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Cigarette age limit increased to 20

BANGKOK, 24 May 2014 (NNT) - The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the tobacco draft act which prohibits sale of cigarettes to those under 20 years old and raise punishment for offenders.

Deputy Prime Minister YongyutnYuthawong said the draft act increased the minimum legal age for cigarette purchase from 18 to 20 years and prohibited sale of individual cigarettes. The draft act also prohibits cigarette sale in some public places such as temples, public health facilities, schools and public parks, the deputy PM added.

The draft act bans cigarette companies from advertising their products as sponsors of contests and competitions. Cigarette advertising is banned in print and online media, TV and movies.

The penalty of imprisonment for those who sell cigarettes to people under 20 years old is increased from one month to one year and fine for smokers in non-smoking areas is raised from 2,000 to 5,000 baht.


PM: Elections likely next year

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the next general election would likely take place in September 2016, if the draft charter is approved via referendum.

At Government House, Gen. Prayut greeted 12 diplomats from the United Nations and told the envoys about his intention to restore democracy in Thailand, following the coup in May last year.

Gen. Prayut said the UN officials were invited to the country as part of a campaign organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get support for the government from foreign countries.


Transport Minister signs bullet-train deal with Japan

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Transport Minister Prajin Juntong and his Japanese counterpart Akihiro Ota on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on potential introduction of Japan's shinkansen bullet-train technology in Thailand.

ACM Prajin said a feasibility study would be conducted by both countries. They will also evaluate the profitability of a 660-kilometer high-speed railway project connecting Bangkok and the northern province of Chiang Mai.

The two countries will look into the construction of stations and routes.


Road to Thi Lo Su Waterfall to be closed for 4 months

TAK, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Road access to the Thi Lo Su Waterfall will be temporary closed from June to September due to the season's weather risks, while providing a restoration period for animals and the forest, according to Tak's TAT Office.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tak Office (TAT Tak) and the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary today announced the temporary closure of the 25 kilometres road access, from the Huai Nong Luang Forest Protection Unit to Thi Lo Su Waterfall, from 1 June - 30 September 2015 due to driving difficulties in the rainy season.

The road closure will also provide a restoration period for the forest, allowing wild animals to live and breed in their natural habitats without any outside interference.

The Thi Lo Su Waterfall will only be accessible by an inflatable boat cruise, starting from the Umphang District flowed by trekking, or the 25 kilometre trekking route.

Visitor's entrance to the Thi Lo Su Waterfall during the road closure period must receive authorization from Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary officials. For more information, please contact TAT Tak tel 0-5551-4341-3, e-mail [email protected]


Phuket to hold disaster drill on 25-26 June

PHUKET, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Provincial authorities in Phuket convened today for a meeting to prepare an emergency response drill in case of earthquake, evacuation of residents and management of temporary shelters.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Governor of Phuket Punlop Singhaseni and attended by director of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center of Phuket Acting Sub Lt.Trakul Totham, mayors of various municipalities and relevant government officials.

Acting Sub Lt Trakul said that the exercise was conducted annually in order to improve information management and the directing and coordinating system in disaster situation. It is aimed at overcoming limits and preparing readiness of relevant staff so that they can handle the disaster situation efficiently.

This year the exercise will take place during 25-26 June with the first day dedicated to briefing and the second day to drilling practice in Si Sunthorn Subdistrict, Talang District.


Finance Ministry: No plan to sell AOT’s shares

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015, (NNT) Prasong Phunthanet, the Airport of Thailand chairman of the board, has said the Finance Ministry has no plan to sell its 70 percent holding in the company, assuring the state agency will remain under the government’s supervision.

Prasong brushed aside rumors that the Ministry of Finance is planning to sell its shares in the company to pay for the government’s debts, following its consultation with the State Enterprise Policy Office.

According to the AOT Board Chairman, the company’s shares continue to outperform expectations, generating significant amount of income for the ministry.

He said the AOT’s committee and the management board have been working hard to bring the nation’s airports to their full potential in order to be able to better handle the nation's ever-growing tourism sector, thanks to the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year.


Thai officials to jointly inspect Rohingya bodies found on Malaysian side of border

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015 (NNT) Thailand is sending its personnel to conduct joint inspections of bodies of Rohingya migrants discovered in Malaysia close to the two countries' shared border.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Prawit Wongsuwon indicated on Wednesday that Malaysian police had asked for permission to operate in Thai territory, in response to the discovery of mass graves of Rohingya migrants on the Malaysian side of the border. He said Thai officials would also join their Malaysian counterparts in inspecting the bodies.

Meanwhile, Police Major General Phutthichat Ekkachan, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 9, said Malaysian police wanted to transport the bodies through Thai territory due to the difficulty in traversing the areas near the mass graves on the Malaysian side.

The command center for patrols and humanitarian assistance for irregular migrants in the Indian Ocean has started operations, with emphasis being placed on the needs of the Rohingya migrants, General Prawit said.


Rapid vaccination taking place in Buriram after province declared rabies outbreak area

BURIRAM, 28 May 2015 (NNT) – Livestock Department officials in Buriram are rapidly vaccinating dogs and cats in areas deemed at risk of rabies, after the entire province was declared an outbreak area for the disease last week.

The local Livestock Department office is deploying vaccination teams in collaboration with local administrative organizations, in order to curb the spread of rabies. In Ban Phae sub-district of Khu Mueang district, officials indicated monitoring against the disease was needed as there were some 4,000 dogs and cats in the locale – many of them strays. In addition to the vaccination service, Livestock Department officials were also providing sterilization service for dogs and cats. Emphasis was being placed on strays, in an attempt to curb the number of stray animals.

Thapanaphong Monthathip, the chief Livestock Department official for Khu Mueang district, said his personnel were experiencing a shortage of budget for procuring vaccines. He urged the local administrative organizations, municipalities and businesses to help procure the required rabies shots for dogs and cats.


Ministry of Industry & FTI to implement factory ratings for environmental impact

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – A joint environmental committee of the Ministry of Industry and the Federation of Thai Industries has planned to develop an environmental rating system for factories as a way to urge business operators to be environmentally conscious.

The campaign intends to reward factories that employ efficient environmental management with business incentives, such as faster license renewal. Factories classified as low risk currently number around 3,000.

Regulators will map out guidelines for factories that are considered high risk for environmental impact. They will also organize training for environmental personnel to improve their knowledge. The measure will first be carried out in provinces with a high degree of vegetation, including Rayong, Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao.

Industries regarded as posing pollution problems are those discharging waste water of over 500 cubic meters or releasing heavy metals during production, as well as those required to submit annual environmental impact and waste disposal reports.

A committee tasked with assessing factories will be established within a year.


Ministry of Labor looks to increase skilled workers in Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Labor has recently held an executive forum to find ways to improve skilled labor in Thailand before the arrival of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

According to Labor Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat, academics and experts from both private and public sectors were invited to share their insight and advice on how to improve skill development and increase labor competitiveness.

The forum was focused on the tourism and auto industries. Thailand needs more tour guides with greater foreign language fluency, as the number of tourists increases each year.

General Surasak claimed that the cost of labor was not the reason foreign investors moved their production bases away from Thailand. Many have chosen Thailand due to its skilled labor.


General Udomdej states the army is complying with government policies

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015, (NNT) Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr has affirmed that the army obeys government policies, citing its recent achievements.

Gen. Udomdej assured the public that the army is being administered in accordance with state policy, adding that evaluations are conducted after every operation. These evaluations inform the military’s policy to assign responsibilities to the appropriate officers.

He declined to give a rating on the army’s performance. However, he said that military officials have been performing their duties to the best of their ability, to maintain peace in the Kingdom.

Gen. Udomdej highlighted the army’s recent achievements, tackling drug-related crime, as well as forest & nature reserve encroachment.


Navy launches offshore base of operations to help Royingya migrants

PHUKET, 27 May 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Navy has launched offshore operations to help Rohingya migrants and victims of human trafficking stranded at sea.

The Naval Civil Affairs Department said the Royal Thai Navy used HTMS Ang Thong as the base of operations to deal with illegal fishing and human trafficking. Another seven ships and two aircraft have been deployed to the southern seas to support the mission, which began on May 26. Medical staff will be sent to the base on May 29.

The operation base was launched in the wake of a report that a new batch of Rohingya migrants from Bangladesh this month have disembarked ahead of the monsoon season.

The navy said those spotted in Thai waters would be told to leave, claiming that migrants never consider Thailand as a final destination. However, officials will provide them with humanitarian assistance as needed. Those found ashore will be dealt with by international law.


Mahasarakham University discovers world's 1st herbal formula used to relieve psoriasis

MAHA SARAKHAM, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Researchers from Mahasarakham University have discovered the world's first herbal tea formula used to control and relieve symptoms of psoriasis.

A press conference was held with University Rector Supachai Samuppito, Dean of the Faculty of Technology Anuchita Mungngarm, and Prof. Siriporn Lawan with the health nutrition research unit. Patients from the Sakon Nakhon province were also invited to attend the news hearing.

Prof. Siriporn headed the herbal formula’s research & development. He explained that psoriasis is a chronic skin disease, whose symptoms include thick skin with red blotches, spots, and flaking. No definitive cause has ever been discovered, but studies have shown it may be related to genetic disorders, metabolic abnormalities, or the skin’s immune system.

While, psoriasis cannot be fully cured, and there are many forms of treatment. Patients can choose a combination of oral medication, injections and light therapy.

The response to psoriasis therapy can vary from patient to patient. They often require lifelong treatment, which can prove costly over time.

The use of herbal tea is an ideal long-term treatment for patients, because of its low toxicity. The tea is a combination of Thai and Chinese herbal medicine, with oleanolic acid that moisturizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antioxidant and was developed as a safe anesthetic. This fights psoriasis symptoms, such as itching, inflammation and peeling of the skin.

Mrs. Thanika Kotabin, the mother of a patient from Sakon Nakhon, said her son had been undergoing psoriasis treatments for the past three years at various medical institutes. Doctors confirmed that the disease was incurable.

However, Dr.Siriporn heard of her son's case and contacted her regarding the experimental herbal tea. After two months of treatment, the patient’s symptoms were eliminated and he could go back to school.


Ministers hope all countries will share responsibility on Rohingya crisis without causing conflicts

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimaprakorn hoped that the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok would be able to draw up urgent assistance plan for migrants still adrift in the sea without causing any conflicts between participating countries in the region.

According to the minister, twenty countries have accepted to attend the meeting, and senior and operational officials from seventeen countries directly involved in the problem. The United States, Switzerland and Japan will also send their observers. Representatives from international organizations namely UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will also attend the meeting.

The meeting’s agenda has included so far three topics. The first one is the humanitarian assistance to be extended to irregular migrants in the open sea. The second is tackling the problem at its roots including shutting down human trafficking network in the region. The last one is finding a consensus from all relevant countries to share the responsibility without causing any conflicts.

“Thailand expects these countries to contribute to concrete and sustainable solutions to the issue,” said Gen Tanasak.

On the part of Thailand, the government has just set up an offshore operation base in order to give humanitarian assistance to Rohingya people especially those remaining adrift in the sea. Aerial and marine patrol units will be sent out to monitor Thai waters. An official ship, likely to be Thai Navy’s HTMS Angthong 791, will perform as "Floating platform” to give them basic helps.

The assistance covers foods and medicine while human-trafficking investigative team will screen the migrants and send them to Malaysia and Indonesia which have agreed to to take care of them for a certain period. All of these operations by the Thai government have already begun and will run until monsoon season comes.


Cabinet appoints new deputy government spokesman

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has resolved to appoint many officials to their new positions, including Maj Gen Weerachon Sukondhapatipak who was named a deputy government spokesperson.

According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Maj Gen Weerachon, who was a member of the Prime Minister’s working team overseeing foreign affairs, was chosen during the weekly Cabinet meeting as another deputy spokesperson for the government. Following the meeting, the premier reportedly cited the new deputy spokesman’s proficiency as an interpreter as a reason for his nomination for the job.

Maj Gen Sansern added that the Cabinet also endorsed Mr Sermsakool Klaikaew as Governor of the Provincial Electricity Authority and Mr Kasemsan Jinnawaso as Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

Meanwhile, Mr Anan Lila was appointed the Inspector-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives while Mr Somchai Channarongkul became Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.


Ranong hosts Thailand-Myanmar anti human trafficking meeting

RANONG, 26 May 2015 (NNT) Delegates from Thailand and Myanmar convened in a meeting today regarding the suppression of human trafficking activities along the border of both nations.

This morning, representatives of Thailand's Ranong Province and Myanmar's Kawthaung Town convened in the meeting of the Border Area Anti Human Trafficking Cooperation Center at the Heritage Grand Convention in Ranong Province of Thailand. The meeting was attended by the Police Chief of Kawthaung, Lt Col Tin Oo, the Rayong Provincial Social Development and Human Security Official, Supaporn Nanakhon, and officials from related agencies.

The meeting of the Border Area Anti Human Trafficking Cooperation Center aims increase information exchange on border area operations and experiences between both nations' officials to strengthen the human trafficking suppression and prevention efforts in the border areas.

The Thailand-Myanmar Border Area Anti Human Trafficking Cooperation Center was established in August 2012, after an increased awareness that human trafficking activities are a violation of basic human rights, and are considered international crime with severe punishments.

The human trafficking activities have a strong correlation with illegal migration along the national border, which is an issue that will require multinational efforts to successfully eradicate.


PM orders water management preparations in different parts of Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was concerned over the ongoing drought disaster nationwide and has ordered relevant authorities to give appropriate advice to farmers operating in and out of irrigation zones, deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed after the cabinet meeting.

He cited the prime minister as suggesting to all relevant units to use the drought-hit areas designated by by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and the Meteorological Department as information base to design water management, rainmaking process and prepare rain-storing space that is most suitable to each zone.

In term of economic issues, Gen Prayut told the cabinet meeting that he had met with chambers of commerce and all of them gave confidence in the government’s capacity to move the economy forward. In return, he called for their cooperation in taking care of farmers and supply chains regardless their size of business to help the government achieve the economic success.

In terms of tourism, Gen Prayut expressed his concern over lack of tourist guides and foreign language interpreters amidst the rapidly growing tourism in Thailand. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports have been ordered to produce such experts with deep knowledge in foreign languages, Thai culture and tourist attractions, in particular, ancient and historic sites which are receiving more popularity among tourists.

The Prime Minister also pleaded Thai people not to criticize foreign tourists on social media. Thai people, as host, should adjust themselves to foreign tourists who know little about Thai culture. Tourist manuals might be a good way to solve cultural-shocks. He stressed that Thais must try not to disappoint tourists which may lead to a decreasing number of tourists.

“For cleanliness of toilets, the Prime Minister had earlier ordered the setting up of ad-hoc teams to randomly inspect toilets at tourist attractions, oil stations and restaurants. The teams could comprise either officials or volunteers. Income from local tourism should be allocated to solve these problems systematically,” said Maj-Gen Sansern.

Gen Prayut also ordered the Minister of Culture to discuss with Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam the drafting of a bill to provide support to artists especially national artists who have done great contribution to the country. The support might include financial subsidy.


Cabinet sets deadline for Nepal quake donations at end of May

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has decided to continue accepting monetary donations for Nepal until the end of this month as the quake-ravaged country is putting focus on the rehabilitation of victims and restoration of historical structures.

During this week’s Cabinet meeting, acknowledgement was given to a report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding humanitarian assistance being provided for Nepal. Approval was granted to the ministry’s proposal to cease the collection of donated items on May 28 and donated money on May 31.

The Cabinet also agreed to the Interior Ministry’s request to authorize provincial administrations and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to use their discretion in selling donated items in order to convert them into cash to be handed to Nepal. Any leftover products from the sales will be kept in stock for use in times of natural disasters in the country.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs used the opportunity to inform the Cabinet that the rescue mission in Nepal is now over and the heavily-damaged country is paying attention on rehabilitation and renovation work.

All monetary donations presented to the Nepalese government will, from now on, be pooled into the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. However, certain types of necessities are still in high demand, including food, clothing, medicine, vaccines against infectious diseases and construction materials.


Measures to deter youths from smoking

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to increase the minimum age of cigarette buyers in Thailand to 20 years of age, deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkumnerd said.

Maj.Gen. Sansern said the tobacco-control bill would also prohibit people to buy and sell individual cigarettes. Thus, people can buy cigarettes by the pack.

In addition, cigarette manufacturers and importers will not be allowed to sponsor or endorse social activities, These measures will help deter youths from smoking, he said.


Diving spots in Trang to be closed temporarily

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 5 (NNT) Tourist destinations for diving and snorkelling in the southern coastal province of Trang will be closed to tourists for four months, between June 1 and Sept 30, 2015, Hat Chao Mai National Park chief Manote Wongsureerat said.

Mr Manote said on Tuesday that the closure of Mook, Waen, Chuak and Kradan islands as well as Morakot cave was for the safety of visitors. The monsoon season is approaching and provincial authorities would like the natural environment and surroundings to recover.

The four-month break in Trang was first implemented in 2013. Local business and tourist operators had already been informed about the closure last month, the park chief said.


Thailand Automotive Institute tones down car production target for 2015

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015 (NNT) Reduced purchasing power has prompted Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) to lower its car production target for 2015 to 2 million units, albeit expressing confidence that the country will become the 8th largest automobile manufacturer in the world within 5 years.

Vichai Jirathiyut, president of the TAI, said on Tuesday that the production target had been lowered to 2 million units from the previous target of 2.15 million units. Of the new target figure, 1.2 million units are expected to be produced for export and the rest-- 800,000 units -- for sale locally.

According to Mr. Vichai, the Thai economy's slowdown and the low prices of agricultural products have diminished people's purchasing power. Nonetheless, the institute still maintains its expectation for Thailand to produce 3 million cars a year by the year 2019. Mr. Vichai indicated that the expected growth in the number of units manufactured would be driven by the production of energy-efficient eco-cars.

The TAI president also commented on the progress of the automobile testing complex planned by the government, saying that the Ministry of Industry had negotiated to use 4,000 rai of land under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as the site for the complex. A more detailed plan for the site is expected to be drawn up within three months.


Thai competitiveness in ASEAN will increase by 25% if language skills improve

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan was confident that Thai competitiveness in ASEAN will definitely increase by 25 per cent if language skills of Thai population have improved.

Dr.Surin said in his capacity as President of the Future Innovative Thailand Institute (FIT) that lack of foreign language skill is one of the most significant problems among Thai people to compete in the AEC to be launched at the end of this year. People in other ASEAN nations were curious to study Thai language but Thais have oppositely no incentive to learn ASEAN languages. This is a serious drawback which needs an urgent solution, Surin said.

Previously, Thailand allocated one fifth of its annual budget to educational development, the highest figure among ASEAN nations. However, such a biggest investment did not bring the country higher quality of education as expected, he said.

“As far as I am concerned, Thailand needs to have effective response to the mobility of eight types of skilled labour in the upcoming changing environment in ASEAN. More effective education is a crucial part of the response as it could prepare readiness of Thai skilled labour to compete in the ASEAN labour market,” Mr.Surin said.

He also stressed that the government should invest more in education in the areas of science and technology as they put too little emphasis on the areas. Meanwhile, improvement of education quality should be done at all levels ranging from primary, secondary to higher education.


Buddhists invited to join nationwide celebration of Visakha Puja Day 2015

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of Religious Affairs has invited Buddhists in Thailand to perform good deeds and wear white clothes on their visit to nearby temples on the occasion of Visakha Puja Day and Atthamee Puja Day 2015.

Minister of Culture Weera Rotephotchanarat said that the invitation is part of the Buddhism Promotion Week Festival which aims to make young Buddhists understand the five precepts of Lord Buddha and cherish them in their everyday life.

The Buddhism Promotion Week is to be held nationwide under the cooperation of the Religious Affairs Department and Buddhist networks during 29 May to 9 June 2015. A great amount of leaflets written in Thai, English and Chinese languages have been published to invite Buddhists both Thai and other nationals to the event.

In Bangkok, the event will take place at Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace. It encompasses various activities such as moral education for youths, mass chanting competition, exhibition on ethical communities, meditation, food offering to monks, Buddhist sermons, and candlelight procession.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has also joined the Buddhism Promotion Week by holding a “9 Temples 9 Kings Bus Tour” activity whereas the Bangkok National Museum is to open for the public to pay homage to important Buddha statues.

In other provinces, the Department of Religious Affairs has cooperated with its provincial branches and Provincial Ecclesiastical Officials especially provinces sharing border with neighboring countries to jointly hold such an event during the week-long celebration. Household leaders have been encouraged to decorate their home with national flag alongside the Buddhist flag of “Dharmachakra”.


National Reform Council urges revision of free rooftop solar installation policy

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has submitted additional proposals to the Cabinet regarding the free rooftop solar system installation project after it has discovered that the project violates energy reform policies.

The NRC heard the report from the committee on energy reform regarding the solar photovoltaic rooftops for residential and general buildings project.

According to Chairman of the energy reform committee Tongchat Hongladarom, the Ministry of Energy has initiated the solar roof’s Free-in Tariff project while implementing a buying quota, which is in contradiction to the NRC’s free market proposal. This policy has created an obstacle for buyers and has increased prices.

In addition, committee member Alongkorn Ponlaboot indicated that the free rooftop solar system installation project had been conceived for the purpose of giving all sectors access to alternative energy at suitable prices. The project was meant to coincide with the new constitution’s efforts of reforming the nation's energy policies.

The committee has, therefore, urged to Cabinet to revise the project to truly reflect its original intention.


Interior Minister signs residency permit for foreigners

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Interior has approved the pending residency requests from foreigners, creating confidence towards foreigners who are seeking legal employments and investments in Thailand.

The Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda revealed yesterday that the current government's policy will be supporting businesses and investments from foreigners in Thailand, as the Thai economy still requires international investment and expertise to increase the nation’s capabilities in its economic, social, and innovative development.

He has said that from these reasons, he has signed the approval of residency permits for foreigners in Thailand, who have passed the Immigration Commission's consideration. This policy aims to generate confidence and attract foreigners who are interested to work or invest legally in Thailand.

The approved permit consists of 565 pending requests and 115 new requests from the consideration of the Immigration Commission’s 1/2015 meeting on 16 March 2015. Most of the requests being made are for employment and humanitarian purposes, such as to stay with families, and special cases such as those who have contributed for the benefits of Thailand, and for purposes of investment.

Consideration quota will include the subject's income, knowledge, professional skills, national security conditions, economic conditions, social conditions, and their country of origin's government policies.

The Minister of Interior further stated that the residency permit for foreigners has been thoroughly considered, which will demonstrate the government’s intention in welcoming foreigners who qualify regulations in order to legally reside in Thailand with ease and security, and for the benefits of the nation.


10,400 Thai Muslims granted quota to the Hajj this year

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of Religious Affairs has announced a total of 10,400 Thai muslims have been granted quota by Saudi Arabia to attend Hajj Pilgrimage 2015 in Mecca, according to Director-General of the Department of Religious Affairs Kritsayaphong Siri.

Mr.Kritsayaphong, also secretary-general of the Hajj Affairs Committee of Thailand, said that the announcement of the quota will facilitate the selected people to prepare themselves for the trip including learning of rules and conditions set by Saudi Arabia.

"Renting accommodations in Mecca for the participating Thai Muslims has been done by 80 per cent. The government has also discussed with the Transport Ministry and relevant authorities to add four extra charter flights. These flights will depart from Narathiwat Airport and Hat Yai Airport twice a day during 16-17 August 2015,” explained Mr.Kritsayaphong.

Those who are on the name list can contact the Hajj Affairs office in their localities or check their name online at www.hajthailand.net. For more information, please call either 02-4227795 or 094-952-0668 or 094-915-8257 around the clock.


Constitution Drafting Committee confident new charter will be approved by NRC

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is confident that the new charter will not be rejected and affirmed that the new constitution will bring sweeping reforms to the country.

CDC Chairman Borwonsak Uwanno has expressed his confidence that the National Reform Council will vote to approve of the new constitution. In response to criticism that the new charter adopts too much from foreign constitutions, he pointed out that the content in chapter 4 regarding reform and reconciliation cannot be found in any previous Thai charter.

He further explained that the new constitution will be titled the “reform constitution” as it is designed to empower citizens and support the private sector in its participation in politics and economics. Furthermore, the new constitution will overhaul the country’s budget with the establishment of a fiscal expense act, which will make all public accounts transparent and control the use of state funds.


Unmarked grave in Malaysia might relate to trafficker in Thailand, police says

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The unmarked Rohingya graves discovered in Malaysia could be related to the human trafficking movement in Thailand, says the Police Chief.

The Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Somyot Pumpunmuang has speculated that unmarked Rohingya graves discovered in Perlis, Malaysia could be from the same human trafficking movement in Thailand. The location of the unmarked graves were near the border of Thailand and Malaysia

He has said that the Royal Thai Police is starting their coordination with the Malaysian Police to track the entire human trafficking network in the region, simultaneously with the interrogation of captured human trafficker suspects to determine their involvement with the discovered graves in Malaysia.

The Thai Police Chief has also commented that the unmarked graves discovered in both countries could be considered as international crime. Therefore, all involved nations should cooperate to solve this problem.


50 NGV buses to be handed over to BMTA by July including those for disabled persons

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) Transport Minister Prajin Juntong revealed that 50 NGV buses are expected to be handed over to the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) by July this year as the purchasing contract with a selected supplier is expected soon.

The buses form part of the BMTA project to buy a total of 3,183 buses with a budget of 13.1 billion baht. The BMTA has already conducted negotitiations on prices and maintenance with the agreed supplier. The 50 buses are part of the first 489 NGV buses which must be handed over to BMTA within September 2015.

For the 2,000 remaining buses, the Transport Ministry has set up a committee to conduct a feasibility study on using electric buses instead of the NGV ones. The study is expected to be finished within next two weeks.

In the meantime, the ministry will explore the routing of low-floor buses for special passengers namely persons with disability, elders and pregnant women.

Meanwhile, Minister of Social Development and Human Security Adul Saengsingkaew revealed that the ministry is cooperating with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conducting a survey on bus routes for those vulnerable people.

According to a preliminary plan, the low-floor buses for disabled persons will run in twenty routes passing more than 1,000 bus stops covering 300 km in distance.


Energy Ministry to push forward 21st Petroleum Concession

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Energy will be opening the registration for the 21st Petroleum Concession, while the electricity prices in 2022 might increase by an additional 0.85 baht per unit, says the Acting Permanent-Secretary.

The Acting Permanent-Secretary of Energy Ministry Kurujit Nakornthap has revealed the ministry has already submitted the amended draft Petroleum Act and Petroleum Income Tax Act to the Cabinet’s meeting, which has agreed to add alternatives to the exploration concessions in different systems.

The amended laws are now in the process of consideration by the Council of State, before being submitted for the consideration of the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Council.

The Ministry of Energy has been assigned from the National Energy Policy Council on 14 May 2015 to consider the procedures for the 21st Petroleum Concession bidding within a time frame of one year.

The Energy Ministry Acting Permanent-Secretary has said that registration might not take place in June as the amendment of the related laws and regulations will require some time. He said failure in natural gas source management will cause a disruption to production. Current production licenses will expire in 2022.

These disruptions might force entrepreneurs to refuse to continue their investments. This might cause Thailand to rely solely on importing LNG gas from foreign countries for electricity production, causing the electricity price to increase by 0.85 baht per unit. Imported LNG costs more than natural gas.

The Acting Permanent-Secretary has also mentioned the installation of the solar cells on rooftops, dubbed the solar rooftop project, saying that the National Reform Council has suggested that the installation of solar cells for domestic consumption in households will not require permits from the Ministry of Industry. The government sector might also consider buying the excess electricity at lucrative rate.


PM Prayut asks reporters to avoid showing Thailand in a bad light

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister is asking reporters to avoid present any story that will show Thailand in a bad light.

Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the solutions to the Rohingya problem do need collaboration from the origin of the issue to the transit countries and the final destinations as well as related international organizations.

Gen. Prayut also asked members of the press not to report any story that will tarnish the reputation of Thailand and make the international community misunderstand about how the country has been treating the boat people.

He insisted that Thailand has been treating everyone equally and offering all humanitarian assistances the boat people should need before they were handed over to such destination countries as Indonesia and Malaysia.

The PM added that both the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force will be patrolling over Thai waters while standing ready with a large and fully-equipped vessel as a preliminary migrant relief effort.


Four state agencies to collaboratively process earthquake-related information

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015 (NNT) Four state agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding on the sharing of earthquake-related information, in a bid to reduce confusion and panic among the public after earthquakes.

The MOU has been signed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Meteorological Department, the Department of Mineral Resources and the Royal Irrigation Department. The four agencies will, from now on, handle data and information relating to earthquakes in a unified manner. Data from each agency's earthquake-measuring stations and devices will be recorded to the same database. The aim is to make information presentation to the public more concurrent, so that panic and confusion would not ensue.

Based on the accord, the Department of Mineral Resources will report the name of the fault line causing each earthquake. The Royal Irrigation Department and the Electricity Generating Authority will report the ground acceleration figures recorded at dams. The Meteorological Department will handle most of the earthquake-related calculation of figures.


Chamber of commerce: Following road map will lead to more foreign investor confidence

BANGKOK, 24 May 2014 (NNT) Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Itsara Wongkusonkit on Sunday pointed out that the peaceful political situation and the government’s work in line with its road map would help boost foreign investor confidence.

The chairman however admitted that Thai exports were affected by the global economy, especially economic slowdowns in the EU and China, prompting Thai businesses to adjust themselves and do business with the neighboring countries more.

The private sector was still concerned over the Thai government’s solutions to IUU fishing despite cooperation between the government and international organizations in tackling the problem at its causes, said Mr. Itsara.

The chamber of commerce chairman added that law enforcement was an important issue which could prove that Thailand was determined to resolve the problem of IUU fishing in the Kingdom.


Cabinet approves 3 measures to end Thai civil aviation problems

BANGKOK, 24 May 2015 (NNT) The cabinet has approved three core measures to keep Thai aviation on track to meet The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard, hoping to relieve the crisis within ICAO deadline, revealed deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

The first measure is to add 48 positions of civil servants holding special and technical expertise to the structure of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The second measure, as suggested by the ICAO, is to improve the structure of civil aviation authorities by clearly separating those in the operational role from others in the regulator’s role.

According to the cabinet resolution, the country’s cilvil aviation service will be divided into four branches. The Transport Ministry remains responsible for aviation policy whereas the Office of National Civil Aviation of Thailand will be established to take the role of regulator. ‘Department of Airports’ will be set up to be responsible for operational affairs, replacing the current DCA. Lastly, the Aircraft Accident Investigative Unit must be independent from the regulator and will report directly to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The third measure is to standardize aviation laws. The cabinet agreed to use Section 44 of the interim constitution in order to speed up the law amendment and ensure the legal changes will be done by deadline of ICAO.

Maj-Gen Sansern said that the government effort to solve the Thai civil aviation problems has considerably progressed. He affirmed that pending the outcome of ICAO considerations, the government will do its best to address the issue.


Improvements to Energency Room services

BANGKOK, 24 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has urgently developed the quality of Emergency Room (ER) in state-run medical centers and hospitals nationwide in preparation for the brandnew Universal Coverage Health project entitled “Emergency All Free" scheme, acting MOPH Permanent Secretary Surachet Satitniramai revealed on Sunday.

The government effort to improve ER services came after patients and their families had complained about a long queue to ER admission, both for critically emergency and emergency conditions, urging the government to re-manage the ER services.

“The Public Health Ministry wants to ensure that all patients in critical condition will receive medical treatment quickly and effectively, which we believe will lead to lower rate of death and disability. In parallel, medical staff should have higher level of safety while working,” said the official.

The ministry would put more emphasis on sending medical staff to save patient’s life on spot when people call Emergency Line 1669. At hospitals, the ER will be supervised by emergency physicians who make decision, according to clear Emergency Severity Index, to admit only patients with high severity to the ER. The rest emergency patients should be treated during overtime emergency center.

For big hospitals, specialists must be on standby around the clock to give consultancy and screen severity of patients immediately. Fast track should be available for patients with Ischemic heart disease, Ischemic stroke, bloodstream infection, pregnant women, newborn infants and severe injury at blood vessel.

For Health Promoting Hospitals, Chief Medical Officer of each province will be in charge of opening overtime clinic but needs to take into consideration the safety and existing burden of medical staff. Evaluation of the operation will be reported every two months in order to improve the emergency service efficiency.


CDC chairman urges people to study draft charter carefully before referendum

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Borwornsak Uwanno has called on the public to carefully study the contents of the draft charter before making their choice in the referendum.

Speaking at a seminar jointly held in Khon Kaen province by the CDC, the National Reform Council, the King Prajadhipok's Institute and the Community Organizations Development Institute to promote the public's understanding of the draft charter and to gather public input on it, Prof. Borwornsak said the CDC would continue taking in public input on the charter until the end of June. He asserted that the gathering of public input was not ceremonial, and that the charter would eventually be subjected to a referendum.

Prof. Bowornsak noted that the draft permanent constitution was created in response to the conflicts over the past eight years, which had caused massive damage to the country. He said the intention of the drafters was to empower citizens, promote clean and balanced politics, and support a 'just' society. He said whether or not the draft charter will be put in use depended on the result of the referendum, and therefore asked that all citizens study the draft charter in detail.


NLA to convene on Thursday to deliberate bankruptcy bill

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015 (NNT) National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has scheduled an NLA session on May 28-29 in order for the draft bill on bankruptcy to be deliberated in its 2nd and 3rd readings.

The session will commence at 10 am on Thursday, May 28, at the Parliament. In addition to the 2nd and 3rd readings of the bankruptcy bill, the NLA will also consider extending the deliberation time for the draft law on the establishment of a ministry of digital economy and society, the draft law on suppression of terrorism funding, the draft law on suppression and prevention of money laundering, the draft law on the determination of urban planning and use of space, the draft law on working capital, and the draft law on town and country planning.

Furthermore, the NLA will go over the annual report by the Political Development Council, the operational report by the Election Commission, and the operational report by the Office of the Auditor General.


Deputy Dean of Economics states that growth during NCPO’s administration is quite low

BANGKOK, 25 May 2015, (NNT) - Deputy Dean of the Economics Faculty in Rangsit University, Anusorn Thamjai, told a weekend seminar that Thailand’s economic growth during the National Council for Peace and Order’s administration is rather low.

He pointed out that private investment has contracted, and the export sector has seen negative growth during the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, government spending is being hindered due to issues within the system of government and state enterprises.

Mr. Anusorn indicated public spending faces a slowdown and less than optimal growth, despite the improved public confidence. He attributed this phenomenon to the high household debt rate and the fact that the Bank of Thailand has twice released a relaxed monetary policy but failed to boost the local economy.

In his view the Thai economy has yet to make a substantial recovery, saying it would expand 3-4 percent this year, thanks to the rapidly growing tourism sector. Mr. Anusorn said however that the export sector would only grow 1-2 percent, due to the economic slowdown in China and other major trading partners of Thailand.

The Deputy Dean also said that Thailand’s economic strength depends on lasting political stability, saying it would become stronger once a general election was held.


PM Prayut to welcome Fijian leader

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is scheduled to welcome Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimara who will be visiting Thailand early next week.

PM Bainimara is scheduled to attend a meeting held by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on May 28 and 29. He has accepted an invitation to visit the Kingdom from PM Prayut, extended by Deputy PM and Foreign Affairs Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn.

The Fijian leader is scheduled to meet PM Prayut at Government House to discuss the possibility of strengthening bilateral cooperation in such areas as politics, trade and investment as well as in other fields of expertise which the two countries either lack or excel in. The two leaders will then attend a luncheon hosted by the Thai government. A press conference will be held later on.

Thailand and Fiji have promoted their diplomatic ties since December 15, 1975. The nations have exchanged visits of high-ranking officials on many occasions. In addition, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn paid a visit to the island country in 1996. The Fijian President attended the 2013 Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Thailand.


Broadcasting Commission extends first-lot Digital TV coupons validity

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 (NNT) The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has extended the validity of the first-lot of Digital TV coupons for two more months, allowing the public to redeem for hybrid set top boxes within a longer timeframe.

The NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith has revealed that the NBTC has received permission from the National Council for Peace and Order to extend the validity of the first-lot Digital TV coupons, originally set to expire on 31 May 2015, to 31 July 2015.

This extension will provide holders the chance to redeem the voucher for the hybrid set top box that will allow viewing of both digital television and satellite television channels. The new set top boxes are expected to be available in the market in June 2015.

On the progress of digital TV channel license payments, the NBTC Secretary-General has said that 16 channels' transactions have already been completed. The licensing payment deadline cannot be further extended.


Election schedule pending NRC’s decision on draft charter

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has explained that if the National Reform Council (NRC) accepts the draft constitution, the planned election will have to be slightly delayed due to the referendum process while insisting he is not intent on extending his time in office.

Commenting on his past statement to foreign press that Thailand would hold the general election at some point in August this year, Gen Prayut clarified that the given estimate was in accord with the initial timeframe of constitution drafting. Should a public referendum on the draft charter be organized, he admitted that the election would inevitably have to be pushed off.

Nonetheless, the premier urged all sides to wait for the NRC’s resolution whether or not to approve the draft constitution. If the draft is turned down, he said it would be unfortunate as all the efforts put in would have gone to waste and the charter drafting process would need to start over. Despite the obligation to carry on his duty as Prime Minister under such a circumstance, he vowed that he has never intended to hold on to power.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the military takeover, Gen Prayut said he is content with the achievements of the National Council for Peace and Order so far, especially in the laying down of new structures and foundations for the country. Though deeming the coup unacceptable, he affirmed it was a necessary move in order to save the nation from impending dangers and enable it to move forward.


Consular Affairs to provide mobile passport issuing service in Trang

TRANG, 22 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of Consular Affairs (DCA) will be providing passport issuance services in Trang province during 8-12 June 2015 to facilitate the public, according to the Trang City Municipality Mayor.

The Mayor of Trang's City Municipality, Apichit Winothai, has revealed that the DCA mobile passport issuing unit will be operating passport issuance services to the pubic in Trang and surrounding provinces during 8-12 June 2015 from 8am to 4:30pm at the Trang City Municipality office.

This service will be convenient for the public, as they will not be required to travel to Bangkok or other provinces where the passport issuance service are provided at those Consular Affairs offices.

The DCA will require certain documents to issue passports, namely the identification card or civil worker card with the 13 digit identification number, and the census registration document. Passport issuance will cost 1,000 baht and an additional 40 baht for delivery services.


Fujian's entrepreneurs visit Khon Kaen to boost trade and investment

KHON KAEN, 22 May 2015 (NNT) Khon Kaen Governor Gumtorn Thavornstit gave a warm welcome to thirty Chinese entrepreneurs from Fujian Province led by Song Ke Ning , Director General of the Fujian Foreign Affairs Office during their visit to Khon Kaen to boost Thailand- Fujian Economic Cooperation and Investment.

The visit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Thai - Chinese diplomatic relations. Fujian officials and business people took the year to enhance trade and investment between their province and four Thai provinces of Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin and Khon Kaen in the central part of the northeastern region.

These provinces form a potential cluster in agricultural production. They possess land known to be the best source of Thai Jasmine rice, one of the most favourite staples among Chinese.

In 2011, Khon Kaen took the lead in representing other provinces in the cluster to sign an MOU promoting all of them as Sister Cities with China's Fujian Province. Bilateral relationship has since developed smoothly under the coordination of the Chinese Consulate - General in Khon Kaen.


International political experts share ideas related to Thailand’s reform to solve conflicts

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 - Political experts from Germany and France have been invited to join a special lectures project hosted by the Foreign Ministry and share their views on the role of the Constitution in national efforts to resolve conflicts.

On Friday, the Foreign Ministry organized a series of special lectures on Thailand’s political conflicts, the reform process and lessons to be learnt from constitutions adopted in other countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that the lectures have been initiated to promote an understanding of the charter drafting process which is ongoing amidst both praise and criticism. He added that the target audiences include the Constitution Drafting Committee, the National Reform Council, the National Legislative Assembly, members of the public and the media.

In discussing the event’s objectives, Mr. Wissanu said that experts from Germany and France have been invited to share their experiences in their respective countries, that have successfully overcome crises and drafted new charters which succeeded in bringing about reconciliation and stable governments.

Among the international speakers are Professor Dominique Rousseau and Professor Michel Troper from the University of Paris, who became known for a recommendation to use the Constitutional Court to solve conflicts, and the theory of Realism, respectively.

Also attending is Professor Ulrich Karpen from the University of Hamburg who will be speaking about Germany’s experiences with Nazism and Hitler.

Mr. Wissanu stated that the lectures won't entail the experts’ criticisms of Thailand as they will be discussing only the experiences of their own countries.


Genral Public call on government to create more market-like festivals.

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 (NNT) The Thai Fruits and Vegetables Festival at Phadung Krung Kasem Canal was today bustling as ever with a great number of visitors coming to buy seasonal fruits and garden plants. The market drew customers as soon as it opened at 10 a.m. and became even more crowded towards 4 p.m. when the office hour was over.

Most visitors at the market agreed that holding such a market helped buyers in terms of decision making as they could ask for product details and negotiate with farm owners directly. They wanted the government to continue holding similar markets at the site.

Thai Fruits and Vegetables Festival opens until 31 May 2015 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market next to the Government House.


Thai students win 12 awards from AYIE 2015 competition in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 May 2015 (NNT) Thai students have made name abroad by winning a total of twelve medals - one gold, four silvers, three bronzes as well as another four special prizes - from Asian Young Inventors Exhibition 2015 (AYIE), according to Secretary-General of the Basic Education Commission Kamol Rodklai.

AYIE is part of the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX), a platform for the world’s most prolific inventors from 21 countries in Asia and Europe to showcase their inventions. It is held during 21-23 May in Kuala Lumpur convention Centre, Malaysia.

Mr.Kamol said that eight inventions by Thai students were selected by the Office of the Basic Education Commission to be displayed and joined competitions at the AYIE.

Energy-saving Steamer invented by students of Muang Narathiwat School won a gold medal in the category of houseware.

In the category of machineries and equipment, two silvers go to the Bottle Automatic Buyer Machine developed by students of Chum Chon Ban Mae Hang School in Chiang Mai and the Machine for Shrimp Peeling and Riving by students of Thungyaiwittayakom School in Nakhon Si Thammarat. These three inventions were also granted special awards from Hong Kong.

Sticky Rice Cooker of Nakhon Phanom’s Piyamaharachalai School was also presented a silver medal from "MOVE WORLD TOGETHER” project.

Mr.Kamol said that the awards proved innovative skills of Thai students which could meet demands of global market. Therefore, the Thai students’ inventions hold high potentials to be developed at the commercial level, drawing attentions of international entrepreneurs, academics and visitors during three days of the exhibition.


Thailand and China to strengthen cooperation on human rights

BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 (NNT) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai had a meeting in Bangkok with Luo Haocai, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the 9th and 10th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and President of China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) during the latter’s visit to Thailand in order to strengthen cooperation on human rights with academic institutions and relevant organizations in Thailand.

Both sides discussed and exchanged views on several issues of common interest including human rights projects and activities of both governments and civil society organizations in both countries.

In addition, they shared their views on efforts to increase public awareness on human rights, which should start from young children and adolescents, as well as cooperation in researches and studies to promote human rights in the era of information technology and social media.


 

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