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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 Sangsingkeo

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 provinces.

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 obstructions.

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 crops.

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 misleading groups.

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 logo.

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 life.

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 agriculturists.

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 approved.

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 King.

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 services.

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 child labor.

According to the Government Spokesman Bureau, the Thai government has continuously placed great emphasis on the issue of child labor in the country.

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 child labor.

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 trafficking.

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 reserves.

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 Infantry Regiment.

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 people.

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 tourists.

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 claims.

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 said.

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 bike ride.

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 its mass.

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 shooting stars.

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 activity commences.

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 matter.

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 2015.

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 becoming handicapped.

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 Cambodia.

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 interesting attractions.

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 each day.

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 slick.

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 Thailand.

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 consideration.

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 Celsius.

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 investment projects.

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 activities.

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 after school.

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 schools.

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 province.

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 beach.

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 Heritage Fund.

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 different funds.

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 country's youth.

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 people.

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 political groups.

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 control.

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 Han.

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 Bridge.

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 ongoing maintenance.

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

BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand's water situation has turned into crisis this year, commented a noted academic.

During an interview in NBT World's Thailand Today program, Nipon Puapongsakorn of the Thailand Development Research Institute said this year's water situation in Thailand has become critical with water levels at major dams ebbing to the lowest since the last 50 years. The level is feared to go further down during dry season beginning on the first of November.

There will not be enough water for second-crop farming this year while there will be an estimated four billion cubic meters of water in reserve for next year, the academic said.

He added that the government has tried to alter a water management strategy in the face of this year's critical droughts, especially in the Chao Praya River basin.

Water might be allocated among users in the drought-stricken provinces including riverside areas while the authorities will see to it that water consumption will remain manageable in accordance with the government’s strategy.

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 region.

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 Lao people.

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 disasters.

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 north.

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 Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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 holidays.

"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 Patriarch.

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 6pm.

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 National Library.

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 ongoing.

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.




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Temperatures drop as upper Thailand enters winter season

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Thai-British cooperation for joint investment projects discussed

New school hours to be effective on Nov 2

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Cultural Heritage Fund donors likely to get double tax deduction

NACC unveils “Anti-Corruption Foundation”

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Phetchaburi to be developed as Green City

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UNAIDS organizes Bangkok 10 km International Run

Haze level back to normal in Yala



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