Army chief vows to clamp down on Rohingya camps
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) The Army Commander has
insisted that no military personnel has been involved in the trafficking
Army Commander General Udomdej Sitabutr said the Royal Thai Army has
been working closely with the Royal Thai Police and other agencies in
their effort to clamp down on the Rohingya camps.
Their mission is expected to be completed in 10 days
as ordered by Prime Minsiter Prayut Chan-o-cha. According to the Army
Chief, his troops have made more than 50% progress after 10 Rohingya
camps have been identified.
He added that the Royal Thai Army will do its best to bring results in
order to restore confidence of the international community even though
Thailand is only a passing point.
The Army Chief has also insisted that no military officials have been
involved in the crime. He further stated that the recent military
reshuffle was done to improve the efficiency of the Thai army, not
because it had anything to do with the trafficking of the Rohingyas.
Army chief:Opposing political views should be channeled through government center
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT)-The Thai Army Commander
has encouraged politicians not to organize any movement at this time.
Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr said politicians who wish to
organize a public gathering must seek approval from the National Council
for Peace and Order first.
According to the General, it would not be wise for politicians to stage
any movements as people in general seem content with the current
Those who oppose to the administration or have any recommendations
should voice their opinions via Dam Rong Tham Centers located
nationwide, added General Udomdej.
Young students learning how to save energy and environment
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT)- Young students from
schools in the Northeast of Thailand have joined a youth program called
‘Move World Together,’ which is aimed at educating them on how to use
The program, now in its fourth year, is held at Ubonrat Dam with 150
teachers and students participating.
'Move World Together' is a collaborative effort of various parties,
including the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thammasart
University and the Office of Promotion and Protection of Children,
Youth, the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups.
Under the program, the students learn about the importance of energy and
environment preservation. It is also an opportunity for them to offer
solutions to the current problems in Thailand.
Fruit gardens in Chanthaburi welcome tourists during fruit season
CHANTHABURI, 11 May 2015 (NNT) More than 20 fruit
farms in Chanthaburi province are now open for tourist visits during
this fruit season, says a provincial official.
Chanthaburi Provincial Public Relations Official Thanet Tearranan has
revealed that fruits such as Long Kong, Durian, Rambutan, and
Mangosteens may be delayed or may bear less produce due to changes in
Despite this possible delay, farmers have decided to open their gardens
for tourists to visit, harvest, and even taste fresh fruits in an "all
you can eat" manner, straight from the trees at the price of 199 baht
About 20 gardens are now open to the public in many subdistricts of
Chanthaburi province. Interested persons can contact the Chanthaburi
Provincial Agricultural Office tel 039-322158 for more information.
Auto Parts Tech Day 2015 to take place this month
PATHUM THANI, 11 May 2015 (NNT) NSTDA has joined
hands with the government and private agencies to host the Auto Parts
Tech Day 2015 at Pathum Thani by the end of May.
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Vice
President Janekrishna Kanatharana has revealed that the NSTDA and
related agencies will be organizing the Auto Parts Tech Day 2015 event
at Thailand Science Park in Pathun Thani province on 27-28 May 2015 from
9am to 5pm.
The event is aimed to be a stage for exchanging knowledge on automobile
parts development, through the application of science, technology, and
innovation. The event will feature exhibitions on innovations of
automobile parts from the government agencies, private agencies, and
educational institutions. The exhibitions will serve as a stage to
demonstrate new products, technologies and services. Experts will also
host seminars at this automobile event.
The Auto Parts Tech Day 2015 is the first automobile parts event in
Thailand being held to show the country’s capability to be come the
leader of automobile industry in ASEAN, where Thailand is now the 9th
biggest exporter of automobile parts.
For more information, please call 02-564-7200 ext 5365 or 5367.
Chiang Mai zoo welcomes a red kangaroo as a new resident
CHIANG-MAI, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai Zoo has just
welcomed a Red Kangaroo as a new member of the zoo family.
The zoo has had success in breeding the red kangaroo species from
The red kangaroos' caretaker has reported that the 10 year old mother
kangaroo has a joey inside her pouch but it remains unseen and so far,
only it's legs have been sticking out of the pouch. The gender of the
baby joey is still unknown since the mother kangaroo remains very
protective of her new arrival. However from observation, the joey seems
to be healthy and fit.
Nowadays, the zoo has four young red kangaroos, the first of which was
born on August 22nd 2014.
The zoo will now hold a naming competition for the baby red kangaroo
while visitors are invited to come see all four red kangaroos now
enjoying life at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
7,900 million Thai Baht injected to drive 2016 cultural policy
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) The Culture Ministry has
been allocated a budget of THB7,900 million in Fiscal 2016, an increase
of around THB900 million from last year, to drive five main strategic
Minister of Culture Weera Rotephotchanarat said the strategy was meant
to utilize the country’s cultural capital to create income for
communities and finally bring economic stability to the country.
The 2016 strategic plans comprise firstly, the promotion of Thailand’s
roles in the ASEAN Community, secondly the development of southern
border provinces, followed by increasing incomes in the tourism and
service sectors, devising anti-corruption plans in the government sector
and lastly preserving, promoting and developing religions, art and
Minister Weera said the information and communication technology and
work integration between the public and private sectors would be boosted
in implementing those strategies, to ensure that every project was
conducted with transparency.
Thai-Vietnamese agreement on import of labour scheduled to finish in July
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) A draft agreement between
Thailand and Vietnam on import of Vietnamese workforce into Thailand is
expected to be finished in July, Permanent Secretary for Labour Nakorn
As chairman of the working group on the agreement drafting, Mr Nakorn
elaborated that the ministry is expediting the agreement which needs to
be submitted to the Foreign Ministry for scrutiny before being forwarded
to the Vietnamese Government. If approved, it will be returned to the
Thai Cabinet for endorsement.
Under the agreement, Thai employers are allowed to import Vietnamese
labor only after no Thai workers have shown interest in applying for the
Mr. Nakorn said jobs that usually attract Vietnamese labor are in the
construction and fishery sectors.
Thailand severely lacks aviation personnel
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Thailand is severely
lacking aviation related personnel while the nation has a limited
capacity to produce such technicians, according to the Civil Aviation
Training Center. It said the problem needs the government’s serious
attention before intensifying into a crisis.
Deputy Governor of the center Squadron Leader Wattana Manon said the
number of engineers, pilots, and air controllers are particularly
insufficient to satisfy the demand. The problem could even derail
Thailand’s plan to become an aviation hub in Asia and the Pacific if it
was not addressed properly.
He said both Boeing and Airbus predicted the world would need 533,000
pilots in the next 20 years. Of this, 216,000 would be needed in the
Asia-Pacific region alone. The companies also projected the world would
need 584,000 technicians and engineers over the same period. The number
scales down to 224,000 for the Asia-Pacific region.
This means that the region needs to produce at least 10,000 aviation
personnel each year, Squadron Leader Wattana explained. He said Thailand
would need to develop both aviation human resources and infrastructure,
in order to achieve its goal of becoming an aviation hub in Asia and the
Village headsmen call for preservation of local administrative positions
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Representatives from the
organization of village headmen have petitioned the National Reform
Council to amend the draft charter’s provision calling for the
restructuring of local administration as the changes would cost them
The petitioned called for the scrapping of sections 82, 284 and 285 in
the draft constitution which abolish local administrative bureaucrats.
The group claims that village headmen are most in tune with the needs of
local people and their removal would compromise the state’s servicing of
Furthermore, local administrative positions have historically provided
suitable checks and balances to the central power and have enhanced
Prayut welcomes economic adviser to Japan’s Prime Minister
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) - The economic adviser to
Japan’s Prime Minister has paid a visit to Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-ocha to discuss the progress of the two country’s cooperation in
constructing the Bangkok - Chiang Mai high speed rail line.
Mr Hiroto Izumi confirmed Japan’s commitment to the project and shared
his insights in the utilization of Japan’s technological expertise in
developing the project.
Gen Prayut expressed his appreciation of Japan’s interest in Thailand’s
infrastructure developments and extended his gratitude to Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe and the JICA for the swift progress of the project.
In addition, Mr Izumi revealed Japan’s plans to send delegates to
observe Thailand’s agricultural operation in the hope of enhancing
agricultural trade between the two countries.
Japan to sign investment agreement with Thailand and Myanmar on development of Dawei SEZ in July
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) – Japan has agreed to
enter a trilateral cooperation with Thailand and Myanmar in developing
the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The three nations are scheduled
to sign an agreement this July, and Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
will attend the official signing ceremony by himself, Deputy Prime
Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula said today.
MR Pridiyathorn announced the cooperation after Special Advisor to the
Japanese Prime Minister Hiroto Izumi paid a courtesy call on Prime
MR Pridityathorn said the investment cooperation would be conducted in
stages beginning from the construction of public utilities and
infrastructure on a 27-rai plot of land and roads linking Dawei to Ban
Phu Nam Ron in the Thai province of Kanchaburi. Then the SEZ development
will move to mega projects such as power plants and small sea ports.
The Japanese representative also expressed Japan’s interest in two of
Thailand’s high-speed train projects, namely the Laem
Chabang-Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Phu Namron Project which is designed for
goods and passenger transport and the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed
The two countries agreed to hold more meetings for discussion on budget
details of both routes while the Thai Minister of Transport will visit
Japan in June to sign the agreement in principle.
Apart from this, Japan also showed interest to develop a coal-fired
power plant and construction of three motorways in the central and
eastern regions of Thailand.
Money Expo rakes in THB90bn, with home loans being most popular
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Organizers of the Money Expo 2015
have revealed that an income of up to 90 billion baht was
generated during the event while most visitors were interested
in home loan products.
Speaking of the annual Money Expo held during May 7-10 at IMPACT
Muang Thong Thani, Mr Santi Viriyarungsarit, chairman of the
organizing committee, said the event was considered a great
success. He elaborated that more than 107,000 people signed up
for financial and investment services offered by various
institutions at the expo, creating a cash flow of about 90
Home loans attracted the highest number of customers, with the
total value amounting to 65.7 billion baht, followed by SME
loans at 16 billion baht. Other popular products included
high-interest savings accounts, premium savings certificates and
Also available at the Money Expo this year were the 500,000-baht
banknotes in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the royal
wedding of Their Majesties the King and Queen. Offered in pairs
at the price of 1 million baht each, the limited edition
banknotes generated 41 million baht in total.
All districts in Nakhon Sawan declared disaster zone due to severe drought
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Groundwater Resources is urgently tackling water shortage in the
drought-affected Nakhon Sawan after the province was declared disaster
Deputy Director-General of the Department of Groundwater Resources Suwat
Piempatchai has traveled to Nakhon Sawan where all 15 districts have
been seriously affected by drought. They are in dire need of water for
consumption due to less than average rainfalls last year.
The deputy director-general instructed a provincial groundwater
resources office in Suphan Buri to provide more than 5,000 bottles and
1,000 gallons of drinking water for people in Nakhon Sawan. The office
will also provide 12,000 liters of water for them to use.
National Reform Council supports nationwide use of emergency hotline 112
BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform
Council has expressed support for the nationwide use of a new emergency
the National Reform Council’s meeting on Monday, the discussion focused
on the report on the reform of the country’s emergency hotline number
which was proposed to be 112.
The NRC’s public health reform committee who proposed the new hotline
number said the change will enable people across the country to call
only one number, by phone and internet, which will lead to an efficient
integration of efforts by all related agencies, particularly in rescue
The committee said that the new hotline 112 will be able to respond to
distress calls within 10 seconds as the new system will be equipped with
an accurate technology to locate callers.
The NRC resolved to present the proposal to the Cabinet for
consideration and if approved, the new number is expected to be put to
official use by April 2016.
Lottery reform activists call for delay in enactment of amended GLO law
BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) - Lottery reform activists
are asking the National Legislative Assembly to consider delaying the
passing of the amended Government Lottery Office Act.
Members of the Lottery Reform People’s NetWork on Monday met with
chairman of the NLA’s committee on the reform of society, children,
youth, women, the elderly, the handicapped and the under privileged
Wallop Tangkananurak to submit a letter to the legislature’s President
The group’s letter stated that they would like the NLA to consider the
removal of the middlemen from the lottery distribution system in order
to solve the problem of overpricing.
They also opposed the suggested plans to add more categories of the
lottery and to make the lottery sale possible at all convenient stores,
saying that would lead more people to become addicted to gambling.
In addition, the group would like the government to delay the submission
of the draft amendment to the GLO Act for the NLA’s deliberation, citing
the lack of people’s participation and its non-compliance with an order
of the National Council for Peace and Order.
PM urges Thai innovation implementation for nation’s prosperity
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has
expressed his support for Thai innovations that strengthen the nation’s
prosperity, especially in pushing Thailand forward as the production
center for electric cars, while looking to establish a government
funding for science and technological investments, says the Science
The Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj has revealed
the outcome of the National Innovation Development Committee’s meeting,
chaired by the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, saying that the
meeting has approved important policies and strategies that will push
the country towards sustainable prosperity.
He has said that the meeting has agreed to focus on the national
economic development through the implementation of science, technology,
and innovations to increase the private sector's capability and SME
capabilities in preparation in time for the integration of the ASEAN
The government is aiming to help develop up to 13,000 entrepreneurs with
the estimated budget of 5 billion baht.
The committee has approved the exception of the dividend and benefits
tax from the sales of shares to companies or businesses investing in
technology, in order to help stimulate the investment. It has also
approved the principles for establishing funds for co-investment in the
‘fund of funds’ format, that will mainly invest trough venture capitals
and reduce the risk for of the private sector.
The committee has agreed to push Thailand forward as the production
center for electric cars, with the objective to be able to produce
electric cars in Thailand by 2015, and has appointed the Ministry of
Finance to consider the regulations of the Bangkok Mass Transit
Authority’s procurement procedures that will require all buses to be
built domestically, along with the future installation of charging
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) will be
the agency responsible for the registration of Thai innovations to
encourage Thai people to use quality Thai products. The government
sector will be required to purchase innovation products and services, at
no less than 10 percent but not exceeding 30 percent of the allocated
budget, while registered products will have an 8 year term on the list.
The Ministry of Science and Technology will be holding the Thai
Innovations Fair in the northern, northeastern, and southern region of
Thailand to encourage new businesses with high potential and local
entrepreneurs to access and utilize Thai innovations.
Thai students receive Asian Physics Olympiad medals
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Eight Thai students have
received awards from the Asian Physics Olympiad competition in China,
according to the IPST President.
According to the President of the Institute for the Promotion of
Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) Pornpun Waitayangkoon, Thai
students have been awarded 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 1 bronze
medals, and 2 honorary awards from the 2015 Asian Physics Olympiad held
in Hangzhou, China.
The gold medalists are two students from Triam Udom
Suksa Pattanakarn School and Mahidol Wittayanusorn School. The silver
medalists are three students from Yothinburana School, Triam Udom Suksa
School, and Mahidol Wittayanusorn School. The bronze medalists are a
student from Triam Udom Suksa School, and two more students from Mahidol
Wittayanusorn also received honorary awards.
The Thai competitors have been mentored by professors from Mahidol
University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, the IPST,
and the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.
The Thailand team arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 5:40pm today, on
the CX701 flight with a welcoming ceremony hosted by the IPST at the
Thailand offers help to restore shattered ancient temples in Nepal
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Officials from the
Ministry of Culture, the Fine Arts Department and the Department of
Religious Affairs as well as national historians and architects are
integrating their efforts to help restore World Heritage sites in Nepal
ruined by the recent earthquake.
Minister of Culture Weera Rotephotchanarat said that on 25 May, UNESCO
will send officials to conduct surveys to evaluate damages on the World
Heritage sites. The Culture Ministry has sent UNESCO a letter offering
Thai support in the restoration mission. It has also informed the
Embassy of Nepal in Bangkok about Thailand’s readiness to deliver the
Weera added that if UNESCO and the Nepalese Embassy
agree to the Thai offer, the ministry will ask for the greenlight from
the cabinet to proceed with its project immediately. However, the
Nepalese government is currently busy with assistance to survivors and
has not so far allowed any group to undertake the restoration of its
The Minister added that the Fine Arts Department is working with
historians to study the architectural structure of various World
Heritage sites in order to define maintenance approaches as well as a
safety system to protect the remains from future earthquakes.
As for the Thai Buddhist temples such as Muni Vihara
located in Bhaktapur, the minister said they received little damage. On
the contrary, Ananda Kuti Vihar, a Theravada Buddhist temple of Nepal,
was heavily destroyed in the quake.
ML Panadda assures the public of transparency in managing monetary donations for Nepal
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) The Permanent Secretary of
the Prime Minister's Office, ML Panadda Diskul, today had a meeting at
the Government House with authorities and agencies handling monetary
donations for Nepal to ensure that those sums were managed with
transparency and efficiency.
According to ML Panadda, the donations were transferred to three main
bodies in Thailand namely the government’s official bank account named
"Send Thai Hearts to Nepal”, the Thai Red Cross Society and the Embassy
He said he was confirmed by all of the campaigners that the acceptance
of money was conducted with transparency. Thus he assured Thai people
that every baht of their donations would reach the Nepalese government
and the United Nations.
Since the Thai government opened the official account: "Send Thai Hearts
to Nepal”, a total of THB165,876,528 has been transferred into the
Today, ML Panadda also accepted monetary donations from many groups of
people at Government House. Among the donors were student officials of
the National Defence College, executives of Airports of Thailand Public
Company Limited, The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association,
Betagro Group, The Saitarn Foundation, Apollo (Thailand), TTW Public
Company Limited, the SCG foundation, Thaionono Public Company Limited,
Sukboontip Co., Ltd, Tesco Lotus, Thai Food Processors' Association
“Drunk+Driving = Murder” seminar held to compile lessons learned from recent cyclists deaths
CHIANG MAI, 10 May 2015 (NNT) A seminar on
“Drunk+Driving = Murder : Lessons learned from the deaths of three
cyclists” was held a week after the fatal accident in order to share
experiences of victims of drunk driving and make the wider society aware
of necessary road safety.
The event was organized by Road Safety Group Thailand (RSG) of the
National Health Foundation, the Don't Drunk Drive Foundation and members
of cycling clubs network in Chiang Mai.
After the seminar ended, the cycling clubs network proposed five
requests to the seminar organizers. Those requests, which they believed
would be able to save lives of their fellow cyclists, called for the
strengthening of penalty for drunk drivers, setting up of permanent
sobriety checkpoints, requirement for entertainment venues to close at
designated time, enacting stringent laws and regulations, and lastly
building more bike lanes.
Thanapong Jinvong, RSG programme manager said that these requests could
be divided into middle-term and long-term plans. He commented
particularly that the amended laws should put stronger charge on drunk
drivers, from just reckless to "deliberate murder". Moreover, the
amended law should subject all involved in drunk driving accidents to
Ministry of Public Health : Consumption of boiled bamboo shoot might cause fatal complications
NONTHABURI, 10 May 2014 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) has warned the public against the consumption of
contaminated boiled bamboo shoot that are packaged in plastic bags or
buckles, warning that consumption may lead to fatal health
MOPH Minister Rajata Rajatanavin has advised the public to re-boil
bagged or buckled boiled bamboo shoots prior to consumption for 15
minutes, in order to get rid of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The
Clostridium botulinum bacteria is the main cause of the Botulism
The Botulism disease can cause complications such as weakness,
dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, diarrhoea or constipation, muscle
paralysis, and can even lead severe health conditions such as cardiac
The Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) Sopon
Mekthon has elaborated that there are four strains of Clostridium
botulinum bacteria, namely the highly poisonous Type A that causes 60-70
percent of deaths, the heat resistant Type B that can live in foods
longer than other types and causes about 25 percent of deaths, and the
Type E and F that is commonly found in seafood.
He has said that these toxins can be easily destroyed after boiling the
food for 15 minutes. However, boiled bamboo shoots with unusual package,
color, or smell, should not be consumed, and advises the public to get
rid of it by burying it.
Cabinet approves Northeast railway extension project
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) The cabinet has approved a
double track railway extension in the northeastern region. Construction
is expected to begin in the middle of this year.
Deputy Spokesperson of the PM's Office Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd disclosed
that the cabinet had assigned the State Railway of Thailand to carry out
the construction of a 187-kilometer double track railway extending from
Nakhon Ratchasima province to Khon Kaen province.
The project is expected to require a budget of 26 billion baht and take
four years. The route will include 19 train stations and three cargo
stations. Aside from the new dual track railway, fences will be built
along the rail route for safety reasons.
The construction is scheduled to start in the middle of this year. The
new track should be serviceable in 2018. The number of passengers is
estimated at 27,200-38,800 daily. The service should enable the
transportation of goods amounting to 11,300 tons per day.
Judiciary Office Secretary-General disapproves new charter
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) The Secretary-General of Office of the
Judiciary has expressed his disapproval for newly drafted constitution
that allows outside personnel to participate in the Judicial Commission,
warning that this threatens neutrality in politics.
Office of the Judiciary Secretary-General Phattarasak Vannasaeng has
voiced the standpoint, on behalf of the Court of Justice, that
disapproves the content of the drafted new constitution in 7 main areas
related to public participation, rights, and freedom.
By allowing the outside persons to participate in the Office of the
Judicial Commission, he reasoned that this will allow outside
interference on the judicial resolutions. This could affect the image of
the court and neutrality from the political sector.
He has said that the Constitution Drafting Committee should heed the
feedback of the judicial institutes, and to carefully perform the
drafting procedure with care by upholding overall benefits.
The Office of the Judiciary has issued the letter expressing comments on
the 7 disapproved topics for the consideration of the Constitution
Drafting Committee, while Office of the Judiciary Secretary-General has
been invited to express his concerns to the constitution drafting
subcommittee on 14 May 2015, where he intend to stress the concerns to
conserve the neutrality of the judicial institutes and to suggest
amendments in some transitory provisions to make them more complete.
Thais delighted as King and Queen leave for Hua Hin
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) Thai people were very
delighted, some even in tears, while watching Their Majesties the King
and Queen leaving Siriraj Hospital on Sunday afternoon for Klai Kangwon
Palace in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Despite the hot summer weather, a great number of Thai people gathered
at the hospital and along the route to the seaside palace to greet their
beloved king and queen. Their tears of delight drooped down as the royal
motorcade passed amidst clamorous resonance of well-wish voices.
One of royal supporters who had been waiting for the royal family for
hours at Siriraj Hospital said that she was very delighted although she
did not catch a good glimpse of the royal faces. She added that she came
to greet them every time she learned news of their movement.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Minister of Defence and
Army commander Gen Udomdej Sitabutr were also at the hospital to greet
the King and the Queen.
NRC’s media reform committee: Reform Process is aimed at major & important changes in Thailand
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) A member of the National
Reform Council has stressed that its reform efforts are aimed at
enabling Thailand to go through a major and important change.
NRC member Boonlert Kachayudhadej, who belongs to the committee
overseeing the reform of mass communications, said that the ongoing
reform process has been designed to help Thailand continue its progress
under suitable circumstances.
Mr. Boonlert said that the committees under the NRC have three main
responsibilities related to the reform process, including proposing law
amendments to the National Council for Peace and Order, the Cabinet and
the National Legislative Assembly; the offering of advice and opinions
related to the drafting of the new Constitution and the approval or
disapproval of the draft charter.
He stressed that the process of reform is intended to bring about a
major and important change for the country at a time when many had
agreed that it must be achieved because Thailand could no longer remain
at a point where nothing was getting better.
National Legislative Assembly to meet May 14-15 to consider four urgent draft laws
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly is set to meet again to consider a number of urgent draft laws.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has scheduled the next meetings
of members of the legislature on May 14th and 15th to review four urgent
The pending drafts include an amendment to the Provident Fund Act, an
amendment to the Criminal Code, the Rubber Authority of Thailand Act,
and an amendment to the Civil and Commercial Code.
Each of them has already been vetted by relevant special committees.
During the upcoming sitting, the assembly will hold an open discussion
on the impact of the embezzlement scam at Klong Chan Credit Union
Cooperative, during which members of the NLA will inquire into the
progress of the case from the Prime Minister and the Justice Minister.
The NLA will also touch on the issue of a water shortage in Phichit
province and ask the prime minister about the government’s alleviation
National Legislative Assembly Vice President calls for media neutrality in the interests of the people
BANGKOK, 10 May 2015 (NNT) - A vice president of the
National Legislative Assembly has stressed that media and journalists
must always remain neutral while performing their work, in the interests
of the public.
The NLA’s First Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai said that one
of his responsibilities as a member of the legislature is to oversee the
public relations of the Parliament and the operations of the
Parliament's TV and radio stations.
Mr. Surachai stated that a policy that he has initiated focuses on
efforts to make these media truly neutral in communicating with members
of the public and to make them the best engines to educate the people
He stressed that, without neutrality, the people will be easily
misinformed and the country will be at a loss.
Mr. Surachai added that he hopes Parliament TV and radio programs will
help the people gain an accurate understanding of democracy while
encouraging them to be able to recognise useful and correct information
as well as to be better informed about all state policies, and to follow
up on how much such policies would actually meet their objectives.
India may be Thailand’s next rival in rice exports
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015, (NNT) The Thai Chamber of
Commerce Council Chairman, Chukiat Opaswong, has projected that the
Kingdom will be able to export only 8.5 million tons of rice this year,
a sharp drop from last year’s 11 million tons. He said India may become
Thailand’s next rival in rice exports, as the nation starts taking an
increased share of the African market.
He said several nations have already implemented price slashing schemes
to boost rice exports, especially India, leading to fierce competition.
Indian rice, in particular, is 40 dollars per ton cheaper than that of
Thailand exported 2.6 million tons of rice during the first four months
of this year, he said, adding India’s figure was 2.5 million tons in the
He said the stronger baht may be contributing to the high rice price.
Thailand’s rice is being priced at 385 dollars per ton, he indicated,
pointing out Vietnam’s product is being sold at 355-360 dollars a ton,
and India is at 360 dollars per ton.
Sub-committee overseeing retail business to be installed
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015, (NNT) - The Commerce Minister,
General Chatchai Sarikalya, will soon propose the establishment of a
sub-committee overseeing retail business, aimed at ensuring fair trading
and ethical behavior among businesses as well as generally improving
, The Deputy Director General of the Department of Internal Trade
Santichai Santawanpas made the statement, saying the sub-committee would
consider various complaints, while looking after the well being of all
businesses, regardless of size.
The establishment of the sub-committee is in line with a recent public
forum on the the 1999 Trade Competition Act, which concluded that
obsolete laws should be amended and a group of individuals should be
selected to process trade-related complaints. The Deputy
Director-General also stressed that these committee members should be
free from political and other influences in order to ensure fairness and
The drafting of the amendment has been completed and is currently being
reviewed by General Chatchai Sarikalya before being forwarded to the
Cabinet and eventually the National Legislative Assembly for approval
and implementation, Mr. Santichai said.
Cabinet greenlights Thailand’s participation in establishing AIIB
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015, (NNT) The Cabinet has approved
a 5-year investment plan worth 9.5 billion baht for the Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), says Deputy Prime Minister M.R.
M.R. Pridiyathorn said Thailand would pay 1.9 billion baht over the next
5 years for her share in the AIIB’s establishment, adding that the
investment plan would be reviewed every 5-10 years in case of emergency.
According to him, Thailand must invest at least 47.24 billion baht to
maintain its AIIB investor status. The 9.5 billion baht payment plan is
the initial capital of the investment. The amount is equivalent to 0.495
percent of Thailand’s 8-year investment budget of 1.92 trillion baht.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was first initiated by the
Chinese Finance Ministry, with a registered capital of 100 billion
dollars, 75 percent of which would be contributed by Asian nations and
the remaining 25 percent would be invested by non-Asian nations.
The registered capital is divided into 2 portions: the first portion
accounts for 20 percent of the total registered capital and the other is
the emergency capital, which would only be collected in case of
emergency; however, records have shown that international financial
institutes such as the AIIB hardly face such difficulties.
The initial capital is allotted into 5 installments over the course of 5
NRC to consider energy reforms today
BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT)-The National Reform
Council (NRC) is scheduled to deliberate on several key issues involving
energy reforms and public participation, in its meeting today.
Energy reforms in Thailand are much needed as energy reserves are
declining. The country’s energy policy has often bypassed public input
in the past.
The lack of public information, fuel price fluctuations and certain
trade restrictions have prompted the country to rethink the way energy
is being managed, to assure the future supply.
The NRC panel will consider four major changes which involve price
restructuring, energy management, electricity and alternative fuels.
The moves are aimed at encouraging public participation, preventing
development of monopolies, promoting sustainability and ensuring
NRC members will later consider introducing to Thais a single and
universal emergency phone number ‘112’ for every emergency situation.
People will be able to dial just one number to receive help.
Cabinet signs 2 MOUs on energy with Myanmar
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015, (NNT) - The Cabinet yesterday
signed two memorandums of understanding (MOU) on the supply of natural
gas and energy purchasing deal with Myanmar over the course of 10 years.
The Cabinet has green-lighted the Energy Ministry to sign 2 MOUs with
Myanmar. The first MOU is for the latter to supply Thailand with natural
gas and liquid natural gas (LNG) for 3 years. At the moment, Thailand is
consuming 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas supplied by Myanmar daily.
This MOU also seeks to build an LNG warehouse in Myanmar to play safe in
case the LNG supply could not be delivered to the Kingdom.
The other MOU is in relation to a 10-year plan to buy electricity from
The Cabinet has also approved a solar rooftop pilot project, which would
help generate a portion of energy for national consumption.
Airport Rail Link to celebrate its 4th anniversary with gifts and discount offers
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015, (NNT) - The SRT Electrified
Train (SRTET) Company Limited plans to organize several campaigns and
promotions to commemorate the Airport Rail Link’s 4th year anniversary
starting this May 16.
Mr. Wasin Wannapruek, Marketing Manager of the SRTET, operator of
Airport Rail Link, said the campaigns are the company’s ways of
expressing goodwill and gratitude towards its passengers for giving warm
response since its inception.
One of the campaigns is for buyers of Airport Rail Link’s Smart Pass
from May 16 – 19 to choose two small gifts from a range of coffee,
notebooks, pens, and herbal inhalers.
The SRTET will also provide discount for passengers seeking to switch to
cards which take less time to process than travel coins, resulting in
the system being able to accommodate more passengers.
Furthermore, the SRT is offering Thai Smile ticket holders a privilege
to buy Airport Rail Link Smart Pass at 80 baht off the original price as
well as another 40 baht discount in taxi fare called from “Grabtaxi”
mobile phone application. The campaign starts from May 16 to November
Ministry of Public Health to propose establishment of "Thai-Nepal Friendship Health Post" in Sipaghat
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public
Health (MOPH) is to propose to the cabinet the establishment of a
Friendship Community Health Post” in Sipaghat Subdistrict of
Sindhupalchok District in Nepal.
The initiative was proposed two weeks after the powerful earthquake in
Nepal and followed the participation of Thai medical teams in
international rescue and relief operations in that country.
Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas revealed after a monthly
meeting of high-ranking MOPH officials that the meeting considered the
proposed development of Sipaghat Health Station as the Friendship
Community Health Post, and a budget would be requested from the
government for the purpose.
According to a report from the Thai Medical Emergency Response Team
(MERT) in Nepal, the team had provided medical treatment to 1,026
Nepalese survivors during 30 April - 6 May 2015. Three of the victims
were severely injured. The mobile medical unit visited 17 out of the 25
communities to observe disease control situation and found no spread of
The second batch of Thai medical team is now in the field operation.
Their main missions are to encourage local residents to take part in the
promotion of environmental health and sanitation, disease control,
mental health care and the restoration of fundamental infrastructure of
health service in that country.
PM stresses Gov’t earnestness to solve Rohingya issue
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has
emphasized that the government will solve the issue of Rohingya
refugees, while appointing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help
coordinate with Malaysia and Myanmar in eradicating the issue.
Regarding the issue of the Rohingya refugees, the Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that the discussion between Thailand,
Malaysia and Myanmar is set to commence this month. The 3 countries will
discuss to find ways to resolve this issue,. Initially, the government
has announced that the issue will be resolved within 10 days.
He has said that the Rohingya refugee issue requires an integrated
effort from all related agencies. Procedures towards solving this long
term problem will be carried out strictly to all related persons without
The Prime Minister has said that the government's disclosure of this
information is due to the earnest effort from the officials and made
possible through the cooperation from the public who helped in informing
officials to traces and relevant information.
He has also said regarding the opening of the Rohingya refugee shelter,
that Thailand currently has 100,000 refugee residing in shelters. Part
of the refugees are persons affected from the border unrest, while the
rest are Rohingya people.
New charter must solve country’s problems without relying on military
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - The Chairman of the
Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has said that the new constitution
must be able to tackle the country’s longstanding problems in a
sustainable way, without having to rely on military intervention.
CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno said the conflict leading up to the May
22 takeover was the result of a political gridlock and the inability to
resolve conflicts under the constitution. He said the new constitution
must therefore ensure that the country can move forward without military
Prof Borwornsak said the new charter is designed to solve the country’s
longstanding problems through four main principles: citizen empowerment,
clean politics, social equality and reconciliation.
He expressed support for a public referendum to be held on the new
charter. The CDC Chairman pointed out that the new charter must replace
the 2007 constitution, which underwent a nationwide vote to attain
According to Prof. Borwornsak, the government must facilitate the public
referendum and properly inform the people of the new charter’s
PM appoints PRD to promote ASEAN agenda for complete understanding
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has
appointed the Public Relations Department (PRD) to promote the benefits
of the ASEAN citizenship and the integration of the regional community
in order to achieve a complete public understanding on the subject, says
Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Capt Yongyuth Maiyalarp has revealed
the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s remark on Thailand's
preparations towards the integration of ASEAN Community at the
According to the spokesman, the meeting has appointed the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs to upgrade its organizational structure in keep with the
2016-2025 10-year strategy.
The Prime Minister is reported to have urged agencies under the Security
Pillar to priority on thwarting the illegal migration issue, as well as
the solutions for the haze disaster and clean water access, by
appointing these agendas in the working plan that allows ASEAN states to
help solve them together.
On the Economic Pillar, the Prime Minister has appointed related
agencies to determine the direction for the next 10 years that focuses
on the utilization of the acquired budget for maximum benefit, and to
take care on the matters of visa and immigration.
On the Socio-Cultural Pillar, the Prime Minister has appointed the PRD
to convey the benefits of entering the ASEAN Community to the public and
to create the public understanding on becoming the ASEAN Citizen, while
government officials will have to concentrate on improving their English
language skills, for better communications and negotiations.
The Prime Minister has also requested related agencies to consider
creating cooperation with neighbouring countries on tackling regional
issues such as haze disasters, wildlife trade, human trafficking, and
improving public access to clean water.
Yasothon holds jasmine rice products fair
YASOTHON, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - Yasothon province is
holding a jasmine rice products fair while also encouraging people to
use good quality rice seeds in farming.
The fair is being held in front of the provincial city hall where
Yasothon Governor Prawat Titakaew chaired the opening ceremony of the
jasmine rice products fair, and the good quality rice seed campaign
The Yasothon agricultural officer Sakol Khunudom stated that nowadays
Thai rice exports are expanding at a slower rate due to competition from
other countries which have lower production costs. Domestic competition
is also causing middlemen to push down prices and buy rice from each
producer at a very low price.
The provincial agricultural office is now encouraging farmers to develop
new jasmine rice product designs and styles, thereby creating a new
marketing channel for jasmine rice.
Mr.Sakol also stated that in an effort to promote jasmine rice products
and the use of good quality rice seeds in the 2015 harvest season, the
agricultural office has joined hands with every district's agriculture
department in organizing this fair.
The fair includes exhibitions, a variety of booths from the government
unit, private sector, organic agricultural cooperatives, the community,
the organic Thai Jasmine Rice farmers group, with academic speech
sessions, and demonstrations of processing jasmine rice into products,
product competitions as well as sales of products made from jasmine rice
from every district.
News Exposure on Rohinya trafficking not meant to discredit Govt, PM says
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to invite the
governments of Malaysia and Myanmar to a meeting in Bangkok to draw up
an action plan against Rohingya trafficking. The meeting is expected to
be held some time this month.
The Prime Minister says the Thai Government is determined to crack down
on human trafficking, but solutions to such problems require integrated
action of governments concerned, their genuine cooperation and
continuity of their efforts.
Gen Prayut also asked the public not to consider the ongoing exposure of
undocumented Rohingya in Thailand an effort to discredit the government.
On the contrary, he said it showed the government’s serious attempt to
crack down on the transnational crime. Information support from the
public is necessary for the government to achieve the goal, Gen Prayut
National Legislative Assembly impeaches former officials over rice program
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NTT) - The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has decided to impeach the former Commerce Minister and
his associates on grounds of corrupt practices that led to the severe
underperformance of the previous government-to-government (G2G) rice
The assembly voted 180 to 6, with 4 abstentions, to impeach former
Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom.
Deputy Commerce Minister Phoom Saraphol was also impeached, with the
votes of 182 to 5, 2 abstentions and 1 invalid ballot.
Finally, the NLA voted 158 to 25 to impeach former Director- General of
the Foreign Trade Department Manas Soiploy. There were 6 abstentions and
1 invalid ballot.
The impeachment entails a 5-year ban from politics. The case of Mr Manas
marks the first time a high-ranking bureaucrat has been impeached.
Special Postage Stamps issued to celebrate 40th anniversary of Thai-North Korea Diplomatic Relations
BANGKOK, 8 May 2014 (NNT) - Thailand Post Co.,Ltd., in cooperation with
the Post Office of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has issued
a set of commemorative stamps on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
diplomatic relations between Thailand and the DPR Korea.
The stamps depict separate pictures of the national birds of Thailand
and the DPR Korea. The Thai bird on the stamp is the Siamese Fireback or
"Kai Fah Paya Loh" (ไก่ฟ้าพญาลอ), a majestic creature which was declared
the National Bird of Thailand by the Royal Forest Department in 1985.
The bird often appears in Thai literature while the Northern Goshawk
represents the National Bird of the DPR Korea. The stamps valued at 3
baht each are available for sale at Post Offices throughout the country
from today onwards, and at 14 baht per complete set. Each set contains 5
Postage Stamps of each country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand Post Co.,Ltd., and the Embassy
of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Thailand also organized
the "DPRK at a Glance " Exhibition showcasing postage stamps from the
DPR Korea which depicts many aspects of that country including
political, economic ,social and cultural activities.
The exhibition is open at Sam Sen Nai Philatelic Museum , located at the
Post Office, Sam Sen Nai branch from today to 31st May.
National Reform Council to submit draft charter amendment proposals by May 25
BANGKOK, 8 April 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform
Council (NRC) has indicated it now has 8 charter amendment proposals,
most of which are in relation to the composition of members of
An NRC member, Bhairote Brohmsarn, said the NRC submit the proposals to
the Constitution Drafting Committee on or before May 25, assuring
further that each proposal submitted will be backed by at least 25 NRC
members. As of now, the NRC has agreed on 8 proposals, most of which are
related to the new political structure. Revisions have been proposed to
amend the party list ballot of members of the House of Representatives
as well as the method of selecting provincial senators.
Mr Bhairote said he personally agreed with the good intentions of the
draft charter, but it is important that its contentious provisions be
Narathiwat welcomes Lion Dance contestants
NARATHIWAT, 8 May 2015 (NNT) – Officials have
welcomed 16 competing teams for the Mae To Mo Shrine International Lion
Dance contest, while ensuring extra security measures to maintain safety
for tourists and entrepreneurs.
The vice governors of Narathiwat Sittichai Sakda and Somchai
Kitcharoenrungroj, along with the officials from the government agencies
and the Mae To Mo Shrine has welcomed 16 teams from Singapore, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, and Thailand for
the 2015 International Lion Dance contest. The contest will be held as
part of the 100 anniversary Narathiwat celebration at the Marina Hotel,
The competing teams have drawn their competing lines prior to the actual
contest on 8-9 May 2015. The contest is expected to help tighten the
relations of each countries through the mutual practice of Chinese
For this occasion, the vice governors of Narathiwat, along with the
related officials, have visited entertainment venues near the contest
site to increase security confidence among the entrepreneurs and
visitors during the competition.
The Narathiwat vice governor Sittichai Sakda has said that the Mae To Mo
Shrine’s celebration is one of the biggest annual events in the province
that the local government has prioritized in supporting, and is expected
to boost the local tourism scene.
He has said that entertainment venues in the area are now quite lively,
while all security agencies have been urged to be more strict on the
inspection of suspected persons, vehicles, and items to prevent any
incidents from happening.
Meanwhile, the President of the Tourism Business Association of
Narathiwat Niwat Jirawit expressed his confidence that many Thai and
foreign tourists will visit the border area during the festival. This is
expected to help boost border trade with over 10 million baht of money
in circulation in restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, and from
the transportation businesses.
SEAMEO’s ex-chairmen confident in newly appointed successor in furthering regional education
PATTAYA, 7 May 2015 (NNT) - Vietnamese Minister
of Education and Training Prof. Dr. Pham Vu
Luan, the SEAMEO’s former chairman is confident
that the newly appointed Thai chairman will be
able to pursue SEAMO missions effectively during
his next two years in the position.
The Vietnamese minister expressed his confidence
during the 48th SEAMEC Conference held in
According to him, SEAMEO (the Southeast Asian
Ministers of Education Organization) has firmly
throughout the past fifty years joined hands
with its member states discussing and
brainstorming the best approaches to successful
and advanced education in the Southeast Asian
region. Enhancing efficiency of human resources
has always been the main focus given the people
are the roots of all developments. In parallel,
SEAMEO has also been promoting inclusive
education in all levels.
NLA approves final reading of Ship Mortgage & Maritime Liens Act
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - The National Legislative
Assembly has approved the final reading of a draft law related to ship
mortgage and maritime liens.
During its sitting on Thursday, the NLA voted 171 to zero with five
abstentions, to pass the third reading of the draft Ship Mortgage &
Maritime Liens Act, which means the law is almost ready to be put into
The meeting also approved the agenda to set up a special committee to
review the measures aimed at promoting Thailand’s merchant navy. The
endorsement was reached with 165 supporting votes, no vote against it
and five abstentions.
In addition, a 33-member special committee will be set up to handle the
review within 90 days.
PM briefed on Thailand preparation for AEC
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT)- Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha has been briefed on Thailand's preparation to be part
of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) today.
Prime Minister Prayut has been briefed on the progress made in 3 major
areas, including politics, economy and culture. It has been reported
that 90% of the preparation for the AEC has been completed.
The Prime Minister has instructed Deputy Prime Ministers to follow up on
the progress of the preparation in the areas of their responsibilities
and to closely monitor anti-drug and human trafficking efforts during
the transition period.
Thailand is expected to come up with a ten-point vision before the
regional integration takes shape at the end of this year. Thai citizens
must also be informed of the benefits they stand to derive from the AEC.
Police chief to take legal action against police officers involved in trafficking of Rohingyas
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Thailand-Australia Foreign Ministers hold talks, launch New Colombo Plan
BANGKOK, 8th May 2014 (NNT) – The Foreign
Ministers of Thailand and Australia have held
talks prior to the launch of the New Colombo
Plan today in Bangkok to strengthen the trading
and interpersonal relationship of the two
countries, says an MFA official.
According to the Director-General of the
Department of Information Sek Wannamethee, The
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn has welcomed
and held discussions with the Australian Foreign
Minister Julie Bishop during her official visit
to Thailand as a guest of the Ministry of
The discussion is reported to have covered
issues regarding social, economic, and public
policies, as well as the relationship between
Thailand and Australia.
The two Foreign Ministers will this afternoon be
presiding over the launch ceremony of the New
Colombo Plan project that sends Australian
undergraduate students to countries in the
Asia-Pacific and Indian ocean regions for
tertiary study, development of international
friendships, and enhancement of the good
relationship between neighboring countries.
The project was re-introduced in 2014, with
Thailand as a member state of the New Colombo
Plan that has been extended to involve more
countries. It is expected that the plan will
strengthen the long standing relationships
between Australia and other Indo-Pacific
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives prepares to host Royal Ploughing Ceremony next week
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives has made
preparations to host the royal ploughing
ceremony on Wednesday. The annual ceremony marks
the beginning of the rice growing season in
Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and
Cooperatives Chavalit Chookajorn will play the
role of an astrologer during the ceremony.
Two oxen have been selected by the Department of
Livestock Development, named ‘Pra Ko Lert’ and
‘Pra Ko Fah’. The ceremony will use 11 types of
rice with a total weight of 260 kilograms.
360,000 packets of rice grains will be handed
out to people attending the ceremonial grounds
at Sanam Luang. The ploughing ceremony began in
ancient times. In 1966, the government declared
May 13th of each year to be Farmers’ Day.
1st phase of Dawei development project suffers repeated delays
DAWEI, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - The first phase of
construction at the Dawei deep sea port has been
delayed for the third time by the Myanmar
The Myanmar administration has postponed
contract signings with Italian-Thai Development
Public Company Limited and Rojana Industrial
Park Public Company Limited, which were
previously scheduled in April.
The first phase of development would cover 27
square kilometers in Dawei, but has been delayed
for a third time. The first two times were in
March and April.
The Myanmar government has rescheduled the
agreement signing to June 1. The entire Dawei
deep sea port project will be built on an area
of 200 square kilometers and will be the largest
industrial zone in Southeast Asia.
Government suggests cash donations to Nepal rather than necessities
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015, (NNT) - The government has urged those
wishing to help quake victims in Nepal donate money, saying that
monetary aid is easier to deliver.
Deputy Spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office Police Major
General Sansern Keawkamnerd stated that the preferred form of
aid is donation money, given that Nepal entered its
rehabilitation phase on May 3. He explained that although Nepal
still requires basic necessities, they are not as flexible as
Police Major General Sansern said that officials are discussing
approaches for delivering donation funds to Nepal. The donations
may be allocated to various charity organizations and related
United Nations’ units.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, donations made to the
‘Sending Thai hearts to Nepal’ account reached 150 million baht
Thailand and China enjoy 4 decades of well developed diplomatic relations
BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
for Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn has met with Yang
Jing, the Chinese State Councilor and Secretary General of the
State Council, during the latter's official visit to Thailand as
a guest of Thai Foreign Ministry to commemorate the 40th
anniversary of the establishment of the Thai-Chinese diplomatic
At the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction with the
prosperous developments of the bi-lateral relations during the
past four decades. They enjoyed close ties and frequent
high-level exchanges that pushed forward the bilateral
cooperation to a successful level.
Thailand and China also deepened their economic ties in various
prospects, including the joint projects of railways construction
and agricultural goods trades. They also sought greater
cooperation in regional and multilateral frameworks, especially
that of ASEAN and China.
On this occasion, Yang Jing, as the representative of the
Chinese government, donated sets of computers worth around five
million baht to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to honor her
5th cycle birthday anniversary. These computers, given through
the Thai government, would be used in the Princess's royally
initiated projects. Also given throughout the Thai government
were three-hundred scholarships for irrigation and energy
training in China.