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Phitsanulok farmers start planting rice as rainy season arrives

PHITSANULOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - Local farmers of Phitsanulok Province have started growing rice as the rainy season arrives.


Rice farmers of Bang Rakam District in the province began preparing their farmland with ploughs following a couple of rainy days in the area which have helped moisten the soil ready for the planting season.

Mrs. Ngern Jubkeaw, a native of Bang Rakam and owner of a 22 rai farmland, said that the rain has softened the soil, a blessing for seeding. She said that the planting season could have started a month ago; however, the unusually hot summer during the past few weeks had proven unfavorable for agriculture as it caused various canals to dry up.

She has chosen to plant Jasmine fragrant rice, saying the crops bear the most expensive price tag in the market.

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China expects continuity in Thai ties
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BEIJING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- China hopes that communication and cooperation with Thailand will continue despite changes of the political situation, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said Monday.

Qin told a daily press briefing that the Chinese embassy in Thailand has been operating as usual and performing its due duties, but he declined to offer any details about the contact between China and Thailand.

"We are watching the situation closely," Qin said.

He said as a friendly neighbor of Thailand, China hopes that all parties will show restraint and resolving issues through dialogue and consultation.

The Thai military on Thursday seized control of the country following months of unrest and widespread protests in capital city Bangkok and other parts of the nation.

The military announced on Saturday that it had detained ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra, former cabinet ministers and protest leaders.

Thai Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday promised to appoint an interim Prime Minister and set up cabinet, but did not give any timeframe. (Xinhua)

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NCPO: Economic policies will be announced next week

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says the state budget for the next fiscal year will be decided on within the normal schedule and that it will announce its economic policies next week.


Deputy NCPO Chief Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, who is in charge of economic affairs, said after his meeting with the Finance Ministry that the economic policies he discussed will be announced in the following week, adding that the next fiscal budget plan, which starts on October 1st, would be drawn up as usual.

As for the rice scheme, he said payments of 90 billion baht to rice farmers under the rice pledging program would help boost economic growth by 0.2 percentage point this year.

Meanwhile, Somchai Sujjapongse, Director-General of the Fiscal Policy Office, has disclosed that the NCPO will roll over corporate, income and valued-added tax rate cuts, which would otherwise expire this year, and has no plans to impose any capital controls.

He also made known that the military government would go ahead with some projects now halted under the 2 trillion baht infrastructure and 350 billion baht water management plans.

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Indian woman caught at Suvarnabhumi Airport smuggling drugs

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - Customs officials at Suvarnabhumi International Airport have arrested an Indian woman who was found to be smuggling 1.62 kilograms of crystallized methamphetamine or ‘ya ice’ worth a total of 6.5 million baht.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729452-indian-woman-caught-at-suvarnabhumi-airport-smuggling-162-kg-ya-ice/

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A Vietnamese fishing boat sunk after it was run into by a Chinese vessel amid ongoing territorial dispute in S.China Sea /The Nation


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Navy chief meets Permanent Secretaries to outline work; 1st Army Region Commander seeking pesons failing to report on NCPO orders /MCOT

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RT @leesebkk: #Thailand's MICT officials claim no pressure yet placed on department to crackdown on websites critical of coup. "We follow process"

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Thai coup’s effect on Cambodian tourism still uncertain

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BANGKOK: -- The Cambodia Daily reported that the Sports and Tourism Ministry of Thailand has been biting its nails since the country’s military declared a coup on Thursday and imposed a nighttime curfew, but a Cambodian official said Sunday that it is too soon to say whether the lock-down will have a knock-on effect on tourism across the border.

The newspaper quoted Pornthip Hirunkate, the vice president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, as saying in a press interview on Saturday that warnings against travel issued by foreign embassies would serve as a grave threat to the country’s tour­ism industry.

He said more than 50 nations have already issued travel warnings to avoid visiting the country. “We need to have a new government as soon as possible. If not…we eventually would suffer a greater negative impact.”

In Cambodia, however, Tith Chantha, a director-general in the Ministry of Tourism, said the only group of tourists whose numbers have dropped in the wake of last week’s coup was Thai nationals.

“Thai tourists have definitely declined, but there has been no decline in other guests entering the country,” Mr. Chantha said.

Asked whether that could change if military rule in Thailand was prolonged, Mr. Chantha was circumspect. “Let’s wait and see,” he said.

Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents, said that the situation in Thailand and the perception it creates internationally could ultimately lead to an increase in tourists coming to Cambodia.

Source:http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thai-coups-effect-cambodian-tourism-still-uncertain/

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Vietnam hopes for stability in Thailand

BANGKOK: -- Vietnam hopes Thailand will stabilise its situation soon in order to ensure peace, stability and co-operation in the region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Le Hai Binh said on Saturday.


As Thailand’s neighbour and fellow member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Vietnam was watching the developments in Thailand with keen attention, the official added.

The same day, the Consulate Department under the ministry warned Vietnamese citizens not to travel to Thailand if it was not essential.

The Vietnamese community in Thailand was told to abide by the provisions issued by local authorities and contact Vietnam’s representative offices in the country if in need of assistance.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/vietnam-hopes-stability-thailand/

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-- Thai PBS 2014-05-27

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Yala Fisheries Department holds a fish fair

YALA 27 May 2014 (NNT) — The Yala Fisheries Department is holding a fish fair to help instill a sense of environmental protection among local Thais.


The Yala fish fair is designed to promote the protection of the environment and showcase the southern region’s finest fish. The fish fair is taking place around Yala’s City Hall with more than 50 species of fish on display.

The venue also hosts a fish spa in which participants can have a type of cleaning fish nibble their feet clean for 20-30 minutes. Prices range from 20-30 baht for both children and adults.

An official with Yala’s Department of Fisheries, Bantueng Chotechuang stated that the events will continue until 4th June, 2014 and be a showcase for Thailand’s beautiful fish, as well as fish that are of economic importance to the country. Mr. Bantueng further commented that he hoped the fair would encourage the local people to care more about the abundance of fish in Thailand's waters and protect their natural habitats.

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LONDON - Britain is reviewing its military relationship with Thailand following a coup last week, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said. /Bangkok Post


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BMA to repair roads after protesters return home

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is set to carry out repairs on Ratchadamnoen Avenue following the months-long occupation by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).


The National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC) has ordered protesters of different sides of the political conflict to end their protests and return home last Thursday. In addition to causing severe traffic congestion, the rallies on the avenue have rendered the surrounding areas slightly damaged.

BMA officials found that lamp posts sustained minor damage. More road surveys will be carried out to determine if road surface has been damaged following the protests.

The BMA said the lights and the streets will be repaired and restored to their original shape and appearance before Mother’s Day on August 12 rolls around.

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