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Thailand Live Tuesday 20 September 2011

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Abhisit gets Royal nod

By The Nation

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has been officially appointed as opposition leader.

A Royal command signed by His Majesty the King on Friday was delivered to Abhisit via House secretary-general Pithoon Pumhiran yesterday at 3pm.

Abhisit said he would work for the advancement of the people and country.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-20

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Mahidol urged to dump alcohol logo

By The Nation

The Stop Drinking Network yesterday urged Mahidol University (MU) and its Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital to remove the logo of an alcohol company from posters and material promoting Mahidol Day.

Mahidol Day is celebrated on September 24 every year to remember Prince Mahidol, who is dubbed the Father of Modern Medicine in Thailand. The late prince is the father of the current monarch.

"As a medical school, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital should not allow the logo of an alcohol company to appear in material promoting Mahidol Day," the network's manager Thira Watcharapranee said.

He said more than 116 activists from non-government organisations and the Buddhist sector had sent a joint letter to the faculty dean, university president, and MU Council president to make the point.

Thira said the university and its Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital should stop accepting any sponsor whose logo was the same or similar to that of alcohol products.

"Other educational institutes should not recruit alcohol companies as sponsors either," he said.

Thira said if health organisations were duped into promoting the logos of alcohol companies, it would become hard for people in general to realise the danger of alcohol. He said 26,000 people were killed by alcohol in Thailand every year.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-20

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Education Ministry seek bt470 billion

By Supinda Na Mahachai

The Nation

The Education Ministry is seeking Bt470-billion for its operations in the 2012 fiscal year. This is Bt60 billion more than the initial budget plan.

"We have tried to keep the requested budget amount within the initial framework but there are many projects that we need to implement," Education Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul explained yesterday.

One of the projects was the One Tablet PC Per Child. He said this project would need Bt3.7 billion in the 2012 year. Of this, Bt700 million would be for the Office of Private Education Commission.

"But children in the private education sector will be given a choice. If they don't want tablet PCs from the state, they can choose something else from the list of items we are going to offer," Woravat said.

Previously, he said each tablet PC would range between Bt2,000 and Bt3,000 in price and Pathom-1 students would get the devices first.

Woravat said the request had already been given to the Budget Bureau, and it "may revise it down".

The Budget Bureau said the Basic Education Commission has requested Bt279.46 billion while the Vocational Education Commission has asked for Bt30.03 billion. The Higher Education Commission has sought Bt110.5 billion, the Education Council has requested Bt404 million, and the Ministry's Office of the Permanent Secretary has asked for Bt47.98 billion.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-20

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