The National Human Rights Commission, ASEAN Affairs Department, and the Thai delegation to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights are inviting undergraduates to attend the English human rights debate contest for higher education, in order to select representatives of Thai youths to participate in the debate on human rights at youth level in the ASEAN Community. The contest will be held during 3-6 September 2017 at Chulalongkorn University. 10 prizes including cash prizes, plaques and certificates will be awarded to the winners of the contest. Interested candidates can find the registration form on www.nhrc.or.th. The registration deadline is on 21 July 2017.

Thai Muslims in three southern border provinces are gradually returning home to celebrate the Hari Raya festival this weekend amidst tight security measures.

Thailand is ready to host the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad from 6 - 15 July 2017 at the Salaya campus of Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathum province. The event will be attended by competitors from 76 nations.

Thailand's exports during the first five months of 2017 have hit a 4-year high, and the Ministry of Commerce is confident that Thai exports can reach the target of five percent this year.

The Minister of Commerce revealed after discussions with the President of the ASEAN-US Business Council that the private sector remains confident in the potential of Thailand which is the center of trade in ASEAN and ready to continually support trade relations and investments especially investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The US investors show their interest in developing the airport project and high speed train which is under the Thailand's infrastructure investment expansion plan.

The Prime Minister presided over an award-granting ceremony for persons and organizations with remarkable achievements in narcotics prevention and suppression in 2017.

The Department of Employment has warned employers against the employment of illegal workers which might otherwise result in up to 800,000 baht in fine per one illegal worker employed. For more information, please call the 1694 hotline.

The Prime Minister will hold roving cabinet meetings in all regions of Thailand, particularly the Eastern Economic Corridor and southern border provinces.

Kluaynamthai Hospital will hold the 19th Golf For Sea 2017 charity golfing on 24 July 2017 at Thai Country Club Bangna-Trat. Proceeds will be used to fund sea conservation activity by the Thai Sea Conservation Club of Kasetsart University. For more information, please call 0 2769 2000 ext 5401-2, 1188-9, visit www.kluaynamthai.com or Golf for Sea Facebook page.

The Office of Government Pawnshops has adjusted its monthly interest rate to a minimum of 0.25 baht for up to 5,000 baht in loan and to a maximum of 1.25 baht for 40,001-100,000 baht in loan.

Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Office of Fisheries has warned farmers against raising crayfish. Farmers are advised to carefully study how to raise crayfish and not to fall victim to people who want to take advantage of them, during this period where raising crayfish is gaining popularity.

Researchers from the faculty of science, Prince of Songkhla University, conducted research on development of bioplastics from agricultural products which are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has coordinated with provinces in central and eastern regions to brace for heavy rains.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has stated that passengers were impressed with the airport's customer services, including the swift return of belongings that were left by passengers on the airport's taxis.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health assures that the government is making sure all the benefits from the existing National Health Security Act will be carried over to the amended version and that the 30 Baht Gold Card is not be cancelled.

Prachuap Khiri Khan province is pushing forward the production of GI goods to raise incomes for local villagers since durian from La-ou forest was recognized as its first GI product.

The ''Bring People Home'' campaign by the ISOC Fourth Forward Command has received good feedbacks, particularly among international organizations, as it has followed peaceful principles and respects human rights.

Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport has reassured to proceed with its development plans despite a recent cut in funding for a two-billion-baht airport expansion project.

Chiang Mai province will host Lanna Expo 2017 under a theme of following in the footsteps of the late monarch’s sufficiency-based lifestyle. The event will take place during 23 June - 2 July 2017.

Five southern border provinces will hold an OTOP trade fair to boost the local economy and expect to generate no less than 100 million baht in revenue.

Ayutthaya province will hold Asanha Puja Day on 8 July 2017 with candle and 200-boat processions along Lad Chado canal in Pak Hai district. The event will feature Thai lifestyle and local culture alongside photographs of Lad Chado way of life and a retro floating market. Interested persons may call Lad Chado Municipality 035 740 263 or TAT Ayutthaya 035 246 076 and www.tiewpakklang.com

Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 Forward Col Pramote Phrom-in has confirmed that authorities will not use violence against instigators of attacks in Pattani and will only adhere to legal measures following a bomb attack on soldiers in Thung Yang Daeng district, Pattani province, which resulted in multiple injuries among army personnel. He said that authorities would not retaliate with violence. Instead, ISOC and relevant agencies will employ legal punishments to deal with the culprits behind the bombing.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) invites the general public to watch its special TV program every Sunday at 6.00 p.m., featuring the NCPO’s progress in solving major issues over the past three years.

Thailand Post encourages the general public to attend an exhibition showcasing stamps with a story of HM King Rama IX at the Central Postal Building every Tuesday-Sunday from 22 June until 31 October 2017.

The Public Relations Department invites people in Chiang Mai province to enjoy “Music in the Garden”, featuring famous artists performing contemporary Lanna music. The event will take place on 2 July 2017 at 6.00 p.m. at Three Kings Monument plaza, Chiang Mai.

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