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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 His Majesty.

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 House.
''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 Chonburi province.

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 in July.

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 public.

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 Bakkara)

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 hazardous.

"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 working rules.

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.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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 committee.

The ISOC has called on villagers to strictly abide by the law, or face legal action.


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 street procession.
(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 Longstreath)

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 Photo/David Longstreath)

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)

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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 percent.

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)

The Associated Press
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.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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, police said.

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, Sanit said.

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 home.

The man was identified as an Australian by his passport. The Australian Embassy was informed and was checking on the man's background, Sanit said.

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 December.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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 hotline.


“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, Thailand.

“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 earners.

With an increased purchasing power, the low to moderate income earners are more likely to spend, and in turn, boost money circulation in the economic system.

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 house.

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 liberalization.

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 people.

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 highest ever.


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 Thani.

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 service quality.


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 country’s security.

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 Community.

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 work ethic.

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 many areas.

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 baht.

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 passengers altogether.

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 victims’ families.


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 October 19th.


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 Thai society.

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.


Amazing Surin Elephant shows coming up next month

SURIN,(NNT) – Amazing Surin Elephant shows will be held in the northeastern province next month.

Surin provincial Governor Atthaporn Singhawichai announced today that the Amazing Surin Elephant shows, designed as a tourism promotion campaign, will showcase the province's elephant-raising and indigenous identity as well as the way of life of the mahouts; a lifestyle which has been passed down in families over the centuries.

This year’s event will feature a welcome for 300 elephants returning to Surin province, large tables of food for elephants, an occasion which may be viewed as the world's biggest ''elephant buffet'', mock elephant hunting and other arena performances.

The event is scheduled from 13th November until 24th November 2015 in Surin Province. The Amazing Surin Elephant shows are an annual event held in association with the Thara Red Cross Fair.

Interested members of the public may seek more information from the Surin Provincial Office, tel. 044 512039 and 044 521358, or visit www.surin.go.th.. There's also the Surin Provincial Administrative Organization, tel. 044 511975, or the Sikhoraphum Subdistrict Municipality, tel. 044 561243 and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Surin Office, tel. 044 594447-8; e-mail: [email protected]


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 November 11.

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 January.


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 Trat province.

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 October 2015.


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 public.

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 states.


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 into consideration.

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


 

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Thailand inks partnership agreement for ASEAN development

Health Ministry calls for lifelong care for the public

Government expedites aid for flood-affected vulnerable groups

Commercial banks: Government measures to boost property sector


Bangkok airport has served 52.4m passengers in past year

Minister pays respect to 1973 uprising victims

Thailand to host automobile manufacturers meeting Oct 21-23

Government Housing Bank prepares THB10bn to support real estate sector


Chiang Mai Zoo panda likely to give birth in next 3-4 days

ASEAN Day for Disaster Management and International Day on Disaster Reduction 2015

Amazing Surin Elephant shows coming up next month

NBTC moves up date for 4G auction


Miss Grand International 2015 Pageant contestants visit Trat province

Reception to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the partnership between ASEAN and New Zealand

Krabi coal power plant might not be set up within next year

Health warnings in South due to Indonesian haze

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