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Yala and the Pid Thong Lang Phra Foundation have encouraged durian farmers to turn to intensive farming to produce high quality durian for export next season. Durian yields of more than 1,200 tons, worth more than a hundred million baht in Yala this year generated good income for many durian farmers. Yala and the Pid Thong Lang Phra Foundation also have organized a project to enhance the efficiency of quality fruit production in accordance with His Majesty the late Kings teaching, or quality durian project 2021 to encourage farmers to turn to intensive farming to produce quality durian of export grade next season. The project is being supported by a large number of durian farmers. (19/10/2020)
The Thai government dispatches masks to Myanmar to aid the neighbor country in its effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs said that the masks are an expression of Thailands readiness to help others at this time and to help contain the virus, noting it is important to assist one of the countrys closest allies. In addition, other aids has been being provided include urgently needed medical equipment, testing equipment, remote training, and others. Realtime advices are also provided to make treatment more effective. (19/10/2020)
The Minister of Tourism and Sports expects that there will be approximately 400 foreign visitors in early November. Minister of Tourism and Sports, said the Special Tourist VISA lasts 90 days and can be renewed twice. Each renewal is for 90 days. Foreign visitors must undergo a14-day quarantine or strictly comply with prescribed guidelines against COVID-19 before undertaking travel. (19/10/2020)
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The Thai Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain and flash floods in several areas, prompting provincial administrations to implement measures to deal with possible disasters. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has met with its officials to focus their efforts on preventing flooding in vulnerable areas and to install water pumps on major canals to reduce the risk of flooding. The BMA also assigned a number of officials to monitor the situation around the clock. (17/10/2020)
Chiang Rai province has opened a replica of Tham Luang - Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park for visitors who want to learn more about the famous Cave Rescue. The replica of Tham Luang has scaled down the length of the cave from the entrance to the Nom Sao elevated ground, a total of 2,315 meters, to 30 meters. The exhibition inside will simulate all the incidents that happened during the rescue operation of 13 Moo Pa footballers who were trapped inside the cave from 23 June to 10 July 2018. Chiang Rai's governor also plans to propose the park as an ASEAN Heritage Park, as the park has geological and biological distinction. (17/10/2020)
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The Department of Skill Development will proceed to upgrade the skill levels and quality of the country's labor force, especially ability to adopt high technology and innovation in their work. The project aims to increase productivity and create more competitive opportunities. There will be training sessions in various courses to focus on general audiences, new graduates, workers, and unemployed people. Trainees will learn both theory and practice. (16/10/2020)
The World Health Organization has highlighted several notable accomplishments by health agencies in Thailand in their COVID-19 response, urging Thailand to work together with the WHO to create a joint database and extend outbreak surveillance, in preparation for a possible new wave of infections. The Minister of Public Health said Thailand is the first country to join The Intra-Action Review, which indicates the countrys robust public health system, inclusive availability of health resources, swift management at hospitals, and the preparedness of local disease investigation teams as key factors in the countrys successful COVID-19 response. (16/10/2020)
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Similan Island National Park has announced that it will temporarily close Similan Island to tourists because of the inclement weather and high tide from 15 October until further notice. Phang Nga province formally announced the opening of the travel season with the "new normal" scheme from 15 October, but the 2-3 meter high tide might risk the safety of visitors, so the park has to temporarily close until the weather is back to normal. (16/10/2020)
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Chulalongkorn Universitys Faculty of Dentistry is offering dental treatment free-of-charge, including extractions, fillings and scaling, on October 21st to mark National Dental Public Health Day. Free treatment will be provided to a maximum of 500 adults and 50 children, with an additional 30 children to be treated for their baby teeth. Those below the age of 12 must be accompanied by their parents. One dental treatment will be provided per patient. Those interested can register for the free service online from now until October 18th. Members of the public can call 02-218-8635 for more information. (16/10/2020)
Thai Authorities have decided to postpone a visit by a group of 150 tourists from Guangzhou, China, who were scheduled to visit Phuket on October 8th to 25th, in order to preemptively protect Thai travelers who are expected to visit the island during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival which will take place from October 16th - 25th. Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC) General Natthapon Nakpanich explained that the move was necessary because the festival will likely attract large numbers of local travelers to the province. (16/10/2020)
The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) stated that the Government has updated its economic policies to improve the country's competitiveness. The Thai government has made changes to the nations economic policies to meet the changing global competitive landscape, with more emphasis on high-value products and services using advanced technology, to maintain the export sectors competitiveness. In addition, the BOI will offer investment stimuli in accordance with the updated policy to help upgrade the industrial and service sector, by promoting the adoption of advanced technologies, such as automation systems and digitalization of manufacturing lines, and by using various technologies to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing. (16/10/2020)
October 15 is Global Handwashing Day. The Thai Health Department wants to remind the public that washing hands is essential in order to prevent catching and passing on diseases, especially to protect our health and reduce the risk of COVID-19. The public is strongly encouraged to understand the benefits of washing hands and to build a better culture for healthy habits in new normal lifestyle. For more information, please visit www.thaihealth.or.th/ (15/10/2020)
In response to the protest movement yesterday, 14 October, the Government has announced a state of emergency in Bangkok to end protests, effective from 4 a.m. this morning (15 October 2020). All gatherings of five or more people and the publication of news, online messages, other media, and electronic information that contains messages that could create fear or intentionally distort information, or create misunderstanding that will affect national security or peace and order are also prohibited. This announcement includes permission for authorities to ban people from entering any area they designate as off limits. (15/10/2020)
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The Ministry of Commerce disclosed that jewelry and gems businesses are essential for economic growth in Thailand. Therefore, the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) has started several projects to help entrepreneurs whose businesses are affected by covid-19. One of the project is to develop beautiful tribal accessories in the Northeast region, which will create more value for local products, with sustainability. In addition, the Buy With Confidence (BWC) Gems & Jewelry Festival will be heald from 16 to 22 November at Samyan Mitrtown in Bangkok to boost customers confidence in Thai jewelry. (14/10/2020)
The Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation will organize the third Princess Maha Chakri Award Forum on 22-23 October 2020. The highlight of the forum will be the session when eleven outstanding teachers from Southeast Asian countries share their experiences and teaching methods. The forum will be broadcast live during the ceremony via NBT Channel and Facebook. Those who are interested in the event, please register free of charge at www.PMCAFORUM.in.th. It can also be viewed on Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/PrincessMahaChakriAward. (14/10/2020)
The Ministry of Culture is holding an exhibition on the royal projects and contributions of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, while showing the utmost respect to the beloved late King. Visitors to the exhibition will recall fond memories through the display of His Majestys biography and royal contributions to development over the course of his 70-year reign. The exhibition allows visitors to learn about the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and many royal projects. It is now taking place at Life Hall on the second floor of Siam Paragon shopping center in Bangkok until 18th October. Visitors will receive photographs from the exhibition of the royal cremation ceremony as a token of remembrance. (14/10/2020)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the Bhutanese Ambassador for his role during the past four years in Thailand in promoting relations and reinforcing cooperation between the two countries at all levels. He also conveyed his humble felicitations toward His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan. At the same time, the Bhutanese Ambassador expressed appreciation to the Thai government for its cooperation and facilitation. The relationship between Thailand and Bhutan would continuously be strengthened. The Ambassador also congratulated the Thai governments achievement in curbing COVID-19 in an efficient and effective manner. (14/10/2020)
The Ministry of Culture is promoting the Vegetarian Festival this year, which will take place all around the country, for example, Yaowarat Road and Chinese shrines in Nakhon Sawan and Chonburi. Also, one of the most popular provinces for holding the Vegetarian Festival is Phuket province. The theme and activities organized this year will change from a parade with walking through the streets to riding cars, in order to protect people and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this event is to cheer up people's minds with brightness and health thinking. The Vegetarian Festival will take place from 17 to 25 October 2020. (14/10/2020)
The Tak Provincial Health Office has cooperated with Mae Sot Hospital and Tak Immigration Office to launch an active case searching five border districts connected with Myanmar, namely Mae Sot, Umphang, Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang, and Phop Phra, to tackle the potential spread of COVID-19. They also set up biosafety mobile units to provide COVID-19 testing for inbound drivers, on both Thailand's and Myanmar's side, free of charge. (12/10/2020)
According to the report on finding three COVID-19-infected drivers who delivered goods in the northern province of Tak, the Tak Provincial Health Office investigated and found out that there were 74 persons who had a high risk of infection, so their samples have been sent to Mae Sot Hospital for testing. People in Tak province can test for COVID-19 at Mae Sot Hospital and the biosafety mobile units free of charge. (12/10/2020)

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