First relief team to leave for Nepal on Tuesday
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - The first relief team
of the Thai government comprising medical personnel and army engineers,
is scheduled to leave for Nepal on Tuesday by a Royal Thai Air Force
aircraft, according to Deputy Army Spokesperson Sirichan Ngathong.
The plan was worked out today in a meeting of high-ranking officials
from the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the
military and many other units.
The deputy spokesperson said the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai
Army has ordered the Army Disaster Relief Center to adjust its troops to
be deployed in Nepal in line with the government’s policy. The first
batch of the Army relief team will comprise medical personnel from the
Medical Department and mdicines and Army engineers with equipment to
produce clean drinking water.
The Army Engineer Department has also been assigned by the Army Chief to
prepare an ad hoc team together with heavy mechanic equipment in case of
a Nepalese call for more assistance and once the Thai government agrees
to the request.
This evening from 8.20 – 10.20 p.m., the Thai government is to run a
live TV program “From Thai Hearts to Nepal” on Channel 5 in order to
mobilize helps and money for quake victims.
Ministry of Public Health has tightened regulations on quality of drugstores
NONTHABURI, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health
has enforced a new ministerial regulation since June 2014 to
make all drugstores in Thailand meet Good Pharmacy Practice
(GPP) standard, enhancing the sector’s competitiveness in the
AEC, Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin said in
conjunction with the annual assembly of the Drugstores Club of
The new regulation requires all drugstores in the country to
employ at least one professional pharmacist. The pharmacist must
always be on standby while the drugstore is open so that he or
she can give accurate guidance on each medicine to customers
especially those who need pain relief and steroids which are
widely sold on cable TV.
Extension of permits will also be subject to pre-evaluation to
check the stores’ readiness in terms of places of sale,
equipment and GPP compliance. The regulation gives existing
drugstores eight years to improve service but new drugstores
must comply with the regulation from the beginning.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has
also launched an “Anti-Drug Abuse Suppression Plan” in
cooperation with the drugstore network and educational
institutions, in order to reduce drug abuse among Thai people,
There are currently 19,245 drugstores for humans and animals.
73% of them are located in the provinces, but only 972
drugstores have won certificates of quality approval from the
Nepalese Embassy opens accounts to accept donations from Thais
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – The Embassy of Nepal
in Bangkok is welcoming monetary donations from Thai people through two
bank accounts while affirming the search for the injured and the missing
is ongoing in the quake-ravaged country.
HE Mr Khaga Nath Adhikari, Nepalese Ambassador to Thailand, has given an
interview in regard to the massive tremor that shook Nepal on April 25.
The disaster has left over 2,000 people dead and 7,000 others wounded
and the numbers are still rising.
The Ambassador stated that the Nepalese government is continuously
searching for more quake victims who are still unaccounted for. The
search and rescue teams have been divided into the government’s team and
the international team, with a focus on the capital Kathmandu which
sustained the worst damage. In the meantime, humanitarian aid is coming
in steadily from overseas as food, medicine and everyday necessities are
in high demand.
On this occasion, the Ambassador invited Thai people who wish to donate
funds to help the quake victims in Nepal to do so through Bangkok Bank
account number 9313500234 and Siam Commercial Bank account number
0713017184. Any inquiries can also be made to the Embassy of Nepal in
Bangkok at telephone number 0 2390 2280.
PM backs AIPA in building rules-based ASEAN Community
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced support for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly (AIPA) in the process of establishing a rules-based ASEAN
Prime Minister Prayut today gave an address during the meeting between
ASEAN leaders and AIPA representatives at the Kuala Lumpur Convention
Center in Malaysia. Among the AIPA representatives was Mr Pornpetch
Wichitcholchai, President of the National Legislative Assembly, who
participated in the event on Thailand’s behalf.
According to Government Spokesperson Yongyuth Mayalarp, Gen Prayut cited
AIPA as a major contributor to the development of rules-based systems
for the realization of the ASEAN Community. He noted that the Assembly
is playing two significant roles, the first of which being to bridge the
ASEAN Community and its people, especially the poor and the
underprivileged, through the promotion of understanding regarding the
With better understanding, the people will be aware of the benefits they
will receive and be more inclined to partake in building the ASEAN
Community, thus creating a truly people-centered system.
The other main role of AIPA, the premier said, is to support the
parliament of each ASEAN member country in drafting new laws or amending
existing ones in a bid to bring about prompt enactment of various
agreements under the ASEAN Framework and foster harmony in the laws of
member states for more effectiveness.
The Thai premier concluded his speech by emphasizing the country’s
willingness to cooperate with AIPA in the building of the ASEAN
Community as well as full readiness to serve as the chair of AIPA
between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2019.
Three tonnes of African elephant tusks seized at Laem Chabang Port, CITES Thailand reveals
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – Customs officials at
Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi have seized three more tonnes of African
elephant tusks worth over THB200 million.
Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan, the Minister of Natural Resources and
Environment acting as Chairman of CITES Standing Committee of Thailand,
announced the seizure at a press conference also attended by Somchai
Sujjapongse, Director-General of the Customs Department today.
The elephant tusks, numbering 511, were declared at the Customs Office
as eleven tonnes of tea leaves originating from Kenya and were bound for
“The seizure was a follow-up of a major crackdown on illegal ivory in
Bangkok last week. With the help of the container tracking system, Thai
officials could follow the suspicious containers from Kenya until they
stopped at the Laem Chabang Port,” Gen Dapong said.
According to him, the tusks were shipped on a freighter belonging to
Green Siam Co. Most of them were the tusks earlier seized and sent back
to their origins in Africa whereas some were those having been kept as
evidence in some countries.
Gen Dapong has asked the National Police Office to urgently find the
culprits and prosecute them for smuggling involvement and to seize their
assets under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
In conjunction with the crackdown on ivory smuggling, police has warned
ivory carvers in Phayuhakiri District, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand’s large
ivory carving base, to stop using African ivory which is prohibited by
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES).
This year, Thai authorities have already seized more than 1,300 tusks,
weighing around two tonnes and worth THB205 million.
Department of Industrial Works signs agreement to promote ozone damage-free refrigerant
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – Many might not know
that whenever we turn on the air conditioner we are contributing to
damage of the ozone layer, allowing more Ultraviolet light to cause skin
cancer, while also contributing to global warming.
In a process to reduce global warming and stop refrigerant from
destroying the ozone layer, the Department of Industrial Works (DIW)
urges the producers of air conditioners in Thailand to shift to the use
of the refrigerant HFC-32 or R-32 instead of the current
hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC or R-22).
Dr. Pasu Loharjun, DIW Director said that the new refrigerant available
for use by all air conditioning companies in the near future, will help
to reduce the impact of air conditioning units on the environment by
2.68 times. The traditional R-22 refrigerant has an Ozone Depletion
Potential (ODP) rate of 0.05 while having a Global-Warming Potential
(GWP) rate of 1,810. The new R-32 refrigerant however does not damage
the ozone layer (ODP = 0) while having a lower GWP rate of 675.
Despite the higher cost of new equipment, the higher cost of buying the
new liquid, and having to redesign the unit to work well with the new
refrigerant, the department will be helping air conditioner producers
through funding and technology sharing, involving support by both
Japanese companies and the Japanese government.
Dr. Pasu emphasized that the new refrigerant, despite having a 10%
higher purchasing cost, is more efficient, meaning less refrigerant
liquid is required to generate cold air from the unit, resulting in an
air conditioner smaller by 30-40% while having about the same capacity
as before to cool down a domestic living room.
Department of Industrial Promotion aims for higher industrial production quality ahead of the AEC
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – The Department of
Industrial Promotion (DIP), Ministry of Industry along with the
Association of Quality Control Headquarters of Thailand is holding its
29th National QC event. The 5-day occasion at the Ministry of Industry
is intended to enhance the quality development of the industrial and
service sectors in both public and private organizations.
At the Ministry of Industry today the Minister,
Chakramon Phasukavanich said at a press conference that by year's end,
Thailand will be part of the ASEAN Community integration, resulting in
free trade with greater competition. In order to compete, the industrial
sector must further develop the quality and productivity of its output
to be even more competitive in a much bigger market.
Besides a requirement that every sector must work to improve its quality
and productivity, human resources development should also not be
neglected, as a quality work force will ensure the organization
maintains high standards.
The event is designed to showcase various
organization’s quality activities and output, along with their
systematic procedures to deal with problems and their plans for
continuous development of more efficient quality services.
Now, 29 years since the start of this annual activity there are over
10,000 organizations, public and private which are able to continuously
progress in their production of quality goods and services, which have
been found to be beneficial in the development of Thailand’s economy and
Besides showcasing quality products for businesses hoping to learn more
from the success of other organizations, the event also welcomes the
public to shop at the event, as there are quality products brought in by
80 companies, selling various goods such as food, jewelry, bags, shoes,
clothes and Thai herbal products. The event runs from today until 1st
May 2015, 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. at the Department of Industrial
Promotion’s headquarters on Rama 6 Road, Bangkok.
TUF to expand shrimp exports as industry recovers from disease outbreak
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - Thailand’s shrimp
industry has begun to recover from last year's outbreak of Early
Mortality Syndrome (EMS). However, farmers have struggled to meet the
supply demands of Thai Union Frozen Products PCL (TUF), which has been
looking to expand exports to India.
TUF Managing Director Rittirong Boonmechote revealed that the company
expected shrimp exports to grow to 30 billion baht this year. Of that
value, frozen perishables would constitute 28 billion baht.
TUF has been optimistic about the industry, despite a recent EMS
outbreak that killed 650,000 tons of shrimp. The bacterial epidemic
slashed last year’s production to 210,000 tons.
The Department of Fisheries worked quickly to resolve the issue. The
industry has shown promising signs of recovery in the first quarter of
fiscal 2015. The department forecast this year’s shrimp production to
grow by 20-25 percent to 250,000-270,000 tons.
Marine Department details plan to tackle IUU fishing activities
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - The Marine Department
has expressed readiness to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated
(IUU) fishing activities in the country within six months.
The Deputy Director of the Marine Department’s Security Division Nat
Chubchai revealed after a meeting on IUU fishing that the department
will tackle the problem on three fronts.
He said the department will require roughly 2,070 boats weighing over 60
tons to install vessel monitoring system devices within three months.
Furthermore, the department will require boats weighing over 30 tons to
register their inbound and outbound trips, in order to prevent
To address the problem of illegal workers, the department will require
all alien laborers to be documented and signed to an employment contract
registered with the Marine Department. The department will also compile
a new database of fishing boat crew members.
Mr Nat said the timely execution of these measures would help
demonstrate to the European Union Thailand’s commitment to addressing
IUU fishing activities.
Thailand recently received a yellow card from the EU for inadequate
measures against IUU fishing within the Kingdom’s jurisdiction.
NRC to compile reform proposals to be included in new charter
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - The Spokesperson of
the National Reform Council (NRC) has expressed satisfaction with the
first seven days of debate on the draft constitution and said the new
charter will lead to sustainable development and beneficial reforms.
NRC Spokesperson Wanchai Sonsiri revealed that the next step for the
reform body will be to compile all proposals during the debate period
and submit them to the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) within 30
Mr Wanchai said that judging from the commitment level on both sides, he
believed the CDC will revise the draft charter based on the NRC’s
NRC will now compile the proposals into 36 areas of reform and 7 main
agendas for national development. The proposals will be swiftly
compiled, in order to be included in the new constitution’s reform
Special report: Thai Government Provides Hajj Pilgrims with Special Care
Bangkok, 27 April 2015 (NNT)- The Thai government has
been supporting the Hajj pilgrimage among Muslim Thais, who leave for
the Hajj observance each year. For the year 2015, around 10,400 Thai
Hajj pilgrims are expected to travel to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.
In order to ensure their good health and welfare, the Ministry of Public
Health has offered special medical check-ups, as well as influenza and
meningococcal vaccines, for Muslim Thais who will leave for the
pilgrimage this year. These health services are now offered free of
charge until August 10, 2015 in both Bangkok and the provinces. Muslim
Thais usually begin to leave for the pilgrimage in August.
Public Health Minister Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin said that the Government
attaches great importance to taking care of the health of Hajj pilgrims
with international standards to facilitate their religious practice. The
Thai Hajj pilgrims will be provided with a “health passport,” with
records of their health status and a health certification. Three medical
teams, comprising 42 health officials, will also be sent to provide
medical services for the Thai Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during their
Health care training will be arranged for them, as well, before their
departure. They will be provided with knowledge about first aid and the
prevention of various diseases. The objective is to reduce the number of
illnesses among Muslim Thais participating in the annual religious
Around 70 percent of the Thai Hajj pilgrims are from the five southern
border provinces, namely Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Songkhla, and Satun.
There are about 3.8 million people in the deep South. Among the five
provinces, four of them – Narathiwat, Pattani, Satun, and Yala – are
The Government is ready to facilitate religious activities conducted by
the Hajj pilgrims, so that they will carry out their obligation smoothly
and without any problems. Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said that
the Religious Affairs Department had formed seven subcommittees to
coordinate and facilitate the travel of Muslim Thais to Saudi Arabia for
the Hajj pilgrimage.
He said that the Hajj quota given by Saudi Arabia to Thailand this year
is 10,400 seats. Out of this number, 8,189 will be Hajj pilgrims and
2,011 Hajj operators. Another 200 will be allocated specially to the
Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center for those affected by
southern unrest. The special allocation was in line with the resolution
of the Hajj Promotion Committee of Thailand.
Moreover, Thai International Airways will arrange special flights for
Muslim Thais in the deep South to travel to Saudi Arabia from Narathiwat
and Hat Yai airports, in addition to normal flights from Suvarnabhumi
and Phuket airports.
Krabi sets up committee to tackle overpriced products and services
KRABI, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - Krabi Governor Songpol
Sawasditham has set up a price control committee after local residents
and tourists had complained about unfair prices of products and services
in the province.
He said provincial authorities received a great number of complaints
about overpriced foods from Dhamrongdham Center and online media. He
said such criticisms threatened the image of Krabi and could hurt
tourism industry both in the province and the whole country.
The newly launched committee will inspect, oversee and control prices of
products and services to ensure they are in compliance with Prices of
Goods and Services Act B.E. 2542 and the government’s policy to return
happiness to the people.
Traders and service operators failing to indicate prices for consumers
will be fined for 10,000 baht each. Those who set unfair prices will be
jailed seven years at maximum and fined not exceeding 140,000 baht
Pattani administrative officials given training in English and laws ahead of ASEAN Community
PATTANI, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Provincial
Administration, Interior Ministry, held training sessions on English
language and laws for 120 administrative officials in Pattani Province
ahead of the arrival of ASEAN Community.
Deputy provincial governor Somkiat Sisanetr said that provincial
officials are facing many challenges in maintaining internal security
and services in various fields as Thailand is stepping into ASEAN
Community. Among those challenges are English proficiency and legal
knowledge related to administrative registration.
The workshops form one of the three projects that the Provincial
Administration Department has drawn up to overcome all challenges. Two
other projects are the establishment of an Information and Coordination
Center for ASEAN Community at the Pattani Provincial Hall and the
creation of a website providing information for administrative officials
in each area.
King’s photo exhibition to be held on 9 May
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - A seminar-cum photo
exhibition under the theme “Follow the King’s steps” is to be held next
month to honor H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of his 88th
Birthday Anniversary, according to Chamlong Singtongam, Deputy
Director-General of the Government Public Relations Department (PRD).
The exhibition is jointly organized by the PRD, the Committee Organizing
the Celebrations of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th Birthday
Anniversary and 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne, and a
group of 99 professional photographers.
The group comprises senior photographers and royal photographers who
used to follow HM the King to cover his activities. They will share
their great affection when they worked closely to the King and their
impressions behind the shutter.
Photos to be shown in the exhibition also include those of H.M.the Queen
and other members of the Royal Family which are rarely shown in public.
The exhibition will be held at Esplanade Cineplex at Ngamwongwan-Khae
Rai Intersection in Nonthaburi on 9 May 2015 from 1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Doctors in Thailand to help quake-hit Nepal
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - A total of 350 doctors
across Thailand have volunteered to aid people in earthquake-hit Nepal,
according to the Medical Council of Thailand
The council said the 350 doctors had registered on its website since
Monday afternoon. The volunteers would be divided into groups according
to their fields of expertise to facilitate Nepal's medical needs.
The earthquake struck near Kathmandu on Saturday and claimed almost
4,000 lives and injured more than 6,500.
More Thai-HK flights likely
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - More direct flight
services between Thailand and Hong Kong are expected, after Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, discussed the issue at the
Asean Summit in Malaysia.
Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said the Hong Kong leader agreed
with the proposal made by Gen Prayut. Mr Leung said Hong Kong would
The Thai prime minister also urged Hong Kong to invest in Thailand's
infrastructure projects and import more Thai rice. Mr Leung told Gen
Prayut that Thai fruits have become more popular among many people in
Court dismisses Yingluck defamation case
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) - The Criminal Court
dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former prime minister Yingluck
Shinawatra against Democrat Party deputy spokesperson Mallika
Mrs Mallika criticized Ms Yingluck for having a private meeting business
when she should be attending a House meeting on 8 February 2012.
According to the court's ruling on Monday, Mrs Mallika had the right to
criticize her because the ousted premier had not called the businessmen
to testify and that she had yet to clarify this issue. The court also
ruled that the Democrat member's comment was not defamatory.
Mineral Resources Dept keeps eye on Thai fault lines after Nepal quake
BANGKOK, 27 April 2015 (NNT) – The Department of
Mineral Resources has confirmed that Thailand saw no impact from the
recent earthquake in Nepal, though admitting that fault lines in the
country are being monitored constantly.
Speaking of the 7.8-magnitude tremor that struck Nepal on Saturday,
Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources Supoj
Jermsawatdipong pointed out that the quake originated from a thrust
fault as the Indian Plate slid under the Eurasian Plate, with the
epicenter located 80 kilometers to the northwest of Kathmandu. He said
earthquakes of this scale are not common in this region.
Mr Supoj elaborated that the April 25 tremor in Nepal was approximately
1,700 kilometers away from Chiang Rai province and 2,300 kilometers away
from Bangkok. According to a report from the United States Geological
Survey, the seismic waves arriving in Thailand were very weak and the
impact could not be felt.
Nonetheless, the Director-General revealed that the massive quake did
trigger a 3.2-magnitude tremor on the Sagaing Fault in Myanmar which is
connected to three fault lines in northern and western parts of
Thailand. Therefore, the department is closely monitoring seismic
activities on these fault lines while residents are advised to always be
prepared for an emergency.
Industrial sector confidence declines to lowest in five months
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The industrial sector
confidence index has declined to the lowest level in five months, but
confidence is expected to improve within the next three months,
according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
FTI chairman Suphan Mongkolsuthee revealed that the industrial sector
confidence index declined from 88.9 in February to 87.7 in March, the
lowest level in five months. He attributed the reduction to the fragile
economic conditions in Thailand and abroad, tarnished competitiveness,
lowered spending power due to falling agricultural produce prices, and
the strengthening of the baht having weighed on exports. Mr. Suphan said
the private sector wanted the state sector to accelerate its budget
disbursement to stimulate consumption and investment, as well as to
enable cost-saving by promoting linkages between clusters of
manufacturers. He added that the value of the baht should be maintained
at a competitive level.
For the next three months, the FTI chairman views that industrial sector
confidence will increase due to greater state investments in various
projects and speedy progress in the resolving of existing problems.
Royal message of condolence sent to Nepal over quake disaster
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - Their Majesties the
King and Queen have sent a message of condolence to the President of the
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in Kathmandu, expressing their
sadness to learn of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on 25
According to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary,
Their Majesties the King and Queen said in the letter they were deeply
distressed by reports of the devastating earthquake which caused immense
loss of human lives, casualties and destruction of cultural heritage and
infrastructure in Nepal.
Their Majesties extended their sincerest sympathy and condolences to the
President and to all those who have suffered loss and bereavement in
this natural disaster.
Thailand’s financial sector ready for AEC integration
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry
has hosted a seminar to prepare the country’s financial sector for the
launch of ASEAN Economic Community.
Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi Srisuphan said that the ministry has
prepared four strategies to prepare for the regional integration, which
has been set to take off later this year.
The four strategies include the turning of Thailand into a joint
production base, the promotion of competitiveness, the equal economic
development, and the integration of the local economy with the global
According to Mr. Wisudhi, all the strategies will help Thailand ready
for the integration, saying that the ministry has been preparing the
country in many aspects during these past years.
He stated that Thailand is now around 87% ready — a comparatively higher
percentage than the 77% average of other regional countries.
Thailand-Vietnam to expand cooperation to more areas
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - Thailand and Vietnam
have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation to cover more areas.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday held a bilateral meeting
with Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung on the sidelines of the 26th ASEAN
Summit in Malaysia.
Both leaders touched on the success of the second Thailand-Vietnam Joint
Commission on Bilateral Cooperation. Gen. Prayut invited his Vietnamese
counterpart to visit Thailand for the third meeting when all cooperation
are expected to be further materialized.
The two prime ministers also agreed to expand bilateral trade to hit the
15-billion-dollar level by 2020, while speeding up on the preparation of
a memorandum of understanding on labor cooperation.
In addition, the meeting discussed agricultural cooperation particularly
in the production and the distribution of rubber, while Thailand
proposed another collaboration on fishery to help elevate the quality of
life of fishermen and tackle the problem of illegal fishing.
Thailand will donate rice to help quake victims in Nepal, PM says
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha says the government is closely monitoring the
earthquake situation in Nepal while full-scale assistance has been
provided to Thai nationals.
The Prime Minister mentioned the assistance before leaving the military
airfield in Don Muang, Bangkok, to attend the 26th ASEAN Summit 2015 in
Gen Prayut said the government has prepared teams of medical volunteers
including members of the Central Institute of Forensic Science to help
survivors of the quake. Moreover, the Thai government will donate money
and about 300-500 tonnes of rice to the earthquake victims.
He cited a preliminary report by the Foreign Ministry as saying that
around 30 Thai students and workers had been helped by the Thai Embassy
in Kathmandu and all of them were safe.
While in Malaysia, Gen Prayut will attend the 26th ASEAN Summit 2015 in
Kuala Lumpur and the 9th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle
Leaders’ Summit in Langkawi. He will return to Thailand on Tuesday, 28
Govt urges Thais to donate to Nepal
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The government has
launched a donation campaign to mobilize assistance for Nepal;
meanwhile, the military and the Ministry of Public Health are prepared
to send doctors and disaster response teams to the quake-hit country.
According to deputy spokesperson of the PM Office Col Sansern
Kaewkamnerd, the Thai humanitarian teams will be flying to the country
closest to Nepal before proceeding into affected areas, as Nepal’s
international airport has been temporarily closed as a result of the
tremor. The Thai Embassy in Nepal will facilitate the trip.
Col. Sansern said Thai people could help alleviate
the hardships of the Nepalese by donating necessary items for survival
or money via all the Damrongdhama centers, under the Ministry of
Interior, across the country. The government will also hold a charity
program for Nepal, which will be broadcast live on Channel 5 next week.
Thai people living in Nepal and nearby countries affected by the massive
quake can contact the Thai Embassy in Nepal for help.
Thai embassy in Kathmandu actively assists Thai people in Nepal
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Embassy
in Kathmandu operates a center as a point of contact for Thai people in
the quake-hit Nepal and their relatives. All Thais in the country were
Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd on Sunday
reported progress of the Thai government’s assistance for Thai people in
Nepal. He said the Thai government had set up a center at the Royal Thai
Embassy in Kathmandu to help and facilitate Thai people there. Their
relatives in Thailand can contact the center via the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs at 0940037190, 0940037191, 0940037192 and 0859114076. They can
also contact the embassy directly at (977) 14414372.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier reported that all Thais in Nepal
were safe after the Nepalese quake on Saturday. Some of them were
All Thai nationals confirmed safe in the powerful quake in Nepal
KATHMANDU, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Thai Embassy in
Kathmandu, Nepal, has provided full-scale assistance to Thai nationals
living or staying in Nepal after the country experienced the hardest
earthquake in 80 years on Saturday.
Currently, there are 20 Thais seeking shelters at the ambassadorial
residence in Kathmandu. They comprise government officials and their
family and expatriates who live in tall buildings which are no longer
safe. The embassy are keeping in touch with 30 other Thais in the city
who have been confirmed safe. However, none of these people request to
return to Thailand.
A group of 34 Thai delegates attending a conference in Nagarkot, 30 km.
away from Kathmandu, are also reported safe.They have registered for
plane tickets and are waiting to return to Thailand.
The embassy says anyone wishing to take shelter at the ambassadorial
residence can contact the Embassy via Hotline +977 980 106 9233 and +977
984 124 2094.
However, it says making a phone call may be difficult as communication
system in Kathmandu and adjacent areas have been destroyed in the
earthquake. The Embassy is trying in as many ways as possible to keep in
touch with other Thais.
In Bangkok, the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, has also launched four hotlines as follows: 0859114076 and
0940037190-2. Operators are reachable from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thai time.
Passengers of Thai Airways International who wish to leave Kathmandu can
contact THAI office in Nepal by calling at +977 1411 3140 or +977 1411
Thai air force ready to extend assistance to Nepal
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Air
Force has prepared aircrafts and personnel to help the earthquake-hit
Nepal. They are expected to depart for the country after the air force
receives an official order from the government.
Spokesman of the air force ACM Monthon Satchukorn on
Sunday said the air force had not yet been contacted by the government
to provide assistance for Nepal where a magnitude 7.8 quake struck on 25
April 2015. Nevertheless, the air force was closely monitoring the
situation and preparing for a Nepal departure, the spokesman said.
The air force was waiting for the government to decide which
humanitarian missions, such as material and medical assistance, it would
operate for Nepal. It could assist the country immediately if the
government ordered, the spokesman added.
Wide role of drugstores in primary healthcare emphasized at their annual meeting
NONTHABURI, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The wide role of
drugstores in primary healthcare has been emphasized at the 2015 general
assembly of the Drugstores' Club of Thailand held today at IMPACT,
Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin said after the meeting’s
The general assembly now in its 41st year involves over 7,000 member
drugstores all across Thailand. It is a venue for drugstore operators to
share experiences, exchange pharmaceutical knowledge and discuss
According to Dr.Ratchata, drugstores play a robust role in basic
healthcare for people in Thailand. It is the first place persons with a
mild sickness visit conveniently before they go to the hospitals or
state medical centers.
Dr.Ratchata revealed that the Public Health Ministry has put effort into
upgrading the quality of service in drugstores nationwide. It has
drafted a new ministerial regulation which requires all drugstores in
the country to employ at least one professional pharmacist.
Pharmacists must always be on standby while the drugstore is open, so
that they can give accurate guidance on each medicine to customers,
especially those who need either antibiotic or birth control pills.
He also assigned the Food and Drug Administration to provide periodic
training courses for owners of drugstores in order to enhance their
knowledge and expertise in taking care of people’s health at the
US Court clears Thai shrimp industry of market-dumping
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Office of
Commercial Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy in the US has reported that
the United States Court of International Trade has acquitted Thailand of
According to the Office of Commercial Affairs, the United States Court
of International Trade has dismissed the appeal filed by the Coalition
of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI), accusing Thailand and six other
shrimp-exporting countries of violating the anti dumping rules and
demanded that further counter-dumping duties be levied on the accused.
According to the judges, the investigation into the charge of damage to
the US shrimp industry found no linkage to the seven shrimp exporting
countries. Vietnam, China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia and Indonesia are
among the countries facing the same allegation.
The court’s ruling has saved Thailand, China, Vietnam, India, and Brazil
from having to pay more countervailing duties. It will also enable
Thailand to increase its shrimp export to the US.
Bangkok sets out to be regional hub of education
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced its plan to develop
Bangkok as a hub of education in the region by modernizing education
from the basic education level.
Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Sunday presided over the
opening ceremony of a seminar of the basic education committee of
schools under the (BMA). The governor said the BMA was determined to
develop education in Bangkok to be modern and keep up with global
changes in line with its policy to promote education with morality.
The seminar provided a good opportunity for the BMA basic education
committee to meet and exchange experience on the development of
education to meet real needs and deal with problems occurring at
present, the governor said. He added that Bangkok had to be a metropolis
Suvarnabhumi taxi drivers say YES to new service measures
SAMUT PRAKAN, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities and
drivers of taxi vans serving the airport, have reached an agreement to
carry no more than four people per vehicle in order to avoid demanding
an unfair flat rate fare, the deputy director of Suvarnabhumi airport
Dalad Asaves has announced.
The meeting took place on Thursday between representatives of taxi
drivers and officials concerned representing the airport, the Land
Transport Department, the military and tourist police.
The meeting was held in order to solve the problem of excessive charges
that taxi vans have often demanded for carrying luggage and other
belongings. They were known to have generally taken more than four
persons per trip and heavy luggage. This was used by drivers as a
pretext to refuse to use the meter and to increase the cost of their
taxi service. Officials reaffirmed that over-sized luggage could
obstruct drivers’ vision in the rear-view mirror and so reduce the
safety of passengers. Besides, taxi insurance covers only four
passengers and one driver.
The meeting reached a consensus that each taxi serving the public at
Suvarnabhumi, regardless of car's size, was not permitted to take more
than four passengers a trip and must always use its meter; they must
also never leave passengers before arriving at an agreed destination.
At the meeting, taxi drivers agreed to cancel a planned strike that was
widely posted online, but said that they are still waiting for the
approval of a fare rate which better reflects the actual cost of
providing a taxi van service.
Meanwhile, airport officials asked all passengers to keep taxi slips as
they provide service information and might help them in case of
complaints of bad service or loss of items.
Any passenger who has experienced impolite taxi drivers, refusal to use
the meter or rejection of passengers, is urged to call the AOT Contact
Center 1722 around the clock or simply call the phone numbers written on
CDC denies reports on lobbying effort to adjust origin of senators in draft charter
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The Constitution
Drafting Committee has brushed aside reports on a lobbying effort for an
adjustment of some parts of the draft charter.
According to CDC spokesman Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich, there has not been
any attempt to lobby for a change in the charter drafters’s current
provision related to the origin of senators.
The CDC has thoroughly discussed and included in the new Constitution
that each province will elect one senator to join the other 123 members
of the Upper House who will take office via different approaches, said
Meanwhile, the National Reform Council’s deliberation of the first draft
of the Constitution on Sunday looked at the part of the draft related to
the reform and the promotion of national reconciliation, which the
council said is significant for the reform efforts and directly related
to its responsibilities.
CDC’s Wanchai: Draft charter does not go against politicians
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The spokesman of the
Constitution Drafting Committee has assured that the draft charter has
not been written in such a way that it will go against politicians.
CDC spokesman Wanchai Sornsiri said that the charter drafters have not
been working to serve any particular group of power as some politicians
Mr. Wanchai stated that the draft charter has been written to serve the
people and not to go against any politicians or political groups.
However, he said that corrupt politicians should feel threatened by the
current draft of the Constitution, as it contains a provision that is
aimed at wiping out corruption.
Concerning some skepticism about the draft charter, Mr. Wanchai said
that the National Reform Council will work on it to clarify any doubts.
He went on to say that the new Constitution will be the best Thailand
has ever seen as it has given focus to the interest of the people.
PM orders military to help tropical storm-affected people
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Department
of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to
urgently help people affected by tropical storms
across the country. The PM also ordered military
units in each area to be on standby 24 hours to
help provide assistance.
Deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaeokamnerd
on Sunday said the premier had expressed
concerns over people who lived in the flooded
areas and those whose house was damaged by
tropical storms during this period. Supplies and
compensation were handed out to them in line
with disaster assistance regulations of the
government, the deputy spokesman said.
Gen. Prayut urged relevant government units to
urgently survey the damages in every affected
area and provide assistance for the people as
soon as possible. The Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation is operating a special
center to monitor weather conditions around the
clock until the situation is back to normal.
THAI flights to Kathmandu operate on normal schedule
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – Thai Airways
International (THAI) has confirmed the company operates the flight TG319
Bangkok-Kathmandu as normal despite a powerful earthquake in Nepal on
Tribhuvan International Airport was partly damaged by the magnitude 7.8
earthquake centered not far from the capital. Passengers of the flight
TG320 Kathmandu-Bangkok on 26 April 2015 can check information about the
flight by phone at (977-1) 4113140 and (977-1) 4113047, from 8.30 AM
The deadly earthquake struck 80 kilometers east of Pokhara on Saturday
and killed more than 1,800 people. The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs
has reported that Thai people in Nepal are all safe.
Nepal earthquake has no impact on Thailand, TMD confirms
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - Thai Meteorological
Department (TMD) confirmed the 7-8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal had no
impact on Thailand, director-general Wanchai Sakudomchai said today.
He continued with weather forecast in Thailand for next week. From
tomorrow onwards, the high pressure area over Thailand is weakening,
resulting in less rain in the North and the Northeast, and later in the
Temperature is rising again all over the country and predicted to reach
40 degrees Celsius by the end of April.
People should beware of accidents due to road slippery although there is
not much rainfall during the period.
International Arts Exhibition kicks off at Prince of Songkhla University
April 2015 (NNT)
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Government Lottery Office chairman resigns
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – Somchai
Sajjaponge has resigned as chairman of the board
of the Government Lottery Office after nine
Mr. Somchai has submitted his resignation letter
to Permanent-Secretary of Finance Ministry
Rangsan Siworasat and has informed Deputy PM
M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Finance Minister
Sommai Pasee and Deputy Minister of Finance
Wisudhi Srisuphan of his decision.
Mr. Somchai ascribed his decision to resign to
his inability to solve the perennial problems of
overpriced lottery tickets. Owing to this, he
feels it’s best for him to resign, paving the
way for others to replace him. He added that he
also wanted to focus more on his career as the
Customs Department's Director-General.
Finance Ministry Permanent-Secretary Rangsan
said he would discuss the appointment of a new
chairman of the GLO board with the Finance
Minister. Mr. Somchai’s resignation will be
effective on April 27.
CDC Chairman to listen to all reasonable suggestions related to draft charter
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The Chairman of
the Constitution Drafting Committee has affirmed
that he will take into consideration all
reasonable suggestions related to the draft
According to the CDC Chairman, Borwornsak
Uwanno, the charter drafters are waiting to hear
what the Cabinet and the National Council for
Peace and Order have to say about the first
draft of Constitution before considering if all
315 sections in the draft will remain or be cut.
Mr. Borwornsak made the comment after Deputy
Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam had reportedly
said there might be too much content in the
The CDC Chairman reaffirmed that he would listen
to all opinions and to adjust or cut down on the
details of the draft if such calls made sense.
However, he declined to comment on political
parties’ call for a delay in the next election,
saying that the time frame of the charter
drafting process is sufficient for the new
Constitution to be perfectly written.
NRC to discuss reform of police affairs on April 28
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The National
Reform Council will discuss the reform of the
country’s police on Tuesday.
According to NRC spokesman Wanchai Sornsiri, the
reform council will convene a session on
Tuesday, April 28, to review the study on the
police overhaul, which the committee on legal
and justice reform has vetted.
Among key issues in the study is the
restructuring of the national police bureau,
which is aimed at preventing political
interference, Mr. Wanchai said.
He added that, under the draft charter, future
investigation will be handled by an independent
agency which does not report to the national
The NRC spokesman went on to say that the
national police bureau should now start
allocating personnel, equipment and budget to
support the new team of investigators, so that
they will be able to perform their duties
NLA to discuss impeachment of former ministers and officials related to rice subsidy irregularities on April 30
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly
(NLA) will discuss the impeachment of former ministers and
official implicated in rice subsidy irregularities at the end of
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has set a meeting for
April 30 and May 1 to continue the impeachment process against
former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, former Deputy
Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol, and former Director-General of
the Foreign Trade Department Manas Sroyploy.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission recommended the
impeachment of all three men after the agency found them guilty
of causing financial damage to the government and abuse of power
in relation to the rice subsidy program.
In addition to the impeachment, the NLA will review a number of
draft laws and an agreement, including the draft Maritime Labor
Act, the draft organic law on anti-corruption, and the draft
Public Assembly Act.
Public Health Ministry set to make 2024 malaria-zero
BANGKOK, 26 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health is
set on making Thailand a malaria-zero country, as malaria
patients are on a decline.
To achieve the goal, the Ministry of Public Health will beef up
its PR campaign and measures, including the malaria mosquito
elimination, expansion of access to diagnosis and treatment for
the general people, especially those in border areas where
infection is most likely.
The Disease Control Department, meanwhile, disclosed that this
year’s malaria cases among Thai people between January and April
had dropped by 21 percent from the same period last year. Cases
among foreign people also fell 26 percent. Provinces with the
highest number of infections were Ubon Ratchathani, Tak,
Kanchanaburi and Yala.
The Ministry of Public Health’s move is part of the activities
organized globally to observe World’s Malaria Day which falls on