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The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) recently held a meeting with broadcast providers who currently have over one million YouTube followers, to discuss the regulator's oversight of Over-The-Top (OTT) media channels. The meeting discussed laws governing broadcast operations, which include terms and conditions of service, programming, fees, revenue, and content categorization. Broadcast providers who fail to conform to OTT laws will not be permitted to broadcast on OTT channels in Thailand. (28/06/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce has organized E-San Expo 2017, which exhibits local products and tourist attractions from the upper northeastern region. The event aims to expand markets for local products and provide a platform to negotiate new business deals, generating growth for the grassroots economy. E-San Expo is now taking place at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, from 26 June to 2 July 2017. (27/06/2017)
The Bureau of Policy and Strategy, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, and the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, signed an MoU on Health Policy and Strategy Development Program on 27th June 2017. This program aims to develop the efficiency of officers who will be specialists in policy, and it will work out a new strategy to respond to the needs of the Ministry of Health, both in the central region and other regions of the country. All of the participants will gain more knowledge and capacity in setting health policy and strategy, which will enable them to be the leaders, creative officers, and chiefs for policy and strategy change, and to move the health system forward with sustainability and efficiency, in order to achieve good health for public. (27/06/2017)
The Ministry of Public Health has followed the governments plan to bring drug addicts into rehabilitation programs. The aim is to improve the standard of rehabilitation services in the 2017 fiscal year by bringing 220,000 addicts to rehab. They are classified as 74,000 volunteering for rehab; 53,300 in behavior adjustment camp; 72,500 forced to take rehab; and 20,200 convicts. Between 1st October 2016 and 31st May 2017, 121,167 of the above addicts (about 55 percent) entered the rehab program. Out of that number, 34,553 of them are volunteers; 36,111 are in the behavior adjustment camp; 35,622 were forced into rehab; and 14,881 are convicts. The rehab programs with international standard are now ready in more than 800 hospitals all over the country. Members of the public can call for advice on hot line 1655. (27/06/2017)
The 47th destruction of confiscated narcotics was carried out by the Ministry of Public Health on 26th June 2017, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, at the utility and environment management center in the Bang Pa-In industrial estate, Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya. There were more than 9,321 kilograms of narcotics. The total value of the drugs came to more than 20 billion baht, including 87 million methamphetamine pills, and more than 1,185 kilograms of ice. (27/06/2017)
The Ministry of Industry is setting up the Rubber City Industrial Estate in the southern industrial area of Chalung subdistrict, Hat Yai district, Songkhla province; phase 2/2 and 3 cover an area of 1,238 rai (495.20 acres). The project is now more than 50 percent completed. Investors will be able to operate in the Rubber City at the beginning of 2018. To respond to the quality and quantity labor arrangement, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand signed an MoU to recruit and develop skilled labor with the Provincial Labor Office, Songkhla Employment Office, Hatyai Technical College, Chana Technical College, Nathawee Industrial and Community Education College, Luang Prathan Rat Nikon Industrial and Community Education College. (27/06/2017)
The Office of Ten Divisions of Traditional Thai Crafts has disclosed the mural paintings inside Songtham Throne Hall are being colored for the royal cremation ceremony of His Late Majesty, affirming that preparations are over 50% complete. Mr. Kiattisak Suwannaphong, highly specialized artist, said that the paintings on the cremation panels have progressed as planned and that artisans have already colored the back of the cremation panel, which portrays heaven lotuses, Montha Thip flowers with the Feunguba pattern and His Late Majestys monogram. It is expected that all paintings will be colored and completed by August. The paintings will then be assembled on the cremation panels before being displayed at the royal crematorium in September. (26/06/2017)
Today, buddhists nationwide participated in the morning alms-giving activities to celebrate the 90th birthday of His Holiness Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatayan, the 20th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. In Bangkok, the blessing ceremony was held in the evening at Rajabopit Temple. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun assigned Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over the event. (26/06/2017)
Chiang Mai province is organizing OTOP Lanna Expo 2017, an event to promote the goods and services of the northern provinces. The event is held under the theme "In the Footsteps of Fathers Sufficiency Philosophy" in honor of His Majesty the late King. It is taking place on 23 June - 2 July 2017 at the International Convention and Exhibition Center Commemorating His Majestys 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary. (23/06/2017)
The Ministry of Labour, through the National Labour Information Center (NLIC), has launched an electronic database service for the public, called E-Service. People will be able to better access information services on labour inspection, job vacancies, and other information about labour, as well as looking for skill training courses. The service is now available on the website In addition, the ministry will constantly develop the services to meet with the changing demands from users. (23/06/2017)
The Ministry of Industry and Thailand Automotive Institute are co-organizing technology and machinery fairs, to support target industries and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), at BITEC Bang Na, on 21-24 June 2017. The fairs also include the Manufacturing Expo and the Automotive Summit. According to Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, the automotive sector is one of the government's 10 target industries, and Thailand is the 12th largest auto producer in the world. (22/06/2017)
Global demand for Thai rice remains high; around 5.5 million tons of rice have already been exported during the first five months of 2017. The Ministry of Commerce plans to release the remaining rice in government stockpiles from July to August. It is expected that by the end of September, all stockpiled rice will be released. (22/06/2017)
The Provincial Employment Office of Yala recently organized a seminar to educate migrant workers about human trafficking. The campaign aims to create understanding about the migrant workers' rights, relevant labor laws, their employee benefits, and guidelines on living in the Kingdom. Local employers and business owners sent 62 Myanmar nationals and eight Cambodians to attend the event. Lectures were given by the Provincial Offices of Labor Protection and Welfare, Public Health, and Social Development and Human Security, as well as provincial police officers. (21/06/2017)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives stated that SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017 will be held on 7-9 September 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok. The event aims to bring forward the application of innovation and technologies and to encourage Thai agriculture toward the international level. It will be a great opportunity for the agriculture sector to enter Thailand 4.0. (21/06/2017)
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Over 500 Phang Nga residents participated in planting 500 pink trumpet trees at Nang Hong Mountain's viewpoint to make it the first "pink mountain" in the South. The flowers will bloom every year from February to March. The renovation includes repairing the Nang Hong goddess's shrine, building a viewing tower, constructing a rest area, and adding electricity to facilitate visitors and others who pass by. It is expected to be a new tourist attraction in Phang Nga province. (21/06/2017)
The Ministry of Labour revealed that the Labour Office at the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo has partnered with the Department of Skills Development in collecting applications for skill standard assessments for Thai cuisine, level 1 and 2, in preparation for the national skill standard assessments. Successful applicants will be awarded both Thai and English language certificates. Assessment applications can be now downloaded from, until 30 June 2017. (21/06/2017)
Owing to the car incident on the Champs-Elysees, near Champs-Elysees Clemenceau metro train station, on 19 June 2017, the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris advises Thai citizens in France to avoid the area and follow news from French officials closely. There is no report of Thai citizens being injured or killed in the incident. (20/06/2017)
The Office of Traditional Arts, Fine Arts Department, is now in the process of placing the mythical creatures on the artificial stones around the Anodat pond, one of the legendary Himavantas ponds, before actually setting them around the foundation of the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground. The construction of the fire screen, or Chak Bang Phloeng, was said to be 65% completed. (20/06/2017)
National Science and Technology Development Agency President Narong Sirilertworakul recently revealed that the agency has cooperated with nine Rajamangala universities to develop innovation and technology for human resources to support the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi). He elaborated that the EECi is a complete ecosystem for innovation and a new economic estate that will boost the country's competitiveness. (19/06/2017)
Thailand Post invites the public to attend an exhibition showcasing stamps with a story of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The visitors will be able to get postcards and souvenir cards. The exhibition is free of charge at the Central Postal Building, every Tuesday-Sunday, from 22 June until 31 October 2017. (19/06/2017)

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