Trang steps up measures against IUU fishing
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) Trang is urgently
registering migrant workers in the fishery sector before the
registration closes on 30 June 2015.
Governor of Trang province Somsak Parisutho Hemthanon said Trang was
ready to cooperate with all units in the province in tackling the
illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human trafficking
after the government included the issues in the national agenda.
The government has instructed all relevant government units and
provincial governors to join hands in solving the problem.
The governor added that the province was closely monitoring the human
trafficking and IUU fishing situations. It was trying to make
entrepreneurs in Trang, especially those in the fishery sector,
understand the government’s fight against human trafficking and IUU
fishing, Mr. Somsak said.
Krabi to increase value of Batik products
KRABI, 15 June 2015 (NNT) Krabi province is set to
implement measures that will improve Batik products in an attempt to
increase souvenir products' values and to support the Krabi Quality
Tourism City campaign.
The Governor of Krabi Songpon Sawattham has revealed that all related
agencies are now working to improve and add value to the quality of
Batik products, as these products have received much attention from
He affirmed that this project is in line with the Krabi Quality Tourism
City campaign that aims to disperse income from tourism to all sectors
in the province through an enhancement of the community's products and
The Batik products improvement plan will include an establishment of a
provincial Batik network that will incorporate Batik manufacturers and
sellers as members that will determine the development plan to improve
the product's quality, variations and modernization to meet the demand
In addition, members will be trained by experts from the Department of
Industrial Promotion and the private sector in July.
NRC member speaks out against local administrative cuts for 2016
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC)
committee on local administrative reform has spoken out against
the budget cuts at the local level for the 2016 fiscal year.
Kriangkrai Phoomaochaeng, an NRC member, spoke regarding the
2016 fiscal budget, urging Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha
to reconsider this year’s budget allocated to the local
According to current plans, 47 billion Baht has been allocated
to the salaries of local administrative staff including the
costs of operating local bureaucracies. This amount is a far cry
from the 61.38 billion Baht allocated for the same purpose in
the 2014 fiscal year, he noted.
The cuts have been done against the backdrop of salary hikes for
civil servants and increased welfare assistance for the
disabled, Mr. Kriangkrai said, adding that much less money has
been earmarked for local projects.
The NRC member also questioned the benefit of this budget cut,
and called on the Bureau of the Budget and the Ministry of
Interior to carefully consider the implications of the decision.
No Thai casualties from Indonesia's volcano eruption
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) According to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, no Thai national has been injured or killed by a
massive volcano eruption in Western Indonesia.
Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia's main islands unleashed a
new powerful burst high into the sky on Saturday, sending hot ash far
down the mountain's slopes. 11 avalanches of hot ash have been recorded
so far; however, no injuries have been reported from the latest
According to the ministry, the Thai embassy in Jakarta has confirmed no
Thai national has been affected by the natural disaster. Thai residents
in Indonesia have also been alerted after the latest burst of hot ash
has been reported.
Indonesia has raised its emergency status to the highest alert level due
to the growing size of its lava dome. More than 2700 people from
villages within the danger zone of 7km from the crater have been
evacuated to temporary shelters.
Mt Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is
prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of
Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Vegetable prices increase in Yala ahead of Ramadan period
YALA, 15 June 2015 (NNT) Fresh produce prices in
Muang district of Yala province have increased slightly ahead of the
Muslims in Yala have begun stocking up on fresh food, after the Sheikhul
Islam Office determined the first day of Sha’aban month to fall on
either June 18th or June 19th, depending on lunar visibility at night.
Muslims are preparing for the fasting period for Islamic year 1436. The
prices of vegetables and meat sold at the market in Yala city have
Chicken has increased 5 baht to 80 baht per kilogram. Vegetable prices
have risen by around 3-5 baht per kilogram. However, the price of beef
is expected to remain unchanged throughout the religious period.
Yala security units will set up check points scattered throughout the
province to keep the peace.
Government asks public to use water wisely
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The government has come
out to ask the public to use water wisely.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed deep concern for
the country's water situation and has asked for people's cooperation in
conserving water. There has been unusually low rainfall recently,
causing water levels at reservoirs nationwide to decrease to only 30
percent of capacity.
The central region water basin could use only 9 percent of capacity for
agriculture, basic public necessity, to prevent salination, as well as
produce tap water.
People living in the city have therefore been asked to cooperate in
conserving water. As for farmers, they have been advised to plant crops
that require little irrigation and rely more on rainfall or local water
NRC ready to reject new charter if it disagrees with provisions
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council (NRC) says it can and will vote down the new constitution if the
new charter does not sufficiently incorporate proposals from the reform
NRC member Wanchai Sonsiri confirmed that members have full autonomy
over their vote on the new constitution. He said various committees have
done their part in delivering amendment proposals to the Constitution
Drafting Committee (CDC) and hopes the charter drafters will heed their
He indicated that the NRC would be dissolved after the vote, regardless
of the verdict. On the other hand, the current CDC will be dissolved in
the event that the constitution is rejected and a new CDC established in
its place to restart the drafting process.
Chumphon Technical College expands Fix It Center program
CHUMPHON, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The Chumphon Technical
College has expanded the "Fix It Center" program for its communities.
College Director Amnuay Nuanchan, as well as the Tha Sae district chief,
executive committees, teachers, students and locals, have shown high
interest in joining the program.
The program follows government policy to fix and maintain equipment for
public use and for vocational job creation. It also aims to improve
machine quality inspections at the community level.
The program can be divided into four objectives. These consist of
Fixing, by setting up a center to repair machinery used in business and
household appliances; Teaching, by establishing vocational training
courses in mechanic professions; Creating, by innovating technology to
boost product value and quality guarantee standards; and Encouraging
basic sanitary and safety practices in both the work environment and
Activities in the program include donating repair tools to the center;
establishing electrical appliance and agricultural equipment repair
centers; automobile and motorcycle fixing centers; bakery and food
demonstrations; and key chain-making demonstrations.
Mr. Amnuay explained that the program hopes to see locals apply
knowledge gained from the program and the philosophy of Sufficiency
Economy towards becoming self-sufficient, helping their neighbors, and
building a stronger community. The program also provides first-hand
experience for technical students.
The Fix It Center is providing services at the Tha Sae district office
every weekend throughout the month of June.
Public urged to destroy mosquito breeding grounds to prevent dengue fever
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health is urging families to destroy mosquito breeding grounds every 7
days in an attempt to keep dengue fever at bay during the rainy season.
The Public Health Minister, Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin, said the ASEAN
community has announced June 15th each year as 'ASEAN Dengue Day' in
order to raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease. More than
200,000 people in ASEAN reportedly come down with the fever each year.
According to the Department of Disease Control, 17,000 people in
Thailand have contracted the disease from January until June 9th this
year. 11 people have succumbed to the fever. The Public Health Minister
claimed the number of patients could rise to as many as 70,000 people in
Thailand if there were no public involvement in preventing the disease.
People have been urged to destroy mosquito larvae every 7 days and keep
themselves healthy during the rainy season. Regional public health
offices have also been instructed to educate and inform people of the
cause of dengue fever, and what they can do to protect themselves.
The Ministry will dispatch a mobile unit to an infected area within 24
hours of the report, to assist those infected and make sure the
potential breeding grounds for the insects are destroyed. Dengue fever
symptoms include high fever, headache, eye sore, muscle pains, nausea
and red rashes.
Cultural Capital developed as strategic tool for peace in Southh
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) A sustainable development
strategy for the five southernmost border provinces of Thailand is
pushed forward by a new tool dubbed “Cultural Capital” with the hope of
create long-lasting peace in the region, says Permanent-Secretary of
Culture Ministry Apinan Poshynanda.
According to him, the so-called cultural capital is
precisely what is needed to solve the problems in the region and
effectively respond to the arrival of ASEAN Community Integration.
“Understanding, Reaching Out, and Development” strategy has been
implemented in the region by the Army and Internal Security Operations
Command (Isoc) Region 4 commander, in parallel with His Majesty the
King's sufficiency Economy Policy.
The Culture Ministry believes such a sustainable thinking will turn the
provinces into the multicultural hub of ASEAN, where people can jointly
contribute to the development of their regions and boost confidence of
neighboring countries toward Thailand, said Mr.Apinan.
In the short-term period, the cultural capital has been developed
progressively under the cooperation of the Army and Isoc. Numerous
activities have been held around Pattani Bay for the purpose.
Border checkpoints reinforced to prevent MERS outbreak
UBON RATCHATHANI, 15 June 2015 (NNT) Public Health
Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin has instructed public health
officials at the Thai-Laotian border to conduct rigorous health checks
to prevent the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in
According to Dr. Ratchata, the health officials at Chong Mek border
crossing in Ubon Ratchathani province are expected to be extremely
thorough when asking anyone entering Thai territory from Laos whether
they exhibit flu-like symptoms.
Both the Public Health Minister and his deputy Dr. Somsak Chunharas
visited the regional health control unit at Chong Mek to observe
checkpoint operations. The minister said thermal scanners have been
implemented at various points of entry to detect infected passengers.
If anyone is found to have come down with similar symptoms, they would
be taken to the hospital immediately. Medical staff will strictly adhere
to safety protocol to prevent an outbreak within the hospital.
Dr. Ratchata said the health control unit at Chong Mek is fully equipped
to conduct preliminary health screenings over the Thai-Laotian border.
Any individuals entering Thailand will be asked to disclose their travel
history, particularly if they were previously in South Korea, by showing
their passports. More than 1,000 Thais and tourists cross Chong Mek
Water levels in 4 major dams remain critical
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation
Department (RID) has disclosed that the water levels in 4 major dams
remain critical. The amount of water released will be lowered by half to
assure sufficient supply of water for domestic consumption.
RID Deputy Director General Suthep Noipiroj said the water levels in
Bhumipol, Sirikit, Kwae Noi, Bamrungdan and Pasakcholasit dams are
critically low, declining by 30 million cubic meters altogether since
The rapid decline has prompted the RID to decide to cut the amount of
water released into the rivers from 60 million cubic meters daily to 30
million cubic meters today. According to Mr. Suthep, there would be
enough water for consumption for 40 more days following the move.
However, more rain is expected at the end of July, said Permanent
Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Chawait
Chukhajorn. He also urged farmers in Chaitnat and Ayutthaya to put off
their crop growing until there is enough rain to sustain farming
Bueng Kan joins World Blood Donor Day 2015
BUENG KAN, 15 June 2015, (NNT) Bueng Kan province
held a major blood drive in Seka District Hospital, on Sunday the 14th
marking World Blood Donor Day 2015.
The event replenished stores for cases of emergency and commemorated Dr.
Karl Landsteiner, the Austrian biologist and physician who pioneered
The provincial Red Cross office organized the blood drive in response to
the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s policy to
express gratitude to blood donors. The organization is currently
promoting its campaign to encourage people to donate blood every three
The fair is the 12th of its kind in Thailand. Organizers said 60 percent
of donors give blood once a year and only 7 percent of blood donors
donate four times per year.
The Red Cross has encouraged blood donations every three months,
claiming that giving blood promotes better health for donors and ensures
a sufficient supply of blood for patients.
Petchaburi holds an annual civil servant seminar
PETCHABURI, 15 June 2015, (NNT) The Petchaburi Provincial Administration
office held an annual seminar on Sundy the 14th educating its officials.
Organizers explained that the event is in accordance with the 2007 law,
which states that each province must be able to draft its own budget
without help from the central government.
The law was implemented in 2009. Budget and operation plans are crucial
tools for local administrations to govern their provinces and connect
During the event, several senior civil servants took the stage to give
lectures on their experiences to attendees.
Healthcare 2015 festival wraps up over the weekend
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015, (NNT) The Healthcare 2015
festival concluded on Sunday, with a large number of health enthusiasts
in attendance on the last day.
The fair started June 11 and has been well-received by the public.
Twelve medical institutes offered physical examinations to attendees,
along with free flu shots and Diphtheria vaccinations.
Several workshops were held on various topics during the event. Subjects
included ‘cancer prevention and treatment by SKT meditation’ and ‘music
therapy’. The fair also featured Thai herbs and traditional Thai
More than 300 vendors have participated in the event, offering
health-related products such as traditional Thai herbal medicine,
supplements, and cosmetics.
Deliberation of fiscal 2016 budget bill completes review of allocations for 3 ministries
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The special committee in
charge of the fiscal 2016 budget bill has completed the deliberation of
the budget allocation for three ministries.
Lt. Gen. Chartudom Titthasiri, spokesman of the special committee, said
that the deliberation of the next fiscal year’s budget has been planned
to be completed within 48 days, starting from May 26.
Mr. Chartudom said that the review of the budget allocation has already
been finished for the Finance Ministry, the ICT Ministry and the Natural
Resources Ministry. no cut has been made in the budget allocation, he
He added that the committee is currently deliberating the budget
allocated for the Commerce Ministry.
Mr. Chartudom, however, stated that the debilitation will be in
accordance with the policies of the government and the National Economic
and Social Plan which call for the efficient use of the budget while
minimizing the inequality in the society and maximizing the use of the
budget for the interest of the public.
New machines to replace use of methyl bromide in rice fumigation
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives will be supplied with machines for the
disinfestation of weevil's eggs through the dielectric method, under a
collaboration between the Agricultural Research Development Agency
(ARDA) and Eureka Design Public Company Limited.
Chavalit Chookajorn, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and
Cooperatives, chaired the signing of an agreement over technology
licensing right between the ARDA and Eureka Design Plc. At the event, he
said the dielectric disinfestation machine would replace the more costly
fumigation method via methyl bromide. Methyl bromide is also being
banned by several countries starting this year.
According to Mr. Chavalit, the dielectric heating machine would destroy
all weevils and eggs in rice without leaving behind any contaminants. He
said the new technology would create an advantage for Thai rice in the
global market, and allow Thai rice to be exported as a chemicals-free
Buriram hit by worst drought in 50 years
BURIRAM, 14 June 2015 (NNT) Farmers in the
northeastern province of Buriram are pleading for government help as
more than half of their farming areas are being hit by the worst drought
in 50 years.
The prolonged dry season has brought on damage to more than 700 rai out
of the 1,100 rai of farming areas in Ban Sokklong Village. Villagers
fear the rest of their rice paddies will die off if no rains come within
a week. Cultivation in this community relies mainly on rainfalls.
Their most-needed aid includes rain-making operations, government
compensation for the damaged crops and distribution of seeds to relieve
their financial trouble caused by their failed investment.
The lengthy drought reportedly caused water levels at major dams to fall
to a new low over the past 51 years. The Royal Irrigation Department
called on farmers to refrain from the annual rice cultivation during
this period as part of its water management scheme.
Bangkok Governor checks drainage systems in Lat Phrao
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) Bangkok Governor M.R.
Sukhumbhand Paribatra has inspected the efficiency of drainage systems
in Wang Thong Lang and Lat Prao districts ahead of the rainy season.
The governor, along with the Bangkok permanent-secretary and executives
of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, on Sunday traveled to the
Khlong Song Krathiem pumping station in Wang Thong Lang district to
check if it operated efficiently. The pumping station installed a
reinforced concrete dam in December 2014 in order to facilitate the
pumping of water at seven and nine cubic meters/second through Lat Phrao
and Chan canals respectively.
The Khlong Song Krathiem pumping station helps with the drainage in Lat
Phrao and Wang Thong Lang districts, including Lat Phrao road and Soi
Choke Chai 4.
The Department of Drainage and Sewerage has implemented 15 projects to
improve drainage efficiency in all canals across Bangkok. The Khlong
Song Krathiem pumping station is one of the completed projects.
BMTA buying first lot of NGV buses
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT)The BMTA board has given
the green light to the purchase of 489 NGV buses. The price of the buses
is around one million baht lower than the price previously price set by
Chairman of the Board of the Bangkok Mass Transport Authority (BMTA)
Pol.Gen. Ek Angsananont said the board had approved the purchase of 489
NGV buses, the first lot of buses from a total of 3,183. The BMTA will
sign a purchase contract with the winning bidder.
The chairman said the BMTA bought the buses at a much lower price than
the standard one. He also confirmed the board considered the procurement
in line with the BMA’s procurement procedure and ensured transparency in
Severe drought persists throughout Thailand
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) Drought continues to
wreak havoc on many areas across the country, damaging farmland and
depleting water for consumption and agriculture.
Local farmers in Kamphaengphet province said this year’s drought in the
province was severer than the previous years and water levels in canals
quickly decreased. There was not sufficient water for consumption and
agriculture although farmers here switched to plant drought-resistant
crops instead of rice, they said.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is closely
monitoring water levels of the Chao Phraya river. The river’s water
level in front of the Ang Thong city hall was last measured at 46
centimeters which was deemed very low.
Political reform committee:People can reject unacceptable draft charter
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The chairman of a
committee under the National Reform Council believes that the public can
always reject the draft charter that is considered unacceptable.
Chairman of the NRC’s committee on political reform Sombat
Thamrongthanyawong said that he believes the adoption of the
mixed-member proportional representation electoral system is what can
weaken the future coalition government.
Mr. Sombat’s commment was heard following reports that the Constitution
Drafting Committee’s resolution to change part of the draft charter
which involves the composition of the constituency and the party-list
members of parliament at the next election.
The CDC reportedly made a change that resulted in the stipulation that
calls for 300 constituency MPs and 150 MPs under the mixed-member
proportional representation system.
Mr. Sombat said that, if such a system is put to use, Thailand may
experience more administrative problems in the future.
He added that no one should worry about rumors that the NRC will vote
down the draft charter as the CDC is still to work on many proposed
changes, while stating that an unacceptable draft of the Constitution
can always be rejected by the people during the public referendum.
Anti-Corruption Commissionto organize annual award for anti-graft achievements
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The National
Anti-Corruption Commission is ready to organise an annual event to
present awards to organizations that have been active in fighting
The NACC is ready to host the 5th Chor Sa-ad Award, a project aimed at
recognizing organizations which have introduced creative media to
promote the fight against corruption.
NACC chairman Panthep Klanarongran said that corruption continues to be
major problem that has serious impact on Thailand and that an
anti-corruption effort requires cooperation from everyone.
The anti-graft award, which is to be held for the fifth time, is
intended to recognize such an endeavor by members of the media as they
are the agencies which can deliver all messages more directly to the
public, Mr. Panthep said.
For this year, the NACC has also invited members of the public to take
part in the program by submitting their anti-graft work or projects for
Accordingly, a contest for the best short-films or animated films will
be opened for interested candidates of three categories, including the
middle school level, the high school level and the general public.
The NACC will be welcoming all entries until June 30 while more
information can be found on
Public Health Ministry poised to launch dengue fever prevention campaign
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health has planned to seek cooperation from different agencies in the
elimination of mosquito as part of the dengue fever prevention campaign.
The Ministry of Public Health is scheduled to sign on Monday (Jun 15)
cooperation agreements with seven other ministries namely Interior,
Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Tourism and Sports,
Industry, Culture and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to
ensure effective malaria prevention such as constant spraying of
pesticides on mosquito breeding ground. The Southeast Asian nations have
designated June 15 as ASEAN Dengue Day to raise awareness of the viral
The program is intended to stem the spread of the mosquito-borne
disease. Infection cases are particularly high during the rainy season
as the weather condition is conducive to reproduction of mosquitoes.
Since January, the dengue virus has sickened over 12,000 people, 11 of
whom died. Without proper prevention, infection cases could exceed
70,000 this year.
Infected people usually exhibit such symptoms as sudden fever,
headaches, nausea, vomiting, skin rash and easy bruising. There has been
no specific medicine for the treatment of dengue fever. Aside from
supportive medical care, effective ways to regain immunity included
enough rest and drinking much water. In case of fever, patients may take
paracetamol. Aspirin may worsen bleeding.
Public asked to help prevent denguee
NONTHABURI, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health (MOPH) is urging the public to help in the prevention of dengue
fever by getting rid of mosquito larva, as the number of dengue patients
could rise to 70,000.
The Minister of Public Health Rajata Rajatanavin cited a report from the
Department of Disease Control (DDC) showing the number of accumulated
dengue patients in Thailand from January to 9 June 2015 was at 17,242
persons. There were 11 fatalities.
Dengue fever patients are most commonly found in the central region of
Thailand, followed by the northeastern region, the southern region and
the northern region. The total number of patients for the entire year
has a possibility of reaching as high as 70,000 if prevention measures
are not strictly enforced.
The MOPH Minister said that the public should eliminate the conditions
of breeding spots of mosquitos and larva as the rainy season is the
period where dengue spreads the most. Provincial public health offices
have been appointed to provide knowledge to the public on the symptoms
and characteristics of dengue fever, as well as the prevention measures
in an attempt to minimize the fatalities of this disease.
Doctors have been urged to provide careful diagnosis to all patients, as
there are currently no specific medicine to cure dengue.
The MOPH Minister also mentioned that 15 June of every year is the ASEAN
Dengue Day to raise awareness among the public in the prevention
measures of dengue, which is considered a big common health issue in
ASEAN that affects 200,000 people annually.
Report about fire accident at Singapore's oil platform is fictitious, Thai authorities confirm
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) Spokesperson of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sek Wannamethee has reaffirmed that a piece
of news about fire accident at an oil rig in Singapore and injuries of
Thai workers was merely a rumor that went viral online.
The Thai Embassy in Singapore contacted Singaporean authorities and Thai
workers at the site mentioned to check the validity of the photos posted
online, showing the oil platform being burned and Thai workers were
"The photos were just fictitious as Singaporean has no offshore oil
platforms but only two onshore oil refineries located on Jurong Island
and Bukom Island,” Mr. Sek said. All Thai workers at both oil refineries
are still working normally,” he added.
Nearly 7,000-kg rice from "Thung Makham Yong” royal lands to be presented to the palace
AYUTTHAYA, 14 June 2015 (NNT) Ten farmers in
Ayutthaya Province will present 6,990 kgs of rice crops harvested from
the King’s piece of land to the Palace at the end of this month as a
show of their gratitude to the royal benevolence and advice.
Chief of Ayutthaya Agricultural Extension Office Paisarn Sungmongkol
said the 10 farmers will be received in audience with Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who will represent His Majesty the King,
at Chitralada Palace on 30 June. They will report the progress of their
use of the land and seek royal advice on paddy farming.
Mr.Paisarn said that previously His Majesty the King granted permission
to the 10 farmers to use a seven-rai plot of royal land in Thung Makham
Yong area for growing Pathumthani 1 Rice. “A total of 6,990 kilograms of
rice were harvested last September from the royal lands, and the farmers
wished to dedicate the rice to the palace,” said Mr.Paisarn.
He added that His Majesty the King has permitted the group of farmers to
continue rice planting on his lands every year. For the 2015 planting
season, the farmers used the direct paddy seeder planting technique
which allowed them to gain higher productivity using less seeds. This
technique also consumed less fertilizer and less efforts in pest
control, but give ouputs of higher quality.
Internal Security tightens relations with Ayutthaya Islamic Committee
AYUTTHAYA, 14 June 2015 (NNT)The Internal Security
Operations Command has joined hands with the Ayutthaya Islamic Committee
to help facilitate the province towards reconciliation.
The Deputy Director of the Ayutthaya office of the Internal Security
Operations Command Colonel Ronnawut Ruangsawat has said that Islam is
now the second most practiced religion in Ayutthaya province with 65
mosques in the area.
He has said that reconciliation projects with the Islamic leaders in the
province have been successful as the leaders are willing to lead the
community towards a common understanding and unity.
The reconciliation campaign's activities will take place on 15 June 2015
for the second year of this project at the Ayutthaya Islamic Committee
office. There will also be an opinion survey for the leaders and
provincial administrative agencies to observe their understanding of the
The Ayutthaya ISOC Deputy Director has said that this project is
expected to further tighten the relations between people with different
religions, especially through the 'governor meets religious leaders'
activity, which will be held during the Ramadan period.
Cultural Ministry to introduce helping measures for traditional artists
BANGKOK, 14 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Culture
is set to present the measures designed to help traditional artists pass
on their traditional knowledge to the Cabinet.
The Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat has revealed that the
meeting of traditional and national artists to take care of the artists
in keeping with the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s initiative to
raise the income of the artists to proper rate.
The meeting has considered the raise of monthly payment for national
artists from the previous rate at 20,000 baht per month which hasn’t
been changed since the last six years, as well as raising the medical
allowance for treatment in private hospitals from not exceeding 40,000
baht annually to not exceeding 100,000 baht.
The Culture Minister has said that the increase of hospital allowance is
now being presented to the Cabinet’s approval. The new allowance rate
will take effect from 2012 if it were to be approved.
He has mentioned that the ministry will use the 9 million baht
contemporary artists care fund to support the income of artists and
provide space for performance and exhibition, initially to take place at
Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center and Thailand Cultural Center.
Traditional artists performing Likay, Manora, Mor lam and fiddle playing
will receive relief measures from the ministry. Performers on a
directory list will receive jobs easier through direct hiring, while the
ministry will also present additional aid measures for traditional
artists to the Cabinet such as the establishment of an association in
each art form category.
Provincial governors and the local administrative body have also been
urged to provide tax reduction measures for employers of traditional
artists, while a traditional artist management organization tasked with
managing the artists was also discussed.
DPM Wissanu discusses expected end of terms of Five Rivers
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The deputy prime minister
in charge of legal affairs has discussed the expected end of term of all
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that the terms of all the
Five Rivers, including the National Council for Peace and Order, the
National Legislative Assembly, the National Reform Council, the Cabinet
and the Constitution Drafting Committee will come or near to an end
after the draft charter gets an approval from the NRC and the public
According to Mr. Wissanu, if the draft of the new Constitution is put to
use and the next election is scheduled, it means Prime Minister Gen.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also the chief of the NCPO, will remain in
office only until the new Cabinet is set up and completes the
For the NRC, its term will end when all reform council members vote to
accept or reject the draft charter, after which a new council tasked
with the driving forward of the national reform process will be set up
and work until the first session of the new Parliament takes place Mr.
He added that the NLA will remain in office to perform the duties of the
Upper House until the senate election is completed, while the CDC will
also be working until the first day of a new parliamentary session.
Government hopes new courts to help rid Thailand of criminals
BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 (NNT) The government hopes that
a number of new departments under the Criminal Court will effectively
help rid Thailand of miscreants.
Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said that the
government is pleased to learn that the Supreme Court has set up new
departments to deal with cases of human-trafficking, drug-related crimes
and corruption as well as unscrupulous activities of state officials.
These departments have been officially opened since June 13 due to the
continued rise in these types of cases. They will be working
independently, said the spokesman.
According to Maj Gen Sunsern, these departments will help accelerate the
proceedings against all related cases, while their introduction shows
how much all three branches of Thailand’s government, including the
executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch, are
He added that these departments also reflect Thailand’s recognition of
the importance of the fight against human-trafficking, narcotics and
Govt set to match education reform with students’ needss
BANGKOK, 13 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Cha-ocha has unveiled
a number of educational plans which he claims would serve the needs of
students and society.
During his weekly TV talk program, PM Prayut spoke about the 2015-2020
education reform strategies which cover three major areas namely
teaching, vocational skill development and education management.
According to Gen Prayut, the most urgent mission for the government is
to raise the literacy rate in primary schools. The government is urging
schools to revive the spelling system in the teaching of grade 1 pupils.
The campaign will continue until Mar 2016 after which time its
achievement will be assessed.
Regarding the vocational skill development, new courses will be
introduced at educational opportunity expansion schools and those in the
five special economic zones to boost vocational skills of learners.
English teaching at basic education level will be adjusted to serve the
needs of students and society. At the same time, distance learning will
be upgraded to boost the quality of learners.
As for personnel development, the government will launch more training
for school directors, educators and educational supervisors to enhance
Suphanburi holds a hearing forum on national reform
SUPHANBURI, 13 June 2015, (NNT) Suphanburi Province
yesterday held a public hearing forum on the national reform during
which locals suggested that schools reintroduce caning to discipline
The event was attended by more than 80 representatives from local
administration offices, community council members, and various
According to the Election Commission office in the province, a
suggestion has been made to leave education institutes free from
political influences. In the past, politicians and government units
often disturb school activities in order to introduce themselves or some
kinds of campaigns. The EC office pointed out that such activities
should be eliminated or minimized.
Those taking part in the hearing also suggested that schools reintroduce
caning as a way to discipline students. Other interesting points of
advice include the measures preventing nepotism by politicians and
strengthening of the current election regulation.
Preventive measures against MERS stepped up for Hajj pilgrims
BANGKOK, 13 June 2015 (NNT) The Department of Disease
Control has increased preventive measures against the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) for Thai Muslims leaving for Saudi Arabia on
The announcement came after the Ministry of Public Health recently
declared the disease as a dangerous communicable disease, in accordance
with the 1980 Communicable Disease Act. The law dictates those who are
suspicious of contracting the disease to immediately contact public
health officials for assistance.
The Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Sophon
Mekthon, revealed his agency is extremely concerned about the health of
Thai Hajj pilgrims leaving for Saudi Arabia. About 10,000 Thai Muslims
go on the pilgrimage every year.
Dr. Sophon added that 40 medical officers have been dispatched to Saudi
Arabia to look after Thai pilgrims. The officials are opening a field
hospital with 20 beds near the site of pilgrimage for emergency
assistance. Those having suspicious symptoms will be put under the
officials’ surveillance program for 30 days.
Buddhists and Muslims visit 4th Annual Yala Fair
YALA, 13 June 2015 (NNT) Yala Chamber of
Commerce kicked off the 4th annual Yala Fair
with goals of stimulating the local economy and
regaining the public confidence.
The event, which would last until tomorrow,
offers a wide range of products and foods from
both Thai Buddhists and Thai Muslims who have
been affected by the southern violence in the
The fair’s main objectives are to boost the
province’s economy, gaining the public
confidence, generating income, relieving stress
from the southern violence, and preparing the
area for the approaching ASEAN Economic
The provincial chamber of commerce hoped that
the fair would bring back the economic momentum
affected by the violent incidents in the region.
The office also deemed that the event would
boost morale for the locals who are constantly
facing dangers in their daily lives.
PM urges Thais to be health conscious amidst MERS outbreak
BANGKOK, 12 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has suggested the Thai people to be mindful of their health
following the emergence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
in South Korea while affirming the government is strictly on guard
against the disease.
Speaking on his television program “Returning Happiness to the People”,
Prime Minister Prayut encouraged the general public to lead a healthy
lifestyle and follow sanitary practices in a bid to reduce the risk of
being infected with the MERS virus, which has spread from the Middle
East to South Korea. He also cited the approaching rainy season in
Thailand as a factor conducive to the growth of germs and the spread of
However, as of now, no confirmed cases of MERS have been reported in
Thailand. Regarding the implementation of precautionary measures, the
premier said he has assigned the Ministry of Public Health to place the
same level of importance on the disease as it previously did on SARS,
bird flu and Ebola.
The Prime Minister elaborated that the Department of Disease Control is
currently conducting preventative work, providing advice to risk groups,
monitoring infection-prone places and taking care of people arriving
from infected countries. He also urged the public to contact the
department at hotline number 1422 should they wish to learn more about
the MERS virus or report suspicious cases.
Officials and traders in Suvarnabhumi Airport meet to ensure synchronized action against MERS
SAMUT PRAKAN, 12 June 2015 (NNT) The Airports of
Thailand Plc called a meeting of authorities and entrepreneurs operating
at Suvarnabhumi Airport to keep them on the same track of prevention
against MERS-CoV, Deputy General Manager of Suvarnbhumi Airport Phet
Attending the meeting today were, among others, representatives of the
Bangkok Airways Board, airlines operators, Immigration Division, Customs
Department, as well as the Communicable Disease Control Office, Ministry
of Public Health.
Though MERS surveillance has not been upgraded inside the airport,
Mr.Phet emphasized that close observation is vital. All passengers are
suggested to avoid going to countries in risk of the virus outbreak. In
case they need to do so, they should follow official instructions and
perform proper self-protection.
Thai authorities confirmed the virus outbreak has not affected flight
schedules between Thailand and South Korea or between the Middle East
and South Korea.
At the initial stage, thermoscan infrared cameras have been installed in
the airport at three points. Two points are at Zone 2 and 3 of the
Immigration Office and another one is at Concourse E.
A senior official of the Communicable Disease Control Office revealed
that main target passengers are those returning from countries in risk
of the deadly virus outbreak. Passengers of such flights will receive
on-board self care guidance. On their arrival at Suvarnabhumi, each of
them is provided with a personal self-protection set which comprises
hand washing gel and face mask.
MFA continues monitoring MERS epidemic in Korea
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PPP Committee approves green energy plants projects
BANGKOK, 12 June 2015 (NNT) The Public-Private
Partnership Policy Committee (PPP Committee) has
approved two co-investment projects with a total
budget of 6.6 billion baht, says the Deputy
Deputy Prime Minister M.R.Pridiyathorn Devakula
has revealed the outcome of the 4/2015 PPP
Committee meeting, that the meeting assessed big
investment projects with values over 5 billion
baht in accordance to the national development
plan, and appointed the private sector to
further analyze the potential side-effects of
these investments in the future.
At this meeting, 2 out of 65 projects were
approved by the committee, including the
construction of waste-to-energy power plants in
Nonthaburi and Nakhon Ratchasima province, with
a cost of 4.4 and 2.2 billion baht respectively.
The DPM has said that investments in
infrastructure such as metro rail-lines,
motorways, highways, and cargo ports are set to
commence next year in keep with the designated
plan. The Ministry of Transport is currently now
conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) of the projects, which will be presented
to the PPP Committee.
Drought situation doesn’t increase products prices
NONTHABURI, 12 June 2015 (NNT) The current
drought situation has not caused the price of
products to change, while prices increase
seasonally at a rate of 3-5 percent, says the
DIT Deputy Director-General.
Mr. Suchart Sinrat, the Deputy Director-General
of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has
revealed that the Ministry of Commerce has not
received any reports regarding any unusual price
adjustments, adding that the current drought
situation poses no significant threats that
could affect market prices.
The DIT's daily inspection on prices has seen a
3-5 percent increase to consumption products
such as vegetables, pork, and chicken due to the
season's low production rate.
From the beginning of this year, about 1,000
complaints have been filed to the 1569 hotline.
Most complaints are about the price of the
cooking gas, which the DIT has already solved
the problem, according to the Deputy
The DIT will be holding the ‘Campaign Award’
calling to students to submit their creative
videos that will help raise public awareness on
intelligent spending through various media
channels. Interested candidates can visit the
www.dit.go.th website for more details on the
Loei gears up for ghost festival
LOEI, June 2015 (NNT) The northeastern province
of Loei is gearing up for the world-renown ghost
festival, which will take place in late June.
The ghost festival, locally known as Phi Ta
Khon, was a unique celebration of Dan Sai
district. It is believed that the festival was
influenced by the story of Prince Vessantara,
the Buddha-to-be. Loei Governor Wirote
Jiwarangsan announced the festivities in a press
The festival consists of three days of
activities, including a parade of ghosts, games,
the firing of rockets, costume and dance
contests as well as religious and merit-making
rites. The exotic Phi Ta Khon ghost procession
makes the annual event a must-see for both Thai
and foreign visitors. The local ghost is also
the symbol of the Loei City Football Club.
The ghost festival will be held between June 26
and 28 in front of Dan Sai District Office.
Leatherware sales event on June 19-28 in BKK
BANGKOK, 9 June 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce and the
private sector are planning to organize a leatherware sale event
from June 19 - 28 at Department of International Trade Promotion
(DITP)’s convention hall 1 & 2 in Bangkok.
The event is a joint effort between the DITP and the Thai
Leathergoods Association, according to the Association
Vice-President Veera Lertruang Punyavut.
He said that continued demand for the Kingdom’s leatherware has
cushioned the industry from the underperforming export sector.
Popular items include handbags, shoes, and phone cases.
Mr. Veera said the leatherware industry grew 4 percent in first
four months of the year, and expected exports to reach 2 billion
dollars or 67.4 billion baht in 2015.
The Association VP expected more than 200 companies to
participate in the sales event, which targets 20 million baht in
revenue and 25,000 attendees. He believes the fair will spark
public interest in leatherware.
Thailand showcases agricultural potential at Expo Milano 2015
BANGKOK, 8 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives has been tasked with representing Thailand in the
Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy, from May 1 to October 31.
The Expo Milano is held once every five years to showcase each
member country’s social and economic development. This year's
event is held under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for
Life.” Participants will come from 144 countries, and Italy
targets 20 million people in attendance.
Thailand’s delegates held their exhibition under the theme
“Nourishing and Delighting the World,” with an emphasis on
showcasing Thailand as the world’s kitchen.
The goal is to create confidence in Thai food products and
materials, emphasizing the diversity of produce and its many
flavors. The exhibition promotes Thai produce as having the
highest food safety standards in the region, with rigorous
security policies and state-of-the-art food processing.
Other exhibitions by Thailand showcase Thailand’s agricultural
history, its abundance of natural resources, branding, as well
as the achievements of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in
the field of agricultural development.