic substances while anti-drug seminars and volunteer activities will be open to them as well.


DWR speeds up early warning system development on 3G network

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is now working to develop a detection and warning system to safeguard the public from flash floods and landslides through the utilization of the 3G network for the risk areas, says the DWR Director-General.

The DWR Director-General Jatuporn Buruspat has announced that the DWR is now developing an early warning system that will be used to safeguard the public from flash floods and landslides, in the villages situated in risk areas nationwide.

The new early warning system is expected to have a higher performance when compared to the previous version. This new system will be utilizing the 3G network and smartphone applications that will provide reports that monitor the situation and notifications.

The DWR Director-General has said that this early warning system will relay notifications to the public, and reports to the central unit once the system detects a rain precipitation that exceeds 100 millimeters.

The warning levels will be categorized into three levels, including green, yellow and red. The green level signifies that the situation is being monitored closely. The yellow level is a warning for the public to be prepared. The highest level, the red level, means the public are advised to evacuate the area.

This new early warning system has already been installed at 1,052 stations, covering 3,207 villages in 50 provinces.


Thai and Cambodian ministers discuss anti-human trafficking cooperation in New York

NEW YORK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) Minister of Social Development and Human Security Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew met with Cambodian Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women Meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, the United State.

The discussion focused on Thai-Cambodian cooperation in the suppression of human trafficking, following an MoU on Anti-Human Trafficking and Victim Protection that the two countries signed last October.

The two ministers agreed to jointly set up a data system of people who cross the common border in order to prevent illegal migrants from Cambodia to cross into Thailand. So far illegal workers from Cambodia have led to the problem of human trafficking and illegal employments in Thailand.


DDPM steps up nationwide operations to tackle droughts

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda has ordered the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) and offices concerned to step up assistance for drought-hit people as the situation in various areas is getting worse.

The DDPM has integrated its operations with local administrative organizations in 105 districts in twenty three provinces which have been declared ‘drought disaster zones’.

Those units work to prioritize water allocation aimed to satisfy public consuming purposes rather than agricultural use.

Local officials have also been assigned to keep people informed about the situation and explain them the government’s water allocation plan in order to avoid conflicts possibly occurring from unequal water allocation.

DDPM Director-General Chatchai Phromlert has ordered local DDPM offices to support related authorities with water pumps, machinery and staff to hustle the operations especially in northern provinces.


Moral Promotion Center has hope and some concern for Thailand's future

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Moral Promotion Center, which is a public organization, today held a press conference stressing that society needs stronger morality as an organization spokesperson said there has been a growing number of cases of questionable behavior among Thai people.

Mr. Poldej Pinprateep, the Chairperson for the 7th National Moral Assembly, stressed that the work of the present temporary military government is cleaner, especially regarding corruption cases. He also mentioned that since next year’s general election is assumed to take place on either February or March 2016, the Thai public should consider three criteria when considering candidates. These include the following: 1. Elected officials should have an honest livelihood in which their source of income and occupation must be clearly identified. 2. Elected officials must pay taxation to the government and must be honest and transparent about the amount of their income and must pay taxation according to the money they have received 3. Elected officials must have clean history and no criminal records.

Mr. Poldej stated that if Thais choose a leader who possesses good morality, and does not simply vote for people from according to a certain party or due to their fame, Thai society will be better.

The Moral Promotion Center also proposed that Thai society should improve its overall morality in other ways. The organization has identified 49 agencies of all sorts that can help uplift the morality of Thai society including spiritual leaders from all religions, major ministries, public organizations such as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thai Health, The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), The electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGA), The Thai Chamber of Commerce, The Royal Thai Police, and top universities as well.

The Moral Promotion Center also has proposed a "Moral Village", a "Good Moral Hospital", and other projects, and these and other related topics will be further discussed in the 7th National Moral Assembly, a biannual event that will take place this coming 25-26 March at The Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road.

For those who would like to learn more about morality, they can contact The Moral Promotion Center (Public Organization) office by calling 02-644-9900 or www.moralcenter.or.th


2 high-ranking officials involved in G to G rice deal get fired

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce has fired two high-ranking officials for their involvement in the graft-ridden government to government rice deal approved during the previous government.

The move came in response to the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s decision to file charges against 21 politicians, civil servants and business operators for facilitating the two G-to-G rice deals said to be plagued by fraud. According to the Ministry of Commerce, the two officials had allegedly allowed unauthorized Chinese private operators to get the G to G rice deal, causing huge damage to the country.

The officials who have immediately been expelled from the civil service are deputy director-general of the Department of Foreign Trade Tikhumporn Natvaratat and former director of the Rice Trade Administration Bureau Akarapong Dipavajra. The Ministry of Commerce has also discontinued the pension of former director-general of the Department of Foreign Trade Manas Soiploy who was also involved in the scam.

The Ministry will later file legal lawsuits against the three. The accused can lodge an appeal within 30 days.


Haze-causing hot spots detected in 42 provinces

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has detected several small areas with a relatively high temperature known as hot spots which might be the cause of the ongoing haze crisis in the North.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Suphot Tovichakchaikul disclosed that 209 hot spots have been found in 42 provinces across the country, adding that these spots may be the source of wildfires and haze in Myanmar and northern Thailand.

The Pollution Control Department meanwhile reported levels of small particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) have declined in many parts of the North.

Areas where levels of PM10 remain above the safety level of 120 micrograms per cubic meter include Mae Sot district in Tak province, Muang district and Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, Muang district in Chiang Mai province and Muang district in Mae Hong Son province.

Local people have been urged to refrain from slash-and-burn farming in order to lessen the intensity of the crisis.


Gulf of Thailand abundant in marine lives after restriction period was introduced

SAMUT PRAKAN, 13 March 2015 (NNT) The Upper Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center has revealed that marine lives the Gulf of Thailand have increased since the introduction of a new restriction period last year.

Marine Fishery Research and Development Bureau Director Manoj Rungratri said the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has mandated that certain fishing tools must not be used in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand.

The prohibition is intended to protect juvenile marine lives off the coasts of Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao and Chonburi from June to July for a period of three years beginning from the date of announcement.

The rule has been enforced since last year and will expire in 2016. The move is aimed at allowing marine animals to breed and grow during this period, especially mackerels which are commercially valuable fish to Thai economy.

According to a survey by the Upper Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center, the number of marine lives as well as their size has increased. More fishermen have been satisfied with the results and complying with the regulations.


Yala tightens security following intelligence tip off

YALA, 13 March 2015 (NNT) Yala Police have raised security levels in various places following intelligence tip-offs.

Yala Police Superintendent, Police General Jamlong Suwalak said security has been tightened in Muang district of Yala.

Security officials have been told to be thorough when checking people, particularly those trying to hide their faces, and vehicles entering the area.

They have also been told to be vigilant when patrolling the streets and be ready to use a weapon to defend themselves if they are being attacked.

The Superintendent also said a fire extinguisher or a can might be used to contain explosive materials which could be hidden inside some vehicles.


PM presided over Wharton Global Forum and will travel to Japan today

BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the 47th Wharton Global Forum Bangkok which is held to explore strategies addressing aspirations and risks faced by the world’s economy.

The Prime Minister also delivered a speech under this year’s theme ‘Asia in a Borderless World’. The event, which is held from March 12th- 14th, provides a venue for high profile economists, academia and government officials to exchange their views on emerging industries, ASEAN’s basic infrastructure, regional tourism and renewable energy.

General Prayut and his entourage are expected to travel to Japan at noon from Don Muang Airport. They will be attending the United Nations’ conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai today and tomorrow.


Thailand and Belarus agree on visa waiver for diplomats and state officials

BANGKOK, 12 March 2015 (NNT) As a way to encourage future exchanges of visits with each other, Thailand and Belarus have exempted visa requirements for diplomatic and government officials while setting eyes on expanding cooperation in trade and investment. Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai has met with Mr Valery Sadokho, Ambassador of Belarus to Thailand, in order to discuss the promotion of diplomatic relations as well as economic cooperation between the two nations.

On behalf of his country, the Belarusian Ambassador expressed interest in seeking new export channels in Thailand for Belarusian products, such as potash fertilizers, car tires, trucks and tractors. Thailand, on the other hand, is intent on exporting rubber products and processed agricultural goods to Belarus.

The delegates also signed an agreement on the mutual exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

The visa waiver is considered significant to the tightening of friendship between the two sides and is aimed at persuading their state officials to visit each other’s country more frequently. Thailand and Belarus officially established their diplomatic ties on July 21, 1992. Last year, bilateral trade was worth over 78 million US dollars while nearly 14,000 visitors to Thailand came from Belarus


First Common Ticketing System to be launched in Jan-Feb 2016

 

BANGKOK, 12 March 2015 (NNT) The first common ticketing system is expected to be launched in Bangkok on a trial basis in next Jan or Feb, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said on Thursday.

Prajin said that the Office of Transport Policy and Planning (OTP) has signed a 42-month long contract worth 388 million baht hiring the BSV Group comprising Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc, which operates BTS trains, Smart Traffic Co and Vix Mobility Co., to install the common ticketing system.

The system allows easier and faster transit and interchange in the capital which possesses multiple transit modes. Its first phase will cover BTS trains, expressways, BRT and NGV buses, MRT Purple Line (Bang Yai-Bang Sue) and will later be expanded to the rest including the Airport Rail Link, intercity motorways and passenger boats on the Chao Phraya River in 2017-2018. Ticket prices in all transit modes are also expected to be reduced due to the new system.

According to the minister, the Transport Ministry will propose to the cabinet an establishment of a committee to supervise the common ticketing policy. Meanwhile, a private company with 40% of its shares to be owned by the government, will be set up to ensure the efficiency of the clearing house management in revenue collection. Out of the 600-million-baht capital of the company, 244 million baht will be spent on the development of interchange facilities.


NACC pushes on with impeachment of former MPs

BANGKOK, 12 March 2015 (NNT) The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is proceeding with the impeachment motion against 250 former MPs who were involved in the illegal amendment of the previous charter.

NACC Secretary-General Sansern Poljiak revealed that the anti-graft agency has resolved to indict the 250 former MPs from the previous government for their approval of a charter amendment bill that would alter the Senate’s composition. He said the commissioners perceived the ex-parliamentarians’ vote on the bill as an abuse of their constitutional power and agreed that they should be subject to impeachment. If impeached, they would automatically receive a five-year political ban.

The NACC has categorized the accused into different groups based on the nature of their wrongdoing. Case files and evidence are being prepared and the agency is expected to begin submitting them to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation in the next 15 days.

Despite the NLA’s decision not to impeach 38 former senators over their passing of the same bill, NACC Commissioner Wichai Wiwitsewi insisted that the impeachment case against the 250 former MPs is different in context.

Meanwhile, the NACC has also received a piece of information suggesting that some of the then-MPs were casting votes for each other, which would be considered a criminal violation. The agency is working to investigate the matter.


EC disagrees with CDC on setting up new election agency

BANGKOK, 13 Mar 2015, (NNT) The Election Commission said it disagreed with the Constitution Drafting Committee’s decision to establish a new agency to oversee and manage the election process.

The Constitution Drafting Committee yesterday invited the Election Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman and the Human Rights Council for their inputs, acknowledging their roles in the new charter.

The constitution drafting committee has planned to establish a new commission in place of the EC, and to merge the Office of the Ombudsman and human rights council into the ‘Office of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Protection’.

Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, an election commissioner, said he disagreed with the establishment of the new unit, claiming it would likely be a target of political influence. He backed his claim by saying that the origin of the new agency, which calls for a high ranking government official to select its members, is susceptible to corruption.

Instead of having just one person selecting the members, Mr. Somchai suggested that the charter drafting committee consider allowing the election commission to handle the selection process, with the right to dismiss unqualified members.

He stressed that his agency did not wish to hold on to the power, and that it simply wanted to help effecting the fairest possible election immune to the vote buying and political intervention.

Meanwhile, Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara, a human right committee member, said he disagreed with the merging, as the 2 agencies have different operating directions which will probably lead to internal conflicts in the future.


Tawilwadee: CDC has yet to hold public hearing on the new charter

BANGKOK, 13 Mar 2015, (NNT) One of the Constitution Drafting Committee members, Tawilwadee Bureekul, has stated that the committee has yet to decide if it would hold a public hearing on the new charter in the near future.

She said that her agency is upholding the rights of the people in voicing their opinions on the charter. Ms. Tawilwadee underlined that the existing draft can still be amended further.

According to her, this charter highlights the rights to vet the administration and legislation by means of impeachment. It also provides mechanism for public scrutiny, closes social gaps, and creates fairness and unity.

The new charter has 4 parts, with a total of 315 acts. At the moment the new constitution is being reviewed for possible amendment, refinement and overall clarification.

She also indicated that the drafting committee has yet to decide whether it would hold a public hearing in the near future, adding however that the forum gauging the public approval on the new charter would be organized.


 

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International Kite Festival in Cha-am at the end of March

PM instructs related agencies to get tough with forest burners in the North

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Commercial attaches told to be more business-minded in driving exports

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More southern residents say no to violence, 4th Army Area Commander claims

Prachuap Khiri Khan holds Thai-Myanmar cultural training

Anti-ivory smuggling campaigns promoted on Thai Elephants Day

Interior Minister concerned about farmers’ burning practice

Water Resources Department to review spatial data countrywide

Surat Thani pushes forward eradication of drug abuse in youth

DWR speeds up early warning system development on 3G network

Thai and Cambodian ministers discuss anti-human trafficking cooperation in New York

DDPM steps up nationwide operations to tackle droughts

Moral Promotion Center has hope and some concern for Thailand's future

2 high-ranking officials involved in G to G rice deal get fired

Haze-causing hot spots detected in 42 provinces

Gulf of Thailand abundant in marine lives after restriction period was introduced

Yala tightens security following intelligence tip off

PM presided over Wharton Global Forum and will travel to Japan today

Thailand and Belarus agree on visa waiver for diplomats and state officials

First Common Ticketing System to be launched in Jan-Feb 2016

NACC pushes on with impeachment of former MPs

EC disagrees with CDC on setting up new election agency

Tawilwadee: CDC has yet to hold public hearing on the new charter

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