Rain-making operations to continue to ensure enough supply
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Royal
Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation will continue its rain enhancement
operations despite the coming rainfalls, to ensure sufficient water
According to Director-General Warawut Khantiyanan, the cloud seeding
needs to proceed since recent precipitation has yet to solve the drought
crisis in some areas. However, the Irrigation Department chief believes
that the drought problems should ease off in the next two weeks thanks
to the arrival of cloudburst.
The Irrigation Department will take this period to step up its
rain-making operations as the climate condition is now more conducive to
the cloud seeding. However, the department chief commented that the rain
enhancement was not the only way to solve the crisis, adding that
cooperative efforts from different agencies and the public were also
vital to deal with the problems.
Mr. Warawut confirmed that the rain-making operations will continue
until the end of the rainy season. Meanwhile, the Meteorological
Department has forecast lower rainfalls in the North and the Northeast
as the monsoon trough that reached the two regions has weakened.
Scattered showers will linger in the South and the Gulf of Thailand, and
Nakhon Ratchasima pledges help for locals affected by forest reclamation
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The governor of
Nakhon Ratchasima province, accompanied by officials of the provincial
Social Development and Human Security Office, has recently handed
monetary assistance to families affected by the reclamation of Khon Buri
Nakhon Ratchasima governor Thongchai Lue-adul gave an aid fund of 5,000
baht to each of the 39 families which were ordered to relocate from a
forest reserve late last year. The villagers are living in the temporary
shelter as the land arrangement is in the pipeline. Apart from the cash,
the governor gave the villagers necessary items while assuring them of a
fair share in the new land allocation.
Forest encroachment is one of the government’s prime concerns. According
to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, forest areas in the
country is shrinking by more than one million rai each year. The total
forest areas are estimated at 32 percent of the entire land countrywide.
The government on June 1 announced its forest reclamation campaign aimed
at taking back at least 600,000 rai of encroached forests across the
country from influential figures within this year.
Government passes tax laws for tutorial schools
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The government has
decided to go ahead with a new law levying tax on tutorial schools,
sending a message that all profit-orientated organisations must
contribute to society.
According to the Deputy Spokesperson of the PM Office, Maj Gen Sansern
Kaewkamnerd, the government has decided to pass the new tax law as it
concluded that tutorial schools’ operation was aimed at making profits
rather than promoting students’ advancement. The law was recorded in the
Government Gazette two days ago.
Maj Gen Sansern told tutorial school operators not to panic as the taxes
would be calculated from their net profits, meaning that the law would
have marginal effect on their huge profits. Meanwhile, general schools,
both public and private ones, would still be exempted from taxes as they
are part of the mainstream education development.
According to the Ministry of Education, the market value of tutorial
schools could be as high as 8.1 billion baht this year. The number of
tutorial institutes to which the new tax law applies is estimated at
2,000-3,000 across the country. The tax collection is expected to add up
to 1.2 billion baht to the government's coffers.
Parents who suspect they are unfairly charged by tutorial operators
following the passing of the law can lodge their complaints with the
Consumer Protection Board
Most Thais giving close watch on Govt, NCPO, but do not want civilians movement that brings conflicts
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) Most of the Thai people
do not want to see political movement against the government and
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) so as to allow the latter to
work without disturbance, according to the result of an opinion survey
conducted by the National Institute of Development Administation (Nida
The poll was conducted on 9-10 July on 1,257 people to gauge their
opinions on political activities staged by various groups in the present
Asked what the public should do in current situation, most or 77.65% of
the respondents said the public should not run any political activities
but let the government and the NCPO finish their work. They also thought
the two governing bodies had done well in their job so far.
13.45% said the people should come out to show moral support to the
government and the NCPO as their performance was satisfying in general.
When asked whether scholars, social service organizations and political
parties should stage their political activities during this time, the
majority, 68.34%, of the respondents said the opposite, urging all to
allow the government and the NCPO to work. 15.27% said they should come
out to show them support.
55.77% of the respondents said they should send their opinions to the
government and the NCPO through proper channels if they want to show
grievance towards the government and the NCPO's performances and
Bangkok cleans up road ahead of Bike for Mom activity
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) has ordered roads to be cleaned in preparation for
the Bike for Mom activity, organized as a celebration for the auspicious
occasion of HM the Queen’s birthday.
Phaya Thai District Chief Woraset Prapatsutanon said that Phaya Thai
District and the BMA’s Environment Department has dispatched a cleaning
team, consisting of 50 people, 2 crane vehicles, and 8 high pressure
water spray vehicles to clean the the Sam Liam Din Daeng Junction, from
Sam Sen Canal to Soi Boon Yu. Today's cleaning operations will cover a
distance of 450 meters.
Roads are being cleaned in preparation for the upcoming Bike for Mom
activity, set to take place on 16 August 2015 as a celebration for the
auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday.
The District Chief further stated that Phaya Thai District office and
other related agencies will be working together to monitor the over
preparations and will work to maintain the cleanliness of the paths used
in the Bike for Mom activity to ensure their orderliness and scenic
beauty prior to the event's commencement.
Diphtheria & tetanus vaccinations needed to prevent outbreak in ASEAN
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The Disease Control
Department has advised around 28 million Thai people who are 20-50 years
old to get diphtheria and tetanus vaccinations in its concern over
possible outbreak of the two diseases in ASEAN.
Director of the Bureau of Emerging Infectious Disease (BEID) Rungrueng
Kitphati said the Disease Control Department has started providing free
vaccines against Diphtheria and Tetanus in one injection since October
1st, 2014. The campaign continues in 2015 on a greater scale to honor
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her 60th birthday anniversary.
Under the campaign, the BEID will provide free diphtheria and tetanus
vaccinations to 28 million Thais aged 20-50 before the end of this year.
The Director said the immunization program has prevented the spread of
the two diseases in Thailand despite the diphtheria outbreak in
neighboring countries like Laos. The program will also help immunize
Thai people against the diseases ahead of an expected influx of ASEAN
workers into the country when the ASEAN Community comes into force at
the end of this year.
Dr. Rungrueng urged Thais in the specified age range to get the
vaccinations at any government medical center or at the "Healthy City,
Community Way of Life Fair” during 17-26 July 2015.
Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and is most often
associated with sore throat, fever, and the development of an adherent
membrane on the tonsils or throat, or nasopharynx. In some cases, the
disease causes only skin problems on patients. Rare cases have
complications of myocarditis that can be severe enough to cause death.
Outside PM is unlikely to happen
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) A member of the National
Reform Council has publicly commented that the likelihood of a prime
minister being directly appointed to the post, is remote.
NRC member Direk Teungfung said that Thailand’s current situation does
not need an ‘outside’ prime minister, as Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is
already responsible for this role.
Mr. Direk’s comment was made following reports that some political
groups have been expressing their support for Deputy Defence Minister
Gn. Udomdej Sitabutr to propose himself as a candidate after he retires
from the military post in September.
Mr. Direk said that the concept of an appointed prime minister does not
look viable nor necessary in the current circumstances.
He added that as charter drafting is now underway, an election is
positively on the horizon — just as it was planned in the National
Council for Peace and Order’s road map.
RID keeps on monitoring water situation on a daily basis for better adjustment of water release plan
BANGKOK, 12 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation
Department (RID) keeps watching on water situation on a daily basis so
that it can effectively adjust water release plans in case of
insufficient amount of rainfall, says RID director-general Suthep
According to Mr.Suthep, Thailand currently has around 10,000 million
cubic meters of usable water kept in reservoirs and dams nationwide
which is about 20 per cent of their full capacity.
Most of the water volume comes from main reservoirs whereas only 3 per
cent is coming from Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen Dam
and Pa Sak Jolasid Dam located in the Chao Phraya River Basin.
Artificial rainmaking operations on Sunday morning in the northern
region was a success, but the water volume gained was still not enough
to raise the level of water at Bhumibol Dam. Similar situation happens
in Uttaradit’s Sirikit Dam despite a considerable amount of rainfall in
The RID still distributes water from four main dams at the amount of 28
million cubic meters a day for community consumption and agriculture in
22 provinces in the Chao Phraya River Basin.
However, if rainfall is still insufficient to fill more water into main
dams, the RID says it needs to either reduce or delay supply of water in
order to extend the availability of water beyond the end of July.
Thai government has done everything right in the repatriation of Uighurs
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Thai government is confident
that the repatriation of Muslim Uighurs was the right way to
handle the illegal arrivals situation.
Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, said
that as Thailand has followed every appropriate step in the
repatriation of 109 Uighurs, the public should trust in the
Maj Gen Sunsern stated that where there is proof of law-breaking
in another country, and where nationality verification has
proven the origins of the illegal immigrants involved, Thailand
has no choice but to send them back.
He is positive that the antagonism directed at Thailand will
ease once each party acknowledges logical argument and accepts
rationale over the emotion of the situation.
The deputy government spokesman is also hoping that when all
involved respect local and international laws while cooperating
more to solve the problem, the situation will soon return to
Phang-Nga officials meet on the area's fishing scene
PHANG-NGA, 13 July 2015, (NNT) Phang-Nga
administration officials met during the weekend on the province's
They discussed boat docking and management of beach areas in Koh Kai
Nai, Koh Kai Nok, and Koh Kai Nui located in the Koh Yao District. The
discussion also covered the monitoring, managing, and ship docking
policies for the three islands and their beaches, the province's most
lucrative tourism spots.
The officials said the meeting agreed to divide the islands into three
zones, made up of a maritime zone, a mountain zone and a combined zone.
The specifics of the management plan are to be proposed to the Phang-Nga
NLA to deliberate impeachment motion on 248 former MPs this week
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) will, on Wednesday and Thursday, hear the arguments from
the accuser and the accused as it deliberates the impeachment motion on
248 former members of parliament.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has scheduled an extraordinary
meeting of the NLA for Wednesday and Thursday (July 15 and 16) for the
legislators to deliberate the impeachment motion on 248 former members
of parliament for their role in amending parts of the B.E. 2550 charter
dealing with Senate recruitment. During the two days, NLA members will
be hearing from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) – the
accuser – and the former MPs accused of misconduct.
The NLA president has also ordered members to convene on Friday (July
17) to make deliberation on agendas such as the Cabinet's work
performance on solving the IUU fishing issue, the human trafficking
problem and the rubber price issue. NLA members will also make its
decision on the amendment of the Civil Procedure Code involving the sale
of condominium units and developed estates.
Definition of state money removed from draft charter to avoid interpretation problems
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting
Committee (CDC) has heeded a government-suggested revision of wordings
within Sections 199-205 of the draft charter to better prevent the use
of state funds on populist policies.
CDC members met to deliberate the treasury and budgetary stipulations of
sections 199-205 within the draft permanent constitution, and opted to
maintain the principles of the first draft. The stipulations sought to
ensure financial discipline and prevent the expenditure of funds on
populist policies. The CDC members, in heeding a suggestion by the
government, have revised the wording to be more precise. The purpose of
sections 199-205 is to ensure fairness in economic and social
undertakings, as well as efficient and beneficial expenditure of funds.
Under the stipulations, policies that draw on the state's budget must go
through an analysis process, must be worth the money, and must have a
clear source of funds.
In order to avoid interpretation problems in the future, CDC members
have removed the definition of 'state money' previously provided in
Section 200 of the draft charter.
Thai, Cambodian foreign ministers discuss trade, investment and tourism collaborations
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Foreign Minister Tanasak
Patimapagorn has received Cambodian foreign minister Hor Namhong during
the latter's official visit to Thailand and discussed trade, investment
and tourism collaborations with his counterpart.
General Tanasak and Mr. Namhong discussed the collaborations during the
latter's visit to Thailand on July 10-12. Some of the collaborations
included joint development of the shared border and improvement of
border points. The two parties also signed an agreement on
Thai-Cambodian border crossing, which would allow citizens of both
countries who live along the shared border to make regular commutes
across the border. This development would allow both countries to fill
the labor demand of regular and seasonal businesses along the border
area, contribute toward curbing alien workers' illegal migration, and
contribute toward the development of both countries' border areas.
Thailand and Cambodian also declared their intention to open a new
permanent border crossing point at Chong An Ma in Ubon Ratchathani,
which links to Preah Vihear Province in Cambodia
MFA to hold seminar on AEC vision tomorow
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of ASEAN
Affairs and Prince of Songkla University will hold a seminar next
tomorrow on the people's vision for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
Organizers highly encourage public participation. The event is aimed at
gathering people's thoughts and opinions on the AEC, in order to
establish a collective vision towards the regional union.
The seminar will be held on campus at Prince of Songkla University, on
July 13th from 08.30 – 12.00 hrs. Those interested in joining the
seminar can call 0-7428-9211 or send an email to [email protected]
for more information.
PM urges fishing operators to strictly follow regulations
BANGKOK, 11 July 2015, (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked trawler operators nationwide to strictly
According to the PM, the government is committed to solving the problems
of the Thai fishing industry demanded by the European Union’s illegal,
unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. General Prayut disclosed that
doing so would prevent labor and human trafficking issues in the
fisheries sector, as well as preserving the nation's maritime resources
Fishing-related trades, exports and businesses generate more than 200
billion baht of income annually. According to the Prime Minister,
maritime resources management must be done to maintain the balance of
aquatic animals in the Thai waters. He reiterated that the
administration would work to the best of its ability to address the
issue, in order to create a stronger fishing industry.
The Prime Minister also stressed that the government would provide
assistance to fishing boat operators as much as possible, especially
small-scale fishermen. He said all trawler operators must operate
legally and do so without affecting natural resources. Related agencies
have already been instructed to help addressing the issue.
Farmers begin cultivation after continued rainfalls
PATTANI, 11 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers in many parts of
the country have begun rice cultivation after continued rainfalls.
In the Southern province of Pattani, local rice growers have started to
grow paddies after the provincial irrigation office declared that the
current water supplies in reservoirs were ample for farming. Officials
are surveying areas along the irrigation routes to estimate the number
of farmers before arranging the seed and water distribution.
In the Northeastern province of Buriram, parched paddies have begun to
revive thanks to the cloudbursts over the past two days. Agriculturists
living outside the irrigation zone are also preparing their soil for the
The coming of rainfalls not only brought the dying crops back to life
but also saved other economically important plants. In the central
province of Phitsanulok, longan growers whose outputs were damaged by
the prolonged dry season now have the opportunity to make some profits
as badly-needed rain waters have given a boost to their orchards.
The Irrigation Department earlier confirmed the rainy season would begin
Water resources dept. clarifies national water management strategy
BANGKOK, 11 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Water
Resources has arranged a seminar and exhibition on Thailand’s water
management strategy and given updates on the drought situation.
Representatives of the department said in the seminar that the national
water management strategy had the objective to promote public
participation and create awareness on how the government managed the
country’s water resources. This year’s average rainfall at the beginning
of the rainy season was lower than normal due to El Ni?o and Indian
The department has forecast that the 2015 average rainfall would be
lower than 7-10%. From August - September 2015, more rain is expected
The department said the important thing was to discharge water from
reservoirs according to cultivation. It stressed that the country needed
to follow the national water management strategy which covered six
aspects, such as water consumption, wise use of water, improvement to
reservoirs and water security in the production sector.
Thailand signs MoU on investment promotion in Mekong sub-region with Japan and Myanmar
BANGKOK, 11 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha stated the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit, which was held in
Japan from July 2nd - 4th, has been a success.
The Prime Minister thanked the Japanese government for the warm
hospitality, and said Thailand asserted to the meeting its role as one
of the committed partners in developing and defining the Tokyo Strategy
2015 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation.
One of the highlights in the strategy is the sustainable development
which prioritizes disaster risk reduction, climate change, conservation
and water resource management.
General Prayut also signed a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar
and Japan on promoting investment in the Mekong southern sub-region,
which is being call ‘Thailand 1’.
The talks also entailed the proposal to create agricultural cooperation
and establish agricultural markets for Thai products in Mekong member
nations. The development of skilled labor and occupational training
exercise cooperation has also been included in the discussion.
FDA enforcing better control of painkillers
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Office of the Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are
expected to enforce stricter control of medicines to prevent their
The ONCB, the FDA, Bang Pakok Wittayakom School, the Office of Basic
Education Commission (OBEC) and the Thai Pharmacies Association have
revealed at a press conference their efforts in trying to stop medicinal
ONCB Secretary General Permpong Choawalit said following the viral video
of a high school girl having a seizure after taking 40 painkiller pills
that it is now a trend among secondary school students.
He said a combination of painkillers and other drugs would make anyone
taking them high. Better controls on the medicines often prescribed to
younger people will be implemented. Certain types of drugs will soon
only be sold in an FDA certified drug store.
The Royal Thai Police and the FDA will continue to monitor drug stores
nationwide to make sure painkillers are not sold for a misguided
purpose. The stores could risk having their license suspended for 120
Household economy hits its lowest point in 11 months
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research) has
revealed that the local KR Household Economic Condition Index (KR-EIC)
was at 43.8 in June, its lowest point in 11 months.
It attributed the drop to the increasing cost of living, while revising
down the KR-EIC figure in the next three months to 45.2 from 47.7, which
if realized, would be the lowest figure in 13 months. The grim
projection is backed by the fact that employment and income rates are
still recovering, while the personal debt rate continues to rise. The
center indicated that the factors holding back the household sector are
increasing commodity product prices, with decreasing income and
Despite the inflation rate being maintained during the first half of
2015, the private sector's spending has not yet fully recovered as the
household sector still has diminishing purchasing power while living
expenses continue to rise.
Household debt had a slower growth rate in the first quarter, as
consumers became more cautious in their spending, and financial
institutes hardened their lending policies. Spending in the real estate
sector grew only 1.7 percent over the quarter, while K-Research expected
the figure would reach 2 percent. The lower-than-expected figure is due
to the decreasing public purchasing power and the subdued economy.
NBT World programs to be relayed through TGN
BANGKOK, July 2015, (NNT) The English language TV
programs of NBT World will soon be relayed through the Thai TV Global
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the matter will soon be signed
between TGN and the Department of Public Relations' National News Bureau
of Thailand (NNT). The development came after a meeting of the two
agencies, during which TGN expressed particular interest in the NNT's
English programs aired on the 'NBT World' channel.
TGN and NNT have agreed to study the details of the content to be
relayed through TGN, signing an MOU to seal the deal.
TGN was the first satellite TV station in Thailand and is operated by
the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Station. It provides a wide
array of content from news to documentaries and entertainment programs
to viewers across the globe. Its mission is to reach all Thais residing
in 177 nations around the world as well as to give foreigners a clear
picture of Thailand.
39 digital TV stations expected by the end of 2016
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The National Broadcasting
Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has instructed digital TV service
providers to finish integrating their digital TV broadcasting systems on
NBTC committee member Supinya Klangnarong has joined a meeting with all
service providers, which include Mass Communication Organization of
Thailand, Thai PBS, the Royal Thai Army and the Public Relations
Department. The meeting briefed all parties on the progress of their
digital broadcasting systems.
The NBTC committee member has said that the digital TV signal
distribution has been successful, but some households have experienced
disruptions due to incorrect installations.
More digital TV stations are expected to be established this month.
There will be a total of 39 stations by the end of next year.
Marine Dept reveals transport industry facelift
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Marine Department has
unveiled its plan to revamp the marine transport services and organize a
big event to boost tourism.
Director-General Chula Sukmanop said the Marine Department has begun to
improve 17 ports in Bangkok and nearby provinces. Renovations include
expanding passenger waiting areas, refurbishing facilities, and
landscaping. The project is 15 percent complete.
As part of the plan to develop the country into the marina hub of
Southeast Asia, the department has planned to organize a yacht festival
showcasing more than 150 yachts and luxury boats. The event is expected
to draw at least 3,000 visitors globally, giving publicity to marine
The Marine Department has also set aside a budget of 30 million baht to
improve sea ports and boost border transport, trade and tourism.
Measures rolled out to tackle road collapses nationwide
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Rural
Roads is rolling out solutions to a series of road collapses across the
country, brought on by the drought crisis.
The department said canal-side roads generally remained intact due to
the pressure of water in canals and the amount of rock and soil lining
up against canals. The drought drained canals and caused the soil to
dissolve, prompting road surface to crack.
It was revealed that roads under the supervision of the department
suffer collapses with an estimated total length of 5.2 kilometer, which
is 0.2 percent of the entire distance.
Warning signs and road barriers have erected to improve road safety in
areas with major collapses. Repair work will be carried out during the
next 7-10 days. Drilling operations will be conducted to design better
methods to fortify the roads.
In addition, the department has announced measures to prevent further
subsidence. 10-wheel trucks driving past canal-side roads cannot weigh
over 18 tons, and relevant agencies are required to better manage canal
dredging and maintain water levels.
MOPH & AOT sign deal to develop Styrofoam-zero airport restaurants
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Disease
Control and the Department of Health have signed an agreement with
Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) to raise the standards of airport
The deal is intended to encourage operators of food outlets in all
airports to pay more attention to safety and cleanliness of their food
and facilities, in order for airport restaurants across the country to
on par with the World Health Organization’s standards.
Eateries of which the quality of products and services is in compliance
with the Ministry of Public Health’s requirements will be given Clean
Food Good Taste certificates. The ministry has also planned to conduct a
campaign seeking reduction of the use of polystyrene containers among
food outlets and customers since this type of environmentally-unfriendly
food container is blamed for a variety of health problems, including
The campaign will soon be launched in 10 airports countrywide.
Separated Sea tops 7 Wonders THAILAND 2015 rankings
KRABI, July 2015 (NNT) The Separated Sea tourist
landmark of Krabi province was voted the number one destination, in the
poll '7 Wonders THAILAND 2015'.
A website specializing in tourist destinations 7Wondersthailand.com has
revealed the site's voting results in the 7 Wonders THAILAND 2015
polling, held for the 8th consecutive year.
The Separated Sea is an island complex situated in Krabi province, with
a unique sand pathway that connects the islands during low tide and
allows visitors to walk to the islands. The tropical destination was
voted the number one attraction in the 7 Wonders THAILAND 2015. Runner
up destinations included Ko Lipe Island in Satun, Ko Tachai Island in
Phang Nga, Emerald Pond in Krabi, Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi, Ko
Phi Phi Le Island in Krabi, and Ko Lan in Chonburi.
Voting continued over a period of a year on the www.7wondersthailand.com
website, where online users were allowed to cast their vote and share
their comments and reviews on each attraction.
The website polling for the year 2016 began today, allowing the general
public and tourists to vote for their favorite destination on the
website. Site visitors are also encouraged to leave comments and detail
their personal experience, in addition to voting.
Mobile fisheries legal processing units in Samut Songkhram launched
SAMUT SONGKRAM, July 2015, (NNT) Samut Songkhram
Provincial Administration Office, Maritime Enforcement Coordination
Center Area 1, Port In - Port Out Controlling Center, the Marine
Department, the Fisheries Department, and the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission this morning launched a mobile fisheries
legal processing unit.
The units offer all kinds of legal processing services related to
fisheries, which include fishing vessel registration, fishing permit and
captain & First Mate certificates issuance, to name a few.
The mobile unit also gave lecture on the importance of legal fishing to
about 700 fishing personnel who showed up for the registration.
The government has imposed strict fishing regulations on the sector as
demanded by the EU since April, in its bid to address the Illegal,
Unreported and Unregulated fishing issues in the country and regain
trading partners' confidence in the fisheries sector
NCB regulates pharmacies to prevent drug abuse
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Narcotics Control Board
(NCB) is set to start regulating the sales of drugs at pharmacies to
prevent the misuse of drugs especially in children and youth, says NCB
The NCB Secretary-General Permpong Chaovalit stated that the NCB will
work with related agencies to put an end on drug abuse, such as the
misapplication of Procodyl painkiller in combination with other
substances to induce intoxication, that is currently spreading among
high school students.
He has said that the NCB will be conducting law enforcement, suppression
operations, in-depth investigation, and random inspections at pharmacies
in risk areas. There have been reports that pharmacies have been selling
these items to children knowingly of their intention to induce
intoxication through the misuse of drugs.
The NCB will campaign to reinforce medicine regulations to cover the
drugs now being misused by children and youth, to only be available at
the pharmacies certified by the Food and Drug Administration. Other
social regulations may also be enforced, as well as raising the
awareness at educational institutes on the prevention of drug abuse.
The NCB Secretary-General noted that these drugs will still be available
at regular pharmacies, as the sale ban would likely affect the general
public. He added that any pharmacies acting as a drug abusing retailer
will face legal prosecution and the temporary suspension of the pharmacy
license for 120 days.
Since the beginning of 2015, 40 pharmacies have already had their
licenses suspended, while the city of Bangkok has been recognized as the
risk area where this behavior of drug abuse is widespread.
Japan to develop eco-industrial park in Ratchaburi
RATCHABURI, July 2015 (NNT) The Governor of
Ratchaburi and high-ranking personnel from the Ministry of Defense has
traveled to Japan to observe the environmental management of Kitakyushu
City, for use at the province's future eco-industrial park.
Kitakyushu is the northernmost city of Kyushu and an important port city
for international trade. The Department of Industrial Works of Thailand
and its Japanese counterpart earlier signed a memorandum of
understanding for the development of the park.
An area covering 20,000 rai in Jombung district was chosen as the
construction site. The new industrial estate will come equipped with a
full range of facilities, including a hospital, a recreational park,
government offices and a shopping complex. Construction has already
begun and is 10 percent complete.
Japanese researchers chose Jombung to build the industrial estate due to
the district’s geographical advantages, particularly its closeness to
the capital city, low potential for earthquakes, and high altitude above
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense is planning to build a commercial
airport in Ratchaburi to accommodate its growing economy.
Irrigation Dept confirms rainy season to begin in August
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation
Department (RID) has told drought-affected farmers to ready themselves
for rice cultivation, as the rainy season is sure to arrive next month.
Based on weather forecasts from several agencies, RID Director-General
Lertwirote Kowatana reported that the rainy season would begin in
August. He explained the country has experienced an unusually long dry
season this year due to the volatile climate.
Several meteorological institutes did not think the drought would last
this long, given that water levels in the four main dams earlier this
year were higher compared to the same period last year.
The impact of the El Nino climate was not noticeable until late May and
early June, during which precipitation across all regions fell below
average, prompting speculation of belated rainfall.
In response to the drought crisis, the RID adjusted its water management
plan to reduce water supplies to 28 million cubic instead of 60 million
cubic meters per day and request a delay in rice farming until the
NBT Celebrates its 27th year anniversary
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015, (NNT) National Broadcasting
Services of Thailand's (NBT) Channel 11 today celebrates its 27th
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi bestowed a flower
bouquet, commemorating the station's founding. The bouquet was received
by Public Relations Department (PRD) Director General Apinan
Earlier this morning, Mr. Apinan and NBT's management and employees
attended a merit-making ceremony. Several representatives from private
sectors and governmental units, including National Council for Peace and
Order Spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree, visited NBT headquarters on
Vibhavadi Road. They also made a donation through the channel to the
Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the patronage of H.M. the
The PRD chief thanked all NBT staff members for jobs well-done over the
years, for bringing the latest, accurate news to Thais nationwide. He
said the channel had always been an instrument of communication for both
the public and the government.
Drought hits provinces across Thailand hard
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Many provinces in regions
across Thailand continue to be hit by the drought crisis, brought on by
a long period of below-normal rainfall.
In Buengkarn, local authorities were unable to pump water from
underground to supply farmers and residents due to drying canals and
groundwater sources. A backhoe has been used to further pump up the
water, which is red, mucky and undrinkable.
Chachoengsao authorities also found the level of salinity in their tap
water soaring past standard level. Raw water sources are being procured
to ensure adequate supply of water for residents. The province is
purchasing water from the private sector and the Irrigation Department
to relieve the drought condition.
Farmers in Nakhon Sawan, meanwhile, can do nothing but watch more of
their crops dying due to severe water shortage. They are hoping for more
rains later in the season to salvage the remainder of the crop in their
Government allows unregistered boats 2-month period of grace
PATTANI, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The government has
answered the plea of unregistered fishing boats by allowing them to
catch fish for another two months, in a bid to maintain seafood supplies
and stabilize market prices.
Unregistered fishing vessels have been allowed to go to sea again, after
being forced to stay in port for more than ten days. The government
decided to give these boats a two-month grace period to operate at sea
while applying for fishing licenses and registration.
The announcement prompted a number of fishing operators to resume
activities and gave their crews the opportunity to earn an income.
Meanwhile, fresh fish markets regained some of their normal busy
atmosphere, as licensed boats returned from sea and replenished stocks,
causing prices to moderate accordingly.
All unregistered boats must acquire the correct type of license and
registration within the two-month period of grace or face tough
Ban on alcohol sale near school campus enforced within a month
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister
Yongyut Yuttawong has made known that Section 44 of the constitution is
being invoked to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks near educational
Mr Yongyut, who chaired a meeting of relevant agencies, said the panel
had approved the ban on alcohol sales within 300 metres radius of school
and university campuses. The ban also extends to grocery stores and
local shops that sell and distribute alcoholic beverages.
Section 44 and a soon-to-be-released order from the Prime Minister’s
Office will allow the government to enforce the ban, effective 30 days
after the announcement.
Business operators will be summoned for a meeting to clarify the
government’s ban. Entertainment areas which include Ratchada, Patpong
and New Phetchaburi will be exempt from the ban.
A group representing 3,400 businesses nationwide earlier said 125,000
jobs will be lost immediately once the ban is implemented.
MFA stresses Chinese Government to justly treat Uighur refugees
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Spokesman for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has confirmed that the Chinese
government will ensure fair treatment to all deported Uighur refugees
and even provide appropriate work to the deportees who are not involved
in criminal activities.
The MFA spokesman and Department of Information Director-General Sek
Wannamethee has addressed the concerns over the deportation of Uighur
refugees back to China that the Chinese government assured the Thai
government that all refugees will receive fair treatment, guaranteeing
He cited that the Chinese government will ensure refugees will be
brought back into society with appropriate work ensured, provided that
they are not involved in any criminal activities.
Chinese authorities have also invited Thailand to send its delegation to
monitor the entire procedure, while the Office of the National Security
Council will respond by sending a delegation of government agency
personnel and representatives of international organizations such as the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to monitor the
procedures as invited, the MFA spokesman has said.
Every sector in Maha Sarakham province signs MOU on alcohol control
MAHA SARAKHAM, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Representatives of
every sector in Maha Sarakham province have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) on alcohol control.
The provincial governor led representatives of all sectors in the
province in the signing of an MOU introducing the 2015 "Strategic
Provinces on Alcohol Control" program, to jointly push for community
awareness of the effects and problems of alcohol abuse.
Related sectors including government organizations, educational
institutes, the local administrative office, police, soldiers, 13
district chiefs, members of the private sector and organizations, all
signed the MOU. The provincial public health office in collaboration
with the Stop Drink Network and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation
have implemented the agreement to raise community awareness of the
problems associated with alcoholic beverages.
Statistics show that Maha Sarakham province is the worst affected
province with 24.10 percent of youths aged 15-18 years old consuming
alcohol. The public health ministry's declaration of the alcohol control
act will limit youth's exposure to alcoholic beverages through sales
restrictions at various locations such as in government grounds,
educational institutes, temples, public health service centers, public
parks, and gas stations for example. These places will be off limits for
the sale or drinking of alcohol according to the law while policies to
decrease alcohol consumption by young members of society, will also be
Apart from the signing of an MOU, the move also included a strategic
discussion on the matter, to be used as a tool according to the the
Police chief says talk of lost Koh Tao DNA a misunderstanding
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police
chief has clarified that the DNA samples in the Koh Tao murder case had
been stored at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, quelling allegations
that the evidence was lost during investigation.
The Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Somyot Pumpunmuang,
addressed a misunderstanding about the DNA samples in the Koh Tao murder
case, giving an assurance that the evidence was not lost.
He cited the Provincial Police Region 8 Commissioner, stating that all
collected DNA samples from the date of the incident had been sent to the
Institute of Forensic Medicine by investigators, before being examined
by the Central Scientific Crime Detection Division.
The examination results of the DNA samples have been used to compile
forensic evidence for the case's court proceedings.
Regarding the investigator’s statement to the court claiming that the
samples had not been stored, the Police Chief explained that it is not
the investigator's task to store the evidence, as only the examination
results were required during the court procession. Lawyers can request
access to the examination results directly through the court. Once the
court accepts the request, a command will be issued to the police to
forward the examination results to the lawyer.
He also advised that evidence apart from the DNA results, such as the
surrounding witnesses and other items found at the crime scene, will
also be utilized in the court proceedings in this case.
CDC retains provision allowing for unelected Prime Minister
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC)
has finalized its revision of 202 sections in the new constitution and
is in the process of discussing Chapter 5, regarding finance and budget.
The charter drafters retained the selection process of the Prime
Minister with two possible scenarios. An individual may assume the
premiership if he or she is a Member of Parliament (MP) with a majority
vote from the lower house, or a non-MP with a two-thirds or
supermajority vote from the lower house.
The CDC struck out the provision that requires the Senate to vet the
qualifications of Cabinet members. They also revised Section 184 to
stipulate that if more than half of the Cabinet were to resign, then the
deputy ministers of the associated ministries would take their places.
2016 budget draft for 12 ministries passed with 5 bn baht cut
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) A parliamentary committee
responsible for vetting the Budget Expenditure Bill B.E. 2559 has
approved the financial outlay of 12 ministries with a total cut of 5
billion baht, the committee’s spokesman says.
Spokesman of the committee Lt Gen Chatudom Titthasiri explained that the
budgets of 12 ministries have already passed the committee’s
consideration, and the panel is now looking into the budget of the
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
He said that the consideration was progressing within the designated
timeframe with the approved budget already totalling 1.027 trillion baht
out of the 2.72 trillion baht. According to him, about 5.82 billion baht
has already been cut from the budget requests. The cuts are on such
projects as personnel training, heavy goods procurement, and non-urgent
The Spokesman added that all ministries have been urged to manage their
budget in line with the government’s problem-solving priority so that
the allocations will give the maximum benefit to the country and the
AMLO issues fraud warning after reports of call center gang
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Anti-Money Laundering
Office (AMLO) has issued a warning to the public, asking them not to
fall easy prey to con-man claiming to be AMLO authorities.
The issuance of warning came in response to reports that a number of
people have been tricked into losing millions of baht daily to a call
center gang disguising itself as the AMLO. The bogus callers usually
scare their victims by accusing them of being involved in drug crimes,
and then order the victims to prove their innocence by transferring
their money the gang’s account for verification of its origin.
According to the AMLO, people who fall prey to these tricksters are
those who rarely follow news. The scam is rampant in Northern and
Southern provinces as well as the vicinity of Bangkok. The agency
advised those getting this type of telephone call to stay calm and then
hang up immediately.
Anyone experiencing such an incident can call the AMLO’s 1710 hotline to
PM: Petroleum laws to be decided by NLA
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NTT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayuth Chan-ocha says revision of the recent
controversial petroleum legislation rests with
the judgement of the National Legislative
In response to the civic network for Thailand’s
energy reform's recent criticism against two
pieces of petroleum legislation approved by the
Cabinet, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha
said the petroleum laws must be designed to
attract foreign investors and provide fair
compensation to stakeholders. He also said it
was the duty of the NLA to make adjustments to
Landscaping along Bike for Mom route progressing by 80%
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) has announced 80 percent progress in its
improvement of the landscape along the route of the upcoming Bike for
Executives of the BMA have followed up on the landscaping works being
conducted on several roads ahead of the Bike for Mom campaign in honor
of Her Majesty the Queen on her 83rd birthday anniversary this August
12. Accompanying the BMA executives were officials from six districts of
Bangkok where the participating cyclists will be traveling through,
namely Dusit, Ratchathewi, Phayathai, Chatuchak, Bang Khen and Din Daeng
Thus far, the landscaping of all the featured roads has progressed by 80
percent. Responsible authorities are trimming branches, rearranging
utility lines, cleaning sidewalks and repainting traffic lines while
promotional banners for the Bike for Mom activity are being installed
across the city in an effort to draw in more participants.
According to the BMA, the road surface on Si Ayutthaya Road,
Phahonyothin Road and around the Victory Monument is being improved and
completion is expected no later than July 20. In order to avoid
obstructing people’s commute, the works are being carried out only at
night without any road closure.
Thai workers in Turkey safe, no injunction to prevent job seeking
BANGKOK, 19 July 2015 (NNT) The Director-General of
the Department of Employment (DOE) has confirmed that all of the 459
Thai workers in Turkey are safe, and it is still unnecessary to issue an
injunction to prevent Thai labour from seeking jobs there.
DOE Director-General Sumet Mahosot has asserted that all the Thai
workers in Turkey are safe and in contact with Thai officials,
especially the workers being employed through two recruiting agencies.
He indicated that those workers have received good care from the
employers and encountered no threats or harms from the local people.
He has said that the DOE has coordinated with the Royal Thai Embassy in
Ankara, Turkey to take care of the safety and welfare of the Thai
workers while the advisory notification is yet to be announced to the
He said job placements in Turkey may continue as usual, but the
recruiting agencies and Thai workers must check for the safety
conditions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to their travel.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Grerks Thai Enterprise Recruitment
Company has said that he has ordered the foreman staying in the Thai
workers’ camp in Turkey to instruct the workers not to leave the factory
premises, and the company still does not cancel new job placements as
there is neither protest nor violent incident around the working area.
He said however that the company will immediately cooperate with related
agencies to carry out evacuation of workers should the situation
escalate to a dangerous level.
NLA visits agricultural cooperatives in Petchaburi Province
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PM chairs board of investment meeting
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayuth Chan-ocha has chaired a meeting to
follow up on the progress of investments in the
country during the first five months of this
The Prime Minister has presided over the meeting
of the Board of Investment (BOI) in order to
assess the impacts the recent Chinese equities
market crash could have on the country, as well
as to hear the report on investments in the
country during the first five months of this
Major investment projects from the BOI included
the purchasing of electricity from bio-fuel
plants in the three southernmost provinces of
Thailand. The meeting also touched on the
lifting of restrictions on small- to medium-size
enterprises in accordance with its policy of
facilitating investment in the country’s special
economic zones as well as the southern border
provinces. The meeting in addition discussed
measures to promote social enterprises, set
special fees for metal products and the
potential revision of the Investment Promotion
Vietnamese Consul-General calls on Mukdahan Governor
MUKDAHAN, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Vietnamese
Consul-General has paid an official visit to the
Governor of Mukdahan, after his recent promotion
to the governing post.
The Governor of Mukdahan Sakolsarit Boonpradit,
along with officials from government agencies,
welcomed the Vietnamese Consul-General to Khon
Kaen, Nguyen Ngoc Son and his party today, on
the occasion of the Consul-General’s official
visit to Mukdahan.
The two sides discussed administrative matters,
involving tightening relations between the two
countries at the local level, through the twin
cities agreement between Mukdahan, Thailand and
Quang Tri, Vietnam. Cooperation has also
extended to promotion of trade cooperation,
tourism, cultural exchanges, transportation,
assistance to Vietnamese workers in Thailand,
and assistance to Vietnamese-Thais living in
The Vietnamese Consul-General thanked the
Mukdahan Governor and all related agencies for
their support of the Vietnamese-Thai community
in the province, and expressed his stance that
supports bilateral developments at the local and
government level, that are appropriate to his
The Mukdahan Governor said that relations
between the province and the Vietnamese-Thai
community in the province were bolstered by the
twin cities agreement that has led to mutual
exchanges in culture, trade, and tourism. He
added that the Mukdahan border post will
continue to serve the many Thais traveling to
Vietnam each year.
Cambodian Deputy PM visits PM Prayut to tighten bilateral ties
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Cambodia Hor Namhong has paid a courtesy call on
Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, with
a view to strengthening the two countries’
Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Weerachon
Sukontapatipak revealed that Prime Minister
Prayut today had a chance to meet with Mr
Namhong at Government House on the occasion of
the latter’s official visit to Thailand to
attend the Foreign Ministers’ Retreat.
According to Maj Gen Weerachon, the two sides
expressed contentment with the situation along
the Thai-Cambodian border which has remained
peaceful. They also discussed the joint
development of border trade and the
determination to uplift the quality of life for
laborers. Other topics included bilateral
cooperation in transport and tourism.
The Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister reportedly
informed Gen Prayut that preparations are being
made for the visit to Cambodia by Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in
early 2016. He said activities will be held to
honor the Princess for her role in educational
development and betterment of Cambodian workers’
Maj Gen Weerachon noted that the Thai-Cambodian
relationship is blossoming this year as the two
neighbors are set to celebrate the 65th
anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
Stricter security ordered after worldwide criticism over Uighur deportation
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
ordered Thai embassies and consulates-general worldwide to step
up security for the safety of Thai nationals after worldwide
criticism over Thai Government’s deportations of a hundred
Uighur refugees to China, spokesperson of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Sek Wannamethee revealed on Friday.
Mr.Sek continued that the ministry has emphasized to all Thai
embassies across the world to keep contact with the Thai
communities in their respective countries and step up security
at their premises.
The Turkish government has tightened security at the Thai
Embassy in Ankara as well as Thai communities in the country.
The embassy’s officials still work normally except those in the
consular section which is temporarily closed. Thais in Turkey
are able to contact the embassy by phone to ensure their safety.
In Germany, more police have been deployed around the Thai
Embassy in Berlin on Friday afternoon following reports of a
Mr.Sek mentioned the Muslim Uighurs illegally entered Thai
territory by claiming that they were Turkish. Sixty Uighurs
staying in Thailand are pending citizenship verification, and
authorities are conducting the process with discretion.
DOAE to request THB900m budget to relieve post-Sep drought
BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 (NNT) Director-General of the Department
of Agricultural Extension (DOAE) Olarn Pitak has revealed his
office will request a THB900m budget for use in encouraging
economomical use of water in the agricultural sector, at the
Cabinet meeting next week.
He revealed the measure on Friday after charing the opening
ceremony of a seminar which was participated by the private
sector and farmers to draw up measures in preparation for the
ongoing low water reserve.
Despite a forecast of higher rainfall from July to October, the
official said farmers should be prepared for another round of
drought which predictably comes after September onwards. The
situation could be a cause of worry for farmers in 22 provinces
across the Chao Phraya River Basin where rice cultivation has
already begun on an area of 1.4 million rai.
The proposed budget aims to relieve effects of the drought in
the agricultural sector. Accordingly, farmers are suggested to
grow alternative crops which are also in high demand in the
market but consume less water such as field corns, green beans,
soybeans and so on.
Mr.Olarn added that the DOAE would ask the government to reduce
the interest rate of agricultural loans by at least 2% for
farmers who have cooperated in postponing their off-season rice
planting or growing alternative plants as suggested by the DOAE.