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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 resources.

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 Immigration.

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 Thailand.

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 urgent plans.

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 region.

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 correctional facility.


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 concealed bombs.

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 safety standard.

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 Development Board.

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 corridor project.

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 fishing activities.

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 rubbish.

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 long term.

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 BMA.

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 region.

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 daily lives.

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 province today.

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 MOI.

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 operating.


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 cautiously.


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 Silpa-archa.

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 democratic principles.

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 east.
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 nearby provinces.
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 prosecutors.
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 province.
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 deadline.


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

BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 (NNT) - More artificial rain operations will be conducted over the Central Plains to increase water supplies for farming activities. Artificial rainmaking operations will be expedited to increase the water levels in the Chao Phraya Dam.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Puengboon Na Ayutthaya reported that around 3.4 million rai in the Central Plains have already been used for growing rice, despite government decree to postpone the crop’s cultivation. Farmers have been encouraged to grow other types of plants that require less water, such as corns and beans.
Officials have also been advising farmers on how they can conserve water throughout their daily lives. People are urged to use water wisely, as the government must use a supply of fresh water to prevent salination of the farmlands. Meanwhile, the government has instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to extract groundwater to help farmers that have already begun rice cultivation.


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 parties.
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 and residents.

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 disease.
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 economic zones.

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 support them.


 

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