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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 of Rohingyas.

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 situation.

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 energy wisely.

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 climate.

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 per person.

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 Australia.

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 plans.

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 cultures.

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 Silpa-archa said.

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 announced positions.

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 Pacific.


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 their jobs.

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 the public.

Furthermore, local administrative positions have historically provided suitable checks and balances to the central power and have enhanced government accountability.


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 Minister Prayut.

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 train project.

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 billion baht.

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 insurance.

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 zone.

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 hotline number.

During 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 operations.

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 Pornpetch Wichitcholchai.

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 Minister.

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 Community.

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 stations.

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 airport.


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 support.

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 archaeological remains.

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 of Nepal.

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 account.

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 (TFPA).


“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 alcohol test.


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 complications.

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 disease.

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 arrest.

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 laws.

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 effort.


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 about democracy.

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’s.

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 same period.

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 trading practices.

, 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 transparency.

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. Priditathorn Devakula.

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 years.


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 transparency.

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 Myanmar.

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 16, 2015.


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 contagious diseases.

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 bias.

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 rule.

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 legitimacy.

According to Prof. Borwornsak, the government must facilitate the public referendum and properly inform the people of the new charter’s provisions.


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 a spokesman.

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 government house.

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 today.
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 added.


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 scheme.

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 Parliament.

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 fairly addressed.


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, Narathiwat.

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 culture.

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 Pattaya.

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 effect.

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

BANGKOK, 8 May 2015 (NNT)-The Police Commander says he will leave no stone in every police department unturned in order to bring those involved in the trafficking of Rohinya to justice.

Police Chief Police General Somyos Poomphanmuang has demanded that police do their best in preventing human trafficking, and that they should not get involved in such a heinous crime to line their own pockets.

Any police found to have taken part in such a crime will be prosecuted and removed from his position immediately.

Police General Somyos has also asked the investigation unit to find out whether government officials from other agencies have been involved.

The names of the culprits will be revealed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan before harsh legal action is taken.


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 Foreign Affairs.

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 countries.


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 Thailand.

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 government.

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 monetary aid.

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 yesterday.


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 relations.

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.


 

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