Songkhla will organize Vegetarian Festival 2017 as a tribute to His Majesty the late King and to stimulate the local economy from October 19-28, 2017.

The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has announced that it allocated a budget to cover losses that may occur from Non-Performing Loans (NPL) so they will not affect its financial status and that it is helping farmers prepare appropriate debt repayment plans.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Office of Agriculture and Cooperatives relayed farmer pride in taking part in the "9101 project" for sustainable agricultural development, which could generate revenue of over 200 million baht.

Songkhla Provincial Administrative Organization will organize the orientation for a study design project for Songkhla Special Economic Development Zone's Transport and Communications Center on October 19, 2017, from 1.30 - 4.30 p.m.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that there are still floods in 12 provinces and that it has coordinated with provincial authorities to accelerate relief and efforts to return the situation to normal. Requests for assistance can be made by calling Hotline 1784 around the clock.

Flooding currently remains in Ubolratana, Nam Pong and provincial seat areas of Khon Kaen whereas a reservoir is holding a massive volume of water and the authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

Betong City has been decorated with 30,000 marigolds as a tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives announced that the lowly-priced situation for farm products was largely due to seasonal oversupplying of the goods, particularly during harvest season, and that the pricing mechanisms rely on both domestic and export markets.

Trang province is calling upon those eligible to obtain welfare cards for low-income earners to register at provided venues.

Sukhothai province has alerted local villagers to brace for imminent flooding as the water has reached critical level.

Chiang Rai Provincial Office of Public Health Chief Dr. Thossathep Boonthong discloses that it is expected that over 100,000 people will attend the sandalwood flower laying ceremony during the royal cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017, so he has readied medical services in case of emergency.

Route No. 12 of Petchabun province from Lom Sak - Chum Phae has been severed due to a landslide after heavy rains, highway officials have been working to clear the route.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission has organized a slogan contest on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day offering a prize of 10,000 baht. Slogans can be submitted from now until October 27. For more information, please call 0-7543-2206.

The Public Relations Department will test the live broadcast system ahead of the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 21.

The Directorate for the Royal Ceremony announced that 16 roads in the neighborhood of the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang will be temporarily closed to traffic from 03.00 p.m. on 18 October 2017 to provide conveniences for the installation of Sawetachat white umbrella on top of the crematorium for the royal cremation ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.The temporary closure is for the roads namely Inner Rajdamnern Avenue, Hubpoei, Lakmuang, Sanamchai, Kalyanamaitri, Charoenkrung, Phra Pipit, Thai Wang, Maharaj,Pheachan, Setthakarn, Chetupon, Naphralan, Naphrathat, Rajini and Soi Saranrom. For details, please call Hotline 1441.

Individuals interested to learn more about the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej can find relevant information on www.kingrama9.net and www.facebook.com/informationcenter.for.kingrama9.

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 until 31 October 2017.

In preparing for the Royal Cremation Ceremony, there will be rehearsals for the Procession of Honour at Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok on 7, 15 and 21 October. The public may watch the rehearsal by entering the area through the security screening points. Please dress respectfully and carry photo identification at all times. For more information, call 1441 (24/7) or 1257 (Monday – Friday, from 09.00 hr to 16.00 hr).

Commerce Ministry officials have been inspecting the Pracharat Blue Flag stores around the country to make sure they follow the guidelines on the use of the state-sponsored welfare cards. Stores that have been found violating regulations will be removed from the campaign.

The Commerce Ministry has reassured the welfare campaign for low-income earners will give no special benefits to large-scale trading companies as all other firms can participate.

The Public Relations Society of Thailand will hold a communications workshop on Saturdays for business development in a digital era from 11 November 2017 - 20 January 2018. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/prstthailand/.

The Office of the Royal Society is holding a contest for a Buddhism textbook for children. Submission deadline is on 31 October 2017. For more information, please visit www.royin.go.th, or call 0 2356 0466-70 ext 3010 or 3018.

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