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Police to issue arrest warrants for 6 more Samui bombing suspects

SURAT THANI, 22 April 2015 (NNT) – Police are preparing to seek arrest warrants for six more suspects involved in the April 10 bombings at Central Festival superstore in Surat Thani province.

The Royal Thai Police disclosed the arrest warrants should be issued within a few days, adding that some of the suspects reportedly have links with previous security cases. Police, however, declined to give further detail. Investigative officials so far have questioned over 30 people.

The military recently detained Abdulroning Dueramae, owner of a used car tent for alleged involvement in the explosion. Initial findings indicated that he arranged for three vehicles to escort the car used for the bombing to the superstore’s car park.

Mr. Abdulroning admitted to having sold three cars more than 10 days before the explosion occurred. He, however, denied any knowledge of those having bought his cars.


Defence Minister claims 60% less violence in southern border provinces

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, claimed that unrest and violence in southern border provinces have mitigated by 60% whereas loss of lives and damage to property has fallen relatively by 40%, compared to the same period of last year.

His claims were made today as part of the announcement of the government’s six-month performance since Oct 2014.

According to him, the southern unrest was one of the most urgent and important issues in Thailand. The government solved the problems in three stages: firstly the instant troubleshooting that was continuing since 2004, secondly the proactive operations in parallel with the sustainable development and the peace-building process.

However, he admitted that the government needed more time for making people in the southern provinces understand its efforts and encouraging them to take part in the peace-building and development process.

Along with Gen Prawit was Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army. He said that during the six months of the government, PM Prayut has set up the Committee on the Mobilization of Southern Border Provinces Policy and Strategies which was chaired by Gen Prawit.

The Committee focused on the overall development, divided into seven fields but still working integratedly. The committee had so far managed to solve problems precisely responding to the public demands.

He added that the peace talks led by chief negotiator Gen Aksara Kerdpol was still working on its tasks, hoping to return peace, order and great benefits to the southern people.


Thailand and Jordan seek to further collaborate in tourism and rainmaking

JAKARTA, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - Thailand and Jordan agreed to further their relations especially in tourism and rainmaking technology to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Thai-Jordanian diplomatic relations in 2016.

The latest agreement was made while Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had a sideline meeting with H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during Asian -African Conference Summit 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In relations to tourism, both leaders saw greater opportunity to boost tourism cooperation between the two countries and the Thai PM vowed to support Jordanian tourists with best efforts.

Thailand and Jordan have signed an MoU on Royal Rainmaking which runs progressively on its plan. However, both countries are in the process of improving the agreement and revising Project Work Plan for better rainmaking efficiency.

In 2016, the two countries have plans to hold a grand celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Thai-Jordanian diplomatic relations. On this occasion, Gen Prayut invited Jordan's King to visit Thailand within this year or no later than next year to mark their bilateral relations.


Deputy PM for economy & Deputy Commerce Minister to attend ASEAN summit

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) – Deputy PM for economy M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula and Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn will be heading to Malaysia next week to attend the 26th ASEAN Summit

According to Mrs. Apiradee, participating nations will discuss the progress of the establishment of ASEAN Economic Committee and map out the policy regarding the mission of AEC after 2015.

On this occasion, M.R. Pridiyathorn and Mrs. Apiradi have planned to propose promotion of a people-centered AEC, improvement of non-tax measures, development of ASEAN agro-sector into the world’s food supplier and enhancement of small and medium businesses.

M.R. Pridiyathorn and Mrs. Apiradi will also partake in other important meetings such as the 13th AEC Council Meeting, a meeting between ASEAN leaders and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and the 13th ASEAN Economic Ministers and EU Trade Commissioner Consultations (AEM-EU Consultations) meeting.

The 26th ASEAN Summit and related discussions are scheduled for April 27 and 28 in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi archipelago.


Thailand disappointed with European Union’s decision to issue a Yellow Card

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT)-On 21 April 2015, the European Union (EU) has issued a yellow card to Thailand.

Although the yellow card does not introduce trade sanctions on European imports of Thai fishery products, it is a source of grave discouragement that the EU has chosen to ignore the very earnest efforts of the past six months by the Royal Thai Government in addressing all issues which once were deemed the causes of IUU fishing.

Thailand is deeply disappointed by the EU’s decision. The Royal Thai Government is now firmly dealing with the issue. It matches words with deeds involving structural changes, law amendments and the passage of new laws, prosecutions, and preventive measures. More importantly, the EU’s decision reflects its failure to recognise the longstanding cooperation between Thailand and the EU’s competent authorities.

Thailand calls on the EU to take into account Thailand’s substantial and tangible progress in combating IUU fishing. The EU’s assessment must be transparent, fair, non-discriminatory, and based on accurate facts and the latest developments.

Thailand will continue to cooperate with the EU to combat IUU activities and promote sustainable fishing. In light of the progress made and the Thai government’s genuine intention, Thailand urges the EU to withdraw the yellow card at the earliest opportunity.

The Royal Thai Government takes allegations of IUU fishing very seriously, and has done so for years. Efforts to tackle illegal fishing and improve the sustainable management of the marine and aquaculture environment are a top political priority. These efforts will continue and are led by Thai officials at the highest levels of government.


Public forum held in Songkhla ahead of petroleum expansion in the Gulf of Thailand

SONGKHLA, 22 April 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of Energy is holding a public forum in Songkhla province today, before the second phase of the petroleum expansion project in the Gulf of Thailand begins.

The forum is aimed at disclosing to the public the details of the project, as well as its impact on the environment, that will be carried out by CEC International Limited, an oil and gas company, which has been granted a concession to expand the offshore gas field 5/43 by the Department of Fuels.

Participants of the forum include the Department of Fuels, Songkhla residents, the media, academics, and those responsible for conducting the required environmental study and public participation.

The project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016, after the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning approves of the environmental impact report.


PM expects great contribution from Thailand Teams worldwide in National Roadmap

JAKARTA, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said today to members of "Thailand Team" who mostly work at Thai Embassies to contribute their power to push forward the Government’s National Roadmap.

His policy statement was made while he had dinner with Thai officials at the Thai Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the occasion of his attendance to the Asian -African Conference Summit 2015.

Gen Prayut emphaiszed the government welcomed any useful suggestions or initiatives from Thai officials. He asked all of them to protect Thailand’s benefits and well cooperate with ASEAN partners for utmost benefits of the whole region.

This morning at 9 a.m. local time, Gen Prayut attended the opening ceremony of the Asian -African Conference Summit 2015 which was held at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).


Kampaeng Phet central prison signs MoU on improving prisoners' prospects before release

KAMPAENG PHET, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - Kampaeng Phet central prison has signed an MoU on looking after and improving prisoners' attitudes before they return to society.
The Governor of Kampaeng Phet presided over the signing by 12 other related organizations. The corrections department of the justice ministry, has a policy enabling prisons and penitentiaries to collaborate with social networks on the treatment of prisoners. It is thought that for prisoners to become good citizens again, they will need acceptance from society, and will also have to obtain a fair level of working skills to be able to survive in a community, which is something the corrections department can not provide on its own.
The department needs assistance from various related organizations in providing prisoners with skills and health information so they are able to return to the society. Such a move gives them the ability to make a living and look after their own family and not go back to make the wrong decisions again.
The MoU saw 12 organizations sign the agreement to help overcome the behavioral problems of prisoners and turn them into better people. This move is in line with the government's laws and policies including lifting prisoners' health and lifestyle standards, providing assistance to prisoners and their families, improving prisoners' skills and encouraging them to seek employment, while first preparing them to be released back into society and financially assisting them after imprisonment.


Industry Minister claims success achievement after 6 months of Prayut's administration

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - The Industry Minister has lauded the ministry’s six-month performance, following the successful execution of its plans and solving private sector complaints.

Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said that most private operators expressed their satisfaction with the ministry’s performance between 12 Sep 2014 and 12 Mar 2015.

Several official procedures have been streamlined and relaxed, generating 570 billion baht in investment capital and creating 100,000 new jobs. The ministry has forecast the investment value of the industrial sector will reach one billion baht by the end of 2015.

These eased procedures mostly involved issuances of different types of approvals, aimed at facilitating business operators and driving economic growth.

For example, the approval period for factory licenses was shortened from 90 days to 30 days. Consequently, 2,528 new factories have been approved since this administration came into power.

Approval periods were also shortened for mining leases and exclusive prospecting licenses, the Thai Industrial Standards (TIS) certificate, and the Land Use and Operation Permit for industrial estates. During the six-month period, the ministry granted mine exploration licenses for 188 plots, 2,873 TIS certificates, and 6,000 permits for industrial estates.

The ministry also emphasized improved industrial waste management, which has become a national agenda. It has set a goal of properly disposing 1.5 million tonnes of the waste for a total of three million tonnes in five years. Illegal dumping will be prosecuted with a harsher punishment of up to two years in prison and/or a fine of 200,000 baht.

As for the next six months, the ministry has planned to launch another six projects, such as the establishment of a 900-rai Tire Test Center, with an initial budget of 2.850 billion baht. Officials are currently conducting a site survey, shortlisting Sanam Chai Khet district in Chachoengsao Province.


Commercial diplomats to swiftly clarify Thai fishery situation to the world

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce has assigned commercial attaches worldwide to make urgent clarifications regarding Thailand’s ongoing efforts to solve problems in its fishing sector.

Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn disclosed that an order has been issued for the Department of International Trade Promotion to have commercial envoys stationed in Thailand’s trade partner countries promptly create an understanding with local trade authorities concerning issues surrounding Thai fishery.

The deputy minister said the envoys are to emphasize Thailand’s commitment and relentless efforts to tackle various problems in the fishing industry. She also hopes importers of Thai products will be convinced that the issue has received the greatest attention from the Thai government and their perception of Thai goods will not be tarnished.

Such clarifications are deemed necessary after the European Union recently issued a yellow card to Thailand for its non-compliance with the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Regulation. The yellow card is considered the EU’s warning for Thailand to improve its fishing standard and fix all pressing problems by formulating a concrete action plan against IUU fishing.

Ms Apiradee voiced belief that all problems will be addressed in a matter of six months. In the meantime, she said the Commerce Ministry has prepared alternative markets, such as Eastern Europe and the CLMV group, to accommodate Thai fishery products in place of the EU market.


Defense Ministry: Thailand more peaceful in last 6 months

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the nation has been more at peace since the current administration came into office while feeling confident that happiness will be restored among the people.

In his capacity as Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan opened a press conference to declare the ministry’s works during the past six months. In his speech, Gen Prawit affirmed that the ministry has made tremendous progress in the government-assigned duties of fostering national reconciliation and addressing social conflict. Overall, he claimed the situation in the country appears to be calmer and more peaceful even though there remain some groups who disapprove of the government.

Other major accomplishments during the six-month period include the prevention of drug trafficking and illegal immigration in border areas, reorganization of public spaces and suppression of crimes. The ministry has also been an active mediator in the South China Sea dispute.

The minister vowed that the government and the National Council for Peace and Order will speed up their efforts to lay down a new and improved foundation for the next government while concurrently returning happiness to the Thai people.

Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Minister and Army Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, who accompanied Gen Prawit on this occasion, expressed satisfaction over the ministry’s peace-building operations in the Deep South. He said, since October 2014, the number of insurgent attacks has dropped 60 percent while the death toll has decreased 40 percent.


Transport Minister content with 6-month performance

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) – Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong has expressed satisfaction over his ministry’s work progress in the last six months though admitting that several projects have been faced with delays.

While delivering the Transport Ministry’s six-month progress report, ACM Prajin affirmed the ministry has pushed forward a number of important projects for the benefit of national economy, society and public members. He rated his satisfaction with the ministry’s works under the eight-point policy at 62.5 percent.

The minister added that a transport infrastructure development strategy for the year 2015-2022 has already been drawn up. The strategy consists of five work plans, which concern the improvement of inter-provincial railway, development of public transport systems in Bangkok and its vicinities, increase of highway connectivity with neighboring countries, upgrade of water transport networks and enhancement of air transport services.

Furthermore, the Transport Ministry has plans to build bicycle tracks in many areas around the country and to use Para rubber in road construction and maintenance as a way to support rubber farmers.

Despite satisfactory achievements so far, ACM Prajin conceded that delays have been reported in many projects due to obstacles in such procedures as procurement, environmental impact assessment and land expropriation.


4th army commander: Better situation in far south

PATTANI, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - The present situation in the deep southern provinces is reportedly better than last year with a 61% decrease in fatalities and a 43% decrease in casualties.

Commander of the Fourth Army Area Command Lt. Prakan Chonlayut on Wednesday said the army was proactively making people in the region understand its work and feel confident in officers’ operations. Relevant government units cooperated in terms of security, development and civil service which met the needs of local people, the commander said. He also stressed that army officers adhered to the laws and peaceful means, respect human rights and operate with transparency.

One of the army’s policies in the deep south was to strengthen local people and civic societies in line with the “Thung yang Daeng” model. Each day, 25,000 people in 37 districts helped provide security for their communities. This proved that there were more local people who rejected violence and took side with the government, said the commander.


Thailand offers Tunisia help in various fields

JAKARTA, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has offered Thailand’s expertise in various fields to Tunisia, seeking to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

His offers were made when he had a sideline meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche during Asian -African Conference Summit 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Thai offers covered experiences in the fields of education, tourism, fisheries, public health and business management as well as trade and investment.


Land Transport Department has no policy to cancel paper-based driving license

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - The Land Transport Department has confirmed that holders of paper-based driving license do not need to change their license to a Smart-Card one.

The confirmation came from Mr. Suchart Khlinsuwan, Deputy Director-General of the Land Transport Department amid a viral rumor shared widely online that all of paper-based license with lifelong validity must be changed to the Smart Card within December unless holders want to retest their driving skills.

Mr.Suchart explained that the change of license was not a rule but personal choice which can be done at any time. Those who prefer using the paper one can still use it until the expiry date.

The Smart Card driving license has greater benefits than the traditional one. It allows Thai drivers to drive in any countries of ASEAN without holding an International Driving Permit. The policy is part of an agreement among ASEAN members to facilitate transportation within the region.

Moreover, the plastic-made Smart Card is more durable than the paper one. It contains clear photo of driver and personal details both in Thai and english language, equipped with higher technology for preventing license forgery.


PM gives “Thai-African Initiatives” statement at Asian -African Conference Summit 2015

JAKARTA, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha gave on Wednesday a statement on “Thai-African Initiatives” to members of the Asian -African Conference Summit 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Asian -African Conference Summit 2015 was this year held under the concept “South-South Cooperation for Peace and Global Prosperity” which was officially opened on Wednesday.

In his statement, Gen Prayut said: “Over a hundred of co-founder countries of the Asian -African Conference Summit have given their consistent efforts to cooperation in politics and economics. Nowadays, Asian traders have a 26% stake in the overall African trade revenues. Plus, there are eight big airlines linking 28 cities in Asia and Africa together.”

The Thai-African Initiatives also mentioned about Thailand’s intention to be a successful partner of Africa in all aspects especially bilateral trade and investment in both regions. Gen Prayut also exalted the King’s philosophy of the Sufficiency Economy. It has made Thailand well recognized by the world and navigated the country to a sustainable development. He was pleased to share the success to other fellow countries.


Thai authorities synergize power to clear up “Yellow Card” from EU

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015 (NNT) - The power synergy of all Thai authorities related to illegal fishing becomes even more stringent after the EU has issued Yellow card to the the world’s third-largest seafood exporter on Monday, hoping to clean up the problem within six months.

A wide range of measures have been conducted so far by different ministries while some are waiting for launching. In parallel, Thailand sent requests for official documents from the EU to see in which aspects Thailand must improve.

Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said several laws were amended under the consideration of a newly launched special committee led by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. They are waiting for official enactment very soon.

Commercial Consellors at Thai embassies worldwide have been assigned to keep foreign governments and EU staff informed about Thailand’s seriousness in tackling the EU complaint.

However, Thailand has plan B to export Thai fishes to East Europe, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in replacement of EU market in case it finally faces a trade ban.

According to the Department of International Trade Promotion, the export value of canned and processed seafoods to EU has decreased by 21.12% from last year with a US$46 million income.

"EU gave a scope of four areas that Thailand needs to work on and we have done much so far,” said Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya.

In line with those directives, Thailand has urgently standardized several laws including Fisheries Act B.E. 2490, waiting for enactment. Another move is the improvement of national operations plan to crack down on the illegal, unreported, uncontrolled fishing (IUU). Thirdly, GPSs were deployed on fishing boats. Lastly, the application of traceability system in fishing process has been launched.

The Labour Ministry is also working to suppress human trafficking with the hard effort to register all migrant workers before drastically enforcing the new labour law.


Justice minister announces 6-month work results

BANGKOK, 23 April 2015 (NNT) – Minister of Justice General Paiboon Koomchaya has announced the 6-month work results of his ministry and the sacking of five officials who were implicated in graft.

Gen. Paiboon indicated on Wednesday that the Ministry of Justice had proceeded to implement policies that included reduction of disparity, rehabilitation of wrongdoers, suppression of narcotics, suppression and prevention of corruption, and the suppression and prevention of special crimes.

According to Gen. Paiboon, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has been established and a rehabilitation fund set up. Five Ministry of Justice officials who were found guilty of severe wrongdoing have been fired from the civil service. The officials worked for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Special Investigation. The justice minister noted that the firing was a disciplinary action, and any handing-down of punishment for criminal activity would be made by the court.


Interior ministry prepared to take action against 118 officials allegedly involved with graft

BANGKOK, 23 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Interior will immediately hand down disciplinary action against any of its 118 officials currently undergoing graft investigation, said Minister of Interior Anupong Paojinda.

General Anupong said on Wednesday that of the 118 officials, three to four were high-ranking officials. The ministry's permanent-secretary has been told to quickly investigate the allegations, and to take appropriate disciplinary action. The minister added that the prime minister will be asked to consider using his power under Section 44 in the event that obstacles prevent progress in the probes and in taking action against the wrongdoers.

Gen. Anupong also revealed he has been briefed of the action being taken against the Bonanza Khao Yai's racetrack due to illegal issuance of land title deeds. He has also assigned interior ministry officials to be prudent when issuing title deeds and to quickly revoke any title deeds that have been issued illegitimately.


NLA member inaugurates workshop in promotion of "democratic youths"

BANGKOK, 23 April 2015 (NNT) – The head of the National Legislative Assembly's (NLA) committee on commerce, industry and labour has spoken in favor of "Democratic Youth" activities and asked youths to adhere to the teaching of His Majesty the King.

General Singsuk Singpai, President of the standing committee on Commerce, Industry and Labour, has organized a workshop promoting youth participation in the drive to create reconciliation and a strong democracy. The workshop, held for the second time this year, is being held between April 21 and 30 at TOT Academy.

Gen. Singsuk spoke favorably of the success of the first workshop, and indicated that the second workshop currently taking place was similarly meant to build on youth's knowledge on reconciliation and political participation. He said the workshop also sought to give youths the experience of co-existing within a diverse society and instill an attitude of growing up to be complete adults based on the teachings of His Majesty the King.

The NLA member also asked participating youths to help preserve the Thai identity.


"Hua Hin of Yesterday 2015" will commemorate Royal Wedding Anniversary

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - "Hua Hin of Yesterday 2015" is to be held from 24 April to 3 May at Hua Hin Queen’s Park in order to promote tourism and local culture and also to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the 65th Royal Wedding Anniversary of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen on 28th April.

The event is organized by the provinicial admimistation of Prachuap Khiri Khan, in cooperation with Hua Hin Municipality and tourism operators.

One main objective is to foster cultural identities of Hua Hin, one of the world’s popular beach resorts with retro atmosphere that can persuade visitors to reminisce about earlier days of the town.

The event will encompass a wide range of activities such as contemporary music performances, light and sound shows, Thai silk fashion show, Miss Hua Hin Contest, cultural shows and folk plays.

The event will be officially opened on 24 April at 7.30 p.m. and run until 28 April when people from all walks of life in the province will join a grand procession in honor of Their Majesties the King and the Queen. The procession will begin at the Hua Hin Clock Tower and conclude at the Queen’s Park.


DIP invites Thai manufacturers to enter into Thailand’s annual awards contest for outstanding industries

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP), which is under the Ministry of Industry, is inviting Thai manufacturers of all sizes to fill out applications to be considered for a Prime Minister’s Industry Award, the annual honorary awards that are given to outstanding businesses in the industrial manufacturing sector.

The award is divided into two broad categories:

1. The Prime Minister’s Best Industry Award (for Overall Achievement)
2. The Prime Minister’s Industry Award (which is broken out into seven categories)
a. Excellence in Productivity
b. Excellence in Environment Quality Conservation
c. Excellence in Safety Management
d. Excellence in Quality Management
e. Excellence in Energy Management
f. Excellence in Small and Medium Industries Management
g. Excellence in Logistics Management

Interested businesses may apply for the selection process starting now until 30 May, by visiting www.dip.go.th to download the application form and send it to the Department of Industrial Promotion Rama VI Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400. For further information, please contact the Department of Industrial Promotion at Tel. 0 2202 4461, 0 2202 4522, 0 2202 4431 or Fax. 0 2354 3156 www.dip.go.th.


NLA scheduled to open G2G rice deal case on April 23

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has set April 23 for the opening of the impeachment case against former government officials involved in a government-to-government (G2G) rice agreement.

NLA Whip Spokesman Jate Siratharanont disclosed that, on Thursday, former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, former Deputy Commerce Minister Phum Sarapol and former Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade Manas Soiploy will be making their opening statements to the NLA concerning the rice fraud case.

The three are alleged of malfeasance for faking a G2G rice deal with China while in office under the previous government. They are at risk of impeachment, which would entail a five-year political ban.

Meanwhile, on the plaintiff’s side, member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission Vicha Mahakhun will deliver an opening remark on behalf of his agency.

Afterwards, on April 30, both the plaintiff and defendants will be summoned to answer questions by a seven-member inquiry panel. On May 7, closing statements will be delivered before votes are taken from NLA members the following day as to whether or not the three should be impeached.


Labor Minister: Criminal charges must be laid against employers in fishing sector

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - Labor Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat is taking stronger action against employers of fishery workers left in Indonesia, to prevent the employers repeating their mistake.

Peeraphat Pornsirilertkit, the Director-General of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare revealed that the department has been ordered to sue the offending employers on criminal charges even though they have paid compensation to workers. A document detailing the minister's official order will be sent to all provincial branches in Thailand to ensure the instructions will be attached to new contracts.

In fact, Thailand’s labor protection law authorizes officials to sue employers on both criminal and civil charges. However, in the past, the department hasn't taken criminal action as they thought the employers were not the culprits. Thus most cases ended up with just the employers paying compensation.


Commerce Min: 2015 export growth won’t be less than 1%

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce will consider adjusting down its annual export growth target this Friday, however, affirming that the rate will not be below 1 percent.

After meeting with the private sector on export acceleration, Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya revealed that the attendants were supportive of the idea to promote exports based on product categories. According to the minister, ten categories have been established, consisting of food, electronics and electrical appliances, automobiles and parts, textiles, gems and jewelry, construction materials, health products, lifestyle products, logistics and products geared towards the CLMV market, which represents Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The Department of International Trade Promotion is set to call in operators under the ten categories this Friday for discussions on ways to maintain and expand the existing markets as well as to penetrate new ones. Once concrete plans are put in place, road shows will be conducted overseas during June and July.

As for the possible reduction of export growth estimate, Gen Chatchai assured that should the figure be reduced, it would be placed at 1 percent or above, rather than 0 percent as feared by the private sector.

During the meeting, the private agencies made several suggestions to the Commerce Ministry, such as the elimination of trade obstacles, regulation of the Thai baht at the most competitive rate, facilitation of customs procedures and provision of tax privileges.


Thailand and Indonesia join hands in addressing illegal fishing

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Thanasak Patimapagorn has attended a meeting with an Indonesian minister to discuss illegal fishing in an effort to improve the situation in Thailand.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Thanasak met with Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on the two countries’ cooperation in helping Thai fishing boat crew and tackling the problem of human trafficking in the fishery sector. The problem had become one of the urgent issues that the Thai government are dealing with after the EU warned Thailand to set measures on the prevention and eradication of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The EU is deciding whether to put Thailand on formal notice for not taking sufficient measures in the international fight against illegal fishing.

There have been reports that the EU is preparing to officially announce the actions it will take against Thailand on the issue of IUU fishing. If Thailand is given a “yellow card,” it has to urgently addressing the problem within 180 days or six months. If the country fails to do so, it will be given a “red card” which will affect its seafood exports to Europe.


Interior Min lays out 6-month achievements

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Interior has publicized its achievements made during the past six months, with the upholding of the monarchy and the restoration of unity being some of the highlights.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda and his deputy Suthee Markboon led the delivery of the ministry’s six-month performance report in the presence of Permanent Secretary for Interior Wiboon Sanguanpong and high-ranking civil servants. The promotion of the monarchy was cited by the ministry as its highest accomplishment while much focus was also placed on the combat against human trafficking through the clampdown on perpetrators and labor registration.

According to Gen Anupong, the ministry has been striving to foster national unity and reduce social conflict, with more than 90,000 activities having been held across the country. It has also succeeded in alleviating violence in the Deep South, especially through closer coordination between security officials and district chiefs, deployment of more security volunteers and setting up of a communication center in each village.

Other achievements include the allocation of arable land to people, making of preparations for the development of special economic zones and improvement of basic infrastructure.


Trang City Free Wi-Fi is now available at more hotspots

TRANG, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - TRANG CITY FREE Wi-Fi, a project by the Municipality of Trang, has been extended to help Trang residents enjoy the modern lifestyle made possible by the Internet and online services.

The municipality of Trang has expanded its free wireless hotspots with the help of the TOT following the high popularity of the TRANG CITY FREE Wi-Fi, the Mayor of Trang said today.

The free service now provides the 2 MB per minute wifi across the Munucipality of Trang with strong signal in public locations, government offices and community zones where demand for wi-fi access is high.

Mayor Apichit Winothai said the municipality has attached much importance to the information technology as it enhances public access to the Internet which is a source of information and allows personal communications to be made at anywhere and anytime.


NRC committee chairman on political reform gives input on draft charter

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - The chairman of the National Reform Council (NRC) committee on political reform has expressed his concerns over the draft charter’s section regarding political leadership and political parties.

Prof. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong spoke on the second day of the NRC’s seven-day deliberation on the first draft of the charter.

He said he had reservations regarding the provision requiring Members of Parliament to resign from their posts when assuming Cabinet positions.

He also expressed concerns over the new electoral system, which facilitates a coalition government. Prof Sombat said that no coalition government of a developing country has been able to serve a full term.

The NRC member explained that coalition governments are susceptible to infighting, with various groups breaking away when their agenda is not properly addressed. Prof Sombat said this vulnerability can compromise the ruling government.


Swinging your arms for thirty minutes a day tucks your tummy away at NNT

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) –The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) for a while now has been recommending Thais exercise more, and suggests to those who have to work within a tight schedule that simply swinging their arms thirty minutes a day is very beneficial. This technique has been proven by both Thai Health and the people who’ve tried doing it, confirming that it helps to take around a centimeter off the tummy within a month of continuous practice.

Seeing the benefit, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) brought their staff together to do the same, under the organization’s “Happy 8 Happy Workplace” policy also proposed by Thai Health. This includes Happy Body, Happy Heart, Happy Relaxation, Happy Brain, Happy Soul, Happy Money, Happy Family, and Happy Society.

To start developing a firmer stomach, participants have to stand up straight, loosen up their arms and body, and pull their stomachs in while relaxing other parts of the body. Stand tall with your feet anchored to the floor, swing your arms back and forth, lightly to the front while trying to pull your arms back more. Do it in a sets of ten, making sure that in one day you do a total of 30 minutes, and do it at least five times a week. Thai Health assures participants that within a month, they will already see the difference.

Thai Health confirms that the activity can help to flatten your tummy, it can also reduce the amount of body fat, lower blood pressure, lower the sugar level, reduce stress levels, make the body active, while reducing back pain resulting from work, improving office syndrome, lowering the risk of heart disease, and reducing the rate of knee deterioration.


NRC urged to pass legislation on cable television operations

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - Cable operators have called on the National Reform Council (NRC) to draft practical legislation on cable television that suits business operations in the industry.

The petition was delivered to Mr. Manich Suksomchitra, who is a member of the NRC committee on mass communication and telecommunication reform.

The petition argued that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has passed broad regulations that are not relevant to cable television and hinder business operations.

Mr Manich said he would forward the petition to his committee for further consideration.


Ministry of Commerce to address the issue of expensive limes

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015, (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce has planned to distribute more limes to areas currently experiencing shortages, following the market price reaching a 12-month high of 9 baht apiece. The ministry said the price of limes is likely to increase further as demand continues to rise.

According to the latest survey in Bangkok and its vicinity, limes size 1 and 2 are now priced at around 8-9 baht, from the previous 6-7 baht. Limes size 3 and 4 are now 6-7 baht, a significant jump from the previous 4.50 baht.

The ministry stated that the wholesale price has also increased and expects it to rise further in the near future, thanks to lime harvests damaged by severe drought.

For the moment, the ministry has been planning to directly distribute limes from agricultural producers to high-demand markets.

The ministry said it would not regulate market prices of limes, as the current demand has simply exceeded supply.


Dept of Health recommends drinking 20 glasses of water per day during summer

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Health has advised people to stay hydrated and refrain from drinking alcohol during the summer months.

Department Director General Pornthep Siriwanarangsan recommends that people drink cold water and shower regularly to moderate their body temperature on warm days.

Dr. Pornthep added that drinking 20 glasses of water daily helps to replenish body fluids. He said that if a person urinates less than five times a day, he/she is relatively dehydrated.

He warned against drinking alcohol on warm days, because the alcohol increases body temperature and can eventually contribute to heatstroke.


Economy rebounds after 6 months under the Prayut Administration

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 (NNT) – Thai economy is on a better trend compared to the situation before the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration, according to NESDB secretary-general Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

Arkhom said that after a 5.4% economic growth in the Q1 of 2013, Thailand faced continuous slowdown with a 2.9% growth in Q2, 2.7% in Q3 and 0.6% in Q4, and then stepped into the first economic recession in nine quarters.

In Q1 of 2014, the GDP growth shrank by 0.5% due to economic slowdown in trading partner countries, and political unrest which damaged the confidence of the public, business and tourism sectors. Meanwhile, only 89% of 2014 annual budget was disbursed due to the lack of disbursement continuity, the lowest rate in fifteen years.

During the first six months of the incumbent government, urgent measures have been taken to restore foreign confidence in the Thai economy. The efforts have resulted in an economic recovery as seen from a growth in tourism and the industrial sector.

In parallel, the government has expedited budget disbursement to solve problems facing SMEs and farmers while launching investment in long-term infrastructural development projects.


PM leaves for Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015, (NNT) - Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage, which include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Government Spokesperson Dr. Yongyuth Mayalarp , have arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the Asian-African Conference.

The Government Spokesperson has told the media that Thailand will forge cordial relations with the international community, especially in the aspect of arts and culture with ASEAN member nations and African countries.

According to Dr. Yongyuth, Thailand will propose the implementation of His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy in various development projects.

The spokesperson also said the Prime Minister would seek to secure bilateral deals with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on fisheries cooperation and rubber,as well as discussing investment opportunities with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.


Public Health Min content with emergency responses during Songkran

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is pleased with the performance of its emergency assistance units during the Songkran holiday while setting a target to further promote its emergency hotline 1669. Public Health Minister Dr Rajata Rajatanavin stated that a flood of assistance requests were made by victims of road accidents to the 1669 emergency hotline during the seven dangerous days of Songkran. As a result, a total of 8,732 hospital transport trips were successfully made by the ministry’s rescue units, equivalent to a third of the nationwide figure.

Nonetheless, the minister admitted that it remains crucial to make people more familiar with the 1669 hotline to increase their access to emergency assistance. He said coordination between the rescuers and the police also needs to be improved for quicker operations. As for community checkpoints set up by the ministry across the nation during the festive period, Dr Rajata indicated that they were highly efficient in preventing road accidents and casualties.

Based on a survey of 206 checkpoints in 10 provinces, there were no fatalities on roads in their surroundings and only minor injuries were sustained from accidents by some motorists. Several drunk drivers were also intercepted at the checkpoints and were sent home safely.


Apartment and single house prices rise in Q1

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015, (NNT) Mr. Sammana Keetasin, Director of the Real Estate Information Center, revealed that prices of apartments and detached houses rose during the first quarter of this year.

The director said apartment rental rose 4.7% compared to same period last year, noting that apartments with a price tag of less than 50,000 baht per square meter have increased the price by 3.7% while those fetching 50,000 to 80,000 baht per square meter have increased their price by 5%.

Mr. Anuphab said the larger rooms with prices between 80,000 - 120,000 baht per sq. m. have increased the price by 6% and the ones that cost more than 120,000 baht per sq. m. increased their price by 3.6%.

Meanwhile, prices of single houses in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan have averagely increased by 3.5%. In the capital, prices rose 3.4% while in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan prices increased by 3.6%.

Mr. Anuphab said townhouse prices in the capital, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan also increased by 3.9% in the quarter.


NACC to file lawsuit against 20 companies involved in G2G rice scheme

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015 (NNT) The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is expected to file a lawsuit against private companies involved in the allegedly corrupt government-to-government (G2G) rice scheme.

NACC member Vicha Mahakhun has revealed that as many as 20 companies were found to have conspired to take advantage of the G2G rice scheme.

Nearly 100 companies were alleged to be involved in the former government’s rice program that sold the grains to foreign governments.

The NACC is currently gathering more evidence before filing the case at the Criminal Division for Political Office Holders of the Supreme Court. Mr. Vicha said the lawsuit will be filed soon to leave enough time for the court to consider before the first hearing is open.


Drought worsens nationwide, smog intensifies in the Northeast

UTHAI THANI, 17 April 2015 (NNT) Thailand has continued to suffer from the worsening drought crisis. Several fruit orchards in the South have been affected by water shortages, while the Northeast has continued to experience heavy smog.

A dike has been built in Huai Khot district of Uthai Thani province, to sustain a hundred families at risk of water shortages.

The dike is a collaboration between the Department of Provincial Administration, the Department of Forestry and the Royal Thai Army. It was also been carried out in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

In the South of Thailand, fruit farmers in Yala claimed their crops are dying, as the summer heat intensifies in the region. The Royal Thai Army has been delivering water to several communities, some of which have had no running water for four months. Residents said despite the army’s assistance, the water supply is not nearly enough to support even one family.

Meanwhile, smog has caused poor road visibility in Nakhon Phanom province, particularly in the areas along the Mekong River. Residents have reported eye strain and irritation due to the air pollution.

Meteorologists claimed it was caused by the high pressure system from China that kept dust particles low to the ground. They added it would be another week before the smog begins to clear.


Prime Minister announces the government's 6-month performance

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presented to the Thai and foreign media earlier this morning the government’s 6-month performance reports.

In a press conference at Government House, Prime Minister Prayut, ministers and government officials from the 20 ministries took turns describing their achievements in the past 6 months.

Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, an economic advisor to the Thai government, addressed economic achievements after the Prime Minister delivered the opening remark.

Deputy Prime Minister Yongyut Yuthavong was the next person to address the government’s social related achievements while Deputy Foreign Minister Don Poramatwinai has revealed what the administration has accomplished in terms of foreign relations.

In addition, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Suwaphan Tanyuwattana, who was the last official to speak in the event, talked about legal achievements.

Pamphlets containing government achievements in 11 policies in great detail have also been distributed to the media.

The 11 policies include the protection of the monarchy, national security, social equality, education, healthcare, economy, the role of Thailand in ASEAN, science and technology, natural resource preservation, anti-corruption efforts and the justice system.


Income registration form soon to be drafted

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015, (NNT) The Revenue Department has been developing procedures and drafting forms for income registration.

Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi Srisuphan revealed the move is in accordance with a recent order by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Mr. Wisudhi claimed the form would be simple. It contains a person’s name, address, and income. The Deputy Finance Minister said the registration would help the government determine who needs public financial aid and would help develop policies on the matter.

The Revenue Department said the new scheme is independent of revenue law, adding that it focuses more on collecting revenue and asset information of the members of the public for a national database. The government can then group people by economic status.

Mr. Wisudhi said existing classifications do not cover the entire population, making it inefficient for the government to issue need-based assistance policies.

Mr. Wisudhi revealed that all related units are expected to meet to discuss the specifics of the registration. He said he believed the campaign will be implemented by September.


Samut Prakarn authorities inspect fishing boats to stop human trafficking

SAMUT PRAKARN, 17 April 2015 (NNT) Samut Prakarn provincial authorities have inspected fishing vessels to curb human trafficking ahead of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Boat owners have been encouraged to have their migrant workers registered for a new identification card.

The inspection team consists of officials from various organizations, including the Ministry of Labour, the Department of Fisheries, the Public Relations Department, the first Naval Area Command, police and other relevant agencies.

The inspection also ensures that Thai employers are aware that their workers are also entitled to certain benefits and fair treatment under the law.

According to the cabinet’s resolution, migrant workers will be able to stay in the Kingdom for another year, after completing the registration process by June 30.


Classic films to be screened in Narathiwat’s 100th anniversary

BNARATHIWAT, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Culture is inviting movie lovers and the general public to enjoy free movies which will be one of the highlights of 100th anniversary of Narathiwat province.

The mobile movie project is organized by Film Archive, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. Its objectives are to offer schools and communities in remote areas across the country an opportunity to watch widely-acclaimed and classic films and promote appreciation of this type of visual art.

The movies will be screened three times daily between April 27 and May 5 in the districts of Muang, Tak Bai, Sungai Kolokm, Waeng and Ra-ngae. Among the chosen movies are Dolphin Tale and My Neighbor Totoro. Those interested can call the Culture Office of Narathiwat for more information. The contact number is 0-7351-2833.

The southernmost province, once known as Bangnara, was renamed Narathiwat on June 10 in 1915 by King Rama VI. The free movie project is part of the celebrations of the province’s 100th anniversary.


NBTC to increase service counter for prepaid card phone users

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) plans to increase the number of registration service counters for prepaid card mobile phone users. The service is free of charge.

According to NBTC Deputy Secretary General Korkij Damchaivichit, the NBTC is considering setting up a counter service at local administrative offices and 7-11 stores across Thailand.

If the service counters are set up in these places, all the prepaid card users throughout the country will be able to register their numbers by the end of July as required.

More than 18 million prepaid numbers have been registered so far, averaging 200,000 numbers per day. The Deputy Secretary General emphasized that the registration process is completely free.

The remaining prepaid numbers users will have their phone and internet services suspended unless they have their numbers registered before August 1st.


Transport Ministry confident no holiday travelers will be stranded

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Transport is confident that all Songkran travelers will be able to return home in a timely manner, without being stranded at railway and bus terminals.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed that the Transport Co., Ltd. has prepared an additional 1,300 buses to accommodate the travelers returning from holiday.

He added that Bangkok would expect the most traffic between 4am to 5am this morning. Transport Co., Ltd. has readied an additional 500 buses each for the Mo Chit and Ekkamai bus terminals in Bangkok. Buses have also been added throughout the country’s 23 main routes.

In addition, Mr. Arkhom revealed that the Department of Land Transport has dispatched units to monitor taxi services in order to prevent fare abuse.

The Ministry revealed that this year’s holiday traffic has exceeded its target of 650,000 travelers for a total of 730,000 travelers.


CDC ready to submit draft charter to NRC

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is set to submit the first draft of the constitution to the National Reform Council on April 17, as well as making it available for public scrutiny.

CDC Second Vice Chairman Manich Suksomchitra said the committee will also summarize the provisions into a visual presentation to be easily understood by the general public.

In addition, the committee will hold three public forums sessions to gather public opinion.

The first is scheduled for May 23 - 24 in Khon Kaen, the second on May 30 - 31 in Nakhon Si Thammarat and the last on June 6 - 7 in Bangkok.


Transport Minister may apply Section 44 to state projects

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Transport has been considering the use of Section 44 to expedite its infrastructure projects.

In a bid to bring several projects initiated during this administration to fruition, Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said that he may apply Section 44 of the 2014 interim government to ongoing issues.

The Transport Minister had been referring to the replacement of the Department of Civil Aviation due to its downgrade by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Section 44 provides the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) with wide discretion to issue orders and undertake acts that the NCPO deems appropriate for the sake of national reform. The Transport Minister said the use of Section 44 may speed up government action.

Many of the ministry’s development projects are faced with slow progress. ACM Prajin said that unexpected problems that needed to be corrected urgently have impeded the ministry’s efforts to execute its projects.

Several projects that the minister wishes to accomplish within this administration include the expansion of Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Don Mueang Airport and U-Tapao Airport; the construction of the dual-track railway, new motorways and expressways; and the purchase of NGV buses.


UNESCO and Thai agencies unite in producing new tour guides

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015, (NNT) Deputy Director of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), Chuwit Mitrchob, has announced a campaign to produce a new generation of tour guides with expertise in Thailand's world heritage sites.

Mr. Chuwit said the campaign is a joint effort of DASTA, Naresuan University, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), adding that these new tour guides, once developed, would first be deployed at historical parks in Sukhothai Province’s Si Satchanalai District and in Kamphaeng Phet Province.

Mr. Chuwit said the cooperation came after UNESCO realized the potential of DASTA, saying the former recognizes the latter’s ability to manage the development of special tourism areas by integrating local participation. He stated the campaign would organize four seminars consisting of a workshop for tour guide trainers, and three seminars for the education of specialist tour guides.

The Deputy Director said 10 individuals qualified for the launch of the campaign, saying DASTA aims at providing tour guides for all three historical parks, upon the program’s completion.

Mr. Chuwit said that the project came about after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UNESCO in fiscal year 2014. He added that the MOU seeks to create a curriculum to fully equip local people as qualified tour guides.


DIP to promote southern industrial sector

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015, (NNT) The Department of Industrial Promotion is planning to promote the industrial scene in the southern region, particularly in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Satun, and Songkhla Provinces.

DIP Director-General, Athit Wutkaro, said the plan would focus on para rubber processing, food processing and garment industries. He said the region contains all the necessary elements for production, such as agricultural operations, raw materials, and the means to add value to products.

The project is expected to boost the quality of life for the local people, he said, estimating participants would be able to generate at least 25% more income.

The director-general said a fund of about 28 million baht has been set aside for the scheme, which includes business expansion and investment, ASEAN integration through border trade, projects that generate new entrepreneurs, projects that promote and develop latex products, and the establishment of learning centers.

Nonetheless, Mr. Athit said the DIP would focus on the para rubber processing industry first, as latex products contribute 105 billion baht in export revenue annually.


The Ministry of Public Health warns drinkers of alcohol withdrawal effects after Songkran

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health has expressed concerns over the effects of alcohol withdrawal after Songkran celebrations, advising drinkers to rest, and refrain from drinking energy drinks and from driving.

The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin, yesterday revealed that a lot of Thais suffer from the effects of alcohol withdrawal after the long Songkran holidays. He explained that, for the next 2-3 days after they stop drinking, revelers would suffer from fatigue, frustration, and anxiety attacks.

The minister said hallucination, shaking, sweating, and body shock, are the more common symptoms in severe cases.

Dr. Ratchata indicated that the reason drinkers may feel weaker after they stop drinking is because they usually forego eating prior to a drinking session, causing a nutritional deficiency. He said the best way to treat the symptoms is simply resting and consuming, fruit, vegetables and drinks containing sugar.

He said the patients should stay away from energy drinks because they would stimulate their nervous system when what it needs is rest. The minister also strongly suggests those withdrawing from excessive alcohol intake, refrain from driving, in order to prevent accidents resulting from driver fatigue.


OAG adopts measures to prevent corruption within governmental units

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015, (NNT) The Governor of the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, Special Professor Chaiyasit Trachutham has restated his office’s aggressive approach to the problem, in order to prevent corruption and to bring about the most benefit to government finances.

Professor Chaiyasit told the media in Wednesday night’s edition of ‘Thailand Moves Forward’ that Thailand has been selected as a member of the Committee for the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) to participate from 2015 to 2018.

He said, during this time, overseas Offices of the Auditor General would share their knowledge, technology, and information with Thailand. The kingdom would be able to learn how to effectively manage the state budget, while exchanging ideas with other offices.

The OAG Governor explained that the goals of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions are to share knowledge, technology and training in regard to tracking government finances by each of the member countries.


The Northeastern Women's Empowerment Fund, to address female related issues

NAKHONPHANOM, 16 April 2015, (NNT) The Northeastern Women's Empowerment Fund is to address female related issues and improve the overall living conditions of women in the region.

President of the fund, Sujinda Sriworakhan, said that the agency is responsible for developing women's role in the region’s 20 provinces. She claimed that the organization’s works have so far progressed smoothly with all sides contributing to the effort, resulting in an improvement in the quality of life of the local women.

The agency provides financial aide to female members of the community, giving them a chance to make a career, by offering for sale, value added products such as local garments and dried pork, and the famous souvenirs of Nakhonphanom, Sakolnakhon and Loie.

Ms Sujinda said the problems in the region are similar to those in other regions, which are teenage pregnancy and narcotics. She said the agency had already dispatched officials to educate local teens in life matters, adding that it would work with other related units to eliminate regional problems.


 

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