PRD chief invites public to join Bike for MOM
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Director-General of
the Public Relations Department (PRD) is calling the general public to
attend the Bike for MOM event on 16 August 2015 to express their
gratitude and loyalty to the Queen, and to take part in the Guinness
Book record breaking event.
The PRD Director-General Apinan Juntarungsri revealed that the PRD has
invited staff from the Guinness World Records to capture the historic
picture of the Thai public's loyalty and gratefulness towards Her
Majesty the Queen and the monarchy, in the Bike for MOM event that is
set to commence on 16 August 2015.
Guinness World Records will scan bar codes on tags placed on
participants' bicycles riding over 4 kilometers. The record breaking
attempt location in Bangkok will be at the rest point of the Army
Stadium in Bangkok, and at other designated locations in other
The PRD Director-General has said that the rehearsal of the recording
procedures has been carried out on 2 August 2015 with some part of the
process needs to be refined.
He also invited the general public to attend the event to express their
gratefulness and loyalty to the Queen, and to be a part of the historic
world record attempt altogether.
Gifts for Mom still bustling on 2nd day
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The second day of
“Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom” Fair, held at Khlong Phadung Krung
Kasem market near the Government House, saw a large number of visitors
of all ages since morning whereas fashion products were the best
Most of the products put up at the fair are from OTOP suppliers
nationwide. Hats, bags, scarves and silks are highly popular among
Apart from goods, the fair also features a special exhibition in honor
of all mothers and handcraft training by craftsmen of the Bang Sai Royal
Folk Arts And Crafts Center.
The fair is set to run for three weeks from August 3 to 23 with three
different themes each week. The first week from Aug 3-9 comes under the
“In Trend Mom&Child” theme during which mothers and their children can
shop for trendy and fashionable stuff such as clothes and accessories.
Highlight of the event seems to be the famous Praewa silk cloth woven in
11 patterns using threads in 78 colors .
PM: Cabinet approves THB7,000m for drought-hit people
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha, after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, expressed
concerns over the ongoing drought disaster and the newly emerging floods
in different parts of Thailand, saying the Cabinet today approved seven
billion baht to help farners affected by the drought.
With the new fund, the Interior Ministry and the Agriculture and
Cooperatives Ministry will together work out a cultivation guideline for
the upcoming agricultural season and the employment of farmers on
out-of-farm jobs pending the new planting season.
The prime minister suggested that the hiring of farmers in such jobs
should be project-based, which gives higher productivity and generate
wider income distribution than hiring on an individual basis.
To deal with flooding in northeastern provinces caused by overflow from
the Mekong River, the prime minister has urged provincial authorities in
the region to well manage the situation. He suggested they should divert
and keep the overflown water in dams for use during the dry spell which
is predicted to recur later this year.
Gen Prayut also expressed his worry towards severe floods in Thailand’s
neighboring Myanmar, saying that the government would hold a campaign in
Thailand to raise fund to help Myanmar in line with the humanitarian
The issue of homeless people was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting.
Gen Prayut said that the cabinet approved housing plans for four million
homeless families, especially those living by the riverside. The project
will take 5-10 years to complete.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will seek deserted
empty lands possibly owned by the state, on which the Natural Resources
and Environment Ministry will build permanent living quarters for
The ministry has already built houses for 1.3 million impoverished
families who used to live on encroached riverside land.
Chiang Saen submerged after heavy rain
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The water level of the
Mekong river has rapidly increased and submerged many areas in Chiang
Saen district in Chiang Rai province.
Abundant rain since last week has made many parts of the Mekong river
overflow. In Mae Ngern and Ban Saew sub-districts, farmers have
harvested crops urgently after the water flooded their farms.
The water level measured in front of the Chiang Saen district office was
7.30 meters on Tuesday, about one meter higher than the previous day.
Riverside residents have been warned to move their belongings to high
places and row in the Mekong river with caution. They have been
suggested to closely monitor the water situation during this period.
Water conservation exhibition held in Chiang Mai Province to showcase His Majesty the King’s works
BANGKOK, 4 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is holding an exhibition to showcase His
Majesty the King’s water conservation initiatives.
Agriculture Minister Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya said His Majesty
throughout his life has placed great emphasis on improving the country’s
water management and conservation methods and has passed on his Royal
Project’s innovations to local communities. This has resulted in
effective water management for agriculture and relief for drought
affected regions in the country.
The exhibition features an education center on His Majesty’s work
pertaining to water management and conservation, an academic forum,
showcasing of various crafts, and an education center for agricultural
practices. The exhibition also features booths selling products from
The exhibition is being held at The Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai
Province from August 1 to August 15.
DPM expresses condolences for flood disaster in Myanmar
KUALA LUMPUR – 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Deputy Prime
Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs expressed his condolences for
flood disaster in Myanmar at the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meetings.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak
Patimapragorn has expressed his sympathy for the current flood disaster
in Myanmar to the Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, at
the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The flood disaster currently covers four areas in Myanmar including the
Chin State, Rakhine State, Magway Region, and Sagaing Region. Other
areas have also been affected, due to continued heavy rains since mid
May 2015, under the influence of the Komen Storm from the Bay of Bengal.
People affected from this disaster range between 67,000 - 110,000, while
21 fatalities have been confirmed by the Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 30 July 2015.
The Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon has reported that no Thai nationals are
affected from this incident, and assured that the embassy will continue
to monitor the situation closely.
NRC proposes methods of healthcare reform for elderly
BANGKOK, 4 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council (NRC) has proposed methods of reforming Thailand’s welfare
system and elderly care.
A report was delivered by the NRC committee on social, communities,
children, youth, women, elderly, disabled and the underprivileged people
To reform how the country funds welfare and elderly care, the report
calls for expanding contributions and disbursements of pension funds,
raising the age of retirement and supporting the elderly who choose to
remain in the workforce. The report also called for improved
accessibility to public facilities and better-equipped elderly care
facilities, to better accommodate Thailand's aging society.
The committee has emphasized the importance of family planning and
society’s outlook towards the importance of family support. To improve
the well-being of the elderly, the report called for more support for
family education in well-being and home care services.
PM urges public to wear Thai clothes for Mother’s Day
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has
urged the general public to wear Thai attire to celebrate the auspicious
occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, and reminded the public to
love their mother and be good children.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke with artists who had received
the 'gratefulness to mother' awards for 2015, prior to the Cabinet’s
meeting at Government House, to promote the sale of jasmine flowers on
the occasion of Mother’s Day 2015.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives also
brought in mulberry farmers, responsible for the production of silk from
Maha Sarakham Province, to meet the Prime Minster. The farmers were able
to express their gratitude to him, for being a continuous supporter and
the model for wearing Thai Silk attire.
The farmers also gave the Mud Mi Soi Dok Mak silk cloth to the Prime
Minister, as part of a campaign to encourage the public to buy Thai Silk
for their mothers during the month of August.
The PM has suggested that, in addition to the preservation of the Thai
weaving identity, silk producers and manufacturers should make silk
products in a range of prices which differ according to quality in order
to create affordable Thai Silk products for the public.
He then invited all Thai nationals to wear clothes made from Thai Silk,
as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the auspicious occasion of her
birthday on 12 August 2015.
He also reminded the farmers to live their lives with sufficiency, in
keeping with the royal guidelines from His Majesty the King, and called
on the public to show their love for their mothers throughout the month
of Mother’s Day.
The Minister of Culture also brought along youths to meet the Prime
Minister, to promote the ‘Wear Thai Attire for the Queen’ campaign, in
keep with Her Majesty’s initiative to conserve the art and utilization
of Thai textiles.
U-EMEX 2015 annual aviation safety exercise held in Udon Thani
UDON THANI, 4 August 2015 (NNT) Thailand’s
northeastern province of Udon Thani held an annual aviation emergency
response exercise or U-EMEX 2015 to ensure that its provincial airport
have all staff, equipment and systems ready for any kind of emergency,
Director of the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office
Sarawut Palawat revealed during the exercise.
The exercise involved a mock-up accident in which an airplane
experienced a mechanical problem at the front wheels while landing in
the airport. The wheels’ failure made the plane skid off runway, causing
an oil leakage that finally led to a big blast.
The exercise was conducted strictly in line with Thailand’s national
emergency plan 2015 and the safety standards of International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The drill embraced not only outdoor training but also involved all
working groups in the emergency response system, making it a full-scale
exercise from tabletop to every specific task force. In this year’s
exercise, four rescuers of Laos’s national rescue team also came to
observe and joined the activity in Udon Thani.
OAE is taking followup survey of income-added projects for drought-hit farmers
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Office of
Agricultural Economics (OAE) is carrying out a month-long followup
survey in fifty-eight provinces affected by the drought disaster where
thousands of community-initiated projects have been implemented to add
more income to farmers’ pockets.
OAE Secretary-General Lersak Rewtrakulpaiboon revealed on Monday that
the survey started on 13 July and will end in the next two weeks on 16
August. The team has already visited 516 projects so far.
"The projects are part of the government’s efforts to reduce farmers’
hardship due to the prevailing drought. Each community in the 58
provinces designed their own development projects in a way members of
the community can replenish income lost to suspended cultivation,” said
A total of 6,598 projects have been executed under this initiative. Each
of the projects employed between 5 and 900 workers depending on the
requirements of the particular project. Farmers working for the projects
could earn 200-400 baht a day each, while skilled workers got higher
daily wage of up to 500 baht. Some worked on a piece-by-piece basis from
which they could gain up to ten thousand baht a job.
Leading members of each community, in cooperation with the Agricultural
Technology Service Center, are now working on assessment of the projects
before forwarding the report to the government.
Results of the OAE survey will be handed over to the ministries in
charge of the projects, before being forwarded to the cabinet for use as
a guidance for the project’s development in the following years.
Thailand to send initial 5m baht aid to Myanmar
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Thai government is
preparing to send the initial donation of 5 million baht to Myanmar to
aid those affected by the disastrous flood, while Thai nationals
residing in flood affected areas in Myanmar will be assisted.
The Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Col Weerachon
Sukondhapatipak said that the government is now working with the Myanmar
Embassy in Thailand to provide help and relief measures for the flood
affected in Myanmar.
He said that Thailand will be sending the urgent initial 5 million baht
donation to Myanmar tomorrow (4 August 2015), while the Ambassador of
Myanmar to Thailand is scheduled meet with the delegation of Thai
government representatives, to detail the current situation in order for
Thailand to provide appropriate assistance.
The PMO Deputy Spokesman said that Thailand's aid to Myanmar will depend
on the severity of damage and the need of assistance, comparing the
flood disaster in Myanmar to that of the earthquake in Nepal. Future
damage reports from Myanmar will determine whether Thailand will
dispatch help units to Myanmar or not.
In the country's cultivation areas, 27 Myanmar nations have died, while
about 150,000 remain affected. There are no reports of Thai fatalities
from this incident.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is set to issue a letter of
condolences to the President of Myanmar Thein Sein through the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
The PMO Deputy Spokesman has also said regarding the assistance to the
flood affected in Sop Moei District in Mae Hong Son province of
Thailand, that the government had assigned the Ministry of Interior to
survey the damage and to provide urgent aid to the area. Assistance
operations will cover areas that have been declared an emergency
situation area, while utilizing funds from the provincial budget.
Further assistance to the flood affected with the considered at the
Cabinet’s meeting on 4 August 2015.
Police Chief to propose name of successor soon
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
Commissioner-General has confirmed he will decide later this month as to
who will replace him in the position after his retirement.
Asked about the selection of his replacement, National Police Chief Pol
Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang insisted that he needs to give the matter his
most careful consideration before he can make any decision. He said he
will not seek advice from other people as it could cloud his judgment.
According to the National Police Chief, five of his deputies are
contending for the top post and have already presented their visions and
policies. He affirmed that the name of the most suitable candidate will
be submitted to the Royal Thai Police Board chaired by Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha by August 20 for approval.
Pol Gen Somyot was appointed the tenth Police Commissioner-General of
Thailand in 2014 in place of his predecessor Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew.
He is set to retire at the end of September this year.
PM launches new canal-side market offering Mother’s Day gifts
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) The government has
inaugurated a new market along Phadung Krung Kasem Canal in which
visitors can shop for a wide array of Mother’s Day presents.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony for
the market, which is set to run for three weeks from August 3 to 23
under the title “Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom”. Coinciding with the
National Mother’s Day and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August
12, the market also features a special exhibition in honor of all
mothers. Participants are welcome to sign well wishes for Her Majesty
the Queen as well.
Products available to shoppers at the event are divided into three
categories. Fashion and textile products, including such traditional
items as Jok cloth and Praewa silk, can be found in the first week while
motherhood products, including lactation supplements and weight control
products, will be offered in the second week. In the final week, there
will be home decorative items and wooden furniture on offer.
The Gifts for Mom market is the latest event under the government’s
ongoing campaign to stimulate the Thai economy through a series of
activities along Phadung Krung Kasem Canal adjacent to Government House.
Vietnam-US diplomatic ties marked in Hanoi
The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and
Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a banquet on July 30 to celebrate the
20 th anniversary of the normalisation of Vietnam-US diplomatic
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the
remarkable achievements reached by the two countries over the past two
decades, while expressing his gratitude for the efforts made by previous
generations to establish and nurture the relations.
The two countries have moved towards cooperation in various fields, the
Deputy Minister said, adding that with their comprehensive strategic
partnership, Vietnam and the US would contribute greatly to the
maintenance of peace, sustainability and cooperation in the region.
For his part, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said the two sides
have addressed the consequences of the war and discussed measures to
further collaboration since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The Ambassador said he was impressed by the growth in bilateral trade,
which is currently valued at approximately 40 billion USD per year, a
100-fold increase compared to 20 years ago. He highlighted that this
figure was expected to rise even further once the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) was signed.
Photographs on Vietnam-US relations and the US through the lens of
Vietnamese photographers were exhibited at the banquet
Vietnam to attend KL Converge in Malaysia
A Vietnamese delegation will participate in the
three-day communications expo KL Converge at the Kuala Lumpur Convention
Centre in the Malaysian capital from August 27-29.
The Vietnamese delegation includes the Vietnam News Agency (VNA),
Vietnam Television (VTV), Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Vietnam Internet
Association, Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Vietnam
Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS), and Saigontourist Cable
The delegation will introduce the development of communications in
Vietnam and showcase a wide variety of products and solutions in 15
It is also scheduled to participate in a number of regional seminars and
workshops taking place as part of the exhibition.
Attending the platform for the second time, Vietnam aims to promote its
natural and cultural beauty, as well as its innovations in a number of
fields, including communications, information technology and television
KL Converge 2015, jointly organised by the Malaysian Communications and
Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Ministry for Communications and
Multimedia, is expected to see the participation of relevant groups from
other nations in the Southeast Asian region, as well as China, Japan and
the Republic of Korea.
The exhibition aims to provide networking opportunities, popularise
relevant policies, promote investment prospects, and share experiences
and innovative ideas.
Vietnam receives support for forest, coastal ecosystem protection
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
(MARD) has signed implementation agreements with GIZ, the German Federal
enterprise for international development cooperation, for two projects
on forest biodiversity conservation and coastal forest protection, the
Quan Doi Nhan Dan reported.
The project “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services” aims to create the preconditions for the
conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services
in Vietnam’s forests at the central level.
The project has 4.5 million EUR in non-refundable aid from the German
Government via the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development (BMZ) and 450,000 EUR from the Vietnamese government.
Meanwhile, Phase Two of the project “Integrated Coastal and Mangrove
Forest Protection in the Mekong Provinces for the Adaptation to Climate
Change (ICMP)” aims to efficiently manage and protect coastal ecosystems
in the Mekong Delta in order to mitigate and adapt to environmental
hazards related to climate change.
The ICMP project has a total budget of 8.8 million EUR, including 4.5
million EUR from the German government, 3.5 million EUR from the
Australian government and 800,000 EUR from the Vietnamese government
Shanghai delegates visit Chiang Mai as its sister city
CHIANG MAI, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Delegation from
Shanghai Municipal Government and Foreign Affairs Office paid their
visit to Chiang Mai on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations, while the number of Chinese tourists
to Chiang Mai is expected to rise to 600,000 this year.
The Governor of Chiang Mai Suriya Prasartbandit has welcomed the
Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Shanghai Municipal
People’s Congress Wang Zhong, and the Thai Consulate-General to Shanghai
Parichat Luepaiboolphan for their official visit to Chiang Mai, which is
a sister-city of Shanghai. This visit occurs on the occasion of the 40th
anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations.
The meeting was also attended by the head of official divisions from
Chiang Mai province, while both sides exchanged opinions on activities
that could enhance the cities' relations.
The Governor of Chiang Mai disclosed that the province welcomed about
400,000 tourists from China last year, while this number is expected to
grow to 600,000 tourists this year.
He said that the beautiful nature and the conservation of the ancient
city's layout were the factors that impressed the Chinese tourists,
adding that this is the strength of Chiang Mai that has allowed
conservation tourism to flourish.
The Shanghai delegate and Chinese businessmen were also invited to
attend the Lanna Expo 2015, set for commencement by mid September and
organized by the upper northern region provinces.
NLA reports amendments to human trafficking laws
BANGKOK, 3 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has reported that all parties have been actively amending
legislation on the prevention and elimination of human trafficking.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said the National Council for
Peace and Order, the government and the NLA have collaborated in passing
many laws. The legislature is currently deliberating an additional five
bills forwarded by the Cabinet to expand their jurisdiction and
Mr Pornpetch believes the country has achieved enough progress to
prevent a trade embargo by the United States.
The NLA President added that all human trafficking-related laws will be
translated into English and other languages, in order for the
international community to take note of the country’s efforts in the
Bicycle sales increase dramatically in Nakhon Ratchasima
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 3 August 2015, (NNT) Bicycle sales
have increased dramatically in Nakhon Ratchasima, reflecting the
popularity of the approaching Bike for Mom 2015 event.
Records show that more than 7,100 cyclists have registered for the
event, the highest number in the northeastern region. Vendors in the
province are enjoying the rising demand for bicycles which has increased
by 2-3 times.
A bicycle shop owner and president of the province's bicycle club,
Pongsak Pipittawanitch, yesterday said the Bike for Mom campaign has
boosted the number of bicycles sold in his shop by 300 percent, meaning
sales of 40-50 bicycles a day at the end of July from an average of 10
per day normally. He said the most popular model is the 'city bicycle'
which is priced in the range of 2,000 - 5,000 baht.
The Bike for Mom event has sparked an interest in cycling for health and
fitness among members of the public in Nakhon Ratchasima.
PM asks all sides to refrain from creating political rifts
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday implored all sides to refrain from creating
political conflicts and undermining the reform process in the Kingdom.
The Prime Minister made the statement after being asked for his opinion
on the Foundation of Mass Public for National Reform, which was formed
earlier this year by the members of now-dissolved People's Democratic
Reform Committee (PDRC).
The foundation reportedly aims to promote democracy under a
constitutional monarchy and to monitor the reform progress.
The Prime Minister stressed that the formation of such a foundation had
nothing to do with the government, and those people involved were free
to do so as long as they follow the rule of law. He underlined that the
same sentiment was applicable to all other entities, individuals and
factions who were planning similar action, while reiterating anyone
violating the rules will be punished accordingly.
He urged all sides not to destroy the administration's efforts to create
peaceful atmosphere and progress by inducing political rifts among the
Floods invade farmland in Sakon Nakhon, more rainfall expected in the North and Northeast
SAKON NAKHON, 3 Aug 2015, (NNT) Continuous rainfall
in Sakon Nakhon has caused flooding in several rice farms in the
province. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted more
rains in the northern and northeastern regions.
Officials in Sakon Nakhon reported about 8,000 rai of farmland is facing
floods, especially those located near the local Huay Tung and Yam river
basins which are flood prone areas.
The local weather agency expects a monsoon trough will move through
Myanmar to low pressure areas in Laos and the northern part of Vietnam.
It also says the southwestern monsoon will cover the Andaman Sea and the
Gulf of Thailand.
These could result in heavy thundershowers in Thailand especially in the
North and Northeast. Residents living in the Provinces of Mae Hong Son,
Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Tak, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon
Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom are warned of flash floods.
King Rama IV statue to be transported to Ratchaphak Park in Hua Hin today
AYUTTHAYA, 3 Aug 2015 (NNT) The 13.9 meter-tall bronze statue of King
Rama IV will be transported from a casting factory in Ayutthaya to the
newly constructed Ratchaphak Park in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri
Khan today at 10 AM.
The statue is one of the seven statues of ancestral kings to be
enshrined at the Ratchaphak Park on the Royal Thai Army land in Hua Hin.
The statue of King Rama IV was securely loaded onto a 22-wheeler truck
at the the weekend and will start its journey from the Asia Fine Art
Foundry in Ayutthaya this morning.
The relocation was earlier scheduled for August 2, but was postponed to
this morning. The convoy will be taking Route no.347 to Pathum Thani
Province, where it will join another caravan removing the statue of King
Rama I from the foundry to the same park. From Pathum Thani, both
statues will travel in the same caravan to the destination -- Ratchaphak
Park in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan. The park has been named
by His Majesty the King, meaning the park that was built to show public
loyalty towards the kings.
Reform councilor Manoon calls for clear principles behind public referendum questionnaire
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) A member of the National
Reform Council has called for more clarity related to the public
referendum before the corresponding questionnaire is written.
NRC member Manoon Syrian said that he has spoken with some of his fellow
members regarding the principles behind a public referendum on the draft
Constitution after another member, Paiboon Nititawan had suggested that
the questions to be used in the process should have been written by now.
Mr. Manoon said that his discussion focused on whether or not the
national reform process should be completed before the next general
He added that when his group proposed some changes to the draft charter
to the Constitution Drafting Committee, they suggested the CDC consider
holding a public referendum to ask the people’s opinion on this point.
Meanwhile, another NRC member Direk Teungfung said that he, at least, is
not supporting the suggestion that the term of the National Council for
Peace and Order should be extended, and worries that such an action may
bring about more problems.
Most NRC members support extension of Reform Road Map deadline
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) Most members of the
National Reform Council have expressed their support for the extension
of the Reform Road Map, which, if approved, will further delay the next
NRC member Niran Pantharakit said that many of his fellow members agreed
that the national reform process should be completed before the general
election takes place because they are not sure if political conflicts
will flare up again.
Mr. Niran said that those NRC members who feel so said that unless there
is genuine confidence that there will not be any street protests or
political uncertainties, the next general election should not be
Under such a scenario, he said that the Reform Road Map’s deadline can
surely be extended in order to ensure that Thailand will be truly
Mr. Niran added that there are currently two ideas to back such a
suggestion; the first is to ask the people of Thailand in a public
referendum on the draft charter if they agree to the extension of the
deadline to two years.
The second idea is for the NRC to vote to reject the draft charter in
order to buy time for the implementation of all reform efforts, he said.
Thai FM to attend 48th AMM in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn is scheduled
to attend the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and related
meetings in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur this week from 3-6
The 48th AMM will be the last annual meeting at the ministerial level
before the official arrival of ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015. It
is therefore a crucial stage for them to discuss outcomes of the
regional cooperation and finalize ASEAN’s post-2015 vision to facilitate
a people-centred and public participatory achievement.
It is also a forum to discuss various agendas such as maintaining a
leading role of ASEAN, developing the regional connectivity, dealing
with non-traditional threats that emerge from the closer ties among
Apart from the 48th AMM, Gen Tanasak is to take part in a series of
related meetings with ASEAN dialogue partners such as China, Japan,
He will join the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
(AICHR) Meeting, ASEAN+1 Meeting, ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers' Meeting,
East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, as well as ASEAN
Regional Forum (ARF). Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) with Japan and South
Korea will be a sub-regional meeting he will attend.
Agendas of those meetings mainly focus on one-year followup on the
progress of the meetings and mapping out of next-year operational plans
to strengthen the efficiency of all ASEAN meetings.
As 2015 is the last year Thailand serves as coordinator of ASEAN-China
relations, Gen Tanasak will meet with Chinese representatives to
emphasize the roles of Thailand during the past three years before the
country will change its role to a coordinator of ASEAN-EU relations this
Gen Tanasak will then exchange opinions with ARF foreign ministers in
major issues of their common interest such as Superpowers Relations in
ASEAN, situation in East Asia and the South China Sea.
MOU signed for better quality of life in Thailand-Cambodia
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Thailand and Cambodia
have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the objective of
improving the livelihood of the people of both nations.
The Royal Prajasonggroh Thai-Cambodia Foundation (PTC) held the
'Relations of Two Lands Thailand-Cambodia' event on Sunday, where a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to improve public health,
education, religion and economic issues in both countries, through the
efforts of both governments.
The event was chaired by Jirakhom Kitiyakorn at the Royal Thai Police
The MOU is a binding agreement for the PTC to propel cooperation in
royally initiated projects in both countries; the promotion of a better
understanding among the public of both sides; the improvement of the
daily quality of life, through self-sustainability; support for
education, public health, agriculture, the environment, employment, and
charity; the promotion of religious, cultural, and traditional affairs;
the cooperation of royal affairs for the benefit of the dual economies
and society; to provide aid for the public affected by hardships; and
with support for projects unrelated to politics.
The Relations of Two Lands Thailand-Cambodia event, also featured a
lecture on the investment opportunities in Cambodia by the Thai Minister
Counsellor on Commercial Affairs Jiranun Wongmongkol, along with a
business matching session.
The Prajasonggroh Thai-Cambodia Foundation was founded in 2014 with its
objective being the creation of good understanding among neighboring
citizens, regional economic prosperity, and the formation of a
cooperative network in education, to promote Thailand as the center of
human resources development in the region.
Chiang Rai donations for flood victims in Myanmar
CHIANG RAI, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Chiang Rai province
has gathered donations from both the public and private sectors to help
the flood-affected people in western Myanmar.
The Thailand-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC) in Mae Sai
District, Chiang Rai has joined hands with the Thai-Myanmar Cultural And
Economic Cooperation Association, Chiang Rai Branch, to set up a
donation center to help the flood-affected public in the western region
The Governor of Chiang Rai Pongsak Wangsamer and the Thai TBC Chairman
Col Prapat Pobsuwan of the King Guard, 2nd Calvary Division announced
that he received donations of dry foods and drinking water from
delegates of government and private agencies in the province. Donations
campaigns have also been pursued by the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce.
The Vice Chair of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce Pakaimas Vierra has
said that the ongoing flood in Myanmar has caused distressed many
people, while the general public of Chiang Rai can contribute by
donating to the Mae Sai border post, to the Chamber of Commerce offices
in Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, and Mae Sai, or to the Mekong Riverline
She has said that donations will be allocated through to Myanmar via
airplanes from Tachileik Airport, which will then be delivered to the
public by Myanmar officials.
Floods in western Myanmar has claimed 27 lives, while around 150,000
people have been driven out of their homes, with Rakhine State suffering
the most from this disaster.
Maynmar has now declared an emergency situation in Kachin State, Rakhine
State, Magway Region, and Sagaing Region.
Better Thailand-Myanmar relations tightens ASEAN integration
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The expanding relation
between Thailand and Myanmar has helped tighten the connection and
integration between ASEAN countries, a MFA official says.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Vitavas Srivihok has said that the Visa-free agreement for the citizens
of both nations will be beneficial to both sides' tourism and economy,
while the relations of ASEAN as a whole will also be improved from this
Thai and Myanmar nationals can now visit each other without having to
apply for a visa, with the maximum stay allowance currently at 14 days.
While this new regulation will become effective 11 August 2015.
The MFA Deputy Permanent Secretary has said that Thai-Myanmar relations
are now very good, evident from the opening of the Consulate-General of
Myanmar in Chiang Mai province, Thailand on 29 May 2015.
The Myanmar Consulate-General will help facilitate travelers from the
third nations who wish to visit Myanmar, to apply for their visa in
Chiang Mai. The MFA Deputy Permanent Secretary said this will help boost
tourism in ASEAN, where Thailand's location is key for the region's
Panda Lin Hui to get ultrasound scan for pregnancy
CHIANG MAI, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The veterinarian team
of Chiang Mai Zoo is preparing to take panda Lin Hui for an ultrasound
scan later this month following an artificial insemination in July.
The veterinarian team is in an expectant mood after Lin Hui has begun to
show signs of pregnancy, such as a growing appetite, the making of her
own territory, weight increase and a higher progesterone level.
Zoo visitors are also curious about the giant panda’s condition. Many of
them formed a long line to detect her changes. Lin Hui is the mother of
female giant panda Lin Ping – the first female panda born in the zoo and
has been sent back to China since 2013.
Specialists will conduct a thorough health check-up and an ultrasound
scan on Lin Hui on August 21.
Fisheries Department to hold fishermen forum on 3-5 Aug
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Fisheries is set to hold a fishermen forum during 3-5 August 2015, in an
attempt to solve the illegal fishing issue, says the department’s
The Director-General of Department of Fisheries Joompol Sanguansin has
revealed that the department will be organizing a workshop on the proper
use of fishing equipment, according to each fishing zones, during 3-5
August 2015. The workshop on 5 August will take place in Krabi province
and will be participated by fishermen from the provinces of Ranong,
Phang Nga, Phuket, Trang, and Satun.
He stated that using inappropriate fishing equipment that are too
powerful will result in a decline of marine fisheries resources. These
tools are being used increasingly and is disproportionate to the marine
resources available in the entire 420,280 square kilometers of fishing
areas in Thailand.
The unregulated fishing equipment has also resulted in an overlap of
commercial and community fishing zones, increasing the competition in
certain areas with a variety of equipment, thus causing conflict that
should be resolved through clear operational guidelines.
Meanwhile, the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has
assigned the Department of Fisheries to gather opinions from fishermen
in various areas and submit the conclusion to the CCCIF within 7 August
Yala Private Education Office holds fair
YALA, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Yala Private Education
Office has held an academic fair to promote education in Southern border
The fair, chaired by deputy governor of Yala Sayan Intarapak, features
an exhibition of the academic achievements of private schools in the far
South of Thailand, an English-language debate, an English-language story
telling competition, an Islamic song contest, stage performances and
religious discussions. Over 1,000 students participated in the fair.
According to the Private Education Office Director, related agencies
need to encourage students to practice and display their academic and
non-academic skills to enhance their experiences which would enable them
to cope with future changes.
Winners of each competition will be able to take part in major events as
the representatives of the southern border provinces. Organizers expect
that the event will raise awareness of the importance of learning in
PM concerned over heavy rains in North and Northeast
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has expressed concerns over heavy rains caused by the monsoon
trough in the northern and the upper northeastern regions. The PM
instructed provincial officials to stay vigilant and prepare to issue
warnings of natural disasters.
Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd said the PM’s
concerns were based on the forecasts of the southeastern monsoon and
monsoon trough which might cause thunderstorms, heavy rains and flash
floods in some areas. Gen. Prayut therefore instructed the Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the Ministry of Interior and
provincial units to be on standby 24 hours and promptly warn people of
possible natural disasters.
The PM also commended the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
for its rainfall management according to the real rainfall data in each
area. He suggested that the ministry frequently update its rainfall
information for efficient water management and warning.
Krungthai ATM theft suspects nabbed
KHON KAEN, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Police have arrested
three Krungthai Bank employees suspected of embezzling more than 19
million baht from a Khon Kaen branch last week.
The suspects are identified as Thawatchai Samranbamrung, Sompote Singsom
and Surasak Prasertsank. KTB General Services filed a complaint with
police after the three were absent on July 27-31 during which time 19.7
million baht in cash destined for 17 ATMs in the municipality also
According to the Commander of Khon Kaen provincial police Pol Maj Gen
Jitjaroon Srivanit, Mr. Sompote has confessed to stealing the money on
July 29, before fleeing to Laos. He was apprehended on August 1. Mr.
Tawatchai and Mr. Surasak are not involved in the ATM robbery.
Police have seized 1.4 million baht in cash, five gold necklaces and
over 40 currency straps from Mr. Sompote. The accused is to perform a
crime re-enactment today.
“Bike for Mom” rehearsal goes smoothly
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha on Sunday presided over the rehearsal of the “Bike for Mom”
bike ride at the Royal Plaza where he started cycling to an army base on
Phahonyothin road. Cabinet members, government officials and members of
the general public also participated in the event.
A lot of cyclists donning blue showed up at the rehearsal of the “Bike
for Mom” bike ride scheduled for 16 August 2015. The nationwide event is
in honor of Her Majesty the Queen who will turn 83 on 12 August 2015. In
Bangkok, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will lead
the bike ride from the Royal Plaza.
During the rehearsal, there were military officers riding with the
cyclists to help prevent accidents and provide security for them.
Government to reclaim misused land along Chao Phraya River for public use
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015 (NNT) In a new move to revamp
land use in the capital city, the government has announced its plan to
reclaim areas of misappropriated land along the Chao Phraya River.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha has instructed the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and related agencies to survey houses
and other constructions that have encroached on parts of both banks of
the Chao Phraya River and along the canals.
Residents living in the areas of illegal encroachment will be requested
to relocate. The BMA has been assigned to offer them new land plots at
affordable prices. The reclaimed land will be developed for public use.
Related agencies have been tasked with clarifying the objectives of the
According to a survey by the Marine Department, constructions which
protrude into the river and canals across the capital city number 2,034,
most of which are piers, pipes, barrages and bridges.
Min of Interior policy calls for provinces to crack down on drug abuse
BANGKOK, 2 August 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of the
Interior has ordered the authorities in all provinces across the country
to tackle drug abuse and drug trafficking in accordance with government
The Ministry’s National Command Center for Drugs Elimination has
instructed all governors to explore mechanisms to tackle drug abuse in
their provinces. Governors have been called on to establish
district-level screening centers, as well as centers for the care and
monitoring of rehabilitated drug addicts.
Information gathered from these centers will be entered into the
Narcotics Information System for the Provinces Agency (NISPA). The NISPA
database will then be used to determine each province’s preparedness in
the establishment of rehabilitation centers. Additional measures are
being considered, including local anti-drug campaigns.
This involves related law enforcement agencies carrying out drug raids,
extended investigations, and state administration measures. The
anti-drug campaign would also raise public awareness of drug abuse among
target groups, encouraging addicts to seek rehabilitation.
Public transportation operators recruited to help officials track human trafficking ring
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 2 August 2015 (NNT) The Office
of Social Development and Human Security in Nakhon Si Thammarat has
recruited public transportation operators to fight human trafficking by
asking them to inform officials of suspected activities in the province.
Deputy provincial governor Siripat Pattakul yesterday chaired the
opening ceremony of the voluntary campaign, which attracted 120 public
transportation operators in the area.
According to the Deputy Governor, human trafficking has evolved over the
years. Traffickers now deploy various techniques tricking and forcing
victims into prostitution and begging business. He said all sides’
cooperation are needed to fight human trafficking.
Meanwhile, Ms. Paveena Hongsakul, president of the Paveena Hongsakul
Foundation for Children and Women stated during her attendance at the
event that efforts continued to help 39 rescued Thai fishermen who had
been tricked to work illegally in Indonesian waters, and to prosecute
their former employers. These workers had been detained by the
Indonesian authorities for more than 6 months without any assistance
from their employers.
Water level of Mekong River in Mukdahan Province rises
MUKDAHAN, 2 August 2015, (NNT) The northeastern
province of Mukdahan has warned its residents of possible collapsing
river banks along the Mekong River, after continuous rain significantly
increased the water level of the river.
The warning was made by the Governor of Mukdahan, Sakolsarid Boonpradit
who also stated that small craft should be extra careful when crossing
the river from Thailand to Laos PDR, because of the rising water level,
the stronger river current and the timber debris floating down the
He instructed the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office
to closely follow weather conditions in order to formulate proper
measures of assistance.
Government poised to expand trade in Pakistan & Turkey
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Commerce
will lead a team of Thai business operators to Pakistan next month to
boost trade with the South Asian country.
According to Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, Gen Chatchai
Sarikalya is scheduled to attend the third meeting of Thailand-Pakistan
Joint Trade Committee during August 12 and 13 and has also planned to
arrange a get-together between Thai and Pakistani businessmen during the
In September, the government will host the first free trade negotiations
with Pakistan and Turkey. The government intends to conclude such
agreements with Turkey and Pakistan in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Gen Chatchai earlier this month led a team of Thai entrepreneurs to
South Africa to explore business opportunities. The minister also
convened a meeting with Thai commercial attaches in African countries to
discuss trade plans for different markets.
Bright hopes for farmers as 51 million cubic meters of water flows into dams
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) Rain yesterday brought real hope to people
living in twenty two drought-affected provinces in the Chao Phraya River
Basin as it brought over fifty one million cubic meters more of water to
main dams within a single day, reveals Deputy government spokesman
Such a considerable amount of rainfall in a day was very satisfactory.
He continued "compared to rainfall during the whole past week which
brought only 202.73 million cubic meters to dams. Back in the first two
week of July, there were only a hundred million cubic meters of water
flowing into the dams, around seven to eight million a day on average."
As a result, he said the Royal Irrigation Department, Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives has increased the rate of daily water
release by one million cubic meters, from eighteen to nineteen million.
The released water flowed to devastated agricultural lands and helped
revive them. At the same time, more rain in various areas has mitigated
the impact of the drought situation considerably.
Despite the better water situation in Thailand, Sansern emphasized that
the government still requests the public to continue using water
economically. He noted that water saving measures should be observed
regularly regardless of the water situation as water is a valuable
BMTA adjusts bus routes to open ways to “Bike for Mom" campaignnn
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Mass Transit
Authority (BMTA) has adjusted public bus routes to avoid transport
problems on Sunday 2 Aug, the major rehearsal of the Bike for Mom 2015”
rally and on Sunday 16 Aug, the actual date of the event.
On both Sundays, roads from the Royal Plaza to the 11th Infantry
Regiment of the Royal Guards will be blocked temporarily, covering Si
Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai Road, Ratchawithi Road, Din Daeng Road,
Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Phahonyothin Road and other roads connected to
The road closure during the major rehearsal will start at 6 a.m. until
12 a.m. whereas it lasts twice longer from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday 16
The bus routes adjustment was to ensure highest safety of HRH Crown
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn who will lead the biking event, as well as
The BMTA has set up the "Bike for Mom Coordinating Center" at its
headquarters. Bus patrol officials will be deployed at crowded bus stops
to facilitate passengers and manage traffic flow around each bus stop.
RID to discharge more water as rains replenish dams
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation
Department (RID) has decided to raise the daily water supplies by
another one million cubic meters per day to help provinces along the
Chao Phraya River.
Deputy PM's Office spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the RID
has been releasing 19 million cubic meters of water, instead of 18
million cubic meters, to sustain the ecological system and support the
agricultural sector and public consumption in 22 provinces.
According to Maj Gen Sansern, the RID has scaled down its water
management plan as the arrival of rainy season has boosted water levels
in the main dams. Thundershowers last week increased water reserves by
more than two million cubic meters. Rainfalls yesterday alone added
another 51 million cubic meters to the dams.
Despite the improving situation, Maj Gen Sansern commented that Thai
people should be aware of the importance of water and continue to
conserve water and adopt the habit of resource conservation.
Public forum to be held to find solutions to illegal fishing
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Fisheries
Department is planning to organize a public
forum to find solutions to illegal fishing in
Fisheries Department Director General Jumpol
Sanguansin has revealed that the number of
machines that fishing trawlers are using still
poses a big threat to the balance of marine
life. As trawlers use machines that are
non-selective in the fish they target, marine
resources have quickly dwindled due to advanced
The Director General said there are no
restrictions pertaining to the types of tools
that should not be allowed in the sea. Fish and
crustaceans of all sizes have so far been caught
without being spared and opportunities to breed.
Many fishermen have also been fishing beyond
Public opinions will be compile from the forum
and proposed to the Command Center for Combating
Illegal Fishing for consideration within August
Lotus supplies low in Khon Kaen and Trang due to drought
KHON KAEN, 31 July 2015, (NNT) The drought crisis has
stymied lotus cultivation used for merit-making activities on Asarnha
Bucha and Buddhist Lent in the provinces of Khon Kaen and Trang.
A lotus farm in Khon Kaen's Mueang district revealed that supplies are
low due to water shortages. In order to evenly distribute the product,
the farm has set the quota for lotus flowers at 1,000 per retailer, sold
at one baht apiece.
Similarly in Trang, more than 20 lotus farms were reportedly affected by
severe drought conditions. As a result, lotus sales during Asarnha Bucha
and Buddist Lent have substantially decreased. Currently, each farm can
only sell about 300 lotuses at 4 baht apiece, a significant drop from
2,000 - 3,000 lotuses in the previous years. Lotus growers said the
drought-induced shortage has cost them about 20,000 baht in revenue.
Buriram Province celebrates Buddhist Lent on SroewGround walking street
BURIRAM, 31 July 2015 (NNT) Buriram Province has held
its Buddhist Lent ceremony at its SroewGround walking street in order to
reflect Thai and Buddhist culture.
The ceremony was held by 18 collaborating districts in the province and
inaugurated by Deputy Governor of Buriram Chalermpon Ponlawan.
The walking street also held a traditional Thai dance contest as well as
a candle sculpting contest with the majority of contestants sculpting
candles into figures from Thai literature or Buddhist scriptures.
The Lent ceremony paraded along the walking street and was admired by an
array of tourists and local people.
Thai students bag 1 gold, 3 silvers at Chemistry Olympiad
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Colorful jelly fish appear in large numbers in Rayong
RAYONG, 31 July 2015 (NNT) A large number of
colorful jellyfish have been seen near Mae
Ramphueng beach in Rayong province.
These jelly fish have become a new attraction on
the beach. Tourists and street vendors have
flocked to the bridge, which is located near the
beach, to see the jelly fish up close.
One beverage vendor said local fishermen told
her that there were more colorful jelly fish
underneath the water. Many of them are unable to
float to the surface due to strong currents.
More of them are expected to appear on the
surface of the water today. Tourists visiting
Rayong are urged to visit Mae Ramphueng beach to
see the jelly fish this long weekend.
Number of fishing boats plummets in Songkhla
SONGKHLA, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Songkhla
Fishermen’s Association said the U.S. decision
to keep Thailand at Tier 3 on its 2015
Trafficking in Persons Report does not have any
significant impact on the fishing industry in
According to the Association, most fish and
crustaceans caught are only sold in domestic
markets and to neighboring nations. However,
there are only 100 legal fishing vessels
remaining at the pier.
Their landings are reportedly too small for
oversea markets. Many seafood suppliers were
forced to procure certain types of fish from
Phuket and other coastal provinces for export to
Singapore and Malaysia.
Songkhla Fishermen’s Association President
Praporn Ake-uru said he is more concerned about
the number of fishing boats in the sea than
Thailand being kept at Tier 3 in the human
Several fishing vessels have remained moored
since the crackdown on illegal fishing began.
Only 10% of boats that supply seafood to
Songkhla have been registered.
Residents warned of flash floods in the North, Northeast
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) The Meteorological
Department has issued warnings for people in the
North and Northeast to remain on alert for flash
floods, as heavy rain continues in these
According to meteorologists, the monsoon trough
is now moving its way across Myanmar and Laos,
bringing heavy rain to the upper regions of
The southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea and
Gulf of Thailand has also been contributing to a
higher amount of rain in the North and
Those living in the provinces of Mae Hong Son,
Chiang Rai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Udon Thani,
Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon
Phanom have been told to brace for mudslides and
CP All:domestic economy shows signs of recovery
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015, (NNT) CP All PCL, operator of Thailand's
7-Eleven convenience stores, has indicated that the domestic
economy is showing signs of recovery, despite the ongoing global
According to CP All Vice President for Marketing and
Merchandising Yuthasak Poomsurakul, sales of consumable items in
7-Eleven stores during the second quarter improved over the
first quarter. He believes that the momentum will carry into the
last quarter of the fiscal year.
In addition, Mr. Yuthasak unveiled his company's new campaign to
use popular Japanese cartoon character 'Rilakkuma'. A stamp
featuring Rilakkuma will be given to customers for every 50 baht
spent in any 7-Eleven store. The stamp has a value of one baht
and can be used as currency in the stores. It can also be
redeemed for a wide array of prizes, exchanged for tour package
discounts, or donated to the Medical Development Fund at Siriraj
Hospital or the International Temple in
Details of the road closures for Aug 2 Bike for Mom rehearsal
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015, (NNT) The Traffic Police has announced
several road closures for the Bike for Mom rehearsal scheduled
on Sunday, August 2.
Police said the first route includes the road around Dusit
Palace, at the U Thong Nai Junction to the Royal Plaza; Si
Ayutthaya Road, from the Wat Benchamabophit Intersection to the
Pol 1 Intersection; and Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, from the King
Rama V Intersection to the Suan Mitsakawan Intersection and
Royal Plaza. These roads will be sealed off from 6:00 - 9:00
The second route includes Si Ayutthaya Road, at Wat
Benchamabophit Intersection to the Phaya Thai Intersection; a
portion of Ratchaprarop Road, from the Ratchaprarop Intersection
to Ratchawithi Road; and Ratchawithi Road to the outbound lanes
of Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, from the First Infantry Regiment to
the Sutthisan Intersection. These roads will be sealed off from
6:00 - 12:00 hrs.
Motorists can contact the Traffic Control And Command Center at
its hotline 1197 for more information.