Ratchaburi invites people to take part in “Bike for Dad”
RATCHABURI,(NNT) - Ratchaburi province is gearing up
for another major cycling event, Bike for Dad, to be held in celebration
of HM the King’s 88th birthday anniversary.
Ratchaburi officials have been putting up signs and banners along
streets and sidewalks to promote the Bike for Dad event, as well as
encourage people to join the cycling activity.
The event, which will be held in celebration of the
88th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is
scheduled for Friday, December 11, 2015.
Bikers will start and end their journey at the City Hall, with a total
distance of 29km. The activity is considered a great opportunity for
Thais from all walks of life to demonstrate their love and loyalty for
Those wishing to partake in this upcoming event are encouraged to
register at www.ratchaburi.go.th. The registration period lasts from
November 2 - 15, 2015.
Government to organize "OTOP to AEC, Heritage from Local to Global"
BANGKOK,(NNT) - A fair entitled "the OTOP to AEC, the
Heritage from Local to Global" will be organized by the government from
3rd-25th November 2015 along Padung Krung Kasem canal near Government
''The OTOP to AEC, the Heritage from Local to Global'' fair has
originated from an initiative of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who
pushed for the organizing of such events by both public and private
sectors in bid to optimize the management and promotion of the OTOP
Project and to generate revenue for local and community-based people.
The premier will preside over the opening ceremony for the fair on 3rd
November 2015 at about 5 p.m.
9th Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival 2015 to kick off in November this year
CHONBURI,(NNT)-The 9th Bangsaen Thailand Speed
Festival 2015 is expected to generate 100 million baht in revenue for
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand,
the Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Province and Sansook
Municipality have jointly held a press conference at the Tide Resort
about the festival, which will begin from November 24th – 29th.
Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem and representatives from the
Royal Automobile Association of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage and
other promoters of the event have also attended the press conference.
Mr. Sontaya said the festival for the past 8 years has generated in
hundreds of million each year for Chonburi province.
Every year automakers from various nations around the world send their
products to compete in the race, attracting at least 200,000 spectators
each year. However, the number of auto enthusiasts is expected to top
500,000 this year, said the former minister.
In addition, a cycling competition will this year be included in the
competition for the first time.
The cooperation among the various agencies is also aimed at making
Motorsports in Thailand more internationally acceptable. Roads passing
tourist sites in Chonburi will serve as the 3.7-kilometer long race
track during the event.
80 million baht in drug-network assets seized in Chiang Mai
Officials from the Office
of the Narcotics Control Board along with police and soldiers wok
together in the fight against drugs.
Chiang Mai police seized more than 80 million baht in
cash and property from drug suspects affiliated with alleged narcotics
kingpin Kittipan Eksuriyachok.
Office of the Narcotics Control Board officials, police, soldiers from
the 33rd Military Circle and local authorities raided 29 locations in
the province, taking possession of homes, vehicles, gold and cash they
allege gang members were holding on behalf of Kittipan, who was arrested
Among the assets seized were 3.3-million-baht condominium, 12 gold
ornaments worth 400,000 baht, five houses valued at 32 million baht,
seven plots of land, two cars and 500,000 baht kept in bank accounts.
Pol Lt Gen Thanitsak Theerasawat, the chief of Police Region 5 who led
the operation, said the seizure was based on information obtained from
Mongkol Rungkarncharoen and Surachai Thanaratsirikuland, who were
arrested in July in Lamphun with 43 kilograms of heroin.
Kittipan was caught at a Tesco Lotus store in Chiang Mai's Muang
district July 1. During his arrest, Kittipan claimed to Baebae Laochi.
He also had been known by the alias Khaiying Sae Chuey.
PM pays respects to King Rama V on Chulalongkorn Day
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
today led the cabinet to lay wreaths of flowers to commemorate the
occasion of Chulalongkorn Day.
The Prime Minister and his cabinet, consisting of Defense Minister Gen
Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda and Deputy
Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam visited the statue of King Rama V to
pay their respects.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by high ranking government officials,
and members of the private sector and the public who joined in laying
wreaths to pay their respects to the late King.
Chaing Rai Province gears up for high season
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Tourist attraction sites in Chiang
Rai Province have begun renovating in preparation for the influx of
tourists during the colder months, expecting no less than 10,000
tourists per day during the high season.
Banteung Kruewong, president of the Northern region’s tourism board,
says the temperature at famous Phu Chi Fa national park in Chiang Rai
has dropped to 14-15 Celsius, and local restaurants and hotels have
begun renovation and putting up decorations in preparation for the
influx of tourists.
According to him, most hotels are fully booked well into the following
year. Furthermore, the Chiang Rai Tourism Authority has also coordinated
with the private sector to promote various routes along Chiang Rai’s
mountains for tourists to visit, particularly those passing through Phu
Chi Fa, Phu Chom Dao and the sea of fog at Doi Pha Tang.
Authorities have also been instructed to provide safety and convenience
for tourists, ensuring ample parking spaces, clean camp grounds for
visitors, and barriers at potentially dangerous sites.
Governors appointed to assist haze affected public
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The governors of provinces affected
by the haze have been ordered to provide relief operations to the
affected public, as an integrated effort with all related agencies.
The Permanent-Secretary of Interior Grisada Boonrach has ordered the
governors of the 12 provinces lower southern region, currently affected
by the ongoing wildfire haze from Indonesia, to carry out relief and
mitigation operations to control the situation and assist the affected
The affected provinces include Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang,
Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, Pattani,
Yala, and Narathiwat.
The operations will include dispersing of water into the atmosphere at
densely populated areas to bring down the concentration of particulate
matter in the air. Schools will be forced to close if the recorded
particulate matter value (PM10) exceeds 350 micrograms per cubic meter.
The provincial offices of public health have also been assigned to
distribute masks to the public, while the local administration officials
are urged to conduct field observation and meet the public to
acknowledge their problems and survey the current situation.
The Government of Japan provides a Fire Engine for Huaypong Sub-District, Mae Hong Son Province
Mr. Shinya Aoki,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai (4th left), and Mr. Satien
Khayandee, (4th right),Chief Executive of Huaypong Sub-District
Administration Organization jointly signed the funding contract at the
Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to
2,858,000 baht for “the Project for Procurement of a Fire Engine in
Huaypong Sub-District Administration Organization in Muang District, Mae
Hong Son Province”. On 13 October, 2015, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General
of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Satien Khayandee, Chief Executive of
Huaypong Sub-District Administration Organization, jointly signed the
funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Huaypong Sub-District is located in the southern part of Muang Mae Hong
Son District, and is a vast mountainous area. The Sub-District has a
population of 6,952 in 15 villages and most of the residents comprise
ethnic minorities with low average incomes such as Shan and Karen and
are engaged in agriculture. As the west part of the Sub-District borders
Myanmar, there are also almost 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar
living in this area. They can live peacefully alongside the residents
without any communication problem because they are also Shan and Karen.
However, problems associated with rapid population growth, such as
shortage of agricultural land and scarcity of water for daily life are
beginning to surface.
In such a mountainous area, haze from agricultural burning and forest
fires is a serious issue because many inhabitants are still engaged in
slash-and-burn agriculture. Most of the residents use water from streams
for daily life, however, the shortage of running water in the dry season
from January to May is becoming a serious problem which is exacerbated
by climate change due to global warming, deforestation in water resource
areas and increasing demand for water for agricultural. Therefore the
Sub-District Administration Organization is obliged to supply water to
all 15 villages daily during the dry season using a single fire engine.
However, this is practically impossible because of the wide area to be
covered and the age and poor condition of the vehicle.
In response to a request from Huaypong Sub-District Administration
Organization, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing
a medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. It is expected
that this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the
residents in Huaypong Sub-District and the nearby area as well as
mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural environment
in the north of Thailand.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which
contribute to the mitigation of haze and the preservation of the
environment as well as projects which improve Human Security of ethnic
minorities from Myanmar in the north of Thailand through its Grant
Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
Southern Thailand hit by the worst haze from Indonesia ever
Indonesian soldiers who
are deployed to help containing massive forest and land fires that have
caused widespread haze in parts of Southeast Asia, disembark from an
military cargo plane upon arrival at the airbase in Palembang, South
Sumatra, Indonesia.(AP Photo/Bagus Kurniawan)
BANGKOK (AP) — Southern Thailand was hit Thursday by
the most severe haze ever from forest fires in Indonesia, forcing all
schools in a province to close and disrupting flights in a popular
tourist area, officials said.
Thailand's south boasts beaches popular among tourists in Surat Thani
and Phuket, two of the seven provinces suffering from the haze.
Indonesian women are
silhouetted against the city skyline which is shrouded by the haze from
forest fires, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Binsar
The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for nearly
two months, reached hazardous levels in the Thai city of Songkhla, with
the pollution index hitting a record-high reading of 365. A reading of
101-200 is unhealthy, 201-300 is very unhealthy and above 300 is
"This is a crisis," said Halem Jemarican, head of the Southern
Environment Office. He said the pollution index in southern Thailand has
never exceeded 300 before.
Halem said his office has worked with other authorities to have all
schools in Songkhla province send students home and all outdoor sports
stadiums to close temporarily. Warnings have been issued to vulnerable
people such as children, the elderly and people with illnesses not to
leave their homes.
"The wind speed is very low this year in the south, causing haze to stay
in our skies longer," Halem said by telephone.
An airport official in Hat Yai, a popular tourist area, said three
flights bound for Bangkok were delayed Thursday morning because of the
haze. A flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai was diverted to Surat Thani on
Wednesday evening. The official declined to be identified because of
Local media reported that cloud seeding has been discussed as a way to
dispel the haze in southern Thailand, which is hundreds of kilometers
(miles) from the forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra island.
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Authorities seize over 2.9 million pieces of pirated goods this year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Director-General of Thailand’s Department of
Intellectual Property Nuntawan Sakuntanaga has disclosed that
the Royal Thai Police, the Customs Department and the Department
of Special Investigations together conducted 5,913 arrests and
confiscated 2.9 million pieces of pirated goods during the
months of January and August.
According to the Director-General, although this year’s numbers
accounted for a 17.4 percent decline in arrests, the number of
confiscated items increased by 184 percent. Over 90 percent of
the arrests were made by the Royal Thai Police.
Mrs Nuntawan said the majority of pirated goods were produced
outside the country. Meanwhile, the Customs Department has
confiscated over 1.4 million items so far this year as a result
of its recent policy on strictly inspecting goods coming into
Thailand via all possible channels. In addition, the number of
pirated goods sold in the country has decreased due to recent
crackdowns by the Department of Special Investigations, which
has confiscated over 660,000 items so far.
The Department of Intellectual Property itself has worked in
hand with the Economic Crime Suppression Division and the
private sector, conducting 351 arrests and confiscated over
42,000 items throughout the country. However, the recent
challenge has been the tendency by sellers to offer their items
for sale online. The Department of Intellectual Property will
continue to work with related authorities to crackdown on
pirated goods on all fronts, the Director-General added.
Buriram compensates villagers affected by forest reclamation
BURIRAM, (NNT) – The Internal Security Operations
Command (ISOC) has distributed monetary compensation to villagers
affected by the government's forest reclamation campaign.
Recipients of the compensation include 57 impoverished households found
encroaching on Dong Yai Forest. They agreed to turn the land over to the
state for 34,400 baht per household, or a total of 1.9 million baht.
The compensation fund is intended to alleviate any financial
difficulties suffered by the villagers due to the forest reclamation
campaign. ISOC officials disclosed that the fund recipients were chosen
from over 200 households based on income and assessments by the village
The ISOC has called on villagers to strictly abide by the law, or face
Yala declares 2 villages elephant-hit areas
YALA,(NNT) – Administrative and forestry officials in
Yala Province have called an emergency meeting to discuss ways to cope
with the invasion of wild elephants into villagers’ plantations.
The meeting has been held immediately after a man was reportedly
hospitalized after an encounter with a group of wild elephants earlier
this week. According to Thanto Hospital, his condition has improved.
Psychological experts have been dispatched to the affected villages to
comfort the residents. Assessment of the damage is underway.
Following the talk, officials have called on locals not to hurt wild
elephants. Related agencies are carrying out joint patrols to guard the
villages and drive away the jumbos. Ban Santi Village and Ban Khok Chang
Village in Thanto District have been declared wild-elephant-hit zones.
The pachyderms, spotted about one kilometer away from residential areas,
have reportedly been foraging in villagers’ fruit orchards, causing
extensive damage to their property and crops
Culture Ministry ready for Bike for Dad event
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Culture is organizing
cultural activities for the upcoming event, “Bike for Dad,” in December,
to celebrate the auspicious occasion of H.M. the King’s 88th birthday.
Culture Ministry Permanent Secretary, Apinan Poshyananda has announced
that the ministry is in charge of two tasks: producing a memorable Khon
masked dance performance, and preparing and decorating key venues for
the “Bike for Dad” processions.
The Khon masked dance performance is set to be put on for three
consecutive nights, 11-13 December, in front of the Ananta Samakhom
Throne Hall, and all visitors are welcome to witness the Thai classical
court masked dance performance, which is a cultural tradition going back
hundreds of years.
The permanent secretary added that the ministry is inspecting the bike
routes and preparing to decorate prominent areas, including Yaowarat and
Ratchadamnoen streets, two major venues of the event.
New Zealand's Miss Universe helps tourism in Chiang Rai province
CHIANG RAI, (NNT)-Chiang Rai has begun efforts to
promote important tourist sites in the northern province with the help
of New Zealand’s Miss Universe, as the province’s tourism ambassador.
Director of Chiang Rai's Tourism Office, Issara Satapanaseth, together
with executives of BB Clinic, the President of Nok Air and the Media and
Public Relations Association of Chiang Rai, held a reception to welcome
New Zealand’s Miss Universe, Rachel Millins. Other beauties, including
previous and current pageant winners also attended the event.
The reception, held at Dusit Island Resort, was also attended by the
media, who gathered to help promote various tourist sites as Chiang Rai
province welcomes the year’s peak tourist season.
Phuket International Airport is ready to handle the haze situation
PHUKET,(NNT) - Phuket International Airport Director
Monrudee Gettuphan has advised travelers that the airport is closely
monitoring the haze situation. The airport has set up a haze monitoring
center to coordinate with the Southern Meteorological Center (West
Coast) and the Phuket Air Traffic Control Centre 24 hours a day. The
center can be reached at 076 35153 1-2
Phuket International Airport is also coordinating with related agencies
to help pilots land safely in cases of low visibility. In addition, the
airport along with the Quarantine Office of the Ministry of Public
Health, are providing health care advice and distributing face masks to
passengers whose flights have landed at the airport.
At Thailand veggie festival, only flesh of the devout harmed
Devotees gather prior to a
(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
David Longstreath, Associated Press
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's Vegetarian Festival is more
than sprouts and tofu — it's an assault on the senses, and for the most
devout, on the body itself.
The most striking element of the nine-day Taoist celebration has little
to do with food. In sacred rituals, devotees known as "Mah Song" or
"Spirit Horses" work themselves into trances to have all manner of items
pierced through their cheeks, from daggers and swords to a bicycle. Then
they dance as massive strings of fireworks explode all around them.
A devotee screams as her face is pierced prior to a street
procession.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
A devotees work himself into a trance (AP Photo/David
The annual festival in Phuket has become a tourist attraction, with
several large, noisy processions complete with fireworks, gongs and
drums passing through the streets. Many Phuket residents have Chinese
ancestors, and devotees to the many Chinese temples on the island parade
their shrines' emperor gods on hand-carried carriages.
Thai children offer prayers. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
One devotee has spikes pierced through his face. (AP
A devotee has his cheek pierced with a bicycle as he and others
walk in the street procession.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
The Vegetarian Festival begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of
the Chinese calendar and is observed primarily in Southeast Asian
countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. It
traces its origins to the early 1800s, when a troupe of Chinese actors
on tour in Phuket fell ill. It was decided that they should abstain from
eating meat and soon all were well again.
Devotees have fireworks exploded over them as they carry a
portable shrine during a street procession.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
AP Photo/David Longstreath)
The festival and its sacred rituals are believed to bestow good fortune.
Devotees observe a strict vegetarian or vegan diet that is believed to
cleanse the body and grant merit. It is believed that those who endure
piercings experience no pain while in the trance.
(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
A devotee goes into a trance with her tongue and face pierced.
(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Devotees to the Chinese shrine Ban Tha Rue gather for a street
procession. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Chinese emperor gods spikes are displayed outside the Chinese
shrine of Ban Tha Rue in Phuket (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
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Tourism Ministry presents recognition plaque to Krabi hero
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Tourism Ministry has invited to
Bangkok the Krabi resident whose heroic action to help two tourists
stuck in mud has been witnessed by the whole world.
Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul on Tuesday presented a plaque
of recognition to 44-year-old Chat Ubonchinda who was invited to
Government House after a video of his action to rescue two Norwegian
bird watchers who became bogged down in heavy mud in Krabi, had spread
online and been viewed by millions of people.
The plaque presented to Mr. Chat carries the phrase “The Pride of
Thailand” as a token of appreciation for his kind heart and personal
effort which has done much to enhance the image of Thailand and
impressed people around the world.
His heroic rescue effort took place on October 16. The two tourists who
he saved are Arild Haben, a Norwegian, and his wife Guo YaXiang. Both
had traveled to Thailand for a holiday.
After being rescued, Mr. Haben and Mrs. Guo later returned to the river
to look for Mr. Chat to show their gratitude for his actions before
continuing to enjoy their stay in the country.
National Legislative Assembly proposes revision of agreement on climate change
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Members of the National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) attending this year’s Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
have called for a revision of the agreement on climate change in order
to account for long term resilience.
Kitti Wasinondh, who represents the Thai delegates at the IPU meeting in
Geneva, Switzerland, spoke at the committee meeting on sustainable
development, which discussed the drafting of an international agreement
on climate change. He proposed that the agreement’s rhetoric should
encourage long-term international cooperation and pointed out that its
provisions should be updated to account for long term resilience.
In addition, Mr Kitti pointed out that the agreement’s language should
be examined by experts to prevent any possible misinterpretations.
Uthai Thani province may be hit by drought
UTHAI THANI,(NNT) – Uthai Thani provincial governor
Praphas Malakan said today that water in reservoirs has been decreasing
in volume despite heavy downpours.
Most of the rainfalls had occurred outside of the reservoir areas, he
said. In particular, the water volume in Thap Salao reservoir in Lan Sak
district and Huai Khun Kaeo reservoir in Huay Khot district has not as
yet reached half of its capacity.
Thap Salao reservoir currently contains 65.76 million cubic meters of
water, or 41.10 percent of its capacity while Huai Khun Kaeo currently
holds 20.66 million cubic meters of water, which is just less than 50
The provincial governor suggested that farmers grow plants that do not
need much water or alternate the cultivating of their crops, including
those grown depending on the demand. In the face of a looming drought,
the farmers were strongly advised to use water sparingly.
Renovating the distinctive roof of Wat Suthat
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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In this photo by Sakchai Lalit, construction workers renovate
the roof of Wat Suthat in Bangkok. The roof's features — multiple tiers,
vibrant colors and elaborate detailing — are unique to temples in
Thailand, where Buddhism is the dominant religion but Hinduism is also
influential. The Suthat temple was built in the 1800s and is best known
for its art and architecture and a giant swing in front of the building.
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Masked Australian man caught after robbing Thai bank
BANGKOK (AP) — A masked Australian man robbed a bank in Bangkok
in 12 seconds on Monday, using a fake gun before being caught nearby,
The 23-year-old man walked into the bank yelling "Money!" and pointed
the fake gun at the tellers, who handed over 170,000 baht ($4,800) in
cash, said Metropolitan police chief Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahathavorn.
The man then fled, but had barely run a few hundred meters (yards) when
he was caught with the stolen money by police patrolling the street,
He said the man told the police he had come to Thailand a month ago and
ran out of money, so he decided to rob a bank to buy a plane ticket back
The man was identified as an Australian by his passport. The Australian
Embassy was informed and was checking on the man's background, Sanit
He said the man has been charged with robbery, which carries a
punishment of up to 10 years in jail. No date has been set for his court
arraignment, which Sanit said could happen in late November or early
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Cable TV operators could face 5 mil baht fine for excessive ad time
BANGKOK,(NNT)-Digital TV operators could face a fine
of up to 5 million baht if they allow commercial air time to run longer
than 6 minutes in a rerun.
According to National Broadcasting Telecommunication Commission
Secretary- General Thakorn Tantasit, cable, satellite and digital TV
operators are only allowed 6 minutes of commercial airtime within each
hour of any show they are planning to replay.
Under Section 28 of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services
2008, operator's average advertising airtime must also not exceed 5
minutes an hour throughout the day.
It will be considered a violation of consumer rights if the airtime is
longer than the 6-minute limit. Operators will be forced to pay a fine
up to 100,000 baht a day during the period of violation. Viewers are
urged to report violations to the NBTC by calling 1200, its consumer
“Thai – Belgium, more than 140 years of friendship” events being held in November 1st to 9th
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Chao Phya Abhai Raja
Siammanukulkij Foundation is organising a series of events entitled
“Thai – Belgian Friendship: Celebrating an Everlasting Friendship
between The Kingdom of Thailand and The Kingdom of Belgium”. The
activities, aimed at emphasizing the long and historic link between the
two Kingdoms and their Royal families, are being organised in Bangkok,
“Belgium and Thailand have always enjoyed good relations, and the
friendship between the Belgian and Thai Royal Families has never faded.
Friendship is what this year’s event is about and there is also an
important charity aspect to it, which is aimed at raising funds for the
construction of schools by the Border Patrol Police in remote areas of
Thailand” Count Gerald van Der Straten Ponthoz, Chairman of the Chao
Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation said this week.
The event will take place from the 1st November until the 9th November
2015 with the opening ceremony honored by the presence of HRH Princess
Maha Chaki Siridhorn for the launch of an Exhibition of Royal visits, at
Siam Paragon. Activities at this event also include portraits of the
Thai and Belgian Monarchs painted by Thai artists, as well as a public
exhibition of photographs and short documentaries about the Monarchs and
members of both Royal Families during visits to Thailand and Belgium.
For more information about the Thai – Belgian Friendship Celebrations
follow Facebook ‘Thai – Belgian Friendship 2015’ and ‘Chao Phya Abhai
Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation’.
Government housing loans to benefit low and moderate income earners
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The government’s housing loan policy
will directly benefit low to medium income earners and stimulate the
real estate market, according to a spokesman.
Government Spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd explained that the government
housing loan policy will function to stimulate the real estate sector’s
business and to help lighten the burden of low and moderate income
With an increased purchasing power, the low to moderate income earners
are more likely to spend, and in turn, boost money circulation in the
The government also set a requirement that house buyers earning less
than 30,000 baht are able to apply for loans if the house price is less
than three million baht.
This regulation will allow the low and moderate income earners to buy a
If the houses prices are too high, the group that will benefit the most
will not be the target group, diminishing the policy’s intended goal.
Finance Permanent Secretary joins seminar on improvement of Thais’ potential
BANGKOK, (NNT) - A seminar has been organized to help
improve Thai people’s potential ahead of further economic and trade
Permanent Secretary to the Finance Ministry Somchai Sujjapongse, over
the weekend chaired the opening of the seminar “The First Step, with
Inspiration — Inspired Leadership” at Arnoma Hotel in Bangkok.
In his opening speech, Mr. Somchai said that the preparation and the
recognition of the importance of liberalization of any kind will help
all envision the future of Thailand more efficiently.
He added that, such a process will also facilitate the development of
the country’s economics, society, education and politics as well as the
The seminar was divided into different parts, including preparations for
the start of the ASEAN Economic Community, the process of
self-recognition to prepare for a full-scale Creativity-based Economy,
and the sustainable creation of brands as well as the search for life
purpose and passion.
Adult women encouraged to perform breast self-exams
BANGKOK,(NNT) - A cancer expert has encouraged adult
women to perform breast self-exams and recommended that former breast
cancer patients exercise to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Cancer specialist M.D.Uermkhae Sukprasert said women
aged 20 years and older should examine the breasts by themselves in
order to detect any changes. Women of 50 years of age were the group of
women at risk of breast cancer and they should have a mammogram at the
hospital at least 1-2 times a year to check for signs of the cancer,
said the doctor.
M.D.Uermkhae added that studies had found that exercise helped prevent
former breast cancer patients from developing the cancer again.
In Thailand, there are 35,000 breast cancer patients
each year with the death rate of 15,000 people. These statistics are the
Elevated dual track rail to be constructed in Udon Thani
UDON THANI,(NNT) – The northeastern dual track
railway project will include the construction of a completely elevated
section when passing the city area of Udon Thani, a SRT official says.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT)’s deputy chief construction engineer
Wannop Paisanpong explained that the latest project design of the
northeastern line dual track railway project will include the
construction of an elevated track which passes through the city of Udon
He has said that there will be elevated stations and facilities,
expected to be operational in 2022.
The project will involve the construction of an additional 1 meter gauge
track that will run parallel to the existing track, to allow
simultaneous traffic from both directions to accommodate a faster and
more reliable train service, as the trains will be running at maximum
speeds of 120-160 kilometres per hour.
There are also construction plans for an underpass or an overpass, while
the existing stations and facilities will also be renovated to improve
Military training centers to teach charter drafting process
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand’s Territorial Defense
Command will hold a program to educate both instructors and cadets on
the charter drafting process.
Lt Gen Weerachai Intusophon, Commander of the Territorial Defense
Command, inaugurated the opening seminar along with National Legislative
Assembly member Wuttisak Lapcharoensap and Constitution Drafting
Commission member Amorn Wanichwiwatana.
The program is aimed at informing military instructors about the charter
drafting process as well as its provisions, in order to better teach
military cadets. The seminar was attended by the heads of 100 military
training centers and 3,000 military cadets across the country.
The course for military instructors is scheduled between October and
November, while military cadets will be taught from between December and
March of next year.
The entire program will conclude with cadets creating a summary of the
constitution between April and July of next year. The summary will be
published for the people to study before the constitutional referendum.
Phichit officials find high levels of pesticides in vegetables
PHICHIT,(NNT) - The public health office in Phichit
province has found that several vegetables commonly used in vegetarian
dishes during the lunar festival are often covered in pesticides.
Phichit public health officials led consumer protection officials and
representatives from the Regional Medical Sciences Center 3 to collect
samples of various crops typically sold to Thai-Chinese locals during
the lunar vegetarian festival.
Preliminary examinations indicated that several vegetables including
cabbage, lentils and broccoli tested positive for high levels of
pesticides. The public health office has urged consumers to thoroughly
rinse their vegetables several times or with potassium permanganate, a
strong oxidizing agent.
The warning comes as the vegetarian festival enters its fourth day. The
nine-day festival this year lasts from October 13 - 21.
Culture ministry to publish Thai history and Kings’ contributions books
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has echoed
nationalism among the general public, while the Ministry of Culture is
set to publish Thai history books to present the historic contribution
of Thailand's great kings, a government spokesman says.
The government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has revealed that
the Ministry of Culture is now in the process of publishing 11,000 books
on Thai history, detailing the contribution of Thailand's great kings
for distribution to schools nationwide.
He said that the Prime Minister has stressed the importance on the
public's awareness on the nation’s history, including the sacrifice of
kings and ancestors to protect the land.
The book, to be published in Thai for 10,000 books, and 1,000 books in
English, will also tell the story of the great Kings of Siam and
Thailand dating back to the Sukhothai era to the present day. The books
will also include content for the Ratchapat Park which is the nation’s
latest historical learning center.
Flooded areas in 3 provinces have not yet dried out
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Nakhon
Sawan provinces are still affected by flooding. The southern region has
been warned to prepare for widespread rain and heavy rain in some areas.
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
Chatchai Phromlert said continuous heavy rain in many parts of the
country had caused flooding in the three provinces. Although the rain
had stopped, some parts of the three provinces were still flooded but
they were expected to dry out in 1-2 days, said the official.
The provincial administrations have cooperated with the military and
relevant units in assisting the flood-affected people.
The Meteorological Department has reported that northeastern wind has
still blown over the Gulf of Thailand and the South, resulting in heavy
rain in some areas in the region. The department has therefore closely
monitored the weather for 24 hours and prepared equipment to handle
possible disasters in flood-risk areas.
Police Chief inspects security checkpoints at Suvarnabhumi Airport
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Commissioner-General of the Royal
Thai Police traveled to Suvarnabhumi Airport today to inspect the
security checkpoints as part of the recent policy to bolster the
Commissioner-Gen Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda delivered his policy address
to security officials at the airport and inspected the security and
immigration procedures of the airport.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Pol Lt Gen Nathathon
Prausoontorn revealed that an average of 80,000 people travel through
Suvarnabhumi Airport on a normal day and the number can increase to up
to 120,000 on holidays.
He said that the Immigration Bureau places great importance on national
security, particularly the issue of transnational crime, and will
continue to incorporate new technologies in the inspection process. He
also revealed that the airport plans to install biometric scanners to
further bolster its security measures and to enhance the credibility of
the Immigration Bureau
Economic stimulus measures only where necessary
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister Somkid
Jatusripitak today said one of the government’s major policies is to
focus on restructuring and reforming the Thai economy.
However, economic stimulus measures will only be taken where necessary
while restructuring and reforming the economy will be carried out
continuously, Mr. Somkid said.
In addition, the deputy prime minister said the government will launch
investments in large-scale infrastructure projects, especially those to
be implemented by the Ministry of Transport, while the Ministry of
Finance will simultaneously set up the so-called Infrastructure Fund.
Government lures people to National Savings Fund with tax measures
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The government has launched tax
measures to support its policy on the National Savings Fund which
ensures a basic income for the fund members when they retire.
The fund members will be entitled to personal income tax rebates. Other
tax measures include personal income tax exemption if they are disabled
before they turn 60 years and exemption of duties levied on some
businesses as well as exemption of stamp duties when making a contract
with government agencies.
Those who are older than 15 years old can apply to be member of the
National Savings Fund at state-run banks, including the Government
Savings Bank, Krungthai Bank and Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural
Cooperatives. The government will make contributions to the fund which
will pay monthly pensions for its members for the rest of their life.
Thailand inks partnership agreement for ASEAN development
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Finance has made
partnership agreements with several organizations to support the
economic development of the ASEAN region.
The Thai Minister of Finance, Aphisak Tantiworawong. yesterday presided
over the signing ceremony of partnership agreement between the Ministry
of Finance, the Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation
Agency (NEDA), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the economic
development of the neighbouring countries.
The agreement covered the improvement in relation to transportation,
energy, politics, the establishment of the Special Economic Zones,
public health, and education, through cooperation, which included loan
offering, knowledge transfer, and capability enhancement projects.
According to the Thai Minister of Finance, the neighbouring countries'
economic development is important for the realization of ASEAN
He further added that the lowering of the corporate income tax rate to
20 percent was a measure aimed at attracting more investors to Thailand,
while the adjustment of vehicle excise tax would take effect from
January 1, 2016.
Health Ministry calls for lifelong care for the public
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Minister of Public Health has
urged public health practitioners and hospitals across the country to
provide lifelong care to the public while maintaining honesty and strong
New Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn made the call
while delivering his policy statement at a conference attended by public
healthcare practitioners and directors of various public hospitals from
all over the country. He said the ministry in fiscal 2016 would pursue
its policy to promote development, cooperation and wellbeing of the
public as well as work happiness of health practitioners.
To achieve that goal, the ministry has drawn up eight measures to be
implemented such as giving freedom in healthcare management to each
locality, providing professional services with good governance, focusing
on prevention of various ailments rather than waiting to cure diseases,
providing lifelong health care service, and promoting use of local
wisdoms and traditional medicine.
Dr Piyasakol said the Ministry will conduct an evaluation of the
measures after 3 months, 6 months and 1 year of implementation while
stressing the importance of honesty, cooperation, responsibility and
transparency in the workplace.
Government expedites aid for flood-affected vulnerable groups
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Minister of Social Development and
Human Security Pol.Gen.Adul Saengsingkaeo has expressed concerns over
the vulnerable groups of people who have been affected by flooding in
The minister presided over a meeting of the ministry’s operation center
on social problems and solutions. Pol.Gen.Adul said he had instructed
provincial units under the ministry in the flood-affected areas to
urgently help the vulnerable groups including children, women, senior
people, the disabled and less-fortunate people.
The minister added he had also instructed the Department of Children and
Youth to follow up on the case of an American couple battling for the
custody of their daughter born with a Thai surrogate mother.
Commercial banks: Government measures to boost property sector
BANGKOK, 15 October 2015 (NNT) – Commercial banks
have greeted the government’s assistance measures for the property
sector with a welcome, saying that the measures should be helpful to
both consumers and home builders.
The cabinet earlier this week approved a number of measures to stimulate
the property sector, among which are the allocation of 10-billion baht
soft loan through the Government Housing Bank, reduction of house
transfer fees from two percent of the estimated cost to 0.01 percent,
and tax deduction for customers buying houses worth up to three million
Decha Tulanan, vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Director of
Bangkok Bank PCL, commented that the scheme would benefit both consumers
and operators. Thanks to the government’s offers, wage earners can
decide more easily to buy houses, while builders will also have a better
opportunity to sell their products. Meanwhile, commercial banks are
ready to launch promotion campaigns to attract more home buyers before
the year end.
However, Mr. Decha said that Bangkok Bank would adhere to lending
criteria for home loans issued by the Bank of Thailand. He speculated
that the bank's loan approval would expand by four percent this year.
Bangkok airport has served 52.4m passengers in past year
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Tourists inbound to Suvarnabhumi Airport has increased
by 12.66% on a yearly average, with renovation and extension projects
set to enhance the airport's service capacity, an official says.
The general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Sirot Duangrat, announced
that the number of passengers from October 2014 to September 2015 stood
at 52,383,686, a 12.66 percent increase from the previous year.
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) also confirmed that in the past year the
airport recorded 310,867 flights and 1.28 million tons worth of cargo.
International passengers coming to the airport amounted to 43,946,533
people, which is a 15.55 percent increase. However, the number of
domestic travelers shrunk by 0.34 percent, totaling at 8,437,153
The manager also disclsoed that the airport saw a 7.09 percent increase
in international flights and a 2.81 percent increase in domestic
flights. The airport also served 1,288,087 tons of cargo, representing a
0.71 percent expansion.
The AOT projects that passenger growth will continue to increase by 12.7
percent in 2016. In order to meet these demands, plans have been
formulated to renovate the current terminal building and include more
benches, charging points, and airline lounges, along with toilet
renovations, in order to better facilitate the passengers.
Minister pays respect to 1973 uprising victims
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Minister of the Prime Minister’s
Office paid his respects to the victims of the 14 October 1973 uprising
today, on the 42nd anniversary of the historic event.
ML Panadda Diskul represented the Prime Minister and laid a wreath at
the 14 October 1973 uprising memorial monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue,
and gave remarks in memory of the event.
He said the 1973 uprising by students represented
their will and power in cherishing democracy, and that they longed for
the country to have freedom through their bravery and sacrifice. He
mentioned that they also believed that the Thai public should uphold
democratic values, which include unity, sufficiency, while discouraging
defamation and corruption.
The ceremony, which featured multi-faith services, and speeches by a
senior politician and a political scientist, was held at Thammasat
University in Bangkok. Some relatives of the uprising's victims also
gathered to urge the government to expedite compensation payments to the
Thailand to host automobile manufacturers meeting Oct 21-23
BANGKOK, The Thai Automotive Industry Association
(TAIA) has been selected to host the International Organization of Motor
Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) meeting on October 21-23.
According to TAITA President Thanawat Kumsin, this year’s event will see
automobile manufacturers from 38 countries gathering to find measures to
improve the auto industry worldwide, such as developing new safety
technologies, reducing environmental impact and improving fuel
efficiency. The meeting will also serve as a means to enhance Thailand’s
contribution to the automobile industry and potentially boost tourism
and the domestic economy.
As for the increase in excise tax for new automobiles which is to to
take effect next January , Mr Thanawat said the hike would increase the
prices of certain models but would pose no negative affects on the
country’s automobile industry, as the tax increase coincides with
increased product quality and environmental friendliness.
Government Housing Bank prepares THB10bn to support real estate sector
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Government Housing Bank (GH
Bank) has set aside a 10-billion-baht budget in
support of the government’s program to provide
soft loans for home buyers.
GH Bank President Angkana Pilun-Owad Chaimanat
announced that the bank has drawn up a campaign
to enable low- to medium-income earners to
acquire loans for home purchases under a total
budget of 10 billion baht. People earning 30,000
baht per month or less will be eligible for the
soft loan program while the loan ceiling is set
at 3 million baht.
Ms Angkana added that the GH Bank is offering
more leniency to prospective borrowers by
raising the debt service ratio, which is used to
calculate their ability to pay off the loan, to
40-50 percent of their monthly income as opposed
to 33 percent previously.
Interest will be charged at 3.5 percent for the
first year and 4.25 percent for the second year.
From the third year until the end of the
contract, customers who are civil servants will
receive an interest rate of MRR -1 percent per
annum while ordinary customers will receive a
rate of MRR -0.75 percent. The maximum repayment
period is 30 years.
Those interested will have one year to file
their applications with the GH Bank, starting
Chiang Mai Zoo panda likely to give birth in next 3-4 days
BANGKOK, 13 October 2015 (NNT) - Chiang Mai Zoo panda
Lin Hui will likely give birth in the next 3-4 days, judging by changes
in her behavior, said the research team.
October 13 marks the 114th day after the giant panda from Sichuan
underwent an artificial insemination. The research team has closely
monitored Lin Hui after changes in behavior have been detected recently.
According to the Chiang Mai Zoo director, Niphon Wichairat, Lin Hui has
in the past few days been surveying for herself a nesting ground, eating
less food and sleeping for longer stretches. The team has, therefore,
concluded that she should be giving birth in the next 3-4 days.
ASEAN Day for Disaster Management and International Day on Disaster Reduction 2015
BANGKOK, (NNT) -The Department of Disaster Prevention
and Mitigation (DDPM), the Thai Red Cross Society, the United Nations
Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISAD), the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration and other network partners this week co-organized an
event for the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management, and International Day
on Disaster Reduction 2015, held in front of Bangkok Art and Culture
Center .The theme of the event this year is "ASEAN is Resilience as One"
The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Chayapol
Thitisak presided over the opening ceremony today and said that the
government recognizes the importance of cooperation with foreign
countries in disaster preparedness at both regional and international
levels. The government supports all related agencies in building the
network for the Disaster Management in ASEAN, as the ASEAN community
will be implemented at the end of this year. He said dealing with
disaster preparation needs local wisdom and an adaptation of knowledge
about each specific area.
Activities at the event include, a keynote speech and seminar on
International Risk Reduction and Resilience, a demonstration of
assisting disaster victims, disaster relief innovations and local
wisdom, launching a book from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
(ADPC) and a musical performance.
The DDPM and its partners hold the event for the ASEAN day for disaster
management every year, to raise awareness and encourage the learning of
disaster management, and to create a sustained 'security culture' in
The 13th October of every year marks the ASEAN day for disaster
management, which is the same day as the United Nation's international
day for disaster reduction.
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NBTC moves up date for 4G auction
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has moved
up the schedule for an auction for the 900MHz
spectrum fourth generation (4G) from December 15
to November 12.
NBTC secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit
disclosed that the agency decided to move up the
schedule for the 4G auction to closely follow
that for the 1,800 MHz spectrum, scheduled for
The auctions which will be held at the NBTC
Office are expected to generate an income of
about 73 billion baht and an economic value of
about 150 billion baht, the NBTC chief said.
Members of the public will have access to a
better mobile network which willl be even
cheaper than the 3G services today, he said.
The agency will issue licenses for the winning
bidders in November and recommend that they
provide their 4G networks to the public by next
Miss Grand International 2015 Pageant contestants visit Trat province
TRAT,(NNT) – Contestants in the Miss Grand
International 2015 Pageant have released sea
turtles on a beautiful beach of an island off
The contestants also visited toxic-free
vegetable, organic vegetable and hydroponics
vegetable farms on Mak Island.
Trat Province, a major tourist attraction in
eastern Thailand, was selected also as venue for
a Best Swimsuit contest.
Miss Grand International, a beauty contest held
by Thailand for the third time this year, is
primarily aimed at promoting international
peace. The pageant will be broadcast live from
Hua Mark indoors stadium in Bangkok on 25
Reception to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the partnership between ASEAN and New Zealand
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
today held a reception to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of diplomatic relations between
ASEAN and New Zealand.
Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Thailand's Foreign Affairs
Minister, presided over the event celebrating
the anniversary, which was attended by
government officials, members of the private
sector and the press.
Attendees included Miss Universe New Zealand
2014 Rachel Millns, Miss Universe Thailand 2013
Chalita Yaemwannang and the Miss Thailand 2011
1st runner-up Miss Worarat Niyomdech, in order
to raise extra awareness about the event to the
The event aimed to celebrate a milestone of
relations and cooperation between ASEAN and New
Zealand, and according to Pramudwinai, ASEAN and
New Zealand could enhance their strategic
partnership even further. He stated that the
ASEAN partnership with New Zealand can have the
effect of strengthening bilateral relations
between New Zealand and individual ASEAN member
Krabi coal power plant might not be set up within next year
BANGKOK, (NNT)-Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanjanarat has
commented on The Transport Co.,Ltd’s on-going negotiations with
PTT Public Company Limited to purchase diesel fuel at a lower
price, saying that he personally believes the move would only be
fair if the energy giant agreed to lower prices for all clients
and not just one.
The negotiations are aimed at lowering PTT’s diesel fuel price,
which is currently being sold to Transport Co.,Ltd at one baht
lower than retail. The proposed deal aims to lower the price by
1.50-2 baht. The energy minister said the price must be
determined in accordance with PTT’s principles by taking cost
The General also said the plan to construct the coal power plant
in Krabi province remained under discussion among the tripartite
committee; therefore, it was unlikely that the plant would be
constructed within next year.
Health warnings in South due to Indonesian haze
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has
issued a warning over health concerns affected by haze in
Indonesia, blanketing seven provinces of Thailand in smoke,
including Yala, Phuket, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Satul and Pattani.
The thick smoke posed by forest fires in Indonesia spreading
over the south of Thailand has deteriorated the air quality,
possibly causing eye problems, along with respiratory tract and
skin illnesses, as well as potential heart and circulation
damage to those living in the region.
The warning lays stress on vulnerable groups - patients with
chronic lung diseases, coronary heart disease, the elderly,
children and pregnant women. These groups are warned to avoid
outdoor activities and are urged to wear masks and not to store
rainwater for drinking.
Serial alerts and situation reports will be issued, the DDC
says. For further inquiries, the DDC can be reached at 1422