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Navy Wives Association hand out winter goods to help locals in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, 13 December 2015 (NNT) –The president of the Navy Wives Association handed out winter apparel and blankets to locals in Chiang Rai as temperatures in the northern region drop.

Navy Wives Association President Pranee Areenij along with members of the navy's Mekong Riverine Unit handed out goods to help locals deal with the chilly weather in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai province. Students, senior citizens, and other locals received blankets and jackets among other relief items.

Temperatures in the area have continuously dropped, causing many locals to suffer from the cold spell as they lack necessities to keep them warm.

Goods were distributed to the district’s sheriff, which will later be handed out to other locals. The local school also received education and sports supplies.

In addition, a medical team from the navy was also present to provide medical advice to locals, as many senior citizens and young children are prone to falling ill due to the cold weather.


Lampang launches wildfire-prevention campaign

LAMPANG,(NNT) – Administrative and security sectors in Lampang Province have co-launched a wildfire-prevention campaign in Phrabat Township.

Deputy governor Somchai Kamoltheptewin and the commander of the 32nd Military Circle have addressed a parade of volunteers, security officials, civil servants and environmentalists, joining a campaign for wildfire and smog prevention.
The level of smog in the North is particularly alarming between the end of winter and the beginning of the dry season. The situation has worsened over nearly a decade. Post-harvest burning activities, slash-and-burn agriculture and man-made wildfires are blamed for the problem.

The campaign aims to raise public awareness of this environmental risk and to urge public participation in achieving a solution to the problem. The deputy governor also led a presentation of fire extinguishers for use by local agencies and communities. Different sectors have also donated 120,000 baht to Lampang’s wildfire management fund.


Crowds attend Khon performance in Bangkok

BANGKOK,(NNT) – A number of general public yesterday attended the royally bestowed traditional Khon performance honouring His Majesty the King as another activity part of BIKE FOR DAD.

A crowd of people have gathered at Dusit Palace Plaza yesterday to watch the royally bestowed traditional Khon performance, which is a part of the BIKE FOR DAD activity, celebrating the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.

The two and a half hours of theatrical performance used the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall as the backdrop, complimented with spectacular sound and lighting techniques. The performance will run its final show tonight at 7pm, and will be attended by the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife.

Meanwhile, the exhibition honoring His Majesty the King held at Suea Pa Park near Dusit Palace Plaza has seen a number of general public from all ages attending with great enthusiasm particularly, on the screening of His Majesty’s personal movie record during his visit to the United States, New Zealand, and China 50 years ago.

The exhibition also tells the history and the accomplishments of His Majesty for the Thai public in many aspects such as water management, area renovation, the royal initiated projects, the New Theory Agriculture projects, as well as His Majesty’s excellency in sports.


TAT grants rewards for 28 millionth visitor to Thailand

BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand has granted rewards including two free return tickets for the 28 millionth visitor to Thailand, aiming to attract the lucky visitor to return to Thailand in the future.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Deputy Governor for International Marketing Juthaporn Rerngronasa has led officials from Airports of Thailand, THAI Airways, True Corporation, and the Immigration Bureau to welcome Mr Singh Sundeep Kumar from India along with his family after being the 28 millionth visitor to Thailand.

The lucky visitor was traveling from Singapore to Thailand and intends to stay in Thailand for 7 days. He was given the return tickets for two passengers traveling from the originating country to and from Bangkok, with an additional 5 nights accommodation, and a smartphone equipped with a 4G network plan.

The TAT Deputy Governor has said that the number of visitors to Thailand in 2015 is expected reach 28.8 million persons which meets the designated goal. The number of visitors during the first 10 months this year has increased by 24.75 percent, 60 percent of which are from Asian countries, 30 percent from European and American countries, and from other countries by 10 percent.

She has also mentioned that there have been about 1 million visitors from India to Thailand throughout the year.


Carbon emission tax to be introduced on January 1st

Permanent Secretary for Finance Somchai Sajjapongse

BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Excise Department will begin collecting carbon emission tax from owners of vehicles from January next year onward.

Permanent Secretary for Finance Somchai Sajjapongse has revealed that the carbon emission tax will be calculated from the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, instead of the engine capacity.

Mr. Somchai said he believed people would be more environmentally conscious after the new tax scheme is introduced, and that the new system would be fairer to taxpayers.

Commuters will be forced to attach a new eco-sticker, which displays emission information determined by international standards, on their vehicles.

The Ministry of Finance is also planning to work with the Ministry of Industry in a collaborative effort to have every vehicle’s carbon dioxide release levels checked.


Lampang governor visits ASEAN biggest solar power plant

LAMPANG,(NNT) – Lampang Governor Samart Loifa has visited the biggest solar power plant in Southeast Asia to observe the plant’s energy innovations.

The Lampang Governor said the visit, in which he was accompanied by several provincial officials, was to enable local agencies to gather ideas and information that could be used to develop the province into a regional hub for energy production and logistics. The plant belongs to Energy Absolute Public Company Limited and EA Solar Lampang.

Mr Samart said Lampang is one of the major energy suppliers in the country, producing electricity from coal, hydropower, wind power and biomass. Lampang is planning to promote solar power, which is both environmentally-friendly and more sustainable than other types of energy production.

The plant, which covers parts of two districts, was built in 2013 and started selling power to the Provincial Electricity Authority in February last year.


Prachuab Khiri Khan to host academic seminar & skills competition

PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN,(NNT) – Prachuabkhirikhan Technical College has held a press conference to announce an upcoming academic seminar and a skills competition.

The director of Prachuabkhirikhan Technical College said today the event was aimed at providing a platform for academics and vocational students to exchange ideas and knowledge and showcase their creativity. It is also expected that the project will motivate students to improve their skills and learn to adjust to a changing society.

The event features contests in various areas such as industry, commerce, food science and the fine arts. More than 4,000 students from 66 institutes across the central region are expected to take part in the activities.

The event will take place from 14th to 18th December at Prachuabkhirikhan Technical College.


General Chatchai discusses IUU fishing with Indonesian officials

BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thai officials recently spoke with Indonesian counterparts on the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya made an unofficial visit to Indonesia, where he discussed the problems surrounding IUU fishing.

In response, Indonesia's Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has agreed to attend a later meeting in Thailand, which would establish a joint committee to tackle the issue.

Gen Chatchai also asked Indonesian officials to look into the case of Thai fishermen being detained in Ambon and Benjina islands. Indonesia has agreed to work with the Thai Ambassador to Indonesia on the matter.


Thailand throughout the country takes part in BIKE FOR DAD

THAILAND,(NNT) - The BIKE FOR DAD event commenced at provincial city halls across the country to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the 88th birthday of His Majesty the King.

In Surin Province, over 6,000 cyclists took part in the event which kicked off at the province’s city hall, passing various landmarks such as the Monument of Surin Phakdi Sri Narong Changwang, the city pillar, Wat Pa Bavornsangkharam, Wat Burapharam and returning back to city hall. The province’s city hall also featured a musical performance by the 25th Military Circle as well as traditional Thai performances.

Over 8,000 cyclists participated in Suphan Buri Province’s event, where the province’s governor led cyclists wearing yellow on the province’s designated route. The province partitioned the route into different segments in order for participants who are less physically active to show their demonstrate their full spirits without having to participate in the full route.

Meanwhile, the governor of Kamphaeng Phet Province led cyclists past the province’s landmarks, from the statute of King Rama V to Wat Bang, the province’s Cultural Conservation Grounds, Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, the city pillar and Wat Chang Rob.

In Sukhothai Province, more than 7,000 cyclists made their way from city hall, passing Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and the statue of King Ramkhamhaeng, Wat Si Chum, Phra Phuttasirimaravichai Hall before returning to city hall.


Concerns raised over pneumonia disease in children & elderly

NONTHABURI,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has raised concerns regarding pneumonia disease among children and elders, urging the general public with cold-like symptoms to seek medical attention.

The Minister of Public Health Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has said that the cold and windy condition of winter season, especially in the northern and northeastern regions, will increase the chances for the general public to be affected by respiratory tract diseases, which could lead to pneumonia.

Statistic from the Bureau of Epidemiology shows that Thailand has recorded 192,189 cases of pneumonia during 1 January - 30 November 2015, with a total of reported 406 casualties. Two out of three pneumonia patients are children and elders, with 122,279 cases and 301 casualties.

The MOPH Minister has said that all public health agencies and hospitals have been ordered to promote healthy living lifestyles among the general public, and encourage the public to seek medical attention should they catch a cold, in order to prevent pneumonia.

Pneumonia acutely infects the respiratory tract, and is a disease with high fatality rate.


Yala city gets landscape revamp

YALA,(NNT) – The city center of Yala province is undergoing an urban facelift in preparation for the upcoming New Year celebrations.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) has granted a budget of 500,000 baht to revamp the old quarter of Yala city. Historical buildings near Yala Railway Station have been painted in blue, green, violet, yellow and orange.

The campaign is aimed at livening up Yala city for residents and boost tourism in the province. The SBPAC also expects that the renovation will influence owners of old buildings to conserve the original architecture.

Residents taking part in the project were given free paints, but had to hire painters by themselves. Many homeowners have expressed satisfaction with the results.


First winter frost seen in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI, (NNT)-First winter frost of the year can be seen at Doi Intanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, as temperatures dropped to 3 degrees Celsius.

Several mountain tops in Chiang Mai have become colder as the temperatures are declining continuously. The temperature at Doi Intanon was recorded at 7 degrees Celsius in the morning.

The temperature at the popular trail ‘Kew Mae Pan’ has reportedly dropped to 3 degrees Celsius earlier today. The cold winter weather is expected to attract a large number of tourists to the province.

Winter frost can be spotted on grass in some areas of the mountain where the temperatures are below zero degree Celsius.


THAI not banned from EU aviation, flights to continue as normal

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Thai Airways International will continue all flights to European destinations as normal, after the national air carriers were not included on the EU Air Safety List.

THAI Airways President Charamporn Jotikasthira has revealed that the European Commission today released an update to the EU Air Safety List, declaring that all carriers from Thailand will not be affected from any bans or restrictions.

He has said that the European Commission’s meeting today, regarding the revision of aviation safety standards, has made no negative remarks regarding Thailand. The European Commission's resolution will allow all flights to Europe by Thai-registered carriers to continue on as normal.

On this occasion, THAI Airways President has said that the national flag carrier has always been upholding to the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) standards as operational guidelines, and is willing to work with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand and other carriers to upgrade the nation's aviation safety standards in order to strengthen the Kingdom's aviation industry.

The released statement by the European Commission today stated that air carriers from Thailand were sparred from the Air Safety List at this time, but authorities will closely monitoring the situation and future restrictions or bans to one or more carriers from Thailand remains a possibility should security concerns arise.


Incense smoke contains chemicals that can cause cancer

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Head of the Provincial Public Relations Office in Surin Kanyarat Kiatisupa has warned the public of the danger of incense smoke, saying the smoke can cause lung cancer.

The warning came as the Ministry of Public Health had revealed a surprising fact that over 50 percent of women who died of lung cancer did not smoke, were not continually exposed to cigarette smoke and did not work in conditions conducive to cancer agitation. The study revealed that incense smoke contains 3 chemicals that cause cancer; they are benzene, butadiene and benzopyrene from glue, sawdust and perfume used in the incense’s production process. Benzopyrene itself is a chemical widely known for its potential to cause cancer.

In addition, the study detected other chemicals that can lead to leukemia and bladder cancer.

Mrs Kanyarat suggested that the public should be urged to put out incense after use by placing them in water or sand. Furthermore, she suggested that incense be designed to be easily put out.


The European Commission: EU Air Safety List will not include Thai carriers

BANGKOK,(NNT)– The European Commission has unanimously decided not to put air carriers from Thailand on the EU Air Safety List, after the unanimous support of the EU Air Safety Committee.

This step has been taken because the EU-Commission is convinced about the continuous commitment and efforts made by the Thai authorities to address at the highest level, the points of concern as identified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and agreed to work towards a system that will guarantee the highest level of air safety standards in the country, in the long term.

This includes notably the commitment by Thailand to give the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAA-T) the necessary resources and tools to carry out its responsibilities independently without interference.

EU aviation authorities will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to work with the Government of Thailand and with the CAA-T in every aspect to establish a system that will, in a sustainable manner, be in line with the highest aviation safety standards.

A Memorandum of Cooperation was also signed between the Director General of the CAA-T and the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this week. Through this arrangement, the two safety authorities will become closer partners in order to strengthen aviation safety.

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Thailand, Ambassador Jesus Sanz stated: ‘I am relieved that with the steps taken by the authorities, the European Commission was able today to take a positive decision on the air carriers of Thailand. The European Commission, with the cooperation of EASA, will continue to monitor closely further improvements of aviation safety in Thailand and is committed to give the assistance it can for that purpose’.


Bean farmers in Yasothorn rejoice following purchase deal

YASOTHORN,(NNT) - Bean growers in Yasothorn province have signed a purchasing deal with bean manufacturers to guarantee their income.

According to Yasothorn Governor Boontham Lertsukheekasem, the deal will raise the confidence of bean growers, as business operators are bound by a minimum buying price of 22 baht per kilogram.

However, bean supplies in the province currently fall 30% short of demand. They have to be imported from other provinces to meet the growing market.

Rice farmers have been encouraged to grow beans instead of rice to conserve water. Beans are also known to grow well in dry conditions.


TAT organizes Bangkok – Prachuab Khiri Khan Rally

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Mrs. Suchitra Jongshansitto, deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), gave a press conference on Bangkok – Prachuab Khiri Khan Rally scheduled for January 23 to 24, 2016 to kick off next year's tourism campaign.

The TAT also recommends three other routes on a trip to central Thailand, including Bangkok - Sa Kaeo scheduled for February 20 to 22, 2016, Bangkok - Kanchanaburi scheduled for April 30 to May 1, 2016 and Bangkok - Chai Nat scheduled for July 23 to 24, 2016.

The TAT invites the public to attend such activity, believed to help stimulate tourism in central Thailand.


Locals find ancient artifacts in Surat Thani

SURAT THANI,(NNT) – In Surat Thani province, locals have found many ancient artifacts dating back to the Pun-Pun Kingdom in Tha Kham city. The city is preparing to revive the area in order to turn it into a cultural tourist attraction site.

More than 30 ancient artifacts such as clay pots, parts of household items and beads were found in Phunphin District. The items were found as locals were renovating a local house. Two stone pedestals, which are believed to be used in producing silver, were found in a para rubber field 3 kilometers away from the city.

In addition, locals reported finding other ancient artifacts. All the artifacts will be given to the Ancient Beads Association in Surat Thani, in a bid to gather the artifacts in one place. The items will be used towards studying local history and culture. The artifacts will also be deemed as a national treasure.

Meanwhile, the city has plans to revive the area into a tourist hotspot. Tha Kham previously was once a prosperous ancient city. According to records, Chinese people visited the area and called it the Pun-Pun kingdom, an ancient kingdom that dates back over 400 years ago.


Trat villagers march against corruption

TRAT, (NNT) -- The Trat Provincial Office of National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) organized an activity on the International Anti-Corruption Day (Thailand) by marching down the streets in provincial seat area with more than 1,000 villagers participating.

Trat province's NACC Office Director Pornpan Yuthrattanat said the activity held on the International Anti-Corruption Day aimed to urge the society and all sectors to realize serious damages which might possibly be caused by corruption and to cooperate with varied organizations, networks and agencies to prevent and solve corruption problems.

That is to create a positive image of the country and to establish anti-corruption networks. Similar anti-corruption activities were organized across the country today.


Rayong OTOP producers are happy over government support

RAYONG,(NNT) –OTOP producers in Rayong are hoping to expand their market channels, in a bid to increase revenue, following the government’s move to support the local products.

A group of OTOP producers in the Klaeng District, who specialize in batik fabrics and apparel making, are busy sewing up orders that have been put in for the month. The group, which was formed in April, is receiving up to 30 orders a month.

The group consists of 10 locals, who were looking for ways to make extra income. Many of them have full time jobs at para rubber plantations. The group has been receiving support from the Community Development District Office, which has stepped in to help locals find marketing channels. The move has been welcomed by the group, who say they would also like to showcase their products at various events.

Locals are thankful for the government support, which has help stimulate and strengthen the grass roots economy and improve the lives of locals.


Thailand is set to reduce carbon emission by 20% in 15 years

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Natural Resource and Environment Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat has announced to the world that Thailand will reduce its gas emissions by at least 20% by 2030.

General Surasak announced his determination to lower greenhouse gas at a climate change conference, also known as COP21, in Paris earlier this month.

He said that Thailand will join every nation in trying to address global warming. The move is also in line with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s official statement to do the same at the United Nations conference in October.

Thailand will lower its carbon emissions into the atmosphere in a step by step approach through cooperation from the energy and transport sectors. An energy management plan will be adopted to promote the use of renewable energy and increase energy consumption efficiency.

The development of a semi-high speed train and the expansion of MRT train routes is expected to help reduce greenhouse gasses. More forest areas will also be restored in order to achieve the goal in 15 years.


Ministry of Public Health announces it will fight corruption ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has announced its support for the national agenda on lasting corruption prevention and suppression.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayatorn led high-level officials to declare their intentions to fight corruption on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day. This year, the country is observing Anti-Corruption Day with the theme, "Transparent Thailand."

The ministry has placed great importance on the prevention and suppression of corruption, as well fostering ethical behavior in civil servants. The ministry has established channels for the public to file corruption complaints via mail or online at https://www.stopcorruption.moph.go.th.

The government has been moving forward with phase two of its national anti-corruption strategy for 2013-2017, which it says will improve its corruption perception index within the ASEAN region. The Kingdom was ranked 3rd as for 2014.


Royal Irrigation Department asks farmers to refrain from growing extra rice crops

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Farmers in the Chao Praya River Basin are suggested to refrain from growing an extra crop of rice during drought season.

The Royal Irrigation Department Office 12 announced that four major dams in the Chao Praya River Basin currently contain 4,247 million cubic meters of water. Such limited volume of water will be reserved for consumption and maintaining of the ecosystem until April 2016 which will require a total of 2,500 million cubic meters of water.

The agency will have to reserve 1,300 million cubic meters of water for consumption, should there be no rainfall from May until July 2016. That limited volume of water cannot support an extra crop of rice farming which would otherwise need 4,000-5,000 million cubic meters.

However, the Royal Irrigation Department will continue to provide knowledge and understanding about the limited water supply to the farmers as well as others who are suggested to use water sparingly.


Government expedites probe into leaked documents on Syrian men

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The government is urgently searching for those responsible for leaked documents on the Syrian nationals suspected of having IS connections. Acting Metropolitan Police Commander Pol.Gen.Sarawut Kanphanit said the results of a probe into the matter would be submitted to the police commissioner-general by 10 December.

Pol.Gen.Sarawut said the documents might have been leaked during a document process within a national security organization. Relevant officers had been asked about the matter and a committee had been set up to investigate it, said the acting commander.

Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Gen.Siwara Rangsiphramanakun said those involved in leaked confidential documents of the government were subject to disciplinary, criminal and civil charges.

As for the Syrian nationals, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan said the government had checked their background and confirmed they were not linked with the IS group.


71,000 Thais employed abroad in 2015

Department of Employment Director-General Arrug Phrommanee.

BANGKOK, 7 December 2015 (NNT) – 71,000 Thai nationals found work in foreign countries during the 2015 fiscal year with the top destination country being Taiwan, says Department of Employment Director-General Arrug Phrommanee.

Between October 2014 and September 2015, Taiwan hired to 28,820 Thai workers, followed by Japan at 6,415, Israel at 5,709, South Korea at 4,992, and the UAE at 4,152.

He has said that the list of countries which now host the most Thai employees overall was again Taiwan with 59,220 persons, followed by South Korea at 24,228, Israel at 23,479, Singapore at 20,000, and the UAE at 14,000. Most employees work in metal production, agriculture, textile manufacturing, and electronic part manufacturing fields.

The Department of Employment Director-General has added it will work with the private sector to further extend the market abroad to more Thais, and discuss with employment agencies to find a solution to reduce the service fees that employees must pay.


Thai Red Cross set to initiate blood drive before New Year holidays

BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai Red Cross Society is increasing its blood reserves in preparation for the New Year holidays when demand usually surges.

As the New Year Festival draws near, a number of charitable people are paying a visit to the National Blood Center of the Thai Red Cross Society to donate their blood. The Thai Red Cross is now prepared to launch a blood donation campaign from December 21 to January 10, aiming to stock enough blood for the coming holidays and prevent shortages.

During the blood drive, donation hours will be expanded, starting from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm daily. Donors joining the campaign will also receive special souvenirs from the Thai Red Cross. The acquired blood will be distributed to hospitals, both in Bangkok and the provinces.

Normally, the National Blood Center targets to collect about 1,500 units of blood every day in order to maintain at least 3,000 units in its blood bank. However, during the New Year holiday period when the number of road accidents and casualties tends to peak, the Center is planning to raise the daily amount of incoming blood to 2,000 units.


Andaman Travel Trade 2015 to take place in Phuket

PHUKET, 7 December 2015 (NNT) – Tourism related agencies will be holding the 7th Andaman Travel Trade 2015 in Phuket to enhance the competitiveness in tourism among provinces by the Andaman Sea, Phuket governor says.

The Governor of Phuket, Chamroen Tipayapongtada, stated that the province in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Phuket Tourist Association will hold the 7th Andaman Travel Trade 2015, which will be held during 10-11 December 2015 at Phuket Rajabhat University’s auditorium.

The event will be held with the concept “Discover Andaman-Explore Happiness” to promote the unity of tourism identity in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, and Trang provinces, and to boost the competitiveness of each province among tourism markets.

The event will be attended by 226 tourism entrepreneurs invited by 27 TAT foreign offices to discuss with 100 entrepreneurs from the Andaman provinces in various fields including hotels, resorts, tour companies, car rentals, and aviation.


Thailand, Cambodia considering new border cooperation deals

BANGKOK, 7 December 2015 (NNT) – Thailand and Cambodia are looking to further their economic cooperation along the border, with a new border crossing in Sa Kaeo province being deliberated.

During the 5th meeting of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Trade Commission last week, the two countries reportedly discussed various issues concerning border trade and investment. They initially agreed to set up a new permanent border crossing at Ban Nong Ian village in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo, opposite Banteay Meanchey province of Cambodia, while Thailand said it would consider allocating a budget for the construction of a border-crossing bridge in the area.

Moreover, Thailand invited Cambodia to be part of its “Textile Road” project, which is aimed to promote traditional Thai textile weaving, strengthen community economies and stimulate tourism in such provinces as Surin and Buri Ram. Cambodia expressed interest in the project while more talks on the matter will be held in the future.

The two countries also discussed strategies for supporting economic growth in provinces on both sides of the border, establishing economic connectivity and propelling bilateral trade and investment forward. Meanwhile, Cambodia persuaded Thailand to invest in its special economic zones, particularly in such industries as food, electronics and information technology.


Ministry of Labour receives HM King Father of Thai Skill Standard photo set

BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Labour has received the painting set of His Majesty the King in the collection 'The Father of Thai Skill Standard', marking his contribution to Thailand’s workmanship.

The Ministry of Labour's Permanent-Secretary Puntrik Smiti presided over the ceremonial reception event of His Majesty the King’s images, in the Father of Thai Skill Standard collection, as delivered by Sumipol Co Ltd.

The CEO of Sumipol Co Ltd Jiraphan Oulapathorn has revealed that he created the project due to his inspiration from His Majesty's personal contribution to Thailand’s workmanship. The project was also conceived to commemorate The King's 88th birthday on 5 December 2015, and His Majesty's 70th year reign in 2016.

The 10 painted portraits of His Majesty the King will be placed in agencies related to workmanship, including the Phra Dabos Foundation, the Ministry of Labour, Office of the Vocational Education Commission, the Ministry of Industry, and the Federation of Thai Industry. These paintings are now being published as calendars to promote His Majesty’s contributions among the general public.


Employers asked to give their employees a holiday on December 11th

BANGKOK,(NNT) –The Labor Protection and Welfare Department Director General, has disclosed that all businesses are asked to allow their employees to have a holiday on December 11, 2015.

This is because December 10 is a public holiday and December 12 and 13 are weekend holidays, so the only working day between those holidays is December 11.

Businesses are therefore asked to provide a holiday on December 11 to their employees, to promote the BIKE FOR DAD activity and tourism and to stimulate the economy. Designating December 11 a holiday, will also provide workers with a long break so that they can visit their families.

Provincial Offices of Labor Protection and Welfare have all been instructed to coordinate with their respective provincial governor, in requesting cooperation from all businesses in their province.


Yala City Bike promotes "BIKE FOR DAD" and makes merit

YALA, 6 December 2015 (NNT) –Yala City Bike organized a cycling event to promote the upcoming “BIKE FOR DAD” mass ride. Cyclists also gathered to make merit for His Majesty the King, to commemorate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 88th Birthday Anniversary on December 5th.

More than 100 members from Yala Bike City, donning yellow clothing, biked along a route in Yala city to promote the upcoming “BIKE FOR DAD” event on December 11th. Today’s cycling activity, is part of the mass practice organized by the province.

Following the practice, cyclists will gather at the Social Welfare Development Center for Older Persons in Yala to make merit. The group will treat 80 senior citizens to free food to make merit for His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 88th Birthday Anniversary.


TAT’s campaign in 2015 helps expand tourism in Lampang & Trat

BANGKOK, 6 December 2015 (NNT) - The “12 Cities…You Can’t Say No” campaign by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has helped stimulate the tourism of Lampang the most, followed by Trat, and increase the country’s tourist arrivals in 2015 by 50% compared to the fiscal year 2014.

TAT Director for the Eastern Region Kritsada Rattanaphruek said the campaign, which had been implemented for one year already, had been evaluated by the TAT. The authority found that the campaign had contributed to tourism growth in many provinces, especially Lampang and Trat. In the fiscal year 2015, the TAT connected tourism of the 12 cities with 12 other provinces with Trat (“The City of Dream Islands”) being connected with Rayong which was popular for luxurious sea travel, said the director.

The TAT also has another tourism promotion project to promote tourist destinations with legends and stories such as the Black Sand beach in Trat province. It is one in the five beaches in the world with black sand believed to have therapeutic properties


BIKE FOR DAD shirts to ministry officials

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a ceremony to distribute BIKE FOR DAD shirts and other gifts ahead of His Majesty the King's birthday anniversary on December 5th, this Saturday.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Jatuporn Buruspat presided over the ceremony, which gave the commemorative shirts and gifts to management officials at the ministry.

Meanwhile, the BIKE FOR DAD organizing committee also distributed shirts to members of the public who registered in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. This gave participating cyclists another chance to grab BIKE FOR DAD shirts, if they were unable to come to the first round of distribution on November 28 - 29.

Cyclists that have registered for the event can still grab their commemorative shirts on Sunday, December 6, at the Armed Forced Development Command in Don Mueang district of Bangkok.


Prime Minister leads civil servant oath of allegiance to the nation

BANGKOK,(NNT) – In the run-up to His Majesty the King’s birthday, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has led civil servants to take an oath of allegiance to the nation and the monarch.

Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Pol Maj-Gen Thitirat Nonghanpitak presided over the oath-taking ceremony. Over 300 civil servants took part in the activity.

The ceremony is one of many government activities that highlight the loyalty of civil servants to His Majesty the King on auspicious occasions. Public officials also prayed together for His Majesty the King’s longevity and health.


National park entry free on Father's Day

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has waived entrance fees to Thailand's national parks for families that bring their father, as part of Father's Day celebrations.

Thai families that come with their father, with an upwards limit of five family members, can enter any of Thailand's 147 national parks for free on Saturday, December 5th.

DNP Deputy Director-General Thanya Netithammakun said that His Majesty the King placed great importance on the conservation of natural resources and the environment.

He said the parks promotion on Father's Day is intended to foster close family ties as well as instill an appreciation for nature conservation. The move is also consistent with the government's support for eco-tourism destinations, which are popular over the holidays.

Those interested can visit the department's website at www.dnp.go.th. Visitors are also encouraged to report any unlawful activities such as illegal logging at the 24-hour hotline 1362.


Prime Minister says serious efforts needed to improve Thai aviation industry

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Transport says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s decision to ban Thai airlines will not have a direct impact on the Thai aviation business.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said it is important for relevant agencies to find out why the Thai aviation industry was downgraded to Category 2. He called on serious efforts from all parties involved to solve ongoing problems in the airline business.

Transport Minister Akom Termpittayapaisit said the impact from the downgrade will be minimal since Thai airlines do not fly to America and flight codes are not being shared between the two countries.

However, the ministry will work quickly to solve the aviation safety issues raised by both the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organization before the end of August next year.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said even though the Thai airline business is not significantly affected by the ban, it will cause problems in terms of confidence in Thai air safety.

He said Thailand should turn this crisis into an opportunity by overhauling the entire Department of Civil Aviation.

Meanwhile, THAI Airways President Jarumporn Chotikasathien said the European Aviation Safety Agency will release an official statement on December 10, following an inspection of the airline's safety standards.

Mr. Jarumporn claimed it is difficult to say whether the assessment will be in the airline's favor, adding that a contingency plan is already in place if the results are not positive. THAI Airways makes a third of its revenue from flying to 11 European cities.


Ten Expressways to be made toll-free on BIKE FOR DAD day

BANGKOK,(NNT) – To facilitate the general public especially BIKE FOR DAD participants, the Expressway Authority of Thailand will exempt motorists from paying tolls at 10 expressways.

The 10 expressways to which the toll exemption applies are Yomaraj, Hua Lamphong, Saphan Sawang, Uruphong, Surawong, Thanon Chan, both sections of Rama IV, Phoenchit and Phetchaburi. Motorists will be able to use any of these expressways on 11th December free of charge, starting from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The Expressway Authority of Thailand expects that its offer will enable BIKE FOR DAD cyclists to enjoy the historic event to the full. The number of participants across the country has exceeded 600,000 so far. The activity, which is scheduled for 11th December nationwide, is designed as tribute to His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of his 88th birthday.


Thailand Focus 2015 expects to attract more foreign investments to the country

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Finance expressed confidence that the ‘Thailand Focus 2015’ seminar will attract more foreign investment to the Kingdom.

Finance Minister Apisak Tantiworawong said after presiding over the opening ceremony that Thailand Focus 2015 is being held to raise awareness of the country as a potential investment destination to foreign entrepreneurs. The 9th Thailand Focus was organized under the theme, ‘Opportunity Growth and Reform.'

The seminar will inform attending investors that the country will soon have a constitution and that national security is no longer an issue. Public debt is only 43% of the national GDP in Thailand, while internal debt is recorded at 94%. Therefore, the government can continue to stimulate economic growth.

However, the Finance Minister admitted that the current economic growth rate of 2.8% is considered too low for a developing nation. He said more measures will be implemented by the government to further promote growth.

Details of mega projects have emerged, with six upcoming construction contracts worth a combined 186 billion baht. An estimated 1.6 trillion baht in investment is expected to be generated within the next year.

Foreign entrepreneurs have been encouraged to invest in the Thailand Future Fund, which is still awaiting Cabinet approval. The fund will have a maximum investment value of 100 billion baht.


Meteorologists urge Thais to stay healthy as season changes

BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai Meteorological Department has predicted rainfalls and a drop in temperatures in many regions in the coming days while warning residents to take care of themselves.

According to an announcement by the Meteorological Department, over the next few days, westerly winds from Myanmar are expected to dominate the northern region of Thailand while the moderate high-pressure system in China will expand into the northeastern region and the South China Sea.

As a result, the upper part of Thailand will experience thundershowers and gusty winds in some areas on December 3rd and 4th. Afterwards, the weather will get colder by 3-5 degrees Celsius. Similar conditions will also occur in the Northeast and the Central Plains, including Bangkok and its vicinity, on December 4th and 5th before the temperature drops 2-4 degrees Celsius.

The Department encouraged residents in the aforementioned areas to watch out for potential dangers from the turbulent weather while keeping themselves healthy as the cold sets in.


Social Welfare of Thailand makes donation to celebrate 55th anniversary

NONTHABURI, 2 December 2015, (NNT) - The National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT) donated money and food to Wat Yai Sawang Arom in Nonthaburi province, celebrating the council's 55th anniversary.

NCSWT President Maj Gen Khunying Asanee Saovapap represented the council at the donation ceremony, which was held at the temple in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi.

The event was part of Their Majesties the King and Queen's royal project to give assistance to underprivileged senior citizens and the disabled.

The event also provided optometry services, as well as a venue for vendors and OTOP producers to sell their goods.


Thailand becomes first nation to prevent HIV contraction from Mother to Child

The Aids Research Center of the Thai Red Cross has collaborated with the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health to publicize information aiming to reduce viral contraction and to eliminate the labeling of AIDS patients. The United Nations praised Thailand as one of the first nations to solve the problem of HIV contraction from mother to child.

The Director of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center, Dr. Prapun Panupak has said that on the occasion of Worlds AIDS Day 1st December, the two agencies has organized the 24th Candle to Heart or Tian Song Jai event, from 30 November to 1 December at Chamchuree Department Store under the motto, early detection-swift treatment-stop AIDS. The second day of the event is presided over by HRH Princess Soamsawali.

The AIDS Research Center of the Thai Red Cross had also organized a special live coverage of the event to establish a funding for the World AIDS Day, during 27 November from 10:30pm on the Thailand Public Broadcasting Service Channel, featuring HRH Princess Soamsawali giving an interview on the importance of stopping the spread of the AIDS disease.

Dr. Sombat Tankunprasert, a medical expert of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, stated that The National Commission on the Prevention and AIDS has targeted that by the year 2030, Thailand will be free of new AIDS contractions. This agenda was included in the national strategy of combatting the AIDS disease 2014-2016, with various measures including the behavioral change of 90% of target groups and immediate treatment once the disease has been discovered.

During 2014, over 270,000 people had received the anti-viral medicine, amounting to 61% of all AIDS patients. The constant intake of the medicine will eliminate the threat of the virus gaining any resistances. The National Condom Strategy 2015-2019 will also be driven in unison towards the success in preventing new contractions of the AIDS virus in the preliminary phase.

Thailand stands at the forefront of the global stage, reducing contraction from 20-45% down to 2.1% in the year 2014. Children born from HIV-infected mothers are also reduced to 2%.

These accomplishments have granted the Kingdom a nomination from the United Nations as one of the first countries in the world that has successfully overcome the problem of HIV contraction from mother to child.


‘Music in the Garden’ to honor His Majesty the King

BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Government Public Relations Department (PRD) is scheduled to hold its weekly ‘Music in the Garden’ event at its auditorium in Soi Ari area, Bangkok, on Thursday (December 3rd, 2015) from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

This week’s concert, which is the 48th in its series, will honor His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of His 88th Birthday Anniversary on the 5th of December. The concert will feature well known Thai singers namely Santi Lunpae, Rungrudee Pangpongsai, and Dr. Supachai Pongsawat along with artists from the PRD band. They will sing numerous musical compositions especially those written to honor His Majesty the King. The event promises to be the most enjoyable one.

‘Music in the Garden’ will be held at the PRD Conference Hall in Soi Areesampan, Rama 6 Road, Phayathai District, Bangkok; beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the concert is free.


Airports of Thailand start using APPS to ensure safety

BANGKOK,(NNT) –Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) is now using a new system to monitor passenger profiles in advance, in a bid to ensure safety at airports.

AOT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn revealed that the AOT has started using the Advance Passenger Processing System (APPS) on international inbound and outbound passengers, including transit passengers today. APPS will allow authorities to obtain information on passengers from their countries of origin. The system will help detect abnormalities, including blacklisted and banned passengers. APPS will also facilitate the immigration process, as passengers with a clean profile can proceed faster. Passengers will incur a 35 baht fee for the background check.

The new system aims to improve security and step up Thailand’s Aviation efficiency, as the industry is being inspected by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


Ministry of Transport maps out travel plans during New Year Festival

BANGKOK, 1 December 2015 (NNT) - The Transport Ministry held a meeting to map out travel plans for members of the public and tourists during New Year Festival 2016. The meeting was chaired by permanent secretary for transport Chatchai Thipsunawee.

Meanwhile, the Department of Land Transport has responded to the government’s campaign for a "Decade of Road Safety" from 2011 until 2020 by reducing risks of road accidents.

The department has organized an activity called "checking automobiles before use for safety reasons” which offers a free check-up service for 20 auto items and free service for changing motor oil and auto lights. The public can bring their cars to the service centers across the country from December 1 until December 28.


Thailand aims to end AIDS issue in 2030

NONTHABURI,(NNT) – Thailand aims to put the end to the Kingdom's HIV/AIDS issue within the year 2030 through community improvement and healthcare system upgrades, the DDC chief says.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) Director-General Amnuay Gajeena has revealed that Thailand has upgraded its AIDS prevention and solving strategy to the Ending AIDS goal, which will limit the number of newborn children with HIV and newly infected HIV patients to be below 1,000 persons per year. This ambitious campaign will also ensure that all patients will have access to medicine.

He said that the new goal will eliminate labeling and discrimination against HIV patients among the general public. The key measures to achieve this goal are the strengthening of healthcare and community systems, and the integration of the prevention and treatment measures through promoting a positive attitude towards HIV/AIDS patients.

The DDC and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC) will also be holding the “Lighting the heart” event marking the World AIDS Day on 30 November - 1 December 2015 at Chamchuri Square, Bangkok, with the “Quick diagnose, quick treatment, ending ADIS” concept. The event will be officiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.

According to the report by UNAIDS, the number of HIV/AIDS patients globally in 2014 is at 36.9 million persons, including 2 million newly infected patients and 1.2 million deaths. The cumulative number of patients in Thailand is 1,201,839; including 775,136 deaths, 426,707 patients, and 7,324 newly infected patients in 2015.

The public can also make inquiries regarding the HIV/AIDS issues by calling the DDC hotline 1422, the DDC director-general has said.


US Ambassador: Thailand is always welcomed to join Trans-Pacific Partnership

BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand is always welcomed to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, commented United States Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies.

Mr Davies said the U.S. and Thailand have been close allies for nine generations while Thailand has always played a key role in the Southeast Asian region in all dimensions; involving political, security, economic and social matters.

Besides, he said, Thailand has helped with the strengthening of relationships between the U.S. and ASEAN. He assured that the U.S. has preferred to strengthen and broaden such international relationships and cooperation.

Meanwhile, he commented that close relationships between Thailand and China are a good thing which would not affect the Thai-U.S. time-honored relations.

The U.S. envoy pointed out that the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP is a top-priority agreement concerning a relatively wide range of issues such as labor, environment and intellectual property, among others.

He said Thailand is always welcomed to join TPP as one of the participating countries if this country has clearly understood all restrictions. Moreover, he said, Thailand will have full opportunity to negotiate with TPP member countries.

However, Mr. Davies emphasized that TPP is not an American club and that the U.S. is just one of the associated countries. He added that some might probably mistake it as a geo-political group and that its rules which are yet to be laid out will be announced by December 12, 2015.


Ministry of Commerce to launch another cheap goods campaign

BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Ministry of Commerce will launch another affordable household items campaign in December to help Thai families cope with the cost of living.

Director General of the Department of Internal Trade Wiboonrak Ruamrak has held meetings with vendors, retail and convenience stores to discuss organizing the campaign.

The 3rd campaign will be three times bigger than its predecessors with 13,800 stores across the country expected to participate. Household items will be as much as 80% cheaper than their regular prices. It's thought that the campaign will help shoppers save approximately 15 billion baht in one single event.

New products will be added to an existing list of everyday items. They include stationary, sports equipment, electrical appliances and construction materials. The campaign will run from December 17th – 27th with 50 billion baht of cash flow anticipated.


H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Cambodia

SA KAEW,(NNT) - Sa Kaeo has banned the import of poultry after a recent H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Cambodia.

The province’s public health office has confirmed the detection of the avian flu in Cambodia’s Battambang and Siem Reap Provinces and has dispatched a team to monitor the potential spread of the disease.

Sa Kaeo’s local Division of Veterinary Inspection and Quarantine has begun spraying disinfectants on transport vehicles traveling along the Cambodian border and in the province’s Aranyaprathet District. The province’s animal quarantine stations and livestock farms have been instructed to notify the Surveillance and Rapid Response Team should they experience significant numbers of deaths in their livestock.

Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Dr Sophon Mekton confirmed that no cases of the disease have been detected in Thailand at the present time, while all provincial health and livestock development agencies have been told to monitor farms across the country.

Thailand itself has not seen an outbreak of avian flu in over nine years, however, the Ministry of Public Heath has nevertheless issued Oseltamivir antiviral drugs to all relevant hospitals as a precautionary measure.

The World Health Organization has reported 844 cases of avian flu resulting in 449 deaths in 16 countries between 2003 and November 20, 2015.


Commemorative coins issued honouring HM King’s Humanitarian Soil Scientist award

BANGKOK, 30 November 2015 (NNT) – The Treasury Department has issued new commemorative coins celebrating His Majesty the King’s achievement in receiving the Humanitarian Soil Scientist award from the International Union of Soil Sciences.

The Treasury Department director-general Chakkrit Parapuntakul revealed that the department has issued special commemorative coins to celebrate His Majesty the King, who has been presented with the Humanitarian Soil Scientist award from the International Union of Soil Sciences.

The commemorative coins also promote His Majesty’s remarkable talent in soil development for Thai farmers. The coins will be available in three variations, namely the polished gold 16,000 baht coin to be sold at 30,000 baht each, the polished silver 800 baht coin to be sold at 1,600 baht, and the white alloy coin made from copper and nickel selling at 20 baht each.

These commemorative coins will be available for purchase from 1 December 2015 onwards at the Treasury Department in Bangkok, the Bureau of Monetary Management in Pathum Thani, the local treasury offices in 76 provinces, and via the e-catalog system available on www.treasury.go.th. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Monetary Management tel. 0 2565 7943, or the Treasury Department Public Relations Division tel. 0 2278 5641.


 

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