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Dam in Chiang Mai unaffected by earthquake

NNT

Irrigation Office 1 has inspected Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam following a 4.1-magnitude earthquake in Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai. It was found that the dam is still safe and not affected by the earthquake.

Mr Suphamit Kritsanamit, Head of the Dam Safety Management Division, Irrigation Office 1, and officials of Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam, Doi Saket district, Chiang Mai province, jointly inspected the dam after the 4.1 magnitude earthquake on the night of October 18, 2019, in Doi Saket district which is close to Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam. It was found that the dam remained unaffected by the earthquake.

The Dam Safety Management Division, Irrigation Office 1, has examined the integrity of the dam each day in order to establish confidence among the public. The dam was designed to accommodate up to a 7 magnitude earthquake. Tourists have continued to visit the Mae Kuang Dam especially to see and cross the only pair of suspension bridges in Chiang Mai, which remain strong.


Trespassing restaurants in Nakhon Si Thammarat being dismantled

On the second day of the removal of restaurants at Ban Khiri Wong, found to be trespassing on a natural stream, the business owners today continued to dismantle the illegal structures according to the Marine Department and Nakhon Si Thammarat province’s directions. The demolitions must be completed in five days. Meanwhile, many tourists say they will continue to visit Ban Khiri Wong for its fine location.

The Governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat and the Marine Department had previously issued an instruction for the operators of restaurants at Tha Ha waterfall in Ban Khiri Wong, Nakhon Si Thammarat, to remove any structure which invaded the waterfall’s stream, considered a violation of the Act on Public Canal Invasion. The mandate requires all illegal structures to be removed this month.

On 17th October, restaurant owners brought in a backhoe and drills to remove concrete buildings to comply with the deadline, with workers continuing to work on the removal of structures. The process is now 80 percent complete, while at the same time the restaurants remain open for customers.

Tha Ha waterfall, which is considered to be in an area with the best air quality in the country, still welcomes many tourists, though numbers were affected slightly by the recent rainy season. Many of the tourists interviewed said they are aware of the dismantling, but will continue to visit the area to enjoy beautiful natural scenery, which should be preserved for the future.


Thais in Hong Kong urged to avoid protest sites

(NNT)

The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong has issued a travel advisory, warning Thai citizens to avoid visiting areas where mass protests are being staged, for their own safety.

The Royal Thai Consulate-General posted the travel advisory on its Facebook page, saying there are reports that protesters will stage their rallies in Central and Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations on Friday (Oct 18). According to the reports, the protesters will gather at Causeway Bay on Saturday, move to Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin areas on Sunday and continue their protests in the New Territory on Monday. Thai nationals should avoid these areas for their own safety.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s parliament descended into a second day of chaos, with legislators constantly interrupting one another and some being dragged out of parliament by security personnel.

The mass anti-government protest in Hong Kong started mid-June this year with still no end in sight.


Court to deliver Thanathorn ruling on Nov 20

(NNT) 

The Constitutional Court will read the ruling in the media shareholding case of the Future Forward Party leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, on November 20, 2019.

On Friday (Oct 18), Constitutional Court judges spent six hours questioning 10 defense witnesses, after the Election Commission (EC) asked the court to deliberate whether Mr. Thanathorn’s status as a member of parliament (MP) since he was holding shares in V-Luck Media Company when he applied to become an MP, a prohibition under the charter. After the hearing, the court will deliver its ruling at 2 p.m. on November 20. If both sides do not submit their closing statements within 15 days, the court will consider that it already has sufficient information to make a ruling.

The Future Forward Party leader and all the defense witnesses insisted on their innocence and said they do not have any agenda. They expressed their confidence that there will be no further problems after this witness testimony.

The 10 witnesses included Mr. Thanathorn, his mother, his wife, his mother’s grandson, his lawyer, his driver and V-Luck Media employees.



DPM Wissanu: Royal Barge Procession rescheduled

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam has announced a rescheduling of the Royal Barge Procession from next week to December 12th.

NNT

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam has announced a rescheduling of the Royal Barge Procession from next week to December 12th.

According to Dr. Wissanu, His Majesty the King has graciously instructed officials to reschedule the procession, which is the final component of His Majesty’s coronation. The procession is now to start at 3.30 PM on December 12th.

The announcement, which came after the Royal Thai Navy had performed 10 rehearsals and a full-attire rehearsal, was made due to concerns over possible weather obstacles. In order to maintain the safety of Their Majesties the King and Queen, and the safety of people attending the auspicious event, the organizers informed His Majesty of the weather forecast and recommended the rescheduling.

The rescheduled procession will maintain the same formation and timeframe.


PM Prayut joins volunteer activity to clean up temple

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday joined a group of volunteers to clean up Somanas Rajavaravihara temple in Bangkok.

NNT

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday joined a group of volunteers to clean up Somanas Rajavaravihara temple in Bangkok. The volunteer activity was held to honor His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 67th birthday on July 28, 2019.

Gen. Prayut was accompanied by his wife, cabinet ministers, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials, members of the media, military officers, civil servants and the general public.

The Prime Minister led all present in expressing their gratitude towards His Majesty the King for initiating the Altruistic Heart 904 volunteer program, and said his government has heeded His Majesty’s guidance. Volunteers gathered for the event then set about beautifying the temple grounds.

After paying their respects to the main Buddha statue of the temple, the Prime Minister presented its abbot with tributes. The Prime Minister then helped the volunteers repaint the temple’s fence and plant shrubs. Gen. Prayut spent the rest of the morning giving moral support to the volunteers and visiting a royal kitchen set up to provide those participating with food and beverages. (NNT)


Thailand-Hungary join forces on water management

Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Tewan Liptapallop and Hungarian Minister of the Interior Sandor Pinter shake hands after an MOU was signed between the two countries.

NNT

Minister Tewan Liptapallop and officials of the Office of Natural Water Resources (ONWR) have attended the Budapest Water Summit 2019, to present crisis response plans and to sign a Thailand-Hungary MOU to establish a joint committee on water management cooperation.

A Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapallop announced that Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan had assigned him to lead a team of officials from Thailand on an official visit to Hungary to attend the opening ceremony of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, along with the ONWR Secretary General Somkiat Prachamwong. The water summit was held on 13th-16th October 2019, during which a Memorandum of Understanding between Thailand and Hungary was signed to promote cooperation on water resource management.

The Budapest Water Summit 2019 was held on the theme of Preventing a Water Crisis, and was aimed at promoting the cooperation of the global community, and uniting political sectors, decision-making key persons in business and finance, as well as academics, to highlight the crisis in water shortages, excessive water supply, and water contamination. The summit hosted seminars and exhibitions showcasing advancement in water technology by some 30 Hungarian firms.

At the event, Thailand took the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with experts from both the government and private sectors on the implementation of technologies with water management, improving water quality, and regional water management.

Tewan disclosed that the MOU was signed by the ONWR and Hungary’s Ministry of the Interior, at which the Hungarian Minister of the Interior Sandor Pinter was present as he was at the bilateral discussion between the two sides, saying that Thailand has proposed a joint committee to be established soon to materialize plans and projects agreed on by both sides, especially integrated water management on flooding and drought, waste water management, and ground water usage specialized in by Hungary. This cooperation will help establish a bilateral framework and enhance the ties between the countries, while Hungary has offered Master’s and PhD scholarships for Thai students to join leading universities in Hungary. (NNT)


Foreign Affairs Ministry: Thailand ready to host 35th ASEAN Summit

Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, said Thailand will host the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 2 and 4 this year in Bangkok and Nonthaburi.

NNT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed Thailand’s readiness to host the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits next month.

The Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, said yesterday Thailand will host the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 2 and 4 this year in Bangkok and Nonthaburi.

The ASEAN Summit aims to enhance regional cooperation and establish connections between ASEAN member states and non-ASEAN countries. The event will focus on strategies to drive economic growth and the Asean Indo-Pacific Outlook, which promotes cooperation among countries in mainland and maritime areas of the Indo-Pacific region. ASEAN is ready to set the stage for world’s economic superpowers to hold constructive talks and together resolve economic and security issues.

Dr. Suriya said the 35th ASEAN Summit will be attended by leaders and representatives of over 20 nations, and there will be related summits between ASEAN and non-ASEAN members and the private sector.

The Handover Ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship will take place on November 4, with Thailand to pass the ceremonial gavel to Vietnam. (NNT)



Their Majesties attend anointment ceremony for HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana attended an anointment ceremony for HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, a stealth frigate of the Royal Thai Navy, in Chonburi province.

NNT

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana attended an anointment ceremony for HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, a stealth frigate of the Royal Thai Navy, in Chonburi province.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Their Majesties the King and Queen proceeded to Chuk Samet Pier at Sattahip Naval Base in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, to attend the ceremony to anoint HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej. The frigate was procured to replace two decommissioned frigates, namely HTMS Phuttha Yodfa Chulalok and HTMS Phuttha Lertla Naphalai.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn named the new stealth frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his father, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. The new frigate is 124.1 meters long, 14.4 meters wide and a draught of eight meters. The frigate deploys 141 sailors on board.

HTMS Pinklao fired a 21-gun salute during the ceremony.

HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej is a multi-role stealth frigate. Its operations can be conducted to Sea State 8. The frigate can engage in anti-submarine warfare, sea surface defense as well as air defense. It is capable of operating with heavy-duty helicopters. The frigate is equipped with modern combat and surveillance systems.

In addition to military operations, HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej can perform deep sea search and rescue operations or enforce maritime law. The frigate has two rigid-hulled inflatable buoyancies that can operate with a speed of 40 knots. The frigate is equipped with defense systems against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks. The frigate can also conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.


Natural Resources and Environment Ministry campaigns to eliminate plastic bags

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa and a group of officials joined the volunteer activity to reduce the use of plastic bags.

NNT

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, together with major shopping malls and convenience stores across Thailand, has launched a volunteer activity to encourage people to help protect the environment by using reusable bags instead of plastic bags.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa and a group of officials joined the volunteer activity to reduce the use of plastic bags. Forty-three shopping malls and convenience stores nationwide will stop providing plastic bags to shoppers, starting in January next year.

Almost a year ago, many shopping malls stopped providing plastic bags to shoppers on the fourth day of each month to raise public awareness. The campaign has resulted in a reduction of 1.8 billion plastic bags being used.

Varawut said today the ministry’s waste management roadmap aims at banning four types of single-use plastics in the country by 2021. They include plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic straws and Styrofoam containers. The ministry initially asked major shopping malls and convenience stores for their cooperation. Next year, the ministry will seek cooperation from the food and beverage industry, fresh markets, community markets and small retail stores. The ministry will then introduce legislation to ban single-use plastic products by 2021.


MOPH supports Paraquat ban

ML Somchai Chakrabhand, an adviser to the Minister of Public Health, chairs a meeting with the campaign committee formed to address harmful chemical usage in agriculture.

NNT

The Ministry of Public Health is to campaign to stop the use of harmful chemicals in agriculture, pointing out the harmful health effects. The MOPH is now set to inform its officials of its stance on the matter before they attend the Hazardous Substance Committee’s meeting at which a decision on the proposed ban will be made on 22nd October.

ML Somchai Chakrabhand, an adviser to the Minister of Public Health has chaired a meeting with the campaign committee formed to address harmful chemical usage in agriculture; the committee will continue its campaign against such harmful chemicals by pointing out the dangerous health effects they have. The campaign will take place on a variety of media channels until 21st October, the day before the meeting of the Hazardous Substances Committee.

A lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, Teerawat Hemachuta, also an adviser to the Minister of Public Health, said today that studies show clear indications of the negative effects of harmful chemicals used in agriculture, with similar patterns occurring worldwide.

He said studies and research show that contamination from the chemicals in the food chain can cause diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, cerebral atrophy, slow child development, abnormal organ functions, and respiratory failure. Paraquat is ranked the most dangerous, followed by Glyphosate, of which only 200 milliliters intake into the body can cause acute Alzheimer’s, while Chlorpyrifos, can cause breathing difficulties and abnormal organ function.

Some studies also examined children in whom traces of these chemicals were revealed, as a result of contamination of the placenta, the amniotic fluid, and meconium after birth, noting that they usually suffer from slow development, and exhibit an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Banning these three chemicals is intended to protect farmers and their families from harm caused by these chemicals. According to the MOPH’s data from October 2018 to July 2019, 406 fatalities have been attributed to the use of chemicals in Thailand, covering some 280 varieties, along with 15,000 cases of hospital admissions related to the use of chemicals. Deleterious health effects greatly intensify when all three chemicals are involved. (NNT)


Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Associated Press

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010.

The verdict on a civil suit was the latest in a series of rulings covering political unrest from 2006 to 2014, when an army coup put an end to disorder.

An earlier coup in 2006 set off a sometimes violent struggle for power between Red Shirt supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his opponents, the royalist Yellow Shirts.

The 2010 protests saw the Red Shirts occupy a large swath of central Bangkok before the army ousted them by force. More than 90 people were killed and thousands injured during the protests, and arson presumably carried out by Red Shirts as they were dispersed caused extensive property damage.

The leaders of the Red Shirts — more formally known as the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship — who were ordered to jointly pay compensation, plus another 1.2 million baht ($40,000 ) for the loss of earning benefits to the plaintiffs, were Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikua and Weng Tojirakarn.

Also originally named in the lawsuit were Abhisit Vejjajiva, the prime minister in 2010, and senior members of his Cabinet, but the case against them was dismissed earlier by the Appeals Court.

In August, the Supreme Court ordered Jatuporn and two other Red Shirt leaders, Nattawut Saikua and Arisman Pongruangrong, to pay more than 19 million baht ($626,000) compensation to several owners of other shops and commercial buildings, ruling their speeches had incited protesters' anger, with predictable consequences.

Two other recent court rulings had mixed results for the Red Shirts.

Last month, the Supreme Court affirmed the prison sentences of 12 Red Shirt members convicted in connection with rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009.

The 12 had received four-year prison sentences for their actions on April 11, 2009, when supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin seeking to force out a government of their opponents stormed a hotel in the resort city of Pattaya hosting the summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The ASEAN leaders were forced to flee, some by helicopter, and the summit was postponed. The defendants were convicted on charges of sedition, illegal assembly, damaging property and trespassing.

However, in an August ruling covering the 2010 protests, the Bangkok Criminal Court dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 Red Shirt leaders, ruling that their action was "a political fight, not terrorism." The group had been charged with terrorism, criminal association, using force to damage government property, inciting unrest, possession of arms, obstruction of officials through intimidation and gathering more than 10 people to cause chaos.

Thai courts have had a reputation for tilting against the Red Shirts and others associated with Thaksin. In July, the Criminal Court dismissed charges of insurrection against four key members of an anti-Thaksin group, the People's Democratic Reform Committee. The group organized large, aggressive street protests in late 2013 that a government led by Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, could not control, causing chaos that served as the reason for the military to stage a 2014 takeover. An election in March this year brought a pro-military party to power.



House committee discusses banning three farm chemicals

The government’s ad hoc committee on toxic farm chemical controls chairman, Chavalit Vichayasuthi, said his committee is firmly against the continued use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.

NNT

The banning of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos was discussed at the meeting of the government’s ad hoc committee on toxic farm chemical controls yesterday. Relevant agencies were invited to the meeting to seek measures to restrict the use of these chemicals while promoting organic farming.

The chairman of the committee, Chavalit Vichayasuthi, said that, after listening to input from all concerned parties, his committee is firmly against the continued use of the chemicals and it will not propose any alternative chemicals. Chavalit said, however, his committee and other agencies will have to seek sustainable solutions for farmers. He added that organic farming should be put on the national agenda and funds should be clearly allocated to help farmers effectively.

The Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Surmsuk Salakpetch, said she agreed with the House committee’s resolution, which supports the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ move to promote organic farming and safe agricultural practices. It is in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021) and the 20-Year National Strategy. By 2022, the government aims to increase organic farming in Thailand to at least 513,000 acres.

However, various agricultural associations overseeing cash crops and the Thai Agricultural Innovation Trade Association (TAITA) said the banning of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, which will take effect from December 1 this year, will directly impact farmers, particularly those who produce cassava, sugarcane, oil palm and corn, because other farm chemicals cannot replace them in terms of their characteristics and price. Farmers will have to spend more because an alternative farm chemical is six times more expensive than paraquat.

Once the ban is in effect, the government will have to manage its inventory of over 40,000 tons, while the farmers have 10,000 tons. The government will also have to spend billions of baht to transport, store or destroy the banned chemicals and to compensate farmers by 500,000 baht per ton. The ban may lead to the smuggling of illegals and counterfeit agricultural products. (NNT)


Cabinet approves Nov 4, 5 as holidays to reduce traffic during ASEAN Summit

 

Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said the cabinet meeting approved the national holiday declaration as proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion in Bangkok and Nonthaburi.

NNT

A meeting of the Cabinet Ministers on October 15 approved November 4 and 5, 2019, as additional public holidays in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, as Thailand will be hosting the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on those days next month.

At Government House, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said the cabinet meeting approved the national holiday declaration as proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion in Bangkok and Nonthaburi. The 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will take place between November 2 and 6, 2019, at Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province. A cabinet meeting has also been rescheduled from November 5 to November 6.

Concerning state enterprises, financial institutions and private firms, the cabinet has instructed the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Ministry of Labor and each state enterprise to consider observing the holidays in accordance with the law.

If certain agencies are obliged to serve the public on November 4 and 5 and their services cannot be postponed, heads of these agencies are responsible for taking action that is deemed appropriate and which does not result in damage to the government or the public.
The cabinet meeting also acknowledged that a mobile cabinet meeting will be held on November 11 and 12 in Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi provinces.


Cabinet approves five projects to help disaster-hit farmers

The cabinet meeting has approved five projects, worth 3.12 billion baht in total, to help farmers affected by drought and floods.

 NNT

The cabinet meeting has approved five projects, worth 3.12 billion baht in total, to help farmers affected by drought and floods. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his ministers will hold a mobile cabinet meeting in Kanchanaburi province next month.
The cabinet meeting yesterday approved the five disaster-relief projects as proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The projects will assist farmers who suffered losses due to the impact of tropical storms Podul and Kajiki. They are to be instigated this month and continue until September next year.

The first project is to encourage farmers to grow crops that require less water, such as field corn. The cabinet allocated 374 million baht for this project. The second project is to ensure the quantity and quality of rice production. Each flood-hit farmer is required to produce 10 kilograms of rice per rai, with a limit of 10 rai per farm. The project is worth 1.7 billion baht. Other projects include helping tilapia farmers to generate more income and increase poultry farming activities to 48,000 households. The cabinet also allocated 500 million baht to a project to create careers, such as the farming of giant freshwater prawns, in 129 districts nationwide.

The cabinet meeting also confirmed that a mobile cabinet meeting will be held on November 12 in Kanchanaburi. The Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers will first visit Ratchaburi province on November 11 before traveling to Kanchanaburi the following day. (NNT)


Government, opposition whips discuss time frame for budget debate

Chief Government Whip Wirat Ratanaset said each side will be given 15 hours to debate the national budget bill.

NNT

The national budget bill is set to start being debated in the House of Representatives today. The government and opposition whips met yesterday to determine the time frame for the debate, with the government insisting that it should be allotted more time if the opposition is given 20 additional hours.

Before the meeting between the government and opposition whips, the Chief Government Whip, Wirat Ratanaset, said each side will be given 15 hours for the debate. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana will each have two hours to present the budget bill, while the legislators will be given 35 hours in total.

On the possibility that the House debate will be extended, Wirat said it must be within the three-day period, from today to Saturday. If the opposition wants 20 more hours for the debate, the Chief Government Whip said the government will also demand 20 additional hours.

The government and its coalition parties have already divided the hours between them, while each small party may have less than 10 minutes to speak during the debate. The government whip will conduct a rehearsal tomorrow morning before the meeting convenes.
Wirat said the House of Representatives will debate the budget bill starting at noon today, as the military budget and transfers will be considered in the morning.

On Thursday, the House debate is expected to adjourn at 11 p.m. On Friday, the meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. After the 23-hour session, the legislators will be given seven to eight additional hours for further debate, if necessary. (NNT) .
 


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Dam in Chiang Mai unaffected by earthquake

Trespassing restaurants in Nakhon Si Thammarat being dismantled

Thais in Hong Kong urged to avoid protest sites

Court to deliver Thanathorn ruling on Nov 20


DPM Wissanu: Royal Barge Procession rescheduled

PM Prayut joins volunteer activity to clean up temple

Thailand-Hungary join forces on water management

Foreign Affairs Ministry: Thailand ready to host 35th ASEAN Summit


Their Majesties attend anointment ceremony for HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry campaigns to eliminate plastic bags

MOPH supports Paraquat ban

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage


House committee discusses banning three farm chemicals

Cabinet approves Nov 4, 5 as holidays to reduce traffic during ASEAN Summit

Cabinet approves five projects to help disaster-hit farmers

Government, opposition whips discuss time frame for budget debate