TV Operators request a deadline extension for Digital TV auction payment
BANGKOK, 17 Feb 2015 (NNT) Digital TV operators has
submitted a petition to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC) calling for postponement of the deadline for the
auction payment of the digital TV licenses originally set in May. They
also asked the commission to consider changing the payment method to a
The group also implored the NBTC to extend the license duration from 15
years to 20 years and amend the use of digital TV converter box coupons
so that they could be used to redeem discount for satellite boxes as
well. Furthermore, the commission was also asked to arrange channels in
a uniform manner in all platforms.
After accepting the petition, NBTC Secretary-General Thakorn Tantasit
said he would escalate the request to the Appeal Court and the Finance
Ministry for their consideration. He speculated their decisions should
be made by next month.
The current deadline for the auction payment of the digital TV licenses
is set in May when all of the operators of 24 digital TV channels are
obligated to pay a total of 8 billion baht in the 2nd installment of the
auction fee to the commission.
Regarding the request to change the payment method to a flat rate, Mr.
Thakorn said the NBTC would discuss the matter in its meeting tomorrow.
Next round of rice auction is set at the end of this month
BANGKOK, 17 Feb 2015, (NNT) The Commerce Ministry
says the next round of rice auction is scheduled for the end of this
month, expecting to sell no less than 1 million tons of rice.
According to Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikallaya, the
administration managed to sell 496,000 tons out of 999,000 tons of rice
during the first round of auction held on January 29th.of this year.
He said one of the bidders, a nominee from the Siam Indica Co.,LTD., had
been disqualified from the deal, relinquishing its deal of 400,000 tons
of rice. The rice released from the deal will be auctioned off in next
round as well.
Earlier the National Anti Corruption Commission discovered that Siam
Indica had been involved with a shady government-to-government rice
NESDB: No signs of deflation despite negative inflation rate
BANGKOK, 17 Feb 2015 (NNT) According to the Office of
the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), there is no
sign of deflation despite the minus 0.41% inflation rate last month, as
the economic growth continues to show positive prospects.
NESDB Secretary-General Arkom Termpittayapisit yesterday said that the
Government would implement appropriate monetary measures, such as
benchmark rate adjustment, to prevent deflation, should the situation
calls for such an intervention.
He said at the moment there is no need for the measure, but stated that
close monitoring is mandatory.
Mr. Arkom said, to determine whether the nation is facing deflation, 2
major factors have to be considered -- inflation rate and economic
growth. The Secretary-General said the lack of spending and money in the
system would cause deflation. He pointed out that the Kingdom’s economy
was expanding steadily, thus deflation was unlikely at the moment.
Bung Kan meat shopping slow despite upcoming Chinese New Year
BUENG KAN, 16 February 2015 (NNT) Consumer spending
in Bueng Kan province has been sluggish ahead of the Chinese New Year
celebrations, while the price of one boiled pig’s head, a popular
traditional dish, has risen to 600 baht.
The market in Muang district has been rather quiet, despite the upcoming
Chinese New Year period. Fewer people visited the market, as the prices
of all meats have increased.
Meanwhile, the price of pig head has increased by 10 baht to 70 baht per
kilogram. This translates to a head fetching between 600-800 baht. The
price is expected to increase further during the Chinese New Year
The holiday coincides with the Buddhist Holy Day, when pork is
forbidden. The prices of pork and ground pork remained at 150 baht per
Royal Irrigation Dept warns riverside communities of embankment collapse
CHAINAT, 16 February 2015 (NNT) The Office of
Regional Irrigation 12 has issued warnings for riverside residents in
Chainat, Uthai Thani and Nakonsawan against the collapse of riverbanks
as the water levels have decreased.
According to the Office of Regional Irrigation 12 Director, Tarongkorn
Somton, the water stored in Bhumipol, Sirkit and Kwae Noi dams at
present is only enough for household consumption, ecosystems and
vegetable growing. Advice against growing off season rice is still in
place to prevent water shortages in summer.
The water levels in the dams built on the Chao Praya River are about
14.04 meters higher than the sea level, and are expected to go lower
than 14 meters in coming days.
Mr. Tarongkorn said his office will try to keep the levels at higher
than 14.30 meters, as any level lower than that will likely cause the
riverbanks to collapse.
Warnings will also be issued to riverside communities, businesses, and
fish farms in the river in order for them to be prepared for the
lowering of the water levels to prevent damage to their properties or
Scattered rain forecast in Bangkok and its vicinity
BANGKOK, 16 February 2015 (NNT) Scattered
precipitation has been forecast today and tomorrow in the lower parts of
the Northeastern, Central and Eastern regions of Thailand.
The Meteorological Department announced that the temperatures in the
North will vary between 12-17 degrees Celsius in the morning. The
mountain tops will experience temperatures as low as 6 degrees Celsius.
Chilly mornings have been predicted in most parts of the Northeast, with
only 10% of the region receiving precipitation. The mountain ranges in
this region were forecast at between 11-13 degrees Celsius, while
low-lying areas were forecast at 18-23 degrees Celsius.
Similar weather conditions can be expected in the Central Plain and the
east coast, with lows ranging from 19-24 degrees Celsius. The weather
bureau expected Bangkok and its vicinity to receive scattered showers
today and tomorrow.
Meanwhile, only 10% of the South from Surat Thani onwards will see the
NLA expected to pass amended Military Courts Bill
BANGKOK, 16 February (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) is expected to approve the amended Military Court Charter
Act on February 20th while assuring the public the expansion of military
jurisdiction will not affect civilian rights.
NLA member Vice Admiral Kridsada Charoenpanich who is the secretary of
the NLA subcommittee in charge of reviewing draft laws, confirmed that
it was essential to pass the law as the amendments would update criminal
court procedures to coincide with present times. He also confirmed that
the proposed law had been in the works since before the seizing of power
by the National Council for Peace and Order.
Articles in the proposed bill have raised the concerns of the United
Nation’s Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, particularly
article 46 which enables military commanders to detain suspects for up
to 84 days.
Representatives from the European Union have also called on the
government to stop prosecuting civilians in military courts.
Vice Admiral Kridsada, however, brushed off these criticisms, saying the
military is authorized under martial law to put civilians through
military tribunals and that the intentions of article 46 have been
misunderstood. He said the provision is only meant for the detention of
military personnel, and that it does not apply to the detention of
Vice Admiral Kridsada also dismissed calls by representatives of the
European Union, saying the military has the authority to do as
stipulated in martial law.
The secretary said that further clarifications will be made on the
implications and guidelines of article 46 and will be presented to the
main NLA assembly for consideration. Furthermore he revealed that the
chairman of the subcommittee in charge of reviewing the draft law
Admiral Wallop Kerdpol may issue a press release to further clarify the
intention of the proposed bill before it is further deliberated at the
21 people honored with White Pigeons of the Southern Border Award
SONGKHLA, 16 February 2015 (NNT) At the conference
hall of Maha Vajiravudh School in Muang District, Songkhla Province, 21
people who have been selected for the “White Pigeons of the Southern
Border” Award for 2014 received their certificates and plaques of honor
from the royal representative of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.
The award has been established by the Association for Peace in the
Southern Border Provinces, to commemorate the International Day of Peace
observed annually by the United Nations on 21 September. The award is
given to those who have acted to promote sustainable peace or motivate
people to become interested in setting peace as a priority for
Among the latest winners of the award are Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Mr.
Prasith Meksuwan, Prof. Dr.Amra Pongsapitch, Mr. Waeduramae Mimingji and
the Southern Border Situation Surveillance Center. On this occasion,
Songkhla governor Thamrong Charoenkul, Royal Representative, also
presented plaques of honor to 15 other people who have supported the
organizing of the event. The ceremony was also accompanied by an
exhibition of contemporary art supported by the South Free Art group and
artists in the southern border provinces.
Suphanburi holds a seminar highlighting awareness of the AEC
SUPHANBURI, 16 Feb 2015, (NNT) Suphanburi Province yesterday
held a seminar for its administrative staff, raising an
awareness of the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
due at the end of this year.
During the seminar, the province administrative office
highlighted the importance of making connectivity in terms of
infrastructure, transportation, energy cooperation, and economy.
It also emphasized the public level cooperation, prospects of
various Memorandum of Understanding on free labor movement, and
visa exemption for member countries.
The event also discussed the effects of those issues on people
from ASEAN nations' as well as those from third-party countries.
Suphanburi Provincial Administration has planned to improve the
quality of its personnel in order to become part of the nation’s
competent forces in her efforts to stay competitive when the
Wisanu chairs the launch of one-stop service center in Central World
BANGKOK, 16 Feb 2015, (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister
Wisanu Kruangam on Saturday presided over the launch of the government’s
one-stop service center at Central World in Ratchaprasong District of
According to the Deputy Minister, contacting government agencies is part
of the life of all Thai citizens, given there are over 800 legal
documents that a citizen may under the current law have to deal with at
some point in time; for example, when filing petitions, getting marriage
certificates, and many others.
Failure to obtain some of those documents is punishable by law, and some
procedures are so complicated that they have often led to bribery. In
some case, complex procedures have driven away would-be investors to the
neighboring countries, causing loss of opportunity to the nation, said
the Deputy Prime Minister.
The center is to handle most of the legal document works. It will be
open daily from 11 am to 7 pm, said the Deputy Prime Minister. In
addition to opening the service centers at department stores owned by
Central Group, the administration plans to open these centers at
7-Eleven stores nationwide as well.
As Saturday was the day of love, Valentine's, the Minister also
witnessed the marriage registrations of 3 couples at the newly opened
Security levels raised in Deep South ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations
YALA, 16 February 2015 (NNT) Internal Security
Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 has reinforced security in 7 major
locations in Thailand’s Deep South ahead of the Chinese New Year
A check point has been set up in Yala with 6 soldiers checking every
passing vehicle and individual entering Muang district from Yupo road.
The tighter security is aimed at preventing possible attacks on innocent
lives from February 16th- 25th when Chinese descendants in the restive
South are celebrating the special occasion.
ISOC Region 4 has instructed officers involved to keep their eyes on any
insurgent movements and conduct a home search when deemed necessary.
The militants have reportedly been instigating violence continuously in
the restive South. Reports have also revealed that they are planning to
carry out more attacks in the future.
Most Thai teens see parents as ‘special someone’ on Valentine’s Day
BANGKOK, 13 February 2015 (NNT) A survey has shown
that most Thai teenagers perceive their parents as the most special
person during Valentine’s Day, while a youth seminar agrees on moral
conduct and features volunteer activities for the international day of
love, said the Culture Minister.
The Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat disclosed the findings from
a nationwide survey conducted on 600 samples of teenagers aged between
15-20 on the topic of Valentine’s Day by the Cultural Surveillance
Bureau and the Children and Youth Council of Thailand.
He has said that 98 percent of the results placed their parents as the
most important persons during Valentine’s Day. The most desired thing on
Valentine’s Day according to the survey are roses at 48 percent,
followed by love and care at 36 percent.
On the question of what they want to give to their loved ones on
Valentine’s Day, the most common answer are roses at 48 percent, and
chocolate at 23 percent. Most teenagers are planning to spend 100-300
baht during the day at 42 percent, followed by 600-800 baht at 27
percent, according to the Minister of Culture.
The Culture Minister has also said a seminar was held with
representatives from schools in Bangkok and nearby regions. The seminar
agreed that Valentine’s Day should not be used as an excuse for
teenagers to engage in inappropriate activities. The seminar's
perspective on the notion of love was "giving" and "sacrificing".
Religious, charitable, and voluntary activities such as hosting meals at
orphanages and elderly care centers have been held as well as the
production of the animation film ‘Designable Love’ that will promote
desirable values and behaviours for the youth during Valentine’s Day,
added the Culture Minister.
OCPB monitors formalin contamination in flowers for Valentine’s Day
BANGKOK, 13 February 2015 (NNT) Office of the
Consumer Protection Board (OCBP) has monitored the flowers on sale
during Valentine's Day for formalin contamination and found no
contamination in the inspected flowers so far, said a government
The OCBP has inspected the flowers on sale during Valentine’s Day at the
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad). The inspection team was led by
the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul and the
OCBP Secretary-General Umpon Wongsiri.
The Prime Minister’s Office Minister revealed the findings had shown
that there were no contamination found in the samples. This satisfactory
result is expected to boost the confidence of consumers buying flowers
at the fair.
He mentioned that the OCBP had already conducted inspections at the
flower manufacturing sites prior to this inspection at the flower fair
to ensure that the products were not contaminated.
Meanwhile, the OCBP Secretary-General has said that the OCPB's efforts
were supported by the Department of Health, which has provided test kits
that its fluids will change colour when it has come in contact with
samples that have been contaminated.
All of the flowers that were tested have not been contaminated as the
test fluids did not change colour during the inspection.
In addition to contamination checks, the OCBP is now working with the
Department of Internal Trade to regulate the retail price during the
Formalin is a highly abrasive substance that is harmful to the vascular
system. It can cause nose irritation, coughs, sore throat, inflammation
in the lungs, eyes irritation, pulmonary congestion, breathing
difficulty, or even death. It can also cause rashes, burns, and
prolonged exposure can be a cause for cancer.
Prayut calls on Abhisit to be more rational toward the 21st petroleum bidding issue
BANGKOK, 13 February 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha assigned the Energy Ministry to open a talk with
former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva after the latter and some civil
groups have signed a petition showing disagreement to the 21st petroleum
The PM said that the talk would be a stage for the ministry and
Mr.Abhisit to discuss the difference in viewpoints on the basis of facts
and figures in order to raise mutual understanding and final solutions.
Gen Prayut also asked media members to observe the talk.
He reiterated that the bidding is needed as next year some neighboring
countries would export less natural gas to Thailand and keep more for
their own domestic demand. Thus the imported gas would be more expensive
than those from domestic supply. If Thailand must encounter a shortage
of energy in the future due to the cancellation of the 21st bidding now,
this would cause burdens to the ruling government at that time.
He insisted that the 21st petroleum bidding round would occur on Feb 18
as planned but some contracts and conditions might be changed.
Ayutthaya injects 30 million baht to help people survive drought crisis
AYUTTHAYA, 13 Feb 2015 (NNT) Ayutthaya province has
injected a budget of more than 30 million baht into a campaign aimed at
helping local people survive the drought crisis.
According to Ayutthaya provincial governor Apichart Todilokvej, the
budget will mainly be used for the zoning of water management, job
creation, and water-economizing agriculture.
Mr. Apichart said the biggest challenge for the province was the need to
supply enough water to all affected people. Another challenge is the
provision of water for farming.
The governor attributed the drought crisis to farmers’ refusal to heed
the Royal Irrigation Department’s ban on off-season rice cultivation
during the dry season. Off-season farming in Ayutthaya, which covered
500,000 rai, reportedly caused damage to 100,000 rai of farming areas.
The drought has hit many districts, particularly Ban Phraek district
where the Lopburi River has begun drying up. Villagers have been told to
brace themselves for a more severe crisis in March and April by
preparing clean containers to collect water from the local waterworks
Public Health Ministry issues 3 laws to protect Thai herbs
BANGKOK, 13 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Public Health has issued new laws regulating the production and
distribution of Thai herbal medicines in a latest move to prevent
further thefts of local wisdom.
The Ministry of Public Health has issued a list of 33 types of herbal
medicines which practitioners are allowed to produce without having to
ask for the Ministry’s permission. However, they are not allowed to
patent their products derived from the specified herbs.
The Ministry has also announced 12 recipes leading to more than 4,300
items of traditional medicines of which the production must be permitted
by the related agency on a case-by-case basis.
The laws in addition stipulate that those permitted
to manufacture any of the herbal medicines specified by the Ministry of
Public Health will be required to pay three percent of their income from
the sales of their products back to the state coffers. Anyone caught
breaking the laws will face a fine of 20,000 baht at maximum or a jail
term of up to two years or both.
The laws are expected to prevent further attempts by foreign
manufacturers in patenting indigenous herbal plants of Thailand, as
occurred several times in the past.
Army closely monitoring UDD leaders
BANGKOK, Feb 13 - Thailand's Deputy Defence
Minister/Army Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered First Army Region
Commander Lt Gen Kampanart Ruddit to closely monitor activities of the
United Front For Demoocracy against Dictatorship (UDD) after several of
its leaders have frequently expressed political comments recently.
Gen Udomdej told journalists that most UDD leaders understood the
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the government better
after being “invited for discussions” with military officers.
But many of them still did not gain enough
understanding, he said, adding that it is the responsibility of the NCPO
to try to make them to adjuist their attitudes.
Gen Udomdej said he had assigned Lt Gen Kampanart in his capacity as
commander of NCPO’s Peacekeeping Force to take charge of the key Red
In another development, Chaturon Chaisang, ex-education minister and a
key member of the Pheu Thai Party, which was the core of the previous
government toppled by the NCPO last May 22, arrived at the Military
Court to attend a session ruling on the scope of the court's power
before the court proceeds with the trial on his case.
The Military Court earlier charged that Mr Chaturon violated the NCPO
orders by not reporting to the agency, inciting unrest in the country
and violating the computer law.
A large crowd including Mr Chaturon’s younger sister turned up at the
court and presented him with bouquets amid tight security. (MCOT online
Household income grows 3.4 pct in 2014 on improved employment
SEJONG, Feb. 13 MCOT South Korean household income
grew 3.4 percent on-year in 2014 as more people found employment, but
consumption lagged behind income growth, a government report showed
According to the report by Statistics Korea, the monthly income of
households with two members or more stood at an average of 4.3 million
won (US$3,875) last year, up from 4.16 million won in the year before.
Inflation-adjusted household income also moved up 2.1 percent over the
The report attributed the increase to more people joining the workforce
that resulted in better earnings by household members. It claimed the
faster pace of growth compared with the previous year contributed to the
rise in income.
The government said some 530,000 new jobs were created last year
compared with 440,000 for 2013. The country is estimated to have grown
3.4 percent vis-a-vis 3 percent growth confirmed for 2013.
The report showed that households' earned income increased 3.9 percent
on-year to a monthly average of 2.87 million won. Households'
business-related income rose 0.5 percent to 862,200 won.
"The rise in earned income was the single largest factor for last year's
income increase," an official at the statistics agency said.
She said household spending likewise increased 2.8 percent to 2.55
million won, with the pace of growth accelerating from 0.9 percent in
On the other hand, while spending outpaced income growth in 2013, the
reverse happened last year, which may be related to developments like
the sinking of the Sewol ferry in April that seriously sapped private
consumption, the official said.
The findings showed people spending more on transportation and
recreation and other services, while cutting back on telecommunication,
housing and utilities.
Transportation outlays were buoyed by more people buying cars, while
utilities were affected by lower energy prices.
On non-consumption expenditures, which reached 805,000 won, the total
rose 3 percent on-year from a gain of 2.8 percent in 2013. Outlays in
this field include taxes, pensions and insurance.
The report showed that households' monthly disposable income -- total
income minus non-consumption spending -- stood at just under 3.50
million won, up 3.5 percent from a year earlier. In 2013, disposable
income grew 1.9 percent.
The average monthly surplus for a household stood at 947,000 won, a
solid gain of 5.2 percent on-year.
The report, on the other hand, showed the numbers for households'
"average consumption propensity" -- the ratio of total consumption
spending to disposable income -- dropped to 72.9 percent, a 0.4
percentage difference from the previous year. This marks the fourth year
in a row that it contracted compared to the year before. Last year's
numbers were the lowest reached since corresponding figures were tallied
from 2003 onwards.
The low numbers are a sign that people are withholding spending, despite
a rise in earnings, with the statistical office saying that the trend is
related to the rapid aging of the South Korean society that is causing
manly elderly citizens to cut back on consumption.
For the fourth quarter, average household income stood at 4.26 million
won, up 2.4 percent from the year before, with expenditures edging up
0.9 percent to 2.5 million won. Non-consumption spending reached 761,000
won with disposable income standing at a little over 3.5 million won,
for a gain of 2.9 percent on-year.
The monthly household surplus reached 997,000 won, a 8.3 percent spike
from the year before.
On the latest report, the finance ministry said while a more extensive
survey due out in May will shed greater light on household earnings,
last year's figures showed a steady rise in income, particularly among
the lower 20 percent of the population. May figures will incorporate
single person households and those in farming and fishing communities.
"Income gains among the bottom 20 percent bolstered by state welfare
spending and pensions rose 5.6 percent on-year, which is higher than the
overall average," the ministry said in a press release.
It said this gain reduced the equivalent disposable income (EDI) to
4.45, the lowest since 2004.
EDI is the total income of a household, after tax and other deductions,
available for spending that also takes into account the number of
household members. This is used to measure wealth disparity between
different income groups with lower numbers meaning less disparity.
Bumi SMEs need more info on AEC market, says MTEM
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (MCOT) Local entrepreneurs
especially operators of Bumiputera small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
need more detailed information on the Asean Eonomic Community (AEC)
market to benefit from it, says the Malay Economic Action Council
"They are really looking forward for the opportunity to play a more
meaningful role in the AEC, especially with Malaysia chosen as host for
the AEC in 2015," MTEM chief executive officer Nizam Mahshar said.
But as some local entrepreneurs have no foreign trading experience,
practical international exposure for them would be greatly welcomed, he
said in a statement here today.
"Without guidance, they could risk failure and this could derail efforts
to promote local products in the ASEAN region," he said, adding local
corporate and government-linked companies could provide practical
guidance for entrepeneurs wishing to venture into the AEC market.
The government should also create an agency, to be called the Federal
Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Agency, to supervise, monitor and empower
Bumiputera entrepreneurs, he said.
Nizam said such a role was once played by the now defunct Entrepreneur
Development Ministry, and a similar entity should be created but with a
more systematic implementation and goal effectiveness strategy.
"In the face of a more open market like the AEC, Bumiputera status is
meaningless to a company as the yardstick comprises mainly
competitiveness, capability and performance measures," he said.
MTEM is now developing a database on credible Bumiputera entrepreneurs
and companies for reference by potential clients, he added. (BERNAMA)
Chinese media man believes more Chinese to visit Australia
SYDNEY, Feb. 13 (MCOT) Chinese visitors have a high regard for
Australia's agricultural products and more will be attracted to the
nation's natural and beautiful environment, a member of a visiting
Chinese media group said on Friday.
"Chinese people think of Australia as having a lot of abundant resources
and a beautiful environment," Zhang Kun, chief editor of the China Youth
Daily, told Fairfax Media.
"It's a developed country with high technology and good food," said
Zhang, who was part of an 18-member Chinese media group touring
Australia this week.
The visit, supported by the University of Technology - Sydney Center for
Independent Journalism, was designed to raise more awareness of
Australia to Chinese people.
Zhang said Australia's milk products, particularly long-life and
powdered milk, were best known to Chinese shoppers.
He believed Australia was becoming a star attraction for Chinese holiday
Zhang said China's recent free trade agreement plans with Australia did
not yet mean much to average Chinese, but such relationships would
strengthen understanding between communities, including media
opportunities, in both countries. (Xinhua)
Doctors remain alert for deadly diseases
BANGKOK, Feb 13 MCOT Although the overall situation
of the Ebola disease has improved in West Africa, the Public Health
Ministry and other concerned agencies are still on alert with preventive
measures still in place in Thailand, said Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth
Mr Yongyuth told journalists that the National Directing Committee for
Ensuring Promptness in the Prevention and Solution of Emerging Diseases
on Thursday held a meeting and agreed that several countries including
Thailand in several past months had closely monitored and imposed strict
preventive measures from an outbreak of Ebola virus in their countries.
Not one Ebola victim was identfied in Thailand so far, he said.
According to Mr Yongyut, 9,177 Ebola victims died in Sierra Leone,
Guinea and Liberia in West Africa while 22,894 persons had contracted
The situation has improved last week in those countries but Thailand's
committee decided that preventive measures for Ebola as well as other
deadly diseases including bird flu, a new strain of influenza and the
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus should continue due to the
their severity, Mr Yongyut said.
Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Dr Rajata Rajatanavin said that
concerned health officials still must monitor diseases which could be
transmitted from animals to humans. (MCOT online news)
3-magnitude quake rocks Chiang Rai this morning
CHIANG RAI, 13 February 2015 (NNT) A 3.0 magnitude
earthquake was detected in Chiang Rai province at 08.30 hrs. The
epicenter was located in Mae Suai district 2 kilometers deep from the
No damage or injuries have been reported so far. For more information
please visit www.ndwx.go.th
Yaowarat to celebrate Year of the Goat on February 19 and 20
BANGKOK, 12 February 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration will be holding Chinese New Year festivities
in the capital city's China town on February 19 and 20 in celebration of
the year of the goat.
Amorn Kitchawengkul, deputy governor of Bangkok, announced that Bangkok
City Hall's Samphanthawong district office will co-host the festivities
with the Yaowarat Chinese New Year committee. During February 19 and 20,
the entire Yaowarat Rd. in China Town will be lined with decorations
made in the shape of the goat. Celebratory activities during the two
days will take place between midday and midnight.
On the occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's
60th birthday anniversary, Bangkok City Hall is building a landmark at
China Town to display the less-seen pictures taken of Her Royal Highness
during official visits to China. The exhibition will showcase the warm
relations between Thailand and the People's Republic of China. HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will inaugurate the festivities on
February 19th, and the public are invited to receive the princess by
arriving at the Odeon roundabout by 4 p.m.
Some of the attractions at the event include art and cultural displays
from ten Chinese provinces, four zones that allow visitors to experience
mock-ups of palace life in the old days of China, and a large variety of
food stalls that will line the entire Yaowarat Rd.
The road will be closed to motor vehicles from midnight of February 17
until 6am on February 21.
GHB aims to gives out more housing loan
13 Feb 2015 (NNT) Deputy Finance Minister Wisut Srisupan has assigned
the Government Housing Bank (GHB) to give out more housing loans, in
order to maintain its 30% grip in the nation’s total real estate
According the Finance ministry, Thailand’s total real estate credit is
currently at 570 billion baht, with the GHB managing to take a chunk of
27-28% of the market share worth 140 billion baht. However, the figure
represented a decrease compared to the 34% market share 4-5 years ago.
Mr. Wisut said the reason behind the decline was the rise in prices of
houses. The average amount of loan extended to each GHB customer is
currently at 750-thousand baht. The bank aims to increase the amount to
1.5 million baht per account.
The Deputy Minister suggests that the GHB increase the credit limit per
account, in accordance with the increasing prices of houses and land.
He said focus should also be made on the middle income earners in the
capital and its vicinity, who wish to own a house worth 3-5 million
baht. He stressed the bank should not overlook this group of customers
to avoid losing a good marketing opportunity.
The GHB stated it has prepared several campaigns to give out more loans
to low-income earners, in its bids to help bridge a social class gap.
The bank sets aside 25.5 billion baht for these loans.
K-Research: Household debts are holding back Chinese NY spending
BANGKOK, 13 Feb 2015 (NNT) According to the Kasikorn
Research Center, the rising household debt is holding back this year’s
public spending on the Chinese New Year.
The center estimated that current spending of Bangkok people on Chinese
New Year offerings for their ancestors would be around 6 billion baht,
an increase of 3.5% year-on-year.
Despite the rise in figure and the importance of the event to Chinese
descendants, K-Research indicated that this year’s spending on offerings
is being set back by the concerns on household debts and living expense.
K-Research pointed out that the commodity prices remain high even with
the lowered fuel price. This year’s average spending on the festival’s
items for worshipping is at 3,750 baht per household. The figure was
3,590 baht last year.
Seminar held to push for growth of the agro sector in Surat Thani
SURAT THANI, 13 Feb 2015 (NNT) The Agricultural
Council in Surat Thani held a seminar for farmers aimed at moving the
province’s agricultural sector forward.
Organizers said the seminar also set to inform the agricultural
operators in the province on the national agricultural strategies and
the current government policy for the sector. The event was also
intended to give farmers a chance to voice their opinions, suggestions
and obstacles to their work.
During the seminar, a survey on agricultural organizations was also
conducted in an effort to register them and utilize their information
for use in the next seminar.
The Agricultural Council Act 2009 has stipulated the establishment of
National Agricultural Council and provincial level Agricultural Council.
These agencies have been tasked with informing the government of
problems faced by local farmers, proposing solutions, developing the
agricultural sector and creating a network of agriculture from ground
PM to open floating market near Government House
BANGKOK, Feb 11 MCOT Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
will preside over a ceremony to launch an 18-day floating market at
Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, a canal near Government House in Bangkok on
Thursday, according to government spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern
He said the opening ceremony of the floating market will be held at the
Orathai Bridge at 4.45pm.
Maj Gen Sansern said the floating market is part of
the government’s “Discover Thainess” tourism campaign, aimed at
preserving Thai cultural heritage and unique identity and stimulating
The floating market will also help develop areas around Khlong Phadung
Krung Kasem into pleasant public places for relaxation, he said.
The floating market, which extends 350 meters from the Orathai Bridge to
the Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge, will opened today through March 1.
Gen Sansern said the floating market consists of three zones; the
floating market, itself, open from 3pm-8pm having 40 boat vendors; a
land market with some 90 booth vendors offering diverse food and
products, open from 11am-8pm; and sightseeing cruises to historic
landmarks along the canal, setting sail twice daily at 4pm and 5pm.
(MCOT online news)
SNU students form body to tackle sex offenses by professors
SEOUL, Feb 11 MCOT - The student council of state-run
Seoul National University (SNU) launched Wednesday a body to cope with
sex offenses on campus following a recent series of sexual harassment
cases involving professors.
Prof. Kang Seok-jin from the Mathematical Sciences Department at SNU,
the most prestigious institution of higher learning in the country, is
now undergoing a court trial on charges of sexually abusing nine female
Two more SNU professors from the dentistry graduate school and the
business administration division are also under investigation by the
university's human rights center on similar suspicions.
"The student community's efforts are needed to overhaul the fundamental
structure where such cases are created," SNU's acting student council
and the council for graduate students said in a press conference.
"We will propose measures to overhaul the current system in order for
(sexual abuse) victims to be able to come forward more safely to
disclose their issues and to create a forum in which students can make
their voices heard."
Many student victims usually shy away from reporting sexual abuses by
professors because they are afraid of the power and influence professors
often wield, the students said, urging SNU authorities and the judiciary
to come up with due punishment on Kang.
The new student body will closely audit the court proceeding on Kang
while pushing to create a consultative body between students and school
authorities on the sexual abuse field, according to the student council.
It will also get involved in collecting sexual damage cases among
students and launch campus campaigns against sexual violence by
professors, it also noted.
The SNU university faculty came under fire late last year for accepting
the resignation of the mathematics professor amid mounting sexual abuse
The resignation, if recognized, would have sustained Kang's entitlement
to severance pay and pension right and automatically ended the school's
internal investigation on him.
In the face of rising criticism, the school withdrew the decision and
the prosecution formally charged Kang in late December for sexually
molesting nine students from 2008 to July 2014. (Yonhap)
Najib: Further Asean integration means advent of new economic power
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday said further integration in ASEAN
will lead to the world witnessing the emergence of a new economic power
in Southeast Asia.
"I say new, because although our economies have been trade and
commercial hubs for centuries, we are today creating an economic union
unlike anything since the days of empire," he said.
In realising that, the Prime Minister said ASEAN's priority must be to
ensure that integration leads to equitable wealth creation and
distribution as well as deepen financial integration and inclusion.
"We must ensure that all sectors of our economies are fully engaged in
the ASEAN Community," he said in his keynote address at the ASEAN CAP10
CEO Summit here Thursday.
Najib said an economically integrated ASEAN benefits all of its member
states with freer movement of goods, services, skilled labour and
He said ASEAN is projected to have 125 million households with an income
of over US$7,500 (RM26,826) in the next 10 years, and would be the
seventh largest economy in the world, with a combined gross domestic
product expected to reach US$4 trillion (RM14.3 trillion) by 2020, if it
were a single country.
The establishment of ASEAN as a single market and production base would
also unlock the potential to level the playing field with the world's
biggest economies, he stressed.
"Harmonising and standardising trade and customs, processes and
procedures will reduce transaction costs, making ASEAN even more
attractive as an investment location and enhance export competitiveness.
"Liberalising the financial services sector while ensuring responsible
investment and sustainability will further increase investor confidence,
stability and growth," he said.
Najib said Malaysia, as Chair of the Association this year, would
continue to work closely with other member states to ensure that ASEAN
delivers on key initiatives.
Malaysia will be recommending at the 26th ASEAN Summit in April that an
enhanced ASEAN secretariat be deployed to ensure member states work
together to craft and implement its post-2015 agenda.
"Malaysia will play a key role in building a stronger, more prosperous,
more open Southeast Asia," Najib said. (BERNAMA)
BOK to hold rate in Feb., but rate cut pressure to grow: poll
SEOUL, Feb 12 - South Korea's central bank is
forecast to keep the policy rate unchanged in February but is likely to
take action in coming months as rate cut pressure grows on a mix of
downbeat economic data and a wave of global monetary easing, analysts
All 17 analysts surveyed by Yonhap Infomax, the financial news arm of
Yonhap News Agency, projected the Bank of Korea (BOK) to keep the base
rate on hold at its policy meeting on Tuesday. If the forecast is on
track, it will extend the BOK's wait-and-see stance to a fourth
The country's policy rate has been standing at a record-matching low of
2 percent since October after the BOK cut the rate by a quarter
percentage point each in August and October to support the government's
"Governor Lee Ju-yeol said that the BOK needs to monitor the impact of
the two rate cuts delivered in 2014. Distortions from the Lunar New Year
also support a wait-and-see approach," HSBC economist Ronald Man said.
In a press conference following the monetary policy committee's Jan. 15
decision to freeze the rate, the top central banker distanced himself
from market anticipation over a rate cut, saying that the base rate is
"sufficient enough" and that using monetary policy is "inappropriate" at
Some analysts cited the country's ever-growing household debt, breaking
1,000 trillion won (US$905 billion) last year, as a factor that blocks
additional rate cuts.
"One concern is that household debt is now growing too fast as a result
of the rate cuts last year. Cutting rates further can only come if there
is significant and sudden deterioration in the activity indicators. So
far, there is no sign of this," said Leong Wai Ho, an economist at
Analysts, however, projected the central bank to take action in the
first half as tepid growth and rate cuts by global central banks
heighten pressure for an additional rate cut.
Five out of 15 analysts who submitted their forecast for end-March
expected the BOK to cut the base rate next month. The case for a rate
cut increased going forward, with 11 out of 16 analysts forecasting a
rate cut by end-June.
HSBC's Man said the move may come as early as next month.
"As data are expected to continue to show suppressed economic activity
and private sentiment, we expect the central bank to respond and lower
its policy rate by 25 basis points at its March 12 meeting," he said,
also noting how a handful of central banks have recently joined monetary
Some still argued that the global move will not push the central bank to
take action unless it clearly impacts the local financial market.
"Some say that the monetary authority will join the recent wave of
global monetary easing. But unless it bolsters a stronger won, (the BOK)
is unlikely to bow to the global easing stance," said Kim Jong-soo, an
economist at Taurus Securities.
Kim instead forecast the central bank to start hiking the rate in the
fourth quarter following the U.S. Federal Reserve's rate normalization
and easing volatility in the global financial market. (Yonhap)
5 Thais among injured in 100-car South Korean traffic pileup
BANGKOK, Feb 11 - The Thai Embassy in Seoul, South
Korea is speeding up assistance to five Thai nationals who were injured
in a massive collision of about 100 vehicles on a bridge near Incheon
International Airport yesterday.
Embassy officials said that five Thais were among the victims of a
pileup involving some 100 vehicles in Incheon.
The Thai victims were tourists, all in the same vehicle, the officials
said, noting that all were sent to hospital for treatment.
Thai ambassador to South Korea Kulkumut Singhara Na Ayudhaya was closely
following the accident and had ordered officials to contact the victims.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the collision took place at 9:34am amid
foggy conditions. The incident left two people dead and more than 60
Incheon police were quoted as saying that a taxi in the first lane
bumped another taxi in front of it into the second lane. An airport
limousine bus ran into the second taxi, causing a mass collision of cars
behind it. (MCOT online news)
Meat inspection underway in Nakon Sawan ahead of Chinese New Year festival
NAKON SAWAN, 12 February 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Livestock in Nakon Sawan has inspected butcher shops in Bon Kai market
ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration to assure the quality of pork,
chicken and eggs.
According to Livestock Department official Pitsanu Tulayawnit, it is
important that meat vendors maintain their workplace hygiene as demand
for meat products usually doubles prior to the festival.
Vendors will receive a sticker of approval after the inspection, which
is meant to reassure consumers of the quality of meat and cleanliness of
Chiang Mai fights seasonal haze problem
CHIANG MAI, 12 February 2015 (NNT) The northern
province of Chiang Mai has called for a meeting with several related
agencies to find ways to tackle the seasonal haze problem.
The meeting, held yesterday to discuss a plan to effectively prevent and
reduce haze and forest fire problems, was chaired by Chana Paengpiboon,
Chiang Mai deputy governor. Under the plan, which is to last 60 days,
from February 15 to April 15, the province will closely monitor and
control the cause of air pollution.
Participating agencies agreed in the meeting to strictly enforce ban the
burning of waste, weeds and paddy stumps as well as forest during the
60-day period. Moreover, the province will soon launch a campaign to
boost awareness of local residents and visitors on air pollution caused
Chiang Mai and other northern provinces have for years been facing
problems of thick smog, caused by agricultural waste burning and forest
fires, blanketing over the sky during the dry season. The problem has
been worsening, affecting the tourism sector and locals' health.
Industries having their workers undergo skill tests ahead of AEC
BANGKOK, 12 February 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Skill Development (DSD) and the Federation of the Thai Industries (FTI)
have co-organized skill examinations across 11 industries in Thailand
ahead of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
DSD Director General M.L. Puntrik Smiti said the proficiency tests are
being held for workers in 44 occupations across 11 sectors, including
the electronics and auto industries.
Employees are able to apply for exam levels 1 and 2 until March 30th.
They will be held in 9 provinces including Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut
Prakarn, Samut Songkhram, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Suphanburi,
Lopburi and Chonburi.
More than 30 companies have expressed their interests in having their
employees take the proficiency tests. Workers that qualify for these
skill levels would benefit from higher incomes.
Finance Ministry invoking joint venture law for govt projects.
BANGKOK, 12 February 2015 (NNT) Public Private
Partnerships (PPP) have unanimously agreed to enforce a public
joint-venture law on large investment projects worth at least 5 billion
According to State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) Director Kulis
Sombutsiri, the PPPs will submit a petition to the Ministry of Finance
to enforce the 2013 Private Investment in State Undertaking Act (PPP
Act) on investors in joint-venture government projects valued greater
than 5 billion baht.
The extent of the law will vary according to the size of the individual
investment from 1-5 billion baht, as well as the type of project.
The PPP Act will be enforced uniformly among investors in public
infrastructure developments. However, more flexible regulations can be
expected for commercial land development projects.
The enforcement of each project's regulations is subject to the
discretion of the ministers overseeing the investments.
Songkhla students buying Valentine’s roses from Chiang Mai in droves
SONGKHLA, 12 February 2015 (NNT) The loving
atmosphere of Valentine’s Day is noticeable right now in Songkhla
province, especially around school areas where students are flocking to
buy roses from Chiang Mai province.
Yes, the Valentine’s Day spirit is in the air in Songkhla province,
especially at schools such as Woranari Chaloem Songkhla School, in the
Muang District of Songkhla province. Street vendors are selling roses of
various colors, especially red and white ones, along with Valentine’s
Day themed dolls. The students are buying the flowers to give to their
close friends, graduating seniors and their beloved teachers to show
their respect and love. As Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday this year,
many are giving each other flowers and presents before the weekend
The prices of these red and white roses from Chiang
Mai province that are sold on the streets of Songkhla range between
10-15 Baht for the cheapest and can go up to 80-100 Baht. Most students
tend to go for the lower price range ones, as they still are dependent
on their parents for money and cannot afford the pricier flowers.
Thai police seize Bt40 million in meth pills, heroin
BANGKOK, Feb 9 - Thai authorities have arrested drug
trafficking suspects in the South with methamphetamine pills and heroin
worth more than Bt40 million.
The five suspects are from the “Mayakee” syndicate that eerlier hid Bt
30 million in pipes in a Narathiwat rubber plantation in 2007.
Five men -- Natthapong Khaosawee, Prasong Taksinla, Rungrachanee
Phetcharak, Sudeng Sama-ae, and Muhammadsa-largest Tale -- were arrested
with 13 kilograms of heroin bars and over 66,000 meth pills altogether
worth Bt 40 million at a checkpoint in a Songkhla village, Ban Khuan
Meed, in Chana district.
The narcotics were hidden under coconuts in the cargo bed of their
The traffickers said that they had received the drugs from the North and
the heroin was destined for Malaysia where its price would soar by as
much as 10 times to over Bt400 million.
The speed pills would be retailed in three southern border provinces
with part of the earnings earmarked to sponsor southern insurgents.
Among the arrested traffickers, Mr Sudeng is a follower of southern drug
kingpin Mayakee Yako who was active in the three southern border
provinces and is now jailed in Khao Bin prison in Ratchaburi province.
The authorities found Bt30 million in cash in PVC pipes buried in the
compound of his home in Narathiwat's Sungai Kolok district in 2007.
(MCOT online news)
Army chief on official visit to Singapore
BANGKOK, 10 February 2015 (NNT) Army commander-in-chief and deputy
minister of defense, General Udomdej Sitabutr, commenced his official
visit to Singapore on Monday to tighten relations between the armed
forces of ASEAN countries and to reinforce security ties between
Thailand and Singapore.
Gen. Udomdet met with Singapore's Second Minister for Defence, Chan Chun
Sing, and Chief of the Singapore Army, Major General Perry Lim. The
three reasserted the Thai and Singaporean militaries' commitment in
security information exchange, emerging threats, intelligence and
Gen. Udomdet is scheduled to participate in the closing ceremony for
Exercise Kocha Singa, the bilateral army exercise that is being hosted
by Singapore this year. Thai and Singaporean troops have been carrying
out the exercise since January 31. This year's exercise places emphasis
on tactical flexibility and increasing soldiers' experience in joint
operations with other ASEAN nations’ forces.
Finance minister launches seminar on Thailand's infrastructure projects
BANGKOK, 10 February 2015 (NNT) The Public Debt
Management Office (PDMO), the State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) and
Macquarie Group jointly hosted a seminar on Monday to exchange in-depth
information on Thailand's infrastructure investment projects.
At the seminar, Finance Minister Sommai Phasee revealed that the
government's committee on Public-Private Partnership (PPP), chaired by
Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, would meet on
Wednesday to conclude the criteria for PPP projects.
According to Mr. Sommai, the criteria will allow projects of under one
billion baht to be approved by the minister of each relevant ministry.
Infrastructure and public service projects valued between one and five
billion baht will require the full approval of the PPP committee. It may
be decided that other PPP projects valued at less than five billion baht
can be approved by each ministry. He said, however, that all projects
worth in excess of five billion baht would have to be considered by the
Confiscated rosewood logs to be used to construct ‘precious wood’ museum
AYUTTHAYA, 10 Feb 2015, (NNT) A museum showcasing
precious wood will is being built in Ayutthaya Province, using the
rosewoods logs confiscated from illegal logging rings.
Yesterday, officials from the Department of National Park, Wildlife and
Plant Conservation, the Department of Customs, and the Department of
Public Relations witnessed the construction process, ensuring all of the
logs would only be used for the purpose.
According to the department, the construction of the museum closely
follows the blueprint drawn up by the Department of Fine Arts, which
determines the amount of rosewood logs to be used in the project.
Teak logs would be used as the main body of the museum, while the
rosewood would likely be carved into decorated items, the department
Officials said the confiscated rosewood logs for the project are now in
Wangnoi District in Ayutthaya.
Phayao to quickly process soft loan for rubber planters
PHAYAO, 10 Feb 2015, (NNT) Phayao Province will
quickly process requests for soft loan of no
more than 100,000 baht for each of the para
rubber planters, while informing the local
administration to clearly clarify the conditions
of the loan to the farmers.
56 million baht worth of soft loan has been
approved for qualified para rubber planters. The
project is part of the government’s efforts to
help latex producers who have been suffering
from rubber price drop.
According to Phayao Administration Office, 963
planters have requested for the loan, but only
560 of them are eligible for the funds. The
remaining requests have been denied because the
amount requested are in excess of what the
campaign is offering.
Most of the rubber growers would use the loan to
invest on raising livestock and planting
Nakhon Si Thammarat to offer another batch of low-priced rice packets to public in March
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 10 Feb 2015 (NNT) The southern
Province of Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday announced that it would put
2,000 tons of Pathum fragrant rice into 5-kilo packets and sell them to
the public at only 100 baht a packet next month.
According to the provincial Governor, the project which is in line with
the Government’s policy to help lower the cost of living, is the second
of its kind after the province sold 1,000 tons of rice in a similar
manner to the public in January. The campaign had received warm
response, the governor said.
The new batch of rice has already been arranged into 400,000 5-kilo
packets. They will be available in the market during 1-31 March and
regarded as gifts to the public ahead of the Thai New Year festival of
Songkran in April.
And to prevent unscrupulous traders from reselling the rice for profit
making, members of the public will be allowed to buy no more than 10
bags or 50 kg each. Reservations can be made at nearby local
administrative offices or at the central district office of Nakhon Si
Thai PM Prayut visits Japan
BANGKOK, Feb 9 – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha
left Bangkok Sunday for a three-day official visit to Japan, his first
visit to that country since the military seized power May 22.
Accompanied by his wife and several cabinet ministers including Deputy
Prime Minister/Foreign Affairs Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn,
Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, and Tourism and
Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; the prime minister left for
Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
A Thai government spokesman said the purpose of Gen Prayut’s visit is to
strengthen bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries,
naming, in particular, dual track rail development in Thailand,
development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar and ways to
further promote Thailand-Japan trade and investment.
Besides holding a bilateral discussion with Mr Abe, Gen Prayut is also
scheduled to have an audience with Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito at
Akasaka Palace today.
During the visit the two governments are expected to sign a memorandum
of intent on developing the dual track rail project, a memorandum of
cooperation on promoting business in each country and private business
cooperation in third countries. (MCOT online news)
Yingluck’s request for overseas trip takes longer consideration
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O-Net exam went well with no report of cheating
BANGKOK, 9 February 2015 (NNT) The National
Institute of Testing Service (NITS) revealed
that no cheating has been reported in the
university entrance exam held over the weekend.
According to NITS Director Sampam Panpruek, more
than 446,000 Mattayom Suksa 6 students or
equivalent took the ‘O-Net’ exam required to
enter the tertiary education.
High school students were expected to complete 8
subject tests. The exam was held at 19 locations
nationwide. Mr. Sampan said no cheating was
found among the students sitting the exam.
The NITS has always been stringent about the
tests, imposing penalty appropriate to the
nature and seriousness of cheating both on
students and proctors who allowed it.
The NITS is also accepting complaints and
reports of examination dishonesty by both mail
and email. The O-Net results will be revealed on
Princess Chulabhorn to attend WHO regional conference in India
BANGKOK, 9 February 2015 (NNT) Her Royal
Highness Princess Chulabhorn will visit the
Republic of India from 9-14 February 2015 for an
annual Southeast Asian conference of the World
The Bureau of the Royal Household said in an
announcement that Her Royal Highness Princess
Chulabhorn will depart for New Delhi, India, on
Monday night, February 9, to attend an annual
conference of the WHO Regional Office for
Southeast Asia. Besides, the Princess will have
consultations with WHO officials on cooperation
projects between the Chulabhorn Research
Institute (CRI) and WHO’s Southeast Asian
Regional Office in the CRI's capacity as a WHO
regional cooperation center.
Her Royal Highness will board a Thai Airways
International flight to New Delhi on Monday, at
8.00 p.m. at Suvarnabhumi Airport and will
return to Thailand, also on a THAI flight, on 14
February, at 4.40 p.m.
Princess Maha Chakri inaugurates “Building 2” of the Bank of Thailand
BANGKOK, 9 February 2015 (NNT) Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on
Sunday (Feb 8) presided over the inaugural
ceremony of a newly refurbished building of the
Bank of Thailand at its headquarters in Phra
Nakhon District, Bangkok.
The renovated ‘Building 2’ used to serve as the
Bank of Thailand (BOT)’s head office during
1982-2009, after which renovation was made to
modernize the building, making it ready to
cushion the central bank’s increasing tasks in
accordance with the national economic growth.
The BOT’s Building 2 is nine floors high with a
combined utility space of 40,000 square meters.
It comprises operational rooms to handle the
nation’s economic stability, a huge conference
room to facilitate meetings of economic leaders
at both local and international levels, and a
press conference room. The building also houses
several other units such as the banknotes
BoT reserves 500 billion baht worth of of banknotes for Chinese New Year
BANGKOK, 9 Feb 2015, (NNT) The Bank of Thailand has reserved
half a trillion baht worth of banknotes for the upcoming Chinese
New Year celebration, expecting up to 45 billion baht of the
notes to be withdrawn during the festival.
BoT’s Strategy and Planning Director, Sarun Thamrongrat, said
that the reserved amount is 2% higher than that of last year,
while predicting that consumers would likely withdraw 175
billion baht 2 weeks prior the celebration.
According to the Director, the national bank has also reserved
different types of notes for various spending purposes. The bank
has already reserved 500 billion baht worth of banknotes since
Mahasarakham Volunteer Defense Forces attend performance enhancing seminar
MAHASARAKHAM, 9 Feb 2015, (NNT) Mahasarakham Volunteer Defense
Forces on Sunday attended a performance enhancing seminar, part
of the province’s bid to prepare them for better support for the
area’s administration, military and police.
A total of 104 members of the provincial Volunteer Defense
Forces attended the event, which started on Sunday and will
conclude on Tuesday, at Somdet Phraputthayodfah Army Camp in Roi
The purpose of the three-day seminar is to create understanding
about the volunteers’ role in order to prepare them for their
role as important secondary forces for the Department of
Provincial Administration, under the Ministry of Interior, in
providing assistance to the locals.
According to officials, the Volunteers Defense Forces offer
great support in dealing with social issues such as narcotics,
illegal migrant workers, encroachment on public property,
corruption, political conflicts, religions, and cultures.