EDC machine to be installed at Yala train station for welfare card holders02 Oct 2017
YALA, 2 October 2017 (NNT) - Yala Railway Station is ready to install an electronic data capture (EDC) machine for passengers with welfare cards. According to local media, the train station has already received the EDC machine and will install it in November. In the meantime, the State Railway of Thailand has extended free train services for people until the end of the month. Welfare card holders will only be able to use the cards for third-class train bookings. One card contains 500 baht in credit for the train fare. A total of 14 EDC machines have also been installed at Blue Flag stores in eight districts of Yala, allowing card holders to buy Blue Flag commodities. Blue Flag signs will be displayed in front of retail stores to inform people where they can purchase household necessities at below-market prices.
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Govt makes effort to ensure safety for tourists02 Oct 2017
BANGKOK, 2 October 2017 (NNT) - Soldiers and police are making serious efforts to combat crimes in tourist areas to raise tourists’ confidence. According to Spokesperson to the Ministry of Defense Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan instructed all security units to take serious action against criminal activities at tourist sites especially those related to drugs and human trafficking. The move is to prevent migrants from falling victim to human trafficking and make sure tourists are not taken advantage of by local businesses. Gen Prawit also urged government officials not to abuse their powers. Local people have also been cooperating with local authorities to keep crimes at bay.
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Volunteers combine forces to clean up Rattanakosin Island02 Oct 2017
BANGKOK, 2nd October 2017 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has dispatched volunteers to clean up Rattanakosin Island in tribute to HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. More than 1,500 participants, including palace officials, military and police officers as well as members of the general public joined forces to give a facelift to the historic quarter of Phra Nakhon district. The volunteers have now planted trees along both sides of Khlong Lod canals, painted the walls of Wat Mahathat, trimmed the trees and tidied up the roads around the BMA City Hall. The activity was aimed at encouraging a sense of social service and selflessness in all groups of people as well as allowing them to pay tribute to the late monarch.
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Education exhibition held in Narathiwat to promote students' achievements02 Oct 2017
NARATHIWAT, 2 September 2017 (NNT) - An education exhibition was held in Narathiwat province to promote the academic achievements of students in the Deep South of Thailand. Attasit Rattanakhlaew, director of a center overseeing educational development in the restive south, opened the exhibition at Anubal Narathiwat School. Visitors to the event had an opportunity to admire students’ achievements and learned more about education development in the restive south. Attasait said while the teachers have had more confidence in their safety due to reinforced security in the areas, more efforts are needed to help high school students do better on both O-net and A-net exams. He also cited the need to provide more incentives for the southern teachers. Various sports and skills development programs have also been carried out to further enhance students’performances.
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Photo Marathon 2017 held to raise awareness about toxic waste02 Oct 2017
BANGKOK, 2 October 2017 (NNT) - Many people competed in Photo Marathon 2017 held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center over the weekend to raise public awareness about the dangers of toxic waste. Participants of the competition were required to submit a broken or unused mobile phone in order to be eligible to join. The contenders of Photo Marathon 2017 were asked to take photos related to used phones to win 100,000 baht. The objective was to urge people to donate unused or broken mobile phones to donation centers across the country instead of throwing them away. Elements contained in mobile devices could potentially be harmful to the environment. The money generated from the sales of recycled phones will be spend on the construction of additional buildings of Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute and Siriraj Hospital.
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Southern residents decorate homes with marigold flowers02 Oct 2017
YALA, 2 October 2017 (NNT) - Southern residents are planting marigold flowers at their homes to honor His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Yala province, more than 50,000 blooming marigolds are put up for sales at various flower shops in the municipality. A pot of marigolds is sold for 35 to 60 baht. Homes and government buildings across the country are decorated with marigold flowers ahead of the royal cremation ceremony. The yellow color of the flowers is the color of His Majesty the late King. A Yala resident, Pitsanupong Trirattanaporn, said he bought the plants to express his gratitude towards His Majesty the late King for his commitment to the Thai people. In Phuket province, members of Phuket Rajabhat University, government officials and local residents helped plant 1,500 marigolds at Piromrat Roundabout located in the campus of Phuket Rajabhat University.
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Welfare card users out in droves as system becomes operational02 Oct 2017
MAHASARAKAM, 2 October 2017 (NNT) – Recipients of the government’s welfare cards have begun using them nationwide. Citizens in Mahasarakam were seen flocking to Pracharat Blue Flag shops to try out their new welfare cards, which give them each 200 to 300 baht in government supported credit. The most common items purchased included detergent, canned food, vegetable oil and sugar. Most remarked that they were glad the government was helping to reduce their daily living costs. In Khon Kaen, which is home to 355,384 recipients, many people were seen at the Sib Saen Unit store, one of 609 shops in the province that accommodates the card. They thanked the government for its help. Officials in Chantaburi province stationed themselves at stores equipped with the EDC card readers needed to accommodate the welfare cards to aid new users get accustomed to their operation with the first day of use seeing long lines of people attempting to pay for goods. All Pracharat shops in Songkhla province reported vibrant activity during the first day welfare cards were welcomed. Local commerce agents reported that while use of the cards has required some learning, the system has been well received by all. Phuket’s Super Save department store has seen particular interest from card users who have been making the most their cards by buying rice, canned fish, oil and detergent.
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Flooding in Trang and Satun begins to alleviate02 Oct 2017
TRANG, 2 October 2017 (NNT) – Flooding in Trang and Satun provinces have begun to alleviate with authorities passing out relief funds. Deputy Governor of Satun province Soradech Suntarachun has passed out aid funds to families who lost members to flooding in recent days, starting with the family of Sagareeya Roheman, a 10 year old boy. Up to 1,848 households across 2 districts in the province were impacted by flooding, which has only begun to let up. In Trang, over 4 hours of rain on September 29 inundated the central district and other adjoining districts. With the situation now returning to normal, Governor Siripat Pattakul has led military personnel in aiding citizens to clean up their homes and move back their furniture and property. More than 80 households experienced property damage due to the flooding. The Meteorological Department has maintained warnings of harsh weather for the lower north, central, east, northeast and upper south for the time being with Bangkok also to be on alert against stormy conditions.
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Police stepping up processing of evidence needed in search of former PM Yingluck02 Oct 2017
BANGKOK, 2nd October 2017 (NNT) – Police are stepping up efforts to verify data including DNA samples as part of an investigation into the escape route of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Commander of the Central Police Forensic Science Division Pol Maj Gen Tawatchai Mekprasertsuk, today indicated that police are still collecting evidence, processing DNA and analyzing fingerprints collected from the home of ex-premier Yingluck. The DNA samples are to be compared with samples found in a Toyota Camry driven by Pol Col Chairit Anurit, who has confessed to driving Yingluck to the Thai border. Pol Maj Gen Tawatchai noted there is a large volume of information to be processed and the effort will take several days. Addressing questions as to why police don't use existing DNA records of the former PM, Pol Maj Gen Tawatchai explained that new samples are more accurate and make for a stronger case. Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police Pol Maj Gen Sriwara Rangsiphramnakul meanwhile says his office has forwarded a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling for it to confirm Yingluck’s current whereabouts, cancel her passports and coordinate with international police for her arrest.
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