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05 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01 GMT

By Alisa Tang

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.

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27 Feb 2015 description

There is significant uncertainty concerning the size of the upcoming rice harvest, given varying reports and assessments from official government agencies in Thailand. Thai rice farmers are facing an environment of deteriorating profitability. Domestic rice prices have declined nearly 30 percent over the past two years and the generous Paddy Pledging Scheme has been discontinued. Additionally, as the winter rice-growing season began in November, the government reported that it would restrict irrigation supplies to farmers so that the cultivated rice area and production would decline.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Ten people were killed and 27 wounded in 27 violent incidents in the southernmost border provinces in the two weeks Feb 10-25, according to the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

Ten of the incidents were linked to the insurgency, and 17 were ordinary crimes, Col Pramote Prom-in, the Region 4 Isoc spokesman, told a press conference at Sirindhorn camp in Pattani's Yarang district on Thursday.

23 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

CHAI NAT — Two Thai men were arrested as they attempted to allegedly smuggle 68 illegal Myanmar migrant workers into the country on Monday.

The suspects - Somnuak Thamrongsak, 48, from Nonthaburi, and Preecha Singyoo, 50, from Nakhon Sawan - were apprehended while transporting the migrants on two vans near Luang Por O intersection in Manorom district.

23 Feb 2015 description

By WENYING SEAH 22 February 2015

A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.

Q. Tell us more about the new Mae Tao Clinic.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

  • Rice exports in 2015 forecast to hit record level

  • Domestic prices of rice remain generally stable

  • Overall food security is satisfactory

Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

20 Feb 2015 description

Schools at the Thai-Burma border that cater for migrant children are facing severe operational struggles as funding from international donors falls, according to the Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC).

“At this moment, there is no donor interest in funding the learning centres for next year, as a lot of attention has shifted to inside the country,” said Naw Paw Ray, chairperson of the BMWEC.

20 Feb 2015 description

Thailand Migration Report Highlights Social, Economic Challenges of Migration

Thailand - A new report from Thailand’s UN Thematic Working Group on Migration, comprised of UN agencies and chaired by IOM, notes significant achievements in migration management, but warns that key aspects of Thai migration policy still require attention.

11 Feb 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

The drive to Bon Luk is always a challenging one. As soon as we arrived at the village, the medical team was ready to start. Dr Laura, who saw 33 patients, worked closely with Nid doing the translation and Joanna recording patient data. We distributed loads of personal hygiene items like soaps, lice combs and tooth-brushes to children as well as grown-ups.

11 Feb 2015 description

BANGKOK, 10 February 2015 (NNT) - The Cabinet meeting that took place today did not address the topic of rice dispersal schemes, as the government is focusing on tackling the drought crisis as well as providing 50,000 rai of farmland to the impoverished by the end of this month.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan revealed after the Cabinet meeting that the government has directed relevant agencies to take on the task of providing aid to residents in drought-stricken areas.

09 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 9 Feb 2015 03:10 GMT

By Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Zaw, an illegal Burmese migrant dying of AIDS-related illnesses, spent a weekend hunched over in waiting rooms at three Thai hospitals near Bangkok - each denying him care as he gasped for breath, his lungs full of fluid.

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09 Feb 2015 description

BANGKOK, 9 February 2015 (NNT) - Drought crisis has worsened in many provinces while the temperature begins dropping again in the upper part of Thailand.

The same situation is reported in the southern province of Phang-nga. Boh San residents are forced to store water in large containers as the water level in Boh San dyke has plunged so significantly that there is not enough water for consumption for the surrounding communities.

Crops in more than 3,600 rai of farmlands are now at risk of a water shortage.

09 Feb 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

Today we had a very big team of enthusiastic volunteers meeting early at 6am at Market Village. It is a long drive so to maximize the time at the village we leave as early as possible. One team was travelling to Ba Mak and one team to Bon Luk. With almost 20 volunteers split in to 2 teams, introductions for the new members we set off in opposite directions.

06 Feb 2015 description

BANGKOK, 6 February 2015 (NNT) - The drought crisis has expanded to more areas in the Central, Northeastern and Southern regions.

In Chainat province, the declining water levels of several rivers have prompted fish breeders to abandon their aquaculture after more than 2,000 rai of fish farms dried up. Fish farmers have been forced to find other jobs to supplement their incomes.

05 Feb 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 1,466,200baht for a project for the construction of a drug warehouse at Kuraburichaipat Hospital in Phang Nga Province. On 4th February, 2015, H.E. Mr. Shigekazu SATO, Ambassador of Japan, and Mr. Piyachock Promsut, Director of Kuraburichaipat Hospital, jointly signed the grant contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.

02 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Writer: Supapong Chaolan

Surat Thani: The Surat Thani police chief has ordered investigators to accelerate their probe into the murder of three Myanmar migrants, including a 13-year-old boy, in Chai Buri district.

The crime happened about 9pm on Jan 23 in a rubber plantation in tambon Sai Thong where the migrants worked.

01 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre

BAN BANG YAI, Thailand, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.

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01 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Andrew R.C. Marshall

BANGKOK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders.

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30 Jan 2015 description

Thailand - IOM has called on Asia-Pacific governments to improve access to HIV services for migrants during a major gathering on HIV/AIDS in Bangkok. IOM Regional Director Andy Bruce told delegates that migrants were “a key demographic that is being left behind” in the fight against the virus.