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School officials in the Hanka district in Chainat, central Thailand have now upgraded the quality of the daily school lunches for their students after receiving a deluge of complaints from parents.

The story was reported in khaosod.co.th.

The scandal, one repeated too often around the state schools, broke after the students told their parents that only one or two dishes were served by the school each day, and were often inedible. Desserts or fresh fruits were served only occasionally.

Various similar stories have occurred over the years with school lunch budgets being ‘reallocated’ or simply going missing.

But the Chainat students have now told local reporters they were “very happy” about the changes in their daily lunch menu.

“Now we get two lunch menus with desserts.”

Mmmmm, dessert!

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New traffic laws come into force for Thailand today

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PHOTO: ThaiVisa

From today, an amendment to the Land Transport Act means traffic police can no longer confiscate driving licences.

Police can still record the details of a driver’s licence but must then return it. The new system will also remove the risk of licences being lost while in the care of the police, as has happened in the past. Tickets for those who break traffic laws will be issued through the post.

Speaking to Thai news website TNA, a member of the traffic police says the new law will “lessen conflict between the police and the public”, adding that there had been “misunderstandings” in the past over interpretation of traffic laws, not helped by social media users suggesting ways of getting around the law.

From today, drivers can also display their licence on the DLT QR Licence app, if not carrying it when stopped. However, the app only works with Thai licences, meaning tourists and others without a Thai licence will still need to have their licence on them when driving.

TNA reports that the number of outstanding fines for traffic offences is an issue that needs to be addressed, with only 20% of 13 million fines issued having been paid.

A system connecting the police to the Department of Land Transport (DLT) is expected to be up and running by October, meaning drivers who don’t pay their fines won’t be able to renew their road tax, thereby making it illegal for their vehicles to be on the road.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa and TNA

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Future Forward secretary-general floats idea of another debate

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PHOTO: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Party leader of Future Forward Party – AFP

Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul says the Opposition will consider the option of holding another parliamentary debate over the next 3 months.

His statement comes after what was  generally considered an unsatisfactory response from the PM and other cabinet members during Wednesday’s debate.

Piyabutr is not ready to let the matter go, claiming the PM’s performance sets a bad precedent for future Thai leaders when it comes to respecting the oath recital requirement.

He adds that he’s not satisfied with the lack of clarity from Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm during this week’s debate, accusing him of being deliberately unclear by saying the issue of the oath-taking was a matter between the cabinet and the Monarchy.

For his part, Wissanu says he’s happy with how the debate went, but refused to discuss the Opposition’s threats of legal action against him and the PM, nor would he be drawn on the accusation of involving the monarchy in the oath debacle, which was levelled at him by opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Immigration overhaul – TM6 disappearing and TM30 App being launched

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“We made the decision last Friday. Within two to three months, life will be much easier for foreign tourists and expats.”

In what appears to be a major overhaul of immigration procedures, dare we say ‘modernisation’, foreign visitors will soon no longer have to fill out the “TM6” arrival forms. The white and blue form has been a source of confusion for decades as passengers try to fill them out on planes or in a mad rush when they arrive at immigration desks without them, for decades.

The reason for the decision to go all-digital with the arrival procedure is that, of all reasons, the storage of all the white and blue cards had become an issue.

But wait, there’s more.

Now khaosodenglish.com are reporting that Thai immigration is not only doing away with the TM6 forms, they’re about to launch a new mobile phone app to make TM30 reporting easier.

Kobsak Pootrakool, the Deputy Secretary-General to the PM, also mentioned on Tuesday that another app is being developed to allow long-stay foreigners to complete their 90 day reporting with their smart phone. And, yes, he said a smartphone App was also going to make the TM30 reporting easier.

The TM30 form, and its companion, the TM28, have been a source of expat displeasure over the past five months since the immigration department decided to enforce a little-used 1979 law that required foreigners to report their whereabouts if they had stayed overnight at an address different from their registered address.

The same applied for landlords or owners of accommodation to report foreigners staying at their venues within 24 hours. Along the way there appeared cracks in the enforcement with all sorts of variations and conundrums being thrown up at organised panel meetings and online, little of which was answered with any certainty from the Thai immigration authorities.

Kobsak now claims that the changes are designed to attract more visitors and accommodate those already living in the kingdom.

“We made the decision last Friday. Within two to three months, life will be much easier for foreign tourists and expats.”

“Foreigners will be able to report their whereabouts with just four clicks on their smartphone to fulfill regulations that require them to report to immigration authorities every 90 days.”

Deputy immigration commander Nattapon Sawaengkit has confirmed the move to move the TM30 reporting online when contacted for comment, but assigned another officer to explain the details, according to the khaosodenglish.com report.

SOURCE: khaosodenglish.com

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