Foreign Affairs Min asks embassies & consulates to update world on Thai MERS-CoV prevention
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has requested all Thai embassies and consulates to assure
foreign countries of Thailand’s tight MERS-CoV prevention measures.
Thai embassies and consulates were urged to use their available channels
to explain the Ministry of Public Health’s strict disease-control and
prevention, such as the execution of surveillance measures at airports
and hospitals, installation of body temperature measurement equipment at
all airports, circulation of anti-MERS-CoV guidelines among all airlines
operating in risk-prone countries, and distribution of face masks.
The move is expected to convince foreign visitors of the country’s
efforts to deal with the situation. The country has so far reported one
confirmed case of MERS-CoV. Those in close contact with the patient are
immediately quarantined for close monitoring in line with international
standards. World Health Organisation also hailed the country for its
swift response to the infection.
DDC advises public not to panic on MERS disease
NONTHABURI, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Disease Control (DDC) has released its weekly publication, warning the
public not to believe in rumors about the MERS disease and urged the
people to call the 1422 hotline for factual information.
DDC’s Bureau of Risk Communication and Behaviour Development has issued
the weekly publication that contains information on the measures
employed to monitor and prevent the spread of the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) disease in Thailand.
According to the publication from 1 January - 19 June 2015, 38 potential
risk individuals had been identified. The individuals had traveled from
the Middle East and South Korea but all lab rests have shown negative
results. The only confirmed MERS patient, a middle-eastern man, was
discovered on 20 June 2015. Three of his relatives and 175 persons who
had come in contact with the patient have been isolated to monitor for
the MERS infection.
Lab tests have proven that the relatives of the patient and those in
contact are not infected with MERS. However, they will continue to be
monitored in a continuously and serious manner.
The public are advised against believing any rumors regarding the
disease, while the Ministry of Public Health will continue to provide
certified information to the public. The public are advised to continue
their lives as normal, and to trust in the nation's disease prevention
The publication claimed that Thai people in general are not at risk of
being infected with MERS unless they have been traveling to countries
where the MERS epidemic has been confirmed. Travelers from these risk
countries should wear masks and immediately seek medical attention if
any signs of fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose occurs within 14
days after returning to Thailand.
The public are also urged to practice a healthy lifestyle by eating warm
and cooked food, using serving spoons when handling food, washing their
hands frequently, and to avoid contact with unwell patients. The public
can call the DDC’s 1422 hotline for information should they have any
questions on this matter.
NLA’s Jate calls for more open-mindedness about casino legalization
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) A member of the National
Legislative Assembly has called on the public to be more open-minded
about a proposal to legalize a casino operation in Thailand.
NLA whip spokesman Jate Sirataranont said that he neither opposes nor
supports a proposal by his fellow NLA members to enable casino
legalization with the aim being to bring in revenue to boost the
Mr. Jate said that both the people who made the proposal and those who
oppose it, have good reasons to support their views.
However, he acknowledges that the idea is controversial and would not
likely survive an anti-gambling campaign just as in the past when such a
proposal was rejected by society.
Mr. Jate also suggested that there remain several steps for the proposal
to go through and even if the National Reform Council were ever to agree
to it, implementation would still not be easy.
NRC’s anti-corruption committee denies rumors of a plan to reject draft charter
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The chairman of a
committee under the National Reform Council has denied rumors that the
reform council is planning to reject the draft Constitution.
The Chairman of the NRC’s committee on anti-corruption Pramon Sutivong
said that the National Legislative Assembly’s unanimous vote to amend
the Provisional Constitution was an acceptable decision.
Such a development has effectively shortened the term of the NRC, which
will now end within two months.
Mr. Pramon said that, despite a shorter term in office, members of the
reform council will still be able to complete their tasks before handing
over any unfinished missions to the next legislative body that will
carry on with the reform efforts.
He also stated that rumors of an NRC plan to reject the draft charter is
groundless, adding that the reform council will decide what it thinks of
the draft Constitution only after reviewing its content.
NLA to deliberate impeachment of 248 former MPs on June 25-26
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) Members of the National
Legislative Assembly are scheduled to meet before the end of the month
to deliberate the impeachment of hundreds of former members of
NLA President Pornpetch Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has issued an
invitation to all members of the legislature to a sitting on June 25 and
26 to discuss an urgent agenda.
One area of discussion is the deliberation of the draft Kalasin
University Act which has been vetted by the special committee tasked
with the process.
On June 26, the NLA is scheduled to hold an open debate on the
regulations and a request for a permit to open a new sugar plant or to
relocate the existing one.
The legislature will also review the operations of the Bank for
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
Last on its agenda is the debilitation of an impeachment motion against
248 former MPs for their involvement in the illegal amendment of the
Bangkok invites people to get HIV tests twice a year for free
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration is launching a campaign on “Voluntary Counselling and
Testing Day (VCT Day) for HIV 2015” at the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua
Lampong), hoping to encourage Bangkokians to get free HIV tests twice a
year at any BMA Health Centers.
Deputy Governor of Bangkok Pusadee Tamthai who presided over the
launching ceremony said the BMA aims to raise public awareness of the
need to get HIV inspections on a constant basis. Men who have Sex with
Men (MSM), prostitutes, and injecting drug users are the main target
groups of the campaign as they are in highest risk of HIV infection and
According to Mrs.Pusadee, there are over 61,600 people infected with
HIV/AIDS, but only 49,000 of them realized their infections and received
proper medical treatment. The rest of the victims do not know the
infection as they avoided HIV testing. Some of the tested persons
ignored the testing result. This delays their opportunity to have good
treatment and these persons possibly become the virus transmitters.
At the site of the campaign, HIV/AIDS networks and related societies
jointly set up exhibition booths to educate people about prevention of
HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted diseases. Free consultancy and HIV
testing are also available there. A fashion show of clothes using
condoms as raw materials was the highlight of the event.
Ombudsman to suggest drought solutions to Government
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The ombudsman will be
suggesting the procedures on sustainable drought management to the
government, and will meet with the public to help resolve inequalities
issues and ensure that the public has access to governmental services.
Chief Ombudsman Siracha Vongsarayankura has said that the Office of the
Ombudsman is currently gathering suggestions on drought management to be
submitted to the government and related agencies, in the wake of
widespread complaints made regarding water shortage and the numerous
requests for compensation.
The office has also received complaints that some people were missing
from the list naming those affected by the drought. This has diminished
equality in aid provisions. There were also reports of sluggish aiding
processes of the agencies, suspicious processing, and problems regarding
impractical aid projects.
Suggestions to the government will be made from the information gathered
by related agencies such as the Royal Irrigation Department, the
Department of Water Resources, the Department of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation, and the Department of Groundwater Resources on their
policies and obstacles to performance on drought-related operations.
The survey will include findings from the affected public's request for
help, participation, and other needs. This survey will be compiled into
a research that will enhance the government’s operations.
The Chief Ombudsman has added that the office is willing to support the
government’s policies in may areas such as resolving social
inequalities, ensuring public to access governmental services, and to
maximize good governance in all areas of the country.
He has said that the public should be more aware to the role of the
ombudsman in promoting morals and encouraging good governance in public
agencies. Once the people’s rights to file complaints are ensured, a
quick solution will return the happiness to the people.
Officials must quickly respond to both drought and floods, PM reiterates
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has ordered local authorities and Provincial Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation Centers to be ready in responding to both the
drought and floods happening in different parts of Thailand, revealed
Deputy Government Spokesperson Sansern Kaewkamnerd.
Sansern said natural disasters in the country are now more complexed.
While the Central and the North are under the effect of the drought,
another part of Thailand like Phetchabun Province is facing flooding,
storms and run-off due to Southwest Monsoon.
“Officials should be able to adjust their operations to changing
situation. In flooded area, they must quickly divert water to Kaem Ling
water detention zones and local reservoirs. This would relieve the
flooding impacts on local communities whereas the diverted water are
reserved for agricultural and consuming purposes,” added Sansern.
Gen Prayut expressed his thank through him to rainmaker teams flying
from the South to conduct rainmaking operations in the central region
and the North. He was quoted as saying that though rainmaking operations
could not completely stop the water crisis, the water situation was on
an improving trend.
Since 1 March, 2,728 rainmaking flights have been conducted, and 92.1
per cent of the flights were successful.
Flowers, Ornamental Plants and Fish Festival earns over THB20m in 16 days
BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 (NNT) The Flowers, Ornamental
Plants and Fish Festival at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem canal near the
Government House has received enthusiastic response from the public
particularly during the “Golden Minute” and the “Cactus Gardening Show”
which have become daily highlights.
The Golden Minute from 3 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. offers buyers ornamental
plants at big discounts like Pemphis Acidula Bonsai being sold at
THB100,000 from its normal price of THB150,000. An ornamental fish
auction which is held an hour afterwards also proves a great attraction
everyday. The event also features a series of discussions on a wide
range of topics such as Thai Flowerhorn Crossbreed Fishes.
One of the visitors at the festival said she was a plant lover and felt
satisfied with all aspects of the event be it location, easy access,
reasonable prices, interesting activities and definitely the quality of
products sold there.
During 5-20 June 2015, more than 83,400 visitors had attended the
festival, generating around 21 million baht worth of income to traders.
The event is still open to the public until 28 June 2015 from 10 a.m. -
Main agendas of draft permanent constitution unchanged amid revisions
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) The main intentions
behind the original draft of the permanent charter will remain unaltered
although revisions will be made to the draft, according to Constitution
Drafting Committee (CDC) spokesman General Lertrat Rattanawanit.
According to Gen. Lertrat, the 30 extra days for the CDC to work on the
revisions to the draft charter, made possible by the stipulations within
the interim constitution, will be used by the CDC in making sure that
revisions are more carefully made. A timeframe has already been
established in which CDC members will take until Tuesday to go over the
main contents of the revision. From Wednesday onward, the CDC members
will deliberate the revisions section by section.
Gen. Lertrat said the revisions were not being made solely based on
proposals from the 8 NRC committees, but also based on the proposals of
the Cabinet, the civic sector, political parties and other
establishments. He noted, however, that the original agendas of the
draft permanent constitution would remain intact.
The CDC is expected to meet all 8 NRC committees in the first week of
August for additional discussions on the revisions. The revised draft
will be sent to the NRC on August 12, Gen. Lertrat added.
Village headmen association opposed to termination of power of local governance
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) Representatives of the association of
village headmen of Thailand have called on the National Reform Council
and the Constitution Drafting Committee to retain within the draft
charter the power of local administrations.
Yongyot Kaewkhiao (ยงยศ แก้วเขียว) , president of the village headmen
association, yesterday submitted a letter to the NRC to express the
association’s objection to the termination of local administrative
powers as stipulated by the draft charter. He argued that the system of
local governance played a key role in ensuring the well-being of people
and in reinforcing security and orderliness in the country.
Mr. Yongyot added that local governing bodies were able to gain access
to the populace quickly and optimally, and the termination of the
existing system could have detrimental results on the central
government’s planning, use of resources and maintenance of internal
security. He indicated that the retention of existing powers of local
governance would benefit check-and-balance processes and would be
appropriate for the current condition of Thai society.
NLA passes new buildings regulation law into use
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly has passed the draft bill on importation and exportation in its
first reading, and has put the bill on buildings regulation into use.
In its first reading, NLA members voted 175 in favor of the bill on
exportation and importation of good, which was proposed to the NLA by
the Cabinet. The draft bill will replace the current Act that has been
in effect for 36 years. Lawmakers indicated the new bill would be more
appropriate to handle the ever-increasing volume of transnational
transport of goods by providing better measures against goods smuggling
and measures to protect the benefit of the state.
The NLA also passed the draft bill on buildings regulation in its third
reading, making it into law. The bill was passed with the vote of 176 to
nil in favor.
The new law is aimed at keeping with modern construction techniques. It
also requires construction company to purchase insurance coverage for
third parties in cases of losses related to certain types of buildings.
Chainat and Thammasat University join hands giving English lessons to locals
CHAINAT, 22 June 2015, (NNT) The province of Chainat
and Thammasat University Language Institute are joining hands giving
English lessons to the locals, from June 21 - 25. The program is to to
prepare residents, civil servants, and the private sector in the area
for the advent of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
According to organizers, English is a universal language and widely used
in the ASEAN region. Those who can use the language proficiently stand
to gain tremendous advantages over those who can not.
Realizing the importance of the English language and the AEC, the
province of Chainat and Thammasat University are holding a program for
60 selected individuals from the government and the private as well as
the public sectors from 8 districts of the province to hone up on their
The participants are expected to be able to communicate better in
English after attending the program, while having a better understanding
of the ASEAN cultural, and economic as well as social backgrounds.
TLSC says minimum wage rise should be 360 baht in every province next year
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) The Thai Labor Solidarity
Committee (TLSC) and members of the labor networks nationwide will be in
Bangkok to urge the Prime Minister to enforce the same minimum wage rise
across the country.
According to the TLSC President, Wilaiwan Sae-tia, the TLSC has recently
submitted a petition to to Labor Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat and
the Ministry of Labor Permanent Secretary, who is also a chairman of the
Central Wage Committee (CWC), to consider applying the same wage of 360
baht to every province next year.
The Central Wage Committee previously said it would maintain the 300
baht minimum wage until 2015 before increasing it in the following year.
The TLSC has claimed the rate should be the same throughout the country
as more workers are struggling to cope with higher daily expenses.
However, the CWC said the new rate would vary regionally depending on
the local economy. The TLSC, meanwhile, revealed in its recent survey
that workers needed an average of 360 baht per day simply to survive.
The TLSC President further added that the TLSC would join other labor
networks this Thursday at the Equestrian Statue of King Rama the 5th,
before walking to the Government House to submit the petition to Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Tap water is not salty despite water crisis in the Chao Phraya, MWA confirms
BANGKOK, June 2015 (NNT) The quality and taste of tap
water in the metropolitan area still meet the standards despite a water
shortage in Chao Phraya River, confirmed Director of the Corporate
Communication Department of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA)
Jutharat Somjitranukit on Friday.
The Director explained that technically the water will turn salty only
when Electrical Conductivity (EC) in water supply reaches 1,200 units.
However, current EC in the water is approximately at 160-550 units. The
public therefore should not be worried.
The MWA will inform changes in the EC to the public periodically. For
those who are still concerned over the water quality can check the EC
figure online by themselves by visiting http://twqonline.mwa.co.th.
About the MWA’s suggestion for each household to reserve 60 liters of
water supply, Mrs. Jutharat said that it was only a preparatory measure
in case the EC value keeps going beyond 700 units and climbing up to
1,200, the level which can turn the water salty. The situation mostly
occurs during spring tidal period on a Buddhist Holy Day. Above all, she
stressed that people should use water wisely.
Khon Kaen to celebrate 40 years Thailand - China relations
KHON KAEN, June 2015 (NNT) Khon Kaen province and
China have joined hands in holding cultural performances that will
celebrate the 40 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and
The Governor of Khon Kaen Kamthorn Thavonsatit and the Consul-General of
China to Thailand at Khon Kaen Li Minggang held a press conference
regarding the upcoming celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Thailand
and China's diplomatic relations.
The Governor of Khon Kaen said that provinces in the northeastern region
of Thailand possess a cultural identity that is relatable to several
Chinese sister cities. He added that the province of Khon Kaen has been
working with the Consulate General of China on the exchange of famous
Chinese arts and cultural performances that will commence on 22 June
2015 at the Khon Kaen University's Convention Center.
Performing for the Thai audience in Khon Kaen at this cultural showcase,
China has selected Sichuan Province to represent the country through
various cultural performances that will include dancing, singing,
acrobatics, opera, and tea ceremony. Khon Kaen University will present
the University's own northeastern Thai cultural performances at the
The event will be attended by the ambassadors to Thailand from many
countries, along with the Consul-General of China and ASEAN countries
that currently reside in Khon Kaen Province, and governors of the 20
northeastern provinces in Thailand.
The event will mark the grand opening of the Consulate General of China
in Khon Kaen province, which will provide consulate services to 20 Thai
On this occasion, the Chinese Consul-General has said that the Consulate
General of China in Khon Kaen has been established from both countries'
agreement on the three-year operation plan.
The Consulate General officially opens on 22 June 2015, and will be
providing services to the public living in the northeastern region of
Thailand in services such as visa issuance, customs services, and
investment information from 29 June 2015 onwards.
China's Sichuan Province will also bring with them Chinese entrepreneurs
who will present their promotions in a roadshow at the event as well.
Princess Soamsawali opens ‘Puen Pueng Pa Kaset Fair 2015’
BANGKOK, 20 June 2015 (NNT) Her Royal Highness
Princess Soamsawali yesterday presided over the opening of the annual
Puen Pueng Pa Kaset Fair 2015 at Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus.
The fair is jointly organized by the Friends in Need (of “Pa”) Volunteer
Foundation of the Thai Red Cross and Kasetsart University to honor Her
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her
fifth cycle birthday anniversary, April 2, 2015.
This year’s fair is held under the theme of “Organic Agriculture, Way of
Sufficiency Nuturing Thai Farms”, to demonstrate how organic farming in
line with His Majesty the King’s Sufficiency Economy brings sustainable
growth and living. The event is also intended to publicize research
work, organic farm products and other agricultural innovations that
Kasetsart University has successfully developed to the commercial scale
such as processed food and desserts from the new riceberry rice variety,
and the production of biogas from water hyacinth using natural microbe.
The biogas gained through the technique has proven beneficial to the
production of alternative energy for household use on a sustainable
“Puen Pueng Pa Kaset Fair 2015” also offers a wide selection of
gardening and kitchen plants, pet animals, One Tambon One Product goods,
and mouth-watering dishes including seafood offered in the
floating-market style. The fair will continue until June 28, with
proceeds going to support activities of the Friends in Need (of “Pa”)
Thai entrepreneurs to strike deals with Cambodian counterparts
SURIN, June 2015 (NNT) Entrepreneurs from the
northeastern provinces of Thailand are set to establish a cooperation in
agricultural products and business matching, at a meeting in Cambodia
later this month.
The Vice Governor of Surin Winai Torgchitpitak today chaired the
preparatory meeting for Thai entrepreneurs prior to attending the
meeting that will establish Contract Farming deals and Business Matching
negotiations with Cambodia.
The Thailand - Cambodia meeting, this year entering the third year, will
be held at Ankor Era Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 14-16 June 2015.
The meeting will be attended by delegates from 5 Cambodian provinces
namely Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, and Siem
Reap. These delegates are expected to sign agreements with the Thai
entrepreneurs from the provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin,
Chaiyaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, and Sisaket.
The establishment of contract farming and business matching deals are
expected to yield concrete outcomes and promote confidence among both
Both countries will co-develop various products for benefits in
agriculture, consumer products and tourism. Products and packages on the
list include tapioca, soy, pepper, input factors for agricultural goods,
vehicles and parts, and tourism packages.
During the preparatory meeting, the main obstacles in previous
proceedings of this campaign have been identified as language barrier, a
minimized entrepreneurial diversity, and the limited flexibility of
Operation COBRA III achieves huge success in seizing wildlife contraband
BANGKOK, June 2015 (NNT) Royal Thai Police have
announced the success of a month-long international global wildlife
enforcement operation, code named "COBRA III" in tackling transnational
environmental crime, especially wildlife and forest crime and involved
taking action against crime syndicates engaged in poaching wildlife.
The Operation, coordinated by the Bangkok-based International
Coordination Team (ICT), was carried out from 4th-27th May this year
with the participation of officers drawn from wildlife protection,
Customs, Police, Forestry, and other law enforcement and
inter-governmental agencies from 62 countries all over the globe.
Armed with information and intelligence on wildlife and forest crime at
an international level, authorities assembled a multi-agency team to
seek and capture the perpetrators, at a national level.
The Operation was conducted across source, transit and destination
countries where gangs engage in wildlife contraband, encompassing
Africa, Asia, America and Europe. In Thailand, it led to more than 300
arrests of suspects including kingpins, and over 600 seizures of various
wildlife contraband, including 12 metric tons of elephant ivory, 119
rhino horns, 10 metric tons of rosewood and 344 black terrapin turtles,
as well as firearms and ammunition.
The outstanding result of the Operation in Thailand included seizure of
over 4.3 tons in ivory, which is one of the largest elephant ivory hauls
The shipment was on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Lao
PDR, as well as the seizure of 3.1 tons of ivory from Kenya.
The Operation was conducted under the Chairmanship of the Association of
South East Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network, Law Enforcement
Extension Office (ASEAN-WEN LEEO)
Uttaradit to host Thailand - Laos - Myanmar conference
UTTARADIT, June 2015 (NNT) Uttaradit province is set
to host the ‘Phu Doo’ international conference between Thailand, Laos,
and Myanmar in August covering economic, cultural, and world heritage
matters, says the Vice Governor.
The Vice Governor of Uttaradit Veerachai Phuphiengjai has said that the
province, in cooperation with the related agencies and the lower
northern region provinces group 1, will host the Phu Doo international
conference on 16-20 August 2015.
The meeting will be held for the purpose of studying the mutual economic
and social development guidelines between the government, private, and
business sectors of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar at the Phu Doo border
crossing area as part of the economic, historical, cultural, and world
heritage corridor development.
Attendees at this conference will include 300 delegates from the each
countries' administrative agency, government agency, industrial
federation, chamber of commerce, tourism association, banking
association, business sector, and investors.
The president of the joint committee of the lower northern region
provinces group 1 Thiti Wisawachaiwat has said that this meeting will
bring the three countries together towards a better understanding that
will help tighten their relations. He added that the common goal of the
conference was to improve the people's quality of life through
cooperation, which is an important principle for the realization of the
He said that that main agenda for this meeting will cover the economic
opportunities, tourism integration, public health, logistics, and
A Memorandum of Understanding and a Memorandum of Agreement will also be
signed in this event to establish concrete cooperative guidelines
between the three countries.
Phu Doo is the third border crossing between Thailand and Laos located
in Ban Khok Distirct in Uttaradit Province, which connects to the
Sainyabuli Province of Laos PDR. This border crossing is a potential
gateway for growth in business, trading, investment, and tourism.
Provincial members of the lower northern region provinces group 1 are
Sukhothai, Tak, Phetchabun, and Phitsanulok.
UNICEF gives 3 mobile libraries to Mae Hong Son schools
MAE HONG SON, June 2015 (NNT) UNICEF has handed over
three mobile libraries to the Mae Hong Son Primary Educational Service
Area Office to foster learning for students in remote areas.
The handing-over ceremony of the three mobile libraries was chaired by
Mae Hong Son governor Surapol Panas-amphon. Also witnessing the ceremony
were teachers, students and educational personnel of the Mae Hong Son
Primary Educational Service Area Office 1.
One of the donated library vans is for the Mae Hong Son Primary
Educational Service Area Office 1 while the other two are given to the
Primary Educational Service Area Office 2. The library vans will be sent
out to different communities and schools to facilitate the learning of
children in distant areas.
Mae Hong Son’s mountainous terrain was found to have limited access to
basic education among children in faraway villages. A joint survey
between UNICEF and Mae Hong Son Primary Educational Service Area Office
found that as many as 1,250 children have yet to go to schools.
The mobile library project is part of the mission to extend educational
opportunities to children throughout the province.
ICT sets 6 months to self-transform to Digital Ministry
BANGKOK, June 2015 (NNT) Minister of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) Pornchai Rujiprapa revealed that the ICT
Ministry has set a six-month timeframe for transforming itself to the
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.
For the next six months starting July 2015, the ICT ministry will lay
down new administrative structure, regulatory changes and staff
rearrangement in order to make the ministry a core unit to support the
digital technology-based economy and industries. As a result, the
Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) under the ministry will be
changed to the "Office of Digital Economy Promotion”.
The ICT Mministry has set five strategies in working with other units
namely the development of physical infrastructure, the setting up of
e-transaction security and confidence, creating infrastructure for
digital services, the economic stimulation using digital technologies
and the establishment of quality digital society.
The new Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and its affiliate -- the
Office of Digital Economy Promotion, will be the main bodies to push
forward the Thai economic growth. In a short-term goal, the government
has aimed to upgrade competitiveness of the Thai business sector.
Sustainable development of the Thai economy is the higher goal which is
set to be achieved in a longer period.
Land Transport Dept upgrading toilet services at all bus terminals
SURAT THANI, June 2015 (NNT) The Land Transport
Department is expediting the standardization of toilet services at all
bus terminals in Thailand as a step to raise the country’s
competitiveness ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community.
The provincial Public Relations officer of Surat Thani said the effort
came as most toilets at bus terminals are found to be below
international standard, having worn-out facilities and unhygienic
The Land Transport Department thus designed a model toilet and run it on
a trial basis in order to use the information gained for renovation of
other toilets across Thailand. The design is consistent with the Healthy
Accessibility Safety (HAS) standard of the Department of Health.
The HAS standard requires that each bus terminal must have enough
toilets for passengers with special facilities for wheelchair users. All
toilets services should be free of charge.
The Land Transport Department is confident that the toilet improvement
plan at all of its 60 bus terminals and nine others under the
responsibilities of the Transport Co., Ltd., and the private sector will
be completed by 30 September this year.
As for public toilets at 48 other bus terminals taken care by local
administrative organizations, their renovation is pending budget
allocations, the officer added.
Kamphaeng Phet schools & authorities co-launch anti-drug campaign
KAMPHAENG PHET, 19 June 2015 (NNT) The governor of
Kamphaeng Phet province has signed an memorandum of understanding with
school directors and the provincial police commander to launch an
anti-drug campaign aimed at students.
The ‘One Police, One School’ campaign is aimed at preventing and solving
drug problems, as well as other forms of vice in educational
institutions. The campaign was prompted by a rash of youth drug abuse.
Under the program, police will be stationed at participating schools to
screen students for drug addiction. Authorities will then arrange for
them to enter rehabilitation facilities. Those who relapse will be
subject to legal action.
Authorities and schools expect the campaign will help curb youth
narcotics and will facilitate similar projects, such as the White
Classroom Project and To Be Number One.
Kalasin villagers handle drought with govt aid projects
KALASIN, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Villagers in Phon Ngam
district of the northeastern province of Kalasin have tapped into the
government’s income creation program and used the funds to solve drought
Residents of Phon Ngam spent part of the budgets from the employment
program and the One Tambon One Million Baht project to build
solar-powered water pumps. The renewable energy system led to employment
opportunities in the community and alleviated the effects of the
prolonged dry season.
Local people say the solar pumps help supply water to more than 400 rai
of farmland in two villages, enabling their rice paddies to survive the
crisis. They added that farmers switched to water-saving agriculture
during the summer to ensure sufficient water supplies for consumption
The villagers commented that the government should continue to set aside
budgets for the two aid projects, so that they can expand their water
management system to all parts of the district.
Dao Din members face arrest for failing to report illegal gatherings
KHON KAEN, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Seven Khon Kaen
university students who belong to the Dao Din group could be arrested
for failing to report themselves to the police.
If the students fail to make an appearance on Thursday, the 7,500 baht
bail put up for each student will be seized and the matter forwarded to
military court. All suspects could be arrested once warrants are issued.
Armed forces and police have been stationed in Khon Kaen municipality to
prevent activities by the group, which were deemed to incite public
Authorities had previously barred the activist group from holding a
rally on June 24 in in the province to commemorate the 1932 Siamese
Revolution. The students planned a rally to mark the revolution
engineered by a military and civilian group.
Korat holds The National Conference & Research Presentation 2015
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Nakhon
Ratchasima province held the National Conference & Research Presentation
2015 entitled “Create and Development to Approach ASEAN Community II.”
At Nakhon Ratchasima College, Deputy Governor Winai Wittayanukul
presided over the second academic conference organized on June 18-19.
The conference was meant to apply academic research to the benefit of
society and subsequently, the ASEAN community.
The event also served as a stage to present academic research and
innovations to the public, while also networking partnerships and
collaborations with various organizations.
The event included a special lecture on Thai education in the ASEAN
community, as well as presentations of 150 research papers across four
academic fields. These include Education, Health Science, Science and
Technology, and Social Science and Business Administration.
Chiang Mai officials meet to discuss smog prevention along Thailand - Myanmar border
CHIANG MAI, 19 June 2015, (NNT) A meeting on smog
prevention along the Thailand - Myanmar border was held yesterday with
Chiang Mai government and military units.
The meeting resolved to integrate work by regional units and expand the
wildfire barrier along the national border from Ban Khop Dong to Ban Nor
Lae. Local public relations offices have also resolved to share
information on the smog situation in the region.
Over the past three years, the Mon Pin sub-district office and nearby
Myanmar counterparts have been dealing with the same issues of smog
issues. Officials from both nations have also attended sporting events
and other cultural activities, as part of a bilateral relations program.
Smog in the region is usually triggered by locals in both countries, who
burn forest areas looking for game and vegetation that thrives after
Nong Khai is building 20 permanent check dams to protect forests
NONG KHAI, 19 June 2015 (NNT) The northeastern province of Nong Khai has
recently begun building 20 permanent check dams in Sangkhom District's
Phu Nok Kraba forest area as part of its forest conservation program in
The program aims to make Phu Nok Kraba forest area a learning center on
forest conservation and rehabilitation. Towards that goal, the province
concurrently launches five other activities namely construction of an
8-km walkway for trekking and 30-km bushfire barrier, rehabilitation of
200 rai of deteriorated forest, reforestation of watershed areas
covering 1,000 rai and erecting 944 integrated-system dams.
These programs aim at creating a network for environmental management
cooperation, improving Nong Khai's eco-tourism scenes, while instilling
the awareness of natural conservation into locals. The campaigns would
also complement the province’s economic development when the ASEAN
Economic Community comes into being very soon.
Agriculture Ministry yet to okay drought-hit farmers’ compensation plea
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) The Minister of
Agriculture and Cooperatives says the government has yet to consider
approving an assistance package for drought-hit farmers, pending an
initial survey of affected-farming areas the country.
In response to some farmers’ pleas for compensation of 3,000 baht per
rai, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Pungbun na Ayutthaya
said the government saw no need to issue measures to help farmers at the
moment, following the ministry’s call for a delay in the annual rice
farming until late July.
The call for the postponement of seasonal rice farming applies to 22
provinces along the Chao Phraya River as part of the government’s water
management plan in face of the drought crisis.
Mr. Pitipong explained the ministry had yet to receive a report on
farmers who were truly affected by the postponement of seasonal farming,
adding that late July was still within the farming season. However, the
minister disclosed that he had ordered officials to survey seasonal rice
farming areas across the country to assess the severity of the drought
MSDHS visits youths, senior citizens and the disabled in Chonburi
CHONBURI, 19 June 2015, (NNT) Social Development and
Human Security Minister Police General Adul Saengsingkaew yesterday
visited youths, senior citizens and the disabled in Bang Lamung
district, Chonburi province.
The ministry highlighted its policies for the three groups, saying it
has established various supporting centers throughout the nation to
achieve human rights equality.
The minister took the opportunity to instruct local officials and
praised those who have adopted disabled youths from the centers. Pol.
Gen. Adul said it is his ministry's policy to provide care, a chance to
live a normal life, and a public service for these individuals.
His visit greatly boosted morale among related officials. The minister
also donated daily provisions for 100 youths, senior citizens and the
disabled in the province.
Mosque in Yala became lively on the first night of the Ramada month
YALA, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Many Thai Muslims in
Yala province participated in a religious
ceremony on the first night of the holy month of
Ramadan yesterday after an entire day of
A large number of Thai Muslisms in Yala
congregated at Hua Saphan Daeng Mosque last
night to participate in the Lamad ceremony,
known as the worship of the God’s kindness.
The holy month of Ramadan is a period during
which Muslims worldwide commit to doing good
deeds and refraining from all vices. According
to Hua Saphan Daeng Mosque Committee member
Adisorn Tapohtoh, Allah has chosen the holy
month of Ramadan as the holiest one out of 12
months in a year.
Every Muslim is expected to participate in the
Lamad ceremony. Some mosques require Muslims to
do 8 rakaats, while others may require up to 20
rakaat in one session.
Rakaat is a collection of movements and words
followed by Muslims while offering prayers to
God. The higher the number of rakaat in the
session, the closer it would bring the prayers
to Allah and his principles.
Newin arrested and fined for violating traffic code
PATHUM THANI, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Buriram United Club
President Newin Chidchob was yesterday arrested and fined for violating
traffic code while returning from Bangkok to Buriram on his bike.
The Club President found riding on a cars-only lane on Pathum Thani road
while leading a team of big bike riders from the capital. Traffic police
pulled them over and informed them of the charge. Images of the episode
shortly captured and quickly spread through the social media.
Newin and his entourage paid a fine of 400 baht each. He admired the
official making the arrest, saying that all motorists must follow the
traffic rules and violators should be punished without exception.
The Club President said when all conform to the regulations and
officials strictly perform their duty, Thailand's road would become more
secured for everyone.
Suphan Buri holds a vowing ceremony for former drug addicts leaving rehab
SUPHAN BURI, 19 June 2015 (NNT) The Governor of
Suphan Buri yesterday presided over a vowing ceremony for former drug
addicts leaving a rehabilitation program organized by the province.
The program is in line with this year’s government policy to reduce the
number of drug-related offences and addicts through rehabilitation
About 650 drug addicts had undergone Suphan Buri's rehabilitation
program. They went through numerous activities and lectures designed to
change their habit and give them a guideline to a drug-free life so that
they could reintegrate back into the society. The oath-taking ceremony
marked the closure of the program in the current fiscal year and was
witnessed by chiefs of several government units in the province.
Hospitals urged to allow patients to buy their own medicines
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Royal Thai Army showing support to Muslim community in the holy month of Ramadan
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) To show his support
to Thai Muslims during the fasting period, Army
Commander General Udomdej Sitabutr is visiting
Thailand’s restive south to provide healthy food
and other necessities to the Thai Muslim
community during the holy month of Ramadan.
According to International Security Command
Operation (ISOC) Spokesperson Colonel Banpot
Poonpian, the Army Chief will also visit the
army units in the Deep South during his trip to
show moral support to the Thai Muslims.
The Thai authorities in the areas have also
organized a Lamad Sunat ceremony, and vowed to
refrain from all vices alongside the Thai Muslim
Meanwhile, Fourth Region Army Commander
Lieutenant Prakarn Cholayut has also visited the
Central Islamic Council of Thailand, Yala’s
Office, and presented palm dates, rice and
beverages to the council officials, to show his
support to the Thai Muslims during the fasting
NRC opposed to legalizing casinos in Thailand
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) A National Reform
Council (NRC) member opposes the idea that
Thailand should open a casino to stimulate
An NRC member, Sira Jane-ja-kha said on Thursday
he strongly objected to the idea of legalizing
casinos in Thailand, saying it would have a
negative impact on the country. His comment came
after the Royal Thai Police Chief had expressed
his support for the idea.
According to Mr. Sira, legalizing casinos isn’t
the only way to bring about economic prosperity,
explaining further that the government should
instead promote the economy through tourism and
sports campaign rather than spurring it by means
Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda,
meanwhile, said this was a sensitive issue and
all factors involved should be taken into
consideration. He urged the public to think
twice about the pros and cons before voting
whether Thailand should legalize gambling.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said people
could express their support or opposition under
the democratic principles, and that he was
willing to listen to all opinions. However,
there is no need to organize a public forum over
this, neither for the government to consider the
issue at this time, he said.
NRC’s public participation committee determined to rid Thailand of corruption
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) A committee under
the National Reform Council has restated its
determination to rid Thailand of corruption.
According to Dr. Poldej Pinprateep, the deputy
chairman of the NRC’s special committee on
public participation, during his visits to many
provinces to collect their opinions about the
draft charter, he found that Thai people, in
general, were in favor of the four intents of
the new Constitution, including the empowerment
of the people, the achievement of clean
politics, the promotion of social justice and
the restoration of peace in the country.
In brief, Dr. Poldej said that the people wish
to see a better Thailand through the effective
clampdown on corruption at all levels.
People have also been keen to see the
introduction of concrete mechanisms to help
realize their dreams, which include the setting
up of a people’s assembly and a people’s council
responsible for the investigation of political
office holders in every province, for instance,
said Dr. Poldej.
CDC’s Borwornsak: New charter is not being drafted according to blueprint
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) The Chairman of the Constitution
Drafting Committee has again rejected claims that the new
charter is being drafted in accordance with a blueprint.
CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno said on Thursday that the charter
drafters are currently reviewing all proposals on changes to the
draft of the new Constitution, presented by all related parties
Those who have made such proposals include the Cabinet, the
National Reform Council, political parties, independent
organizations and various civic groups.
Mr. Borwornsak conceded that the draft charter is not what he
has been dreaming of because, if it is, the new Constitution
will absolutely have to truly empower the people, clean
politics, promote social justice and help bring peace back to
He added that, if the new charter is being drafted according to
a blueprint, there will not be so many changes to be made to it.
The CDC Chairman added that the charter drafters are likely
going to change the numbers of members of parliament under the
new Constitution to be 450, including 150 party-list MPs and 300
Sukhothai sugarcane farmers ask for help from NLA
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015 (NNT) Sugarcane farmers in Sukhothai
Province have been asking the National Legislative Assembly to
help them tackle a problem that has been left unresolved for
over a decade.
Gen. Singsuk Singprai, chairman of the NLA’s committee on
commerce, industry and labor on Thursday met with chairman of
the Look-Phayapichai Association of Cane Grower Suchai
Limsommut, who travelled to the Parliament with a group of
members of the association.
Mr. Suchai presented to Gen. Singsuk a letter asking for help to
solve the problem faced by sugarcane farmers in Sukhothai.
According to the group, growers there have had to transfer all
crops to the “Thai Identity Sugar plant in Udon Thani for
processing for more than 10 years.
The problems caused by such a distant transportation has already
led the plant to ask the authority to allow it to relocate to
Sukhothai in 2007, but the request has never been answered.
Mr. Suchai said that all sugarcane growers are hoping the NLA
and the current government will be able to help put an end to
their problems without further delay.