Scores of people get their Bike For Dad shirts at National Stadium
BANGKOK,(NNT) - A large number of people traveled to
receive shirts of the BIKE FOR DAD cycle event on the second day,
commending the handing out of the shirts for its systematic management
and speediness. Those who fail to receive a BIKE FOR DAD shirt during
these two days can get one on 6 December 2015.
BIKE FOR DAD shirts were handed out for the second day on Sunday at the
National Stadium for the event’s bikers, disabled people as well as
other people who had registered for the shirts and gifts. An ID card and
hard copy or SMS of the registration document were required to be
presented in order to receive the shirt, cyclist’s ID, bicycle’s ID and
Apart from the shirts, BIKE FOR DAD also gives gifts sponsored by the
Supreme Commander Gen. Sommai Kaotira said the handing out of BIKE FOR
DAD shirts today ran smoothly. As for those who did not get the shirts
and gifts on 28 - 29 November, they could still get them at the Armed
Forces Development Command in Don Mueang on 6 December from 8 AM - 5 PM,
said the supreme commander.
Governments Effort to Boost Tourism
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed all
relevant agencies to proceed with their plans to promote
tourism. The ways to promote tourism should also be adjusted in
response to the demand of the new generation.
Government Spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd quoted
the Prime Minister as saying that the number of international
tourists visiting Thailand has been on the rise. The Cabinet has
approved several measures and projects for tourism promotion.
The Prime Minister wanted to see the progress of the
implementation of these measures and projects. Among them is the
organizing of the festival "Thailand: Marina Hub of ASEAN” from
January to February 2016 in Phuket.
He pointed out that the project must link with various
countries, especially Singapore. The issues concerning marine
tourism and coastal tourism have already been raised for
discussion with Vietnam.
The Prime Minister also heard a report from Minister of Tourism
and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul that international tourist
arrivals in Thailand now stand at 29.5 million, exceeding the
target of 28.8 million set at the beginning of 2015. About 24.7
million international tourists visited Thailand in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in
cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration,
announced the launch of the 36th Thailand Tourism Festival, to
be held from 13 to 17 January 2016 at Lumphini Park in Bangkok.
The five-day Thai tourism showcase is aimed at attracting local
residents and tourists from all corners of the world.
According to TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, the festival will
provide a platform to raise awareness of Thai culture,
traditions, heritage, and simple ways of life. It will also
stimulate travel driven by the unique identities of
multicultural communities across Thailand.
Following the success of the Thailand Tourism Festival 2015, the
Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 will not only highlight colorful
festivals and vibrant local fairs from all parts of the country
all year round, but will also underline the beautiful Thai way
of life, along with world-famous Thai hospitality.
Mr. Yuthasak said that TAT plans to elevate this festival to an
international level and to develop a further understanding of
environmental mindfulness among Thai tourists. Campaigns will be
launched for no littering, no drinking alcohol, and no smoking
at tourist sites. Thai people will also be encouraged to be good
hosts and join in the country’s sustainable tourism development,
so that Thailand retains its position as the leading destination
It is expected that thousands of local residents and
international visitors will come along and take part in
discovering the latest in Thailand’s tourism offerings during
the five-day event.
Provincial Waterworks Authority launches ad hoc drought response centers
– The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has launched ad hoc drought
response centers across the country to cope with the drought crisis next
PWA Govenor Rattana Kitchawan disclosed that the PWA had prepared a
budget of over four billion baht to implement three phases of
drought-relief plans. The first phase entails canal-digging and dredging
and pipe-laying tasks. The second phase consists of 17 projects aimed at
seeking additional water sources. The long-term measure involves
nationwide water management for 2017 to 2018.
PWA has also sought a loan of 1.7 billion baht to enhance its service
and crisis-relief tasks such as expansion of service areas,
establishment of ad hoc drought response centers, and disaster
monitoring and assessment.
PWA has in addition cooperated with different agencies, including the
PTT, the Royal Thai Army, the Provincial Electricity Authority and the
Department of Groundwater Resources in water supply missions for
drought-hit areas. The PWA governor added those needing help can call
PWA hotline 1662.
Pichit warns public to prepare for chilly weather
PICHIT,(NNT) – The general public in Pichit Province
are warned to prepare for the cold weather, the winter season
The governor of Pichit Chatporn Rajdussadee has notified farmers and the
general public in the province's affected areas to brace for a drop in
temperature by 6-8 degree Celsius by 29 November 2015, as forecasted by
the Meteorological Department.
The public are also advised to be cautious of common diseases and
complications that occur frequently during the cold and windy period, as
well as damages to property and agricultural crops. Individuals wishing
to set up bonfires for warmth must be extra cautious for fire accidents.
Road users are also encouraged to be more cautious while driving, as
dense fog may affect visibility in some areas of the province during the
next 4-5 days.
The province's change in during this period is caused by a strong high
pressure from China which covers the upper part of Thailand, causing the
temperature in the Northern and Northeastern regions to be chilly, with
cold weather expected on mountaintops.
Government to observe World Soil Day
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Land Development Department and
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly organize World Soil Day
celebrations in the US and Italy.
The events which focus on the theme ”Soils, a Solid Ground for Life”
will be held on 5th December at the United Nations Headquarters in New
York and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
(FAO) in Rome.
HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha will participate in the activities on behalf
of HM the King and will lecture on HM the King’s royal speech related to
the UN’s motto ‘Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life’. HRH Princess
Bajrakitiyabha will also present soil monoliths to the UN headquarters
and the FAO. The monoliths will be installed at both venues.
In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) resolved to
propose the 5th of December as World Soil Day to raise awareness of the
importance of soil. The UN General Assembly later in 2013 declared 5th
of December as the World Soil Day.
The Land Development Department will also organize an event between 3th
and 6th December to educate the public on the significance of soil in
the eco-system and highlight HM the King’s roles in soil conservation.
A walk-and-run activity will be held on 5th December in celebration of
HM the King’s birthday at Wachira Benjatat Park (or Railway Park).
Interested persons can download an application form via
www.ldd.go.th/ldd/ or call 1122 for more information.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration gearing up for BIKE FOR DAD
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Office of Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) says road repairs and the installation of street
lights and CCTV cameras will be completed this month before the BIKE FOR
DAD event in December.
BMA Deputy Permanent Secretary Jakkapan Phewngarm said Bangkok officials
have made significant progress in the maintenance of public facilities
and expects to finish by November 28.
As for city decorations, Mr. Jakkapan said they will be completed on
December 9, two days ahead of the cycling event. There will also be ten
district officials and five soldiers stationed at regular intervals
along the bike route to provide water and snacks to any bystanders, many
of whom will wait to catch a glimpse of His Royal Highness Crown Prince
Kalasin to spend 37 million baht on anti-drought measures
KALASIN,(NNT) - The northeastern province of Kalasin
will spend about 37 million baht on anti-drought measures, while the
water level in the Yom River in Phichit province is reaching a critical
A video conference was held between the Kalasin administration and the
Ministry of Interior and the Department of Agricultural Extension
(DOAE), about drought handling measures and assistance projects to
support farmers during 2015-2016. The meeting agreed to seek a budget of
37 million baht from the government’s central fund to help
agriculturalists who have turned to cultivation of drought-tolerant
crops in December 2015.
The DOAE asked the province carefully review each and every project,
stressing that the disbursement must be done in accordance with the
regulations and the need of the locals.
Meanwhile, Phichit Province has recently reported that the water level
of Yom River has reached the lowest point in 20 years, forcing residents
in Sam Ngam district to float their krathong during the Loy Krathong
celebration in a pond of the local temple instead.
Playgrounds built from recycled shampoo bottles given to children with special needs
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Six playgrounds have been built from
recycled shampoo bottles for children with special needs as tribute to
His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 88th Birthday on 5 December
The six projects were a result of cooperation among the Office of the
Basic Education Commission (OBEC), P&G Foundation for the Society and
the Resources Management for Sustainability Foundation. The three
organizations have plans to build a total of 88 children playgrounds
from recycled plastic bottles for children with special needs. They
officially handed over the sixth playground to the Bangkok governor in a
The latest playground is located in the compound of the Children’s
Museum in Chatuchak district. Around 10,000 colorful shampoo bottles
were used for the construction.
Eighty-two more playgrounds to be built with recycled plastic bottles
will continue under the campaign aimed at improving the mobility,
visibility and mental development of children with physical
Prime Minister's Office holds monthly almsgiving ceremony
BANGKOK, 27 November 2015 (NNT) - The Office of the
Prime Minister held its monthly almsgiving ceremony as part of its
effort to preserve Thai culture while promoting OTOP products from
PM's Office Permanent Secretary Pol Gen Aek Angsananont offered rice to
99 Buddhist monks as part of the office’s tradition of holding an
almsgiving ceremony every last Friday of the Month.
OTOP products featured at the ceremony included traditional Thai
garments from Huai Rat District in Buri Ram Province, sink stone mortars
from Chonburi Province, traditional and modern desserts from Ratchaburi
Province and gourami fish chilly paste from Samut Prakan Province.
Thailand-China hold joint air show, celebrate 40th anniversary
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit
Wongsuwan and Royal Thai Air Force Commander-in-Chief ACM Treetod
Sonjance along with the heads of Thailand’s military branches witnessed
an air show held to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between
Thailand and China.
The event taking place in Nakorn Ratchasima Province marked the first
full air show held jointly by the two countries both to enhance
cooperation between the countries’ air forces and to celebrate
successful diplomatic ties.
Thailand showcased its F-16 fighter jet and a JAS 39C Gripen fighter jet
along with China's twelve stunt flyers of the August 1st Aerobatic Team
Prime Minister gives first policy statement for 2016 fiscal year
BANGKOK, 27 November 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered his policy statement to high ranking state
officials and called for a swift policy implementation.
The Prime Minister remarked that the meeting serves as a venue for
agencies to exchange views and to expedite the implementation of various
policies. The government wishes to ensure that its national agenda is
carried out according to the country's roadmap, the effort of which
requires coordination between ministries and provincial administrative
Gen Prayut said the Ministry of Interior has been tasked with preventing
all ill-intended groups from disrupting the country’s progress.
The event also marked the first policy statement for 2016 fiscal year by
the prime minister, with the Budget Bureau issuing a summary of its
achievements and offering suggestions on budget allocations and
Constitution Drafting Committee to gather opinions in Songkhla
SONGKHLA, 27 November 2015 (NNT) – The Constitution
Drafting Committee (CDC) is set to visit Songkhla Province on 29
November 2015 to gather public opinion regarding the constitution
The CDC and King Prajadhipok's Institute (KPI) will be holding a public
hearing forum at Lee Garden Plaza Hotel, Hat Yai District, Songkhla
Province on 29 November 2015 to inquire the public’s opinion that will
be taken as consideration of the constitution drafting process.
The forum will be chaired by the CDC vice chairman Apichart
Sukhagganond, with topics including citizens’ rights, decentralization,
government duties, and national reform.
The forum will also include a seminar on the regulations of online
comments, participation, and brainstorms, officiated by the KPI's Civil
Politics Promotion Office Director Supanat Permpoonwiwat.
Thailand-Japan strike deals in economy, science and technology
TOKYO,(NNT) – Thailand and Japan have established additional
cooperations in economy, science, and technology during the Thai
delegate's visit to Japan.
A team of Thai economic officials, led by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid
Jatusripitak, along with the Ministers of Transport, Commerce, Industry,
ICT, Science and Technology, and Tourism and Sports, is now in Japan
during an official visit to discuss economic matters with their Japanese
On this occasion, Minister of Science and Technology Pichet
Durongkaveroj met with Japan’s Minister of State for Science and
Technology Policy Aiko Shimajiri. Both sides agreed to establish the
Climate Change Technology Transfer Center, and a research center for
science, technology, and innovation policies with the assistance from
Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. Both countries
will also establish the National Space Program with cooperation from the
Overseas Space Working Group.
The Minister of Science then called to Japan’s Minister of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hiroshi Hase, and signed a
memorandum of understanding to establish a joint research center for
energy and the environment within the Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology
and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) during early 2016. Both sides also
agreed to setup a manufacturing/engineering training center for
engineers and technicians, which will serve to support Japanese
companies in Thailand and the Mekong region.
The Thai Minister of Science and the Minister of Industry Atchaka
Sibunruang also co-hosted the Food Innopolis exhibition to attract
Japanese foods companies to invest and develop in projects, with
incentives such as tax reduction for researchers, and tax reduction for
research and development.
The Minister of Science also participated in the Innovation Network
Corporation of Japan (INCJ) meeting, which is a network of the
government agencies and 26 private companies to generate funding in
management technology for new entrepreneurs through open innovation
Oil slick examined west of Pai Island
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Geo-Informatics and Space
Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) (GISTDA) has
examined an oil slick west of Pai Island off Tambon Naklua, Banglamung
district, Chonburi province. The information was provided by the
COSMO-SkyMed on November 23, 2015 at 6.02 p.m. The oil slick covers an
area of about 2.99 square kilometers floating on the sea surface,
located about 16 kilometers off the coast of Pai Island.
According to an analysis on the movement of the oil slick with the
stream information from the coastal radar system from November 23, 2015
(6 p.m.) - November 24, 2015 (8 a.m.), the oil slick moved four
kilometers towards the South and back four kilometers towards the North
which was the same location with a speed of 0.36 kilometer per hour
(8.64 kilometers per day). GISTDA examined the movement of the oil slick
in the past two days (November 21 to November 23, 2015) to detect the
area from where the oil slick should have originated. The oil slick may
have come from the northeast, about 11 kilometers away.
GISTDA has forecast the oil slick will move in the southwest direction
with an average speed of no more than 0.36 kilometer per hour until
Liver cancer most commonly found in Thai people among all cancers
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Medical Services Department has
announced that liver cancer is the most commonly found cancer in Thai
people. There are approximately 20,000 patients of liver cancer each
year which is most commonly found in men. The death rate is
approximately 15,000 per year.
Two types of liver cancer most commonly found in Thailand include liver
cell cancer caused by the hepatitis B virus and bile duct cancer caused
by liver fluke from nitrate and nitrite found in such food as sour
pickled fish and bacon.
The general symptoms of liver cancer start from unexplained decrease in
one's appetite. As the tumor grows, it may cause symptoms of pain in the
right side of the abdomen or a feeling of fullness when eating. Some
patients may have worsen symptoms of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis,
which often precedes the development of cancer of the liver. For
example, patients may have some unexplained weight loss, cachexia,
increased swelling of the feet and abdomen and the yellowing of the eyes
and skin. People found with these symptoms should immediately consult a
doctor for diagnosis.
Consumer confidence picks up first time in 10 months
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Thai consumer confidence index in
October 2015 increased for the first time in 10 months after the
government imposed short-term economic stimulus measures.
Director of the Fiscal Policy Office Kritsada Chinawicharana on Thursday
said the October consumer confidence index was 62.2, rising for the
first time since the beginning of the year. Apart from the government's
economic stimulus measures, other factors contributing to the improved
consumer confidence included decreasing oil price as well as the
government's policy to boost consumption and domestic investment, said
This year's oil price is expected to be stable at 53 USD/barrel.
The Thai economy in the fourth quarter will likely continue to expand
until 2016 with a growth estimate of 3.8%, mainly due to infrastructure
As for the export sector in October 2015, it continued to drop by 8.1%,
especially exports in the category of agricultural products, following
slowdown of the global economy as well as economies of Thailand's trade
partners. The exports of agricultural products contracted by 4.8%
Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses
BANGKOK (AP) — Poultry exported to Europe from
factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate
labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility
charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is
reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor
abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.
The groups Finnwatch and Swedwatch said in a report released in Thailand
that they found abuses at six factories that process broiler meat,
including exorbitant recruitment fees, illegal confiscation of personal
documentation and forced labor.
Earlier this week, the food conglomerate Nestle SA announced it has
found that impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by
false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in its
supply chain. Most migrant workers are from Myanmar and Cambodia.
Nestle's announcement followed reports from news outlets and
nongovernmental organizations that tied brutal and largely unregulated
working conditions to the company's shrimp, prawns and Purina brand pet
foods. Nestle's findings echo those of The Associated Press in reports
this year on slavery in the seafood industry that have resulted in the
rescue of more than 2,000 fishermen.
The report by Finnwatch and Swedwatch explores the employment conditions
of migrant workers in Thailand's poultry industry.
"Migrant workers hired by companies exporting to the EU and other
markets are often exposed to repeated violations of human and labor
rights by employers and subcontractors as well as corrupt officials,"
the report said. "Many of them become victims of debt bondage" due to
excessive recruitment fees they were often forced to pay, it said.
Other abuses include a lack of health insurance despite having fees for
it deducted from their salaries, the confiscation of passports and work
permits to tie workers to their workplace, and the use of child labor.
CP Foods Public Co. Ltd., two of whose factories received a mostly
favorable evaluation in the report, issued a pre-emptive response
earlier this month.
Senior Vice President Suchart Sitthichai, manager of the company's
chicken processing plant in the northeast province of Nakhon Ratchasima,
said in a statement that the company respects its migrant workers and
"condemns all exploitation, forms of child labor, forced labor and human
He said the company has been found to meet Thailand's highest labor
standards, reflecting "our spirit to treat all workers under our roof on
a fair, nondiscriminatory standard that meets international labor
CP Foods is part of the CP Group, which is one of Asia's biggest
agribusiness-based conglomerates. The other companies that were
researched — Laemthong Poultry Co.; the Saha Farms Group, operating as
Golden Line Business Co. Ltd.; and the Centaco Group, operating as Sky
Food Co. Ltd. — asserted in published replies to questions from the
researchers that they operated responsibly.
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National Reform Steering Assembly delivers 1-month progress report
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The National Reform Steering
Assembly (NRSA) has expressed satisfaction with its one-month progress.
NRSA Speaker Capt Thinapan Nakata, along with Deputy Speakers Alongkorn
Ponlaboot and Valairat Sriaroon and the NRSA spokesperson team,
delivered its one-month progress report and its plan of action for the
According to the report, the NRSA’s 11 committees and special committee
will, by December 10, submit suggestions to the main assembly on ways
various reform agendas should be implemented.
The NRSA’s work is a continuation of the previous National Reform
Council that identified 37 reform agendas and 8 fields of development.
These agendas will be taken up by the NRSA, which will turn them into
actionable legislation. During this process, the NRSA has met with heads
of various ministries to ask for swift approval of various draft laws.
Ms Valairat added that the public has submitted over 2,000 suggestions
on the new constitution to the NRSA. The NRSA will forward these
suggestions to the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) and will
continue to collect input.
NRSA Spokesperson Kamnoon Sidhisamarn revealed that members of the
reform body will travel across the country along with the CDC and the
National Legislative Assembly to gather input from the locals.
Representatives from the three bodies will visit Chonburi province on
December 8, Nakhon Ratchasima on December 9 and Chiang Mai on December
Ministry of Energy awards 83 power-saving agencies
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Energy Minister General Anantaporn
Kanchanarat has conferred accolades on 83 best-performing agencies at
the Thailand Energy Awards 2015.
The award-winning agencies were selected for their noteworthy
achievements in reducing over 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year
and saving as much as 2.5 billion baht in energy costs.
Gen Anantaporn said the launch of the Thailand Energy Award was aimed at
raising awareness of the need for energy conservation by encouraging
public and private organizations to come up with their own cost-cutting
and power-saving projects.
Participating agencies must excel in at least one of the five
categories, namely alternative energy, power conservation, human
resource, environmentally-constructive campaigns and roles in energy
conservation and alternative energy promotion.
Gen Anantaporn disclosed that the ministry attaches great importance to
energy sustainability, economic stability and environmental
sustainability. Five strategies were issued to boost electricity
production, conserve energy, promote alternative energy, and improve the
management of natural gas and petrol.
Exceptional agencies were also nominated as the country’s
representatives for the ASEAN Energy Awards 2015. They have won 18 out
of 46 awards.
White Ribbon Day held at UN Conference Centre in Bangkok
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security
and the organization, UN Women, together took part in an organized an
event today for International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women, the annual campaign to end violence against women and
children and domestic violence in general. The event took place at the
United Nations Conference Centre.
The White Ribbon symbol, which symbolizes a pledge to not condone,
ignore or commit violence against women, has been taken up as a
universal symbol that promotes an end to such violence every year.
Mr. Lertpanya Buranabandit, Director-General of the Department of
Women’s Affairs and Family Development said today that violence against
women and children is an international issue. The government expects
cooperation to end such violence in Thailand and build positive
attitudes between genders and gender roles from childhood. The
government is calling for a combined response, to end all forms of
violence in Thailand.
This year, the theme of the campaign is “Stop Violence… ASEAN together”
as the 10 ASEAN member countries are joining together in the fields of
politics, security, economics and socio-culture this year. UN Women aims
to raise public awareness about the violence, which will lead to the
collaboration of all sectors in Thailand and all ASEAN countries towards
the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children.
Curtain falls on OTOP TO AEC Fair, revenue tops THB70mn
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The OTOP TO AEC Fair at the Khlong
Phadung Krung Kasem Market has come to a close, generating more than 70
million baht for participating vendors over the 23-day period.
Gen Wilas Aroonsri, Secretary-General to the Prime Minister, today
presided over the closing ceremony of the OTOP TO AEC Fair. In his
speech, he cited the event as a great success and revealed survey
results that indicated visitors’ satisfaction with the types of products
being offered, the overall picture of the fair and its duration.
After having been launched by the Ministry of Interior on November 3rd,
the fair welcomed more than 220,000 visitors and brought in over 70
million baht during its course of 23 days. Gen Wilas stated that the
event successfully established direct contact between sellers and buyers
in compliance with the Prime Minister’s initiative while providing the
public with access to a wide array of quality and affordable OTOP
During the closing ceremony, the Prime Minister’s Secretary-General
presented the Ministry of Commerce with the name plaque of the Khlong
Phadung Krung Kasem Market, designating the Ministry as the host of the
next event which will feature Father’s Day and New Year gifts. It is
scheduled to take place from December 1st to 24th, between 10 am and 7
Royal Thai Army proud to host 16th ACAMM this year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Royal Thai Army is hosting the
16th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM), entitled ‘The
Readiness of ASEAN Armies in Response to the Challenges in the Next 5
Army Chief General Theerachai Nakawanich said army commanders from 10
ASEAN nations have been attending the annual event since 2000, when it
was first initiated by the Royal Thai Army.
General Theerachai said it is an honor for the Royal Thai Army to play
host to ACAMM again this year. He revealed that this year’s meeting is
focused on promoting military cooperation and the army’s roles in
ensuring regional security.
The 16th ACAMM, which is being held at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok,
began on November 22 and will come to an end on November 26.
PM to attend 2015 UN Climate Change Conference
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
confirmed that the Prime Minister will attend the United Nations Climate
Change Conference in Paris, while a government spokesperson has stated
that the European Parliament's invitation to ex-premier Yingluck
Shinawatra is a personal matter, unrelated to state affairs.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai reported that several world leaders,
including Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be attending the UN
Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11. Gen Prayut will take this
opportunity to voice Thailand's support for counter-terrorism efforts,
in light of the recent attacks in Paris.
Thai embassies across the world have been ordered to follow local
developments in their host countries and stand ready to assist Thais
abroad in the event of violence. The order came after the US State
Department issued a worldwide travel alert "due to increased terrorist
Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Weerachon
Sukhontapatipak addressed the European Parliament's invitation last
month to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra to share her insight on the
political situation in Thailand.
He said the details of the invitation have not been unconfirmed and the
government is only aware of information disseminated via mass media. The
government views the invitation as a "personal matter" that does not
concern the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
If Ms. Yingluck chooses to accept the invitation and submits a request
to the NCPO to travel outside of Thailand, Maj Gen Weerachon said the
government will verify the authenticity of the letter, as well as the
purpose of the meeting.
Phuket meets with ambassadors from 5 countries on tourism
PHUKET,(NNT) - Phuket province has held a meeting
with ambassadors from five countries on security measures for tourists
and their cooperation to promote tourism together.
Provincial Governor of Phuket Chamroen Thipyaphongthada on Monday
attended the meeting with the five ambassadors including British
Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent, German Ambassador to Thailand Peter
Prugel, Netherland’s Ambassador to Thailand Karel Hartogh, Canadian
Ambassador to Thailand Philip Calvert and Irish Ambassador to Thailand
Brendan Rogers. The ambassadors officially visited Phuket to thank all
sectors in the province for their assistance for tourists and
expatriates from the five countries.
The governor said Phuket intended to solve the problems proposed by the
ambassadors in the tourists’ best interest.
Shops inspected for licenses of fireworks sales during Loy Kratong Festival
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Office of the Consumer Protection
Board (OCPB) has inspected shophouses in urban areas where fireworks may
be sold during Loy Kratong Festival and checked licenses, labeling,
quality, standards and storage of fireworks.
The main targets for the OCPB inspection were shops for monk supplies in
urban areas and fresh food markets reported to secretly sell fireworks
and firecrackers. Only one shop with fireworks and firecrackers for
sales was found without a license.
The shop owners in question denied the charge of doing business without
license and argued that the authorities could not confiscate their goods
or prosecute them.
Nevertheless, the officials will inspect further and strictly follow
security measures to prevent children and youths from dangers of
firecrackers or fireworks.
Government ensures security for upcoming events
U.S. Ambassador to
Thailand H.E. Glyn Davies
U.S. Ambassador to
Thailand H.E. Glyn Davies & Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan
BBANGKOK,(NNT) – The U.S. ambassador to Thailand
expressed confidence over the kingdom’s security measures, ahead of the
various year end celebrations.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is joining hands with
the police and the Ministry of Interior to tighten security ahead of the
year end celebrations. U.S. Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Glyn Davies met
with Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan
today, during which the two countries discussed cooperating in the fight
against terrorism, the South China Sea territorial dispute, human
trafficking, as well as Thailand’s repatriation of two Chinese activists
back to China. The U.S. ambassador reiterated that the U.S. places
emphasis on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea and wants all
sides to resolve the issue peacefully.
The American ambassador said he hopes that military relations between
Thailand and the United States, which have existed for over 60 years,
will continue to move forward. In addition, he expressed confidence over
Thailand’s security situation and wishes happiness for Thais during the
Loy Krathong festival.
Meanwhile, officials from the French Embassy met with Immigration Bureau
Commissioner Police Major General Nathathorn Prausoontorn to express
gratitude over the bureau’s tightening of security measures following
attacks in Paris. The bureau had earlier contacted the French ambassador
to Thailand to request the names of the suspects, following which
officials at airports and border check points were ordered to strictly
monitor those entering and leaving the country.
Department of Highways finalizes 20-year freeway development proposal
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Highways has
announced that it will finish its freeway development proposal next
Department Deputy Director-General Anon Luangboriboon presided over a
seminar to gather input on the proposal. The project would develop a
total of 21 major freeways over 20 years, from 2017-2036. They would
have a combined length of 6,612 km, connecting all regions in the
The proposal will be finalized in December, after which the department
will seek Cabinet approval.
Mr. Anon admitted that road infrastructure developments have been met
with delays in the past. He blamed these delays on budget restrictions
and difficulties related to land expropriation.
However, he claims this project will be carried out swiftly, due to
government efforts to streamline bureaucracy.
The project would begin with three highways, from Bang Pa-in, Ayutthaya
to Nakhon Ratchasima; Bang Yai, Nonthaburi to Kanchanaburi; and
Patthaya, Chonburi to Map Ta Phut, Rayong.
Door-to-door campaign launched in Bangkok to tackle dengue fever outbreak
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Disease Control has
launched a door-to-door campaign to curb the dengue fever outbreak in
Department Director-General Amnuay Gajeena, along with Kannayao District
Director Udomporn Pattanakowit and several Thai celebrities have visited
homes on Ramintra 69 to raise awareness regarding disease prevention.
Kannayao district reportedly has the lowest dengue fever infection rate
in Bangkok. It was reported that for every 100,000 people in the capital
city, 130 people have the disease. However, only 22 people in Kannayao
have been infected in the past four months.
Dr. Amnuay has advised people to destroy mosquito breeding grounds
around their house. All containers must be sealed off to prevent the
insects from laying eggs, which prefer standing water.
Individuals that are exhibiting dengue symptoms, such as high fever,
muscle pain and loss of appetite, should be taken to the hospital
immediately. People can also contact the Department of Disease Control
for advice on the disease.
Harbor Department launches measures to ensure safety during Loy Kratong Festival
CHONBURI, (NNT) – Chonburi Regional Harbor Office
director Pisut Amornyuth said a large number of people will ride on
sailboats on Loy Kratong’s day while many tourists will attend the
The Harbor Department has launched security measures during Loy Kratong
Festival to prevent and reduce accidents in the waters by calling on
boat operators and pontoon owners to repair any damaged signs. The signs
should clearly state the maximum number and weight of people which the
pontoons can accommodate at a time. Every pontoon must be equipped with
life jackets. Boat owners are suggested to inspect the conditions of
their boats to ensure safety.
The maximum number of passengers should be stated on a label attached to
the boat's side while the life-saving equipment must be in good
condition. Passengers should be careful in boarding and getting out of a
boat. Once on board, all passengers should wear life jackets.
People who may notice water accidents can notify the Chonburi Regional
Harbor Office by calling 038-278346 any day or hotline 1199 available
around the clock.
Thailand uses less styrofoam “Krathong” every year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Pollution Control Department has
pointed out that Thailand tends to use less floating baskets, or
“Krathong,” made of styrofoam every year during the Loy Krathong
Director-General of the Pollution Control Department Wichan Simachaya
said the number of styrofoam floating baskets decreased every year from
2008 - 2015. In 2011, there were around 57,800 styrofoam floating
baskets or 18% of the total floating baskets used during the festival.
The number dropped to 14% in 2012, 12% in 2013 and 10% in 2014.
The department urges the public to help conserve the environment by
using a smaller floating basket and using only one floating basket per
family. The floating baskets should be made of materials such as plants
in order to avoid polluting water sources.
Government has no plan to end free bus & train journeys
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Government says it has no plan to bring an end to
the long-running program of providing free buses and trains to the
Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, government spokesperson, said Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has a clear policy and commitment to
reduce the living expenses of the people, especially low-income earners.
Therefore, it is not true that the government will terminate the free
bus and train policy, he said. However, he acknowledged that there will
be some adjustments to the policy. The spokesman confirmed that the new
policy which is now being studied would only allow certain groups of
people, low-income earners for instance, to have access to free bus and
He said the government has to spend its budget in the most efficient way
possible while maintaining its support for needy people and low-income
The Transport Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of the
Interior and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), is
registering all low-income people in the system, a process which is
expected to be finished in April 2016. People who earn less than 3,632
baht a month and children under the age of 12 will be eligible for bus
and train fare exemptions.
Thais in France & Belgium told to heed security measures
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
cautioned Thai people living in or planning to go to France or Belgium
to stay updated on emergency announcements and to strictly follow
security measures there.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the warning in response to
reports that the French government has decided to extend the state of
emergency for another three months or until 13th February, 2016.
Spokesperson Sek Wannamethee said Thai people should also remain
vigilant at all times while in public places. Those needing help can
contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris via email [email protected] or
call ( 33)6 0359 9705 , ( 33)6 4671 9694.
The Royal Thai Embassy in Belgium has also asked all Thais in Belgium to
be more observant while in crowded areas or places frequently mentioned
by the media. Belgium has now raised its terror alert to the highest
Thai people in Belgium who want to report on emergencies can contact the
Royal Thai Embassy via [email protected] or call (32) 4 70 85 96
Government to review help policy for the poor
Maj Gen Sansern
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The government is to carry out a
countrywide survey to register all the needy as part of its plan to
revamp its policy to help the poor.
PM’s Office Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd disclosed that the
Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of the Interior and Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been tasked with registering
people living below the poverty line across the country. The survey
should be concluded by April next year.
According to Maj Gen Sansern, the government is preparing to launch a
new aid package for low-income earners. Assistance includes free non-air
conditioned bus and train services. Persons eligible for help are those
earning less than 3,632 baht per month and children under 12 years old.
Special 30-day travel passes which will be linked to the E-ticket system
will be offered to people in these groups.
The revamp of the aid scheme is expected to answer the needs of people
who truly lack basic necessities. Meanwhile, the general public, can
still avail themselves of free transport services for the time being.
Chiangmai prepares for ‘Yi Peng’ Festival 2015
Cheng Mai will celebrate its annual “Yi-Peng”
flying lantern festival Nov. 24-26, an event
staged this year with no alcohol.
The festival, which focuses on traditional Lanna
culture, also aims to promote conservation of
local art and help boost tourism to the northern
Chiang Mai provincial chief Boonlert
Buianipakorn said activities planned this year
included a Little Yi-Peng Pageant for young
girls, and parade and float contest outside the
Night Bazaar, a krathong-judging contest and a
Loy Krathong parade.
There also will be an adult pageant for men and
women and an exhibition of “Heat San Hoy”
The opening ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 24
at the Kuang Tha Pae Gate.
This year the release of lanterns will only be
allowed on Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon and
after 9 p.m. Large fireworks also are
The lantern festival is popular among tourists,
but a perennial problem for aviation. Again this
year, Chiang Mai International Airport said in a
statement released to The Associated Press it
will cancel 84 flights, including 12 to
international destinations, during the three-day
festival period. It will also reschedule 51
The Chiang Mai airport urged revelers to respect
a city regulation that residents from five
districts surrounding the airport can only
release lanterns on Nov. 25 after 9 p.m.
Officials will be assigned to monitor the
runways to remove any lanterns, the statement
said. During last year's festival period, 142
lanterns landed on the runway, down from 1,414
in 2013, thanks to awareness campaigns.
Department of Foreign Trade preparing to auction low-quality rice from gov stockpile
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Foreign Trade is
preparing to auction out its first lot of low-quality rice to the
industrial sector, while winners of the auction must have in hands plans
of how they will use the rice stock for. This will prevent the
low-quality rice from being sold for consumption purposes.
The first lot to be auctioned involves a total of 37,000 tons of
low-quality rice from 7 government storehouses located in the provinces
of Chai Nat, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok and Surin.
The department will hold a press conference to explain bidding details
to interested buyers on November 23. It will accept applications for the
bidding on November 30, and will announce the list of eligible buyers on
The move will serve as a test to the bidding process for low-quality
rice after the government has issued a new policy of strictly monitoring
rice being transferred from warehouses to non-food industries to ensure
the rice is not used for consumption. Buyers will need to present proof
of how they will utilize the rice.
Don Muang airport’s terminal 2 to open in December
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Renovation of Don Muang airport’s
passenger terminal 2 is 91.55 percent completed and is scheduled to open
within December 2015.
Currently, Don Muang airport accommodates an average of 90,000-93,000
passengers and 650 flights per day. The passenger terminal 2 will help
reduce the density of passengers at the terminal 1. Given the new
terminal, Don Muang airport will be able to accommodate about 30 million
passengers per year.
The Terminal 2 building at the airport will serve up to 70 percent of
domestic passengers. At initial stage, it will be used by several
airlines, namely Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, Lion Air, Thai Airways and Thai
From November 27, 2015, Don Muang airport will launch Airport LimoBus
Express service with 33 seats. Wireless Internet access will be provided
on the bus. One bus route runs between the airport, Ploenchit area and
Lumpini Park and the other route between the airport and Khao Sarn Road.
Authorities gears up accident prevention measures for Loy Krathong
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PM delivers policy to Thai agencies in Malaysia
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
delivered policy to officials of Thai agencies
in Malaysia during his visit to attend the 27th
ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
He called on the Thai government units in
Malaysia to work as a team and to gather
knowledge and information on economic, social,
political and security matters in order to work
together. Touching on international cooperation,
he said, Thailand aims to be a leader under the
concept of Thailand one ASEAN and ASEAN World
Thailand is yet to develop the country's
mechanisms and potentials while gathering
information about trading partner countries to
create products which will meet their needs, he
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative promotes bamboo cultivation during drought
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperative (MOAC) is promoting bamboo as a new
economic plant for cultivation during the
drought season to create sustainability.
The MOAC Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya has
revealed that the ministry is about to introduce
the cultivation of bamboos in Thailand, along
with the initiation of bamboo processing
industry and markets, to develop bamboos as
another economic plant suitable for cultivation
during the drought season.
He has said that the climate in Thailand is
suitable for cultivating a variety of bamboo
strains, while the plant itself can be used in
many ways, including industrial and energy
production. Bamboos require a short amount of
cultivation time of 3 years, and consume less
amount of water.
The MOAC Minister has added that the MOAC will
work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment (MNRE) to promote and provide
training for farmers on bamboo cultivation in
local areas, and will cooperate with the related
agencies to develop the processing, trading, and
investments related to bamboo.
US ambassador meets Chiang Mai governor
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) – US Ambassador to Thailand
Glyn Townsend Davies has paid a courtesy call on
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart.
During the meeting, the Governor updated the US
Ambassador on economic development projects of
Chiang Mai, including the enlargement of Chiang
Mai International Airport, and a monorail
Mr. Pawin said Chiang Mai had seen a pronounced
transition from an agriculture-based economy
into a tourism-based one over the past decade,
adding that software and organic food were
promising industries of the province.
The US Ambassador voiced his concern about
environmental risks during this period,
particularly haze and wildfires, saying that the
tourism might be affected. The Governor
disclosed that related organizations were
working out solutions to the problems.
As the US Ambassador expressed admiration for
the beautiful nature and tradition and academic
excellence of the province, the Chiang Mai
Governor extended invitations to American
expatriats in Thailand and visitors to come to
PTT to open 48 community gas stations to stimulate local economies
BANGKOK,(NNT) - PTT will unveil 48 community gas stations across
the country as part of the government’s policy to stimulate
CEO and President of the PTT Tewin Wongwanich said the gas
stations will feature products from the community and serve as
resource centers for tourism and health services in a bid to
create wealth in local communities.
In addition, the PTT is revising its 5-year 300 billion Baht
plan to expedite various investment projects after the
government has unveiled various tax benefits for the year 2016
to incentivize the private sector.
The company also plans to utilize the latest technologies to
produce high quality lubricating oil that is on par with
Coordination center to better assist public members during Loy Krathong
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Royal Thai Police has established a mobile
coordination center to provide immediate assistance to the
public during the Loy Krathong Festival.
Deputy Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police Pol Maj Gen Songpol
Wathanachai said the police will build on lessons learned in the
previous year and arrange fast-moving task forces to better
assist citizens and ensuring safety.
The Royal Thai Police has also urged the public to remain
vigilant and report suspicious activities to the authorities.