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Applications for driver licenses averages 500,000 per month

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015, (NNT) The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has reiterated that old driver licenses are still valid, while the average number of license applications reaches 500,000.

DLT Director-General Therapong Rodprasert brushed aside rumors that old driver licenses will be rendered officially obsolete. He stressed that this claim is false and urged the public to refrain from sharing misinformation online.

Mr. Therapong said motorists can replace their old licenses with smart card licenses at any time for a processing fee of 100 baht. He added that the new card would retain all of the previous benefits.

An average of 20,000 driver licenses are processed daily, which translates to 500,000 licenses monthly. The department head believed these numbers will remain stable in the future.


Ministry of Commerce to focus on senior German tourists

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce is switching gears to focus on senior German travelers, after surveys indicated growth potential for the tourist demographic.

Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) Director-General Nantawan Sakuntanaga quoted reports from the International Trade Promotion Office in Frankfurt, Germany, which indicated the country has the second highest number of senior citizens in the world, after Japan.

The report said Germany currently has 17 million senior citizens, adding that the number would jump to 24 million by 2035. Ms. Nantawan disclosed that her agency would hold an event promoting Thai products in Germany, in order to tap into the market.

Ms. Sujitra Tanomsup, Director of the Commercial Section, Royal Thai Consulate-General in Frankfurt, stated that the majority of Germans over 50 prefer products with exceptional design. She added that health-related products, cosmetics, garments, ornaments, and various massage services are popular among senior German tourists.

However, she stressed that marketing for these products should be subtle and avoid emphasizing their target demographic.


Ministry of Finance proposes the Cabinet increase PPP budget to 5 bil. baht

 BANGKOK, 2 June 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Finance has proposed that the Cabinet expand the budget for Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects from one billion baht to five billion baht, saying the projects need more investment fluidity.

Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director-General of the State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO), said the ministry would move forward with PPP projects as soon as the Cabinet approves its proposal.

He indicated that there are currently two PPP projects this year, which are the garbage power plant construction projects in Nonthaburi and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces valued at four billion baht and two billion baht, respectively. The projects will be initiated by the end of this year or beginning of next year.

Mr. Kulit said that PPP Projects planned for next year include the dual-track railway and the high-speed railway, as the Ministry of Transport studies how to integrate private investments into these projects.


Excise Department to block alcohol sales to minors

TRANG, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The Excise Department and the Thai Foundation for Responsible Drinking (TFRD) have stepped up measures to prevent alcohol sales to minors.

The Excise Office in Trang province revealed that various establishments have been reminded of the legal punishments and restrictions regarding alcohol sales.

An inspection will be carried out by the authorities to ensure that convenience stores and bar venues abide by the law. Legal action will be taken against those operating without an alcohol license.

The TFRD has been warning stores, particularly around schools, of the legal consequences of selling alcohol to minors. Under the 2008 Alcohol Control Act, it is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages to people below the age of 20. Violators can face a maximum jail term of one year and/or receive a fine of less than 10,000 baht.


Sgnificant progress made on helping Rohingyas

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The National Security Council (NSC) has revealed that Thailand has made significant progress in dealing with the stateless Rohinyas.

According to NSC Secretary General Anusit Kunakorn, the recent discovery and the arrest of a high profile military official, Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan, was the result of a collaborative effort of various related units determined to tackle the trafficking of Rohinyas which left no stone unturned.

The Secretary General said more discoveries will be unveiled as the government is determined to solve this problem once and for all. However, this issue will have to gradually be resolved as Thailand is not the only country facing it.

Mr. Anusit also responded to criticisms against Thailand that no nation should be shifting responsibility towards another. He further stated that there would likely be more issues when ASEAN Economic Community took shape, which the Thai government must be prepared to handle through different approaches


36 provinces still affected by drought crisis

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has revealed that 36 provinces have been affected by the drought crisis.

According to the DDPM Director-General, Chatchai Promlert, more than 12,000 villages, 16% of villages across Thailand, and 254 districts have been facing water shortages.

Mr. Chatchai added that the drought situation in Chonburi and Satul provinces has now improved. However, provincial authorities continue to deliver water to those in dire need of it for household consumption and farming activities.


Cabinet, NRC, NLA to convene on Jun 4 to discuss one year progress

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has affirmed that the meeting between the three major reform bodies on June 4 is a procedural progress report and was not brought about due to disagreements over the new constitution.

The meeting will involve the Cabinet, the NRC and the National Legislative Assembly.

Chairman of the NRC committee on political reform Sombat Tamrongtanyawong said the meeting will be held to review the government’s one-year performance.

As for the new charter, Mr Sombat said his committee in hand with the NRC committee on legal reform will make the case before the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) today for a shorter and more concise constitution. Furthermore, he has urged the CDC place importance on how the new charter frames the country’s political structure and carefully consider the consequences of allowing for an unelected Prime Minister.


NLA to send delegates to AIFOCOM meeting in Kuala Lumpur

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will send representatives to attend the 12th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Fact Finding Committee (AIFOCOM) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss region-wide enforcement of anti-drug laws.

The meeting will take place between June 7-11 to exchange insight and elicit cooperation in drafting anti-drug policies to be enforced throughout the region.

Thai delegates will present the country’s progress in its efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking through border and port inspections as well as joint investigations with neighboring countries.


Public Health Ministry affirms Thailand free of 2012 Corona virus patient

HNONTHABURI, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has affirmed that there are no patients in the country diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus, while urging the public to exercise precautions on health and sanitation.

Department of Disease Control (DDC)’s Deputy Director-General Opart Karnkawinpong has revealed that the MOPH has executed strategies to prevent the outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Hospitals will be placed under monitoring for the MERS-CoV outbreak, while on the provincial level there have been preparations to handle the situation if an outbreak occurs. He added that the MOPH has been informing the public and travelers on this issue.

He has said that Thailand has been monitoring the spread of MERS-CoV continuously for the past 2-3 years, where approximately 20 suspected patients turned out to be only infected by the general influenza virus.

The MERS-CoV virus is currently found in 20 countries, with the latest fatalities reported in South Korea. The severity of the spread does not demand travel restrictions, due to the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Travelers departing to countries where MERS-CoV are reported, such as South Korea, can still visit the countries as normal, though the MOPH advises extra sanitation precautions such as keeping distance from individuals who exhibit flu-like symptoms and to avoid crowded areas with many people coughing or sneezing.

Travelers arriving from countries with MERS-CoV infection are advised to observe their own symptoms. Travelers are advised to seek immediate medical attention and report their traveling history to doctors should any symptoms prolong beyond two days. Persons with chronic diseases should seek immediate medical attention when any flu symptoms exhibit, as they are likely to cause acute medical complications.


Thai Police speeds up solutions to human trafficking

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Gen. Ek Angsananont has confirmed to representatives of 18 countries that Thailand is urgently tackling the problem of human trafficking.

The deputy police chief on Tuesday attended a meeting with the 18 representatives. He told the press after the meeting that Thailand had continuously expedited solutions to the problem of human trafficking. Arrest warrants had been issued to 84 suspects—56 of them were arrested. No trace of physical assault was found on 34 from 36 bodies of illegal migrants and autopsies were being performed on the rest two bodies, said the deputy police chief.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Anti-Money Laundering Office Pol.Col. Sihanat Prayunrat said there were assets worth more than 102 million baht seized from those involved in human trafficking groups. 33 items of land were being estimated, said Pol.Col. Sihanat.


NHSO includes private clinics in Family Doctor campaign

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has started integrating private clinics in Bangkok into the Family Doctor team to provide better access to medical services for Bangkok residents.

NHSO Deputy Secretary-General Prateep Dhanakijcharoen has revealed that the NHSO has been allocating a higher budget to 150 private clinics in Bangkok under the Warm Community Clinic campaign, to set up the Family Doctor team that will provide medical care to people living in housing estates in 200 pilot communities.

He has said that the campaign will be extended into other communities is there is a positive result.

Despite the current 50,000 Family Doctor teams active nationwide, the campaign still faces an accessibility problem in Bangkok due to the limited number of staff, dense population, complex social structures, and the fact that most residents live in housing estates and condominiums. Therefore the NHSO says it is necessary to include private clinics as part of this campaign.

The Family Doctor team campaign was initiated by the Ministry of Public Health during late 2014 to take care of the people’s well-being, especially the elders, persons with disabilities, and immovable patients.


Welfare communities and civil network ask to retain constitution objectives

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) Welfare communities and civil networks from various provinces have voiced their support for the constitution drafting process, asked the authority to retain the 4 objectives of the constitution.

Welfare communities and civil networks from many provinces read their statement encouraging and supporting the constitution drafting process to the Constitution Drafting Committee President Borwornsak Uwanno.

The communities and network have made their remarks asking the CDC to retain the four original objectives of the constitution, namely giving the highest power to the people, ensuring transparency and balanced politics, support fairness in society, and bring the nation to peace and happiness.

The communities and networks have also asked for authorities to retain the newly introduced mechanisms in the citizen sector such as the Civic Assembly, the Citizen’s Audit and Inspection Assembly, and the Moral Assembly. They also supported decentralization and encouraged local participation on the local administration to reduce inequalities and improve living standards.

The CDC President thanked the communities and networks and asked the media to give more exposure to the citizen sector, saying the media is more attentive to political agendas more that the matter of the citizens who are owners of the sovereign power.


Israel to send medical experts to Thailand regarding unexpected death syndrome in Thai workers

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) Director-General of the Employment Department Sumet Mahosot said at a press conference which was co-chaired by Amnon Ben Ami, Director-General of Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) of Israel that Israel would send medical experts to Thailand to figure out causes of sudden unexpected death syndrome which have killed 66 Thai workers during the past four years.

The press conference came at the end of the visit to Thailand of Mr. Amnon Ben-Ami and his delegation to boost the Thai-Israeli cooperation in labour in 2015.

Mr. Sumet said the discussion focused on four issues, one of which was the sudden unexpected death syndrome of Thai workers. In 2015 alone, ten Thai workers died from the syndrome, prompting Israel to send medical experts to discuss with Thai Public Health Ministry about effective prevention from the syndrome. The Israeli delegates agreed that Thai workers should have their cardiography checked before departure to Israel.


BMTA starts electric bus trial service

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Mass Transportation Authority (BMTA) has commenced the 16 day trial run of the electric bus service learn more of the program's advantages and disadvantages, says the BMTA Acting Director.

BMTA Acting Director Pranee Sugasorn, along with the executives from the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, and the LOXLEY Public Company Limited launched the trial run of electric bus service today at the bus stop in front of Central World Shopping Center, on Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok.

The trial run is aimed to collect data on service capability and performance of the new vehicles for 16 days from 9am to 3pm. Passengers can ride on the new electric bus free of charge during the trial run.

The trial run will be executed at three routes. Bus No. 511 will run from Wat That Thong to Pratu Nam from 2 to 9 June 2015. Bus No. 141 will run from Chulalongkorn University to Pho Thong Market during 10-11 and 15-18 June 2015. Bus No. 63 will run from Kae-Rai to Victory Monument during 19, 22-23, 26, 29 June 2015.

The BMTA and the bus manufacturer will gather all of the collected data during the trial run to analyze both advantages and disadvantages, along with the restrictions under real usage in the future, as another traveling option for the public.

The trial run service will utilize a 12 meter, 29 seater bus with a modern design, equipped with ramps for wheelchairs, short circuit prevention and a heat protection system. The bus contains a 324 Kilowatt-hour capacity battery that takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge. These new buses can run for as far as 250 kilometres within a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour.


Cabinet approves measures for tackling labor shortage along border

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) – The Cabinet has agreed with the Foreign Ministry’s idea to solve the labor shortage problem in border areas through the adjustment of border regulations.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Weerachon Sukontapatipak revealed that the Cabinet gave a nod during its meeting this week to a proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for changes to Thailand’s cross-border transport agreements with its neighboring countries. With a goal to bring more foreign workers to special economic zones on the Thai side, especially in Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, the ministry suggested that the existing treaties with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia be amended to provide more convenience for prospective workers.

The new features would mainly concern workers entering the Kingdom for seasonal employment, such as the expansion of their permitted area of stay to cover special economic zones and the extension of their maximum period of stay to 30 days per visit.

Besides ensuring sufficient workforce along the border, the more worker-friendly regulations are also expected to help boost trade and investment as a result.


ID card now required for parcel service

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) Thailand Post has enforced a requirement for customers using parcel service to present their identification card as a method to deter the delivery of illicit substances.

An announcement has been issued by Thailand Post, saying the company has imposed a new rule under which senders of packages must be able to show the staff their ID card, or passport if they are foreigners. If they fail to do so, the service would be denied.

The company claimed that the measure, effective from today onwards, is in line with the policy of the Prime Minister’s Office concerning the prevention and suppression of narcotic drugs. The policy categorizes package delivery businesses as establishments under strict narcotic control and obligated to record the identity of every customer.

Thailand Post reiterated that narcotic drugs are illegal and cannot be delivered by post. If detected in any package, the items may be confiscated for use as evidence in taking legal action against the sender.


Thai Embassy in Seoul warns citizens of MERS-CoV outbreak

BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The Thai Embassy in Seoul, South Korea has issued a warning for Thai citizens visiting the country to beware of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which has infected many people.

A statement released by the Thai Embassy in Seoul encourages visitors to the country to take precautions against the MERS-CoV outbreak, particularly in the city of Daejeon and surrounding areas. It recommends steering clear of crowded public areas as a way to reduce the risk of infection, along with sanitary practices such as washing hands frequently and wearing face masks.

Should any Thai national experience fever or suspicious symptoms while in South Korea, he or she is urged to seek medical attention immediately and also contact the Thai Embassy for assistance. The Embassy affirmed it will keep the people constantly updated with the situation.

Although the virus is highly infectious and can be deadly, infections have so far been found in a narrow group of people who previously came into contact with the first patients. About 25 people have been infected and two have died.


ASEAN Community Roadshow in Nakhon Pathom this week

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) - The Department of ASEAN Affairs will organize ASEAN Community Roadshow across 17 provinces across Thailand this week.

The objective of the roadshow is to educate Thai people about ASEAN nations. The previous event was held in Phetchabun province.

It will be taking place in Nakhon Pathom this week from June 2 – 4 at Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University.

According to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ASEAN Community Roadshow will be initiated in other provinces from now until September.

They include Rayong, Trat, Chachoengsao, Saraburi, Chaiyaphum, Surin, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Phanom, Phayao, Lamphun, Trang, Nakhon si Thammarat, Prajuab Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi.

The ASEAN Community Roadshow last year was held 24 times in 20 provinces. Visitors are able to enjoy and learn more about the ASEAN region through various activities and multimedia events.


Public participates in Visakha Bucha Day ceremony at Sanam Luang

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) - Many Buddhists have traveled today to Sanam Luang to participate in the almsgiving ceremony on Visakha Bucha Day.

233 monks have been invited to receive alms at the religious event. The Department of Religious Affairs (DRA) launched on May 29th an 11-day Buddhism campaign for Visakha Bucha Day.

This event is aimed at promoting Buddhism, as well as raising awareness of the Lord Buddha’s principles and how they can be applied in daily life.

Almsgivers have been encouraged to wear white and refrain from vices. The ceremony began at 7:30 hrs today, chaired by Bangkok Governor M.R.Sukhumbhand Paribatra.


Foreign Affairs Ministry announces that all of Thaksin’s travel documents cancelled

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the revocation of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s second passport, affirming the former PM has had two passport revoked while his diplomatic passport has been canceled since 2008.

According to the Ministry, before the latest revocation took place on May 26, 2015, the former PM was carrying two passports, one with the number of U957441 and the other Z530117. His diplomatic passport number D215863 was revoked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 15, 2008, said the spokesman.

The Ministry has disclosed the information in order to clarify to the public that all of Mr Thaksin’s travel documents have been been cancelled.


Nong Khai and Vientiane holds Vesak celebration ceremony

NONG KHAI, 1 June 2015 (NNT) – Nong Khai province and Vientiane city holds a celebration ceremony for the Vesak Day today, which was participated by youths from both countries.

The Governor of Nong Khai Suchart Noppawan presided over the opening ceremony of the Buddhism Promotion Week today, on the occasion of the Vesak Day held by Nong Khai province in cooperation with Vientiane City of Laos PDR.

The Vesak Ceremony, held under the theme ‘Vesak Bucha and Attame Bucha, Tighten the friendship under the Buddhist aspects’ is now being held in cooperation between Thailand and Laos to improve the relations through Buddhism, which is the common identity between the two countries.

The Vesak Ceremony in Nong Khai is being held until 3 June 2015 at Wat Pho Chai temple in Nong Khai Province. It has been attended by about 100 students and teachers from the 9 districts in Nong Khai, and up to 100 youths from Laos have attended to observe the ceremony.


Buddhists converge on Phutthamonthon for religious rites on Visakha Bucha Day

NAKHON PATHOM, 1 June 2015 (NNT) – Throngs of Buddhist Thais have taken part in religious activities at Phutthamonthon Buddhist Park in Nakhon Pathom in observance of Visakha Bucha Day.

This morning, Nakhon Pathom Governor Chatchai Uthaipan presided over a merit-making ceremony at Phutthamonthon Buddhist Park and gave alms to 1,987 Buddhist monks to mark Visakha Bucha Day. The ceremony was attended by heads of government offices, civil servants, military officials, police, students and local residents, all of whom were dressed in white.

Apart from alms giving, several other religious activities were organized throughout the day for devout Buddhists to join in, including Dharma sessions and presentation of monastic robes and necessities to monks.

At 4 pm, Privy Councilor Ampol Senanarong represented His Majesty the King in leading the people to perform the clockwise circumambulation around the Principal Buddha Statue of Phutthamonthon three times. At 5.30 pm, a holy stanza was chanted by His Holiness Somdet Phramaharatchamangkhlachan, Acting Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, followed by a series of sermons and Dharma talks.

All the activities were part of the celebration of the Buddhism Promotion Week arranged by the Office of National Buddhism between May 28 and June 1. The auspicious occasion was also dedicated to Their Majesties the King and Queen and other members of the royal family.


Ministry of Public Health promotes milk consumption in World Milk Day

NONTHABURI, 1 June 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) encourages the Thai public to consume more milk on the occasion of the Wold Milk Day, as current data shows that Thai youths consume 4-7 times less milk than the global average.

MOPH Minister Rajata Rajatanavin has said on the occasion of the World Milk Day that the Ministry has been encouraging the Thai population, from young people to the seniors, to drink milk, particularly unsweetened whole milk to improve the strength of their bones and teeth.

The Ministry has also been promoting mothers to feed their babies only with their breast milk as an attempt to improve the intelligence quotient (IQ) and emotional quotient (EQ) of the Thai children. Breast milk is crucial to the child's development, from birth up to 6 months old.

1st June of every year is named the World Milk Day by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to let all countries to promote the benefits of milk. Milky contains quality protein, vitamin, and calcium, and contributes to the strength of bones and teeth.

The MOPH Minister has also revealed a 2013 survey result showing that Thai children on average consume only 14 litres of milk per person per year. This is lower than the average in the South East Asia region and the world by 4-7 times.

The average height of Thai persons aged 18 at 162.25, which is considered low, was due to low milk consumption. The MOPH is aiming to raise the average height of Thais to 171 centimetres, additionally with fit body shapes by 2025 through the increase of milk consumption, proper nutrition, and exercises that involves stretching such as swimming, basketball, pull up, and volleyball.


Buriram on guard against dengue fever during transition period into rainy season

BURIRAM, 2 June 2015 (NNT) The provincial public health office in Buriram is warning residents in all districts to guard against the spread of dengue fever during the transition period into the rainy season.

Dr. Somphong Charungchittanuson, head of the Buriram public health office, said 94 persons in the province have, since the beginning of the year, been hospitalized due to dengue fever. Patients were found in 15 of the province's 23 districts. No death has been reported.

The age group with the highest number of patients was the 10-14 age group. The age group with the second-highest number of patients was the 5-9 age group.

According to Dr. Somphong, the number of cases is expected to increase. Public relations efforts are being made to encourage locals to use Abate sand granules and spray insecticide to combat mosquitoes. Home visits are also being arranged so officials and volunteers would be able to inform each household of methods to eliminate mosquito larvae.


Phitsanulok businesses vouching for improvement to Phu Du border crossing in Uttaradit

PHITSANULOK, 2 June 2015 (NNT) State agencies and the private sector in Phitsanulok are pushing for the development of Phu Du permanent border crossing point in Uttaradit into a prominent trade, investment and tourism hub along the Thai-Lao border.

State agencies and businesses in Phitsanulok will co-host an international meeting over the Phu Du border crossing point during August 16-20. Natthakon Sochindamani, chairman of Phitsanulok federation of industries, revealed on Monday that the border crossing point has undergone significant development, especially on the Lao side where preparations have been made to enable the border crossing point to accommodate increased trade and investment with Thailand. He added that some 70% of basic commodities in Laos were imported from Thailand.

Mr. Natthakon explained that Phu Du border crossing in Uttaradit would provide businesses in Phitsanulok with an alternative pathway for the transportation of goods from Thailand. Goods from Phitsanulok are currently being transported to Laos through the Tha Li border point in Loei, which is farther away from Phu Du border crossing.

Uttaradit is situated directly north of Phitsanulok, whereas Loei borders Phitsanulok is to the east.

According to Mr. Natthakon, the Thai side of the Phu Du border crossing needs to be improved, and this is expected to be achieved within this year. He also suggested tourists heading to Xayaburi or Luang Prabang in Laos to consider using the Phu Du border crossing, as it offered greater convenience.


Lampang initiates ‘City of Bikes’ as part of Sustainable Happiness Project

LAMPANG, 1 June 2015 (NNT) A thousand of cyclists joined a mass cycling around Lampang Province on Monday to launch an environmentally-friendly tourism campaign “Lampang : The City of Bikes” in a landmark step towards the City of Sustainable Happiness.

All cyclists rode along a 16-km route passing several historical sites and tourist attractions. The ride was aimed at promoting energy saving awareness and environmental conservation.

The campaign was brought to reality by integrated efforts of eight government and private agencies in Lampang and nearby provinces under the concept “No Time Can Harm Lampang”.

It was part of the provincial strategic plan to improve the quality of life of Lampang people and cultivate the value of integrity and unity, in line with a vision positioning the province as the City of Sustainable Happiness.

For the next phase, Lampang has plans to elongate bike lanes and install direction and traffic signs for safety of cyclists, believing that it could draw more tourists to the province, resulting in more income to local communities.


Seminar to equip young women with legal knowledge to fight social violence

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) The Office of the Education Council (ONEC) is to hold a seminar to empower young women with legal knowledge so that they can use them for self-protection from social violence.

ONEC Secretary-General Suthasri Wongsamarn said the seminar will be held during 11-12 June 2015 at Phuket Primary Educational Service Area Office. It is drawn up following the fact that Thailand was ranked in several international surveys as countries with high risk of violence on young women.

“The surveys have urged us to create social immunity for young women, empower them with knowledge about laws and rights they have and how to deal with a variety of physical violence. Phuket is the pilot province of our effort before the project is expanded nationwide,” said Suthasri.

She was also confident that the seminar would help ONEC achieve its goal to push forward strategic plan for young women development in 2013-2016.

The seminar will provide participants with better understanding about relevant laws applied to women and children such as offenses against drugs, property, sexuality, liberty, rights protection and labour. They will attend physical and mental personality development trainings.

“Legal knowledge they learn at the seminar will not only save them from social threats but will also benefits others. These young women will be able to convey the lessons to other members of society and use these knowledge to help others,” Suthasri concluded.


Chiang Mai commences reforestation of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

CHIANG MAI, 1 June 2015 (NNT) Hundreds of Chiang Mai provincial officials and public members today took part in a campaign to cut down rubber trees grown in a forest reserve in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, to clear ways for a reforestation project in the national reserves.

The felling of rubber trees is part of the government policy to increase forest areas in the province by 40% within 2015.

The activity was presided over by Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Chana Paengpibun with participation of over five hundred officials from the 16th Watershed Conservation and Management Chiang Mai Bureau Office, forest rangers of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, military, police, community headmen and residents in nearby areas.

According to Director of the 16th Watershed Conservation and Management Chiang Mai Bureau Office Kamolchai Kotcha, today’s activity was a pilot project of the provincial plan to clear a total of 335 rai of rubber plantations to be finished by the end of December this year.


Thailand - Laos strike science and technology cooperation deal

VIENTIANE, 1 June 2015 (NNT) Thailand and Laos PDR will be cooperating in the development of science and technology, according to the Science Minister.

The Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj has revealed after presiding over the opening ceremony of the Thailand-Laos Science Caravan at the National University of Laos (NUOL) in Vientiane, saying that both countries have signed agreements in 14 different science and technology projects such as water management, biotechnology, laboratory, and human resources development. These development frameworks will create the foundation where scientists from both countries can work together as a network.

On this occasion, the Lao Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdala has revealed that children and youths in Laos have a growing interest in science and technology. He added that Laos will ask for cooperation from Thailand to expand the Science Caravan event to other cities in Laos as well.

He has mentioned that Laos PDR has the strategy to develop the nation’s science and technology affairs by raising the awareness of science and technology among the public, and the improvement of legal mechanism and human resources to accommodate and incorporate science into the public's daily lives to improve the quality of life and manufacturing capacity in the ASEAN market. Scientific development will also be a cooperative framework in working with foreign countries.


Northeastern border transport center to be jointly invested by private sector

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) - The government has decided to adjust the one-billion-baht investment of the border transport center in Nakhon Phanom province by allowing the private sector to jointly invest in the project from the beginning.

Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd on Monday said the latest Cabinet meeting allowed the Department of Land Transport to implement the Nakhon Phanom border transport center worth 1.11 billion baht from the years 2016-2019. However, the Cabinet asked the department to allow the private sector to jointly invest in the project following the prime minister’s comment that joint investment would save the government’s budget.

The department has to make a report containing clear details on the investment ratio and return on investment in line with the Private Investment in State Undertakings Act B.E. 2556 and submit it to the Cabinet again.

The construction site of the border transport center in Nakhon Phanom is at the Thai-Lao border near the third Mekong friendship bridge. The center will distribute products and facilitate goods transport activities from Thailand to Vietnam and the western part of China. It will also act as a one-stop service center for import/export customs clearance formalities in preparation for the development of an economic zone in Nakhon Phanom and connection between road and rail in the future.


Thai Health Ministry raises surveillance against MERS-CoV

BANGKOK, 1 JUNE 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has ordered its provincial offices and state hospitals to keep surveillance for signs of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-CoV virus although no infected persons have been found in the country since the virus emerged in 2012, according to acting Permanent Secretary Surachet Satitniramai.

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) said that in May 2015, there were 29 infected patients, with 4 deaths in 5 countries - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iran and South Korea. This put the total number of confirmed patients to 1,139 in 24 countries, with 431 deaths. WHO has not yet imposed travel restrictions to countries where cases were reported.

However, the Public Health Permanent Secretary said Thailand has the risk to the outbreak due to public traveling between countries in risk.

He said infected persons will have similar symptoms to influenza. They will have high temperature, cough, vomit and diarrhea. Person with these symptoms should be put into suspected group of MERS-CoV especially if they have just come back from Middle East countries or any country confirmed to have infected patients.

The MOPH also has assigned the Disease Control Department to provide special health inspections for about 10,400 Thai Muslims who will get on their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in mid-August. They will be given necessary injections including vaccines against influenza and Meningococcal Meningitis. Their health will be monitored after returning to Thailand.

According to Director-General of Disease Control Department Sopon Mekthon, the virus has emerged since 2012 and spread across the Middle East.

"Coronavirus 2012 behaves similarly to SARS. It causes severe acute respiratory syndrome. The virus can spread to human lung very fast and can be passed through coughing and sneeze," said Sopon.

Those who plan to go to the Middle East should strictly follow instructions and always eat clean and hot foods, using common spoons and regularly washing hands after touching public facilities as well as avoiding close range to camels and drinking camel milk.

Anyone who seems to have these symptoms is required to wear face mask and stay home for two days. If symptoms remain, they should go to see the doctor for proper treatment. But for persons with diabetes, chronic renal failure or chronic lung disease and weak immunity, should consult doctor immediately as they are in higher risk of severe complications.


Govt confirms to proceed with Thai-Chinese railway project

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) – The Thai government has given assurances that it will carry on with the joint railway construction project with China, saying the Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi-Khorat section will begin to take shape within this year.

Following speculations that the government has canceled its planned cooperation with China on railway development, Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has rejected the information as false. Instead, he disclosed that both sides have agreed on the China-proposed construction of a medium-speed system on the Nong Khai-Khorat-Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut section and Kaeng Khoi-Bangkok section, totaling a distance of 873 kilometers.

The Deputy Government Spokesperson said the new system will connect with another Chinese-Lao rail line via Nong Khai and Vientiane. The project is set to be discussed at the fifth meeting of the Thai-Chinese Joint Committee late this month while route survey and cost assessment will be finished within August as scheduled. Construction is expected to commence on the Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi-Khorat section by the end of this year.

Maj Gen Sansern insisted that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has a clear policy on forging cooperation with neighboring countries in order to develop the Thai railway system and raise the regional logistics efficiency.


High-ranking army officer faces arrest warrant in human trafficking cases

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Gen. Ek Angsananont called a meeting between investigators and prosecutors on the progress of the investigation into human trafficking cases in southern provinces. The cases will be forwarded to the Attorney-General on 20 June 2015.

Pol.Gen. Ek said the investigations had very much progressed with sufficient evidence to press charges against the detained suspects. One of the key suspect who had been arrested in Myanmar would be brought back to Thailand for prosecution as soon as possible, the deputy police chief said.

There are 84 human trafficking suspects with arrest warrants. 51 of them have been arrested and the rest have remained at large. A high-ranking army officer is reportedly one of the suspects.


Vesak Day pushes up lotus price

BUNGKAN, 31 May 2015 (NNT) - Lotus farmers and sellers have reported a surge in demand for lotus as Vesak Day is approaching.

Lotus growers are in their haste to pick their flowers to meet the soaring demand for lotus among Buddhist worshippers and temples for use in religious rites on Vesak Day. The aquatic flower is widely used on most occasions among Buddhists, as it represents purification and enlightenment in Buddhist culture.

Now that Vesak Day - one of the most important religious days - falls on tomorrow, the demand for lotus flowers is unavoidably skyrocketing. One of the lotus growers in the northeastern province of Bungkan said his weekly supply, which normally ranged between 500 and 800 flowers, jumped dramatically to 2,000 on Vesak Day.

The overwhelming orders forced farmers to hire extra workers from nearby areas to help filling orders, pushing up lotus prices accordingly. A lotus flower, which normally sells for one baht, now fetches three baht apiece. The situation is expected to return to normal after the end of Vesak Day festival.


36 provinces declared drought disaster area

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has declared 36 provinces as drought disaster areas in need of emergency help, with 8 provinces categorized as severe disaster areas.

DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert has revealed that 36 provinces in Thailand have been declared as drought disaster areas and is set to receive emergency aid. Twelve of these provinces are in the northern region, ten in the northeastern region, seven in the central region, three in the eastern region, and four provinces in the southern region.

8 entire provinces have also been declared as severe drought disaster areas, namely Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Saraburi, Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo and Trang.

The affected provinces has been be provided with help from the Ministry of Interior and the military, with water supply for consumption and cultivation being delivered, while the Department of Water Resource has provided water pumps and filled up natural water sources as a form of relief for the public residing in the 28 provinces.


Southern army area holds training course to promote better understanding in Muslim principles for former insurgents

PATTANI, 31 May 2015 (NNT) – The Peace Building Center of the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 Office is holding the 4th batch of training for 84 southern Thai Muslims for their better understanding of Muslim principles and way of life during 26 May - 14 June 2015 at Ban Kuan Din, Bo Thong Subdistrict, Nong Chik District, Pattani.

The training is conducted under the "Bring People Home" campaign. The 84 participants previously had an opposing view with the government. They later voluntarily join the campaign which they could learn accurate and proper Islamic principles. At the opening ceremony of the training they were presented with Dawah clothes by Narin Phannarai, Deputy Commander of the Peace Building Center.

The project is held to raise public confidence in the government policy trying to establish mutual understanding between government units and people and among people themselves, as well as reduce threats against each other by teaching method of Dawah at local mosques. It is expected to enhance sustainable peace in the southern border provinces.


BMTA offers free trips to famous temples on Vesak Day

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) – As tomorrow marks the auspicious occasion of Vesak Day, one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will be offering free bus rides to famous temples of Bangkok.

To enable devout Buddhists to observe Vesak Day, the BMTA has prepared 20 buses to provide the public with free rides to nine highly-revered religious attractions around the Rattanakosin Island, which include the Marble Temple, Wat Sam Phraya, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara and Wat Chanasongkram.

Holiday makers or worshipers interested in visiting these best-known temples of the capital city can hop on the bus at new Mo Chit Bus Station. The trip starts from new Mo Chit Bus Station and ends at Wat Saket. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested can call the BMTA’s call center 1384 everyday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., or log on to www.bmta.co.th for more information.


Livestock Industry Development Center gives out milk products for World Milk Day

CHIANG MAI, 31 May 2015 (NNT) – The Livestock Industry Development Center (LIDC) host activities for World Milk Day today, promoting the benefits of consuming milk and as tribute to Lord Buddha on the occasion of the Vesak day.

LIDC Director Amphon Waritthitham has said that the center will hold the ‘World Milk Day as tribute to Lord Buddha’ activity today, from 4:30pm onwards, by distributing milk products in front of the Chiang Mai Provincial Livestock Development Office to pilgrims at Doi Suthep, on the occasion of the Vesak day. This year’s World Milk Day happens to be the same day as an important Buddhist day, Vesak day.

1st June of every year is named the World Milk Day by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. World Milk Day is a day dedicated to raising the awareness on the benefits of milk consumption in many countries.

Campaigns and activities on World Milk Day in Thailand has been organized every year by the Department of Livestock Development, the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


7.8 earthquake rocks Bonin Islands, no impact on Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) - The Seismology Office under the Meteorological Department has announced that a 7.8 magnitude quake on Bonin Islands of Japan on Saturday has not affected Thailand. No tsunami warning has been issued.

According to the Seismology Office, there have been no reports of serious damage and giant waves caused by the earthquake whose epicenter was very deep at 590 kilometers. However, tremors were felt all over Japan with small injuries and power cuts.

Many trains in Tokyo have halted service for security inspection.


Nakhon Si Thammarat's anti-smoking networks back new Tobacco Control Bill

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, (NNT) - Children and youth networks as well as local residents in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province led by the Walailak University Student Council compiled 145,959 signatures to support the revised Tobacco Control Bill in order to ensure the Thai society is protected from the danger of smoking.

President of Walailak University Student Council Wikran Tuayabutr said that tobacco products are serious threats to health of smokers and bystanders. Each year, 50,000 Thais die from smoking-related diseases while many others are sick because of it. The problem causes a great loss and burden to the government in handling health care for active smokers and those affected by passive smoking. This has harmed the whole economy, worth hundreds of thousands of baht per year.

According to a survey by Walailak University, 7 in 10 juveniles who began smoking when they were young tend to become victims of lifelong smoking. The current Tobacco Control Act has been used for twenty years and become outdated to handle such new strategies as propaganda advertisement to motivate young new smokers by transnational giants in the tobacco industry. Each year they earn three billion baht from sale of tobacco to juveniles.

Nakhon Si Thammarat-based networks thus called for an amendment of the current Act as it is needed to deal with wiser and more implicit marketing strategies of tobacco industry.

Wikran added that the amendment bill proposed by the Public Health Ministry designates stronger measures to make it harder for young people to access smoking. The measures are for example, age limit, limited places of sale, advertisement control and heavier penalties to offenders.

The cabinet has approved the new Tobacco Control Bill and is pushing forward its enforcement through the legislative procedure, hoping it to be a gift for children and youth on the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day 2015 which was observed on 31 May.


Thailand and Singapore to join hands helping Rohingya migrants

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) – Thailand and Singapore have joined hands to solve the Rohingya migrant issue and has agreed to provide them with humanitarian aid.

The Spokesman of the Ministry of Defence has disclosed the result of the meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Gen Prawit Wongsuwon and the Minister of Defense of Singapore Ng Eng Hen, regarding military cooperation and relief provided to the Rohingya migrants, as well as to the cooperation between both nations on the 50th anniversary of Thailand-Singapore relations in 2015.

According to the spokesperson, the Singaporean Defense Minister expressed his understanding towards the situation in Thailand, and encouraged the Thai government to pull the nation through the crisis.

The Thai DPM also had a meeting with the Korean Minister of Defence Han Minkoo, during which both countries agreed to increase their military cooperation in keep with the agreement made on 2012, especially in relation to the national defense industry. The Korean Defense Minister expressed his gratitude for Thailand’s troops participation in the Korean War, and affirmed his support for the Thai government during the country's major transition period.

The DPM also discussed with the Minister of Defence of Sri Lanka, tightening the relations between the two countries on the occasion of the 60th year anniversary Thailand - Sri Lanka relations in 2015, with the Permanent-Secretary of Defence Ministry of both sides setting up a joint working committee for this occasion.


Lottery tickets to be no higher than 80 baht from June 16th

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015, (NNT) Government Lottery Office (GLO) Chairman Major General Apirat Kongsompong has said all lottery tickets will be sold at no more than 80 baht apiece.

The GLO Chaiman has reiterated his tough stance on the regulations pegging the price of lottery tickets at 80 baht per ticket. According to him, he has ordered Region 1 Commander Lieutenant General Kampanat Ruddit to send troops to survey the number of real lottery ticket vendors nationwide this week, preparing for the implementation of the new rule.

The Chairman also stated Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was highly concerned with the issue. However, he was confident that his office would be able to enforce the tough regulation, promising the changes will be visible when the tickets roll out on June 16.

Major General Apirat said overpricing lottery tickets was a criminal activity, explaining that agents would trick retailers into buying tickets in bulk at lower prices and intentionally deliver only a portion of the the tickets. The practice left the retailers no choice but increase the price of the tickets to compensate for their losses.

The other scheme is for agents to buy tickets from the GLO at the original price of 70 baht apiece and sell them to vendors at 75 baht each. Agents then buy them back at 80 baht and jack up the price to 100 - 120 baht per ticket.

He urged the public not to purchase overpriced tickets, and the media to expose the criminal activities to the public.


NLA to deliberate draft Cosmetics Act this week

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly is slated to deliberate the draft law on cosmetics on Thursday and Friday.

NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has scheduled Thursday's and Friday's meetings of NLA members in order for the NLA to acknowledge the Cabinet of Ministers' work performance, per the observation of the Committee on Economics, Monetary Affairs and Finance. The NLA will also deliberate the draft of the Cosmetics Act, which the NLA's extraordinary committee has already gone over.

This week, the NLA will query the minister of justice about the Department of Corrections' release of inmates, whereas the prime minister will be queried about the government's policy to regulate against excessively high medication and treatment fees charged by private hospitals.


NRC to deliberate reforms of natural resources & disaster management

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) will meet on Tuesday to deliberate a report from its subcommittee dealing with natural resources and disaster management in response to global warming.

NRC president Thienchay Kiranandana has scheduled a meeting of NRC members on Tuesday in order for them to deliberate the report from its subcommittee for the reform of natural resources and environment, chaired by Pramote Maiklad.

For the 25th reform agenda, the reform of natural resources management, which suggested reforms include increasing capability of natural resources and environment management via the creation of a balance between conservation and exploitation of resources; maintaining good environmental quality by implementing a system to cycle environmentally-friendly materials; structural reforms of organizations and laws that deal with management of natural resources and environment; and the fostering of equality within environment-related justice processes.

For the 26th reform agenda, management of natural disasters due to global warming, the subcommittee proposed the creation and implementation of strategies to raise awareness and the level of participation among the public. The subcommittee proposed that the state establishes a clear policy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, and place more emphasis on alternative energy and energy conservation. It also proposed that incentives be offered for businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emission. Lastly, the subcommittee called for a reform of the National Disaster Warning Center.


Details of draft charter amendment requests in line with expectations

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) Much of the details of the draft charter amendment requests submitted by the National Reform Council and the Cabinet of Ministers are in line with the Constitutional Drafting Committee's expectations, according to CDC chief advisor Prasopsuk Boondej.

According to Mr. Prasopsuk, most of the revisions sought by the NRC and the Cabinet involve newly included topics such as the electoral system, Senate recruitment and non-parliamentarian prime minister. He added that CDC members already started discussing each of the topics that prompted the revision requests. He also disclosed that the CDC would again hear out the explanations for the requests of revision this week.

Mr. Prasopsuk added that every topic within a revision request submitted will be considered with equal weight, regardless of whether the request was made by the NRC, the Cabinet, a political party, an agency or the public.


Bangchak ready to invest THB20,000m in E&P business to boost income by 25%

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) Bangchak Petroleum Plc (BCP) has set aside a THB20,000 million budget for participating in a joint venture in Exploration and Production (E&P) business with Australia’s Nido Petroleum Limited, Bangchak president Chaiwat Kovavisarach revealed on Sunday.

Nido Petroleum Limited owns 55% of shares in Galoc Oil Field which has capacity to produce 7,000 barrels of oil per day. Currently, it is running another oil rig plan to boost its oil reserves by developing West Linapacan Oil Fields in the Philippines, in parallel with trying to win concession bidding in other oil sources in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Mr.Chaiwat said that BCP is currently a shareholder of NIDO. However, further joint venture would increase Bangchak income before paying taxes by 20%-25%. In the future, NIDO would be able to directly supply oil to Bangchak, he added.

Speaking about the 21st Petroleum Concession Bidding Round, Mr.Chaiwat said that the company is ready for the auction as soon as the government has clear policy.

As for its investment in Lithium Battery sector in the U.S., Bangchak has already invested US$1.5 million for the first phase of investment in the Canada-registered Western Lithium Corporation (WLC). Another sum of US$3.5 million will be invested in the second phase.

“The decision to invest in the sector came in the wake of a higher demand for Lithium battery, and the company anticipated that the demand will increase as battery might be main energy for vehicles in the future,” said Mr.Chaiwat.


Secretariat of House of Representatives officially launched turtle preservation project

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) The Secretary-General of the House of Representatives has officially launched a special turtle preservation project to honor HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Charae Panpruang on Sunday chaired the opening of the project at the wildlife sanctuary inside the Bang Pra Reservoir in Chonburi Province.

The project, under the cooperation between the Secretariat of the House of Representatives and the Veterinary Medical Aquatic animal Research Center at Chulalongkorn University, has also been initiated to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

At the project launch, 284 freshwater turtles, which had earlier been rescued and nursed, were released back to their natural habitats; 26 others remain under veterinarians’ care.

Mr. Charae said that the project is a merit-making rite which can also help preserve Thailand’s freshwater turtles while restoring the balance of the ecological system of the country.


"Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015” to be held in seven tourism-based provinces

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to hold “the 17th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015” from June to August in seven main tourist provinces, according to Executive Director of the Tourism Investment Department Wiboon Nimitrwanich.

Mr.Wiboon revealed that 2015 is the year of “Discover Thainess” campaign which the government has launched to boost tourism in the country. Each month, special activities will be held and one of them for June to August is “the 17th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015”.

Seven provinces in which the event will take place are Pattaya (Chonburi), Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai (Songkhla), Hua Hin (Prachuap Khiri Khan), Udon Thani and the capital city Bangkok which will host the event during 11-14 June at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

“We hope to boost public spending in tourism including foods, products and services. At the same time, the event can position Thailand as the center for trade and tourism in ASEAN,” said Mr.Wiboon.

The 17th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 provides comprehensive categories of products and services in tourism industry. Visitors can buy or book tour packages at a discout price of up to 80% during the four-day event. Around 80,000 visitors, or 10% higher than the previous year, are expected to attend the event and create around 120 million baht of income.


Israeli officials to meet with Employment Dept. on work conditions of Thai labor in Israel

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) Director-General of the Employment Department Sumet Mahosot is to have a meeting with Amnon Ben Ami, Director-General of Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) of Israel and his delegation on Monday in order to discuss working conditions for Thai workers in Israel.

Gists of tomorrow’s meeting will be on the development of Thai workers’ quality of life and working conditions ranging from health care, control of drug abuse to Israel’s new tax laws which impose higher tax on Thai workers.

The Israeli delegates have requested to observe Thailand’s procedures of selecting Thai workers for overseas jobs such as the checking of physical fitness at hospital. They will also visit families of Thai workers from Udon Thani who are now under hiring contract in Israel.

In the workers’ hometown, Israeli delegates intend to collect information about the sudden unexpected death syndrome which usually happens with Thai labor. For families of workers who have died in accidents in Israel, PIBA will discuss their rights and benefits after deaths with their families.


BMTA to inspect private bus companies following passengers’ complaints

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 (NNT) Regulators from the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) have launched random inspections of private bus companies in the capital city, following complaints of poor services of some private buses.

Regulators focused their inspection on bus conditions and qualifications of drivers and fare collectors. The move was to follow up on passengers’ complaints of inappropriate behavior of private bus drivers and fare collectors, which included verbal abuse, chasing away of passengers, and intoxicated while on duty.

The Department of Land Transport, meanwhile, said any bus drivers found behaving badly would first be given a warning and ordered to attend traffic rules and etiquette training, while their misconducts would be recorded. Those found to have committed the same mistake again will get their driver’s licenses revoked permanently.

The department added that it had also planned to beef up the terms and conditions as well as tests for those wishing to obtain or renew public bus driver’s licenses to solve the problems more effectively.


Follow Boyang Greens by adding "Add Me!!!" In LINE app

SONGKHLA, 31 May 2015 (NNT) Songkhla Municipality has invited health lovers and anyone who are interested in "Boyang Greens" community market to follow news feed and information about quality fruits, vegetables and foods as well as submit complaints and suggestions through LINE application.

Add Me!!! is the official LINE account of the project. Both Android and iOS users can easily find by going to Menu "Add Friend", then select QR Code and scan QR of Boyang Community Market which is available on website http://www.songkhlacity.go.th/news1/detail/1141.

The Boyang Greens is run by Songkhla Municipality under the provincial vision to build Songkhla as the city of sustainable learning, prosperous economy, good quality of life with access to modern service.

Songkhla’s development strategy is to promote new economy based on the integration of sufficiency economy, community strengthening, and green living through Boyang Greens.

It is expected to increase income of local community by promoting the use of local wisdoms, developing creative economy, supporting community empowerment by encouraging business entrepreneurs to do hydroponic agriculture.

The Boyang Greens market opens every Monday from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park.


 

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Sgnificant progress made on helping Rohingyas

36 provinces still affected by drought crisis

Cabinet, NRC, NLA to convene on Jun 4 to discuss one year progress

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Public Health Ministry affirms Thailand free of 2012 Corona virus patient

Thai Police speeds up solutions to human trafficking

NHSO includes private clinics in Family Doctor campaign

Welfare communities and civil network ask to retain constitution objectives

Israel to send medical experts to Thailand regarding unexpected death syndrome in Thai workers

BMTA starts electric bus trial service

Cabinet approves measures for tackling labor shortage along border

ID card now required for parcel service

Thai Embassy in Seoul warns citizens of MERS-CoV outbreak

ASEAN Community Roadshow in Nakhon Pathom this week

Public participates in Visakha Bucha Day ceremony at Sanam Luang

Foreign Affairs Ministry announces that all of Thaksin’s travel documents cancelled

Nong Khai and Vientiane holds Vesak celebration ceremony

Buddhists converge on Phutthamonthon for religious rites on Visakha Bucha Day

Ministry of Public Health promotes milk consumption in World Milk Day

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Seminar to equip young women with legal knowledge to fight social violence

Chiang Mai commences reforestation of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

Thailand - Laos strike science and technology cooperation deal

Northeastern border transport center to be jointly invested by private sector

Thai Health Ministry raises surveillance against MERS-CoV

Govt confirms to proceed with Thai-Chinese railway project

High-ranking army officer faces arrest warrant in human trafficking cases

Vesak Day pushes up lotus price

36 provinces declared drought disaster area

Southern army area holds training course to promote better understanding in Muslim principles for former insurgents

BMTA offers free trips to famous temples on Vesak Day

Livestock Industry Development Center gives out milk products for World Milk Day

7.8 earthquake rocks Bonin Islands, no impact on Thailand

Nakhon Si Thammarat's anti-smoking networks back new Tobacco Control Bill

Thailand and Singapore to join hands helping Rohingya migrants

Lottery tickets to be no higher than 80 baht from June 16th

NLA to deliberate draft Cosmetics Act this week

NRC to deliberate reforms of natural resources & disaster management

Details of draft charter amendment requests in line with expectations

Bangchak ready to invest THB20,000m in E&P business to boost income by 25%

Secretariat of House of Representatives officially launched turtle preservation project

"Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015” to be held in seven tourism-based provinces

Israeli officials to meet with Employment Dept. on work conditions of Thai labor in Israel

BMTA to inspect private bus companies following passengers’ complaints

Follow Boyang Greens by adding "Add Me!!!" In LINE app

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