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PM to open floating market near Government House

Posted by pakin On January - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha is planning to open a floating market at Khlong Prem Prachakorn near Government House.

Prayut floated the idea after presiding over the opening ceremony of the orchid market next to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem.

Prayut came up with the idea of a floating market while walking back to Government House from the orchid market with his secretary-general Wilas Arunsri.

Wilas also reported that the authorities were in discussions with the Fine Arts Department to conduct landscape improvements around Government House by extending the fence line along the first gate towards Khlong Prem Prachakorn.

The premier ordered that the plan to be thoroughly studied with regard to adverse effects and budget.

“When I try to build something, people might say that I want to stay in my position longer,” Prayuth said.

Prayut said the orchid market, which will be open every Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 6pm for three months, would provide opportunities for farmers who are facing problems with limited outlets in which to sell their orchids and low pricing.

“Thailand is the world second largest orchid exporter after the Netherlands and its export volume is worth Bt3 billion per year,” he said.

The orchid trade should be promoted to boost the country’s income, he said. This can be achieved by stimulating the domestic consummation of orchids, finding more markets for orchid exports and promoting orchid processing for added value, he said.

This also goes along with the |government’s five-year vision for |”the sustainable security of the country and sustainable prosperity for the people.”

The prime minister also urged those involved in the orchid trade, especially the middlemen, to ensure consumers get quality goods at appropriate pricing.

Former PM seeks justice as she appears before NLA

Posted by pakin On January - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday said she has already been “impeached” three times.

The ousted former premier made the comment as she faced the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during her impeachment proceedings in the case hearing filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. She is accused of dereliction of duty in the rice-pledging scheme that led to corruption and billions of baht in losses.

“I come here today to seek justice,” she said.

She added that she no longer holds any positions of which she can be stripped.

“The impeachment [against me] will not only affect me but also dim farmers’ hopes,” she told the NLA during the impeachment proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years.

Five law students of Khon Kaen University on Wednesday greeted visiting Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha with anti-coup gesture before being escorted out of the hall.

Prayut, who was visiting Khon Kaen province to observe the drought situation, was speaking on the stage, when the three students showed no-coup gesture and tore off their shirts revealing black tshirts emblazoned with “No Coup”.

Prayut seemed unperturbed, saying, “it’s okay, they did not understand,” and suggesting they file their complaints with Damrongtham Centre, which has been set up to receive complaints from the public.

Before continuing his speech, Prayut asked the audience, “is there anybody else wanting to protest?”

The five were taken to an army camp for registration of their protest.

They are members of Dao Din group, an non-governmental organisation in the northeastern region.

Prayut will travel to Kalasin province this afternoon to review the drought situation there.

Deputy PM insists charter ‘not a script’

Posted by pakin On November - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Public referendum not needed, says Wissanu

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam denied rumours Wednesday that charter drafters would draw up a new charter based on a “prepared script”.

“That is not true. The country has seen a number of charter drafting processes. And every time a process is about to begin, there will be speculation like this. There is no prepared draft. The process is being closely watched by the whole country,” he said.

Mr Wissanu said he did not consider a public referendum a necessary step in the writing and endorsing process.

Some believe that without a referendum the draft charter may not truly belong to the public and may in fact reflect the coup-makers’ agenda.

The deputy prime minister said a referendum is often cited in modern-day politics to justify “public participation”. He said it is more important to engage the people by calling on those representing various sectors to give their views rather than the public at large.

He also said the cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) are expected to appoint a panel to monitor the work of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC).

The panel will help the government and the NCPO, which are required by the interim charter to study the draft, he said.

The members of the Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) led by Borwornsak Uwanno Wednesday took a vow to perform their duties with honesty and impartiality in the best interests of the people.

They made their vow as they paid their respects to the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram and the City Shrine.

After that they went to parliament for an unofficial meeting to get to know each other. Two CDC members did not attend as they were abroad. (Story continues below)

Mr Borwornsak called on the public and political parties to take part in the drafting process by forwarding their opinions to the CDC and an NRC committee on public participation.

He said the CDC members had made an initial agreement on division of work and how to complete its task.

Six deputies will be appointed and the working panels of the CDC will be divided into two groups. One will be involved in the drafting process and the other with the content, he said.

However, this is just a proposal and the details will be finalised at today’s official meeting. He said he did not mind if reporters sat in during CDC meetings but they would have to understand that some issues could not leave the room.

Also on Wednesday, charter drafters reaffirmed the public would not be left out of the charter drafting process. Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said public input would be gathered to ensure a draft charter, which is expected to take shape in April next year, reflects the views of the people.

He said the gathering of public opinions would go hand in hand with the drafting process due to the tight time-frame. He said the content of the constitution would be based partly on previous charters, especially the 1997 and 2007 versions and the current interim charter.

Mr Kamnoon said all 36 CDC members should make it clear when they are voicing personal opinions about the draft charter to avoid creating confusion. Their personal views could be misunderstood as the CDC’s proposals.