In Thailand English-language News for April 30, 2018, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:44 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said that the government is continuing its efforts to stamp out illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing problems after the recent visit of EU fishing inspectors more than two years after Thailand was issued with a ‘yellow-card” warning to clean up its fishing a seafood industries.
General Chan-o-cha said that the government will continue to protect marine resources and maintain an ecological balance in Thai waters and has introduced various legal and other measures to tackle IUU fishing issues.
He added that over the next three months fishing authorities will exert every effort to address the EU’s remaining concerns and make sure all practices in the fisheries sector comply with the international rule of law.
01:43 | Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), has denied an accusation that the NLA is taking orders from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
Mr Wichitcholchai’s comments came in response to allegations that the NCPO had ordered the rejection of all candidates for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
In February the NLA voted against all seven candidates for the new Election Commission (EC), and last week voted against the only candidate for the position of ombudsman.
02:42 | Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) chairman Meechai Ruchuphan yesterday said that the rewriting of the police reform blueprint will be completed before the next police reshuffle, expected to take place later this year.
Mr Ruchuphan said among matters to be included in the redrafted reform plan will be the transfer of duties not related to law enforcement to other organisations to ensure the Royal Thai Police’s’ (RTPs’) independence from all forms of interference.
03:47 | Government spokesperson Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkamnerd yesterday announced that the government has brought forward the rice planting season by one month — from June to May — to minimise the risk of crop losses due to flood during the coming wet season.
Commencing May 1 some 1.5 million cubic meters of water will be released into 12 retention fields in ten provinces in the Chao Phraya basin. At the same time flood embankments will be strengthened to safeguard waterfront communities and road ways from potential flood inundation.
05:11 | The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has reported that 7,364 people in 30 provinces have been affected by recent summer storms, which killed one person. Officials are rushing to provide help to those in need.
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) said that the summer storms will continue for at least another day in the north, east and central plains, including Bangkok and nearby areas.
06:27 | Anti-rabies vaccinations of domestic animals continues across the country with pet owners in Sisaket and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces participating in the government inoculation programme in response to rabies outbreaks across Thailand earlier this year. At least eight people are confirmed to have died from rabies in Thailand so far this year.
07:41 | Newsline reports on a February 19, 2018 memorandum of cooperation (MoC) signing ceremony between Mae Fah Luang University and six organisations aimed at improving ‘meaningful’ research and development (R&D) in line with the Thailand 20-year strategic plan.
13:30 | The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has held a forum to seek public opinion regarding the second phase of the South Bangkok Power Plant.
With a capacity of 1,470 megawatts the new power station is scheduled to start supplying electricity in 2023. The new power station will use gas and steam turbines to produce up to 50 per cent more electricity from the same amount of fuel as a traditional simple-cycle plant and is capable of lowering airborne particulate matter by up to 58 per cent over the existing plant.
14:37 | The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has held a public hearing to unveil details of a proposed new electric rail route connecting Kae Rai to Min Buri. Another public hearing is scheduled for July with suggestions and recommendations to be considered for incorporation in the project.
The entire ‘Pink Line’ rail system is expected to become operational in 2021 and to cater to some 100,000 commuters each day.
16:07 | Thailand Tourism and Sports Minister, Weerasak Kowsurat, yesterday took part in a 38-kilometer (about 23.6 mile) cycling tour in Trang Province aimed at promoting tourism to second tier cities.
17:02 | A Thailand-Myanmar business matching event in Ranong Province has brought together local and Myanmar business operators to explore increased cross-border trade.
17:57 | Newsline takes a look at the Ecole d’Hôtellerie et Tourisme Paul Dubrule hospitality management school in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Helga Nagy, director of the school, said that five programmes were offered — cooking, baking, restaurant and bar, tourism, and hospitality — with about 300 students studying at the school each year.
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