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Thanathorn reveals his 9-year-old daughter’s plea to UN for help #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Thanathorn reveals his 9-year-old daughter’s plea to UN for help

Feb 22. 2020
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
By THE NATION

Banned Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said his nine-year-old daughter had written a letter to the United Nations last month, highlighting the problems faced by her father.

After the Constitutional Court’s verdict to dissolve the party on Friday (February 22), Thanathorn spoke about the mail written by his daughter while addressing party supporters.

Thanathorn said that he had not told his nine-year-old daughter much about his political issues or problems. “However, she wrote this mail after my event at Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus in late January,” he said, and quoted from the mail:

“Dear United Nations,

I am nine years old, and nearly ten. My name is Ari, and I am from Thailand. I am writing this email to you for my father who is fighting for his rights. There are problems in Thailand about our government. Some of the government, or several parts, have not been fair to my father.

My father has not received human rights according to Article 6, which is the right to be treated equally and fairly in the presence of the law. The problem is that my father owns the coolest political party, and they are trying to dissolve his party. I think my father has not been treated fairly, and hope you all agree with me. So, please come to help my father; he needs help.”

State agency to accelerate public-private projects #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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State agency to accelerate public-private projects

Feb 22. 2020
Sepo director-general, Prapas Kong-Ied

Sepo director-general, Prapas Kong-Ied
By The Nation

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects will be speeded up with quicker disbursement of budget funding, State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo) director-general Prapas Kong-Ied said.

He said the office planned to disburse funding of around Bt350 billion.

“At the end of January, the office has a cumulative disbursement plan of Bt35.399 billion which can disburse Bt37.279 billion, accounting for 105 per cent of the plan,” he said. “Sepo aimed to disburse not less than 90 per cent from the investment budget this year.”

He further explained that Sepo this year aimed to collect Bt188.8 billion, up Bt20.8 from the previous year, from state enterprises and businesses in which the Ministry of Finance holds less than 50 per cent stake.

“On February 19, we collected about Bt95.635 billion, accounting for 50 per cent of the target,” he said. “Sepo expects that the office will be able to collect revenue delivered to the state as targeted to be sufficient for government expenses and maintain fiscal stability.”

He added the Sepo will speed up investment of the government sector, adding disbursement of state enterprises would be not less than 90 per cent of the plan.

“This will help the private sector in investing in government business through laws, regulations, and PPP process to accelerate various projects,” he added.

“Besides, this will help promote the integration of joint investment projects, such as community-based power plants or electric charging stations of energy-related state enterprises.”

Meanwhile, Sepo deputy director Piyawan Lamkitcha said that this year there will be six PPP projects totalling Bt385 billion, which allow joint investment agreements. They are: operation and maintenance of two motorways projects — Bang Pa-In to Nakhon Ratchasima, and Bang Yai to Kanchanaburi, under the Department of Highways — Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel land allocation project under the Syndicate of Thai Hotels and Tourists Enterprises Limited; Bangpra Golf Club state land rental project under the Treasury Department; Nakhon Phanom border transport centre project under the Department of Land Transport; and MRT Orange Line from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri under the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand.

“The four PPP projects totalling Bt31 billion, which will be proposed to the PPP committee are: Chiang Mai housing community (Nong Hoi) and residential project and commercial development along the mass rapid transit network project under the National Housing Authority, Ministry of Public Health Medical Complex under the Department of Medical Services, and public port management for liquid cargo handling project under the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand,” she added.

Future Forward to hold no-confidence debate against govt on Sunday #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Future Forward to hold no-confidence debate against govt on Sunday

Feb 22. 2020
By The Nation

The Future Forward Party (FWP) has said it will hold its own version of the no-confidence debate outside Parliament on Sunday (February 23) after Friday’s ruling by the charter court to dissolve the party shut the doors of the House of Representatives to its members.

After the Constitutional Court verdict on Friday (February 21) to dissolve the party and revoke the right of its executives to contest any elections for 10 years, leaders of the party held a rally with supporters in front of the Thai Summit building on New Phetchaburi Road in Bangkok until 11pm.

Party leaders used a pickup truck, equipped with an amplifier, to address supporters.

The party’s spokeswoman, Pannika Wanich, announced that they will hold a no-confidence debate outside Parliament on Sunday.

Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul added that members will discuss the place and time to hold this off-site debate. “We will inform citizens later about where and when the debate will be held,” he added.

Verdict dissolving Future Forward Party must be reversed: Amnesty #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Verdict dissolving Future Forward Party must be reversed: Amnesty

Feb 22. 2020
By Amnesty

Amnesty International has called for reversing the verdict to dissolve the Future Forward Party in a strongly worded statement.

Responding to the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the party following a petition by the Election Commission, Amnesty International’s regional director Nicholas Bequelin said on Friday:

“Today’s decision by the Constitutional Court to dissolve the Future Forward Party illustrates how the authorities use judicial processes to intimidate, harass and target political opposition. Thai authorities must reverse the dissolution decision and restore genuine rights to freedom of expression and association in the country.

“The dissolution of the Future Forward Party is the culmination of the Thai authorities’ relentless onslaught against the party’s leaders and members since the lead-up to the March 2019 general elections. Both before and since the elections, the authorities have used sweeping and vaguely worded legal restrictions to dissolve the party, and had disqualified the party leader from sitting in parliament.

“The Thai government, members of parliament, and all political parties in Thailand must commit to protecting the rights to freedom of expression and association. The international community, which has on the whole remained silent about human rights violations in Thailand, must clearly demonstrate it will not accept the outlawing of political opposition.”

On Friday, the charter court, acting on a petition by the EC, ruled that by accepting a Bt191-million loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the party was in violation of Sections 66 and 72 of the Organic Law on Political Parties, which bans donations of more than Bt10 million. It also banned 16 party executives from taking part in elections for 10 years.

Prior to and following the general elections on March 24, 2019, the Thai Raksa Chart Party, allied with the opposition Pheu Thai Party, was disbanded. The party’s leaders were also barred from contesting elections for 10 years.

Amnesty International said it was a non-partisan organisation that neither supported nor opposed any candidate in any election.

Bangkok 24th worst city for air quality #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Bangkok 24th worst city for air quality

Feb 22. 2020
By THE NATION

Bangkok was ranked the 24th worst city in the world for air quality as of 7.20am on Saturday (February 22).

Reading on the application ‘Air Visual’ showed the Thai calital’s average pollution level at 144.

The air situation is much worse in Chiang Mai, with average pollution level of 157, making it the 12th worst city for air quality.

The amount of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) in Bangkok and Chiang Mai was at 41 and 66.7 micrograms per cubic metre respectively.

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI), air quality between 0 to 50 is healthy, 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 150 is unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 is very unhealthy, and 301 to 500 is dangerous.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Department informed via the website Air4thai.pcd.go.th that at 8am on Saturday the air quality in Bangkok and nearby provinces was at moderate to unhealthy levels.

PM2.5 dust particles were at between 46 to 69 micrograms per cubic metre. The areas with high pollution levels were: Bangkhuntian, Bangkapi, Pathumwan, Lat Phrao, Din Daeng, Phya Thai, Wangthonglang, as well as Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakarn provinces.

US issues statement on dissolution of Future Forward Party #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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US issues statement on dissolution of Future Forward Party

Feb 22. 2020
By THE NATION

The US embassy in Thailand has raised questions on the democratic fallout of the Constitutional Court verdict on Friday to dissolve the Future Forward Party.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the embassy said: “We note the Thai Constitutional Court’s decision on February 21 ordering the dissolution of the Future Forward Party.

“The United States strongly supports democratic governance around the world, and appreciates Thailand’s recent seating of a democratically elected government. While the United States does not favor or support any particular political party in Thailand, more than six million voters chose the Future Forward Party in the March 24 elections. The decision to disband the party risks disenfranchising those voters and raises questions about their representation within Thailand’s electoral system.”

EV charging stations to be set up at 50-70 km intervals #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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EV charging stations to be set up at 50-70km intervals

Feb 22. 2020
By THE NATION

A government committee has given the nod to increase the number of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) to cover community areas and main roads between cities.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Energy Policy Administration Committee chaired by Energy Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong.

Sonthirat said on Friday (February 21) that “the interval for each station should be in the range of 50-70 kilometres”. “This is to solve congestions in big cities and allow people in outer urban areas to have supporting facilities for their EVs.”

This project will be financed by a fund from the Energy Policy and Planning Office and can be joined by either interest public or private organisations, he added.

At present the Ministry of Energy has 520 charging stations under its administration with 805 charging ports in total providing charging service at a flat rate, 24 hours a day.

Sonthirat added that the meeting in Friday also agreed to a motion to restructure the ex-refinery oil price by reducing the refinery’s premium by Bt0.5 per litre. The refinery’s premium is the cost that refineries bear and factor in the ex-refinery price. It covers the transport fee, insurance, compensation to lost oil during transportation and oil quality adjusting fee.

“The motion will be presented to the Energy Policy and Planning Office by March 19,” he said. “If the motion is approved, the retail oil price will drop Bt0.5 per litre immediately due to reducing cost.”

Cool mornings, strong winds forecast for upper Thailand #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Cool mornings, strong winds forecast for upper Thailand

Feb 22. 2020
By THE NATION

Upper Thailand will experience cold mornings and strong winds, while the South will see isolated thundershowers.

The Thailand Meteorological Department forecast on Saturday (February 22) that a rather strong high-pressure system still covers upper Thailand and the South China Sea while continuous strong easterly winds prevail across the Gulf of Thailand. In upper Thailand cool mornings are likely while strong winds are possible in the Northeast, the East and the Central regions. People have been urged to keep warm.

The department also said that the South would have isolated thundershowers with waves up 2-3 metres high in the upper Gulf from Surat Thani upwards and 2-4 metres high in the lower Gulf from Nakhon Si Thammarat downwards. People along the shoreline should beware of inshore surges. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should keep ashore until February 24, the department advised.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

Northern region: Cool weather in the morning, temperature lows of 16-21 degrees Celsius and highs of 33-36 degrees Celsius. Temperature is likely to drop to 6-14 degrees Celsius on hilltops.

Northeastern region: Cool weather in the morning with strong winds; temperature lows of 16-21 degrees Celsius and highs of 32-34 degrees Celsius. Meecury likely to drop to 9-15 degrees Celsius on hilltops.

Central region: Cool weather in the morning with strong winds; temperature lows of 20-24 degrees Celsius and highs of 34-36 degrees Celsius.

Eastern region: Cool weather in the morning with strong winds; lows of 19-24 degrees Celsius, highs of 34-36 degrees Celsius; waves 1-2 metres high, increasing to 2-3 metres offshore.

Southern region (east coast): Partly cloudy with thundershowers in 20 per cent of the area; lows of 22-24 degrees Celsius, highs of 31-33 degrees Celsius; waves 2-4 metres high.

Southern region (west coast): Partly cloudy with thundershowers in 10 per cent of the area; lows of 22-26 degrees Celsius, highs of 32-35 degree Celsius; waves 1-2 metres high.

Bangkok and surrounding areas: Cool weather in the morning and strong wind; lows of 22-24 degrees Celsius, highs of 34-36 degrees Celsius.

Foreign Ministry puts all embassies on virus high alert #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382587?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Foreign Ministry puts all embassies on virus high alert

Feb 22. 2020
Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai

Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai
By The Nation

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has ordered embassies and consulates around the world to make sure Thais in their jurisdictions are well taken care of amid the Covid-19 virus threat.

Minister Don Pramudwinai said he had ordered them to provide care as needed as well as guidelines for staying healthy and reacting if they fall ill.

“All countries are carefully monitoring the situation, which currently is focused on the increasing number of infected people in South Korea,” he said.

“We have meanwhile directed the embassy in Japan to take care of the Thais who are trapped aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess.”

Thailand has strict prevention and response measures in place, Don said, but the ministry cannot underestimate the danger because of the close proximity to China and Southeast Asian neighbours hit by the virus.

“We’re arranging a meeting of the Rapid Response Centre to monitor the situation in each country,” he said.

The ministry and Chinese authorities will take care of all Thais remaining in China, Don said.

World’s smallest bat might be living with Buddha’s footprint #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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World’s smallest bat might be living with Buddha’s footprint

Feb 22. 2020
By The Nation

Phra Phutthabat Cave in Krabi could be housing a tiny colony of Kitti’s hog-nosed bats – the world’s smallest species and one that’s under dire threat of extinction.

They can be found clinging to the ceiling, 10 metres up, just behind the Buddha’s footprint that gives the cave its name.

Niwat Wattanayommanaporn of the Krabi Culture Council said on Thursday (February 20) that he’d learned of the little bat’s presence there from a local tour guide.

He led officials of Than Bok Khorani National Park, where the cave is located near Ban Rai Yai in Ao Luek district, and members of a local cave explorers club, in search of the colony.

“There were 20 small bats clinging to the ceiling of the cave,” Niwat said. “We had to use a ladder to take pictures because they’re so tiny and so far above the ground.

“They have a reddish-brown body and black wings like the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, so we’re looking for experts to verify what kind of bat it is.”

Assoc Prof Dr Suree Poompamorn was apparently a step ahead, spotting the small bats inside the cave and by now already awaiting expert verification.

He’s previously identified species in nearby Klang Cave as false vampire bats and Rousette bats, the latter also known as Egyptian fruit bats and large in size.

“Kitti’s hog-nosed bat was discovered in Kanchanaburi, so this cave would be the second place in Thailand where the world’s smallest bat has found a home,” Suree said.

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, sometimes called the bumblebee bat, is arguably also the world’s smallest mammal, just 29-33 millimetres in length and weighing around two grams.

Known for its distinctive pig-like snout, it lives in colonies that range greatly in size but average out to 100 individuals per cave.

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