PM to chair 5th mobile cabinet meeting in Pattaya
BANGKOK, 15 June 2012 (NNT) - Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra is scheduled to chair an upcoming mobile Cabinet meeting in Pattaya,
Chonburi province on June 17-19.
The mobile cabinet meeting in Pattya, the fifth of its kind this year, will
focus on development of infrastructure projects in the eastern region.
On June 17, Ms Yingluck will travel by helicopter to Map Ta Phut Industrial
Estate to follow up on the safety standards at the plant following a recent gas
leak. She is later scheduled to visit the Environmental Monitoring & Control
Center and inspect their emergency drills. The premier will chair a workshop on
tourism at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel later in the afternoon, with an emphasis
on the government’s tourism revenue targets.
The following day, Ms Yingluck and her entourage are set to visit the Laem
Chabang Port, the main deep-sea port of Thailand, and to be briefed on the
development of logistics systems in the Eastern Seaboard. The Prime Minister is
later scheduled to chair a meeting of the Regional Joint Public/Private Sector
Consultative Committee to discuss various projects for the development of
On the last day of the trip, Prime Minister Yingluck and cabinet ministers will
hold the fifth mobile cabinet meeting at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel.
Interior and ICT ministries sign MOU to promote use of citizen smart information
BANGKOK, 15 June 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Interior has
signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Ministry of Information and
Communication Technology, under which both will improve the efficiency of the
public sector’s service by making an optimum use of civil registration
information provided through Citizen Smart Info cards.
The signing of the MOU on Citizen Smart Info card utilization was witnessed by
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit and ICT Minister
Anudit Nakornthap. The project follows an initiative by a previous government
led by Pol Lt-Col Thaksin Shinawatra to turn citizen ID cards into smart cards
as a way to enhance government services to people.
So far, 103 government units have connected their data base with the
computerized central civil registration system of the Ministry of Interior, in
an effort to upgrade their services to smart ID card holders.
Nakhon Nayok has been designated as the first pilot 'Smart Province', where
people can have easier and faster access to services provided by government
Thailand marks ASEAN Dengue Day
AYUTTHAYA , June 15 - Public Health Minister Witthaya
Buranasiri on Friday launched Thailand’s campaign marking ASEAN Dengue Day,
instructing health officials nationwide to speed up measures to eliminate
The campaign marking ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15 held in
Ayutthaya’s Bang Sai district was aimed at educating the public about preventive
measures against dengue fever and measures to eliminate the aedes aegypti
mosquitoes which are the carriers of the disease.
Mr Witthaya explained that dengue fever, transmitted to humans by mosquitoes
carrying the dengue virus, was one of the main health problems in the South East
Asian region and raised concerns among the health ministers and officials in the
About 200,000 persons in the region reportedly suffer from dengue fever every
year, the minister said.
In the first six months of this year, the total number of dengue patients,
particularly in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Singapore and Vietnam, recorded at nearly 70,000 persons while the fever killed
To battle the dengue virus in Thailand, Mr Witthaya instructed provincial health
official across the country to speed up measures to eliminate the virus-bearing
mosquitoes as well as asking health networks, health volunteers and the public
to comply with the anti-dengue measures.
Concerned that the growing incidence of dengue affected many people in the
region, health ministers from 10 ASEAN country members endorsed ASEAN Dengue Day
as an annual advocacy campaign day for dengue prevention and control at regional
and national levels. The health ministers committed to support and promote the
official launch of ASEAN Dengue Day on 15 June 2011 and every year thereafter.
(MCOT online news)
House Speaker scotches rumour: No Parliament session Monday
BANGKOK, June 15 - House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont denied
reports on Friday that he would call a House sitting Monday to vote on the third
reading of the constitution amendment bill, saying he has not received a request
from the government whip asking him to reconvene the house.
He affirmed that the house will reconvene for an ordinary session on Aug 1.
The Cabinet earlier approved a draft royal decree to conclude the current
parliamentary session on June 19 as proposed by the government whips.
The decision was made following Democrat Party/opposition leader Abhisit
Vejjajiva strongly urging the government to close the current parliamentary
session to avoid conflict between the court and Parliament.
The Constitution Court had ordered parliament to stop deliberating and voting on
the bill pending delivery of its ruling after the court accepted petitions
questioning the legality of the bill.
The proposal to delay the vote drew fierce opposition from some red shirt MPs,
including Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Nattawut Saikuar and
Korkaew Pikulthong, who wanted Parliament to vote on the charter bill during the
joint session on June 12.
The house speaker however insisted that there was no rift, but only differing
views within the ruling Pheu Thai party on the issue.
Mr Somsak reiterated his call for all parties concerned to step backward and to
discuss reducing political tensions and confrontation during the house recess.
(MCOT online news)
Floods continue in Phichit
PHICHIT, June 15 – The Yom River is rising in Thailand’s
northern province of Phichit, forcing farmers to harvest their not yet fully
mature rice yield to prevent losses.
Flooding in the Yom River basin in Phichit’s Sam Ngam
district remains critical and has spread more widely to cover low-lying areas
due to further heavy rain and continued northern run-off flowing downstream from
Phisanulok and Sukhothai.
The rising Yom River forced farmers to harvest off-season rice yields for fear
of losses if the flood worsens.
Meanwhile, in the southern province of Trang, floods have receded in some areas.
The situation is expected to return to normal in the next two days if there is
neither rain nor an overly high tide.
Flooding has affected five subdistricts in the provincial seat. More than 150
houses along the Trang River are surrounded by water 20-50 centimetres deep.
As the flood started to recede, some residents have cleaned their houses,
returning home from temporary shelters. The initial damages are estimated at
about Bt10 million. (MCOT online news)
2 suspected dealers caught with Bt200 million drugs
BANGKOK, June 13 - Two alleged drug dealers were arrested in
the capital with over 800,000 methamphetamine pills and 1.5 kg of crystal meth
‘ice’ with an estimated street value of Bt200 million (more than US$6.6
million), according to city police.
Karan sae-Heng, 26, and Sitthi Sitthiwattana, 26, were
captured by officers from the Metropolitan Police Division, Pol Maj-Gen
Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, acting metropolitan police chief, told a news briefing
Apart from the drugs, police also seized a .22 calibre pistol, with 62 bullets,
two bullet-proof vests and two Bangkok-registered automobiles.
Gen Kamronwit explained that the arrest came as a result late last year of the
capture of a drug syndicate.
Following the 2011 arrest, police learned that Mr Karan was a
suspected major dealer related to a drug ring led by a Taiwanese man identified
as Chen. Police have had him under surveillance since then.
Police yesterday followed Mr Karan from Bang Bua Thong to a Nonthaburi
department store in suburban Bangkok. Searching the suspect’s vehicle, the
authorities found 6,000 hidden speed pills.
After being detained, the accused confessed that more meth pills were at a house
in Bang Khun Thian district, in outer Bangkok, and that Mr Sitthi had the key.
Mr Karan called his accomplice to come unlock the door, and when Mr Sitthi
arrived he was detained.
Searching the house, police found another 800,000 meth pills, crystal meth, a
pistol, ammunition and bullet-proof vests there.
The pair was initially charged with possessing illicit drugs for sale. (MCOT
US might not lift all Myanmar sanctions: Surapong
WASHINGTON, June 14 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
said Thursday the United States might not lift all of its sanctions on Myanmar
due to US legal complications, following her discussion with Thai Foreign
Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul.
On an official visit to the US June 11-16 to boost the
longstanding relations between the two countries, Mr Surapong had urged the US
government to lift all sanctions imposed against Myanmar in order to demonstrate
that the country has stepped onto the right path.
The Thai foreign minister said he advised the US to give equal importance to
Myanmar President Thein Sein and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, for
the two could lead to the country's reconciliation.
The US secretary of state however said the total lifting of sanctions on Myanmar
could not be possible as it must get through the complicated American legal
procedures. Therefore, it should be gradually lifted, Mr Surapong said.
The bilateral talks included the two countries' cooperation on prevention of
terrorism, drugs, international crime, as well as on investments, particularly
under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Scheduled to participate in an ASEAN ministerial meeting in Cambodia's Phnom
Penh next month, Mrs Clinton said she wished the Thai prime minister will join
in the event. During such an occasion, Mr Surapong invited his counterpart to
visit Thailand and asked the United States to invite Thai premier Yingluck
Shinawatra to visit the US in July or August for further exchanges and
memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on different issues.
There was also a discussion of an official visit between the US President Barack
Obama and the Thai prime minister.
According to the Thai foreign minister, tripartite cooperation between the US,
Thailand, and Myanmar will take place to assist Myanmar on different matters.
Further discussion and details of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be
made later today, where the two countries are holding a strategic meeting
covering several areas.
Thailand and the US wish to develop their relations and cooperation for the
benefit of both countries' peoples and of prosperity in the region and the
Lastly, Thailand asked the US to continue supporting displaced persons fleeing
fighting in Myanmar to seek shelter in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Mrs Clinton said she was proud of the record of 179 years of
bilateral relations, noting that the United States supported Thailand to keep
peace and prosperity in the area. The June 14 meeting is covering investment,
peace, human rights, natural disaster assistance, and the relations between the
peoples, according to Mr Surapong.
The Thai foreign minister met earlier the same day with Jim Webb, senior US
senator from Virginia, a Democrat, and Jim Inhofe, senior US senator from
Oklahoma, a Republican. (MCOT online news)
PM satisfied with water management plan
BANGKOK, June 14 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
said on Thursday that she is satisfied with the overall national water
management plan and is confident that it will be completed on schedule.
The premier expressed her assessment at a news conference as
she concluded her four-day tour to inspect the progress of flood prevention
plans in eight provinces.
Ms Yingluck said she is satisfied with the overall work in each province as they
followed the government's plans.
The premier said that canal dredging in midstream and downstream provinces is
60-70 per cent complete but conceded there are some work delays in the upstream
Regarding infrastructure projects, the premier stated, governors of the upstream
provinces were instructed to finish all projects within this month, midstream
provinces by July and downstream provinces by August.
The prime minister asserted her government has operated at its full capacity for
efficient water management plan but could not guarantee that there will be no
flooding as the likely amount of water is still unclear.
Ms Yingluck reaffirmed, however, that this year's flooding will not be as severe
as last year's, while admitting that she is concerned that people living along
canals and rivers might be affected as water spills over the banks.
The premier said the government is ready to hear complaints and recommendations
on the matter as this is a national agenda which needs cooperation from all
parties, while those who are now working to solve the problems also need moral
Science and Technology Minister Plodprasob Surasawadee on Thursday urged the
public not to worry about the situation as this year the government has full and
real-time information which can forecast the flood situation three or four days
The minister also reasserted Bangkok will not be flooded like last year as
sufficient budget has been allocated for canal dredging work so that the canals
can be waterways.
Mr Plodprasob added he will inspect the flood prevention work of Bangkok within
the next two weeks.
Royal Chitradon, chairman of the water drainage committee, said the flood
situation in Bangkok and its adjacent provinces will be improved compared to
last year as problems have been fixed.
Mr Royal explained that the water drainage in eastern and western Bangkok will
be more efficiently conducted.
He added Bangkok will not be flooded if the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
and the government understand the water management principle that the waterflow
must not be obstructed. (MCOT online news)
PM to conclude four-day trip to inspect water management projects
TAK, June 14 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held talks
with agencies concerned on water management of the Yom River Basin and the three
major dams in the North on Thursday, the last day of her upcountry tour to
inspect progress of flood prevention plans.
Ms Yingluck chaired a video conference with ministers and
governors of upstream provinces Thursday morning at the Bhumibol Dam.
The Committee on Water and Flood Management will propose a comprehensive plan to
tackle water problems in the Yom River Basin and will discuss water management
and volume of the three dams – the Bhumibol, Sirikit and Kwae Noi dams.
Participants will discuss speeding up projects to prevent floods in economic
areas and historic sites.
After the meeting, the premier is to hold a news conference at 11am to conclude
her four-day in inspection of eight provinces.
The prime minister will later fly to the northern province of Chiang Mai by
helicopter to observe dredging the Ping River and visit the Mae Kuang Udomthara
Dam before returning to Bangkok. (MCOT online news)
BMA on path to seek joint investment for Sky Walk construction
BANGKOK, 15 June 2012 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) is in a search ofd business partners in the planned
construction of the Sky Walk in the capital’s central district.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Theerachon Manomaipiboon said that the BMA, on Thursday,
held a meeting with representatives from the Ratchaprasong business group about
the progress in the planned construction of the Sky Walk, underneath the city’s
BTS Sky Train track.
Mr. Theerachon stated that the survey on public opinion found that more than 70
percent are supporting the project, which is expected to facilitate traveling by
Thursday meeting also agreed that the construction will be divided into 2
The first phase is named the Bangkok SkyLink, which focuses on the expansion of
the existing pathway from Amarin Plaza to Gaysorn Plaza. The enlargement of the
100-meter elevated corridor is expected to be completed by October, according to
The second phase, which is dubbed the Bangkok SkyLine, will be constructed
between Gaysorn Plaza and Platinum Mall. The 500-meter walkway construction is
expected to get the green light by next week.
The Deputy Bangkok Governor said that the actual construction is expected to
commence by July and take around 1 year to complete.
He added that the cost of construction of both phases, estimated at around 400
million baht, is set to be responsible by the private sector.
He also assured that the project will not have any serious impact on the heavy
traffic condition in the area.
PM ordered all flood-prone provinces to complete flood prevention projects within given deadlines
BANGKOK, 15 June 2012 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has
instructed officials in all flood-prone provinces to complete all
state-initiated flood prevention projects by each respective deadline.
PM Yingluck Shinawatra has expressed satisfaction over the 4-day official
inspection trip to upstream, midstream and downstream areas, which ended on
The PM said that she found that all related provincial governors have been
working collaboratively to accomplish the projects, aimed at preventing the
repeat of last year’s flood crisis, with those in midstream and downstream areas
achieving around 60-70 percent of progress.
However, given some areas appeared to be behind schedule, all state agencies
have been instructed to speed up the works, especially in upstream areas.
She added that a more efficient warning system and more regular emergency
evacuation drills have been urged in all areas subject to flooding.
The Premier has reiterated that the situation in 2012 will not be as severe as
last year\'s if the prevention measures in upstream areas are operational by
June, while those in midstream and downstream areas ready by July and August,
Health Ministry offices nationwide on foot-&-mouth alert
BANGKOK, 14 June 2012 (NNT) - The Health Ministry has
instructed all of its offices across the country to be on high alert against the
spread of the foot-and-mouth disease.
Health Minister Wittaya Busanasiri said on Wednesday that the arrival of the
rainy season, which brings along cold and wet weather, signals the risk of the
foot-and-mouth disease spread, particularly among young children.
Mr. Wittaya said that the latest report confirmed the spread of virus in some
provinces. With the new school term underway, the minister has instructed health
offices nationwide to continuously keep a close eye on the situation.
Worried about an easy viral spread in crowded classrooms, the Health Minister
urged related officials who have detected the presence of the disease to quickly
introduce measures to contain the outbreak.
He also asked teachers and child's care center staff to report any suspicious
finding of the virus to report to the nearest health office immediately.
According to the Health Ministry, from January to May, as many as 6,109 people
have been infected with the foot-and-mouth disease, but no fatality has been
reported. The biggest number of patients was from the North, followed by the
central region, the South and the Northeast.
However, the latest data shows the number of foot-and-mouth patients in this
year has tripled from the same time of 2011.
Thai PM asked the Army to speed up dredging canal to make room for future upstream water
SINGBURI, 14 June 2012 (NNT) - The prime minister has asked
the Royal Thai Army to speedily complete the dredging of a canal in central
Thailand to make room for future upstream water.
Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Wafer and
Flood Management Committee, said that his inspection of the state-initiated
flood prevention project on Tuesday and Wednesday found that many programs have
achieved satisfactory progresses.
Mr. Plodprasop said that one of the initiatives that have progressed markedly is
the preparation of the Kam-Ling water retention area in Singburi Province, where
a 200,000-rai plot is expected to accommodate up to 523 million cubic meters of
water or 10 percent of the planned retention capacity of 5 billion cubic meters,
in central Thailand.
He added that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who led the 4-day inspection
trip, has ordered officials in Ayutthaya, Chainat and Singburi to work
collaboratively with the Royal Irrigation Department in controlling water mass
that will pass through the area.
The PM also instructed the Royal Irrigation Department and the Public Works and
Town & Country Planning Department to explain to farmers in related areas about
the need of early harvest before the peak of the rainy season in August,
At the same time, state agencies in charge of the road and highway structure
have been urged to urgently level the surfaces of all routes that will act as
waterway for the Kam-Ling water retention area.
Meanwhile, the Premier has asked the Royal Thai Army to speedily complete the
dredging of Noi River in Bang Rachan District of Singburi Province without
separating manpower into 3 shifts in order that the project will meet its
deadline in August.
PM Yingluck said that after the dredging, Noi River will be able to accommodate
up to 230 million cubic meters of water.
Lastly, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop said that the government's
Single Command Center for disaster management is ready to relay important
information, such as storm and tidal reports as well as water management updates
to those in need.
He added that the government is confident in its flood handling measures, with
the latest calculation stating that if Thailand would be hit by 28 billion cubic
meters of floodwater, not more than 1.2 billion will flow downstream to central
Thailand. Mr. Plodprasop affirmed that the expected spill will not lead to river
overflow and flooding in Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi.
PM Yingluck follows up on flood prevention
NAKHON SAWAN, 14 June 2012 (NNT) - The prime minister and
Cabinet ministers have continued the third day of the trip to inspect the water
management program in Nakhon Sawan Province.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, along with Deputy PM and
Interior Minister Yongyoot Wichaidit and Science and Technology Minister
Plodprasop Suraswadi, on Wednesday, traveled to Bung Boraphet in Nakhon Sawan to
check on the dredging of the famous lake.
The dredging work has been planned to dig out more than 4 million cubic meters
of earth, under the emergency state budget of 168 million baht, to be another
Kam-Ling water retention area.
According to the official report on the work progress by Nakhon Sawan Governor
Preecha Chanrueng, the dredging is now more than 50 percent completed and will
likely be completed by July.
Other prevention programs in the province that have achieved certain progress
include the construction of the levee along the Ping River.
The next stop of the 4-day inspection trip is Bang Rakam District in Phitsanulok
PM on 3rd day of flood trail excursion
CHAI NAT, June 13 -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on
Wednesday continued on the third day of her flood trail excursion scheduled to
inspect flood prevention measures in Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok and Sukhothai.
The premier stayed overnight in Chai Nat and began the day by
giving alms to 60 monks in a ceremony to mark the 110th anniversary of the Royal
Irrigation Department at the Chao Phraya Dam office in Chai Nat.
She was scheduled to be briefed by ministers responsible for flood response and
also chair a videoconference meeting with governors in the central region
Later, Ms Yingluck will move on to inspect Bueng Boraphet in Nakhon Sawan, the
largest freshwater swamp and lake in central Thailand. She will also visit the
flood prevention dykes in Pak Nam Pho sub-district.
After that the premier will move on to Phitsanulok's Bang Rakam district to view
a water retention area, before visiting Sukhothai to inspect the Ban Hat Sapan
Chan and the Khlong Hok Bat sluice gates which divert water from the Yom River
to the Nan River.
The premier and her entourage will later visit Tak, staying overnight at the
Ms Yingluck is on a four-day flood trail survey of eight provinces, covering
areas from downstream upstream to the north, to inspect the progress of flood
She earlier visited Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Sing Buri and Chai Nat. After Tak,
she will take a helicopter to Chiang Mai to inspect dredging of the Ping River
and be briefed on the overall progress of flood response preparedness in
upstream, midstream to downstream areas.
She will return to Bangkok on Thursday. (MCOT online news)
Heavy rain, swollen river trigger continuing floods in North
SUKHOTHAI, June 13 - Flooding in Thailand's northern
provinces continues due to heavy rain and the overflowing Yom River.
The Yom River has overflowed into a number of villages and
damaged about 4,000 acres of farmland in Sukhothai. Overnight heavy rain forced
local residents in Pakpra subdistrict in the provincial seat to evacuate to
temporary shelter in tents on higher ground beside a roadway Tuesday night.
However, the water level in the Yom River dropped slowly from 7.20 to 6.15
metres, measured at a station near the governor's residence, resulting in eased
flooding in some areas.
The municipality has completed repairs of a damaged sluice gate eroded by flood
water, causing flooding at Kuhasawan community for the past two days. Workers
are pumping out water from flooded areas into the Yom River.
Sukhothai meteorological station director Praphruet Yodpaiboon said that the
southwest monsoon triggered rainfall in Sukhothai, and that the Yom River must
be closely monitored and local residents should pay attention to weather
In Phichit, flooding is still critical after waters from swollen Yom River,
combined with flash flood in canals flowing from Kamphaeng Phet, deluged Samngam
Some areas are under one metre of water. The local irrigation office is working
to divert water from the Yom River into a canal outlet, connecting with the Nan
River, to ease the current flooding. (MCOT online news)
4 defence volunteers hurt in Narathiwat bomb ambush
NARATHIWAT, June 13 - Two paramilitary rangers and two
village defence volunteers were wounded today in a bomb ambush in Narathiwat’s
Chanae district, according to local police.
The casualties were identified as paramilitary ranger
volunteers Adul Rattanasuanjit and Artit Kamjan and two members of a village
protection unit--Arring Dasaw and Usree Uma, said Pol Sub-Lt Thanin Kanthai of
Chanae police station.
All the victims were taken to Chanae Hospital for medical treatment.
Paramilitary Ranger Adul was severely injured and was later transferred to
According to the initial investigation, while six rangers and a group of village
volunteers were on patrol, providing security in the area, they were directed to
inspect a suspicious object later identified as a decoy explosive device, at the
home of the Dusongyo village head.
On the way a bomb hidden at a roadside area was triggered by remote control,
wounding the four men.
The explosion caused a two-foot deep and three-foot wide hole in the roadway
with bomb fragments scattered around the area.
Police believed that insurgents intended to ambush the security team. (MCOT
PM inspects flood prevention measures in Sing Buri, Chai Nat
SING BURI, June 12 -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on
Tuesday visited Sing Buri and Chai Nat to inspect flood prevention measures on
the second day of her four-day flood trail inspection, covering areas from
downstream following the river upstream to the north.
After chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting, she left for Sing
Buri's Phrom Buri district to inspect a flood retention area there, the new Phra
Ngarm sluice gate and Lam Chuad sluice gate at Phra Ngarm subdistrict, and the
dredging of the Maenam Noi River in Bang Rachan district.
Ms Yingluck said the new Phra Ngarm sluce gate was only 60 per cent complete,
which was behind schedule, as there were only 50 days left under the
The premier said, however, that she believed that the situation would be handled
sufficiently as the old Phra Ngarm sluice gate has already been repaired and
Ms Yingluck admitted that the government could not guarantee that the flood
definitely would not affect the area but she confirmed that the government is
well prepared with its water management plan and there would not be severe water
retention as last year.
The authorities have prepared the drainage system and could avoid the water
backing up without draining, said the premier.
After Sing Buri, Ms Yingluck was to also visit Chai Nat and take a boat to
inspect the Chao Phraya River dredging in its Sing Buri-Chai Nat course and
visit the Chao Phraya Dam to view a demonstration of the Single Command Centre's
operation from Government House.
She is scheduled to stay overnight in Chai Nat. (MCOT online news)
Cabinet approves draft terms for water management expert teams
BANGKOK, June 12- Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved in
principle a draft of terms of reference (TOR) for hiring Thai and foreign
specialists to propose plans and operate the comprehensive national water
management system, according to Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop
Mr Plodprasop, as chairman of the Water Resources Management
and Flood Control Committee, said after the weekly Cabinet meeting that the
drafted TOR for selecting and hiring appropriate Thai and foreign water
management consultancies were approved in principle by the Cabinet under a
Bt300-plus billion budget.
Project construction was expected to begin early next year.
After approval, the government will announce detailed TOR to
consultant companies within one month, Mr Plodprasop explained. Interested
consultancies or specialists must submit their conceptual plans for the whole
water management system to the government within three months after its
Meanwhile, the selection process of the three most suitable companies, open to
both domestic and international firms, will last for one month, he added.
The three selected consultancies will work together to design the water
management system, the minister said. The companies must specialise in several
related fields including water management, irrigation, disaster warning system,
information and technology and law. (MCOT online news)
No vote on charter amendment, reconciliation bills: Parliament President
BANGKOK, June 12 - Thailand's President of Parliament Somsak
Kiatsuranont on Tuesday reaffirmed that today's joint sitting of the Lower House
and Senate will neither vote on the third reading of the charter amendment bill
nor deliberate the reconciliation bill.
The parliament president spoke as the joint parliament
sitting opened this morning amid concerns that the session might vote on putting
the charter amendment draft on agenda although the Constitution Court ordered
Parliament to suspend deliberation of the draft pending the Court ruling on its
constitutionality as petitioned by some MPs and senators.
Mr Somsak reiterated, however, that he had thoroughly considered the problem of
a vote on the charter amendment as assigned by the ruling Pheu Thai Party and
decided that there would be neither voting on the issue or deliberation on the
reconciliation bill in the current session in order to reduce conflict and avoid
The parliament president urged the government to issue a royal decree seeking to
close the session after Parliament finishes deliberating the anti-money
laundering bill and the proposed framework for negotiations with other countries
prior to the signing of any international agreements under Article 190 of the
"I reiterated that, at this minute, my decision is based on national interest
(as I) don't want to see any more bloodshed among Thai people," Mr Somsak said.
"This is not about fear or not fearing; it's about reconciliation."
He advised that during the one-month House recess, all parties should talk
"I have made one step back and all parties concerned should also make similar
move to discuss and find solutions together for the benefit of the country." the
parliament president said.
Mr Somsak announced his decision after the opposition whip on Monday vowed to
not join the vote on the third reading of charter amendment draft if it was put
on the agenda.
Shortly afterward, the parliament president said that the Cabinet today resolved
to end the current parliamentary session on June 19. (MCOT online news)
US plan to use U-Tapao needs no parliamentary approval
BANGKOK, June 12 -- The United States' plan to use U-Tapao
military airport to conduct atmospheric studies does not need parliament's
approval and will not affect Thailand’s national security, according to Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Thani Thongphakdi.
Thani, Department of Information Director-General, told the media that the
ministry believed that the government's decision to permit American agencies to
use the U-Tapao Naval Base in Rayong and Chon Buri provinces did not involve
Thai sovereignty so that it would not require parliamentary approval under
Section 190 of the Constitution which stipulates that any international treaties
and agreements must first be approved by parliament.
He said the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requested to
use U-Tapao airport to conduct atmospheric studies and the US Navy plan to use
the Royal Thai Navy airfield as a multipurpose facility for humanitarian and
disaster-relief operations were different projects.
The ministry spokesperson said the US space agency made a request to use U-Tapao
airbase and facilities to carry out meteorological work involving studies of
clouds that affected the climate conditions.
In 2001, NASA conducted a similar project using its aircraft to study atmosphere
over Japan, Singapore and Costa Rica, he said, adding that the flights were
aimed to sample atmosphere but not do aerial photography.
Mr Thani said NASA made the request in March to the Thai foreign ministry,
security-related agencies, science and technology ministry and the agriculture
ministry. The agencies initially concluded in their five meetings that the
project could benefit Thailand and its neighbouring countries.
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency and the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives' royal rainmaking project, would be the two major
agencies to work with NASA.
NASA will request permission from Thailand for each flight. Thai aircraft and
experts would also join the project and work closely with the US space agency,
Flights would be over Cambodia, Singapore and international waters, he said,
adding that no country in the region expressed concern over the project.
The project would last for only two months, August and September. Mr Thani said
he believed that the experiments would help Thailand build a better disaster
As for the humanitarian and disaster-relief operations centre at U-Tapao, the
spokesman said that the project was initiated by Thailand in 2010 during then
prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva when he attended the ASEAN-UN Summit. At that
time, Thailand and other countries were suffering from natural disasters and
Thailand was used as a centre to distribute relief assistance.
According to the initial study, the foreign ministry spokesperson said the
project could benefit Thailand and neighbouring countries. The decision to
proceed with the project, however, was not yet concluded as it was still being
U-Tapao was a base for US Air Force B-52 bombers during the Vietnam War. The
airport was also a headquarters for humanitarian aid following the 2004 tsunami
and in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. It also serves as a logistics
hub for the annual Cobra Gold joint military exercises.
Mr Thani said that the two projects were submitted to the cabinet for
consideration and were on the waiting list to be included in the meeting's
agenda. (MCOT online news)
DDPM: 10 provinces remain as drought-hit zones
BANGKOK, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – There remain a number of
provinces across the country, where drought crisis continues to date.
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM)
Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong said that, as of now, more than 5,600
villages in 10 provinces throughout Thailand are still emergency drought
Mr. Viboon stated that the latest report also showed a total of 37.25 billion
cubic meters of water at all large reservoirs, or 53 of the total capacity and
around 1.5 billion cubic meters less than the same time of last year.
He added that the DDPM has instructed all its offices across the nation to
prepare for the effects of possible flooding, storms and mudslides, caused by
heavy rain and strong wind.
In related news, officials have been keeping a close watch on the flooding in
southern Surat Thani, where Tapi River could burst its banks, while Yom River in
the North overflew in Sukhothai Province, where more than 1,800 local families
have been affected by the inundation, as of yesterday.
Government assures flood victims of timely compensation & rehabilitation
BANGKOK, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – The government has assured all
flood victims that state assistance and compensation will reach their hands very
Government spokesperson Sansanee Nakpong said on Tuesday that Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra has urged the weekly Cabinet meeting via teleconference to
instruct all related state offices to speedily complete the rehabilitation works
without allowing political interference to delay the progress.
The PM also stated that the Government Savings Bank will be the only authorized
agency to hand over financial compensation to those hit hard by last year’s
flooding, while urging officials in related provinces to make sure that no
corruption will surface.
In addition, the prime minister has reminded all ministers to quickly help
consumers battle the problem of rising cost of living and falling farm product
Lastly, PM Yingluck has expressed worries over the economic crisis in Europe and
asked the deputy prime minister in charge of the economy to work with related
ministries to follow up on the issue and to formulate plans and strategies to
cope with any impact from this problem.
OBEC urged schools to rein in Euro 2012 betting among students
BANGKOK, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – A government agency in charge
of basic education promotion has called for stricter control over football
betting among students, as the Euro 2012 championship is now underway.
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) Secretary-General Chinnapat
Bhumirat said that OBEC executives, on Tuesday, discussed the shared concerns of
widespread football betting during the time of the football buzz, brought on by
the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012,
is in full swing.
Mr. Chinnapat said that the meeting agreed to issue a memorandum to all schools
under OBEC supervision to ask teachers and school staff to step up control over
gambling among students while the matches continue.
According to the OBEC Secretary-General, parents and families should also pay
attention to their children and to report any suspicion of football betting to
the Ministry of Education hotline number of 1579 or to the Semarak Center at
However, Mr. Chinnapat said that OBEC has not received any report on match
betting by students since Euro 2012 began last weekend.
PM Yingluck promised no severe flooding in Thailand in 2012
CHAINAT, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – The prime minister has assured
the public that the government will not allow the repeat of last year’s flood
crisis in 2012.
During the 4-day official trip to inspect state-initiated flood prevention
projects, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that the water resource
management policy in 2012 will focus on achieving a balance between water
retention and demand for water.
She reiterated that water stored at all dams will be kept at an appropriate
level, while staying prompt for possible adjustment, when needed.
The PM stated that the government has abolished the strict storage of water,
just like the country has witnessed last year.
Meanwhile, the Premier commented that recent flooding has been sudden but the
government will do its best to prevent prolonged inundation witnessed last year.
PM Yingluck also stated that government assistance has been promptly delivered
to those in need in flooded Sukhothai through the provincial governor while the
damaged sluice gate has been repaired and the inspection has been performed at
PM listens to governors of 6 provinces in middle stream of floodway
CHAINAT, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – On her tour to inspect flood
prevention progress, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra listened to progress and
problems from the governors of six provinces in the middle stream of the
Ms Yingluck held a teleconference with governors of those provinces located in
the upper part of the central region to talk about their flood prevention
progress. Wednesday is the third day of the premier’s tour to observe the flood
prevention plans from the upstream, middle stream, to downstream.
The governors of Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Uthai Thani,
Chainat, and Phichit reported the situations and problems they were facing. Ms
Yingluck urged all provinces to speed up their canal dredging projects so that
they will be finished by July this year.
Other cabinet ministers such as PM’s Office Minister Nivatthamrong
Boonsongpaisal, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, and
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut were also on the tour to
see the flood prevention situation during June 11-14.
Public and private sectors to organize Crown Prince’ birthday celebration
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT) – The government is cooperating
with the private sector in organizing His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkon’s 60th birthday anniversary on July 28th, 2012.
Former deputy prime minister Suwat Liptapanlop, in his
capacity as the chairman of the Crown Prince’s 60th birthday anniversary
celebration, has announced that the government and the private sector are
joining hands organizing the event.
According to Mr Suwat, the Foundation of King Rama IX, the Great, known in Thai
as the Ha Thanwa Maharaj Foundation has received a royal permission from the
Crown Prince to organize the celebrative activities at Sanam Luang on July
27-29. He added that thew committee members have discussed the preparations in
order for all the ceremonies to follow proper customs.
Activities to be organized include the shows in honor of His Royal Highness
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkon, alms giving to 260 monks, merit-making
ceremonies, and prayers.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkon was born on July 28th, 1952.
Health expert pushes Thailand to be medical metropolis
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT) –Thailand Center of Excellence
for Life Sciences (TCELS) is pushing Thailand to become a medical metropolis or
'Medicopolis', focusing on complete medical care services.
TCELS Advisor, Honorary Professor Montri Chulavatnatol, said
although the policy promoting Thailand as a medical hub is underway; the
practice does not cover all medical institutions. He added many of the hospitals
still lack technology, medicine and equipment, which have to be imported,
resulting in higher medical bills.
Honorary Professor Montri explained that if Thailand is able to provide a
complete service in terms of locally produced medicines, equipment, and
technology, it will help lower its medical costs; while earning more income from
the services provided. The Medicopolis concept is, therefore, introduced, with a
focus on developing public health research and medical service covering health
and beauty areas.
According to the TCELS advisor, the Medicopolis will provide effective medical
service, strengthen the economy by the service, and integrate research in
medical development, medicines, and equipment. He urged the government to
support the move and allow the private sector to invest in the project for
further improvement in the medical field.
HM the King receives patent for water treatment innovation
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT) - His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej has been awarded a patent for the innovation of a water treatment
system using trough plants in conjunction with an aerator.
His Majesty the King, on Monday, graciously granted an
audience to Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation Dr. Sumet
Tantivechakul, who led Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and entourage, to
present His Majesty with Patent No. 29091, issued on 9th November 2010, for the
royally initiated water treatment system using trough plants in conjunction with
With the objective of solving the problem of wastewater, a number of innovations
have been created under HM the King's royal initiative. For instance, the
"Chaipattana Aerator", patented on 2nd February 1993, and the RX-5C Water-Air
Pump Aerator, patented on 19th April 2001.
The water treatment system using trough plants in conjunction with an aerator
helps increase oxygen in the water while setting up a plant trough to improve
water quality. The system shows his royal determination to help better the lives
of his royal subjects by improving water quality for a more sustainable life.
DSI sets up new taskforce to monitor sports betting
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT) The Department of Special
Investigation (DSI) is setting up a special taskforce tasked with monitoring
online gambling activities during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.
According to DSI’s deputy chief, Police Colonel Yannapol Yungyuen, the
department is, on a 24-hour basis, monitoring movements of outlets offering
online betting. Any unusual or suspicious activities will be reported to the
Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) for further investigation.
He elaborated that an unusually high number of bettors log onto sports-betting
sites during the football tournament. The DSI is cooperating with the TCSD in
dispatching undercover agents to infiltrate local gambling dens.
Police Colonel Yannapol noted that underground rings in the capital continue to
thrive, with illicit bookies nowadays offering odds and spreads online.
Residents in upper central region suffer from flood
PHITSANULOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT) – The flood situation is
widespread in the northern and upper central regions. A wild flood from Phrae
province has flowed into Phitsanulok province, while the water level in the Yom
River has increased by over 50 centimeters.
The water from Phrae has been accumulated in the Yom River and overflowed into
Sukhothai and Phitsanulok provinces. Bang Rakam and Phrom Phiram districts in
Phitsanulok have been flooded, with over 5,000 rai of farmland damaged.
Authorities have told farmers to urgently reap their crops before more water
gets in. The Phitsanulok Governor has instructed village heads and district
chiefs to assess the damage so that the provincial administration can prepare
suitable assistance for the flood victims.
Meanwhile, local officials in Sukhothai province have shut off the Kuha Suwan
Sluice Gate amidst strong tides in order to reduce the water flowing to the west
of the Yom River. Wat Kuha Suwan School has announced a two-day closure and will
be open again on Friday.
People are warned of Leptospirosis during rainy season
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT)-The Public Health Office in Surin
province has alerted locals residents to an outbreak of leptospirosis during the
rainy season, which has already killed 17 people so far this year.
Dr. Sa-ard Weerajaroen of Surin’s Public Health Office said that farmers,
especially rice growers, are among those at risks of contracting the deadly
disease on the job. Leptospirosis is commonly found in rats’ and other animals
such as cows, and buffaloes' urine.
He explained further that during the first half of this year, 722 have fallen
ill after being exposed to the disease. He said Leptospirosis can enter human
body via his or her mouth or through a small cut on the skin. According to him,
even healthy skin can be penetrable by the disease if submerged for a long
period in contaminated water.
The doctor further stated that during the first week after receiving
Leptospirosis, patients will develop a high fever, a headache, and muscle pains
particularly in his or her calves.
Those who are experiencing such symptoms are advised to seek medical attention
immediately. They should not rely on over-the-counter medicines, given the lack
of proper medical care might permit complications to manifest themselves,
consequently resulting in death.
The majority of patients, or 59% of the total number of patients, are found in
the north-eastern region of Thailand.
Cabinet approved TOR to bolster water management plan in Thailand
BANGKOK, 12 June 2012 (NNT)-The Cabinet has today approved in
principle the draft of the Terms of Reference (TOR), which determines how
Thailand is to manage its water resources; the TOR is expected to be completed
early next year.
Science and Technology Minister Mr. Prodprason Surasawadi said that the National
Water Resources and Flood Policy Committee (NWFPC) has sought an approval from
the Cabinet for the draft of the TOR to be implemented. Both Thai and foreign
companies specializing in water management will be selected, according to him,
and then invited to help to lay out a sustainable management plan.
A selected company, however, will have to abide by His Majesty the King’s
instructions on water management and the guidelines set forth by the Strategic
Committee for Water Resources Management (SCWRM).The application process will
begin within one month. Contending companies will have 3 months to draft their
plans before the government will spend another month deliberating whose plan is
the most effective.
Special Report: Ananda Mahidol Day
The Thai people, on the 9th of June of every year,
commemorate the death of King Ananda Mahidol, the eighth monarch of the Chakri
dynasty and a young king who made great contributions to medical and educational
development in Thailand.
Born on 20th September 1925 in Heidelberg, Germany, King Ananda Mahidol was the
second child of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkhla and Mom Sangwan,
who later became Princess Sri Nagarindra, the Princess Mother. He was also the
grandson of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and the elder brother of King Bhumibol
Aduyadej of Thailand.
King Rama VIII ascended the throne on 2nd March 1934 at the age of 9, when he
was still a student in Switzerland, following the abdication of his uncle, King
Prajadhipok (Rama VII). The throne was passed to the young prince while the
country was undergoing a major change; its administrative system shifted
abruptly from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy due to the coup
of 24th June 1932. However, King Ananda Mahidol and his family had chosen to
remain in Switzerland for the purpose of their education and safety during World
War II. After assuming kingship, the young monarch only visited Thailand twice.
In December 1945, King Ananda Mahidol returned to Thailand for the second time
for his coronation ceremony. However, the young king died on 9 June 1946 due to
a bullet wound, at the mere age of 21. The untimely death of the young king
caused great sorrow for the Thai people. After his death, the crown was passed
to his younger brother, Prince Bhumibol.
During his lifetime, King Rama VIII desired to create more medical schools in
the country with aims to produce a sufficient number of medical staff to help
the Thai people. Back then, only one medical school existed in Thailand, Siriraj
Hospital, which could only accommodate 50 students at the most. Thus, King Rama
VIII's idea prompted the establishment of what is today the Faculty of Medicine,
Chulalongkorn University. In remembrance of His Majesty's graciousness, the
Faculty of Medicine has designated 9th June of each year as the day to pay
homage to the late king.
On Ananda Mahidol Day 2012, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej presided over
the unveiling of the King Rama VIII statue, which will become a new landmark of
Bangkok. Built as a tribute to the late king, the statue is situated at the foot
of the Rama VIII Bridge. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has also
constructed a public park in the area, which was named by HM the King as “Suan
Luang Rama VIII”.
Over 100 persons arrested for football gambling
BANGKOK, June 10- Police arrested 125 suspected football
gamblers during the first two days of Euro 2012 football tournament.
Six of those arrested were bookmakers, said Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief
Saroj Promcharoen, head of the gambling suppression operation, at a press
briefing on Sunday.
The police also seized Bt26,000 in cash and betting slips showing wagers valued
at approximately Bt2.55 million.
As most of the football gamblers were young people, the police coordinated with
all educational institutions to instruct students about the negative impact of
gambling, Pol Maj Gen Saroj said.
Regarding online betting, authorities were speeding up compiling evidence for
further anti-gambling sweep.
Meanwhile, Bangkok police at all stations were ordered to closely monitor
entertainment venues broadcasting football matches as some might be engaged in
Co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, the UEFA European Football Championship ‘UEFA
EURO 2012’ kicked off on June 8 and will continue until the championship final
match on July 1. (MCOT online news)
More expected to be learned from BKK acid attack cases in few days
BANGKOK, June 10- Four cases of corrosive liquid-spraying
attacks in the capital were progressing and more was expected to be clearer in
few days, according to the acting city police chief.
Metropolitan Police Bureau Chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang on Sunday called a
meeting with an investigation team of the Metropolitan Police Division 2 and
police officers of Bang Sue, Phahon Yothin, Sutthisan and Lumpini police
stations to follow up the four cases after a male attacker sprayed a corrosive
substance on five victims in four areas of the capital from May through June.
Pol Maj Gen Kamronwit said that the cases should be clearer in few days, adding
that the attacks was presumed to be carried out by the same suspect due to the
same crime pattern and similar timings of the attacks.
However, personal conflicts were not the motive behind the incidents, the acting
city police commander explained, saying that the police so far were unable to
determine whether or not the attacker has psychological problems.
Initially, police officers in areas where the attacks took place were instructed
to check archival footage from surveillance cameras for further investigation
and hunting the suspect.
Regarding the chemical liquid used for the attacks, Pol Maj Gen Kamronwit said
that the police so far have not yet determined whether it was acid or base but
that the substance can cause skin burns.
A series of the corrosive liquid-spraying attacks occurred in Lumpini district
on May 11, in Bang Sue area on May 31 and in Phahon Yothin and Sutthisan
districts on June 4, respectively, with five victims suffering from chemical
burns. (MCOT online news)
PM to inspect progress of flood prevention measures next week
BANGKOK, June 9 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she
would visit provinces next week to inspect the progress of flood prevention
measures from downstream all the way upstream.
Ms Yingluck, in her capacity of National Water Resources and Flood Policy
Committee chair, said during her “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program
broadcast via Radio Thailand and National Broadcasting Television (NBT) on
channel 11 that she would lead cabinet members to check on the readiness of
future flood response measures next week.
Ms Yingluck said that from June 11-14, she would visit downstream, midstream and
upstream areas to review progress of flood solving and infrastructures,
particularly water sluice gates.
The four day flood trail excursion would take her to Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya,
Sing Buri, Chai Nat, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Tak and Chiang Mai before returning
As for compensation payments to flood victims, she said that evaluation of
damages may be incorrect because of differing standards, but she has ordered the
Ministry of Interior to make clearer standard for flood remedies and clarify to
the public for better understanding.
The program was prerecorded on Friday while she rode a Royal Thai Navy boat from
the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall to Nonthaburi to inspect water levels and
progress of dykes repair works along the Chao Phraya River.
Ms Yingluck said she was tired of constant teasing of her popular phrase "AOW
YOO" or "we can handle it," as the mocking phrase could be used to mislead
public that she was mishandling the flood situation.
The premier said she was doing her best to address the flood problem with full
determination. (MCOT online news)
Flash flood cuts rail line in Phrae
PHRAE, June 10 – Flash flood hits the northern province of
Phrae, cutting a railway track and forcing train services to be suspended.
government offices, temples and houses in Long district have been submerged,
with some areas under one–metre deep water.
A section of railway track was swept away, forcing the suspension of train
services since 2 am Sunday. Railway workers are fixing it and it is expected to
be completed by Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, in the southern province of Trang, flooding in six districts started
to recede except in five sub-districts of the provincial seat where the water in
the Trang River is still overflowing its banks and inundating wider areas, some
of which have been under two metres of flood. (MCOT online news)
PM meets flood committee before start of upcountry trip
BANGKOK, June 10 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is due
to meet with National Water Resources and Flood Policy Committee (NWFPC) before
leaving the capital to inspect progress of flood prevention measures in the
Nakpong, a government spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview that the prime
minister will convene a meeting on Monday with the NWFPC before embarking on a
four-day trip to eight provinces, covering areas from upstream to downstream.
The four-day flood trail excursion would take her to Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya,
Sing Buri, Chai Nat, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Tak and Chiang Mai.
Ms Yingluck also ordered ministers to inspect provinces and will meet them and
governors at the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat on June 13, the spokeswoman said.
The trip is aimed at checking readiness in water management to handle potential
flooding in the rainy season.
As part of flood prevention measures, real-time information on the water
situation has been prepared. Moreover, drills in response to flooding will be
conducted, Ms Sansanee said. (MCOT online news)
Tourist missing in Phangnga flash flood
PHANGNGA, June 10 - Rescue workers are searching for an
Egyptian tourist who went missing in a flash flood in Phangnga, while one police
volunteer was injured in a storm-related incident in Trang.
The tourist was whitewater rafting in the Klong Songphraek stream and went
missing three days ago in the flash flood.
in the provincial seat of Takua Pa district, the floodwater level remains at one
metre deep while residents have moved to the second floor.
In Ranong, local officials of the disaster prevention and mitigation department
are fixing a portion of flood-damaged road in Kapoe district with a 20-metre
bailey bridge to temporarily help 1,000 local residents not be cut off and be
able to transport their farm produce.
The work is expected to finish in one or two days. Soldiers distributed
royally-sponsored relief supplies to those affected, but it is still not
adequate to meet needs.
In Trang’s provincial seat, the floodwater in Bag Rak subdistrict rose to about
one metre, forcing residents to evacuate children and pets by boat and to move
their belongings to higher ground.
While the floodwaters at some locations reached two metres deep, some villages
reportedly were cut off amid rising water levels.
Meanwhile, heavy rain and strong wind in Na Ta Luang subdistrict felled a large
tree on a car and injured a local police volunteer.
In Krabi, heavy rain in the afternoon was reported in Ao Luek and Plai Phraya
districts, triggering a mudslide on Krabi-Surat Thani Road in Ao Luek district.
The flash flood also damaged the bridge in a village in Plai Phraya district,
causing about 50 households to be cut off. (MCOT online news)
Academics: Constitutional amendment should empower voters to check and balance political sector
BANGKOK, 10 June 2012 (NNT) - Academics have recommended that
a system of checks and balances be established for citizens as part of the
constitutional amendments. At a panel discussion on constitutional amendments
and foundation-laying for democracy, Associate Professor Siripan
Nogsuan-sawasdee of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science
stated that the constitution has lost its sanctity after it has been altered a
number of times.
She indicated that the constitution should strengthen the political system and
allow citizens to check and balance its power to ensure politicians are playing
within a democratic framework. The panelist also suggested that citizens be able
to choose a prime minister and his/her Cabinet and be provided with power to
propose laws or impeach politicians who abuse their power.
It was also suggested that certain features in the constitution that do not fit
within the democratic framework be removed.
ABAC Poll: More than half of Thais confident Yingluck government will be corruption-free
BANGKOK, 10 June 2012 (NNT) – The latest poll has found more
than half of Thais still confident that the current government under the
leadership of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be corruption-free.
ABAC Poll has unveiled its latest public opinion survey on the issue of Thais’
democratic spirits and their acceptance of state corruption, which was conducted
among some 2,100 sample populations in 12 provinces.
The study showed 78.1 percent have been content with the democratic rule in
Thailand, while 59.2 percent viewed the recent state of disorder and conflicts
inside and outside Parliament were normal under the rule of democracy.
It also stated that 71.5 percent are against any move to seize power from the
Regarding Thai people’s acceptance of government corruption with shared public
benefits, the poll found that there remains no sign of lower approval for such
Lastly, 51.8 percent of the people surveyed said they believe that the current
government will not corrupt as they still have confidence in PM Yingluck
Sa Kaeo police arrest car theft gang
SA KAEO, 10 June 2012 (NNT) - Police Major-General Thanate
Pinmuangngam, head of the Sa Kaeo provincial police, ordered Police Colonel
Jenchoeng Prathumsuwan to dispatch officers to investigate a suspicious pick-up
truck parked at a Bangchak gas station in Khao Chakan District.
In their approach to the suspected car, the officers found four people sitting
in it, three males and one female, aged ranging from 23 to 28 years. As the
car’s plate number has previously been reported missing in Nonthaburi province,
the four suspects were taken to Sa Kaeo Police Station for questioning.
After a period of investigation, police found that the photo on the driver’s ID
card did not match his actual appearances. The driver claimed that when making
the driving license, he donned a wig. The other three suspects claimed the
driver had asked them to come along for pleasure. However, investigations into
their records revealed they were all taxi drivers working in the same area.
The four were all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and receiving stolen
Downstream Chao Phraya residents warned to brace for impacts of heavy rain
CHAINAT, 10 June 2012 (NNT) – Officials have warned locals
residing along downstream Chao Phraya River to beware of the impacts of
continued heavy rain.
Regional Irrigation Office – Area 12 director Darongkorn Somton said on Saturday
that the latest report by the Meteorological Department has indicated that a
monsoon trough continues to persist over Thailand’s North, central region and
Northeast while a strong southwest monsoon has been active both in the Andaman
Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. As a result, heavy rain has remained throughout
The Met Office also forecast that the monsoon trough will move to cover only the
upper part of Thailand, the situation that will lead to concentrated, heavy rain
in the area until next week.
It also warned that water level in rivers and other natural sources in the lower
part of Thailand’s northern region and in the central region looks set to rise
After having taken these factors into consideration, the Regional Irrigation
Office – Area 12 has decided to release more water from the Chao Phraya Dam to
make room for more rainfall above the dam.
Accordingly, water volume in the Chao Phraya River will increase, particularly
in Chainat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong and Ayutthaya provinces. Therefore, residents
residing in such areas are asked to stay vigilant although the Chao Phraya is
not expected to overflow its banks.
Ancient human remains found in Si Sa Ket province
SI SA KET, 9 June 2012 (NNT) - Residents of Bueng Boon in Si
Sa Ket province have discovered human skeletal remains and objects believed to
be ancient artifacts. The remains together with age-old pottery and weapons were
unearthed and collected in two separate bundles when reporters reached the
scene. The discovery was made next to a utility pole in front of a house whose
owner spearheaded the digging.
After the initial discovery was made, residents helped to dig further in hopes
to unearth more ancient utensils and human skeletons. They believe there is
still a large portion of remains and artifacts underground and those objects may
lie more than 10 meters deep. The residents also believe what they have
discovered had been likely buried for at least a thousand years.
Mrs. Gaysorn Butrsri, owner of the house, revealed that on Visakha Bucha day she
dreamed of a man who told her to dig in the area where the discovery was made.
The remains and all claimed artifacts were discovered at a depth of about 10
Mrs. Gaysorn and other residents said they would continue to unearth more of the
human remains and give them the proper religious rites.
Photo Release: Spouse Program for World Economic Forum 2012
Bangkok, June 8, 2012 - In the World Economic Forum on East
Asia 2012, which was held in Bangkok from May 30 to June 1, 2012, over 450
participants from around the world discussed the topic “Shaping the Region's
Future Through Connectivity.”
During the forum, the Thai government, through the Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT), hosted a “Spouse Program” for the husbands and wives of participants to
introduce them to some of Thailand’s many attractions to give them a taste of
“Thainess.” The program included a visit to the Grand Palace and the Temple of
the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, as well as a trip to the historic World Heritage
Site in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya.
Photos below: Spouses of World Economic Forum delegates enjoy a visit to the
TAT to hold Miracle of Thai Food Festival 2012 in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI, 10 June 2012 (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) will hold the Miracle of Thai Food Festival 2012 from June 15 to
17 in Chiang Mai province.
Mrs. Suchada Borsub, executive director of the tourism investment department of
the TAT, and Mr. Chalermsak Suranant, director of the TAT Chiang Mai Office,
held a press conference at the Ratchamakkha Hotel in Chiang Mai regarding the
food festival, which is set to run for three days at the Chiang Mai Hall,
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.
This is the second time the event has been held, after its success at the
Central World department store in Bangkok. The festival will present the unique
and interesting characteristics of Thai food, in a move meant to help stimulate
tourism in the kingdom. This is in accordance with the government policy to
encourage tourism throughout the country under the theme: Miracle Year of
Amazing Thailand 2012.
The festival will showcase food from all four regions to be displayed in six
separate zones: Miracle of North, Amazing South, Isan Exotic, Heart of Central,
taste innovations, and Royal Project products.
Chiang Mai Night Safari welcomes new lion cubs
CHIANG MAI, 10 June 2012 (NNT) - Dr. Sarawut Srisakun,
Managing Director of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration
Area 2 (Chiang Mai Night Safari) revealed that the nocturnal zoo has recently
welcomed two new members.
The newest additions are male lion cubs. They were born to father Saendee and
mother Sonya, both four years old, and become the seventeenth and eighteenth
members of their kind at the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
Both cubs are in good health. They will be trained and put on show to attract
The Chiang Mai Night Safari is also offering other shows featuring white Bengal
tigers playing football, to coincide with the Euro 2012. It is inviting visitors
to the zoo to join in its competition to predict the winner of Euro 2012, to win
a prize of one year's free admission to the zoo.