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The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation confers this years Prince Mahidol Award to two individuals. In the field of Medicine, the award is conferred to Professor Morton M. Mower, who is the co-inventor of the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD) and the main inventor of the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) device. In the field of Public Health, the award is conferred to Sir Michael Gideon Marmot, whose research focuses on the effects of race, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, inequalities, and the environment on the health, life expectancy, and risks for diseases both within and between countries globally. The Presentation Ceremony of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 will be held on 28 January 2016. (13/11/2015)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend two significant meetings during the period of 17-22 November 2015, including the 23rd APEC Meeting in the Philippines and the 27th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia. Among other key issues, the Premier will reaffirm Thailands readiness for trade and investment cooperation. (13/11/2015)
The Cabinet approved a 7,000 million baht budget to revamp the Saen Saep Canal by the end of 2017. The BMA will be responsible for the construction of two wastewater treatment plants, embankments along the canal, a fitness centre, bicycle way, landscape development, and canal cleanliness, while the Marine Department will be in charge of CCTV setting at 28 piers along the canal. (13/11/2015)
Thai ambassadors and consuls general will gather in Bangkok on 12-14 November 2015. The participants will discuss how to promote investment between Thailand and foreign countries. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will join the meeting on 13 November and will deliver a speech on how the ambassadors could support the work of the government and create confidence in Thailand, as well as how to maintain the good image of the country. (12/11/2015)
The Ministry of Interior disclosed that the number of people registered to join in the BIKE FOR DAD event, both in Thailand and abroad, totals 670,909 participants so far.The Ministry of Interior has instructed all provinces nationwide to prepare the 29-km bicycle route, as well as the traffic rules, the road signs, and the safety precautions. (12/11/2015)
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation invites the public to participate in the celebration in honor of His Majesty the King, Father of Royal Rainmaking, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Royal Rainmaking. The celebration will be held 12-15 November 2015 at the Government complex, Chaeng Watthana Road. (10/11/2015)
Thai Airways International announces its rearrangement of flights to the northern part of the country during the Loy Krathong festival due to the heightened aviation security. More information is available at www.thaiairways.com or at the THAI Contact Center:0 2356 1111, around the clock. (10/11/2015)
The International Conference on Alternative Development, or ICAD2, will be organized 19-24 November 2015 inChiangrai, Chiangmai, and Bangkok, with more than 250 participants from around the world. The event aims at honoring His Majesty the King for his long dedication to alternative development to solve opium cultivation problems, and it demonstrates to the world His Majestys profound wisdom through his numerousroyal initiative projects. (09/11/2015)
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikalya disclosed that the water in four major dams in the Chao Phraya River basin -- including Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Kwainoi Dam, and Pasak Dam -- are at low levels, with combined water of about 4.24 billion cubic meters. The public have been asked to consume less water and to use it efficiently. (06/11/2015)
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2015 held at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand was successful with over 300 participants from trade organizations and investment bodies worldwide discussing regional cooperation in trade, investment and sustainable development. The event was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in collaboration with the Trade and Industry Association of Singapore, the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, and the Mekong Institute. (04/11/2015)
The Ministry of Culture will organize a number of activities to celebrate HM the Kings 88th Birthday Anniversary this year. The major activities include the Khon Mask Play, to be held on 11-13 December 2015 at the Royal Plaza, as well as a cultural festival in honor of HM the King, performances by National Artists, folk arts performances, alms giving to 9,999 monks nationwide, Buddhist chants at 99 temples throughout the country, and a five-religion unity ceremony. (03/11/2015)
The organizing committee for the event "Bike for Dad" invites the public to join the event by on-line registration via the website "www.bikefordad2015.com," between 2-10 November 2015. People who live in Bangkok and cannot access the website can bring their ID card to register at any of Bangkok's 50 district offices, 08.00-16.00 hr on weekdays, and 09.00-12.00 hr on weekends. (02/11/2015)
In the 9th ASEAN Law Ministers Meeting (ALAWMM) in Indonesia, attending countries reported on the results of law cooperation in many projects, such as ASEAN Government Law Directory and ASEAN Law Information Authority (ALIA). Moreover, the Minister of Justice, Paiboon Khumchaya, had an opportunity to talk with H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisak, Vice-Minister of Justice of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, on the topic of technical cooperation. Thailand will send specialists on the rule of law to give the training course in Lao PDR. (28/10/2015)
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) announced that Italian-Thai Development Public Company (ITD), the constructor of Mass Rapid Transit Green Line (North) Project, Mochit - Saphanmai - Khukhot (Part 1), will set up the barriers for pulling down the infrastructure and building the station. So the traffic on Phahonyothin Road will have to make a detour, starting from the Royal Forest Department to Phahonyothin soi 47 at Sarasas Pittaya School to the Royal Thai Army Chemical Department, effective from 17 October 2015 until 9 February 2019. (28/10/2015)
A mass bicycle ride,"Bike for Dad, will be held on 11 December 2015 to celebrate the 88th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will lead Thai people to express their gratitude and loyalty to His Majesty on this special occasion. In Bangkok, the ride will begin at the Royal Plaza and pass several areas, including Chulalongkorn University, Yaowarat, Wong Wian Yai, and Democracy Monument, and then return to the Royal Plaza, for a total length of 29 kilometers. Thai embassies and consulate offices in foreign countries will join in this event, with the bike routes appropriately designated in each country. (27/10/2015)
The Department of Skill Development aims to develop 190,560 skilled workers in 2016 to cope with the AEC. Of this number, 99,780 will be trained for language utilization, 25,780 for cooking, 12,000 for auto and electrical appliance industries, 28,000 for tourism and services, 5,000 for ASEAN standardized services and tour personnel, and 20,000 for other fields. (27/10/2015)
Thailand's pavilion for the 2015 Milan Exposition, held from 1 May to 31 October 2015 in Milan, Italy, has been well received by visitors so far. The architecture of the pavilion is based on "ngob," Thai rice farmers' traditional hat. It represents one of Thailand's exhibition themes of this year, which is the abundance of the Earth and the world's cradle of food. (26/10/2015)
Asia's first Travel Blog Exchange 2015 (TBEX) in Bangkok, on 15-17 October 2015, was a successful event, which drew more than 650 bloggers and online writers from 50 countries to exchange ideas and get up-to-date information on travel blogging, as well as developing networking among worldwide bloggers. This event also provided an opportunity for online bloggers to learn more about the "2015 Discover Thainess" tourism campaign. (26/10/2015)
The Department of Rural Roads issued the following steps for responding to a flooding disaster so that people can use rural roads safely. First, before a disaster, gain knowledge and skill, and have equipment ready for helping people. Second, the organizations concerned have to report through the Flood Management System (FMS) and follow the situation to solve the problem. Finally, roads should be rehabilitated, surveyed, and ready for temporary use within 7 days after the disaster. (21/10/2015)
Thailands Department of Children and Youth, with Childrens International Summer Villages Association of Thailand, sent 124 children and youths to join Childrens International Summer Villages this year. All of them will have an opportunity to visit 14 countries. The aim is to learn how to live with others who have different languages and cultures, accept one another, develop their personality, know how to communicate, and develop good understanding and relationships with other participants from around the world. (21/10/2015)

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