Government to eradicate illegal,unregulated and unreported fishing
BANGKOK, 7 November 2015 (NNT) – General Prayut
Chan-o-cha said Thailand is adamant to eradicate illegal, unregulated
and unreported fishing (IUU). In the meantime, European Union officials
will pay another visit to Thailand to check on the country’s progress in
the fishing industry in the middle of next year.
Prime Minister General Prayut said the government is still adamant on
eradicating all illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities
as well as human trafficking in the fishing industry.
In an attempt to successfully address the IUU problem, he said the
cabinet has approved the Fisheries Act as well as a marine resources
management plan, both of which are believed to help the country
effectively bring solutions to the fishing sector.
In the middle of 2016, EU officials will pay a visit to Thailand to
discuss the matter and follow up on Thailand’s progress in its effort to
fix all existing problems.
Thailand and the European Union share the same goal of solving IUU
fishing in order for the fishing industry to prosper and to eliminate a
problem that only a few Thais are involved in, he added.
Thai economy is recovering according to the Prime Minister
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
has made known that the Thai economy is recovering in a slow pace
despite export slowdown.
During his national televised address on the “Returning Happiness to the
People” program, Gen Prayut said the Royal Thai Government will seek to
strengthen economic cooperation with other nations in the region and
around the world.
He said unnecessary processes and regulations will be reduced in order
to allow infrastructure development projects to be implemented as soon
as possible. Some of the projects expected take years to complete will
be passed on to the next administration, he noted.
According to the Premier, although the country has seen some
unsatisfying numbers in the export industry, the Thai economy is
starting to pick up gradually, thanks to government spending on various
projects which has generated more income in a variety of ways such as
creating jobs in the community.
As for the agricultural sector, the prime minister urged all
agriculturists to emphasize more on innovation, saying it could help to
create added-value to their crops while enhancing the country's ability
to compete in the world market.
Training for handicapped people who want to participate in Bike For Dad event
Police General Adul
BANGKOK, 6 November 2015 (NNT) – The MSDHS Minister
praised disabled persons who are set to participate in the BKIE FOR DAD
activity, and has prepared cycling safety training for the handicapped
prior to the event next month.
The Minister of Social Development and Human Security Pol Gen Adul
Sangsingkeo has said regarding the cycling activity celebrating the 88th
birthday of His Majesty the King ‘BIKE FOR DAD’ that there are now many
participants registered to attend the activity, including persons with
disabilities, who should be praised.
He stated that the provincial social development and human security
offices nationwide have been assigned to take care of this group of
participants, and tasked to ensure the proper facilitation and safety
measures for participants with disabilities.
The MSDHS Minister added that the Department of Empowerment of Persons
with Disabilities will be training 400 handicapped participants for the
cycling activity in Bangkok on cycling safety, prior to the actual event
on 11 December 2015.
Malaysian tourists confident in Thailand’s security measures
YALA,(NNT) – Malaysian tourists remain apparently
confident in Thailand's security measures.
Some Malaysian tourists reportedly drove sport cars past the Hakka
Association premises in Betong district of Yala province, despite
violences which earlier occurred in Thailand's three southern border
They said they still had confidence in the security measures currently
taken by the Thai authorities.
Betong District Police Superintendent Pol Col Suchart Said disclosed
that he had instructed police to strengthen security measures in Betong
district. Besides, a combined force of police, military and government
personnel have been stationed at the Betong security checkpoint around
the clock, he said.
In downtown area, vigilantes and other members of the public observe and
alert the authorities of any suspicious-looking parked vehicles and
other objects which might possibly contain explosives. A large number of
tourists from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia as well as Thai
travelers visit Betong daily.
Also, security guards at department stores carefully examine cars and
trucks in the parking lots. Vehicles fueled by natural gas are not
allowed to be parked in there.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to declutter footpaths in Bang Lamphu
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Office of Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) will invite street vendors in Bang Lamphu district
to a meeting before footpaths in the district are cleared of unlawful
BMA Chief Advisor Wanlop Suwandee and BMA Advisor Police Major General
Wichai Sangprapai have revealed that a study is now underway to
determine the possibility of decongesting the footpaths in Bang Lamphu,
following a series of public complaints.
The BMA officials said the BMA will be fair in its handling of the
problems addressed in the meeting, which is expected to be held late
this month. Meanwhile, sidewalk clearing operations in Tha Prachan, Tha
Chang and Tha Maharaj Roads are expected to be completed by November 29.
The BMA will later seek advice from the Crown Property Bureau and the
Department of City Planning regarding the possibility of landscaping
these areas to appeal to visitors and those using a boat service.
New farming technology introduced to farmers to enhance their livelihoods
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Agriculture (DoA)
is introducing effective field crop growing methods to help rice farmers
sustain their livelihood when water is scarce.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya
presided over the opening ceremony of an exhibition showcasing
successful farming technology, invented specifically to grow field
Field crops such as sugar cane, corns, soy and green beans are in high
demand and require little water to survive. DoA Director General Somchai
Charnnarongkul said farmers will learn about effective ways they can
lower the cost of production and increase productivity of these crops,
providing essential knowledge to the farmers.
More than 15,000 rice farmers in 22 provinces located in the low lying
areas of the Chao Praya River have already begun implementing an
existing alternative crop growing scheme and have high hopes that it
will enhance their income.
PM Prayut urges youths to help build up nation
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha
has urged youngsters to apply HM the King’s sufficiency philosophy to
their lives in order to build up the nation.
During remarks for the documentary contest in honor of Their Majesties
the King and Queen, Gen Prayut touched on several principles he believes
would enable youths to help build up the nation. He stressed the
importance of discretion, that the new generation carefully considers
information from different sources to avoid being influenced by
The premier also advised youngsters to try adapting HM the King’s
philosophy to different facets of their lives, to ensure sustainable
well-being. According to Gen Prayut, the sufficiency philosophy
encourages followers to be independent and realize their worth and
needs, thus helping them decide on their own future.
With that philosophy in mind, youngsters need not adhere to the same
goal of obtaining an academic degree. They may make other choices that
suit their interests and enable them to earn a living without hindering
the well-being of others. Gen Prayut explained that youngsters can be
the driving force behind the country’s development, if their choices are
also based on society’s needs.
The premier also allayed public concern over the future of the country.
He affirmed that a general election would be held in the next 18 months,
provided that efforts to strengthen the justice system by different
bodies proceed as planned.
Passenger transport operators raise money for Chai Pattana Foundation
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Cooperative Promotion Department
(CPD), various cooperatives in Bangkok, passenger transport operators
have launched a fundraising campaign for the Chai Pattana Foundation.
According to CPD Director General Winaroj Supsongsuk, the fundraising
campaign is also being organized in tribute to His Majesty the King on
the auspicious occasion of his 88th birthday anniversary.
All proceeds will go to the Chai Pattana Foundation. More than 3,000
participating vehicles will have a windshield sticker of the campaign
Drivers will also place a donation box inside their vehicles for
passengers to contribute to the fundraising scheme, which will come to
an end on December 4.
ASEAN-German Partnership promotes safer and more environmentally friendly ports.
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Deutsche Gesellschaft fur
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Port Authority of Thailand
(PAT) today reviewed their cooperation in Sustainable Port Development,
designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of Safety, Health and
Environmental Management. Moreover this cooperation also improves
workers quality of life and assists the community surrounding the port.
The ASEAN-German project on Sustainable Development
in the ASEAN region (SPD), is a cooperative venture between Germany &
ASEAN, and has been in operation since the end of 2009. The project aims
to develop safety management, including occupational health, and air
quality management. There are six countries participating in this
project: Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and
Vietnam which are categorized into 12 areas, for which Thailand is the
headquarters. The project has been funded by the German Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development.
Each organization is responsible for specific duties; Partnerships in
Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, (PEMSEA) creates the
Port Safety Code Management system in order to set standards and to
certify ports which meet the qualifications such as Bangkok Port, Laem
Chabang port and the Philippines port. And, GIZ is the organization
which is the focal point in enhancing technical knowledge.
Throughout the life of the project, all the participating ports have
developed safety management, occupational health standards, and
environmental management such as the measurement of air and environment
quality, and measures for accident prevention, port traffic control, and
hazardous waste disposal. Even though this cooperation will finish in
mid-year 2016, its hoped that GIZ might choose to continue the
established cooperation in order to maintain the laudable achievements.
Agriculture Minister asks the public to consume less water in a bid to handle a drought
BANGKOK,(NNT) -Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General
Chatchai Sarikalya stated that the water in the Chao Phraya
River basin and Mae Klong River basin is estimated at 570
million cubic meters, which are still lower than the criteria.
General Chatchai is asking the public to consume less water, as
the combined volume of water in the four major reservoirs
remains at about 4.2 billion cubic meters. About 2.9 billion
cubic meters of the amount will be used for helping farmers and
public consumption until April 2016.
Piti Kaewsalabsee, the Governor of Sukhothai, inspected the
situation in Sawankhalok district and ordered related agencies
to pull water from the Yom River and store it in a 330 rai
retention marsh, for use during the drought
Key Islamic figure calls on Thai military officials
PATTANI,(NNT) – The delegates of the descendant of
the prophet Mohammed, have called on Thai military officials, praising
the authority’s progress in solving the issue of violence in the
southern border provinces.
Yemeni representatives of the Prophet Mohammed’s descendant Habib Omar
Mohammed Salem Bin Hafeedh, led by Habib Mohammed Abdullah Ali Aidaros,
visited Thailand’s southern border province to meet with the Muslim
public in the area and join local authorities in a discussion.
On this occasion, the Fourth Army Region Commander Lieut Gen Wiwat
Pathompak thanked the delegates for their visit, saying they would gain
first hand insight into the actual situation and the government’s effort
to solve the issue.
He said that the Fourth Army Region has continued its efforts to stop
violence in the area, as well as eliminating the use of drugs, while
using His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy philosophy guidelines
to achieve the goal of security, so that people in the area can live
together harmoniously, safely, and be assured of a better quality of
The Islamic representative said that he was satisfied with the Thai
authority’s operations, and believed that they were on the right track.
He said their effort complies with Islamic principles which promote
happiness in living together.
He said that he wishes to promote the true teachings of Islam during his
visit to Thailand, and stressed that the core value of Islamic belief
leads to peace, with respect for others. Islam perceives all religions
as important, since all religions share the same objective, which is
leading society towards peace.
Police beef up control of popular sites to eradicate crimes against tourists
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Police have initiated a campaign to
clamp down on illegal practices and crimes against foreigners visiting
Thailand, with a focus on popular tourist destinations.
Assistant National Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Nares Nanthachote joined
Tourist Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakphan in an inspection
of the progress of the campaign to solve various problems threatening
the safety of foreign visitors. The campaign is intended to strengthen
tourist confidence, putting an emphasis on safety in world heritage
sites and other well-known attractions across the country as well as
places where violence against tourists has been reported.
The problems being urgently addressed by police include the swindling of
tourists through the offer of substandard tours, products, services and
vehicles, high rates of accidents, and the presence of drug rings,
criminal gangs and mafias in tourist places.
The officers have interrogated some tour guides who were found without
proper licenses. Tuk tuk and taxi drivers have also been asked for
cooperation in servicing tourists with honesty. The Assistant National
Police Chief has urged anyone coming across illegal acts in tourist
places to report the matter to Hotline 1155.
Lamphun drought-relief organizations urged to address needs of local communities
LAMPHUN,(NNT) - The Governor of Lamphun province has
attended a teleconference with the Permanent Secretary of Interior to
discuss ways to help drought-hit villagers.
The Cabinet in early October assigned the Ministry of Interior a key
role in the drought-relief mission, which is meant to encourage public
participation and address the needs of local communities.
The Cabinet stipulated that the aid measures must comply with
communities’ decisions, directly benefit the affected groups, offer new
employment and resolve any conflict among different groups of
Lamphun Governor Narong Onsa-ard has instructed district chiefs to work
with community leaders and related private agencies to map out programs
that meet these goals by November 15, in order to get aid funding
Government promotes childcare subsidy via PR caravans
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Social Development
and Human Security has released caravans to promote its childcare
subsidy program across Bangkok.
Social Development and Human Security Minister Pol Gen Adul
Saengsingkaew chaired the event to deploy the caravans. He also
presented aid money and necessities to the first five families that
registered for the childcare subsidy program.
The project aims to help financially-disadvantaged women, who are
scheduled to give birth between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
Those eligible for the subsidy must be Thai nationals or have Thai
spouses who earn less than 3,000 baht per month, live in poor
conditions, or have no access to other forms of government welfare.
Participants will receive a stipend of 400 baht per month for one year.
The program is available for registration from city halls and local
administrative offices across the country from September 15, 2015 until
March 31, 2016.
Around 10,000 people have signed up for the ministry’s program so far.
Deputy PM Tanasak inspects Bike For Dad route
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak
Patimapragorn; Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Suwaphan
Tanyuvardhana, and the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s
Office, Pol. Gen. Aek Angsananont, have been to inspect the Royal Plaza
near Dusit Palace, to observe the readiness of the starting area of the
“BIKE FOR DAD” event to be held on December 11th, 2015, along the
streets of Bangkok.
The official party went on to inspect the 29 km route of the biking
event to celebrate the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King.
Deputy PM Tanasak disclosed that all related sectors are
enthusiastically cooperating in preparing for the “BIKE FOR DAD” event.
The inspection showed that the event’s readiness is almost 100%
complete, especially the number of Bangkok cyclists participating; the
number has now reached 100,000, and more than 5,000 Thai people living
in other countries are preparing to attend associated events held in
their countries of residence. It indicates the simultaneous readiness of
Thai citizens everywhere to show their gratitude to His Majesty the
He also pointed out that the further registration of Bangkok cyclists is
not under consideration. Meanwhile, the committee is determined to
provide good management for the existing thousands of registered
cyclists and members of the public attending the associated exhibitions,
by facilitating traffic flow, food and beverage points, and medical
In the course of further discussions concerning all the preparations,
Deputy PM Tanasak and the committee members also visited Chulalongkorn
University and Thonburi Palace.
Thailand receives high ratings for tackling child labor
BANGKOK,(NNT) - A report by the United States
Department of Labor praised Thailand’s efforts in tackling the issue of
According to the Government Spokesman Bureau, the Thai government has
continuously placed great emphasis on the issue of child labor in the
Most recently, the United States Department of Labor issued its 2014
report on the child labor situation worldwide and has ranked Thailand
among the 13 countries with exemplary efforts in addressing the issue of
The report praised Thailand’s progress in tackling the matter by
establishing a committee on illegal alien labor and human trafficking
problems, raise the minimum age for those working in the agricultural
and fishing sectors, strictly following up on its labor policy, and
adhering to international guidelines on combating child labor.
The Spokesman Bureau added that the report reflected the government’s
determination in tackling the country’s longstanding problems, not only
concerning child labor, but also illegal alien labor and human
Yasothon and Amnat Charoen locals fund and build check dam
YASOTHON,(NNT) - About 700 residents of Yasothon and
Amnat Charoen provinces joined hands to build a check dam at the Lam Se
Bai River in Mueang Amnat Charoen district, in a bid to increase water
The residents from both provinces raised 50,000 baht to purchase 4,000
sandbags and donated sand, bamboo, and rope for the cause. They were
also joined by military officials from 1st Infantry Battalion, 16th
Yasothon Governor Boontham Lertsukhikasem said the check dam would store
water during drought season for residents in six villages from both
provinces. He instructed officials from the Department of Local
Administration in Yasothon to conduct a feasibility study on building
more check dams in other locations along the Lam Se Bai River.
Mr. Boontham stressed that each check dam must be funded independently
of the state budget and instead rely on the locals’ contributions. The
governor claimed that this approach would also foster unity among the
New winter attraction site opens in Tak province
TAK,(NNT) - A new winter attraction has officially
opened in Namtok Pha Charoen National Park that offers a spectacular
mountaintop view in Tak province.
According to Namtok Pha Charoen National Park Chief Somchai
Santhaweesook, the new tourist site is located on the mountaintop across
from Phawo Shrine. The site is also the location of a fortress built
during the reign of King Taksin the Great.
The new overlook is only 12 kilometers away from Mueang district, via
Highway 105. The best time to see the sea of fog is from 6:00 – 10:00
hrs. It is said that the moon is still visible in the morning when the
sun is rising.
Mr. Somchai said he will discuss the implementation of certain measures
with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Phawo Shrine Foundation to
make sure the environment around the scenic overlook remains unharmed by
Cabinet extends Long Term Equity Fund benefits by 3 more years
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Cabinet has approved the
maintenance of tax privileges for people investing in the Long Term
Equity Fund (LTF) for another three years.
Minister of Finance Apisak Tantivorawong announced that the green light
was granted during today’s Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, to his Ministry’s proposal to extend LTF
benefits for three more years from the previous deadline set for the end
of 2016. The objective of the extension is to promote long-term saving
and build confidence among investors.
The Cabinet also agreed to an adjustment of the minimum holding period,
increasing it from five years to seven years. Under the condition,
investors will be allowed to make their purchase on December 31st of the
first year and sell their holdings on January 1st of the seventh year.
No Thai-Burmese border closed as rumored
TAK,(NNT) - Myanmar says it did not close its borders
along Thailand’s Tak province as rumored.
Tak authorities have confirmed that trade on the Thai-Myanmar border
remains open as usual, after the 4th Infantry Regiment investigated the
They also denied rumors that Myanmar sought cooperation from Thailand on
border closures until elections close on November 8.
Township Border Committee (TBC) Secretary Captain Prajuab Klakasikij
said his Burmese counterpart also reiterated that no border closures
have been issued by Burmese authorities.
Tak Governor Somchai Hatayatanti said the Burmese government always
informs Thailand of its decision to close the border, except in the case
of internal conflicts.
Mr. Somchai later said that the relations between ethnic minorities
living near the border and the Burmese government are very positive, and
therefore, it would be impossible to close the border.
Their Majesties the King and Queen send condolences to Russia over plane crash
BANGKOK,(NNT) - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has conveyed grief
and sympathy over the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt which
has claimed 224 lives on board.
In a royal message to the President of the Russian Federation, His
Majesty t he King said, “The Queen and I are deeply saddened by reports
of the crash of Kogalymavia Airlline Flight KGL9268 in the Arab Republic
of Egypt which caused immense loss of lives."
"We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to your
Excellency and through you to all the members of the bereaved families
who have suffered irreplaceable loss from this tragedy,” His Majesty
Over 97,000 people in Bangkok register for Bike For Dad
BANGKOK,(NNT) - More than 97,000 people in Bangkok
have registered to participate in the BIKE FOR DAD bike ride. Most of
them, or 13,942 people, have registered at the Dusit district office.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on
Monday opened the registration for the BIKE FOR DAD event to be held in
hornor of His Majesty the King on the occassion of his 88th birthday
this year. 100,000 people are allowed to register with the BMA for the
From 8 AM - 6 PM on 2 November 2015, more than 97,000
registered with 50 distric offices in Bangkok and on the website
Those who have registered to join in the 29-kilometer bike ride on 11
December 2015 will receive gifts including shirts, pins and wristbands
on 28 - 29 November 2015 at Suphachalasai Stadium..
Green fireball spotted in Thailand’s skies was a meteor
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The National Astronomical Research
Institute of Thailand (NARIT) has indicated that the bright green light
heading southwest seen in the sky in many parts of the country yesterday
evening was most likely a meteor entering the earth’s atmosphere.
The director of NARIT, Associate Professor Boonraksa Soonthorntham,
explained that pictures and video images suggest that there is a high
probability that the meteor was a “fireball”, which occurs when a meteor
enters the earth’s atmosphere at a very high speed. Fireballs occur when
friction with the atmosphere causes so much heat on the meteor that it
lights up, and when seen from the earth, appears to have a long tail of
white smoke. The brightness of the fireball's blaze depends largely on
This is similar to another recent fireball seen over the central region
just two months ago on September 7, but yesterday's object gave off a
green light, suggesting that a chromium element was likely present
inside, which is typical in iron meteors. Since the fireball was visible
in many regions of the country, it also indicates that the meteor was
located very high up in the sky.
Assoc. Prof. Boonraksa indicates that there are many objects that can
create this kind of phenomenon. First is a planetoid that normally comes
close to the earth, second are retired old satellite parts that have
been left in orbit, objects which can be pulled from earth's gravity
into the earth’s atmosphere.
NARIT pointed out that this phenomenon is exciting as it already
happened twice within a two month period and the public organization
stresses that the public should not panic, as the chance from damage
from such an occurrence is very low. Most of the time, particles will
burn out completely before they impact the earth and many meteors enter
the earth's atmosphere daily, but most of the time they are seen as
NARIT said that it will continue to gather evidence and will soon
officially make a conclusion about the object. The public can help the
agency by sending more information, captured video or footage of the
occurrence to NARIT or by calling 091-0679658 or 098-0714558.
Honda distributes winter wear in the North and Northeast
CHIANG RAI,(NNT)- The Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has collaborated with Honda Thailand
Foundation to distribute winter wear to residents of 11 provinces in the
North and Northeast.
Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Makboon revealed that the DDPM and Honda
Thailand Foundation have collaborated to distribute 60,000 jackets,
30,000 children's jackets, and 30,000 pairs of childrens socks.
Operations are scheduled from November 9-13. The winter clothing caravan
will make stops in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae,
Uttaradit, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon
Phanom, and Mukdahan.
DDPM Director-General Chatchai Phromlert said the project staffers have
been instructed to evaluate the province's need and distribute supplies
accordingly. Target groups include the elderly, persons with
disabilities, the disadvantaged, and children in remote areas.
Department of Skill Development provides free services in preparation for Bike for Dad
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Skill Development
(DSD) is now providing free bicycle maintenance and repair services in
preparation for the BIKE FOR DAD activity, DSD chief says.
The DSD Director-General Kreeta Sopchoak has said that his department is
now providing the repair and maintenance services for bicycles to the
general public, with no costs in all provinces nationwide, ahead of the
BIKE FOR DAD activity.
He said that the service is intended as a contribution to the
preparation of the BIKE FOR DAD event, celebrating the auspicious
occasion of His Majesty the King’s 88th birthday 5 December 2015, as
initiated by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.
The BIKE FOR DAD activity will take place on 11 December 2015, while the
public are encouraged to bring their bicycles for maintenance at the
DSD’s provincial offices and institutes, from today until 10 December.
The DSD Director-General also added that interested individuals are
encouraged to prepare their body and practice cycling before the actual
Cash strapped Thai TV off air
BANGKOK,(NNT) -The “Thai TV” digital TV channel has
terminated its broadcasts while the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has confirmed it didn't order the
channel off the air. The commission will meet on Monday to discuss the
Thai TV went dark on Sunday morning after an extension of its second
license fee installment payment was still unfulfilled on 31st October
2015. NBTC Secretary-General Thakon Tanthasit said Thai TV might have
been blacked out by Thai PBS—its digital TV network provider.
The secretary-general reiterated that the commission had not ordered
Thai TV to stop broadcasting or cut its network signal, saying he would
ask an NBTC meeting to consider the channel’s blackout, on 2nd November
25,100 Thais died of strokes last year
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Ministry of Public Health has
revealed that as many as 25,100 Thais died from strokes last year.
Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakon Sakolsattayatorn, stroke is the
second major cause of death of people who are over 60 years old
worldwide, with nearly 6 million people killed by strokes each year.
In Thailand, an average of three people die from hemorrhagic strokes
every hour. The World Stroke Organization has raised global awareness of
the deadly disease and how it can be prevented.
The Ministry of Public Health has included strokes among 11 priority
diseases that require fast access to medical attention. Dr. Piyasokon
stated patients must be taken to the hospital within four and half
hours, to increase the chance of survival and lower the possibility of
Regional hospitals are expected to form a network that caters to
patients soon after the stroke occurs, before sending them on to better
equipped hospitals for further treatment.
People, who are 35 years old and above, are encouraged to have their
health checked every year for any health issues, particularly high blood
pressure and diabetes, that could potentially lead to strokes.
The Ministry of Public Health is also determined to promote a healthier
lifestyle among people across the country in a bid to reduce the number
of strokes occurring in the population.
Siam City Park organizes ASEAN Lantern Festival
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Siam City Park hosted a press
conference today. Traditional Thai Puppets renowned for their highlight
performance “Jewel of ASEAN” briefly performed at the gathering.
On 19th November 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Somsawalee will
preside over the ASEAN Lantern Festival which will be held from 19th
November 2015 - 22 February 2016 at 10.00-22.00 hrs. The Public
Relations Department will also hold an ASEAN Festival called “Welcome to
the ASEAN Community” from 23rd-26th December 2015. The ASEAN Festival
celebrates the famous landmarks of each ASEAN member country, such as
Merlion of Singapore, Petronas Twin Towers of Malaysia and Angkor Wat of
Dr. Chaiwat Luangamornlert, Chief Executive Officer of the Siam City
Park and Mr. Jaroon Chaisorn, Deputy Director-General of the Public
Relations Department, offered information about the ASEAN Lantern
Festival and also accompanied with Mrs. Pranee Satayaprakorb, Director
of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Department of the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration, and Mrs. Noppagarn Luangamornlert, Deputy
Managing Director of City Walk co.,ltd.
Dr. Chaiwat thanked the Public Relation Department, the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. He
also mentioned that he has always placed importance on the status of the
nations. At the end of this year we are going to integrate with each
other to create the ASEAN Community he noted. Thailand will be at the
hub of ASEAN due to geopolitics.
Mrs. Pranee Satayaprakorb, Director of the Culture, Sports and Tourism
Department of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, added that the
event will significantly help boost Thai tourism and Siam City Park will
be great tourist attractions. Moreover Bangkok is the best place in the
world for 4 years including Siam Park City which is one of the most
Phuket authorities to curb road accidents
PHUKET,(NNT)-Police will step up traffic measures in
Phuket in an attempt to lower road accidents.
A meeting has been recently held between local authorities and Phuket
police over beach management, security and suppression of crimes, human
trafficking, and narcotics and efforts to reduce road fatalities.
At the meeting, Phuket Governor Jamroen Thippayapongthada sought police
assistance in making sure commuters abide by the traffic regulations to
combat a soaring number of road accidents in his province.
The Governor wanted the requirement for motorcyclists to wear a helmet
to be strictly enforced. Restaurants and bars would also be prohibited
from offering baruku smoking services.
As for beaches, the provincial authorities will develop a beach
management plan which will be implemented in 3 districts to keep all
beaches organized and orderly.
OTOP to AEC - Thailand Heritage from Local to Global fair opens in November
BANGKOK,(NNT) – An OTOP to AEC - Thailand Heritage
from Local to Global fair is being held in November.
In a press conference, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister
Renu Tangkajiwangkul and Community Development Department
Director-General Apichat Todilokwet announced that the OTOP TO AEC -
Thailand Heritage from Local to Global fair, to be held from 3rd until
25th November 2015, will provide opportunities for farmers and
entrepreneurs to distribute their products.
The event will be hosted by the Interior Ministry and feature over 300
three- to five-star OTOP products from all regions of the country, many
of which are currently popular in world markets.
An opening ceremony for the fair, scheduled for 3rd November 2015, will
be presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Songkhla to stem illegal foreign vehicle use
SONGKHLA,(NNT) – Songkhla office of land transport,
security officials and related agencies have convened a brainstorming
session, to consider measures to deal with foreign vehicles.
The public and private sectors met on Friday to work out ways to prevent
illegal use of foreign vehicles in Songkhla Province, which handles a
large number of passenger vehicles and trucks from a neighboring country
The discussion was held in response to earlier visits of the Commerce
Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior,
who voiced their concern about obstacles to trade between Thailand and
Malaysia and the development of special economic zones.
At the meeting, participants agreed that existing laws must be strictly
enforced to regulate the activities of foreign vehicles coming into the
country. Aside from the legal enforcement, a checkpoint will be set up
at Khlong Ngae railway station in November to inspect vehicles bearing
foreign registration plates.
Minister of Agriculture & Cooperatives prepares 8 drought countermeasures
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives is implementing a one-billion-baht anti-drought program, in
order to address the issue in 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River.
The campaign falls under one of several major policies for 2016 being
discussed during the ministry’s recent meeting with related agencies.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, the anti-drought
project contains eight measures. The agency is currently executing the
first measure, which encourages farmers to refrain from cultivating
off-season crops, while instead introducing drought-tolerant crops,
livestock or fish farming.
Other measures include debt payment period extensions, temporary
employment for farmers in public units and establishing an emergency
drought-mitigation project in each affected community. Currently, at
least 385,000 agricultural households have shown interest in
participating in the campaign.
Officials also seek to improve water-use efficiency among members of the
public, increase water supplies, improve quality of life for those in
drought-hit areas, and implement other minor assistance measures.
Another important topic tabled at the meeting was the amount of water
reserves in drought-hit areas. The Royal Irrigation Department said the
combined volume of water in dams across 22 provinces along the Chao
Phraya River is 4.2 billion cubic meters. The department said the
majority of water supplies in this region are being used for public
consumption and maintaining ecosystems. The remaining volume is used for
sustaining agricultural activities.
Oil slick on the beach of Hua Hin removed
PHUKET,(NNT)-Oil slick in the beach town of Hua Hin
has already been removed from the beach.
Hua Hin Chief Suthipong Khlai-udom said the beach has already been
cleared after a big cleaning day was held. Local authorities and members
of the private sector in Hua Hin have joined hands in removing the oil
Tourists are now able to return to the beach. The Environment Office,
Region 8 is currently running a lab test on oil slick samples taken from
the site. The results are expected to be revealed mid-November.
Mr. Suthipong said even though the news has led to some hotel and resort
room cancellations, the recent swift effort to clean the beach will
bring back tourists’ confidence in Hua Hin’s environment.
Fishermen and local residents have been encouraged to help prevent
damage to the sea by reporting to the authorities any attempt to dump
waste oil into the sea.
Energy Minister observes progress on construction of power plants in Songkhla
SONGKLHA,(NNT)- Energy Minister General Anantaporn
Kanjanarat has visited Chana Power Plant in Songkhla to observe the
progress made in an effort to secure electricity supply for the South of
According to the Energy Minister, General Anantaporn, his visit to the
power plant in Chana and the Clean Coal Power Plant in Thepa district
was to follow up on the progress as well as to boost the morale of those
involved in the construction of these plants.
He said he was not concerned over the surrounding issues faced by the
power plants as there are already appropriate measures in place to deal
with them. The General also expressed his confidence the southern
provinces will have their power security assured in 2019.
Chana Power Plant is located on 854 rais of land in Chana district. Its
daily need of 271 million cubic feet of natural gas is supplied by the
joint development area between Thailand and Malaysia.
The environmental health impact assessment is currently underway for the
Clean Coal Power Plant in Thepa district. It will be submitted to the
Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning for
3 public surveys have already been conducted with the majority of
respondents supporting the construction of the power plants.
Temperatures drop as upper Thailand enters winter season
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Temperatures in the North and
Northeast of Thailand now start to drop, as a high pressure system from
China enters Thailand.
The Meteorological Department reported that northern and northeastern
provinces will also experience a short period of rainfall, due to the
high pressure system in the region before temperatures start falling.
Thundershowers have been forecast mostly in the northern provinces of
Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Phitsanulok, Phichit and
Phetchabun. Morning temperatures were recorded at 20-24 degrees Celsius,
with the lowest temperatures in the mountaintops at 10-15 degrees
The Northeast has also been experiencing cool mornings, where
temperatures dropped to 21-24 degrees Celsius, with the lowest
temperatures in the mountaintops at 14-18 degrees Celsius.
Thundershowers were also predicted in 20% of the region.
The department forecast rain in only a handful of provinces in the
Central Plains, including Bangkok and its vicinity, and the East.
Meanwhile, the majority of southern provinces are expected to experience
heavy rain today.
Trat Governor: Drought effects minimal
TRAT, 29 October 2015 (NNT) – The eastern province of
Trat has voiced its readiness to cope with upcoming droughts.
Speaking about the water situation, Trat Governor Charnna Iamsang said
reserves in reservoirs were still sufficient for communities in the
irrigation zone due to frequent precipitations. However, drought
prevention and relief plans must be in place to protect the agro-sector
from possible damage.
Mr. Charnna revealed that related agencies and the military had prepared
equipment and machines to supply water to residents in affected areas.
He added that workers had dug a number of canals to store water over the
past five years.
The governor speculated that the coming dry season might cause a minimal
impact on Trat. Residents are likely to experience drought for no more
than two months.
Thai-British cooperation for joint investment projects discussed
BANGKOK, 29 October 2015 (NNT) – State Enterprise
Policy Office Director Eakniti Nitithanprapas and British Ambassador to
Thailand Mark Kent discussed Thai-British cooperation for joint
The Thai-British cooperation under 2013's Public-Private Partnership Act
(PPP) is designed to assimilate experiences and ideas among members of
the public and private sectors of both countries.
The State Enterprise Policy Office director said the PPP cooperation is
one of the Thai government's major policies under which investments are
to be expedited and promoted by both the public and private sectors.
Excess liquidity in the banking system, currently reported to amount as
much as 2.2 trillion baht, may be used to finance investment projects.
Moreover, he said, the State Enterprise Policy Office will introduce the
so-called PPP Fast Track to streamline approval process for investment
projects and reduce auction process from two years to eight months.
New school hours to be effective on Nov 2
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Education is ready to
impose shorter school hours, beginning this November 2nd, in compliance
with the measure to allow students more time to take up extracurricular
In a televised interview, Education Minister Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan
pointed out that the reform of Thai education requires changes in the
educational structure, curricula and quality of personnel. He said it is
crucial to foster a good relationship between teachers and students and
to promote the importance of unity among youngsters in line with the
royal initiative of His Majesty the King.
Gen Dapong stated that the Education Ministry had been assigned by the
Prime Minister to search for ways to make classroom lessons more
concise, allowing students to study with ease and enabling them to apply
the knowledge in real life. Therefore, the Ministry came up with the
measure to move up the school finishing time from 3.30 pm to 2.30 pm in
a bid to give the students a chance to learn from useful activities
According to the Minister, the new school hours will take effect from
November 2nd onwards and will be piloted in 4,100 schools nationwide.
Out of the number, 3,800 are schools under the jurisdiction of the
Office of the Basic Education Commission and the other 300 are private
Tourists in Hua Hin told not to swim until oil slick removed
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN,(NNT)-The First Naval Area Command is expected to
find out what caused oil slick on the beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan
According to Hua Hin authorities, the oil was discovered yesterday along
the beach in the tourist district of Hua Hin. Food vendors in the area
reportedly smelled the oil a couple of days before it was washed up on
The authorities have not ruled out any cause yet. A sample of the oil
slick has already been taken to the lab to determine the type of oil.
The First Naval Area Command will survey the coastline and try to find
whether there is a large vessel nearby.
Tourists have been told not to swim in the sea for a couple of days or
until the beach is clean. Sand has been used in removing the oil slick.
Hua Hin officials and related agencies will also take to the beach today
to help get rid of the remaining oil slick.
Cultural Heritage Fund donors likely to get double tax deduction
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Ministry of Culture is considering
allowing double tax deduction to Thais who donated to the Cultural
According to the Culture Minister, Weera Rojpojanarat, it has always
been the Ministry’s plan to offer double tax deduction to those
contributing to the Fund. The deduction was once offered temporarily as
an incentive to people who donated to cover the expenses needed to
restore historical sites damaged by the flood in 2011.
Mr. Weera said the tax deduction scheme is also in line with one of the
government policies aimed at preserving Thai culture. Those who wish to
donate to the fund will be able to choose to make contributions to 5
They include funds for creative media, cultural work, contemporary arts,
archives and archaeology. The double tax deduction will be applicable to
both personal and corporate income taxes.
NACC unveils “Anti-Corruption Foundation”
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The National Anti-Corruption
Commission has officially unveiled a new foundation founded to promote
the fight against graft.
NACC member Wicha Mahakun, chaired the official opening of the
Anti-Corruption Foundation on Wednesday. It has been set up to promote
and support activities designed to instill ethics and moral values in
the minds of the people of Thailand, particularly children and the
It is intended that the foundation assist in all anti-corruption
activities while offering public recognition of those agencies and
individuals who have succeeded in fighting graft.
Mr. Wicha said that the foundation, whose office is located at the NACC
headquarters, has a mission to help citizens become more involved with
the work of the anti-graft agency.
He added that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair an event
to further promote the foundation and gain more support from both state
and private sectors and related agencies, to help carry out the
anti-corruption policy of the government.
Prime Minister clarifies his attempt to crackdown on mafias
BANGKOK,(NNT)-Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
has said his attempt to crackdown on mafia is
due to his concern for the safety of Thai
General Prayut has recently tasked Defense
Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan with the task
of eradicating mafias in 6 months' time;
however, the Pm said there would be no need to
appoint another committee to solve this issue,
as police officers are already doing their job
and coordinating with the National Council for
Peace and Order.
They will take legal action as soon as anything
illegal is found. The premier further stated
that his move to keep local mafia-style figures
at bay was due to their possession of war
weapons. General Prayut however assured that
these groups are by no means linked to any
Meanwhile, Royal Thai Police Chief Police
General Chaktip Chaijinda revealed that police
now have information on the mafias nationwide.
Government officials will also be prosecuted if
they are found to have been involved with these
groups. The Police General also said he did not
believe that those so-called influential figures
would dare to make illegal moves as they know
the government is determined to keep them under
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration continues to demolish illegal markets
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Permanent Secretary for the
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) visited Khlong Ong Ang to
supervise the demolition of illegal markets on Saphan Lek and Saphan
Permanent Secretary for the BMA Pirapong Saicheua visited the site to
follow up on the progress of removing illegal structures. The BMA began
demolition eight days ago, with operations at Saphan Han nearly finished
and Saphan Lek at 20% completion. Authorities have so far removed 100 of
the 500 vending booths at Saphan Lek, formally known as Damrongsathit
The illegal structures make up Saphan Lek Market and
Saphan Han Market. The BMA urges all its vendors to cooperate with the
authorities and vacate the premises.
The city administration also warned the general public to refrain from
entering the demolition area, due to operating risks to life and
property. Demolitions are likely to finish by the end of this month.
Electricity officials will also cut power to the markets and conduct
Phetchaburi to be developed as Green City
PHETCHABURI,(NNT) - Phetchaburi province aims to
develop itself as a Green City to attract tourists by promoting organic
produce and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Phetchaburi Governor Sanit Khaosa-ard said the province would be
developed as a source of safe and organic vegetables, fruits and other
food. The province would also try to be an environmentally-friendly city
and a model area for a good way of life with awareness, said the
governor. He called on all sides to work together in transforming the
province into the Green City where tourists were drawn to.
Mr.Sanit Khaosa-ard expected that the project would help tourism and
increase the local people’s income from agriculture and tourism.
Water situation in Thailand turns into crisis
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Thailand and Laos signed agreement against human trafficking
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) - Thailand and Laos have signed
an agreement to establish a Thai-Lao social
development center aimed at tackling the problem
of human trafficking in the border areas.
Thailand on Monday hosted the 20th Thai-Lao
Joint Commission in Chiang Rai province. The
meeting agreed on the establishment of the
Thai-Lao social development center at Phonhong
in Vientiane to rehabilitate human trafficking
victims in Laos. Thailand will provide support
for the construction of the center’s building
and personnel development for the prevention of
and solutions to human trafficking in the two
countries as well as other countries in the
The two parties also agreed to organize the
Thai-Laos-Vietnamese meeting this year on a
public bus project which will connect the three
countries. As for cooperation in other fields,
Thailand and Laos expressed readiness to sign an
agreement on security in Thai-Lao border zones.
The agreement is expected to ensure peace and
order in the areas for peace of both Thai and
Teflon tourism: Thailand forecasts record visitors
Asian tourists takes
a picture in front of the Erawan Shrine in
Bangkok.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
BANGKOK (AP) — A deadly bombing in August
threatened to scuttle Thailand's economically
crucial tourism industry but officials are now
forecasting more than 30 million visitors this
year as arrivals from China swell.
The bounce back reinforces the teflon reputation
of Thai tourism, which has thrived over the past
decade despite two coups, episodes of deadly
street fighting, airport occupations and natural
Thailand's tourism council is forecasting a
record 30.3 million visitors this year, an
increase of 22 percent from last year. Chinese
tourists are expected to total 8.1 million,
rising by three quarters from 2014.
Only a small number of countries attract more
than 30 million tourists a year, among them
France, China, the United States, Spain and
Turkey. Thailand was aiming for 28.8 million
tourists this year.
Asian tourists takes
a "selfie" in front of the Erawan Shrine in
Bangkok.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The tourism council president Ittirit Kinglek
said this week the Aug. 17 bombing at a shrine
in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people, many
of them foreign visitors, did "not significantly
affect" the industry overall.
Tour operators say Thailand's resilience
reflects the variety it offers from high-end
shopping in busy Bangkok to idyllic beaches in
the south and laid back small cities in the
A Chinese tourist
lights an incense stick to make an offering for
Phra Phrom, the Thai interpretation of the Hindu
god Brahma, at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.(AP
Thailand has also cultivated a reputation for
friendliness and value that is particularly
appealing in countries such as China, which has
only recently reached income levels high enough
for large numbers of people to travel abroad on
"I feel like a real rich person there, and a lot
of good food, best service," said Liang Jing, a
designer based in Shanghai. "I feel safe. No
war, no anti-China stuff. A great country, I
will definitely go there again," she said.
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PM attended commemorative ceremony of late Supreme Patriarch
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has presided
over the commemorative ceremony marking the 2nd
year after the passing of the late Supreme
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, along with
government officials, presided over the
commemorative service marking the second year of
the late Supreme Patriarch’s passing, and
celebrated the 102nd year from his birth at Wat
Bowonniwet Wihan Temple in Bangkok.
The ceremony comprises of a prayer service from
10 Buddhists monks, which was attended by many
faithful Buddhists wearing white attire.
Wat Bowonniwet Wihan Temple will conclude its
exhibition of the late Supreme Patriarch today,
while the general public can visit and worship
important Buddhist sites at the temple until
UNAIDS organizes Bangkok 10 km International Run
BANGKOK,(NNT) - UNAIDS has collaborated with private enterprises
to organize the Bangkok 10 km International Run, which was
attended by a large number of both Thai and foreign runners.
This event commenced during the early hours of October 25, 2015,
with support from UNAIDS and private organizations to allow
interested runners to participate in the mini marathon and
promote various forms of physical activities.
Previously, this mini marathon was entitled "UN Day 10 km.
International Run” but was cancelled since 2008. It was revived
again this year, as more people are exercising, renamed to
“Bangkok 10 km International Run”.
Bangkok 10 km International Run covers a distance of 10
kilometers and is divided into four categories: aged 39 and
under (male), aged 40 and above (male), aged 34 and under
(female) and aged 35 and above (female). Runners will start and
finish at Ratchadamneon Nok Road, in front of United Nations
Organization. The route will run through many important sites
such as the Mable Temple, Chitralada Palace, Dusit Zoo and the
The winner will receive a blazer, the first five runners at the
finish line will be awarded a trophy, and all runners completing
the mini-marathon course within the scheduled time will receive
a Medal of Honor to commemorate their participation.
Haze level back to normal in Yala
YALA,(NNT) – The air quality in Yala has improved as the level
of haze has dropped to normal.
The rainfall that doused the southernmost province last night
lifted its air quality to a moderate level. The Pollution
Control Department reported that the density of particulate
matter less than 10 microns (PM10) in Muang District today
decreased to 70 micrograms per cubic meter, below the safety
level of 120 micrograms per cubic meter.
Despite the forecast of southward winds and the improving
weather, the department warned residents to continue to protect
themselves against the smog, as the forest fire in Indonesia is
Residents in Yala are advised to closely follow the weather
report and strictly comply with doctors’ suggestions during this
period. Those having allergies or respiratory problems should be
extra careful with their health.