Two more Rohingyas dead in Nakhon Si Thammarat
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Jan 13 -- Police are looking
into a human trafficking cartel sending Rohingya migrants through
Thailand to Malaysia as two more Rohingyas died in Nakhon Si Thammarat
province last night.
Police from Hua Sai station in Nakhon Si Thammarat and social
development and human security officials are collecting the profiles of
nearly 100 Rohingyas rounded up on Sunday and are providing them with
Interpreters from an association of Rohingya people in Thailand are
assisting in the task.
Police said they have found that the migrants paid traffickers for their
trip to Malaysia where their family members had already arrived.
The death toll among the latest lot of 98 Rohingyas found in Nakhon Si
Thammarat rose to three as two persons died last night, one at hospital
due to diarrhea and the other died of a blood infection ohe way to
Sawat Phadungchart and Sutthipong Chuaipat, arrested for driving
vehicles carrying the Rohingyas here on Sunday were initially charged
with human trafficking.
Police are trying to find the head of the network, a cartel
transportingd 400 Rohingyas per trip. While 98 of them were arrested in
Hua Sai district on Sunday, the rest reached Sadao district of Songkhla.
(MCOT online news)
China to push for "comprehensive" real identities on the Internet
BEIJING, Jan 14 (Xinhua-MCOT online news) Chinese
people's activities online will be subject to reinforced scrutiny as
authorities expand the real-name registration system across more social
networks and websites.
China's Cyberspace Administration (CCA) will "comprehensively" promote
the management of real identities online, with social networks --
including microblogging platforms, forums and instant messaging services
-- all having to enforce a real-name registration system, CAA official
Xu Feng said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Real names will only be seen by backend administrators and users may
still choose a screen name.
Chinese Internet authorities have been pressing for a real identity
system since 2011, and new users of WeChat and other instant messaging
apps have, since August, been required to provide their real names.
Xu was quoted as saying in a China News Service report that his
administration checked instant messaging services at the end of last
year, and found more than 80 percent of the WeChat users had already
registered with their genuine identities.
China has more than 275 million users on microblogs with Sina Weibo
leading the pack, and 459 million users of mobile instant messaging
apps, led by WeChat.
The CCA also announced on Tuesday that over the last two months it had
shut down 17 public WeChat accounts that masqueraded as government
organs or media, and 33 websites involved in the circulation of
pornography. (Xinhua-MCOT online news)
Boeing delivered 723 commercial airplanes in 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 - Boeing set a global industry
record for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year at
723 in 2014, maintaining its position as the world's largest airplane
manufacturer for the third consecutive year.
Last year, Boeing booked 1,432 net orders, valued at US$232.7 billion at
The company also grew its backlog of unfilled commercial orders to a
historic high of 5,789 airplanes.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray
Conner said what the Boeing team achieved in 2014 was truly
unprecedented, especially in the face of fierce competition.
"Boeing's achievements are based on the dedication of our talented
employees, the trust that our customers place in our products and the
partnership with our suppliers," he said in a statement today.
Boeing's widebody family of airplanes -- the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787
Dreamliner -- accounted for more than 60 per cent of all twin-aisle
deliveries last year, further strengthening the company's position as
the industry leader in widebody airplanes.
The Next-Generation 737 programme delivered more of the single-aisle
airplanes than ever before with 485 deliveries in 2014. (BERNAMA-MCOT
Chiang Mai Zoo braces for cold
CHIANG MAI, 14 Jan 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai Zoo deploys
various methods to keep its animals warm, as the cold is relentlessly
sweeping through the northern region of Thailand.
According to Chiang Mai Zoo Director Niphon Wichairat, the recent drop
in temperature has affected several animals especially during the night
time, leaving tropical animals in a most difficult time adjusting
themselves to the unusually cold ‘winter’ in Thailand.
He said these animals include giraffes, zebra, elephants, and various
reptiles such as snakes and turtles.
Director Niphon said that measures to fend off the cold the zoo is
currently deploying is using spotlights, haystacks, and dried leaves,
while giving vitamins to warm up the animals.
The supervisor also instructed all zookeepers to keep their eyes on the
animals under their responsibilities. He however assured the public of
his staff’s experience in dealing with the situation, saying that none
of the animals at Chiang Mai Zoo would pass away from the harsh winter
King visits park and the Chao Phraya
BANGKOK, 14 January 2015 (NNT) His Majesty the King
on Tuesday (Jan 13) left Siriraj Hospital on a private visit to a nearby
park and to observe the Chao Phraya River.
His Majesty the King left Chalerm Prakiat Building, Siriraj Hospital, at
5.29 p.m. to visit a little park built in his honor on his 72nd birthday
anniversary. The park is located next to Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun
Hospital by the Chao Phraya River.
His Majesty paid homage to the statue of King Rama V and his
18-month-old son, Prince Siriraj Kakuttapan, located in the park. The
hospital built the statue in 2011in honor of King Rama V who founded the
hospital in 1888 and named it after the little prince who died at a very
The park was developed from a 12 rai piece of land owned by the State
Railway of Thailand. It is covered with a wide variety of herbal plants
and is intended to be a learning center for interested people. His
Majesty the King later stopped by the Chao Phraya to take a look at the
scenery of the river as well as the life of people on both of its banks
and the traffic on Phra Pin Klao Bridge.
He returned to Siriraj Hospital at about 6 p.m. His appearance brought
jubilation to many people who visited the hospital on the day as their
king appeared in good health.
Labor minister vows firmer “Safety at Work" policies
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) Labor Minister Gen
Surasak Karnjanarat has vowed to tighten policies related to safety at
work in order to promote a healthy work force and keep occupational
workplace accidents to a minimum.
His pledge was made today while he was making a special statement on
“Driving Policy for a Safer Workplace” to over 3,000 entrepreneurs at SD
Avenue Hotel in Bangkok.
He said that the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare will take an
proactive role in providing knowledge and understanding on the
importance of occupational safety. An essential awareness should be
raised among personnel at all levels ranging from the commited work
force to the business owners.
Moreover, personnel will be taken to visit industrial rehabilitation
centers so that they can see what physical loss and damage they might
suffer if they fail to wear their personal protective equipment while
working, he emphasized.
He suspected that many believed that protective equipment was provided
just for showing inspectors that they have a high standard of safety in
the workplace. Therefore such attitudes towards safety must be changed,
along with the stricter enforcement of related laws.
He added that he has already signed a proposal to set up a Safety
Department; however, consideration of the proposal will take time before
it can be officially launched.
The initiative to enhance safety at work is part of the ministry’s
policy to make 2015 the Safety Year, in order to pay tribute to Her
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for her great
contribution to, and care for worker welfare in Thailand.
Defence Minister to visit Vietnam to boost military cooperation
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) Gen Prawit Wongsuwan,
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, accompanied by the Permanent
Secretary for Defence, is scheduled to visit the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam from 13-15 January 2015, following an invitation by his
The three-day official visit is aimed at tightening the good
relationship between Thailand and Vietnam, and also to continue
cooperation projects that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had laid
down during his recent official visit to that country.
During the visit, the Thai delegation will make a courtesy call on
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Vietnamese Defence
Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh.
They will discuss the development of military cooperation conducted
under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both countries in 2012.
The MoU stipulates collaboration in national defense, intelligence,
military exercises, among others.
Moreover, they will use this chance to discuss the construction of
transport routes across the Mekong sub-region, the establishment of
special economic zones along their borders, the supra-national joint
security in order to ensure regional security and improve the quality of
life of people living along respective borders.
PM emphasizes economic acceleration through trade and investment
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has reaffirmed that the government is pushing forward
an economic growth through trade and investment policy, especially
through the opening of five special economic zones which will enhance
connectivity within ASEAN.
Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said the
obstacles to the opening of special economic zones such as laws related
to town and country planning were discussed in today’s meeting in order
to ward them off and ensure that the policy will be implemented in
consistency with the national strategic plan.
As for the proposed impeachment of several former politicians, the Prime
Minister said the government allows the proposal to follow the legal
procedure without the government’s interference in order to keep
political conflicts in the country to a minimum. He confirmed that the
government is ready to listen to different opinions from all sectors and
take their suggestions into account so that systematic solutions will be
given to the conflicts.
He also assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to
find the best solution for controlling elephant attacks in Khao Yai
National Park and study a possibility for tourists to use alternative
roads in order to bypass the elephant’s way. This is believed to make
humans and elephants live together peacefully, the Prime Minister said.
Deputy Foreign Minister: Thailand makes anti-human trafficking progress
BANGKOK, Jan 12 -- The Thai government has tackled
human trafficking well in the past six months and did it better than
other countries in the same Tier 3 watch list of the United States,
according to Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.
Solutions to human trafficking in the past six months were
comprehensive, including legal efforts, and were made as a national
agenda priority which led to improvements in many areas, Mr Don said.
"Regarding legal efforts, there is progress on three issues. A
ministerial regulation was introduced to protect fishery workers. An
anti-human trafficking law was passed to protect informants and
authorities taking action. The National Legislative Assembly endorsed
the fishery act to offer clearer protection to fishery workers and the
fine ceiling is set at Bt30 million," the deputy foreign minister said.
Besides, 130 cases of human trafficking were handled and 104 people were
punished in the past year and the national verification of 1.6 million
illegal alien workers recently registered would finish within March, he
"Solutions to human trafficking must take time but I would like to
assure that the government is determined to solve the problem and hopes
it will be eliminated in the country as soon as possible. The human
trafficking situation in the country is positive because the government
is doing its best. Thailand is considered as performing better than
other countries in the same tier," Mr Don said.
He also said past communications improved the United States'
understanding and impression regarding the human trafficking situation
in Thailand. (MCOT online news)
China to reduce HIV infections through blood transfusions with better testing
BEIJING, Jan 13 - China will ask the nation's blood
stations to employ more accurate testing methods to detect viruses this
year, a health official said on Monday, following reports that a girl
contracted HIV through a blood transfusion.
It has been confirmed that a five-year-old girl in Fujian Province
contracted HIV through a blood transfusion during an operation four
"It is a heart-wrenching case," said Mao Qun'an, spokesman for the
National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), adding that
China will lower such risks in the future through nationwide adoption of
the Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) by the end of 2015.
The NAT, a technique used to detect viruses or bacteria, can shorten the
"window period" when viruses or bacteria go largely unnoticed by blood
Using traditional testing methods, it takes about 20 days for HIV
antigens to be detected after the virus enters the human body.
HIV-positive blood donors unaware of their status may pass the virus to
others if donations happen during that 20-day window period, as the
virus cannot be detected by tests.
Mao said the NAT can shorten the window period for HIV to 10 days,
reducing risks in blood transfusions.
The NAT can also be used to control risk for other blood-borne diseases,
such as hepatitis, Mao added. The method has been used in trial runs in
The young girl was just eight months old when she underwent heart
surgery for congenital heart disease in May 2010 and became infected.
She tested positive for the virus during a physical examination in
September 2014. (Xinhua-MCOT online news)
S. Korea's import prices fall in Dec
SEOUL, Jan 13 - South Korea's import prices again
fell in December from a year ago as global oil prices continued to
slide, central bank data showed Tuesday.
In local currency terms, import prices tumbled 13 percent on-year last
month, quickening from a revised 8 percent fall in November, according
to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea. It marks 28 straight
months of an on-year fall in import prices.
From a month earlier, import prices fell 5.1 percent in the cited
period, also picking up from a 0.9 percent dip in the previous month.
The fall was blamed on weakening oil prices. The price of Dubai crude
oil, South Korea's benchmark, plunged 21.9 percent on-month in December.
Export prices fell 4.3 percent on-year, accelerating from a 2.2 percent
fall in November. On a monthly basis, they declined 2.4 percent, turning
around from a 1.2 percent rise in the previous month.
The central bank explained export prices fell as a drop in the price of
oil products outweighed a strengthening U.S. dollar.
The average won-dollar exchange rate reached 1,104.33 won against the
greenback in December, rising 0.8 percent from 1,095.1 won the previous
month. (Yonhap-MCOT online news)
Airport passenger movements up 4.7 pct in 2014, says MAHB
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 - Airports operated by Malaysia
Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) recorded 83.3 million passenger movements
in 2014, a growth of 4.7 per cent over 2013, despite the unprecedented
Malaysia Airlines' aircraft incidents.
In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, the airport operator said this was the
first time that passenger movements exceeded the 80 million mark.
"Despite the unprecedented incidents that affected sentiment and traffic
performance from May 2014, there was a progressive recovery in the air
travel market towards the end of the year," it said.
For the whole of last year, international passenger traffic increased by
4.9 per cent, while domestic movements rose by 4.5 per cent.
"Aircraft movements recorded a growth of 7.3 per cent while cargo
movements grew by 8.0 per cent, registering a volume of 1,011,904 metric
tonnes, which is the highest cargo volume handled by MAHB since 2006,"
Of the 83.3 million passengers, AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines accounted
for nearly 80 per cent while foreign carriers accounted for just below
15 per cent.
However, in terms of growth, the largest contributor for 2014 was
Malindo Air, followed by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines while foreign
carriers as a whole registered a decline, partly due to the MH370
incident, which affected the China sector traffic and the MH17 incident,
which caused a dent in the Europe sector.
Passenger movement in December 2014 was better-than-expected at 8.2
million, up 0.3 per cent over December 2013 while average load factor at
76.5 per cent was the highest in 2014, potentially portends to
recovering industry demand in 2015.
MAHB expects 2015 passenger traffic to increase by 3.0 per cent
year-on-year to 85.8 million, assuming Malaysia's economic growth
remained between 5.0 per cent and 6.0 per cent, as well as stable fuel
"There is room for further optimism in 2015 with the opening of
Southeast Asia's largest modern outlet mall at the Kuala Lumpur
International Airport in the middle of the year as well as the return of
British Airways to Malaysia.
"We also foresee another major carrier returning to Malaysia this year,"
Women’s rights group calls for gender equality in new constitution
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) A women’s rights
advocate group has urged the Constitution Drafting Committee to include
provisions in the new constitution that ensures gender equality and to
encourage women to participate in the reform process.
Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Bawornsak Uwanno
received the petition from the Women Lawyers Association of Thailand
under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
Mrs. Suthini Methiprapha, President of Women Lawyers Association who
delivered the petition said the prevalence of women-related issues in
the country ranging from domestic violence to teen pregnancy meant that
the new constitution needed to include provisions that address women’s
issues based on the principles of ensuring gender equality and female
participation in all sectors of society.
According to Mrs. Suthini, the constitution should encourage women to
have a say in matters of economic, social and political matters by
ensuring women’s representation in policy- making positions. She
proposed, for example, that electoral ballots for continual and
proportional representatives should include no less than one-third the
ratio of female to male candidates.
More commodities will become cheaper this week
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce is
expecting more commodities to become cheaper this week.
According to Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya,
prices of products are not always solely determined by the
fluctuation of oil prices. He said product price structures
would be revealed later this week following an investigation.
However, he assured that some of the items would definitely
become cheaper especially motor oil and those that are driven by
President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Issara Wongkusolakit,
meanwhile, said the private sector is willing to lower the
prices of commodities in line with the market trend.
He also said that the move by the government to increase value
added tax (VAT) to 8-10%, up from the present 7%) would only
deter consumer spending, citing the slow economy as a reason for
the government not to raise the tax at this time.
Army Region 4 Commander: Civil Society is key to peace solution in the South
BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2015 (NNT) Region 4 Army Commander
Lt. Gen. Prakan Chonlayuth has indicated that the civil society plays a
key role in motivating the public to participate in official efforts to
establish peace in the southern region.
Lt. Gen. Prakan said that the Army has held more discussions with the
civil sector as part of its strategies to create understanding with
locals about the situation in the area.
He explained that civil society agencies have close ties with locals and
thus serve as excellent media to convey government messages to them.
Realizing this, the Army has opened a stage at all levels to discuss the
situation with private sector units, merchants, NGOs, even those who
hold opposite ideas.
The commander said the move would bring those organizations closer to
the Government and that they would understand the officials’ plans,
budgeting, and strategies. He hoped that these units would later spread
their understanding to local residents.
Tutoring for southern children will give them equal footing in the entrance examination
BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2015 (NNT) Deputy Education Minister
General Surachet Chaiyawong has expressed his hope that the campaign in
sending tutors to give additional lessons to southern students will give
them equal footing to their urban counterparts in taking entrance
The campaign, which kicked off recently, gives tuition to grade 12
students in schools located in areas under the supervision of the
Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and the Region 4
Internal Security Operations Command. It also provides tuition through
VIDEO Teleconferencing to students in region.
These students are mostly living in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and 5
districts of Songkhla Province which are Na Thawee, Sadao, Chana, Thepa
The Deputy Minister said the campaign would give the participating
students an edge in their journey to higher education. He said a recent
survey showed that the campaign had proven helpful to students in taking
the university entrance examination, giving them a better chance to gain
admittance to their preferred institutes.
Road link between Thailand and Cambodia will open in Si Sa Ket at the end of 2015
SI SA KET, 12 January 2014 (NNT) The construction of
a road linking Thailand and Cambodia in Si Sa Ket province is expected
to be finished in November and ready for tourism in the AEC era.
According to Deputy Minister of Transport Akom Termpittayapaisit, the
7.5 kilometer road, which is located in Phusing district, will connect
the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket with Siem Reap of Cambodia.
Its main purpose is to promote tourism between the two nations once
ASEAN nations are integrated into a single market late this year. The
construction has begun since June 10th last year and is scheduled for
completion by November 1st, 2015.
The Ministry of Transport is also planning to open a bus service on the
Bangkok-Si Sa Ket-Siem Reap route to facilitate visits between the two
Princess Chulabhorn pays a 2-week visit to the US
BANGKOK, 12 January 2015 (NNT) Her Royal Highness
Princess Chulabhorn leaves for the United States this morning on a
fortnight visit to observe medical research and development in that
The Bureau of the Royal Household announced last night that Her Royal
Highness Princess Chulabhorn would board a Japanese airline flight no.
JL 708 at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8.15 am this morning (Monday) to fly
to the United States for a visit from 12th-26th January.
While in the United States, Her Royal Highness will observe research and
development on artificial medicine at the Colorado State University in
Fort Collins, Colorado State. Her Royal Highness will return to Thailand
on 26th January, arriving at Suvarnbhumi Airport at 11.15 p.m.
OBEC to draft education system reform details
BANGKOK, 12 Jan 2015. (NNT) The Office Of Basic
Education Commission (OBEC) is working on the details of the Education
System reform planning for 2015 - 2021, in the hope of raising the
quality of Thai education to the international standards.
OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai ( กมล รอดคล้าย ) disclosed during a
meeting yesterday that Thailand’s education system ranks 78th in the
world and 8th in ASEAN.
According to him, the overall rankings of other Asean member nations
such as Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines have been steadily
rising over the past eight years, expressing his concerns that
Thailand's education will soon lag far behind those nations' unless
action is taken to raise her standard.
The reform would focus on 4 areas, including curriculum revision, giving
all children equal access to education, and improving education quality
in accordance with the Education Ministry’s policies, Besides, the
nation must also develop the quality of teachers, and the
administration's power over education institutes must be decentralized
further, said Mr. Kamol.
The details of the proposed reform will be submitted to the Education
Minister, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, before being forwarded to the
National Reform Council
Winter clothes in high demand in Khon Kean
KHON KEAN, 12 Jan 2015, (NNT) Winter clothes,
particularly sweaters and jackets, have been in high demand in Khon Kean
Province, as cold weather persists.
The lowest temperature was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius yesterday,
according to the media.
A large number of residents yesterday flocked to Banglamphu Market in
the municipality of Muang Khon Kean to purchase sweaters and other
winter clothing offered at affordable prices.
According to one of the vendors, she buys those winter clothes direct
from a factory, and sell them at an average price of 80 baht apiece,
adding that she can not sell them at a higher price given the local
economy. She also said most of the sweaters are made from quality yarn,
which can be worn year round.
Over 2,000 runners join Mukdahan’s international marathon event
MUKDAHAN, 12 Jan 2015, (NNT) More than 2,000 Thai and
Laotian runners yesterday attended an international marathon in
Mukdahan, which was held to promote the province's local tourism.
Mukdahan Governor Thawatchai Thamarux yesterday presided over the
marathon, which started from Mukdahan Wittayanukul School in Muang
According to the organizer, the province is using the international
running event as a means to promote Mukdahan’s highlights, while
encouraging youths, the general public and foreign visitors to exercise
Participants were to compete in 4 different races, which are the 42.16
km marathon, the 10.5 mini-marathon, the 5km fun-run, and
The organizer said the marathon drew approximately 2,000 runners,
creating a friendly and lively atmosphere at the organizing venue.
The race saw all participants crossing the Second Thai-Laos Friendship
Bridge, watching the sun rising over the horizon amid the refreshing
early morning weather.
Singburi investigates the unnaturally low water level in Noi River
SINGBURI, 12 Jan 2015 (NNT) Officials in Singburi’s
Thon Samor Sub-district have been noticing that the unnaturally low
level of water in Noi River has caused land subsidence in the area.
The officials said that collapses were reported along a riverside road
on January 9th and 10th, and they have initially deployed heavy
machinery to patch the rifts on the road. They indicated such an
incidence had occurred around 10 times since the end of 2012 causing
damages at different degrees, and foundation piles were installed as a
temporary solution to prevent further soil erosion.
According to the officials, the water level in the Noi River has
dangerously lowered during the past 2 days, damaging a house in Wihan
Khao Sub-district and other structures next to the river banks.
Singburi Governor Chalothorn Phakhoat has recently visited the area and
the affected residents, vowing to find measures to help them as soon as
Mukdahan invites all to visit its annual Red Cross Fair
MUKDAHAN, 12 Jan 2015, (NNT) The Northeastern
Province of Mukdahan is inviting all to visit its annual Red Cross Fair
now underway till January 16th, highlighting beauty pageant and locally
Mukdahan Provincial Administration and Red Cross are organizing the
event at the lawn in front of the City Hall. The goals of this year’s
fair are to promote the area's tourism attractions and conserve local
cultural values and practices at the same time.
According to Red Cross officials, the Fair would help the agency fund
itself for its future charity events.
This year's ‘Miss Red Cross, an annual beauty pageant, will be held
tomorrow, the last day of the fair; in which 51 contestants will be
vying for a cash prize of 50,000 baht, said the organizers.
Yingluck says impeachment process against law
BANGKOK, Jan 9 -- Ex-prime minister Yingluck
Shinawatra on Friday criticised the impeachment process brought against
her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over her role in
the massively corrupt rice-pledging scheme that it would be unlawful to
impeach her because she is no longer prime minister of Thailand.
Defending herself at Parliament, Miss Yingluck said what the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) members are considering is significant and
would impact the country’s administration and economy in large-scale
because she is no longer prime minister and that she had been impeached
three times before.
The first time was when Parliament was dissolved, the second was from
the ruling of the Constitution Court and the third by the announcement
of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), she said.
The NCPO ousted her government on May 22 and scrapped the 2007
Miss Yingluck also chaired the National Rice Policy Committee when she
was prime minister.
Her government-sponsored rice-pledging programme was accused by NACC of
massive corruption, causing losses of about Bt680 billion to the
Ms Yingluck said she no longer held any political position and if the
process continues it would be like a duplication of impeachment. She
said it is against the law and creating an injustice for the future.
“NLA findings will not only affect me but every Thai agriculturist as
well, especially farmers who are the majority of the people. Therefore,
today’s impeachment process will impact mapping policy to assist farmers
in future and it could be interpreted as breaking Thai farmers’ hope and
future for a long time to come,” Ms Yingluck told the legislators.
Emphasising her innocence, Ms Yingluck asked 'What is the use of
attempts to achieve national reform as the current government and NLA
wants to achieve when society feels that the ongoing process violates
legal procedures." (MCOT online news)
Vietnamese worker registration starts in March
BANGKOK, Jan 9 -- As the deadline for migrant workers to undertake
nationality verification identification draws near, Labour Minister Gen
Surasak Karnjanarat said employers are expected to register Vietnamese
employees in March.
Admitting that the number of illegal Vietnamese workers currently
working in Thailand is unknown, Gen Surasak said he would ask cabinet
approval mployees in March.
He said earlier that the deadline for migrant workers to undertake
nationality verification is March 31.
Senior Labour Ministry and related agencies officers met recently to
discuss progress in registering Myanmar, Cambodian and Lao workers in
Thailand--but only 36,000 persons out of 1.6 million were registered,
said Gen Surasak.
Officials from Vientiane arrived in Thailand yesterday to help process
Lao workers in Thailand, he said, adding that progress must be assessed
to determine the need to extend the nationality verification
Regarding the lack of workers in industries such as fishery and
construction, Gen Surasak said entrepreneurs may be allowed to hire
semi-skilled migrant workers, but not skilled ones as they could create
jobless for Thais.
The country of origin of the workers must also accept the Thai
government’s rules and conditions so that a memorandum of understanding
could first be prepared. (MCOT online news)
Thai student wins Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival contest 2015
BANGKOK, Jan 9 -- A Thai vocational student won first
prize at the the Harbin Ice and Sculpture competition held in Harbin,
China, the sixth consecutive year that Thailand has won first prize.
Vocational Education Commission Deputy Secretary-General Aganit
Klungsang reported that 69 teams participated in the Harbin Ice and Snow
Sculpture Festival 2015 in Harbin.
Each team was tasked to create an ice sculpture within four days in
temperatures as low as -27 to no more than -21 degrees Celsius said the
official, adding that Thailand's team of students from the Saraburi
Vocational College seized first prize for their masterpiece called "High
Speed Train Building Stronger Relationship toward the Future", which
represented Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations for the past four decades.
Two other ice sculptures from the Surat Thani and Saowapa vocational
college student teams netted second prizes for their works.
Thailand has sent teams to the festival since 2010, making this the
sixth year in a row that the nation has won first prize. (MCOT online
Children's rights and protection given first priority in constitution drafting
BANGKOK, 9 January 2015 (NNT) The Constitution
Drafting Commission (CDC) has given a special gift to children on the
National Children’s Day by putting the Protection of Rights of Children
and Youths as the first article in the new constitution they are
CDC president Bawornsak Uwanno said that the first article prescribes
that each family has rights to receive state facilitation to live with
normal standard of quality of life, rights to survive and get developed
in a way that is appropriate to their surrounding, and rights to be
protected by the government from being exploited or interfered for
economic and social purposes which may harm their physical and mental
Moreover, children and youths under 16 who are unable to earn enough
income for themselves must receive financial subsidy from the
Under this article, the government must take roles in
protecting and developing young persons to have good physical health and
mental heath embedded with generosity, intellectual, morality, and good
education. These qualities are necessary to the national development.
Bawornsak said comments or suggestions regarding the topic can be made
to the CDC.
NLA accepted draft amendment of the law on the organization of the military court
BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 (NNT) The National
Legislative Assembly has resolved to accept the draft amendment of the
law on the organization of the military court.
On Thursday, the NLA meeting chaired by Mr. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai
reviewed the draft amendment of the Act for the Organization of the
Military Court, which was presented by Deputy Defense Minister Gen.
According to Gen. Udomdej, the amendment is needed because the original
law, the Act for the Organization of the Military Court B.E. 2498, has
been in effect for a long time and become outdated due to the change in
the structure and the current operations of the military.
In the proposed amendment, the staff judge advocates and the military
prosecutors will receive a more acceptable amount of remuneration,
appropriate for their roles and duties.
The NLA members voted 189 to one, with two abstentions, to accept the
draft and agreed to set up a 15-member special committee to review it
NLA meeting resolved to accept draft Freeman Safeguarding Medal Act
BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 (NNT) - The National
Legislative Assembly has resolved to accept the draft Freeman
Safeguarding Medal law.
The NLA meeting on Thursday deliberated the draft Freeman Safeguarding
Medal Act, which the Cabinet has presented for debate.
Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr informed the NLA that the
proposed law has been drafted in such a way to offer moral support and
recognize all individuals who have performed the duties of national
defense, internal security and related affairs on the government’s
NLA members expressed concerns over the process to consider the
recipients of the medal as they are worried the awarding could be
exploited for personal gains — the move that can eventually devalue the
The meeting has suggested that criteria and procedures must be set to
determine who will be eligible to be presented with the medal before
votes have been cast. The NLA voted 176 to six, with 20 abstentions, to
accept the draft and to appoint a 21-member special committee to review
National reconciliation expected in maximum four years
BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Key figures in the National Reform
Council (NRC) expect to complete national reconciliation and national
reform in no more than four years.
NRC Chairman Thienchay Kiranandana, Constitution Drafting Committee
Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno and Political Reform Committee Chairman
Sombat Thamrongthanyawong held a press conference on the formation of a
20-member reconciliation-planning committee.
The panel comprises representatives of the NRC, conflict resolution
experts and people affected by political conflicts. Anek Laothamatas
heads the new committee.
The panel will promote national reconciliation and national reform.
It will campaign for public understanding on the causes and impacts of
conflicts, create atmosphere and participation that will facilitate
reconciliation, prevent the repetition of conflicts and reduce
prejudices among groups of people.
Mr Thienchay said that the affected people would have opportunities to
tell their stories and that lessons would be drawn from past incidents.
He asked the mass media to help gather public opinion on the methods of
reconciliation and said he expected reconciliation to be achieved in the
Dr Borwornsak said reconciliation, reform to reduce inequality and
solutions to political problems were the three main objectives of the
new constitution and that society should be able to achieve
reconciliation in four years.
"The process must be short and fast but it must not be immediate
amnesty. There will be a process to create reconciliation that will
include the acceptance of wrongdoing, rehabilitation for victims and
promises to prevent the recurrence of past incidents," Dr Borwornsak
said. (MCOT online news)
Government clarifying Thai human trafficking situation to international community
BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Thailand’s Deputy Prime
Minister/Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said that his government
should be able to convince the international community of its efforts
against human trafficking because it had done well on the issue and did
straightforward reports on its attempts.
"In January there is a report on what have been done including responses
to their concerns. We answer all questions as we are not protecting
anyone. The government is addressing all issues," Gen Prawit said.
He admitted that some government officials were involved in human
trafficking and said that there were normally the good and the bad
Thai police in Provincial Police Region 5 and Federal Bureau of
Investigation agents arrested Ayo Ajor, 23, for allegedly procuring at
least 100 teenage boys aged 18 and under for foreigners at guesthouses
in Chiang Mai province in the past three years.
The suspect was quoted as saying that he had lured boys from local
public parks and game shops. (MCOT online news)
Kasikorn Think Tank: Negative factors impacting Thai exports to EU this year
BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Kasikorn Research Centre warns
of many negative factors impacting Thai exports to the European Union
(EU) this year, especially being excluded from the EU's Generalized
System of Preferences (GSP), ending Thailand's tariff privileges worth
The think tank warned that the economic recovery of the EU remained
uncertain, and the baht is stronger against the euro, especially when
being compared with Vietnam's dong and the Indonesian rupiah on top of
the GSP exclusion.
The growth rate of Thai exports to the EU may fall to between 0.5 to 3.5
per cent this year instead of last year's 4.6 per cent, if the EU
economy expands by 1.1 per cent this year.
If the expansion rate is lower, Thai exports to Europe may shrink, the
Kasikorn Research Centre stated.
The centre advises Thai operators to maintain product quality to retain
their EU markets.
It warns that the EU may order basic raw materials from Thailand's
Such products include natural rubber, rubber products, processed
chicken, gems, jewelry, chemical products and seafood.
Exporters with large-scale production should better cope as they have
flexibility in cost management.
The Kasikorn study also considers manufacturers of computers, computer
parts, automobiles, air-conditioners and electrical appliances. (MCOT
Royal Thai Army vows to end Siamese Rosewood smuggling
BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Royal Thai Army affirmed that
its 2nd Army Region Command and local administrative offices would work
to their best ability to prevent the trafficking of Siamese Rosewood,
after a complaint suggested that officials have neglected their duties.
spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree confirmed, after a complaint to the
Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to investigate the actions of
army officers and local government officials at the 2nd Army Area, that
they have neglected their duties in preventing the trafficking of
Siamese Rosewood in the northeastern region.
The army spokesperson said officials in the area have acted to the best
of their abilities continuously to end to the rare woods smuggling and
have reporting the results of each operation back to the Army chief.
Statistics show arrests made, while the Border Protection Task Force has
done its best to prevent illegal activities along the borders, all of
which has been closely monitored by the army chief, said the military
spokesman. The results of all operations have proven to be efficient and
are on target, he said.
The army spokesman said the complaint could be a misunderstanding or
could lack vital information and data. The 2nd Army Region Command,
meanwhile, stressed that it would further coordinate regarding the
matter to ensure that all data is correct. (MCOT online news)
China kicks off Silk Road Tourism Year
XI'AN, Jan 9 - China on Thursday kicked off the Silk
Road tourism year in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi
Province, to attract more visitors on the ancient Silk Road which linked
China with central Asian nations.
Every year China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) sets a theme for
tourism promotion. Inspired by the Silk Road, China will promote western
provinces for their rich culture and tourist appeal.
The Silk Road tourism year will facilitate regional cooperation, deepen
mutual understanding and establish mutually beneficiary ties for all
related nations, said Du Jiang, deputy director of the CNTA.
Shaanxi Province is investing more in tourism and cementing its position
as the starting point of the Silk Road, said Bai Aying, deputy governor
of Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua-MCOT online news)
Quantum dot TV sales to top 18 mln units in 2018: report
SEOUL, Jan 9 - Global sales of quantum dot TVs, one
of the most-watched sectors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show
(CES), are expected to exceed 18 million units in 2018, a report showed
Friday, emerging as the key area in the world's display industry.
The combined shipment of quantum dot TVs is predicted to hit 1.3 million
units this year, and gradually expand to reach 5 million units in 2016,
the report released by DisplaySearch showed. The market tracker expected
the number will jump to 12 million units in 2017.
Quantum dot refers to a semiconductor nanostructure that improves
brightness, visibility and power efficiency of displays. Tech players
say TVs using the technology can display over 1 billion colors, 64 times
more than other models currently being sold on the market.
By region, the sales growth in China is expected to outpace those of
other areas, followed by North America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific
The world's top TV maker, Samsung Electronics Co., introduced its first
mass-produced quantum dot TVs at this year's CES, showing off 65-, 78-
and 88-inch screens. The company said the models are ready to go on sale
Samsung's smaller rival LG Electronics Inc. also showcased 55-inch and
65-inch UHD TVs that have applied the quantum dot technology, along with
other major players from Japan and China.
The market for TVs with curved displays, which came under the spotlight
at last year's CES, on the other hand, is expected to lose grounds amid
the rise of the new challenger.
The combined global shipment of curved TVs, which is anticipated to
hover around 8.2 million units annually over the 2016-2017 period, is
estimated to fall below the 8-million mark in 2018, the researcher
added. (Yonhap-MCOT online news)
PM wants universities to carry out in depth study on flood issues
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Tun Razak today called on all universities to carry out in-depth study
to find best solutions to massive floods which recently hit several
states in the country.
He said among the matters that were discussed during the recent Cabinet
meeting were flood issues and the need to seek ideas and input from the
experts in irrigation management, environment and other relevant
"I want all local universities to give their input to the government in
formulating and finding the best suitable method to solve the current
flood issues and to make early preparation for the future."
Najib said this when launching Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's (UTM)
Menara Razak building and the book on UTM's development under the 9th
Malaysia Plan (9MP) here Thursday.
Also present were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh,
Education Ministry's secretary-general II Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang and
UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar.
Najib said controlled and sustainable development should be implemented,
cutting of trees, as well as clearing of forests for agriculture
purposes should be closely monitored, while firm enforcement should be
carried out, in a bid to preserve the environment.
He said this was because environmental destruction was among the factors
that contributed to flooding and enforcement authorities should take
stern action against those destructors to ensure that floods and
landslides would not recur.
"For example, we can control floods by building dams to control the
irrigation system, while generating electricity," he said.
Meanwhile, Najib also expressed gratitude to UTM for naming the building
after his late father, Tun Abdul Razak, who was the second Prime
Minister of Malaysia and who had also served as Education Minister.
The construction of the RM91 million building began on March 3, 2009 and
was fully completed in September 2012. The 17-storey building was part
of UTM's development under the 9MP.
"The late Tun Razak had known the first UTM vice-chancellor, the late
Tan Sri Ainuddin Wahid, ever since the latter came to welcome the return
of Tun Razak and the rest of the first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul
Rahman's independence mission team from London, United Kingdom in
1950s," he said.
UTM had been developing well and succeeded in meeting the objectives and
aspirations of its establishment, besides being the proud of the nation
and one of the world's best universities, he added. (BERNAMA-MCOT online
Disabled boy gets his wish for a new wheelchair
YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - A boy, who has been paralyzed from
waist down by an insurgent attack, got his wish for a new wheelchair as
a gift on the Children’s Day.
Handing out the wheelchair to the boy was Yala Governor Samart
Waradisai, his spouse, Red Cross President Jutamat Waradisai, Special
Education Center Director Kasemsuk Pasuntaratham at the paralyzed boy’s
school in Bannangsta District.
11-year old Imran Surapong lost his father and the use of his legs by
perpetrators of violence a few years ago. He underwent a 3-year
treatment and rehabilitation before returning to class.
The wheelchair has been provided by the Region 2 Special Education
Center in Yala.
Imran expressed his profound gladness for receiving the new wheelchair.
He earlier told the media that he had 2 wheelchairs; an old one for home
use and a-year-old one for school use. He said the newly received
wheelchair would replace his old one, as the aging chariot has weathered
and is now less functional.
Yala Red Cross also gave out eggs to the school for making lunches.
Yala seeks religious leaders’ cooperation to address the issue of violence
YALA, 9 Jan 2015 - Yala Province yesterday held an
activity that brought together local Islamic and Buddhist leaders, in
its bids to achieve peace.
The meeting, which was being held at the Office of Local Administration
in Na-tham Sub-district in Muang Yala, was also attended by government
employees, military & police officers, community leaders and locals.
Peace building dominated the discussion yesterday. Muslims and Buddhists
brainstormed ideas together to seek ways to ease the tension in the area
without discrimination against one another, paving ways to peace talks
and ultimately eliminate the southern violence.
The talks are one of the many efforts of the Government to address the
ongoing violence in the South.
Thailand International Ornamental Fish Expo 2015 scheduled for 2-5 Jun
BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 - The Department of Fisheries
is scheduled to host Thailand International Ornamental Fish Expo 2015
(TIOFE 2015) during 2-5 June 2015 at Building B, of the Government
Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok.
Over two hundred species of ornamental fishes for export will be
displayed such as fighting fish, goldfish, guppy and cichlidae. The
highlight of the event will be the world's biggest ornamental fighting
fish contest, which sees the highest number of contestants compared to
all other competitions of the kind. Several million baht is expected to
be circulated in the event.
The expo will also include an exhibition to celebrate Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's 5th Cycle (60th) Birthday Anniversary,
2nd April 2015.
TIOFE 2015 is to be held in line with the ornamental fish strategic plan
for 2013-2016 which eyes to make Thailand the hub of breeding and trade
of high-quality fishes in the world's market by 2016.
Police: Orderly overall situation on New Year
BANGKOK, 8 January 2015 (NNT) The overall traffic
situation during the New Year’s holidays was orderly as a result of the
strict measures enforced that helped reduce the number of accidents and
fatalities, said the police spokesman.
The Spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri
reported that the overall situation during this New Year’s holiday was
considered orderly as many organizations had taken care to improve the
conditions of the roads in advance.
He said that another factor that had relieved traffic congestion is the
fact that there were more holidays in this New Year's season, allowing
the public more time to travel. However, congestion issues were still
found on the Mitraparb Road in the day when people were traveling back
to Bangkok. The police had to open an additional lane to help ease the
Meanwhile, the police had strictly suppressed the selling of alcoholic
beverages, effectively decreasing the number fatalities this year by 6-7
The police spokesman has also said that the police are now prepared to
provide security on the Children’s Day with police officers stationed at
many locations set to host the Children’s Day event.
Ex-PM Yingluck to speak for herself in opening impeachment statement
BANGKOK, Jan 6 -- Former Thai prime minister Yingluck
Shinawatra will deliver her opening defense statement in her impeachment
proceedings before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) by herself
when the case opens Friday and it should conclude within this month,
according to Assembly Vice President Surachai Liangboonlertchai.
Mr Surachai said that the NLA would let Ms Yingluck and the National
Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) deliver their statements and answer
questions without a time limit. He also said that with her presence, Ms
Yingluck could answer assemblymen’s questions right away.
Mr Surachai said that the NLA would form two committees to pose
questions on two impeachment cases.
One case concerns Ms Yingluck and the other concerns former Senate
speaker Nikom Wairatpanij and former House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont
and the questions will come from NLA members.
Each inquiry committee will consist of up to 21 members who will
represent the NLA and its committees, including the whip committee. Mr
Surachai insisted that the inquiry committees would be neutral.
He said that the impeachment process against holders of political
positions would take 23 days; therefore, conclusions on both cases were
expected by the end of this month, except in the possibility that any
party in the impeachment cases seeks a postponement.
Mr Surachai said that under the current circumstances, a postponement
was unnecessary. (MCOT online news)
China stands by Malaysia to overcome flood disaster
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 7 -- Malaysia has suffered its
worst flood disaster in past 45 years due to sustained rainfall since
the end of 2014, with 23 people killed and over 200,000 people evacuated
from their homes. As Malaysian people's good friend, China has attached
great concerns to the flood situation in Malaysia.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a letter to his Malaysian
counterpart Anifah Aman on Dec. 27, expressing sympathy for the victims
and property loss caused by the floods.
In Kuala Lumpur, on the same day, Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Huang
Huikang on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China handed over a check
of 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Malaysian Red Crescent to help the
Malaysian people who suffer from the recent flood. The Chinese Embassy
in Malaysia recently also donated RM50, 000 (about 14,000 dollars) worth
goods and materials to three states of Malaysia, of which, RM30,000
(8,400 dollars) went to the worst-hit Terengganu, and RM10,000 (2,800
dollars) to Kelantan and Pahang, respectively.
During the donation ceremony, Ambassador Huang said the Chinese people
are concerned about the serious flood in Malaysia as the country has a
long friendship with China. If it is needed, China is willing to provide
further assistance to the distress area in Malaysia, he added.
Meanwhile, RM34,000 (9,500 dollars), a portion from the ticket sales of
the world-renowned Chinese musical "Dynamic Yunnan," was forwarded to
the Crisis Relief Squad of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) East
Coast Flood Relief Fund, in a bid to support Malaysia's efforts to
overcome the flood disaster.
At the same time, many Chinese companies also volunteered to make
donations to help the Malaysian side. China's CSR Corp, China Railway
Construction Corporation (CRCC), and Beijing Urban Construction Group
(BUCG) on Dec. 31 donated RM900,000 (about 253, 000 dollars) and 10,000
candles to the flood-stricken regions in Malaysia.
Liow Tiong Lai, MCA president and Malaysian transport minister,
expressed his appreciation to the Chinese companies, saying that the
donation will greatly enhance their capacity to cope with the floods.
Their assistance also reflected the deep friendship between China and
Malaysia, he added.
On the same day, China Enterprises Association in Malaysia and the Malay
Businessmen & Industrialists Association of Malaysia also donated
RM50,000 (about 1,4000 dollars) respectively to help Malaysia handle the
flood disaster. (Xinhua_ MCOT online news)
South Korea's imported car sales jump 25.5 percent last year
SEOUL, Jan 7 - Imported car sales in South Korea jumped 25.5 percent in
2014 from a year earlier as European automakers continued to expand
their presence here amid growing demand for diesel and hybrid models,
industry data showed Wednesday.
According to the data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and
Distributors Association (KAIDA), a total of 196,359 foreign-branded
vehicles were registered last year, up from 156,497 units tallied a year
earlier. The figure was more than twice as many as what was registered
back in 2010.
In December alone, 17,120 foreign vehicles were sold, up 38 percent from
the same period a year earlier.
The spike was driven by a marked growth in demand for diesel-engine and
hybrid electric vehicles, which jumped 36.9 percent and 32.6 percent to
133,054 units and 7,736 units, respectively. Sales of gasoline-engine
vehicles also grew 3.6 percent on-year to 55,383.
German automakers expanded their presence in Korea last year, while
Japanese companies saw their market share decline.
The data showed that German cars accounted for 69.4 percent of the
annual sales, an increase from the previous year's 67.5 percent.
Japanese brands came next with a market share of 12.3 percent, but the
share declined from the previous year's 14.1 percent.
By brand, BMW ranked first by selling 40,174 vehicles last year,
followed by Mercedes-Benz with 35,213 and Volkswagen with 30,719.
Vehicles produced by European countries took up a combined 80.4 percent
of the total, up from the previous year's 78.5 percent, the data showed.
Volkswagen's Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion sold 8,106 units last year,
retaining its best-seller status among foreign brands. BMW 520D came
next with 6,546 units, according to the data. (Yonhap-MCOT online news)
Three countries to send humanitarian aid - Hishammuddin
PETALING JAYA, Jan 7 - Defence Minister Datuk Seri
Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has stated that three countries have agreed to
send humanitarian aid to help Malaysia following the devastating floods
which hit several states recently.
He said China, Singapore and the United States, had expressed their
intention thereby strengthening the good relations that had been
established so far.
He said Singapore had supplied water purifying machines to be used in
flood hit states while China would be sending tents for flood victims to
"The United States has contacted Malaysia to find out the requirements
needed to help the flood victims.
"This is an advantage to us but we cannot depend entirely on outside aid
and these are merely additional assistance besides the contribution
received from the rakyat," he told reporters here Tuesday.
He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the handing over of flood
relief contributions from the Malaysian Armed Forces Family Welfare
Association (Bakat) by his wife, Datin Seri Tengku Marsilla Tengku
Abdullah to Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk
Rohani Abdul Karim.
He said a total of 312 flights made possible with Malaysian Armed Forces
assets under 'Ops Murni' had helped transport 748.6 tonnes of relief
supplies for distribution to victims in flood-affected states.
Hishammuddin said the Flood Relief Supplies Collection Centre at the
Subang Air Base had received about 3,256 tonnes of relief supplies from
"Of the total, 2,999 tonnes had been distributed by road while the rest
have yet to be distributed, as of yesterday," he said.
Hishammuddin said, apart from delivery of necessities to flood victims,
post-flood process must also be focused upon, adding that various
authorities were in the midst of cleaning up badly-affected areas.
(BERNAMA-MCOT online news)
Rajaprajanugroh Foundation donates blankets and uniforms to Phayao students
PHAYAO, 7 Jan 2015 (NNT) The Rajaprajanugroh
Foundation under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King yesterday
delivered blankets and school uniforms to students of the
Rajaprajanugroh 24 School in Jun District, Phayao Province.
The presenting ceremony was presided over by chairman of the provincial
committee of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, Chuchart Kilapaeng. Taking
part in the ceremony were also chief of Phayao’s Red Cross chapter
Waraporn Kilapaeng, and other governmental unit chiefs.
Rajaprajanugroh 24 School has been established by the Rajaprajanugroh
foundation and the Ministry of Education at the instruction of His
Majesty the King. It is a co-education school offering classes from
grade 1 to 12 under the supervision of the Department of General
Education, Ministry of Education.
The school offers satellite online teaching sessions, along with
optional occupational courses in agriculture, industry, and home
economics. It currently has about 900 students and 90-strong staff
including teachers, educational personnel and other employees.
Police to probe contracts for advertisement boards at police kiosks
BANGKOK, 7 January 2015 (NNT) Royal Thai Police
Deputy Commissioner Pongsapat Pongcharoen on
Tuesday chaired a meeting of police officials
and representatives from the Treasury Department
over the issue of the allegedly unauthorized
advertisement boards on top of police kiosks.
According to Police General Pongsapat, there are
around 6,000 police kiosks nationwide and 805 of
these have been fitted with advertisement
boards. 173 of the advertisement boards have
been installed at police kiosks under the
jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police. The
Treasury Department has concluded that all of
the pieces of land the police kiosks are
situated on belong to the department, and the
decision of whether to continue allowing the
advertisement boards will rest solely on the
Pol. Gen. Pongsapat said a probe would be
launched into the contracts made between
businesses and the Metropolitan Police and
between businesses and the regions 1-9 police,
to ensure that everything was in accord with the
regulations of the Royal Thai Police. After the
probe, the decision of whether to allow the
advertisement boards to stay until the expiry of
the contracts will be made.
NRC urged to enact law on distribution of power to people
BANGKOK, 6 January 2015 (NNT) Representatives from
nationwide political activists have petitioned the National Reform
Council (NRC) to pass a law that promotes the distribution of the
government’s administrative power to the people of Thailand.
NRC President Tienchai Kirananda on Tuesday met with representatives
from the networks of people for a self-governing administration from
across the country, who submitted a letter asking for the passing of an
organic law on the self-administration of a province to go along with
the completion of the charter drafting.
The group said they have been educating locals across the country on the
issue for some time as they believe the centralization of power is the
cause of political conflicts and social inequality in Thailand.
The petitioners also asked the NRC to work with the National Legislative
Assembly and the Constitutional Drafting Committee to resolve this issue
and promote the true distribution of administrative power to the people.
Mr. Tienchai promised the activists that he would present the matter to
related parties for consideration and implementation.
PDRC wants prime minister to be elected MP
BANGKOK, Jan 5 -- The People’s Democratic Reform
Committee (PDRC) on Sunday proposed that any prime minister after the
national reform is completed must be an elected member of parliament,
saying it opposes a proposal by some members of the Constitution
Drafting Committee (CDC) favouring a non-partisan candidate to become
prime minister in case of a political deadlock after a future general
PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said his group come to its decision
before the May 22 coup and sent its proposal on the distribution of
political power, how to tackle Thailand's corruption, reforming the
Royal Thai Police and to solve social disparity.
But the PDRC had never demanded or proposed that a prime minister must
be a neutral person or not a member of the Lower House, he said.
During the previous government of Yingluck Shinawatra the committee
requested that an outsider be invited to administer the country during
the political turmoil, he said.
Therefore, the CDC should not tell the public that the idea of having a
non-MP become prime minister is made by the PDRC grouping earlier, he
said, adding that the country could face more danger if an outsider is
allowed to become a prime minister.
“It would only give an opportunity to capitalists to administer the
country through paying money to elected MPs and senators. This could
cause more problems with corruption,” Mr Akanat said.
The PDRC is prepared to send its opinions to the Constitution Drafting
Commoittee for consideration as he believed political problems in
Thailand were “not caused by the system but rather from an individual.”
Therefore, a solution must be made regarding the individual while the
political party system must be helped to become stronger so the public
could depend on it, Mr Akanat added. (MCOT online news)
Gov't opening more public complaints outlets
BANGKOK, Jan 5
the Thai public
problems in the
past six months,
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to open more
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year including a
so that people
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has opened five
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in the past six
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problems for the
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solved were 3.2
times more than
period of last
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5 persons remain under Ebola surveillance in Thailand
BANGKOK, Jan 5 - In an attempt to ease public
worries over the deadly Ebola disease in
Thailand, the Public Health Ministry said that
only five persons remain under close
surveillance in the kingdom at present.
Dr Wachira Pengjuntr, Deputy Permanent Secretary
for Public Health, said two European engineers
who travelled from Liberia and arrived in
Thailand on December 24 were earlier suspected
of carrying the disease as they had high fevers
for two days after their arrival but said they
were actually suffering severe malaria.
Both men are recovering now, said Dr Wachira,
adding that so far only five persons remained
under close surveillance in the country.
Ebola was spreading in three countries including
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Official statistics issued by the World Health
Organisation says that some 20,000 patients
worldwide suffered from Ebola at the end of
Approximately 8,000 persons have died of the
It is believed that more newly recruited
volunteers recently sent to areas where the
disease is widespread are suffering from Ebola.
(MCOT online news)
Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City Press Association visits Udon Thani
UDON THANI, 6 Jan 2015 (NNT) Representatives
from the Ho Chi Minh City Press Association
yesterday visited the northeastern Province of
Udon Thani, as part of the Thai-Vietnamese press
The Udon Thani Provincial Administration gave a
briefing on overall situation of the province to
the 21-member delegation led by Vice President
of the Association Ma Dieu Cuong. The delegation
includes members of the Vietnamese press such as
newspapers, magazines, radio and television
stations, and online media.
According to the Provincial Press Association of
Thailand, the exchange program aims at
tightening the ties between the two nations’
members of the press. He added that the 21
representatives, who have been selected from 17
Vietnamese governmental media units in Ho Chi
Minh City, are visiting Thailand from 5-10
Their schedule includes a visit to Udon Thani’s
famous Uncle Ho’s House, Red Lotus Sea, and the
Nakha textile market.
Chiang Mai authorities to curb sky lantern release after airliner grounded
CHIANG MAI, 6 January 2015 (NNT) Authorities in
Chiang Mai are set to meet on Friday to
deliberate measures to curb the release of sky
lanterns after as many as 206 landed inside
Chiang Mai Airport during the night of New
Year's Eve and the following morning. Some of
the lanterns were also found inside the jet
engine of an airliner at the airport.
Provincial Governor Suriya Prasatbandit said on
Monday the release of sky lanterns has become a
tourism selling point of Chiang Mai Province.
Previously, the sky lanterns were released only
during the Loy Krathong (Yipeng) Festival. At
present the lanterns are released almost on
every occasion, resulting in several fires and
disruptions to air traffic. Mr. Suriya said all
relevant local agencies will meet on Friday to
discuss measures and laws currently available
for use in curbing the release of the sky
lanterns. The meeting will also deliberate
curfew periods for the release of sky lanterns,
and areas where releases are banned.
Governor Suriya added that authorities will also
devise measures to ensure that sellers of sky
lanterns only make available products that fall
in accord with the established standard.
Group Captain Wisut Chanthana, director of
Chiang Mai Airport, told media that sky lanterns
that fall in accordance with the law should not
cause damage to aircraft engines. However, there
currently are illegal varieties that are fitted
with gas canisters or other modifications that
can harm aircraft. He noted that nonetheless, it
is preferable that no foreign objects enter the
engine as there is always a risk of causing
Firefighters at Chiang Mai Airport told the
media that 206 sky lanterns were collected from
airport grounds during the night of New Year's
Eve and the following morning. In comparison,
30-40 were collected each night during the Loy
Krathong Festival. The shocking number of sky
lanterns that made their way into the airport
was attributed to the wind direction on the
night of New Year's Eve, which blew the lanterns
into the airport from the main release sites in
downtown Chiang Mai.
Severe drought looms ahead; waterways already dried up in some provinces
NAKHON SAWAN, 6 January 2015 (NNT) The anticipated severity of
the looming dry season is becoming more imminent, with water in
reservoirs and waterways in some provinces having already dried
In Nakhon Sawan, rivers were drying up and some waterways have
been reduced to small streams. Officials from the local office
of the Irrigation Department expect the drought season to fully
hit provinces that line the Chao Phraya River in one to two
In Phichit, a 120-km stretch of Yom River has dried up to expose
parts of the riverbed. Some areas within the stretch have dried
up enough for people to cross the river on foot.
In Bangkok, governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra asserted that
drought prevention and relief plans have been prepared,
especially for the eastern part of city where there is as much
as 170,000 rai of farmlands. City Hall officials have also been
told to be on alert for bushfires and to deploy fire engines at
secluded spots at risk of bushfires.
The government has been warning of the anticipated severity of
the drought season in 2015 ever since it discovered during the
rainy season that reservoirs around the country have not been
receiving the expected amount of rain.
"Science Road" event to be held on Children's Day
BANGKOK, 5 January 2014 (NNT) The Ministry of Science and
Technology is joining hands with three other related units to
organize a “Science Road” fair in conjunction with Children’s
Day, at its headquarters on Rama VI road, Bangkok. “Science
Road” is organized annually to celebrate the National Children’s
Day on the second Saturday of January.
This year’s event also celebrates the event’s 9th anniversary.
Taking place from 8th-10th January, the event will include more
than 100 activities to be featured at 47 experiment stations in
different fields. It provides an opportunity for children to
gain scientific knowledge in the form of edutainment.
The activities will be conducted on the theme of light and soil
to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based
Technologies 2015 developed by the United Nations in line with
its International Year of Soils. Among them will be such topics
as Nuclear for the Future, A World of Colorful Lights, Playing
With Soil, Plant Growing, Genetics Decoding and the grand
opening of a science exhibition on “Traditional Thai Wisdom
Toys” by Thailand’s National Science Museum.
Similar events will also be held at the National Science Museum,
in Klong Ha Area, Pathum Thani and at the National Science
Museum’s Square at Jamjuri Square near MRT Samyan Station in
Bangkok from 8th-10th January 2015 from 9am-5 pm.
Free shuttle buses to the Ministry are provided at the BTS
Victory Monument station.