Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi set to arrive in Bangkok
BANGKOK, May 29 – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
is set to arrive in Bangkok on Tuesday night to attend the World Economic Forum
(WEF) on East Asia, her first foreign trip in more than two decades.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to arrive at
Suvarnabhumi Airport at 9.45pm Tuesday before going to stay at the Shangri-La
Hotel where the WEF will take place.
On Wednesday, she will start her day, going to Thailand’s seaside province of
Samut Sakhon, southwest of Bangkok and home to many Myanmar migrants, the
primary labour force in the fisheries industry there.
Her trip, to see the living and working conditions of Myanmar migrant workers,
was proposed by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF).
According to the HRDF, there are 210,000 registered Myanmar labourers and about
100,000 others unregistered. Most of them work in the fisheries, farming and
furniture manufacturing industries.
Preeyaporn Khankamnerd, foundation coordinator, said infringement of migrant
workers’ rights prevails and practically, most of them do not effectively have
the same rights as they are entitled to be equal as Thai workers, such as in
getting the same daily minimum wage.
On Wednesday morning, the HRDF will lead the Myanmar opposition leader to visit
the National Verification Center, the Aur Arthon Housing Project, the shrimp
market and the Migrant Worker Rights Network learning centre in Mahachai Villa.
She will return to Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok to attend the World Economic
Forum on East Asia which will run from May 30 to June 1.
On June 1, Suu Kyi will speak on a 30-minute slot during the One-on-One
Conversation with a Leader, which will be one of the event’s highlights before
joining the session “Asian Women as the Way Forward” dealing with how the
political and economic empowerment of women can contribute to the long-term
growth of East Asian economies.
The Myanmar opposition leader is due to meet her Thai counterpart Abhisit
Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party later but the exact time has not been confirmed.
On June 2, she will take visit the Mae La refugee camp, a temporary shelter for
some 40,000 Myanmar-originated displaced persons mainly of Karen ethnicity in
Tak province and will meet ethnic leaders as well as a volunteer doctor Cynthia
Maung, who has worked tirelessly to treat migrants from Myanmar along the border
at the Mae Taeng clinic in Mae Sot municipality.
Suu Kyi is scheduled to return home in Rangoon on Sunday.
Her trip to Bangkok comes ahead of a planned trip to Europe in mid-June to
Geneva and Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize she won 21 years ago and in
England, she will also address both houses of Parliament in a rare honour event.
She will celebrate her 67th birthday on June 19 in England where her youngest
son Kim Aris lives.
The Nobel laureate spent 15 years in detention before being released from house
arrest in Nov 2010. Ms Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy
(NLD), won a by-election for parliament last month and has taken her seat in the
country’s parliament. (MCOT online news)
Myanmar workers gather to meet Aung San Suu Kyi
SAMUT SAKHON, May 30 -- Myanmar migrant workers and a virtual
army of media have gathered outside the office of the Migrant Worker Rights
Network (MWRN) waiting to see the neighbouring country’s beloved opposition
leader and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi this morning.
Shouting 'Free Free Burma' and 'Aung San Suu Kyi', some of
them are wearing T-shirts printed with Ms Suu Kyi’s picture or ethnic clothing.
Kork Shwe Mi, a worker at an iron factory here, carrying a bunch of pink roses
broke into tears while saying she is very happy today not only because she could
wear a shirt with Suu Kyi's photo but also because today she will see the woman
that many call ‘The Lady’ with her own eyes. She said she loves Ms Suu Kyi very
much and she wishes her good health.
She was greeted by Myanmar migrant network chairman Aung Jaw and Sawit Kaewwan,
secretary-general of Thailand’s State Enterprise Workers Relations
Mr Sawit said that there has been a delay in handling migrant
worker problems. Suu Kyi's visit to see for herself and listen to the problems
firsthand was expected to help speed up application of the measures to deal with
the problem as she is a member of the Myanmar parliament, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
or Assembly of the Union where she can raise the issue for discussion.
A 10-year-old girl prepared to present her with a garland of jasmine, Thailand's
symbol of love and respect to mothers, to Suu Kyi, who is the mother of two
Buddhist monks also came to meet her. About 200 police officers are providing
The migrant worker issues--including the delayed national
verification process, unfair wages, visa extension difficulties, and
work-related injuries--will be raised during the talks that will take place with
the Myanmar opposition leader.
Myint Shwe, 45, lost all fingers of his left hand while at work in a plastics
plant. He is scheduled to be one of the Myanmar workers who speak with Ms Suu
Kyi. He is an example of migrant workers who were uncompensated by his employer
even though the accident seven months ago occurred during his regular work
Ms Suu Kyi will address to the crowd from a balcony on the third storey of the
Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) building at 10am.
About 30km southwest of Bangkok, Samut Sakhon is home to many Myanmar
migrants—ethnic Burmans, Karen, Mon, Kachin and others from the
ethnically-diverse country--the primary labour force in the fisheries industry.
Her trip to see the living and working conditions of Myanmar migrant workers in
Thailand was proposed by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF).
The Myanmar opposition leader arrived in Bangkok Tuesday night to attend the
World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, her first foreign trip in 24 years.
(MCOT online news)
Australia considering lifting ban on Thai chicken meat, frozen shrimp
CANBERRA, May 28 - Australia has agreed to consider lifting
its ban on Thai chicken meat and frozen shrimp as requested by Thai Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, in the first action from her trip down
under. The likely move follows the European Union's lifting of its import ban on
Ms Yingluck and Australian PM Julia Gillard met at Parliament House in Canberra
on the two countries' bilateral, regional and wider international cooperation.
According to Ms Yingluck, the Australian government will also consider importing
more rice from Thailand, while Thailand showed interest in exchanging promotion
on Australia's technology to improve agricultural production.
The Thailand-Australia free trade area (TAFTA) is a major mechanism for value
adding of mutual trade, which is set to grow 20 per cent by 2016, the Thai
premier said. The countries discussed ways to reduce obstacles under TAFTA such
as tax barriers and will have a joint committee meeting to further consider the
matter next month.
As Thailand is promoting its 'Thailand: Kitchen to the World' project, the prime
ministers agreed to promote food security and cooperation on the technology of
agricultural processing, while Thailand is interested in investing in sugar and
animal feeds in Australia.
On security matters, the two countries will raise the level of cooperation to
become strategic partners and to cooperate at the regional level to prevent
terrorism and international crime, promote peace and security in the region.
Thailand praised Australia in dealing with human trafficking and drug problems.
Regarding the labour force, Thailand promotes exporting its skilled labour to
work in Australia.
However, the Thai prime minister asked Ms Gillard to ease regulations on the
quality of workers in terms of the use of the English language, particularly
Thai chefs. They agreed to promote cooperation on English-training courses for
Thai chefs and other labourers.
Other discussions included cooperation on space technology, energy and natural
disaster prevention, for Australia is a coordinator on tsunami warning in the
After the discussion, Ms Yingluck and Ms Gillard signed agreements on education
and training, and on an exchange programme between Thailand's King Prajadhipok's
Institute and the Australian Political Exchange Council.
Ms Yingluck and her entourage later met with Tony Abbot, leader of the
Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives.
Ms Gillard hosted a luncheon for the Thai prime minister and other
The Thai PM had a few more engagements in Canberra before returning to Sydney to
meet Australian entrepreneurs and attend a welcome party.
Officially welcomed by her Australian counterpart on Monday, the Thai premier is
visiting Australia May 26-29 as a guest of the Australian Government and as part
of activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the two nations. (MCOT online news)
PM satisfied with Australian official visit
SYDNEY, May 29 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on
Tuesday expressed her satisfaction with the official visit to Australia as
Canberra has agreed to consider lifting its ban on the importation of Thai
chicken meat and frozen shrimp as requested.
The Thai premier was visiting Australia May 26-29 as a guest
of the Australian government during the celebration the 60th anniversary of the
two nations establishment of diplomatic relations.
She said that the overall trip was considered successful as the two premiers
signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on Cooperation in Education and
Training and a Young Political Leaders’ Exchange Program to further strengthen
ties between the two peoples.
Ms Yingluck said during the discussion with her Australian counterpart Julia
Gillard, the Australian prime minister agreed to consider lifting the ban on
Thai chicken meat and frozen shrimp and would consider importing more rice from
The Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) was signed on July 5, 2004
and came into effect on Jan 1, 2005 which gradually increased bilateral trade
and investment between the two countries, she said.
TAFTA is set to grow 20 per cent by 2016, she said, adding that the countries
discussed ways to reduce obstacles under TAFTA such as tax barriers and will
have a joint committee meeting to further consider the matter in June.
Ms Yingluck said that meeting between the two women leaders could provide an
advantage in helping strengthen bilateral ties.
During the visit, Ms Yingluck said, she has launched campaign “Thailand: Kitchen
to the World” to publicise food products and raise awareness concerning food
security among the population.
“Thailand is an agricultural producer whose products are qualified by
competitive pricing,” she said. “This helps address the food security problem.
Its significance increases when the world faces growing challenges such as
climate change, and natural disasters which sometimes leads to food shortages.
Ms Yingluck has later met New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and
discussed a wide range of cooperation. She also thanked Sydney residents who
helped Thailand during the massive flood last year.
The Thai premier exchanged ideas with Ms Gillard on responding to natural
disasters in the future.
Ms Yingluck thanked Mr Stoner who is also Minister for Trade and Investment and
Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Service of New South Wales for the
effort to take care of Thai community in New South Wales.
Some 40,000 Thais living in New South Wales and there could be a good
opportunity to exchange culture between Thais and Australians, she said.
Ms Yingluck was to leave Australia on Tuesday and was scheduled to arrive
Thailand in the evening. (MCOT online news)
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein to visit Thailand next month
BANGKOK, May 29 - Myanmar President Thein Sein will
officially visit Thailand June 4-5 to strengthen bilateral relations between the
two countries which are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian
Naitons (ASEAN), according to Deputy Government Spokesman Anusorn Eiamsa-ard.
Anusorn said that during the visit, Mr Thein Sein was scheduled to hold
bilateral talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and both will witness
the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation for
development in Myanmar and to foster the mutual benefit of the two nations.
The deputy government spokesman said that the MoU will cover human resource
development and preparing Myanmar to take the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014.
The establishment of a knowledge centre for sustainable development along the
Thai-Myanmar border, a ‘drop-in centre’ for human trafficking victims,
Thai-Myanmar cooperation in dealing with drug trafficking are also on the
agenda, he said.
Moreover, Mr Anusorn said, the two leaders would discuss the possibility of
building the long-planned Thai-Myanmar-India road project, road development from
Singkhon checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Kan to Myeik in Myanmar and construction
of a second bridge over the Moei River.
The Myanmar president had earlier scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum
(WEF) on East Asia in Bangkok during May 30-June 1 but eventually postponed his
trip to Thailand until a few days after the event.
The Myanmar government will reportedly be represented at the East Asia forum by
its minister for energy and the vice minister for tourism and trade.
National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, a Noble Peace Prize
winner, opens her first foreign trip in 24 years by attending the forum in
Bangkok. (MCOT online news)
First compensation given to authorities’ victims in Thai South
PATTANI, May 29 - The Thai government distributed the first
Bt7.5 million compensation to the families of four victims killed and another
five wounded by paramilitary rangers in the southern insurgency on Jan 29. It is
also the first case of innocent people impacted by the actions of government
personnel being compensated.
The victims were ambushed, for they were mistakenly believed
by the rangers as insurgents who had attacked a military camp in Pattani's Nong
Compensation amounting to no more than Bt7.5 million to each family was approved
by the Southern Border Provinces Development Strategy Committee.
Bt3 million was given today as the first amount of money to the families of the
four dead. The remaining Bt4 million will be paid as long term savings
instruments, such as government bonds, while the five victims who were injured
were paid Bt500,000 each.
The victims were local residents of Nong Jik district and shot by the rangers
while they were on their way to attend a funeral. They were found innocent after
a committee was set up to investigate the truth.
Pol Col Tawee Sodson, secretary-general of the Southern Border Provinces
Administration Centre (SBPAC), expressed his condolences to the victims and said
the compensation was to return justice to the innocent, and did not affect any
criminal cases. (MCOT online news)
Public Health Ministry to give free vaccines to Thai Hajj pilgrims
SONGKLA, 29 May 2012 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is
set to offer 21,000 free doses of vaccines against influenza and meningococcal
meningitis to Thai Muslims pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform this
Public Health minister Witthaya Buranasiri said on the sideline of a
health-promotion strategy forum in Songkla province that the annual pilgrimage
to Mecca attracts approximately 3 million Muslims and overcrowding often
resulted in outbreaks of flu and meningococcal meningitis.
To minimize the risk of contracting these diseases, the ministry is providing
additional health services for Thai pilgrims by setting up provincial Hajj
clinics in the Southernmost provinces. The clinics are established to treat
patients’ pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension,
prior to the pilgrimage.
Interested parties can register at their provincial public health offices for
free vaccines and health check-ups.
PM: Thailand recovery fast from flood because of its strong foundation
SYDNEY, 29 May 2012 (NNT) – Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra has said that Thailand was able to speedily recover from the
devastating flood because it has a strong economic foundation.
During her four-day visit to Australia, Ms Yingluck delivered a speech ensuring
Australian investors of Thailand’s ability to cope with floods and the stable
The premier said the nation “is moving forward quickly with national
reconciliation by implementing the recommendation of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission.” She added the Thai government has also approved a
compensation plan for all victims of past political violence.
She said the country has recovered well from the flood. According to her, in the
first quarter, the Thai economy grew by 11 percent compared to the previous
quarter. She further added that the economy is expected to grow strongly at 5.5
to 6.5 percent this year.
Additionally, Ms Yingluck stated that both Thailand and Australia share similar
value of democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law, concluding that
both see the need to address challenges to regional and human securities, such
as transnational crimes and terrorism; for example, to reduce human trafficking
and promote regional co-operation. She promised that Thailand will set up the
Bali Process Regional Support Office in Bangkok.
Thai defence minister attends ASEAN defence ministers meeting in Phnom Penh
BANGKOK, May 28 - Thai Defence Minister Air Chief Marshal
Sukampol Suwannathat left Thailand this morning for Cambodia to attend the 6th
ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM).
Gen Sukampol led the Thai delegation including
Permanent-Secretary for Defence Gen Satien Permthongin and Gen Nipat thonglek,
director of the ministry's office of policy and planning to the regional meeting
of defence ministers in Phnom Penh today and tomorrow.
Under the theme "Enhancing ASEAN Unity for a Harmonised and Secure Community,"
the meeting will be chaired by Cambodian Defence Minister Gen Tea Banh.
The Thai defence minister will hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from
Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Gen Sukampol, however, said that there will be no talks with Cambodia on
implementation of the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
regarding the Preah Vihear dispute as the issue has nothing to do with the ASEAN
ministerial meeting on regional security.
The ICJ last July ordered both Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw
military personnel present in the provisional demilitarised zone and refrain
from any military presence within that zone, while urging both countries to work
with ASEAN to reach an agreement allowing regional bloc observers to enter the
The ADMM was first held in Kuala Lumpur in 2006, allowing the ministers to
exchange views on security-concerned issues and promoting mutual trust and
confidence within the regional bloc. (MCOT online news)
All northbound trains resume normal service schedules
LAMPHUN, May 28 -- All northbound trains resumed service
Monday morning after being suspended since Saturday evening because of the
derailment of an empty Chiang Mai-Bangkok train in the northern province of
Lamphun station chief Pichit Dokphut said that the derailed
Nakhon Phing special express train between Chiang Mai and Bangkok has been
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) staff took two days to clear the seven
derailed carriages and repair the track, he said. Northern train service between
Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai resumed normal operation at 9am this morning.
The Nakhon Phing special express train arrived at Lumphun train station at
9.30am and reached its terminus in Chiang Mai at 10am.
Other local rail services are operating normally now.
The SRT earlier mobilised staff from various stations to repair the tracks and
retrieve the locomotive and seven carriages that derailed in a valley near the
provincial seat some three kilometres before Nhong Lom Station.
The operation progressed slowly because of continuous rain and the accident
happening in a valley which provided an obstacle for staff to access for work.
No one was wounded in the incident, as there were no passengers on the train
when it derailed. The cause of the accident is being probed.
The SRT executive board ordered an investigation as derailments which have
occurred at least three times this year could dampen passenger confidence in
train services. (MCOT online news)
BKK to host international joint meeting on blindness
BANGKOK, 28 May 2012 (NNT) – Thailand has announced its
readiness to host the World Blind Union and International Council for Education
of People with Visual Impairment (WBU-ICEVI) joint meeting in November 2012.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Taya Teepsuwan, on Sunday, presided over the launch of
the "Happy Smile Blind Event", held by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
(BMA) in collaboration with the Thai Association of the Blind (TAB). The
activity saw a group of blind volunteers gathering near the Grand Palace to form
a yellow smiling face wearing black sunglasses, which showed Thailand’s
readiness to host the joint meeting of the World Blind Union 8th General
Assembly and the meeting of the International Council for Education of People
with Visual Impairment at the end of this year.
The yellow smiling face wearing black sunglasses in front of the Grand Palace
symbolizes the sharing of smiles from blind people in Thailand for the world.
The "Happy Smile Blind Event" also marks the 60th anniversary of the
royally-composed song “Yim Soo” (Smiles) which was graciously granted as moral
support for the blind people in Thailand by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1952.
The WBU-ICEVI 2012 will be held during 8-18 November at the Imperial Queens Park
Hotel in Bangkok, with over 2,000 blind delegates from 190 countries across the
world expected to participate in the event.
Thai PM leaves Bangkok for official visit to Australia
BANGKOK, May 26 -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
left Bangkok this morning for an official visit to Australia during May 26-29 as
a guest of the Australian Government and as part of activities celebrating the
60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand
The premier was accompanied by Foreign Minister Surapong
Tovichakchaikul, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Education Minister
Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech, Industry Minister Pongsawat Svasti as well as a
group of prominent Thai businessmen.
The purpose of the visit is to enhance Thai-Australia strategic partnership
across a full range of bilateral and regional issues including trade and
investment, energy security, food security, exchanges in science and technology,
as well as to reassure all stakeholders of Thailand’s political stability and
Furthermore, the prime minister will meet with the Thai community in Sydney, to
listen to the views and problems faced by Thai businesses in the food industry
in particular. This is to foster the government’s policy of “Thailand: Kitchen
to the World”.
Most importantly, during the visit, Prime Minister Yingluck will meet with
Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce, Australian Prime Minister Julia
Gillard, and relevant ministers to follow-up on the development of
Both Thai and Australian premiers will discuss cooperation in regional and
international frameworks, particularly with ASEAN and the East Asia Summit
(EAS). Moreover, both leaders would witness the signing of a Joint Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in Education and Training and a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) on Young Political Leaders’ Exchange Program which will
further strengthen ties between the two peoples.
In addition, Thai business figures from PTTEP, Baan Pu, Ratchaburi Electricity
Generating, Loxley, Mitr Phol, CP Group, Surapon Foods, CENTRAL Group, as well
as the Federation of Thai Industries and the Board of Trade of Thailand will be
meeting their Australian counterparts.
The Prime Minister will also meet with corporate leaders from major Australian
industries including Bluescope Steel, Kingsgate (Mining), Australia-New Zealand
Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and leading companies in the auto-parts industry.
The visit to Australia of PM Yingluck is viewed as symbolising the strengthening
of relations at the leader level. The last visit to Australia by a Thai prime
minister was by Thaksin Shinawatra in 2004 to sign the Thailand-Australia Free
Trade Agreement (TAFTA). (MCOT online news)
Thai PM opens "Thai Kitchen to the World" event to promote Thai food industry
SYDNEY, May 27 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened
the 'Thailand: Kitchen to the World' event in Australia to promote the Thai food
industry while encouraging more Thai investment in that country.
The premier is visiting Australia from May 26 to 29 as a guest of the Australian
Government and as part of activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between both nations.
Ms Yingluck earlier today met with 60 Thai businesspeople in Sydney to discuss
and exchange ideas on trade and investment, as well as guidelines on how to
promote Thai products in the Australian market.
Before presiding the ceremony, the prime minister provided a cooking
demonstration on a Thai spicy salad which was well received by Australian media.
She gave a speech on her government's policy to promote "Thai Kitchen to the
World," affirming Thailand as a major food exporting country that can contribute
to food security under changing world condition, in which global warming and
natural disasters may lead to food shortages.
According to Ms Yingluck, Thailand earns over US$20 billion from exporting food
and is one of the world's leading rice exporters, while Australia is one of
Thailand's main rice buyers at over 110,000 tonnes/year, with a growth rate of
5-10 percent annually.
She noted her hope that Thai food will remain listed as one of Australians'
favourite cuisines, as it has consistently been ranked in the top-five in past
years as popular food in the country.
The Thai government's "Thailand: Kitchen to the World" project aims to promote
Thai food products, create awareness of food security concerns, and produce
high-quality foods complying with international standards at competitive prices,
with strategies covering the whole process from finding materials to add product
value and aid distribution.
The Yingluck administration's main strategies include (1) expanding agriculture
and food business, (2) adding value to agricultural produce with high-technology
production processes, (3) supporting cooperation at regional and international
levels, and (4) supporting Thai investments abroad, especially in building a
network of Thai restaurant overseas.
The Commerce Ministry has worked on such strategies in many countries, including
Australia, in order for Thai cuisine to be well known through Thai restaurants
and department stores selling Thai food products worldwide, the premier said.
On Sunday afternoon local time, the prime minister visited Thai restaurants and
Thai food importers at a Thai town area on Campbell Rd in Sydney. She will then
fly to Canberra afterwards. (MCOT online news)
DDPM steps up measures to prevent heavy rain-induced disaster
BANGKOK, 27 May 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is stepping up its games to prevent possible
disasters, induced by heavy rain forecast for the week ahead.
The Thai Meteorological Department has issued its latest
warning on Saturday, stating that a monsoon trough over Thailand’s North and
upper Northeast is facing strong Southwest monsoon present over the Andaman Sea
and the Gulf of Thailand.
As a result, all over the country will likely experience heavy rain until
The Meteorological Department has warned residents of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai,
Phayao, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Prae, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun,
Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga and Satun to beware of flash flood during
Moreover, it has asked fishing boats on both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of
Thailand to be extra-careful due to the possibilities of moderate waves of 2-3
meters. Small boats are also asked to stay ashore during May 26th-29th.
With the warnings out there, the DDPM has collaborated with all its branch
offices in related areas to prepare measures to prevent and solve any problems
that may be caused by flood and storm, such as landslides.
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s Department of Mineral Resources
has also notified all surveillance volunteers to watch out for the reports of
landslide and promptly inform affected residents.
'Yellow Shirts' to rally against reconciliation bill on May 30
BANGKOK, May 26 - The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD),
or the Yellow Shirt movement, will gather next Wednesday to protest against the
reconciliation bill which was set to be deliberated in the House of
Representatives on that day.
The yellow-shirts move came as the House session is scheduled
to consider on May 30 the reconciliation bill proposed by the 2006 coup leader
Gen Sondhi Boonyaratglin, now MP and leader of Matuphum Party, amid criticism
that the bill was crafted to benefit ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra rather
than the general public.
PAD key leader Somkiat Pongpaiboon said the group resolved unanimously to
mobilise its supporters on that day to submit a petition to the House Speaker
and the government, showing their disagreement with the proposed amnesty bill
and calling for the House to suspend consideration of the bill.
Mr Somkiat said the Yellow Shirts will first gather at the Royal Plaza at 9am
and then march to the parliament to hand in the letter.
Another PAD leader, retired Gen Chamlong Srimuang said whether the rally will be
prolonged or not depends on the situation, adding that the movement could not
accept the bill as it was considered as amnesty rather than national
reconciliation which could lead to a more divisive society.
"The PAD will strongly oppose (the bill) although (we) could also see benefits
from it," said Gen Chamlong.
Gen Chamlong said the PAD is confident that its protests several years ago did
not violate the law and it is ready to accept the court's decision even if they
were ruled guilty, saying the group will not endorse the legitimacy for anyone
to issue a blanket amnesty bill.
The Yellow Shirt protesters staged marathon mass protests in 2008 that led to
the blockade of Bangkok's two main airports--Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang--in an
attempt to topple the Somchai Wongsawat government which they accused of being a
proxy for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
The movement's key leaders include media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, retired
Maj-Gen Chamlong, Phiphob Thongchai, Somsak Kosaisuuk, Somkiat Pongpaibul,
Chaiwat Sinsuwong and Suriyasai Katasila. They face severe charges of terrorism
as they spearheaded the Yellow Shirt protesters seizure of the airports.
The Democrat party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalsut earlier claimed that the
proposed bill has a "hidden agenda" to help Mr Thaksin, as it allowed the
ex-premier to return to the country without having to serve a jail term and
returned seized assets to him, as well as granting blanket amnesty to those who
ordered harm to the public in every case of political violence, including 91
deaths from the Red Shirt protests two years ago. (MCOT online news)
Acting THAI president: Piyasvasti sacking due to new aircraft procurement conflict
BANGKOK, May 25 - Thailand's national flag carrier Thai
Airways International (THAI) issued a statement from the executive board of
directors reasserting that the dismissal of former president Piyasvasti
Amaranand was caused by a conflict between him and the company's board over the
procurement of 38 new aircraft.
The statement from the THAI board came as the company's
labour union threatened to mobilise its members unless they were informed by
board chairman Ampon Kittampon of the reasons for Mr Piyasvasti's contract
But Mr Ampon did not appear at today's news conference. Instead he sent THAI
acting president Chokchai Panyayong to clarify the matter and distribute the
board's statement which explained that the board and Mr Piyasvasti had different
views on the procurement of new airplanes.
The board had considered the issue earlier, in March, when company executives
raised the procurement of 12 of the 38 new planes as a provisional agenda item
for quick approval.
According to the statement, the board believed that the new aircraft procurement
must proceed carefully, with advice from the Office of the National Economic and
Social Development Board and the Budget Bureau needed.
The Budget Bureau later advised that the procurement needed to be reviewed and
resubmitted to the Cabinet as the purchase would affect the company's financial
status, the statement said.
The board terminated the former president's employment contract as it doubted
his compliance with the board sentiment after he commented that the delayed
purchase of the new aircraft would damage the company.
The board statement said THAI lost Bt21.4 billion in 2008 and the current board
has worked to resolve the losses even before Mr Piyasvasti took the post in
2009, meaning that the company's profits did not represent the performance of
any particular person, but of the board, executives and all employees.
After the news conference the acting president conceded that the company's
income this year may not reach the targeted profit of Bt6-7 billion as it
already missed target in the first quarter, while the second and the third
quarters are in the low season.
THAI labour union chairperson Jamsri Sukchotrat said the absence of the board
chairman is considered "irresponsible" by the employees, the organisation and
the public who awaited the clarification.
Ms Jamsri said that the conflict over the procurement is common as people could
have differing views and this should not be the reason of Mr Piyasvasti's
The union president added she will petition the finance and transport ministers,
urging Mr Ampon to clarify the issue to the public himself.
The THAI board on Tuesday resolved with 12 out of 13 votes to end Mr Piyasvati’s
employment contract although he passed his performance assessment, while Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asserted that the dismissal was done properly under
the authority of the company's board of directors.
Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan earlier denied that the board decision
was politically motivated as the resolution was made unanimously and seven of
the 12 board members who agreed with the contract termination were appointed
during the previous government. (MCOT online news)
Patum Thani residents protest over compensation for 2011 floods
PATHUM THANI, May 27 - Over 500 local residents were
protesting on Sunday for the second time in Samkok district, demanding Bt20,000
per household compensation for 2011 floods, resulting in heavy traffic.
The protest gathered at Santisuk Intersection, claiming the
amount of money they received was unjust.
Heavy traffic radiated in every direction to the centre of Samkok district and
to Lam Luk Ka district, leading to the provincial seat. Police were trying to
ease congestion for commuters.
Pathum Thani governor Kajornsak Singtokul previously negotiated with protestors,
informing them the province had no authority to approve additional compensation.
The matter must be forwarded to the government and would take several days.
However, having previously protested last Friday, demonstrators were still
dissatisfied, as they wanted clear answers on the issue. (MCOT online news)
Railway workers attempting to retrieve empty derailed train carriages in Lamphun
LAMPANG, May 27 - Railway workers are attempting to retrieve
11 empty derailed train carriages in Lamphun currently blocking the railway to
Panat Mongkolrit, a railway official at the Nakhon Lampang
train station said that work to retrieve the Chiangmai-Bangkok train derailed on
Saturday evening has not yet finished but is expected to be completed by today
to clear the route for northbound trains.
Train service from Bangkok could still run to the Nakhon Lampang station on
Sunday morning with the station providing air-conditioned buses to take
passengers on to Chiang Mai.
No one was wounded in the incident, as there were no passengers on the train
when it derailed. The cause of the accident is still unknown.
Yutthana Thapcharoen, governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), inspected
the area where the train derailed on Sunday. He affirmed that train services
were expected to resume by 1 am on Monday.
An investigation is underway to find the cause of the mishap, which could be
from worn out or deformed rail tracks, possibly caused by high temperatures. A
probe will also be conducted to determine the riding speed at the time of the
accident, the governor said. (MCOT online news)
Conclusion of reconciliation bill rests with parliament: PM
BANGKOK, May 26 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on
Saturday said that the ruling Pheu Thai Party has not yet made any resolutions
on a reconciliation bill nor any conclusions on the bill, proposed by the 2006
coup leader, as it depends on the Parliament.
The prime minister made remarks as she left Bangkok on an
official visit to Australia this morning after Gen Sondhi Boonyaratglin, MP and
the leader of Matuphum Party, proposed the bill and it was listed on the agenda
to be considered in the House session next Wednesday.
Gen Sondhi was the coup leader who toppled then-prime minister Thaksin
Shinawatra from power on Sepetmber 19, 2006 as the situation turned tense with
mass anti-Thaksin protests by the so-called Yellow Shirt groups.
Ms Yingluck said the bill was proposed by Gen Sondhi and Pheu Thai party did not
have any resolution on the matter as the government's priority at the moment is
to administer the country.
Ms Yingluck however commented that any proposal which could lead to national
reconciliation should be considered and the entire process will be concluded
within parliament with a majority vote from the people's representatives.
Following criticism that the bill might directly benefit her brother, ex-premier
Thaksin, Ms Yingluck said she needs to look into the details of the bill first,
adding that if the bill really does favour only one person, no one will support
Ms Yingluck added it is common to see different opinions and there must be a
conclusion which is acceptable by all parties.
"Let the parliamentary mechanism do its duty to discuss matters which are good
for the country," stated the premier, "For Pheu Thai party, we have not yet
talked about this but (we) believe all Thais want to see national
reconciliation, so any approach is appreciated as every process leads to one
The prime minister pledged that her government will avoid conflict, but all
parties -- political parties, the general public and business sectors -- should
also join hands.
Meanwhile, the opposition Democrat Party on Saturday reaffirmed that it will
oppose the reconciliation bill which is helping the ousted ex-premier, both in
and outside the parliament.
The Democrat party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalsut explained that the
proposed bill has a "hidden agenda" to help Mr Thaksin and nothing in the
two-page bill indicates that this is for the general public, instead allowing
for Mr Thaksin to return to the country without having to serve a jail term and
returning his seized assets to him.
Mr Chavanond noted the bill also grants amnesty to those who ordered harm on the
public in every case of political violence, including 91 deaths from two years
The Democrat party will oppose to the bill at its full capacity, both inside and
outside parliament, but will not instigate the crowd to violence or to commit
any illegal actions, said the spokesman.
Mr Chavanond added the party's legal team is now considering a petition to the
Constitution Court to rule whether or not the drafted bill violates the law.
(MCOT online news)
Public Health Ministry: 4,000 chemical compounds created by lighting just one cigarette
BANGKOK, 27 May 2012 (NNT) – According to the Public Health
Ministry, lighting up one cigarette can expose one to over 4,000 chemical
compounds and 42 carcinogens, all of which are hazardous to the health.
Public Health Permanent-Secretary Dr. Paijit Warachit has announced that the
World Health Organization (WHO) has set “Tobacco Industry Interference” as the
main concept of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which falls on 31 May. The
2012 theme stresses on raising the awareness of policy-makers and the public to
stay ahead of the tobacco industry’s games and tricks.
On the occasion of the approaching World Tobacco-Free Day, the Public Health
Ministry is set to hold a press conference on 28 May to announce the 2012-2013
measures to prevent tobacco-related problems, which aims to reduce the number of
smokers and patients of smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer, Ischemic
heart disease and Emphysema, among others.
Dr. Paijit said that one person who is willing to quit smoking will contribute
to cutting down the emission of 4,000 chemical compounds and 42 kinds of
carcinogens from the burning of one cigarette.
Dusit Poll: Disharmony and bad economy cause unhappiness for Thais
BANGKOK, 27 May 2012 (NNT) – A recent poll conducted by Suan
Dusit Rajabhat University has indicated that Thai people see the disharmony in
society and the poor economic situation as the root of their unhappiness.
Conducted on 2,328 people across the country during 21-26 May, the Suan Dusit
Poll asked respondents to state what makes them happy and unhappy when they are
with their family, in their community, and in the Thai society.
More than half of the respondents said they feel happy from the love and
understanding of their family. Meanwhile, fights and disagreements are the
number-one cause of unhappiness, followed by financial difficulties and health
When asked about the happiness and unhappiness within their community, the
respondents stated that the helpfulness and harmony among community members
bring them happiness whereas negative factors, such as selfishness, drugs,
gambling and robbery lead to their discontent.
Looking at the Thai society as a whole, the respondents voted kindness,
generosity and smiles as the key factors to the Thai people's happiness,
followed by harmony and the conservation of the Thai identity. On the other
hand, most people have indicated that at present they are feeling distressed
because of the disunity among the Thai people, as well as selfishness, high cost
of living and corruption, among others.
However, the respondents have suggested ways to keep themselves happy and cure
their unhappiness by looking at the bright side of things, resigning themselves
to the truth and changes, turning to Buddhism and leading a sufficient life.
Ayutthaya to donate 9,999,999 baht to Rajaprajanugroh Foundation
PHRA NAKHON SI AYUTTHAYA, 25 May 2012 (NNT) – Ayutthaya
Province is prepared to present a financial donation of 9,999,999 baht to His
Majesty the King during his visit to Thung Makham Yong later this evening.
Ayutthaya governor Withaya Phewpong said the fund will be offered to HM the King
as a donation for the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage. The
province will also present to His Majesty a book providing a chronicle on the
construction of the Monument of Loyalty, built to commemorate the great occasion
of HM the King’s 7th cycle or 84th birthday anniversary on December 5th, 2011.
People from all walks of life have packed the area in Thung Makham Yong since
last night in anticipation to welcome the King and other members of the royal
family who are scheduled to inspect a royally-initiated flood prevention project
in the area. The Police have tightened up security and set up four checkpoints.
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HM Queen Sirikit and HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn are scheduled to visit Thung Makham Yong, where HM the King harvested
paddy for the first time and pioneered the Kam-Ling (monkey’s cheek) water
retention project 16 years ago.
His Majesty and the Royal Party will depart from Siriraj Hospital at 4.30 p.m.
and will arrive at Thung Makham Yong at approximately 7.30 p.m.
VN, China discuss sea area off Tonkin Gulf
Hanoi, May 24 (VNA) – Vietnam and China held the first round
of working-level negotiations on the demarcation of maritime boundaries beyond
the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf, in Hanoi on May 21-22. In a friendly, frank and
constructive atmosphere, both parties stated their positions on issues relating
to the sea area off the Tonkin Gulf . They agreed to work together to speed up
the negotiations and discuss cooperation for joint development in the area
according to the principles stipulated in the Vietnam-China agreement on basic
principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues signed in October, 2011.
Both sides discussed relevant contents, which will act as a foundation for the
next round of talks. They agreed on how the negotiations should proceed, as well
as on cooperating to develop the area. The negotiation will be held twice a year
on a rotational basis, with the next round taking place in the later half of
Tablet scheme will be officially launched on June 7
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT) - Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra is set to preside over the official launching ceremony of One Tablet
PC per Child scheme on June 7 at the Government House.
Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec)’s secretary-general Chinnapat
Bhumirat yesterday unveiled that after months of content preparation, personnel
training and the setting up of tablet distribution system, the Education
Ministry is ready to distribute the tablet PCs to first graders across the
country by the first semester of this academic year.
The opening ceremony of the project will be chaired by the premier on June 7.
The first shipment of 2,000 tablet units delivered on Wednesday is undergoing an
inspection. Following the inspection, 1,000 units will be distributed to 183
trainers before they are to be introduced to teaching personnel nationwide.
Mr Chinnarat has elaborated that once the first shipment of 100,000 units are
delivered, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will
conduct initial inspections before coordinating with OBEC to deliver the tablets
to Education 1 offices in each province.
VN highlights achievements at WHO Assembly
Geneva , May 23 (VNA) – A Vietnamese health official has
highlighted the country’s achievements in health care universalisation at the
ongoing 65th General Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva ,
Switzerland . Speaking at the session on May 22, Vietnamese Deputy Health
Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said health care universalisation is a basic goal of
Vietnam ’s health sector and was represented in the country’s socio-economic and
medical development strategy and policy. According to Tien, over the past 50
years, many national target programmes on health have been carried out widely
throughout the country, such as the expanded programme on immunisation,
prevention of tuberculosis, malaria and malnutrition, and health care for
mothers and children. Initial health care services have been provided for all
people, including those in remote and mountainous areas, he said. Vietnam
strives to spend at least 10 percent of the total budget on health care in the
future, he added. However, Tien pointed out difficulties in reaching the health
care universalisation goal, such as mountainous residents’ difficult access to
medical services and the low quality of the services, especially those for
mothers and children. Public investment for health care in Vietnam remains low
and the universalisation of health insurances faces a lot of difficulties due to
a limited State budget and people’s low income, he said. On the occasion, the
Vietnamese health official thanked the WHO and other developmental partners for
their financial and technical assistance for Vietnam . In addition, the
Vietnamese delegation took part in a meeting of WHO member countries in the West
Pacific region and presented a report on Vietnam ’s preparations for the next
WHO meeting in October. The delegation also shared experience with Switzerland
on issues relating to reproductive health. On the sidelines of the session,
which will last until May 26, Deputy Minister Tien met with the heads of
delegations from ASEAN countries and the Republic of Korea to boost cooperation
in health care.
JJ Market vendors seek extension of stall leasehold
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT) - Yesterday a group of 20
Chatuchak market vendors, led by Chartree Sophonbannarak, chairman of the
Association of Chatuchak Market Business Operators, gathered to submit a
petition to the Transport Ministry, seeking an extension of the stall leasehold.
According to Mr Chartree, operators wishe to extend the leasehold from 2 years
to 5 years and the renewal lease term to 30 years. The group also requested that
the ministry amend certain terms in the lease contract with the State Railway of
Thailand (SRT) to ensure fairness to operators.
He elaborated that their previous long-term contract with the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration allowed vendors to use a 30-year property lease as
collateral for a bank loan, which facilitates more business transactions.
Transport Minister, Chat Kuladilok, responded to the association’s concerns by
saying that the ministry is forwarding their proposal of an extended lease
contract to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He added that the SRT is in the
process of recruiting an experienced individual to oversee the management of the
Budhhayantee Nalanda brought from India for Thais to pay respect
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT)-The Thai Health Promotion
Foundation and the Sathira-Dhammasathan Center have brought the statue of
Budhhayantee Nalanda from India to Sanam Luang on the occasion of Vesak Day and
the 2,600th anniversary of the Lord Buddha’s enlightenment.
The statute is situated at Sanam Luang, opposite from the Temple of the Emerald
Buddha, for Thai Buddhists to pay respect. According to the news, the statue,
however, is a duplication of the large one in India.
Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta, a Buddhist nun, is the founder and Director of
Sathira-Dhammasathan Center and Thai Health Promotion Vice Chairman of Governing
Board Dr. Udomsil Srisangnam said in their joint statement that this is an
opportunity for Buddhists to practice Dhamma to increase their blessings.
It has been reported that during the ceremony, there was a rainbow around the
sun, which according to Thai belief is divine phenomenon. The statute is in a
mediation pose and was carved from a black rock. It is 1,000 years old and has
survived demolition intact. The general public is allowed to pay respect from
today until June 4th.
Mosques in Bangkok participate in drug-free campaign
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT) – Twenty-four mosques in Bangkok
have participated in the drug-free campaign, focusing on drug eradication in
communities near the mosques.
Presiding over the drug-free mosque campaign, Bangkok Metropolitan Council (BMC)
Chairman Suthichai Weerakulsunthorn said the campaign is aimed at raising
awareness about narcotic drug situation in communities. Muslim leaders have
urged to place importance on drug eradication in their respective areas.
The BMC said it is ready to cooperate with the Metropolitan Police Bureau to
arrest drug dealers and treat drug addicts. Under the project, community leaders
will work with BMC members from all 50 districts of Bangkok to tackle the
Govt begins compensation payment to political violence victims
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT) – The government has kicked off
the compensation payments for political violence victims. It has set aside 577
million baht for the first group of victims.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, representing
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, presided over the ceremony to hand out the
compensations to the political victims and their families. 524 people are
eligible for the first phase of the compensation.
As for those not included in the first phase, the government said it will pay
them later, promising that everyone, including victims of the southern unrests,
will be compensated under the same criteria.
PM: Govt places emphasis on forest preservation
BANGKOK, 25 May 2012 (NNT) – Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra has said that the government places an emphasis on the forest and
natural water preservation.
During her visit to Her Majesty the Queen’s forest preservation project in
Chiang Mai Province, Ms Yingluck participated in the construction of a check dam
as well as a rosewood tree planting activity.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk and Army Chief
General Prayuth Chan-ocha also joined the activities.
The Prime Minister said she is proud that the project has been ongoing for a
while and that the forest has expanded through the people’s supports. She asked
everyone to continue helping protect and preserve the nature.
The forest preservation project is among many environment protection projects in
the borders, where deforestations are widespread. The Royal Thai Army has
initiated the project to help protect the forest.
Nan holds disaster drill
NAN, 25 May 2012 (NNT) - Nan residents have participated in a
disaster drill to prepare themselves in cases of flood and mudslides.
As Nan is one of the provinces frequently hit by flashfloods and mudslides
during the rainy season, the provincial authorities and residents yesterday held
a disaster drill to prepare people on how to deal with an emergency. At the same
time, the activity also educates people about the nature of mudslides and
flashfloods, so that they will be able to evacuate in time and effectively when
the real event occurs.
Nearly 500 people from seven villages and different departments participated in
Thailand’s first digital TV system to be launched this year
BANGKOK, 24 May 2012 (NNT) - The National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has selected DVB-T2 as the standard for
Thailand’s digital television broadcasting, expecting the system to be up and
running within this year.
As part of the “Go Digital Thailand” project, the Cabinet approved the NBTC’s
proposal to use DVB-T2 as the system for digital TV broadcasting in Thailand on
20 May 2012. NBTC member Col. Natee Sukonrat said DVB-T2 was a European-based
modern digital TV system with the best transmission efficiency. It is currently
used in 38 countries worldwide, including countries in Europe and ASEAN.
Col. Natee confirmed that the NBTC would make sure that the digital TV project
would not affect or cause difficulties for the viewers. All existing TV
channels, now broadcasted via the analog system, will be gradually transferred
to the digital system, which is expected to become functional within this year
with around 50 more free channels.
Defense minister visits Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, 24 May 2012 (NNT) - Thailand’s Defense Minister
paid his first official visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic this
morning to discuss the compound threat of illegal immigrants and cross-border
Defense Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat said the visit at the
invitation of his Laotian counterpart is aimed at fortifying bilateral
cooperation on tackling illicit drug trafficking and illegal immigration along
the common border.
The minister also said the visit provides an opportunity to introduce himself to
neighboring Laos upon the assumption of his new post.
Meanwhile, commenting on the cabinet’s approval of the 1,800-billion-baht
defense budget, Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol said that the fund will be used to
improve the armed forces and the quality of their personnel as well as develop
new defense technologies.
PM confident village development project will boost local incomes
BANGKOK, May 24 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on
Thursday launched a project to develop local communities--the so-called SML
project (small-medium-large villages)--aimed at boosting income in local
communities nationwide as well as the country’s overall economy.
She said implementation of such projects in the past helped
foster local communities through funds directly allocated to villages of various
sizes. So her government opted to continue the scheme, which will help
strengthen and resolve economic problems at their root through work of community
She asked community leaders to adhere to the sufficient economy philosophy of
His Majesty the King in running the project, requiring a budget of Bt35 billion
and targeting to strengthen 86,000 villages nationwide.
Today is the first day that the money was approved for villages with local
committees already scrutinising proposed development projects.
Under the project, a large village will receive Bt500,000 while Bt400,000 and
Bt300,000 will be allocated to medium and small villages respectively. Eligible
village committees with clear work plans and a bank account for money transfer
from the state can get funding from the government.
The prime minister also talked to community leaders in four regions via
teleconference about details of the scheme implementation. (MCOT online news)
Lampang pineapple growers’ protest ends
LAMPANG, May 23 -- About 500 pineapple farmers in the
northern province of Lampang ended their protest Wednesday, reopening the
Lampang-Phayao road in the provincial seat to traffic after their demand was
The protesters dispersed after Lampang governor Thawatchai
Therdphaothai met with officials and representatives of the pineapple growers to
seek the measures in resolving the problems of falling prices, oversupply and
delivery to factories in the southern region.
The producers welcomed the governor’s announcement pledging that two local
government units would allocate a portion of their budgets to buy the glut of
ripe fruit first at the price of Bt3 per kilogramme.
Meanwhile, the authorities will seek a resolution of the rest of the fruit and
will negotiate with the Lampang Transportation Authority Office to provide
trucks to transport the produce to factories in the South.
A group of pineapple farmers in Ban Sadet and Ban Lang
sub-districts late Wednesday morning set up tents and blocked Lampang-Phayao
They demanded the related provincial agencies to set up buying points to
purchase the fruit at the price of Bt4 a kilo as they face a transport problem
of the produce to plants in Prachuap Khiri Khan and elsewhere in the South and
feared their fruit would rot before delivery.
Police to strictly check on taxi drivers without permits from 1 June
BANGKOK, 24 May 2012 (NNT) – Taxi drivers who are missing
their permits are warned to acquire the documents before the end of May, or they
will risk a jail term or a fine.
National Police spokesperson, Police Major General Piya Utayo
said on Wednesday that, according to the Land Transport Department’s data, out
of some 101,000 registered taxis in the country, around 77,000 are operated by
companies or co-op’s while the other 24,000 are privately-owned.
Official data also showed that as many as 2 million taxi rides have been
recorded each day across Thailand.
However, Police Major General Piya stated that a number of taxi drivers have not
acquired an official permit to get behind the wheel.
He said that the weak enforcement of public transport permit rules had made it
more difficult for the police to work on taxi-related crimes.
Therefore, from June 1st, any taxi drivers without a proper permit will be
subject to a maximum jail term of 1 month, or a maximum fine of 1,000 baht,
while those who fail to show their documents will risk facing a maximum fine of
1,000 baht as well.
Police Major General Piya added that taxi companies will also be subject to a
maximum fine of 2,000 baht if they let any driver get behind the wheel without
Interior Ministry invites nationwide Buddhists to join in Buddha Jayanthi celebration
BANGKOK, 24 May 2012 (NNT) – The Interior Ministry has
extended its invitation to Buddhists across the country to join in the
celebration marking 2,600 years of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment in 2012.
Interior Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Pranai Suwanrath said that the
ministry has assigned all provincial governors to organize a Buddhism promotion
week, starting from May 29th to June 4th, under the campaign “the Celebration of
Buddha Jayanthi – 2,600 years of Buddha’s Enlightenment”.
Mr. Pranai said that the main celebration grounds are set in 4 main provinces,
including Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat,
each of which represents 4 main regions of Thailand.
He added that a number of religious activities have been planned, such as mass
candle-lit processions, mass prayers and, mass ordinations, to commemorate this
auspicious year of Buddhism.
Phuket braces medical staff with earthquake drill
PHUKET, 24 May 2012 (NNT) - The Phuket Provincial Public
Health Office has held an earthquake drill to ready residents and medical
personnel for possible natural disasters in the future.
Having been affected by several tremors in April, an earthquake drill was
recently held in Thalang district of Phuket province with the objective of
preparing medical teams for such emergency situations. Conducted at the Si
Sunthon Health Promotion Hospital, the exercise simulated a 5-richter magnitude
earthquake with the epicenter in Si Sunthon sub-district of Thalang, which
caused major tremors in the area and a large number of casualties.
Provincial Public Health official said that the drill focused on the readiness
of the medical response and command in emergency situations. In case of a
natural disaster, a field hospital will be established with medical teams to
assist in the evacuation of the disabled, the elderly, children and the general
Apart from the drill, the public and village health volunteers were also
educated on the necessary preparations and appropriate course of action during
an earthquake episode.
Smokers urged to quit smoking on World No Tobacco Day
BANGKOK, 24 May 2012 (NNT) – The Thai Health Promotion
Foundation is inviting smokers to quit smoking on the occasion of the World No
Tobacco Day on 31 May.
With the quick approach of the World No Tobacco Day, the foundation’s Director,
Kritsada Rueng-areerach, has called on smokers to realize the dangers of
tobacco. At the same time, he has encouraged them to take this opportunity of
the World No Tobacco Day to quit their smoking habit with the objective of
reducing cancer, which is one of the main causes of fatalities among the Thai
Approximately 40,000 people die from smoking each year. An academic report has
indicated that the risk of cancer for smokers is 3.16 times greater than
non-smokers. Smokers also risk contracting respiratory diseases, such as
bronchitis, chronic cough, pulmonary Emphysema, all of which can lead to fatal
outcomes. Moreover, smoking can cause chronic ulcers, hypertension, liver
cirrhosis, periodontitis, sinusitis and heart disease. Additionally, the chance
of miscarriage is 1.6 times higher in pregnant smokers, while smoking can be the
root of a baby's under-development.
First political violence victims to be compensated Thursday
BANGKOK, May 22 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is set
to hand over compensation payments for the first batch of political violence
victims on Thursday, as earlier recommended by Thailand’s Truth for
Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
PM's Office Permanent Secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu as
chairman of the TRC subcommittee on deciding remedies for political protest
victims announced that 522 victims will be compensated Thursday.
Mr Thongthong said the premier will open the ceremony at Government House
Thursday afternoon and that those eligible to be compensated can check their
names at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The subcommittee is now examining evidence on the other victims before approving
further compensation to them, Mr Thongthong said, adding that the sub-committee
was unworried about opposition to granting restitution as their work is within
He said that the ministry will also host a forum to gather recommendations on
national reconciliation from local communities in 77 provinces nationwide, after
which the data will be compiled before proposing further implementation to the
prime minister in June and July.
In March the Cabinet approved regulations guiding compensation to victims of
political violence during political gatherings as proposed by the country’s
Truth for Reconciliation Commission
Mr Thongthong earlier said compensation would focus on the public, government
officials or media members who died, were disabled or otherwise injured during
the political incidents between late 2005 and May 2005 and May 2010.
He said those who were killed or disabled in a string of violent protests would
receive Bt3 million each which would be given to their surviving spouses or
As for the other humanitarian compensation to almost 2,000 victims--including
about 100 persons killed--who were entitled to receive, the Cabinet approved a
budget of Bt2 billion for the payments overall with each recipient receiving
Bt4.5 million. (MCOT online news)
Ordourless, seedless durians developed in Uttaradit
UTTARADIT, May 22---- Thailand’s northern province of
Uttaradit on Tuesday introduced two new varieties of non-smelling durians, which
is bringing a boom to the province.
Uttaradit Governor Yothin Samutkhiri said that the new durian
varieties, the odourless, seedless ‘Longlaplae’ and ‘Linlaplae’ fruits, were
developed in the province which boasts largest durian orchard in northern
Thailand with 27,000 rai (over 10,600 acres) of land.
The specially-bred durians weigh about one kilogramme each, with perfectly
Announcing the Laplae district durian fair beginning May 31 through June 3, Mr
Yothin said the season of the two new varieties will begin in June. The province
expects to produce about 20,000 tonnes this year and to generate farmers income
of at least Bt900 million.
Apart from fresh durian, the processed product made from the spiky fruit, such
as durian chips, preserved durian paste and durian spicy salad or somtam,
together with varied local dishes, will be available at the upcoming fair, the
Originally, the spiky Asian fruit called durian was widely known for its
penetrating and pungent odour, offensive to many who have not an acquired taste
for it. (MCOT online news)
Srinagarind Dam unaffected by quake
KANCHANABURI, May 21- The Srinagarind Dam was not harmed by a
mild quake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale today in Kanchanaburi province,
according to a senior official.
Srinagarind dam director Boon-in Chuenchavalit said that the
tremor jolted Sai Yok district, with its epicentre about 18km from this major
dam in Si Sawat district.
Citing a thorough inspection by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
(EGAT), Mr Boon-in explained that earthquake monitoring equipment installed at
the dam reported no damage or impacts on the dam’s structure.
Mr Boon-in assured the public that the strength of the Srinagarind Dam was not
impaired. It is equipped with a safety system enabling in to ride out such
natural incidents. The dam’s structural safety is checked regularly by technical
experts and maintained in line with international standards.
In an earthquake-related development, Somboon Kositanon, director of Lampang's
Mineral Resources Office Region 1, reported that seven tremors have been
recorded in Chiang Mai’s districts of San Sai, Wiang Haeng and Phrao during
April and May.
According to the earthquake inspection in the 17 northern provinces, Mr Somboon
said that the today’s 2.1 magnitude earthquake was registered as having its
epicentre in Phrao district after a 2.5 magnitude earth quake shook the district
The mineral resources official explained that the earthquakes in northern
Thailand were attributed to eight active fault zones – the Mae Hong Son, Mae
Tha, Mae Ping, Mae Chan, Pua, Thoen, Phayao and Nan-Uttaradit fault zones. (MCOT
Deputy PM Yuthasak visits Pattani to clarify policy on far South
BANGKOK, May 22 -- Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa
on Tuesday visited the southern province of Pattani to clarify the government
policy to develop the southernmost provinces as one of the measures to solve the
violence in the region.
Gen Yuthasak, who heads the newly established southern border
provinces strategic steering committee is accompanied by Army Chief Gen Prayuth
Chan-ocha to clarify the government's 2012-2013 policies to officials on
integrating work to tackle the region’s economic problems.
The deputy prime minister has been assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra to integrate the work of all agencies to make certain they are
following the strategic plan to integrate operations to address the problem
He is also to coordinate with the Budget Bureau on fund allocation.
Gen Yutthasak, who oversees national security affairs, chaired a workshop on
policies and strategies last week aimed at resolving southern problems attended
by representatives of some 90 government units to emphasise the need for all to
work cooperatively in the same direction.
The workshop was also attended by the chiefs of the National Security Council
(NSC), Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), Southern Border Provinces
Administration Centre (SBPAC) and the Budget Bureau.
Gen Yutthasak said the SBPSC has been assigned to draw up a strategic plan for
development and ISOC would be responsible to plan security operations.
The work of the two agencies must be in harmony and well coordinated, he added.
Gen Yuthasak said that during the visit he may ask local authorities for reports
on what is happening with setting up red shirt villages in the southern
If the establishment plan has posed no problem with the government's operations
in dealing with problems in the southernmost province, then there would be no
problems, he said. (MCOT online news)
Chonburi getting readied for Cabinet Retreat
CHONBURI, 23 May 2012 (NNT) – The eastern coastal province of
Chonburi is getting ready to play host to next month’s Cabinet Retreat.
Chonburi Governor Komsan Ekachai said on Tuesday that officials and the people
of Chonburi are ready to welcome the Cabinet Retreat to the eastern seaboard,
scheduled during 18-19 June.
The upcoming mobile meeting will be hosted by Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome,
according to Mr. Komsan.
He added that, in the preparation for the Retreat, a meeting of the advisors to
the PM, the PM Secretariat, the National Economic and Social Development Board
(NESDB) and officials from eastern provinces, including Chonburi, Rayong,
Chanthaburi and Trat is schedule on Wednesday, May 25th to discuss all details
ahead of the visit by all Cabinet ministers.
PRD-VOV achieved closer ties during recent exchange visit
BANGKOK, 23 May 2012 (NNT) – Thai journalists have completed
an official visit to Vietnam, initiated under an MOU between the Thai Public
Relations Department (PRD) and the voice of Vietnam (VOV).
A delegation of journalists from the PRD visited Vietnam during 13-18 May, as
parts of the Media Practitioners Exchange Program.
The trip was intended to help Thai and Vietnamese journalists exchange opinions
and experiences in news and special feature reporting as well as documentaries
on lifestyle, social affairs and cultural aspects in Vietnam, in a move to
prompt Thailand’s neighbor for the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community
During the visit, the Thai delegation had the opportunity to meet with Mr.
Anuson Chinvanno, Ambassador of Thailand to Vietnam, Mr. Vu Hai, the Deputy
Director of VOV and Mr. Nyugen Tien Minh, the Director-General of the ASEAN
They were also invited to "Van Mieu", the Temple of Literature, which is
Vietnam’s oldest university, and to enjoy the country’s famous water puppet show
as well as to visit "Bat Trang Ceramic Village" and the UNESCO World Heritage
site “Ha Long Bay”.
The exchange visit has not only helped bring journalists from the two
neighboring countries closer, but it has also strengthened ties between the Thai
PRD and the VOV while promoting the role of media and understanding between all
related parties ahead of the emergence of the AEC in 3 years’ time.
Thailand’s 2011 annual tourism income rises 30%
BANGKOK, May 21 – Despite experiencing major tourism woes,
Thailand earned tourism income exceeding Bt770 billion in 2011, an increase of
31 per cent year-on-year, according to Thanitta Savetsila Maneechote, Deputy
Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports.
Despite problems which shook tourist confidence in travel to Thailand and last
year’s devastating flood, she said the country still earned Bt776.2 billion, and
recorded 19.2 million tourists, an increase of nearly 21 per cent.
Of this number, 12.2 million visitors – nearly two in three, or 63.7 per cent --
were revisiting Thailand, while the remaining 6.9 million tourists, slightly
more than one in three, 36.2 per cent, were newcomers.
Regarding their purpose for travel, 8.9 million or 46.76 per cent were on
holiday while about three million -- 15.82 per cent -- came for meetings.
The average stay period for foreign tourists was 9.64 days with an average
spending of 4,187 baht per day, an increase of 2.66 per cent.
Meanwhile, last year, over 5.3 million Thai tourists travelled overseas, an
increase of 1.11 per cent from the same period in the previous year, with
average spending of 4,505 baht per day per person. Total spending for their
trips abroad amounted to Bt122 billion, an increase of 0.48 per cent. (MCOT
TAT to host grand Buddha Jayanti celebration in Nakhon Pathom
NAKHON PATHOM, 23 May 2012 (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) will be hosting the "World Vesak Day Miracle" at Phra Pathom
Chedi Temple in Nakhon Pathom province to mark the 2,600th anniversary of
TAT Events Department Director Wiwatchai Boonyapak said that
the TAT has joined hands with Nakhon Pathom province and Phra Pathom Chedi
Temple to organize the “World Vesak Day Miracle” during 1-4 June as part of the
celebration to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s
Enlightenment, or Buddha Jayanti. The activity also coincides with the
government's move to promote domestic tourism under the Miracle Year of Amazing
The celebration will be held under the theme of the lotus flower, which is an
important symbol of Buddhism. The lotus flower is used by Buddhists to pay
respect to the Three Jewels of the Buddhist religion, comprising Buddha, Dharmma
(the teachings of Buddha) and Sangha (monks).
The lotus flower is also closely related to Vesak Day, or the birthday of
Buddha, given lotus flowers miraculously appeared to support the first seven
steps Buddha took directly after his birth. The flower was also used in the Lord
Buddha's teachings as well.
Activities held during the World Vesak Day Miracle will reflect the miracle of
this important Buddhist day. Meanwhile, Phra Pathom Chedi Temple has been
selected as the venue of the event as it is believed to be the origin of
Buddhism in the Southeast Asian region.
PM chairs ESCAP meeting
BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) - Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra yesterday presided over the opening of the 68th annual Commission
Session of ESCAP at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, where she
delivered inaugural statements under the theme, “Enhancing Regional Economic
Integration in Asia and the Pacific.”
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and
the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for
the Asia-Pacific region.
During her speech, Ms Yingluck expressed Thailand's full support to the United
Nations, amidst economic and social challenges. She also placed an emphasis on
regional and ASEAN cooperation in economic and social aspects, which will
enhance the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), set to kick off in 2015.
ASEAN is aiming to develop a single market system to increase investments both
within and outside of the region. She added the economic and financial
cooperation will strengthen the region's ability to handle global challenges.
The Prime Minister stated that the ESCAP meeting also supports women and
children's rights, as well as the fight against international crimes such as
human trafficking and drugs. She said that Thailand has established a woman's
fund to tackle unfair treatments on women.
Transport Ministry: BKK-Chiang Mai high speed rail ready by 2018
BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) – The Transport Minister has
expressed confidence that the first high speed railway connecting Bangkok and
Chiang Mai will be ready for service by 2018.
Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan has disclosed that
Thailand and China have agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the country’s
first high-speed rail project. With Chinese experts surveying the planned route
of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail construction, which spans over 745 km,
it has been suggested that the railway should be constructed to support a
velocity of 250-300 km/hour while focusing on passenger transportation.
The feasibility study of the project will take a year to finalize before
construction can commence. The Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail is expected to
be ready in service by 2018.
The source of fund remains to be determined based on public interest whether it
should solely come from the Thai government's budget or a
Under a total budget of 983.47 billion baht, the Transport Ministry has plans to
construct 5 high-speed rail routes, including Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Nong
Khai, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok-Rayong, and Bangkok-Padang Besar.
IRPC’s industrial estate to be more environmentally-friendly
BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Industrial
Works has signed an MOU with IRPC, agreeing to improve the IRPC’s industrial
estate to be more environmentally-friendly.
Department of Industrial Works Director-General Arthit Wuthikaro said the MOU
will help improve the IRPC factories in Rayong area in managing a better system
that will be more environmental-friendly or, if possible, pollution free.
All factories under the IRPC have been urged to help preserve the resources, use
less energy, produce less waste both in and outside of their respective areas.
The IRPC has set a target to become the leader in terms of ecological industry.
PTT & TOT launches free Wifi in 200 gas stations
BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) – PTT Public Company Limited and
TOT Public Company Limited have joined hands providing free Wi-Fi service at 200
PTT gas stations in Bangkok and other provinces.
PTT Executive Vice President for the Oil Business Unit Saran Rangkasiri has
announced that PTT and TOT have collaborated to launch a free wireless internet
service under the name “PTT Free Wi-Fi by TOT” to provide patrons of PTT gas
stations with access to the online world. Initially, the free Wi-Fi project is
available at 200 gas stations in Bangkok and other provinces. It is expected
that the free service will be available at 1,000 PTT gas stations within the
next 5-6 months.
TOT has been assigned the responsibility of procuring and installing the
internet system and equipment. Internet users are required to register for a
username and password before they can gain access to the 2 megabyte internet
service. Valid for 6 months, the password grants users 2 hours of free internet
usage each day. However, users are allowed no more than 30 minutes per session.
Mr. Saran said that the free Wi-Fi project is in compliance with the
government’s policy to encourage internet access for the public free of charge.
President Ho’s arrival at Thai Nguyen celebrated
Thai Nguyen, May 20 (VNA) – The northern province of Thai
Nguyen hosted a solemn ceremony on May 19 to mark the 65 th year since President
Ho Chi Minh came to the safety zone of Dinh Hoa in the province to lead the
resistance war against the French colonists.
President Truong Tan Sang and other Party and State leaders attended the event,
which also celebrated the 122 nd birthday of President Ho Ho .
Thai Nguyen was one of the three northern mountainous provinces selected by
President Ho to establish revolutionary bases in the resistance war against the
On May 20, 1947, the President arrived at the safety zone in Dinh Hoa district,
which was subsequently set up as the headquarters of the Party and Government.
Many important policies and decisions were made in this “top secrete place” such
as decisions to launch the autumn-winter campaign in 1947 and the border
campaign in 1950, as well as the Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954.
Sixty three communes in Thai Nguyen have been recognised as safety zones during
the resistance war. The Dinh Hoa safety zone alone has 128 revolutionary
historical relic sites which witnessed major changes during the period.
On the occasion, the Dinh Hoa safety zone is honoured as a special national
relic site. The event once again affirms the special position and role held by
Dinh Hoa in the resistance war for national liberation.
Speaking at the event, President Sang congratulated local people on the great
The celebration is a chance to review the nation’s revolutionary history and
raise national pride of the glorious tradition of the Party, the provincial
Party Committee and people nationwide while consolidating confidence and resolve
to uphold and develop the tradition in the new period, Sang said.
Over the past nearly 30 years, especially 15 years since its reestablishment,
Thai Nguyen has recorded significant achievements, rising from the position of a
poor and underdeveloped locality to become one of economic, cultural,
educational and training centres in the northern mountainous region.
The State leader expressed his hope that the province will overcome all
difficulties and challenges to successfully fulfill set targets to further
contribute to the nation’s renewal and construction process.
USAID helps Vietnam fight avian influenza
Hanoi, May 20 (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development (MARD) has approved a project on preventing influenza on poultry and
human beings funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The 300,000 USD project will be implemented within one year, starting from May
2012, in nine cities and provinces, including Hanoi , Ho Chi Minh City , Da Nang
, Can Tho, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri and Lang Son.
According to the MARD’s Department of International Cooperation, the project
aims to improve management quality and efficiency of the national health system,
ensuring more equal access to health services for vulnerable groups.
It will strengthen knowledge administration and information sharing as well as
create a favourable environment for strategic discussions on avian influenza and
The project will help boost the implementation of the National Coordinated
Actions Programme on Avian Influenza, Pandemics Preparedness and Emerging
Infectious Diseases (AIPED) in the 2011-2015 period.
PM insists no political interference on removal of Piyasvasti
BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) – The Prime Minister insisted that
the government did not meddle in the Thai Airways Board of Directors’ decision
to sack its President Piyasvasti Amranand.
According to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the government has nothing to
do with the decision and no one from the government is going to to take the post
of THAI president.
She said the board unanimously voted to remove Mr Piyasvasti from the post,
adding that the board members had been appointed by the former government.
As many are concerned that sacking Mr Piyasvasti would lead to more debt burden
for the national flag carrier, the Premier believed that the board has
considered this as the most appropriate decision. Ms Yingluck also agreed that
the board and labor union, which is protesting against the removal of Mr
Piyasvasti, should hold discussions to thrash out their differences and come to
THAI board sacks airline’s head Piyasvasti
BANGKOK, May 21 - The board of directors of Thailand’s
national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) on Monday terminated the
employment contract of President Piyasvasti Amranand, a decision which stirred
outrage among the company's labour union members.
The THAI board resolved with 12 out of 13 members voting to
end the employment contract of Mr Piyasvasti, effective next month and that he
will be compensated with six months of his current salary, altogether estimated
at Bt6 million.
Citing communication problems as the main reason to sack Mr Piyasvasti, board
chairman Ampon Kittiampon explained that the panel made its decision although Mr
Piyasvasti had passed his performance assessment with a high score.
"The communications problem between the board and the president could result in
failure to achieve the company's target of Bt7 billion profit as earlier
announced to shareholders,” Mr Ampon said.
Board chairman Ampon reasserted that the contract termination is not politically
motivated as seven of 12 board members who voted to end the employment contract
were appointed by the previous government.
The board named Executive Vice President Strategy & Business Development
Chokchai Panyayong acting president, replacing Mr Piyasvasti, and quickly
established a committee to select a new president, headed by Ministry of Finance
Permanent Secretary Areepong Poocha-um, within three months.
Monday’s board decision reportedly sparked dissatisfaction among the airline’s
labour union members. When the decision was announced, union members quickly
asked for the reasons of such a decision. Security was tightened during the
board's news conference.
Mr Piyasvasti, 59, began his term as Thai Airways International president in
After graduating from England’s Oxford University, Mr Piyasvasti headed
Thailand’s National Energy Policy Office in the 1990s and was minister of energy
Mr Piyasvati earlier announced the airline’s first quarter operating results
with profit before income tax of Bt3,341 million and net profit of Bt3,645
million, after ending 2011 with a Bt10 billion loss.
He attributed operating profits to cost reductions, operations changes and
rising passenger load as Thailand returned to normal after last year's severe
Shortly after the announcement, THAI labour union president Jamsri Sukchotrat
said the union did not accept the board's decision, arguing that the outgoing
president is a person of integrity with no tainted record and working for the
company's benefits with proven performance.
"Once again, political interference has become involved in THAI internal
affairs," she said.
Meanwhile, Mr Piyasvasti urged the board to clarify its decision, saying he
wanted to know the 'real' reasons behind his replacement. If the decision
happens to damage his reputation, he might consider filing a lawsuit against the
He commented that his replacement might have stemmed from various factors
including political interference as well as internal graft probe.
The outgoing president said he has dedicated his work with outstanding
performance by turning around the company’s economic performance from an
accumulated loss of Bt20 billion to a position of profitability.
He warned that THAI could experience troubles as in the past if the board fails
to keep its hands off management. (MCOT online news)
Teenage girl dies after being hit by train
BANGKOK, May 21--- A woman was hit and killed by an oncoming
train in downtown Bangkok on Monday morning as she crossed the Asok-Phetchaburi
The body of Budreeyah U-ngarmsil, 18, was retrieved from a
wheel mounting of train No. 283 outbound from Bangkok to Chon Buri’s Plutaluang
after being hit by the train during the morning rush hour on Asok-Montri Road
near the Airport Rail Link’s Makkasan station.
A preliminary investigation found that Ms Budreeyah walked onto the
Asok-Phetchaburi railroad crossing and stood in the middle of the track when a
siren sounded warning that the train was coming. She was hit and died instantly.
Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident. (MCOT online
Buddha Jayanti celebration to be held in Nakhon Si Thammarat
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT,
21 May 2012 (NNT) – Considered to be the birth place of Buddhism in the
Southeast Asian region, Nakhon Si Thammarat province will be holding a
celebration to mark the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment, or Buddha
On the occasion of the 2,600th anniversary of the Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment,
Nakhon Si Thammarat province will organize a grand celebration to show the
Buddhist faith, pride and cooperation. Religious as well as academic activities
will take place as part of the celebration during 29 May – 4 June.
The province will host a mass alms-offering ceremony involving 126,000 monks,
which is the largest yet in Thailand. Other activities to mark the special
occasion include a bathing ceremony of the Phra Borommathat pagoda.
Additionally, Nakhon Si Thammarat province will see all its Buddhist residents
wear white during this grand celebration.