Army launches budget fast food project
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army has
launched a budget food project in a bid to help low-income earners
through the economic difficulty.
Deputy army spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said Royal Thai Army
Commander Gen Udomdej Sitabutr had instructed different divisions to set
up budget meal outlets in their army camps or nearby communities to
offer affordable choices to the general public.
The outlets will sell various freshly-cooked dishes, such as fried rice,
curry, scrambled eggs and noodles. Each item will be sold for no more
than 20 baht.
Aside from the budget food project, the Army has planned to run Blue
Flag mobile discount markets in different communities. The budget food
outlets and Blue Flag markets will be held together in locations that
are conducive to the two activities.
PM rolls out measures to boost investments in Deep South
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-O-cha has instructed relevant agencies to boost trade and
investment in the Deep South, following years of turmoil in the region.
A Prime Minister’s Office spokesman has revealed measures to increase
trade in the region which include setting-up of factories and businesses
in areas in close proximity to army bases and security headquarters. The
move is set to ensure investors’ safety and confidence in southern
Security in the region will also be beefed up to bolster investor
confidence. The premier hoped more investments in the area will improve
the livelihood and quality of life of southern communities.
Deputy spokesman to the Office Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that during a
meeting on July 10, Prime Minister Prayut agreed to offer investment
incentives and relaxed trade terms for small and medium-sized businesses
interested in investments in the border provinces and special economic
zones. The incentives include the permission to use foreign migrants and
other tax exemptions.
DSI to hold anti trafficking conference with Myanmar
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Special
Investigation (DSI) is set to co-host the meeting on human trafficking
prevention and suppression with the Myanmar Police Force in Kanchanaburi
province, to integrate anti-trafficking operations.
DSI’s Bureau of Central Administration Director Peerapat Engpongpan has
revealed that the DSI and the Myanmar Police Force will be holding the
12th meeting on the bilateral cooperation on human trafficking
prevention and mitigation during 21 July 2015, at Dheva Mantra Resort
and Spa in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
The meeting aims to increase the coordination and integration of
relevant information regarding human trafficking suppression, and agree
on a joint strategy to suppress international trafficking activities
which will lead to more efficient prevention measures and a stricter
prosecution to human trafficking offenders.
Ministries join forces to handle aging society in Thailand
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) Cooperation has been
established among relevant ministries to prepare the country for its
upcoming status as an aging society.
Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj disclosed that
his ministry has been assigned by the Prime Minister to coordinate with
other responsible agencies in drawing up preparatory measures for
Thailand’s transformation into an aging society. Those agencies consist
of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Public Health, the
Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development and Human
Security, and the Ministry of Culture.
Some of the measures will focus on the search for new methods and
technologies that will enable the elderly to continue working after
retirement, have a better living condition and enjoy a stronger bond
with the rest of the family. Other issues to be addressed include
shrinkage of the working-age population, a decrease in workers’
productivity and a need to import foreign workers into the Kingdom.
The Science and Technology Minister said the measures will be
incorporated into a 20-year national policy aimed at providing the best
care for senior citizens in a sustainable manner.
More cracks reported on roads in Ayutthaya due to drought
AYUTTHAYA, July 2015 (NNT) A canal-side road in
Ayutthaya suffered another major crack as the drought crisis in the
central province has continually worsened.
The Lad Bua Luang-Sam Muang road which runs alongside Praya Bunlue canal
developed an 80-meter-long and 3-meter-wide crack. Both lanes of the
road collapsed, rendering the road inaccessible to vehicles.
More and more collapses have been reported on the road since July 5,
which severely impacted the traffic in the area. Relevant agencies have
been carrying out temporary repair work to open up traffic again.
Some roads in Ayutthaya, Saraburi and other provinces have sealed off
this month after they developed large cracks, a result of fast-receding
water which caused the soil underneath the roads to subside.
Rainmaking operations under way to relieve drought in North
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Rainmaking unit
in the North is urgently conducting cloud-seeding operations to
replenish water in Bhumibol and Sirikit dams.
The unit said operations are being conducted as a monsoon trough is
prevailing through the North, increasing the chance of heavy rains in
drought-hit areas. Water levels in major dams including Bhumibol and
Sirikit are dipping low and relevant units are devising ways to tackle
The unit added that around 2-3 million cubic meters of water flow into
Sirikit dam daily. Concerns have been expressed over the increasingly
low amount of water flowing into Bhumibol Dam. Over 800 rainmaking
operations have been launched to generate rains in the region.
Princess Maha Chakri introduces her new book to celebrate 40th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations
18 July 2015 (NNT) Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
yesterday presided over the opening of a fair “Tea House of Life” at
Siam Paragon Shopping Center in Pathumwan District, Bangkok.
The fair was organized by Siam Piwat Company Limited and Nanmeebooks
Publisher, to introduce a book translated by the Princess Maha Chakri
and released to celebrate the auspicious occasion of her fifth-cycle
birthday anniversary on April 2, 2015.
Her Royal Highness on this occasion gave a talk on her book entitled
“Tea House: A Play in Three Acts” which she translated from a
contemporary Chinese play by noted novelist Lao She. The book portrays
life of people in the Chinese society during five decades from 1898
until post World War II, using an old big tea house in Beijing as the
setting. The play contains interesting conversations in a social
satirical style. It is considered a valuable Chinese literature and also
holds historical value.
The royal publication made its debut to mark the 40th anniversary of the
Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations.
PM calls for public support for infrastructure projects
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has insisted that all infrastructure projects require support
from the people in order to be able to move forward.
Speaking on his weekly TV program “Returning Happiness to the People”,
Prime Minister Prayut said the government is proceeding with its planned
infrastructure projects, such as the development of energy and garbage
management systems and the construction of power plants and seaports. He
added that responsible agencies are making sure the projects do not have
adverse effects on the environment or the livelihood of the locals.
However, the premier admitted some projects could have a slight impact
on residents, in which case compensation would certainly be provided for
all affected individuals. According to him, a problem that is more of a
cause for concern at present is the people’s voicing of opposition to
the projects during public forums.
Prime Minister Prayut has instructed his deputies and related ministers
to compile problems from all projects in a bid to find effective
solutions to them. He, therefore, called on the public to be open-minded
and allow the projects to be realized for their own benefit, saying
their support is vital.
Royal Thai Airforce to hold Mother's Day merit making ceremonies
BANGKOK, July 2015, (NNT) The Royal Thai Air Force is
holding a merit making ceremony, celebrating this year's Mother' Day,
which falls on August 12th, 2015.
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force Air Chief Marshal Treetod
Sonjance chaired the event at the Air Force's command center in Don
Mueang District, Bangkok.
The event provides a chance for troops, employees, civil servants at the
Air Force to express their loyalty and to give well wishes to Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit. Organizers said the ceremony would also instill
moral values into participants in accordance with the teaching of the
The campaign will be held every Thursday in various squadrons of the Air
Force over the next 3 months.
Those living near waterways urged to survey embankments and report any damage
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Public Works and Town
& Country Planning is asking members of the public who live near
riverbanks to report any sighting of cracks on river
Director-General Monton Sudprasert indicated that a handbook
providing the procedure for inspecting the condition of
embankments was being published and would be handed out to those
living near riverbanks so they could survey their areas and
avert disasters. The handbooks will be circulated in risk areas
starting next week.
Mr. Monton said the ongoing drought crisis has resulted in
numerous cases of subsided river embankments. He would like to
urge the public to take care to survey embankments in their own
localities for any cracks or subsided land or embankment and to
quickly report any such finding to the provincial office of the
Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning.
Government launches new aid campaign for impoverished mothers
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The government has unveiled
a new campaign offering child support for low-income mothers.
Deputy PM Office Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that
the government planned to provide a monthly stipend of 400 baht to
low-income mothers. Relevant agencies have been instructed to publicize
The offer applies to pregnant women from families earning less than
3,000 baht per month or from families without a de facto breadwinner.
Those eligible must be expected to give birth between October 1, 2015
and September 30, 2016.
Bangkok applicants can register at their district offices according to
house registration. Non-Bangkok residents can register at municipal
offices or district administrative organizations. Required documents
include copies of house registration, ID cards and birth certificates.
In addition to the monthly allowance, the government will provide
children of participating mothers free medical checkups and vaccinations
to promote quality child rearing. Over 130,000 people are expected to
register for the aid program. The project will undergo assessment after
one year of implementation.
4G auction to take place on November 11th
BANGKOK (NNT) The National Broadcasting
Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) will be accepting bids for 4G
spectrum licenses on November 11.
NBTC Secretary General Thakorn Tantasit said the auction criteria has
already been approved by the broadcasting panel. Only two 12.5 MHz
licenses are available for the 1,800 MHz spectrum.
The minimum bid is 11.6 billion baht per license and will increase to
16.5 billion baht with two or more bidders. A public forum will be held
on July 18, before announcing the auction in the Royal Gazette by August
Invitations to the bidding process will be announced from August 28 –
September 28. The auction is expected to take place on November 11. The
results will be revealed in December as scheduled. The general public
will have full access to the 4G network at the beginning of next year.
Thai Police to rehearse steps to facilitate "Bike for Mom" rally on Sun 2 Aug
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Thai Police Spokesman Pol
Lt-Gen Prawut Thawornsiri has revealed the preparations to ensure safety
and smooth traffic during the “Bike for Mom” Mother’s Day Ride on Sunday
16 August are nearly completed, and a rehearsal in Bangkok is scheduled
two weeks ahead the event.
The preparations include adjustment of road surface along the routes
used in the cycling, installation of lights and closed-circuit cameras
as well as security and first aid plans.
Pol Lt-Gen Prawut added that the rally’s organizer will provide maps and
video clips to inform general motorists of the roads to be closed on the
day and the timetable of the event so that they can prepare alternative
routes for their journey.
The 2 August rehearsal will include traffic closures to be applied on
the day of the rally on August 16. Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, both main and
frontage roads, will be closed during the event to handle the great
number of bikers. Normal road users are suggested to use Don Muang
tollway which will be open free of charge during the event.
Souvenir shirts and pins for Bike for Mom to be given out on Jul 25-26
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) People participating in
the Bike for Mom activity in Bangkok are invited to claim their
commemorative T-shirts and pins during July 25-26 at the Royal Thai Army
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML Panadda Diskul revealed that
he has recently met with the committee responsible for organizing the
Bike for Mom campaign on August 16 in honor of Her Majesty the Queen on
the occasion of her 83rd birthday anniversary. During the meeting, he
said preparations were made for the upcoming distribution of
royally-granted blue T-shirts and pins to all individuals who have
signed up for the biking activity.
ML Panadda indicated that participants in Bangkok will be able to
receive their shirts and pins at the Royal Thai Army Club on Vibhavadi
Rangsit Road this July 25 and 26, from 9 am to 8 pm daily.
The minister confirmed that all involved agencies are now fully gearing
up for the Bike for Mom activity, making sure the cyclists will receive
the utmost convenience and safety. He anticipated swarms of people to
turn up at the event with their bicycles on the day in their show of
loyalty and gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen.
Over a hundred businesses to attend Southern International Trade Expo, Jul 23-26
SURAT THANI, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Surat Thani Province
is hosting the Southern 'International Trade Expo' at Central Plaza
Surat Thani between July 23 and 26, during which over a hundred business
operators from Thailand’s fourteen southern provinces, India’s port city
of Surat, and Malaysia will meet to seek further business opportunities.
Highlights of the expo include product exhibitions and business
matching. For the former, the fourteen provinces of Thailand will set up
163 booths, whereas India’s Surat will feature 30 booths; Malaysian
operators will also actively participate.
The latter is business matching among developers of rubber-related
products and in the tourism industries of the three countries. The
matching session will take place at Diamond Plaza Hotel on the first day
of the expo. Over seventy companies have confirmed they will attend the
The Southern International Trade Expo is organized by the International
Trade Promotion Department, Ministry of Commerce, as a stage for
businesses in the South to spur their export growth of rubber-related
products, as well as for investment and tourism.
Meanwhile, the event is also seen as the great beginning of substantial
cooperation between Thailand’s Surat Thani and India’s port city of
Surat to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the province’s royally
Police promote helmet wearing among children on motorcycles
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Metropolitan Police is
now campaigning for the wearing of helmets among young motorcycle
passengers for their own safety. They have now distributed over 8,000
helmets to children at about 40 schools.
The Commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 8 Pol Maj Gen
Ruechakorn Chornjewut recently presided over the launching ceremony of
the ‘My Helmets’ campaign to encourage children to wear helmets while
riding on motorcycles as passengers, for their own safety. The launch
event was held at the King Taksin Monument, Thonburi District, Bangkok.
At the event, 8,100 helmets were distributed to students from about 40
schools in the area, supervised by the Metropolitan Police Division 8.
The Metropolitan Police Division 8 Commander, said that the campaign was
initiated by traffic police who fear for the safety of children who have
to ride on motorcycles as passengers, as some parents do not provide
helmets for their children to wear.
He added that he hoped that this campaign would also encourage children
to be disciplined and obey traffic regulations.
Chiang Rai hopeful with rehabilitated former drugs offenders
Chiang Rai, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Chiang Rai province is
hopeful on its narcotic offenders successfully completing the new
voluntary rehabilitation program.
The Vice Governor of Chiang Rai Prachon Prachsakul today presided over
the closing ceremony of the 2015 rehabilitation and training program for
drug offenders in Chiang Rai. The rehabilitation camp was organized at
the province’s Kwan Pandin Center.
Participants in this program comprised 60 volunteers from 9 districts
who had attended this 15-day rehabilitation camp on 2-16 July 2015. The
participants are reported to have expressed satisfying results during
the campaign, and have taken an oath to refrain any narcotics
involvement in the future.
Chiang Rai Vice Governor said that this project has succeeded its goals,
while all participants will still receive assistance and evaluation from
authorities. These rehabilitated individuals must return the favor by
becoming leaders of an anti-narcotics movement at the local levels.
He also asked the participants not to return to drugs abuse behaviours,
which would diminish all efforts involved during the rehabilitation
During the occasion, the Chiang Rai Provincial Narcotics Control
Official Nattapong Takaeng said that this rehabilitation program was
held under the new voluntary system that urges ex-offenders to become
local anti-drug campaigners.
He added that this program also provided 30 hours of vocational training
on electronic appliance maintenance, on handicrafts, on communal
activities and on sports. These new skills would be the new recreational
activities for these rehabilitated individuals.
Phuket fishing resumes as monsoon subsides
PHUKET, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Fishermen in Phuket have
begun to leave shore today after the stormy weather has subsided.
Most of the fishing boats are small ones as many of large boats are
still anchored while applying for a correct type of license. Fishing
boats in Phuket which have yet to complete registration account for 10
percent of all boats in the province.
Boats were forced to stay ashore earlier this week due to the arrival of
a monsoon. A boat operator said the brief hiatus in fishing led by the
storm pushed up seafood prices dramatically thanks for the lack of
supply. However, the demand from Malaysia has dropped as the neighboring
country suspends the purchase during Hari Raya.
Meanwhile, Phuket Port In and Port Out center reported that at least 40
fishing boats informed authorities of their departure and arrival daily
during the past few days. Boats that have yet to obtain the correct type
of license or a proof of registration will not be allowed offshore.
TISTR to pass on longan shelf life prolonging technology to framers
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) TISTR has signed an
agreement to transfer the 'longan shelf life prolonging technology for
export' to the College of Agriculture and Technology in Chiang Mai and
The Vice Minister of Science and Technology Saowanee Musidang, the
Governor of Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research
(TISTR) Yongvun Saovapruk, and the Vice Governor of Chiang Mai Nawin
Sinthusa-ard signed an agreement to pass on the longan shelf life
The agreement focuses on the use of Sulfur dioxide gas to smoke longan
produces after harvest to prolong its shelf life. This method is
considered a form of knowledge that is suitable to be passed on to the
farmers and communities.
The agreement will also seek to establish a learning center for this
technology and will work as the coordination center of this program. The
learning center's construction is expected to be completed in October
TISTR’s Agricultural Technology Department Director Sayan Tanpanich has
said that the longan shelf life prolonging technology learning center
will feature Thailand’s first model smoke chamber. The chamber will
employ efficient Sulfur dioxide control technology that helps control
Sulfur dioxide residue in produces. At the center, emissions of Sulfur
dioxide to the atmosphere will be reduced, to ensure zero impact to the
surrounding community. The learning center will also promote an
increased acceptance of the produce in the global market.
Government hopes several months of hard work to tackle IUU fishing would satisfy EU
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister for
national security Gen Prawit Wongsuwan was confident that four months of
hard work by Thai authorities to combat IUU fishing would satisfy the
European Commission (EU), and possibly rid Thailand of the yellow-card
His optimism came after a meeting on IUU Fishing Suppression that he
chaired on Friday. He said during the past four months, Thai authorities
have worked so hard to meet the EU’s six-month deadline to shut down
illegal fishing practices.
Legal amendment is a big part left incomplete so far, he added, saying
that the government would set up a consultant team to proof words and
their usage in the revised law. This will be done in parallel with
raising understanding of NGOs and foreign countries towards the progress
of the measures Thailand has taken.
Gen Prawit highlighted that a progress in the government’s efforts was a
reduction in the number of illegal fishing vessels from 7,000 previously
to 3,000. As for unlicensed ships which are unable to bring the boat out
to the sea, the government has assigned the Royal Thai Navy to discuss
possible solutions with them.
Also attending the Friday’s meeting, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and
Cooperatives Amnuay Patise revealed the progress of solutions made by
each unit was closely monitored to make sure the measures strictly
follow the roadmap. He said the meeting was satisfied with the progress,
and he believed that the EU would give higher scores to the Thai
The EU will review Thailand’s ranking after it has received a new report
from the Thai government in September and is expected to spend a month
before giving a new scoring.
The Deputy Minister noted that other countries that used to face the
same problems as Thailand spent at least a year to clean up all the
problems. Solutions that involve a structural change in the fishery
sector would therefore be forwarded to next government for solving, he
Government asks all sides to help solve IUU prior to next evaluation in Oct
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
has affirmed all legal fishing vessels can continue their operations as
usual, stressing that all sides must help solve all IUU issues before
the EU’s next evaluation in October.
The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Petipong Pungbun Na
Ayudhya, has revealed the eradication progress of the Illegal,
unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by the Thai authorities,
stating that positive progress has resulted from the many measures
utilized, such as the establishment of new laws and the national plan to
eradicate IUU fishing. The government will be discussing with
representatives of the European Union further on any extra measures
required to lift the country’s status.
He has said that Thailand now needs to focus on the suppression of
illegal fishing practices to demonstrate the nation’s sincerity in its
fight against IUU fishing. The EU is expected to start sending its
officials to gather relevant data on August 2015, prior to the official
evaluation in October.
The minister has requested a cooperative effort from fisheries
entrepreneurs to register their vessels and obtain legal fishing
permits, which requires all fishing instruments to comply with the
regulations. Furthermore, all workers involved must be employed legally.
Registered vessels that meet the regulations will be allowed to operate
as normal, while unregistered vessels can still obtain their status by
registering with the Marine Department or the Department of Fisheries
until 31 July 2015.
The government would like to take this occasion to overhaul the fishery
practices in the country to strike a balance between catch and natural
resources available, while the number of legal and illegal vessels must
be sorted as this issue is the key to the solution of the IUU practices.
Further aid measures will be enacted to help mitigate this problem, the
He has added that the ministry will monitor and even evaluation the
effects caused by the embargo of illegal vessels, but findings shows no
change to seafood products such as prawn, crab, and the Asian sea bass,
as they are mostly farm raised. Affected businesses such as fish
markets, ice factories, and animal feed factories are those that rely on
small catches as ingredient. They are now trying to differentiate to
imports from other sources, as a substitute for the decreased supply.
ICT Minister joins Thailand Competitiveness Conference 2015 opening
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Minister of
Information and Communication Technology has joined the opening of the
Thailand Competitiveness Conference 2015, held to promote sustainable
development and increase economic competitiveness.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Pornchai
Rujiprapa has attended the opening ceremony of the Thailand
Competitiveness Conference 2015 seminar, which was presided over by
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The seminar addresses the topic of ‘Building Competitive Thailand for
Sustainability and Inclusiveness’, and is being held at Plaza Athenee
Hotel on Wireless Road in Bangkok during 15-17 July 2015, with support
from the Office of the National Economics and Social Development Board.
This seminar aims to be a platform to promote sustainable development
guidelines, and to allow related agencies from the government and
private sectors to be knowledgeable on the proper ways to increase
competitiveness. Guidelines on cooperation will be enacted by the
government and private agencies to enhance national stability, and then
be used as a development model for other industries.
Phang Nga tourists opt for inland attractions amid storm scare
PHANG NGA, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Tourists in the
southern province of Phang Nga have opted for inland attractions, due to
storms gripping the Andaman Sea.
Thai and foreign tourists have been traveling to waterfalls and other
inshore attractions instead of island destinations, following the
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department’s warning about stormy
weather and flash floods.
Meanwhile, local officials and natural park personnel have stepped up
safety measures for locals and tourists. Regular inspections have been
scheduled for waterfront areas. If the wave climate becomes too
dangerous, then officials will install safety warnings or issue bans on
The southwestern monsoon over the Andaman Sea is expected to bring
scattered thundershowers across the southern region from now until July
20. Waves will be particularly strong during this period and flash
floods are likely in some areas.
Farmers at Pasak Jolasid Dam agree to suspend farming
LOPBURI, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers living at the tip
of Pasak Jonlasid Dam have agreed to suspend their rice farming after
the cabinet announced the planned reduction of water supplies from four
main dams yesterday.
The water supply from Pasak Jonlasit Dam will be lowered to one million
cubic meters per day. The remaining water amounts to 43 million cubic
meters or about 4.5 percent of the dam’s capacity. Farmers in nearby
areas have decided to postpone their rice farming until the middle of
August when the rainy season is expected to arrive.
In Nakhon Nayok province, the current water level of Khun Dan
Prakarnchon Dam has dropped to 10.7 million cubic meters or about 4.8
percent of its 224-million cubic meter capacity. The director of Khun
Dan Prakarnchon Dam said the newly-adjusted water management should tide
people over for another three months, adding that the upcoming rainy
season would help people pull through the drought crisis.
Water supplies in the country are mainly derived from four sources:
Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Pasak Jonlasid Dam and Kwaew Noi Bamrung Dan
Department of Health to reduce rate of obesity among children
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Health
is determined to lower the rate of obesity among Thai children by 0.5
The department has recently held a conference attended by
representatives from educational institutions, a child development
center, and academics and nutritionists.
The department is aiming to reduce child obesity by 0.5 percent over the
next ten years. It also aims to maintain the obesity rate among young
children at no more than 9.9 percent per year. Besides obesity, the
department has set other youth-oriented goals, such as increasing the
average height of female and male students to 165 cm and 175 cm, and
their average IQ to above 100.
According to Deputy Director General of the Department of Health Dr.
Narong Saiwong, children must receive proper parental care during early
His department has funded child care centers nationwide to provide
nutritious and healthy lunch menus. Each center has been told to hire a
nutritionist and set up a committee to oversee food preparation.
Ministry of Interior allays public concern over drought crisis
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Interior
is urging the Thai public to stay calm, saying that the Thai government
has measures in place to cope with the drought crisis.
Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda said Thailand will
experience the worst of the drought crisis at the end of this month. He
called for the country to develop a good water management system.
The minister added that wells have been drilled in drought-hit areas and
the provincial waterworks authority has been instructed to increase its
freshwater reserves. Water supplies will also be distributed to people
living in remote areas, if there is no rainfall in the near future.
The Royal Irrigation Department has lowered the amount of water being
released back into the rivers to 18 million cubic meters per day.
The minister claimed these measures should be able to sustain domestic
water consumption until next month. He has told the public to remain
calm, as the government has the situation under control.
Education Ministry backs improvement of border schools in SEZ provinces
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Education Ministry
has showed support to the development of border schools located in the
Special Economic Zones, to prepare Thai children for the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) which will come into force at the end of this year.
Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiwong said during his
visit to schools in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province yesterday that
the content of their curriculums should concentrate on equipping
children with knowledge to compete in the AEC.
One of the schools General Surachet visited was Baan Wiang Phang School,
which is located one kilometer away from the Thai - Myanmar border. It
has 956 students belonging to various northern tribal groups. The school
emphasizes the teaching of prominent languages in ASEAN, such as
English, Chinese, and Burmese.
The Minister also visited Rajaprajanugroh 15 School in Chiang Saen
District. The school highlights classes for regular, disabled and less
General Surachet expressed satisfaction with the two schools, saying
both institutions were able to provide practical language studies that
students could use when entering the job market.
Pathumthani Waterworks ensures low salinity level in tap water
PATHUMTHANI, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Pathumtahni
Waterworks Branch Office reports it is using water from the Chao Phraya
River only when the tides are low in order to prevent salt water from
affecting the production of tap water.
According to Pathumtahni Waterworks Branch Office Manager, Kwanchai
Kijkobchai, his office has been monitoring the salinity levels in the
river given that ocean tides are usually high during this time of year.
The Royal Irrigation Department has also been releasing water into
streams in an attempt to keep the salt water at bay. Mr. Kwanchai,
however, admitted that the salinity level of the tap water has not been
stable but assured the public that there is enough fresh water in
storage to dilute the saltiness.
Prime Minister states that no adjustments will be made to the government's economic team
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha has denied a rumor that the Cabinet would consider a
change to its economic team.
Gen Prayut has indicated there is no need for a Cabinet reshuffle at the
moment. He said the rumors were nothing but false interpretations made
by members of the media while reiterating that all ministers were
working to the best of their ability. He added that unless thing goes
horribly wrong, a Cabinet reshuffle is unlikely.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit
Wongsuwan indicated that the Prime Minister would determine whether or
not a Cabinet shake-up is necessary. However, the Defence Minister has
shown confidence in the ability and determination of the current
economic team. He urged all to understand that it was a difficult task
for the team to revive the domestic economy given the sagging global
Water to be irrigated to farmlands once there is enough supply for consumption
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers have been assured
that water will be irrigated to their farmlands, once there is enough
supply for household consumption.
Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda has urged farmers to wait
until the government is certain there is sufficient amount of water to
meet domestic demands, before they can pump it from rivers.
Struggling farmers will receive government’s assistance, according to
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Amnuay Patise; however, it
is not known at this point how much they are supposed to get to help
them cope with the drought crisis.
Indebted farmers are likely to be given a grace period by the Bank for
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. Provincial governors are to
determine whether their respective provinces should be declared natural
In terms of economic growth, Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyadhorn
Devakula said the drought crisis had only a minor impact on the Thai
The government has also given 1 million baht to each of the districts
affected by water shortages, which is to be spent on the drilling of
water wells in rice fields. At least 30,000 wells have been drilled so
CCCIF holds a meeting on IUU Fishing
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015, (NNT) The Command Center for
Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has extended the operating period of
the mobile fishing vessel registration units to the end of this month.
Admiral Kraison Chansuwanit made the announcement during the CCCIF's
meeting yesterday. The mobile registration campaign is a joint effort
among the Marine Department, the Fisheries Department and the National
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
The meeting has resolved to ban the use of push nets, net traps, lighted
fishing nets and stow nets by all types of fishing boats. Fishing
perimeters for local and commercial fishing operations have also been
established. The specifics of the fisheries regulations, policies and
discussion on related topics will be included in the next meeting,
Admiral Kraison said.
Rouge beauty clinic in Huai Khwang shutdown
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015, (NNT) Officials from the
Department of Health Service Support have raided the Rouge beauty clinic
at the Mengjai Intersection in Huai Khwang District of Bangkok.
The beauty clinic has been illegally providing services such as Botox
and filler injections as well as face lifts .
The inspection came after one of the customers developed a severe
reaction to her nose filler injection, and filed a complaint against the
clinic with the authorities.
Initially, the clinic owner was charged with practicing medicine,
operating a clinic and selling medicine without a license as well as
selling unregistered medicines.
NRC calls for faster processes to help troubled rice farmers
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council has proposed a quickening of the process to help troubled rice
farmers in the country.
The Chairman of the NRC’s Committee on Agricultural Reform, Uthai
Sonluksub, says he has prepared a proposal that focuses on the faster
implementation of measures to help rice farmers.
Mr. Uthai said that his proposal is about the setting up of a Federation
of Rice and Rice Farmers of Thailand, which it's hoped will help the
government solve problems faced by rice farmers.
He added that he will submit the proposal to the Prime Minister for
consideration, and that all related agencies and representatives of the
farmers will be invited to a meeting on the idea.
Around 56.69 million rai of rice farms are available for this year’s
rice growing and 24.14 million tons of rice are expected to be
Although there are as many as 14.8 million rice growers in the country,
most of them are now battling drought as well as rising costs, falling
rice prices and growing debt, he said.
Charter drafters to meet 21 July to vote on drafting deadline extension
BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 (NNT) The Chairman of the
Constitution Drafting Council has scheduled a date for all charter
drafters to cast their votes on the extension of the deadline for the
CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno said that the charter drafters will
continue making all suggested adjustments to the draft of the new
Constitution, which was originally set to be completed within 60 days,
or July 23.
However, as it remains uncertain if the process will be wrapped up in
time, the CDD will convene a session on July 21 for all members to
deliberate and cast their votes on the suggested extension of the
deadline by 30 days, Mr. Borwornsak said.
He insisted that such a decision would be based on all reasons which
would be heard on that day.
Concerning one of the orders issued by the National Council for Peace
and Order, which cancelled the selection of members of the Law Reform
Commission of Thailand, Mr. Borwornsak said that the CDC has not
discussed or initiated the issue while stating that a defamation lawsuit
will be filed against anyone who has been or is spreading such a false
report on social media.
HM King helps drought-affected people in 53 provinces
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) His Majesty the King has
ordered water supply centers set up in 53 provinces to help the
The water supply centers are collaboration between the Rajaprajanogroh
Foundation under the Royal Patronage, the Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation and the Ministry of Education. The centers are
located in Rajaprajanogroh Schools and schools under the Bureau of
Special Education in 53 provinces. The centers have been operating since
17 July 2015.
The public can receive water supply at a nearby center during its
operating hours until the drought situation ends.
Vietnam’s shrimp exports to UK rise sharply
Vietnamese shrimp exports to the United Kingdom have
registered a strong growth even as shrimp exports to the European Union
have been registering a declining trend since early this year.
Shrimp import volumes in the United Kingdom have declined, but
Vietnamese exporters have done well in that market, according to the
Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
Statistics from Vietnam's General Department of Customs show that shrimp
exports to the United Kingdom reached 9.4 million USD in May, double the
figure for the previous month.
In the first five months of this year, shrimp exports to the United
Kingdom reached 36.2 million USD, up 50.9 percent year-on-year.
VASEP General Secretary Nguyen Hoai Nam said shrimp exports to Britain
had increased due to a larger supply of shrimp and a lower price for the
seafood on the world market.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese shrimp exports to the two key markets of Germany
and the Netherlands fell 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in the
first five months this year.
Britons' seafood consumption is on the rise, thanks to health concerns.
Consequently, warm-water shrimp and other new types of seafood are on
offer in stores, together with traditional seafood such as cod, salmon,
tuna and cold-water shrimp.
The association expects shrimp exports to the UK and other European
markets to increase. However, the rate of increase is low due to the
debt crisis in Greece
Remains of 18 volunteer soldiers returned to Vietnam
The remains of 18 Vietnamese military volunteers who
lost their lives in Cambodia during the war were repatriated to Vietnam
in a ceremony held in Kiri Vong district, Takeo province, Cambodia on
The ceremony was attended by officials of Vietnam’s southern An Giang
province and Takeo province.
The remains were found by the Remains Collection Team K93 under the An
Giang Military Command during their excavations in five communes in
Takeo province between March and July this year. Seven out of the 18
soldiers were identified.
It is estimated that the remains of approximately 4,000 Vietnamese
soldiers are buried in Cambodia, Vice Chairman of the An Giang People’s
Committee Ho Viet Hiep said, expressing his hope that Takeo province
will continue to support Vietnam in its search and repatriation efforts.
He urged the Cambodian locality to inform residents on the agreement
between Vietnam and Cambodia in this regard and encourage them to help
with the search.
For his part, Vice Governor of Takeo province Uon Van Na pledged to
facilitate the search and thanked An Giang authorities for providing
rice, books and medical check-ups for disadvantaged families and
building infrastructure throughout the locality.
On the occasion, An Giang province presented local students with 1,000
Highway Dept to repair 3 main highways in Nakhon Pathom
NAKHON PATHOM, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Highways has announced plans to repair three major highways to ensure
road safety and smooth travel.
The department has made known that repair work is being carried out on
Phetkasem Road, which is considered the gateway to the South. The road
has been in use for a long period of time and damage to its surface has
The project is set to ensure motorists are able to travel safely and
quickly to their destinations. The three projects involve work on
Highway No. 4 in Nakhon Chaisri, Phra Patone and Srakatiam.
All three projects were begun on July 11 and will continue for around
150 days. The department will coordinate with local police to facilitate
the safe access of motorists during the reconstruction. Members of the
public are advised to plan their travel ahead and exercise extra caution
NLA members given until July 20 to submit questions for impeachment case
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) Members of the National Legislative Assembly
(NLA) will be given until July 20 to submit questions regarding the
impeachment case of 248 former MPs.
NLA Second Vice President Peerasak Porchit revealed that the legislative
body has established a seven-member committee to hold the case hearing
sessions and conduct examinations of both the plaintiff and the
defendants using questions submitted by NLA members.
Mr Peerasak said NLA members will be given until July 20 to submit
questions. The hearing session will then commence August 6 with, and the
entire case should be concluded by the end of the month.
Phichit organizes energy-saving campaign for provincial governmental sector
PHICHIT, 16 July 2015 (NNT) Phichit is organizing an
energy-saving campaign for its provincial governmental sector.
Phichit Provincial Energy Office today held a meeting to inform
officials of various government units on methods to lower energy usage
and make the most use of it, as a means to save the government's energy
Deputy Phichit Governor, Mr.Nopparat Tungkittithavorn, presided over the
opening of the meeting joined by officials from provincial units who
will later pass on the knowledge to their respective organizations. The
Deputy Governor had asked for cooperation from officials of all units in
helping conserve energy and to switch off electrical appliances once
they are not in use, or to use energy only when necessary.
According to statistics on energy-savings in the governmental sector,
7,886 organizations had cooperated in the campaign in the 2014 fiscal
year, helping save almost 9,400 units of electricity, worth up to 6.2
billion baht. The campaign calls for a reduction in energy usage of each
unit by 10 percent in accordance with the cabinet's resolution aiming to
set an example for the private sector to follow suit while also reducing
the dependence on oil imports.
Public gatherings legislation necessary to ensure peace and order
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police has
insisted that the Public Gatherings Act which will be effective soon, is
a crucial tool for officers to ensure peace and order in the kingdom.
The Police echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiment that the new
legislation will facilitate the work of security officers. Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha earlier asserted that the Public Gatherings
Act which has been published in the Royal Gazette will be applied to all
groups of people, not only student activist groups.
He said that protesters could peacefully voice their views within the
democratic framework and without firearms.
The National Legislative Assembly had passed the public gatherings bill
earlier this year. Among the restrictions introduced by the new
legislation are advance notice that organisers of public gatherings must
submit to the chief of the police station in the locality where the
protest will be staged, a ban on protests to be held within a 150-metre
radius from certain places such as the Grand Palace and the parliament,
and prohibition of blockade of the entrance and exit of government
buildings, airports and offices of international organisations.
Thai and Peruvian Culture Ministers meet to lay down cultural cooperation framework
PERU, 16 July 2015 (NNT) Culture Minister Weera
Rojpotchanarat is leading a delegation to attend
a bilateral meeting with his Peruvian
counterpart to map out a cultural cooperation
framework and activities between Thailand and
The minister is accompanied on this trip by a
Thai cultural troupe which will give a special
performance to celebrate the 50 years of
diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The performance is scheduled to follow the
bilateral discussion between the two ministers.
Last night, the Thai delegation attended a
welcoming party hosted the by Thai Ambassador to
Peru Ruengdej Mahasaranond and the Deputy
Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr.
The Ambassador reiterated to enhance the
Thai-Peruvian relations through the cultural
dimension. Thailand and Peru, he said, have
signed their first agreement on the conservation
of museums and cooperation to bring back stolen
ancient objects of both countries
Bangkok City water saline but safe for consumption
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The Metropolitan
Waterworks Authority (MWA) has downplayed concerns over the capital's
tap water, following reports of increased salinity due to seawater
The MWA explained that seawater invasion, which has been occurring since
Saturday, raised the salinity of the Chao Phraya River to more than 0.5
grams per liter. Tap water during this period can taste more saline than
usual, but is still drinkable, as it falls within the World Health
Water salinity is noticeable in areas on the eastern side of the Chao
Phraya River, including Phra Khanong, Lat Phrao, Min Buri, Bang Khen and
Samut Prakan. Residents can check the quality of water in their
neighborhood via http://twqonline.mwa.co.th or call its hotline 1125.
The MWA has urged the public to conserve water during the ongoing
BAAC and PTT offering discount on gas for farmers
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers joining the
credit card-for-farmer project are to receive a 50-satang discount for
every liter of gas they purchase under a new campaign to help reduce
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and PTT
Public Company Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding to sell
cheaper fuel to farmers who are credit card holders.
The MOU is meant to help shoulder the cost of production for farmers,
who will be entitled to a 50 satang discount on every type of fuel
purchased at 370 PTT gas stations nationwide.
They will also receive a 10% discount on the retail prices of
lubricants.The BAAC is hoping the MOU will help farmers save as much as
80 million baht this year.
Artificial insemination on Panda 'Lin Hiu' successful
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Fishing vessels must report to officials before end of July
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives has
said that all registered fishing boats must
report to the Fisheries Department before the
end of July.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and
Cooperatives, Pitipong Pungboon Na Ayudhya, the
Cabinet has tasked the Fisheries Department with
looking into approaches to allowing a single
fishing license to cover multiple fishing
methods and lowering the license fee for small
He reiterated that fishing vessels can still
register at the provincial Marine Office and
Fishing vessels that have already registered
must also report to Department officials before
the end of July, the Minister said, adding that
a discussion with the Labor Ministry about
amending the law to allow foreigners to work as
boat mechanics is going on right now. However,
ship captain and first mate must be of Thai
nationality, he stressed. Minister Pitipong also
said fishing boats under 10 tons gross will be
allowed to have the same person as the first
mate and mechanic.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence
Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said the Thai
government has spared no effort in eradicating
the IUU Fishing issues. He said several related
laws will be amended for better clarity, and
will soon be forwarded to the National
Legislative Assembly for approval. He is
confident that Thailand will not be red-carded
by the European Union, as the nation has
demonstrated its determination to address the
Government is pushing to complete the national digital economy plan
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The government is
urgently drafting the national policy and
planning strategy on the use of digital
technologies to expedite economic development to
be implemented by the Ministry of Information
and Communication Technology.
ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said the
administration expected to see a complete draft
before the end of this year. He said the plan
would generally benefit the public and boost the
local economy through promotion of private
businesses. Initially it seeks to manage and
maximize the fourth generation (4G) frequency
allocations, the concession of which will be
soon opened for auction.
A committee will also be set up to oversee the
process of moving electrical and telephone lines
in Bangkok underground. The Metropolitan
Electricity Authority is currently responsible
On the establishment of the national data
center, the minister said 80 percent of the work
has been completed, with participation of 20
private companies. The center aims at
integrating information about all governmental
units, in order to facilitate co-investment
between the government and private sectors.
Coverage of inexpensive meals program expanded into Buriram
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Commerce is pushing ahead with expanding the
coverage of its "Nu Nit Pha Chim" project into
the various regions of Thailand, with Buriram
chosen as a pilot province.
Minister of Commerce Chatchai Sarikulya revealed
that he will be attending the launch of the 'Nu
Ni Pha Chim' program in Buriram on Friday (July
17). The program is a collaboration between the
provincial chamber of commerce, the local
Ministry of Commerce office and major goods
manufacturers. The objective of the program is
to provide the public with an opportunity to buy
ready-made food at fair prices, while avoiding
drawing from public funds. 92 food vendors in
the province have already joined the program.
The Department of Internal Trade has been
assigned to consult with the Board of Trade on
using the network provided by the provincial
chambers of commerce in persuading at least 100
food vendors in each province to join the
Underground water sought to relieve farmlands of water shortages
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment is planning to supply 150,000 cubic meters of
underground water to parched areas along the Chao Phraya River
According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister General
Dapong Rattanasuwan, more underground water will be sought to
help sustain rice fields in the low lying areas of the Chao
Phraya River and the lower part of the North.
Farmers' crops in the areas could be at risk as the amount of
water supplied from the irrigation system has been temporarily
lowered. Around 511 spots have been identified as sources of the
Water has so far been pumped from 402 of artesian wells to help
prevent over 60,000 rais of rice fields from drying up. The
amount of water supply could reach as much as 150,000 daily by
the end of July and 133,650 more rais will be spared from the
Government focus on tap water rather than irrigation
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) Water discharge from the four major
reservoirs feeding the Chao Phaya plains will be reduced
beginning today, whereas no water will be provided to irrigation
networks, in an effort to ensure that the supply for tap water
lasts until the rainy season is in full swing.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday the
government needed to give priority to supplying water for
consumption, at the expense of water for irrigation. He said he
sympathized with farmers who were facing water shortages and
that the government was seeking ways to assist them.
Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, the minister of agriculture and
cooperatives, disclosed that water feed to the Chao Phraya
plains from the four major dams will be reduced by 2 million
cubic meters per day beginning today (July 16). The daily
discharge will be scaled back from 28 million cubic meters per
day, until it reaches 18 million cubic meters a day.
Water pumping stations are now banned from diverting water into
the irrigation network. However, permission may be sought to
channel water into the irrigation network for purposes of
feeding tap water production or other purposes save for
Tak provincial governor Somchai Hatthayatanti also revealed on
Wednesday there was only 143 million cubic meters of water
available for discharge from Bhumibol Dam, one of the four major
dams feeding the country's central plains.