‘Eat more rice!’ Thai officials tell youth | Thailand News Today
More than 30 manhole covers in Bangkok stolen
Police launched an investigation into the disappearance of more than 30 manhole covers in the Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok. Officers conducted raids on a number of scrap dealer shops in the capital to recover the stolen items to no avail.
The Director of Thawi Watthana district, Dicha Kongsi, filed a complaint with Thammasara Police Station after receiving reports of missing manhole covers, which are circular metal sheets with a diameter of 86 centimetres and a weight of 70 to 80 kilograms, typically found on a roadside.
Wooden planks are being used to cover the manholes temporarily to prevent pedestrians from falling into the holes. The district office received complaints from residents about the stolen covers three weeks ago.
‘Eat more rice!’ Thai officials tell youth
“Eat more rice!” Thai officials are telling the country’s youth. The Thai Commerce Ministry wants young people to eat more rice. The ministry launched a campaign after a study showed that Thailand’s consumption of rice had fallen.
The department launched the “Thai Kids Enjoy Thai Rice” roadshow, visiting 10 schools and weekend markets. The Thai Rice Entrepreneurs Association showcased rice-based products and demonstrated how to prepare basic meals. It also provided information on different rice varieties and their nutritional properties.
The campaign also displayed new rice varieties, including Thai riceberry or coloured ‘Khao Kam.’
The president of the Thai Rice Entrepreneurs Association, Yongyut Pruekmahadamrong, said the new project aimed to educate Thai children on the benefits of locally grown rice varieties.
Thailand’s rice industry has been facing some challenges recently.
Coffee and craft beer festival
A coffee and craft beer festival is coming to Thailand’s seaside town of Cha-am, located in the Petchaburi province.
Those looking for a unique festival that celebrates two of the world’s most popular drinks can head to Cha-am from March 17 to 19 for the Sun Coffee and Moon Craft festival. The festival will be held at Hua Hin One, an open-air shopping mall within the Thew Talay World luxury condominium complex. The festival will be held from 10am to 10pm each day.
During the day, independent coffee growers set up booths where visitors can taste their latest creations. Coffee lovers will delight at the wide selection, which will include Arabica, Robusta, and speciality blends
The festival will also feature workshops on coffee brewing techniques, latte art, and other related topics. Coffee experts share their knowledge and experience, providing a unique learning opportunity for coffee enthusiasts.
TikTok bans political groups ahead of Thai election
TikTok announced that it will block all accounts linked to political groups in Thailand in the lead-up to and during the country’s upcoming general election. TikTok Thailand’s chief of public policy announced that the company would take measures to maintain a safe community by preventing the spread of fake news and hate speech sparked by political conflicts.
TikTok, a short-form video hosting service, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and has become one of the most popular platforms in the world. It hosts user-submitted videos ranging in length from three seconds to 10 minutes.
The company has put in place procedures to prevent political parties from using the platform to profit from advertising and spread fake news.
“TikTok does not accept paid political ads or paid branded content. Politicians will be barred from engaging in any form of monetisation, while accounts taking any political angle will be added to the government, politician and political party account category.”
TikTok has established policies aimed at preventing misuse of the platform by political parties. The company does not accept paid political ads or paid branded content, and politicians will be barred from engaging in any form of monetisation.
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