Thailand & Laos discuss anti-human trafficking campaign
UBON RATCHATHANI, 9 July 2015 (NNT) Thai and international
anti-human trafficking agencies have convened a meeting to
discuss ways to bolster efforts against human trade along the
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s
Anti-Human Trafficking Division, the Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Alliance Anti-Trafic
non-governmental organization met to discuss the progress of and
obstacles to the anti-human trade campaign in Thailand’s Ubon
Ratchathani province and Laos’ Champasak province.
According to the ministry, the trafficking of women and children
usually involves some form of exploitation, while the
trafficking of men generally results in forced labor in the
fishing industry. Thai and Laotian authorities have continued to
cooperate in solving these problems.
Aside from briefing these agencies on the progress of the
anti-human trafficking campaign, the meeting is expected to
expand the scope of collaboration between Thai and Laotian
enforcement units, thereby boosting the efficiency of their
Schools, private and public sectors collaborating to reduce use of plastic bags
CP All Plc. is collaborating with the Department of
Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) and the Office of the Basic
Education Commission (OBEC) to pilot a program promoting reducing the
use of plastic bags.
According to Sakol Tinagul, deputy director-general of the Department of
Environmental Quality Promotion, the use of plastic bags has a severe
impact on the environment due to the bags being very difficult to
degrade in nature. He said the problem with plastic bag stemmed from
overuse and inappropriate disposal, and litter made up of plastic bags
can now be seen everywhere. A sizable amount of trash can be avoided by
reusing plastic bags, as well as reducing and refusing their use.
CP All and OBEC have shifted their focus onto the younger generation,
instilling a new value on plastic bags and trash reduction.
Banyat Kamnoonwatana, an assistant vice president at CP All, indicated
that the company has been cooperating with the DEQP to encourage people
to use fewer plastic bags. The campaign was first attempted in its own
convenience stores where customers were encouraged to turn down plastic
bags for small items as well as cut back on the number of bags used to
carry items from the store. The effort was then expanded in the form of
a youth-centered project that promoted the reduction of plastic the use
of bags at various schools. Most recently, the company has entered into
collaboration with Yupparaj Wittayalai School in Chiang Mai. The company
aims to forge more collaborations with schools nationwide in support of
this worthy cause.
Voravat Tantranont, executive director of CHOICE Mini Store, said Chiang
Mai is an important tourism destination and the province accommodates a
large number of tourists. In order to keep the province clean and
beautiful, he urges vendors, tourists and locals to refuse plastic bags
Meanwhile Phanida Wichaidit, director of the OBEC's work group on
special projects, explained that the OBEC has a policy to encourage Thai
youths to reduce plastic bag usage. The agency has until today continued
to support this endeavor amid efforts to reform education. Emphasis has
been placed on the improvement of students' quality of education and
CP All's volunteer club has also been collaborating with Chiang Mai City
Hall to encourage merchants, locals and tourists in the vicinity of
Warorot Market and elsewhere in the province to reduce the use of
Chiang Mai experiences worst drought crisis in 20 years
CHIANG MAI, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai is
experiencing the worst drought crisis in two decades, with dams expected
to last until August.
According to the report, there is only 12 percent of water left at Mae
Kuang Udom Thara Dam or 31.9 million cubic meters. The second major dam,
Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam, has only 57 million cubic meters of water
left. Most of the remaining water will be used to produce tap water for
the entire province.
Around 38,000 cubic meters is used daily to produce tap water for public
consumption. Chiang Mai needs about 15 million cubic meters of water
monthly. Only 47 million cubic meters can be released into the streams
or for other public purposes.
The Royal Irrigation Department said the water levels in these two dams
would be enough to sustain daily consumption in the province until
August, if there were no more rain.
The water levels in the Ping River have declined by as much as 75
percent. The water situation has prompted authorities to call it the
worst drought crisis the province has seen in two decades.
Pathum Thani holds a practice race for the Bike for Mom event
PATHUM THANI, July 2015, (NNT) Pathum Thani Deputy
Governor Piboon Hattakitkosol yesterday led 200 cyclists in a race
preparing for the upcoming Bike for Mom 2015 event, which is scheduled
on August 16 nationwide.
The Deputy Governor said the biking campaign provides residents a chance
to express their love for their mother and Her Majesty the Queen.
The race will start at City Hall, passing the province's various
historic sites. The route has a total distance of 38 kilometers. Mr.
Piboon said during the race, the province would also hold a ceremony to
release 830,000 fish into the wild and a tree-planting activity.
Mr. Piboon said that preparations for the actual race are almost
complete. 4,000 cyclists have already registered for the event. Those
interested can still register from now until July 24 at the province's
Uttaradit fully ready for "Bike for Mom”, 500 applicants in first 3 days
UTTARADIT, July 2015 (NNT) Uttaradit Province is
fully ready for the “Bike for Mom” rally which will take place across
the country on August 16 from 3 p.m. onwards, according to Uttaradit
Deputy Governor Suchart Teerawongpitak.
The cycling event is to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 83rd birthday
anniversary on Aug 12th this year. It has gained high attention from
local bikers with more than 500 people already applying in the first
three days of registration in the province.
Mr.Suchart said he expected more than ten thousand participants by the
end of the registration.
For security and safety of participating bikers, the province has
cooperated with local police and the military to take care of the issues
including traffic flows during the rally.
The rally starts from the Phraya Phichai Dab Hak Monument located by the
Provincial Hall and then heads to Lab Lae District before returning to
the finish line at the Hall. On the way, participants will pass Mueang
Laplae Museum, and Phra Thaen Sila Ard Temple, making a distance of 35
kilometers in total. Apart from the cycling event, the province has also
planned many activities around the provincial hall in honor of Her
Majesty the Queen.
OCAC selects Krabi and Ratchaburi as Contemporary Art Cities
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Office of Contemporary
Art And Culture (OCAC) is set to promote the Krabi and Ratchaburi
provinces as Contemporary Art Cities, to establish a new tourist
attraction with the hopes to draw more income to the local people.
The OCAC Director-General Chai Nakhonchai has revealed that the OCAC has
chosen Krabi and Ratchaburi to be established as Contemporary Art
Cities, according to the strategic plan to establish Contemporary Art
City in Thailand in the 2016 fiscal year, in line with the government’s
policy to create the new category of tourist destinations.
He has said that the OCAC will be using Kangawa Prefecture in Japan as
the model city for the Contemporary Art City development, and will be
inviting tourism officials from Kagawa to discuss development guidelines
in developing the Contemporary Art City cooperation plan. Krabi and
Ratchaburi were selected due to both provinces' great potential in their
strong local identities.
To achieve this plan, the OCAC will have to conduct an in depth analysis
for each community's potential areas that can be developed using art.
The OCAC will also create a database of artists and local leaders who
can contribute to the development and hold discussions with the
provincial entrepreneurs, shop and restaurant owners, and all tourist
The plan will also involves the creation of artworks and statues at key
locations with focus on more than just creating landmarks to attract
tourists, but to provide support to the local public's opportunity to
study, appreciate, and to create their own artwork.
Community products will also require upgrades to enhance their
uniqueness. A tourism route connecting the Contemporary Art Cities and
their nearby cities would support the communities' economy, while a
cooperative government and private agencies network will also be
created, the OCAC Director-General has said.
MOPH launches farmer health clinics, as chemical-induced illnesses jump
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health (MOPH) is pushing ahead with its plan to set up farmer health
clinics in all district health promotion centers across the country to
cope with the rapid jump of chemical-induced illnesses in farmers.
Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin said the setting up of
farmer health clinics countrywide was aimed at reducing health risks of
agriculturists caused by chemical exposure and helping the sick ones.
The clinics have been opened in nearly 20 percent of the district health
Between 2010 and 2012, the number of farmers sickened by pest-control
substances jumped by more than four times or from 1,800 to 8,000. Health
effects of chemical exposure include eye and skin irritation, headaches,
muscle pain, nausea and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure could
lead to cancer, impotence and paralysis.
Meanwhile, the Disease Control Department has distributed handbooks
giving farmers safety guidelines on use of pest-control substances.
Marine Department eyes new port in Chumphon
CHUMPHON, July 2015 (NNT) The Marine Department has
voiced its interest in building a new port in the southern province of
Chumphon to boost the transport system.
Director-General of the Marine Department Chula Sukmanop explained a new
port in Chumphon province would shorten the sea route between the East
and the South. While the distance from Chumphon to Laem Chabang Port in
the eastern province of Chonburi is about 700 kilometers by car, the sea
route between the two cities is much shorter. Thus marine transport
should be further promoted due to its cost-saving aspect.
According to Dr. Chula, if Chumphon has its own port, goods from India,
the Middle East or Europe which are destined for Laem Chabang Port in
the East can be shipped to Ranong Port on the Andaman Sea and then be
transferred to the port in Chumphon on the Gulf of Thailand where the
goods can be sent to Laem Chabang port far more easily. Transport of
South-bound shipments from the eastern port will be much more convenient
The idea came as the Marine Department chief and the National
Legislative Assembly’s committee in charge of transport paid a visit to
the southern provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong
during July 4-5 to study the possibility of marine transport development
26th Skilled Labor Regionals being held nationwide
SUPHANBURI, 9 July 2015, (NNT) The 26th Regional
Skilled Labor Competitions are currently being held across the Kingdom.
Suphanburi Skilled Labor Development Institute Region 2 and Songkhla
Skilled Labor Development Institute Region 12 announced the event, which
started yesterday and will conclude tomorrow.
The competitions promotes national industrial development, which demand
a large number of skilled workers that are up to international
standards. It is also expected to spark interest in vocational study
among the younger generation, and demonstrate the importance of skilled
labor occupations. The event is meant to pave the way for industrial
development during the ASEAN Economic Community era.
Winners of the regionals will move on to compete in the national
tournament. Both regional and national events are held once every two
Nong Bua Daeng, Chaiyaphum faces water shortage
CHAIYAPHUM, 9 July 2015, (NNT) The Chaiyaphum
provincial administration office has been providing disaster relief to
Nong Bua Daeng district, which is suffering from the ongoing drought
Officials have been drilling for more groundwater and transporting water
to replenish dried-up wells to help locals cope with the water shortage.
The extended dry season has diminished resources for tap water
production in Nong Bua Daeng over the past two months. The lack of rain
has also intensified the damage, underlining the need for more wells.
The new wells and replenished water storage should be enough for tap
water production until the rainy season arrives.
The province reported that six wells were recently dug, and has asked
the public to use water sparingly.
More fishing boats are returning to the sea
BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 (NNT) Fish Marketing
Organization Director Associate Professor Manop Kanjanaburangkoon said
his organization has only been slightly affected by the stoppage of
According to the Director, the Fish Marketing Organization has lost
around 20% of its income since large fishing boats refused to go to
work. Those directly hit, he added, are privately owned aqua businesses.
He stated that more fishing boats have now returned to the sea after an
intervention by the Thai Overseas Fisheries Association and the National
Fisheries Association of Thailand which successfully sought discussion
with the government asking for relaxation of certain restrictions such
as registration of steermen.
However, only fishing vessels considered to be entirely illegal are
forbidden from joining commercial fishing at this time. Boat owners must
quickly complete their registration so they can leave the shore again.
Central mosque in Yala holds a fair offering discounted goods welcoming the last 10 days of Ramadan
YALA, 9 July 2015 (NNT) The central mosque in Yala Province yesterday
held a fair offering discounted religious garments for Muslims now in
fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which is coming to an end in
The event was being organized by the mosque, local communities and
business operators in the area. About 275 vendors offered various
Islamic garments for men and women such as abaya, kapiyoh hat, muslimin
and muslimah, to name a few. The fair was well-received by the public.
The organizers said the 5th annual event aims at boosting morale of the
Muslims in fasting during the holy month as Ramadan which is coming to
an end on July 15. Not only that the items being offered at the fair are
crucial to the approaching Hari Raya Aidilfitri Day, these items can be
donated to Muslims living in destitution as well.
PRD to provide live broadcast of Bike for Mom activity on August 16
BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 (NNT) The Public Relations
Department is inviting all to take part in the 'Bike for Mom' nationwide
activity on August 16 and is preparing to broadcast the event live.
According to the Department director-general, Apinan Juntarungsri, the
Bike for Mom activity will be held in commemoration of Her Majesty the
Queen's 83rd birthday anniversary. So far, 253,809 persons have
registered online to participate in the activity. Of this number, 40,000
persons live in Bangkok and 213,809 persons will be partaking in the
activity in their own provinces. Mr. Apinan revealed that a live
televised broadcast will be provided starting at 3 pm on August 16.
Those interested may register at www.bikeformom2015.com until August 9.
More information can also be acquired by dialing 1122, the hotline
PRD collaborating with UNESCO in planning workshop to promote constructive use of internet
BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 (NNT) The Public Relations
Department is collaborating with UNESCO in planning a workshop that will
promote constructive use of the internet.
According to PRD director-general Apinan Juntarungsri, that mass
media-related collaboration with UNESCO is of paramount importance to
the development of personnel and the country. Over the past year, the
PRD has worked with UNESCO on two fronts, namely following up on
relevant activities in Thailand and abroad, and publicizing articles
related to UNESCO and activities of the various committees under UNESCO.
Gender equality, World Radio Day and Press Freedom Day are some of the
The PRD has also been working with UNESCO to support media personnel
development projects by mass media organizations. Especially of note is
the support provided to the development of community-level media that
service some 4,000 locales throughout the country, with the aim of
promoting the roles of women and children in community radio operations.
Banana theft rampant in Phichit
PHICHIT, 9 July 2015 (NNT) More than 100 farmers in
Phichit's Bung Na Rang District have fallen victim to banana thieves in
just one month, in a development that puts more strain on the paddy
farmers turned banana growers.
Police from Bung Na Rang Police Station yesterday inspected the many
sites of banana theft in Laem Rang sub-district in response to multiple
complaints recently lodged by locals that a large quantity of their
bananas have been stolen. Some farmers have had their bananas stolen as
many as 6-7 times this year. Locals said the thieves have been taking
ripe bananas as well as banana blossoms and the leaves of banana trees.
According to Suan Sukyam, sub-district chief for Laem Rang Sub-district,
banana theft has become a serious issue because bananas provide local
farmers with their only source of income during the dry season.
Recently, 7-8 farmers have been reporting banana theft per day on
average, and the amount of unreported theft was also significant. In the
past one month, some 100 banana growers have reported theft.
The police, banana growers, village headmen, sub-district
administrations and volunteers from the villages are now holding joint
patrols of banana plantations at night. Road checkpoints have also been
set up to prevent theft of bananas and farming equipment. The
checkpoints also serve another function as ones for officials conducting
drug searches as well.
Former Education Min urges education reform
BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 (NNT) Thailand needs critical
thinking rather than rote lessons in order to produce new graduates with
skills, according to former Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng.
Former Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng said the eight subject
groups currently taught in Thai schools should be overhauled. He also
proposed a course elective system to allow students to focus more on
subjects of their particular interest.
Mr. Jaturon added that more teachers in the fields of mathematics and
science were needed to meet the demand for qualified practitioners. He
urged the Ministry of Education to ensure the quality of universities
that produce new teacher graduates.
In addition, Thailand also needs to have assessments in place to
determine whether the universities in the country meet international
Royal Thai Police investigating if a third party is trying to stop legal fishing boats from fishing
BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
Chief has launched an investigation into claims that an unnamed group is
trying to prevent legal fishing boats from doing their job.
Royal Thai Police Chief Police General Somyos Poompanmuang said legal
action would be taken if anyone was found to have cooked up a plan to
interrupt commercial fishing as it would have a significant impact on
the seafood industry.
In Chantaburi, fishermen are now able to return to the sea after
remaining ashore for many days due to the monsoon. They said there will
be more fish and crustaceans to catch at sea as there are currently
fewer fishing boats out there.
They believe that the government’s efforts in promoting legal fishing
will prevent unregistered fishing boats from intruding into others’
In Chonburi, local fishermen have been made aware of the need to have
their boats registered as part of the government’s campaign to crack
down on illegal unreported and unregulated fishing. They are urged to
visit Chonburi Provincial Fisheries Office for more information.
PM greets Thai students from the United States
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayuth
Chan-ocha has urged Thai students studying in the United States to
consider the country’s political reform situation in a positive light.
The Prime Minister greeted a group of Thai youths studying in the United
States who are visiting Thailand and thanked their parents for promoting
their ties with their home country.
He explained to the students that his government is striving to
construct solid foundations for the country’s development by solving the
country’s longstanding political, social and economic problems. He said
the process will be in accordance to the reform roadmap and will result
in a more transparent and democratic society.
Government satisfied with satellite learning programm
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Deputy Spokesperson of
the Prime Minister’s office revealed that the long-distance learning
program using DCTV satellites to reach classes in remote areas has been
a success, citing an additional 15,369 schools have been reached in the
Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that the program in the past year
has been able to reach over one million students, providing them with
full class material. The number of schools reached has more than doubled
since 2014, increasing from 6,628 to 15,369 schools nationwide.
He also revealed that the average National Test scores of Grade 3
students has increased by 3.12 percent, with math scores rising by 6.01
percent. Meanwhile the average scores of Grade 6 students has increased
by 2.98 percent, with the highest increase being in social sciences at
Gen Sansern said the government considers the program a success based on
the figures, crediting the higher average scores to the increased number
of schools that provide distance learning.
Muslim leader in Yala admires Gov’t newsletter campaign
YALA, 8 July 2015 (NNT) An Islamic religious leader
in Yala has expressed his satisfaction over the government’s recent
initiative to issue newsletters for the public, while suggesting that
the papers should include more public opinions to enhance its
Former Vice President of the Islamic Committee of Yala Nimu Makaje has
said that he has read the so-called ‘government newsletters’ issued
every fortnight and would like to admire the government’s effort in this
He said the content in the newsletter is something that the public
should be aware of, as they might be unable to catch important points
that the prime minister tried to convey to the public in his televised
broadcast every Friday. He said the newsletter would help readers revise
the issues related to them. They might even seek clarifications on
uncleared topics from government officials in their localities, leading
to better relationship between them, the former Yala Islamic Committee
Vice President said.
He advised that all content in the government newsletters should be
based on the public’s agenda and help the public understand all the
things the government is implementing. He asked that the newspaper print
in bold letters the issues that would benefit the public directly.
He continued to say that the newsletters could prove truly beneficial if
they allow readers to make feedback to the government, in a two-way
The religious leader also suggested the government to feature a Malay
language section in the newspaper to cater for the people in the
southern border provinces. The addition would help raise public
understanding and cooperation in the southern border area, said Nimu
Workability Asia Conference 2015 held in Pattaya
CHONBURI, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Workability Asia
Conference 2015 has taken place in Pattaya city in the eastern province
of Chon Buri.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the network of
disability organizations have jointly organized the “Workability Asia
Conference 2015” to raise awareness in promoting work and employment
opportunities in the society for persons with disabilities.
Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Social Development and Human
Security Mr. Vichien Chavalit chaired the opening of the conference
under the theme "Together We Can Make the Difference” which focused on
improving disabled persons skills and working capabilities in line with
the demand of the labor market. The conference also aimed to raise
disabled person’s employment rate in the market on national, regional
and international levels through an effective management system for
human resources and employment of people with disabilities.
The Permanent Secretary revealed that this conference was possible
thanks to strong cooperation from all related sectors that share the
same goal in empowering persons with disabilities on various levels
which is in line with the vision of improving disabled persons in
Thailand following the 4th National Commission on the Promotion and
Development of Life Quality of Disabled Persons 2012-2016. The move
would allow social equality in rights and employment opportunities for
the disabled while also working on their skills and ability to gain
acceptance in the labor market.
Activities in the conference included a regional academic forum,
lectures from professionals in the field of improving disabled persons'
capabilities, research presentations, exhibitions in promotion of
disabled person employment and performances, an exhibition featuring Her
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s contribution to
promoting the empowerment of persons with disabilities in Thailand
through the “Welcome Disability Campaign or WELL-D” in honor of her 60th
Lopburi wear traditional Thai attire on Uposatha Day
People in Lopburi province have donned traditional
Thai attire, as they participate in merit-making activities on Uposatha
The Lopburi Deputy Governor, district chief and local residents took
part in merit-making activities at the Sab Sai Temple in observance of
the weekly Buddhist holy day. The event was held under the slogan
"United in donning Thai traditional attire and making merit on
The program provided an opportunity for civil servants from all sectors
and local residents in the area a chance to make merit together, while
simultaneously promoting Thai traditional clothing.
The clothing hearkens back to the reign of His Majesty King Ramathibodi
III, who ruled over Siam in the mid-17th century.
Security tightens before end of Ramadan
YALA, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Security units in Yala are on
high alert towards the end of the Ramadan as intelligence reports
suggest attacks could be imminent.
Special checkpoints have been set up in the Yala municipality to screen
vehicles and persons entering the area. Officials are on the lookout for
concealed explosive material that can be used to stage attacks in the
Security officials are paying special attention to trucks and
motorcycles that have been stolen presumably to make car bombs.
Local authorities believe that more attacks are likely during the last
10 days of Ramadan. The fasting is set to end on the third week of this
Fisheries Dept confirms seafood supply ample
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Fisheries Department
has confirmed the government’s crackdown on illegal fishing has yet to
affect domestic supplies and the import sector; meanwhile, its attempt
to register all fishing operators continues.
Attempting to calm down consumers about seafood shortages, Deputy
Director-General of the Fisheries Department Waraporn Prompoj affirmed
that the remaining seafood stocks were ample to meet the demand for
domestic consumption and export.
According to her, the temporary stoppage of unlicensed fishing boats has
given operators of frozen seafood businesses the opportunity to
distribute more of their goods to the market, adding that local
fishermen can catch more fish now.
The Fisheries Department has instructed its provincial offices in all 22
seaside provinces to launch mobile units to facilitate the registration
of unlicensed or wrongly-licensed fishing operators.
The deputy chief believes the ongoing campaign will enable the country
to achieve sustainable fishing industry and save the country from being
red carded by the European Union. The EU is expected to rule on the Thai
performance in October.
MWA brushes aside rumors of water shortages in residential Bangkok
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015, (NNT) The Metropolitan
Waterworks Authority (MWA) today brushed aside rumors on social media
that Bangkok has only one month's worth of water for consumption.
MWA Governor Thanasak Watanathana explained that water shortages may
occurred to some agricultural areas near the capital, but absolutely not
in its residential areas. He claimed the combined water levels from
Bhumibol, Sirikit and Chao Phraya Dams are sufficient for household
The comment was made during his interview with National Broadcasting
Services of Thailand (NBT) on Channel 11. The MWA Governor also revealed
that Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda had instructed his
agency to store rainwater since last year in October. Rainwater stores
will be used to supply tap water, in the event that the
seawater-freshwater mix produces tap water that is too saline.
He added that water shortages are unlikely, as rain showers have started
in Bangkok and its vicinity, as well as remote provinces. Governor
Thanasak urged all Thais to conserve water, regardless of the prospect
of water shortages.
Justice Minister asks activist group not to cross line
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Minister of Justice Gen
Paiboon Khumchaya has urged the student activist network Dao Din Group
to refrain from breaking the law, affirming that the government would
allow political movements if conducted in an appropriate manner.
Following the court’s release of 14 student members of the Dao Din
Group, Gen Paiboon said he would like the students to seek alternative
approaches to expressing their political viewpoint that are in
compliance with the law. Should there be illegal activities or
disturbances to the government’s work, he insisted that the law would
have to be enforced against them.
The minister explained that, although the current government did not
come from a democratic origin, it is not in any way inclined towards
dictatorship and is always open to people’s political expressions within
the legal framework. He thus called on the group to resort to
negotiations and to not step out of line as it would fuel a recurrence
Regarding concerns over the government’s handling of the student
activists, Gen Paiboon pledged that the best care was provided for them
during their custody. He also invited the group to request special
protection after their release should they deem it necessary.
DPM Pridiyathorn to lead household debt relief mission
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-ocha has assigned Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula to
supervise agencies tasked with solving debt problems of low-income
earners and farmers in the wake of an alarming surge in household debts.
According to the PM Office Deputy Spokesperson, Col. Sansern
Kaewkamnerd, agencies in charge of solving the problem, such as
Ministries of Justice, Finance and Agriculture and Cooperatives have
been told to focus their efforts on heavily-indebted farmers who are
being sued by their creditors and risk losing their property as a result
of the legal proceedings.
PM Prayut has voiced his concern for this group of debtors. One of his
suggestions is to conduct a feasibility study on a possible bailout for
farmers. A survey by the Ministry of Interior has found that 140,000
farmers owed state financial institutions to the tune of 3.6 billion
baht, while another 149,000 incurred 2.1 billion baht in debt with
Meanwhile, a recent report by the Bank of Thailand (BOT) indicated that
household debts in the fourth quarter of the year 2014 represented 85.9
percent of the gross domestic products, a sharp rise from 54.6 percent
in 2007. Most of the problems were attributed to the previous
government’s economy-boosting plans, including the first house and the
first car projects, and the special loans for the 2012 flood-victims.
Energy Ministry elaborates on energy plan during gas pipeline maintenance
SONGKHLA, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Officials of the Ministry
of Energy have visited Songkhla Province to outline the importance of
energy conservation practices by the public to reduce energy usage
during the closure of a major gas pipeline for maintenance, in order to
prevent power outages.
An Inspector of the Ministry of Energy, Suchalee Sumamal, and the
Songkhla Provincial Energy Official Suthichai Sukseesen, along with
delegates from related agencies today visited Hat Yai Province to
encourage the public to be sparing in energy consumption during the
closure of the gas line for maintenance between 19th-23rd July 2015.
The Ministry Inspector said that the closure of the JDA-A18 gas pipeline
that delivers natural gas from the co-development source between
Thailand and Malaysia, will curtail the supply of 420 million cubic feet
of natural gas each day. An immediate result of this is that the second
Chana power plant will have to suspend its generation of 800 megawatt of
electricity as the plant uses only natural gas as fuel.
He said that the Ministry of Energy is now preparing to prevent this
situation causing a power shortage in the southern region by adopting
the same plan as in previous years. Therefore many agencies already have
a thorough understanding of the necessary procedures, and are
experienced in avoiding a crisis situation.
In preparation, the first Chana power plant has been modified to be able
to function on diesel in addition to natural gas, and the PTT has
allocated reserve diesel and bunker oil to be used by the power plant,
while the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has adapted the
electricity supply system to provide maximum preparedness.
On this matter, the PEA Area 3 Governor Amphon Fugthong disclosed that
the electricity generation capacity of the southern region, linked with
input from the central region will be maintained at 2,828 megawatt,
which is expected to be sufficient for peak period usage in the area,
between 6:30pm-10:30pm each day, when power use reaches approximately
He said that the PEA has established a support center to assist
operations during the abnormal period of supply, to coordinate with the
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) which will be
monitoring usage and controlling distribution in the southern region to
accord with the designated plan. Meanwhile the public can call the
24-hour PEA Call Center 1129 for further information.
The Songkhla Provincial Energy Official, Suthichai Sukseesen said that
the government and private agencies in the province have acknowledged
the detailed plan of the Energy Ministry and believe that it will help
reassure the public and entrepreneurs of the reliability of the
electricity supply during the five day maintenance period, and not cause
any disruption to daily domestic use or to the economy of the region.
He said however that the general public should also help conserve
electricity by turning off lights, increasing air conditioner
temperature, and unplugging power cables, while the industrial and
business sector are asked to reduce their energy usage during the period
Decreasing power usage over a period like this also reduces the cost of
accessing electricity, making the monthly bills a little less, meaning
such customers will have more money to spend in other ways, the Songkhla
energy official said.
Thailand develops single database on child protection
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security and Mahidol University have jointly
developed a single database on child protection in Thailand.
Speaking at a press conference, chairman of the Child Protection System
Development Committee Sappasit Kumpapan said the Department of Children
and Youth Affairs is collaborating with eight other ministries and
Mahidol University in drafting a prototype plan of the country’s data
base management on child protection. The draft will compile all
children-related information and incorporate a standardized child
protection registration system.
The information collected will be used in policy making and budgeting
for child development projects and in dealing with child problems and
situations both in Thailand and the ASEAN region.
According to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the
establishment of a single data system containing all aspects of child
protection information will enable the government to understand the
strategic situation about children in Thailand and have a clearer
picture to deal with children and youth situation at a national level.
Farmer credit card members to get discount on Bangchak oil
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural
Cooperatives (BAAC) is joining hands with Bangchak Petroleum Plc. to
launch a campaign aimed at helping lesson farmers’ financial burden.
Bangchak Petroleum Plc is offering holders of BAAC farmer credit cards a
discount of 30 satang per liter on its petrol at all 540 Bangchak
stations across the country. A limit of 100,000 baht is allowed for each
According to BAAC President Luck Wajananawat, the project is aimed at
giving farmers access to quality and affordable farming materials to cut
production costs. The campaign is expected to raise farmers’ consumption
of Bangchak petrol from five million liters to seven million liters in
the next six months.
The BAAC started the farmer credit card project in 2012 to enable
farmers to purchase fertilizers, seeds and fuel on credit. Around 4.2
million agriculturists have taken part in the project so far. Bangchak’s
discount campaign will run from today until December 31, 2015.
More rain forecast in the North and Northeast
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) Northern and northeastern
residents can expect more precipitation during the second half of this
The Meteorological Department has issued strong gale warnings in the
Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand for the rest of the week. Waves
could reach heights of 2-4 meters.
Large fishing vessels should proceed with caution when leaving the
shore, while smaller boats have been advised to stay ashore until July
13. The monsoon trough, which is moving across the North and Northeast
of the country, will bring more rain to the areas.
Heavy rain has been forecast in some areas of the South and the East,
especially in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong and Phang Nga.
EC schedules public forum on draft charter on Jan 10th, 2016
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 (NNT) The Election Commission of
Thailand (EC) has disclosed that a public forum on the draft charter
will be held at the beginning of next year on January 10.
EC Chairman Suphachai Somcharoen said the forum is a key mechanism for
Thais to share their point of view regarding the content of the draft
The EC has already scheduled the forum and preparations are now
underway. The forum will be held for only one day, and there will be no
similar forums for Thai citizens living overseas.
Participants will be asked a series of questions from the National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the National Reform Council (NRC). The
number of questions will also depend on the Cabinet’s decision.
The questions will be easy to understand and impartial. The Cabinet is
expected to submit the draft charter to the EC only when the NRC has
endorsed it on September 4.
If the forum is to take place on January 10, then the EC is required to
publish the draft constitution in October and complete the delivery of
its copies to homes before December.
Sa Kaeo’s BAAC is satisfied with its 2015 performance so far
SA KAEO, 8 July 2015, (NNT) Sa Kaeo Bank of
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC)
has said in its mid-year financial report that
its performance during the first half of the
year is satisfactory, with many governmental
schemes fulfilled and farmers reportedly living
in a better condition.
According to the bank, it has focused on 6
policies, which include low income earners'
informal debt management, the development of
community financial institutes, and the
development of new business operators. The Bank
also highlights its capital strengthening
project, the scheme to increase the bank’s
income through transaction and service charges,
and its program to promote good governance in
The bank has granted 10.074 billion baht worth
of loan, adding that its net deposit amounted to
7.3 billion baht. It has handed out 10.26
million baht to 842 para rubber growers, as part
of the government’s compensation scheme to help
growers who were affected by plunging rubber
prices at the beginning of 2015.
DMR hosts the 3rd Thai - Lao Technical conference on Geology and Mineral Resources from July 7th - 11th
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015, (NNT) Thailand is hosting the
3rd Thai - Lao Technical conference on Geology and Mineral Resources,
which is being held at the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel, Bangkok.
The event kicked off yesterday and will be concluded on Saturday.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment General Dapong Ratanasuwan
chaired the opening ceremony, which was attended by officials from
Department of Mineral Resources from both nations and officers from
Thailand’s Department of Primary Industries and Mines as well as
representatives from Lao’s Department of Mines.
Thailand and Lao PDR have been working together on geology and mineral
resources study for over 12 years. Both countries have been exchanging
information among their related units, helping each other in human
resources development and geological researches.
The academic meeting, which kicked off yesterday at the Golden Tulip
Sovereign Hotel in Bangkok, will be concluded today. Participants are
also scheduled to visit the geological tourism and study sites in Nakhon
Nayok, Sa Kaeo and Chanthaburi Provinces on July 9-11..
Pathum Thani to join China Changchun International Agriculture & Food Expo and Trade Fair
PATHUM THANI, 8 July 2015, (NNT) The province of
Pathum Thani is sending entrepreneurs to participate in the China
Changchun International Agriculture & Food Expo and Trade Fair, which
will be held in Changchun, China from August 14 - 23.
The expo is aimed at promoting bilateral ties between Thailand and
China, which dates back several decades.
The province’s public relation office has reported that General Manager
of Baili Enterprise Co.Ltd, Wang Zheng, has been appointed as the
Chinese coordinator by the Changchun municipality office. Zheng will
also be responsible for promoting ties with other cities from China’s
Related agencies are prepared to showcase their top products in the
event. Pathum Thani is also planning to declare itself as Changchun's
unofficial sister city.
PRD officials in Satun give moral support to Thai Muslims during Ramadan fasting
SATUN, 7 July
2015 (NNT) Local
officials of the
Province made a
visit to Imam of
Ban Ko Ta Mosque
District to give
moral support to
Thai Muslims in
the province, on
the occasion of
The visit by the
PRD staff was in
leaders and Thai
Muslims in the
gave dates and
sugar to the
mosque in order
Muslims who are
On their visit,
good wish for
blessed them to
be patient and
month so that
succeed in being
The Imam of Ban
Ko Ta Mosque
said that he was
their help to
officials of the
He described Ban
Ko Ta as an area
with peace and
have unity and
in their area in
Cabinet approves state procurement bill
BANGKOK, 7 July 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has given
the green light to the draft law on procurement
and management of state property and is
forwarding it to the National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) for deliberation before its
Following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Deputy
Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern
Kaewkamnerd stated that the procurement and
state property management bill proposed by the
Ministry of Finance has been given approval in
The new law is intended to be enforced on the
procurement process within government agencies
and state enterprises, concentrating on
transparency, cost-worthiness, effectiveness and
examinability. It also stipulates the drawing up
of integrity pacts while giving the public a
chance to participate in the inspection of
government projects. If enacted, five committees
will be established to take charge of related
The bill is now slated to be reviewed by the
Office of the Council of State before being
forwarded to the NLA for final consideration. It
is expected to be approved and enacted into law
at the beginning of the next fiscal year or
Udon Thani almost completes workers from neighbouring countries regulation
UDON THANI, 7 July 2015 (NNT) The regulation
process of foreign workers from neighbouring
countries in Udon Thani has now reached 94
percent completion, according to the province's
The Vice Governor of Udon Thani Chaichan
Chaichan Eium-charoen today revealed the outcome
of the One Stop Service Immigrant Workers
Registration Center, operating from 1 April to
30 June 2015, saying that the center
successfully provided permit card renewals and
issued working permits to 1,506 foreign workers.
This is considered a 94 percent completion for
the entire immigrant workers residing in the
Officials tallied out the nationalities of the
workers receiving services. 96 had been
categorized as Burmese, 1,219 have been
identified as Laotian while another 191 were
The Udon Thani Vice Governor said that all
employers are required to proceed through all
the required procedures when employing
immigrants. Any employment without work permits
will result in a 10,000 - 100,000 baht fine,
while employers can also be subject to a 10,000
baht fine if their employee’s work permit
employment details does not contain matching
information with the officials'.
Employers are able to seek advice or address any
of their concerns regarding the employment of
migrant workers at the Udon Thani Provincial
SRT hears public opinion for northeastern line double track railway project
KHON KAEN, 7 July 2015 (NNT) The State Railway
of Thailand (SRT) hosts first public
participation forum on the Khon Kaen - Nong Khai
double track railway project in Khon Kaen
The Vice Governor of Khon Kaen Prasert
Luechathananon presided over the public
participation forum on the survey and design
phase of the Khon Kaen - Nong Khai double track
railway project. The forum was held on the 7
July 2015 at the Kosa Hotel in Khon Kaen
The SRT’s Deputy Chief of Civil Engineer Wannop
Paisalpong said the forum will serve to
publicize the project’s details to the public
and to encourage public participation on this
project right from the beginning.
Participants were informed on the rationale and
objectives of this project, its concept plan,
and the management procedures. Participants were
also allowed to suggest, comment and express
their opinions on this project.
The Khon Kaen - Nong Khai double track railway
project is an infrastructure development project
that involves the construction of a
174-kilometer long meter gauge railway track, in
parallel with the existing track from Khon Kaen
to Nong Khai, passing through a total of 15
stations. Construction that overpass, underpass,
or those that will replace the existing level
crossings will also be included in the project.
Trains will be able to reach speeds up to
120-160 kilometers per hour once the
construction is completed, providing the public
with less traveling time due to higher track
capacity, an increased efficiency of public
transit, a reduction in energy consumption and
emissions, and an improvement in road safety. It
is expected that the project will attract more
passengers to utilize the nation's rail
Prachuap Khiri Khan hastens vessels registration and certificates issuance
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 7 July 2015 (NNT) Prachuap Khiri Khan
province is now speeding up the registration of unregistered
vessels and the issuance of certificates for steersmen and
mechanics, hoping to finish the procedure within this month.
Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Marine Office Chief Suriya Kopatta has
revealed that it is now providing the registration service for
1,095 unregistered vessels so that they will legally operate
according to the fishery law. The office also dispatches a
mobile unit to facilitate fishing operators in faraway districts
in order to complete the registration process by the deadline.
Suriya said that the Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Marine Office is also
holding quality tests for steersmen and mechanics, of whom about
1,000 persons have passed this process.
The Prachuap Khiri Khan Marine Office Chief has mentioned that
workers from neighbouring countries with valid passports and
certifications from the embassy of their countries can also
apply for the tests to receive certificates for the positions.
He added that the actual obstacle for most fishing operators is
that they cannot find Thai nationals to fill in the positions of
steersmen and mechanics as the law requires 12 important
documents from the workers, prompting them to suspend the
Phuket declares safety measures to safeguard against strong waves
PHUKET, 7 July 2015 (NNT) The Marine Office Branch in Phuket
will be enforcing safety measures after the Meteorological
Department has announced caution to strong winds and high waves,
while small vessels are prohibited from leaving shore.
Chief of the Marine Office Branch in Phuket, Phuriphat
Teerakulpisut has said that the office is now enforcing safety
measures to prevent accidents from the expected strong winds and
high waves, announcing that vessels are not allowed to leave
shore for this period and the closure of some beach areas.
According to the weather advisory from the Meteorological
Department, strong wind and waves as high as 4 meters are
expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand during 6-13
July 2015, due to the strong southwest monsoon. Heavy rains are
also expected in the eastern and the southern regions of
Vessels in Phuket with lengths no longer than 9 meters are now
prohibited from leaving shore. Some beach areas in the province,
such as the entire area of the Kata beach, has been labeled as a
‘red-flag’ area, prohibiting the public and tourists from
Tourists are urged to be cautious of the ‘yellow-flag’ warning
flag and ‘red-flag’ swimming prohibition flag at beaches and to
comply strictly with official announcements for their own
safeties, as waves in some areas may be as high as 2-4 meters.
The Phuket Marine Office Chief also stated that beach guards are
now being deployed to provide additional safety protection for
tourists at Kata Beach from 8:30am to 6:30pm. These guards will
remain on patrol everyday until the risks have subsided.