Transport Minister asserts rail development going as planned
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Thailand’s cooperation
with China and Japan on railroad development projects are moving forward
as planned, according to the Transport Minister.
The Minister of Transport ACM Prajin Juntong has explained to the
Cabinet that the cooperation projects between Thailand - China, and
Thailand - Japan under the ministry’s rail transport development project
2015-2022 are proceeding according to plan, adding that he is confident
that the projects will be completed within the designated timeframe.
The rail transport development cooperation between Thailand and China
includes the construction of northeastern Bangkok - Nong Khai, and Kaeng
Khoi - Maptaphut, a 973 kilometer railway line utilizing the standard
gauge 1.435 meter track, allowing trains to operate at speeds of 180
kilometers per hour.
The Chinese rail project is aimed to serve passengers and accomodate
light and high value cargo. The construction will be divided into four
phases, with Bangkok - Kaeng Khoi and Kaeng Khoi - Maptaphut designated
for the first two phases.
The construction of the first two phases is scheduled to commence
October 2015 with a 30 month timeframe. The later phases, Kaeng Khoi -
Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai, will begin construction February 2016
with a 36 months timeframe.
The northern Bangkok - Chiang Mai High Speed Train line's construction
will be carried out in cooperation with Japan, using the Japanese
Shinkansen train system on the standard gauge 1.435 meter track. The 672
kilometer high speed line will be capable of train services at over 200
kilometer per hour speed.
The Japanese train project will mainly serve passengers. The
construction for the high speed line is set to commence in mid 2016.
Thailand and Japan is now studying the feasibility of the eastern line
Bangkok - Aranyaprathet and Bangkok - Laem Chabang railway projects, to
either use the standard 1.435 meter gauge system or the 1 meter gauge
system that is currently used in Thailand. The eastern line project will
be mainly designated for cargo transportation.
Cabinet-NCPO meeting approves amendment of interim constitution
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister
Wissanu Krea-Ngam revealed in a press briefing today that the joint
meeting between the cabinet and the NCPO approved the amendment of the
interim constitution and will submit the revised charter to the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) for approval within 15 days.
He said the NLA could only accept or deny the charter, by giving
supporting votes amounting to half of the quorum or at least 111 voices.
Once approved, the constitution will be submitted to His Majesty within
15 days for royal endorsement. The NLA has no power to change the draft
by itself, except only the Cabinet or the NCPO permits NLA to do so.
There are seven points in the draft constitution which the joint meeting
agreed to change such as qualifications and prohibited characteristics
of NLA members, and extension of working period of Parliament commission
from 60 days to 90 days to give longer time for suggestions and
explanation. Regarding the referendum of the Charter draft, the NLA
entrusted the Election Commission to hold it in mid-Sep.
Wissanu said that copies of the draft will be sent to at least 19
million households or 80 per cent of the total number of 23-24 million
households nationwide. The referendum is expected to take place 30-45
days after the distribution, which possibly fall in late Jan to Feb
Asked whether or not additional questions would be put in the
referendum, Wissanu explained that any additional query must be proposed
to the cabinet by the NRC and the NLA. If the question is approved, the
cabinet will forward it to Election Commission which will arrange for
its inclusion in the referendum.
Cabinet agrees to seek Japanese funds for Red Line project
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has approved a
plan to borrow 10 billion baht from Japan to fund the second phase of
the Red Line electric train project on the Bang Sue-Rangsit section.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd,
the Cabinet this week gave the green light to a draft loan agreement
proposed by the Ministry of Finance which is to be signed between the
Thai government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Under the deal, the Finance Ministry will be responsible for obtaining a
loan worth 10 billion baht from JICA and disbursing it to the State
Railway of Thailand for use in the construction of the Red Line electric
train system, stretching between Bang Sue and Rangsit.
Maj Gen Sansern affirmed that the loan is necessary as it will enable
the government to keep up with the goal of enhancing the country’s
public transport system and laying down infrastructure in support of
urban community development.
Another amount of 22.78 billion baht has also been borrowed from JICA in
2009 for the first phase of the project and the loan period is due to
end this month. For the second phase, the 10-billion-baht loan will have
a period of 20 years, with an interest rate of 0.4 percent and an
interest-free period of six years.
PM orders NCPO and Army to deal with traffic crisis in Bangkok during raining
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has ordered the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
and the armed forces to help relieve chronic traffic congestions
resulting from heavy raining in Bangkok and to come up with advance
assistance plans for urban areas in risk of natural disasters, said
Spokesman for the NCPO Winthai Suvaree.
Colonel Winthai said the Prime Minister also urged the people to use
water economically to prevent future shortage. He said the NCPO would
employ all available mechanisms to raise public awareness of water
Gen Prayut chaired a joint meeting of the cabinet and NCPO members this
morning during which he expressed thanks for their hard-working and
continuous efforts to maintain peace and order in the country. The Prime
Minister also instructed officials concerned to sell rice at low price
to low-income earners. The rice may be sold through local networks and
military camps nationwide to ensure thorough access by the public.
Col Winthai revealed that the NCPO was still concerned over
law-violating movement of student activists who lack understanding of
the current situation of the country. He reaffirmed that officials have
tried to win their cooperation and have sometimes given them warnings.
However, stronger measures would be used if necessary. The spokesman
asked parents to explain their descendants of the necessity of the NCPO
in the current circumstance.
Royal Thai Police to crack down on nighttime street racing in 30 days
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) - The Royal Thai Police
Chief is planning to take legal action against Facebook pages revealing
police nighttime patrol schedules, in an effort to prevent street racing
and other crimes.
Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang is attending a meeting with 63 units to
discuss how to crack down on nighttime street racing. He said Prime
Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha expected the problem to be resolved
in 30 days.
He said police have recently made the decision to extend their night
shift patrols from 24.00 - 04.30 hrs. to 24.00 - 06.00, as motorcycle
racers often gather during this time.
General Somyot added that the Royal Thai Police is now considering legal
action against those using social media to tip off racers on police
Phra Buddha Issara submits petition to extend reform timeframe
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Activist monk Phra Buddha
Issara has gathered 50,000 signatures to petition the extension of the
reform roadmap timeframe and for the Prime Minister to remain in office
for another two years.
The abbot handed the petition to First Vice President of the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) Surachai Liengboonlertchai.
The petition calls for an amendment to the 2014 interim constitution
which would extend the reform timeframe for another two years, in order
to further introduce reforms to various to the country before holding
general elections. Mr Surachai ensured the abbot he would forward the
petition to the general NLA assembly for consideration.
PM instructs Cabinet to adhere to roadmap
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has encouraged all units at the Cabinet meeting to continue
to follow the existing roadmap in order to propel the country forward.
At the Cabinet’s joint meeting with the National Council for Peace and
Order (NCPO) today, Prime Minister Prayut emphasized to all
participating officials the importance of adhering to the national
reform roadmap put in place earlier. He affirmed that, after the
drafting of the new constitution is completed, there will be a general
election as planned. The premier insisted he has no intention to extend
his time in office and will keep the people’s interest at heart in all
On this occasion, there were also discussions on the progress being made
by each ministry as well as the NCPO. All of the attendants were told to
wrap up their works within April 2016 in a bid to pass on their
responsibilities to the incoming government.
Moreover, Prime Minister Prayut touched on the issue of land allocation
to the impoverished as well as the promotion of alternative careers
among agriculturists, who are often affected by drought and price
Vocational students in Buriram repair and build new playgrounds
BURIRAM, 9 June 2015 (NNT) Students from the welding club of Buriram
Polytechnic College have been tasked under the "Vocational Volunteers
Recreate Old Playgrounds" program with repairing old playgrounds and
building new ones for brain-based learning (BBL).
Over ten volunteer students have been building a brain-based learning
playground, while also performing maintenance on other school
playgrounds in the province.
Buriram schools wish to provide children with a BBL playground, so they
can exercise every morning for 15-20 minutes before classes. BBL
advocates children moving their bodies to improve learning skills.
However, BBL playground equipment must be made-to-order, which is
prohibitive to the Buriram education budget.
According to the Deputy Director of Buriram Polytechnic College, the
"Vocational Volunteers Recreate Old Playgrounds" program aims to see
students make good use of their free time and encourage them to become
generous, make sacrifices and do good deeds for society.
Apart from giving hands-on vocational experience, the college seeks to
instill morality and a sense of social responsibility, in order to
foster a good image of vocational students.
Cambodian migrant workers vital to Trat province
TRAT, 9 July 2015 (NNT) Cambodian migrant workers
have become a vital part of Trat's workforce.
Since the province borders Cambodia, many from the neighboring country
have made their way into the province's labor market.
Trat governor Narong Teerachuntarangkul said it was especially true of
sectors such as fisheries, tourism, and agriculture, all of which rely
heavily on the Cambodian migrant workforce.
However, some labor problems still occur. Labor issues in Trat have been
dealt with systematically to the benefit of business operators and
Trat businesses have high demand for foreign labor, despite facing legal
hurdles. The province has demonstrated willingness to go through the
necessary immigration procedures to make sure foreigners work legal jobs
and reside in the country under lawful conditions.
OBEC launches online course to improve quality of teachers
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) The office of Basic
Education Commission (OBEC) is introducing an online course called
‘Teachers and Educational Personnel Enhancement (TEPE)’ with the aim of
improving the quality of classroom instructions in schools nationwide.
According to the OBEC Secretary General, Kamol Rodklai, the online
course, also known as 'TEPE Online', is among several urgent strategies
OBEC is trying to achieve. The course has been developed by the Faculty
of Education of Chulalongkorn University.
The TEPE Online provides online training for teachers, educational
supervisors and school principals in various academic fields. Those
completing the course will be able to apply for a teacher certificate or
entitled to promotion. An exam will be held after the course is finished
at the Primary Education Service Area Office in each province.
The TEPE Online will be tried for the first time beginning this month
and is expected it to be fully functional in August. Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha will be invited to chair the opening ceremony and
present a teacher smart card to each of the course applicants.
Thai embassy in South Korean issued 2nd warning against MERS virus for Thai citizens
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015 (NNT) The Thai Embassy in Seoul,
South Korea, has warned Thai citizens to protect themselves against
MERS-CoV virus that has already killed 6 Koreans.
This is the second warning after the number of South Koreans contracting
the deadly virus has increased to 87 people. Six people have died and
more than 2,000 people have been quarantined in their own homes or
Thai nationals living in Seoul, Gyeonggi and Chungcheongnam-do have been
told to wear a face mask when leaving home or when they are in a crowded
They have also been advised to seek medical attention and notify the
Thai embassy if they ever visited the three aforementioned areas in
South Korea between May 15th – 30th.
Nakhon Sawan hard hit by drought
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) Drought has been
continuously affecting farmers in Nakhon Sawan province due to a
shortage of rain. Natural water sources have dried up, prompting the
farmers to pump up groundwater to water their crops.
Many areas in the province have been hit by severe drought, including
Chum Saeng district. A local farmer said this year’s drought was longer
than normal since the rain usually fell this month, giving sufficient
water for farming. This year’s long absence of rain made it necessary
for the local farmers to use groundwater in their farms, the farmer
The water volumes of natural water sources in the province have been
significantly decreasing. The Nakhon Sawan provincial administration and
relevant units are urgently assisting the local farmers.
Chiang Mai officials join declaration against corruption
CHIANG MAI, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The governor of Chiang
Mai Suriya Prasartbandit led a delegation of governmental agency heads
and delegates of the civilian sector organizations today, to declare a
unified statement against corrupt activities.
The declaration was carried out by the government offices in all
provinces, as part of the national campaign to maximize authorities'
On this occasion, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha led the
declaration speech for all the officials, to stand against the
corruption on the national level, to raise anti-corruption awareness and
to improve the nation's transparency. Cooperation among all sectors will
also be a directive in the eradication of corruption.
The governor of Chiang Mai and participating officials then signed in
the anti-corruption agreement that prohibits bribing and fraudulent
Election Commission vows to strengthen Thai democracy and politics
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Election Commission
(EC) has announced its achievements over the past year while confirming
to continue strengthening the democratic system and the political sector
EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen was accompanied by other EC members
during his delivery of the agency’s one-year performance report on the
occasion of its 17th founding anniversary on June 9 this year. The
Chairman stated that, for the past year, the EC has been pushing on with
its duty of developing the Thai democracy as well as raising the
strength of political parties in an attempt to foster a fair and
transparent electoral system.
Mr Supachai added that the EC has been gearing up for the upcoming
general election as well as the public referendum on the new permanent
constitution. Eight amendment proposals on the draft charter have also
been submitted by the EC to the Constitution Drafting Committee.
Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Prawit Rattanapien, who accompanied Mr
Supachai on this occasion, stated that the EC’s vision for the year 2020
is to be able to arrange high-quality elections for high-quality
MNRE:Vessels to be equipped with on board trash can
PHUKET, 8 June 2015 (NNT) Passenger boats and fishing
vessels will be required to have trash can on board for the prevention
of garbage disposal into the sea, says the MNRE Minister.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan
today revealeda reduction in marine debris in Phuket, due to cooperation
from the public, tourists and tourism entrepreneurs in the area.
He has said that public cooperation is considered crucial to conserving
coastal and marine resources as well as natural tourism attractions,
which are the one of the main sources of income for the province.
The MNRE Minister mentioned that the Department of National Park,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is now gearing up to impose
regulations that will require all tourist boats and fishing vessels to
have trash cans on board, before entering national park areas in an
attempt to reduce marine debris dispersed into the sea.
Marine debris, such as trashes and seines, severely impacts the marine
ecology as it damages the coral reef which is the breeding spot for many
marine animals. Consumption of the trash and seines have also caused a
number of fatalities in marine animals as well.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment making progress in forestland reclamation
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) Minister of Natural
Resources and Environment Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan has disclosed the
progress of the campaign to reclaim forestland from encroachers, saying
a vast area of rubber farms in Phetchabun province has been taken back.
Gen Dapong indicated that, from the total of 22 million rai of rubber
plantations across Thailand, about 5.5 million rai was illegally set up
in forest reserves and is currently being reclaimed by the ministry. He
said the ministry’s land reclamation project has been ongoing and
recently began in Nam Nao district of Phetchabun province, where up to
13,000 rai has been retrieved from rubber planters.
The minister noted that, if successful, the project will help restore
the amount of forests in the country and also bring down the supply of
rubber, leading to an increase in rubber prices.
In addition, Gen Dapong explained that the confiscation of land is
intended as the government’s punishment specifically for forest
encroachers who are capitalists. As for rubber growers who are
low-income earners and affected by the measure, he assured the
government will provide them with assistance or compensation.
NCPO to continue supporting enforcement of laws
BANGKOK, 09 June 2015 (NNT) The National Council for
Peace and Order (NCPO) has told its subordinate agencies to continue to
maintain orderliness by supporting enforcement of laws and paying
attention to the plights of members of the public.
Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the NCPO, revealed
that the agency's weekly meeting went over a report of peace and order
maintaining efforts over the past week. The report indicated that peace
and order maintaining forces – teams of military personnel assigned the
task of maintaining order – continued to support law enforcement work by
police officers and other authorities. The peace and order maintaining
forces also visited residents in various localities, in order to
reinforce security at the village level.
As for efforts to foster reconciliation, the NCPO continued to hold
activities to seek input from all sectors, especially that on country
The deputy spokesperson also reiterated that all NCPO units were to work
in accordance with the policy of the NCPO chief, namely the maintaining
of internal security, the enforcement of law, the driving of various
works, the implementation of country reform and the modification and
update of certain laws
Prime minister leads ceremony to denounce corruption
BANGKOK, 09 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha on Monday led representatives of all sectors in a ceremony to
denounce corruption and do away with the chronic graft problem in Thai
At the event, held at the Government House, General Prayut asked the
public sector, the private sector and members of the public to joined
hands in preventing and suppressing corruption. According to Gen.
Prayut, the problem has to be addressed starting with the individual, by
means of instilling ethics and virtues in the person's mind. He also
expressed the belief that as much as 90 percent of the graft problem had
been addressed so far.
Gen. Prayut also noted that although he welcomed the improvement in the
indicator of Thailand's image for year 2014, he was looking forward to
Similar events held to denounce corruption took place nationwide on
Monday at various state offices. At the Royal Thai Armed Forces
Headquarters, Supreme Commander Worapong Sanganetra led military
personnel in denouncing graft, in an effort to raise anti-graft
awareness among military personnel and promote a conscience for the
fostering of transparency and a positive image of the Thai armed forces.
Referendum may be held to extend incumbent PM's term of office
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet may submit an
amendment proposal calling for a public referendum on whether to extend
Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s rule.
Prof Sombat Thamrongthanyawong of the political reform committee under
the National Reform Council (NRC) said that Deputy Prime Minister
Wissanu Krea-ngam is in charge of submitting amendments to the 2014
While it has been widely publicized that an amendment will propose a
public referendum, Prof Sombat said it remains uncertain what the
referendum will vote on.
He said that a vote would likely be held to approve Thailand’s new
constitution, but there has also been talks of a referendum to extend
the current administration’s term.
An amendment may be called for a public referendum on whether to allow
Gen Prayuth to extend his premiership for another two years, thereby
postponing general elections.
Interior Minister states:Civil servants to be punished according to the law
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) - Interior Minister
General Anupong Paojinda has said that civil servants have always been
told to abide by the laws.
General Anupong said if any are found to be guilty of legal violations,
then they would be prosecuted indiscriminately. Regarding the alleged
purchase of pesticide by government officials, he said that the Office
of the Auditor General has already completed its investigation.
He added that the Ministry of Interior will launch a disciplinary probe
into the case once suspects have been identified.
A committee will be set up specifically to look into the matter. General
Anupong added that he has not yet been briefed of the investigation's
The National Anti- Corruption Commission will investigate whether two of
the suspects are members of the National Reform Council.
Ministry of Public Health increases regional access to medical services
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health has raised the standards of health service regionally and
provided fast access to medical treatments for patients.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Wachira Pengjan has declared
recent expansions of regional health services a success.
He claimed that health services have been established to cater to the
needs of people in different communities. Clinics have been set up to
help patients suffering from heart, kidney, eye and artery diseases, as
well as injuries.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary added that since the introduction of
these services, the number of medical staff has increased in various
provincial hospitals. Many have also begun to offering chemotherapy to
cancer patients, while others have accomplished important surgeries and
treated patients with disease complications.
Potential rice bidders to inspect quality of govt stock this week
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce
is allowing potential rice buyers to inspect the government's stock this
week, before the bidding process begins. Government stock rice has been
stored in warehouses across 35 provinces.
Those wishing to buy rice from the government stock in the third round
of the rice auctions are able to inspect the grains at 153 barns this
Potential bidders will be able to submit an application form on June 15
and check whether they have met all the requirements on the following
day. Their names will be submitted to the National Rice Policy Committee
for further consideration.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has praised the ministry for
attempting to dispense a large lump sum of government rice, which would
affect global prices and Thai farmers.
Stock rice will only be released when the ministry is certain that it
will not affect the prices of new grains, which are expected to be
produced during the rainy season.
The ministry disclosed that there are currently 17 million tons of rice
in the government stock. Only around two million tons possess standard
quality, while 14 million tons are said to be below standard and 690,000
tons are spoilt.
Government announces its determination to combat corruption
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Thai government has
made an official announcement on combating corruption, encouraging every
sector to get involved in the effort.
According to General Anantaporn Kanjanarat, the chairman of the
committee responsible for scrutinizing state spending and Secretary
General to the national anti-corruption committee, the announcement made
to the Thai people and the global community this morning is aimed at
raising awareness about the government’s determination to eradicate
chronic corruption problems in the country.
Every sector was invited to the Government House to witness this
official announcement, during which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
delivered a speech on the anti-corruption movement.
General Anantaporn believed that the government’s determination would be
passed on to younger generations and encourage them not to be corrupt.
The event was broadcast live to city halls across the country.
New first 3-digit lottery prize expected this September
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015, (NNT) Chairman of the
Government Lottery Office (GLO) Major General Apirat Kongsompong
expected the first-three-digit lottery prize to be available in
The comment was made after discussing the matter with GLO
Director-General Major General Chalongrat Nakarthit. Initially, Maj.
Gen. Apirat said preparations for the new prize could not be made in
time for the August 1 lottery.
The GLO chief said he had instructed related officials to expedite all
necessary operations using all available resources. He expects the new
three-digit prize system to be in place in September.
The GLO’s three-digit prizes now comprises of 2 first-three-digit prizes
and 2 last-three-digit prizes.
BMTA expects to receive the first batch of NGV buses this July
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015, (NNT) The Bangkok Mass Transit
Authority (BMTA) expects the first lot of 50 natural gas buses (NGV bus)
to be delivered within next month.
According to acting BMTA Director Pranee Sugasorn, at present the 1.78
billion baht deal is being examined by the Office of the
Attorney-General, after which it will be forwarded to the agency’s
managing board for approval.
She expects to ink the deal with JVCC and Ch. Tawee Dollasian Public
Co.Ltd., the bidding winners, within 2 weeks.
The first 50, out of 489 NGV, buses are expected to be delivered to the
BMTA next month, she said, adding that the remaining 439 vehicles would
be delivered in or before August.
The BMTA has also improved the condition of several roads and built
natural gas filling stations for the fleet, said the Acting Director.
PRD app under development for modern users, with Cabinet being pilot target group
BANGKOK, 6 June 2015 (NNT) The Government Public Relations Department
(PRD) has expedited the development of PRD application for smart phones
in response to a changing trend in news consumption in the digital
PRD Deputy Director-General Charoon Chaisorn explained that the
initiative was made by the department and the Prime Minister’s Office.
The app will be a new channel for mobile users to read all types of news
and information compiled from traditional media like radio and
television, providing them with an easy access to information of the
National News Bureau of Thailand by just a fingertip. The app will be
soon put on trial with the Cabinet being the first target group. If it
is workable, it will then be extended to other members of the public.
Mr.Charoon also mentioned resolutions adopted at RADIO ASIA Conference
2013 and the Asia Media Summit 2015 as saying that mainstream media like
newspaper, radio and television were in their downturn due to a change
toward modern lifestyle of audience. Adaptation to the new technology in
all media outlets, no exception for the government media, thus is needed
in order to maintain the essential role of the mainstream media among
users of younger generation.
Surin moves to strengthen trade ties with 5 Cambodian provincesss
SURIN, 7 June 2015 (NNT) Mr. Niran Kullayanamit,
Governor of Surin, said his province has been developing trade ties with
The province had concluded contract farming and business matching
agreements with five Cambodian provinces for implementation during
2012-2014. Those Cambodian provinces include Oddar Meancheay, Preah
Vihear, Kampong Thom, Stung-treng and Siem Riep.
Mr. Niran said a number of 80 government and business representatives
from Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Burirum, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Si
Sa Ket will be meeting their Cambodian counterparts in Siem Reap during
June 24-26 to review the cooperation in trade, investment, and tourism.
According to the governor, previous obstacles in bilateral trade lied in
contract farming of agricultural products while business matching was
still faced with language barrier, rare chances of meeting, and
difficulties in making cross border visits.
The Governor said that at the up-coming meeting of representatives of
the two sides, discussions will be concentrated on tapioca, soybean,
pepper, as well as consumer goods, vehicle and spare parts, and tourism.
PM Prayut affirms Thailand is speedily solving human trafficking problem
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has
affirmed that Thailand is speedily trying to solve the problem of human
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said during his weekly “Returning
Happiness to Thai People” TV program that the current government has
always recognized the importance of finding solutions to the human
trafficking problem and already made it a national agenda.
PM Prayut stated that law enforcement has been stepped up and related
codes have been adjusted and strengthened while the culprits behind such
a crime have been punished and victims have been given assistance.
Moreover, the Social Development Ministry has joined the Revenue
Department in opening channels to receive donations from various
foundations so that all the money will be distributed fairly to those in
need, he said.
Sea turtle preservation campaign launched in Prachuap Khiri Khan to honour HM the King
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) Officials from the
Secretariat of the House of Representatives have
joined in a sea turtle preservation campaign in
Prachuap Khiri Khan province to honor HM the
Mrs. Pannipa Sermsri, legal advisor at the
Secretariat of the House of Representatives, has
led a team of officials and staffers in the
release of 40 sea turtles on Koh Talu in
Prachuap Khiri Khan to mark the 88th birthday
anniversary of HM the King on December 5, 2015.
The release was also intended to help preserve
the species and maintain the balance of the
marine ecological system.
Officials who participated in the campaign also
joined in the presentation of a sea
rehabilitation program under the cooperation of
“the Plant Genetic Conservation Project under
the Royal initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn”, the Royal Thai Navy and state as
well as private agencies.
In addition, the Secretariat has presented
300,000 baht to the Plant Genetic Conservation
Project to help in the implementation of various
Flowers and Ornamental Plants and Fish Festival well attendeddd
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The Flowers and Ornamental
Plants and Fish Festival at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem canal next to
Government House received positive feedback from the public, said Deputy
Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd. Over the past two
days, the fair generated accumulated sales of more than 720,000 baht and
with 11,780 visitors.
On 6 June 2015, sales totaled 583,000 baht, most of them were from
ornamental fish. Highlight of the event is the display of “Thian Thalay”
bonsai worth 2.5 million baht.
The objective of the fair was to help flower and ornamental plant and
fish farmers sell their products directly to consumers, said Maj.Gen.
Sansern. The event was a good opportunity for them to exchange
information, network and learn about consumers’ demands directly. The
government hoped that the fair would help them add value to their
products and serve as a market where the public could buy good quality
flowers and ornamental plants and fish at reasonable prices, the deputy
government spokesman said.
Thai officials observe Vietnamese culture in border provinces
NAKHON PHANOM, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The Office of
Agricultural Extension and Development, Region 4 in Khon Kaen Province
took more than 50 officials on a tour of the Thai-Vietnamese Friendship
Village in Ban Na Jok, Mueang District, Nakhon Phanom last week.
The study trip was aimed at teaching Vietnamese culture to the Thai
Agricultural Extension officials from five provinces namely Khon Kaen,
Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan and Bueng Kan which are located on
the Mekong River.
The program was part of the government effort to prepare Thai staff for
the ASEAN Community Integration at the end of this year. The program
also includes learning of the Vietnamese language with the help of
lecturers from Nakhon Phanom University.
As these officials are working in border provinces, additional knowledge
on neighboring languages is considered highly useful for interpersonal
contacts with ASEAN counterparts as well as for keeping themselves
updated on agricultural developments in the region.
SBPAC supports youth model for southern development
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Religious Affairs Dept puts MERS-CoV on top of health surveillance for Thai Muslims on Hajj pilgrimage
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Religious Affairs calls a meeting next Monday, 8
June 2015, with Public Health officials and
relevant authorities to ensure safety of Hajj
pilgrims from MERS-CoV.
Director-General of the Religious Affairs
Department Kritsayapong Siri said the department
has sent the list of 10,400 Thai Muslims, to go
to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in mid-August, to the
Public Health Ministry to receive mandatory
Meningococcal vaccine. The list will also be
used by the ministry in conducting health
surveillance on them both during and after their
trip to Mecca.
As for the progress of preparations in terms of
accommodations and flights for the pilgrims,
Mr.Kritsayapong said around 90 per cent of the
travelers have their accommodations booked
whereas 6,000 Thai pilgrims have already got
their flights to Mecca.
“All the preparations should be completed by 10
June as the department is scheduled to submit
the name list to Saudi Arabian database by 17
June for information verification before the
issuance of Visa,” said Mr.Kritsayapong.
The department also tried to prevent scammers
from taking advantage of these Thai Muslims by
sending its officials to communities in the
South of Thailand to explain detailed
information of the trips to Mecca.
MOPH to extend Family Doctor service to all households
NONTHABURI, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) is set to extend local
primary healthcare services of Family Doctors to
serve all households nationwide within this
year, said the Deputy Minister.
MOPH Deputy Minister, Somsak Chunharas, has
revealed that the Family Doctor project is now
comprised of 66,353 medical teams, 3,890 of
which are the district level teams, 12,237 are
subdistrict level teams, and 50,326 are the
community level teams.
He has said that the current Family Doctor teams
can now provide close care for only a quarter of
the targeted 2 million patients nationwide,
while the ministry is aiming to provide this
service to all households in the country within
Family Doctor teams have been established to
provide medical care for patients with low or no
mobility who rely on the help from others, such
as elders, immovable patients, persons with
disabilities, and patients in terminal stage.
Each team consists of about 10 medical personnel
who provide medical service at patients’ homes
regardless of their medical condition or disease
stage. All households in this project will also
have a 24-hour number to call their Family
Doctor team in case of emergency.
Medical professionals participating in this
project are doctors and staff from the local
Subdistrict Health Promotion Hospitals, the
local communities, District Public Health
Offices, Community Hospitals, Central Hospitals,
and general hospitals.
Cabinet explains proposed changes to draft charter
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) A representative of
the Cabinet has appeared before the Constitution
Drafting Committee to explain the proposed
changes to the draft charter.
CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno on Saturday
chaired the meeting of the charter drafters with
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam who
represented the Cabinet in discussing the
proposal on changes to the draft Constitution.
The CDC has been meeting with various interest
groups to discuss all the proposed changes to
the draft charter.
According to the CDC Spokesman, Gen. Lertrat
Ratanavanich, Mr. Wissanu has explained the
Cabinet’s 117 points of proposed changes and the
suggestions from the Prime Minister related to
how the new Constitution should be completed.
Gen. Lertrat said that the PM particularly
stressed that the new charter should emphasize
the country’s interest while being drafted in
such a way that goes in line with the context of
Thailand’s current social settings without being
NLA scheduled to hold new sessions during June 11-122
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly is
scheduled to hold new sessions to discuss various draft laws
during June 11 and 12.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai on Saturday issued an
order calling for the 34th and the 35th sittingsof members of
the legislature at the Parliament.
Included in the agenda of the upcoming sessions are the
deliberation of the draft amendment to the Counter-Terrorism
Financing Act and the draft amendment to the Communicable
Disease Act, which related committees have completed the vetting
The NLA will also be updated on the report by a special
committee tasked with the study on the enforcement of the
Petroleum Act and the Petroleum Income Tax Act.
In addition, NLA member Wallop Tangkananurak will ask the Prime
Minister about the proposal on the adjustment or the
cancellation of the Office for National Education Standards and
NRC whip spokesman suggests conditions for extended term of PM Prayut
BANGKOK, 7 June 2015 (NNT) The spokesman of the National Reform
Council whip has suggested a number of conditions that should be
put in effect if the current term of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-o-cha is to run longer than originally planned.
NRC whip spokesman Wanchai Sornsiri said that calls for PM
Prayut to remain in office to complete the national reform
process did not come from the NRC and the National Legislative
Assembly, who last week held a meeting to listen to the
government’s report on its first year in office.
However, Mr. Wanchai stated that the suggestion of an extended
term for the PM was heard during earlier trips by NRC members to
visit and hear opinions of people across the country.
According to him, most people told the NRC that Thailand should
not be hasty to hold a new election but should first complete
the reform process.
Under such calls, Mr. Wanchai said that some conditions have
also been proposed, including the amendment of the interim
charter to allow for a public referendum on the extension of PM
Prayut’s term by two more years, the clear listing of the areas
to be reformed, respective deadlines and how to gauge the
success, and the punishment that the PM will receive if he fails
to achieve all promised reform efforts by the deadline.