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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Administrative Center for Road Safety tightens up measures during seven dangerous days
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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
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 Spirit..in Phuket.”
Countdown activities kick off in Chiang Mai
CHAING MAI,(NNT) - Chiang Mai Province has
kicked off New Year countdown activities in the
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
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
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.