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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 Trials”.

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 developed.
Prof. Menzel said that, in Germany, the Constitutional Court never intervenes in politics, including when it comes to draft amendments to the Constitution.

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 Constitution.

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 well.

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 consideration.

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 Thailand.

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 warrants.

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 charges.

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 to normal.

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 moderate level.

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 provinces.

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 District Administration.

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 European bloc.

'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 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 law.

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 submitted.

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 illegal fishing.

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 new profession.

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 Trat province.

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 sales.

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 September.

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 occupations.

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 participation.

The section guarantees equal access to natural resources and biodiversity.

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 peaceful assembly.

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 of Songkhla.

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 to speed.

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 safety records.

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

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 1 July 2015, (NNT) - The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) office in Prachuap Khiri Khan along with the province’s administration, police and military heads have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on corruption prevention, in an attempt to eliminate price collusion in government projects in the province.

The combined efforts from the province's top governmental units are expected to successfully repel price collusion, a malpractice that is deeply entrenched in Thai society and costs billions of baht in damages to the Kingdom.

Signing the MOU were Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Veera Sriwattanatrakoon, Provincial NACC Director Tanongsak Muangmanee, Deputy Chief of the Military Circle 15 Colonel Surin Ninluang, and Provincial Police Chief Police Major General Krissana Jamsawang.

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 of Phayao.

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 province.

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 could entail.

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 domestic consumption.

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 border.

The 83rd TBC conference has recently been held in Tha Khee Lek city of Myanmar, with Army officials from both countries joining the event.

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.




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