Phetchaburi holds a seminar on human capital, drafts provincial family plan
PHETCHABURI, 30 June 2015, (NNT) - A seminar
highlighting the role of the family unit in society has been held by the
Phetchaburi Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office,
open to civil servants and the general public.
The event yesterday gave a lecture on the importance of the human
capital, which includes economic capital, social capital, and natural
The seminar also gave an overview of the family situation in Thailand.
Currently, the birthrate is declining and the number of marriages is
shrinking, while the number of divorced couples is on the rise. Some
married couples are having their first-born at older ages, and others
forego having a child altogether.
The Phetchaburi Family Plan was also been drafted during the event.
After the lecture, attendees were divided into groups to help draft a
working family plan that can be applied in their community.
Passport checks in Thailand in line with ICAO standards
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Thai Police
have insisted that Thailand’s system of passport checks is in line with
the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Deputy Royal Thai Police Chief, Police General Wut Lipatapallop and
Immigration Police Chief Police Lieutenant General Sakda Cheunpakdi have
demonstrated to the media how a traveler's passport is checked by
They claimed that the procedure is recognized by the ICAO and is also
the same as the system used worldwide. It consists of examining and
feeling the texture of a passport, conducting a UV scan and using a
magnifying glass to prove its authenticity.
The Deputy Police Chief added that most of those caught using fake
passports were from Vietnam and Iran. He further stated that it is
important for immigration officers to be able to effectively identify
whether a passport is genuine, if Thailand is to lead ASEAN in terms of
preventing illegal entry.
Sports Authority of Thailand unveils 5-point strategy to advance Thai sports
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Sports Authority of
Thailand (SAT) has endorsed a five-point strategy to promote sports in
SAT Governor Sakol Wannapong has recently made an official announcement
over its plan to develop the sport industry in Thailand.
The plan can be divided into five parts. Some smaller plans will be
executed in one year, three years and every year. Others are special and
Knowledge of sport science will be used in promoting sports on a
provincial level. In addition, a sport center will be built in 17
provinces across the nation.
The SAT executive members and staff will later be briefed about the
strategy before it can be implemented.
PM to attend Mekong - Japan Summit in Tokyo on Thursday
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha will travel to Tokyo on Thursday to attend the seventh
Mekong – Japan Summit to enhance bilateral cooperation in various areas.
Foreign Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn said the Prime Minister
will attend this event, along with leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,
Vietnam and Japan.
The objective of this event is to promote cultural, economic and social
cooperation, as well as to reduce social gaps.
General Thanasak added that discussions over water management and other
related issues will also be held during the two-day event.
General Prayut will meet with the 125th Japanese Emperor Akihito before
joining the discussion with his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe. The two premiers will discuss the possibility of furthering
bilateral ties between Thailand and Japan regarding railway development
and agricultural exports.
The Foreign Minister will also meet his Japanese counterpart Fumio
Kishida, as well as Japanese businessmen to broker joint investments.
More rain forecast in the East and South of Thailand late this week
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Meteorological
Department has predicted a greater amount of rain in the East and South
of Thailand toward the end of this week.
According to the weather report, the southwesterly wind over the Andaman
Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is gaining strength. It will bring more
precipitation to the East coast and the upper part of the southern
However, the amount of rain will be lower in the upper part of the
country. Fishermen should proceed with caution when leaving the shore.
Department of Probation bestows awards on loyal volunteers
PETCHABURI, 30 June 2015, (NNT) - The Department of
Probation (DOP) yesterday gave awards to its volunteers who had been
with the agency for 25 years or longer.
The ceremony was organized during the Phetchaburi Provincial
Administration office monthly meeting yesterday.
The DOP volunteer program enlists help from well-respected and
financially-secure individuals who assist officials in attitude
adjustment programs for prisoners in the province's correctional
facility. They also help with various other projects, from the local
neighborhood watch to rights and liberties protection networks.
So far this year, the DOP has honored 11 volunteers with awards for
their good deeds and for sacrificing their time for the betterment of
society. These individuals spent countless hours over the past 25 years
helping inmates turn away from crime during their time at the
AOT: airport CTX scanners designed to detect bombs
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - Airports of Thailand
(AoT) has insisted that security checks at Suvarnabhumi airport are in
compliance with international standards and are designed to identify
Following former Metropolitan Police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang’s
arrest in Japan, questions have been raised why the gun and bullets
found in his luggage and carry-on bags were not detected by security
checks at Suvarnabhumi airport.
According to the AOT, the CTX scanner is only capable of detecting
explosives and bombs, not guns. Ammunition and other weapons are usually
spotted by security officers at the airport, and that the measure is a
standard practice all across the world.
The CTX luggage scanners used at Suvarnabhumi are routinely inspected by
the US’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) team every year.
The AOT added that the scanners at Narita airport are also overseen by
the same security company, implying the scanners adhere to the same
It confirmed that the X-ray images of Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit's checked
luggage found no signs of the gun and ammunition Japanese police seized
from him at Narita.
All eyes on the Cabinet’s decision on the Dawei SEZ
CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2015, (NNT) - Members of the press are closely
following the Cabinet’s discussion regarding the 20-year national
strategy for the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) cooperation.
The Cabinet will also look into the Thailand-Myanmar-Japan trilateral
deal on the Dawei SEZ, negotiated by the National Economic and Social
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Gen.
Tanasak Patimapragorn met with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. In
addition to Dawei SEZ investment, they discussed the Thailand-India Free
Trade Agreement and the Thailand-Myanmar-India trilateral highway
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance proposed a bill to exempt personal
tax for civil servants who choose to receive retirement pensions. The
Ministry of Transport also sought approval on international land
transport infrastructure projects.
Long term plan initiated to clean up Bang Saen beach
CHONBURI, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Mayor of Saensuk
today revealed the long-term trash management plan for Bang Saen beach,
confirming that water quality levels are normal.
The Mayor of Saensuk City Municipality Narongchai Kunpluem said
regarding the trash that has been washed ashore along Bang Saen beach,
that it had washed ashore from Bang Pakong and the Chao Phraya River.
The rubbish at Bang Saen beach also consists of waste products from
He stated that rubbish regularly washes ashore during the monsoon months
of June-September, while the amount of trash created by tourist
activities accounts for approximately ten percent of the total amount of
To cope with the situation, a private company has been hired to clean up
Bang Saen beach and other important sites from 5am to 10am every day as
an initial response. The municipality will also procure more equipment,
including two garbage trucks, to facilitate cleaning procedures over the
The increase in equipment will also help diminish the rubbish buildup in
the area, as trash collecting activities are only allowed within a time
limit, according to a schedule agreed to with the local people.
Saensuk City Municipality’s Mayor added that Bang Saen beach's sands
appears darker due to the fact that the beach is situated in a mudflat
area. The seawater quality is currently at safe levels, allowing
tourists to play and swim as usual.
Over 27,000 road accidents reported in Bangkok last year
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - According to the
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the capital saw over 27,000 traffic
accidents and 262 subsequent deaths last year.
During the recent launch of a road safety campaign, BMA officials
revealed that 348 people were seriously injured in road accidents in
Bangkok last year. A total of 61,140 accidents occurred in Thailand last
year, resulting in 6,215 deaths. The figure represents a drop in the
number of accidents, thanks to vigorous road safety campaigns by the
Statistics stated that Thailand now ranks second in the list of
countries with the highest road traffic deaths worldwide, with 44 deaths
per 100,000 people per year.
The BMA made known that a majority of drivers failed to comply with
traffic regulations which caused most of the accidents. Speeding,
overtaking other vehicles and drunk-driving are major factors
contributing to the high death toll.
The BMA said it will continue to campaign to prevent road accidents,
especially in congested areas in the capital.
PRD executive welcomes China Report team
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - PRD’s Deputy
Director-General today welcomed a delegate from the China Report
magazine, extending cooperation to the ASEAN region as well elevating
the importance of Thai media.
The Deputy Director-General of the Public Relations Department (PRD)
Charoon Chaisorn today welcomed the Deputy Editor Chief of China Report
Xianyong Luo along with his staff to discuss cooperation extensions
between Thailand and China on public relations.
During this visit, the China Report team expressed that the PRD is an
efficient public relations agency that delivers reliable news and
information to the public and plays a great role in extending the
cooperation within the ASEAN region in various aspects.
China Report’s Deputy Editor Chief said that his meeting with the PRD
executive saw the discussion on tightening relations between both
countries. China Report’s office in Thailand was also established with
an aim to serve as the magazine’s regional headquarters for the ASEAN
The PRD Deputy Director-General said that the PRD has been cooperating
with China on public relations for a long time, including the exchange
of information in keep with the cooperation framework, the exchange of
staffs, and exchange visits to learn and train about the production of
news, reports and documentaries.
He said that the PRD is willing to cooperate in the exchange of
information and news at a national and at the ASEAN level in the future.
Community Development Department launches 'OTOP to the Town' fair featuring top Thai innovations
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Community
Development Department (CDD) is launching an exhibition incorporating
two events into one site – the ‘OTOP to the Town fair’ and the ‘Top Thai
Innovation’ fair, expecting at least 20,000 visitors and more than 30
million baht in income during the five-day fair.
CDD Deputy Director-General Saipirun Noisiri presided over the opening
ceremony of the OTOP to the Town fair and the Top Thai Innovation
festival to promote folk wisdoms in products and services as part of the
One Tambon One Product (OTOP) campaign at the Government Complex in Lak
Si area, Bangkok.
The OTOP to the Town event is aimed at introducing products of folk
wisdoms from all regions to the people of Bangkok, which is the national
economic center. It features 400 booths of quality goods. The number of
visitors to this event is expected to be greater than 20,000, with a
money circulation of more than 30 million baht.
Aside from OTOP goods, the event displays simultaneously native
innovations to encourage communities to be aware of the importance of
folk wisdom, its conservation and promotion. The event will also honor
seven communities winning the competition of folk wisdom conservation,
in a ceremony on 2 July 2015, at 2pm.
The OTOP to the Town fair is taking place from today to 3 July 2015 at
Building 1 Plaza, the Government Complex, Chaengwattana Road, Bangkok
from 7am to 8pm.
PM expresses care for vocational students
CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Prime Minister
has expressed his concern regarding the living conditions of vocational
students, urging improvements on living conditions and safety must
happen along with curriculum enhancement, says a spokesman.
Deputy Government Spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd has said that
vocational education was one of the topics at discussion during the
Cabinet meeting today. He said the government has been focusing on
encouraging vocational education in order to create an adequate amount
of workers to meet the market’s demand.
He said that the government intends to introduce and encourage
vocational education to high school students, while the Prime Minister
expressed his concern to vocational students who face difficulties in
their everyday lives.
The Prime Minister is reported to have mentioned thatvocational
student’s livelihoods should be improved in parallel with the
improvements on the curriculum, especially regarding the safety of their
The Thai PM has also stressed in the meeting on the importance of
sports, which Thailand has been very successful at recently. He pointed
that branch offices of the sports association should be established in
each regional to provide more opportunities for potential athletes.
The Cabinet meeting today also discussed the current tourism situation
where the revenue from this year's tourism is expected to reach the
expected 2.2 trillion baht mark.
Cabinet approves the NESDB's proposed plans for Dawei co-development
CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Cabinet has
approved economic development plans as proposed by the Office of the
National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) regarding the
Dawei development plan, during the Cabinet meeting today.
The Cabinet meeting today saw the approval on economic plans proposed by
the NESDB regarding the Memorandum of Intent (MOI) on the Dawei Special
Economic Zone. The mobile Cabinet meeting took place in Chiang Mai
The meeting’s decision includes the approval of the trilateral MOI
between Thailand, Myanmar, and Japan on the development of the Dawei
Special Economic Zone, while the NESDB’s Secretary-General signed the
Any amendments on the MOI in less significant sections prior to its
official announcement can be made through the approval of the National
Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MFA) without the requiring the Cabinet's consent.
The MOI on the Dawei Special Economic Zone confirmed several agreements
on the investment of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), the technical
cooperation after completion of development, the construction of a
highway after development completion, mutual responsibilities on social
and environmental issues and other aspects.
The MOI will be effective 5 years from the date of signing, while the
extension of the time where it would become effective, can be extended
for an additional five years each time. The termination of the MOI will
require one of the three countries to announce the official termination
notice to the other two countries six months in advance.
Law dealing with environmental crime in need of updating, Deputy Police Chief says
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Deputy Police
Commissioner-General has claimed the law dealing with environmental
crime needs to be updated while affirming the Thai police’s readiness to
cooperate with INTERPOL to take to task those behind the illegal trade
of forest products.
Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chalermkiat
Srivorakan made the comment after a meeting of officials concerned to
work out a cooperative guideline in the suppression of ivory trade.
He admitted that there were loopholes in the suppression of
multinational environmental crime, one of which is outdated law. He said
forensic science would be introduced to trace the origin of the seized
ivories to find all connections in the movement as well as influential
persons behind the scene.
The Deputy Police Chief asserted however that Thailand had always been
strictly implementing the law dealing with this kind of illegal
activities, resulting in the arrests of many wrongdoers. He said
Thailand had won a commendation from the CITES Secretariat on her
solution to the problem, and he hoped that Thailand would receive a
better result in the next evaluation.
On this matter, a delegate from the International Criminal Police
Organization (or INTERPOL) Luke Bond has said that environmental crime
is considered a criminal activity that causes massive damage and
involves multinational capital groups. He said that INTERPOL would
cooperate with agencies concerned in each country to help solve this
issue in a tangible manner.
Private sector concerned about Thailand’s efforts to tackle IUU fishing
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Thai National
Shippers Council has expressed concerns that if Thailand failed to
resolve the problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing by
the time set by the EU, it would likely receive a red card which bans
Thai fishery exports to the union.
Advisor to the Thai National Shippers Phaibun Phonsuwan said there were
two months left before Thailand’s deadline to improve its fishing
situation in line with the EU’s standards. He stressed that Thailand
needed to register fishing boats properly so that its fishery sector
would pass international standards.
The advisor added that there might be insufficient seafood for
industrial plants and domestic consumption if the fishing boats who had
not yet registered protested against the government by stopping
BJAT and Rajapark Institute hold CEO Thailand Awards 2015
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 (NNT) - The Broadcaster and
Journalist’s Assembly of Thailand (BJAT) and the Rajapark Institute
jointly organizes the the CEO Thailand Awards 2015 for outstanding CEOs
who set good examples for the Thai society.
The CEO Thailand Awards was held for the first time in 2013. The award
is a collaboration between BJAT and the Administration Management for
Development Project of the Rajapark Institute to steer the country’s
strength by commending outstanding and exemplary CEOs.
The CEOs who are qualified for the awards must be those who are
recognized by organizations or the society for their integrity. They
must be creative and capable of solving problems at hand, think outside
the box and have positive attitudes.
PM stresses proper budget allocation to aid drought victims
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has
stressed on proper budget allocation to support the relief operations
for the public affected by the drought disaster.
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired the third meeting
of the Policy Committee on Special Economic Zones this year, which was
attended by economic affairs ministers.
On this occasion, the PM has pointed that the government must reconsider
expenditures to maximize efficiency and one that reflects the current
financial situation. The budget must be ensured that low-income persons
and farmers affected by the drought disaster can access it and that it
truly serves their needs.
The Prime Minister has said that projects currently under consideration
requiring disbursement will commence within the 2015 administrative
expenditure framework. He said that there is still some time left to
manage manage the issue and asked all agencies to spend money
Labour Ministry prepares market for aging workforce
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) – The Labour Ministry is
adjusting regulations in order to widen opportunities for ageing
workforce in line with a shift in the pattern of Thai society in the
next 3-4 years, according to Permanent Secretary for Labour Nakorn
Nikom said the Subcommittee on Employment Opportunity Promotion for
Older Persons has drawn up short, medium and long-term action plans to
meet the need of the ageing population as the number of young workers
will start declining in the next few years.
These plans were proposed by relevant authorities featuring short-term
measures for implementation in 1-2 years, followed by medium-term plan
of 3-5 years and the long term solutions. The Subcommittee will set up a
working group to draw up an appropriate roadmap pertaining to jobs and
working conditions for the ageing population to be implemented in 2016.
Nakorn said the government was concerned over unparalleled growth of the
older population as its consequences affect Thailand’s productivity.
“Because the number of young workforce is declining, the Labour Ministry
sees a need to improve quality of life of older persons. We will
encourage them to prepare themselves for retirement and will support
them with retraining and re-employment," said Nakorn.
ASEAN+3 Organic Agriculture Forum kicks off in BKK
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) – Thailand Institute of
Scientific and Technological Research has launched the ASEAN+3 Organic
Agriculture Forum to provide opportunities for member countries to
promote cooperative research in organic agriculture.
ASEAN+3 Organic Agriculture Forum brings together specialists,
researchers and representatives from the ten Southeast Asian countries,
as well as China, Japan and South Korea. Participants update one another
on the latest technologies, innovations and domestic outlook on organic
agriculture in their individual countries.
Organic farming is a form of agriculture that promotes sustainable
health of the ecosystem through the use of such techniques as crop
rotation, natural fertilizers and biological pest-control.
Aside from sharing the latest developments, the meeting provides a
platform for members to discuss obstacles to the improvement of organic
farming and production. The meeting is expected to pave the way for
joint research and collaborations in the future.
ASEAN+3 Organic Agriculture Forum is being held between June 24 and 25
at Rama Garden Hotel, Bangkok.
New US ambassador to Thailand maintains US's neutrality towards Thai politics
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - US’s new ambassador to
Thailand, Glyn Davies, has stressed that America has not taken sides in
the kingdom’s political conflict and is committed to its support for
The US embassy has released Mr Davies’ testimony to the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee on June 23, which emphasized the country’s
impartiality towards Thailand’s internal political divide.
According to the testimony, Thailand and the US have shared a long and
enduring friendship and collaborate on a wide range of issues, including
advancing regional security, expanding trade and investment, assisting
refugees and displaced persons, fighting transnational crime, and
protecting the environment.
While the US remains neutral, it continues to underscore concerns about
the disruption of Thailand’s democratic traditions and accompanying
restrictions on civil liberties and maintain that democracy can only
emerge when the Thai people freely and fairly elect their own
representatives and leaders.
Mr Davies added that Thai people should be free to decide for their own
political blueprint through an inclusive political process that allows
for an open and robust debate about the country’s political future.
The US remains committed to maintaining its security alliance with the
kingdom and will continue to work with the Thai government to strengthen
its efforts to address the country’s human trafficking problem.
20 provinces still affected by drought crisis
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT)-The Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has revealed that the drought
situation has improved in 20 provinces, but 20 others are still
struggling to cope with the crisis.
DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert has revealed that more than
7,000 communities in 20 provinces remain affected by water shortages.
They are mostly located in the upper part of the country and some in the
Provincial authorities as well as the Royal Thai Army have been
coordinated to provide assistance to residents in drought stricken
zones. Water has been delivered to villages for household consumption
and farming activities.
Weed and other types of aquatic plants have been removed from the canals
to allow better irrigation to the communities and farmlands.
ISOC reports drop in number of incidents in Deep South
PATTANI, 25 June 2015 (NNT) – The Internal Security
Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 has reported a major drop in the
number of violent incidents during the holy month of Ramadan.
ISOC said that during June 18-24, only 5 incidents were reported, one of
which was a security-related event. Another was ruled an accident and
police are investigating into the three other cases.
Local shops in the Deep South have also abided by the ISOC’s ban on the
sales and manufacturing of fireworks and fire crackers during the month.
The command further added that the month prior to Ramadan also saw a 73
percent decrease in the number of incidents.
ISOC said security measures continue to be in place and local residents
have the freedom to practice their religion in peace. The National
Council for Peace and Order has also allowed local radio broadcasters
with pending license agreements to go on air from June 17 to July 16 to
help publicize the proper Islamic code of conduct.
Public urged to conserve water due to water shortage
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - The Department of
Irrigation is planning to divert less water into household reservoirs
and is urging the public to conserve water during the dry season. The
department has made known that the amount of rainfall during this month
is far less than expected and the low amount failed to replenish water
supplies in dams and reservoirs.
No heavy rains are forecast in July, but more storms will take place in
August and September. The decrease in rainfall is estimated at around 10
percent below average. Around 1.06 billion cubic meters of water is
available for use. Given the ongoing rate of consumption per day, water
will only be available for 32 days or until July 24.
The department is adjusting its water diversion rate to 28 million cubic
meters per day. Members of the public are advised to conserve water
during this period due to the water shortage.
Min of Defense hopeful US will remove Thailand from human trafficking watch list
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - Defense Minister
General Prawit Wongsuwan said he is hoping the United States will
consider upgrading Thailand on its human trafficking watch list. General
Prawit said Thailand has taken serious action against every aspect of
human trafficking. He added that it will depend on U.S. deliberation
today whether to remove Thailand from Tier 3 or not.
The Defense Minister assured that if Thailand remains in Tier 3, the
government will not be deterred and will continue to find ways to
eradicate human trafficking in the country. Regarding the a recent
internal investigation of the police department, General Prawit said it
will be conducted in a transparent manner to find out if any officers
have been involved in the trafficking of Rohingya refugees.
Min of Transport would spend a billion baht building ferry ports in the Gulf of Thailand
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015, (NNT) - The Ministry of Transport would spend one
billion baht on a transport project to build ferry ports in the Gulf of
Thailand, if approved by the National Council for Peace and Order.
Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said in the eastern
coast, the Lam Bali Hai in Pattaya and the Khuk Samet Pier in Chonburi
are the two prime locations to construct ferry ports.
The minister explained that the piers have a railway connecting to
Pattaya, and the capacity to handle a large influx of tourists. ACM
Prajin added that additional surveys will be conducted for another two
suitable locations in the western coast at Cha-Am district of
Phetchaburi province and Pranburi district of Prachuap Khiri Khan
province. Initially, the project is expected to cost a billion baht and
is likely to be a public private partnership campaign.
He said a comprehensive plan will be drafted within July and will be
proposed to the National Council for Peace and Order the following
month. Once approved, the ministry will be responsible for the project.
Construction of the ferry ports is expected to start next year and would
be finished the following year.
DIT urges Agro-companies to give farmers discounts
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) – In a bid to help boost
farmers’ income, the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has requested
agro-material producers and distributors to offer discounts on various
raw materials during the upcoming farming season.
DIT Director-General Boonyarit Kalayanamit disclosed that agro-operators
agreed to lower retail prices for four formulas of chemical fertilizers
for rice farming by 40-50 baht per sack, for farmers in the capital and
Fertilizers used for other types of plants will have a discount from
25-50 baht per sack. Distributors also decided to reduce the retail
prices of pesticides by up to 10 percent. Providers of rice harvesting
services were urged to charge farmers in the central region no more than
450 baht per rai.
Those in other regions will pay no more than 500 baht per rai. Talks
held between the DIT and agro-companies were in response to a recent
comment of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. He expressed
concern for agriculturists affected by the prolonged drought.
The department expects reduced overhead for raw materials will lessen
the problems faced by farmers and improve their quality of life.
Kamronwit awaits decision from Japanese prosecutors after arrest
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has revealed that the former Bangkok police chief will remain in
police custody in Japan, until local prosecutors can decide whether to
indict him for firearms possession. Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit arrived in
Japan on June 19 to visit a waste incineration plant in Tokyo, along
with 80 delegates from Thailand.
He was arrested for attempting to bring a gun on board a plane at Narita
International Airport. If found guilty, he could face up to ten years in
jail. Japanese prosecutors will have 20 days to decide whether to charge
Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit with violating Japan’s firearm control law.
Japanese police are compiling evidence in the case to send to the
The ministry said the Thai embassy in Tokyo is coordinating with local
authorities to ensure legal proceedings are undertaken swiftly.
Department of Employment visits One Stop Service in Suphan Buri
SUPHAN BURI, 25 June 2015, (NNT) - Department of
Employment Deputy Director-General Theerapon
Khunmuang yesterday visited the one stop service
center in Suphan Buri, observing the
registration process for foreign workers in the
Mr. Theerapon urged all foreign laborers in the
province to register before the June 30
deadline, stressing that working in the Kingdom
unregistered is a punishable crime. Foreigners
found in violation of labor laws are subject to
deportation and their employers will face fine
and jail terms according to the law.
He implored all foreign workers whose licenses
have expired and have not declared their
nationality to come forth and do so at the
province’s one stop service center before said
Tropical storm Kujira to continue to bring rain to Northeast of Thailand
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - The Meteorological
Department has indicated that the Northeast of Thailand will continue to
experience precipitation due to the tropical storm Kujira. Kujira has
weakened to a depression in the upper part of Vietnam, around 100
kilometers away from Hanoi.
It now has a speed of 10 kilometers per hour. Meteorologists said the
tropical storm will continue to bring rain to the Northeast of Thailand.
Those planning to visit Vietnam should consult weather reports before
traveling. Fishermen have been warned against strong gale winds in the
Andaman Sea and the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand.
Meteorologists caution fishing vessels that choose to disembark. Small
fishing boats should remain ashore until June 27.
Police raid the Maha Sarakham prison, confiscate contraband
MAHA SARAKHAM, 25 June 2015, (NNT) - Maha Sarakham
police, military and administrative officers this morning conducted a
surprise inspection at the province’s prison. No irregularities were
found. The operation was conducted to purge the prison of illegal items
such as drugs, cell phones, and anything that can be used as a weapon.
It is an important way of preventing inmates from committing crimes
while being detained. Officials divided into squads before starting the
search operation in both male and female wings. They discovered several
shivs, strings, mirror pieces, spoons, forks, bottles, soap bits,
pornography, pants and cigarettes, but no trace of prohibited items.
Currently, the Maha Sarakham provincial correctional facility detains
1,831 prisoners. 1,591 of the convicts are male.
Govt boosts artificial rainmaking operations amid drought
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1st Army Region holds a press seminar, promoting reconciliation
BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - The 1st Army
Region yesterday held a seminar for members of
the media stationed in Sing Buri Province to
promote their cooperation in disseminating
constructive news to local people . The event
was organized by the Internal Security
Operations Command at the 1st Army Region’s
conference hall in Bangkok.
Attending the seminar were news reporters, radio
program producers and community informants of
Sing Buri. The seminar highlighted the press’s
role in creating atmosphere conducive to
reconciliation in the Kingdom by presenting
accurate news that is beneficial to all. The
media’s cooperation in such a way is expected to
bring about peace to the society and termination
in the use of violence among conflicting
The seminar also urged the participants to
promote the 12 national core values supported by
the National Council for Peace and Order.
Yala organizes event promoting peace during Ramadan
YALA, 25 June 2015, (NNT) - Yala Vocational
College and the provincial administration office
yesterday held an event promoting peace and
religious teaching to students and locals during
the holy month of Ramadan.
Yala Governor Samart Waradisai presided over the
event, during which he handed participants
essential items for mosques. Attending the event
were the college’s teachers, students, parents
Yala Vocational College said the event was in
line with the National Council for Peace and
Order’s policy which underlined religious
practices and promotion during the Muslim
fasting month. The college said the event would
also instill religious faith among students.
The event highlighted the diversities among
different regions, tightening bonds among the
province’s education institutes, the
governmental units and the religious sector.
A lecture on the importance of the holy month of
Ramadan was also delivered during the event.
Separate parking at Don Mueang for flights from South Korea provided as precaution
BANGKOK 25 June 2015 (NNT) – No additional MERS
cases have been found in Thailand, says the
Ministry of Public Health. Deputy Minister of
Public Health Somsak Chunharas and ministry
executives inspected the contagious disease
screening point at Don Mueang Airport on
Wednesday to determine the airport's
preparedness in preventing a spread of MERS.
According to the Minister, an average of around
30,000 travelers depart to and arrive from South
Korea through Don Mueang Airport each month, 70%
of them are Thai and the rest South Koreans.
As a precaution, airport authorities have
arranged a separate parking spot for aircraft
used for such flights. Screening has also been
carried out on travelers, and a 14-day
monitoring period has been implemented. No
suspicious cases have been found among the
travelers so far. Meanwhile, Department of
Disease Control Director-General Sopon Mekthon
said the ministry has issued an additional
announcement on the pocrdure for those returning
from areas of outbreak who find themselves with
fever, as well as those who have been in close
contact with such persons. The announcement was
aimed at facilitating clear working guidelines
and at allowing efficient control of the
Dr. Sopon also disclosed that the condition of
the MERS patient from Oman, the first and only
case in Thailand so far, has been improving
steadily. All three persons put under monitoring
for having been in close contact with the
patient have not been diagnosed with the virus.
Private hospital inspected for MERS screening measures
BANGKOK 25 June 2015 (NNT) – Deputy Minister of Public Health
Somsak Chunharas on Wednesday carried out an inspection on MERS
screening and prevention measures at private hospitals in the
Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The minister, accompanied by
Department of Health Service Support Director-General Boonruang
Triruangworawat, observed the use of thermal scanners at
building entry points for the filtering of patientsm where
nurses were seen querying hospital visitors to collect
information on the latter.
Sterile rooms have also been prepared for use in diagnosing
patients deemed to be at risk of MERS, in accordance with the
procedure prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health. The
deputy public health minister disclosed that four Thais who had
traveled to South Korea had been subjected to screening test for
MERS, and no infection was found. According to Dr. Somsakm
private hospitals have be
Prime minister reasserts government's commitment to promoting SMEs
BANGKOK 25 June 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
asserted on Wednesday the government was committed to promoting
the capacity of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and that
SMEs were an important driving force in country development.
General Prayut made the remarks while stating the government's
SMEs-related policies to participants at a signing ceremony for
a cooperation pact between the Office of Small and Medium
Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP) and 32 entities that comprised
public and private agencies and financial institutes. The
agreement sought to encourage collaboration in promoting SMEs'
capacity through the use of seven comprehensive service centers
for SMEs being established in Bangkok and at six special
According to Gen. Prayut, relevant agencies have been assigned
to implement measures for assisting SMEs, especially measures
pertaining to infrastructures, financial support, and marketing.
He indicated that the cooperation agreement would contribute
positively to SMEs' all-around competitiveness.
The prime minister also remarked that all business operators
should be asked to register in order for them to be put into
categories, as this would make it easier for the government to