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    PM Prayut donates for flood victims, govt party postponed


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha donated 100,000 baht to help flood victims as the government was set to raise donations to help victims on Tuesday evening and a party planned for members of the ruling coalition was put off indefinitely.

    Gen Prayut made the personal donation before attending a cabinet meeting at Government House on Tuesday morning. He said the money would go to the disaster relief fund of the office of the permanent secretary for the Prime Minister's Office.

    The donation preceded the government's fund-raising programme on TV channel 9 from 7.30pm on Tuesday to solicit financial aid for flood victims.

    Gen Prayut said officials would have to spend the donations carefully while financial aid from the government's budget had yet to undergo regulatory procedures.

    Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Tuesday that coalition parties postponed their post-House session party from Thursday indefinitely as ministers and MPs had to help flood victims in provinces.

    The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported flooding persisted in the four northeastern provinces of Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon and about 22,400 people were still in shelters.

    Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said flooding damaged had about 3 million rai of farmland, and people in Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon provinces in the Northeast had also suffered from floods.

    He assured that all parties were doing their best to help flood victims.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...arty-postponed
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    Thailand's military plans to acquire 120 American-made armoured vehicles by 2020, with the first batch of 10 arriving next month, a Thai defence ministry source told Reuters on Wednesday.

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    No details regarding the price, delivery dates or onboard systems were disclosed, though Thai newspaper The Bangkok Post reported that the ship will cost $200.7 million, with construction to last three years. Thai media reports previously said the Chinese design would cost $130 million.

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    • Nearly B600m raised for flood victims



    Two appeals launched to raise funds for flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani - one private, one government - have raised 595 million baht in total.

    The government raised 263 million baht from its TV channel 9 charity call on Tuesday night, while actor Bin Bunluerit's appeal has received 332 million baht since Saturday.

    The government fund-raiser jumped on the coat-tails of Bin's charity initiative to help flood victims in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani. The actor kick-started the appeal on Saturday with 1 million baht from his own wallet, and called on others to join him.

    Bin said while helping victims in Ubon Ratchathani that local people hit by the flood were largely daily wage earners and in need of money, so he was raising cash donations for them.

    He also mentioned that the government was giving 1,000 baht each to domestic tourists and so should also give cash to flood victims, who were starving. His supporters were looking to rise from 1,000 to 5,000 baht each for flood victims.

    On Monday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he felt uncomfortable with people's requests for 5,000-baht handouts because the government had regulatory procedures to meet before rolling out financial assistance to flood victims.

    Gen Prayut later announced he would make a 100,000 baht donation from his own pocket.

    On Tuesday Bin was helping victims in Ubon Ratchathani's Warin Chamrap district. He accepted the government's invitation to join its fund-raising programme on TV in Bangkok in the evening.

    He had a brief talk with Gen Prayut at the TV channel and also saw off the prime minister after the programme ended.

    Bin said on Wednesday morning that he had no problems with the government, but was sincerely trying to help flood victims and wanted to report the real situation in flooded areas.

    There was no plan to combine his group's donations with those the government raised. He promised to use the money transparently to help those in need. He said people had donated 332 million baht in total to his account.

    Prime Minister Prayut wrote on his Facebook account on Wednesday morning that he was grateful to all donors and all parties that were helping flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-flood-victims

    • Court finds Prayut qualified for premier’s job


    The Constitutional Court on Wednesday (September 18) issued a ruling in relation to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s qualifications, saying he was not a state official during March 24 elections as per Article 98 (15) and that his term as prime minister will not be terminated according to Article 170 paragraph 1.

    On June 27, the Opposition alleged that Prayut did not have the qualifications to contest in the March 24 elections as a prime minister candidate of Phalang Pracharat Party because at that time he was holding the position of “a state official” as chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

    The Opposition pointed out that Article 98 prohibits state officials from contesting an election.

    However, the Constitutional Court ruled that Prayut’s post as chief of NCPO could not be considered that of a state official, which means the general did not violate any laws and hence his post as premier does not need to be terminated as per Article 170 paragraph 1.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376371

    • Prayut to meet economic council to push for hastening of mega projects


    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is meeting with the council of economic ministers on Friday (September 20) to seek ways of speeding up the implementation of long-delayed mega-transport projects worth more than Bt100 billion.

    Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general for political affairs attached to the Office of the Prime Minister, said Prayut will meet the council to hasten the approval of large investment projects under the jurisdiction of the Transport Ministry. The PM believes these projects will ease economic problems by injecting a large amount of money into the national economy.

    “There are many delayed projects that will be brought up in the meeting. The construction of these projects may quicken if the deadline is extended. For instance, the Skytrain project that passes through the busy Ramkhamhaeng, Lat Phrao and Srinakarin roads. If this project is completed quickly, then traffic problems will be relieved. Investment in these projects will also help stimulate the economy and may help national growth go beyond the 3 per cent target,” Kobsak said.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376336
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    Prayut to leave for busy week at UN Assembly on Saturday

    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage will leave for New York to attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

    The trip to the US from Saturday to next Friday will also be attended by Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa.

    According to a schedule released to the media, Prayut will also attend two meetings in his capacity as this year’s chairman of Asean to represent ‘s Asean and Thailand’s roles in the international arena as well as to protect Thailand’s interests.

    He will attend a high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage to show Thailand’s strong role in public health affairs. During the meeting, the prime minister will make a speech to show to the international community that Thailand has interwoven public health service with social and economic developments and pushed for universal healthcare. The prime minister will also emphasise Thailand’s push to put universal healthcare on the world agenda.

    Prayut will also attend the UN Climate Action summit and the Sustainable Development Goal summit. The prime minister will deliver a speech at the SDB summit on behalf of Asean. He is expected to say that Asean will accelerate development of the region and emphasise the role of local people as the centre of development projects based on the “sufficiency economy” philosophy, and that Asean would cooperate with the US and other nations in implementing development projects.

    Prayut is also scheduled to meet the Asia Society and the US-Asean Business Council (USABC).

    The Thai prime minister will assure the Asia Society that Thailand would cooperate with various countries on security, economic, social and environment projects, while the Kingdom also prepared to transform itself into an aged society and to develop smart cities and get its human resources ready for digital disruption.

    During the meeting with the USABC, the prime minister will update the council of Thailand’s economic reforms, especially customs reforms that would benefit business operations. The prime minister is to emphasize the strong points of the Eastern Economic Corridor project.

    During the trip, Prayut will also meet and hold bilateral discussions with several foreign leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, UN Secretary General António Guterres, as well as Tijjane Muhammad Bande, the chair of the 74th UN General Assembly.

    Prayut and his entourage are scheduled to fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11.10pm on Saturday and to reach the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 11.05am on Sunday.

    The prime minister will be briefed about his US mission and other activities in the afternoon as well as meet the community of Thai expats in New York at 3.30pm.

    On Monday, Prayut will attend a high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage as well as attend a summit on climate change.

    On Tuesday, Prayut will attend a 9am banquette host by the UN secretary general for national leaders and their spouses.

    In the afternoon, he will attend the SDG Summit, as well as an evening banquette held by the US president and first lady for foreign leaders and spouses.

    On Wednesday, Prayut will deliver a speech to the Asia Society at noon and attend a dinner meeting with executives of the USABC at night.

    The prime minister and his entourage are scheduled to fly from New York at noon on Thursday, landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 9.55pm on Friday.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376453

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    Prayut will also attend the UN Climate Action summit and the Sustainable Development Goal summit. The prime minister will deliver a speech at the SDB summit on behalf of Asean. He is expected to say that Asean will accelerate development of the region and emphasise the role of local people as the centre of development projects based on the “sufficiency economy” philosophy, and that Asean would cooperate with the US and other nations in implementing development projects.
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    PM Prayut in NY for UN meeting


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived in New York for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and soon after met representatives of Thai communities in the United States.

    Media reported that the flight carrying his delegation landed at John F Kennedy International Airport at 11.05am local time on Sunday. He is staying at the Plaza Athenee Hotel.

    At the hotel he met 175 representatives of Thai communities in the US. Gen Prayut told them he would also attend sessions on universal health coverage and international responses to climate change.

    The prime minister told the representatives that his government was working for national development and trying to solve long-standing social problems, while attaching importance to human resource development and the economic opportunities of farmers and workers to narrow income gaps.

    Gen Prayut is scheduled to return to Thailand on Sept 27.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...for-un-meeting

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    I'm sure you're an admirer of the good General, for someone that's never lived here or has any firm understanding/connections with Thai or Thailand.

    Consider the source.

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    Prayut pushes sustainability at UN

    NEW YORK: As chair of Asean, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the bloc to accelerate plans for sustainable development while speaking at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    Gen Prayut urged a greater regional trade partnership and public participation, as well as efforts to protect the environment and boost welfare in ageing societies.

    "If we want to pass on a sustainable world to our children and grandchildren, there is no time to waste. Therefore, we must act now, act quickly, and do more together in partnership," he said at the SDG Summit on Wednesday (Bangkok time).

    Gen Prayut said Asean must accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enhancing connectivity, tackling inequalities through science and technology, and protecting the environment, especially through the responsible use of natural resources and curbing marine pollution.

    The premier also said Asean needs to "localise" SDGs, keeping the goals relevant by encouraging local participation, empowering communities by expanding financial access, and adjusting related initiatives to the needs of an ageing society.

    He also called for greater cooperation in promoting free trade through regional initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Smart Cities Network.

    Separately, Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai said the bloc will launch the Asean Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue at the 35th Asean Summit, in November in Bangkok.

    The centre will be the first regional platform tasked with promoting sustainable development in Asean.

    Also opening soon are the Asean Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation as well as the Asean Training Centre for Social Work and Social Welfare, he added.

    Meanwhile, the Thai News Agency (TNA) on Wednesday reported that a group of protesters who rallied in front of Gen Prayut's New York hotel turned out to be Mexicans and Peruvians.

    The protesters admitted they knew nothing about Thailand, but were demonstrating in support of democracy, according to TNA.

    "We came separately. We want to see better human rights and freedom for all countries," one protester, who said the group were "expats living in the US", told the Bangkok Post.

    On Monday, protesters claiming to represent the Committee for Human Rights and Democracy and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "Thai Democracy Now" demonstrated in front of New York's Plaza Athenee Hotel to catch the attention of delegates.

    The group is also said to be responsible for prominently placed placards reading "United Nations General Assembly: Don't let democracy die in Thailand" seen in the city.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...nability-at-un

    Think it might have been helpful if Prayut brought up Goal 13 during his speech: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelo...limate-change/ - http://www.un.or.th/sdgs/ - https://thailand.opendevelopmentmeko...lopment-goals/
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    PM accused of budget favouritism


    The opposition Pheu Thai Party has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of awarding ministries controlled by his close aides with more cash in the new budget bill than ministries charged with stimulating the economy.

    While ministries controlled by other coalition parties, including the Transport Ministry and Tourism and Sports Ministry, face cuts in their proposed fiscal year 2020 budgets, the ministries controlled by Gen Prayut's close associates look set to enjoy a rise, said Samart Kaewmeechai, deputy leader of the Pheu Thai Party.

    The Defence Ministry and Interior Ministry will receive a higher budget this year, he said.

    Instead of focusing on economic stimulation, this government plans to allocate 428 billion baht, or 13.4% of the entire 3.2-trillion-baht budget, to security work, he said, adding that the security budget has continued to rise over the past five years.

    The proposed 3.2 trillion baht is the highest figure in Thailand's history, according to Mr Samart.

    The 62 billion baht set aside for offsetting the treasury balance also shows this government's spending is set to be greater than any other, he said.

    "The government is allocating more budget to non-economic work although the core policy it announced to the public was to stimulate the economy," he said.

    House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, meanwhile, on Friday said three days would be an appropriate amount of time to debate the bill after Pheu Thai secretary-general Anudit Nakhontap said on Tuesday that the opposition wanted to spend five days on it.

    Mr Anudit said party whips will raise the matter at a meeting with the government next month.

    The House's first reading of the bill will be held on Oct 17 and the second and third readings are expected on Jan 28-29, after which it will be submitted for royal endorsement.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...et-favouritism
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    • Drivers of polluting vehicles will be arrested, warns Prayut



    At a ceremony held to present government policy to the National Farmers Council on Thursday (October 3), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said drivers of vehicles emitting pollution will be arrested, adding that transport business owners have to be held responsible for emissions caused by old auto parts.

    He also added that Thai farmers can help the government reduce the particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres, or PM2.5, by reducing their outdoor burning which causes the unhealthy pollution.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Industrial Works said it is ready to cooperate with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to tackle the pollution problem by installing PM2.5 detectors in areas that have many factories and sending an inspection team to address the problem.

    Prakob Vivitjinda, the department’s director-general, said his agency will install PM2.5 detectors on RTAF drones to examine unhealthy levels of dust in the air, especially in industrial areas, before sending a team to inspect factories.

    “The department also plans to install more real-time sewage detectors that will send information round the clock. These detectors have already been installed in factories that discharge more than 500 cubic metres of water daily, and this has already proved to be successful.”: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377042

    • Prayut has upbeat talk with new Singapore envoy



    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomed Singapore’s new ambassador, Kevin Cheok, at a meeting at Government House on Thursday (October 3) during which they discussed international relations, economic issues and climate change.

    Prayut congratulated the ambassador on assuming the post and expressed confidence that their countries would maintain solid and supportive relations.

    He conveyed his congratulations to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on receiving this year’s World Statesman Award and thanked the city-state for bringing trade partners and investors to Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor.

    Cheok said his country recognises Thailand’s potential a regional economic hub and would continue to support its efforts as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), particularly in the area of sustainable development.

    He expressed hope that negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would be completed this year to enhance trade among Asian countries and thanked Thailand for assisting in the training of Singapore’s air force over the years in combat tactics and logistics.

    Prayut and Cheok agreed that climate change was contributing to the drought, flooding and rising temperatures experienced in the region and that close cooperation among Asean nations will be required to address the issue.

    Cheok said Singapore would happily exchange technological knowledge with Thailand to tackle climate-related problems.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377026
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