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