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Police say they are prepared for Bangkok countdown events

BANGKOK, 29 December 2015 (NNT) – Police in Bangkok say that they are prepared and will be ready to provide security during at the major new year countdown locations.

Police Spokesman Pol Gen Dejnarong Sutthicharnbancha said that a meeting took place with the military and entrepreneurs of shopping malls along Ratchaprasong Road in preparation of Bangkok Countdown 2016 @Central World event, asserting officials are prepared to perform their duties to their best of their abilities.

It is expected that the Bangkok Countdown 2016 event will attract about 200,000 attendees. The event will be patrolled by 4,000 police officers working in cooperation with other agencies.

Street vendors in front of the event venue are asked to refrain from placing their retail wares from midnight on 30th December, while the officers will perform an inspection of the locations starting at noon on the 31st December.

Attendees of the event will have to pass through metal detectors, and are urged not to carry backpacks with them for their convenience and safety. The public are also encouraged to help surveil the situation for suspicious activities.

The police spokesman has said the intelligence unit has not received any report of any worrisome information, and the police will also provide security protection to 11 other countdown locations across Bangkok.

PM chairs final Cabinet meeting of 2015

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has presided over this year’s final meeting of the Cabinet, with discussions revolving around the execution of economic measures.

According to Prime Minister Prayut, during the Cabinet meeting today, the ministers did not consider any additional economic stimulus measures as many had already been issued earlier as New Year gifts for the Thai people. However, the meeting was mainly focused on efforts to urgently drive such measures forward in all areas, including budget disbursement and procurement.

Also joining the meeting were Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak Supasorn. They presented the Prime Minister with Ms Aniporn Chalermburanawong, Miss Universe Thailand 2015, as part of their PR campaign for the Thailand Countdown 2015. The event is being organized by the TAT from December 29-31 on Maharat Road in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister surprised Miss Universe Thailand by giving her a brief tuk-tuk ride around Thai Khu Fah Building. He said it was his first time driving a tuk-tuk and admitted the vehicle was difficult to maneuver.

Media reform committee to ask for more authority for NBTC

BANGKOK,(NNT) – A National Reform Steering Assembly committee is planning to ask for more authority for the country’s telecom regulator.

Chairman of the NRSA’s committee on mass communications Air Chief Marshal Kanit Suwannet said that the committee is planning to propose an amendment to the Act on Organization to Assign Radio Frequency and Regulate the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services B.E. 2553 after the New Year holiday period.

ACM Kanit said that the planned amendment will be about the executive board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Specifically, the committee is going to suggest the merger of the National Telecommunications Commission or NTC board and the NBTC board in order to achieve unity at work, he added.

ACM Kanit revealed that the committee will also propose that the NBTC should have more authority in managing frequencies in the country.

Economic stimulus measures to boost industry up to 2.5 percent

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Office of Industrial Economics (OIE) deputy director Weerasak Suphaprasert said the outlook for industrial economic growth in 2016 will largely depend on the government's economic stimulus measures, slow recovery of the global economy and prices of exported products.

Automobile industry is forecast to produce a total of approximately 2.15 million cars in 2016, about 900,000 of which will be for sales within the country and about 1.25 million others for export.

OIE has predicted that the industrial sector's GDP in 2016 will grow by 1.5 - 2.5 percent while the Industrial Production Index in the same year will grow by 2-3 percent.

Sadao border checkpoint crowded up during New Year’s festival

SONGKHLA, 28 December 2015 (NNT) – A Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint in Sadao district of Songkhla province is being crowded by tourists and travelers from Malaysia and Singapore.

The tourists who travel to southern Thai provinces via Songklha include Thai people who have gone to work in Malaysia and are returning to Thailand during the New Year's festival.

A large number of travelers are queuing up at the Sadao checkpoint where officials are strictly inspecting people and vehicles to prevent possibilities of crime, drugs trafficking and black-listed persons.

Meanwhile, Hat Yai city will organize "Night Paradise and Hat Yai Countdown" from December 31, 2015 until January 1, 2016 in downtown area.

Trat calls for strict alcohol regulation in holidays

TRAT, 28 December 2015 (NNT) – Trat province is now deploying special alcohol regulation units to strictly impose bans on gift basket with alcoholic products in the area during the New Year holidays, a public health official says.

Special alcohol regulation units comprising of provincial administrative officials, healthcare officials, local excise officials, and police officers, are now working to regulate the alcohol sales ban at shopping malls and retails in the province during the New Year holidays.

The Provincial Public Health Officer Sirinthip Thongyuay has revealed that the units have been dispatched in compliance with the Alcohol Control Act BE 2551, which prohibits the sale of gift baskets containing alcoholic products.

The public health officer states that violations will result in a punishment of up to 6 months imprisonment, up to 10,000 baht fine, or both.

Administrative Center for Road Safety tightens up measures during seven dangerous days

BANGKOK, 28 December 2015 (NNT) – Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Director General Chatchai Promlert has disclosed that the agency has focused on reducing risk factors to road accidents including people, vehicles, road conditions and environment along with the raising of public awareness of road safety measures.

Local administrative organizations, communities and villages are continuously taking part in the anti-risk measures in local areas to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from road accidents during the New Year’s festival 2016 as much as possible.

The Administrative Center for Road Safety will announce its performance daily during the seven-day, dangerous period from December 30, 2015 until January 5, 2016.

Phuket named first creative city in gastronomy in ASEAN

PHUKET,(NNT) – UNESCO has selected Phuket as the first creative city in gastronomy of the ASEAN region, allowing the city to bear UNESCO’s logo to promote its gastronomic products.

The Mayor of Phuket City Municipality Somjai Suwansupana revealed that the UNESCO has approved the membership of Phuket City, which will be included in the creative city for gastronomy network. This membership will allow the city to use UNESCO’s logo to promote the city’s gastronomic products and related activities.

She said that UNESCO’s committee has acknowledged the city’s strengths, particularly the city's multi-cultural food diversity, and the fact that foods is always an important element to the city’s traditions and festivals.

Phuket City has been promoting its strength in gastronomy with cooperation from the government, private sector, and academic institutes in the area, by providing opportunities for inventions in gastronomy within the concept “Good Food, Good Health, Good Phuket.”

Countdown activities kick off in Chiang Mai

CHAING MAI,(NNT) - Chiang Mai Province has kicked off New Year countdown activities in the city center.

Several of Chiang Mai’s landmarks such as Thapae Gate, the city moat’s bridge and public gardens have been decorated with colorful lighting and Christmas trees. The festive ambience has drawn Thai and foreign tourists as well as passers-by, most of whom don’t miss the chance of getting cool photos for themselves.

Merrymakers can also enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities, including folk performances and games. They can shop for locally-made products, try local food and send beautiful postcards of Chiang Mai at the Thailand Post booth. The activities will take place until 1st January, 2016.

Trains fully booked for New Year holidays

SONGKHLA, (NNT) – Train services between Bangkok and Southern destinations have been fully booked, as people begin traveling home for the New Year holidays.

Hat Yai Junction Railway Station is now crowded with passengers traveling back to their hometown via train ahead of New Year holidays in order to avoid the congested travel during the period.

Seats in the first and second class trains are now fully booked from today until 3 January 2016, with only third class seats remaining. Passengers have also been reported to turn up early to book the free tickets for the Su-ngai Kolok-Bangkok train route, which are limited in number.

Meanwhile, more tourists are using the Hat Yai - Padang Besar DRC trains route, between Thailand and Malaysia, connected to the ETS train in Padang Besar which started operations since 21 December 2015, with a service capacity of 4 trains per day.

Public warned of diarrhea during winter

NONTHABURI,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has issued a warning to the public on the spread of diarrhea during winter season, and urges the public to perform sanitary practices when consuming foods.

The MOPH Permanent-Secretary Sopon Mekthon made his remarks saying the cold weather can enable germs to live longer, causing many diseases such as common colds, influenza, and diarrhea to be commonly found during this time.

He cited information from Bureau of Epidemiology showing the number of diarrhea patients receiving treatments in MOPH supervised hospitals nationwide to be at 80,000 - 100,000 patients each month, with patients peaking during January to March at more than 100,000 people.

The public is encouraged to use sanitary practices when consuming foods, including eating hot cooked foods, using serving spoons, and washing their hands frequently. The public is also urged to refrain from eating raw foods, while parents must be especially careful with the diet of their infants aged less than 5 years.

Patients of diarrhea should adjust to a diet of soft and easy digest foods, while child patients should consume only liquid food. Patients with persisting symptoms such as frequent defecating, vomiting, inability to eat, excessive thirst, high fever, and defecating with blood, are requested to seek medical attention.

Border crossing temporarily closed due to protest in Myanmar

KANCHANABURI,(NNT) - Thai immigration officers in Kanchanaburi have temporarily closed the Three Pagodas border crossing after a group of Myanmar people protested against the death sentence of two Myanmar men.

Superintendent of the immigration bureau in Kanchanaburi province Col.Weerayot Karunyathon said army officers were maintained strict security measures at the border crossing area although the protest did not escalate. There was no protester crossing the borders to Thailand, said the superintendent.

However, the immigration bureau decided to temporarily close the border crossing and prohibit Thais from crossing the borders there to Myanmar for security reasons, the official said.

The protesters have gathered in the Payatongzu market in Myanmar after the two Myanmar men were sentenced to a death penalty for the murder of two British tourists in Thailand.




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Police say they are prepared for Bangkok countdown events

PM chairs final Cabinet meeting of 2015

Media reform committee to ask for more authority for NBTC

Economic stimulus measures to boost industry up to 2.5 percent

Sadao border checkpoint crowded up during New Year’s festival

Trat calls for strict alcohol regulation in holidays

Administrative Center for Road Safety tightens up measures during seven dangerous days

Phuket named first creative city in gastronomy in ASEAN

Countdown activities kick off in Chiang Mai

Trains fully booked for New Year holidays

Public warned of diarrhea during winter

Border crossing temporarily closed due to protest in Myanmar



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