Thai leaders send congratulatory messages to China, celebrating 40 years of their relations
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Thai leaders sent
congratulation letters to their Chinese counterparts on the auspicious
occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
relations between the two countries on 1 July 2015.
The letter of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was sent to his
Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. He reaffirmed in the letter his
determination to work closely with the Chinese leader to further advance
and deepen bilateral relations for the future generations of the two
countries. He noted with great pleasure the plans by the public and
private sectors as well as civil society organizations of both sides to
co-organize a series of commemorative activities and events.
"I am very glad to see that our two governments share the aspiration to
further enhance our multidimensional cooperation, which not only
benefits the livelihoods of our peoples, but also contributes to the
stability and prosperity in the region and beyond,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gen Tanasak
Patimapragorn sent to his Chinese counterpart a congratulatory message
welcoming the fact that the relations between Thailand and China have
continued to grow from strength to strength and have evolved into
significant Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership.
"Our close diplomatic ties have also strengthened our amicable and
constructive cooperation in regional frameworks, particularly the GMS,
AIIB, ACD, APEC, ASEM, ARF and ASEAN. These cooperation frameworks are
instrumental to promoting regional stability, prosperity and
connectivity, thereby contributing to trade, investment and tourism for
the benefits of the peoples of our two countries and of the region as a
whole,” Gen Tanasak said in the letter.
ICT speeds up modernization of government services in response to Digital Economy
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) held the third Chief
Information Officers’ (CIO) meeting for this year to push forward modern
government services, by connecting data system of government units and
the private sector with the help of ICT, acting Permanent Secretary of
the ICT Ministry Songporn komolsuradej revealed.
She said the integration of information would upgrade the government
service system, adapting it to the changing demand of today’s citizens.
It would not only improve public access to government data centers, but
would also drive Thailand to become the country with digital economy,
one of the government policies on the national reform roadmap.
EGA or Electronic Government Agency (Public Organization) has been
assigned to oversee the development of Government Application Center
(GAC) where the most reliable freely-downloading mobile applications are
compiled in one place. The GAC provides the public an access to
government services and functions as data archive.
Apart from the GAC, the EGA operates "Smart Kiosk” and “G-Point” where
people can check their basic rights by using ID smart card. The services
are available on 1st floor, Central World in Bangkok.
ThaiTECT 2015 set to take place on July 16-17
BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 (NNT) –The Thailand Center of
Excellence for Life Sciences is ready to play host to a major academic
conference related to clinical trials. The seminar is to take place in
the middle of July.
Dr. Nares Damrongchai, the CEO of the Thailand Center of Excellence for
Life Sciences (TCELS), said that the Science Ministry will be joining
members of Thailand Towards Excellence in Clinical Trials (ThaiTECT) to
host the 15th ThaiTECT Annual Meeting this year, on July 16 and 17.
The event, which will take place at the Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel in
Bangkok, is on the theme “From Discovery to the Early Phase of Clinical
Dr. Nares said that the upcoming conference hopes to introduce new
information related to pre-clinical and clinical research which is
significant for further development of new medicines.
At the conference, representatives from several related private and
state agencies will be in attendance – making the event Thailand’s most
extensive network of organizations involved in the development and the
production of medicines and vaccines, he added.
German expert shares experience related to Constitution with Thai political enthusiasts
BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 (NNT) – A political expert from
Germany has shared his knowledge of the role of his country’s
Constitutional Court, at a seminar in Bangkok.
The Office of the Constitutional Court on Wednesday joined the Konrad
Adenauer Foundation in organizing a seminar which was entitled “The
Constitutional Court and Thailand's Political Reform”.
Among noted speakers invited to the seminar was Prof. Dr. Jorg Menzel,
an expert on the German Constitution, who shared with the audience his
knowledge of Germany’s Constitution and how the election system has
Prof. Menzel said that, in Germany, the Constitutional Court never
intervenes in politics, including when it comes to draft amendments to
He stated that the court will only come into the picture after the
charter has been endorsed and put into practice.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Banjerd Singkaneti from the Graduate School of Law
at the National Institute of Development Administration said that,
unlike the German example, the Thai Constitutional Court is responsible
for the internal control and verification of draft amendments to the
However, once the charter is in effect, the court will not undertake
such a task, he said.
CDC: Changes to Article 65 of draft charter took time due to complex contents
BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 (NNT) – The Constitution
Drafting Committee has offered an explanation for its need to spend
several hours changing details of an article of the draft charter.
CDC member Banthoon Setsirote said on Wednesday that the charter
drafters have had to spend many hours deliberating Article 64 of the
draft Constitution because of the complicated nature of the content that
involves technical terms.
Mr. Banthoon said that the discussion took time because such terms as
Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA, and Environmental Health Impact
Assessment, or EHIA, had to be explained to all drafters so that they
would clearly understand everything.
In addition, the CDC also had to discuss a change to a clause that
demands all studies and assessments be performed “independently,
neutrally and academically” and touched on a plan to amend related laws
to make sure any company hired to perform an assessment will be paid
whether or not the report is approved, he said.
PRD Music in the Garden today
BANGKOK, 7 July 2015, (NNT) – The 37th Music in the
Garden, organized by the Public Relations Department (PRD) is set for
Thursday 2nd July, with Srisalai Suchatwut as the highlight performer.
The prolific singer will be performing her iconic songs such as ‘Rak
Kham Khop Fah’, ‘Chua Fah Din Salai’, ‘Jong Rak’ along with her other
timeless hits. Several of the PRD’s star artists will be joining her as
The audience will certainly be treated to a spectacular show, in which
the artists will enchant the audience with their distinctive singing
throughout the evening.
The event will as usual be held at the PRD Conference Hall in Soi
Areesampan, Rama 6 Road, Phayathai District, Bangkok; beginning at 4 pm.
Thursday. Admission to the concert is free of charge.
Surat Thani gears up for Southern International Trade Expo
SURAT THANI, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Administrative and
defense authorities have convened to discuss security preparations for
next month’s trade expo.
The province of Surat Thani will be hosting Southern International Trade
Expo between July 23 and 26. During this period, over 100 business
operators and high-profile government officials from India and other
countries will meet with Thai cabinet members and executives to talk
about business opportunities in such areas as rubber industry,
investment and tourism.
Surat Thani has also planned to take this opportunity to set in motion
the economic cooperation between Surat Thani and India’s port city of
Surat and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the province. The
organizers expect the event to help foster the export growth in Southern
Thailand and pave the way for Surat Thani to become an international
trade and tourism hub.
Southern International Trade Expo will take place at Central Plaza Surat
Thani. Business discussions will be held at Diamond Plaza Hotel.
NRC receives suggestions from Pichit Province teacher’s association
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - Representatives from a teacher’s
association from Phichit Province have submitted suggestions to the
National Reform Council (NRC) on education reform.
The suggestion was submitted to Asst. Prof Narong Buddhichiwin of the
NRC committee on education reform.
The suggestion was the product of extensive discussions among various
academics of the Pichit Province teacher’s association, which expressed
their desire to contribute to education reform.
Prof Narong said the his committee will take the suggestions into
NLA Whip denies being lobbied to impeach former MP’s
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Whip of the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) has said the NLA is by no means influenced by
groups lobbying for the impeachment of 248 former MP’s, as the NLA has
always exercised its judgment in accordance with the law.
According to the NLA Whip, Dr Jed Sirathranont, the NLA has yet to be
notified as to who would be designated by the defendants to present
their cases at the upcoming hearing session on July 15-16.
In response to rumors of lobbying by partisan groups calling for the
political ban of the former MP’s, Dr Jed said the NLA would be impartial
in its decision, in accordance with the rule of law.
PM aims to launch rainmaking operations in Northeast
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Agriculture has been instructed to conduct artificial-rainmaking
operations in the Northeast once weather conditions permit.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha has ordered the ministry to monitor the
situation in the region, where the drought crisis has raised deep
concerns among locals and authorities. Cloud-seeding operations are to
be conducted as soon as weather conditions are ripe in a bid to assist
farmers who are in the process of beginning a new harvest season.
The premier said the amount of water flowing into dams is increasing
thanks to the ongoing cloud seeding operations in provinces across
During the cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai, the premier also instructed
agencies to allocate zones to grow suitable plants and to start digging
1,000 wells to tackle the growing drought.
Three more human trafficking suspects arrested
SONGKHLA, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Three suspects believed
to be related to Rohingya trafficking have been arrested today, while
investigators will track down other suspects who have been issued arrest
Rohingya human trafficking investigators have arrested three suspects
who are believed to be involved with human trafficking networks in
Songkhla Province today.
The suspects were informed of their allegations before they were
investigated at the Hat Yai Police Station. All suspects denied all
Nine other suspects who were arrested yesterday have been transferred
into detention at the Na Thawee Provincial Court without bail, pushing
the total number arrests on this case up to 68 persons, out of the total
119 individuals who have been issued arrest warrants.
Lampao Dam starts supplying water to farmers
KALASIN, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Lampao Dam has begun
supplying cultivation water to farmers to relieve the drought situation,
while urging the public to use water conservatively.
The staff of the Lampao Dam in Kalasin Province has confirmed that
authorities had opened the dam gate to supply water to 127,520 rais of
farmland areas in Kalasin, after Lampao Dam’s irrigation committee
agreed to increase water supply for farms during the rainy season from 1
July 2015 onwards.
The farmland receiving the water supply from Lampao Dam are divided into
125,613 rais of in-season rice fields, 675 rais of fish farms, 1,158
rais of shrimp farms, and 74 rais of vegetable farms and dry crops.
The Director of Lampao Water Supply and Maintenance Project Piyapanya
Phukwanmueang said that the current reserve water volume in Lampao dam
is at 482 million cubic meters, or at 24.35 percent of the entire
capacity. The usable amount of water is at 382 million cubic meters.
Lampao dam is capable of supplying water continuously for 65 days at the
rate of 4 million cubic meters per day.
He has also said that farmers and the general public in the area are
urged to use water conservatively and share the water supply.
Wildfire smoke in southern provinces begins to thin out
YALA, 1 July 2015 Smoke affecting the Betong district
in Yala province has begun to recede, allowing air pollution levels to
return to normal.
The sky in Betong, Yala has becoming clearer with some sunshine, as
smoke from the wildfires in Indonesia that had covered the area is
getting thinner, while overall weather conditions have almost returned
The Yala Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office Director
Kanlaya Tohwae-ayi announced on Wednesday that particulate matter up to
10 micrometers in size (PM10) in the southern provinces of Songkhla,
Satun, Narathiwat, and Yala had been recorded between 30-29 micrograms
per cubic meter, indicating that the air quality was moving towards a
She said that airborne particles were recorded at lower levels than on
previous days and won't harm public health. She added that the
provincial office will continue to monitor air quality in southern
Ex-Liverpool player promotes special match at NBT
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Former Liverpool
football player Harry Kewell visited NBT station to promote a special
football match set to take place this month.
Harry Kewell, a Liverpool team player for the 2005 UEFA Champions
League, today visited the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand
(NBT) station to promote the special program ‘True Super Trophy -
Liverpool Tour 2015’ football match between Liverpool and True All-Star
on 14 July 2015 at Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok.
Kewell, who is now 36 years old, talked about the the Thai football
team, saying they were showing more and more capabilities, and that the
Thai players still need some time to accumulate more experiences.
He said that the Thai players would receive tremendous experiences by
competing with a big football club like Liverpool in the upcoming match
on 14 July.
Phayao discovers fossils
PHAYAO, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Administrative officials
and academics in the northern province of Phayao have witnessed the
delivery ceremony of fossils discovered at a local coal mine.
The ceremony was chaired by Payao provincial governor Chuachart
Kilapang. Witnesses included Director-General of the Department of
Mineral Resources Tossaporn Nuchanong and representatives of Tambon Sa
The fossils were discovered by Banpu Public Company Limited during its
coal mining at Chiang Muan district. The 65 pieces of petrified remains
were dated to Miocene epoch, or about 13-15 million years ago. The
company was granted a license to operate the Chiang Muan coal mine
between 1996 and 2009.
The fossils will be under the care of Tambon Sa District Administration.
The mine is no longer in operation and is being developed into an
eco-tourism attraction and learning center. Banpu has donated its
property on the site worth 2.7 million baht for community use as well.
Switzerland prepares to support Thailand's political development
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - Swiss ambassador to
Thailand Christine Schraner Burgener has made known during a meeting
with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha that the European country supports
Thailand’s reform process .
The premier thanked her for her role in strengthening Thai-Swiss
bilateral relations for the past 6 years. He also thanked the country
for hosting a photo exhibition of His Majesty the King’s stay in
Lausanne on May 12 in a bid to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the
royal family’s first official visit to Switzerland.
According to Mrs Schraner Burgener, as the ambassador to Thailand, she
and her team have witnessed the political development in Thailand, and
that Switzerland is prepared to support the ongoing reform process and
assist in areas needed.
Relations between the two countries have been concentrated on trade and
tourism. In 2011, Switzerland became Thailand's eleventh most important
trading partner, making it the most important trading partner in the
'Bike for Mom' event attracts huge number of participants ahead of Mother's Day
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The "Bike for Mom"
event, held in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday, has
attracted a huge crowd of cycling enthusiasts and members of public in
many provinces on the first day of registration.
In Ayutthaya, Governor Apichart Todilokvech was the first in line to
register for the bike event. Nearly 100 million baht has been spent to
create a cycling trail in and around Ayutthaya Island. Bikers
participating in the event can view a number of historical sites along
the 26.50 kilometer-trail.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, over 2,000 people have signed up the event online
so far at www.bikeformom2015.com. Cyclists can register until July 9.
The event is taking place on August 16 in the province, which will take
cyclists through the City Hall and the famed Thao Suranaree Monument.
Around 1,000 students and locals registered for the event in Sakon
Nakhon, which will also take place on August 16. The register period is
from July 1 until July 15.
PM plans to establish dialogue with Dao Din group to resolve issues peacefully
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-Ocha has revealed he is planning to conduct a dialogue with the
student activist group whose members have been arrested for defying the
The 14 university students who are members of the Dao Din activist group
have been charged with illegal assembly of more than five people in
defiance of the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) policy.
The premier said an investigation of the case would be launched to
determine whether a peaceful solution can be reached.
When asked whether Article 44 of the constitution could be invoked to
release the students, Prime Minister Prayut said the use of Article 44
was unlikely as it would set a precedent for other political groups.
The UN and the European Union earlier urged the government to drop
criminal charges against the 14 students; however, the government
insisted its action was justified based on one of its orders and the
importance of maintaining peace.
Japanese prosecutors to interrogate Kamronwit on Thursdayy
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The National Police has
made known that Japanese prosecutors will interrogate Former Bangkok
police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang on Thursday.
Police Lieutenant General Kamronwit is expected to be held under police
custody for another ten days. The National Police said that local
prosecutors may decide to indict him for possession of a gun, before the
20-day detainment period expires.
Thai consular officials visited the former police chief on Tuesday and
said he remained in good physical condition while awaiting the outcome
of the investigation. His legal team is coordinating with the Japanese
police in providing Police Lieutenant General Kamronwit’s firearm
licenses and other evidence.
Currently, the National Police cannot verify whether the gun found in
the police chief’s luggage is legally licensed. The exact model of the
gun in question has not been verified as the weapon that failed to be
detected during his departure from Thailand.
If convicted, Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit would be detained in Japan for a
certain period before a request for his transfer to a Thai jail could be
50 contestants for Miss Teen Thailand prepare for pageant in Udon Thani
UDON THANI, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Miss Teen
Thailand 2015 beauty pageant has chosen Udon Thani province as the
training camp for 50 contestants from all over the country between
October 16-19, 2015.
The deputy provincial governor chaired a meeting of government agencies
and the private sector in Udon Thani to discuss and delegate activities
for Miss Teen Thailand contestants, as well as resolve any regulatory
issues related to holding the training camp.
The activities will feature contestants filming a VTR introducing the
province and its main attractions. It will be broadcast on Thursday,
October 22, in the following round of the pageant. The public has been
asked to cooperate in promoting Talay Bua Daeng in Kumphawapi District,
Phu Phra Bat Historical Park Buddha, Wat Phra Putthabat Bua Bok, Chang
Play Waterfall and Ban Chiang World Heritage.
The pageant has organized Udon Thani's favorite contestant competition
on October 18, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at the Napalai Hotel. The public is
invited to attend the event and cheer on the young beauty contestants of
Miss Teen Thailand 2015.
Crackdown on IUU fishing affects restaurants & markets
SATUN, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – Food outlets in the South
are beginning complain about a shortage of supplies, after authorities
began a thorough inspection of fishing boats as part of the crackdown on
Trawlers have anchored their boats in response to the government’s
inspection for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The
tough crackdown and action kick off today.
Local restaurants and fresh markets have complained that they were
bearing the brunt of the IUU clampdown. Food retailers claimed they had
to shift to non-seafood cuisine, and nearly all fresh seafood stalls
were also facing supply shortages.
One of seafood vendors disclosed that he might have to stop selling
seafood for awhile until the situation returns to normal, or change to a
Quarantined MERS suspects to be released tomorrow
NONTHABURI, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) has issued the latest report on the improving MERS
disease situation in Thailand, confirming that all quarantined suspects
will be allowed to go home tomorrow.
The MOPH’s report on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
situation in Thailand stated that the only confirmed MERS patient, a 75
years old Omani man, is showing better conditions today and no longer
coughs. The patient will continue to receive treatment for his
congenital disease, thus remaining in the isolation room. His three
relatives are now exhibiting zero suspicious symptoms.
Persons in contact with the patient, also under monitor in keep with the
disease surveillance measures, will be completing their 14-days
monitoring period tonight.
Those currently quarantined 16 have been categorized as high-risk
suspects, while the other 52 are low-risk suspects. All high-risk
suspects must undertake physical examinations and laboratory tests
before being allowed to go home tomorrow (2 July 2015).
134 persons who had traveled from Middle Eastern countries and South
Korea from 1 January to 30 June 2015 have been identified and are
subjected to the disease investigation process. One traveler from South
Korea and two from the Middle East have arrived in Thailand yesterday
and have already been taken to the laboratory tests.
NRC to hold public opinion forum in Trat
TRAT, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform Council
(NRC) will hold a forum on July 10 to gather input from the residents of
Kitti Kosinsakul of the NRC committee on public participation said the
forum will also be filming an episode of the television show “The
Public’s Voice,” regarding Trat’s participation in the reform process.
The episode will air on NBT on July 12 between 8:30pm - 10:00pm.
MOAC declares drought-relief project a success
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives touted its income creation project for
drought-affected farmers, saying it benefited more than 900,000 farmers.
According to Deputy Permanent-Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Sompong Inthong, the ministry disbursed three billion baht to fund more
than 5,400 projects requested by drought-hit farmers across 58
provinces. More than 917,000 agriculturists or 2.4 million households
were assisted by the government.
The committee tasked with following up on the projects' progress has
reported satisfactory outcomes. The northern province Nan successfully
completed its check dam construction. Meanwhile, local fertilizer
programs produced over 70,000 tons of organic compost, enabling farmers
to mitigate spending on farming costs and earn more income fertilizer
The project was scheduled for conclusion on June 30. The ministry has
planned to seek Cabinet approval for the extension of some of these
programs until the end August, due to the impact of the prolonged dry
season. The project’s assessment is expected to be completed in
Thai and German constitutional courts meet in seminar
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Thai and German
Constitutional Court justices have met in a seminar to exchange
knowledge and experience about constitutional law.
Dr. Nurak Marpraneet, President of the Constitutional Court of Thailand,
said the seminar would enhance understanding of the role of the
constitutional court of each country.
He also said the seminar would further academic cooperation between
Thailand and the Konrad Adenauer Institution, as well as between law
students who attended the seminar.
Chonburi province to hold "26th National Labor Skill Competition"
CHONBURI, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - Chonburi province is preparing to hold the
26th National Labor Skill Competition in preparation for the ASEAN
Economic Community (AEC).
Skill Development Institute Region 3, Chonburi has organized a meeting
to set up the 26th National Labor Skill Competition, catering to the
ASEAN Economic Community's industrial sector.
The regional-level competition includes Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi,
Trat, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, and Sa Kaeo provinces. It aims to
improve the labor skills of the next generation, as well as the
workforce of various vocations. The tournament is held every two years
and allows the general public a chance demonstrate their talents,
skills, and knowledge. The winner will represent the region to compete
at the national level in Bangkok.
This competition, organized by Skill Development Institute Region 3,
Chonburi, has pushed business operators to expand their potential and
strengthen the labor market.
The competition will be held on July 8-10, between 24 vocational
MERS awareness march held in Kanchanaburi
KANCHANABURI, 1 July 2015, (NNT) - The public health
office of Kanchanaburi province this morning organized a march raising
awareness for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The march started at Sala Khun Phaen in Mueang District, joined by 700
volunteers, locals and public health officers.
The province health office said the event’s objective is to provide
information about the virus, along with the prevention measures to the
public. It is important to learn that the virus is no threat to the
general public. Only those traveling to or returning from the infected
countries are at risk of being infected with the virus.
Residents are urged to keep their distance from people who have
respiratory related illnesses, while maintaining good hygiene. They are
asked to visit their local clinic as soon as they exhibit symptoms of
high fever, coughing, runny nose and sore throat.
Currently, countries with high risks of MERS include Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Iran and South Korea.
CDC on schedule with charter amendment process
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NTT) - The Constitution
Drafting Committee (CDC) has revised Section 64 of the draft
constitution pertaining to citizen’s rights in political and communal
The section guarantees equal access to natural resources and
The CDC revealed it was able to complete 14 sections yesterday and is
currently on track with its deliberation timeframe. The CDC had made
language adjustments to Section 53, which guarantees the right to
It also agreed to suspend Paragraph 2 of Section 60, which allowed for
independent consumer protection agencies, Paragraph 2 of Section 62,
regarding the right to be notified by the state on projects with
potential environmental impacts, and Paragraph 3 of Section 63,
regarding the establishment of a national development plan.
SBPPOC holds workshop on report presentations for officers
SONGKHLA, 1 July 2015, (NNT) - The Southern
Border Provinces Police Operation Centre
(SBPPOC) this morning held a workshop on making
oral presentations for officers.
Attending the event were Deputy Police Chiefs in
Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and in four districts
The attendees are expected to be able to deliver
oral presentations at the level of police
academy graduates by the end of the workshop.
According to the SBPPOC, presentation skills are
crucial in delivering a concise report in a
meeting with high-ranking officers from
governmental units, the Royal Thai Police and
other national security offices. Southern
violent incidents often require briefings to
commanding officials, in order to bring them up
Workplace safety week exhibition to kick off tomorrow
BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 (NNT)- The Department of Labour
Protectionand Welfare (DLPW) is inviting the public to visit the event
held to promote workplace safety at BITEC Bangna this week.
According to DLPW Director General Peerapat Pornsiri, Her Royal Highness
Princess Chulabhorn Walailak will be presiding over the opening ceremony
of the 29th workplace safety week exhibition, which is to run from July
2nd – 4th.
The objective of this event is to promote workplace safety and the
well-being of workers at work as well as to reduce the number of
injuries. Awards will also be given to 551 companies with outstanding
Visitors will have a chance to attend a seminar on safety standards and
look at the exhibition and booths displaying safety related innovations.
Pheu Thai core leader reporting to the military
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT)-The former Commerce
Minister and core leader of Pheu Thai Party has reported to the 1st Army
Area, after expressing his view on the recent political movement by
college students who call themselves Dao Din Group.
Ex Commerce Minister Wattana Muangsook has been asked by the Army to
report to the military for attitude adjustment after having criticized
the military’s attempt at keeping peace following the recent arrest of
14 university students.
Mr. Wattana greeted the media briefly, who were waiting for his arrival
at King Rama the 5th Equestrian Statue, as they were not allowed to
enter the area in front of the 1st Army Area.
Prachuap Khiri Khan officials signed an MOU on corruption prevention
KHAN, 1 July
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Private sector does not want wage rise to be the same nationwide
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT)-The majority of
manufacturers recently surveyed have agreed that
the minimum wage should not be adjusted at this
time as the economy still remains in doldrums.
Employers’ Confederation of Thai Trade and
Industry Vice President Tanit Sorat has revealed
in the survey that most manufacturers in
Thailand do not want the minimum wage to be the
same throughout the nation, given the costs of
production vary from one region to another.
They do not want the wage to rise just yet as
the export growth is slow and prices of farm
goods are declining. Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Labor Nakorn Silapa-archa said the
Provincial Wage Committee is currently
collecting information on the minimum wage rate
and economic growth in each province.
The Central Wage Committee is expected to
finalize its decision on the new wage rate
within August. The new rate will be fair to both
workers and their employers, according to the
Labor Permanent Secretary.
MFA's 'Roving Buakaew' program held in Phayao
PHAYAO, 1 July 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MFA)'s Roving Buakaew program
was conducted yesterday in the northern province
During the visit, the participating MFA
officials gave talks on various topics, such as
Thailand’s application to be a non-permanent
member of the United Nations Security Council,
the economic connectivity in the ASEAN region
and the diplomatic protocol.
The visit aimed to allow MFA officials to
exchange opinions with all sectors in the
The “Roving Buakaew” Program is an MFA campaign
designed to inform residents in provincial areas
of the ministry’s accomplishments and roles
while preparing the public for the advent of the
ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this
year. The program is a joint effort by five
major departments under the MFA, namely the
departments of Information, International
Organizations, International Economic Affairs,
Protocol, and Asean Affairs.
Credit card operators face rising NPL rate
BANGKOK, 01 July 2015, (NNT) - According to
Mr.Yuttachai Teyarachakul, Executive Director of
Personal Financial Services, United Overseas
Bank (Thai) Pcl., lower income credit card
holders are at greater risk of contributing to
Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).
In order to address the problem, he said UOB is
to beef up its regulations in issuing new credit
cards, as the local economy slows down. New card
holders must have a minimum monthly income of
15,000 baht. In normal economic circumstances,
the minimum income required to obtain a new
credit card is 10,000 baht.
The bank issued up to 10,000 new credit cards
per month during the first 5 months of this
year. UOB is still likely to achieve its goal of
issuing 120,000 new credit cards this year. The
bank currently has about 700,000 card holders.
Mr.Yuttachai said UOB’s present reject rate of
credit card applications is at 40-50 percent.
The bank’s records show monthly credit card
spending per person is at 4,000 - 5,000 baht
Fishing boat operators threaten to stop fishing if registration period not extended
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT)-Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has
said there is no need to give illegal fishing boats an extension
of the present registration period.
The Prime Minister said the government is unable to agree to the
demands of the operators of fishing boats to give them more
time, as it would directly affect the export of Thai sea food.
General Prayut is asking them to understand what an extension
Thai National Shipper’s Council Advisor Paiboon Polsuwanna said
if they are going to stop work in their protest against the
government’s decision, there won't be enough seafood for
He added that supplies might have to be imported to maintain the
level required to meet local demand for seafood. Mr. Paiboon
again encouraged boat operators to have their boats registered
before the end of September as Thailand could potentially face a
European Union ban on seafood imports in October.
TBC: Thai-Burmese border calm
BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 (NNT)-The Thai-Myanmar Township Border
Committee (TBC) has insisted that no Burmese soldiers have
engaged in a fight with ethnic minorities near the Thai-Burmese
The 83rd TBC conference has recently been held in Tha Khee Lek
city of Myanmar, with Army officials from both countries joining
Colonel Prapat Pobsuwan of the King Guard, 2nd Calvary Division
from Thailand chaired the meeting.
Myanmar claimed no skirmish between Burmese soldiers and the
ethnic minority armed forces has taken place along the
Thai-Burmese border as rumored.
Thailand, however, said it has discovered that the United Wa
State Army, one of the ethnic minority armies, has set up 7
camps on the border adjacent to Chiang Mai province.
The ethnic army has allegedly violated border regulations and
trespassed into the Sai and Ruak Rivers bordering the two
nations. Burmese officials have been asked to urge them to move
away from the area.