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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
M.L. Panadda also held a meeting with private
and public agencies who have initiated
respective campaigns to collect donations for
For the government’s campaign, more than 160
million baht worth of donations has so far been
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
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
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
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
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.