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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 statue.


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 zone.

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 says.

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 foods.


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, Bangkok.


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 Minister.

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 items.

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 fully booked.


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 and Ratchaburi.

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 people.

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 prototype enterprises.

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 of Bangkok.

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 workplaces.

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 workplaces’.


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 baht.

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 industrial estates.

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 Industrial Estate.


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 2015.

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 noted.

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 trillion USD.

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, respectively.

Chicken was the most popular meat export in 2014, accounting for 79 billion baht. Farmers are also able to connect with businessmen at this event.

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 information.

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 2017 onward.

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 to justice.

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 Siam Paragon.

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' confidence.

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 discipline.

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 the nation.

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 bicycle.

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 delicacies.


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 patients.

A few accidents occurred during the race, with some of the cyclists sustaining minor injuries. All of them received the medical treatment immediately.

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 abroad.

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 assistance.

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 immigrants.

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 environment.

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 satang.

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 200 km.

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 September 1st.

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 'Kurobuta'.

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, Nonthaburi.

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 national economy.

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 vehicles.

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 this year.

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 predecessor.


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 at-risk students.

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 on transportation.

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 vocational students.

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 regulations.


Drug-prevention guidebooks issued to related agencies

BANGKOK, 13 August 2015 (NNT) The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONBC) has given out 40,000 handbooks that educate mothers on the dangers of drug use and childcare, to related agencies.

The handbooks were distributed to the Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection. The delivery ceremony was chaired by ONBC Secretary-General Permpong Chawalit.

The ONBC aims to use the guidebooks to educate pregnant women about the effects of drug abuse by mothers on their children, self-care during pregnancy, and child-rearing methods. Target readers include teen mothers and pregnant inmates of detention centers.

The publishing of the guidebooks is expected to promote proper childcare among young families with immature parents. Statistics from the Phayathai Babies’ Home indicate that as many as 80 percent of abandoned babies were borne to teen mothers or drug addicts.


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.


 

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