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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The forum will be held every Tuesday for three weeks in a row, starting
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Public relations of all agencies is believed to be improved after the
conclusion of this meeting, said the Minister of the Prime Minister’s
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
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
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
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
The Thai Red Cross Society reported that the shortage was affecting
hospitals nationwide, which need as much as 8,000 units for daily
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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