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
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
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
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.
Excise Office in Trang province revealed that various establishments
have been reminded of the legal punishments and restrictions regarding
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Almsgivers have been encouraged to wear white and refrain from vices.
The ceremony began at 7:30 hrs today, chaired by Bangkok Governor
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
According to Director-General of Disease Control Department Sopon
Mekthon, the virus has emerged since 2012 and spread across the Middle
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Bangchak ready to invest THB20,000m in E&P business to boost income by 25%
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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
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
"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
“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
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
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
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.