Royal messages of condolence sent to countries of victims killed in Ratchaprasong bomb blast
BANGKOK, 22 August 2015 (NNT) - Their
Majesties the King and Queen of Thailnd have sent messages of condolence to
heads of state and leaders of the countries whose nationals lost their lives
in the Ratchaprasong bomb blast on the 17th of August 2015.
The royal condolence letters were sent to Malaysia, China, Indonesia and
Singapore. In the condolence message to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan
Agong of Malaysia, His Majesty the King said he and Her Majesty the Queen
had learnt with profound sorrow of the bombing incident at the Ratchaprasong
Intersection in Bangkok which has caused loss of many lives and injuries
including Malaysian citizens. His Majesty expressed heartfelt condolences to
the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the bereaved families of those killed in the
incident for their irreparable loss.
In the royal messages sent to the presidents of the People’s Republic of
China, the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore, Their
Majesties the King and Queen also expressed their deep sorrow to the three
leaders and the bereaved families of the victims killed in the explosion.
Fine Arts Dept ready to fix Erawan Shrine on Aug 26
BANGKOK (NNT) – The Department of Fine
Arts has rescheduled the date to renovate the Erawan shrine from August 24
to August 26 while completion is expected soon afterwards.
After the Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection sustained damages from
the August 17 explosion, Mr Somkuan Oomtrakul, Director of the Office of
Traditional Arts, Department of Fine Arts, has confirmed readiness to begin
the renovation of the shrine this August 26. The date was slightly postponed
from the earlier schedule of August 24.
He revealed that the blast has left the Brahma statue within the shrine with
a broken chin and scratches on the hands and some other areas. Meanwhile,
the shrine itself also suffered broken glass and fences.
Sculptors and craftsmen from the Fine Arts Department are gearing up for the
repair work, which is expected to be finished in two weeks’ time. The entire
process will be conducted on site without the need to relocate the Brahma
Trat opens one-stop service center for SMEs
TRAT (NNT) – A one-stop service center has been
launched in the eastern province of Trat to assist small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) and support the development of a special economic
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP) and the
Damrongtham Center of Trat have jointly established a one-stop service
center at the Provincial City Hall as a way to accommodate the arrival
of the special economic zone. The main duty of the center is to provide
local SME operators with access to services of both public and private
organizations, along with important information, business advice,
workshops and seminars, and help with paperwork.
Based on the records by OSMEP, there were totally 8,034 SME
entrepreneurs in Trat in the past year. Most of them were in the retail,
motorcycle repair, hotel and restaurant businesses.
Trat is the latest of seven areas where a one-stop service center has
been set up. The other locations consist of Bangkok, Tak, Sa Kaeo,
Songkhla, Mukdahan and Nong Khai.
NSTDA to hold Investors’ Day fair in Bangkok on 2 Sep
BANGKOK (NNT) – The National Science and Technology
Development Agency (NSTDA) is set to hold the 2015 NSTDA Investors’ Day,
an event to promote researches and innovations for technological
investment in the business and industrial sectors, the Science Minister
Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj has revealed
that NSTDA will be holding its Investors’ Day on 2 September 2015 at the
Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok.
The event will be held with the aim to promote latest researches and
innovations for investors for use in advancing their businesses with
technology upgrades, and to provide the one-on-one business matching
session to encourage tangible investment on a commercial scale.
Researches and innovations on display at the fair hold high potentials
for commercial implementation. They include the ‘Fuek Fon’ paralysis
patients treatment system through animation games, stone substitute
plate from recycled materials, and food containers with anti
microorganism growth substance that helps prolong the storage life of
Private sector to hold Food Ingredients Asia 2015
BANGKOK (NNT) – Private business operators will be
holding an international food exhibition next month in a move to make
Southeast Asia become the food center of the world.
The event titled Food Ingredients Asia 2015 will feature latest food
production and processing technologies as well as new innovations from
various countries. Leading companies from 40 countries have accepted the
invitation to partake in the exhibition.
A seminar will also be held to enable participants to update one another
on their food technologies and share their ideas and knowledge on
related topics such as rules and regulations on food supplement
production and distribution.
Organizers expect that Thai operators and ASEAN counterparts can take
this opportunity to gain new knowledge and apply it to the development
of food production so that the ASEAN region can become the world’s
kitchen in the future.
Food Ingredients Asia 2015 will take place between September 9 and 11 at
Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna,
Health ministry warns against eating wild mushrooms
BANGKOK (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is urging
people to be mindful of the type of wild mushroom they are eating during
the rainy season, given the number of fatal mushroom poisonings that
occur every year.
Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin said people die from
eating poisonous mushrooms each year, especially during the rainy
season. He said that many people cannot tell deadly mushrooms and
nonpoisonous ones apart due to their similar appearance.
The majority of those deaths from mushroom poisoning are found in the
Northeast each year. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea,
seizure, and low blood pressure.
Those who consumed poisonous wild mushrooms normally develop these
symptoms within six hours. People have been encouraged to only eat
farm-grown mushrooms. The minister also discouraged eating mushrooms
with alcohol, which can exacerbate the symptoms.
Footage shows more Bangkok bomb suspects
BANGKOK, 21 August 2015 (NNT) – The investigation of
the bombing incident at Ratchaprasong Intersection has shown progress
with the CCTV footage shows multiple perpetrators, announced the Prime
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has revealed the investigation
progress of the bombing incidents in Bangkok from the report of the
Royal Thai Police, that more than one suspects are believed to be
involved in this incident, based on further examination of CCTV footage.
He has said that the culprits for the bombing incidents at Ratchaparsong
Intersection and at Sathorn Pier are believed to be from the same group.
The perpetrators are to surrender themselves to the police.
The Thai PM has said that these types of incident can happen to any
city, while the incident in Bangkok is yet to be concluded at the moment
whether it is related to the southern unrest or from international
conflict. To avoid drawing in international players, the Prime Minister
has stressed that this incident is an internal affair that Thailand
needs to solve.
The Prime Minister has further said that he has already discussed the
matter with the United States' Charge d’affaires that Thailand is
willing to accept the United States assistance on the investigation
process, but stated the initial investigation will be carried out by
Thai officials. He assured the public and international entities that
Thai officials are fully capable of solving this matter.
Hat Yai tourism unaffected by Monday's blast
SONGKHLA, 21 August 2015 (NNT)-Tourists continue to
flock to the tourist town of Hat Yai, Songkhla, amid tight security.
At least 30,000 foreign tourists, mainly those from Singapore and
Malaysia, are expected to join the alms giving ceremony on Sunday in Hat
Yai. The number of tourists has not dwindled following the Monday's
blast in Bangkok.
Security officers have been patrolling crowded areas and using a mobile
phone signal jammer to prevent a third party from instigating violence.
Passing vehicles and parked ones have been searched for prohibited
10,000 monks from 4 nations and the South of Thailand will join the alms
giving ceremony to be held in the heart of Hat Yai on Sunday. No tourist
cancellations have been reported and many hotels in the city remain
Krabi pushes for Halal tourism development
BANGKOK, 21 August 2015 (NNT) - Krabi province has
promoted Halal tourism by setting the goal to be Thailand’s model city
to prepare for the expansion of Muslim tourists from all over the world.
Krabi Governor Songphon Sawattham said there was a great number of
Muslim tourists visiting Thailand and Krabi. The province had set the
“Krabi agenda” with the objective to develop the province as a quality
tourist town with a focus on Halal tourism—a new area of tourism
management, said the governor.
Krabi had the potential to accommodate an increase in Muslim tourists
from other countries and set an example for Halal tourism development
with standards, said Mr. Songphon.
The provincial administration has cooperated with relevant organizations
in the public and private sectors in making plans to develop the
province’s Halal tourism and food. Krabi has signed MOUs with domestic
and foreign organizations on the matter.
164 animals released into Kanchanaburi forest sanctuary
KANCHANABURI, 21 August 2015 (NNT) – Over 300
administrative officials and villagers witnessed the release of wild
animals at Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary.
The activity is part of the Surasee 9th Infantry Division’s forest
conservation project, a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. The animals
totaled 164 and included various types of deer and birds from four
breeding stations in the provinces of Chonburi, Phetchaburi, Uthai Thani
Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary was chosen for reintroduction due to its
biodiversity and remote location away from residential areas.
Participants in the program have created food sources for the animals by
growing different kinds of trees in the sanctuary, such as mango,
cordia, and noni.
Locals and officials hope the animals will reproduce and create future
generations of native fauna in the near future.
No Thais harmed in artillery exchange between North, South Korea
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the exchange of artillery fire
between North and South Korea resulted in no casualties among Thai
Following the latest clashes between the two Koreas over their common
border, Mr Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of
Information and Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, stated that
inquiries have been made with the Thai Embassy in Seoul about the
situation. According to the Embassy, he said no Thai citizens in South
Korea have been injured or affected by the incident.
Nonetheless, a warning has been issued to the Thai people there, who
number approximately 80,000, to exercise caution during this period and
to follow updates from the Thai Embassy and the South Korean government.
Earlier, North Korea fired a rocket into the South’s territory,
prompting the latter to retaliate. Due to the violence, border towns on
the South Korean side have had to evacuate thousands of residents.
4.5-magnitude earthquake hits Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) - National Disaster
Warning Center reports that a 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit Sangkhla Buri
District in Kanchanaburi at 7.10 p.m. local time with an epicenter
located at the depth of 5 km into the ground. People inside buildings
could feel the vibration with glasses and mirror trembling for ten
seconds. More information, if any, will be informed to the public from
time to time.
BMA set to expand drug-free project to 250 workplaces
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) – The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) aims to create drug-free environment
in 250 more workplaces after a success in establishing the project in 50
Deputy Governor of Bangkok Pusadee Tamthai presided over the opening of
a seminar for the 50 successful companies in the BMA’s anti-drug
campaign to tell their respective stories of success in order to set
examples for 250 other workplaces to follow suit.
The workshop, held at Asia Hotel in Bangkok, was attended by BMA
officials from various departments such as environment, labour, and drug
rehabilitation stations, as well as delegates from all the 50 districts
The Bangkok Deputy Governor said that drug abuse has been increasingly
spreading in terms of severity and groups of addicts, especially in
workplaces. She said drugs made users tol lose their focus and
conscious, causing a drop in their work performance. Drugs could also
lead to accidents within and outside workplaces, losses of lives, and
damage to property and economy.
She said that the workshop provided a chance for participants to
exchange their views and learn how to prevent and solve drug abuse in
The workshop included several seminars on such topics as ‘Guidelines for
workplaces to obtain certifications in the prevention and elimination of
drug use in the workplace’, ‘Surveillance system on drug prevention and
elimination in workplaces’, and ‘Encoding the practices of drug-free
Home Buyers' Expo 2015 kicks off
BANGKOK, 21 August 2015, (NNT) - The Housing Finance
Association yesterday kicked off the Home Buyers' Expo 2015 at Queen
Sirikit National Convention Center.
The annual exposition offers more than 300 housing and condominium
projects along with amazing deals from various financial institutes. The
event will be concluded on Sunday, August 23.
During the event President of the Housing Finance Association Kitti
Patpongpibul estimated that 20 billion baht worth of home loans would be
made during the expo, a modest increase from last year's 18 billion
He is positive that the real estate market would still grow despite the
local economic slowdown, given real estate companies are now allowed to
extend their term of payment.
Mr. Kitti is also confident that the new Cabinet lineup will be capable
of keeping the government's various projects on track, particularly the
country's infrastructure projects.
Thailand & Japan discuss industrial waste management
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) – Japan’s State
Minister of the Environment Yasuhiro Ozato has met with Industry
Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich to discuss waste management for Thai
Japan has agreed to give Thailand an eco-friendly waste incinerator
developed by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization (NEDO). This technology can dispose of up to 500 tons of
waste per day.
Construction of the incinerator is expected to begin next year. The
incinerator is cost-effective for industries that discharge more than 60
tons of waste per day.
Tokyo has sent a team of experts to study the suitability of the
proposed locations for industrial estates. The Ministry of Industry
reportedly favors the Rayong Industrial Estate and Samut Sakhon
Pros, cons of participation in ASEAN Community explained
The National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations held a
meeting in Hanoi on August 19, offering an insight into the pros
and cons Vietnam will face in the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Community scheduled to be formed at the end of
Opening the event, Chairman of the committee Tran Van Hang, said
2015 marks a milestone for ASEAN as the bloc will officially
form its community on December 31 with the three pillars of
political-security, economy, and socio-culture.
With a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, and active
and responsible international integration, Vietnam has made
efforts to contribute to all ASEAN areas of cooperation, he
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung stressed that ASEAN
membership has given Vietnam important and practical benefits,
ultimately contributing to a peaceful and stable environment for
national development and protection as well as the
implementation of its foreign policy.
In particular, the membership has helped Vietnam establish
substantive relations with regional countries and coordinate
with them in solving complicated regional and global matters, as
well as considerably supporting Vietnam in protecting its
sovereignty and interests in the East Sea.
ASEAN cooperation has also created optimal conditions for
Vietnam to raise its global standing, strengthen bilateral ties
with regional nations as well as bloc partners, and gain
experience to join larger cooperative mechanisms, Trung added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Cam Tu
said once formed, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will bring
about enormous opportunities for member nations, including the
expansion of the intra-regional market, which has a total
population of over 600 million and an annual GDP of close to 3
The elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers will
facilitate the flow of goods, services, capital and labour,
prerequisites for enhancing ASEAN’s economic strength, he said.
The connectivity of regional markets will also help businesses
cut import expenses, reduce product prices and seek new export
destinations, he noted, adding that ASEAN is currently Vietnam’s
third biggest importer, following the US and the European Union.
The country will have a chance to access its potential in
tourism and aviation, while local enterprises will be able to
foster investments in ASEAN countries and employ skilled workers
from its neighbours, Tu said.
The official also underlined possible challenges to realising
commitments in the master plan on building the AEC and improving
public and business awareness of the community. Goods from the
latest member states, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and
Myanmar, are likely to encounter strong competition from the
other members after 2015.
With regard to concerns local workers will face difficulties in
seeking jobs after the ASEAN Community is formed, Deputy
Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau
Diep admitted unskilled workers will have little hope of being
employed in other ASEAN countries, but countered that it will be
more favourable for those with first-rate skills to find work,
especially in cross-border trade and investment activities.
He emphasised the need to step up communications in the ASEAN
Community, helping the public realise the necessity to promote
quality human resources. Meanwhile, Vietnam must continue
reforming its education system substantively and comprehensively
to equip its people with practical skills.
Founded on August 8, 1967, ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand and Vietnam.
Monsoon trough to bring more rain to upper parts of Thailand
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) - The Meteorological
Department has said the North and Northeast of the country will continue
to experience continuous rainfall.
More rain has been forecast in these regions as a monsoon trough moves
across Myanmar and Laos before entering the upper parts of Thailand from
August 21 - 25.
A southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand will bring
precipitation to the South. Those planning to travel to Taiwan are
advised to consult the weather forecast before departure, as Typhoon
‘Goni’ is expected to make landfall on August 22.
MOAC opens livestock market in Nontaburi
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is inviting the public to visit a livestock
fair, which is taking place now until September 16th in Nontaburi to
promote the livestock industry in Thailand.
According to Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Deputy Minister
Amnuay Patise, the event organized by the Royal Irrigation Department
and the Department of Livestock has also adopted the name ‘Khlong Padung
Krung Kasem Market’.
It is aimed at increasing distribution channels for
livestock farmers and for consumers to find quality livestock products
at affordable prices.
According to Mr. Amnuay, the exports of meat products and live animals
last year were worth more than 130 billion and 19.3 billion baht,
Chicken was the most popular meat export in 2014, accounting for 79
billion baht. Farmers are also able to connect with businessmen at this
Consumers have also been assured of the quality and
hygiene of meat products available at the market, which opens from 10.00
– 20.00 hrs.
A similar market is expected to be held in Samutprakarn and Pathumthani
provinces as well as in Thawiwattana district of Bangkok..
Security at tourist hot spots continues to be ramped following Bangkok attacks
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) – Security continues to
be tightened up at tourist hot spots in order to ensure people's safety
and boost the confidence of tourists in the wake of the bomb attacks in
the capital city.
On Wednesday, senior police officers inspected the Soi Thong Lo and Soi
Cowboy areas in Bangkok, the two sites frequented by foreign tourists.
The inspection followed the previous day's visit to Bangkok's Chinatown
of Yaowarat by the national police chief, who also ordered an increase
in security patrols.
In Phuket, security officials at Phuket International Airport continue
to operate in accordance with the Airports of Thailand's "level 3"
security protocol, which is the AOT's highest security level. Airport
officials said airline passengers were traveling normally and no
cancellations had been made for inbound flights from foreign countries.
In Chiang Mai, a metal detector has been installed and military
officials have been set to guard the entrance of Chiang Mai Night
Safari. Security personnel were also seen checking for bombs in all
vehicles entering the Night Safari on Wednesday. Visitors have
reportedly been cooperating with the heightened security measures.
Facebook user who warned of Bangkok bomb attack questioned by police
BANGKOK, 20 August 2015 (NNT) – A man who posted
messages warning Facebook users of imminent bomb attacks in Bangkok has
reported to police to explain the posts, which he said were based on
information acquired from other social media posts.
Mr. Phongphop Bunsari, who posted the warnings using the Facebook user
account named Witchawet Phonphomraksa, told police he only wanted to
warn people of the imminent attacks and that all of the information
posted was acquired from other social media sources.
Police did not press charges against Mr. Phongphop as they have not yet
found that the man has committed any offense. Investigators will search
the home of Mr. Phongphop to look through his computer for relevant
Police indicated that once found and interrogated, the person
responsible for the original social media posts could be charged with
being an accomplice in the atrocious Ratchaprasong bombing, which killed
20 and injured over 100 people on August 17.
People can inform police using 'Police I Lert U' app
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) - The Deputy
Metropolitan Police Chief has encouraged people to provide police with
information about the bomb suspect’s whereabouts through a new smart
phone application called ‘Police I Lert U’.
Metropolitan Police Bureau Deputy Commissioner Police Major General
Chantawit Ramasut is asking for public cooperation in apprehending the
prime suspect in the bomb attack at Ratchaprasong intersection on August
17 and at Taksin pier yesterday.
Smart phone users have been told to download this application, which can
be used with both IOS and Android. The Police Major General is hopeful
that the application will lead to the swift arrest of the perpetrators
and a return to normalcy in the country.
Four free TV channels to terminate their analog signals by 2018
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) - Operators of 4 free
television channels met with the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and agreed to terminate their
analog signals by 2018.
The meeting yesterday was attended by representatives from the ThaiPBS
Channel, the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Channel 5, the
National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), Modernine TV, and
members of the civil sector and academics.
The four stations agreed to completely stop the broadcasting of its
analog TV by 2018, with ThaiPBS stating that it would initiate the
process later this year in Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani.
Channel 5 would begin to phase out its analog broadcasting system from
Meanwhile, NBT and Modern 9 TV would stop their analog signals in 2017
and 2018 respectively. The shutdown of analog signals for both NBT and
Modern 9 TV would be done all at once, rather than using the phasing out
method like the two earlier mentioned channels.
All the four channels vowed to take into consideration the readiness of
its audience in each area for the new digital broadcasting system before
proceeding with the termination of their analog signals.
Police Chief inspects Chinese-dominated Yaowarat
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) - The Police Chief,
together with one of his deputies, led a team of police officers
paroling the China Town, 'Yaowarat', in Bangkok, in their bids to
reassure locals and tourists that the security is under control after a
bombing incident rocked the heart of the Capital Monday night.
Police Chief Police General Somyos Poompanmuang and Deputy Police Chief
Police General Pongsapat Pongcharoen yesterday inspected Phap-phla Chai
2 and Chakkawat Metropolitan Police Stations and gave moral support to
the officials stationed in the area.
The team, accompanied by a combined force of about 100 strong including
police, military, the Capital's Thetsakit officials and volunteers in
Yaowarat area, also conducted a patrol in the neighborhood.
The Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief urged the authorities to
prioritize the security of the people before anything else.
According to Police General Somyos, tourists in Yaowarat still very much
enjoyed their visit. He took the opportunity to invite both local and
foreign travelers to visit Thailand's famous China Town. The Police
Chief also assured the public of the tight security in the area.
Nakhon Phanom and Surin locals condemn Ratchaprasong blast
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) – Civic groups and
various organizations have condemned Monday's attack in Bangkok's
Ratchaprasong area, and urged authorities to swiftly bring the culprits
In Nakhon Phanom, hundreds gathered at the provincial city hall to
submit a letter to the provincial governor expressing their condemnation
of the atrocious bombing, which they said was an inhumane attack against
innocent people and which unsettled tourists. Somchai Witdamrong, the
deputy governor of Nakhon Phanom, accepted the letter and also voiced
his condemnation of what he said was a barbaric and cruel act.
In Surin, locals visited city hall to submit their letter of
condemnation to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha through the provincial
governor. The group said the cruelty of the perpetrators was
demonstrated by the large number of bomb victims and the selection of
the attack site where many people usually gathered.
Health Ministry pledges help to all injuries
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) has pledged to take best care of all people injured
in the recent bomb attack at Ratchaprasong Intersection.
According to Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin, the medical
expenses of all 125 injuries who are being treated at 21 nearby
hospitals will be the responsibility of the MOPH. The number of deaths
stands at 20.
The Department of Mental Health is preparing to arrange for
psychiatrists to treat the injured. Director-general Chetsada
Chokdamrongsuk has warned the public to use discretion when sharing
information or video clips concerning the recent blast to avoid
violating the rights of those affected.
The Thai Red Cross Society said blood reserves were ample for all
hospitals treating the blast victims. Deputy Interior Minister Suthi
Makboon has visited the injured to offer them moral support on behalf of
the Prime Minister.
PR Centers set up at 4 hospitals to help tourists affected by bombing
BANGKOK, 18 August 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Tourism and Sports has set up Public Relations booths at four hospitals
where victims of the Ratchaprasong bomb are hospitalized to provide them
necessary information and assistance. The ministry reaffirmed all of its
promotion campaigns would continue as planned despite the incident.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports booths are located inside King
Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Police General Hospital, the BMA
General Hospital and Hua Chiew Hospital.
The ministry has announced its compensation criteria for victims of the
incident. Those who were killed will be paid THB300,000 baht each. The
ministry will pay for all hospitalized victims but not more than
THB100,000 baht each.
Police are warning Bangkokians and all tourists in the capital to be
aware of the situation around them. More forces have been deployed
around important locations and tourist attractions.
Despite the bomb, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has not cancelled
its planned campaigns. “Way of Silk, Way of Thais for The Queen” fair is
being held as scheduled from 17 - 30 August 2015 at Hall of Fame inside
Similarly, TBEX Asia 2015 will be held as scheduled. It will take place
during 15-17 October this year at the Queen Sirikit National Convention
Center, to be followed by Loy Kratong Festival in November.
Bangkok Bank President: Bombing does not affect investor confidence
BANGKOK, 19 August 2015, (NNT) - Financial institute executives have
voiced their positive opinions on Thailand's economic front, saying the
Monday night bomb attack does not seriously affect investors'
The President and Director of Bangkok Bank Chartsiri Sophonpanich made
the comment yesterday. He is certain that the government is capable of
handling the situation. He said there was no need for Bangkok Bank to
come up with emergency safety measures, adding that the bank would
continue to offer its services as usual.
Mr. Chartsiri, however, admitted that a number of foreign customers had
inquired about the situation, all of whom were given and satisfied with
the explanation. He said the move was normal, given the circumstances.
Meanwhile, Ge Huayong, Chairman of China UnionPay International, said
the company remained committed to investing in Thailand. He also
believed the tragic incident would have only a short-term effect. All
things considered, Thailand still has a rock solid economic foundation,
according to him.
South Korean visitors not discouraged by bomb attack in Bangkok
BANGKOK, 18 August 2015 (NNT) - Jeon Jae Man,
ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand, revealed that his
country has not yet barred its citizens from travelling to Thailand
after the Ratchaprasong explosion.
He said the Korean Government had just sent messages to its people
traveling or living in Thailand, to raise their awareness of the
incident. They were suggested to always take care of themselves while
staying in the country.
The envoy affirmed that South Korea would not advise against travelling
to Thailand if no new threats happen. At present, the Korean embassy is
keeping a close contact with Thai authorities, checking whether the
remaining unidentified Asian bodies are Koreans.
Government increases village fund to 1 million baht
BANGKOK, 18 August 2015 (NNT) - The government has
increased the village fund to one million baht, in a bid to provide for
sustainable growth of local communities.
The government has increased the state budget of the 79,000 village
funds nationwide to one million baht each. Prime Minister General Prayut
Chan-o-cha ordered swift implementation over 2-3 months.
Village funds are meant to boost local economy by providing financial
education for locals, giving out loans, as well as encouraging spending
However, some village funds were judged to have not met the standards
for additional funding due to management issues. The government will
designate officials to provide management assistance to such funds.
DSD to raise the standards of vocational skills to match global recognition
BANGKOK, 17 August 2015 (NNT) The Department of Skill
Development (DSD) will be working in collaboration with educational
institutions to raise the standards of vocational skills for Thai
students, bringing them on a par with international standards.
Thailand has recently won one gold and one bronze medal at World Skills
2015 competition in Brazil. According to DSD Director General M.L.
Boondarik Smithi, Thai students have also received 10 certificates of
skill recognition from the contest.
He added that Thailand is the only nation in ASEAN to win a gold medal
this year. However, he said the number of medals Thailand won has
declined compared to those it grabbed in the previous competition as new
technology has been introduced and stricter rules have been enforced.
One of the contestants, Mr. Danaikarn Srisuk, said everyone did their
best at WorldSkills. They by no means feel discouraged by the results
and will use their experiences and new ideas to improve the country.
Rainfall declines in many parts of Thailand
BANGKOK, 17 August 2015 (NNT) Rainfall levels have
declined in many areas of Thailand except the North of the country where
more precipitation is forcast.
The Meteorological Department, advises that a low pressure system, which
is currently moving across Myanmar and Vietnam, will bring more rain to
the Northern provinces this week.
A weakening south westerly wind in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman
Sea has also contributed to the lower amount of rainfall in the rest of
Meanwhile, those planning to travel to Taiwan late this week are advised
to consult a weather forecast as a tropical storm ‘Goni’ is expected to
make landfall in Taiwan from August 21st – 23rd.
2015 National Science Week kicks off
PATHUM THANI, 17 August 2015 – The National Science
Museum (NSM) is now inviting youths to attend the National Science Week
exhibition, which starts today at the Science Museum in Pathum Thani.
The NSM’s Vice President Sakorn Chanapaithoon has said that the 2015
National Science Week exhibition is now taking place at the Science
Museum in Pathum Thani from 17-23 August 2015.
He has said that youth and their parents are invited to attend this
event that showcases interesting scientific and technological knowledge
that is portrayed in an entertaining manner, to promote the youth to
learn more in science and technology. The young participants can also
participate in various competitions, such as science contest, drawing
contest, young innovation and invention contest, science project
contest, and even a science performance contest.
The event also features the ‘Play and Learn’ exhibition, featuring Thai
toys and a demonstration of the science behind their production,
allowing the participants to create their own toys. Other activities
include astronomy bingo, fun with drones, and the wonders of light.
Thailand now holds Guinness World Record for biggest gathering of cyclists
BANGKOK, 17 August 2015 (NNT) Guinness World Records
has awarded Thailand with having arranged a mass cycling event with the
highest number of participants, after close to 150,000 cyclists
participated in Sunday’s Bike for Mom event.
Held in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 83rd birthday
anniversary on August 12, the Bike for Mom activity took place in
provinces throughout the country in the afternoon of Sunday, August 16.
The number of participants was recorded in accordance with the
methodology sanctioned by Guinness World Records. A person was only
considered to have participated if they were present at the start of the
activity and cycled for at least 4 kilometers. Tallies were taken by
using mobile phones to scan the bar code stickers attached to each
Of the total number of participants initially recorded by Guinness World
Records, 19,450 were cyclists in the northern region, 35,276 in the
Northeast, 46,986 in the central region, 8,233 in the western region,
14,330 in the eastern region and 22,015 in the southern region. 136,411
cyclists were recognized by Guinness World Records as the latter
presented its award for the new record to Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha. The final figure did not recognize some 10,000 bikers who
joined the event in Bangkok, owing to a condition requiring bicycles to
be no more than 4 kilometers apart.
The most recent world record for biggest simultaneous gathering of
cyclists was held by Taipei, Taiwan, with 72,919 participants.
Nong Khai SEZ expects 100bn baht border trade growth each year
NONG KHAI, 16 August 2015 (NNT) The Minister of
Industry has observed the development of the Special Economic Zone in
Nong Khai and expects the province's border trade to grow by 100 billion
baht each year.
During his visit to the Special Economic Zone in Nong Khai, the Minister
of Industry Chakramon Phasukavanich complemented the SEZ in Nong Khai as
the SEZ that has progressed the most, due to the fact that it was
operated under a co-investment framework between the Industrial Estate
Authority of Thailand and the private sector.
He said that Nong Khai province lies in a strategic location that
facilitates the establishment of the SEZ in many aspects, including
tourism industry, agriculture industry, ports and logistics. He said all
the developments will benefit from the Mekong River and assured that
heavy industries will not be settling in the province.
The Minister of Industry pointed out that Nong Khai province's trade
value of no less that 60 million baht each year, will continue to drive
the development potential, with or without the SEZ.
With the establishment of the SEZ, the province's trade with China,
Malaysia and Singapore is also expected to be extended in the next
decade, as assured through mutual economic development.
Betong holds discussion with tourism associations
NARATHIWAT, 16 August 2015 (NNT) Betong subdistrict
authorities held discussions with delegates from tour company and media
from Malaysia, to expand the tourism market.
The Mayor of Betong Somyot Lertlamyong, and the Assistant Director of
the Narathiwat Office Tourism Authority of Thailand Musa Yako, welcomed
the delegates from the Association Of Domestic Travel, the Tourism
Association of Songkhla, and Kwang Hwa Publishing from Malaysia to
discuss and exchange views on tourism with local entrepreneurs.
Discussion topics included new attractions and a revision of tourism
packages which could help expand the tourism market of Betong.
The Mayor of Betong has said that the visit will be beneficial to both
Betong and the tourism companies, in continually supporting and
developing the Betong subdistrict's tourism market. Tourist destinations
in Betong will be promoted at the local and international levels.
On this occasion, the delegates were able to visit the Piyamit tunnel
and other natural attractions such as temperate flowers garden, hot
spring, and big trees at the Chulabhorn 10 Village and tasted local
Bike for Mom event in Bangkok huge success
BANGKOK, 17 August 2015, (NNT) Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) City Clerk Sanya Chinimitr has reported that the
Bike for Mom event held yesterday in the capital was a huge success even
though there were reportedly a few accidents during the race.
According to Mr. Sanya, a massive crowd attended the event, both
participating in the race and giving moral support to the cyclists, led
by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn along the routes.
The City Clerk disclosed however that several event-goers who were
exposed to the day's soaring temperature over an extended period of time
had heat stroke. Thanks to the BMA's preparedness, the medics stationed
at various resting spots were able to offer first aid treatments to the
A few accidents occurred during the race, with some of the cyclists
sustaining minor injuries. All of them received the medical treatment
He also said that participants in the historical event had united to
express the love of their mother--the mother of the land-- Her Majesty
Queen Sirikit, and the monarchy. Mr. Sanya said the event would not have
turned out as successful as it did without cooperation from all sides.
Human trade victim gets government & princess help
HBANGKOK (NNT) The Ministry of Social Development and
Human Security has helped a man who was once lured into forced labor
Officials from the One Stop Crisis Center have visited a 40-year old man
who was forced to into fishing slavery in Malaysia. The man claimed he
managed to escape back to Thailand after having been maltreated for more
than 20 years.
The former human trafficking victim is currently suffering a number of
illnesses and lives mainly on food given by monks. Officials have
offered him financial aid and consumption items in an initial stage of
The Miracle of Life Foundation under Princess Ubolratana is preparing to
give him access to medical treatments.
Anti-human trafficking campaign launched in Phitsanulok
PHITSANULOK (NNT) Governor of Phitsanulok Chakrin
Plianwong presided over the ceremony of launching a public relations
caravan to raise public awareness about human trafficking and illegal
The convoy moved across numerous locations around the city center.
Joining in the caravan were 300 people who were high-profile officials
from the Provincial Office of Social Development and Human Security,
Social Regulators, military and police officers, representatives of
government and private sectors, the Children and Youth Council as well
as taxi operators in the province.
Trafficking in Persons has become one of the provincial agendas in line
with the government’s policy. The province has come up with a “5P’s”
strategy referring to protection, prosecution, punishment, prevention
and promotion of international cooperation. The strategy calls for
integration of all sectors’ efforts to monitor and share information
about suspected actions leading to human trafficking.
Exchange students embark on transcontinental journey on electric tuk-tuk
BANGKOK (NNT) Three exchange students from France who
are studying at Mahidol University are preparing to embark on a
transcontinental trip on a solar-powered tuk-tuk (three-wheeled
motorcycle) to campaign for alternative energy.
Under the "Pilgreen Project", the three students will be making their
journey from Thailand to Toulouse, France, in a tuk-tuk powered partly
by electricity and partly by solar energy. The aim of the trio is to
campaign for awareness on environment issues and the benefit of choosing
alternative energy over fossil fuel. One of the students indicated that
aside from its association with the Thai identity, the lack of
air-conditioning on the tuk-tuk associates with conservation of the
The electric tuk-tuk, which has a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour,
commenced its journey on August 9. The students are expected to travel
for 120 days through 16 countries – some of which include Laos, China,
Russia, Turkey, Austria and Germany, before reaching their destination.
They are also expected to participate in a United Nations conference on
climate change in New York, scheduled for December.
Bus fares lower due to drop in diesel prices
BANGKOK, (NNT) The Ministry of Transport has revealed
that the fares of bus services categories 2 and 3 will be reduced by 3
satang per km, starting on August 20.
The ministry said that due to a drop in retail diesel prices and other
operating costs, it has been agreed that bus fares will be cut by 3
The new fare is 50 satang per km for the first 40 km, 45 satang per km
for distances between 40 and 100 km, 41 satang per km for distances
between 100 and 200 km, and 37 satang per km for distances greater than
The cuts to bus fares as well as boating fares are being implemented as
the government project to provide free bus and train rides is set to
expire at the end of October. Over its duration, the free transport
program cost an average of 2.4 billion baht per year.
In place of the free rides campaign, the government revealed it will
also introduce half-price fares for the elderly and the disabled.
Defense Ministry donates 1 million baht to flood-hit Myanmar
BANGKOK (NNT) The Ministry of Defense has donated 1
million baht to assist flood victims in Myanmar.
According to humanitarian agencies, at least 103 people have been killed
and more than one million critically affected by the flooding. Myanmar
evacuated parts of a city on Wednesday after mudslides wiped away
hundreds of houses and torrential rain threatened further damage.
The ministry of Defense has also prepared to dispatch medical
professionals to further aid Myanmar residents hit by the worst flood in
decades. Necessity items, medicines and other relief packages are being
sent by the army to Myanmar.
His Majesty the King and the government have previously donated five
million baht each to flood stricken Myanmar in a bid to help ease the
impact of the natural disaster.
Royal Development Study Centre will hold a lecture on how to raise 'the 3 Phu Phan Blacks'
SAKON NAKHON (NNT) - In the bid to help farmers earn
more income, officials of Phu Phan Royal Development Study Centre in
Sakon Nakhon are offering free lectures on raising the three ‘amazing
blacks of Phu Phan, namely black chicken, black pigs and beef cattle.
According to the officials, these livestock are valuable commercial
animals that can generate a lump sum of money, if bred correctly. The
development study center said, in order to help livestock raisers to
understand more about these strains of animals, a special course on
breeding the animals will be held at the center from August 31st to
Participants can expect to learn professional tips and tricks on how to
raise the animals for a commercial purpose. They will be taught about
egg management of Phu Phan Black chickens, quality control for black
swine, and many other techniques. The center officials said Phu Phan
Black pork is compatible to the famous Japanese black swine meat
Participants will also have a chance to win the 3 Phu Phan Blacks during
the event, the officials added.
Livestock and produce fair to take place in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi
NONTHABURI (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives (MOAC) is set to hold the livestock and produce fair in Pak
Kret, as part of the city’s four corner marketplace campaign.
The Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs
Renu Tunkachivangoon has revealed that the Livestock and produce fair
will be held at the Royal Irrigation Department in Pak Kret District,
Nonthaburi during 18 August - 16 September 2015.
She said that this event will be held as an extension of the market fair
at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Canal in Bangkok, due to its popularity.
The Prime Minister has ordered an extension of the Khlong Phadung Krung
Kasem Canal market fair outwards, to the peripheral areas around
Bangkok, to provide the public more channels to purchase good quality
products from farmers.
The MOAC’s Permanent-Secretary Chavalit Chookajorn has said that the
Department of Livestock Development and the Royal Irrigation Department
will act as the host for the market fair in Pak Kret, which will feature
affordable produce, both fresh and processed.
Taking place from 10am to 8pm everyday, the event will also showcase
general agriculture products, products from the Royal Projects.
Activities in the fair will include animal beauty pageant, animal
auctions, and animal healthcare services.
The livestock and produce fair at Pak Kret is the first extended market
fair from Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Canal. Additional events will be
organized at the Suvarnabhumi MOF market in Samut Prakan, the Khlong
Luang market in Pathum Thani, and the Thawee Wattana market in Bangkok
at later dates.
Medical Innovation of Thailand to take place during 18-20 Aug
NONTHABURI (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health and
the Ministry of Science and Technology will be holding Medical
Innovation of Thailand exhibition, showcasing Thailand medical
innovations during 18-20 August 2015.
The Minister of Public Health Rajata Rajatanavin has revealed that the
Innovation System Development Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister,
will be holding the Medical Innovation of Thailand exhibition during
18-20 August 2015, at IMPACT Exhibition Center Mueng Thong Thani,
The event will be organized under the cooperation of the Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and the
National Health Security Office (NHSO). The exhibition will provide an
opportunity for medical innovation developers, manufacturers, and users
to interact and increase the business networks, to help stimulate the
The event will also provide knowledge to students and the interested
public on medical innovations, showcasing 195 projects including home
for elders, surgical robots, educational robots for children with
autism, and the nano ambulance. Seminars and discussions, organized by
both the government and private agencies, will take place at the event
to promote Thailand’s medical innovations.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over the opening
ceremony of this exhibition on 18 August 2015 at 3:30pm.
Police prepare to deal with traffic during Bike for Mom event
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has
asked Bangkok motorists to avoid the routes that will be used by the
cyclists participating in the Bike for Mom event on Sunday.
The MPB also urged the participants not to use their cell phones while
cycling, citing several recently reported accidents. The capital police
division said those who want to take pictures during the race should do
so at the resting spots located along the routes.
The office said vehicle screening on Sunday will start at 6 AM onward on
Ratchadamnoen Road, Phitsanulok Road, and at Dusit Palace Plaza, where
registration spots have been specified for cyclists. No parking will be
allowed at the sites, except for dropping off the participants and their
The MPB added that more information can be reached at Hotline 1197 and
its website: www.metro.police.go.th and the Traffic Police Division's
website at www.traffcpolice.go.th.
Pol Gen Jakthip named as new Police Chief
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
Board has selected Pol Gen Jakthip Chaijinda as the 11th Police
Commissioner-General of Thailand.
In his capacity as the vice chairman of the Police Board, Deputy Prime
Minister for Security Affairs Gen Prawit Wongsuwan presided over the
Board’s meeting to find the replacement for National Police Chief Pol
Gen Somyot Poompanmuang, who is set to retire at the end of September
The names of five deputy police chiefs were proposed during the meeting,
including Pol Gen Ek Angsananont, Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, Pol Gen
Wuthi Liptapanlop, Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakhan, and Pol Gen Jakthip
Chaijinda. However, Pol Gen Ek and Pol Gen Jakthip were considered the
two strongest contenders.
In the end, the Board members voted unanimously to appoint Pol Gen
Jakthip as the 11th Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police. He is
the youngest of the five candidates and is due to retire in 2020. His
duty will begin on October 1 after the retirement of Pol Gen Somyot, his
Ministry of Interior to tackle drug abuse in schools
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Interior has instructed related agencies to focus their anti-drug
campaign on youths.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior Apinan Suetanuwong disclosed
that all provincial narcotics control centers have been instructed to
work with local security and education agencies to compile a list of
at-risk schools across the country. The campaign will be aimed at
students involved in drug trafficking and drug abuse.
The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONBC) has mapped out measures and
guidelines for different agencies to deal with both well-behaved and
The Basic Education Commission will undertake the task of organizing
provincial-level youth camps to educate students on how to safeguard
themselves against narcotics. As for those already addicted to drugs,
the commission and health agencies will jointly launch rehabilitation
services in schools. Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Police will be in charge
of legal enforcement.
Thai pilots lose out to foreign nationals, petition NLA intervention
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Thai Pilots
Association (TPA) has petitioned the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) to address the recent
replacement of at least 13 Thai helicopter
pilots with foreign nationals.
The petition was submitted to Group Captain
Paisan Sitabutr, Chairman of the NLA committee
The association revealed that many businesses
have recently hired foreign helicopter pilots
instead of Thai nationals. The companies in
question have claimed to save time and money
spent on training Thai pilots by hiring
competent, licensed foreigners.
The TPA also revealed that some companies have
exploited a legal loophole in which they hire
foreign nationals as training instructors, but
then render regular flight services.
It has also been found that the majority of
helicopters flying in and out of oil rigs in the
Gulf of Thailand are piloted by foreigners. The
association argues that these routes should be
handled by Thai nationals.
The TPA argues that these actions violate
Section 5 of the 1979 Act on Prescribing Works
Relating to Occupation and Profession in which
an Alien is Prohibited to Engage.
7 government agencies to combine forces to solve illegal fishing
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives and seven state agencies have agreed to
mobilize their efforts to address illegal fishing by signing a
cooperative deal facilitating information exchange.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is prepared to sign an
agreement with the Marine Department, the Royal Thai Navy, the Royal
Thai Police, the Department of Provincial Administration, the Department
of Employment, the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare and the
Department of Fisheries.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya will
chair the agreement-signing ceremony set for August 17 at the Centara
Grand Plaza Ladphrao, Bangkok.
Under the agreement, the seven agencies will be able to access the
central database of fishing boats and labor via the system called
Fishing Info, which records activities of operators registering with
Port In – Port Out Monitoring Centers in all seafront provinces.
Related agencies believe that the deal will enable them to cope with
illegal fishing in a more systematic manner.
Education ministry does not reject students wearing tattoo and ear piercing
BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Education has reaffirmed that it has no policy against vocational
students wearing tattoo or having their ear pierced, but rather suggests
schools to pay extra attention to these individuals before enrolling
them in the new academic year, in a bid to improve the overall image of
The statement was made by Permanent Secretary for Education Kamchorn
Tatiyakawee after a meeting with the Association of Private
Technological and Vocational Education Colleges of Thailand. He stated
that the ministry has a firm policy to improve the image of vocational
students along with the quality of vocational education.
According to the association's report, graduates who had tattoo or ear
piercing were often denied jobs by workplaces and usually took part in
violent street brawls with students from other vocational schools. In
the latter case, most of the detained students were found to have
tattooed the school emblem on their body.
The Permanent Secretary said the Education Ministry was not rejecting
these students but would rather advise vocational schools to evaluate
them on a case by case basis before their enrollment. He warned the
schools to make sure the students would obey their institution’s
Drug-prevention guidebooks issued to related agencies
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Preparations for Bike for Mom 90% complete
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) made known
that preparations for the Bike for Mom event
this Sunday are 90 percent completed.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra led 54
City Hall executives in receiving royally
bestowed commemorative pins and t-shirts for the
event before presiding over the meeting on
measures taken for Bike for Mom.
Repair work has been carried out on road
surfaces and more lightings have been installed
along the bike path. The BMA has also prepared
medical teams to be stand-by during the Sunday
event in case of any illnesses.
The Bike for Mom activity in Bangkok will begin
at the Royal Plaza on August 16 at 3 pm and
travel down Si Ayutthaya Road and Phayathai Road
before entering Vibhavadi Rangsit Road via the
Victory Monument and Din Daeng intersection. The
finish line will be located at the 11th Infantry
Regiment King’s Guard on Phahonyothin Road, and
the total distance will be 43 kilometers.
Health Ministry prepares medical services for Bike for Mom participants
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Public Health is ready to dispatch teams of
medical staff to take care of people who will
participate in the Bike for Mom activities
across the nation.
Public Health Minister Dr Rajata Rajatanavin
opened a press conference on his ministry’s plan
to provide medical aid for all cyclists taking
part in the Bike for Mom campaign this August
16. The minister revealed that more than 200
medical teams, comprising advanced and basic
life support staff as well as first aid staff,
will be stationed at 60 different locations
along the cycling route in Bangkok, such as the
Royal Plaza, the Royal Thai Army Sports Stadium
and the 11th Infantry Regiment King’s Guard.
There will also be a mobile unit traveling with
the cyclists throughout their journey.
As for other provinces, staff will be sent from
the provincial public health office to tend
participants who might need medical attention
while traveling along the designated route.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Public Health
Dr Narong Sahamethapat, who accompanied the
minister on the occasion, encouraged the Bike
for Mom cyclists to maintain their physical
fitness in advance of the activity and have all
necessary equipment ready, including bicycles,
gloves and helmets.
Arrest warrants issued for 68 human trade suspects in South
Songkhla, 13 August 2015 (NNT) Nathawee
Provincial Court has issued arrest warrants for
68 more suspects involved in the trafficking of
illegal migrants in the South.
The suspects are allegedly members of human
trading rings in Satun and Ranong provinces.
Twenty six are wanted in connection with cases
concerning human trafficking and 42 others are
wanted in money laundering cases. Twelve of them
have been arrested.
Songkhla police convened today to discuss the
overall progress of high-profile human smuggling
cases. The court has so far issued arrest
warrants for 187 suspects, 72 of whom have been
prosecuted. Questioning of witnesses is ongoing.
Hajj pilgrims centers set up at four airports.
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) The Government has set up
Facilitation Centers for Hajj Pilgrims at four airports in
Bangkok and the South, all of which will begin their service on
15 Aug, according to Director-General of the Religious Affairs
Department Kritsayaphong Siri.
Mr. Kritsayaphong, who has been appointed chairman of the Hajj
Facilitation Sub-committee for the 2015 Pilgrimage said his
panel supervises the four Facilitation Centers, which are
working in cooperation with the Sheikhul Islam’s Office, the
Central Islamic Council of Thailand, the Department of
Provincial Administration, the Ministry of Public Health, the
Office of the National Security Council, the Royal Thai Police,
the Government Public Relations Department, the Department of
Civil Aviation, Thai Airways International Public Co, and
Airports of Thailand Public Co.
The four centers are located at Songkhla's Hat Yai Airport,
Phuket Airport, Narathiwat Airport, and Suvarnabhumi in Samut
Prakan where the center is located on 4th floor, Gate 8.
At each center, officials will check the readiness of Hajj
pilgrims’ document, putting the travelers into groups and give
them group's symbol to smoothen their travel.
Heavy rain forecast in many parts of Thailand
BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) Heavy rain warnings remain in
place in the North, South and East of Thailand at this time.
According to the Meteorological Department, a monsoon trough
which is still lingering over the North and North East of the
country, will bring precipitation to Thailand’s upper regions.
Severe weather warnings have been issued for those living in
Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok and Tak provinces.
A southern westerly wind remains strong in the Andaman Sea and
the Gulf of Thailand. Residents of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket and
Krabi have been told to brace for heavy rain.