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Parliaments of Thailand and Indonesia exchanged knowledge on legislative branch

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The secretariats of the House of Representatives of Thailand and Indonesia have exchanged their knowledge on the work of the legislative branch during the latter’s official visit to the country.

Achmad Djuned, Vice Secretary General of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, has led his team on an official trip to Thailand, which was scheduled during May 12 and 16.

Mr. Djuned and his team have spent a considerable amount of time learning about the works of all offices under Thailand’s Secretariat of the House of Representatives, including the legislative branch, the cooperation between both countries’ parliaments, the development of human resources, the security system and the public relations.

The Indonesian visitors have also been briefed about the missions of the National Assembly Radio and Television Broadcasting Station, which focus on the dissemination of information and news from the legislative branch to the public while promoting public participation.


National Reform Council's media overhaul committee to propose reform plans.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) A National Reform Council committee will propose its suggested reform plan to the council’s main meeting next week.

According to Deputy spokesman of the NRC’s committee in charge of the overhaul of mass communications and information technology Boonlert Kachayudhadej, the committee will present its plans related to the media reform strategies to the main NRC meeting on May 18.

The suggested strategies are about freedom and accountability, prevention of media interference, and efficient media governance, Mr. Boonlert said.

He added that these strategies are important cogs in the wheel for the media reform to achieve its aim.

Meanwhile, vice chairman of the committee Wasan Paileeklee stressed that the media reform is an important task in order to enable members of the media to work hard and in a credible manner.

He added that the committee has also prepared a list of suggestions on legal changes to accompany the reform process.


Krabi establishes Halal tourism strategy

KRABI, 15 May 2015 (NNT) Krabi province is pushing forward the Halal tourism strategy to attract Muslim tourists from all around the world, says the province's vice governor.

The vice governor of Krabi Narong Woonchew has revealed that Krabi province has come up with the Halal tourism promotion strategy as market potential from Muslim tourists are now high. Up to 40 percent of Krabi's population, including many tourism entrepreneurs, are Muslim. The province's profound understanding of Islamic culture is a major advantage to this strategy.

The vice governor said that by integrating Halal foods in the tourism promotion strategy, the province will be positively recognized from the target group. Therefore, all sectors should prepare the service infrastructure to serve Muslim tourists and to promote tourism by learning from the Chinese and Japanese entrepreneurs' example of penetrating the Muslim market.

Entrepreneurs and staff in the service sector should serve Muslim tourists to make them feel at home, incorporate more Halal food and products, and provide adequate amount of tour guides who are able to communicate in foreign languages.

The Krabi vice governor has further said that the government should cooperate with hotels, restaurants, and tourism agencies to encourage tourism packages with Muslim tourists as the target group, saying that this will help increase the number of Muslim tourists to Thailand and Krabi province.

The worldwide Muslim population is currently at 1.57 billion, estimated at 23 percent of the global population. Twenty percent of the Muslim population are in Asia, with Indonesia as the largest Muslim nation in the world.


Police Chief: No bargains to be made with human traffickers

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) National Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang has refused to guarantee bail for human trafficking suspects who turn themselves in, saying no negotiations will be allowed.

Commenting on the cases involving the trafficking of Rohingya migrants, Pol Gen Somyot disclosed that several suspects have contacted the police to express their intention to surrender themselves. However, many also gave the authorities an ultimatum that they must be entitled to temporary release on bail.

In response, the Police Chief turned down such an offer, reasoning that the suspects could escape when given their release. He affirmed that there will be no negotiations and all culprits will be brought to justice without exceptions.

As for police officers who were previously transferred to inactive posts after being found to be involved in human trafficking, Pol Gen Somyot said investigations are still underway. Should findings indicate their guilt, he insisted that criminal action will be taken as well.


Labour Minister to discuss shorter return period of Myanmar workers

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Labour is scheduled to discuss with his Myanmar counterpart on the reducing the return period of workers from Myanmar as specified on the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Minister of Labour Gen Surasak Karnjanarat is scheduled to visit Myanmar on 21-23 May 2015 to discuss with the Myanmar Minister of Labour on amending the existing Memorandum of Understanding in order to reduce Myanmar workers' return duration.

The current MOU requires Myanmar workers to return to their countries after 4 years in Thailand, and to remain in Myanmar for 3 years during this return period. The new conditions sought after from the Thai side intends to reduce the return period of Myanmar workers to 3 months, in an attempt to solve labour shortages.

The Thai Minister of Labour will also ask for Myanmar's cooperation in facilitating the issuance process of passports for Myanmar workers to Thailand to encourage more legal employment. In addition, the Thai Ministry of Labour will help reduce the processing fee and simplify the procedures of work permit registrations.

The Thai Minister of Labour will also hold discussions with the Indonesian and the Philippines counterparts, requesting them to help take care of Thai workers in both countries.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Department of Employment Sumet Mahosot has revealed that 203,129 workers' nationality, from the total of 1.6 million workers, have been verified in the nationality verification process. So far, 16,394 have been verified as Myanmar, 160,151 are from Cambodia, and 26,584 are from Laos.


Public Relations Department preps its networks during emergency situations

KHON KAEN, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Government Public Relations Department (PRD) is holding a “Workshop on PR Operations in Normal and Emergency Situations” for its officials and networks in 11 upper northeastern provinces to increase their capabilities in information management in all circumstances.

The workshop was opened today by PRD Deputy Director-General Prawin Pattanapong. It was attended by 120 participants including local PRD staff, PR volunteers of each community in the region as well as members of local press. It was held at Kosa Hotel in Khon Kaen.

Mr.Prawin said that the workshop was the second of its kind, and one of the nine workshops scheduled to be conducted nationwide under the 2015 fiscal budget of the PRD. The main objective is to train local staff on how to release necessary information during normal and emergency situations with highest efficiency.

Main topics of the workshop were a seminar on “PRD Preparedness to handle information management during International Terrorism”, and the “Table Top Exercise on PR Working Plan in Disasters”.


National Reform Council meeting debates new political structure.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has affirmed that today’s meeting between political parties and civic groups is to obtain input from all sides in the charter drafting process. The Pheu Thai Party has suggested that the country revert to the 1997 constitution, should the draft constitution be rejected.

NRC member Niran Pantharakit revealed that the seminar will cover eight main topics, including the debate over political groups, the electoral process for senators and the prime minister, political checks and balances, and the public referendum on the new constitution.

Former MP Samart Kaewmeechai of the Pheu Thai Party has expressed the party’s support for a public referendum on the new constitution, saying it will encourage public participation in the current reform process.

However, the party has suggested that a contingency plan be established if the new charter is rejected. In the event that the new constitution is struck down, the Pheu Thai Party suggested the country revert back to the 1997 constitution.

Mr Samart urged charter drafters to increase citizen participation in the new charter. He said the decrease in constituent MPs and the stipulation allowing for an unelected official to assume the premiership are provisions that reduce the constitution’s connection to the people.


King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang to send newly-developed energy meals to Nepal

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) has unveiled its new energy meals, specially developed victims of natural disaster.

The latest food innovations are dubbed energy fried rice, energy porridge, recovery soup, and sweet & sticky rice with longan. Deputy Dean of Faculty of Agro-Industry Thongchai Puttongsiri explained that the meals are high-calorie and nutritious, and therefore ideal for victims of natural disasters.

Deputy Dean of Faculty of Agro-Industry Naphatrapi Luangsakul, who led the high-energy food project, said the focus of the research was on the needs and religious requirements of those facing a catastrophe.

The institute will be sending 5,000 energy meals to help quake victims in Nepal.


Prices of most commodities remain stable

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce revealed that the price of most perishable items remained stable, while only chive and coriander have increased slightly.

The ministry’s Department of Internal Trade (DIT) reported that vendors in the capital are selling chive at 110 - 120 baht/kg, and coriander at 90 - 100 baht/kg.

The DIT also revealed that other items remained relatively stable, such as pork and whole chicken, which were sold at 122-130 baht/kg and 65 - 70 baht/kg, respectively. Number 2 and 3 eggs were sold at 3 and 2.9 baht apiece, respectively.

The commodities report stated that popular vegetables also followed this trend of stability, citing kale sold at 22-25 baht/kg, Chinese cabbage at 18-20 baht/kg, morning glory at 20 - 22 baht/kg, and cowpeas from 45-48 baht/kg.

Finally, cucumbers held at 30 - 32 baht/kg, cabbage at 15 - 18 baht/kg and bird's eye chilli at 50 - 60 baht/kg.


Ratchaburi province receives police policies on getting rid of drugs in schools

RATCHABURI, 15 May 2015 (NNT) Ratchaburi province has been developing police initiatives to stamp out drug use in schools.

Meeting at the provincial police station, Deputy Ratchaburi Governor Pipat Ekpaphun discussed collaborations between police units and school staff on the One Policeman One School project.

The meeting included police officers, district chiefs, and directors of educational institutes, and other related civil servants. The agenda included issues such as drugs, gambling, pornography, fighting, gaming shops, entertainment venues and other risk factors both inside and outside of the school.

The project will see participation from teachers, police officers and schools, which will group students into non-risk, risk, drug abuse, and drug dealing categories, so as to properly and efficiently solve the problem.

There are 16 educational institutes in Ratchaburi province that are under the pilot project. The province expected to reach its target number of participating schools by the end of the FY2015.


Political parties and civic groups differ on allowing political groups to run for office

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has held a seminar on amendment suggestions for the new constitution. Feedback from participants has revealed a divide between political parties and civic groups on how the new constitution should establish guidelines for political groups.

A Democrat representative said his party disagrees with allowing political groups to run for office, saying the agendas of political groups often do not reflect the needs of the general public, unlike political parties. Therefore, allowing for political groups to run for office would cause conflict in the future.

Civic groups have a different perspective on the issue; they said that allowing political groups on the ballot would give voters more options and will give people more opportunity to have an independent in office.

The NRC political reform committee will hold a similar seminar on May 18, which will see the participation from academics, political scientists and law experts.


Commerce Ministry appoints new committee overseeing corn quality

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce has appointed a committee specifically to examine the quality of over 9 tons of corn in the government’s stock before a new round of bidding begins.

Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya said that the committee would be in charge of assuring the quality of corn to be used in producing animal feed under the government’s corn market intervention policy.

The committee has been told to complete its task 45 days before the auction is scheduled to be held. Although as much as 4.801 million tons of corn is expected to be produced in Thailand this year-- 1,000 tons more than it did last year--the amount is barely enough for domestic use.

Th make the matter worse, an average of 300,000 tons of corn is exported each year. The buying price remains relatively high, at 9.5 baht per kilogram.


Food poisoning cases expected to rise late this summer

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health has encouraged people to eat only cooked and hot meals, as more patients with diarrhea are expected to increase by the end of summer.

Department of Disease Control Director-General Dr. Sopon Mekthon said the recent survey has revealed that the number of people eating half-cooked meals or raw meat has declined by 4.5 percent.

However, 14 percent more people have refused to use a serving spoon when sharing food among family members between 2014 and 2015.

Respondents have also become more aware of common diseases in summer. From 2003 to 2015, an average of 130,000 people in Thailand suffered from food poisoning each year. Most of them were found in the North and Northeast, and figures increased in late summer.

Less than ten people, mostly children and farmers, died from dysentery during the same period. Dr. Sopon encouraged people to eat hot meals and use serving spoons when sharing food to reduce food poisoning risks.

Food poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever. The Director General recommended drinking plenty of saline beverages if anyone is found to have severe diarrhea.

However, food poisoning victims must be taken to the hospital if their condition does not improve or if traces of blood are found in their stool.


Department of Employment intercepts 139 Thais attempting to work overseas illegally

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of Employment (DoE) has intercepted 139 Thais at Suvarnabhumi International Airport that had been attempting to work overseas illegally.

DoE Director-General Sumet Mahosot said more than 8,000 Thai workers left the country for job opportunities overseas in April, most of which were in Asia.

Nearly 3,000 traveled to Taiwan, an estimated 1,000 to South Korea and 510 to Japan. The second most popular continent for migrant work was Europe, followed by North America, Africa, Australia, Pacific Islands and South America.

89 suspects intercepted by the authorities were attempting to travel to South Korea. The rest of the suspected illegal workers had flights to Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Japan and Russia.

Most of them had apparently been misled regarding the legality of their employment or the nature of their income.

Mr. Sumet reiterated that those who wish to lawfully gain employment overseas must follow labor procedures for their own protection.


Singburi Governor visits local communities

SINGBURI, 15 May 2015, (NNT) Governor of Singburi province Chalotorn Phakot and Deputy Governor Orrasit Sampantarat and an entourage of military officers and civil servants yesterday visited provincial residents.

According to the Singburi Provincial Administration, the objectives of the program are to exchange ideas on how to improve the locals’ living conditions, listen to their problems, and encourage them to implement His Majesty the King’s philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in their daily lives.

The officials believe that interacting with the locals would lead to effective solutions to resolve issues in the Singburi communities.


Constitution Drafting Committee hosting 3rd public forum on draft charter in the North

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is hosting the 3rd public forum in Phetchabun Province today to publicize knowledge on the draft constitution and gauge people’s opinions on the charter.

Nine other similar forums will also be arranged nationwide with the help of the extraordinary committee on public participation and opinions panel of the National Reform Council. People will be made aware of newly included clauses and invited to express their views and suggestions on the draft charter.

The move is also said to promote people’s roles as owners of the constitution. The event is taking place at Phetchabun Rajabhat University from 9.15 hrs onward.

More than 1,400 people, including CDC members, in the province are expected to join the forum.


Commerce Ministry will press charges against hospital operators overcharging foreigners

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 (NNT) The Commerce Ministry would press charges against hospital operators overcharging foreigners for their services.

Department of Internal Trade Director-General Boonyarit Kalayanamit made the warning after recent complaints show several private hospitals were charging foreigners at a rate higher than normal.

Mr. Boonyarit said the 1999 Consumer Protection Act indicates all kinds of business operators must clearly display their service charges and capital cost. He explained the act covers hospital services and medicine costs as well. Medical establishments that do not follow this act may be fined of no more than 10,000 baht.

The Department of Internal Trade would summon hospital operators to inquire about their service charges, in order to determine whether their rates were justifiable, the Director General said. Operators violating its regulation are subjected to 7 years imprisonment or a 140,000-baht fine or both.


PM’s Office officials visit Mukdahan to follow up on special economic zone development

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) A group of officials from the Prime Minister’s Office has traveled to the northeast region of the country to follow up on the progress of the development of a new special economic zone.

Deputy Permanent Secretary to the PM’s Office Chamroen Yutithamsakul, the deputy chairman of the subcommittee tasked with the responsibility to drive forward the special economic zone project, together with his team visited Mukdahan on Wednesday to get an update on an operation underway in the province.

Mr. Chamroen asked local officials, including Mukdahan governor Sakolkrit Boonpradit, to continue supporting the development of the Mukdahan special economic zone, which has been included in the government’s plan for 2015-2016.

Under this plan, the implementation of all five SEZ projects along Thailand’s border area, including Mukdahan, has begun since January 1, 2015.

Mr. Chamroen and his team also checked on the area where the SEZ would soon be established to get information related to the land preparation for investments expected once the zone is operational.


Health Ministry looks for ways to solve problem of overcharging at private hospitals

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) The Health Ministry is now trying to look for ways to solve the problem of overcharging at private hospitals.

Health Minister Dr.Rajata Rajatanavin said on Wednesday that he had already received a petition from the network of people who have been affected by unfair medical practice.

Dr. Rajata said that the petition called for the setting up of a new committee to control all charges by private hospitals and to inspect any miscalculation of medical charges.

He said the ministry will review the suggestions while considering all possible approaches to rein in the problems of overcharging reported in treatment bills, medicine bills and diagnosis charges.

The Health Ministry stated that everything will be considered thoroughly due to the fact that the issue is now at the center of people’s attention, which means that the process may be somewhat lengthy.


Board of Investment to approve investment projects worth 1.6 trillion baht this year

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) - The Board of Investment sets to approve 1.6 trillion baht worth of investment projects this year, an increase of 128 percent from last year.

Revealing the target, BOI Acting Secretary-General Hiranya Sujinai said that in 2014 the board had approved investment projects with only 700 billion baht in combined capital.

She indicated during the first 4 months of this year, the BOI already granted promotional privileges to projects worth 300 billion baht in investment. The majority of these projects involve power plants using alternative energy, naval and aerial transportations.

Ms. Hiranya said that out of the proposed 700 billion baht investment projects approved last year, new factories worth no less than 500 billion baht would be actually established this year.

These projects are mostly small and medium sized and are ready for implementation as soon as they receive BOI approvals. The investments would create jobs, generate income to the nation and stimulate the local economy, she explained.


Bangkok to host international meeting over irregular maritime migration in Indian Ocean

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) Thailand will host a meeting of representatives from the 15 nations most affected by irregular migration in the Indian Ocean at the end of the month.

Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, deputy government spokesperson, said on Wednesday the hosting of the meeting was part of the government's effort to address human trafficking and the irregular migration of Rohingya people. According to him, senior officials from the 15 most-affected nations, such as Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Bangladesh will be invited to meet in Bangkok over the irregular migration problem. Maj. Gen. Sansern said the problem is a complex and severe issue for this region that requires urgent attention.

Observer countries and relevant international organizations will also be invited to attend the meeting on May 29. These will include parties from the United States, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

According to Maj. Gen. Sansern, the meeting will facilitate the exchange of information and intelligence on irregular maritime migration. Participating countries may also consider joint law enforcement to put a stop to the transnational crime syndicates involved in the issue. The countries will also be asked to campaign against exploitation of migrants by human traffickers.


Thailand's doctor/patient ratio to improve to 1:1500 by 2022

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin has indicated that Thailand's ratio of doctors to patients will improve to 1 per 1,500 people by the year 2022.

Dr. Rajata expressed this belief at Wednesday's certificate awards ceremony for graduating medical students, in the rural doctors program. For education year 2014, a total of 589 doctors graduated under the program, which was initiated in 1995.

According to Dr. Rajata, 5,914 doctors have qualified under the program and around 5,000 medical students are currently undertaking their studies to become rural doctors. Because of this, he is confident the ratio of 1 doctor per 1,500 people will be attained by 2022.


Fourth Army Area tightens safety measures in Deep South as new school term approaches

PATTANI, 14 May 2015 (NNT) The 4th Army Area has instructed Deep South security units to take extra caution in providing safety for school teachers when the new school term begins on Monday, May 18th.

According to Army Region 4 Commander Lieutenant-General Prakarn Cholayut, security patrols will be deployed to places that are vulnerable to insurgent attacks like bridges and tunnels.

Their presence is to assure safety for teachers. The Ranger Regimen Taskforce 33 in Yala province has also sent its security unit to safeguard Baan Pong Yue Rai School today to make sure the surrounding areas are safe before teachers and students arrive next Monday.


More condos being built along electric train routes

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015, (NNT) More condominiums are being built in anticipation of electric rail service extensions in outer Bangkok.

Metropolis Properties Co. Ltd. has announced its new condominium campaign ‘Interchange’, saying the project has a value of five billion baht and will contain 1,770 units.

The units are being sold at a starting price of 1.9 million baht, or 75,000 baht per square meter. It is located near BTS Skytrain stations, which are under construction near Bang-Na - Trad and Teparak roads.

These areas became more expensive after the railway construction was announced. The company said the price of land would increase further, once the BTS Skytrain stations are completed in 2017.

Another real estate agency Knight Frank Charter Co. Ltd. indicated that over the past 5-6 years, 15,900 out of 17,000 new condominium units in the Bang-Na - Samrong area were sold.

The company disclosed that 4,000 units were built last year, due to various railway extensions. The company also predicted that the price of land would climb exponentially, once the train services become available.


Ministry of Industry hosts the 32nd Intermach and the 9th Subcon 2015

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) Thailand’s two giant machinery exhibitions, the 32nd Intermach and the 9th Subcon 2015, are expected to attract at least 40,000 visitors.

Industry Minister Chakramon Pasukvanich, who presided over the opening ceremony, said his ministry is organizing both events to increase competitiveness among Thai manufacturers.

He added that these events provide an opportunity for them to meet and find potential business partners. As many as 4,000 partnerships are expected to be formed at these exhibitions.

Over 1,200 companies from 40 countries including Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam are joining the events.

150 new technologies are also making their debut at the 32nd Intermach and the 9th Subcon 2015. Total business value is estimated to be at least seven billion baht. Interested parties can attend the two events at BITEC Bangna until May 16.


MRT Bangyai-Bangsue line to be trialed December

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) will be trialing its Bang Yai-Bang Sue subway line late this year, before officially beginning operations.

The 23-kilometer Bang Yai-Bang Sue route, or the Purple Line, will begin its trial services in December. Its first three trains total nine carriages and will be imported from Japan in September. Systems testing will then be carried out to ensure smooth operations before the trial service starts.

The public will be able to use the Purple Line for free during the trial period. It will officially begin operations on August 12, 2016. It is the second project under the supervision of the MRTA in the past ten years, following the introduction of Chalerm Ratchamongkol Line.

The Purple Line project will have 21 trains or 63 carriages with a service capacity of at least 50,000 passengers per hour. The project was built on a budget of 82 billion baht.


Donation funds for Nepal to reach 4 organizations

BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has decided to transfer donation funds for Nepal to four organizations, in order to serve various purposes.

The financial aid will be channeled through four organizations, namely the Nepalese government, the World Health Organization, the International Flash Appeal for Nepal of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and UNICEF. Each organization will receive one million US dollars.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Sek Wannamethee, the decision to entrust the fund to different agencies was to enable Thai donations to reach as many forms of aid as possible.

The government late last month launched a charity project for Nepal to encourage Thais to donate their money via the Government Housing Bank account. As of yesterday on May 13, donations totaled 176 billion baht.


Drones given to Southern army authorities

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Prawit Wongsuwan, has given unmanned aerial vehicles to the Royal Thai Army. The aircraft will be used in Southern security operations.

The Deputy PM handed over the drones on behalf of the Defense Technology Institute and the Royal Air Force Academy who jointly developed the aircraft. Deputy Defense Minister General Udomdej Sitabutr, as the Army Commander, received the drones.

The aircraft are able to operate in a radius of more than 10 kilometers for at least one and a half hours, and have the capacity to fly up to 500 meters above the ground. The aerial vehicles can be controlled manually from base, or fly automatically, and are equipped with cameras.

The unmanned aircraft will be used for patrols in the southernmost provinces to reduce the risk of attacks on security officials.


Prime Minister's Industry Award 2015: Call for Applications

BANGKOK, 13th MAY 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Industry is inviting industrial entrepreneurs to participate in "The Prime Minister's Industry Awards 2015" in order to identify the industrial factories with the best factory management model and practices.

The objective is to develop and enhance the capabilities and international competitiveness of Thai industrial entrepreneurs.

The Awards are divided into two categories, including an Industrial Excellence Award and Outstanding Industry Awards in seven different fields as follows: 1. Productivity Improvement 2. Environmental Conservation 3. Safety Management 4. Quality Management 5. Energy Management 6. Logistics Management 7. SME Management

The Awards will be presented by the Prime Minister of Thailand.
Applications are open from today to May 30th. For further information, please visit www.dip.go.th or www.facebook.com/pmindustryaward or call at 02-202-4461 , 02-202-4522 , 02-202-4413


National Police Deputy Commander gives orders on anti-human trafficking policies in Nakhon Si Thammarat

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The National Police Deputy Commander has issued orders on anti-human trafficking policies in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, while following up on the situation.

Suspects believed involved in human trafficking were also handed over to face trial and charges. Police General Aek Angsananont, also deputy commander to the national police chief, has followed up on the progress of the situation and given orders concerning prevention of human trafficking and illegal fishing in police region 8. The latest concerns include the illegal trespassing of Rohingyas which led to human-trafficking stages at Kao Kaew, Padung Besar sub district, and Sadao district, Songkhla province.

The effort is in response to the government's determined policy to show the global community Thailand's intention to solve the problem, particularly the United States, where authorities are observing Thailand to see whether laws are in place to seriously curb trafficking, and assist Rohingya's or not.

The deputy commander then boarded a helicopter to Kanom district to inspect the fishing pier and ask fishing operators how they conduct their operations, and inquire about the number of Myanmar workers coming from fishing boats in the Mahachai area. During the visit, the fish catch was inspected in the hold of the ship while its operations were checked and deemed legally correct.

Lastly, the deputy commander traveled to the Kanom police station to take charge of a 54 year old boat operator-owner, who is a suspect in the human trafficking case, and who is to face legal charges.


Trespassing stalls on highways in Ayutthaya to be removed within 3 months

AYUTTHAYA, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The Ayutthaya Highway District has been appointed to clear up 300 stalls that trespass the highway area within three months, says deputy governor.

The Deputy Governor of Ayutthaya Rewat Prasong has revealed that the Subcommittee for the Management of Road Traffic in Ayutthaya has conducted a survey on the stalls trespassing highway areas, and has appointed the Ayutthaya Highway District to inform all stalls owners to remove their stalls within 3 months.

About 300 stalls, mainly selling foods, are now trespassing the area along the Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road), the Highway No. 32 (Asia Road), and the Highway No. 347 (Pathum Thani-Bang Pahan).

Stalls owners will be informed by official letters, and are required to clear up all trespassing structure within 7 days after receiving the letter. The authority will then remove all trespassing structures if their owners have failed to remove them after 7 days.

The Ayutthaya Highway District has also been appointed to check whether stalls owners are Ayutthaya province residents, while the community development agencies have been contacted to help find the proper location for stalls owners living in Ayutthaya, and to relocate without trespassing the highway.

The Ayutthaya Deputy Governor has added that some of the stalls in front of the Ayutthaya Hospital, the old provincial hall, and the Historic Park, have already been relocated by the authorities to their new locations behind the old provincial hall.


Thailand picked as host of ASEAN vocational education forum

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The Education Ministers of ASEAN countries have agreed on Thailand as the host of an upcoming forum on vocational education management, to be held September.

The resolution was made by Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Singapore and Laos during the 48th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council Conference (SEAMEC). They were of the opinion that Thailand should be the center of vocational education management of ASEAN.

A discussion between ASEAN Education Ministers and the SEAMEO Secretariat Director also concluded that ASEAN members should hold a forum for high-level administrators to exchange their ideas and experiences on the management of vocational education in their individual countries.

Thailand has been chosen as the host of the forum which is also likely to take place in September. The meeting is expected to enable ASEAN members to come up with strategic plans to meet the demands of each country and strengthen the region’s vocational education and skills.


Department of Intellectual Property unveils an animated film promoting the HM the King’s intellectual property

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has released the first episode of its animated film series promoting His Majesty the King’s intellectual property (IP) ‘The Inspiring King’ through a Youtube channel.

The series, which currently has 6 episodes, tells a story of youngsters in their first years at work. These individuals solve problems found in everyday life and at work with solutions inspired by HM the King’s IP works.

DIP Director-General Malee Choklumlert told the media that the animation honors His Majesty the King’s IP works. The film aims at inspiring children and the general public to create new innovation and protecting intellectual property from infringement.

The animation is available to the public via Youtube website under the channel ‘The Inspiring King DIP’.


5 Thai airlines fail to meet China’s safety requirements

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) Following a thorough examination, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has found the aviation safety systems of five Thai airlines inadequate.

According to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), the airlines in question are Orient Thai, Nok Scoot, Jet Asia, City Airways and R Airlines. The detected flaws involved flight documents, aircraft maintenance and staff.

The examination by the Civil Aviation Administration of China has discovered that documents of flight and aircraft maintenance of the airlines were incomplete. Some of the airplanes were aged above 14, while their maintenance failed to be carried out as schduled. The number of trained staff is also insufficient. The DCA, however, insisted that the airlines could address the problems before the deadline.

In addition to concerns from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the country will soon have to handle a new round of challenges. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be observing its aviation safety standards in July, at which time the Thai authorities would still be drawing up aviation safety manuals.

The FAA may impose tougher measures or restrictions on Thai airlines if they fail to pass the FAA’s requirements.


Astrologer at Royal Ploughing Ceremony predicts more water this year

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The astrologer predicted during the royal ploughing ceremony earlier today that there will be more water in Thailand this year.

The forecast was made after the astrologer picked up four pieces of cloth presented to him and studied them. He revealed that farms situated on higher grounds will benefit from a large amount of rain this year.

However, he added that those in the low-lying areas could be damaged by the floods.

The oxen have chosen to eat only sesame and grass during the ceremony, which was presented alongside five other items including rice, corns, green beans, water and liquor.

The oxen’s selection was interpreted as water and food becoming abundant in Thailand this year.


Yala gears up for city anniversary celebrationsss

YALA, 13 May 2015 (NNT) Yala province has been gearing up for the city’s founding anniversary celebrations later this month.

Yala Governor Samart Waradisai said the event would be held for 11 days to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the city's pillar enshrinement. The planned activities are intended to mark the city’s anniversary, as well as boost the local economy.

The opening ceremony will feature a religious rite and a cultural procession in the morning. Visitors will be able to enjoy entertainment shows, and exhibitions showcasing achievements of state agencies, and shop for well-known products from the eight districts of Yala.

The fair will be held at the city shrine between May 24 and June 4. Administrative and security officials will be launching joint patrols throughout the event to ensure safety for visitors


Two options suggested on public referendum

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) Prof. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, Chairman of the National Reform Council (NRC) committee on political reform, has indicated that there are two approaches to holding a public referendum on the new constitution.

The first approach would be to hold a referendum on the constitution as a whole.

The second would be to enact the new constitution, and then hold referendums on contentious provisions, such as those related to electoral process for Members of Parliament and the Prime Minister.

However, the current interim constitution must first be amended to stipulate either scenario. This requires submitting an amendment proposal to the National Legislative Assembly for approval.


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to issue quake manuals for old buildings

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is ready to distribute manuals to operators of old buildings to educate them on how to deal with the effects of an earthquake.

The move came in response to surveys which indicated that buildings constructed before 1997 had not been designed to resist tremors as required by the present laws. The Public Works Department is in the process of issuing to operators of older buildings 20,000 manuals on how to reduce the danger to residents in the event of an earthquake .

The Public Works Department will also instruct the buildings’ owners to improve the buildings’ structures in line with correct engineering practices. Buildings which were designed in accordance with the 1997 ministerial regulations should be able to withstand a tremor.

The Public Works Department currently has in its care 67 abandoned buildings from 41 projects, most of which previously belonged to operators facing financial difficulties.


Government Lottery Office scraps idea regarding unsold lottery tickets

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015, (NNT) - The Government Lottery Office (GLO) has decided not to fund the buyback of unsold lottery tickets, saying the program attracts corruption.

GLO Chairman Major General Apirat Kongsompong said the office would instead attempt to regulate the price of lottery tickets at 80 baht apiece and offer bigger discounts for registered distributors to increase their profit margins.

The price of a lottery ticket for these agencies is initially set at 69.60 baht. Retailers should be able to procure the tickets at 71.20 baht.

Major General Apirat is confident that the new measures would help lottery retailers absorb losses from unsold tickets.

He said the measures will be enacted in three phases. The first phase starts from June to the end of the year. The second phase will kick off next year and go until until the new government is elected. The final phase, which implements information technology in lottery tickets, would likely begin during the new administration.


Government approves waste management project in Ayutthaya

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The government has approved of the construction of a waste disposal plant in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, in a pilot program in the government's waste management agenda.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that the program will be divided into two projects. The first will construct a 372-rai landfill which will accommodate 200,000 tons of waste. The project is scheduled to be complete by August this year with a budget of 369 million baht.

The second project will construct two waste-to-energy plants. The first is a biofuel plant to be completed by January next year with a budget of 380 million baht. The second is a waste incineration plant with an output of 3,800 KW to be completed in March 2017 with a budget of 635 million baht.

Gen Sansern said Ayutthaya province is currently facing a waste disposal crisis. Therefore, the province was chosen to pioneer the country’s waste management initiatives, which will be expanded throughout the country.


National Legislative Assembly to hold discussion on new constitution on May 15

BANGKOK, 13 May 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) convene to discuss the current draft constitution on May 15.

NLA Second Vice President Peerasak Porchit revealed that NLA members have agreed that a discussion on the draft constitution will be beneficial for the assembly’s further consideration of the new charter.

NLA member Somchai Sawangkarn said the discussion will touch upon all major chapters of the constitution, as well as whether a public referendum should be held.

However, NLA Spokesperson Dr Jed Sirathranont noted that the assembly will not pass an official motion on any of their agreements, as the NLA does not have the authority to make amendment proposals to the constitution. The NLA will instead submit the conclusions as suggestions to the Constitution Drafting Committee for consideration.


Thailand to host a meeting on irregular migration in the Indian Oceann

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) The Thai Government is to organize a special meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The meeting is held in response to an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address an unprecedented increase of human trafficking criss across the Bay of Bengal in recent years, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn said on Tuesday.

He emphasized that the increasing complexity of the problem demands a multi-faceted approach. Countries of origin, transit, and destination must work together to solve the problem at its roots along with all contributing factors.

The minister affirmed Thailand’s commitment in this cooperative and coordinated approach. Thailand will join the upcoming ratification of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) to be signed at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015.

The one-day meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean will see senior officials from 15 affected countries participating. They include among others, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and the U.S. as observers. The meeting will be opened by Gen Tanasak and chaired by Norachit Sinhaseni, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Also attending are many relevant international organizations namely UNHCR, IOM, and UNODC. They will jointly push forward the progress of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime. It will also follow up on the existing work done on this issue, particularly the Special Ministerial Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons held in Jakarta in 2013.

The special meeting serves as a forum for exchanges of information and intelligence on the issues as well as for demonstrating their strong commitment to boost their cooperation with more concrete actions.


MSDHS to put Rohingya victims under good care pending screening process

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) Minister of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) Adul Sangsingkaew has handed down a guideline to his officials to gather comprehensive information on Rohingya people and human trafficking networks for use in their study and analysis of the situation.

The Minister in his meeting with high ranking officials of the ministry today emphasized to them to take care of the victims of human trafficking in line with the universal declaration on human rights.

As the victims recently found were mostly Rohingya, Bangladeshi and Burmese, the minister said they need to be screened and separated for easier provision of security and care. The minister also instructed the preparation of interpreters to help facilitate the victim-screening process.


National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission signs MOU with South Korea

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) The Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) struke a deal with Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) today, encouraging cooperation between both countries in broadcasting and telecommunications.

The NBTC today held a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony with the KCSC at the NBTC auditorium in Bangkok.

This MOU aims to raise the awareness for bilateral cooperation for concrete benefits of both countries. The MOU includes encouragement on information exchange in broadcasting and telecommunications regulations, and the initiative for the supporting frameworks for broadcasting and telecommunications businesses that will benefit the public.

The supporting framework under this MOU covers the official establishment of framework of agencies with common interests, the establishment of information exchanges, the establishment and development of communication channel between both agencies, the exchanges of experts for common learning, and the encouragement of cooperation with the related media agencies, in order to create a prosperous working environment.

The Memorandum of Understanding is expected to lead to additional exchanges of information in broadcasting and telecommunications, as well as facilitating a safe communication culture on the internet that is accessible to all. Regulating agencies will be tasked in helping create equality, with public benefits as their first priority.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) is a South Korean agency with the main objective to regulate the content from South Korean media to comply with proper standards based on unbiased judgement for the benefit of the public.


Roi-Et organizes labor meeting day following government's policy

ROI-ET, 12 May 2015 (NNT) Roi-Et has organized a labor meeting day following the government's policy of identifying and offering thousands of vacant job positions.
The Roi-Et employment office organized the event entitled "Labor meeting day and take-home job assignments" to encourage many target groups to apply for jobs and gain income from either working in offices or at home. As for employers and business operators, they will have a chance to select as many people as they wish to hire at the Roi-Et district meeting hall. There are over one thousand vacant positions available.
Wanida Jaree from the provincial employment office, said that the event was being held to increase opportunities for those looking for jobs whether they are in the general public, or are university students. The jobs event also seeks those who are disabled but who are still capable of working. All job seekers should apply and present themselves for an interview with the employers. Business operators will be able to find as many people as they need to work for them, while saving on costs for those trying to find a job.
The employment office further stated that apart from the job application process, some employers or business operators also offer take-home jobs at the event, for those interested in taking on a task and doing it from home. A career test will also be provided as well as labor counseling, all free of charge. A huge number of people are expected to visit the event.


Surin agriculture and cooperatives donate money and rice to quake victims in Nepal

SURIN, 12 May 2015 (NNT) The agriculture and cooperatives sector in Surin province has donated almost 200,000 baht and over 5.1 tons of quality jasmine rice to quake victims in Nepal.

Mr. Narongpol Pattanasri of the Surin Cooperative Promotion Department led a group of 33 provincial agriculture and cooperatives members to deliver 5.1 tons of Grade A 105 jasmine rice and 45,100 baht to the provincial Damrongtum center, totaling 198,100 baht.

Surin Governor and Director of its Damrongtum center Niran Kalayanamit received the donations on behalf of the quake victims in Nepal.

Vendors, civil servants, the general public, soldiers and police in Surin have jointly donated 664,590 baht and necessities to the quake victims.

The donations are worth almost a combined one million baht. The province has encouraged the public to donate more cash and goods the quake victims through the Surin Damrongtum center.

The Surin municipality office can be reached via tel/fax 04 451 2575, or the 24-hour hotline 1567.


Lighting project in the South continues

BANGKOK,12 May 2015 (NNT) The Independent National Rule of Law Commission (NRLC) receives financial support from the Pierra Maternity & Child Welfare Foundation under the Royal Patronage of HRH the Princess Mother for its “Lighting the Way, Lighting the Mind” scheme, a solar panel-based electricity pole installation project in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces.

Financial aid amounting to 4,500,000 baht has been given to Banchang Power Co.,Ltd in the name of the Foundation, to cover the cost of 60 electricity poles and CCTV camera installation in the area of five schools and one police station in the provinces mentioned. The scheme is for the benefit and security of Baan Na Ngo Sato School, Baan Na Ngo School, Baan Lue Mu School , 9th branch of Rajprachanukroh School, Piraya Navin Klonghin Wittaya School and Rangae police station.

Dr. Ukrit Mongkolnavin, President of the Executive Committee of the Pierra Maternity & Child Welfare Foundation and President of the Independent National Rule of Law Commission (NRLC), says the project has been undertaken with the objective of reducing the risk of crime in areas where it might have been committed due to poor lighting facilities. It has so far received good feedback from the local people.


CDC satisfied with charter suggestions, to propose referendum on election timeframe

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Member Paiboon Nititawan expressed his satisfaction with the current charter drafting process. He was confident that the second draft would be very different from the first and will prove to be agreeable to all parties.

He denied the possibility that the provisions would be reduced from 315 to only 100. Mr. Paiboon reasoned that the CDC wants to create a constitution that is as comprehensive as possible.

The CDC member spoke on recent discussion to amend section 308 of the current interim constitution. The CDC has been in talks with the National Reform Council to submit an amendment proposal regarding the timeframe for new elections.

The proposal would introduce a public referendum on whether the country should postpone the elections by two years after the passing of the new constitution, in order to maintain current reform projects.

Mr Paiboon said that amending the section would give the public freedom to decide on an election date. It would also be an opportunity for the public to assess government work and whether to place its confidence in the current administration for another two years.


Government to support private sector in producing electric buses

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015, (NNT) The government has shown support for the private sector to produce electric buses.

Director of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTSA) Taweesak Koranantakul revealed the decision came after the recent meeting of National Innovation Board.

He said the administration is set to unveil a prototype electric car within the year and would hold a production contest for electric buses. The contest winner would have its model mass-produced to 500 units for Bangkok use within the next few years.

The Ministry of Finance is currently tasked with drafting a purchasing plan for electric buses for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA). The ministry said that if such vehicles are in demand, then the BMTA should purchase them from a Thai manufacturer.

Other plans include the establishment of charging stations and setting aside a budget for research and development into electric vehicles.


PRD devises strategy based on His Majesty's sufficiency philosophy

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) The Public Relations Department (PRD) recently held a sub-committee meeting to promote public awareness of the attributes of His Majesty the King’s sufficiency philosophy.

PRD Director General Aphinan Chantarangsri presided over the meeting with other high profile government figures including Crown Property Bureau Director General, Chirayu Isarangkul na Ayutthaya.

The objective of the meeting was to devise a public relations strategy that promulgates His Majesty’s sufficiency economy concept. The strategy has already been given approval by the sub-committee panel and will be implemented as an integral part of plans to move the country forward.


Thai Oil expects crude oil price hike this week

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015, (NNT) The Thai Oil Public Company Limited yesterday predicted global crude oil price may increase this week, citing ongoing unrest in the Middle East and a decrease in U.S. crude oil production.

The company expects that American West Texas crude oil is likely to be priced at 55 - 60 U.S. dollars a barrel and Brent Crude to be sold within the range of 62 - 68 dollars a barrel between May 11th and 15th.

According to Thai Oil, prolonged unrest in Yemen and protests in Libya are the key factors affecting the crude price. It added however that Iran may increase its crude oil production output, if the U.S. lifts the present sanctions against the nation.

However, Thai Oil pointed out that the global oil refinery maintenance season is responsible for a decrease in demand for crude during the 2nd quarter.

The company also said the market should keep its eye on the reduction in the number of oil rigs in the U.S. and the bailout negotiations between Greece and the European Union creditors.


Thai government’s donation campaign for Nepal collects over THB160 Million

BANGKOK, 12 May 2015 (NNT) The government’s campaign to collect donations to help earthquake-ravaged Nepal has continued while more help will be flown to victims of the deadly disaster.

Minister to the PM’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul on Monday received more donations from representatives of the private sector, which will be dispatched to help victims of the Nepal massive earthquake.

M.L. Panadda also held a meeting with private and public agencies who have initiated respective campaigns to collect donations for Nepal.

For the government’s campaign, more than 160 million baht worth of donations has so far been recorded.

The Minister to the PM’s Office said that everything the government has received will be divided into four parts, with three of them to be sent through the United Nations and the remaining part to be flown directly to Nepal.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported that while international medical teams have started to withdraw from disaster-hit Nepal, Thai medical personnel will continue running two field hospitals while the country is in the rehabilitation stage.


Government to continue arranging rice trade talks with foreign nations

BANGKOK, 11 May 2015 (NNT) Government Spokesperson Yongyuth Mayalarp has affirmed that Thai rice is still competitive in the world market despite the rising price while saying the government will seek more chances to forge rice trade agreements with foreign partners.

In response to the private sector’s concerns over the rising price of Thai rice, Mr Yongyuth insisted that the Prime Minister is not being complacent and has instructed the Ministry of Commerce to look into the issue. He said it has been reported by the Foreign Trade Department that the increasing output from major competitors like Vietnam and India has caused their prices to be lower than that of Thai grains. Moreover, Thailand’s shortfall in production due to drought and the baht appreciation have also driven the price up.

Mr Yongyuth noted, nonetheless, that high-quality rice is still in high demand and Thai farmers should use this opportunity to upgrade their production and grain quality in order to fetch higher prices.

The spokesman also said the premier has persuaded foreign leaders to purchase Thai rice on many occasions and will continue to do so while Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya has been leading rice exporters on overseas trips to organize marketing campaigns and sales activities.

As the Thailand Rice Convention 2015 is scheduled to take place from May 19 to 21, Mr Yongyuth expects the event to serve as another important stage for entrepreneurs to showcase Thai rice and its high quality to participating traders from around the world.


Thai-Chinese double-track railways project will turn Thailand to AEC logistic hub

AYUTTHAYA, 11 May 2015 (NNT) A public hearing on the Thai-Chinese project to build double-track railways was held on Monday in Ayutthaya Province to gather public opinions and their suggestions on the project.

Chaiwat Tongkamkoon, Deputy Director-General of the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office who presided over today’s public hearing said that people shared their views and concerns over the construction of two railway routes Nakhon Ratchasima-Laem Chabang-Map Ta Phut route and Kaeng Khoi-Ban Phachi - Bang Sue route. Their discussion covered engineering, environmental and social impacts of the railways projects.

The double-track railways will be built in three phases, with 500 km. in combined distance. The railway uses electric system, allowing trains to move with high speed but still safe and convenient for both passenger and goods traffic. The construction will be taken from 2015-2022. Once completed the project is expected to turn Thailand to a key strategic and AEC logistics gateway while enhancing Thailand's competitiveness in international trade.

A public opinion survey shows that Thai people felt positive towards the railway projects as they consider them as a great opportunity to overhaul rail transport in Thailand.

Ayutthaya is one of provinces located on the line of the new double-track railway routes. It is expected that the railways would bring more tourists to the province, possibly resulting in more investment, increasing number of jobs and higher incomes for local communities.


 

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