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Thailand to host Asian Science Camp 2015, featuring international award-winning scientists

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) Three ministries have co-organized the Asian Science Camp 2015 in Thailand set during 2-8 August 2015, with 7 award-winning scientists participating as guest speakers with 265 youth participants from 29 Asia-Pacific countries.

The Promotion of Academic Olympiad and Development of Science Education Foundation under the patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra (POSN) Charas Suwanwela has said that Thailand has requested to be the host country for Asian Science Camp in 2015, which corresponds to the auspicious occasion of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s, the royal principle of the POSN, fifth cycle birthday.

He has said that the camp will inspire creativity among scientifically gifted Asian-Pacific youths. Participants will attend lectures, discussions, and engage in conversation with world class scientists, and cooperate with youths from other nations to enhance the region's younger generation cooperation.

Guest speakers in this event are Nobel-winning and leading scientists in Chemistry, Anatomy, Medicine, Mathematics, and Physics from Taiwan, Germany, Israel, Russia, Japan, and Thailand.

The Minister of Education Admiral Narong Pipatanasai has said that this event will help increase the quality of Thai youths to reach international standards, in line with the government’s policy to develop human resources in science, technology, and innovations.

The slots open to 265 young participants at the Asian Science Camp 2015 are compatible for high school students up to students studying in the sophomore year of university from 29 Asia-Pacific countries. Thailand, being the host country can submit up to 40 participants to attend this event, based on each participant's talents in science and technology, while participants should be proficient in the English language.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj has said that the event will take place at Thailand Science Park, Khlong Luang Distirct, in Pathum Thani, which is set to become a learning center with the concentration on science and technology. High security standards will be enforced to accommodate the international participants during the event.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be presiding over the opening ceremony of Asian Science Camp on 3 August 2015, and will give a special lecture that will receive a live television broadcast by the NBT channel, and on the website.

Youth, students, and the general public can follow the developments of this event and watch the broadcast of this activity on nstda channel (, which will also broadcast the recording of the event after the Science Camp has concluded.

Thailand-Myanmar cooperation successfully halves Malaria cases

CHIANG RAI, 24 July 2015 (NNT) Thailand and Myanmar cooperation during the past three years has halved the number Malaria patients, granted better access to medication for tuberculosis patients, and provided a better supply of anti-HIV medicine, the Thai Minister of Public Health says.

The Minister of Public Health Rajata Rajatanavin today co-chaired the opening ceremony of the 2nd Myanmar-Thailand Health Collaborative Ministerial Meeting with Myanmar’s Minister of Health Than Aung at Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai. The ceremony addressed the outcome of both countries' cooperation, and discussed the endorsement of the future cooperation plan in 2016-2018.

The Thai Minister said that the Ministry is aiming to enhance the healthcare system along border areas to help improve the health and safety of the public, especially through the disease prevention system and upholding food and drug standards. He stated that good multinational public health systems would help drive forward the ASEAN Community's economy.

The cooperation between Thailand and Myanmar from the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding has been satisfactory. Malaria contraction figures were halved in 16 provinces of Myanmar, while the number of malaria patients dropped to 20,000 in 2014 from the recorded 45,000 patients in 2013.

The result was due to the contributed from the establishment of 199 malaria clinics along the Myanmar border to provide faster diagnosis and treatments. However, the disease has become more resistant to the current medication due to the free moment of people in areas such as the Dawei and Myawaddy Special Economic Zones.

On tuberculosis issues, The number of tuberculosis patients who now have access to medication has increased from 4,882 to 5,523 persons in 2014. Up to 80 percent of the patients use their medicine regularly. Thailand and Myanmar's cooperation has also provided access to anti-HIV medicine for HIV patients, which has greatly improved their livelihoods.

The cooperation also includes the simultaneous patients referring system between the twin hospitals in four provinces, while the authorities now have to be more strict in regulating food and drug standards, including herbal medicines. Authorities have enhanced laboratory tests at Myawaddy, Tachileik, Dawei, and Kawthaung to allow molecular level inspections that will improve the public's wellbeing, while other forms of cooperation involves academic cooperation, cooperated research, and trainings.

Future cooperation and operations for 2016-2018 are now being discussed to push forward a concrete cooperation plan to benefit the people of both nations.

RID continues cloudseeding in the Northeast, Central Plains struggles with drought

BURIRAM, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) will carry on with its rainmaking operations in the Northeast, despite the arrival of rainfalls. Meanwhile, farmers in drought-hit Central Plains are still grappling with the extended drought.

The RID explained that rainmaking operations must continue in the Northeast, as rainfall has yet to reach some areas. Water reserves in the upper Northeast are most abundant, with ample supplies in the central Northeast. However, the lower Northeast, where rice farming is most prevalent, remains parched. Irrigation and administrative officials have surveyed areas in need of precipitation to adjust cloudseeding operations.

Meanwhile, rice growers in the drought-hit Central region continue to hold out against severe drought. Some farmers in Kamphaeng Phet province have risked sowing their fields, although spotty rainfall occurred just a week ago. Others have opted for non-farming jobs for the time being.

In Nakhon Sawan province, a number of farmers are hastily diverting water from public sources to irrigate their paddies, after the provincial irrigation office decided to open sluice gates to help local agriculture. Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan are among the four provinces in the Central region hardest hit by the dry season. The other two provinces are Phichit and Uthai Thani.

Free bike check-up services popular ahead of Bike for Mom event

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Skill Development (DSD) has indicated that a number of bicycle owners have availed themselves of the free bike check-up services being provided by the department ahead of the Bike for Mom activity.

In preparation for the Bike for Mom campaign in commemoration of the 83rd birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen, skill development offices and institutes nationwide have been offering bicycle maintenance and repair services to the public since the beginning of this month. The services are being provided for free under the "Fix Bike for Mom" project initiated by the Ministry of Labor.

DSD Director-General ML Puntrik Smiti reported that so far about 320 bikes have been brought in by participants of the Bike for Mom event. The services given out include tire repair and brake testing. The Director-General expects more people to use the services until August 16, the day the biking activity will be held.

On the day, the DSD will also set up four service points along the biking route, namely the Royal Plaza, the Royal Thai Army Sports Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Kasetsart University and the Eleventh Infantry Regiment King's Guard.

Public Relations Department to expand audience base for radio program “Our Parliament”

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Deputy Secretary General of the House of Representatives has tasked the various divisions of the country’s government radio programs with expanding their audience base for the government’s show “Our Parliament”

The objective of the program is to enhance the public’s understanding of the country’s legislative process, and how useful legislation can improve their lives.

The government’s Public Relations Department currently operates 50 radio stations in 44 provinces across the country

Ministry of Sports to be established within 3-5 years

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) has approved of the report by its sports committee, with an expectation to establish a standalone Ministry of Sports within 3-5 years.

Chairman Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha presided over a seminar held by the NRC committee on sports reform, during which he delivered a keynote address on public input towards sports reform. According to him, based on the committee’s discussions and the public’s input, the committee detailed eight major ways to reform the country’s sports sector.

The eight-point proposal includes establishing a national sports university, a national sports committee, a national sports science institution, the reforming of sports infrastructure, supporting the sports industry, passing legislation to facilitate sports development, and to establish a standalone Ministry of Sports.

Gen Yuthasak stressed that the NRC has already given positive feedback towards its committee’s proposal, and that he expects the Ministry of Sports to be established within 3-5 years.

PM to consider demands from anti-coal power plant activists in Krabi

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed to the demands from anti-coal power plant activists in Krabi province.

An Andaman protection network earlier today submitted a letter to National Legislative Assembly member Wallop Tangkananurak, petitioning the government to halt preparations of the power plant's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), postpone August 5 construction bidding indefinitely, and establish a joint committee comprised of representatives from related state agencies, local businesses and civil sectors.

Gen. Prayut explained that the government has yet to begin the project, pending an EIA and Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA). The premier said further talks between the government and the Andaman protection network will be held to conclude on the issue.

Monsoon breaks drought in the Northeast, farmers resume crop cultivation

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers in several Northeastern provinces have rejoiced over the continuous rainfall that has replenished their rice fields.

In Srisaket, farmers are beginning to remove rice saplings from their rice paddies, as the water levels rise quickly. They will later be replanted when the next rice growing season officially begins.

These farmers said they have been waiting for rain for nearly two months. More than three million rai of rice paddies in Surin province have received rainfall over the past two weeks.

However, there is not enough sugar cane to feed the elephants, as most sugar cane trees died before the monsoon. Surin province is famous for its elephants. Many elephant herders ended up spending nearly 10,000 baht a month to feed the animals.

As for Bueng Kan province, many species of fish have reportedly been migrating upstream to canals, which were previously parched due to the lack of rain. Many local farmers turned to fishing to supplement their income.

Australian Ambassador pays official visit to PM's Office

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Australian Ambassador has visited the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Disakul, saying he hopes the political situation in Thailand will return to normal soon.

M.L. Panadda welcomed the Australian Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Paul Robilliard who was assigned to the post in Thailand last year. H.E. Mr. Robilliard expressed his concerns over the political climate, during his visit.

He encouraged the Thai people to stay united until the situation returns to normal. The Australian Ambassador also sought cooperation from the Thai public sector in order to help reduce the number of road fatalities in Thailand.

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand is listed among the top three nations with the world's highest number of road accident deaths each year.

Moreover, H.E. the Australian Ambassador discussed with M.L. Panadda the possibility of establishing a joint education program between the two countries.

Customs Department to provide customs charge paying service through credit and debit cards

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015, (NNT) The Customs Department will start offering customs charge paying service through credit and debit cards at the customs office in Suvarnabhumi International Airport from September 1st, 2015 onward.

Customs Department Director-General Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse said his department signed a Memorandum of Understanding on providing the service with Krung Thai Bank Pcl. and Kasikorn Bank Pcl.

He said the service would greatly facilitate the tax paying process, providing tax payers with another easy channel to customs charges paying.

Passengers subjected to pay customs charges would be able to do so through either credit or debit cards from September 1st, 2015, onward at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The service will eventually be extended to other airport customs offices and customs offices along the border provinces at a later date.

The department aims at recruiting other commercial banks to join the campaign.

Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health awarded best UNPSA 2015

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Medical Services (DMS) has received the best public service award from the United Nations (UN) for its ‘Treat and Teach, No Child Patient Left Behind’ campaign this year.

Director of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health Dr. Siraporn Sawasdiworn, said the campaign is based on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s concept of promoting holistic school in hospital.

It has been operated since 1995 under the collaboration of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Child patients with chronic diseases are given an opportunity to receive an education during their long treatment in hospital through an e-learning approach.

There are currently 29 hospitals in Thailand that have adopted the holistic school method. 95% of 50,000 child patients entering the program each year are able to return to school without academic struggle.

Trat holds a workshop on mushroom growing during rainy season

TRAT, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Agriculture and Cooperatives Office in Trat Province is holding a workshop educating farmers about growing various types of mushrooms. The move is expected to generate a decent amount of supplementary income during the rainy season.

The workshop is being held at the OTOP Center in Nam Chiew Sub-district, Laem Ngob District. A large number of local agriculturalists are participating in the workshop. Thailand has a total of 647 strains of edible mushrooms. As the plants are rich in protein and iron, some mushrooms are also used as medicine or extracted as color dye.

Mushrooms are also natural digestive agents, helping other crops to grow. They act as indicators of environment quality. Famous mushrooms being featured at the course are hard mushroom, white mushroom and black mushroom. At the workshop, officials demonstrated how mushrooms are grown on a log which is fit for household consumption. Growers can use multiple logs to mass produce mushrooms for commercial purpose.

Culture Ministry establishes 'Center of Thai Inspiration'

BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Culture has established the Center of Thai Inspiration or ‘Ban Dan Thai Center’ in the compound of Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center in Bangkok.

According to Permanent Secretary for Culture Apinan Poshyananda, the new center's objectives include giving advice on developing souvenirs highlighting creative cultural concepts for industrial production and managing cultural attractions for the businesses.

He said it is the new agency's policy to deploy Thailand's leading designers to inspire business operators across the nation, to create value added products featuring the uniqueness of Thai culture.

According to the official, starting from this coming August 7th, the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center will organize presentations about designing souvenirs with Thai uniqueness. The event will showcase prototype signature souvenirs from the 77 provinces of Thailand. In addition, the exhibition will host a seminar on designing Thai souvenirs by the nation's leading artists and designers.

Interested individuals can attend the event free of charge.

Road to Royal Thai Army Stadium to be partially closed this weekend

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The police will close outbound part of Vibhavadi Rangsit Road from the Veterans General Hospital to Sutthisan Intersection this weekend to facilitate thousands of “Bike for Mom” participants who will pick up commemorative t-shirts and royal pins at Royal Thai Army Stadium, according to Police spokesperson Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri.

Closure of the road will begin at midnight of July 25 until the distribution ends. Pol Lt-Gen Prawut believed that the participants, numbering 40,000 in total, will begin queuing up before dawn. Three hundred policemen will be deployed for traffic management.

For those who will drive their cars on the days, police have prepared four parking locations opposite the stadium. They are parking lots in the National Defence College, the NBT headquarters, Surasakmontree School and Rajamangala University of Technology.

However, the car parks can handle only a thousand cars. He therefore advised people to take public transport to the Victory Monument, or Mo Chit Bus Station, or Chatuchak Market where shuttle buses will provide free service during 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Bangkok launches ‘Health is Yours’ public health innovation event

BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has opened the ‘Health is Yours’ event to exhibit medical health innovations and serve as a stage to exchange ideas on healthcare.

The Deputy Governor of Bangkok Pusadee Tamthai presided over the opening of the ‘Health is Yours’ event, organized by the BMA’s Bureau of Health at Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok.

She has said that this event will encourage the creativity of staff in healthcare organizations, initiating their ideas into inventions and useful practices to better serve the general public, in keeping with the Governor’s intention to make Bangkok a metropolitan of happiness.

Th event features exhibitions and displays of medical and public health innovations, and also serves as a platform to exchange ideas on healthcare. Both the government and private sectors will be participating at the event.

The ‘Health is Yours’ event will run from 23-24 July 2015, with various activities such as the ‘Creating good health by yourself’ and ‘The development of healthcare services in urban areas’ seminar, as well as a presentation on innovations, and an exhibition of active healthcare services.

NRC claims new media bill will not hinder independence

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council (NRC) members says the new media act will prevent interference from the government or from any particular groups.

NRC members Boonlert Kachayuthadet and Nimit Sitthitrai have addressed the concerns put forward by four media associations, namely the Thai Journalist Association, the National Press Council of Thailand, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association, and the News Broadcasting Council of Thailand, who had previously issued a statement disapproving the Freedom, Ethic, and Professional Standards Promotion Act on New Media, which was endorsed by the NRC.

The media associations stated that the new law would not facilitate media reform, but instead will allow government and capitalists to assert absolute control over the media.

In response, the NRC members stated that the new law, including establishment of the national, regional, and provincial levels of media ethic organizations will enhance the performance of the media. The members added that the media professional development fund will not hinder the media's freedom, as the fund is not sponsored by the government.

In addition, Mr. Nimit has said that media on the local levels should work to promote reformation, while this new act will allow local media become more recognized by the society as a honorable profession.

He has added that the neglect of local media, despite the legislation of the new law, media reforms are doomed to fail.

First set of data from Pluto unveil great discoveries

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (NARIT) together with Chulalongkorn University held a press conference on the 22th July 2015 at Chulalongkorn university, announcing the discoveries after the NASA’s New Horizons shuttle has orbited Pluto on the 14th July 2015.

Despite the distance between the shuttle and Earth is now over 5 billion kilometers, data captured by the shuttle are still being sent back to Earth.

With just only one percent of the total data transferred back to Earth, Dr. Wiphu Rujopakarn, Chulalongkorn University Professor, a Physics specialist who conducted the press conference announced the exciting discoveries evident from the shuttle's date still floating 5 billion kilometers away.

The shuttle passed Pluto and is now embarking on its new mission of space exploration beyond Pluto. The shuttle will continue to transfer the rest of the data gathered from the dwarf planet.

From the first set of data Dr. Wiphu pointed that what humans have predicted Pluto would be have changed forever, stating that Pluto is remarkably flat, with less craters than expected. This contradicts mainstream scientific belief that Pluto’s surface would be similiar to the moon. This new information may leads to the confirmation that Pluto is either still geologically active or possesses an atmosphere that weathers out craters.

The ice plains of the planet is also a completely new discovery, which may lead to scientists theorizing that something has been changing during the past 100 million years, which is very recent time-frame, considering the solar system is calculated to be 4.5 billion years old.

Pluto has a relatively thick atmosphere, while the density of Pluto’s atmosphere is only about one hundred thousandth of the Earth’s atmospheric density. Pluto's atmosphere also extends up to about the range of 1,000 miles above the surface, which is very far considering the size of Pluto’s radius. The planet itself also houses a very small gravitational pull.

Dr. Wiphu also pointed to the rugged surface means mountains and terrains and that there are many dry ice mountains with a height of between 10 to 15 kilometers. Scientists projected that there should be a lot of ice, especially frozen carbon dioxide and methane gas.

While exploring the dwarf planet, the shuttle also explored the surface of Pluto’s moon (Sharon) and found that the moon also houses cliffs 7-9 km deep.

As there more images and data to are sent back to Earth, the New Horizon's 700 million U.S. dollar project has already brought much joy and new insights to the world's scientists. Many people have raised the question that how are these discoveries helping people?

Dr. Wiphu pointed that by understanding more about how the solar system forms by looking at various bodies, scientists will understand the big picture more. He says scientific knowledge on solar system formation has been enhanced. Citing photographic evidence he confirms similarities of planets located at the different parts of the solar system, and added that "we have a better picture of how solar system forms, and since everything forms together in one single cloud that collapses into the solar system.”

There will now be more clues to age old questions such as host fast will did the Earth take to cool down, and when did life begin, he says.

Each star in the galaxy is like our solar system's sun, with two hundred billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone. He concluded that the incomprehensible size of the universe is so vast that we will never be able to completely explore its entirety.

BMA pushes ahead with cycling campaign

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has pushed ahead with its campaign to promote cycling in the capital.

The BMA said the focus of the campaign is to ensure cycling in Bangkok is safe for everyone. Measures will be implemented to reduce the use of cars and to stress the benefits of bicycles to travel around the capital.

More bike routes, including paths at Rattanakosin Island, have been built in line with the campaign. Barriers will also be set up to increase safety for cyclists.

The BMA will stage annual events such as Car-Free Day to encourage the use of public transport. Several major roads are usually closed to all motorized vehicles, so up to 20,000 cyclists can form a convoy and bike throughout Bangkok.

Yala fruit orchards under wild elephant siege

YALA, 23 July 2015 (NNT) Community leaders and village defense volunteers have carried out a survey of damaged fruit orchards in Mae Wat subdistrict in the southernmost province of Yala, following recent destruction by wild elephants.

An unknown number of wild elephants have invaded local farmland to feast on their fruits. The damage extended over 10 rai of fruit orchards. Villagers initially spotted a herd of wild elephants in their neighborhood a week ago, but were unable to drive them back to the forests for fear of being attacked.

The pachyderms are believed to have migrated from Malaysia. During this period, the neighboring country has granted concessions to loggers for large swaths of forest. Locals assume that the sound of chainsaws may have scared the animals away and driven them into the Thai territory.

Village heads are compiling damage reports to seek aid from the provincial administrative organization.

Chonburi water sources intact amidst drought

CHONBURI, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Irrigation Office of the eastern province of Chonburi reports that the discharge of water supplies still operates as normal despite a shortfall in raindrops.

The Regional Irrigation Office 9 revealed the amount of rainfalls since the dry season has dropped by eight percent compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, the irrigation office’s water management plan can be carried out as usual.

According to officials, the seaside province has nine reservoirs. Each of them contains water amounting to 19-41 percent of their capacity, which is enough for farming and consumption. The Regional Irrigation Office 9 has begun to cut its water supplies now that agricultural zones have experienced more rainfalls.

As for the long-term flood and drought alleviation plans, the Royal Irrigation Department has finished the construction of a diversion pipe to channel away the excessive water in eastern Bangkok during the rainy season and to direct up to 70 million cubic meters of water into Chonburi during the dry season. The new pipe is ready for use in this rainy season.

Mae Fah Luang Airport steps up security against firearms carrying

CHIANG RAI, 23 July 2015 (NNT) Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport has reportedly increased its security measures in compliance with the Airport of Thailand's policy and the airport codes of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Chiang Rai Airport officials said those entering the airport are subjected to thorough inspection while loading of luggage will be strictly scanned and labeled. Passengers will be scanned at six spots, firstly upon entering the passenger terminal, then at the counter of boarding pass issuance, followed by inspection prior to the point of x-ray scanning, then at the scanning point of personal belongings, at the home-room inspection by airline officials, and finally at the gate before boarding the aircraft.

The airport believes that the new safety policy will significantly boost security and effectively prevent passengers from bringing firearms aboard the aircraft. It said the procedure might cause inconvenience to some, but the regulations would ensure safety for all passengers.

EC Chairman says it’s everyone's duty to ensure transparent elections

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) Election Commission (EC) Chairman Suphachai Somcharoen has indicated it is every body’s duty to promote transparent elections.

The EC Chairman said in a recent seminar on fair elections that the objective of the election is not to prevent corruption but to echo the voice of the people.

It is also a key mechanism, under the democratic principles, to select good individuals to represent people to work in the Parliament. The draft charter has been revised several times to make sure it will pave the way for the transparent elections.

He added that whatever the election model Thailand will adopt, it is important to take into consideration the pros and cons of each model. It should serve no one’s but public interest. Measures should also be in place to assure no vote buying can be committed.

Sing Buri Prison holds a disaster prevention drill

SING BURI, 23 July 2015, (NNT) Sing Buri Provincial Prison held a disaster prevention drill, in accordance with the Department of Corrections policy of preparing officials for emergency situations.

The event was staged by the warden and her officers, simulating a scene in which an inmate took a civilian and an official as hostages in exchange for a clear passage from the prison. The criminal was described as being stressed over the legal proceeding for his case and the lack of family visits.

According to the warden, Sing Buri provincial prison is handling a large number of inmates. Thus, opportunities are high for a prison mutiny or a tension induced by density factor. She said the drill would prepare personnel for the worst case scenario and enable them to act efficiently in containing the situation as quickly as possible.

Chiang Mai Uni researchers invent a stove fueled by corn stalks

CHIANG MAI, 23 July 2015, (NNT) Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Agriculture researchers have invented a stove fueled by corn stalks, in the hope of replacing conventional household stoves.

The so-called bio stove is being assembled from common materials such as clay, earth, wood chips and cement, explained the inventors, adding that it is fueled by corn stalks.

According to the researchers, the stove is simple to construct and use, while a kilogram of corn stalks would produce 30 minutes of flame suitable for cooking. They estimate a household would need 10-15 kilograms of corn stalks for daily cooking.

The stove was featured in a fair promoting inventions for community use, at Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center. The innovation is an excellent and affordable waste disposal tool, say the researchers.

Tollway fees waived for Bike for Mom event

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) Tollway fees will be waived for all vehicles on August 2 and August 16th in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday Anniversary.

According to Don Muang Tollway Public Company Limited, the toll exemption will also be applied on the occasion of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Bike for Mom campaign, which is to take place on August 16th. The exemption will begin from 12 noon -11 pm on both days

Royal Thai Army and SCG setting up large water tanks amid drought crisis

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army has released a caravan of trucks to deliver bottled water to people affected by water shortages in the North and Northeast of Thailand.

The Royal Thai Army and Siam Cement Group (SCG) have joined hands launching a drought relief campaign to help people suffering from the ongoing drought crisis. 28 large drinking water tanks will be installed in 7 provinces in the North and Northeast under the campaign.

Each tank contains up to 2,000 liters of water. They will be set up within 2 days. In addition, the Directorate of Civil Affairs (DOCA) has delivered 120,000 bottles of drinking water donated by private organizations to Nakhon Sawan and Pathum Thani residents.

Reportedly, 200,000 bottles have already been given to the DOCA. Drought stricken people are encouraged to visit the DOCA to receive drinking water.

Those living outside Bangkok and wish to donate drinking water can do so at Army Area Region 2 in Nakhon Ratchasrima and Army Area Region 3 in Putsnulok.

Ubonrat Dam's water level increased, farmers start planting rice in Sisaket

KHON KEAN, 23 July 2015, (NNT) Rainfalls have replenished water in dams in the Northeast, enabling rice farmers to plant crops after months of drought.

An aerial survey has indicated that the water level at Ubonrat Dam in Khon Kean, one of the two largest dams in the northeastern region, has significantly increased following continuous rains since last week. The dam gains about 3.5 million cubic meters of water daily. The amount of water is expected to revive more than 2 million rai of farmlands in the province.

Meanwhile, farmers in Sisaket Province have been seen helping one another planting rice, as rainfalls have begun to rejuvenate their farmland previously affected by severe drought conditions.

Thailand-Vietnam bilateral trade to be increased to 20 billion USD

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The second meeting of the Joint Trade Committee (JTC) of Thailand and Vietnam has concluded with both countries agreeing to increase bilateral trade to 20 billion US dollars within five years' time.

At its meeting in Bangkok, the Thai-Vietnamese JTC resolved to increase bilateral trade value to 20 billion dollars by the year 2020 and expand cooperation on agricultural commodities. Vietnam is considering joining the trilateral effort by Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in maintaining rubber price stability. The parties at the JTC meeting also agreed to collaboratively promote rice exports and the import and export of mango, longan, lychee and rambutan.

The JTC resolved to create an operational plan for the purpose of streamlining trade and investment between the two countries, especially in the aspects of transportation and banking. The Vietnamese private sector will also be invited to invest in Thailand's special economic zones in order to take advantage of Thailand's double status as a market and production base.

Diminished competitiveness, over-reliance on export, infrastructure cited as outstanding problems

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) Diminished competitiveness, over-reliance on export and the lack of infrastructural upgrades have been cited as Thailand's outstanding problems by economists at a seminar hosted by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

Wirathai Santiprapob, advisor to Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), explained at the seminar held on Wednesday that Thailand's economy has structural problems related to investment, income-generation, and education, which consequently result in the country's diminished competitiveness. Low business confidence has resulted in low levels of investment, whereas public sector investment has not been increasing as much as desired. To achieve sustained expansion of the economy, Mr. Wirathai suggested promoting private sector investment and lifting the income base of people without resorting to populist policies.

Meanwhile, Ekniti Nitithanpraphat, advisor to the Fiscal Policy Office, viewed that Thailand's over-reliance on exports meant it has inevitably been affected by the global economic slowdown. At the same time, the industrial sector has yet to improve its manufacturing technology. Thailand also has not seen infrastructure investments in a long time because of unfavorable politics. These factors meant the economy has not been able to expand as much as it could have.

Kirida Bhaopichitr, a Senior Economist at the World Bank, explained that Thailand's economy might be able to expand only 2-3% this year due to the fallout from the situation of the global economy and the lower-than-expected expansion of the Chinese economy. However, Thailand still has supporting factors such as the reduced oil price, the flow of capital into eastern Asia, regional economic pacts, greater prevalence of free trade, and the heightened purchasing power attributable to the growth of the middle class, she added.

Cancer patients to be provided with donated expensive drugs

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Medical Services, in hand with the National Health Security Office (NHSO) and the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, will be providing cancer patients with super-expensive drugs which have been donated by drug manufacturers and distributors.

According to Dr. Suphan Srithamma, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, the donated drugs include Imatinib – used to treat leukemia, severe cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumors – and Nilotinib, which is used for chronic myeloid leukemia.

The Department of Medical Service will take delivery of the donated drugs as well as facilitate their importation, monitor their distribution and report the distribution result to the Customs Department, the Food and Drug Administration and relevant agencies. The NHSO will coordinate the replenishment of the drugs at points of service with the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, to make sure that the drugs are distributed in accordance with the demands from prescribing doctors at each point of service.

NLA’s agricultural and cooperative committee follows up on drought crisis in Phichit

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly’s committee overseeing agricultural and cooperative affairs has visited drought-hit Phichit.

Chairman of the NLA’s agricultural and cooperative affairs committee Gen Danai Meechuwate was accompanied by his team in visiting Phichit to hear first-hand information related to drought in order for them to come up with appropriate remedies.

Gen Danai and his team paid a particular attention to the problems around the Yon River Basin, where they wish to identify solutions to help farmers who have been affected by the dry spell.

The governor of Phichit and heads of the local government offices have made a number of requests for help from the committee, including the dredging of the Yom River and the installation of more floodgates in local waterways as well as the growing of the forest.

EC ready to implement electronic voting system

BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Election Commission of Thailand is now ready to implement an electronic voting system.

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said that the EC meeting on the election system development has already looked at the plan to adopt the electronic voting system that involves short-, medium- and long-term plans, in order to allow for the use of this new option for the upcoming public referendum of the draft Constitution.

According to Mr. Somchai, two prototype machines are now ready to be used at two polling stations of the Rajthevee district of Bangkok, where they will serve about 1,600 eligible voters.

Voters will have the opportunity to choose their preferred system while the EC will be able to test the electronic voting system in order to gain trust and demonstrate the potential of future polling stations, he said.

He went on to say that the meeting also discussed the idea of an election application for smartphones which can be developed to facilitate voters.

PM vows to continue crackdown on human trade despite US rating

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha says his government will carry on with its crackdown on human trafficking, regardless of how the U.S. rates the country's concerted effort to end the scourge.

Speaking about the U.S. State Department’s annual ranking of global counter-trafficking efforts set for July 27, Gen Prayut commented his government will not be despondent if the U.S. maintains a low ranking of the country’s performance, nor will it be overjoyed if its world ranking improves.

The U.S. last year lowered Thailand to its “tier 3” list of worst offenders along with 22 countries. The rating prompted the government to vow to spare no effort in addressing the deep-rooted problems. High-profile operations included the exposing of a human trafficking network in the South and the registration and licensing of fishing boats to solve the problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU).

Gen Prayut confirmed, that with or without an improved US human rights rating, his government will still try its best to eradicate all forms of human abuse in a systematic manner, however complex the problems are.

PM urges government agencies to cut water usage by 10%

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has urged government agencies to reduce their water usage by 10 percent, and disclosed the initial water management plan will focus on water consumption management and flood prevention, the DWR chief says.

The Director-General of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Jatuporn Buruspat has announced the outcome of the first National Water Resources Committee meeting, saying that the committee has received a three phase 2015-2026 water management plan from the Water Policy Committee, with the initial phase of 2015-2016 focusing on the management of water consumption and flood prevention in urban communities in the Greater Bangkok Area.

The Prime Minister is reported to have emphasized these issues, while four possible solutions have been put forward, namely a study of the usage of raw water from the western area as a substitute for water from the Chao Phraya River, suggested by the Royal Irrigation Department and the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority; the creation of a shortcut water course from the Chao Phraya River to Sum Lae water pump station where the salt content of water is examined; a study of the allocation of new raw water sources for tap water production in Nakhon Nayok; and a study of the potential use of the dead water stored in Bhumibol and Sirikit Dams currently running to about 7,500 million cubic meters.

The meeting also presented water usage statistics for the Greater Bangkok Area where the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority supplies 49 percent of water to houses, and the remaining 51 percent to government agencies, state enterprises, and the industrial sector, 19 percent of which is for water usage by government agencies.

On this matter, the Prime Minister has ordered government agencies to cut their water usage by 10 percent from today and report their water usage to the administrative sector in an attempt to become a water conservation model for the general public.

Discussions on the establishment of a sub-committee on issues such as water for consumption, a new water sources survey, and conservative water use have also taken place in this meeting

Police gear up to enforce Public Gatherings Act in mid August

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police has warned that as the Public Gatherings Act is due to be enforced on August 13, activist groups need to strictly adhere to new regulations stipulated by the act.

According to the Police spokesman, the act requires organizers of a rally to notify police in the area 24 hours prior to the event. If local police object to the staging of the rally, organizers are allowed to appeal to higher-ranking authorities. Protesters who violate the imposing ban will have the rally broken up by police.

The Public Gatherings Act consists of 35 sections which also include bans on gatherings within 50 metres from the Government House, the parliament or the court. The act is designed to minimize the impact of rallies on the public.

The police added that the act also stipulated that any crowd control plans must be approved by the cabinet before being implemented on protesters. Any violation of the rule will result in a jail term of 6 months to 10 years.

China’s top political advisor meets PM Prayut

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) China’s top political advisor has met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha during a visit to Thailand as the guest of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

The Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng, was greeted by members of the National Legislative Assembly and the Royal Thai Air Force’s commander at Don Mueang International Airport.

Mr. Yu then paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha at Government House. Gen Prayut expressed his appreciation of the long-standing ties between the legislative bodies of the two countries and also thanked China for its understanding of Thailand’s political situation.

The prominent Chinese political advisor meanwhile gave an assurance that the Uyghurs repatriated to China by the Thai government are being treated justly under the principles of human rights. The Thai government had earlier sent 109 Uyghurs back to China at the request of Beijing.

The Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference is scheduled to visit Thailand and Indonesia from July 21 to 28 at the invitation of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly and the People’s Consultative Assembly of Indonesia.

2015 TIP report to be released next Monday

WASHINGTON, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby has revealed that the U.S. government is to release the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report next Monday, July 27, at 10 a.m. local time or at 9 p.m. Thai time.

The U.S. Secretary of State is expected to announce the report as in previous years. The TIP report places each country onto one of four tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.

Tier 1 is the highest ranking, followed by Tier 2, Tier 2 with close monitoring, and Tier 3 in which Thailand has been ranked in the previous year. Basically, country ranked in Tier 3 will be reassessed within three months whether or not the U.S. government will impose any pressure or sanction measures on it. However, the U.S. government decided not to place any sanction measures on Thailand last year.

Bridge collapses in Phichit amid heavy rains

PHICHIT, 22 July 2015 (NNT) A nearly completed bridge in Phichit has collapsed overnight amid heavy rain in the lower northern region. No one was killed or injured during the incident.

The suspension bridge over Nan River was two meters wide and 139 meters long. Around 9.5 million baht was spent construction up until the bridge gave way.

According to initial survey, heavy rain was suspected to have weakened the base of the bridge to the point where it collapsed into the river. No one had been using the bridge when it toppled. Locals are calling for further inspection to determine the cause of the collapse.

The bridge was commissioned by the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning. Construction began on June 23 last year and was being modified recently by a private contractor. The bridge was due to open for public use during the upcoming Buddhist Lent.

PM orders ban on alcohol sales near universities

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has signed an official announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office banning alcohol sales within 300 meters of universities and vocational colleges.

The new rule is an amendment of Sections 4 and 27 of the 2008 Alcohol Control Act. Alcohol sales within 300 meters of higher-education institutions governed by the education law are now officially outlawed.

However, the announcement stated that the new ban will not apply to hotels and other service operators established legally under royal decree.

The ban will be enforced 30 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette.

The rule has been widely supported by the anti-alcohol networks and the public sector, responding to growing concerns over the rising number of young drinkers.

PM chairs National Water Resources Committee meeting

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The National Water Resources Committee has agreed to reduce the water consumption of state agencies by 10 percent.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the committee meeting, which focused on tackling drought and flooding next year. The committee was told that number of wells and reservoirs had been built, in accordance with last year’s national water management master plan.

Two sub-committees are also being set up to regulate the use of water and secure water supplies. The new teams are expected to streamline existing work on water-related issues.

State agencies nationwide have been instructed to cut down water use by 10 percent, effective from Wednesday onwards. The industrial and agricultural sectors have also been urged to help conserve water during the drought crisis.

Rayong flu patient negative for MERS-CoV

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health has confirmed lab tests that found the flu patient returning from South Korean negative for MERS-CoV, two weeks after the ministry declared Thailand free of of the virus.

The latest MERS-CoV suspect is a Thai worker traveling from South Korea. A few days after his return, the man exhibited symptoms including high fever, diarrhea, and fatigue and was admitted to hospital. Lab tests showed he came down with a normal flu.

Meanwhile, his friend in Ubon Ratchathani province who reportedly died of similar symptoms was rumored to have MERS-CoV. However, lab tests have ruled out the virus. Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin said authorities were tracking down those spreading the rumor.

Reports of the new suspected cases came two weeks after the Ministry of Public Health declared Thailand a MERS-free country. The number of confirmed cases remains at one. Patient zero was an Omani man that fully recovered and returned to his home country.

ASEAN Public Health Ministers will meet early next week in Vietnam to discuss ways to handle the fatal virus. Their counterparts from South Korea and Middle East countries will also be invited to take part in the conference.

Rains prompt flash flood warnings in Loei, replenish dams in Kalasin

LOEI, 22 July 2015, (NNT) Several provinces in the northeastern region experienced heavy rain, prompting officials to warn locals of possible flash floods.

The flash flood warning was issued from a village Phu Luang district in Loei province, asking its 700 villagers to prepare for evacuation when the local river abruptly changed color, a pre-indication of flash floods.

In Kalasin province, recent rainfall has replenished about 7-8 million cubic meters of water in Lam Pao Dam. Officials expect drought conditions to alleviate, provided rainfall continues in the province. The dam's latest water level was recorded at 453 million cubic meters or 23 percent of total capacity. This amount can be distributed to 97 percent of the province's agricultural areas.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Electricity Authority Office of Pattani deployed heavy machinery to remove nine fallen electric poles blocking local roads. The poles were knocked down by recent storms.

DWR expects 196 million cubic meters of more water from new ground water projects

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is expected to be able to store up to 196 million of cubic meters of water when its ground water program is completed.

DWR Director-General Jatuporn Buruspat is going to report to the National Water Resources Committee’s meeting today the progress of the nationwide water saving campaign and the cabinet’s deliberation on the water management strategy.

He added that underground water has already been located in 425 locations. Once 270 more sites have been identified, these sources of water could provide a combined amount of 196 million cubic meters of water.

The DWR Director-General further stated that more farmers have been registering with the Ministry of Interior for jobs as drought crisis has forced them to abandon their crops. Many of them have already started their new jobs.

Rainfall to lessen and rebound later this week

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Science and Technology has said that Typhoon Halola, which is moving southern Japan, will not have any impact on Thailand.

According to satellite imagery, skies remain cloudy today in the North and Northeast of Thailand. Rainfall has been recorded throughout the country in the last 24 hours, with the North of Thailand experiencing medium precipitation. In the Northeast, natural water bodies have been replenished due to heavy rain.

Salinity in the Chao Praya River recorded earlier today has exceeded the standard level by 0.21 gram per liter. Major dams have only 46 percent of capacity remaining.

Bhumibol and Sirikit dams have 122 and 268 million cubic meters of drinking water, respectively. The amount of rain will decline from today until Friday, as the monsoon trough has left the country and the southwesterly wind is weakening in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

Minister Korbkan reveals Muang Thai Marathon 2015 events

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015, (NNT) The government and private sector are organizing the 'Muang Thai Marathon 2015' in each of the four regions, aiming to boost tourism and promote healthy lifestyles.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul made the announcement. She said the marathon is being spearheaded by an alliance of private corporation helmed by Muang Thai Insurance PCL.

The four marathon events will be held in Bangkok on August 23, Nakhon Ratchasima on September 20, Phuket on October 18, and Chiang Mai on December 20.

Ms. Kobkarn said at each marathon event, Muang Thai Insurance would provide a free 100,000 baht's worth of accident insurance to all participants. Net revenue from the events will be donated to a charity of the provincial organizers' choosing. Those interested can visit for more information.

DPM opens government helping center under Public Facilitation Act

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015, (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday opened a center set up under the newly-enforced Public Facilitation Act B.E.2558 at the the Office of the Civil Service Commission on Phitsanulok Road.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Public Facilitation Center would ensure that all government units provide services related to issuance of permits and licenses in a proper and timely manner. It will promote transparency of the government services at all stages and accelerate public access to information.

The center will also accept complaints about government services and will forward such cases to the government for improvement measures. The center is the first of its kind, located on the first floor of the Office of the Civil Service Commission on Phitsanulok Road. Residents can reach the center via its hotline 1111 extension number 22. Such a center will be set up in each ministry to coordinate the service which involves 148 departments of twenty ministries.

Government accepts drinking water and money donations for drought stricken people

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister’s Office is encouraging all Thais to donate money and bottles of water to help those affected by the drought crisis.

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Disakul said the donations will be delivered to more than 100 centers set up nationwide at the initiative of His Majesty the King to provide water for consumption.

Donations have so far been made by 13 organizations, both public and private. The water distribution centers under the Royal Patronage have been set up in 53 provinces. Residents in those provinces have all expressed their gratitude towards His Majesty the King for his concern for their plight.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Prajin Jantong said road collapses had been reported in many areas especially roads running along dried-up canals. 127 spots have already been repaired and now opened to traffic.

Four more spots which are located along Khlong 13 and 14 canals in Pathum Thani, are still being fixed. He said road collapses are caused by the lack of water to maintain the integrity of the road and heavy trucks.

Additional road construction is expected to take place to promote long term safety. Roads will be built further away from the canal. It is estimated that 750 million baht will be spent on the construction.

Government to create jobs for those affected by drought

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Thai government is planning to spend 10 million baht creating jobs for farmers in each area affected by drought crisis.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Interior to help Thais affected by water shortages. Ten million baht would be allocated to each of the drought stricken provinces in order to help create jobs for farmers.

Those in the affected areas are urged to propose to the government how they plan to spend the10 million to boost their livelihood. General Prayut also stated that the government has made significant progress in digging 5,000 artesian wells, under its 3 year water management plan.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also been instructed to obtain water pumps for communities in need of water. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Royal Thai Army will also reach out to farmers who are struggling to find water to keep their crops alive.

The Prime Minister is also asking everyone to understand about the current situation and urging them to help conserve water.

Tighter police surveillance in place against illegal fishing activities

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Police will be conducting rigorous surveillance against illegal fishing in 22 provinces before the new Fisheries Act 2015 comes into force in August.

A recent meeting of the Royal Thai Police and provincial police units has been held to reinforce the prevention of illegal fishing.

According to Deputy Commander Police General Ake Angsananon, the number of police assigned to do the task has been increased tenfold.

They have also been working in cooperation with the Royal Thai Navy in keeping illegal fishing boats at bay. Police General Ake said he was confident that this would satisfy the European Union (EU).

The EU has given Thailand until October to solve its alleged illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, or face seafood ban.

Nong Khai cricket raisers resume occupation as rain cools down weather

NONG KHAI 22 July 2015 (NNT) Locals in Nong Khai have resumed their cricket farming occupation, as the rainy season finally sets in and the weather cools down.

Cricket raisers in Nong Khai had to temporarily halt their operations after the intense heat during the summer killed off most of their crickets. Phien Bandit, one of the local cricket raisers, said the temperature is now about right and this has made it easier to rear the crickets. He noted that although fans were used for ventilation of the raising areas during the summer, the death rate of crickets was still high and many raisers suffered losses.

Mr. Phien added that extremely cold weather was also not ideal for cricket raising, as it would result in the crickets feeding less. In very cold weather, the rearing period for crickets increases from 45 days to between 80 and 90 days. It also affects the breeding of cricket

Government launches public services handbook

BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) The government has launched its public services handbook as well as a website and a hotline number for people to make inquiries about public services and law.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday presided over the launch of the handbook, the website and the 1111 hotline number. The hotline number provides a channel for the public to inquire about the law and to report problems with public sector services. The website provides information about the various public sector services.

The public services handbook provides details of services offered by the state sector, as well as the associated procedures, required documents and working time frame for each service. People will be able to report cases of state officials not adhering to the public services handbook at the Damrong Tham centers.

Also on Tuesday, the center for facilitating convenience in approval processes of state agencies was officially opened at the Office of the Civil Service Commission on Phitsanulok Rd. in Bangkok. The center has been set up to make sure that people receive service from the state in a timely manner.




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Nong Khai cricket raisers resume occupation as rain cools down weather

Government launches public services handbook



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