PM presides over candle lighting ceremony for HM Queen's birthday at Sanam Luang
BANGKOK, 12 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha led representatives of all sectors in a candle lighting
ceremony at Sanam Luang in celebration of the 83rd birthday anniversary
of Her Majesty the Queen on 12 August 2015.
The PM paid homage in front of Her Majesty's image and expressed loyalty
to the Queen. Gen. Prayut and the ceremony participants then sang the
Royal Anthem and lit candles to bless Her Majesty on her birthday.
The candle lighting ceremony took place in all provinces across Thailand
More than 30 sets of fireworks were lit, including fireworks in the
shape of jasmine--the symbol of Mother's Day in Thailand--amid cheers of
long live the queen.
John Kerry sends letter of felicitation to HM Queen on her birthday
WASHINGTON, D.C., 12 August 2015 (NNT) U.S. Secretary
of State John F. Kerry sent a letter of felicitation to Her Majesty
Queen Sirikit of Thailand on the auspicious occasion of her 83rd
birthday on 12 August 2015.
In his letter, the U.S. Secretary of State extended his warmest
congratulations to the Queen and honored her deep compassion for the
Thai people and unflagging commitment to the development of Thailand.
"Your work has improved the livelihoods of numerous Thai people and
inspired others in Thailand and beyond,” Mr. Kerry wrote in the letter.
"I wish you and the Royal Family continued health and happiness on this
Thailand and the United States have enjoyed a close friendship for 182
years, working together to promote prosperity and security in Southeast
Asia and the world.
The letter of John Kerry reflects his confidence that the partnership of
both countries will continue to grow stronger in the years ahead.
Chiang Rai celebrates Mother’s Day, gives Bike for Mom giftss
CHIANG RAI, 12 August 2015 (NNT) Chiang Rai province
has celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary this year
and arranged a ceremony to give gifts for “Bike for Mom” cyclists.
In the morning of 12 August 2015, Chiang Rai Governor Phongsak
Wangsamer, executives of provincial organizations and members of the
general public gave alms to Buddhist monks on the occasion of the 83rd
birthday of HM the Queen. After the religious ceremony, the governor led
a group of provincial civil servants to take an oath of allegiance to be
a good civil servant and fight against corruption.
The governor also presided over a ceremony to give funds to the Mother
of the Land Fund and presented certificates to outstanding mothers in
Chiang Rai. After that, Mr. Phongsak and high-ranking officers in the
province gave T-shirts and pins to the first 100 cyclists in the
nationwide bike ride “Bike for Mom”—this year’s biggest event in honor
of the Queen.
Merit-making ceremonies held across Thailand to mark HM Queen's birthday
BANGKOK, 12 August 2015 (NNT) Members of the public
across Thailand have participated in mass alms-making ceremonies in
honor of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary.
In the North, provincial governors in Nongbua Lamphu, Surin and Lamphun
led local people in an alms-giving ceremony and a ceremony to release
fish back into their natural habitat. The ceremony was also attended by
civil servants, police officers and members of the private sector.
Nakhon Si Thammarat residents also joined in a merit-making ceremony,
held in the province’s major park. Well-wishers in Narathiwat meanwhile
gathered at the city hall to honor the occasion. Many have also donated
blood to mark Mother’s Day this year.
In the capital, Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra led city
officials in an alms-giving ceremony in the morning before making
preparations for a candle-lighting ceremony held in the evening.
Rise for university-level state teachers being considered
BANGKOK, 12 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Education is
planning to propose to cabinet, a salary increase for civil
servants who work as educators in universities.
The ministry recently held talks with relevant agencies on
setting aside budget to raise salaries for government officials
in higher-level educational institutes.
In 2011, the cabinet approved a proposal to give an 8-percent
rise to state educators who teach basic education. Civil
servants in educational institutions were not part of the group
eligible for the salary increase. Of all the civil servants
missing out on the rise, around 20,000 teach at the university
The total budget for the proposed increase in salaries is
estimated at 2.33 billion baht. The proposal has been pending
for four years.
The ministry has made known that once other details including
pensions and benefits of civil servants are finalized, the
matter will be discussed again at the end of August before being
forwarded to the cabinet for consideration.
Labour Minister visits Thai students in WorldSkills Competition in Brazil
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) Labour Minister General
Surasak Kanjanarat said Thailand should be more enthusiastic about
improving vocational skills following his visit to the 43rd WorldSkills
Competition in Brazil.
The Labour Minister, Director General of the Department of Skill
Development M.L. Boondarik Smithi, and Thai ambassador to Brazil
Pitchayaphant Charnbhumidol have traveled to the competition venue and
met with the Thai contestants.
It is the 23rd time Thailand has joined WorldSkills. According to the
Labour Minsiter, Thailand has shown the world how skillful her students
are by joining the competition. He is hopeful they will win the medals
again this year.
He added that Thai students should continue to improve their vocational
skills as many nations have stepped up their games. The Thai ambassador
has complimented the Thai students on how well they are prepared for the
The students have reportedly done well on the first day of the
competition, and promised to continue to do their best in the next
Revocation of former PM Thaksin's police rank receives green light
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015, (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha has indicated that the Ministry of Justice has decided
to revoke the Police Lieutenant Colonel rank held by ex-Premier Thaksin
Shinawatra, deeming that Mr. Thaksin had violated the 2004 Royal Thai
Police's revocation bill.
He stated the Royal Thai Police would soon forward the revocation
proposal to the Royal Household for approval, in order to officially
strip Mr. Thaksin of his police rank.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit
Wongsuwan stressed that the process is being done in accordance with the
rule of law. He added that the move wasn't aimed at bullying the former
Prime Minister or creating conflict in society.
Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krue-Ngam pointed out that Mr. Thaksin
couldn't take legal action against the Council of State for giving
advice to the government about his rank revocation, as the council is
not the one executing the order.
PRD welcomes Chinese performers for the Friendship Concert 2015
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015, (NNT) The Public Relations
Department Deputy Director-General Dr. Charoon Chaisorn yesterday hosted
a welcoming party for Chinese performers who will take part in the
"China - Thailand Friendship Concert 2015”.
Dr. Charoon indicated that the concert would further strengthen ties
between the two nations, adding it is also part of the MOU on IT and
Broadcasting Cooperation between Thailand’s PRD and the Guangxi
Administration of Radio, Film and TV of The People's Republic of China.
The "China - Thailand Friendship Concert 2015” is scheduled for this
Saturday, August 15th, from 4 PM - 6 PM at the PRD Convention Hall in
Bangkok's Phayathai Distric
Royal Household Bureau: HM the King’s condition improves
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) According to the Bureau
of the Royal Household, His Majesty the King is recuperating at Siriraj
Hospital as the level of cerebrospinal fluid has decreased and lung
inflammation is no longer found.
Royal physicians reported that they previously conducted a thorough
examination of the health of His Majesty the King at Siriraj Hospital
and discovered an increased level of cerebrospinal fluid in his brain.
As a solution, they requested royal permission to adjust the discharge
of the fluid and a CT scan performed in July indicated that the fluid
was reducing gradually.
During his stay at the hospital, His Majesty has also periodically
developed high fever, with increased phlegm and faster breathing and
heartbeat. Such conditions are believed to have resulted from lung
inflammation found earlier. The royal doctors have thus provided His
Majesty with chest physical therapy, along with oxygen and mucolytics to
help dissolve the mucus.
The latest investigations show no inflammation in the lungs, normal
heart rate and blood pressure, and decreased cerebrospinal fluid. The
royal physicians will continue to give chest physical therapy to His
Majesty until the level of phlegm returns to normal.
New US Ambassador to Thailand to be stationed here next month
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs confirmed that former US envoy for North Korean policy Glyn
Davies will be stationed in the Kingdom as the US Ambassador to Thailand
in a month’s time.
Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn said US President Barack Obama
will sign the official document designating him as the Ambassador to
Thailand and Mr. Davies will undergo a swearing-in ceremony in the next
Secretary of State John Kerry assured the minister that Mr Davies is a
skilled diplomat and is suitable for the role. Mr Davies earlier posted
a tweet saying he is looking forward to his role as ambassador and
joining the US embassy in Thailand.
Mr Davies was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in
mid-April. The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mr Davies
earlier this month.
PM Office Minister gives lectures on good governance to Nonthaburi students
NONTHABURI, 11 August 2015, (NNT) The Permanent
Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office M.L. Panadda Diskul yesterday
gave lectures on good governance to 300 high school students of
Rattanathibate School in Nonthaburi province.
The lecture, 'Youths and Their Role In Creating Unity In Thai Society',
was given after he unveiled the 'Thailand Moves Forward' campaign
promoting unity and national reform at the school.
M.L. Panadda explained the duties of the National Legislative Assembly
and the Constitution Drafting Committee to the students. He then urged
them to be outstanding citizens in accordance with parliamentary
democracy under the constitutional monarchy.
People encouraged to refrain from using plastic bags
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environment is encouraging people to refrain from using
plastic bags and foam containers one day every month.
According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Daopong
Rattanasuwan, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and 16
private companies have launched a campaign urging people to stop using
plastic bags and foam boxes.
People are encouraged to follow the advice, which is
aimed at promoting the use of cloth bags, one day a month beginning on
August 15th and on the 15th day of every month thereafter. The Ministry
of Natural Resources and Environment will monitor the use of plastic
bags every two months in the beginning and assess the success of the
scheme every 4 months.
The campaign will be introduced 2-3 days a week instead of once a month
if public responses are positive. The Natural Resources and Environment
Minister said plastic bags are very popular items among cities and large
communities as they are easy to use.
As the bags are discarded shortly after use, Thai
people need to be aware of their impact on the environment. Thailand
could lower the use of plastic bags by as many as 1 million a day if
everyone use of just one fewer plastic bag a day.
DWR to aid inundated areas in Phuket and Nakhon Ratchasima
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has instructed related agencies to quickly assist those in
the flooded areas in Phuket and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces.
According to the Director General of the Department of Water Resources,
Jatuporn Buruspat, residents in the two provinces have complained about
the inundation and claimed that the flood water will be contaminated if
not drained soon.
His department is looking into the problems in both provinces as ordered
by the Prime Minister. As for the artesian well digging project, the
agency has already made more than 70% progress.
The project was launched earlier following the government’s instruction
to relieve drought stricken areas and increase the amount of water in
the country’s reserves
Ranong transports donations for flood victims to Koh Song, Myanmar
RANONG, 11 August 2015 (NNT) Charity organizations
and the business sector in Ranong province have presented donations to
the Myanmar government to help those affected by the floods.
Rice, dried food and other daily necessities have been given to the
Governor of Kawthaung town, located in the South of Myanmar near the
border with Thailand.
All items were loaded onto trucks in Koh Song for delivery to the Yangon
command center in charge of relief operations. They are expected to be
distributed to areas severely inundated in Myanmar soon.
Myanmar has expressed gratitude towards the Thai people for reaching out
to Burmese people and promised to reciprocate if Thailand ever needs
help in the future.
Water levels decline in Mekong River
NONG KHAI, 11 August 2015 (NNT) Flood levels in the
northeastern province of Nong Khai have begun to recede, as water levels
in the Mekong River continue to decline.
The water levels in the Mekong River have been decreasing for a third
consecutive day. The Department of Water Resources recorded current
levels at 10.23 m from the embankment.
The river has receded by 50 cm compared to yesterday’s figures. Water
levels are expected to decline further, as indicated by other provinces
along the Mekong River such as Chiang Rai and Loei. Sluice gates have
been raised to release water from flooded communities.
China agrees to buy 2 million tons of rice from Thailand
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) The Chinese government has agreed to
purchase two million tons of rice from Thailand through a
government-to-government (G2G) deal.
Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya said after visiting China
that Thailand will deliver two million tons of rice over two years. The
first million tons, which include Jasmine rice and other refined grains,
will be sold at market price before the end of December.
The remaining rice will be put up for another round of G2G discussions
around mid-September, when Chinese representatives visit Thailand.
The National Reform Council endorses agendas for digital economy development.
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council has endorsed a report entailing proposals for the development of
digital economy, and for the improvement of Thailand's standing as a
center of commerce and services.
NRC members convened on Monday to deliberate the agendas of digital
economy development, for which the members unanimously voted in favor,
and development of the country into the hub of ASEAN, for which 192 of
the members voted 192 in favor.
Kroekkrai Chiraphaet, the head of the committee proposing the digital
economy agenda, explained that the existing economy will be remodeled to
rely on digital connectivity wherein every sector of the population
makes use of the internet. To achieve this goal, a five-point strategy
has been designated which is related to the development of the digital
infrastructure, development of supporting infrastructures, development
of an infrastructure of services, the promotion of digital economy and
the promotion of a digital society. Mr. Kroekkrai also noted that
another long-term objective of the strategy would be to reduce
For the ASEAN hub agenda, Monday's report proposed the setting up of a
committee to oversee ASEAN-related economic affairs comprising
representatives from the public and the private sectors and from the
civic sector as well as from think tanks.
Lottery Office to propose 5 approaches to ticket distribution
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015, (NNT) The Government Lottery
Office (GLO) is preparing to propose five approaches to ticket
distribution before it renews its contract for 70 million new tickets in
December, as the office prepares for its second phase of management
GLO board member Lieutenant Colonel Noon Sansanakom said the five
approaches will be considered at the GLO board meeting next month. The
proposals consist of suggestions collected from the general public and
The first four approaches deal with ticket quotas for minor retailers,
namely to expand ticket quotas by five books, cap quotas at 10 books,
cap quotas at 50 books, or remove quotas entirely and allow for
unlimited books. The final approach would be to sell government lottery
Lt. Col. Noon assured the public that the office would consider these
options for the benefit of the people, as well as the minor retailers.
The GLO board member said the office has also decided to reschedule its
lottery drawing for this cycle from August 16 at 11:30 hrs to August 17
at 13:00 hrs. The new date would make way for the Bike For Mom event,
which conflicted with the previous schedule on Sunday. The office also
moved the drawing date for the January cycle from January 16, 2016 to
January 17 instead, as the previous date falls on next year's national
Signing of MOU vows transparency in transition to digital TV
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015, (NNT) Public Relations
Department (PRD) Director-General Apinan Juntarungsri yesterday signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Comptroller General's
Department (CGD), which calls for transparency during the second phase
of the PRD's project to convert from analog to digital TV.
The MOU is part of the government's campaign to prevent corruption
related to its procurement. The second phase of the PRD's transition
from analog to digital TV is projected to cost approximately one billion
baht. If the transition goes smoothly, the PRD would set an example for
other government units not to commit graft.
CGD Director General Manus Jamveha said that inspectors have been
deployed to monitor the transition. They have examined contract signings
and project management, ensuring every step of the process follows
government procurement regulations.
Director-General Apinan praised the campaign to discourage government
units from engaging in corruption, saying it helps to ensure government
procurement projects are seamless and transparent.
Investor Confidence Index for the next 3 months to hit 14-month low
BANGKOK, 11 August 2015, (NNT) The Federation of Thai
Capital Market Organization (FETCO) has reported Investor Confidence
Index over the next three months has hit a 14-month low, due to the
global economic slowdown and diminishing exports.
FETCO President Worawan Tharapoom said the index for the next three
months has decreased from 98.28 the previous month to 57.27, the lowest
in 14 months. Investors suspect that the drop was caused by stagnant
stock market performance, due to the economic slowdown, declining
exports, the drought crisis and delays in government disbursement for
public utility projects.
President Worawan believed that currently, profitable stock includes
those in the construction sector, but cautioned investors to avoid
Meanwhile, CIMB indicated the bank is revising down its GDP projection
this year from 3.3 percent to about 2-3 percent. It blamed a slowdown in
private and government investments, domestic spending, the ailing
Chinese economy and uncertainty in the U.S. economy.
Supreme Court opens 3 new divisions to deal with national security issues
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Supreme Court has
introduced three new divisions set up specifically to deal with issues
affecting the nation's security and economy.
According to the Supreme Court President, Direk Ingkaninanthe (ดิเรก
อิงคนินันท์), the three newly opened divisions include those dealing
with human trafficking, illegal drug, and government official’s
The three divisions will be jointly operated by prosecutors, the Royal
Thai Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Development
and Human Security, and the Thai courts.
They will also form a comprehensive network of human trafficking
prevention, and raise the standards of legal processes to meet the
These issues have taken a heavy toll on Thailand’s reputation globally
and compromised the nation's security. Serious actions should be taken
to eliminate these problems, Mr. Direck said.
Government pushes for village fund to stimulate local economy
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015, (NNT) The government is
reportedly pushing for village funding to stimulate local economy, after
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed officials to
facilitate various funds whose management has proven problematic.
The comment was made by Deputy Spokesperson of the Prime Minister's
Office Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd. He talked about the
administration's campaign to increase the existing village fund by one
million baht. Currently, there are 18,566 funds awaiting public subsidy.
General Prayut asked authorities to increase village funding within a
few months. The move is meant to help stimulate local economy across the
nationwide, provide another channel for financial aid and promote
money-saving among locals.
However, the PM spokesman said that some of these programs reported
sufficient resources to cover their operations and have declined to
apply for additional funds. Other funds are facing management problems
and cannot handle the increasing budget.
In order to help village funds that face management difficulty, the
Prime Minister has instructed officials to give advice on various
aspects, such bookkeeping, debtor eligibility, and maintain savings at
the local level.
Constitution Drafting Committee to submit completed charter to NRC on August 222
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Chairman of the
Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has affirmed that the CDC will be
ready to submit the completed version of the new constitution to the
National Reform Council (NRC) on August 22.
According to CDC Chairman and NRC member Borwonsak Uwanno, the NRC will
then have 15 days after receiving the new charter to scrutinize its
details and the vote whether to approve of the document will commence
between September 5-7.
Mr Borwonsak revealed further that the new constitution consisted of 4
sections regarding reform, and 29 organic laws on reform are being
drafted by a joint committee of the NRC and the CDC.
Over 60% of stray dogs in Thailand have rabies
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Livestock has disclosed that up to 60 percent of stray dogs in Thailand
live with rabies.
The department said the growing population of stray dogs has caused a
number of issues including waste, noise pollution, traffic accidents and
diseases. Over 90 percent of dogs in Thailand have rabies, 60 percent of
which are stray dogs.
According to the latest survey, Thailand has around 8.5 million dogs,
seven million of which are stray dogs. Around 3.4 million stray dogs are
born each year.
The department stressed the difficulty of vaccinating stray dogs against
rabies and the ineffectiveness of temporary solutions which include
sterilization and dog shelters.
Members of the public are urged to exercise caution when they are around
stray dogs as currently there is still no cure for rabies and the
mortality rate is almost 100%. Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the
nervous system in both humans and animals and can spread very rapidly,
resulting in death.
Indigenous groups call on government to respect rights, reduce inequality
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Representatives from
indigenous groups in Thailand have called on the National Reform Council
(NRC) to protect the rights of the indigenous people and reduce social
The group submitted their petition to NRC member Vithaya Kulsomboon,
asking the NRC and the government to push for legislation on a civic
group for indigenous persons in Thailand. The petition also called for
the nationalization of all children born in Thailand and the reduction
of the Thai national verification process.
The group also asked the government to adhere to international standards
of recognizing and respecting the rights of indigenous peoples in order
to protect the rights of the indigenous in Thailand and reduce social
Mr Vithaya said he would forward the petition to the NRC committee on
reform relating to society, communities, children, adolescents, women,
the elderly, the disabled and the underprivileged.
Chiang Mai locals warned against consuming toxic mushroom
CHIANG MAI, 10 August 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai public
health units have warned locals to refrain from collecting wild
mushrooms as some varieties of the fungus can be fatally poisonous.
During the rainy season, different types of mushrooms flourish and grow
in the forest. Mushroom gathering has become a part-time occupation for
many northern residents. However, toxic mushrooms can have similar
appearances to edible mushrooms and have killed hundreds in the past
Last week, four Chiang Mai residents had ingested poisonous mushrooms
and were rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to treat them in
time. In 2014, three members of a family consumed a deadly variety of
mushroom called hed rangok or death cap. The mother and daughter died
while the father went into a coma.
The local health office has warned the public against consuming unknown
mushrooms during this season. In the event that a wild mushroom has been
ingested, the consumer is advised to induce vomiting as quickly as they
can before seeking medical help.
Thailand to start sending relief aid to Myanmar in 2-3 days
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army is
set to send its initial set of relief aid and personnel to Myanmar to
help with the flood disaster, in the next 2-3 days, Army Chief says.
According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, Gen Udomdej
Sitabutr, the Royal Thai Army has readied its troops and collected
consumable products to be sent to Myanmar to help flood disaster victims
The relief aid and personnel are expected to be sent to Myanmar in the
next 2-3 days following the preparation process and the approval from
the Ministry of Defense and the Cabinet, the Commander-in-Chief has
He has also said that the army will donate more money to Myanmar as a
gesture of the Thai Army's thoughtfulness prior to an official visit of
Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief to Thailand on August 24-25, 2015.
170 billion baht budget to deal with waste management
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Pollution Control
Department (PCD) will adjust the national waste management strategy with
a budget of 170 billion baht, while looking to push forward new
legislations, according to a PCD official.
The PCD’s Acting Director-General Wijarn Simachaya has revealed that
opinions regarding the national waste management strategy for 2016-2021
has been gathered from all sides, for the ministry re-strategize into a
more inclusive program under a 6 year period. The strategy will have a
budget of 178.6 billion baht, 94.6 billion coming from the government
budget, while another 64.9 billion will come from the private sector’s
The strategy, under a long-term execution framework, has been submitted
for the Cabinet’s approval, while the PCD is now gearing up the
legislation of a national garbage law.
The PCD Acting Director-General said that last year’s garbage model
scheme successfully reduced the amount of garbage by 50 percent, in
crisis areas including Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Lopburi, Nakhon Pathom,
and Ayutthaya province. However, regarding the construction of waste
energy power plants, the Director-General said that the project can only
go ahead authorities create an understanding among the public residing
in the areas.
The PCD, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Energy are set to
pilot the waste energy production plan in 14 provinces, including
Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, and Chiang Mai. The project aims to
produce fuel from waste, while the construction of the waste treatment
plant must be approved by the local public.
An individual Thai national produces 1.11 kilogram of garbage per day on
average. Electronic appliances, such as televisions and tablets, are a
concerning category of garbage. Out of 4.23 million devices, 580,000
tons of electronic garbage will require disposal after usage.
Forum being held at IMPACT to curb non-communicable diseases
NONTHABURI, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is holding the “NCD
Forum 2015” at IMPACT Forum, Muang Thong Thani, to underline the control
of non-communicable diseases, with a new goal to decrease the number of
patients by 25% within a decade.
MOPH minister Rachata Rachatanavin who presided over the event said that
it is a forum to exchange ideas and experience on the development of
non-communicable disease control, and also exhibits advanced medical
technology in the field. The NCD Forum 2015 is taking place until
According to him, NCDs like Ischemic heart disease, Ischemic stroke
disease, cancers, diabetes and Chronic respiratory diseases have sharply
increased worldwide. NCDs make the largest contribution to mortality
globally, with 36 million deaths each year.
The diseases also become the top cause of deaths among Thai population,
killing an average of 300,000 people each year. The majority of the
cases were related to heart and blood vessel diseases, followed by
cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes respectively.
As NCDs are preventable, the MOPH has cooperated with its networks to
reduce the mortality rate. They have set a goal to lower the number of
patients by 25% within the next ten years. To achieve the goal, they
will carry out a series of health campaigns discouraging people from
salty food diet, smoking and binge drinking, and also against obesity
and diabetes. The officials have set a target that 80% of those in risk
of NCDs must have access to behavior modification consultancy by family
Minister of Justice urges public to report addictive entertainment venues
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Justice
has urged public to help report entertainment venues that leads youth
astray, while authorities will enforce more stringent regulations on
The Minister of Justice Gen Paiboon Koomchaya has said regarding the
regulation of entertainment and game venues, where the services to youth
customers may be too addictive, that the general public can help report
such venues to the authorities so that the venues’ services can be
He has said that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is more
focused on game venues than gambling, as these venues provide obvious
services that exceed the time limit, becoming a destination where youths
gather in unlawful ways. The problem of gambling venues, on the other
hand, is the operation under the disguise of another service venue.
The Justice Minister has further said that officials must not overlook
this issue, while the ministry has already coordinated with the
administrative sector and the armed forces to provide joint forces with
the police to regulate the venues.
Songkhla vendors report seafood shortages
SONGKHLA, 10 August 2015, (NNT) Seafood vendors in
Songkhla province have reported a shortage of fresh seafood, as fishing
vessels have yet to return from offshore trips.
The shortage became more apparent yesterday when only one fishing ship
arrived ashore. Vendors said the landings do not satisfy local demand
and the shortage has persisted over the past couple of days.
More than 100 vessels, including large trawlers, are still at sea. Only
a few smaller ships have returned to harbor at the moment.
The predicament has deprived the market of fresh seafood stock. Vendors
said their supplies are merely enough to break even on expenses.
New police chief has yet to be chosen
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
Chief has indicated that no new police chief has been selected so far.
According to the Police Chief, Police General Somyos Poompanmuang, the
meeting of the Office of National Police Policy Board will not consider
the issue of the new police chief selection this Friday.
Personally, he has no one in his mind at this point, Police General
Somyos said, adding that he is not aware of Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha’s preference either.
However, he believes his selection of the next Police Chief would
satisfy the Prime Minister. The Police Chief is expected to meet with
the Prime Minister to discuss the qualifications of those who have
potential to be the next police chief.
Warning against Dengue fever issued nationwide
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Disease Control has issued a series of warning against the spread of
Dengue fever during the rainy season.
According to the Department's weekly disease monitoring report, an
outbreak tends to rise steadily thanks to the frequent rainfall all over
the country, causing water-logging where Aedes mosquitoes, carriers of
Dengue fever, lay their eggs.
Last week, 3,303 people were reportedly infected by the virus, three of
whom died, one each from Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi
provinces; which brings this year's total number of infections to 42,900
and 35 deaths. The disease mostly spreads especially among children
between 15-24 and 10-14 years of age. Parents have been informed of
strict disease monitoring.
Five provinces: Rayong, Trad, Petchaburi, Tak and Ang Thong, are the
areas where the disease mostly reportedly spread, said the Department.
Dengue Fever is a disease, transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito
infected with a dengue virus. The symptoms include severe joint and
muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, exhaustion, and rash,
which can develop into an acute phase of illness leading to severe
complications or even death.
EC wants more power to deal with election irregularities
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015 (NNT) The Election Commission of Thailand (EC)
has said it needs absolute power if Thailand is to have transparent
elections in order to deal with vote buying and other election
Following a comment by former People’s Democratic Reform Committee
Suthep Thaugsuban, who lambasted the EC for failing to prevent
corruption, EC member Prawit Rattanapean admitted that the current EC
was unable to hold the last general elections as political conflicts
intensified even though it, like everyone else, wanted to hold a free,
fair and corruption-free election but could not do so as it had no power
The present Constitution Drafting Committee has also refused to hand the
EC more power which Mr. Pawit claimed would authorize the EC more to
keep elections transparent.
He has expressed his support for national reform particularly in
relation to elections in order to stop Thailand from making the same
political mistakes all over again. He is also urging critics of the EC
to make use of their ability to help pulling the country out of the
political abyss instead of making comments.
NARIT invites the public to take their mothers to see meteor shower on Mother's Day
BANGKOK (NNT) The National Astronomical Research
Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (NARIT) is inviting Thai
nationals to bring their mothers to observe the Perseid meteor shower
from midnight onwards on Mother's Day.
NARIT said that the new moon on August 13 will create perfect conditions
to observe the meteor shower, as the new moon will create the effect of
a dimmer night sky, and there could be as many as 100 meteors per hour
during the meteor shower's peak.
The Meteor shower should be visible throughout the skies in areas where
there are no storm clouds.
The Perseid meteor shower occurs annually between mid-July to August,
but the intensity usually peaks in August.
Thailand & Laos to strengthen joint drug crackdown
NAKHON RATCHASIMA (NNT) Thai and Lao governments have
agreed to strengthen their cooperative drug crackdown during the 15th
bilateral meeting of Thai and Lao delegates on the joint effort to
prevent and combat drug trafficking.
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) disclosed that both
sides agreed to beef up inspection of boats along the Mekong River,
starting in August. The meeting was co-chaired by Justice Minister Gen
Paiboon Koomchaya and the Chairman of Lao National Commission for Drug
Control and Supervision, Mr. Kou Chansina.
Apart from the stricter joint surveillance, the Thai government has
requested the Lao counterpart to help monitor transport of drug
precursors and related chemicals from Thailand to prevent and stem
narcotics production in Golden Triangle. Meanwhile, Laos suggested that
Thai authorities identify suspicious boats in advance.
The ONCB has also offered to train Lao officials to deal with detection
of active narcotic ingredients and drug testing in laboratories.
Army tackling flood problems amid concerns by PM
BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army
is providing urgent help to flood-affected
people in many regions while Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced concerns for
residents of the Northeast and the South, where
heavy rains are occurring.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern
Kaewkamnerd revealed that Prime Minister Prayut
is currently worried about the weather
conditions in the northeastern and southern
regions of Thailand. He said incessant rains
have raised the water level in the Mekong River
and resulted in strong currents while scattered
thunderstorms are also hammering the South.
The premier reportedly encouraged local
residents to stay constantly updated with
weather forecasts and disaster warnings. Related
authorities have also been instructed to take
care of the people and issue warnings well in
advance so as to allow the locals enough time to
make preparations or evacuate if necessary.
Meanwhile, Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej
Sitabutr affirmed that the Army already has
contingency plans in place for all regions. Last
week, he said assistance was given to flood
victims in Mae Hong Son while units in Bangkok
were put on standby in case of flooding.
As for flood relief for Myanmar, the government
has prepared donations, both in cash and kind,
for the neighboring country while the Army is
ready to deliver them, awaiting only
coordination with the Myanmar government.
New inheritance tax law set to take effect early 2016
BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 (NNT) The government has
affirmed that the new inheritance tax law, which will become effective
next year, is aimed to do away with social inequality.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd,
the Inheritance Tax Act 2015 and the Revenue Code Amendment Act 2015
concerning the transfer of premortem inheritance have already been
published in the Royal Gazette this August 5. The two newly-approved
legislations are scheduled to come into effect in 180 days following
their publication or around January 2016.
Once imposed, the inheritance tax law will subject inheritors to 10
percent tax on the excess of their received asset’s value over 100
million baht. Nonetheless, if the asset is obtained from blood
relatives, the tax will be reduced to 5 percent.
Maj Gen Sansern is confident the collection of inheritance tax will
encourage the wealthy to donate their properties to charity
organizations for the benefit of the public. Eventually, it is expected
to help narrow economic gaps in the Thai society while concurrently
boosting state revenue and supporting national development.
Fishing vessels in Samut Sakhon randomly inspected
SAMUT SAKHON, 9 August 2015 (NNT) The Command Center
for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has continued to inspect fishing
vessels in terms of license, use of alien workers and installation of
tracking device. The center's latest inspection took place in Samut
The CCCIF, the Fishery Department and the Samut Sakhon provincial
fishery office on Sunday conducted a random inspection of fishing
vessels in the province. The fishing vessels were checked to see if they
had licenses to operate and if they were fitted with the vessel
monitoring system. The officers also checked if they legally hired
The inspection was part of the government’s policy to prevent, restrain
and eradicate illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in Thailand.
Energy Minister content with output of Dong Mun gas field
paid a visit to
Dong Mun gas
field in Kalasin
over the amount
of gas supply
from the site.
project at Block
3 and 5 of Dong
Mun gas field,
which is located
in Tha Khan Tho
briefed on the
well as problems
said he was
the area in
been recorded at
up to 20 million
cubic feet or
640 tons per
over the figure,
deeming it as an
Dong Mun gas
emerge as a
to fulfill the
energy demand in
for the delivery
of the gas from
the field to a
in Nong Kung Si
from the site,
and to a CNG and
plant in Kranuan
nearby Khon Kaen
New budget transfer act pending NLA approval
BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 (NNT) A new Budget
Transfer Act for unspent budget is now being
presented to the National Legislative Assembly
(NLA), while the law's imposition should begin
next year, a Finance Ministry official has said.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of
Finance Rungson Sriworasat has revealed that the
Budget Transfer Act has received approval from
the Cabinet, and is now being considered by the
NLA, while the law is expected to be officially
imposed next year.
This new law will allow government agencies to
transfer back the leftover disbursed capital in
projects that have not proceeded according to
plan, for reallocation into other projects.
The Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary has
mentioned that the government’s levy by the
Excise Department, the Revenue Department, and
the Customs Department is likely to miss the 160
billion baht target, but the Ministry of Finance
will find other sources of income to compensate
the deficit. The ministry's alternate sources of
income may come from state enterprises and
income from savings accounts and other funds.
Free Wifi now available on some BMTA buses
BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 (NNT) Passengers will be
able to use free Wifi services on some BMTA
buses in Bangkok, while the service coverage in
being extended to more buses.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is now
providing free wireless internet services on its
Euro II air conditioned buses to those using the
3G mobile network.
The service was piloted on 140 Euro II buses
since late 2014 and demonstrated good results.
The BMTA is currently expanding the service to
550 Euro II buses, from the entire fleet of
1,500 buses, to improve the service quality to
The installation of Wifi services to new buses
is expected to be completed in December, while
the equipment will be re-installed in new buses
entering the service instead of the existing
buses in use.
Public warned for heavy rains and flash floods in risk areass
BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 (NNT) The Thai
Meteorological Department (TMD) warns the public
in risk areas of potential heavy rains and flash
floods due to the influence of monsoons in the
northeastern, western, and southern regions.
TMD’s Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai has
revealed that heavy rainfalls are expected in
the northeastern, western, and southern regions
due to the influence of monsoons in Thailand.
The country is now under the influence of heavy
rainfall prevailing over the lower parts of the
northern region and the northeastern region,
together with strong southwest monsoon winds
over the Andaman Sea and the southern region.
TMD’s Director-General has said that the public
in risk areas, especially in Krabi, Phang Nga,
Phuket, Ranong, Trat, Trang, Satun, and Nakhon
Ratchasima, are advised to be wary of potential
flash floods due to the continuous rainfall, and
are advised to closely monitor the situation.
Fishing boats are advised not to sail out into
the Andaman Sea where waves with a height of 2-3
meters are expected, but boats in the Gulf of
Thailand can sail out as normal.
Meanwhile, the Soudelor tropical storm is now
heading towards Zhejiang Province of China and
will continue to weaken. The storm causes no
direct effect to Thailand.
Highway Dept opens bicycle lane in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI, 9 August 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai has officially opened
a bicycle lane on the 121 Highway with many cyclists in the
province participating in the opening ceremony and testing the
Deputy Minister of Transport Arkhom Termphithayaphaisit on
Sunday presided over the opening ceremony of the bicycle lane.
The deputy minister was also briefed on the progress of the
current construction projects and budget disbursement of the
provincial highway department before traveling to inspect
The 4.56-kilometer bicycle lane starts from the entrance of Huay
Mae Tueng in Mae Rim district to the province's main
international convention and trade exhibition center. The
bicycle lane is parallel to the irrigation canal road.
The bicycle lane is part of the Highway Department's project to
facilitate and increase safety for cyclists and users of other
vehicles. The project has campaigned for bicycle transportation
for health benefits and energy conservation. It is also
considered as another way to promote Thai tourism
Transport Ministry suggests BMTA cancel orders of remaining NGV buses
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Transport has
strongly suggested that the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority
(BMTA) consider cancelling its planned purchase of the 2nd batch
of 2,694 buses running on natural gas (NGV).
The ministry's Permanent Secretary Soithip Traisut made the
suggestion during a meeting with the BMTA, the Office of
Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning and the Department of
Land Transport. The ministry made the recommendation after it
had forwarded to the BMA last week the feasibility study of the
viability of electric buses for public transportation. According
to the study, natural gas is not suitable for public
transportation purposes in the long run due to price and
Yesterday's meeting concluded that BMTA should either purchase
electric buses or maintain the existing 2,860 buses scheduled
for decommission until further notice.
The meeting however agreed with the BMTA's plan to sell a batch
of its 628 older buses, asking the agency to provide the
ministry with the details of the plan to sell those buses as
soon as possible.