Parents reminded to watch over children during Loy Krathong
Hundreds of sky lanterns
are lit to celebrate Loy Kratong
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has
suggested parents to keep a close watch on their children while
partaking in Loy Krathong festivities to protect them from accidents.
Despite the festive atmosphere on Loy Krathong Day, Permanent Secretary
for Public Health Sophon Mekthon indicated that the rate of accidents on
the day has been increasing every year. He cited statistics from recent
years as showing that an average of 51 people were killed in road
accidents on the day while 13 others drowned. The number of children who
drowned on Loy Krathong was also found to be twice as high as the
average figure on a normal day.
Meanwhile, over the past five years, more than 200 Loy Krathong revelers
were wounded by fireworks and firecrackers. Of the victims, two
reportedly succumbed to their injuries.
Mr Sophon, therefore, affirmed that authorities this year will place
more focus on reducing the number of Loy Krathong-related accidents. He
said all health units nationwide have been instructed to ask local
residents to contribute to building a safe environment on the special
occasion while parents have been advised to pay close attention to their
Chiang Mai Airport to deploy clean-up crews for floating lanterns
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - Chiang Mai Airport has instructed
its ground staff to be on the lookout for floating lanterns and remove
any that have found their way to the tarmac.
Chiang Mai International Airport has warned its staff to watch for
floating lanterns that fall in and around the airport during the Loy
Krathong Festival. Clean-up crews will be deployed around the clock from
Grounds inspections will be stepped up from four times per day to 10
times per day, to ensure that the airport's apron and runways remain
clear of obstructions.
During last year's Loy Krathong Festival, the airport recorded 142
floating lanterns on its premises, and expects similar numbers during
this year's celebrations.
PM agrees to Russian visit, encourages stronger bilateral ties
Russian Prime Minister
Dimitry Medvedev & Thailand Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
MANILA,(NNT) - The Prime Minister has accepted an
invitation from Russia to visit the country and strengthen bilateral
ties, marking 120 years of diplomatic relations between the two
Deputy Government Spokesperson Major General Weerachon Sukhontapatipak
revealed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha met with his Russian
Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in
Gen Prayut accepted an invitation to visit Russia in May 2016, marking
120 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia. The two
prime ministers also agreed that at the beginning of next year, there
would be a meeting in Russia of deputy prime ministers and ministers
related to economic and national security affairs. The meetings would
draft trade and investment agreements to be finalized and signed during
Gen Prayut's visit in May.
The Thai Prime Minister took this opportunity to affirm with Mr.
Medvedev that Thailand and Russia would establish closer ties in all
areas, from the economy, energy security, and agricultural trade, to
national defense and security intelligence.
Labor minister follows up on human trafficking problem in Chonburi
CHONBURI,(NNT) - Minister of Labor Sirichai Distakul
has inspected a Port In - Port Out Control Center in Sattahip district
and found no illegal activities there. He also visited a wire harness
company operating at the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate.
Gen. Sirichai on Thursday visited the Thai Summit Harness Public Company
Limited, a producer of wire harness and cable wire for automobiles, at
Laem Chabang. The minister inspected the company’s working environment
and listened to problems of the employees. The information he received
from his visit to the company will be used for the ministry’s prevention
of and solutions to human trafficking and drug trafficking in the area.
The minister then traveled to the Port In - Port Out Control Center in
Sattahip to meet the employers and workers who worked there and listened
to their problems. Illegal activities or acts considered as human
trafficking were not found.
Leap for Thailand-Japan economic cooperation at APEC meeting
MANILA,(NNT) – Thailand and Japan agreed to enhance
mutual economic cooperation at the APEC ministerial meeting, in
preparation for the Thailand-Japan High Level Joint Commission's meeting
due to commence later this month.
The Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn hosted a bilateral
discussion with the newly appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and
Industry of Japan Motoo Hayashi at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) Summit in Manila, the Philippines.
On this occasion, both Thai and Japanese officials discussed matters
within the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA),
agreeing to further expand mutual trade and to open additional trading
channels for new opportunities.
Both sides agreed to provide more information to the private sector to
encourage more investments, while Thailand is now working to develop the
business environment to attract more investment.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is set to visit
Japan to attend the High Level Joint Commission meeting during 25-28
November 2015, where he will inform his Japanese counterparts on the
Kingdom's important economic strategies, as well as the new Super
Cluster policy to encourage more investment in Thailand.
Ministry of Education to launch training to improve English teachers
Deputy Education Minister
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Education has planned
to launch a training course for English teachers to sharpen their
skills, who will in turn inspire students to improve their English
Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said the ministry is
developing a training program for English teachers in cooperation with
the British Council. Around 500 teachers with high levels of English
proficiency across the country will be selected to participate in the
six-week course, which will last from March until April 2016. The 50
best-performing teachers will train the next group of participants.
Meanwhile, Adviser to the Deputy Education Minister Michael David Selby
stressed the need for educators to motivate students to learn English.
Mr. Selby commented that many Thai people still lack interest in
The ministry will assess the program by the performance of students
taught by educators who took part in the program. If the training proves
successful, the ministry will declare it a policy for the second
semester next year. If the project needs improvement, it will be revised
until the course achieves its objectives.
Bank forecasts better economic growth in Thailand next year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Bank of Ayudhya has predicted that
the Thai economy next year will likely expand by 3.2% - 3.5% and the
baht currency will move in a range of 36.50 - 37.50 baht against the
Head of Global Markets Group at Bank of Ayudhya Tak Bunnag said the Thai
economy would likely grow by 2.9% in 2015 with investment by the public
sector as a main drive. Other factors positively impacted the Thai
economy this year included the growing tourism sector as well as low oil
price and interest rates, said the banker.
The fragile global economic recovery, agricultural product price drop,
high household debt and volatile financial markets are among the Thai
economy’s negative factors in 2015.
As for the direction of the Thai currency, it has a tendency to weaken
in the next three months. The bank also predicted that the U.S. would
increase policy interest rate for the first time mid December 2015,
resulting in gradual strengthening of the baht. It added that Thailand’s
benchmark rate would be stable at 1.5% with a tendency to rise at the
end of 2016 when the economy recovered more.
Films in honor of HM King to be screened for free this November
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The government invites the public to
watch movies in honor of His Majesty the King on 24 November 2015 at
Aksara Theatre in Bangkok.
Prime Minister's Office Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul and Permant
Secretary for the PM's Office Pol.Gen. Ek Angsananont on Wednesday
presided over the press conference on the film screening. Two
movies--"Kham Athitthan" and "Yai Boonma"--are based on true stories of
the two people whose lives have been touched by HM the King.
The two movies are in Thai with English subtitle. Both of them have a
run time of around 30 minutes. People who want to watch these free
movies can reserve sests at the PM's Office Minister by dialing
Bangkok's botched half-marathon offers T-shirt apology
Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — They ran an extra 4 miles on their
half-marathon. And for their extra pain, they're getting a
Organizers offered runners commemorative T-shirts Tuesday as
part of an apology for inadvertently extending the weekend
Standard Chartered Bangkok Half-Marathon by almost 7 kilometers
The error by race officials along the route meant participants
in Sunday's race ran 27.6 kilometers (17 miles), rather than the
usual 21 kilometers (13 miles). Many runners had clocked the
race on GPS watches and posted their bewilderment and anger
afterward on social media.
Some 6,000 runners took part in the race and everyone — even
those who didn't finish — will get a special jersey to wear like
a badge of pride, said Songkram Kraison, vice president of the
Jogging Association of Thailand, one of the event's two
"The T-shirt will say, 'Finisher of 27.6 km,'" Songkram told The
Associated Press. "The shirts are meant to apologize and also to
honor runners who ran in the longer version of the
The Jogging Association of Thailand's website posted a statement
Tuesday saying it will mail the shirts within 45 days.
The race looped through Bangkok's historic district, past the
Grand Palace, monuments and Buddhist temples, with half-marathon
participants sharing the route with full-marathon runners until
a specified turn-off. That's where the error occurred, according
to organizers, who said officials stationed along the route
accidentally directed half-marathon runners to make a U-turn at
the wrong spot, which added the extra distance.
"We deeply regret this unfortunate mistake," the Jogging
Association of Thailand said in its apology posted in Thai and
English on websites and Facebook pages connected with the event.
"We admit our mistake and would like to apologize."
The T-shirt is meant to "express our admiration for your spirit
in bravely overcoming the obstacles," the letter said.
Associated Press writer Busaba Sivasomboon contributed to this
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Foreign & Commerce Ministers attend APEC Summit in Manila
MANILA,(NNT) - The Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai
and Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn have traveled to the
Philippines' capital of Manila to attend the annual APEC Summit.
The Foreign Minister on Monday participated in the first plenary session
held under the theme "Inclusive Growth through Sustainable and Resilient
Communities." The meeting reported that more than half the world's
population live in urban areas, which are rapidly expanding. This
situation has created a need for sustainable and balanced development.
Mr. Don said that Thailand has emphasized the use of education to
develop human resources, as well as building capacity through technology
and innovation. He reasoned that this approach will help all sectors in
society to benefit equally from economic growth, without abandoning the
The Foreign Minister also affirmed that the Kingdom will move forward
with its reforms to accomodate its aging society and become the bridge
for international cooperation. Thailand, in its G77 Chairmanship for
2016, affirmed that its principles are in line with the goals and agenda
of the UN developing countries.
Mr. Don also met with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on the
sidelines of the APEC Summit to discuss a range of bilateral issues from
anti-human trafficking operations to food innovation. He invited
Australian entrepreneurs to invest in Thailand, particularly its six
special economic zones.
Cabinet agrees to promote Thailand as center for auto research & testing
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Cabinet has given the green light
to the plan to develop Thailand into the regional hub for automotive
research and testing.
Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd announced the
results of the weekly Cabinet meeting, saying the Cabinet approved in
principle the Finance Ministry’s measure to support Thailand in becoming
the region’s center of research, development and performance testing for
The Finance Ministry eyes granting special privileges to qualified
researchers through the exemption of import tariff, excise tax and
value-added tax. The Excise Department has been tasked with overseeing
the matter and assessing the eligibility of each operator for the tax
It is believed that the measure will cost the government a small portion
of its revenue. However, it will in turn lend a great boost to
investment, generate a number of job opportunities and raise the
competitiveness of the Thai automotive sector.
Schools called on to educate students on dengue fever avoidance
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has
coordinated with the Ministry of the Interior in establishing dengue
fever resistance centers across the country, urging provincial health
agencies to provide preventative measures in schools.
Public Health Minister Dr Sophon Mekthon said the new centers will be
responsible for keeping track of the dengue fever situation in their
respective provinces and issuing appropriate assistance measures.
The provinces of Phetchaburi, Rayong, Ratchaburi and Uthai Thani have
reported large numbers of dengue-related cases. However, the rate of
infection has dropped as the cold season approaches, from 7,000 cases
per week in September to the current rate of 3,000.
In addition, the Ministry has asked public health agencies across the
country to coordinate with schools in educating students on the dangers
of dengue fever as well as preventative measures.
Chiang Mai Airport adjusts flight schedules to avoid floating lanterns
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - A total of 135 flights both to and
from Chiang Mai province have either been cancelled or rescheduled from
November 24 - 26, in order to avoid floating lanterns which will be
released during the Loy Krathong Festival.
The Chiang Mai provincial administrative organization had earlier
announced a ban on floating lanterns in Mueang, Hang Dong, San Sai, Mae
Rim and Sarapee districts. The ban has been temporarily lifted to boost
tourism on November 25, Loy Krathong Day, and December 31, New Year’s
Floating lanterns are allowed in other districts under the condition
that residents inform the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre and the
Chiang Mai Airport at least seven days in advance.
So far, there have been 84 flights canceled between November 24 - 26, of
which 72 were domestic flights.
Another 51 flights have rescheduled their arriving time. Travellers are
strongly advised to consult their airlines to confirm the exact
Cold weather challenges communities in northeastern Thailand
NORTHEAST, (NNT) - Temperatures in Thailand’s
northeastern region continue to drop, compromising the visibility of
commercial routes and challenging the resilience of communities to cold
Fog along the Mekong River has restricted visibility to no more than 10
meters, especially in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai province, where the
fog has endangered ferry and fishing routes in areas filled with rocks.
Meanwhile, several temples in Kalasin province are experiencing a
shortage of winter clothing. The Mayor of Kalasin’s Mueang district
joined local residents in conducting the annual merit-making ceremony to
donate new robes and other necessities to temples in need. The
temperature along the province’s hilltops have been recorded between
14-18 degrees Celsius.
Phichit province continues to be affected by severe drought as farmers
in Tha Lo subdistrict resort to planting parsley, a water-efficient crop
with a short harvesting cycle, in order to generate income in a time of
Thai and Japanese foreign ministers meet to assure tourist safety
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Thai and Japanese governments
have affirmed their readiness to ensure tourism safety, amid global
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio
Kishida ahead of this year's APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila,
Philippines, scheduled to begin today. The two countries affirmed their
bilateral ties in terms of both strategic and economic cooperation.
Thailand has pledged to safeguard Japanese tourists and entrepreneurs
traveling in the country, following the Ratchaprasong bombing in August
and the Paris attacks on Friday.
Mr. Kishida expressed his condolences regarding the two terrorists
attacks, and pledged Japan's cooperation with global anti-terror
efforts. The Japanese Foreign Minister also expressed support for
Thailand's ongoing reform process to establish a democracy with
transparency, accountability, and legitimacy.
The meeting occurred ahead of the APEC Summit, which is an annual
conference of 20 member-economies in the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation. This year, the summit is being held from November 18-19
under the theme "Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World."
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will be attending the summit,
which this year aims to foster sustainable economic growth that benefits
Thailand tightens security after Paris attacks
BANGKOK, (NNT)-Thailand has reinforced security
across the nation after Paris attacks last Saturday.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed security units to assure
safety for the Thai public, saying every nation is now equally at risk.
He has also offered condolences to families of those who died in the
Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has urged Thai people to
report to the police by dialing 199 if they see anything unusual.
Royal Thai Police Deputy Spokesperson Police Major General Songpol
Wattanachai said an increase in police patrols in various places is
meant to assure public safety against all types of threats even though
none has so far been detected.
Immigration police have also been told to be vigilant in their effort to
prevent ill-intentioned individuals from entering the country.
Authorities clamp down on illegal fireworks in Lamphun province
BANGKOK, 16 November 2015 (NNT) – Police, soldiers,
provincial officials and related security officials are clamping down on
illegal fireworks in Lamphun province.
Authorities inspected the Nong Dok market in Lamphun province to ensure
that vendors were not illegally selling fireworks before the allocated
period. Authorities found 2 vendors had begun to stock up on fireworks
ahead of the legal selling date, prompting them to take legal action and
seize the fireworks. The vendors were also fined 1,000 baht each.
The province has prepared measures against accidents from fireworks
during the Loy Krathong Festival, scheduled for November 21st until the
25th. Vendors must have a permit to sell fireworks, which can be sold
only between 4:00PM and 6:00PM. In addition, fireworks must only be used
in designated areas.
The province is also asking the public not to release floating lanterns
into the sky. Those found to have violated the law will be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, police will be deployed to various areas to ensure safety.
Thai tourism unaffected by Paris attacks
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Minister of Tourism and Sports
Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has confirmed attacks in Paris have not affected
the Thai tourism while the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have
planned to increase tourism revenue in 2016.
The minister on Sunday predicted that the deadly attacks in Paris would
not affect the Thai tourism in the short run, saying European tourists
had not cancelled their hotel room reservation. The number of Thai
tourists in November was higher than expected but their spending was
lower. The ministry was therefore urgently stimulating domestic travel
by both Thai and foreign tourists, said the minister.
More than seven million tourists from China and ASEAN countries have
visited Thailand after bombings at the Ratchaprasong junction in August
this year, higher than last year by one million people.
The TAT’s tourism promotion plan for 2016 focuses on quality tourist
sites with unique Thai characteristics with the objectives to persuade
tourists to stay in Thailand longer. There will also be new activities
to promote tourism targeting sport lovers and working women.
Security heightened along borders in Mae Sai after Paris attacks
CHIANG RAI, (NNT) - Security units in the
Thai-Myanmar border zones in Chiang Rai have stepped up security in
inspecting individuals and vehicles entering and leaving the country
along the borders following attacks in Paris on 14 November 2015.
Superintendent of the Mae Sai Immigration Police Col. Sit Sirikangwankul
on Sunday said border checkpoints usually had strict measures to screen
individuals and prevent smuggling of all types of illegal objects. The
measures were intensified after the deadly attacks in Paris in a bid to
prevent groups of people from creating violent incidents in the country,
especially those who were involved in international crime, said the
Col. Sit added that the authorities had not found suspicious groups of
people, illegal objects or irregularities in the border zones.
Continuous surveillance will be maintained in the areas.
Preventative measures to mitigate road accidents during festive season
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Measures to mitigate road accidents during the New Year
holidays are being planned by related agencies, says deputy minister.
Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Makboon has said that all the agencies
involved in road safety are currently preparing a road safety plan,
particularly in speed detection.
There is also a road safety campaign to allow the public to travel
safely and happily during New Year Festival 2016.
He expected that a meeting with relevant agencies would be held next
month to accelerate the plan in reducing the road accident statistics
during the festive season when people travel most.
Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation was also
instructed to take care of the people during the approaching Loy Kratong
Festival in November 2015.
The Deputy Interior Minister has also said that every security agency
has assigned their staff to closely monitor key areas in Bangkok and be
vigilant in the wake of the violent attacks in Paris. He assured that
the public should not to be concerned about the Kingdom's security
Vistors flock to Nong Khai to watch the beautiful sea of fog
NONG KHAI,(NNT) – More than 200 people flocked to
Nong Khai’s Phu Hua Isan to watch a beautiful thick sea of fog.
Watching a sea of fog has become a favorite pastime for many people
during this time of the year, as the weather has begun to drop in many
provinces. Tourists from all over Thailand visited the sea of fog above
the Mekong River in Sangkhom District over the weekend, with many
flocking to Phu Hua Isan. Many of the visitors came with their families
or in large groups and did not leave dissapointed as the sea of fog is
the thickest around this time of the year.
Tourists can also enjoy a similar sight at Phu Pha Dak or Phu Hor in
Nong Khai province.
100 wild peacocks sighted in Phayao
PHAYAO,(NNT) - A birdwatching spot will be built in
Phayao province to accommodate tourists arriving to see wild peacocks
leaving the mountain to feed in nearby cornfields.
Around 50 peacocks can be seen leaving their habitat in the mountain to
feed on corn seeds on the ground every evening. Many peacocks are
usually observed in winter in Wiang Lor Wildlife Sanctuary located in
Dok Kam Tai district.
As many as 100 birds have been seen foraging for corn. The birds are
drawn to the corn seeds, which are left on the ground by farmers during
the harvest period.
According to Phayao Provincial Administrative Organization, Wiang Lor
Wildlife Sanctuary is among Thailand’s largest peacock habitats. The
birdwatching spot will be created far enough from the birds so that they
Binoculars will be provided for birdwatchers, who can also visit the
nearby sunflower field, touted as the biggest sunflower field in the
North of Thailand.
Bank Of Thailand says economy continues to grow
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) believes
the Thai economy will continue to recover, but voiced concern over the
persisting drought crisis.
Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said the drought crisis will remain a
key factor of economic growth, as rural household income has declined
due to the lack of water for farming activities. He also blamed
household debt as another major factor of the economic slowdown.
The BoT Governor further stated that the Thai economy continues to be
susceptible to foreign monetary policies especially in the U.S., Europe
and Japan. These foreign policies will likely cause further currency
volatility, as foreign leaders try to restore their nations' economies.
However, Dr. Veerachai added that government investment plans and its
economic stimulus measures should cause noticeable growth in the third
quarter fiscal 2016, despite a slump in the tourism sector.
Big Cleaning Day held in Ayutthaya to maintain historical sites
AYUTTHAYA,(NNT) - Renovation and landscaping efforts
are now underway in Ayutthaya province to improve areas around
Ayutthaya Deputy Governor Kajornsak Charoensopa has visited Bung Praram
Park to inspect the site after it was found to have been littered with
Bung Praram is a public park, where the remains of centuries-old temples
are also located. According to the Deputy Governor, landscaping work
will take place under a ‘Big Cleaning Day’ campaign held from November
24 – 25.
It is also aimed at restoring Ayutthaya as one of the world’s top
cultural heritage destinations and bringing visitors back to the
Nakhon Ratchasima to incorporate alcohol-control policy in zoning
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, (NNT) – The deputy governor of
Nakhon Ratchasima Province has called a meeting with different agencies
today to discuss the plan to separate liquor shops from schools and
The discussion was joined by officials from local administrative and
security organizations as well as the Regional Excise Office. The zoning
is one of the National Council for Peace and Order’s efforts to lessen
alcohol consumption in youngsters, especially students.
The government stipulated that all provinces must finish their zoning
before 30th November. Nakhon Ratchasima has more than 500 educational
institutions. More than 30,000 operators have applied for alcohol sales
Deputy Governor Surapan Dissaman said directors of all educational
institutions had been instructed to look for alcohol outlets in their
localities to map out a proper zoning plan. Mr. Surapan confirmed that
the zoning task would comply with the government’s policy without
affecting existing licensed operators.
Seminar on environmental impact of coal powered plant in Krabi
KRABI,(NNT) - The Electricity Generating Authority of
Thailand (EGAT) has joined universities in the South in a seminar on the
environmental effects of the coal powered plant in Krabi.
Speaking at the seminar was Thanongsak Chanmethakul, a researcher on
coral reefs, who revealed that in the past 10 years, fuel oil tankers
that have traveled to and from Ban Klong Rua harbor have not had any
direct impact on coral reefs in the area.
In addition, Chaimongkol Yaemarunpattana, a researcher on seagrass, also
acknowledged that the movement of the vessels did not affect seagrass,
maintaining that Mu Ko Siboya and its vicinity is still home to a
variety of marine plants.
Meanwhile, the Director of EGAT’s environmental division Capt Anuchart
Palakawongse Na Ayudhya reported the formation of a committee to study
the environmental impact of the Krabi coal power plant. A list of
candidates for membership of the committee has been submitted to the
Office of the Prime Minister for approval, while the committee is
expected to hold its first meeting in November.
Chiang Mai prepares for winter weather
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - Chiang Mai province is
establishing a command center to deal with the cold snap this winter.
Head of the provincial public relations department in Chiang Mai Ubonrat
Khongkraphan said the northern region’s meteorological center had
predicted that winter would begin mid October 2015 and end around mid
February 2016. The weather would be similar to last year and the
temperature would be lowest from the latter part of December to January.
The public and private sectors as well as a civil society network were
working together to prepare assistance for cold spell-affected people in
the province, said Ms Ubonrat.
The committee is responsible for advising people on how to care for
their health and assisting those affected by the cold weather. The
committee works with the provincial public health department in
arranging mobile medical units and implementing instructions of the
government to deal with the cold snap.
Prime Minister asks authorities and tourists to keep places clean
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
has asked members of the public to keep tourist attractions clean during
the high season.
As the high season approaches, the prime minister said he had instructed
all related ministries and agencies to ensure safety at various tourist
sites as well as risk-prone areas such as airports, bus stations and
The PM also asked members of the public to help ensure safety for
tourists as well as keep their areas clean.
As for various tourist attractions, Gen Prayut said authorities must
efficiently manage the volume of tourists at one time while caring for
the environment and preventing littering at places such as national
Restroom is another important matter, he said, adding that there must be
enough clean restrooms to accommodate tourists. It will be unacceptable
for a large crowd of tourists to be met with either dirty or expensive
restrooms. The standards of services must be kept in line in order for
the tourism industry to progress.
Government details implications of new gender equality bill
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The government has detailed the major
implications of the new gender equality bill that is now in effect.
According to the Government Spokesman's Bureau, the government aims to
ensure gender equality in society and to provide assistance and
compensation to those who have been affected by gender discrimination,
as well as to create a society that respects individuals of both
The government therefore proposed a gender equality bill which has been
passed by the National Legislative Assembly.
The new law establishes a committee on gender equality to draft related
polices, and a committee tasked with examining complaints regarding
A gender equality fund will be established to provide financial
compensation to those who have been affected by gender discrimination.
50th meeting of ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information
Surabaya,(NNT) - The 50th meeting of the ASEAN
Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN - COCI) has taken place at
the heart of Surabaya, the second largest city of Indonesia, on 9-11
November 2015. A group of delegates from 10 ASEAN member states and the
ASEAN secretariat attended the annual meeting to discuss plans and the
implementation of projects under the ASEAN cooperation framework.
Dr. Charoon Chaisorn, Deputy Director-General of the Thai Public
Relations Department (PRD), in his capacity as head of the Sub-Committee
on Information (SCI) Thailand, led PRD officials participating in the
meeting. The main agenda involved the reporting of the results and
updating on the status of activities and projects, aiming to promote the
ASEAN awareness and cooperation in the media and information fields.
The PRD's efforts in ASEAN awareness promotion has been implemented
through mainstream media, such as television, radio, new media (website
in both Thai and English), and social media (Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram). Dr. Charoon pointed out that the new media have played an
important role in creating the ASEAN awareness and insights into a
better understanding of ASEAN.
Another special project, Visit of ASEAN - China Broadcasting Personnel
to Thailand, proposed and hosted by Thailand, was significantly
successful. The participants from AMS and China were impressed by the
very high standards of Thailand's broadcasting technology, especially
immersive graphics used in digital television. The participants have
taken the opportunity to exchange experiences and gain insights into
media production and broadcasting management.
ASEAN Television News (ATN) is one of the repeated projects implemented
by NBT World which has progressed well so far. NBT World broadcasts
scoops and news related to Thailand and ASEAN in order to exchange with
other ASEAN countries. The topics cover various issues, such as
politics, economics, activities, culture, lifestyle, tourism and
Furthermore, Radio Thailand also has a new strategy for implementing a
project called "VOABB" by changing the format of the radio program. The
new plan is to integrate traditional media and increase audience
engagement with new media, drawing the attention of people aged 18-30
years. Content consists of infotainment, knowledge about the ASEAN
Economic Community, and people-to-people connectivity.
The meeting also followed up on the implementation of Thailand's ASEAN
National Communication Plan, which is in line with the ASEAN
Communication Master Plan, aiming to promote a sense of awareness and
readiness toward the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community. The plan also
focuses on creating a shared community with opportunities and benefits
amongst the citizens of ASEAN, as well as working closely as a strong
partner of ASEAN in regional cooperation.
U.S. Ambassador met with Thai Deputy PM
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand has
expressed support for the Kingdom in several areas during his visit with
Deputy Prime Minister for social affairs Admiral Narong Pipatanasai.
The ambassador, His Excellency Glyn T. Davies, had a meeting with
Admiral Narong, where he revealed that the United States wants to see
democracy restored in Thailand.
Admiral Narong has also taken this opportunity to explain and clarify
certain issues to the American ambassador regarding the current
political situation in the country.
Both parties have discussed possible cooperation in the areas of health
care, education, investment and human trafficking prevention.
Kanchanaburi organizes River Kwai Bridge and Red Cross Fair 2015
KANCHANABURI,(NNT) -- Kanchanaburi Governor Sak
Somboonto has announced that Kanchanaburi will present the River Kwai
Bridge and Red Cross Fair 2015 from November 28 - December 7, 2015, at
the River Kwai Bridge, Tha Makham subdistrict, Muang Kanchanaburi
district, Kanchanaburi province.
The event will honor His Majesty the King whose birthday anniversary
occurs in early December. It also aims to promote tourism in
Kanchanaburi, commemorate the importance of major events during the
Pacific War when the Death Railway and Bridge over the River Kwai were
constructed, later becoming sites of historical significance.
In addition, the event will celebrate the 70th Thai Peace Day reflecting
the identity of Kanchanaburi, the city of peace. There will be a sound
and light performance portraying the atmosphere which existed during the
Second World War.
The event also features the Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair and the
Foundation of Arts and Crafts’ products by Surasi Camp’s Housewives'
Association, government agencies’ products, folk performances, local
products, a mini motor show, a Thai boxing tournament, an amusement park
zone and various forms of entertainment.
PM orders related ministries to improve water storage in Ubon Ratchathani
UBON RATCHATHANI,(NNT) – The Ministry of Interior and
the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have been assigned by the
Prime Minister to come up with ways to raise the water storage capacity
of Ubon Ratchathani province.
While in Ubon Ratchathani for a meeting with the joint public-private
committee in charge of tackling economic problems in the Lower
Northeast, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his concerns over
the water situation in the province. He tasked the Interior Ministry and
the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry with finding measures to
increase local water reserves and ensure efficient water management.
The Prime Minister asked local agriculturists for their cooperation in
heeding the official report in regard to the amount of water available
in each area before deciding to begin their cultivation. He suggested
the farmers to plant only crops that are suitable for their locality
while insisting that agricultural products should be produced in line
with market demands.
On this occasion, Gen Prayut also showed appreciation to farmers who
have voluntarily changed the types of their crops so as to help save
water during the dry season.
Engineers inspect riverbank erosion in Chainat
CHAINAT,(NNT) – Experts from the Department of Public
Works and Town and Country Planning have visited an area in Chainat
Province where severe riverbank erosion has occurred.
The investigation team, led by head engineer Kiattisak Chantra,
attributed the riverbank collapse at the Noy River to heavy rains that
fell on 9-10 November, which caused landslides in several spots. Experts
said the causes of the riverbank erosion were due to an abrupt recession
of water levels, construction of new riverside roads, marshy soil, and
the bank’s frequent exposure to running water.
The collapse heavily damaged a riverside road and a number of nearby
houses. Chainat Provincial Administrative Office and Chainat
Municipality have now installed warning signs throughout affected areas.
Related agencies have also been instructed to regulate the loads of
passing trucks for safety reasons. Meanwhile, the governor has ordered
the installation of a temporary bridge to facilitate traffic.
The Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning is
preparing to review its embankment construction plan for 2016 to focus
its priority on other disaster-prone zones.
Department of Employment to help job seekers from drought-affected areas
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Employment Department Director
General Arak Prommanee said his agency will help job seekers from
drought-affected areas in the provinces by providing them with
information and employment services.
The department has coordinated with employers and entrepreneurs to
recruit employees among a large number of job seekers in drought-
affected areas. That is viewed as a measure to prevent them from being
victimized by illegal job brokers who might falsely promise high pays.
Some department officials will advise job seekers of job opportunities
including those which can be done at home while others are available for
job consultations at Bangkok's Mo Chit Bus Terminal and Hua Lampong
Railway Station where job seekers may arrive from the provinces around
Mr. Arak suggested that the job seekers who prefer to leave the
drought-hit areas to get employed elsewhere check out job opportunities
by contacting the department's Smart Job Center or its provincial
employment offices or calling the department’s hotline 1694.
Information seminar for foreign ambassadors
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The National Reform Steering Assembly
(NRSA) has held an information seminar for various ambassadors and
international organizations in Thailand, regarding the national reform
NRSA Deputy Speaker Alongkorn Ponlabutr said that he had informed the
foreign diplomats of the NRSA’s duties, which include implementing 11
reform agendas and creating a 20-year national reform strategy. He said
the meeting served as an opportunity for all in attendance to
familiarize themselves with the country’s reform agendas.
Mr Alongkorn added that another meeting will be held on November 14 to
inform Thai ambassadors stationed in foreign countries of current
efforts to foster reconciliation, reduce inequality and eliminate
The number of people diagnosed with Dengue Fever rises in many provinces
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has
rejected rumors that a new strain of Dengue Fever was found in the
country. However, authorities are expressing concern over an increasing
risk of an outbreak of the disease.
Department of Disease Control Deputy Director-General Dr. Opas
Karnkawinpong quoted the Bureau of Epidemiology as saying that since
January 1st until November 2nd, over 100,000 people have contracted
Dengue Fever. Among them, 102 died.
Phetchaburi province had the highest number of Dengue Fever patients,
followed by Rayong, Ratchaburi, Uthai Thani and Prachinburi. Authorities
are also concerned about the situation in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai
and Bangkok, as more people could be infected with the disease. However,
no new strain of Dengue Fever has been found in the country.
Meanwhile, 11,584 people have been diagnosed with Dengue Fever in four
lower northeastern provinces. 13 people have died from the disease.
Nakhon Ratchasima saw the highest number, with 5,621 infected people and
9 deaths. Statistics show the number of people infected with Dengue
Fever has increased five-fold this year.
In Ang Thong province, authorities are spraying risky areas in a bid to
get rid of mosquitoes. 20 more people have been infected with the
disease, brining the the total to 957 in the province. No deaths have
been reported in Ang Thong.
Ministry of Culture to organize Loy Kratong Festival
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Culture and several other agencies will
jointly organize Loy Kratong festival on November 25.
Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat said those agencies which will
organize the yearly floats festival include the Department of
Environmental Quality Promotion, the Ministry of the Interior, the
Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Office of Transport and Traffic
Policy and Planning, the Royal Thai Police and Public Relations
Department and the Ministry of Culture.
The festival will focus on the preserving of the Thai culture, rivers,
canals and Thainess while people will be suggested to use biodegradable
objects used as materials for the making of Kratong floats, preserve the
Thai culture, dress decently and refrain from drinking alcoholic
beverages, playing with fireworks or releasing lanterns in risk areas.
There will be more buses, trains and flights provided for the
festival-goers. Such plans for the organizing of Loy Kratong are yet to
be submitted to the cabinet for approval on November 17.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Department will also organize Loy
Kratong Festival which members of the public are invited to join from
November 23 until November 25 with a focus on creating Thai values.
A Music in the Garden Concert and traditional and cultural shows
including a Loy Kratong parade with over 500 people will be performed on
Newly established Airsport Federation of Asia elects its first president
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Airsport Federation of Asia has
been established, with its headquarters based in Thailand and Group
Captain Veerayuth Didyasarin elected as its first President.
The organization was established during its inaugural meeting, hosted by
the Royal Aeronautic Sports Association of Thailand. The meeting also
elected its first president, where Group Captain Veerayuth received the
majority of votes from member nations of the federation, namely Lao PDR,
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, the
Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.
Group Captain Veerayuth plans to elevate aeronautic sports to the Asian
and global levels, aiming to include them into such competitions as the
2016 Asian Beach Games in Vietnam, 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, 2018 SEA
Games in Indonesia, and most importantly, the 2020 Summer Olympics in
Tokyo, Japan. The Group Captain would persuade SEA Games and Olympic
officials to include aeronautic sports in their respective
He said local aeronautic athletes would have more opportunity to improve
their skills, thanks to the establishment of the federation’s center in
U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies Hosts Introductory Reception
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Embassy of the United States in
Bangkok organised a welcome reception for the newly appointed U.S.
Ambassador to Thailand on the evening of the 10th of Novemeber.
H.E. Glyn T. Davies is the new U.S. Ambassador to Thailand after being
nominated by President Obama to the position on April 14.
Important Thai government officials were in attendance such as Minister
of the Prime Minister's Office, M.L. Panadda Diskul, and Bangkok
Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as well as other ambassadors from
H.E. Mr. Davies gave a speech expressing his appreciation to Thailand
for giving him such a warm welcome. He has been stationed in Thailand
for seven weeks now and so far the Ambassador has visited six provinces
including Chiang Mai, Trat, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Petchaburi and
Ratchaburi. The ambassador said that he has learned a lot and has gotten
to know Thailand much better since coming here and he can see that
Thailand and the United States have many things in common and that Thai
people have a deep affection for Americans.
The ambassador spoke of the high regard that the United States holds for
Thailand and the deep relationship between the countries for nearly two
centuries, collaborating on a wide range of issues. He specifically
highlighted joint efforts to advance regional security, trade and
investment, enhancing public health, while assisting refugees and
displaced persons. He also mentioned the collaborations in fighting
against the spread of illegal drugs, wildlife and human trafficking and
transnational crimes and working to protect the environment. The
ambassador said that he would like to see the United States and
Thailand’s activities in these areas to continue.
The ambassador expressed that he would like to see Thailand become
stronger, more prosperous, and to move forward on the path to achieving
true democracy, and that Thailand will continue to play a leading
regional role as it has since the middle of the last century.
Automobile policies to be revised to enhance credibility
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Land Transport
will revise its public and private automobile
policies in a bid to increase the public’s
confidence in the country’s land transportation
policies and services.
Sanit Promwong, Director-General of the
Department of Land Transport, spoke today of the
department’s 2016 policy which will emphasize
fast and efficient services.
He said the department aims to enhance its
automotive engineering industry to match
international standards to ensure the safety of
public transportation vehicles. The department
will also install GPS navigation systems on
public vehicles and clearly display the
identification cards of the drivers.
As for private vehicles, the department will
enforce inspection policies of vehicles and
enhance the credibility of driver licenses by
revising the content tests and the standards of
Myanmar nationals returning to Thailand after elections
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) - Myanmar nationals have begun
returning to Thailand after traveling to participate in the country’s
first free elections in 25 years.
At the Mae Sai border crossing in Chiang Rai province, which connects to
the Myanmar town of Tachilek, Thai immigration authorities reported a
daily average of 6,000 Myanmar nationals crossing the border to cast
their votes, most of whom have already returned to Thailand.
The political situation in Myanmar remains stable so far, with no signs
of resistance to the election's results. Myanmar’s opposition National
League for Democracy Party is expected to win a landslide victory over
the ruling military government.
Sky lanterns discouraged during Loy Krathong
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has
called on the public not to use sky lanterns during Loy Krathong
festival this year. Those who need to use one must inform the AoT in
written form seven days in advance.
President of the AoT Nitinai Sirisamatthakan said if necessary, a sky
lantern could be used during the times which did not affect aviation at
the AoT’s six airports, including Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket,
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai. The AoT had asked airlines to
arrange flights, especially in the northern region, during the festival
by avoiding flying after 9 PM on 25 November 2016, said the president.
People can use sky lanterns after 9.30 PM in Chiang Rai from 24 - 25
November 2015 and smoke lanterns from 10 PM - 12 AM on 25 November 2015.
The sky lanterns allowed to use must be smaller than 90 centimeters in
diameter and 140 centimeters high. They must not be made from sky-like
Security systems inspected in risky areas ahead of national events
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Cabinet to consider declaring Dec 11 a public holiday
Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn
The Deputy Prime Minister is preparing to submit
a proposal to the Cabinet calling for December
11, the date of BIKE FOR DAD, to be a public
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak
Patimapragorn reiterated that the government has
not yet announced December 11 to be a public
holiday. On December 11, the Kingdom of
Thailand, as well as Thais living abroad, will
celebrate His Majesty the King's 88th birthday
anniversary with the cycling event, BIKE FOR
Related agencies from the public and private
sector have said that if December 11 is declared
a public holiday, then it will ease the
administration of the activity. However, all
parties have reported readiness and have focused
on the safety and convenience of participants.
Suvarnabhumi Airport expects 160,000 passengers per day during high season
BANGKOK,(NNT) – More than 100,000 passengers are
expected to pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport on
a daily basis during the high season.
The director of Suvarnabhumi Airport said the
airport will be handling up to 160,000
passengers a day during winter which is a high
season. The high season starts on October 25th,
2015 and will end on March 26th, 2016. During
this period, the director said there will be a
total of 969 flights a day, 96 of which will be
passenger flights, 9 cargo flights, and the
remaining 19 flights will be under a codeshare
A codeshare agreement is an aviation business
arrangement where two or more airlines share the
Suvarnabhumi Airport is the largest airport in
Thailand and serves as an aviation hub in
Southeast Asia that attracts airlines from
across the globe and leads the way to countries
in South and Southeast Asia.
Winter draws tourists to hot springs in Chiang Rai
CHINAG RAI,(NNT) - Hot springs in the northern
province of Chiang Rai are popular among
tourists during this period when the temperature
decreases. The lowest temperature in the
province is 20C in the morning and at night.
One of the most popular hot springs flocked by
the local people and tourists is Pa Tueng hot
spring on Mae Chan - Fang road in Chan district.
Believed to relieve skin conditions and joint
pains, the hot spring spurts water of 70 - 109C
about 10 meters above the ground. There are
pools and gardens surrounding it for people to
relax and enjoy.
People who are traveling to Chiang Rai’s famous
Doi Mae Salong usually stop by Pa Tueng hot
spring conveniently located on the way to the
Bike For Dad participants surpass 450,000
SURAT THANI,(NNT) – Rehearsals for BIKE FOR DAD continue in
different provinces as the eagerly-awaited event nears.
In the South, Surat Thani Governor Wongsiri Promchana, lead a
group of bikers to cycle from the governor’s residential area to
Tambon Makham Tia Health Promotion Hospital.
In Songkhla, Governor Songpol Swastham and leading members of
the Songkhla Province Red Cross Chapter, today accompanied BIKE
FOR DAD riders to survey the 29-kilometer route designated for
the activity. The trip starts from the city hall and passes a
number of landmarks of the province.
The number of BIKE FOR DAD participants in Bangkok has already
reached the limit of 99,999. In other provinces, cyclists taking
part in the project already number more than 360,000. Around
10,000 Thai people living overseas have also registered to join
Government asks factories not to dump untreated waste in water
Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The government is urging all factories to use
proper methods to treat waste before disposal. In the meantime,
the public has been asked to use water in the most efficient way
due to possible water shortages in the future.
Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Government Spokesperson, said Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had instructed responsible
agencies – the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,
the Ministry of Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives – to inspect waste water dumped into waterways
across Thailand. The Premier also asked factories to treat
harmful waste in the most environmentally-friendly way possible
as well as preserve natural resources in the areas where they
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CAPTION:Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd
Speaking about possible water shortages in the future, the
spokesperson said members of the public should use water more
efficiently while agriculturists should refrain from off-season
cultivation, given that the amount of water the country has may
not be enough for off-season farming.
A recent survey shows that there are 6.7 billion cubic meters of
water in 4 major dams including Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Kwae
Noi Dam and Pa Sak Jolasid Dam. However, the amount of water
that can be used for consumption is only 4.24 billion cubic
meters. It is anticipated that demand for water in the year 2016
is approximately 3.5 billion cubic meters, which leaves 747
million cubic meters of water for the country to manage risks
such as a severely unexpected drought.