The Pollution Control Department has reported that a particle counter in Nan province is still in good condition. The announcement was made after the device gave record-high pollution readings, prompting speculation that it may be malfunctioning.
Dr. Patcharawadee Suwannathada of the Pollution Control Department said today there was nothing wrong with the device, after her inspection at a local air quality control center. The particle counter gave PM10 readings of 138 and 151 micrograms per cubic meter on April 23rd and 24th, respectively. These amounts of PM10 - particulate matter with an average diameter of 10 micrometers - are considered the highest levels ever recorded in the northern region.
However, she admitted that despite the
Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry has visited Thailand to observe the progress of intellectual property (IP) protection in the country.
Gurry traveled to several provinces to study the country's biological resources, local wisdom and original culture, the main criteria used by WIPO to consider the qualifications of producers seeking IP protection.
On a visit to the northern province of Chiang Mai, the WIPO chief toured a celadon pottery
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya has assigned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide the public with a clarification following the discovery of substandard products sold by Magic Skin Company Limited.
As legal action is being taken against Magic Skin, and sales of cosmetic products and dietary supplements produced by the company have been prohibited. Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai pointed out that it is necessary for the FDA to clarify its operational process in a bid to
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has started giving the Royal Plaza a makeover in preparation for the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony.
Cleanup and landscaping operations are underway at Royal Plaza or Sanam Luang after the Fine Arts Department returned the front part of the public square back to the control of the BMA on 5th April.
The facelift entails improvements to the infrastructure by the BMA and the replanting of 47 tamarind trees around the area by Nong Nooch Garden.
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that a letter has been sent by the Human Rights Watch to the Thai government in acknowledgement of the latter’s efforts to improve protection of labor in the Thai fisheries sector.
In its response to the open letter from the Human Rights Watch related to Thailand’s labor reforms in the fisheries industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement, expressing appreciation for the agency’s close monitoring of the labor situation
Government agencies are joining forces to cope with threats to the country's water security.
The Royal Irrigation Department, National Research Council of Thailand, Agricultural Research Development Agency (Public Organization) and King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop NARK 4.0, an integrated water resource database that is a part of the Smart Water Operation Center (SWOC) in the care of the Royal Irrigation
The eighth meeting of senior officials on the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal affairs among ASEAN countries, opened in Hanoi on April 26.
This is the second meeting hosted by the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and the first one organised since the formation of the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.
Addressing the two-day event, Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong, spoke highly of the outcomes of the agreement in particular, and activities on legal
The Fine Arts Department has held a seminar on literature of the Thonburi Kingdom to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the country's former capital.
The seminar sought to highlight the artistic merit of five important literary masterpieces, including Lilit Phetch Mongkut by Luang Sorawichit, a poem glorifying the King of Thonburi by a royal page named Suan, and the Thonburi version of the Ramayana story.
Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said despite a small number of literary works
The Women and Youth Studies Program of Thammasat University has organized a forum on child, women and elderly rights.
Respected figures and academics were invited to talk about ways to promote social betterment. The forum featured the discussion of a renowned NGO administrator Sisawang Puawongpat who played an active role in shaping a national economic and social development plan and spent her post-retirement years on helping the underprivileged, women, children and the aged alongside the
The cabinet approved Pracharat measures to cut the producing costs for farmers by providing them access to working capital and equipment.
Mukdaharn Provincial Public Relations Official Kumyuen Wongchalee said the cabinet approved the measures to help farmers and farming institutes reduce their producing costs under the Pracharat cooperation model, by providing special loans and fertilizers through agricultural institutes.
The loan will be provided to individual farmers facing the lack of
Registered companies are showing an ongoing positive outlook in regard to the Thai economy, foreseeing 3-4 percent growth this year on the back of tourism, exports and domestic purchases.
Researcher for the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Sumitra Tangsomworapong has revealed the results of a survey into perceptions of the economic situation during the first half of 2018 among registered Thai company Chief Executive Officers. She disclosed that most have a positive outlook and foresee 3-4
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) is to begin releasing water into 12 fields of the Chao Phraya River basin to allow farmers to begin growing their crops earlier than usual in the hope they will be able to harvest before the flood season.
The 12 fields in the lower Chao Phraya River basin will include the Chiang Rak, Pasak, Ta Woung, Bang Kum, Pa Moke and Bang Ban fields. Other areas such as the Poh Phraya Water Dispatch and Maintenance Project and the Phraya Banlue Water Dispatch and
The Royal Thai Armed Forces are set to increase their capacity to handle cyber threats and assist those affected by a drought crisis.
The Supreme Commander, Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, chaired a recent meeting with high-ranking officers to discuss the achievements of the armed forces over the past six months.
The Supreme Commander stressed the need to increase the ability of military personnel, according to the government’s cyber safety policy, to deal with cyber threats in order to effectively
The Center for Economic and Business Forecasting of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) says most laborers want the government to raise the minimum wage every year to help them cope with the rising cost of living.
The UTCC’s Center for Economic and Business Forecasting recently undertook a survey of 1,194 laborers who earn less than 15,000 baht a month.
The survey showed that 96% of the respondents are in debt; the highest number in a decade, with an average of 138,000 baht
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) is set to provide support to startup businesses in Thailand in nine industries to help them become more globally oriented.
According to NIA Director Pun-Arj Chairatana, the NIA will implement a strategy to raise the capability of startup businesses in industries related to food, farming, finance, tourism, medical science, education and property amonst others, to enable them to compete globally.
Since the NIA has a network in 25 nations across the world
Police have expressed confidence of their evidence against Italian Thai Development CEO, Premchai Karnasutra and believe they can prove accusations of illegal wildlife hunting despite his claims of innocence.
Deputy Police Commander Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsiphramnakul says Premchai had the right to tell his company’s board of shareholders he is confident of his own innocence after being accused of illegally hunting in Tungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary and noted that the remarks are consistent
The Prime Minister’s Office Minister has assured the public that the temple fund corruption case is proceeding according to the judicial process and all sides are being treated fairly.
Prime Minister’s Office Minister SuwaphanTanyuwattana meanwhile says the Buddha Palang Paen Din group is within its rights to call for the expulsion of National Office of Buddhism (NOB) Director Pol Lt Col Pongporn Phramsaneh and the matter will be considered by the relevant agency. He gave an assurance that all
Members of the Klongchan Credit Union gathered yesterday to file charges against the union and its former president for fraud and concealing information.
Former Bangkok Senator Paiboon Nititawan led those impacted by the Klongchan Credit Union to the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek road to hand in an over 1,000 page file accusing the union and its former president Supachai Srisupa-aksorn of fraud. They say that 412 people were defrauded by the union under Supachai, resulting in damages of
Thailand's Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai, attended the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting today, before the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore.
Minister Don as a representative of Thailand was present at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore this morning to prepare for The Leaders of ASEAN Member States meeting in Singapore to discuss regional and international issues at the summit tomorrow.
The meeting discussed regional developments, with further discussions
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