Thai Embassy warns Thais in Myanmar to avoid indicating nationality in public
- The Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon has issued a warning to Thais in
Myanmar, fearing retaliation for the sentencing to death of two Burmese
suspects by a Thai court.
The embassy made the announcement after the Samui Provincial Court
handed the death penalty to Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin, both age 22. They were
convicted of the murder of 24-year-old David Miller and the rape and
murder of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, who were discovered dead on Ko
Tao island last year, September 15.
The verdict has been met with backlash online and plans to protest in
front of the embassy in Yangon, today. In the interest of safety, the
embassy has warned Thai citizens in Myanmar to be on alert and to avoid
unnecessary indications of their nationality in public.
A brief protest was held yesterday with roughly 20 demonstrators in
front of the embassy, before being dispersed by police for instigating
an unlawful gathering.
Logistic operators to reduce service charge by 5-10% next month
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Logistic operators have agreed to
reduce their service charge by 5-10% starting next month.
The agreement came after talks between the Department of Internal Trade
and local logistic operators regarding the recent reduction of diesel
price. Director-General of the department Wiboonlak Ruamraksa said that
30% of the operators had already decreased their operation charges,
adding that, after the meeting, the remaining 70% of the operators will
follow suit in January 2016.
According to President of the Land Transportation Association of
Thailand Yu Jiayuenyongpong, transportation fare has a tendency to fall
further in the foreseeable future, due to the facts that the number of
logistic operators exceeds the market's demand and most of the clients
are agriculturalists facing diminishing produce because of drought.
Meanwhile, Thai Federation on Logistics Secretary General Thongyu
Kongkan admitted that transportation expense is one of the flexible
expenses, but argued that logistic operators may be discouraged to
follow safety regulations if they are forced to reduce their service
charge excessively. He reminded the public that operators still have
expenses other than fuel in running their business.
Suvarnabhumi organizes event 'Time to Celebrate 2016'
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Suvarnabhumi International Airport is
presenting the event 'Time to Celebrate 2016' from now until January
12th, while welcoming 170,000 passengers expected during the Christmas
and New Year holiday periods.
General Manager of Suvarnabhumi International Airport Sirot Duangrat,
said the airport has set up a 12-meter tall Christmas tree at the 5th
gate on the 4th floor of Suvarnabhumi departure terminal, as part of its
Christmas and New Year celebrations, adding that various activity booths
are also operating in the area. The General Manager said the airport
will also hold a countdown event on the night of December 31st.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Immigration Bureau, Police Lieutenant
General Natthorn Prosunthorn said the bureau is holding a "Love at First
Sight" activity, to welcome the establishment of the ASEAN Community, by
giving musical performances to greet arriving passengers. He said the
performers are all immigration officers at the airport.
Electricity Authority to restore forest area in Phetchaburi
PHETCHABURI, 25 December 2015 (NNT) - The Electricity
Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has signed an agreement with the
Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (SIEP) Foundation to restore
33 rai of forest.
According to EGAT Governor Soonchai Kumnoonsate, the forest restoration
is dedicated to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Meanwhile, an EGAT subsidiary, Electricity Generating PCL, and
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL will join hands under the
agreement to renovate an energy learning center located inside the SIEP
At the learning center, the public will be able to share their thoughts
and provide suggestions as to how the park should be improved for
Mr. Soonchai added that the EGAT will convene a meeting next year to
discuss its plan to host an academic seminar and an exhibition on the
environment. The two events will have a budget of 20 million baht and
are scheduled to take place before 2021.
Training course on improving coastal security measures
SAMUT SONGKHRAM,(NNT) - Internal Security Operations
Command (ISOC) in Samut Songkhram province is holding a training course
for security volunteers along the coastal villages.
Deputy Governor Udomkhet Ratnui officiated the event, which started on
December 22 and will conclude on December 30, with the key objective of
strengthening village security volunteers. Approximately 90 volunteers
attend the training course.
Mr. Udomkhet said the course is in line with the Ministry of Interior's
policy to establish a volunteer security force in each village.
The training aims at instilling the sense of patriotism, encouraging
people to love the monarchy, promoting unity, and working for the common
good. Trainees are expected to be more aware of their surroundings and
be able to alert the authorities in cases of emergency.
Giant Christmas tree erected in Nakhon Ratchasima
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, (NNT)-A 19 meter tall Christmas
tree has been erected in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima province to
The tree, which is located in front of the Sima Thani Hotel, is
decorated with 10,000 light bulbs with a reindeer sculpture placed above
it. Many people have visited the hotel to take photographs of themselves
with the giant tree.
A similar Christmas tree has also been placed on Mittrapab Road to
welcome commuters en route to Nakhon Ratchasima on Christmas Day and
during the New Year holidays.
Many homes and shops in the province have also decorated their places
with Christmas trees which beautifully illuminate the streets at night.
Army helps provide safety for public on New Year holiday
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai
Army Gen.Theerachai Nakvanich has instructed army officers to step up
measures to ensure public safety during the New Year holiday.
The army chief said units under the army was cooperating with the
Ministry of Public Health and other relevant units in ensuring security
and facilitating New Year revelers. He stressed that they should not
cause trouble to other people and those who drank should not drive.
Gen.Theerachai also called on the public to sympathize with the officers
who were working non-stop during the holiday season.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the National Institute for Emergency
Medicine M.D.Anucha Setsathian said the institute and the Ministry of
Public Health had identified road accident-prone areas in each province.
More road signs and lights had been installed in the areas in an effort
to reduce road accidents.
The secretary-general urged people not to make prank calls to emergency
services. Offenders are subject to legal action.
Trat has a new attraction :The Must-Visit Market
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Deputy Commerce Minister Winichai Chaemchaeng
has officiated a Must-Visit Market in Khao Saming district of
The market, an improved variation on the community market, is a
cooperation between the Department of Internal Trade and the
local administrative office of Tungnonsee subdistrict.
The unveiling ceremony attended by high-ranking provincial
officials, local administrative officials, related authorities
and local residents.
Mr. Winichai said that remodeling community markets into
must-visit markets is one of the government's policies to
strengthen local economy. He said the program would help
residents, especially agriculturalists, generate income and
create jobs. The Deputy Commerce Minister said the market
introduces an additional channel to sell products at a fair
price directly to consumers, stressing that fair trading is one
of the major draws of the market. Mr. Winichai added that
must-visit markets will also serve as outlets for OTOP items.
He said the government aims to establish at least one must-visit
market in all 77 provinces across the Kingdom.
Office of Women’s Affairs and Family Development holds seminar on human trafficking watch
BANGKOK, (NNT) –The Office of Women’s Affairs and
Family Development (OWF) held a seminar on human trafficking watch,
urging the media to help fight the problems with inclusive and creative
The seminar held at Princeton Park Suite Hotel, Bangkok, and attended by
representatives from varied agencies which have contributed to solving
Thailand’s human trafficking problems in the face of the current ranking
of the country at Tier 3 on the United States' Trafficking In Persons
(TIP) Report since 2014.
OWF deputy director general Wanpen Suwanvisit revealed that the Ministry
of Social Development and Human Security has coordinated with the police
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve the system for
identifying and classifying human-trafficking victims.
The deputy director general urged the media to make news reports on such
developments as the authorities’ attempts to suppress human trafficking
as well as the rehabilitation subsequently provided for the victims.
Meanwhile, Pol Lt Col Komsan Gunha, chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking
Division, said the police have seriously launched missions against human
trafficking, resulting in the arrests and prosecutions of some
government officials allegedly involved in the crime.
He also called on the media to make inclusive news reports for the sake
of fairness to those who have devoted themselves to fixing the chronic
Army medical staff prepared for dry-season epidemics
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai Army Medical Department has
organized a training course for army medical staff to get well-prepared
for epidemic control during dry season.
The department’s director general, Lt Gen Triroj Krutvecho, observed the
training course for the army medical staff in preparation for contagious
diseases which have been frequently found in winter such as a cold and
an influenza as well as the diseases transmitted by insects, including
dengue fever, malaria and scrub typhus.
More than 200 army medical staffers from army hospitals and other army
medical units throughout the country have attended the training course
held at Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok.
The training covered the methods of diagnosis, treatments as well as
guidelines on how to coordinate with other hospitals to keep a possible
outbreak under control.
Road safety campaign for New Year holidays
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Land Transport
(DLT) has kicked off the road safety campaign for this year’s holiday
season, aiming to minimize casualties from road accidents during the
seven dangerous days.
DLT Director-General Sanit Phromwong presided over the inauguration of
the accident prevention campaign for the New Year 2016 under the theme
“Drive Safe Be Safe”. Its main objectives are to raise motorists’
awareness of dangers from speeding, to intensify the regulation of
public vehicles and drivers to ensure passengers’ safety and to reduce
the number of injuries and deaths on the road to the lowest level
During the seven dangerous days from December 29 to January 4, when the
risk of accident tends to triple, the DLT will station its staff on
major and minor roads, at bus terminals and rest areas in order to
inspect the readiness of public vehicles and drivers. Should a defect be
found on any vehicle, the operator would be obligated to provide
passengers with a new vehicle. Any driver found to be under the
influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty would face a jail term of up
to three months and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht while the operator
would also be fined 50,000 baht at maximum.
Motorists are invited to have their cars checked up and take a rest at
the service centers to be operated by vocational institutes at 189 spots
on main roads nationwide. The DLT will also set up tents to provide the
public with similar services.
New 8 lane road opens to ease traffic congestions in Northern Bangkok
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The construction of an eight lane road
aimed at easing traffic congestion in the North of Bangkok is now
officially open to traffic.
Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumband Boripatra said the new road is among
many construction projects meant to lessen traffic density in many areas
of Bangkok such as Phra Nakhon and Thonburi districts.
The new eight lane road will help reduce traffic congestion especially
after completion of the BTS Sky Train extension currently underway on
Those wishing to go to Saimai district from Pahonyothin are urged to
travel via this new road which leads commuters directly to Rattanakosin
Sompot Road as well as other places in the district.
The construction of the new highway was undertaken by Saha Visavaphan
Construction Co Ltd and cost the Office of Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration approximately 800 million baht.
Reception celebrating the establishment of the ASEAN Community
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Don
Pramudwinai on Tuesday presided over the reception ceremony to celebrate
the establishment of the ASEAN Community which is due to take effect on
31 December 2015.
The reception, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was
attended by approximately 300 guests, comprising of diplomatic corps,
representatives of the public and private sectors, as well as members of
The reception ceremony not only marked the celebration of a historical
milestone for the region, but was also an opportunity to enhance the
relations and networks among various agencies related to driving the
ASEAN Community forward.
The ASEAN Community will be officially established on 31 December 2015
with the three main pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security
Community, the ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural
Community. The common vision of ASEAN leaders is to create a community
which has competitive advantage, clear rules and regulations, inclusive
participation, and people-centered development. The ASEAN Community
strives to work to integrate all aspects, including political, security,
economic, social and cultural dimensions as well as connectivity within
and outside the region.
Government to strictly implement laws during New Year festivities
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The government and the National
Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will strictly enforce the law during
the New Year festivities. Authorities will take legal action against
those who violate the law in a bid to reduce accidents.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said measures are needed in
order to ensure that the law is strictly being enforced and that
transport operators and drivers who violate the law will be prosecuted.
The prime minister said the strict enforcement is aimed at instilling a
greater sense of responsibility among the public. The Ministry of
Culture has launched a campaign "Saying Love to Safe Driving by Thais"
to raise awareness on the need to reduce the number of road accidents
during the New Year celebrations.
The prime minister expressed his condolences over the death of 14
Chinese tourists that were killed in a road accident in Chiang Mai and
said the government will facilitate the return of the victims’ bodies to
the country of origin.
Spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree said that during the New Year holiday the
Peace and Order Maintaining Command will join hands with the Royal Thai
Police, related authorities and the public sector to provide security
measures. Inspection and facilitation centers will be set up along the
country’s important transportation routes since December 25th until the
end of the New Year holiday.
Employers can have Vietnamese migrant workers registered until year-end
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Employment Department director
general Arak Prommanee disclosed the number of Vietnamese migrant
workers registered with the authorities has totaled 109. Of that number
60 are males and 49 females.
A total of 58 employers have had their Vietnamese migrant workers
register since February 10, 2015. The employers can have their
Vietnamese migrant workers with valid passports register for a work
permit at the employment offices across the country until December 31,
2015. The Vietnamese are only allowed to work as a fisherman, laborer,
housemaid and restaurant waiter or waitress.
Migrant workers who have been employed without work permits are liable
to a maximum of five years in prison or a maximum of 2,000 to 100,000
baht in fine or both while employers who hire any migrant workers
without work permits will be fined 100,000 baht per one migrant worker.
Employers who hire any migrant workers who may have been earlier
registered with another employer will be fined 10,000 baht per one
migrant worker. Any migrant workers who have obtained work permits but
failed to work under the terms and conditions specified in the work
permit are legally punishable by a maximum of 20,000 baht in fine.
Roads department in full force during holidays
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Rural Roads (DRR)
will be facilitating motorists nationwide during the New Year holidays,
with planned inspection and maintenance services of roads and related
The DRR Director-General Pisak Jitviriyavasin revealed the department
has established a working plan for facilitating road users during the
New Year holidays to ensure road safety. The department will be working
with local agencies to prevent road accidents through the maintenance of
roads and bridges.
The DRR has also established 18 coordination centers, Provincial rural
road safety direction centers, public service centers, and fast response
mobile units in 76 provinces, as well as placing road signs such as
warnings and bypass suggestions nationwide.
The DRR director-general added that all road construction that can be
halted will be temporarily put on hold from 29 December 2015 to 4
January 2016, in order to accommodate travelers and ease traffic
Ratchaburi and Chachoengsao farmers adapt to the drought
CHACHOENGSAO,(NNT) – Chachoengsao and Ratchaburi
Provinces are using various methods to help farmers affected by the
Four water storage tanks are able to contain 4,000 liters of water which
can be distributed to farmers through a pipeline in the main district of
Ratchaburi Province. The Ratchaburi Agriculture and Cooperative Office
set up to the system to aid farmers during the dry season, however the
system is available all year round. The water is pumped from underground
sources and stored in the tanks and then distributed through the pipes
to various areas, helping farmers grow crops and generate income.
Meanwhile, Chachoengsao is provided breeding hens and feed to farmers in
Bang Nam Priao District, in a campaign that urges locals to turn to
chicken farming and the sale of eggs to earn extra income. This move too
aims to help farmers who have been affected by the drought.
Bueng Kan holds PR workshop to boost image of province to welcome AEC
BUENG KAN,(NNT) –Bueng Kan province is moving forward
with efforts to create a good image for the province, in a bid to
achieve sustainable development as the it gears up to welcome the ASEAN
Economic Community (AEC).
Bueng Kan Governor Pongsak Preechawit presided over a workshop on how to
create and publicize a positive image of the province as the AEC becomes
a reality on the last day of 2015. 160 people including related
government officials, government public relations officials as well as
those from the private sector joined the workshop at the The One Hotel
in the province’s main district.
The Public Relations Office's Jirada Poonsawat said the office had
received a budget from the province to organize the workshop in a bid to
provide knowledge to local government heads, officials in charge of
public relations as well as related individuals from the private sector.
The workshop aims wants those involved to understand how to effectively
promote a positive image of the province and its works to the public and
target groups. The training prepares officials for the province’s
expansion as it gears up for the start of the AEC.
Former Public Relations Department Director-General Teerapong Sodasri
gave a speech on how to create a good image and how to write positively
for good public relations. In addition, Ms. Jirada gave a lecture on how
to draw cartoons for use in public relations campaigns and how to use
social media for general public contact. The workshop also included
training from professional photographers on how to take photos that can
be used for good public relations.
Ministry of Tourism and Sports to launch Tourism Gateway Project
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to implement a
Tourism Gateway Project.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanawarangkun commented that the
value of electronic commerce in tourism industry accounted for 23
percent of total values in 2014 while the Electronic Transactions
Commission estimated that 81 percent of tourism operators has used
A survey on attitudes and preferences of foreign tourists to Thailand in
2015 found out that 81 percent of foreign visitors obtained tourism
information from websites and social media before traveling to this
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has planned to keep tourism industry
abreast with digital economy by using modern technology under the
Tourism Gateway Project. Digital media include applications for smart
trip planners which can be adjusted to meet the needs of individual
Phang Nga to enforce road safety measures for holidays
PHANG NGA,(NNT) – Phang Nga Province is set to
initiate measures geared to prevent accidents for the ‘7 Days of Danger’
period during the New Year holidays, vice governor says.
The road accident prevention and reduction committee chaired by the Vice
Governor of Phang Nga Sakol Chantarak has come up with integrated
measures for strict law and regulations enforcement aimed at preventing
road accidents for the 7 Days of Danger during the New Year holidays.
The campaign, running from 29 December 2015 to 4 January 2016, will
involve strict regulations as well as road facilitation for motorists at
risk areas, as well as the placement of community checkpoints to detect
risky behaviours which may lead to accidents in the local areas.
Most road accidents in Thailand are a result of driving under the
influence of alchohol, causing numerous fatalities each year. The effort
to reduce the number of accidents is a way to bring happiness to the
people as a New Year gift, the vice governor has said.
Winter increases sweater demand and prompts government concern
BUENG KAN,(NNT) – The wintry weather has upped
the demand for sweaters in several parts of the country and prompted the
government to focus its concern on risk groups.
In the northeastern province of Bueng Kan, the windy and cold weather
has made second-hand winter clothes hot items for local people. The
temperature there has been recorded at 14 degrees Celsius in the
morning. Doctors warned users of second-hand winter gears to prevent
skin infection risks by washing and boiling their winter gears first.
Up North, Directo- General of the Port Authority of Thailand Lt.
Suttinan Hattawong has visited 24 schools in Chiang Rai Province with
Deputy Governor Arkom Sukapan and the chief officer of Wiang Kan
District to hand winter clothes to 7,800 underprivileged students. The
temperature in Chiang Rai has fallen by two to four degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office Maj Gen Sansern
Kaewkamnerd disclosed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha advised
residents in winter-stricken areas, especially children and elderly
people as well as those in seafront provinces to protect themselves from
weather-related health risks.
Government to respond to foreign media reports use of slave labor
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Government Spokesman Major General
Sansern Kaewkamnerd affirmed the government’s serious stance in cracking
down on illegal labor and slave labor, especially related to the fishing
industry, as seen by the declining number of cases.
On November 9th, a foreign news agency reported that a factory in Samut
Sakhon province was using slave labor and that authorities in the area
had not taken any legal action against the factory, resulting in a
misunderstanding. Following the report, people have been circulating
information about banning Thai fishery products, zeroing in on frozen
shrimp, after it was reported that they were peeled by slave labor. The
government spokesman claimed the information provided is one sided and
has not been shared responsibly, which has hurt the country’s image.
The government spokesman believes that Thailand neither condones nor
supports slave labor and that the government is proceeding with the case
legally, in a bid to bring justice to all laborers who come to Thailand
to work. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has ordered officials to take
the utmost legal action against all those involved.
On December 21st, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General
Prawit Wongsuwan is set to provide the government view of the issue at
Government House press center at 10:00 am.
Thailand declares health security importance, its partnership to Global Fund
TOKYO, (NNT) – Thailand's Public Health Minister has
elaborated on the importance on Thailand’s heath security system, the
nation’s preparation to operate after the Global Fund sponsorship at a
meeting in Japan.
The Minister of Public Health Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn gave a remark at
the Preparatory Meeting for the Global Fund’s Fifth Voluntary
Replenishment 2017-2019 in Tokyo, Japan on the subject of financial
sustainability for the health security system.
On this occasion, the Minister answered questions on the importance of
creating a health security system in Thailand, the preparation of
Thailand to operate the scheme after no longer receive the financial
support from the Global Fund, and the nation’s work as a partner of the
He said access to healthcare services is a constitutional rights to
citizens of Thailand, as healthy citizens will help strengthen the
nation’s economy, and will help ease poverty, a major obstacle that
prevents people from receiving medical care. Thailand's health security
system will also facilitate the nation towards accesibility in
Thailand has included the treatment and prevention for HIV/AIDS,
Tuberculosis, and Malaria into the nation’s health security scheme,
marking a major achievement, and has eveb prepared to transformation
plan at the end of the financial support scheme, from the Global Fund by
appointing a national committee, to allocate additional financial
support for healthcare services related to all three diseases.
Thailand is also willing to work with the Global Fund, especially at the
regional level, to end issue of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria at
border areas, and is willing to provide contributions in cash and in
kind contributions. Thailand's cooperation with the Global Fund will be
revised during the transitioning process of Thailand, and for the
establishment of the Networks of Countries in Transition in the region,
says Public Health Minister.
The Ministry of Public Health is now encouraging participations from the
government, private, and social sectors to push forward the health
security system, and to provide services to the risk groups of HIV/AIDS,
Tuberculosis, and Malaria such as persons with issues in their status
and rights, immigrant labourers, narcotics taker through injection, and
the members of the LGBT group.
Tourist police shows preparedness for ASEAN
BANGKOK, 20 December 2015 (NNT) – Tourist police
officers and volunteers have paraded through Bangkok, showing the unit's
preparedness for the upcoming integration of the ASEAN Community at year
The Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Chaktip Chaichinda
has led police executives, tourist police officers, and tourist
assistance volunteers on a campaigned parade, demonstrating the
preparedness of the police for the upcoming integration of ASEAN
Community under the slogan “WE SAFE THAILAND SAFE”
The parade moved along the Rama I Road, through Pathumwan Intersection
to Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok, has been held in cooperation
between the Royal Thai Police, private companies, and volunteers. This
event intended to show the willingness to provide assistance to tourists
and the Thai public at various major tourism destinations.
The parade involved 2,015 volunteers comprising of the general public
and civil servants. The parade's route was significant as well, passing
through Bangkok's major economic roads.
Ministry of Social Development announces New Year program
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Social Development
and Human Security has prepared a New Year program aimed at benefiting
the Thai people, especially children and persons with disabilities.
Social Development and Human Security Minister Pol Gen Adul
Saengsingkaew revealed that the ministry's program has seven New Year
'gifts,' which include housing projects available from January 2016 for
2,200 people, increasing the disability loan ceiling to 60,000 baht, a
total of 500,000 winter blankets for 62 provinces struggling with the
cold season, and the ministry's goodwill event held from January 6 -22,
2016 at Khlong Padung Krung Kasem floating market.
The ministry's program is part of government policy to reduce social
inequality and increase accessibility of public services.
Tens of thousands foreign workers in fisheries lawfully registered
BANGKOK, (NNT) – Number of registered migrant workers
from neighbouring countries in fisheries and seafood processing industry
is over 10,000, says the Department of Employment (DOE), stressing to
punish any illegal employment.
The DOE Director-General Arrug Phrommanee has revealed that the number
of registered labourers from neighbouring countries in the fisheries and
seafood processing is recorded at 17,375 persons. The latest figure
comes after the two ongoing registration openings, organized by the
Figures from the first fisheries labourer registration in the 22 seaside
provinces, running from 2 November 2015 to 30 January 2016, have shown a
total of 8,509 workers, 8,476 males and 33 females. The province with
the most registered workers is Trat followed by Chumphon province.
The second labourer registration in the seafood processing industry,
running from 25 November 2015 to 22 February 2016, recorded 8,866
workers, with many registering themselves. 8,731 workers are actual
labourers while the remaining 135 are their dependants. Provinces with
the most labourers registered under this category are Samut Sakhon,
followed by Ranong.
The Ministry of Labour has made the announcement to impose maximum
penalties to employers who violate the law, with a fine of 100,000 baht
per head for hiring migrant workers without a working permit, and a
10,000 baht fine per head for hiring a migrant labourer that is
registered under another employer.
Migrant workers working without authorization could face up to 5 years
imprisonment, 2,000-100,000 baht fine, or both. Migrant workers engaged
in labour work with a different employer than the one they are
registered are subject to a 20,000 baht fine.
Ministry of Public Health is working urgently to curb diabetes
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health is
determined to reduce the number of new diabetes patients in Thailand
while looking to improve medical curricula for more effective treatment.
During the annual Siriraj Diabetes Collaborative and Research Meeting,
Prof Dr Prasit Watanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj
Hospital, stated that the Public Health Ministry has drawn up urgent
plans to keep diabetes under control. He said a goal has been set to
bring down the number of new cases of diabetes and promote early
diagnosis and treatment, especially among risk groups.
Such an endeavor is in accordance with the United Nations’ target to
reduce the overall fatality rate of non-communicable diseases by 25
percent within the year 2025. Responsible agencies are now obligated to
ensure that no new patients with diabetes are found.
Moreover, the Public Health Ministry is reportedly seeking cooperation
from medical schools in Thailand in increasing students’ awareness of
lifestyle modification as a method of diabetes treatment used in
parallel with medication.
Prime Minister sends good wishes to Thai Christians
BANGKOK,(NNT) – As Christmas is approaching, Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent good wishes to all Christians
living in Thailand.
His comment was heard during his televised speech on the “Return
Happiness to the People” program. He said Thai people always have a
sense of delight due to the fact that Thailand celebrates both Thai and
On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, he said he wishes Thai and
foreign Christians good health, happiness, and fulfillment.
Christmas is not an official public holiday in Thailand with rather a
small number of people celebrating the occasion. However, it is often
seen that at this time of year, hotel and restaurant staff dress up in
red and green while shopping centers and malls get decked out with
Vietnamese fishing boats captured in Thai waters
SONGKHLA,(NNT) – Two vietnamese fishing boats have
been captured after illegally breaching Thai waters, in an attempt to
fish near a Thai island.
The Naval Region 2 has arrested two Vietnamese fishing vessels, with 11
crew aboard, engaged in illegal fishing activity in Thai waters near Ko
Kra Island, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
The arrest was made through the coordination of fishing boats on the
naval radio network, reporting fishing activity of unknown vessels in
the area. The Naval Region 2's Commander Vice Admiral Pornchai Pinthong
ordered the arrest. All apprehended individuals are now being kept at
the Songkhla Naval Base.
Investigation showed that the vessels and all crews aboard had embarked
from Ca Mau and Kien Giang cities in southern Vietnam. Each crew member
will be prosecuted according to the Immigration Act and the Act
Governing the Right to Fish in Thai Fishery Waters at Songkhla City
Police Station, before being deported back. The Embassy of Vietnam in
Thailand will be informed, and remain in close contact on the matter.
The Naval Region 2 has made almost 100 arrests of Vietnamese fishing
boats trespassing Thai waters, most were fishing for sea cucumbers for
medicinal use, according to their belief, which destroys the aquatic
The navy has expressed its intention to further capture anyone engaged
in illegal fishing activities, both Thai or foreign vessels, in the Thai
waters to protect the country.
Ministry of Culture to organize New Year's Eve chanting activity
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat
announced that his agency will organize a chanting activity on New
Year’s Eve, entitled: ''Ending the Old Year the Thai Way and Welcome the
New Year the Buddhist Way.''
The New Year's Eve chanting activity is aimed to deliver happiness to
the Thai people, foreign tourists and others around the world.
Besides, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will organize a light and
water show at Arun Ratchawararam Woramaha Vihara temple or the Temple of
The Ministry of Culture and all temples nationwide will provide
appropriate venues for the New Year’s Eve chanting activity from six
p.m. until 12.30 p.m. on December 31, 2015 and January 1, 2016.
The event will also feature Dharmma preachings, the offering of food to
monks on New Year’s Day, meditations and cultural performances. A New
Year’s Eve chanting book will be handed out to those attending the
Rubber-paved running tracks unveiled at Bangkok school
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Science and
Technology has constructed running tracks paved with rubber for a school
in Bangkok as part of the effort to address rubber oversupply and price
Science and Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj presided over a
ceremony to present Bang Yikhan Witthayakhom School with running tracks
and a multipurpose sport field, of which flooring was made of natural
rubber in line with the government’s policy to make use of the rubber
supply in stock and shore up rubber prices.
Following the oversupply of rubber, the Department of Science Service of
the Science and Technology Ministry has conducted research on the paving
of the running tracks and sport field with rubber. The project has
undergone laboratory tests and has been certified by the industrial
A total of 2.45 tons of rubber was used in the making of the
rubber-paved tracks and field under a budget of 1.87 million baht.
Government Housing Bank presents New Year’s gift to disciplined customers
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Government Housing Bank's board
chairman Surachai Danaitangtrakul said the state-owned bank has
organized New Year's Gift 2016 project to promote financial discipline
for its customers.
GHB will grant 1,000 baht as a New Year's gift for low-income earners
who currently owe some debts to the bank. Those entitled to the grant
must owe no more than 500,000 baht per collateral and have a good
repayment record for 36 consecutive months.
About 104,000 customers are found to meet such conditions and can
receive the grant money from December 17, 2015 until February 29, 2016
at any GHB branch across the country or at the GHB headquarters during
Cold snap grips Northeast, monsoon reaches South
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Meteorological Department has
forecast a temperature drop in the upper parts of the country and strong
winds in the South.
The Meteorological Department has reported that a powerful high-pressure
system from China has reached the northeastern, central and eastern
regions and is moving towards the North.
Due to the influence of the high-pressure system, the upper parts of the
country will experience strong winds and colder weather. From today
until December 19, the temperatures in the Northeast will drop by 4-7
degrees Celsius, whereas temperatures in other regions will lower by 3-5
Meanwhile, a powerful northeasterly monsoon, which is gripping the South
and the Gulf of Thailand, has strengthened. Provinces in the lower
South, from Surath Thani downwards, will experience two- to four-meter
waves from now until December 20. Residents in coastal areas are advised
to exercise caution. Small fishing boats should refrain from leaving the
Ubon Ratchathani Police raid Karaoke bars, rescue 44 Lao sex workers
UBON RATCHATHANI,(NNT) - Ubon Ratchathani Police
rescued 44 Laotian sex workers in Khong Chiam District during a recent
crackdown on human trafficking activities in the province.
A special task force from the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of
Provincial Administration later held a press conference on its recent
crackdown on Karaoke bars along the road from the province’s Khong Chiam
to Sirindhorn districts.
Undercover officials found 44 sex workers in seven bars. Many of them
are below the age of 18. The women will now be placed under the care and
protection of the Office of Social Development.
Whale shark visits Ao Phang Nga
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Tourists at Ao Phang Nga National
Park have been able catch a rare glimpse of a whale shark that visited
Officials at the national park were able to capture video footage of the
whale shark as it swam into more shallow waters along Ko Hong at the Phi
Phi Islands. The last sighting was in October of this year, a
demonstration of the area’s attractiveness to marine wildlife.
Officials remarked that whale sharks generally reside in deeper water
levels. However, their familiarity to humans have made them more willing
to swim near boats. Therefore, tourists have been advised against
feeding or making contact with the sharks as they could cause unintended
Thailand and China to cooperate in various areas
BANGKOK,(NNT)-Thailand and China have expressed their
readiness to engage in economic cooperation in the areas of farming,
tourism and transport as well as investments.
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong has met with Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha during his visit to Thailand to attend the fourth Joint
Committee (JC) Meeting on Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Thailand has agreed under
the JC framework to ensure crop hygiene especially rice which China
imports from Thailand.
The two countries are also planning to increase the number of tourist
arrivals between both sides to 10 million per year. More farm goods from
Thailand are also expected to be exported to China under the agreement.
In addition, trade value between both countries will be increased to 120
billion US dollars within 5 years. China will help Thailand expand its
transport system while also helping develop economic zones for rubber,
fruit and Halal food in the South of Thailand.
China and Thailand will also jointly develop a medium speed railway
between Bangkok and Nong Khai. A ceremony is scheduled this Saturday to
mark the inauguration of the cooperation. The Deputy Prime Minister
further said that China has shown great interest to invest in 10
industries in Thailand.
Thais nationwide pay their last respects to late Supreme Patriarch
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Tens of thousands of people participated in the funeral
procession of the late Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara,
along the route from Bovoranives temple to Debsirindravas temple.
People from all walks of life attended ceremonies at 48 temples in
Bangkok and at temples in 877 districts across the country to
symbolically offer cremation flowers to the funeral pyre of the late
The public will have the opportunity to pay their repects to his ashes
from December 17 to December 19. Thereafter on December 20, the ashes
will be enshrined at Tamnak Petch in Bovoranives temple.
Royal Thai Police cautions those sharing content regarding the royal institution & national security
- The Royal Thai Police have urged citizens to exercise good judgement
before sharing messages and images that are affecting the royal
institution or national security, as there can be legal ramifications.
Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Chakthip Chaijinda spoke
regarding the recent prosecution of those found to be in violation of
section 112 of the criminal code for defaming the royal institution. He
affirmed that there was clear evidence that the suspects had committed
leste majeste, regardless of whether their actions were intentional.
Pol Gen Chakthip therefore implored the public to use their judgement
when disseminating content that can be seen as detrimental to the royal
institution or national security.
Government confirms ID cards will not display income or occupation
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Interior has said
that no information related to occupation or income will be included in
the new identification card, as there are no laws to support their
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said that Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed relevant agencies to set up a unit to
collect demographic information.
The government will use this information, which will be divided into
different categories, to promote national growth. A meeting will be held
on December 28 to determine how the survey will be conducted.
Public seminar held for Thailand-China railroad project
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Transport has
opened the first seminar on the construction
project of standard-gauge double track railroad,
operated under the cooperation between Thailand
The Deputy Minister of Transport Omsin
Cheewapreuk has officiated the seminar to inform
and receive public feedback regarding the
Kingdom's standard-gauge double track railroad
construction project at Amari Watergate Hotel,
The seminar involves the presentation of news
and information regarding the project to create
an understanding among the general public,
gather public opinion from the participants, as
well as a dialogue session on the maximum
benefits from the Thailand-China railroad
The seminar also covers content about the
project's cooperative framework, rail route
outline, investment scheme, including economic
and social benefits expected from the railway
The official commencement ceremony for the
Thai-Chinese railroad construction project will
be held on 19 December 2015 at Chiang Rak Noi
Station, Ayutthaya Province.
The Ministry of Transport will further hold
other seminars to inform the public along the
area along the project’s route to hear public
feedback and suggestions during January - April
2016 in five provinces, namely Sara Buri, Nakhon
Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, and Rayong.
Federal interest rate hike expected to push down gold prices
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Gold Traders Association (GTA)
says the US Federal Reserve's interest rate hike this month will cause a
drop in gold prices.
GTA President Jitti Tangsitpakdi cited gold prices on Tuesday morning,
which plummeted by 50 baht to 18,250 baht per baht weight, slightly
buoyed by currency inflation.
He pointed out other negative factors, like the supply glut of oil that
has depressed global oil prices and the worldwide economic slowdown.
Mr. Jitti forecast that global gold prices will fall somewhere between
1,060 and 1,200 US dollars per ounce, while domestic prices will be
between 17,500 and 20,500 baht per baht weight, provided that the Thai
currency holds at 36 baht per dollar. Therefore, he also expects most
gold buying to be short-term investments.
Thai rice policy to suit current economic climate
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives has indicated the need for Thailand to secure the
sustainability of rice supplies amid economic and climate changes.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikalya
presided over the opening ceremony of the Thai Rice Convention 2015 at
In his speech, Gen Chatchai said Thailand’s rice policy needs to adapt
to the changing world, especially to the arrival of ASEAN Economic
Community and free trade agreements. He believed that the new rice
policy should be developed with rice farmers in mind, while also taking
into account the risks, strengths and weaknesses of Thai rice. The
minister added that rice farmers should reach more consumers by
increasing their product value through innovation.
Gen Chatchai claimed that it is easy to improve Thai rice to suit
consumers’ needs, as there is a wide variety of grains grown locally.
Teenagers invited to volunteer for accident prevention
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Help given to unpaid Thai fishermen in Indonesia
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Labour
Protection and Welfare (DLPW) had provided
assistance to 159 Thai fishermen working in
Indonesia left without pay and excluded other
benefits from their employers, the DLPW chief
The DLPW's Director-General Pannee Sriyudhsak
disclosed that during 1 October to 2 December
2015, DLPW officials were able to help Thai
fishery workers on Ambon Island in Indonesia,
successfully returning them to Thailand. After
returning, the workers were informed of their
workers' rights in accordance to the law.
The case comes after concerns on the conditions
of Thai fishermen on the island were raised. The
department has received requests from 210
employees who are in need of the DLPW's support
in upholding their rights. The DLPW has
collected all relevant information, inquired the
employers, and demanded that proper wages and
other benefits must be provided to the 159
employees, at a combined value worth 12,666,949
Out of all the 210 cases, 51 cases are being
processed, 10 cases have been revoked, 2 cases
are being prosecuted as criminal offences for
the employment of children aged below 15 years
old, and 6 cases as human trafficking offences,
the DLPW director-general has said.
The DLPW has also proposed to prosecute the
owner of Sor Thong-ma fishing vessel, who
currently employs 9 crews but has violated the
Labour Protection Act in offences regarding
human trafficking in labour. The case is now
being processed at the prosecutor’s level.
Bangkok Police to decisively crackdown on illegal parking
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Metropolitan Police division
has announced a campaign to decisively crack
down on illegal parking on Bangkok’s major
Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
Pol Maj Gen Niphon Cherinphon ordered law
enforcement officers to place locks on illegally
parked vehicles and issue traffic tickets to
cars parked illegally in front of Nikhom
Makkasan Market after reports of numerous
vehicles parked illegally in non-parking zones,
causing traffic congestion in the area.
The Deputy Commissioner added that his division
had issued a public statement asking motorists
to respect traffic regulations in order to
reduce unnecessary congestion along Bangkok’s
major roads, particularly on the crowded
Phetchaburi, Sukhumvit and Phaya Thai roads. He
assured drivers that the authorities will be
strictly enforcing all traffic regulations and
will penalize violators.
Geminids Meteor Showers brought 240 stars per hour
BANGKOK, 15 December 2015 (NNT) –The Geminids
Meteor Showers have gained nationwide interest,
with the highest shower rate being counted at
240 stars per hour.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of
Thailand (Public Organization) [NARIT] last
night set up three observatory sites for the
In Chiang Mai, 400 people from the province and
beyond went up to Doi Inthanon National Park to
observe the shooting stars in the midst of cool
breezes accompanying a temperature of just 5
degrees Celsius at the top of the mountain (the
highest point in Thailand). The sky was clear
with no cloud cover, and the public could see
countless stars skimming across the sky. The
fall was observed from 9 p.m. onwards.
Occasionally there were big fire balls burning
bright, stirring more excitement among the
public. The shower peaked between 10 p.m. and 11
p.m. when observers could see as many as 240
stars per hour.
Meanwhile thousands also flocked to Royal
Observatories located in Nakhon Ratchasima and
Chachoengsao provinces to observe the enchanting
display, these viewings also arranged by NARIT.
The fall was also spotted from 9 p.m. onward,
but only 50 stars could be counted. To enhance
the experience, NARIT also prepared telescopes
for the people, while the Full Dome Digital
Planetarium System was opened for the visiting
public. The locations were filled with the
excitement of all who viewed the spectacle.
Number of patients with type A influenza in Thailand likely to rise
BANGKOK, 14 December 2015 (NNT) – Public Health Minister
Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn said the World Health Organization
(WHO)’s report in November 2015 indicated that the number of
patients with influenza in most Asia countries is likely to
However, in some countries the number of patients with Type A
influenza is likely to increase, including Qatar, Bahrain,
India, Laos and Thailand, according to the WHO report.
Public Health Ministry undersecretary Sophon Mekthon said those
with influenza symptoms including high fever and coughing and
those in risk groups including pregnant women, small children,
elderly people and those with chronic illnesses should
immediately see a doctor.
General patients should stay at home and wear a hygienic mask in
public places or while riding in a bus to prevent the disease
from spreading. Besides, if the symptoms get more severe like
having dyspnea, they are suggested to immediately see a doctor.
For more information, please call the Department of Communicable
Disease Control’s hotline 1422.
Cambodian Prime Minister to Visit Thailand this Friday
AKP Phnom Penh, December 14, 2015 -- Samdech Akka Moha Sena
Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia,
will pay an official visit to Thailand on Dec. 18, on the
occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of
Diplomatic Relation between the two nations, at the invitation
of his Thai counterpart H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation made public this evening, after
the visit, Samdech Techo Hun Sen will co-chair on Dec. 19 the
2nd Cambodia-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat which will consider
Political and Security, Economic, Social, Cultural and Education
Both premiers will preside over the signing ceremony of five
documents, including the Joint Declaration of the 2nd
Cambodia-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat; the Memorandum of
Understanding on the Development of Stung Bot - Nog Ian
International Point of Entry, the Memorandum of Understanding on
Labor Cooperation, the Agreement on the Employment of Worker,
and the Agreement on Cooperation between Cambodia-Thailand
Business Council and Thailand-Cambodia Business Council, it
A Joint Press Statement will be released after the signing
ceremony, said the press release, adding that Prime Minister
Samdech Techo Hun Sen will also meet with Thai Business
The Cambodian premier will be accompanied by H.E. Hor Namhong,
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation; H.E. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of
Ministers; H.E. Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
National Defense, and other members of the Royal Government of