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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
The event is organized by the provinicial admimistation of Prachuap
Khiri Khan, in cooperation with Hua Hin Municipality and tourism
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
According to Dr. Yongyuth, Thailand will propose the implementation of
His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy in various development
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The remaining prepaid numbers users will have
their phone and internet services suspended
unless they have their numbers registered before
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.