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SRT adds more South-bound carriages for Hari Raya holidaymakers

YALA, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has boosted South-bound train services to cater to the demand of Muslim Thais planning to celebrate Hari Raya in their home towns.

The SRT has added two more carriages to the trains heading towards southern provinces. More than 2,000 holidaymakers reportedly caught a train to the South yesterday.

Aside from increasing services, SRT authorities stepped up security measures to ensure the safety of passengers. All luggage must be checked to prevent possession of weapons. Passengers were also warned not to attend to the luggage or belongings of unknown people.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri or the fast breaking festival is one of the most important holidays for Muslims. The Sheikhul Islamd Office calls on Muslims to observe the moon on Thursday to designate this year’s Hari Raya. The festival falls on either Friday or Saturday.

Meeting held to push forward Narathiwat Special Economic Zone

NARATHIWAT, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Governor of Narathiwat, Mr. Nattapong Sirichana called a meeting of provincial authorities as well as local investors and entrepreneurs to discuss progress of the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the province.

The meeting was held at Narathiwat Chamber of Commerce in Su-ngai Golok District, where a "Free Zone or Outlet" is to be located. The meeting however was unable to reach a consensus on the best location in Su-ngai Kolok to set up the Free Zone. Mr.Nattapong said that the meeting agreed to acquire good consultancy from business and investment experts for use in their decision making.

The meeting also considered investment strategies for the government which would also bring highest benefits to local economy and tourism.

PM insists protest bill to be enforced equally

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minster has affirmed the new Public Gathering Act will be equally enforced on all population groups without restricting the public's democratic principles, insisting that the law will yield benefits in the future.

The Prime Minster Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that all groups will have to comply to the Public Gathering Act, which will come into effect in the next 30 days to ensure all gatherings are held within democratic principles and ensure the absence of violence. In other countries there are also laws similar to this one, the Prime Minister says.

He said that the public should not be alarmed about this law's enforcement, as it will ensure that all future demonstrations will be peaceful and be held within their designated areas. Demonstration organizers must also clarify the number of participating protesters with authorities as well.

Regarding the invitation from the United Nations, the Prime Minister stated that he will express his vision on Thailand’s cooperation with the global communities, as invited in September, adding that he will not make remarks on the current administration or the subject of democracy.

He has also addressed the claim from a National Reform Council (NRC) member Gen Thawatchai Samutsakorn, that suggested two political parties were involved in the anti-government movement, saying that the followup and monitoring of this situation was the NRC and its related agencies' responsibility.

WHO applauds Thailand for great success in Mers control


BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has sent a letter to Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to express her appreciation with the country’s success in Mers control, from national to local levels.

Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said Dr. Margaret Chan termed the success in the prevention of new Mers case in Thailand as a great victory of the region and the world.

The minister cited the world organization as saying that the success reflected the strength of public health services in Thailand in terms of management and disease surveillance. It means Thailand has high-calibre medical teams which are the result of continuous personnel development during the past thirty years and good cooperation between the public and private sectors.

According to the minister, Thailand also has highly effective National Health Security System which provides high quality health care with low expense compared to its GDP. The system becomes an exemplary low-cost health care service which facilitates the Mers control in the country.

Despite the world-recognized success, Minister Ratjata said the Public Health Ministry would maintain the highest level of Mers control measures until the virus outbreak is confirmed terminated across the world.

East, South warned to brace for floods until July 20

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Fifteen provinces in the eastern and southern regions of Thailand have been urged to watch out for natural disasters that could be triggered by heavy rains during July 16-20.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said he has assigned the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to coordinate with the governors of 15 provinces in the East and the South in making preparations for possible flooding and landslides between July 16 and 20.

The provinces at risk consist of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Satun, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang.

Sewers, especially in urban areas, are to be cleaned by officials as a way to increase drainage capacity. The conditions of reservoirs and buildings will also be inspected to ensure their structural integrity while weather surveillance teams and rapid response units will be on standby around the clock.

Meanwhile, DDPM Chief Chatchai Promlert advised local residents in the 15 provinces to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts and disaster warnings. Small boats should also be kept ashore during this period.

Uttaradit reclaims trespassed forest land

UTTARADIT, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Authorities in Uttaradit Province today dispatched a team of officials to reclaim trespassed land being used for rubber tree cultivation in a national forest reserve.

The Deputy Governor of Uttaradit Suchart Teerawongpitak, along with officials from related agencies, forest officials, and forest guard volunteers, on Wednesday launched the operation to reclaim the forest land in the national forest reserve on the right bank of the Nan River.

In today’s operation, rubber trees illegally grown in the area were cut down, while the general public joined in a forest regeneration activity also held today.

According to the Director of the Protected Area Regional Office 11 Amorn Tojarern, despite the small size of the land that was trespassed on, a lack of legal enforcement now would allow the trespassing activities to extend even further. In addition, the area has to be conserved and kept in good condition, as this forest is the main natural source of water flowing into the Sirikit Dam.

An area of 19 rai is involved in the operation to reclaim the land currently being used without lawful permission for rubber cultivation, while 15,000 rai out of the entire 600,000 rai of land in the national forest reserve was determined by the government in 1998 as an area set aside for the use of the public.

Military instructed to help mitigate drought

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Minister of Interior Anupong Paochinda has instructed the military to do the utmost in helping the drought-affected people by providing support for government units and distributing water.

The minister also told provincial governors nationwide to urgently make the local people understand the Cabinet’s resolution to stop allocating water for agriculture and discharging less water from major dams. The drought preventive measures were imposed to ensure that people across the country would have sufficient water for consumption until mid August, said the minister.

According to a survey conducted with more than 60,000 villages nationwide, only 5,000 of them may have water for use until the end of July. Groundwater wells have been drilled for public supply.

NACC and 248 former MPs facing impeachment to attend hearing before NLA on Aug 6

BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled a date for the National Anti-Corruption Commission and 248 former members of parliament who face an impeachment motion, to be present together for a further hearing of the case.

The NLA meeting on Wednesday deliberated an urgent agenda matter related to the impeachment of 248 former MPs for their alleged involvement in an illegal amendment of the previous Constitution.

The meeting started with an opening statement according to the report and the opinions presented by the NACC, and a statement to protest against the motion by the accused.

The NACC has alleged that all 248 former MPS deliberately abused their power when they signed an endorsement of the charter amendment, while 12 of the 248 accused who were responsible for the delivery of the statement, have insisted that they followed every provision of the Constitution.

After seven hours of deliberations on the case, NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai informed all members of the legislature to file their questions related to the motion until July 20, and ordered the setting up of a 7-member committee to work on the points to be raised at the next hearing, which is set for August 6.

Satun still gripped by floods

SATUN, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Some schools in the southern province of Satun remain closed as a result of the ongoing floods. Meanwhile, the provincial governor has warned parents to keep their children away from water.

The worst flood-hit areas include the districts of Kuan Done, Thapae, Langu and Muang. Although water levels have begun to recede, some communities remain under water. In Langu district, water overflowing from the local canal has made the road leading to the downtown impassable.

In Muang District, disaster prevention and mitigation officials have installed danger warning signs in flood-damaged zones, and are closely monitoring the situation. Three schools have been forced to suspend their classes temporarily due to the inundation.

The Satun governor has called on parents to keep a close watch on their children as flooding could lead to drowning.

GSB allocates 500 million baht for mortgage refinancing

HBANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The Government Saving Bank (GSB) has set aside 500 million baht to help its customers refinance mortgage loans.

GSB President Chartchai Payuhanawichai said the bank would discuss the program at length on July 21. He explained that the campaign is designed to help those who rely on informal loan providers to mortgage their house.

The bank admitted that this program is high risk, which is why GSB has imposed strict requirements for the loan. Each customer can borrow no more than 500,000 baht. The loan also cannot exceed half the value of the customer's collateral assets. For example, the full 500,000-baht loan will be granted to those who can present a million baht's worth of collateral.

The payment period is ten years. Once approved by the board, mortgage-payers can apply for the loan immediately until the end of September.

The project is in line with the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration's policy to curb the use of informal loan providers.

Thais in Turkey told to remain vigilant at this time

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Thai nationals living in Turkey have been told to remain vigilant as anger towards Thailand’s deportations of ethnic Uighurs has not subsided.

The Thai embassy has advised Thai citizens in Turkey to take precautions when leaving their homes. They should avoid revealing their nationality in conversations.

They have also been told not to panic and return to their daily lives as usual. While some Turkish people may continue to feel anger towards Thailand, many others have expressed their empathy to the Thai consulate in Istanbul following the attack on July 8th.

Thai citizens seeking consular services are advised to make an arrangement in advance by calling (90-312) 437 4318.

Good rainfall likely at the end of the month

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) has indicated that more rainfall is likely to occur at the end of the month, which would greatly help the agricultural sector.

GISTDA Director Dr Anon Sanitwong na Ayutthaya told the media that from now to the end of July scattered thundershowers will be more common in several areas, however the amount of rainwater would not be enough to replenish dams. He said the period bringing enough water to fill dams would likely start in the middle of August, when the monsoon season begins in China. The director expects at least 3.5 billion cubic meters of rainwater will be stored during the period in the Kingdom's four major dams.

El Nino is expected to intensify again in November, which may result in a premature end to the rainy season. Such a development would negatively affect the agricultural sector. The phenomenon would likely continue from November right up to next year's drought season. Director Anon strongly recommended rice farmers refrain from off-season farming, due to the risk outlined.

People in drought affected areas are advised to store water, for consumption over both the short and long term.

Private entities express intention to have stake in industrial waste management complexes

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Industry is making progress in finding sites to accommodate industrial waste, with a few private entities having already expressed their intention to offer land for the sites.

Department of Industrial Works director-general Pasu Loharjun(พสุ โลหารชุน) spoke of the progress in finding a total of six sites to accommodate industrial waste, in line with the government policy to encourage appropriate waste management within each locality and mitigate the problem of illegal dumping of waste.

Mr. Pasu indicated that the joint study between the Ministry of Industry and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has determined that the waste management sites will likely be situated in the North, Northeast and East. There are now 2-3 private entities that have expressed their intention of providing the sites to be developed into industrial waste treatment complexes.

Using state land for the sites would mean the sites will be located in more remote areas, said Mr.Pasu

EU-Thai relations remain strong

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The European Union (EU) has dismissed rumors floated in social media outlets that it has imposed sanctions on Thailand.

According to the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, M.L. Panadda Diskul, the EU has officially informed Thailand to disregard the claims, saying the information on various social networks is not true.

The EU and Thailand have a long history together. They have built strong ties in trade, tourism, investment, cultural cooperation, and public cooperation.

Posting such incorrect and misleading information not only creates misunderstanding among the public, but also jeopardizes the good relations between Thailand and the EU, M.L. Panadda said.

Deputy Prime Minister expects export sector growth to resume by 2017

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Export growth is expected to return to positive by the year 2017m after the restructuring of Thailand's industries, according to Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula.

Speaking during a training program for advanced level economic reporters, M.R. Pridiyathorn said that amidst the global slowdown, the government was stimulating the economy by focusing on the weak spots. He explained further that initiatives such as aid measures for rice growers and rubber planters would prevent people from incurring additional debts. He also noted that populist policies would not be employed because they never worked and were a waste of budget.

The deputy prime minister indicated that there was a tendency for the global economy to decline further. As such, close monitoring of China was needed as the country was experiencing a deceleration in economic growth.

According to M.R. Pridiyathorn, the Thai government would restructure the industrial sector by focusing on higher-value products, by means of having the Board of Investment (BOI) place emphasis on providing incentives to high-technology industries such as the food industry, medical industry, hybrid vehicles industry, nano-materials industry and aircraft maintenance industry. He expressed the belief that the said restructuring would allow the growth of the export sector to return to positive territory within two years or by the year 2017.

Thailand aims to boost trade with Vietnam to $20Bln by 2020

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Thailand is aiming to actively boost trade with Vietnam over the next five years.

According to Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak, the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday resolved to approve in principle the push to make the Thailand-Vietnam trade an important agenda.

Maj Gen Werachon stated that the Cabinet agreed that such an idea would lead to further cooperation between the two countries and to boost bilateral trade value to 20 billion dollars by 2020.

There was also a discussion on the farm products, the development of the quality of life and the creation of added value for agricultural products as well as the transportation connectivity between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, the cooperation in the banking sector and the intellectual property issue.

CDC making changes to process to impeach politicians

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee has reached an initial agreement to make changes to the process of impeachment of politicians, under the new charter.

The CDC meeting has agreed in principle to make the changes and has already started the drafting of new wording which will be applied to the section related to the impeachment of political office holders.

It is reported that the CDC will deal with the situation based on the type of wrongdoing.

For a prime minister, members of the cabinet, members of parliament and senators, the case will be submitted to the Parliament for consideration and a guilty verdict would mean the issue would be passed on to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for further work, before the result is sent back for an impeachment vote.

But if the wrongdoing involves any ethical code, the case will be presented to an investigative committee which will be comprised of noted individuals from all organisations set up by the Constitution, before the case is sent back to the Parliament to be voted on.

PM orders Cabinet to make nationwide visits to fix people’s problems

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed all ministries to visit residents in all provinces in an effort to bring solutions to problems cited earlier in their complaints.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that government officials were previously dispatched to all parts of the country to gather people’s feedback on the work of the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and gauge their satisfaction.

Due to complaints over unsolved problems in many localities, Prime Minister Prayut tasked all attendants at this week’s Cabinet meeting with revisiting each area so as to investigate and stamp out those problems. Different responsibilities were assigned to the ministers in accordance with their expertise. The premier insisted that the ministers can make their visits immediately, without the need to wait for his lead.

Meanwhile, according to Maj Gen Sansern, Prime Minister Prayut also inquired about the fight against corruption in state agencies after a number of civil servants of various ranks were reported to have engaged in such misconduct.

The premier has enforced Section 44 of the interim charter to transfer high-ranking officials to inactive posts, pending investigations by anti-graft agencies. As for those of lower ranks, he instructed commanding authorities in the respective ministries to look into the issue before reporting to him.

Cabinet sets 911 as central emergency number

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has agreed to designate the number 911 as the new national emergency hotline in a bid to prevent confusion caused by the many numbers in use.

Following the Cabinet meeting, Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd stated that the draft law related to the national emergency number has been given the green light. As a result, the main channel to accept emergency calls from people will be changed to 911 as stipulated by the bill when it is enacted into law in the future.

On this occasion, a committee was set up to oversee the emergency hotline. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was appointed the chairman while other committee members include the National Police Chief, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology and the Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Nonetheless, the old emergency number 191 as well as other existing numbers will remain open as they will redirect callers to the 911 hotline.

Charter establishes new justice departments to combat corruption

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) claims the new constitution will allow the public to directly submit cases to the Office of the Ombudsman or the National Anti-Corruption Committee.

CDC Vice Chairman Chuchai Supawong said the move is part of the new constitution’s efforts to address corruption, by encouraging those who have reason to believe government officials are committing acts of corruption to speak up by filing case requests to the two anti corruption bodies which would then investigate the matter and forward the case to the administrative court.

Mr Chuhcai revealed that the new constitution will establish a department within the administrative court for cases relating to financial and budgetary abuse and a department within the criminal court for cases relating to corruption and malpractice by government officials.

He said the introduction of the two departments, as well as allowing the public to directly file case requests would serve as key mechanisms in combating corruption in the country.

NRC approves 3 agendas of political reform plans

BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council has approved the political reform plans proposed by one of its committees.

The NRC meeting chaired by President Thienchay Kiranandana on Tuesday, resolved to approve three reports from the Public Administration Reform Committee which is led by Thirayuth Lorlertratna.

The proposals include the restructuring of central, regional and local authorities, reform of the budget system and the enhancement of the efficiency and the quality of public administration.

Under the proposed budget system reform, the committee suggested the use of the national strategy to draw a framework for all budget allocation decisions, and budgeting that is based on the conditions of each locality alongside the normal process.

For the restructuring of all authorities, the committee has suggested seeking the creation of missions and the setting of a limit on responsibilities for all of them, in a way that is interconnected and related to the national strategies.

Concerning the enhancement of efficiency, there were suggestions that new laws should be enacted while existing laws should be amended and that all state organisations should lift their levels of performance and genuinely try to meet public demand, while also tackling the problem of corruption.

Assurances of no Hijab restriction on healthcare staff

NONTHABURI, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is not prohibiting Muslim healthcare workers from wearing Hijabs at work, in keeping with the ministry’s announcements, the MOPH Deputy Permanent-Secretary says.

Mr. Surachet clarified that the ministry has never prohibited any staff from wearing Hijabs at work, as such an order would violate the principle of freedom of religion.

The statement comes after the Prime Minister’s order to investigate cases of female healthcare staff who are allegedly prohibited from wearing Hijabs, when working at Hat Yai and Krabi hospitals.

The Deputy Permanent-Secretary says that all female Muslim staff can choose to wear clothing according to their religious beliefs which includes the wearing of Hijabs, in accordance with the ministry’s dress code announcements.

However, hospital directors are in charge of deciding the appropriateness of the operating staff's attire, which may have an effect on patient care, such as the prevention of infection, as well as the appropriateness of attire in terms of religious beliefs.

The MOPH Deputy Permanent-Secretary added that all hospitals have been urged to comply with the ministry’s announcement and the Prime Minister’s Office regulations on civil servants' uniforms, which includes guidelines on female Muslim civil servants' dress code.

Government to decrease amount of water released from four major dams

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has agreed to adjust the amount of water coming from four major dams and has given an assurance that the country will have enough water for consumption until the August monsoon.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said the amount of water released from the four major dams in the Chao Phraya River basin will gradually be reduced from 28 million cubic meters to 18 cubic meters which would make the water in the reserves last until the upcoming August monsoon season. Gen Anupong has called on the public to cooperate by being conservative with water consumption.

Agricultural and Cooperatives Minister Pittipong Phungboon Na Ayutthaya added that the government has readied assistance measures for farmers during the period of water conservation by focusing on alternative sources of income, and has implored the public to understand the government’s recent decision to tighten the belt on water distribution.

Disbursement delays due to incomplete projects

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The government's budgetary disbursement will proceed accordingly to each project, says the Prime Minister, adding that the overall delays are due to each project’s incompleteness.

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that the government is now pushing forward budgetary disbursement on all planned government projects.

The overall process has been experiencing delays as some projects are yet to be fully completed, causing the disbursement process to be disqualified in some cases. He said that the details of this issue must also be scrutinized by the government's private counterparts.

Government agencies have rushed the processes of budget disbursements, while in actuality the process can only be done as soon as each project reaches full completion, the Prime Minister says.

PM orders officials to urgently solve farmers’ debts

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda has instructed governors of all provinces to urgently look into farmers’ debts which have accumulated to 388 billion baht nationwide, in response to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s policy to prevent farmers from losing rights over their agricultural lands to capitalists or creditors.

The Interior Minister's order followed his meeting last week with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Finance during which they discussed approaches to relieve farmers’ debts.

According to a Ministry of Interior survey, a total of 1.63 million farmers are indebted with a combined debt value of 388 billion baht currently. The meeting agreed that the Ministry of Finance will look into farmers’ debts raised through a conventional lending system whereas the Ministry of Justice will tackle unconventional loans.

Provincial authorities under the Interior Ministry have been ordered to begin negotiating process with creditors involved for all debtors based on the level of urgency. Both debtors and creditors in all cases will be treated with fairness, the Minister vowed.

It is expected that the officials involved will complete action plans involving debt negotiations for all indebted farmers by the end of 31st August 2015.

Rainmaking operations suceed in bringing water to Bhumibol and Sirikit Dams

CHIANG MAI, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Director of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center, Miss Nuengruethai Tantiplubthong has announced that 86 per cent of the 800 rainmaking flights during the last three months were conducted successfully. The operations were launched on 125 days, 90% of which had successfully brought artificial rain to Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam.

According to the director, this year the rainmaking operations faced greater obstacles because of the changing environmental conditions which nurture cloud seeding.

This year, the temperature in the region has increased by an average of one degree Celsius while relative humidity had also declined, resulting in less rainfall. Moreover, daylight hours are longer than usual. On some days the sun set after 7.30 p.m.

This has prompted the five rainmaking centers in the northern region to delay their flights to evening time which usually provides more suitable relative humidity -- the main factor needed for successful artificial rainmaking.

The Director of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center has called for economical use of water, and promotion of environmental conservation. She advised farmers to follow the New Theory Farming technique conceived by His Majesty the King as part of his philosophy of a sufficiency economy to help the country overcome the water crisis.

Chulalongkorn University's Transportation Institute holds seminar on logistics competitiveness in Tak

TAK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Chulalongkorn University's Transportation Institute has organized a seminar on increasing Thailand's logistics competitiveness in Tak province.

Dr. Chackrit Duangphastra, Director of Chulalongkorn University's Transportation Institute, presented research findings to both public and private sector attendees in Tak province. The research dealt with ways to boost competitiveness via regulatory measures concerning trade, logistics, and basic trade foundations.

Two projects would be developed to cater to economic integration, logistics agreements and international trade. The first project involves studying trade and logistics regulations; agricultural and industrial practices that impede border trade; and goods that make up border trade.

The second project involves studying the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ). In the past, Thailand and ASEAN member nations have neglected trade and logistics regulations, which affect transportation costs for SEZs, industrial estates, tax-free zones, and border trade zones.

Dr. Chackrit claimed that improving logistics remains one of the major national agendas that must be constantly pursued if Thai businesses are to maintain their competitive edge. He added that logistics development should be focused on adding value and making the most of basic resources.

Through this strategy, Thailand could penetrate more foreign markets and be included as part of the Regional Supply Chain. To achieve such a goal, environmental factors that support businesses or lower risks for them are vital to determining Thailand's competitiveness in the regional market.

Cloud seeding operations ongoing in North, Northeast to replenish reservoirs

PHITSANULOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Royal rainmaking centers in the North and Northeast continue to carry out cloud seeding operations to replenish the amount of water in major reservoirs.

Officials at Phitsanulok royal rainmaking center on Monday conducted cloud seeding operations in Uttaradit and Kamphaengphet provinces to replenish the amount of water in Sirikit Dam and Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan Dam, as well as to force rain to fall over the water-deprived agriculture areas in the lower part of the North. The cloud seeding efforts over the lower North will be expanded today after two aircraft have been brought in from the royal rainmaking center in Chiang Mai.

In Sakon Nakhon, the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation's temporary royal rainmaking center has been conducting cloud seeding operations to replenish reservoirs in 20 provinces of the Northeast. Officials at the center expect the cloud seeding operations to continue into September.

Health ministry forging ahead with family doctor teams to boost care & reduce congestion

BURIRAM, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is forging ahead with its 'family doctor teams' in hopes of allowing people to better care for their own health and reduce congestion at central hospitals.

Dr. Somsak Chunharas, the deputy minister of public health, on Monday inspected the operation of Buriram Central Hospital, which serves an average of 1,600 patients per day and is currently having difficulty coping with the number of inpatients.

The hospital's new 9-storey building for accident victims and heart disease patients, as well as its new building for male surgery and monks, will increase the patient capacity once they are completed. However, Dr. Somsak said increasing the number of beds or hospital building was only one of the methods for accommodating patients. He indicated that the ministry was placing emphasis on the 'family doctor teams' that involve the use of health personnel from community hospitals and sub-district hospitals to provide local residents with healthcare knowledge and to pro-actively diagnose and treat illnesses by making visits to villages and communities. According to Dr. Somsak, this method would spare slightly ill people the effort of having to travel to large hospitals and would also reduce congestion at the establishments.

Conservation and local fishery agencies in favor of current drive against IUU fishing

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Conservation and local fishery agencies have expressed support for the government's drive against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; however, the National Fisheries Association of Thailand has expressed the view that the current drive would not result in more sustainable fishing practices.

The comments were made at a discussion forum on the topic of banning illegal fishing, jointly arranged by the Thai Journalists Association and other agencies. Thai Sea Watch Association representative Wichoksak Ronnarongphairi expressed the view that the government was in the right direction in banning illegal fishing, as the majority of current fishing activities were destructive practices. According to him, as much as 200,000 tons of the 1.2 million tons of catch made annually comprised juvenile fish that had no commercial value. Once destructive fishing practices such as trawling nets and the likes have been completely banned and only adult fish is caught, the value of commercially viable fish in the Thai waters is expected to increase by at least 20 million tons ,worth 2 trillion baht, within one year.

Suphaphon Anuchirachiwa, manager of the local fishery and aquatic fauna program at Earth Net Foundation, also expressed support for the banning of illegal and destructive fishing, while also giving her view that making a compromise by expanding the mesh size of trawl nets was not a valid solution.

Nitiwat Thirananthakun, adviser to the National Fisheries Association of Thailand, however, expressed the view that banning illegal fishing would not help nature conservation efforts. He also viewed that the laws being enforced were too strict and needed to be toned down to garner voluntary cooperation from fishermen. He suggested expanding the mesh size of trawl nets, designating time periods for making catch, allocating catch quotas based on the kind of tool used, and promoting deep water fishing.

NSC member to visit China to observe how repatriated Uyghurs are treated

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015, (NNT) National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Anusit Kunakorn is scheduled to visit China from July 15 - 17, in order to observe the way the recently repatriated 109 Uyghurs from Thailand are being treated.

The Secretary-General is to meet with officials from China’s Ministry of State Security regarding the matter, in his bid to prevent further misunderstanding about Thailand’s decision to repatriate the migrants. He will seek Chinese authority’s permission to personally observe the treatment of these individuals who are now under the supervision of Chinese officials.

Earlier Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had said Thai authorities would strictly follow the international humanitarian guidelines when dealing with illegal migrants in the country.

Meanwhile, the Thai embassy in Ankara, Turkey has issued a warning on its Facebook page to all Thais residing in the country to be extra careful when traveling. According to the warning, Turkish locals are still hostile towards Thai as they resent the Thai government's decision to repatriate the 109 Uyghurs to China.

NLA accepts petition against amendment of Cooperatives Act

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly has accepted a petition from employees of Thai Airways International who are opposing the planned amendment of Cooperatives Act.

NLA’s First Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai on Monday met with representatives from the Thai Airway’s cooperatives who objected to the amendment of Cooperative Act, which was proposed by the Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry.

Thai Airway’s cooperatives deputy chairman Chart-fah Prakasit said that the objection was particularly against six out of 13 proposed amendments because they would allow state officials to be able to interfere more into the Thai Airway’s co-op.

The opposed points included additional authority for the registrar, the loose appointment of a committee to review all appeals, and the unclear stipulation of the retention of net profits as a fund to stabilise the co-op system.

Silk made product competition held to promote Thai silk

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Minister of the Ministry Agriculture and Cooperatives Amnuay Patise has chaired the opening ceremony of the silk competition held by the Department of Sericulture today.

The Deputy Minister said that Thai silk is a famous Thai product that is both beautiful and has its own distinctive identity. The art of making Thai silk has been passed down from generation to generation since ancient times.

The competition is being held to preserve this traditional knowledge and increase global awareness of Thai silk. The market for Thai silk has grown over the years, as more people are wearing clothes made of silk.

As a result, silk farmers are earning more and enjoying better living standards. According to Sericulture Department Director-General Veena Pongpattananon, the event will be held until tomorrow at the Government Complex with the competition divided into five categories.

They include fabrics made of local silk and peacock-branded silk, silk-based clothes and products, and those made from mulberry leaves. The winning products and apparel will be on display at the silk exhibition in August.

Ministry of Transport approves construction of major underpass in Uttaradit

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Transport has approved a 400-million-baht budget to construct an underpass at Wang Sisub intersection in Mueang district of Uttaradit province, saying the project will reduce road accidents.

Second Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly Peerasak Porchit revealed that public hearings have garnered approval by the locals, and the intersection will be developed into an aesthetically pleasing entrance into the province for tourists. An exhibition hall will be constructed at the intersection to showcase the history of Uttaradit as well as provide a rest stop for motorists.

The project is scheduled to be completed in three years and aspires to be Thailand’s most beautiful intersection.

4 provinces declared drought disaster zones

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The national disaster warning centre has declared parts of four provinces disaster zones as the drought crisis is set to be exacerbated by below-normal rainfall this month.

The four provinces are Prae, Chonburi, Sukhothai and Pathum Thani. Areas severely affected by the drought and declared disaster zones include 15 districts and 79 sub-districts. Six other provinces that are also badly hit by the drought include Tak, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen.

Water levels in major dams in most regions are increasingly low. The southern region is the only area where dams hold high amount of water for supplies. Despite recent scattered rains, many provinces continue to be at risk of water shortage.

It has been forecast that the amount of rainfall will also be low in July. Rainstorms are expected in August and September. The Irrigation Department has already adjusted the amount of water diverted to canals and water sources from 33 million cubic meters to 28 million, in a bid to continually ration water.

Ministry of Energy set to raise NGV price to reflect its cost

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Energy is set to make adjustments to the gas price structure to better reflect the true costs. Meanwhile the Minister of Transport will clarify the taxi-meter fare hike, says the Energy Minister.

The Minister of Energy Narongchai Akrasanee, has discussed the ministry’s achievements in the past 10 months saying that the Ministry of Energy has been managing energy resources with an emphasis on national energy security, especially with the adjustment of oil and natural gas pricing to reflect the true cost, a process that is now near its completion. Fuel prices will be kept at an appropriate level using a mechanism that will allow swift changes depending on the situation.

On the pricing structure of NGV, the Ministry of Energy is set to proceed with further pricing adjustments in the future. Meantime, the ministry is waiting for a clarification of an adjustment of taxi-meter fares by the Ministry of Transport, as taxis are the main consumers of NGV. The adjustment of the NGV price will have to be considered further with the related agencies.

The Energy Minister said that the NGV price is expected to be adjusted to 15 baht per kilogram to better reflect the allocation cost, while the ministry will encourage the use of NGV in big trucks, as NGV is cheaper than oil, and is considered safe to operate with pre-installed factory equipment.

Regarding raising the tax on LPG in the transport sector, the ministry is now in the process of considering an amendment to the Ministry of Commerce law, the Energy Minister advised.

He also mentioned that the ministry will aid imports of liquid natural gas (LNG) through the construction of a 3 million ton LNG storage facility in Dawei, Myanmar in order to mix the stored gas with natural gas from three sources in Myanmar to create the proper gas temperature. Another 5 million ton facility is planned for construction in the southern region of Thailand, with the plan to make Thailand capable of storing 18 million tons of LPG to accommodate the growing demand for energy.

Deputy Police Chief follows up Rohingya trafficking case in Songkhla

SONGKHLA, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Deputy Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police has joined the meeting on the prosecution process of the Rohingya trafficking case in Songkhla Province, while accusations are scheduled to be filed in August.

The Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner-General Pol Gen Aek Angsananont today joined an investigators meeting in Songkhla Province, to follow up on the Rohingya trafficking case at the Provincial Police Region 9 Forward Command Center at Hat Yai Police Station.

After the meeting he revealed that the investigation process is now pending consideration from the Office of the Court Ruling and the Department of Investigation. Once it has been approved the case will then be submitted to the Attorney-General within this month.

After the Attorney-General passes consideration, the Office of Provincial Public Prosecution of Nathawee will be required to draft the accusations for the 72 suspects to the Nathawee Provincial Court. Investigation charges and witness hearings are expected to commence from August, while the overall prosecution process may take some time.

On the 47 suspects that are yet to be arrested, the investigation team is now working to arrest all of the suspects, while 17 people in this group are considered as key suspects. An investigation team on the money laundering issue will also be established, while witnesses who have provided testimonies are now being protected and are currently residing outside of Thailand for safety reasons.

The Police Deputy Commissioner-General has further stated that there are still other cases related to human trafficking which will have to be expedited, and all suspects will have to be investigated to determine the degree of their involvement.

Labour Ministry to relieve Thai employers and migrant workers of IUU fishing impacts

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Labour Ministry has approved measures to help migrant fishermen whose Thai employers could not bring boats out to the sea as they fail to meet requirements of IUU fishing control, Labour Minister Surasak Kanjanarat revealed on Monday.

According to the measures proposed by the Employment Department, registered migrant fishermen can file a request to work with one or two additional employers while their original employers are unable to carry out normal fishing operation.

In such a case, migrant workers can work for one or two more employers on a borrowing basis. Original employers must give consent to the lending of their workers to other fishing operators while the migrants remain subordinates of them.

The measures came after some migrant workers escaped from employers who have no license for operation and looked for new employers.

The Employment Department has informed its branches in twenty two coastal provinces where fisheries are main businesses of the new assistance measure which is expected come into force soon. Meanwhile, Gen Surasak advised employers who encountered such a problem to ask for help from the Labour Ministry which would consider assistance on a case by case basis.

He said that the ministry has no plans to reopen the registration for illegal migrant workers as it was not the way to solve the problem at the root cause.

In the recently-ended registration, he added, more than 80,000 migrant workers were registered. The Labour Ministry will, from now, put priority on legal import of the workers as they are easier to be managed.

NECTEC holds Digital Media Workshop as part of Mae Hong Son IT Valley campaign

MAE HONG SON, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) has joined hands with Sripatum University to hold the Digital Media Workshop as part of the Mae Hong Son IT Valley campaign.

35 Mattayom five students from participating schools in the Mae Hong Son IT Valley campaign attended the Digital Media Workshop on 10-13 July 2015 at Mae Hong Son College, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

The workshop was held under the topic ‘The Development of Skills and Creation of Digital Arts Project’, aimed to promote creativity and specific skills through the competing concept: ‘My home; visit-able all year round’.

The workshop also encourages participating students to merge developmental projects that would provide benefits to themselves and their communities, by using their projects to maximize the sustainable development of Mae Hong Son Province.

PM Prayut orders National Security Council to step up intelligence operations

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has ordered the National Security Council to step up its intelligence operations to fully cover all areas.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the National Security Council meeting on Monday focused on an intelligence strategy which must help support the country’s security and extend it to include all aspects of risk.

Gen Prayut stated that national security endeavors must be the main pillar in helping Thailand achieve stability, while he also told the meeting that focus must be placed on economic conditions in the border areas.

All in all, the PM said that he told the meeting that intelligence operations must continue to have close ties with Thailand’s strategies over the next two decades.

Meanwhile, the National Security Council Secretary-General Anusit Kunakorn said that the government has also instructed the NSC to prepare an administrative plan for border areas in order to prepare for the development of the special economic zones and to find solutions to any problems in those areas.

CDC spokesmen claim draft charter will be ready by July 18

BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The spokesmen of the Constitution Drafting Committee have given an assurance that the draft charter will be completed on time.

CDC spokesmen Gen Lertrat Ratanavanich and Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said on Monday that the floating of an idea by the national government is perfectly normal when everyone is invited to share their opinion on any topic.

The two confirmed that the CDC has not chosen such an idea to debate nor put the suspending clause in the draft charter.

They also denied that the charter drafters have already opted for the mixed-member proportional representation system for the new Constitution, or have supported the idea of a national government because that will be the responsibility of the House of Representatives.

The CDC spokesmen added that the charter drafters’ mobile meeting will take four to five days to review Articles 217 to 315 and some suspended clauses before the entire draft is reviewed — a process that should be wrapped up by July 18.

PM Chairs anti-corruption report

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat, Chairman of the committee on the inspection of budget disbursements by the state, has delivered a committee report before the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha who stressed the importance of a comprehensive and long-term commitment to combat corruption.

Gen Anantaporn reported that his agency will expedite the process of examining civil servants accused of corruption, in order for necessary reshuffling or acquittals be carried out.

In the meeting, the Public Anti-Corruption Center (PACC) proposed methods of raising the standards of enforcement by tasking the head of the associated bureau to investigate any corruption accusations within its management as reported by the PACC. Should the head of the bureau fail to investigate, the PACC would call on the Prime Minister to take action.

The Electronic Government Authority has been tasked with publicizing information on government projects to the public via its website to help create transparency.

The Prime Minister also proposed that ethics should be included as a subject in the school curriculum.

NRC approves of electoral reform proposal by political reform committee

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has approved a report by its committee on political reform which proposes a reformation of the process by which political parties come to power.

The Chairman of the NRC’s political reform committee says political parties must hold to heart the interests of the people, and not just the financial contributors. He said party members as well as the public should have greater entitlement in nominating candidates, which would also encourage public participation in politics. He proposed that the country adopt a system of primary elections as a way of screening politicians and encouraging public participation in the process of selecting candidates.

He went on to propose that encouraging public participation in politics should be included in the country’s national reform agenda as it is one of the principles of citizen empowerment.

NRC members expressed their support for the committee and proposed that local administration play a larger role in scrutinizing the government which would in turn encourage the participation of communities. They also regarded the proposal for primary elections as progressive, and one that would serve as a way of connecting the public with the political process.

The NRC then approved the report with 200 votes in favor and 2 votes against. The committee will incorporate the feedback from the main NRC assembly before submitting it to the Constitution Drafting Committee and the Cabinet for further consideration.

Foreign minister Tanasak to officially visit Russia on Jul 14

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn begins his official visit to the Russian Federation on Tuesday in order to extend the Thai-Russian cooperation in all aspects.

His six-day visit will end on July 19 after various meetings with numerous high-profile officials of the Russian government.

Gen Tanasak will pay a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin to discuss ways to expand bilateral cooperation.

Thereafter, Gen Tanasak will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Their discussion is expected to cover preparations for the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Thai-Russian diplomatic relations in 2017. The two sides will sign an action plan on the Consultations between Thai and Russian Foreign Ministries for the next three years, 2016-2018.

During his visit, Gen Tanasak is also scheduled to participate in the sixth meeting of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Thailand and Russia, during which he will meet with Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov to discus trade cooperation.

Army keeps up its supporting role in the drought relief mission

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army is maintaining its supporting role in the search for a comprehensive solution to the drought disaster in Thailand in line with policies of the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the Deputy Army spokesperson Sirichan Ngathong disclosed on Monday.

Army chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered military personnel to maintain a focus on measures to lessen the harsh effects of drought, in support of other government units.

Efforts are focused on the urgent supply and distribution of water for consumption and agricultural purposes, the drilling of eight groundwater wells in Ang Thong Province, and the sustainable development of water sources and delivery of assistance to people affected by the disaster.

The Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) has been assigned by the NCPO to survey the extent of public hardship as a result of the disaster, so that assistance in the next stage is designed in response to real need.

Raising awareness of the proper use of water is a mission Gen Udomdej has emphasized. The spokesperson said the military is now educating farmers on how to adjust their planting practices to match land conditions and the amount of water available in their areas. In parallel, the military personnel are encouraging members of the public to use water economically and to share the use of the existing resources without prejudice.

Commerce Minister:Drought could push up prices of certain items

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Minister of Commerce Gen Chatchai Sarikalya has admitted that the drought situation might have an impact on product prices, insisting that internal trade officials are monitoring against unfair pricing.

As a consequence of the prolonged shortage of water across the country, Gen Chatchai pointed out that the prices of some types of agricultural produce will probably increase slightly. However, he affirmed the ministry will not adopt a price intervention measure.

Instead, the Department of Internal Trade has initially been instructed to send its officials into markets in a bid to inspect product prices. If any vendors are found to be overpricing their goods or taking advantage of customers, the minister said legal action will be enforced against them.

Gen Chatchai also voiced belief that the drought situation will begin to ease off soon, citing the Meteorological Department’s forecast suggesting that continuous rainfall will occur nationwide from mid-July onwards.

Interior Min seeks to revise opening hours of border checkpoints

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of the Interior is planning to adjust the opening hours of border checkpoints across the country to accommodate Thailand’s entry into the ASEAN Economic Community.

The ministry has urged all border provinces to revise the opening hours of checkpoints to prepare for an expected increase in trade, investment and tourism after the AEC takes effect. The opening hours will be revised depending on the volume of trade and the initial impact of the establishment of the regional bloc.

Provincial administrative units and relevant agencies are instructed to hold talks to reach a conclusion on what the new opening hours should be.

The ministry needs to compile relevant information regarding the new opening hours before sending an official proposal to the National Security Council. The matter will also be discussed with the kingdom’s neighboring countries to seek consensus from all parties involved.

Currently, Thailand has 94 border checkpoints in 27 provinces. 39 are permanent checkpoints.

NRCT strikes deal on haze reduction in northern region

PHITSANULOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) has made an agreement with the 3rd Army Area on a cooperative effort to reduce haze disasters caused by burnings in the northern region.

The NRCT Secretary-General Soottiporn Chittmittrapap has revealed that the NRCT has joined hands with the 3rd Army Area to solve the air pollution issue, caused by burnings at farmlands and wildfires in the northern region of Thailand. These fire incidents have been causing increasingly severe pollution issues in the area.

He has said that both parties will work to utilize their combined knowledge in agriculture to the areas in the 17 provinces in the northern region, where there have been numerous haze disasters. Farmers will be encouraged to cultivate their combined farms to help reduce burning activities.

The two agencies will also act as a cooperative entity with the government, private, and local agencies through the Internal Security Operations Command, and act to support farmers in terms of tools and the application of innovative research findings.

The NRCT Secretary-General added that this campaign also aims to help solve respiratory health problems the local people are experiencing, and to further stimulate tourism in the area.

Over 60% of groundwater well drilling completed, the rest expected to finish by Jul 20

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The government has completed more than 60% of the urgent maintenance and drilling of 880 groundwater wells nationwide. 547 wells have already been in use with nearly 182,000 cubic meters of water are pumped up everyday for agricultural purposes, according to Director-General of the Groundwater Resources Department Praneet Roibang.

Out of the wells already in use, 511 are located in fifteen drought-hit provinces in Chao Phraya River Basin in the Central and the lower North of Thailand. They have helped revive around 70% of the rice plantations threatened by dry spell. Another forty one wells are under drilling process for the same purpose - the survival of the agricultural sector.

492 of the wells were drilled by the Groundwater Resources Department, and the rest by the Armed Forces Development Command, Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Praneet said the maintenance and drilling process is expected to be completed by 20 July. By that time, water supply for agriculture would increase to 350,000 cubic meters per day, helping restore 100,000-130,000 rai of farmland.

Japanese prosecutors dropping charges against Kamronwit

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Japanese prosecutors have decided not to indict Police Lieutenant General Kamronwit Thoopkrajang on chages of bringing a gun onto the plane, the Royal Thai Police has disclosed.

According to Royal Thai Police Spokesperson Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawornsiri, the Japanese embassy in Thailand has informed the Royal Thai Police that Police Lieutenant General Kamronwit will not be prosecuted.

The Spokesperson said the reasons the charges had been dropped at last were likely based on the relationship between the two nations, and the former Metro Police Chief’s testimony that it was not his intention to bring the weapon onto the aircraft.

Upon his return to Thailand, Police Lieutenant General Kamronwit is to be further questioned why he had the gun with him while travelling to Japan. Police Chief Police General Somyos Poompanmuang said carrying a weapon on board is only allowed when permission from the airlines and related units has been obtained.

Ministry of Public Health warns of dengue fever during rainy season

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is warning the public to remain vigilant against dengue fever during the rainy season.

Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin has revealed that more than 24,000 people have come down with dengue fever during the first six months of this year. So far, 17 patients have died from the illness.

According the Department of Disease Control, the rate of infection usually rises in July and August. Patients are commonly found in Rayong, Trat, Petchaburi and Krabi provinces.

Provincial public health offices have urged households and communities to destroy potential breeding grounds for mosquito larvae, especially at childcare centers, schools, religious places and hospitals on a weekly basis.

Medical staff are expected to reduce the rate of fatality among dengue fever patients. Those displaying symptoms such as red rashes, high fever, eye soreness, loss of appetite and nausea should be taken to hospital as soon as possible.

Fishing boat operators in Songkhla facing labor shortages

SONGKHLA, 13 July 2015, (NNT) Fishing boat operators in Songkhla are facing labor shortages because illegal workers fled the province to avoid officials' inspection.

The Port in-Port out Control Center in Songkhla yesterday reported normal fishing activity in the province's waters. However, several fishing boat operators were facing difficulty, as many of its crew who are illegal migrant workers have returned home.

The government's hard-line policies designed to address the European Union Illegal, unreported and unregulated issue have scared away illegal foreign workers in Songkhla.

One of the operators said he had been facing labor shortage problem since the registration period for migrant labors ended at the end of June. He, as well as many other operators, could not replace the workers who had left the boat.

The affected fishing boat operators are currently asking the Ministry of Labor to consider opening another round of alien worker registration, in order to recruit more helps.




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