Region 6 Public Relations Office holds campaign promoting youths against drugs
YALA, 5 Feb 2015, (NNT) The Region 6 Public Relations
Office in Yala has organized a project to promote youth’s participation
in a campaign against narcotics in the Southern Region.
The meeting which was held yesterday was attended by students and
teachers from 5 provinces of the South.
The campaign focuses on creating media content discouraging the use of
narcotic substances among youths and promoting their participation in
the cause. The project aims to strengthen the youngsters’ mind,
encouraging them to say no to drugs, and to become a mouthpiece for the
authorities in spreading the words to their peers.
The event featured speeches from fellow students from the youth council
of the 5 provinces in the South.
According to the organizer, the yesterday's event was the first of 4
planned for this year. The Office expected the campaign to be
well-received by southern students, leading to their staying away from
drugs in future.
Nongkhai holding international academic fair, promoting ASEAN
NONGKHAI, 5 Feb 2015, (NNT) The Northeastern Province
of Nongkhai is holding the 24th international academic fair, promoting
the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.
The fair officially kicked off yesterday at Nongkhai Technical College.
The academic fair, held from February 2nd through Feb.6th, is held under
the theme‘Vocational Education Builds the Nation, Creating Global
Standard, Developing Manpower in the ASEAN Era.’
According to the organizer, the fair provides a chance for the
participants to exercise their leadership skills and apply their
knowledge in the real world situation.
The event features various education seminars, exhibitions, academic and
career skills competition, teaching demonstration in 108 subjects. About
1,200 students are expected to join the competitions.
These academic and career tests focus on industry, commerce, business
management, home economics, arts, tourism industry, IT & communication,
and other occupation skills.
Contestants include 58 students from Laos PDR, Vietnam, Indonesia,
Cambodia, and Malaysia.
ETDA Director stressed privacy protection in cyber security act
BANGKOK, 4 February 2015 (NNT) The Office of the
Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) Director-General has
put an emphasis on privacy protection in the cyber security act and
advocates for an inclusive internet coverage of the countryside.
The ETDA Director-General Surangkana Wayuparb stated in a nationally
televised broadcast regarding the cyber security act, that the ETDA
stresses on the importance of judicial standards regarding the privacy
protection and the security of electronic transactions and e-commerce.
She stated that business sector and the public must
trust the authorities on the issue of privacy protection through the
process of adjusting officials rights to allow information inspection in
important investigative cases.
ETDA Director-General insists that the legislation respects and stands
to protect the privacy of the personal information, but government
officials must be able access the information under special
She said the cyber security act will ensure that online criminals will
be identified. She also mentioned that the authority should work to
extend internet services' coverage to the countryside.
Working to improve Thai Documentaries
BANGKOK, 4 February 2014 (NNT) In order to reduce a
reliance on the large number of documentaries imported into Thailand and
to improve and develop the country’s overall documentary production
qualities and quantity, support is being given to the film and video
industry in the region.
Three major organizations namely the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Research and Development Fund for the Public Interest (BTFP) and the
Foundation for World Exploration joined hands to organize a seminar and
have now selected for promotion, seven outstanding documentaries from a
total of over 50 documentary works produced and submitted by
participants in the program.
NBTC and BTFP Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Thares Punsri said that with
the expansion of both Thai television channels and content providers,
one of NBTC’s and BTFP’s main roles is to support, promote and propel
development and competition in the industry resulting in the consumer
getting the benefit, from this Local and Regional Documentary Producers’
development project. The Foundation for World Exploration is one of many
projects supported by NBTC and BTFP and since the funding of the program
was issued in 2013, today we benefit from many highly creative, quality
works produced for the public.
The program was initiated to develop documentary makers in Thailand
equivalent to the international level. However most documentaries made
in Thailand are being produced by a central production team located in
Bangkok. This means not enough local stories are being told by the local
people, for their own benefit and the interest of viewers everywhere,
who want to see and hear the point of view of people in many situations.
Their personal views bring to the story a greater depth of meaning.
This human element is an important area to focus on, in creating
documentaries of quantity and interest. The quantity of well-made
documentaries is also a major issue due to the increase in the number of
TV channels in Thailand causing an upsurge in demand for quality
MOL gathers informal workers information to improve livelihood
BANGKOK, 5 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Labour
(MOL) is gathering the information on the informal workers from related
agencies in an attempt to improve the livelihood of the workers in
compliance with the government’s policy, said an official.
The MOL Permanent-Secretary Nakorn Silpa-archa revealed the ministry’s
plan in improving the livelihoods of informal workers during his opening
speech of the 2012-2016 Informal Workers Management Strategy Pushing
He has said that the MOL and the government perceives the importance of
informal workers, who make up 62 percent of the entire country's
workerforce. Informal workers will require skill development the same
way that formal workers do in order to improve their livelihoods.
The MOL Permanent-Secretary also initiated a brainstorming session with
the seminar participants in order to discuss and present ideas for
implementation in tackling other issues such as informal loans, and to
promote the developmental policies to the government’s project.
He has said that the government has noted how the Social Security Office
can provide the money from their funding to help informal workers,
especially through a financial aid package of low-interest investment
fund sources. However this requires the setting up of a strong group or
network of occupations.
The 2012-2016 Informal Workers Management Strategy Pushing Seminar will
commence during 5-6 February 2015 at the Princeton Park Suites Hotel,
Bangkok with about 170 participants from government agencies and the
informal workers delegates attending this seminar.
The MOL currently has coordinated with related agencies from for
informal workers from 30 provinces such as Chiang Rai, Nan, Phrae, Ubon
Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Chonburi,
Phatthalung, and Phuket.
Labour Minister launches Smart Job Center in Hat Yai
SONGKHLA, 5 February 2015 (NNT) The Minister of
Labour today visited Hat Yai City to chair the provincial meeting on
working difficulties and opened the Smart Job Center.
The Minister of Labour Gen. Surasak Karnjanarat has presided over a
meeting of the head of provincial government agencies in Hat Yai City,
Songkhla province. The meeting deliberated on specific work
complications and the difficulties that labour agencies in Songkhla and
Phatthalung province face.
The Minister of Labour then officiated the opening of the Smart Job
Center at the PSU International Convention Center. This center will
facilitate the employment of Thai people in the southern border
provinces under the concept ‘Service from the heart for all Thais to be
The Smart Job Center in Hat Yai, Songkhla province features cutting edge
employment services and news and information on employment. Services
include job interviews via Skype, self-introduction video shooting,
unemployment registration, overseas employment, job guidance, employment
preparedness test, independent job demonstration, and career simulation
The Minister of Labour said that the Smart Job Center has been initiated
according to the current government’s policy to decrease social
inequalities and to increase the opportunity and income for those
entering the labour market by providing access to learning source and
He said that the Ministry of Labour has integrated the labour-related
services thoroughly into the Smart Job Center to provide the public with
good employment opportunities.
In addition to the people in Songkhla, this Smart Job Center will also
provide the unemployed in the southern border provinces with new job
opportunities and a secure income in line with the ministry’s policy to
encourage employment to everyone, said the Labour Minister.
Public forum to be held in Songkhla before PTT offshore drilling begins
SONGKHLA, 5 February 2015 (NNT) A public forum will
be held in Songkhla province before the second phase of PTT’s offshore
Deputy Songkhla Governor Chaiwat Sirinupong said the objective of the
forum is to inform stakeholders of the project and the extent of its
environmental impact. People will also get to participate and voice
The plan has been described in the meeting attended by government
officials from the provincial energy, fishery and disaster prevention
sectors as well as those from the broadcasting and public health units.
The project, dubbed ‘Bong Kot under Thai Gulf’, is located 183
kilometers off the shore of Songkhla. The drilling is expected to begin
in the 4th quarter of next year. The natural gas produced in this area
could also help maintain the amount of natural gas reserve.
Udon Thani to hold mass wedding at Red Lotus Sea
UDON THANI, 5 Jan 2015 (NNT) Udon Thani is inviting
the public to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a mass wedding ceremony at
the province’s romantic Red Lotus Sea.
The mass wedding is cooperative efforts by the Udon Thani Chamber of
Commerce, Udon Thani provincial Tourism Authority of Thailand office,
Udon Thani Tourism and Sports organization, Udon Thani provincial
administrative organization, and Nok Air. Presiding over the ceremony
will be Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanawarangkul.
According to Udon Thani provincial governor Noppawat Singsakda, the
objective of the event is to make the province’s charming Red Lotus Sea
a new must-visit destination for the general public especially lovers.
So far, 17 couples have expressed their intention to participate in the
mass wedding ceremony. The event will be held between February 14 and
Located in Kum Pavapi district, the Red Lotus Sea is home to thousands
of pink and red lotus flowers and a variety of aquatic plants and
animals. The best period to enjoy the lotus flowers in full bloom is
from November to February.
Public Health to train 350 epidemiologists in 10 years' time
BANGKOK, 5 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health has set a target to train 350 epidemiologists within 10 years'
time in order to effectively deal with emerging and re-emerging
infectious diseases in the future.
According to Public Health Minister, Pro. Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanavin,
Thailand currently has only 128 epidemiologists, far less than the world
standard. The ministry aims to train medical doctors, veterinarians and
experts in wild and domestic animals to be able to trace the patterns,
causes, and effects of diseases on human health. He expressed hope that
Thailand could be a hub in the field of epidemiology by 2020.
The Department of Disease Control organized the 22nd national seminar on
epidemiology in Bangkok on Thursday, aimed at enhancing the nation's
capability in the field and setting up a stage to exchange knowledge and
methodology with other ASEAN member countries.
In recent years, the world has witnessed emerging and re-emerging
infectious diseases such as bird flu, severe acute respiratory syndromes
or SARS, H1N1 influenza virus and Ebola.Thailand must, therefore, be
prepared to deal with possible outbreaks of these or new diseases in the
future, said the Minister.
Govt to enact new law preventing civil servants from taking bribes
BANGKOK, 5 February 2015 (NNT) The government will be
enforcing a new law aimed at preventing civil servants taking bribes and
increasing public service accessibility.
According to the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, the
law has been drafted to accommodate people and businessmen when they
visit public organizations.
The law is expected to speed up the entire process. The decision to come
up with the law was attributed to the intricate nature of the civil
servant service system which often leads to bribery.
According to the law, a handbook must be provided to the public,
indicating what they are required to do when seeking services from
After studying the handbook, people should be well-informed what they
are supposed to do before visiting the public service office. No civil
servant staff would be allowed to demand from visitors any amount of
money more than what is stated in the handbook.
The officials are obligated to provide explanation to the public should
the paperwork take longer than 7 days to complete. The law will take
effect on July 27th.
Samsung to showcase next Galaxy flagship on March 1
SEOUL, Feb. 3 Samsung Electronics Co. sent out invitations Tuesday for
what is expected to be an unveiling event of its next flagship
smartphone, presumably the Galaxy S6, on March 1 in Spain.
The invitation from the South Korea-based top smartphone maker is for
the "Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015" in Barcelona and shows the silhouette
of a curved line and the phrase, "What's Next." Samsung had showcased
the previous Galaxy S5 in the Spanish city, the host of the annual
Mobile World Congress (MWC), last year.
This year's event has added "Galaxy" to the name of event, a change some
industry watchers say reflects the tech firm's attempt to solidify the
name of its flagship brand. Previous invitations were for "Samsung
Unpacked (Year) Episode 1."
The new Galaxy smartphone is expected to run on Samsung's own chips
instead of U.S. chip giant Qualcomm Inc.'s latest application processor,
the Snapdragon 810, said to have overheating problems.
Snippets from Samsung officials suggest that the company will change the
body design to a metal frame.
Industry analysts view Samsung's next flagship as the determinant in
whether the South Korean company will be able to maintain its market
lead, overcoming the competition from both long-running and new rivals.
Chinese firms like Xiaomi have fast caught up to Samsung with their
cost-competitive models while Apple Inc. reclaimed its status with its
new, bigger-screen iPhone6 models in the premium segment.
Latest data from market tracker Strategy Analytics (SA) said Samsung and
Apple sold the same amount of smartphones in the fourth quarter last
year, which would mean a staggering sales increase by the U.S. firm.
SA's data also said Samsung had lost to Apple in China's smartphone
market share in the fourth quarter, after giving up its No. 1 ranking to
Xiaomi in the third quarter.
This year's MWC will run from March 2 through 5. (Yonhap)
Cabinet approves visa exemption for Bruneian diplomats, officials
BANGKOK, Feb 3 MCOT The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday
approved visa exemptions for Bruneian and Thai diplomats and officials
for periods of no more than 30 days.
Government Spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp informed the press that the
Cabinet agreed during its weekly meeting today, of a visa exemption
between Thailand and Brunei Darussalam for diplomats and officials of
The agreement was signed by Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign
Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn.
The visa exemption is aimed at strengthening ties between the two
countries and to provide convenience to both parties to travel between
each other's country with a duration of no longer than 30 days, along
with the terms for arrival and departure under the basis of mutual
The government spokesman, however, noted that both sides could also deny
any entry or could shorten the length of any stay they saw as
appropriate under the new agreement, to protect the peace, people, and
public health of both countries. (MCOT online news)
Most Chinese cities below air quality standard
BEIJING, Feb 2 (MCOT) Only eight of the 74 major
Chinese cities subject to air quality monitoring met the national
standard for clear air in 2014, official figures showed on Monday.
Six of the eight cities are on the eastern or eastern coast. Haikou,
Zhoushan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Huizhou and Fuzhou are joined by Lhasa and
Kunming elsewhere in the country, according to the Ministry of
China began to include an index of PM2.5, a key indicator of air
pollution, and ozone in a new air quality standard at the beginning of
2013. The 74 cities have been chosen as pilots for the new standard.
In 2013, only three of the 74 met the standard.
The ministry said the general condition of serious pollution has changed
little, though the average number of days with heavy smog in the 74
cities decreased by about 11 days from the 32 days in 2013.
The metropolitan area centered on Beijing and Tianjin was the most
seriously polluted, with eight of the 13 cities in the area featuring on
a list of the 10 smoggiest cities.
The average number of days with standard air quality in the area in 2014
was 156, 85 days fewer than the national average. The annual average
intensity of PM2.5 in the area was more than 1.6 times stronger than the
standard figure, according to the statistics. (Xinhua)
Boeing delivers Scoot's first 787 Dreamliner
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (MCOT) Boeing and Scoot Pte Ltd
has announced the delivery of the Singapore-based airline's first 787
The plane will play a key role in the low-cost carrier's strategic plan
to expand its long-haul fleet.
"We are excited to be taking delivery of our very first 787 Dreamliner,"
Scoot chief executive officer Campbell Wilson said in a statement issued
from Everett, Washington today.
"The Dreamliner represents a step-change for Scoot, allowing us to take
our onboard customer experience to a new level and to greatly expand our
"The 787's significant advances in efficiency will enable Scoot to
continue offering safe and reliable service, with increased comfort and
even greater value airfares," Wilson said.
The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient
aircraft with new passenger-pleasing features.
In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787
will provide Scoot with unrivaled fuel efficiency and environmental
performance, using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer
emissions than the planes it replaces.
"We are proud to deliver the first 787 to Scoot and have them join the
growing family of 787 operators," Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior
vice-president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Dinesh Keskar said.
"The new Dreamliner will bring great value to Scoot's operations and
provide an exceptional experience for Scoot's passengers."
Customers traveling on Scoot's new 787 will experience the
passenger-pleasing features of the Dreamliner such as larger,
electronically dimmable windows and larger overhead luggage bins.
The lower cabin altitude, higher humidity levels, advanced air
filtration and smoother-ride technology, help make the flying experience
more comfortable and allow passengers to arrive at their destination
The airline will take delivery of an additional 19 787 Dreamliners.
The planes were originally ordered by Scoot's parent company, Singapore
Airlines, which included ten 787-9 and ten 787-8s. (BERNAMA)
Chaiyaphum drought worsens
CHAIYAPHUM, 4 February 2015 (NNT) The drought
situation in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum has not improved,
as 10 districts in the northeastern province have been declared as
disaster zones, provincial governor Vichein Chantaranotai.
The ten disaster-hit districts are Muang, Nong Bua Daeng, Khon Sawan,
Bua Khao, Noen Sa-nga, Chatturat, Sap Yai, Nong Bua Rawe, Phakdi
Chumphon and Kaeng Khro. Nine of these districts do not have sufficient
water for agriculture but still have enough water for consumption.
However, people in Kaeng Khro are experiencing a shortage of drinking
water as water from Lam Takhong Dam has yet to reach the district. As a
result, tambon Tha Kham and tambon Na Nong Thung have shared their water
supplies to mitigate the situation.
The provincial authority has sent water trucks and drinking water to
people in drought-affected areas, as more groundwater is being pumped.
The Chaiyaphum governor insisted that off-season farming in the province
is prohibited at this time because the amount of water is not
Ministry of Energy: NGV price rise in line with actual cost
BANGKOK, 4 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Energy
has insisted that it will gradually raise the price of NGV to reflect
its true cost of production.
Following the public transport sector's’ call for higher fares after the
price of NGV has increased, Deputy Energy Minister Praipol Kumsap, said
the hike is in line with the NGV's actual cost of production.
The price of NGV has increased by another 50 satang, to 10 baht per
kilogram. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is also asking for
permission to raise its fare from 8 to 11 baht. The higher gas price has
also prompted taxi drivers to follow suit.
According to the Ministry, it costs as much as 14-15 baht to produce a
kilogram of NGV. Even though its price is expected to rise further, it
will still be cheaper than most other types of fuel.
The excise tax will not be imposed at this timer in order to keep the
cost of living affordable for Thais. The Ministry of Transport will look
into the requests whether public transportation fares should be
Deputy Energy Minister Praipol Kumsap has assured that the government
will help those with lower income cope with the higher traveling costs.
Police: Two people behind bombings at BTS Siam
BANGKOK, 4 February 2015 (NNT) The Court has issued
arrest warrants for two BTS Siam bomber suspects seen on CCTV camera
Deputy Police Chief Police General Jaktip Chaiyajinda said there could
have been more than two people involved in the explosions last Sunday at
BTS Siam and the investigation has been expanded.
Both of the suspects reportedly traveled to Siam Paragon by taxis. The
incident resembled the bomb attack in Minburi district last year.
Police General Jaktip said the perpetrators could be professional
bombers who must have done the same thing before as they appeared to be
Police for the time being believe politics is the reason for the attack
as a number of explosions in the past often involved political
Thailand ranks no.1 rice exporter in 2014
BANGKOK, 4 Jan 2015 (NNT) Thailand has reclaimed its
rank as no.1 rice exporter in 2014 thanks to her adjustment of marketing
strategies, which prompted the demand in foreign markets to jump.
The Thai Rice Exporters Association attributed the achievement to the
country’s decision to lower rice prices in line with those of other
exporting countries, leading to a boost in the country's
competitiveness. Thailand’s rice export volume in 2014 rose by 66
percent to 10.9 million tons.
As for jasmine rice export, the country was however unable to outperform
Cambodia and Vietnam, which last year produced higher outputs at a lower
price. The release of Thai jasmine rice, which had been pledged at high
prices under the rice pledging scheme, prompted the Thai jasmine rice to
be more expensive than that of other countries.
The Thai Rice Exporters Association has estimated this year’s rice
export volume at 10 million tons, as the situation in the country’s
market has returned to normal. It has also predicted that the drought
crisis and the less tempting price would cause the off-season yields to
drop by 30 percent--to six to seven million tons this year. In addition,
the production costs of the off-season rice are unusually high given it
has to be cultivated in the dry season, the release of the government's
stockpiled rice must, therefore, be well-timed.
Ning Zetao, Li Na named China's CCTV Sports Personality of Year 2014
BEIJING, Feb 1 Swimmer Ning Zetao and tennis
superstar Li Na won the Best Male and Female Athletes of the Year
resepectively at the prestigious China's Central Television (CCTV)
Sports Awards here on Sunday.
The annual CCTV Sports Awards, recognized as the Chinese version of the
Laureus World Sports Awards, is taken as the premier honors on the
Chinese sporting calendar.
Ning beat out other four nominees, including badminton superstar Lin Dan
and 2014 Table Tennis Men's World Cup winner Zhang Jike, to claim the
The 21-year-old Ning claimed four gold medals at the 17th Asian Games in
Incheon, South Korea and also broke men's 100m freestyle Asian record.
Li claimed both the Best Female Athlete of the Year and the Sports
Special Contribution, for serving as a great milestone for the
development of Chinese tennis.
Li Na won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier in
2014 and ranked world No. 2, the highest ranking that an Asian player,
male or female, has ever achieved, but she retired from tennis at the
age of 32, citing injuries as reasons to force her out.
Female skater Zhang Hong, who claimed China's first ever Olympic speed
skating gold after winning the women's 1000m title with a large margin
at the Sochi Winter Olympics, won the honor of Best Breakthrough of the
Year, while the quartet of Chen Shiwei, Xie Zhenye, Su Bingtian and
Zhang Peimeng, who broke the Asian record and won the men's 4x100m relay
at the Asian Games, won the Best Relay/Pair of the Year.
The volleyball legend Jenny Lang Ping and her Chinese national women's
volleyball team became the biggest winners here for the silver medal at
the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in 2014. Jenny claimed
the Best Coach of the Year, the women's volleyball team won the Best
Team of the Year, and the 18-year-old young star Yuan Xinyue received
the Best Rookie as well.
Chen Penbin, who became the first Chinese to claim an international
ultra-marathon title and also the first runner to compete in all seven
continents, claimed the Non-Olympic Athlete of the Year. (MCOT Xinhua)
S. Korea faces possible oversupply of rice on record output, imports
SEJONG, Feb 2 South Korea may face an oversupply of
rice this year as its output reached a five-year high while rice
consumption continues to shrink, government officials said Monday.
According to the officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and
Rural Affairs, the country's self-sufficiency rate for rice is expected
to reach 97 percent in 2015.
The country's overall output of rice inched up 0.3 percent on-year to
some 4.24 million tons in 2014.
South Korea is also required to import at least 408,700 tons of rice
every year under a special agreement with the World Trade Organization
(WTO), which had allowed the country to postpone opening its rice market
over the past 20 years.
South Korea liberalized its rice market through tarrification at the
start of this year.
The oversupply problem will likely be further accelerated by a drop in
the country's rice consumption, the ministry officials noted.
In 2014, the country's annual intake of rice per person dipped 3.1
percent on-year to a record low of 65.1 kilograms.
The per capita consumption is again expected to shrink this year,
continuing its steady decline over the past 40 odd years since 1970 when
it hit a record high of 136.4 kg, officials said. (MCOT Yonhap)
MH370: Next-of-kins to receive compensation three weeks after documents are processed
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 Compensation will be paid to
next-of-kins of MH370 victims about three weeks after the documentation
process and paper work have been completed, said MH370/MH17 crisis
director Fuad Sharuji.
"We are ready to pay compensation but the next-of-kins (NOK) must show
proof of their relationship, such as birth and marriage certificates,
and these must be verified by a commissioner of oath.
"After the documents have been verified, payment can be made direct into
their accounts in less than three weeks. Our lawyers will call and help
the NOK with the documentation," he said.
He was speaking in the programme 'Landskap' shown on RTM1, hosted by
Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar and Shuhaimi Mohamed on Sunday night.
Also on the programme were MAS Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad
Jauhari Yahya and MAS Senior Vice-President and Corporate Communication
head, Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah.
Fuad said the compensation to be paid was more than what has been set by
the Montreal Convention 1999 but he did not disclose the amount.
"Our compensation is more than the minimum scheme (Montreal Convention).
We are giving a certain amount (compensation). There may be some
adjustment if the NOK can prove that the passenger should get more.
"For instance, if the victim was earning a high income, still young and
should get more. We will consider."
Fuad was asked if the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) had
settled almost all the claims worth RM16.875 million by the NOK.
He said that was the life insurance which the passengers themselves had
taken out and thus did not need a declaration for claims and payment.
This was different from MAS which was paying compensation for passengers
who used its airline service.
Clarifying the need for a declaration of death for MH370 passengers,
Fuad said the government had decided on the declaration to facilitate
compensation payment to the NOK.
He said without the declaration, the NOK would have to wait for seven
years (for a person who was lost to be declared dead) in order to
proceed with the claim for compensation.
"You can give the compensation without a declaration but it is important
for the next-of-kins to get certification.
"Under the law, you must wait for seven years. But do we want to wait?
So the government decided to make a declaration and we can take
advantage of this to continue with the compensation claim," he said.
On Jan 29, Malaysian government declared that MH370 was an accident
under international aviation regulations and all 239 passengers were
However, the Malaysia government stressed that the mission to search for
the Boeing 777 was still a priority.
Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew, departed KL International
Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 last year and was missing from the radar
screen one hour later as it was over the South China Sea.
It was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day. (MCOT
Royal Thai Police put bounties on 4 insurgent suspects in Deep South
BANGKOK, 2 February 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
Office has put bounties worth millions of baht on 4 suspects believed to
have triggered violence in the Deep South.
According to the Thai police, the 4 bounties are worth more than 13
million baht altogether, with the highest one being 10 million baht. The
others are 2 million, 1 million and 500,000 baht, respectively.
Mr. Sapa-ing Bazor and Mr. Mazae Useng are the most wanted on the list
for their roles as leaders of the insurgent groups.
Two other key suspects wanted by the police are Mr. Adul Munee and Mr.
Kareema Yalapae. All the four men have been charged with terrorism and
People who are aware of their whereabouts are encouraged to report to
the police at 1340, 073-340447 and 191. They can also contact the
military unit near their homes.
The caller’s identity and personal details will be withheld, said the
Temperatures drop again in Thailand today
BANGKOK, 2 February 2015 (NNT) The temperature has
dropped a few more degrees today as the high pressure system is
extending across the upper part of Thailand.
The lowest temperature recorded in low lying areas of the North varies
between 13-20 degrees Celsius, with the mercury on the mountaintop
reported to be around 6-10 degrees Celsius.
It is windy in the Northeast, where the mountaintop temperature dropped
below 12 degrees Celsius this morning, and 16-18 degrees Celsius
elsewhere in the region.
Meanwhile, colder temperatures with visible morning fog have been
predicted for the Central and the East of the country for today and
tomorrow, with the lowest temperature of 21 degree Celsius.
In the South of Thailand, scattered precipitation is forecast for today,
with waves reaching 2 meter height in the gulf of Thailand, from Surat
Thani province and below.
Interior Ministry wants anti-corruption approach installed in one year
BANGKOK, 2 February 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Interior is taking serious action against corruption, in its nationwide
Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong said all
provincial agencies must formulate a plan to tackle corruption in their
According to him, they are to follow the Ministry’s policy, which is
focused on providing greater and quicker public access to public
services, instilling in civil servants moral values, and curbing graft
in a proactive manner.
Mr. Wiboon added that legal action will be taken against anyone found to
have committed a crime, without exception. He hoped all the efforts
would help improve the image of Thailand and pave the way for the
country to be part of ASEAN Economic Community without any obstacles.
The efforts will also raise the confidence of the international
community in Thailand, concluded the permanent secretary.
NE Region universities sign an MoU with THPF on alcohol in campus issues
SURIN, 2 Feb 2015, (NNT) Thai Health Promotion
Foundation (THPF) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with 8 universities in the lower Northeastern region on a project to
create a network of education institutes against the spreading use of
alcohol among university students.
These 8 universities included Vongchavalitkul University, Rajamangala
University of Technology Isan Surin Campus, Burirum Rajabhat University,
Roi Et Rajabhat University, Surin Rajabhat University, Srisaket Rajabhat
University, Ubonratchathani Rajabhat University, and Ubonratchathani
Under the MoU, the member universities are to exchange knowledge, ideas,
researches, and promotion drives on public level alcohol prevention
projects and activities.
The cooperation mainly aims at addressing the problem of restaurants
providing easy access to alcoholic beverages to students. The issue is
becoming more and more difficult to control as the existing law on the
matter is not sufficient to keep alcohol out of the youngsters’ reach.
What is more serious is that the number of students lacking conscience
against drinking alcoholic beverages is growing, said the THPF.
Alcohol is the leading cause of accidents, brawling, teenage pregnancy,
and many others.
Chiang Mai public hearing wants the Government to decentralize power
CHIANG MAI, 2 Feb 2015, (NNT) Locals of the Northern
Province of Chiang Mai have expressed their hopes for the Government to
decentralize administrative power to the provincial and local
The suggestion was made during yesterday’s 2 separate public hearings on
the new Charter Drafting, during which the locals of Chiang Mai and Prae
met with the members of Provincial National Reform Council (NRC). Such
hearings have so far been conducted 70 times out of the 211 planned
According to Ms. Julairat Jullajakkrawat, Chiang Mai member of the NRC,
a large crowd of people attended yesterday’s event, adding that the most
popular suggestion was the demand for decentralization of the government
to lower administrative levels such as provincial and local
She said the move would allow the people to manage their own territory,
adding that the suggestion was neutral and not fabricated.
Meanwhile, most of the 600 residents of Prae attending the public
hearing yesterday voiced their opinions on the new Charter Drafting,
particularly on the management of land in the national reserve areas.
Prae NRC members said they would compile these suggestions into a
comprehensive report and send it to the Constitution Drafting Committee
before the end of April for consideration.
Private sector wants to push export promotion as national agenda
BANGKOK, 2 Feb 2015, (NNT) The private sector has
proposed that the government make export promotion a national agenda, in
order to better cope with the global financial crisis.
President of Thai National Shippers (TNS), Nopporn Thepsittha, said the
TNS had submitted its suggestions on the issue to Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha. According to the association, Thailand needs to
revamp her export strategies, saying the Herculean's task should be the
entire administration’s responsibility not just the Commerce Ministry’s.
Due to the global economic crisis, the TNS said this year’s export will
be sluggish, revising its growth to 1.5 %, down from 2.5 % predicted
He said the 40% drop in global oil prices, which lowered oil exporting
nations' spending power, has caused Thailand as much as 6 billion
dollars in terms of export value. The expiration of the nation’s
Generalized system of Preferences ( GSP) granted by the EU and the
currency fluctuation will also likely have adverse effect on Thailand’s
NLA’s committee on energy to propose way to identify legal limitations in petroleum business
BANGKOK, 29 January 2015 (NNT) A committee under the
National Legislative Assembly is preparing to propose the setting up of
special team to study the problems related to all laws on petroleum
According to Chairman of the NLA’s energy committee Gen. Sakon Satjanit,
the government has explained to the legislature that the 21st auction of
petroleum concession needs to be opened in order to prepare the country
for an expected decline in energy production in the next 5-6 years which
can affect Thailand’s energy security.
Gen. Sakon pointed out that, with various legal limitations, such a
situation can also have a broader impact on the confidence in the
operations of related state-run businesses, the government budget
disbursement and many other things.
Therefore, the NLA’s energy committee is asking the government to launch
a study to identify other alternatives to manage the country’s petroleum
business and supply, other than the concession system, such as output
sharing, he added.
In doing so, Gen. Sakon said that a special committee should also be set
up to conduct the study of the Petroleum Act, B.E. 2514 and the
Petroleum Income Tax, B.E. 2514 along with representatives from the
government, the private sector and the public to find the best and
fairest solution for everyone.
CDC discusses conditions of future government’s borrowing plans
BANGKOK, 29 January 2015 (NNT) The Constitutional Drafting Committee has
discussed a new approach to managing the government budget under the
effect of the new charter.
CDC spokesman Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said that the charter drafters already
reviewed the section of the draft Constitution related to the country’s
finance and budgeting.
Mr. Kamnoon said that the CDC agreed to propose more suggestions on the
issue including the redefinition of the government budget to include
state revenue and loans acquired by the government. The drafting
committee also added a provision that forbids the government from making
any borrowing if such an action has not been included in the annual
In addition, the CDC has set new principles related to the enactment of
the Budget Act in such a way that the future government will have to
put, in detail, both annual expenses and revenue, while allocating the
budget to not only state agencies but all local areas in a transparent
and disciplined way.
Bhutan to send 12,000 workers to Thailand
BANGKOK, 30 January 2015 (NNT) The Kingdom of Bhutan
is seeking to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with Thailand on
the employment of 12,000 Bhutanese workers in Thailand.
The Thai Minister of Labour Gen. Surasak Karnjanarat welcomed the Bhutan
Minister for Labour and Human Resources Ngeema Sangay Chenpo. They both
discussed the employment of Bhutanese workers in Thailand.
Both sides have agreed to establish the joint committee on the
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between the Thai Ministry of
Labour and Bhutan Ministry of Labour and Human Resources on the legal
employment of 12,000 Bhutanese workers in Thailand.
The Ministry of Labour’s Bureau of Coordination For International
Cooperation will be Thailand's representing agency on this matter. The
details for the MOU is expected to be visible by March.
The Bhutan Minister for Labour and Human Resources said that Bhutanese
workers are capable of communicating in foreign languages. The minister
also assured that there will be no complications from illegal Bhutanese
workers going into Thailand, due to the fact that both countries do not
share a border.
Bhutanese workers will be clear through immigration only at the
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Kelantan thanks Narathiwat for helping flood-torn Malaysians
NARATHIWAT, 30 January 2015 (NNT) The Kelantan State
MP and delegates have paid a visit to Narathiwat province to thank Thai
people for helping their Malaysian neighbors during the recent flood
Kelantan MP Ms. Siti Zailah binti Mohammad Yusoff and her group were
greeted by Su-ngai Kolok District Chief Worachet Promopart, Su-ngai
Kolok Mayor Suchada Pannara, Superintendent of Su-ngai Kolok Police
Station Pol Col Kong-at Suwannakam, Narathiwat36 ad hoc unit commander
Lieutenant Colonel Pongpat Hongsinlak and Acting Director of the Su-ngai
Kolok Office of National Broadcasting Services of Thailand Kusalin
The Kelantan State MP and the delegates, including a Kelantan Provincial
Council member, the Kelantan youth association president and the
Kelantan women association president, expressed appreciation towards the
generosity of Thai people and officials who provided flood-affected
Malaysians with basic necessities, medical services and house repair.
The Thai officials, meanwhile, confirmed that Thailand would continue to
strengthen the friendship between the two countries. Both parties also
expressed willingness to take care of each other during difficult times.
Aside from the meeting with Thai officials, Malaysian officials also had
a plan to visit the highly-revered 300-year-old mosque of Narathiwat
during their visit.
Kelantan State early this year experienced the worst flood in its
history which led to losses of up to 200 million Malaysian ringgits.
PM vows intensified martial law
BANGKOK, Jan 29 -- Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha said the government would strictly
enforce martial law measures, ban overseas trips
and check the financial transactions of inciters
unless they stopped their movement.
He expressed his stance as the National Council
for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned key Pheu
Thai Party member Surapong Tovichakchaikul to
create better understanding.
The prime minister said he did not know whether
security authorities would detail Mr Surapong
Mr Surapong was summoned because he shared
improper opinions and challenged the government
and the martial law and the government needed to
take legal action to prevent disorder, Gen
The prime minister said former Pheu Thai energy
minister Pichai Naripthaphan would also be
summoned for mutual understanding for
criticizing the energy policies of the
government although he had done nothing during
his past tenure as the energy minister.
"If their movements continue, they will be
prohibited from leaving the country, have their
finances examined and be banned from conducting
financial transactions. The imposition of
martial law has been relaxed [until now] but
from now on it will be intensified to cope with
national situations," the prime minister said.
He also said that authorities were monitoring
the red-shirt people's campaign to wear red on
Sundays and that present political situations
were annoying. (MCOT online news)
Korean Air chief to take stand at 'nut rage' trial
SEOUL, Jan. 30 MCOT The chairman of Korean Air Lines
Co. was to take the stand Friday for his eldest daughter who is on trial
for alleged obstruction of aviation safety for forcing a chief steward
off a taxiing plane last month, court officials said.
Cho Yang-ho will testify on whether the senior crew member, who was
allegedly assaulted by his daughter and forced off the Seoul-bound
Korean Air flight from New York last month, will be able to keep his
job, the Seoul Western District Court said.
His testimony will likely bear a significant influence over his
daughter's sentence, experts say.
The second hearing on the so-called "nut rage" incident is scheduled for
The incident was given the nickname, as Cho Hyun-ah, former vice
president of South Korea's largest full-service carrier, allegedly
caused a scene after she was served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead
of on a plate. She had claimed the service was in violation of the
proper nut-serving protocol.
Another witness to appear at Friday's hearing is the female flight
attendant who had served the nuts to Cho.
It would mark the first time the woman, identified only by her surname
Kim, made a public appearance.
Court officials said she will be escorted into the court room through a
It is unclear whether the chief of the cabin crew will take the witness
stand this day.
Najib expresses sympathy for MH370 family members
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 MCOT Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his sympathy for the families of
passengers and crew of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370,
following the announcement by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)
that it was an accident.
He said search for the aircraft will however, continue.
"Today my thoughts are with the families of those on MH370. The search
will continue. Malaysia, Australia and China remain committed to finding
the plane," he said in his latest tweet.
Earlier this evening, DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman
through a televised broadcast announcement said that the missing MH370
was deemed an accident with all its 239 passengers on board presumed
Flight MH370 which was bound for Beijing, China, disappeared from the
radar an hour after it took off from the Kuala Lumpur International
Airport at 12.41am on March 8, 2014.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in his latest
tweet also said: "My thoughts and prayers goes out to family members of
those onboard MH370. It has been and continues to be difficult times for
them and the nation," he said. (BERNAMA)
Princess Maha Chakri opens sporting field for crowded community
(NNT) Her Royal
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Military weapon warehouses under close surveillance
PATTANI, 30 January 2015 (NNT) The Internal
Security Operation Commands (ISOC) 4th Region
has tightened security around the military
weapon warehouse following insurgent reports.
ISOC 4th Region Deputy Commander Major General
Noppawong Surawichai has instructed military
units in the South of Thailand to raise security
levels and be prepared for emergency situations
as southern insurgency has intensified.
The Major General said militants also took the
weapons in the recent attack on law enforcement
officers. They would be given to the new
generation of militants.
The Military and other security units have been
told to reinforce security around weapon
warehouses to prevent raids by insurgent groups.
Drought hits hard in Isaan while several provinces remain chilly
BANGKOK, 30 January 2015 (NNT) Several provinces
in Thailand have begun to experience declining
water levels as the temperature begins to rise.
In Chiang Rai, the rapid decrease in the level
of water in the Lao River allows people to walk
out as far as the middle of the river. The
shallow water also makes it difficult for them
to catch any fish. The water level is expected
to go even lower in February and beyond.
A water shortage in 13 districts of Khon Kaen is
affecting more than 300,000 rai of rice fields.
According to provincial Governor Kumthorn
Thawornsathit, the total damage is estimated to
be at least 398 million baht. Financial
assistance has been sought from the government
to help farmers.
Food scarcity for wild monkeys in Ubon
Ratchathani has prompted them to leave the
forest and look for food in human habitats. They
have reportedly raided nearby temples and homes.
Meanwhile, it remains quite cold in Chai Nat
where the lowest temperature recorded was 17.5
degrees Celsius. A large amount of winter fog
can be seen over the Chao Praya River.
Furthermore in Sisaket, the army has been
distributing blankets to Prangku residents to
help them cope with the winter weather
Thailand MICE Venue Standard symbols given to qualified MICE businesses
BANGKOK, 30 January 2015 (NNT) More businesses
in the field of Meetings, incentives,
conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) that met the
criteria were awarded the Thailand Convention &
Exhibition Bureau's (TCEB) symbol of approval on
Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya ( จิรุตถ์
อิศรางกูร ณ อยุธยา) , TCEB's vice president for
administration and strategic support, said at
the presentation ceremony of the "Thailand MICE
Venue Standard" symbols that TCEB has been well
aware that the quality of the product and
service are key in marketing Thailand's MICE
industry. With the ASEAN Economic Community
integration taking shape, and with the MICE
industry seeing a rapid expansion in both
quantity and revenue, the MICE businesses will
be an important driver of Thailand's and ASEAN's
According to Mr. Chiruit, for MICE venues, there
needs to be a quality measuring tool for the
businesses that is acceptable at the global
level. MICE businesses will be able to use the
tool as basis for decision making related to
investment, management and marketing. The TCEB
has been pushing for adoption of Thailand's MICE
venue standard among ASEAN members, which has
been well received, and countries have indicated
willingness to use Thailand's standard as the
model for their own, said Mr. Chiruit.
Bangkok hosts 52nd Thai-Malaysian GBC meeting
BGBC meeting was in Bangkok on Thursday, where the military of
both countries discussed expanding collaboration in various
affairs along the shared border.
General Prawit Wongsuwon, the deputy prime minister and minister
of defense, and Dato' Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein,
Malaysia's minister of defense, jointly presided over the
meeting at the Army Club in Bangkok.
Officials at the meeting acknowledged the work results for joint
initiatives set by the high-level committee manned by the
supreme commanders of both countries. Those at the meeting also
acknowledged results of regional border committee meetings and
joint security operations, and discussed economic collaboration
along the shared border. Other topics discussed included
suppression of narcotics, human trafficking, contraband,
transnational crime and terrorism. Signing of a cooperation
agreement also took place.
Officials said after the meeting that results from the meeting
will foster good understanding between both countries' armed
forces and contribute to sustainable expansion of bilateral
Russian culture theme park to be built in NE China
HARBIN, Jan 29 MCOT A large Russian culture theme park is
expected to be built in Harbin, capital of China's border
province of Heilongjiang.
Construction of the Sino-Russia Friendship Park will start this
year, said Wei Minfang, general manager with the Harbin Volga
Manor Cultural Tourism Co., Ltd.
The 5-square-kilometer park will take six years to complete with
the first stage expected to be completed and open to the public
by 2017, Wei said.
"The park, based on the history of Harbin City with the theme of
Russia culture, will become a new landmark for Sino-Russia
cultural tourism," she said.
Total investment is estimated at 5 billion yuan (800 million
The company now runs a 600,000-square-meter park called Volga
Manor, which has become a major resort for the ice and snow
festivals in Harbin. Famous sites include a church, a
Russian-style castle and a Russian restaurant. The new theme
park will surround the current one with the current park at its
center, according to Wei.
Dubbed "Oriental Moscow", Harbin originated in 1898 from the
construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway financed by then
Russia Empire. Apart from its unique combination of oriental and
European architecture styles, the city is also known for its ice
and snow festivals in winter. (Xinhua)