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Activists urge NLA to revise public gathering bill

BANGKOK, 5 March 2015 (NNT) The State Enterprises Workers' Relations Confederation (SERC) has submitted a letter to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) requesting that law makers revise the bill pertaining to public gathering regulations.

The State Enterprises Workers' Relations Confederation (SERC) has voiced concerns over the rights of employees, which may be affected by the bill in the event of a negotiation with their employers.

The bill, which is intended to scale down the intensity of future political protests, specifies the time and the locations where demonstrators are allowed to form a rally; as well as penalties they are to face if they flout the rules and regulations.

According to the SERC, the NLA should state clearly that the bill is directed towards political demonstrations so as to separate the labor sector from politics.

NLA member Somchai Sawangkarn said he would forward the SERC’s proposal to the NLA president today. He, however, confirmed that the issuance of protest-control laws must continue, but that the NLA would try its best to protect the public’s rights.


Bloomberg: Thailand has one of the lowest unemployment rates

Thailand has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, with only 0.56 percent of the people unemployed compared to India's 9.4 percent and the Philippines’s 6 percent, said a Bloomberg article.

Bloomberg said the unemployment rate was due to structural problems rather than differences in defining the term 'unemployment'. It said the agricultural sector took the bulk of labor forces, with more than 40 percent of the Thai population working in the field, according to the Bank of Thailand spokesman, Chirathep Senivongs Na Ayudhya.

It also said many of the unemployed in Thailand often find jobs in “informal sectors,” and thus are not defined as being gainfully employed. The informal sectors comprise street vendors, motorcycle taxi drivers, the self-employed, and those who do not work in office, which include the underemployed, people who are highly skilled but work for low wages or low skill jobs, and part-time workers looking for a full-time job. Some laborers working on the farm are also counted as underemployed or seasonally employed.

Another factor contributing to the low unemployment rate in Thailand, according to the article, is the country's low fertility rate, which means older people-- 60 or above--who are retiring or no longer in the work force make up a large part of population in the country. Other factors include unregistered foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, who have yet to be included in the unemployment rate. Thailand has registered 1.6 million foreign workers since last year.


Thai Airways cancels two flights between Bkk and Kathmandu due to closure of airport in Nepal

BANGKOK, 5 March 2015 (NNT) Thai Airways International has cancelled two flights between Bangkok and Kathmandu today due to a temporary closure of Tribhuvan International Airport in the Nepalese capital.

The closure of the airport came after a Turkish Airlines plane had skidded of the runway on Wednesday morning in dense fog.

The two THAI flights cancelled today are TG 319 Bangkok-Kathmandu and TG 320 Kathmandu to Bangkok. The national flag carrier has already notified the flight cancellation to all passengers and reserved new seats for them in the next flights.

For more information, passengers please call THAI Contact Center 0-2356-1111 or the airways headquarter in Kathmandu at (977-1) 422-3565 around the clock.


Kanchanaburi signs MOU on a project to transform garbage into electricity

KANCHANABURI, 5 Mar 2015 (NNT) The Provincial Administration of Kanchanaburi yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on garbage disposal with North Environment Company Limited, the Office of Natural Resources and Environment in Kanchanaburi, and the Environmental Promotion Office of the province. The project would also seek to generate electrical power from garbage.

According to the Provincial Administration Office, the units involved would conduct a feasibility study on establishing a disposal plant, designating an area for garbage processing, and determining the transportation methods.

The office underlined that the disposal process would be done with efficiency and systematically, in line with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) road map designating every province to draw up its own garbage disposal plan which will then be integrated into the national master plan.


Commerce Ministry to auction aged rice after legal procedures finish

BANGKOK, 5 Mar 2015, (NNT) According to the Ministry of Commerce, degenerate rice in government stock which is currently being investigated by the officials will be put in auction when the legal proceeding is over.

Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade Duangporn Rodpaya explained that the investigation aimed at bringing the culprits involved in the sales of low-grade rice is expected to be over by August, after which the auction can be conducted.

She said that several companies, both local and foreign, have expressed their interests in the aged grains for use in various industries.

The Director-General stated the officials could not let go of the rice as it is being used as evidence in a legal case. Once the case is solved in the coming month, the rice would be available for auction.

Ms. Duangporn also assured that most of the rice in the existing government stockpiles are of good quality and have attracted continued interest from buyers.


As many as 500 offenders arrested during Phuket police's crime suppression week

BANGKOK, 5 March 2015 (NNT) As many as 500 offenders were arrested in operations during February 25 and March 2 in Phuket, in an attempt by the Phuket police to suppress crime.

Police Major General Phatchara Bunyasit, commander of Phuket Provincial Police, revealed that a large number of weapons were confiscated during the operations. The weapons include firearms, ammunition and knives. Other illegal items seized included fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, intellectual property-infringing items and narcotics. The items were seized between February 25 and March 2 at road checkpoints as well was during searches on various venues.

According to Pol. Maj. Gen. Phatchara, the crime suppression operations were aimed at reinforcing the confidence of Thais and foreigners in the safety of Phuket.


State agencies asked to cut back on study trips abroad

BANGKOK, 5 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told state agencies to cut back on foreign study trips in order to save on budget, according to Deputy Government Spokesperson Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Maj. Gen. Sansern said that General Prayut had told state agencies to conduct self-monitoring in order to prevent and suppress acts of corruption, telling the agencies that they needed to act as role models in graft prevention.

According to the deputy spokesman, General Prayut has asked the agencies to consider reducing less crucial study trips abroad, and to consider inviting foreign experts to give lectures in Thailand instead of the more costly study trips. State agency executives, such as directors-general, who need to attend conferences abroad have been asked to consider economy class travel to save travel expenses. Officials with positions of deputy director-general and below have also been asked to travel in economy class.

The prime minister has also assigned the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to work on development of mobile device applications that will provide the public with information on the undertakings of the government and updates of data relevant to people's daily lives, such as the prices of produce and food items, Maj. Gen. Sansern added.


MOPH making sure alcohol sale ban is observed on Makha Bucha

BANGKOK, 4 March 2015 (NNT) Relevant agencies have been asked to stringently enforce the ban on liquor sale on Makha Bucha Day, said Minister of Public Health Prof. Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin.

According to Dr. Rajata, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, BE 2551 prohibits the sale of alcohol on Makha Bucha Day. He also noted that End of Buddhist Lent has very recently been added as one of the days in which alcohol sales are banned.

To ensure that the ban is enforced, Dr. Rajata said the public health offices nationwide and provincial governors have been asked to stringently ensure compliance with the law, meaning that no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be sold, either in retail or wholesale form. The police force has also been asked to help monitor against any breaching of the law. Public Health Ministry officials will also be making random inspections.

The ban is effective throughout the entire 24 hours of March 4. Violators may be subjected to a maximum of six months imprisonment and up to 10,000 baht fine; or both.


Trang has enough water for consumption despite drought

TRANG, 4 Mar 2015, (NNT) Trang has enough water for consumption despite several natural water sources beginning to dry up since the end of January, says Trang Irrigation Office.

Although the water levels in Trang and Palian Rivers have dropped significantly,there is still sufficient amount of water in the province’s irrigation projects, which may be irrigated to designated area without a hitch for this drought season.

The Office has also unveiled its drought handling measures. In addition, it has been meeting with the province’s disaster prevention and mitigation office regularly in order to closely monitor the situation.

The Office has also dispatched mobile water pump units and a water truck with a capacity of carrying 6,000 liters to drought affected areas. One of those places is a mosque in Kantang District of Trang .


Consumer rights group calls for abolition of all “unjustifiable” funds related to energy.

BANGKOK, 4 March 2015 (NNT) The Thai Consumers Development Association has urged the National Reform Council to put to an end all energy-related funds that are said to be causing consumers unfairness.

Deputy chairman of the NRC’s committee on anti-corruption Admiral Pajun Tamprateeb on Tuesday accepted a letter from TCDA Chairwoman Boonyuen Siritham, which asked the reform council to do away with all energy-related funds that have been active in the energy industry.

Ms. Boonyuen said that all the funds have caused troubles to consumers as they contributed to an unfair energy price structure.

She added that one major reason of such a problem is the management of all funds that lacks transparency.

She went on to say that some funds have also lacked a clear-cut inspection process while some are operating without any endorsing law.

The TCDA Chairwoman stressed that the NRC should launch an investigation into the disbursement of each fund before moving on with the reform process or even the abolition of those funds.


NRC’s media reform committee believes in people’s rights to get news and press media’s freedom and ethics

BANGKOK, 4 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council’s committee on media reform has completed its reform framework that focuses on people’s rights to get news and press media’s freedom and respects for ethics.

NRC’s member Jumpol Rodkhamdee, who is also the chairman of the committee on media and information technology reform, led a news conference during which he said the committee already presented its reform framework to the NRC President.

Mr. Jumpol said that, under the submitted framework, the committee has emphasize the principle of people’s rights to receive a variety of news in a complete fashion — which will lead to three main reform agendas.

These agendas include the media reform that is based on accountability, the media supervision reform, and the reform on the prevention of media interference, he said.

Mr. Jumpol went on to say that the main objective of the media reform is to elevate Thailand’s press media and information technology to the highest standards for the benefits of the public while being credible in the eyes of the international community.


TCEB unveils four tactics for MICE industry development in 2015

BANGKOK, 4 March 2015 (NNT) Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has said it will employ four tactics to spur the growth of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry this year.

According to Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, member and secretary of the TCEB's board of directors, the TCEB will be supporting domestic MICE businesses through the use of a 4P's, which stands for Public-Private-People Partnership framework this year. The four tactics will be employed to develop the MICE market.

The first of the said tactics is the launch of the 'Meeting in Thailand: Proud to help the nation' campaign that is aimed at lifting MICE businesses in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Khon Kaen – provinces that have been marked as 'MICE cities'. In addition, the tactic calls for an expansion of the capacities of alternative MICE destinations within the country.

The second tactic involves the expansion of the MICE market in special economic zones and in the 'CLMV countries' that include Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The third tactic will see to the development of projects tailored for meetings and incentives in Satun, Lampang, and Phetchaburi. The fourth tactic involves holding domestic exhibitions by means of 'inventing' novel exhibitions, 'upgrading' local exhibitions into regional-level events, and 'cloning' successful exhibitions by replicating them in other areas.


PRD holding 'ASEAN Week' at Central World

BANGKOK, 4 March 2015 (NNT) The Public Relations Department is holding the 'ASEAN Week' event at Central World Department Store in Bangkok as part of efforts to prepare Thailand for its integration into the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year.

According to M.L. Panadda Diskul, minister attached to the prime minister's office, many state agencies have attained language competency that will play a crucial role in facilitating trade and tourism contacts. The Public Relations Department was thus holding the ASEAN Week event at Central World in Bangkok to publicize the ASEAN Economic Community to the general public as well as to foster the public's awareness of the AEC integration.

At the event, contents relating to ASEAN and AEC were available through booths representing each member state. Exhibits, question and answer sessions, and arts and culture displays by embassies of ASEAN countries can also be found. The event also featured various artistic performances.

The ASEAN Week event, which will end on Thursday, is held under the title "We are ASEAN".


PM visits VEC repair center

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister showed off his motorcycle skills earlier today during his visit to a repair center, which was built to promote vocational education.

The Office of the Vocational Education Commission has planned to set up more repair centers in the 50 districts of Bangkok on the order of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on February 26th.

The centers will provide repair services for the public until March 5th. Vocational students with knowledge in electrical appliances will be participating in this public service.

General Prayuth has also proposed the idea of vocational trainees fixing discarded appliances and selling them at affordable prices to low-income earners. The Prime Minister rode a motorcycle that was fixed by the students before attending the Cabinet meeting.


Cabinet to approve road transport plan in today's meeting

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet meeting today is expected to consider urgent road development funding and a debt relief program for farmers.

The Ministry of Transport will receive 40 billion baht if the Cabinet approves its infrastructure proposal. The road developments are part of the ministry’s urgent plan to improve transportation systems nationwide.

The Cabinet will also deliberate on debt relief options for farmers taking loans from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

The program would apply to those unable to clear their debts, those wishing to extend their payment plans by 1-3 years, and those affected by the drought. Cabinet members will also decide whether more loans will be issued to help revive struggling agribusinesses.

Later, the State Enterprise Policy Office will report the results of its meeting to the Cabinet.


Talent Mobility program launched to encourage scientific advances across industries

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Science and Technology has recently launched a new program called ‘Talent Mobility’ to promote the use of scientific methods in every industry.

Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj said the program is aimed at encouraging the use of new technology and scientific consultations in businesses to improve efficiency.

The move is also expected to improve the nation’s overall productivity. Dr. Pichet revealed that the private sector in recent years has invested more than 27 billion baht in scientific research.

The Cabinet has endorsed the program, which will enable science institutions to directly collaborate with the private sector, without governmental restrictions. The Minister also hoped that the program will bring researchers more opportunities for scientific achievements and accolades.

Dr. Pichet said manufacturers who are interested in the program can contact TM Clearing House, which has offices at the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, King Mongkut’s Institute Technology Thonburi, Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University and Prince of Songkla University.


NLA visits Songkhla’s Sadao to get update on special economic zone progress

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) Members of the legislature have travelled to Songkhla Province to get an update on the special economic zone project.

NLA member Gen. Sirichai Dittakul on Monday led the legislature’s committee on public administration and sub-committee on central, regional and state enterprise administration to Sonkhla and the Sadao special economic zone.

Upon their arrival, Songkhla Governor Thamrong Charoenkul gave a briefing on the progress on the operations of the City Hall.

According to Gen. Sirichai, after the government introduced the policy to set up a special economic zone on January 19, with Sadao District designated as one of the five areas to host such a project, the NLA’s trip was initiated to inspect the work of Songkhla.

He added that the inspection would especially focus on the administration of the special economic zone and all obstacles that might have emerged before all information is presented to the main NLA meeting later.


Commerce minister: No more palm oil imports needed to feed domestic demand

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce's subcommittee on the management of oil palm and palm oil has asserted that no further importation of palm oil is needed to feed domestic demand.

General Chatchai Sarikulya, the minister of commerce, revealed after Monday's meeting of the subcommittee that surveys by the Department of Internal Trade and the Office of Agricultural Economics have found that oil palm has been reaching the market in greater quantities. 889,000 tons of the produce is expected to reach the market in March, a significant increase from the 614,000 tons that reached the market in January. Meanwhile, raw oil palm stockpile was recorded at 124,000 tons on February 25. This figure is expected to increase to 155,000 tons in March, which would be adequate for domestic demand. Therefore, there is no need to import more raw palm oil, Gen. Chatchai said. The palm oil situation is also expected to return to normal in April, when the stockpile of raw oil palm is expected to rise to the normal level at 210,000 tons.

In order to sustainably resolve the palm oil issue, the Ministry of Commerce has established a working committee whose members comprises representatives from four sectors, which includes farmers, businesses, consumers and state agencies. The working committee will, within one month, come up with ways to foster balance between price and production. In the meantime, businesses will be asked to buy good quality palm fruit at no less than five baht per kilogram, the minister added.

According to Gen. Chatchai, the 50,000 tons of imported raw palm oil has been converted into 32.65 million liters of palm oil for cooking, and 4.65 million liters still remain.


Super Board agrees to establish holding firm for oversight of listed state enterprises

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The government's State Enterprises Policy Commission, also known as "Super Board", resolved on Monday to establish a holding company to oversee state enterprises that were listed on the stock exchange.

State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) Director Kulit Sombatsiri said after Monday's meeting of the commission, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, that the meeting resolved to split oversight of state enterprises between two agencies, namely the to-be-established national state enterprise holding firm and the existing SEPO. The holding firm will act as the owner of listed state enterprises, whereas the SEPO will oversee the remaining state enterprises. A bill to that effect is expected to be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly by June.

The Super Board also endorsed the restructuring of state enterprises in the energy and transport sectors, to foster greater competition by allowing private businesses to be able to compete on equal grounds with state enterprises. The Department of Land Transport has been tasked with establishing details that will be required for the transfer of bus service provision to the private sector.


Agriculture Ministry unveils 2015 operation plan for royal rainmaking

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has unveiled this year's operational plan for cloud seeding, which calls for the setting up of five additional rainmaking centers.

Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, the minister of agriculture and cooperatives, said on Monday that the country has been facing water shortage since the latter part of the previous rainy season because reservoirs have not been able to collect adequate amount of water, owing to low amounts of rainfall. To mitigate the expected effects of the water shortage and to be able to respond quickly to the needs of farmers, the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has completed its prevention and mitigation plan for drought and lack of rainfall.

According to Mr. Petipong, rapid response cloud seeding units have been established to ensure the readiness of aircraft and to monitor the drought and haze situations. Preparations are being made for the setting up of five regional centers for royal rainmaking. Once established, the centers will contribute toward the 2nd phase of the operational plan, of which the aim is to allow cloud seeding to be conducted upon the requests of drought-afflicted locals.

Although cloud seeding operations have been able to create rainfall in as much as 98% of the targeted areas in 2014, they did not cover all areas afflicted by water shortage, said the minister. However, he noted that the success of royal rainmaking also depended on humidity and other weather factors in each targeted locale.


NLA supports setting up of national virtue assembly

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly has expressed its support to the setting up of the national virtue assembly.

The NLA meeting on Monday, chaired by Tienchay Kiranant, deliberated the study on the setting up of the national virtue assembly and the National Virtue Assembly Act, which was presented by the committee on the reform of ethics and governance.

The draft law, in particular, was already vetted by the NLA Whip.

The NLA members shared opinions on both issues and the chairman of the committee answered all the questions brought up during the deliberation.

At the end of the session, the majority of the NLA members voted to approve the report study while making suggestions for the committee to make some adjustments within seven days, whereas members who wish to add more suggestions were asked to do so within three days.


NRC accepts petition on alleged unfair practice by provincial office of Buddhism

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council has accepted a petition claiming unfair practice by a provincial office of Buddhism.

NRC’s member Paiboon Nititawan, who chairs the reform committee on the protection of Buddhism, on Monday accepted a petition from Phra Kru Viroj Thammanukul, the former abbot of Wat Krating of Chanthaburi Province, who travelled to Bangkok with village chiefs.

The petition claimed that the Provincial Office of Buddhism in Chanthaburi unfairly removed Phra Kru Viroj Thammanukul from his abbotship.

Mr. Paiboon said that initial information suggested that there have been quite a number of interesting issues involved and works will be launched to bring justice to all.

He added that the committee which he chairs will host a public forum to hear opinions on the reform of religious affairs, in which monks, members of the public, academics and noted individuals will be invited to join.

The forum will be held every Tuesday for three weeks in a row, starting March 10.


Kanjanaburi unveils kiosks, educates locals about ASEAN

KANJANABURI, 2 Mar 2015, (NNT) Kanjanaburi Provincial Administration Office has unveiled kiosks offering information on ASEAN, in its bid to help the locals prepare for the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and open the gateway to Dawei.

The kiosks are installed on the 2nd floor of the province’s Robinson Department Store as part of the administration’s plan to arm the locals with the knowledge of ASEAN and Dawei.

According to the officials from the province’s Education, Religion, and Culture Office, the plan aims at offering online lessons, teaching basic English, Chinese, Burmese, Korean and Japanese to the locals through internet, and providing an interactive media giving information about ASEAN member countries to interested individuals.

The officials said the campaign would better prepare residents for the arrival of the AEC


CDC: Empowering the people is a foundation of true democracy

BANGKOK, 2 March 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee believes that empowering the people is the foundation of helping Thailand achieve true democracy.

The CDC and its sub-committee on public participation joined the Community Organisations Development Institute on Sunday to jointly host a seminar on the importance of the citizens’ assembly, which was aimed at hearing opinions of all organisations related to this new assembly.

CDC’s Vice Chairman Suchit Bunbongkarn delivered a special lecture on the charter drafting process, in which he insisted that the essence of the process is still to have more public participation in order to make sure that the new Constitution meets the public’s need and is accepted by all.

Regarding the concept of the citizens’ assembly, Mr. Suchit said that the intention is to help the people in all areas to be strong and able to be responsible for the works of the government while continuously inspecting the state use of power.

By keeping things in balance, Mr. Suchit believes that true democracy will come to Thailand and reconciliation will be achieved by those engaged in conflicts.


Thailand to hold yacht show at the end of this year

BANGKOK, 2 Mar 2015, (NNT) Thailand is to host its first yacht show at the end of this year. The fair is aimed at promoting tourism and stimulating the economy.

The announcement was made by Deputy Minister of Transport Akom Termpittayapisit who said that the idea was proposed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The Prime Minister envisioned that the fair would draw as much attention as the Motor Expo, expecting yacht manufacturers to come to showcase their new, luxurious models at the fair. General Prayut said the campaign would help promoting yacht tourism in Thailand.

According to the Deputy Minister, his Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be tasked with organizing the fair, adding that Pattaya and Phuket are their top choices for the event venue, which is likely to be held in November, the high tourism season.

In addition, the Government also has a plan to construct piers for cruise ships in Krabi and Suratthani provinces, said the Deputy Minister, adding that the Department of Marine is currently conducting a feasibility study.


NBTC: Digital TV channels must normalize audio volume of their content

BANGKOK, 2 Mar 2015, (NNT) The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has started enforcing a regulation making digital channels standardize the audio volume of their shows and advertisements at minus 1 decibel. The campaign started yesterday, March 1st.

The Secretary-General of the NBTC, Thakorn Tanthasit, explained that his agency deemed the move necessary, as several TV shows and commercials are using high volume to attract an audience, thereby manipulating them to receive their contents.

Mr. Thakorn, says the practice is considered unfair to customers, adding that it also causes noise pollution without a good reason.

At the beginning of this year the NBTC contacted digital TV operators about the matter, giving them two months to prepare for the implementation.

Beginning on March 1st, all shows and commercials on digital TV must normalize audio volume to minus 1 decibel at most.


CDC’s vice chairman confident resignation of Thicha Na Nakorn poses no impact on any work

BANGKOK, 2 March 2015 (NNT) A vice chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee is confident that the resignation of one of the committee members will not affect the works of the charter drafters.

CDC’s Vice Chairman Suchit Bunbongkarn said the resignation of Thicha Na Nakhon, aCDC member and a member of the National Reform Council on education, will have no impact on what the charter drafters have been doing.

Mr. Suchit said that Mrs. Thicha’s knowledge and capabilities were valuable assets to the CDC, adding that her reasons for resignation must be personal issues that needed to be respected.

While denying any knowledge about the identity of the person who will replace Mrs. Thicha, he said that the CDC will have to continue its works.

According to Mr. Suchit, the charter drafters will have a meeting on March 5 and 6 to review each article in order to make sure that it is in line with the intent of the Constitution drafting process.


NRC reviewing Virtue Act today

BANGKOK, 2 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) is convening a meeting today to acknowledge the progress made in various reform programs.

A meeting, beginning at 11.00 a.m., is held each week to follow the development of the national reform process.

The NRC is expected to spend the entire day deliberating the draft legislation on the Virtue Act that has already been approved by the NRC standing committee.

The meeting will continue on Tuesday when the NRC will be briefed on the draft charter progress. The Energy Reform Committee is also expected to submit its report on the promotion of electric vehicles in Thailand, for the consideration of the NRC.


More than 1,000 children drowned each year in Thailand

SONGKHLA, 2 March 2015 (NNT) More than 1,000 children younger than 15 years old drowned each year in Thailand.

Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control in Songkhla Dr. Suwich Thammapalo said most of the deaths occurred during March to May when schools are closed for a semester break.

Around 1,243 children statistically died from drowning per year. That number also means as many as 3 children drowned each day.

The majority of them were children aged 5-9 years old. Dr. Suwich added that the number of boys killed is twice as high compared to girls.

According to the Department of Disease Control, children often drowned as a group as they could not swim or were trying to help the others.

Only 23% of children below 15 years old know how to swim while 4.4% others are aware of the correct approach to saving drowning people.

It is said that children will have a chance to survive 20 times higher if they take a swimming lesson. They will also learn the skills required to save other people and keep themselves alive in the water.

Parents are urged to enroll their children in the swimming class or call the Department of Disease Control at 1422 for more information on the lesson.

They are reminded that children should not be left alone near the water or allowed to go into the water at dark or even try to retrieve anything in it by themselves.


Big Cleaning Day organized in Phuket to commemorate National Media Day

PHUKET, 2 Mar 2015 (NNT) Members of the media in Phuket, students, employees from the private sector and municipality office gathered over the weekend to clean the public park in the Saphan Hin Shore area.

Participants took up brooms and dusters to collect garbage, rendering the area virtually spotless.

Phuket Media Association, the organizer, said the event marked the National Media Day 2015 on March 5th during which the agency customarily organizes an event to give something back to the community.

The Phuket Media Association was established more than 20 years ago. It currently has about a hundred members consisting of journalists, writers, reporters and alike from all media outlet in the province.

The association said that other activities are being planned to celebrate its 24th anniversary aside from this Big Cleaning Day, such as an event to promote health, and a function for the members to mingle and exchange their working experiences on March 5th.


Govt eyes spending over 10 billion baht to develop Thai halal products

BANGKOK, 27 February 2015 (NNT) Thailand is moving closer to becoming one of the world's top halal producers as the national halal promotion committee has agreed on strategies to promote local halal products within the next five years under a budget of over 10 billion baht.

The Halal Development and Promotion Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula has reconvened for the second time on Friday to consider programs and budgets for the four strategies approved earlier in boosting halal products from 2016 to 2020.

The committee agreed to the plan to set aside 10.93 billion baht for the five-year plan in developing the quality of local halal goods and services, accessing new markets, creating a standardization system and setting up research and development facilities for halal products, especially food. The committee will soon submit the plan to the cabinet for approval prior to implementation.

Currently, Thailand is ranked 13th among the world's halal producers at an estimated value of 5 billion US dollars, with exports making up 4 billion dollars.


PM Office Minister hosts meeting on gov’t achievements promoting

BANGKOK, 27 February 2015 (NNT) The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office hosted a meeting today on the guidelines to publicizing the government’s achievements.

The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Panadda Diskul, presided over the meeting today on the guidelines to the promotion of the government’s achievements, which was attended by spokespersons from all ministries and public relations officials from the government agencies.

Previously he said that the meeting would serve as a briefing to the government's spokespersons from all ministries on the guidelines to practical promotional approaches that would benefit the public. The disclosure of the government's achievements should be thorough and informative to the public, in order to provide sufficient information for accurate public feedback to the government.

The Minister also mentioned that the Public Relations Department's role was significant in following and evaluating the public relations functions of the government agencies. He also said that there has been good outcomes from many agencies, while others still have not achieved that goal.

Public relations of all agencies is believed to be improved after the conclusion of this meeting, said the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office.


Senior officials of Japanese Embassy observe southern situation in Yala

YALA, 27 February 2015 (NNT) Japanese embassy officials led by Mr.Osamu Izawa, minister in charge of political affairs of the embassy, visited the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) in Yala.

The visit was for the Japanese officials to learn about the actual situation in the southernmost province of Thailand, particularly in social development and the promotion of understanding about peace dialogues among the southern people.

Mr. Kwanchat Wongsupranan, Deputy SBPAC Secretary-General, said that the visit today was a good chance for the Japanese officials to receive facts and discuss the situation in the region with officials involved, learn about the Thai government's development policy and observe its actual progress.

He said the discussion would lead to better understanding between the two sides which could be developed into further bilateral cooperations in the protection and rehabilitation of victims of southern violence, along with the development of their quality of life.


MNRE urges law enforcement on ivory

BANGKOK, 27 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has urged all agencies to strictly enforce all ivory related laws in compliance with the Ivory Trade Act to suppress the illegal ivory trade.

The Minister of MNRE, Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan has said that he has urged all related agencies across the nation to organize activities that will promote the public understand on the regulations of ivory trade to the public, in compliance with the Ivory Trade Act B.E. 2558.

He has said the public needs to be aware of their responsibility to report any ivory holdings and to request for authorization in ivory trade. He has also requested foreign nationals to refrain from purchasing and exporting ivory and ivory items outside of Thailand. The minister said Thailand must show its national determination in tackling the illegal ivory trade issue to the CITES treaty member countries.

The MNRE Minister also warned that holders of ivory who fail to report to officials will face a fine of up to 3,000,000 baht, while unauthorized ivory traders will face up to 3 years imprisonment, or up to 6,000,000 baht fine, or both.


Yala Big Bike Club holds charity event promoting tourism

YALA, 27 Feb 2015, (NNT) Big Bike Clubs in the southern region and the nearby Malaysian provinces are holding a charity event promoting tourism and boosting economy in the area.

A large number of bikers from the said areas have been seen gathering in Muang District of Yala Province for the southern bike fair. The event, which kicked off yesterday, will come to a close tonight.

The event is aimed at raising scholarship funds for outstanding but poor students in Yala, and encourage tourists to visit the province, generating income for the locals.

The atmosphere is lively at the venue, with numerous bikers showcasing their 2-wheel magnificent beauties for the locals and onlookers to feast their eyes on.

The fair also offers decorating items for big bikes, biker jackets, food and live entertainment


Myanmar Vice-President observes healthcare management in Samut Sakhon

SAMUT SAKHON, 27 February 2015 (NNT) The Vice-President of Myanmar observed Samut Sakhon Province's healthcare services management of Thai and foreign nationals.

The Vice-President of Myanmar Sai Mauk Kham today visited the Samut Sakhon hospital in Mueang Samut Sakhon District to observe the province’s healthcare management and services. He received a warm welcome from the Governor of Samut Sakhon Arthit Boonyasophat, along with public health officials and hospital executives.

The Myanmar Vice-President attended a lecture on the healthcare services of the Samut Sakhon hospital and the Nawamin Tharachini Health Station, established in honour to Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th anniversary. He then observed the surgical patients ward and foreign workers clinic. The clinic also provides services in Burmese and employees staff from Myanmar with a service capacity of 150 persons per day.

He then visited the Nawamin Tharachini Health Station that provides health services, including dentistry, pregnancy care, general diagnosis, first aid, physical therapy, and child development to 100 outpatients daily, from 8:30am-8:30pm.

The visit from the Myanmar Vice-President is expected to result in further medical cooperation and exchange for practices that will help develop the medical services and medical system in both Thailand and Myanmar.


Phuket launches drug rehab camp

PHUKET, 27 February 2015 (NNT) The narcotics control operation center of Phuket has opened a behavior-change drug rehabilitation camp in response to the government’s drug combat policy.

The program was launched in line with the second strategy of the government’s narcotics control policy which is aimed at reducing the number of drug addicts. Those who are able to take part in the program must register for the rehab on a voluntary basis.

The participants, who number around 100, mainly consist of drug users who were captured by security or administrative agencies. Twenty eight of them are Phuket residents while the rest are from other provinces.

The 14-day program is divided into two parts. The first part, which takes nine days, focuses on behavioral changes of the drug addicts. The latter one provides them with vocational training.


Surin boosts public toilets’ cleanliness in response to Interior Ministry’s call

SURIN, 27 February 2015 (NNT) Surin Province has stepped up hygiene of public toilets by assigning provincial authorities to keep toilets in government offices, tourist attractions and crowded public places clean.

The assignment was made in response to complaints made to the Ministry of Interior about the dirtiness of public toilets in general. The Ministry therefore issued orders to all provinces to look after the cleanliness of public toilets in bus stations, governmental offices, public parks, tourist attractions.


Gov’t to open produce market next to Government House

BANGKOK, 26 February 2015 (NNT) – A Market for rice and agricultural products will be opened next to Government House in March in an attempt to help the country's farmers.

The Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Renu Tunkachivangoon presided over a meeting to organize the “Thai rice: Thainess” event, along with delegations from related agencies.

It is reported that the 'Thai rice: Thainess' event was initiated by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who appointed the Secretariat of the Prime Minister as the main agency in organizing the event. The event will promote the high quality agricultural products of Thailand.

The event will be held after the conclusion of the Orchid Market event, and will run from 5th March - 5th April 2015 from 9am to 6pm, and be located on the road next to Government House in Bangkok. The event is expected to feature about 80 booths of exhibitions and retail items, as well as cooking shows, art displays, and some cultural performances.

The Prime Minister will preside over the opening ceremony of the event on 5th March 2015, at 5pm.

Meanwhile, the Orchid Market and the Floating Market event will be relocated to the Padung Krung Kasem canal behind the Ministry of Education after 1st March.


DLD hears public opinion on livestock law update

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 26 February 2015 (NNT) The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) has taken public feedback into consideration to amend the Animal Breeding Development Act aimed at preventing potential shortages in cattle.

The DLD Deputy Director-General Sorawit Thaneto officiated over a public hearing with involved personnel on the amendment of the Animal Breeding Development Act at Grand Park hotel, Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The hearing was hosted by the Suratthani Livestock Research and Breeding Center with Animal Science experts, academics, and local farmers participating in this event.

The current Animal Breeding Development Act is reported to provide inadequate protection coverage to all kinds of important animal in the country. The rationale of this hearing was to gather public opinion to amend the Act to prevent future shortages of local animals.

The number of Cattle, especially female, have been decreasing for the past 10 years. Officials were able to recorded a 56 percent decrease in the past decade, due to the use of machines in the agricultural sector and the export of female cattle to neighbouring countries, resulting in the shortage of the parentage breeding stock.

Cattle are considered a very important manufacturing factor for the agricultural sector in Thailand, as they provide labour in almost all manufacturing processes of rice.


Red Cross low on blood donations

BANGKOK, 27 February 2015 (NNT) The Thai Red Cross Society has beseeched the public to donate blood, which is in critically short supply.

The Thai Red Cross Society reported that the shortage was affecting hospitals nationwide, which need as much as 8,000 units for daily operations.

The organization, which was previously able to allocate over 80% of the required blood volume to hospitals, can currently supply only 25% or 2,000 units per day. This amount is still far below the standard stock of 3,000 units per day for emergencies.

The blood crisis has forced some hospitals to postpone surgeries, pending sufficient blood supplies.

People wishing to help the Thai Red Cross Society build up its blood reserves can do so at National Blood Center on Henri Dunant Rd. or regional blood centers. For more information, call 0 2256 4300, or 0 2263 9600-99 extension 1101.


Phetchabun prison gets scoured for illegal items

PHETCHABUN, 27 Feb 2015 (NNT) The Governor of Phetchabun has led a team of authorities to scour the provincial prison for illegal items.

The operation was carried out in response to the anti-crime policy of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The team, which consisted of 160 security and administrative officials, started combing through Phetchabun prison at dawn in search of prohibited items that might lead to criminal activities, including drugs, cell phones and weapons. No such items have been found.

Phetchabun prison is one of the target areas in the suppression drive against crime and drugs. It houses nearly 2,000 inmates, most of whom have records of drug-related crimes.

Phetchabun governor Bandit Teweetiwarak expressed satisfaction towards results of the operation which showed that the prison’s preventive measures were still stringent. The governor, nevertheless, affirmed that the search operation would continue to prevent illegal activities.


Sixteen vagrants apprehended in Buriram, as the province ramps up anti-human trafficking drive

BURIRAM, 27 Feb 2015 (NNT) The Social Development and Human Security Office in Buriram plans to give job training for vagrants found in the province, in its bids to keep them off the streets in the future. Officials earlier took custody of 16 beggars roaming the city.

The office says it will work with various agencies to provide these vagabonds job training courses. It hopes that, once the campaign is implemented, they will use what they have learned to make a living and will not return to the vagrancy life again.

Earlier Buriram Provincial Administration officials had patrolled streets in all of its 23 districts and were able to apprehend 16 vagrants. Initial inquiry revealed most of them came from Surin and Khon Kean. Police put them in the daily report and gave them a warning before sending them back to their homes. Those who do not have a home are sent to a government shelter.

Officials said that beggars who are involved in a human trafficking ring would be dealt with under the Anti-Human Trafficking Act. They stated the focus would be placed on finding and prosecuting those behind the human trafficking operations.


Buriram warns locals of H1N1 flu after 166 cases reported with one dead

BURIRAM, 27 Feb 2015 (NNT) The Public Health Office in Buriram has issued an official warning to the public regarding the spread of H1N1 flu, after 166 cases have been reported with one dead since January.

According to the office, the cases were found scattering in all 18 districts with 92 of them being female. Most of the patients were under 5 years old. It said that the one who died from the virus was identified as a 54-year-old local from Nangrong District.

His death has raised an awareness about the flu among the residents and the medical officials. The provincial public health office deems that those susceptible to H1N1 virus are those younger than 5, elders aged over 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic diseases.

The office reminds the public that the flu is extremely contagious especially in crowded spaces. In order to contain the spread, it suggests those who have contracted the disease to wear a mask covering their noses and mouth, refrain from sharing items, and to wash their hands often.


Samutsakhon holds provincial level public hearing on national reform

SAMUTSAKHON, 27 Feb 2015, (NNT) Samutsakhon Provincial Administration Office held a public hearing on the national reform yesterday.

The provincial level public hearing drew attention from the province’s legal entities, associations, clubs, foundations, government agencies and the private sector.

According to the Provincial Administration Office, the public hearing was aimed at encouraging the locals to participate in the reform, in order for them to learn more about the constitution drafting process, the reform itself and the amendment of related laws.

A subcommittee has been established to handle the province’s public hearing affairs. The newly formed committee is to facilitate each meeting, record the hearing upshot, compile reports and forward them to the National Reform Council for further action.


Tak Governor gives lectures on benefits of SEZ

TAK, 27 Feb 2015, (NNT) Governor of Tak Province, Somchai Hatayatanti, yesterday gave a lecture on the benefits of the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) to 200 employees of Phadeang Industry Public Company Limited.

According to him, the SEZ would contribute to creating stability in trading, investment, and tourism for the entire nation-- not just for Tak. It would also stimulate development in Thailand’s competitiveness, draw more domestic investments, promote export and introduce better and newer technology to the nation's real sector.

As Thailand is the center of ASEAN, establishing more and more SEZs will enable the nation the to be the hub for goods distribution in the region, said the Governor.

He also pointed out that the establishment of the SEZ would generate more employment opportunities for the locals. The Governor thus highlighted the importance of arming prospective workers with communication and other occupational skills in order to enable them to adapt themselves to the SEZ.


Private sector in Pattani opens learning center, prepares for AEC

PATTANI, 27 Feb 2015, (NNT) The private sector in the southern province of Pattani opened a learning center yesterday to prepare the locals for the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

The organizers consist of Pattani Concrete Company Limited and the Provincial Administration Office. According to the company, the learning center’s main objective is to arm the local with knowledge, and to give something back to the public.

The center can also be used as a venue for lecture and seminar.

The organizers yesterday introduced the newly built center with a mini seminar on leadership and innovation, featuring guest speakers from Songklanakarin University. Pattani Concrete Company also handed out sports supplies to several educational institutes.


 

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