Yala Hospital ready to prevent MERS outbreak when Muslim pilgrims return from Saudi Arabia
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - Yala Hospital has
reportedly been equipped with facilities to prevent any potential
outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) when Hajj
pilgrims return from Saudi Arabia.
Yala Hospital Director Peerapong Paowanasutipaisit said thousands of
Thai Muslims are expected to travel to Middle Eastern nations, where
MERS originated, to attend the annual Hajj in August.
He added that they have been educated about the disease and how to
protect themselves. Muslim pilgrims have also been registered with the
hospital and have had health check ups prior to the pilgrimage.
They are encouraged to bring those displaying flu-like symptoms after
returning from the religious journey in Saudi Arabia to the doctor
Thailand ready to host Thai-Indian JC meeting this Friday
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - Thailand is gearing up
to host the seventh Thai-Indian Joint Commission meeting this Friday to
promote bilateral relations.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Vitavas Srivihok said the
first meeting on Friday will be held between high-ranking officials from
Foreign Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn and his Indian
counterpart Sushma Swaraj will join the second meeting next Monday.
Both parties will discuss bilateral cooperation regarding politics,
national security and social issues. They are also expected to forge new
bilateral agreements and address any pending issues.
DLPW to get tough with operators still involved in illegal fishery
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Labor
Protection and Welfare (DLPW) has expressed readiness to impose maximum
penalties on operators still involved in illegal fishing, following a
tough crackdown which began earlier this year.
DLPW chief Peerapat Pornsirilertkit says the DLPW has given an ultimatum
to all operators in the fishing industry to cease Illegal, Unreported,
and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by June 30. Those found in violation of
IUU fishing will face harsh legal action, starting from July 1.
Earlier this year, the DLPW and related agencies actively mobilized
units to inspect fishing operators’ use of labor and crew working
conditions in the Gulf of Thailand. The crackdown is part of government
policy to resolve the IUU fishing within six months.
The DLPW reported that the most frequent issues included incomplete
employment contracts, refusal to register foreign workers, and Thai
workers refusing to carry their ID cards. Inspections have yet to
discover child labor.
Operators found in violation of fishing and labor regulations were first
given warnings. Tougher penalties will be imposed on repeat offenders
and those refusing to comply after the aforementioned deadline. Harsh
enforcement of the fisheries industry is intended to salvage the
country’s image with the European Union and other importers of Thai
BOI's new policy attracts more foreign investors this year
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - The Board of Investment
Thailand (BOI) said its new investment policy has attracted more
investors to industries that employ advanced technology.
BOI Acting Secretary General Hiranya Sujinai said more investors have
submitted applications for investment promotion in 300 projects during
the first five months of this year.
Mrs. Hiranya said these applications were mostly related to industries
that either promote digital economy, scientific innovation or
agricultural products. They are worth as much as 48 billion baht in
The majority of investors are from Japan, followed by those from
Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The BOI will organize a seminar
entitled ‘Thailand a Regional Trading and Modern Industry Hub’ at
CentralWorld at the end of this month.
The event is aimed at raising awareness of BOI incentives for foreign
investors. At least 700 domestic and foreign investors have expressed
interest in joining the seminar next week.
A meeting on tourism and sports during AEC held in Bangkok
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015, (NNT) - A meeting on developing tourism
and sports in the era of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has
been held in Bangkok.
The event was held at Mandarin Hotel by the Foundation for
International Human Resource Development (FIHRD) and Suan
Sunandha Rajabhat University. Deputy Permanent Secretary of
Tourism and Sports Kajorn Weerajai and FIHRD Secretary-General
Jira Hongladarom presided over the forum.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the public,
private, and education sectors related to tourism and sports
The program was expected to demonstrate to participants the
direction the nation is taking regarding tourism and sports
development for the approaching AEC. Meeting results will be
used as guidelines to improve the sector in the long run.
Lamphun Province establishes a new drug rehab center
LAMPHUN, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - The northern province
of Lamphun has established a new drug rehabilitation center, in
compliance with the government’s drug eradication policy.
Lamphun Governor Narong Onsa-ard reported that from May - June this
year, officials had arrested 46 people in drug-related offences, 17 of
whom were apprehended for drug possession, and 12 for taking drugs. He
said the majority of the offenders are in the districts of Muang
Lamphun, Mae Tha, Li and Pa Sang.
According to the provincial administration’s record, out of the 98 drug
addicts undertaking a recent rehabilitation program, 72 successfully
quit their addiction, 7 experienced relapse, 4 unaccounted for, and one
arrested for the drug related crime.
The province plans to recruit 100 drug addicts into a new rehabilitation
program next month, hoping to purify their body and mind and eventually
reintegrate them back into the society.
JSCCIB to adjust GDP growth forecast next month
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015, (NNT) - The Joint Standing
Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking (JSCCIB) is set to adjust
its projection for this year’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate
next month. Meanwhile, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) believes
the local economy would not be affected by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s
benchmark rate hike or Greece’s extended debt payment deadline.
FTI Chairman Suphan Mongkulsuthee said the Thai baht is still strong,
adding that Thailand currently has a public debt of only 40 percent of
GDP. He is confident that the Kingdom’s economy will significantly
improve from the third quarter onwards, as government investment
projects take shape.
Mr. Suphan also voices his support for using the provincial economic
situation to determine minimum wage, adding that the rate adjustment
should be done on a province-by-province basis. The matter will be
discussed at length in the next JSCCIB meeting, before submitting a
proposal to the government for consideration.
Phetchaburi joins in ‘SME Provincial Champions’ campaign
PHETCHABURI, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - Phetchaburi
Province in the central region has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP)
and the Ministry of Interior to jointly promote a campaign called ‘SME
The government is promoting the campaign nationwide to create a network
of industrial SME operators and empower the SME sector in each province.
Interested industrial SME owners can apply for the program at the
provincial Damrongtham Center. Under the ‘SME Provincial Champions’
program, each province will select three applicants qualified for
comprehensive trainings for three groups of businesses namely a startup
group, a rising star group and a group of turnaround operators.
The list of selected applicants will be announced on June 30. SME
operators partaking in the program will learn more about business
development and in-depth analysis of their businesses. They will be
given training to achieve the results of the analysis they have made,
and also training in marketing and public relations in both domestic and
Ranong officials meet on Burmese worker dwellings
RANONG, 24 June 2015, (NNT) - Ranong provincial
administration yesterday held a meeting on reorganizing Burmese workers'
dwellings in the area in line with the government’s policy to address
illegal migrant labor issue.
According to a recent report, Ranong has 69,247 migrant workers living
in the province as of March, 5,2015, the majority of whom, 50210, are
from Myanmar. Of the number, 18,843 have been here illegally. The
remaining are workers from other countries. These workers are scattered
among 74 communities in Muang Ranong District.
The provincial administration office has planned to relocate all Burmese
workers to two other areas in Muang District, which together can
accommodate up to 32,000 workers. One of the zones is located in Bang
Rin Sub-district and the other in Paknamtarua Sub-district.
Aside from providing living areas for the Burmese workers on both
short-and long-term basis, Ranong is planning to develop the areas into
the province’s new tourist attractions in future.
Chiang Rai hosts meeting on emergency medicine during disasters
CHIANG RAI24 June 2015 (NNT) – Chiang Rai province
has played host to an international academic meeting on emergency
medicine in aftermaths of disasters, as well as the first ASEAN-level
charity competition for emergency patients.
According to Dr. Anuchar Sethasathien, secretary-general of the National
Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM), the meeting in Chiang Rai has
been held to bolster emergency medicine preparedness in the event of
disasters on the international scale. Those at the meeting agreed to
pursue a single-standard treatment of patients in times of disasters.
The meeting reviewed each participant country's experiences in handling
domestic disaster areas. Representatives at the meeting also agreed to
foster a single-standard operational guideline in all countries.
Emergency response teams from Thailand and 10 other countries in the
region will today compete against one another as part of emergency
medicine training. Several skills for the aiding of patients will be
tested under scenarios that include building collapse, chemical leakage
NRC approves report on national strategies and related draft law
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform
Council has approved a report related to the formulation of national
strategies and a proposal on a related draft law.
During its main meeting on Tuesday, the NRC considered a report from the
public administration committee which involves the formulation of
national strategies a draft National Strategies Act.
The NRC voted 201 to three, with five abstentions, to approve the report
and voted 190 to eight, with 11 abstentions, to approve the draft law.
Chairman of the committee in charge of the formulation of national
strategies Thirayuth Lorlertratna told the meeting that the strategies
which will be planned are intended to help move Thailand towards the
status of a developed country, through more concrete implementation of
strategies and clear cut goals.
Concerning the draft National Strategies Act, Mr. Thirayuth said that it
will be a mechanism that helps integrate the efforts of all parties to
drive forward the country’s vision of progress over the next 20 years,
with the national interest at the center of all endeavors.
First NLA deliberation of impeachment motion against 248 former MPs on June 26
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - The National
Legislative Assembly is scheduled to hold its first deliberation on the
impeachment motion against hundreds of former members of parliament, on
the NLA whip Jate Sirataranont said that the reform council has set an
agenda for June 26 to start the deliberation of the impeachment motion
of 248 former MPs who were allegedly involved in the illegal amendment
of the previous Constitution.
Mr. Jate said that the session on Friday will be the first in this case
and will allow all the accused to submit more documents and a list of
He added that, after the first session, the NLA will schedule a date for
the opening statement which will likely be during July 15 and 17.
The NLA whip said that the legislature has not yet been informed who
among the 248 former MPs will be delivering the opening statement or if
there will be any requisition for additional evidence or witnesses.
NRC’s public health reform committee accepts proposals on Thailand’s herbal medicine development
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - A committee under the
National Reform Council, which is in charge of the reform of public
health has accepted a set of proposals on strategies for the development
of the country’s herbal medicine therapies.
On Tuesday, the Chairwoman of the NRC’s public health reform committee
Pornpan Punyaratabandhu, met with the President of the Pharmacy Council
of Thailand Kitti Pitaknitinan who also represents the Abhaiphubet
Chaopraya Hospital Foundation.
The two discussed the role of pharmacists in the development of Thai
herbal medicines and the significant position of these specialists in
helping produce high quality, effective and safe medicines while linking
the practice of modern medicine with that of traditional medicine.
Mr. Kitti stated that he has come up with five strategies to help ensure
the success of Thai herbal medicine, which involve the national herbal
medicine policy, the pharmaceutical industry and its manufacturing of
herbal products, the development of related knowledge, the safe use of
herbal medicine and the development of well qualified personnel.
Ms. Pornpan noted that all information presented to her is important and
will be utilized in the reform of the country’s public health system.
Women’s network calls on NLA to help troubled debtors
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - A group of women
activists has called on the National Legislative Assembly to help many
troubled debtors across the country.
The Chairwoman of the NLA’s subcommittee on women’s affairs Suwannee
Sirivejchapun, on Tuesday accepted a letter from the Network of Poo-Ying
Plod-Nee Mee-Suk, which translates as “happy, debt-free women”, and the
Supa Wongsaena Foundation for Debtors Rights Reform.
In the letter, both groups asked the NLA to push for more action by
state agencies that are able to intervene in correcting any injustice
faced by debtors, while protecting their rights.
The groups said that there remain a number of people who borrowed funds
but became deeply indebted after various setbacks, such as problems
caused by the 1997 Economic Crisis, unfair interest rates charged by
private lenders and the demands of the informal loans system.
They said that these circumstances have forced many borrowers to pay
more interest than the law allows.
Ms. Suwannee agreed to accept the petition and to pass it on to the
relevant committees, while noting that both groups may be called on to
provide more information about these problems.
Activists seek new independent organization to protect consumers under new charter
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) - A group of consumer
activists have called on the Constitution Drafting Committee to include
in the new charter an independent body to protect Thai consumers.
On Tuesday, CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno met with representatives from
a group of consumers who have had adverse experiences when using goods
The group has submitted a letter to Mr. Borwornsak asking for a
provision in the draft Constitution that authorizes the setting up of a
new independent organization tasked with the protection of consumers and
related matters of reform.
The petition followed a suggestion from the Cabinet to remove such a
stipulation from the draft charter.
Mr. Borwornsak said that consideration of the group’s petition will have
to wait for the CDC’s deliberation of all proposed changes submitted by
various groups, to be completed first.
The CDC Chairman added that he had not previously heard of the Cabinet’s
suggested removal of the clause related to the setting up of a new
Tropical storm to bring rain in Northeast
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - The Meteorological Department of Thailand
announced that tropical storm Kujira is forecasted to move across
China's Hainan Island and enter southern China by Tuesday.
This would result in more rain in the eastern part of Thailand's
northeastern region this week.
The department warned people planning to travel to southern China the
check weather forecasts first.
Ships in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand should proceed
with caution as waves remain strong there at this time.
Minister- Water conservation measures needed
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - Agriculture and
Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya warned that the
country's water supply continues to drop, and said measures to control
the use of water are important.
Mr Pitipong on Tuesday said people have to be instructed to help save
more water and irrigation must be made more efficient.
He said water shortage was severe in the Chao Phraya river basin, an
area containing about four million rai of farmland. Any further rice
planting must be postponed in the area.
The minister added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding talks
with neighbouring countries for permission to source water from the
Salween and Mekong rivers to supply reservoirs in the West and
Northeast. The levels of two border rivers remained high enough, he
Interior Minister rushes state assistances to drought affected people
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - Interior Minister
Anupong Paochinda has expedited assistance measures for people in the
drought affected areas to ensure enough water for public demand.
Drilling new groundwater wells is one prospective measure for areas
facing critical water shortage.
The Minister has assigned all local authorities to provide nationwide
data of current water situation and prediction of future needs of water.
They should draw up additional response plan in case of water crisis.
All assistance measures will be finalized at the economic cabinet
meeting on Wednesday 24 June.
Meanwhile, provincial governors have been ordered to clarify actual
situation of water in particular areas after water controversies
occurred in some areas.
PM attends 6th ACMECS summit, pushes for more connectivity ahead of AEC
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - The Prime Minister
attended the 6th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation
Strategy (ACMECS) summit in Naypyidaw, Myanmar to meet with other heads
of state and discuss cooperation within the ACMECS framework and in the
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that Thailand has made
great strides to adjust its rules and regulations to work seamlessly
with ACMECS member nations. He added that the success of ACMECS sets the
pace for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.
The Prime Minister pushed for greater cooperation in developing the
region as an ASEAN stronghold and increasing connectivity within the
region and to the rest of the world. The Thai government has invested in
transport infrastructure to link member nations and brokered agreements
for cross-border cooperation and regulatory integration between various
General Prayut announced that Thailand will move forward with ACMECS
member nations to join the ASEAN Economic Community and unite as a
regional production base. Thailand is a signatory of the “Nay Pyi Taw
Declaration on Realisation of the ASEAN Community by 2015,” and the
ACMECS Plan of Action 2016-2018. The ACMECS action plan commits member
countries to enhancing production as a regional unit.
The Premier said he saw the summit as an opportunity for each leader to
brief one another on their country’s progress and work together to
achieve tangible results within a clear timeframe.
1st ASEAN Disaster Medical Rally held in Chiang Rai during 22-25 Jun
CHIANG RAI, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - The1st “ASEAN
Disaster Medical Rally: Together We Will Survive” is being held during
22-25 June in Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai. It is
jointly organized by Chiang Rai Provincial Public Health Office,
Ministry of Public Health, and the National Institute for Emergency
The rally was officially opened on Tuesday by Mr. Bhichit Rattakul,
Emergency Medical Committee member and Chairman of the Sub-committee on
Emergency Medical System in Disaster Situation.
Bhichit said that main objectives are to enhance cooperation, build
partnerships and collaborative network among national and international
public health organizations in particular the ASEAN member states.
“At the rally, all participants can develop knowledge of disaster
preparedness and emergency response and learn mutual experiences from
local and international teams,” he continued.
Over 350 doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMT from Thailand and ASEAN
countries as well as Japan are scheduled to attend a field training
session on 24 June at two sites, one at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University
and the other at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Regional Center
The field session will feature training on Emergency Medical Systems
(EMS), line of command in emergency situation, field hospital
management, water rescues, building collapse, and chemical spills.
Gasohol prices reduced by 40 satang from tomorrow onward
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) - PTT Pcl and Bangchak
Petroluem Pcl will lower the prices of all types of gasohol, by 40
satang per liter tomorrow from 05.00 hrs onward.
All gasohol sold by both companies will be sold for 40 satang cheaper,
except for gasohol E85 which will only be reduced by 20 satang.
The prices of Benzene 95 will be 35.66 baht per liter, gasohol-95 29.50
baht per liter, and gasohol-91 28.68 baht per liter. Meanwhile, E20 will
be 27.28 baht per liter, E85 23.38 baht per liter and diesel 25.59 baht
World Day Against Illicit Drugs: what about Thailand? (SCOOP)
Today is the International Day against Drug Abuse and
Illicit Trafficking. The day was adopted by the United Nations General
Assembly in 1987 to encourage the whole world to place more importance
on controlling the illicit drugs problem. Drugs in Thailand are still a
major concern, even though large-scale illegal shipments are often
seized by authorities. INTERVIEW VOICE OVER According to the Office of
the Narcotics Control Board, Thailand is the frequent destination of
shipments from neighboring countries. Illicit drugs are mostly seized at
border crossings, especially in the the North where smuggling accounts
for around 61% of all cases, with the North east at 25.5% and 13 % in
the Central part of Thailand Most cases occur in Chiang Rai and Chiang
Mai, two provinces located close to manufacturing bases in Myanmar,
including the Sangkhlaburi district of Kanchanaburi where drug smuggling
cases are prevalent. Meanwhile drug precursors and related chemicals
used in drugs are also sent to Thailand before being forwarded to
production sites in other countries Ethnic minorities and individual
women play a role in drug smuggling, often working as agents who
negotiate with ringleaders of the trade in neighboring countries While
recently, the involvement of some state officials has also been
uncovered INTERVIEW Amphetamines are the most popular drug used by
addicts receiving treatment; according to the statistics, Amphetamines
account for 76.2%, Marijuana 6.2%, Heroin 4.4% and 4.1 % for
Methamphetamines, of the drugs in widespread use. While the strict
control of drugs may be the ultimate solution, the role of social
institutions here is equally important, especially family institutions
to address the causes of this debilitating social issue.
FPO says Mers situation in Thailand is under control
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT)-The Fiscal Policy Office
(FPO) has expressed the view that Thailand will be able to prevent an
outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in this country.
The FPO claims that the ability to control the deadly disease is higher
now compared to the Sars epidemic in 2002, as essential information is
shared faster worldwide.
Prevention measures are implemented more quickly and more effectively at
present. All international airports in Thailand have checkpoints where
arriving passengers from Middle Eastern nations and South Korea can be
checked for any signs of sickness.
The Ministry of Public Health has also established quarantine and
special care systems for those infected with Mers, following the World
Health Organization (WHO)’s advice.
The WHO has also praised Thailand for its excellent measures to deal
with the infection risk. No country has issued a travel advisory against
coming to Thailand, like Hong Kong has in relation to South Korea.
Foreign Minister attending ACMECS to promote regional cooperation
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT)-Foreign Minister General
Thanasak Patimapakorn has attended the 6th Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya –
Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) in Myanmar to promote
regional bilateral relations.
Representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar also participated in the
event, during which the Thai Foreign Minister told the ACMECS members
that Thailand was determined to promote cooperation in 4 major areas.
The cooperation included developing transportation link among member
nations, accommodating foreign investments, boosting regional tourism,
and promoting sustainable development in terms of disease control,
public health, food security and human resource.
The ACMECS should aim to draw at least 50 million tourists to the region
within this year, said the Thai foreign minister, adding that members'
participation in the meeting will bring about prosperity to the region.
ONCB concludes 6th drug rehabilitation program
PHETCHABURI, 23 June 2015, (NNT) - The sixth drug
rehabilitation program, organized at Wat Tham Kaeo in Mueang district of
Phetchaburi province, came to a close yesterday. The campaign was held
by the provincial administration office and the Office of Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB).
According to the latest study, the number of methamphetamine addicts in
the Kingdom is the highest among ASEAN nations. The Phetchaburi
administration urged its residents to seriously address the issue,
saying the rehabilitation program is a small but right step towards a
The ONCB had been working with various related units to adjust and
improve rehabilitation programs by retaining successful techniques from
previous campaigns. The new and improved rehabilitation program has been
organized six times, with about 80 drug addicts admitted to each
program. The sixth treatment program admitted 101 addicts.
Satun holds event commemorating World Drug Campaign 2015
SATUN, 23 June 2015, (NNT) - The southern province of
Satun is holding an event today and tomorrow to commemorate
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The Satun provincial administration office said the United Nations in
1988 declared June 26 the International Day Against Drug Abuse and
However, Satun chose to hold the event earlier due to conflicts with a
number of other activities in the province and issues associated with
the month of Ramadan. The event is being held on June 23 - 24 at the
province’s city hall.
Thailand had been observing the campaign annually since 1990.
The event aims to discourage youths from trying drugs and honors Her
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her
Northern Peasant Federation submits open letter to PM, petitions govt assistance
CHIANG MAI, 23 June 2015, (NNT) - The Northern
Peasant Federation (NPF) yesterday submitted an open letter to Prime
Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha asking for government assistance in
The NPF urged officials to quickly address forest area encroachment,
pushing for public participation in related draft legislation.
The letter specifically calls for the current administration to
reexamine the controversial Cabinet resolution made on June 30, 1998.
The resolution states that villagers living in forest areas before they
were declared public property have the right to use the land. The 1998
resolution resulted in various ownership disputes. Many have contacted
the authorities to take advantage of the resolution, since it came into
The letter also asks the Prime Minister to revoke the draft bill on
Community Forest, saying it violates community rights under the
The final point the letter makes is a push for the implementation of the
Community Land and Natural Resources Management Rights bill and the
draft bill on land banks.
CRR holds third session of individual meetings with political figures to seek input
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) – The National Council
for Peace and Order's Center for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) carried
out its third session of individual meetings with political figures on
Monday, with the center's deputy director expressing satisfaction over
the results of the talks.
According to the center's deputy director Lieutenant General Buntham
Orit, a wide variety of opinions was expressed by the politicians and
the leaders of political groups who attended the meetings, held at the
Army Club in Bangkok. Objects of discussion included the draft permanent
constitution, energy affairs and national reform. On the topic of
energy, some of the political figures who met with CRR officials
proposed establishing a national information center on energy.
Lt. Gen. Buntham indicated that those invited to Monday's session had
provided the CRR with a well-rounded set of information and suggestions
for the reform of the country. He asserted the meetings did not involve
any threat or pressure on the political figures. Individuals
knowledgeable in relevant affairs will continue to be invited to provide
information to the CRR, in order to create correct understanding.
NCPO supporting government's water conservation effort
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) – The National Council
for Peace and Order (NCPO) is supporting the water conservation effort
of the government by helping raise awareness on the limited amount of
available water and by encouraging farmers to make the switch from water
Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the NCPO, indicated
after Monday's meeting of the NCPO secretariat that order-keeping forces
acting under the NCPO continued to provide support to law enforcers in
their work. Those at Monday's meeting discussed the immediate
implementation of orders from the NCPO chief, General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Col. Sirichan said progress was being made on about 90% of the orders,
which were based on the resolutions of recent Cabinet meetings.
According to the spokeswoman, the meeting of the secretariat also
resolved to have NCPO units raise awareness of water conservation and
the limited nature of water available. NCPO units will also help
authorities encourage farmers to switch to crops that needed less water
Col. Sirichan said NCPO units will continue to support other urgent
efforts being made by the government, such as collecting data on paddy
Three of Five Rivers agree on promoting National Savings Fund
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) – Three of the Five
Rivers set up after the coup last May have agreed on the promotion of
the National Savings Fund to tackle the issue of social inequality.
The Chairman of the National Reform Council’s committee on the reform of
society, the community, children, youth, women, the elderly, the
handicapped and the underprivileged, Amphon Jindawatthana on Monday
addressed a press conference saying that the National Legislative
Assembly has already accepted the council’s study on the implementation
of all initiatives introduced under the National Savings Fund Act.
Mr. Amphon said that the NLA has resolved to green-light the suggested
implementation after the re-activation of the National Savings Fund,
which has been suspended for four years.
He stated that the approval was intended to help install a savings
system among some 25 million members of Thailand’s labor force who still
lack economic security.
In addition, the Cabinet has approved in principle related draft laws to
support the re-activation of the National Savings Fund which it is hoped
will offer economic security for the elderly while addressing the
problem of social inequality and injustice as well as elevating the
quality of life of the people, Mr. Amphon added.
Govt hopes its support to islamic affairs during Ramadan will be a step to sustainable peace in the South
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Defence Minister
Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, also Commander-in-chief of the Thai Army,
reiterated in the "Thailand Moves Forward" TV program that the
government intends to support all islamic activities during Ramadan,
expecting to make the holy month the begining of sustainable peace in
the southern border provinces of Thailand.
In his televised speech, he said the government has set up a committee
to work on the peace building under the king's strategy of "Understand,
Reach out and Develop". The main objective is to reduce violence rate,
to improve quality of life in the environment of multicultural society.
Series of successes in the government policies, he believed, would
enable peace to happen in the region but more extensive local
cooperations ramains needed.
Speaking consistently with the Army chief, Secretary-General of the
Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) Panu Uthairat
claimed the deep-rooted violence has reduced considerably during the
administration of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
During Ramadan, the SBPAC has not only facilitated religious activities
of Thai Muslims but also launched numerous projects aimed at raising
their safety and relieving them of hardship. Moreover, the SBPAC also
takes part in facilitating Hajj pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia every
Fisheries associations voice concerns on illegal fishing eradication practicess
SAMUT SONGKHRAM, 22 June 2015 (NNT) – Ten fisheries
association have participated in an urgent meeting to adapt the current
illegal fishing eradication practices into a more practical approach.
The Department of Fisheries Director-General Joompol Sanguansin and the
delegation from related agencies had joined in the meeting of 10
fisheries associations today, regarding the eradication of Illegal,
Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand.
At this meeting, the fisheries associations reported obstacles and
impracticality in previous policies that were geared to solve the IUU
fishing to authorities, and requested to adjust some policies to enhance
The associations had reported, that the policy demanding ships weighing
over 30 tonnes to report their port-in and port-out information, has
recently caused vessels with inaccurate licenses to be classified as
illegal, preventing them from sailing and has affected the industry. The
Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing’s directive on compiling a
population survey of vessel crews within 24 June 2015 has also proven to
The associations had requested to extend the population survey period
for an additional one month, and has requested for the authority to
issue guidelines in amending the fishing vessel's licenses, for a more
accurate portrayal of each vessel's information. Government agencies
have also been asked to expedite their task of issuing relevant licenses
on time, as the entire process has been subject to significant delays.
The Deputy President of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand
of the 10 fisheries associations Mongkol Sukcharoenkana has said that if
the request by the associations were not met within 1 July 2015, the
associations will suspend all fishing activities of all fishing vessels
nationwide until the matter is resolved.
Thailand has been issued with the yellow card warning by the European
Union, regarding its IUU fishing practices, which has affected the
industry causing damage worth hundred-thousands of billions baht of
fishery products export. Thailand is currently the world's third largest
Thailand to further push Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a Natural World Heritage Site
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) – The MNRE Minister has
revealed that Thailand is set to propose the development roadmap of the
Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex to the World Heritage Committee's session
next week in Bonn, Germany.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan
has revealed that Thailand will be presenting the development plan and a
management roadmap for the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex to the 39th
Session of the World Heritage Committee. This upcoming World Heritage
session will be held in Bonn, Germany during 28 June - 8 July 2015.
He said that the roadmap aims to push the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex
to be acknowledged as the third Natural World Heritage Site in Thailand.
The roadmap will contain solutions to land allocation problems and
improvements to the livelihoods of ethnic groups residing in the area.
The solution for the issues in the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest
Complex will also be presented to the session in order to prevent the
forest complex from being placed on the the list of Endangered World
The MNRE Minister has stressed that Thailand needs to present the data
that confirms solutions to the problems occurring in the forest area,
such as the suppression of illegal deforestation and the illegal trade
of Siamese Rosewood during 2014-2015, as well as relevant information on
the suppression of illegal hunting activities in the area.
The roadmap will be presented as a reference for the committee’s
consideration on whether to announce the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as
a Natural World Heritage Site. All roadmap suggestions gathered from
this upcoming session will be taken to improve the site, before
presenting the developments to the 40th session of the World Heritage
Committee in 2016.
NRC’s public administration committee to propose new national strategies for draft charter
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) – The National Reform Council’s public
administration committee is planning to propose a set of national
strategies to be included in the draft charter in the hope of helping
the country achieve sustainable development.
The Chairman of the NRC’s public administration committee Thirayuth
Lorlertratna said on Monday that the committee will submit to the main
council meeting a proposal to make a national reform strategy a part of
the reform process which should be included in the draft Constitution.
Mr. Thirayuth said that such a move would enable the preparation of a
master plan to guide the direction of the country’s development in many
respects, whereas none of Thailand’s 19 previous charters ever included
He stated that the provision means an organic law could be enacted and
put into effect for 20 years, starting from the day a public hearing was
Mr. Thirayuth added that, with an academic analysis, a series of
individual five-year development plans addressing different areas,
including military security, politics and economics, could be
implemented with the participation of all related parties.
He concluded that drawing up a clear framework for the preparation of
national strategies and the implementation of all steps would
effectively allow for the long-term planning of Thailand’s future.
NRC spokesman: Setting up a new council to drive the reform process, an initiative that needs further debate
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015 (NNT) – The spokesman of the
National Reform Council maintains that a proposal to set up a new body
to carry on the reform process is a new idea that needs further debate
NRC spokesman Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said on Monday that the government’s
proposal to amend the Provisional Constitution to disband the reform
council and set up a new body tasked to drive forward national reform
measures, is a new idea that has never been discussed before.
Mr. Kamnoon stated that such an idea needs to be worked through in order
to make sure that it wouldn't overlap with a body already being
established under the new Constitution; one that is still in the
This is because the names of both councils are similar but the number of
the members would increase from 120 to 200 while the term in office
would likely be different, he added.
The NRC spokesman went on to say that the new council recently suggested
by the government would likely stay in effect for one year or until a
new government is founded, while the one already included in the draft
charter is to have a five-year term.
MOAC suggests ongoing suspension of rain-fed rice cultivation
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) - Minister of Agriculture
and Cooperatives Pitipong Puengbun na Ayuddhya has once again called for
cooperation from farmers to suspend rice planting on two million rai of
agricultural land until normal rainfall comes in July.
However, he said , the government will provide full assistance including
irrigated water supply to about four million rai of land in the Chao
Phraya Basin already filled with rice seedlings.
Mr.Pitipong emphasized that if the drought disaster remains stern or
getting worse, the ministry suggested that farmers grow alternative
short-lived plants which consume less water such as vegetables and
corns. He also suggested livestock raising like laying hen breeding as
another alternative for farmers in the drought-affected areas.
The minister said he would propose a package of measures to assist and
support farmers during the drought disaster to the economic cabinet
meeting next week.
MSDHS Minister explains ministry’s beggars and homeless regulations
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) – The Minister of
Social Development and Human Security has
detailed the ministry's efforts in solving the
social issue of beggars and homelessness through
a promotional campaign named ‘The Proper Ways of
Giving’, urging the public to help donate.
The Minister of Social Development and Human
Security Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo has explained
the work of the ministry regarding the upcoming
regulations of beggars in the Bangkok area. This
is the fourth time the ministry is trying to
solve the issue.
In this most recent operation, six beggars
prevention and solving operation teams will be
providing verification services and screening
for the beggars through an ongoing operation.
Beggars and the homeless will receive legal
protection and mental rehabilitation services.
This bout of operations is set to commence
during 22-26 June 2015.
These operations have been carried out
continuously three times before. Approximately
1,600 beggars have been enrolled into the
The MSDHS Minister added that all related
agencies have been urged to provide an ongoing
service to solve the beggars issue, through the
promotion campaign named: ‘The Proper Ways of
Giving’. This program encourages participation
from all sectors to resolve this social issue
He has also asked the public to make donations
to the beggars and homeless at donation boxes
placed at convenience stores, shopping centers,
hospitals, temples, and particularly the 11
homeless shelters nationwide to support the
rehabilitation program. These donations will be
used to establish a starting fund for beggars
and the homeless, allowing them to start their
own careers and improve their quality of life.
On the issue of beggars, the MSHDS has
established an operational center which will
serve as a coordinating agency to regulate
beggars. This operation center will also
continue to work with other agencies to solve
Narathiwat finds no MERS case as the province is listed as area under close surveillance
NARATHIWAT, 22 June 2015 (NNT) Narathiwat, one of
Thailand's border provinces on the list of areas requiring close
surveillance against MERS outbreak, has not found any person infected
with the deadly virus so far, and the situation remains normal, reported
on Monday the Chief Medical Officer of Narathiwat.
Narathiwat has been put on the surveillance list as it is a border
transit often used by those travelling from Saudi Arabia and South
Korea. The Chief Medical Officer continued, "For public safety, health
officials and medical volunteers are assigned to visit those people to
follow up on their health conditions".
He has signed an order requiring all hospitals to clearly post a notice
urging cooperation from their patients to inform doctors if they came
back from risk countries. He said information on travel history would
help doctors in their diagnosis for better and faster results.
Thai Muslims going on a Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia can proceed with
their schedule as planned but must follow self-protection instructions
during their trip, the chief medical officer said. Medical staff will
travel with them to the country and will be on standby to take care of
their health. Therefore, Thai Muslims can stay assured of the best
treatment in case of illnesses.
MOPH holds daily MERS surveillance meeting
NONTHABURI, 22 June 2015 (NNT) Daily meetings of the
Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) continues to monitor the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) situation, while the HSS has urged private
hospitals and clinics to follow common practices in coping with the MERS
The MOPH’s MERS surveillance daily meeting continues to assess the risk
factor of the disease today, based on the epidemic information within
Thailand and abroad. The meeting has established a team of academics to
suggest relevant options and new measures to deal with future cases.
In the meeting today, the Bureau of Public Health Emergency Response has
reported that 47 special patient rooms are now available at hospitals in
Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan Province. The burea has also ordered
Nakhon Phatom, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, and Chachoengsao provinces to
provide additional patient rooms and to establish an isolation criteria
for inspection procedures, plan escape preventing measures, and assess
the risks of current communication and management performances.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health Service Support (HSS) has today
invited delegates from private clinics and hospitals in the Greater
Bangkok Area for a meeting to determine the guidelines and practices
which should be enacted to cope with the MERS case.
The HSS stated that hospitals should enforce strict screenings of
patients, especially for persons traveling from country where the MERS
disease has been confirmed. Hospitals equipped with low pressure
isolation rooms should assume the role to treat these suspected MERS
Hospitals are not allowed to decline the admittance of patients.
Hospitals without adequate facilities are required to contact the MOPH
for patient referring to contain the spread of the virus. The decision
to refer a patient should be a shared responsibility between the patient
and the related authorities.
More rains forecast for Thailand's Northeast, East and South
BANGKOK, 22 June
2015 (NNT) More
heavy rains are
expected in the
and South of
Kujira, which is
is moving closer
South of China,
June 25. Those
Hainan and Hong
Kong are advised
the Andaman Sea
and the Gulf of
and rains. Small
boats should be
kept ashore as
high tidal waves
Parts of Bangkok
and its vicinity
cloudy and face
Pathum Thani holds seminar titled "Challenging Opportunity and Preparation towards ASEAN"
PATHUM THANI, 22 June 2015 (NNT) Pathum Thani
province held a seminar titled "Challenging
Opportunity and Preparation towards ASEAN".
Police Captain Dr. Nitipoom Navaratna, Director
of Asian and African Studies at Assumption
University of Thailand, gave a lecture to civil
servants and private sector employees open to
the general public. There were a total of
roughly 600 participants. The lecture was
prompted by Thailand's anticipated entry into
the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) this December
Pathum Thani Deputy Governor Winchai Uyangkul
said the seminar was to educate the public and
private sectors in Pathum Thani on preparations
for regional integration. The AEC will consist
of Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and
Regional collaborations will occur in political,
security, economical, social and cultural
aspects. People in all ten countries will be
able to travel, enjoy tourist attractions, amd
do business, trade and investment more
conveniently in ASEAN countries.
Thais can continue to find work in South Korea
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Employment (DOE) has allayed concerns of job
seekers wanting to work overseas and affirmed
that the government has no plan to halt
employment programs to South Korea, due to the
The DOE confirmed it will continue to send Thai
workers for jobs in East Asia. Each month, about
1,000 Thai people travel to South Korea for
employment in small-scale manufacturing,
construction and agriculture. These hiring
contracts are often negotiated
government-to-government. Currently, at least
23,000 Thais workers are in South Korea.
Although the recruitment service will proceed as
normal, the department said it has tightened
pre-departure requirements to ensure that all
Thais going to South Korea are well-informed of
ways to protect themselves against MERS-CoV and
other infectious diseases.
Aside from required health check-ups, the
workers must participate in an orientation that
gives them guidance to prevent infection by the
The Thai embassy in Seoul and the Thailand
Overseas Employment Administration will
regularly check on Thai workers in South Korea
to observe their health and living conditions.
So far, no Thai nationals in South Korea were
reported to have come down with MERS-CoV.
Talks on NRC’s role for youths organized in Suphan Buri
SUPHAN BURI, 22 June 2015, (NNT) ‘Our
Parliament,’a new community radio program has
been unveiled in Suphan Buri Province.
The new program is a joint effort of Suphan Buri
Provincial Radio Thailand and the Office of the
Secretariat of the House of Representatives.
‘Our Parliament’ will be broadcast live on FM
102.25 MHz, and relayed to 50 other radio
stations under the Department of Public
The program is to target youths between 15 - 25
of age. It is aimed at educating the younger
generation about the importance of constitution,
democracy and national reconciliation.
Mr. Chuchart Insawang, the member of the
National Reform Council (NRC) from Suphan Buri
Province, presided over the opening ceremony,
dering which he gave a special lecture on the
role of the NRC and its national reconciliation
Military officials hand out fruit to Yala Muslims fasting during Ramadan
YALA, 22 June 2015, (NNT) Ranger Task Force 33 handed out dates
to Muslims fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in the
southern province of Yala.
Officials from the Yala Special Task Unit 16 yesterday gave away
the fruit along with drinking water to Muslims travelling
roadways connecting Mueang Yala and Betong districts.
The move was aimed at creating goodwill between the officials
and Muslim locals, while boosting morale of the latter during
this difficult month.
Muslims all over the world break their fast during Ramadan with
dates, a tradition that has made the fruit high in demand. Dates
are a great source of dietary fiber, a perfect energy boosting
snack during the fasting month.
Uthai Thani officials eradicate potential mosquito breeding grounds, prevent dengue fever
UTHAI THANI, 22 June 2015, (NNT) The northern province of Uthai
Thani yesterday deployed officials to eradicate mosquito
breeding grounds, after a 20-year-old man recently admitted to
hospital was diagnosed with dengue fever.
Health officials have been dispatched to inform the public of
the disease. Dengue fever can cause high fevers, headaches,
rashes, and pain throughout the body. Occasionally, the symptoms
can develop into a lethal complication called severe dengue.
Officials searched and destroyed mosquito breeding grounds, such
as coconut shells and old car tires. They handed out Abate Sand
Granules to the locals. The chemical is an effective pest
control for insects before they reach maturity.
The public health office also fumigated the patient’s residence
out to a 100 meter radius.