Vocational schools urged to revise ban on students wearing plug earrings
BANGKOK (NNT) The Ministry of Education has told the
Association of Private Technological and Vocational Education Colleges
of Thailand to revise its plan to ban applicants wearing earrings,
saying the ban risks being denounced as double standards.
According to Education Permanent Secretary Dr. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, the
Private Education Commission has been assigned to discuss the issue with
the chairman of the association, following the latter's resolution
prohibiting applicants wearing big plug earrings or having large
tattoos, in a new bid to prevent trouble makers from entering vocational
Dr. Kamjorn said he personally thought that ear piercings and tattoos
were not always indications of unruliness or aggression. He suggested
that institutes give all applicants an equal opportunity, adding that
checking their background would be a better option.
The Education Permanent Secretary explained further that private schools
in fact had the right to map out their own criteria for applicants.
However, the Private Education Commission could issue a warning to those
institutes if they imposed their resolution on others. Dr. Kamjorn said
schools ignoring the Private Education Commission’s warning might risk
facing financial aid cuts.
Meanwhile, the Vocational Education Commission confirmed it had no
policy to ban students wearing big plug earrings, but would rather
remind this group of students to pay attention to their attires.
BMT sets up lottery stalls for disabled vendors in 2 Metro Malls
BANGKOK (NNT) Bangkok Metro PCL, operator of the
capital's Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) subway, has waived leasing
fees for disabled lottery vendors at two of its 'Metro Malls' in Rama IX
and Phahon Yothin stations.
The move is expected to greatly reduce operating costs for disabled
vendors, while complementing the government's policy to cap lottery
prices at 80 baht apiece.
The company will expand the project to other Metro Malls, depending on
the success of the pilot program.
Meanwhile, the Disabled Lottery Vendors Association (Thailand) strongly
suggested that the government expand the ticket quota for disabled
vendors. Each vendor can only receive five books of tickets per cycle,
which is greatly limiting their income.
Thailand and Laos ink MOU on drug suppression
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 7 August 2015 (NNT) Thailand and
Laos signed an agreement on the joint crackdown of transnational
drug-trafficking, during a bilateral meeting.
Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya represented Thailand at the 15th
bilateral meeting in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima,
during which the two countries discussed drug control measures, which is
a key issue of concern.
The meeting, which involved ministers and senior officials from both
nations, focused on the exchange of information on illicit activities
across the border and additional cooperation on the matter.
Thailand agreed to provide financial aid and equipment to assist Laos in
preventing and suppressing drug-trafficking, following the signing of a
Since October last year, over 200,000 drug-smuggling cases have been
reported near the Golden Triangle. Around 240,000 suspects have been
charged, with more than 77 million tablets of methamphetamine
Their Majesties donate 5 million baht to Myanmar flood victims
BANGKOK (NNT) Their Majesties the King and Queen have donated 5
million baht to Myanmar flood victims as the death tolls from
landslides rose to 74.
The Royal Rajaprajanugroh Foundation has been instructed to
provide the fund to the Thai government in a bid to extend
further assistance to the neighbouring country.
The government has earlier donated five million baht in aid to
flood stricken Myanmar.
The death toll in Myanmar from the floods and landslides caused
by heavy monsoon rain has risen to 74 and affected more than
330,000 people. Myanmar authorities have called on the citizens
to leave low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy River threatens to
Northeastern provinces brace for more floods
BANGKOK (NNT) Northeastern provinces are bracing for
more floods as the Mekong River threatens to breach embankments.
In Nong Khai, the water level of the Mekong River has been rising
steadily to 11 meters and 38 centimeters and is expected to increase
even further. Parts of agricultural land in the province have been
inundated, causing grief to farmers, who were earlier hit by drought.
Sluice gates have been closed and additional water pumps have been
The river’s water level in Buengkarn is the highest in three years.
Ferry operators have been warned to exercise extra caution and to
prepare sufficient amount of life vests for passengers. Residents living
near the river banks have been told to brace for floods during this
Overnight heavy rains in Sakon Nakhon have caused water from Bhupan
mountain range to overflow into the Mekong River, flooding plantations
in many districts. Around 6,000 rai of agricultural land have so far
been damaged by the deluge.
New savings fund starts accepting members on August 20th
BANGKOK,(NNT) The Ministry of Finance reminds the
public that the newly established National Saving Fund (NSF) will start
accepting members at three government banks from August 20th onward.
The reminder was made by Deputy Finance Minister Wisut Srisuphan, saying
that the application will be available at the Bank for Agriculture and
Agricultural Cooperatives, the Government Savings Bank, and the Krung
Thai Bank. The fund is designed to help members of the public,
especially informal workers, who hold independent careers and are not
covered by any pension schemes.
Initially, the Finance Ministry expects at least 600,000 people would
apply for the new ‘voluntary retirement savings program’ this year. An
eligible applicant must be a Thai national aged between 15 and 60. He or
she must deposit at least 50 baht but not exceeding 13,200 baht annually
to the NSF account. The government will then contribute a counterpart
fund to members at an amount depending on the age of members. The NSF
will award a monthly pension payment when members reach the age of 60
until the end of their life. Social Security members can transfer their
membership to the NSF, in accordance with Section 40 of the Interim
Collaboration pact signed over crucial information sharing for "What2grow" project
BANGKOK (NNT) The Land Development Department has
signed a collaboration agreement with the National Science and
Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in order for it to provide
information crucial to the success of the "What2grow" project for
Apichart Jongskul, director-general of the Land Development Department,
revealed on Wednesday that under the collaboration, his department will
provide the NSTDA with land-use maps, soil series maps, agricultural
zoning maps, and digital orthophotographs.
Meanwhile, Thaweesak Koanantakool, director of the NSTDA, explained that
his agency will utilize the data in the maps to carry out the
"What2grow" project, which will provide farmers with data that would
allow for improved efficiency in farmland utilization. He said that the
project is similar to agricultural zoning in principle. However, the
depth of data available will be much greater; detailed soil layer and
soil quality data will also be available.
According to Mr. Thaweesak, the What2grow project will be implemented
for five years.
Minister of the Interior: safeguards according to each area's risks
BANGKOK, (NNT) The Minister of the Interior has
directed all provincial governors to prepare for natural disasters in
all areas and to adjust their operations according to each location's
The Minister of the Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda said that the northern
and northeastern region are now experiencing continuous rainfall due to
the influence of the seasonal monsoon, creating a likely scenario for
flash floods and landslides in risk areas.
He advised the public that the Department of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation (DDPM) has been ordered to be on guard by providing officials
to monitor the situation closely. Fast-response units will be put on
standby in risk areas, to provide immediate help to the affected public
Despite continued rains, the Interior Minister also noted that the
volume of water flowing into reservoirs during this time remains
insufficient, therefore specific water saving measures will still be
pursued; all sectors are asked to proceed with their water conservation
measures and continue to conserve water for maximum efficiency.
Meanwhile the DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert, noted that
disaster preparations in all provinces are being coordinated to prepare
measures to guard against inundations, flash floods, and landslides.
He added that measures to aid those members of the public affected by
the earlier lack of rainfall will continue, stating that each area's
emergency preparations will be determined accordingly to the area's risk
SBPAC to repair local roads in southernmost provinces
NARATHIWAT,(NNT) Southern Border Provinces
Administrative Center (SBPAC) has launched road maintenance projects in
southernmost provinces of Thailand - Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and
Songkhla. Nearly 20,000 road users will benefit from the projects once
the projects are completed.
Deputy Secretary-General of the SBPAC Kwanchat Wongsuparanan said at the
opening ceremony of the project that the Royal Thai Army had ordered the
fourth Army Area, to repair 11 roads, with 52 km. in distance, located
in 11 districts of Narathiwat, to facilitate transportation of locals
and distribution of agricultural produce to markets.
All of the roads under repair will have asphaltic concrete surface mixed
with rubber. Each project will take different time to complete, with the
longest one to be repaired in 120 days .
To ensure successful completion of those projects, Army engineers in the
province had went out to raise understanding with locals in related
communities 47 times and held six public forums with people and
officials in the province. The military have received good response from
the public in all stages of the project.
MOPH warns public against consuming poisonous mushrooms
BANGKOK, (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health has
issued an official warning to the public about consuming poisonous
Mushrooms, including the poisonous varieties, are easily found during
the rainy season.
Since the beginning of this year to July 17th, there were 337 instances
of people suffering from the consumption of poisonous mushrooms, in 38
provinces. The majority of the patients were in the Northeast especially
Ubon Ratchathani Province, which had 88 patients followed by Chiang Rai
which had 29.
Poisonous mushrooms usually start taking effect 2-3 hours after
consumption. Patients usually experience symptoms similar to having food
poisoning, such as feeling nauseous, vomiting, having an extreme stomach
ache, and diarrhea. Kidney failure may be contracted in extreme cases.
Meanwhile, the Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Sopon
Mekthon advised the public to refrain from consuming mushrooms when
drinking alcohol. He said alcohol can accelerate and intensify poisonous
Patients suspected of having eaten poisonous mushrooms should attempt to
induce vomiting and be rushed to the nearest hospital.
Rayong Officials expect more fishing vessels to register this month
RAYONG, 01 August 2015, (NNT) Marine officials in
Rayong expect more fishing operators to register their vessels this
month, as the government takes further serious steps to eradicate
illegal fishing operations in the Kingdom.
According to the province's Port In-Port Out (PIPO) Control Center, 148
fishing vessels have been registered, since the center's inception on
May 6th to the end of July. The center expects the remaining 300 vessels
in the area to register during this month.
The center indicated the majority of fishing operators are willing to
obey the strict new regulations issued by the Command Center for
Combating Illegal Fishing.
It stresses that a fishing vessel must be operated by at least two Thai
nationals; a captain and a mechanic. Both positions can only operate
legally with a license issued by the Department of Marine.
A Shaolin show to celebrate 40 years of Thai-Chinese relations
BANGKOK, 3 Aug 2015, (NNT) A Chinese martial arts
show featuring Shaolin monks is to be organized in Thailand, celebrating
the 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
The show is a joint effort by the Thai-China Industrial Promotion
Association, the association of Thais of Chinese descent, governments &
private sectors of both countries and the Shaolin Temple in China.
The show celebrates Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 83rd birthday
anniversary on August 12th, 2015 and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn's 60th birthday anniversary on April 2nd, 2015.
The event also celebrates 40 years of Thai-Chinese diplomatic ties. More
than 90 Shaolin monks from the Zhengzhou provincial capital of Henan,
will be taking part in the show. In addition to the Chinese Shaolin
show, Thailand's Ministry of Culture will also present signature martial
arts demonstrations, such as Muay Thai and Thai swordplay.
Severe weather warnings extended to East Coast
BANGKOK, 7 August 2015 (NNT) The low pressure trough
currently moving across Laos to the North of Thailand is bringing heavy
rains to the upper part of the country until the end of this week.
Weather warnings have now been extended to the East Coast as the low
pressure system is approaching Thailand. A south westerly win remains
strong in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Those living in Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Trat,
Ranong, Pang Nga and Phuket provinces have been advised to brace for
unpleasant weather and flash floods. Small fishing vessels should be
kept ashore as sea conditions are not ideal at present.
Meanwhile, rain has been predicted for approximately 40% of Bangkok and
its vicinity today and tomorrow.
Army distributes royally bestowed Bike for Mom gifts to government units nationwide
BANGKOK, 7 August 2015 (NNT) Army Chief General
Udomdej Sitabutr yesterday chaired a ceremony of presenting the royally
bestowed commemorative ‘Bike for Mom’ gifts to 107 governmental units.
The items, which are signature blue shirts and pins, will be distributed
to government officials who work to support the Bike for Mom event in
all provinces held to celebrate the national Mother's Day on August
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment also held a ceremony
of presenting the royally bestowed gifts to its officials and later held
a meeting to ensure their efficiency in handling the biking event on
Meanwhile, a parade welcoming the gifts was held in Chiang Rai Province
from Rong Khun Temple to the provincial city hall. Roi Et Provincial
Administrative Office also stored the shirts and pins at its city hall,
before distributing them to the registered cyclists next week.
In Chachoengsao Province, 200 military officers have been assigned to
help facilitate the traffic and cyclists on the biking day. The province
has also opened the biking track for residents to practice prior to the
event. It hoped the participation of Chachoengsao people will help put
the country’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Bike for Mom 2015 event, which commemorates the auspicious occasion
of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 83rd birthday anniversary, will be held
on August 16th.
New land management law to benefit agricultural water management
BANGKOK (NNT) The Director of the Bureau of Public Land Management has
affirmed that the new law on establishing land for agriculture will
increase the effectiveness of water utilization and the management of
water for farmers.
According to Director Siriwat Klinpakdee, the new law, to be in effect
on August 29 this year, will benefit farms that are connected to
irrigation canals, through the establishment of a committee for public
land management reform. The public will be able to participation in the
decision making process of the committee and will able to voice their
complaints and concerns. Furthermore, the committee will be tasked with
surveying land and improving its conditions for irrigation.
He has also noted that once a plot of land has been allocated for the
purpose of farming, the plot cannot be used for other purposes other
than for agriculture.
BMA to use old pipes as artificial reefs
BANGKOK(NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
(BMA) has planned to use old concrete pipes as artificial reefs in a
latest move to conserve marine resources.
Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paripatra, director general of the
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Chonlatid Suraswadi and
special expert of the Royal Thai Navy Vice Admiral Pongsathorn Chukhae
jointly participated in a press conference for the artificial reef
According to the Bangkok Governor, the conversion of used pipes into
artificial reefs is intended to promote the propagation of coral and
marine lives. The project is also part of the activities aimed at
celebrating the birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen. The
Department of Fisheries, the Royal Thai Navy and the Marine Department
will also facilitate the mission.
The pipes were dug up during the enlargement of the Monkey Cheek water
retention area in Prawet District. They will be delivered to Mae
Ramphung Beach in Rayong Province.
Hill people in Chiang Mai ready for Bike for Mom
CHIANG MAI (NNT) Thai hill tribe and people in Chiang
Mai province are getting ready for the Bike for Mom bike ride in honor
of Her Majesty the Queen.
All sectors in Chiang Mai, including hill tribe and ethnic minority
people, are enthusiastic to join in the nationwide bike ride. A hill
tribe radio announcer in the province has invited his fellow hill people
to take part in the event to celebrate the 83rd birthday anniversary of
Her Majesty the Queen.
Many people in Chiang Mai have brought their bicycles to practice on the
roads and in public parks such as Royal Park Rajapruek and Huay Tueng
Thao. There are people who have bought new bicycles and tuned up their
old ones in preparation for the bike ride.
Government approves 768 village funds
BANGKOK (NNT) – The committee in charge of National
Village and Urban Community Fund has approved financial support for more
than 700 villages.
PM's Office Minister Suwapan Tanyuwattana revealed that the approval of
funding for 768 villages came in response to Tuesday’s cabinet meeting
during which ministers voiced their concern for problems faced by
The committee still has to deal with more than 18,000 projects which are
in need of further fund injections. The fund recipients are divided into
six groups, based on their needs and potential. Approval of the
remaining requests is expected to conclude in September. The
rehabilitation plan is expected to begin on August 15. Results should be
noticeable in November.
Mr. Suwapan reiterated that the fund committee would do its best to take
care of villages having difficulty in managing the budgets, adding that
special measures may be applied to solve their problems.
Health Ministry hails Priest Hospital as model of palliative care
BANGKOK (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health has
raised the Priest Hospital as a regional example for palliative care
during a meeting with ASEAN delegates.
Director-General of the Department of Medical Services Dr Suphan
Srithamma presided over an international academic seminar on the
provision of palliative treatment to patients. Among the attendants were
medical experts from Thailand and other ASEAN countries who exchanged
knowledge and experiences concerning the matter.
On this occasion, the Thai officials declared the Priest Hospital in
Bangkok as a model of palliative care, citing that the facility has been
equipped with a palliative ward since 2007 to specifically provide such
a service to Buddhist monks and novices who are chronically or
In treatment, the hospital has been adhering to a multidisciplinary
approach involving physical, mental, psychosocial and spiritual
rehabilitation. In 2012, the hospital was granted the Thailand Public
Services Award by the Office of the Public Sector Development
According to the Bureau of Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Public
Health, the number of patients suffering from non-communicable diseases
in Thailand, especially cancer, is on the rise and so is the number of
associated deaths. Under the circumstance, the demand for palliative
care is also increasing.
EIT continues to carry inspection on collapsed escalator
BANGKOK (NNT) The Engineering Institution of Thailand
(EIT) has urged business operators to strictly adhere to safety
regulations following a recent malfunction of an escalator in Bangkok.
The EIT has warned that thorough inspections of escalators and other
building equipment must be carried out frequently to prevent accidents.
Members of the public who use these equipment are also advised to follow
instructions listed on the items, which include holding the railing
while taking an elevator and refraining from carrying heavy objects.
The institution has so far been unable to identify the cause of the
malfunction. Initially, it is speculated that a foreign object may be
trapped between the steps, creating a gap that leads to the collapse of
The escalator broke down at a Big C store in Wong Sawang area of
Bangkok's Bang Sue district on Monday. Photos from the scene show
collapsed stairs and torn metal parts at the base of its handrails.
There were no reports of injuries.
Mother's Day to generate around 12 billion baht in spending
BANGKOK (NNT) The University of Thai Chamber of
Commerce (UTCC) has forecast that the Mother’s Day celebration on August
12 will generate spending of up to 12 billion baht.
The UTCC’s Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting has reported
that around 12 billion baht cash would be in circulation during Mother’s
Day, an increase of 1.6 percent comparing to the increase of 3.2 percent
last year. The figure is the lowest in 7 years as consumers tend to
exercise more caution over their spending, in the face of domestic
The center said that, the global economy is expected to recover during
the last quarter of this year. The Thai economy will also expand by 3.5
to 4 percent.
The government has been urged to boost the economy by injecting a sum of
100 billion baht into the system. Measures to bolster tourism and
exports are also recommended to bring the economy back on track.
Free Airport Rail Link services for mothers on 12 August, Mother’s Day
BANGKOK, (NNT) The SRTET has announced that all
mothers are eligible to travel on the Airport Rail Link train service in
Bangkok, without charge on 12th August 2015, to celebrate Mother’s Day.
SRT Electrified Train Co, Ltd (SRTET), the operator of Bangkok’s Airport
Rail Link (ARL) train service, will be providing a fare exemption on the
City Line’s train service for all mothers from 6am to midnight on 12th
The special offer is to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty
Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday, and to tighten the relationship in all
Mothers, along with their children, can present their identification
cards to receive free tickets at ticket offices in ARL stations.
Children with a height of less than 90 centimeters can also access the
City Line train free of charge.
DMS to introduce health check-up packages as a social benefitit
BANGKOK,(NNT) The Department of Medical Services
(DMS) is set to conclude the study on the proper and essential health
check-up for the public to install as a health check-up package in the
health security benefits.
The DMS’ Director-General Suphan Srithamma has said that the DMS’ health
check-up development committee has been researching and developing
health check-up packages for the public, as appointed at the 6th Health
Assembly meeting in 2013.
Researches have been conducted in three patient categories, namely the
newborn to 18 years old, 18-59 years old, and elders older than 60 years
old. The department has standardized the health check-up packages, which
will include proper area of inspections according to each age group, and
the price range.
The study is expected to be completed in September, before being
presented to the Minister of Public Health for pilot implementation at
the MOPH’s hospitals. The packages will then be presented for approval
at the 8th meeting of the Health Assembly this December, and be
forwarded for the Cabinet’s approval for implementation in all hospitals
The DMS has also planned to discuss with the National Health Security
Office (NHSO) and the Social Security Office that the new health
check-up packages should become social benefits.
The DMS’ research on health check-up packages was initiated from the
fact that those entitled to the Social Security are not receiving their
annual health check-ups, while most of the people eligible to receive
this benefit from the National Health Security are unaware of their
rights. This has resulted in many people having to pay for their health
check-up services on their own.
The 2011 information from the National Statistical Office shows that
about 550,000 persons pay to receive health check-up service by
themselves, costing up to an estimated total of 2.26 billion baht.
Glyn Davies officially confirmed as US Ambassador to Thailand
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) The US Senate has
confirmed the appointment of Glyn Davies as the country's new ambassador
US charge d'affaires, W Patrick Murphy made the announcement via Twitter
and congratulated Mr Davies on his new role. However, Mr Murphy did not
specify when Mr Davies will travel to Thailand to take up the post.
Mr Davies also posted a tweet saying he is honored to have been
confirmed by the US Senate and that he is looking forward to joining the
US embassy team in Thailand as Ambassador.
Mr Davies, who is a former US envoy for North Korean policy, was
nominated as the next US Ambassador by President Barack Obama in
Min of Interior to hold handicraft exhibition as tribute to Queen
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Interior
has held a press conference unveiling its plan to hold a handicraft
exhibition as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.
According to Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Makboon, the exhibition is
aimed at honoring Her Majesty the Queen, who spent decades promoting the
conservation and development of local wisdom and handicraft.
Her Majesty the Queen’s unwavering dedication led to the establishment
of the Foundation of the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and
Related Techniques of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand (SUPPORT).
Mr. Suthee said the ministry will also use the event to showcase and
advertize One Tambon One Product (OTOP) goods and innovations. The
government has set target revenue from OTOP exports at 100 billion baht.
The event will be held between August 8 and 16 at IMPACT Challenger Hall
1-3, Muang Thong Thani. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will
preside over the opening ceremony on August 10.
Tak donates to flood victims in Myanmar
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) People and state
officials in Tak province have together delivered donations to Myanmar
in an effort to assist victims of the flood disaster.
Tak Governor Somchai Hatayatanti led relevant authorities and local
residents in a ceremony to present Myanmar with donated items, including
consumer goods, drinking water and canned foods. The items were loaded
onto three trucks and handed over to Mr Lui Go U, Governor of Myawaddy,
in order to be distributed to flood-affected people in the western part
The presentation came after Tak province set up a donation center for
flood relief between the sister cities of Tak and Myawaddy. Since then,
donations have been received constantly from local residents.
Thus far, 12 provinces and regions of Myanmar have been submerged under
floodwater after being hammered by torrential rains.
MOPH insures medical staff well-being via GPO fund
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) Medical personnel will
be entitled to financial aid, should their well-being be compromised
while providing medical care for patients.
Doctors and nurses are not currently covered under the National Health
Security Act 2002. A recent meeting was held at the Ministry of Public
Health to resolve the issue.
Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin has revealed that medical
staff have never received workers' compensation for injury or illness as
a result of providing medical services.
He said it is important that they be treated the same way as patients
under Section 41 of the Act. The ministry has decided to provide interim
insurance for medical staff via the Government Pharmaceutical
Organization’s fund, until other financial sources can be determined.
Officials deliver Bike for Mom gifts, PRD meets on broadcasting coverage
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015, (NNT) Minister of Interior
General Anupong Paochinda yesterday at the Dusit Palace Plaza sent off a
caravan of trucks carrying royally bestowed Bike For Mom gifts to remote
A total of 76,000 commemorative shirts, 228,000 bottles of drinking
water and 178,863 commemorative pins will be distributed to 76 remote
provinces for registered cyclists. Staff members in each province will
be allocated 300 shirts for the event.
Each provincial office will hold a ceremony to hand out the pins and
shirts to registered cyclists on August 12, the national Mother's Day.
The bottles of drinking water will be distributed to the participants at
the event on August 16.
Meanwhile, PRD Director General Apinan Juntarungsri yesterday chaired a
meeting on media coverage for the Bike For Mom event with Thai TV Pool,
after attending a ceremony to receive the commemorative pins from the
Royal Household. Each provincial public relations office will receive
The meeting also drew up measures to facilitate the crew of the Guinness
Brazilian Ambassador to Thailand says Brazil is ready to host 2016 Summer Olympics
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) Brazilian Ambassador to
Thailand H.E. Gilberto Fonseca Guimaraes de Moura has said that Brazil
is ready to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The Brazilian ambassador said security and transportation for visitors
is important to Brazil. He added that the country will adopt measures
for the Summer Olympics 2016 that were previously enforced during its
stint as host of the 2015 World Cup.
The ambassador has also assured that Guanabara Bay is not extremely
polluted, following the International Olympic Committee’s inspection.
The bay has been chosen as the venue for water sports during the
H.E. Gilberto Fonseca Guimaraes de Moura is hoping that sports fans and
media agencies across the world will visit Brazil and watch the games
Spouses of members of Cabinet hold their first official meeting
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015, (NNT) Spouses of members of
the Cabinet met yesterday to discuss the establishment of a center for
the development of the quality of life of the elderly, before visiting
the "Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom” Fair at Khlong Phadung Krung
Kasem market near Government House.
The first meeting of cabinet spouses chaired by Naraporn Chan-o-cha, the
wife of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, was held at the Santimitree
building in the Government House complex.
Initially the meeting proposed a project to establish a model center for
the development of an improved quality of life of the elderly, as the
Kingdom prepares to cater for its aging population. The meeting noted
that although such centers already exist in each district nationwide,
these centers face difficulty in properly managing their operations and
activities. The new model center would demonstrate how to organize
creative activities that would be truly beneficial to the elderly.
After the meeting, the Cabinet members with their spouses visited the
"Creative Industry: Gifts for Mom” Fair. They browsed stalls, conversed
with vendors and made several purchases.
Many areas are flooded while others remain parched
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) Several areas in the
North, North East and South of Thailand have reportedly been flooded by
overflowing rivers after several days of rainfall.
In Chiang Rai, the embankment of the Mekong River in Chiangsan district
is being continually eroded by strong currents in the river. The water
has frequently overflowed into farmlands despite a decline in water
levels in some places.
Vendors and riverside restaurant owners in Mae Sai district have begun
cleaning up after the flood waters began to recede. The authorities will
continue to monitor the Sai River even though water levels have now
dropped after earlier reaching a critical point.
In Nakhon Phanom, more than 3,000 homes and 30,000 rai of rice paddies
have been inundated in Sri Songkram district after the Songkram River
overflowed the embankment and flooded surrounding areas. Residents were
forced out of their homes, and had to take refuge on the street.
Meanwhile, Sisaket residents are still coping with the drought crisis as
the amount of water in the Rasi Salai Dam is at a critical level. Only
one of the sluice gates is opened to release water into the streams, in
order to conserve the remaining water.
In Satul, homes in Muang district were damaged by a waterspout. The 5th
Infantry Regiment has deployed soldiers to help fix these houses before
it starts to rain.
Monkey cheek project introduced to store more rain water
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has ordered the construction of monkey cheek water retention
areas across Thailand to increase the amount of water that can be stored
in preparation for another drought crisis.
Prime Minister Prayut said after inspecting Khun Dan Prakarnchol and
Pasak Cholasit Dams that both had only 4% of water left.
The Prime Minister observed that since the Monkey Cheeks or water
retention areas have been built around the dams, 46 million more cubic
meters of water have been stored after continued rainfalls. The PM also
advised local residents to conserve water and preserve forest areas.
General Prayut has in the meantime instructed the Ministry of Natural
Resources and the Environment to grow more trees as they help retain
underground water. In addition, farmers in the areas affected by water
shortages will receive financial aid of 1,000 baht per rai under the
existing drought relief scheme.
MOAC expects this year's harsh weather will diminish agricultural production
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives has indicated that, despite the recovering situation in
various parts of the nation badly hit by drought, a large number of
agriculturalists won't be able to generate the same level of production
as last year.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Pitipong
Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya, recent rainfall in several provinces enabled
agricultural operations to resume in regions outside the irrigation
zones, saying however that water shortages remain common in many areas.
Regarding the government's policies on distributing water to rice farms,
the minister stressed officials would prioritize farmlands with rice
already planted for eight months or longer. He said the water
distribution policies will be reviewed after the planting season is
Minister Pitipong also disclosed the ministry would maintain its
schedule for water releases from major dams and continue to conduct
cloud seeding operations until the year's end. The royal rain making
operation would shift its focus from providing water for agricultural
purposes to replenishing reservoirs.
Consecration ceremony for seven Buddha images to be installed in China
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) Her Royal Highness
Princess Soamsawali on Wednesday (Aug 5) presided over the ceremony of
consecrating seven Buddha images which will be installed as the
principal Buddha statues at the Northern Shaolin Monastery in the
People’s Republic of China.
The consecration ceremony was held at Trimitr Vityaram Monastery in
Samphathawong, Bangkok. The seven Buddha statues are built under the
cooperative efforts of Thai and Chinese Buddhist monks. The construction
is aimed at paying tributes to Their Majesties the King and Queen and
also to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the
occasion of her fifth cycle birthday anniversary in April 2015.
The cooperation is the first of its kind in the Thai-Sino relations and
helps strengthen Buddhist relationship between the two countries. The
seven sacred Buddha images were built with the mixture of nine metals
called in Thai as Nawa Loha.
Of the seven images, three are seven meters high and have a width of 3.5
meters at their lap. Four others are 4.5 meters high.
Agriculture ministry exhibiting farm and fishery innovations with practical uses
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is holding an exhibition of distinguished
researches and innovations produced by agencies under its jurisdiction.
On Wednesday, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Petipong Pungbun
Na Ayudhya presided over the opening of the exhibition, which showcases
researches on crops, livestock and fishery. New farm machinery and
production technologies that can be practically utilized are also on
display, which include a collapsible weir for irrigation use and a
wet-and-dry water conservation technology for rice paddies.
The exhibition is being held for a total of 9 months at the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives, from August, 2015 to March, 2016.
PM pleased with increasing water volume in damss
NAKHON NAYOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed satisfaction
with the rising water levels in major dams
following his visit to Nakhon Nayok province.
As part of his official visit to Nakhon Nayok,
Prime Minister Prayut led relevant officials in
an aerial survey of waterways and reservoirs
within the province and its vicinity. He first
observed the level of water at Khun Dan Prakan
Chon Dam in Mueang district of Nakhon Nayok
before proceeding to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam located
on the border of Lop Buri and Saraburi provinces
as well as the Ayutthaya-Pathum Thani section of
the Chao Phraya River.
The premier revealed that his stopover in Lop
Buri and Saraburi was unplanned and was made
spontaneously out of his concerns over the
well-being of drought-affected residents. He
said he needed to witness the water situation as
it truly was, adding that he was most worried
about the people in the Pa Sak and Chao Phraya
However, Prime Minister Prayut said he was glad
and relieved to hear from the provincial
governors that the amount of water flowing into
the dams has increased significantly due to
continuous downpours. He, nonetheless, insisted
that more water will need to be supplied
constantly to the Central Plains to help the
Mae Sai city begins clean up after flood water recedes
CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015 (NNT) People living in Mae
Sai District are now beginning to clean the city, after flooding in the
area has receded.
Business operators in Mae Sai District are now beginning to clean their
stores, after flood water in the area has receded. Mud and dirt will
have to be taken care of before businesses can resume on both the Thai
and Myanmar sides.
The Governor of Chiang Rai Pongsak Wangsamer has assigned the district
and local administration to continue to monitor the situation for flash
floods in Mae Sai and 18 other districts, such as Mae Fah Luang, Mae
Chan, Mae Suai, Wiang Pa Pao, and Chiang Khong.
The public residing along the river areas have been urged to relocate
their belongings at high places as a precautionary measure for the time
being, as the continuous rains are expected during this time.
The water level in Mae Sai River has already receded down to 2 meters,
which is fairly below the critical level of 5 meters.
Thai investments safe from Myanmar floods
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) The Thailand–Myanmar
Business Council has confirmed that Thai businesses in Myanmar are
unaffected by the flood disaster.
President of the Thailand –Myanmar Business Council Panitan
Pawarolarnwitthaya disclosed that Thai investments in the neighboring
country remained intact. Many were in the commercial city of Yangon,
away from flood-hit areas.
Flash floods and landslides in Myanmar have killed at least 46 and
affected more than 210,000. According to President Thein Sein, the flood
disaster grips the states of Chin and Rakhine, as well as the Sagaing
and Magway regions in the western and central parts of Myanmar.
Nevertheless, Mr. Panitan said Thai business operators still needed to
monitor the situation closely. He explained that Thai investments in
Myanmar would be in trouble if floods engulfed the transport route
linking Mae Sot in Tak Province with Yangon.
In spite of the disaster situation, the President of the
Thailand–Myanmar Business Council claimed that Myanmar was still an
attractive place for investors. He believes that the Myanmar government
will continue to improve infrastructure to mitigate natural disasters.
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Flood recedes in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai
CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015 (NNT) Floods in Mae
Sai district, Chiang Rai province and Myanmar's
Tachileik province have receded, but Mae Sai
municipality remains on high alert.
Businesses on both sides of the Thailand-Myanmar
border carried out clean-up operations in
marketplaces today, after a flash flood muddied
more than 200 outlets yesterday. Affected
businesses were forced to close their shops
temporarily. Trade activities are expected to
resume in the afternoon.
Despite floodwaters receding, the Mae Sai
district municipality has yet to remove flood
walls, warning the locals to stay vigilant.
Continued rainfall and high water levels in the
Sai River have prompted fears of more flash
In the northeastern province of Nong Khai, water
levels in the Mekong River have risen by 84 cm,
an annual high of nine meters. Consistent
rainfall is likely to raise water levels
DGR groundwater drilling nears completion
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Groundwater Resources (DGR) has completed 99% of
its groundwater wells, providing more than
350,000 cubic meters of water per day to
DGR Deputy Director-General Aranya Fuangswasdi
has revealed that the department has
successfully drilled 506 out of 511 planned
groundwater wells, or 99.02%. The DGR is now in
the process of drilling 10 more.
A total of 221 new wells have been outfitted
with water pumps capable of drawing 217,913
cubic meters of groundwater daily. Meanwhile,
225 old wells that fell into disrepair have
received maintenance and the installation of
water pumps, providing 33,750 cubic meters of
groundwater per day.
This brings the number of renovated wells to 731
out of 891 in total, which supply a combined
251,663 cubic meters of water per day.
This operation is aimed at helping farmers in
drought-hit areas across 15 provinces in the
lower North and Chao Phraya River Basin. An
estimated 4,000 households tending to 150,000
rai of farmland would receive 350,000 cubic
meters of water daily.
Chonsawat jailed for fradulent acts during 1999 election
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) The Supreme Court
has sentenced former chairman of Samut Prakan
Provincial Administration Organisation Chonsawat
Asavahame to a year and 6 months in prison.
He has been sentenced for his involvement in
fraudulent acts committed during the 1999
municipal elections in Samut Prakan. The ruling
was read out by the Samut Prakan provincial
Mr Chonsawat was immediately taken to the Samut
Prakan central prison to begin serving his term.
The court has also upheld a three-year jail term
against Deputy Samut Prakan PAO Chairman
Pitichart Traisurat for document forgery in the
Government rolls out measures to help Myanmar and Thai flood victims
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) The government has been
implementing measures to assist flood victims in both Thailand
The Ministry of Interior has made known that state agencies are
prepared to tackle flash floods and landslides in all areas and
have been equipped with the necessary tools to assist disaster
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha also stated that all
provinces should maintain a balance between releasing water to
communities and storing water for use during the dry season.
The government earlier announced it is pledging five million
baht to flood-stricken Myanmar, where at least 27 people have
been killed. Myanmar is in urgent need of water filters,
medicine and preserved food.
The Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce and other private agencies
are also collecting donations to send to Thai-Myanmar border
authorities to fund disaster mitigation.
16 provinces told to brace for flash floods
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) 16 provinces across Thailand have
been warned to brace for more heavy rains as monsoons gain
strength in the North and South.
A monsoon trough in the North and a southwestern monsoon
covering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are set to
generate rainstorms in 16 provinces including Chiang Mai, Tak,
Nong Khai and Phuket. Flash floods and forest runoffs have been
predicted for these provinces and residents advised to exercise
Strong winds in the Andaman Sea will generate up to 3-meter high
waves and small boats should be kept ashore.
Typhoon Soudelor is expected to make landfall in China’s western
coast during August 7-8. Thai travelers planning to visit the
area have been urged to closely follow weather updates.
Most parts, up to 70 percent, of Bangkok and its vicinity are
set to be lashed with heavy rains and scattered thunder storms.
The average temperature is to hover between 25-31 degree.