Thailand develops first-ever Global Health Strategies
11 October 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has cooperated
with relevant sectors in developing the 2016 – 2019 Global Health
Strategies for the first time in Thailand with the objective to ensure
health security for Thais. The strategies will be submitted to the
Cabinet for consideration soon.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public health M.D.Suriya Wongkhongkhathep
said the 2016 – 2019 Global Health Strategies were the first in Thailand
and the first of its kind in the developing countries. They are aimed at
giving Thais good health and protecting them from health threats. The
strategies also seek to promote Thailand to play a leading role in the
global health arena and ensure conformity between Thai and international
The strategies were expected to help boost Thailand’s image in the
international community, the deputy permanent secretary added. They will
be submitted to the Cabinet in November 2015.
Meteorological Department preparing for heavy rain this October
BANGKOK, 11 October 2015 (NNT) – Bangkok Governor
Sukhumbhand Paribatra urges to the public to monitor the weather
situation as heavy rains are expected, especially on Monday and Tuesday.
The Thai Meteorological Department has recently predicted incoming heavy
rainfalls, with an average precipitation of 60-70 mm. Since the
beginning of October, accumulated rainfall has reached 220 millimeters,
above the mean recorded in October 2014.
It is expected that throughout October accumulated rainfall could reach
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been preparing to cope
with flooding issues by dredging canals, opening waterways and clearing
the drainage system. Currently operational completion has reached 98
percent. As an additional precaution, the BMA has also decreased the
water level of Saen Saeb Canal by 20 cm.
Crowds flocked to SME fair during weekend
BANGKOK, 11 October 2015 (NNT) – The SME fair at
Phadung Krung Kasem canal near Government House has continued to attract
crowds of shoppers.
The public has continued to attend and buy the products available at
Thailand’s SMEs fair near Phadung Krung Kasem canal, especially during
On the weekend, the most popular section of the fair was where food from
the four regions was being sold.
On Sunday, fortune-telling services and other interesting activities and
performances were available at the fair.
Those interested can still visit Thailand SMEs fair until October 25,
between 10 am to 7 pm at Phadung Krung Kasem Canal Market near
PM Prayut concerned over dengue outbreak
BANGKOK, 11 October 2015 (NNT) - The Prime Minister
has expressed concerns over the outbreak of dengue fever in the country.
Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office,
has quoted a Public Health Ministry report as saying more than 80,000
people across the country, mostly in central and northeastern Thailand,
have been infected with the dengue virus as of October 2015.
Maj. Gen. Sansern said that with heavy rain and floods in the country in
recent weeks, many areas in the two regions have become breeding grounds
for mosquitoes within the genus Aedes.
Because many areas are still expected to experience more downpours even
though the rainy season is nearing its end, mosquito-breeding sources
are likely to expand, the spokesman said.
Therefore, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister and chief of the
National Council for Peace and Order, has instructed local health and
government officials to be alert for other outbreaks in the population
and give the prevention system top priority.
Thai beauty queen to dress like a tuk-tuk at Miss Universe
This illustration released
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, by Miss Universe Thailand Organizer shows Miss
Universe Thailand 2015 Aniporn Chalermburanawong wearing a dress that
looks like a “tuk-tuk. (Miss Universe Thailand Organizer via AP)
Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — The smoke-belching, ear-splitting, undisciplined
rickshaws known as tuk-tuks are part of the chaos on Bangkok's clogged
Soon however, the tuk-tuk will stroll down a more refined runway, when
Miss Thailand pays homage to her country at the Miss Universe 2015
pageant dressed as the iconic motorized rickshaw. Her outfit comes
complete with headlights and handlebars.
The "Tuk Tuk Thailand" dress will be worn by Aniporn Chalermburanawong
in the "national costume" round at the pageant in December in the United
States. It was the winning design from 356 entries in a contest held by
Miss Universe Thailand.
The Miss Universe Thailand organization announced the selection on its
Facebook page, saying the outfit "has a metallic feel and look" that
utilizes 3-D technology.
"The tuk-tuk dress will flash lights like a real tuk-tuk," said Kaveerat
Kunapat, a spokeswoman for Miss Universe Thailand. "It will be one of a
The outfit features an electric blue bustier and mini-skirt with
thigh-high black tights — and a central headlight with handlebars just
below the bosom. Attached to the costume is a backdrop of a tuk-tuk in
Thailand's national colors — red, white and blue — with six national
flags, a dozen more headlights and an overhead banner that says:
Reviews of the dress were mixed. Some hailed it as unique and creative.
Others cracked jokes, like one online commentator who said it looked
more like an outfit from the "Transformers."
Associated Press writer Nattasuda Anusondisai contributed to this
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Royal message of condolence on the demise of former Hungarian President
BANGKOK, 10 October 2015 (NNT) - Their Majesties the
King and Queen have sent a letter of condolence to the President of the
Republic of Hungary, on the demise of former Hungarian President Arpad
Goncz, who passed away on Tuesday, the 6th of October.
In the royal message, Their Majesties conveyed their profound sadness
for the death of the former Hungarian President. They extended to the
President and members of the bereaved family as well as the people of
the Republic of Hungary their sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences
for the irreparable loss.
Mr. Arpad Goncz, who was Hungary’s first democratically elected
President, died at the age of 93.
Haze no impact on tourism
BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 (NNT) - Tourism in southern
provinces has not been affected by haze from Indonesia, judging from the
increasing number of tourist arrivals during this period, Deputy Prime
Minister Gen.Tanasak Patimapragorn has said.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen.Tanasak said after a meeting of the National
Tourism Council on Friday that the meeting considered the haze situation
in the South. It acknowledged that the haze, caused by forest fires in
Indonesia, had improved in many areas and it had not affected tourism in
the southern region, said the deputy premier.
The number of tourist arrivals this year has expanded by 30% so far
compared to the same period last year.
Gen.Tanasak confirmed Thailand and Indonesia had been working together
in tackling the problem of haze in the bilateral and ASEAN levels. They
had agreed that farmers needed to be taught about how to properly get
rid of agricultural waste in order to avoid polluting the air.
Egg consumption promotion on World Egg Day
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Department of Livestock
Development (DLD) will be holding the World Egg Day event to promote the
consumption of hen eggs.
The DLD and private companies have joined hands to host the World Egg
Day event on 29 October - 1 November 2015 at Central Plaza Westgate
shopping center in Bangkok. The event will seek to promote the
consumption of eggs amongst the general public, segmented into target
The goal is to increase egg consumption from the average of 200 eggs per
person per year to 300 within the year 2018, under the concept ‘Eating
eggs makes Thai healthy’.
The event will feature the taste and sale of various types of eggs,
cooking workshop for egg centered dishes, the promotion of proper egg
consumption rate in each age and gender group, and other activities to
encourage the consumption of eggs from artists and performers.
Police preparing to prosecute BKK bombing suspects
BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 (NNT) – A meeting will be held on Monday
by the Royal Thai Police to prepare for the prosecution of two
suspects behind the August bombings in Bangkok.
Speaking of the probe into the explosions at Ratchaprasong
intersection and Sathorn Pier, National Police Chief Pol Gen
Jakthip Chaijinda affirmed that investigators have managed to
establish a link between responsible groups even though
information related to their financial transactions has not been
received from the Anti-Money Laundering Office. He said the
authorities are constantly pursuing additional evidence in a bid
to bring more clarity to the case.
On October 12th, the National Police Chief is set to meet with
the investigative team at the Metropolitan Police Headquarters.
He revealed that the officials will together examine and compile
all findings to be used in the indictment against the two
arrested suspects, namely Adem Karadag and Mieraili Yusufu.
Pol Gen Jakthip admitted several other suspects in the case
still remain at large and there has not been sufficient
information that could lead to their capture. As for the bomb
mastermind, Abudusataer Abudureheman, alias Izan, he said the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently in the process of
asking Turkey for confirmation whether or not the suspect is
hiding in the country as reported.
Air Force dispatches haze mitigation air operation
BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Air
Force (RTAF) has begun aerial spraying operations over Songkhla province
to mitigate the haze, advising the public to avoid any activities that
may cause harm to their health.
The Royal Thai Air Force Commander-in-Chief Treetod Sonjance has ordered
the RTAF’s Disaster Relief Center to carry out the aerial spraying
operations, from today onwards to reduce concentration of airborne
particles and reduce the severity of the persisting haze covering the
southern region of Thailand.
The operation will be carried out by a BT-67 aircraft stationed at the
Wing 46 Air Force Base in Songkhla Province. The operation is expected
to be conducted in an ongoing manner until the situation resolves.
Communities with dense population will be the operation's major target,
while a singular operation can provide up to 3,000 liters of clean water
over an area of 1 rai. This mitigation effort will cause no harm to
humans or animals.
The RTAF is also carrying out aerial announcements using an AU-23
aircraft, advising the general public on proper health practices to
reduce health risks from the ongoing haze.
The air quality in southern provinces under the effect of the haze has
been recorded at moderate levels with the particulate matter (PM10)
value at 52-100 micrograms per cubic meter. The PM10 value in Songkhla
Province alone has receded to 76 micrograms per cubic meter today.
Policeman claims responsibility for inadvertently wounding girl at drug-busting scene
BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 (NNT) -- The non-commissioned
police officer, who recently inadvertently shot his gunfire at a
14-year-old girl in a Bangkok suburb, has claimed responsibility for his
Deputy police chief Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Phongchareon said Pol. Lnc. Cpl.
Panathorn Chaiyatham, attached to a narcotics suppression unit, had
admitted to have inadvertently fired at the girl, identified as Anatta
Songrat, who was riding in a sedan at a scene where a group of policemen
were trying to arrest suspected drug traffickers.
Pol. Lnc. Cpl. Panathorn, who showed up at Bang Chan police station, was
quoting as saying he only shot out in self-defense because one of the
drug suspects was apparently armed with a handgun.
However, police investigators are yet to determine whether the bullet
which hit the innocent victim came from the gun used by the police
officer, said the deputy police chief.
Acting Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahathaworn
assured that justice will be paid to all parties while the case will be
strictly handled under the rules of law and that his agency will take
responsibility for the incident.
Meanwhile, Pol. Lnc. Cpl. Panathorn and four other police officers found
at the scene have been transferred to inactive duty at the Metropolitan
Police Headquarters, pending the investigation.
Pol. Lnc. Cpl. Panathorn expressed his regrets over the incident and
paid his apologies to the victim’s family and confirmed that he will
take responsibility for his mistake.
Phuket Airport positions as gateway to Andaman
BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 (NNT) – Phuket International
Airport celebrates 27th anniversary this year, pushing forward all
developments to become the gateway to the Andaman, Airport Director
The Director of Phuket International Airport Monruedee Ketpan has said
that the airport is now being renovated to increase annual passenger
capacity from 6.5 million to 12.5.
She revealed that most of the renovation progress has been completed,
while the new international terminal’s construction is 70 percent
complete, which is ahead of schedule. The construction is expected to be
completed in 14 February 2016.
The operator of Phuket Airport, Airports of Thailand (AOT), has
established the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) to
prepare the related staff and agencies for a smooth and efficient
operational transition to the new terminal.
The Phuket Airport Director added that airport staff have been working
relentlessly during the past year to ready the airport as a gateway to
the Andaman, in order to support the nation’s aviation businesses which
plays an important role in the development of Phuket economy and the
role in pushing forward national development.
Ubon makes preparations for next year’s worse drought
UBON RATCHATHANI, 8 October 2015 (NNT) - Ubon
Ratchathani province has prepared to tackle next year’s worse drought.
Its governor said the province’s main dam might be closed to preserve
Governor of Ubon Ratchathani province Somsak Changtrakul on Thursday
attended a video conference chaired by Minister of Agriculture and
Cooperatives Gen.Chatchai Sarikalya. The minister said next year’s
drought was expected to be worse than this year and the Cabinet had
already approved assistance measures for farmers. The Cabinet also gave
the green light to drought prevention strategies. The strategies would
be implemented from November this year onward, the minister said.
The governor said after the meeting that relevant units were assessing
water supply for agriculture, industry, commerce and tap water
production with the objective to manage the water for maximum benefits
of all water users.
Ubon Ratchathani might consider closing the Pak Mun dam so that there
would be sufficient water for use throughout 2016, Mr.Somsak said.
Vegetarian Fest expected to add 41 billion in money circulation
BANGKOK, 8 October 2015 (NNT) – The 2015 Vegetarian
Festival in Thailand is expected to generate a money circulation of up
to 41 billion baht, which is lower than anticipated, according to the
University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
The UTCC Center for Economic and Business Forecasting (CEBF) Director
Thanawat Polwichai announced the center’s economic activity forecast for
this year’s vegetarian festival. It is expected that this year's
expenditures will be close to last year's figures.
He expects money circulation during this festival to reach 41.012
billion baht, which is 2.9 percent more than last year, as the general
public will spending less on their merit making ceremonies, due to their
reluctance on spending. This was partly brought on as foods price is
expected to increase during the vegetarian festival.
The reflects the sluggish economic expansion of Thailand this year, and
its dependence on the disbursement from government projects.
The CEBF Director has added that the public are urging the government to
help regulate the price of groceries during the festival to remain at
the proper price range, while promoting vegetarian practices and the
observation of precepts. Furthermore, there needs to be food quality
inspections and free vegetarian food for persons in need.
Social development minister concerned over haze-affected southerners
BANGKOK, 8 October 2015 (NNT) – Social Development
and Human Security Minister Adul Sangsingkaew said the health of many
people in southern Thailand has been adversely affected by haze from
brushfires on Sumatra Island, Indonesia.
That referred to risk groups of people including children, women, the
elderly and the disabled for whom the ministry's officials were
instructed to prepare to provide assistance on urgent basis
Governor issues health advisory for haze in Satun
SATUN, 7 October 2015 (NNT) – The governor of Satun
has advised the public to protect themselves from the dangers of the
persisting haze issue, caused from the wildfire in neighbouring
The air quality in Satun province has reached the moderate to unhealthy
level, with particulate matter (PM10) value varying between 59-210
micrograms per cubic meter. This weather quality can be considered
harmful to the health of the general public.
The governor of Satun Jen Rattanapichetchai has made the health advisory
announcement to the people in the area, in wake of the persisting haze,
calling vehicle users to exercise extra precautions and to always turn
on headlamps while driving due to the poor visibility. The general
public have been advised to cover their nose and face with sanitary
masks or damp cloth while outside.
Persons with certain medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease,
along with young children and elders are encouraged to stay indoors,
shut all windows, and to seek immediate medical attention should any
suspicious symptoms exhibit. The public should also refrain from
collecting rainwater for consumption, and from burning grass or garbage
which will intensify the pollution.
The current haze situation in Satun Province has begun to resolve due to
rainfall Tuesday night, reducing airborne particles down to 80
micrograms per cubic meter, a moderate PM10 level.
However, the public are encouraged to monitor updates on weather
conditions, due to the Indonesian wildfire intensification.
Leading universities to become English test centers
BANGKOK, 7 October 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Education is planning to develop leading universities in the country
into English test centers for job seekers.
Secretary-General of the Higher Education Commission, Ms. Aporn Kaenvong
disclosed that the policy-makers were of the opinion that several
well-known universities, such as Chulalongkorn and Thammasat, could
become English evaluation centers for general students and teachers.
Miss Aporn said Deputy Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin was thinking of
discussing the idea with the University of Cambridge and leading Thai
universities to develop internationally approved English assessment
tests. Exam takers can have their English points score recorded in their
transcripts or keep the results to themselves.
Miss Aporn explained the policy was expected to encourage students to
improve their English through study, and schools to improve their
curricula. Meanwhile, employers will also be able to choose suitable
persons for their job vacancies.
Buriram water reservoir hit by drought despite rainy season
BURIRAM, 7 October 2015, (NNT) - A water reservoir in
the northeastern province of Buriram is currently being hit by a severe
drought in spite of current rainy season which has featured downpours in
The reservoir, namely Huay Jorakhe Mak (literally translating as ''swamp
of many crocodiles'') in Tambon Samet of Buriram's provincial district,
which would be otherwise considered a watershed, has encountered the
critical drought despite the influences of tropical storm Mujigae.
However, Buriram's Provincial Waterworks Authority will finance the
planned pumping of about seven million cubic meters of water from a
canal in Lam Plai Mat District to fill the reservoir and prevent a
shortage of water supply in dry season.
Kitikul Serasiraporn, director of Buriram Irrigation Project, said water
levels at 16 reservoirs throughout the northeastern province were
somewhat worrisome due to scanty rainfalls so far this year.
If Huay Jorakhe Mak reservoir was not given supplementary water, the
reservoir would only be able to supply water until next March. For that
reason, local villagers and farmers are asked to use water sparingly and
avoid planting crops which might need a lot of water so that water could
be saved for possible emergency uses.
Fine-collection checkpoints to be removed from Bangkok
BANGKOK, 7 October 2015 (NNT) – The Metropolitan
Police Bureau has pledged to improve the image of police following
motorists’ complaints about unscrupulous police.
Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Sanit Mahathavorn,
announced today that superintendents across the capital city had been
told to bar their subordinates from setting up improvised checkpoints to
impose fines on drivers.
The order was announced shortly after a group of activists submitted a
letter containing 35,000 signatures to the National Police Office,
calling for an end to makeshift checkpoints and random fines. The group
said motorcycle drivers, most of whom are low wage earners, were the
main victims of rogue police.
To improve the image of the police, Pol Maj Gen Sanit disclosed that
patrol police would be given the additional task of offering assistance
to people. Meanwhile, traffic police have been instructed to give a
warning to motorists over minor faults in the first instance instead of
imposing fines right away, so as not to worsen conflicts between the
public and authorities.
Nevertheless, the acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner confirmed
those flouting traffic rules would still face appropriate punitive
Cabinet okays new driver’s license fee rate
BANGKOK, 7 October 2015 (NNT) – The cabinet has approved of a new
driver’s license fee rate and an amendment to ministerial regulations to
better monitor foreign cars in the country.
Under the new regulations, fees of temporary private motorcycle driver’s
license and private three-wheeled cars will be adjusted from 50 baht to
100 baht. Holders of private car driver’s licenses will have to pay 200
baht instead 100 for their license renewal. Meanwhile, license usage
period will be extended from one year to two years.
According to Deputy Transport Minister Ormsin Chivapruck, the new system
of driver’s license renewal is meant to facilitate drivers as they would
not need to extend their license every year. He further explained that
the fees actually remained the same considering the doubled renewal
period. The new ministerial regulations will come into effect thirty
days after they have been published in the government gazette.
Mr. Ormsin also disclosed that the cabinet gave the green light to an
amendment in the ministerial regulations regarding the use of vehicles
registered overseas in Thailand. In addition to document processing fees
of 200-500 baht, owners of such vehicles will be required to pay
permission fees between 500 and 2,000 baht each time depending on
purposes and vehicle types. The new ministerial regulation is intended
to prevent an influx of illegally-imported vehicles and boost the
Rice farmers told suspend rice cultivation in low lying areas of Chao Praya River
BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 (NNT) - The Royal Irrigation
Department (RID) says the four major dams cannot provide enough water
for seasonal rice cultivation.
RID Deputy Director General Suthep Noipiroj said his officials need to
increase the amount of water in Bhumipol, Sirikit, Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan
and Pasakcholasit Dams to 3.5 billion cubic meters. Combined water
levels have fallen below the suggested levels of 3.18 billion cubic
Water restrictions now apply to rice farmers in the low-lying areas of
the Chao Praya River, except for those in eastern provinces and Ubon
Ratchathani province, due to recent rainfall.
RID officials are expected to raise awareness about the current water
situation among farmers, in the hopes that they will understand and
cooperate with authorities.
The RID and other relevant agencies are also considering building more
regional retention basins, as a way of boosting Thailand's water storage
Higher local tax on oil and gas approved
BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 (NNT) – Mr. Witoon
Kulcharoenwirat, the Director-General of the Department of Energy
Business, said that a local maintenance tax on oil and gas in Bangkok
will be increased by five Satang per liter starting from October 15.
The Provincial Administrative Organizations and Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) are allowed to collect taxes from oil and tobacco
retailers at a rate of 10 satang per liter., double the rate of five
satang per liter. Tax on oil and gas has already been collected in the
provinces except for the three southernmost provinces.
Bangkok oil users are willing to cooperate in paying the taxes but they
want to see a clear Bangkok development plan as they do not want to
waste their money. Meanwhile, oil business entrepreneurs admitted that
the imposed taxes will result in an increase in oil prices and could
Collecting local taxes on benzene, diesel and petroleum gas from gas
stations will earn Bangkok an additional 500 million baht per year. On
October 6, BMA will invite entrepreneurs to discuss the matter and ask
them to bear the burden for the public.
Labor minister concerned over Thai workers’ health in haze-affected areas
BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 (NNT) – Labor Minister
Sirichai Ditthakul has expressed concerns over the health of Thai
workers in Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thai provinces currently
affected by haze from Indonesia.
He instructed the ministry's officials to monitor the situation
surrounding the haze caused by brushfires which could possibly have an
impact on the workers' health as well as to provide them with care,
advice and assistance, should emergency arise.
The haze from Indonesia might possibly affect the neighboring Malaysia,
Singapore and Brunei where more than 150,000 Thai workers are currently
employed, according to the labor minister.
Meanwhile, three southern Thai provinces, namely Songkhla, Yala and
Pattani, were found to have particulate matter (PM10) amounting in
excess of the maximum permissible level of 120 micrograms per cubic
Nevertheless, the haze was not reported to have affected people in other
southern provinces such as Phuket and Pattalung as yet.
Thai Red Cross holds annual conference on vaccine
BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 (NNT) – The Thai Red Cross
Society is now hosting the annual academic conference of vaccine
manufacturers in developing countries, aiming to increase Thailand's
vaccine manufacturing capability in 10 years.
The Deputy Director of Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute for
Administrative Affairs Sumana Khomvilai has revealed that the Thai Red
Cross Society and Bionet - Asia Co., Ltd has organized the 16th annual
academic conference of vaccine manufacturers in developing countries.
The event will run from 5-7 October 2015, with the theme ‘Quality
vaccine for everyone’ at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at
Central World, Bangkok.
The conference serves as a platform of information exchange for the
procurement of manufacturing technology, quality guarantee protocols,
and vaccine reserve for emergency situations between the developing
countries. International cooperation has also been encouraged to help
raise the manufacturing capacity of the BCG vaccine, used to treat
tuberculosis, at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute.
The Deputy Director has said that the demand for the BCG vaccine is now
at 150 million doses per year, while the institute is aiming to expand
its vaccine manufacturing capability in the next 10 years, to meet the
domestic and international demand.
The conference also features lectures on vaccine reserve, deficient
vaccine allocation, and new technology for vaccine manufacturing.
Labour Ministry to issue anti-human trafficking operations report
BANGKOK, 5 October 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Labour is set to issue a report on its human trafficking eradication
operations; it is certain that this years’ operations have shown
significant improvement from the previous year's.
The Ministry of Labour has been in the process of publishing its 2015
report on its human trafficking eradication operations, to be
distributed to related agencies beginning in October.
In order to strengthen the working process, the ministry will also
revise its committee on the management of human trafficking prevention
and eradication operations, which include labor protection, labor
inspection, law amendment, and the overall operation system.
According to the Ministry of Labor Permanent-Secretary, Puntrik Smiti,
this year's trafficking eradication operations have shown great
improvement given Thailand has forged ahead with the required
operations, including the announcement of ministerial orders in relation
to workers in the fisheries and the agro industries, as well as strictly
enforcing related laws.
In addition, the government, led by the Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has prioritized on the eradication of human trafficking as a
national priority, seeking the collaboration of all sectors to solve the
Most parts of Thailand still experiencing heavy rain
BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 (NNT) - Heavy rain warnings
remain place for those living in the Central Plains, East Coast and
According to the Meteorological Department, a low monsoon trough and
southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea continue to bring heavy rain to
central, eastern, and northeast regions of Thailand.
While it is expected to rain heavily in most parts of the country, the
South of Thailand will only experience scattered thundershower. However,
it will be extra windy in the East Coast, with wind speeds of up 15kmph.
Waves in both the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea could reach the
maximum height of 2m. As for Bangkok and its vicinity, residents can
expect both thundershowers and heavy rain in most areas.
Nong Khai taxi drivers to help prevent human trafficking
NONG KHAI, 06 October 2015, (NNT) - The Nong Khai
Immigration Office has urged taxi drivers in the province to look out
for human trafficking suspects and prevent crimes.
A meeting between officials and taxi operators was held on Monday at the
province's immigration office. Authorities urged taxi drivers to
strictly follow immigration regulations, as the government steps up
measures against human trafficking nationwide.
Taxi drivers are now held liable for passengers to present their
passport to immigration officials, before entering or leaving the
Kingdom. Failing to comply with this regulation can result in taxi
drivers losing their license.
They also have been urged to inform authorities of suspicious activity
along the border, which may involve their passengers. If low-level
officials are proving uncooperative, taxi drivers are encouraged to
reach out to supervisors at the immigration office.
Domestic energy consumption to rise as economy expands
BANGKOK, 5 October 2015 (NNT) -- Domestic energy
consumption will rise as the Thai economy has expanded, said Energy
Minister Narongchai Akraseranee.
Given speculation that domestic power uses will increase by 4.3 per
cent, dependence on oil and natural gas to produce electricity will have
to be reduced while consumption of other types of fuel will be
proportionately increased, he said.
The Ministry of Energy aims at continually providing energy for the
production of electricity for all sectors throughout the country and for
that reason such natural resources as coal might be an alternative
energy, he said.
Southern haze hits this year's worst
SONGKHLA, 4 October 2015 (NNT) – The Regional
Environmental Office are advising people in the southern provinces to
take extra precautions with their health, as the Indonesian wildfire
haze has caused air quality to deteriorate to the worst level recorded
The Regional Environmental Office 16 (REO 16) in Songkhla has announced
the air quality index of Sunday afternoon, with hourly particulate
matter (PM10) values recorded in the southern provinces exceeding the
Hat Yai District's PM10 value was recorded at 215, with a 24-hour
average mean of 119 micrograms per cubic meter, while PM10 values in
Yala today reached 246 microgram per cubic meter. Healthy standards
suggest this value should not exceed 120.
The REO 16 Director Halem J.Marigan said that the current air pollution
levels was the result of the wind direction and low pressure area,
preventing the haze to float away to the atmosphere. Related agencies
have been appointed to notify the public on the air quality, which is
reaching dangerous levels.
The current haze situation still has not affected aviation, but reports
from hospitals have shown an increase in child patients with respiratory
system related symptoms. The general public in the affected areas are
advised to start to wear sanitary masks, as concentrated haze will begin
to affect respiration and may cause irritation.
25 Thai films named national heritage
BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Culture has named 25 Thai films as national film heritage for 2015,
citing historic and artistic contributions.
The Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat today signed the endorsement
of films named as national film heritage, on the occasion of the Thai
Film Conservation Day 4 October 2015.
This year saw 25 films added to the heritage registry, including
historical film records that are influential to society, such as the
footage of His Majesty the King’s ordination, the mission of Siamese
soldiers in World War I, and the ‘Yutthana-Siriporn’ movie that captured
the livelihood of Thai people in the city along with important locations
In addition, films withstanding the test of time were added to the
registry. These films are artwork that have been scrutinized by the
panel under various valuations, namely historic value, film artistic
value, completeness and uniqueness, influence to the society, and
Now in its fifth year, the film heritage panel already registered a
total of 125 films, deemed worthy of the title national heritage.
Police to restore organizational image from bribing accusations
BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Police
will be revamping its organizational image to clear accusations of
bribes and fines, the police chief says.
The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chakthip
Chaijinda has revealed that the Royal Thai Police will re-establish its
organizational image restoration committee, in the wake of being accused
of demanding for bribes and fines. This organizational reform will
enhance the surpession operations as well and result in a positive image
of the organization.
He said that the police have to urgently manage the traffic issue and
maintain the safety of the public, while the assistance from the
military in suppressing casinos and illegal entertainment venues has
been proven to be effective.
He has also expressed his confidences that the police commanders
nationwide would know the best way to manage the operations, and
requested time for the police force to work on these issues.
The Commissioner General has said that he will carry on the work of the
former Commissioner General Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang, to impose more
meticulous immigration screening measures, and added that the rotation
of executive policemen is expected to be completed within this month.
Public health ministry warns of dengue fever spread
BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 (NNT) - Permanent Secretary
for Public Health M.D.Sophon Mekthon has warned those who have a high
fever in the rainy season to be cautious since they might have been
infected with dengue fever.
The official said dengue fever cases were usually found from the end of
the rainy season to winter and it could infect all groups of people.
Statistics from the Bureau of Epidemiology showed that there were more
than 80,000 dengue fever patients nationwide and 82 of them had died.
Most of the patients were 15-24 years old. At-risk people included
overweight people, diabetic patients and people with high blood pressure
or asthma, said M.D.Sophon.
The permanent secretary suggested those who had a high fever, headache,
nausea suspect that they were infected with dengue fever. He advised
them to seek medical care and not to buy medicines themselves,
especially strong antipyretic and painkillers.
Thailand needs to focus on quantity of tourism
BANGKOK, 05 October 2015, (NNT) - Thailand must
adjust its tourism policy, focusing on attracting tourists to remain in
the Kingdom longer and spend more, said the Tourism Minister, Kobkarn
The comment was made during the 'Thailand Moves Forward program', after
the Cabinet had approved the 2015-2017 national tourism plan and a long
term tourism strategy.
The strategy involves cooperation from both the government and the
private sector to promote secondary tourism destinations aimed at
increasing the number of tourists and the time they stay as well as the
money they spend in Thailand. The Minister said the move would help
generate income for locals through the sales of native products.
She also pointed out that part of the strategy would involve urging
those in the tourism sector to conserve water as well as asking tourists
to do, so given that Thailand has been facing water shortage crises.
Heavy downpours cause flooding on many Bangkok roads
BANGKOK, 3 October 2015 (NNT) – As a consequence of
Tropical Storm Mujigae, Bangkok has been hammered by torrential rains,
which have left many main roads inundated.
Bangkok’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage this morning reported that
the rainstorm over the northern and eastern parts of the capital was
slowly moving towards the inner city area. With the rainfall having
continued intermittently since Friday afternoon, flooding has occurred
in many areas, including Vibhavadi Rangsit Road near Don Mueang Airport,
Ratchadapisek Road and Chaeng Wattana Road. The inundation has also led
to heavy traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, the Traffic Police Division has urged motorists to exercise
caution behind the wheel due to wet and slippery road surfaces. People
are also welcome to contact the Traffic Police hotline number 1197,
which is available 24 hours a day, to obtain information on traffic
conditions or report accidents.
The currently wet weather in Bangkok and other areas throughout the
country is a result of Tropical Storm Mujigae and is expected to linger
through October 6th.
Ministry of Commerce to regulate dual-use goods exports
BANGKOK, 3 October 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Commerce has issued a list of dual-use goods for which distributors or
exporters will need to acquire registration and export permits.
The move came after a resolution of the United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) calling on member nations to formulate their own measures to
prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and weapon-making
Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn disclosed that the Department of
Foreign Trade has been directed to work out regulations for dual-use
export. The Ministry of Commerce has announced a list of 1,230 products
that are normally used for civil purposes but also have military
applications. Such items include electronic equipment, plastic, and
Mrs. Apiradi said the control system for dual-use items would prevent
Thailand encountering non-tariff trade barriers in other countries. The
measure is expected to come into effect in 2018.
Energy ministry to spend THB690 bn in energy projects next year
BANGKOK, 3 October 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Energy has expressed readiness to invest in important energy projects
worth 690 billion baht in the fiscal year 2016.
Minister of Energy Gen.Anantaporn Kanchanarat said the projects included
the 10-billion-baht construction of 500-kilovolt power grids in many
areas across the country and the construction of natural gas pipelines.
The ministry also planned to construct LPG and LNG warehouses with the
objective to enhance Thailand’s energy security. As for the Petroleum
and Petroleum Income Tax Acts, Gen.Anantaporn said the ministry would
finish revising the two legislations before submitting them to the
Cabinet for consideration in October this year.
The ministry would push for five major energy plans, already approved by
the Cabinet, in 2016, such as natural gas and oil plans, Gen.Anantaporn
Prime Minister unveils results of participation in UNGA
BANGKOK, 3 October 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed that his attendance to the 70th session of
the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York has successfully
raised international confidence and understanding of Thailand’s roadmap.
On his TV program “Returning Happiness to the People” this week, which
was taped while he was in New York, Prime Minister Prayut said the 70th
UNGA session provided a good opportunity for Thailand to clarify its
stance and progress in implementing the reform roadmap. The Thai premier
also had a chance to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of several
countries and international organizations, during which he made a
presentation on the sufficiency economy philosophy of His Majesty the
Furthermore, the Prime Minister gave assurances to members of the
US-ASEAN Business Council that his administration would strive to ensure
mutual benefits between Thailand and the US by laying down a proper
foundation of reform, building an effective mechanism to facilitate
investment and clamping down on transnational crimes and corruption.
Gen Prayut added that Thailand was appointed the head of the Group of 77
for the year 2016, thanks to its remarkable success in reducing poverty.
The country was, on this occasion, honored with an International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) Award as well.
Lastly, the premier expressed appreciation to all involved units for
making his visit to the US and participation in the UNGA a great
32 provinces on alert for Storm Mujigae
BANGKOK, 3 October 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention
and Mitigation (DDPM) has instructed its local units in 32 risk-prone
provinces to be prepared for relief operations as Storm Mujigae is
likely to bring stormy weather to the upper part of the country.
Director-General Chatchai Promlert disclosed that Tropical Storm Mujigae
would grip the upper North, Northeast and East between 4 and 6 October.
Provincial relief offices are closely monitoring disaster-prone areas in
32 provinces and get ready for relief operations, as the storm might
trigger flashfloods and mudslide.
Mr. Chatchai warned that residents in seafront and mountainous areas, as
well as flood plains should look out for irregularities in their
neighborhoods, pay heed to relief officials’ suggestions and ready
themselves for possible evacuations. Small fishing boats should remain
onshore during this period. Those needing help can call 1784 around the
Government claims single internet gateway is for security purposes
BANGKOK, 2 October 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted the government is conducting studies on
adopting a single internet gateway on grounds of online security,
despite a public outcry against the proposal.
He claimed that the studies are aimed at finding out how the system will
create online security for investors while supposedly being mindful of
personal rights and freedoms.
Gen Prayut said the that decision whether to adopt a single internet
gateway for the country will depend on the results of the government
studies as well as input from the public.
Storm Mujigae to bring rains to upper Thailand
PHAYAO, 2 October 2015 (NNT) – A tropical depression
which formed over the Pacific Ocean has strengthened into Tropical Storm
Mujigae after having moved past the Philippines down to the upper part
of South China Sea.
According to the Meteorological Department, tropical storm Mujigae is
gaining power and is on its way to Hainan Island after which it is
expected to head towards upper Vietnam between 4 and 5 October.
The storm is expected to bring rainfall to the upper part of the country
from 4th to 6th October. Isolated thundershowers have been forecast in
the upper North, Northeast and East. Residents in disaster-prone areas
should exercise caution.
Those planning to travel in affected areas during this period should
check the weather conditions via the Meteorological Department’s website
Motorists call for end to ad hoc checkpoints
BANGKOK, 2 October 2015 (NNT) – Motorist safety
campaigners have submitted a petition containing
35,000 signatures to the National Police
Headquarters asking it to amend the current
system of traffic fine collection.
The campaigners asked National Police Chief Pol
Gen Chakthip Chaichinda to revoke the policy of
sharing 60% of a traffic fine with the police
officer who issues the ticket. They argued that
this practice leads to police setting up
makeshift checkpoints to earn extra money,
victimizing motorcyclists and low-wage earners.
The activists suggested that the police instead
approve pay rises for its officers, to reduce
the need to fine low-income motorists. They
expect the National Police Chief to study their
proposal within a month.
Spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Pol Lt Gen
Prawut Thavornsiri, who received the petition on
behalf of Pol Gen Chakthip, said he would submit
their proposal to the National Police Chief and
discuss solutions to the problem.
Authorities step up child labour suppression along borders
BANGKOK, 2 October 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Labour is enhancing the surveillance of child labour employment along
border areas, urging security agencies to be vigilant for abuses in
The Deputy Permanent-Secretary of Labour Ministry has revealed that the
ministry is set to cooperate with the Ministry of Interior to monitor
child labour abuses along border areas, in an attempt to suppress
illegal child labour employment. Measures will be enacted to stop child
labour networks, that regularly use Thailand's border as a transit.
He said that the Ministry of Labour will work with companies alleged of
employing child labour, especially in the sugar cane, textiles, shrimp,
and fisheries industries to eliminate child labour. Sugar cane is
expected to be lifted from the United States’ black listed products next
The statement from the Ministry of Labour comes in wake of the United
States Department of Labor's recent report on child labour, upgrading
Thailand with ‘significant advancement’ in tackling child labor during
the year 2014.
The Labour Ministry Deputy Permanent-Secretary has added that the
Ministry will expand cooperation with Non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) to improve operation's efficiency, and make requests to related
agencies on improving labour inspection duties and on taking action
against labour abuses.
Police give assurance single gateway won’t breach freedoms
BANGKOK, 1 October 2015 (NNT) – Assistant National
Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri has insisted that the single
gateway initiative is still in its conceptual stage and is not intended
to deprive people of their freedoms while warning dissenters against
Amidst widespread criticism of the single gateway concept, Pol Lt Gen
Prawut confirmed that the matter is currently under study by all related
agencies and nothing has been decided yet. He explained that the single
gateway system would definitely not prevent internet users gaining
access to useful websites or general online content.
Instead, the system would aim to filter out any information that could
threaten national security, tarnish the image of the Thai monarchy, or
contaminate the minds of children.
After a large number of dissenters intentionally flocked to the websites
of many state agencies in a bid to cause their servers to crash, Pol Lt
Gen Prawut called on those individuals to stop their action, warning
that police could identify who they were and they could be subjected to
punishments under the Computer Crime Act.
Government Housing Bank creates new criteria to assist people who want to buy houses
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Automotive industry begins to recoverrr
BANGKOK, 1 October 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Director
of the Office of Industrial Economics Natthaphon
Rangsitphon has reported that the automotive
industry has recovered well and car exports to
main markets have continued to expand, despite
the industry’s overall decrease in August 2015.
The August manufacturing product index dropped
by 8.3% mainly due to production drops in
electronics and aquatic animal products, said
the director. However, the automotive industry’s
production expanded by as much as 13.3% or
159,000 units compared to the same period last
year. Car exports also increased to over 100,000
Exports of industrial goods to the U.S.,
European Union and the CLMV group (Cambodia,
Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) also expanded well in
The director added that the office would revise
the manufacturing product index in order to make
it better reflect the industrial sector at
present. Some industries, such as television and
slipper production, will be removed from the
index since there are only a few producers left.
They will be replaced with the industries of
more economic significance such as auto parts,
rice and synthetic fiber.
53 information kiosks installed at Suvarnabhumi Airport for better services
SAMUT PRAKAN, 30 September 2015 (NNT) – The
Airports of Thailand, Ministry of Transport, has
installed fifty-three information kiosks in
passenger terminals and concourses of
Suvarnabhumi Airport in order to deliver better
services to all passengers.
Information kiosk is a high-tech interactive
system designed for delivery necessary
information to passengers such as flight
schedules, plans of terminals and concourses
etc. The current version of the kiosk displays
information in four languages - Thai, English,
Chinese and Russian; Japanese will be added to
the system in the future.
Passenger can access to their travel details by
scanning Boarding Pass; then the kiosk will
display distance and time for walking to their
Gate including lists of restaurants and
facilities along the way to their Gate.
Passengers can print out such information or
make an easy call to AOT Contact Center 1722 via
the machine if they have inquiries. Persons with
disability or on wheelchair can also use the
kiosk as it has a special navigator to bring
them to their Gate or necessary facility.
Thailand-Japan to launch cancer detection center
NONTHABURI, 30 September 2015 (NNT) – Thailand
and Japan have agreed to develop an academic
cooperation on cancer researches, aiming to
launch the first Early Cancer Detection Center
The Minister of Public Health Piyasakol
Sakolsatayadorn and the Japanese Minister of
Health, Labour, and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki,
today witnessed the signing ceremony of an
agreement between the National Cancer Institute
and Nagoya University on the cooperation in
early cancer detection service enhancements.
The Minister of Public Health revealed that the
scope of cooperation included the establishment
of the Endoscopy Center at the National Cancer
Institute in Thailand, which will be further
developed into an Early Cancer Detection
Training Center. The Center will be the first of
its kind in the ASEAN region.
He said that the cooperation will also include
academic exchanges between cancer experts for
diagnosis and research in finding the causes of
gastrointestinal cancer, including esophageal
cancer, stomach cancer, small intestine cancer,
colon cancer, liver and pancreas cancer. The
early diagnosis of cancer will result in a more
effective treatment which can prolong the
patient’s life, and lead to the better quality
of life among the people of ASEAN.
On this occasion, the National Cancer Institute
Director Weerawut Imsamran revealed that cancer
is the number one cause of deaths in Thailand
for 15 consecutive years, at the amount of
61,000 deaths annually. Among these deaths, the
number of gastrointestinal cancer patients in
Thailand for the year 2014 was recorded at
He said that actions should be taken to control
the occurance of cancer. The earlier the disease
is identified through diagnosis, the better it
can be controlled, which means better treatment
results and less medical expenses for patients.
Illegal fishing nets removed from Samut Sakhon's waters
SAMUT SAKHON, 01 October 2015, (NNT) - Fisheries officials from
the provincial administrative office of Samut Sakhon have
removed illegal fishing tools in a bid to eliminate illegal,
unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the area.
More than 100 locals observed the authority's removal of 80 stow
nets from the fishing waters in 4 sub-districts in Mueng
The operation went by smoothly. The officials had previously
informed local fishermen of the necessity of upholding the EU's
regulations on eliminating IUU fishing and had peacefully asked
them to remove the illegal fishing tools.
According to the local fishermen, they are willing to comply
with the regulations but asked for compensation for the loss of
Chaipattana Foundation to organize Tea Oil Camellia festival
BANGKOK, 01 October 2015, (NNT) -The Chaipattana Foundation's
Secretary-General Sumet Tantivejkul, has announced an upcoming
fair promoting tea oil, one of the initiatives of Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
A launch ceremony was held at the foundation's headquarters in
Bang Phlat district of Bangkok. Dr. Sumet said the oil is
extracted from tea oil seeds from China and can be used as
cooking oil and as an ingredient in various beauty products.
According to the Secretary-General, the princess has instructed
the foundation to conduct a pilot project to promote the plant
which would help farmers generate income.
He said farmers in the northern region will be encouraged to
farm the plant, which would also help maintain the green
agricultural area and protect the ecosystem.
The Tea Oil Camellia fair, will be open from October 31st to
November 2nd at Siam Paragon Department Store in Bangkok.