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The Ministry of Commerce will continue its Blue Flag project in order to offer reasonably priced products to decrease the cost of living for the public. Recently, the Bueng Kan Commercial Office, in cooperation with the Internal Trade Department Office, organized a Blue Flag Fair at Tong Chom market, Bueng Kan province. Large numbers of people came to buy products featured in the event. Moreover, it will continue to take place on every Friday and Saturday from January until September 2017. (23/01/2017)
A natural museum on community water management has recently been opened in Tambon Dong Khilek, Mueang district, Prachin Buri province. The Tambon Dong Khilek community has followed advice in His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadejs royal addresses, using modern technology to survey their land and to make statistical maps and water diagrams for water reservation development in the area. This will effectively help reduce flood and drought situations. (22/01/2017)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) launched the Big Cleaning Day activity at Sanam Luang on 20-21 January 2017, when the Bureau of the Royal Household temporarily closed the Grand Palace because of the religious ceremonies to mark the 100th day of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadejs passing. Mourners will be allowed to pay their respects to the late King once again from 22 January onwards. (22/01/2017)
The Joint Command Center for Peace and Order around the Grand Palace will relocate the cooking tents around Sanam Luang to create a better environment after the 100th day of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadejs passing. A new venue for the cooking tents will be provided by Phra Nakhon District Office, while the Department of Health has been assigned to inspect food hygiene. Moreover, various ministries will take turns in preparing food for the mourners. (22/01/2017)
After Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha met with the United Kingdoms Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Brian Davidson, Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesperson, disclosed that the Prime Minister expressed his pleasure to meet with the Ambassador, and thanked the United Kingdom for its statement of condolences over the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol. The Ambassador emphasized the long-standing and cordial relations between Thailand and Great Britain at all levels, from the royal families to people-to-people interactions. (21/01/2017)
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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, will organize the Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) 2017 in Bangkoks Lumpini Park in order to highlight some of the fun and fascinating attractions that can be enjoyed by local and international tourists. The event will be held on 25-29 January 2017, which coincides with Chinese New Year 2017. (20/01/2017)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will hold a "Big Cleaning Day in the same period. The Bangkok Governor welcomes all volunteers wanting to help with cleaning up the Sanam Luang area and around the Grand Palace. The clean-up will start from 7:30 a.m. on 20 January 2017 at the south side of Sanam Luang. For more information, please call hotline 1555. (19/01/2017)
The State Railway of Thailand stated that they are now able to run 90% of the trains to the southern region of Thailand, except the route to Nakhon Si Thammarat, which will affect the service of only four trains per day. They expect that the service will operate as normal in five days. (19/01/2017)
The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand and the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, in collaboration with Sundaram Tagore Gallery, will host a showcase of a world-renowned photographer in the exhibition "Sebastiao Salgado: The World through His Eyes." The exhibition will feature 120 iconic black-and-white photographs selected from the famous Brazilian photographer's most influential series. This is the first major presentation of Sebastiao Salgado's work in Thailand. The photo exhibition will be held from 8 February to 8 March 2017 at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center. (19/01/2017)
Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesperson, disclosed that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) admired the Thai government for its cabinet resolutions which have shown the intention to build appropriate directives and measures to deal with refugees in Thailand. This creates well-defined regulations and selection for illegal migrants in the country. (19/01/2017)
The cabinet endorsed a master plan to promote reading and create a learning society in five-years, from 2017 to 2021. The plan is aimed at tackling a cultural crisis and promoting the popularity of reading among people of all ages by implementing guidelines and models from South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. They expect that the average quality reading time per person will increase to 90 minutes per day, compared to an average of 66 minutes at present. (18/01/2017)
The State Railway of Thailand has relaunched the special trip Fathers Dam on weekends in January 2017, in Lop Buri province, after it had been suspended for two years. Visitors will have an opportunity to take a train and study His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadejs work regarding Pa Sak Jolasid Dam, not only the management but also the catchment in the dry season and the drainage. Moreover, the Lop Buri Province Administration has provided many activities such as the demonstration of the Thai Boeng peoples life, OTOP products for sale, tours on worm cars, Pa Sak Jolasid establishment museum, a marine park, sheep and goat farm, the sunflower fields, and paying respects to the Pra Yai Buddha in Wang Muang district. This tour program is on 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 January 2017. For more details, the general public can contact hotline 1690. (18/01/2017)
Phra Nemiraj Chariot of Heaven, the latest opera in the series DasJati: Ten Lives of the Buddha, will be staged at the Thailand Cultural Center on 20-22 January 2017 to mark the 100th day of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadejs passing. For more information about the schedule and tickets, please visit OperaSiam.com or DasJati.com. (17/01/2017)
The Ministry of Energy has launched a new mobile application called "Cheewit Harn 2," which aims to decrease the use of energy by half, in order to stimulate the public's interest in energy conservation. This application will help users to learn the simple ways to save energy in their daily lives, as well as being able to share their conservation ideas and experiences with others. It is now available to download for free. (17/01/2017)
The Meteorological Department warns the public in the South of Thailand, especially in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Narathiwat, to prepare for more rainfall on 16-19 January 2017. Even though the rainfall will not be as heavy as before, people in the risk areas are advised to follow the news closely via www.tmd.go.th, the "Thai Weather" application, or hotline 1182, 24 hours a day. (17/01/2017)
A large number of people have attended the three-week technology event co-hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Office of the Prime Minister at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market over the weekend. The event features a showcase of scientific and technological inventions and a variety of goods that are available for purchase. The event will continue until 29 January 2017, from 10.00 hr to 19.00 hr daily. (16/01/2017)
Volunteers are needed for making 6 million sandalwood flowers for the royal cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang. Anyone who is interested may join at the Ministry of Culture's tent opposite Thammasat University's front gate from now until 19 January 2017, 09.00-15.00 hr. (15/01/2017)
A publication titled Sustainability in Thailand: Experience for Developing Countries was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 12 January 2017. This publication, jointly published by the Royal Thai Government and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, is the first in the South-South in Action Publication Series, and highlights the important role the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, as graciously bestowed by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the people of Thailand. Meanwhile, a panel discussion under the theme Pathways to Sustainability: Thailands Sufficiency Economy Philosophy was held with participants from different countries and entities of the United Nations. (14/01/2017)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the motto for the 2017 National Teachers Day, 16 January, as The nation is developed by quality teachers; students are appreciative of teachers benevolence, and reiterated that good teachers would contribute to the nations security and sustainability. The 2017 National Teachers Day will be celebrated with an aim to honor and glorify His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as Teacher of the Nation. (14/01/2017)
Siam Cement Group has installed two more lots of knock-down public toilet at the opposite of National Museum and behind the tent "khor." These new toilets will be open to the public on 16 January 2017. (14/01/2017)

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