Thailand committed to fighting human trade despite Tier 3 ranking
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The Thai Ministry of
Foreign Affairs has reacted to the United States’ decision to keep
Thailand in the Tier 3 Watch List on human trafficking for another year,
affirming that the Kingdom has been making huge progress in eradicating
The US has released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, in
which Thailand is maintained in the Tier 3 Watch List for the second
consecutive year after its downgrade from Tier 2 last year. In response,
Mr Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of Information
and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited the latest
report as an inaccurate reflection of Thailand’s efforts and
achievements in its combat against human trafficking over the past year.
The Spokesman insisted that, since the incumbent government came into
office, the anti-human trafficking mechanism has been completely
revamped, resulting in concrete improvements in many aspects.
Policy-wise, he said the problem has been included in the national
agenda while a number of related laws and regulations have been amended.
Law enforcement has also been intensified, leading to the arrest and
prosecution of many culprits, one of whom is a senior army officer.
Meanwhile, over 1.6 million foreign workers have been properly
registered in a bid to prevent them from falling prey to human
traffickers while cooperation has been established both bilaterally and
multilaterally with neighboring countries in order to rid the region of
Although Thailand will continue to be in the bottom tier for one more
year, Mr Sek was adamant the country will remain determined and devoted
to putting an end to the problem of human trafficking.
Uthai Thani farmers apply HM's Sufficiency Economy, beat national drought
UTHAI THANI, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The governor of Uthai
Thani province spoke with local farmers who used His Majesty the King's
Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy to manage their crops and mitigate
drought that has crippled the nation's agriculture.
Governor Somchai Leartpongpakorn visited Moo 5, Thung Yai sub-district,
Mueang district, where farmers have applied the King's message of
sustainable living. Locals created an eight-rai reservoir, where rain
water was collected during last year's monsoon. Then during the dry
season, water is distributed to a system of smaller one-rai pools to
irrigate 20 rai of rice paddies. Finally, the leftover water is pumped
back into the main reservoir.
To conserve water further, the farmers employ alternate wet/dry
irrigation (AWDI). As the farmers explained, the AWDI method involves
inundating rice paddies with water 5 cm deep, allowing the field to dry,
then following up with water 15 cm deep and adding fertilizer. They
claimed that the AWDI method enhances nutrient uptake by the soil and
The farmers also took the opportunity to grow flowers along walkways and
partitions that can be sold for extra income, as well as vegetable
gardens for their own use.
Government supports setting up of new website to promote reform
BANGKOK, 28 July 2015 (NNT) The government has
expressed its support for a proposal to introduce a new website to
promote the present efforts at reform.
Member of the National Reform Council Pattareeya Sumano, who is also the
chairwoman of the subcommittee for the promotion of internal
communications and image, said that the government of Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has offered support and cooperation for the planned
setting up of the website “Online Voice of Reform”.
Ms. Pattareeya said that the government has made clear that once up and
running, the website will be a channel for all state agencies to
publicize and promote the works of the NRC and the National Legislative
Assembly, the Constitution Drafting Council, the Cabinet and the
National Council for Peace and Order – collectively known as the Five
She added that the public will soon receive an update through various
media, from newspapers to radio and online media which will enable them
to gain a better understanding of the work of all bodies working on
reform in Thailand.
Vietnam strives to reduce spread of hepatitis
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has promulgated a plan
on viral hepatitis prevention for the 2015-2019 period to reduce the
spread of hepatitis viruses and improve community access to screening,
treatment and care services, reports Tran Dac Phu, Head of the MOH’s
Preventive Health Department.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that about two billion
people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis B virus and around 130
– 150 million people were chronically infected with the hepatitis C
virus, in 2014. About one million people die every year as a result of
the viral disease, or 2.7 percent of all fatalities globally.
Hepatitis B and C viruses are major causes of liver cancer and
cirrhosis. An estimated 57 percent of cases of liver cirrhosis and 78
percent of cases of primary liver cancer result from hepatitis B and C
According to the Preventive Health Department, 8-25 percent of people in
certain population groups in Vietnam have hepatitis B and some 2.5 – 4.1
percent of such population groups test positive for hepatitis C.
Chronic hepatitis remains a major public health problem and liver cancer
is the most common cause of cancer mortalities in Vietnam.
A hepatitis B vaccine has been used in the country’s Expanded Programme
of Immunisation since 1997 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
It has been given to children under one year old nationwide since 2003
with a coverage rate of over 90 percent.
Since 2006, the vaccine has been applied to newborns within the first 24
hours after birth. Pregnant women are also encouraged to be screened for
hepatitis to prevent mother-to-child transmissions.
Vietnam to attend Seoul int’l harmonica festival
Five members of the Vietnam Harmonica Orchestra will
set off for the Seoul International Harmonica Festival in the Republic
of Korea (RoK) on July 29.
This is the first time that a Vietnamese harmonica troupe has attended
an international harmonica event.
The annual festival in the RoK, the third of its kind, is being hosted
by the Korea Harmonica Education Association to foster international
exchanges among world-class artists.
Vietnamese artists will perform traditional pieces of music such as “Bay
den hoa binh” (Fly for peace) in the concert category, “Trong com” (Rice
drum) in the trio category and “Chim K’Tia” (K’Tia bird) in the solo
SRT Commercial Center to be developed at Bang Sue Central Station
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The State Railway of
Thailand (SRT) has set plans to develop its 218-Rai empty land plot in
Bang Sue district as a new commercial center. The project is part of the
under construction Bang Sue Central Station, a modern transportation hub
in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
SRT governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr said the property would be
utilized for commercial purposes. With the concept of Transit Oriented
Development, it will be developed as a mixed use community centered
around modern transportation systems.
The project's master plan is expected to be completed in September this
Once completed, Bang Sue Central Station will link the Airport Rail
Link, Blue Line MRT, Green Line BTS, long distance Train and high speed
train. It will also connect Phahonyothin and Vibhavadi Rangsit roads.
BMA rushes assistance to drought-hit residents
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) is speeding up assistance to people who are
affected by the drought crisis, along with its repair of damaged roads
across the capital.
After a meeting of BMA executives chaired by Bangkok Governor MR
Sukhumbhand Paribatra, BMA Spokeswoman Treedao Apaiwong revealed that
the meeting was aimed to follow up on the drought situation within
Bangkok. She said the executives acknowledged a report indicating that
362 households have been impacted by drought while over a thousand rai
of farmland has sustained damage from the water shortage and seawater
The board thus assigned the Department of Drainage and Sewerage to
coordinate with the government in providing help to the drought victims
and relieving their plight, especially by disseminating knowledge
addressing the cultivation of alternative crops that are resistant to
The meeting was also informed of drought-induced damage, such as
cracking and subsidence, on a total of 19 roads in Bangkok. Related
units have already been instructed to fix the roads and some of them are
expected to be ready for normal use again in August.
45,000 people get Bike for Mom souvenirs
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) Around 45,000 cyclists
have received T-shirts and pins for the “Bike for Mom” bicycle ride at
the Royal Thai Army Stadium over the past weekend. The number of people
who showed up was higher than the registered cyclists by 5,000 people.
Gen. Pisit Sitthisarn, the chairman of the "Bike for Mom” organizing
committee, said on Sunday alone, the pins were given to 12,789 people.
From Saturday to Sunday, a total of 15,000 t-shirts and 27,789 pins were
given to the registered cyclists. They also received free meals from the
The pins are printed with the initials of Her Majesty the Queen and His
Royal Highness Crown Prince.
Another 100,000 “Bike for Mom” pins will be given to those who sign up
to witness the royal procession. They can register online or in-person
with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration from 29 July to 5 August
NRC to hold seminar on water management
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council (NRC) committee on environmental reform will hold a seminar on
water management on July 29.
Mr. Pramote Mailkad, Chairman of the NRC committee on natural resources
and environmental reform, revealed that it will will organize a seminar
on Wednesday under the theme, “Time to Reform Water Resources
Management." The seminar is being held at Hotel Mercure Bangkok to
gather opinions on how to move forward with the country’s water
He indicated that the problem of water management in the country is
three-fold. He blamed vague state policies, a lack of related agencies,
and no legal framework for water management.
The NRC committee chairman recommended a national water management
policy, a mechanism for public participation, and revision of current
regulations. A draft law to facilitate these goals has been already
passed by the NRC and awaits Cabinet approval.
Songkhla hosts public hearing over coal power plant, amid tight security
SONGKHLA, 27 July 2015 (NNT) A public hearing has
been held in Songkhla province amid tight security, regarding the
construction of the power plant in Thepa district.
Songkhla residents, religious leaders and other stakeholders have
attended the forum, which will conclude tomorrow. Public opinion is
being surveyed ahead of the construction of the coal power plant and its
Security has been reinforced around the event. Roads between Hatyai city
and Pattani province have been closed due to safety concerns while the
forum is taking place.
The first day of the forum focused on the construction of the coal power
plant and its environmental impact, while tomorrow will center on the
accompanying sea port.
Pickup truck owners warned not to add any rooftop extensions to their vehicles
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Land
Transport (DLT) has said it is illegal to install a metal structure on
top of the pickup truck in an attempt to carry more items as it would
pose danger to other vehicles on the road.
DLT Deputy Director General Suchart Klinsuwan said it would be illegal
to attach any protruding equipment to pickup truck.
According to him, many pickup truck owners have installed a basket-like
rooftop extension to the vehicle's rear section for commercial purposes.
Quite often the extension is mounted separately to the vehicle, which
could pose danger when used to carry large and heavy items. Without a
proper structural support underneath the extension, it could easily
break and come off while the vehicle is traveling on the road.
The Deputy Director General said any modification to the truck should be
in line with the regulations in order to assure road safety.
NBTC urges public to use digital TV coupons by July 31
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The National Broadcasting
Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) is urging homeowners to
quickly obtain a digital TV coupon before the end of this month.
According to the broadcasting regulator, those who have picked
up the 690-baht digital TV coupon during the first and second
distributions are encouraged to exchange it for a set-top box
before July 31, when the coupon expires.
There are reportedly 42 provinces, including Bangkok and its
vicinity, where people are entitled to the latest round of
digital TV coupons. They are advised to visit the nearest post
office to receive the coupon or call 1200 for more information.
Drought crisis abates in several parts of the country
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015 (NNT) Continuous rainfall has
relieved the drought situation in several areas of Thailand. As dams
were replenished, many farmers returned to rice growing.
In Khon Kaen province, rainfall has been raising water levels at the
Ubonrat Dam at an average of three million cubic meters per day. Nearly
60% of its 643 million cubic meters is deemed fit for public
consumption. Approximately 2.5 million cubic meters is being released
into streams for agricultural use.
In Nakhon Ratchasima province, Lam Takhong Dam has received only one
million cubic meters of water from rainfall. Officials at the dam have
assured there is enough water for household consumption, despite
lower-than-expected water levels.
In Nakhon Phanom province, people living along the Mekhong River have
been warned to be ready to evacuate, as the water levels are rising
quickly. Two weeks of continuous precipitation have also contributed to
strong currents in the river. Ferry operators are urged to be extra
cautious when navigating the river.
Despite the recent rainfall, several months of drought have left 500,000
rai of rice paddies dessicated. Meanwhile, crops grown in another
500,000 rai have reportedly survived the water shortages.
The Meteorological Department has forecast more rain in the North. More
water is expected to be added to the dams. However, meteorologists have
warned people not to become too complacent. The public is urged to
continue conserving water.
Ministry of Culture to hold textiles exhibition celebrating HM the Queen
BANGKOK, 25 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Culture
is set to hold Thai textiles exhibition at the National Museum in
Bangkok as tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on 14 August, the Minister
of Culture has said.
The Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat has revealed that the
Ministry will be hosting the Thai textiles exhibition as tribute to Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit on 14 August 2015, at the National Museum in
The exhibition titled ‘Wichitbhusapattraporn’, will feature rare Thai
textiles and textiles from mountain tribes and other Thai ethnic groups,
along with Thai textures from 40 National Museums in other provinces.
The Ministry’s officials and the general public are free to submit their
own rare textiles, to be put on display at this exhibition.
The exhibition will then be developed into a permanent textiles museum
situated in the Bangkok National Museum in 2016 from the initiation of
the Prime Minister.
The Minister of Culture has said that another textiles exhibition,
titles ‘Thai Textiles, Thai Identity’ will also be held at Siam Paragon
shopping center on 19-23 August 2015, showcasing the evolution of Thai
textiles which dates back up to three thousand years.
He added that the Ministry will also hold the Thai Textiles Marketplace
event at Khlong Phasing Krung Kasem Canal next to the government house.
This event will allow the public to see and purchase textiles and
clothes gathered here from all over the country, directly from the
Moms can register to receive new-born subsidy from Sep
BANGKOK, 25 July 2015 (NNT) The government is set to
provide pre-registration for mothers to access the new-born subsidy on 1
September 2015, while the subsidy program will begin in October.
The Prime Minister’s Office Deputy Spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd
has revealed the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered
officials in all related agencies to publicize the new-born children
subsidy campaign among pregnant mothers in poor families, so that they
are aware of their rights to claim the government's 400 baht monthly
Eligible mothers, including women with pregnancy, can register by 1
September 2015 to claim their benefits in October. This subsidy aims to
provide mothers valuable time with their new-born infants.
The Prime Minister also reportedly thanked operational officials, and
the Family Doctor teams from the Ministry of Public Health, who were the
first unit that was responsible in taking care of the mothers and
children in this campaign.
He has also asked officials in all units to review their operational
procedures for maximum efficiency, and to give their best effort towards
this program, as the policy is considered an important part in the
creation of the nation’s human resources.
The PMO’s Deputy Spokesman has further said that the new-born children
subsidy campaign will provide 400 baht monthly subsidy for children
being born from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 to poor families, to
encourage better healthcare access for new-born children.
The cabinet has approved an initial budget of 600 million baht for this
BMTA to offer free bus trips to 9 temples during July 30-31
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) To enable Buddhists and city
people to observe Asalha Puja and Buddhist Lent Day, the Bangkok Mass
Transit Authority (BMTA) will be offering free bus trips to nine
best-known temples of the capital city during July 30-31.
The BMTA is preparing 20 non-air-conditioned buses to serve the public
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Interested persons can hop in buses showing
signs that say free bus rides to temples on Rattanakosin Island, waiting
to lift passengers at Bangkok Bus Terminal and Wat Saket.
The itinerary consists of the Marble Temple, Wat Sam Phraya, Wat Bowon
Niwet, Wat Chana Songkram, Wat Mahathat, Wat Pho, Temple of the Emerald
Buddha, Wat Sutat and Wat Saket.
BMTA officials will also on duty along the route to the destinations as
well as at the temples to facilitate passengers.
Aviation agencies urged to boost personnel quality
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) Transport Minister Air Chief
Marshal Prajin Juntong has asked all aviation-related agencies to speed
up the improvement of their personnel’s abilities to boost the country’s
During his speech for a national academic aviation conference, Air Chief
Marshal Prajin Juntong said the government had a policy to strengthen
the aviation industry. One of the missions is to upgrade existing
airports to develop the country into the regional flight hub. ACM Prajin
commented that the expansion of aviation industry requires enhancement
of all types of resources, be they aircraft, services, maintenance
systems and workers.
According to ACM Prajin, related agencies need to pay importance to
development of their human resources by enforcing
internationally-approved operation standards and launching training to
bolster their personnel’s abilities. The Minister added that production
of efficient staff is a worthwhile investment, for it can raise the
country’s competitiveness and reduce foreign employee imports.
The Aviation Training Association speculated that the aviation industry
may need more than 200,000 pilots and technicians of the same number in
the next 20 years, adding that training courses will likely be adjusted
to better serve the need of the airline business.
TCEB promotes its Thailand MICE Mart campaign in Phuket
PHUKET, 27 July 2015, (NNT) The Thailand Convention
and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has revealed its plan to promote the
southern island province of Phuket as the best location in the region of
the Andaman Sea, for Meetings, Incentive events, Conferences, and
TCEB Vice President Supawan Teerarat, announced the strategy, as the
province launched the 2nd Thailand MICE Mart last week. She said the
fair gives an opportunity for 34 MICE related operators, such as hotel
and resort owners, in the province to conduct business matchmaking with
corporations from both Phuket and Bangkok.
According to the Vice President, last year Phuket was able to generate
more than 500 million baht in tourism revenue from approximately 70,000
Meanwhile, Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong told reporters that the
province is developing necessary infrastructure projects and working
with the private sector in order to facilitate the activities of MICE
businesses and build confidence among tourists. He said such projects
cover the province's airport expansion and other public facility
upgrades, which are expected to be completed by February next year. The
improved facilities would be able to handle 12.5 million travelers a
year, said the governor.
RTP to take action against teen street racing and bars near education institutes
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015, (NNT) The Royal Thai Police is
determined to tackle the issues of teen street racing and bars operating
near education institutes.
According to the Royal Thai Police Spokesperson, Pol. Lt-Gen Prawut
Thavornsiri, the majority of entertainment venue operators in Bangkok
are willing to obey the new regulation calling for all establishments
offering alcoholic beverages to be located away from education
institutes by at least 300 meters.
Warnings will be given to venue operators who breach the regulation and
arrests will be made if they defy the law.
Initially, entertainment venue operators in the capital and its vicinity
have been in compliance with the authorities's order, said Pol. Lt-Gen
Prawut; however, those in the provinces would be reminded of the
seriousness of the offence.
Speaking on the topic of teen street racing, the spokesperson said
parents would from now on be held responsible for their kids repeated
offense, adding that parents or the child guardians can request helps
from police or the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, if
Auction date for the government's inferior rice stock postponed
BANGKOK, 27 July 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce
has delayed the auction date for inferior rice in its stockpile, from
the end of this month to the beginning of next month, allowing more time
for officials to conduct a thorough survey and separate quality grains
from inferior ones.
According to Commerce Minister General Chatchai Sarikanya, he has
ordered ministry officials, academics, the National Farmers Council,
surveyors, rice sellers, and the Thailand Development Research Institute
to inspect silos where government's rice has been stored .
These officials are to thoroughly inspect 1.29 million tons of the
supposedly low quality rice in the ministry's stockpile as well as
estimating the cost of improving the grains for various purposes.
After the examination, the officials would determine whether the rice
should be sold in smaller portions or as an entire silo. They would also
separate inferior grains from the rice to be sold for public
Auction winners have been told to strictly use these grains for
particular purposes, the Minister said, adding that his ministry would
later conduct follow-up inspections to make sure that the low-quality
rice would not be sold for public consumption.
General Chatchai also disclosed that the auction of around 400-500,000
tons of quality grains scheduled for next week would go ahead as
NRC committee visits Ubon Ratchathani to observe way of life along Chi River
UBON RATCHATHANI, 27 July 2015 (NNT) The National
Reform Council (NRC) committee for the reform of social values, arts,
culture, ethics and religion visited Ubon Ratchathani over the weekend
to observe the way of life of those living along the Chi River.
Naowarat Phongphaibun, chairperson of the committee, led its members in
observing the way of life along the Chi River, which predominantly
consists of weaving, basketwork, rice growing and fishing. The committee
members also listened to the locals for information. The main purpose of
the weekend visit to the plains of the Chi River was to collect
information on the conservation and continuation of the local way of
life, in order for the information to be used to draft an Act on a
national arts and culture council.
The committee also participate in a seminar to collect opinions on the
direction of arts and culture reform for the next 10 years, in which
emphasis was especially placed on the economic and social significance
of the culture found in the plains in Ubon Ratchathani close to
Khao Kheow's blue wildebeest family grows
CHONBURI, 27 July 2015 (NNT) Khao Kheow Open Zoo is
inviting holidaymakers to plan a visit to glimpse into the cuteness of
the zoo's blue wildebeest family, which has recently grown with the
addition of a newborn calf.
The zoo's veterinarian team, having inspected the calf after birth,
assured that the calf was healthy. The calf was constantly by its
mother's side, and was feeding on the milk of its mother.
The blue wildebeest is a large mammal whose head resembles that of a
bull while its body is leaner and resembles a horse. Blue wildebeest
herds normally comprise 80-100 members. The herds roam the grasslands
and sparse forests of eastern and southern Africa. The gestation period
is usually eight months, and only a single calf is born each time.
Visitors can enjoy the blue wildebeest family at the zoo's African
Nakhon Nayok locals oppose the new industrial city plan
NAKHON NAYOK, 27 July 2015, (NNT) Some of the people of Nakhon Nayok
Province oppose a new industrial-oriented city plan, which could be
implemented in 2017. They have signed a petition asking related agencies
to reconsider the project.
The residents opposing the plan yesterday gathered at the province's
Suan Luang Rama IX Public Park, lead by a group called the Network of
Nakhon Nayok Citizens.
The new city plan would allow the establishment of industrial factories,
such as petrol refineries and asbestos processing plants, in the
province's green areas.
The group demanded that the provincial administration maintain the
province's natural beauty and keep it free of industrial developments.
The petition listing the names of those who oppose the new city plan
will be submitted to the Governor of Nakhon Nayok, the provincial Office
of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, the Office of the National
Human Rights Commission of Thailand, the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment, and the Personal Affairs Division of Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Bike for Mom t-shirt and pin collection runs smoothly during weekend
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) The collection of
commemorative t-shirts and royal pins for the "Bike for Mom"
participants at the Royal Thai Army Stadium during this weekend ran
smoothly without a need for road blocking as earlier planned.
Gen Pisit Sitthisarn, chairman of the "Bike for Mom” rally organizing
subcommittee, revealed that people needed to queue up twice, first for
their registration and verification and the second time in the afternoon
for collecting the souvenirs. The 40,000 participants each received a
set of t-shirt and pin. Fifteen thousand participants reportedly picked
up their souvenirs on Saturday, and the rest did so today.
Registered cyclists from different parts of Bangkok coming to the Royal
Thai Army Stadium said that they were so proud to be part of the rally.
Some of them meant to join the event as it was held only once a year;
others felt the same although they could not get a t-shirt.
There were also a wide range of sideline activities available for
cyclists such as exhibitions in honor of the Queen and free health
Vibhavadi Rangsit Road was not blocked as planned earlier. Police were
deployed along the road from the Veterans General Hospital to Sutthisan
Intersection to manage traffic flow during the event and they did it
Prime Minister eyes to boost Thai competitiveness
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has called for cooperation from the public, private and civil
sectors in pushing forward an action plan of the National Committee on
Competitive Advantage (NCC), a national body who maps out path of Thai
competitiveness in the world’s stage.
The Prime Minister made the call while chairing the NCC's second meeting
of 2015, saying competitiveness building is a task that needs continual
integrated efforts. The NCC comprises six sub-committees in charge of
economic stability, human resource development, administrative and
customs practices. It takes role in drawing up plans that synchronizes
with the national strategy on "Stability, Prosperity, Sustainability”
and the Twelfth National Economic and Social Development Plan.
The second meeting of the NCC approved the action plan proposed to
create a follow-up mechanism to assess and measure achievements of the
plan in every three months. It hoped to reach a concrete achievement
within two years.
At an early stage of the plan, the NCC would emphasize on the promotion
of private sector’s competitiveness and productivity, the value adding
process of products and services of potential economic clusters, and the
development of human resources and infrastructure.
Farmers in Phrae begin rice cultivation as a little rain resumes
PHRAE, 26 July 2015 (NNT) Farmers in the northern
province of Phrae have begun rice cultivation after scattered showers
were seen all over the area in the past several days, bringing in more
water to agricultural lands and the Yom River.
Water record at Huai Sak Station on the Yom River in Song District
showed a height of 1.18 meters on Sunday (26 Jul) with the flowing speed
of 14.42 cubic meters per second.
Mae Yom Reservoir under the Mae Yom Water Distribution and Maintenance
Project, with its longest concrete reservoir in Thailand, is receiving
16.5 cubic meters of water per second.
Phrae Governor Sak Somboonto says that the drought disaster in the
province has ended but it is still under the effect of an ongoing dry
spell. Due to rain suspensions, 91,780 people in 37,200 households
living in 62 subdistricts in eight districts have been affected. The
shortage of rain has threatened 4,770 rai of corn plantations, 4,960 rai
of rice plantations, and 100 rai of garden crops. A preliminary survey
of the damage included 4.15 million baht loss of income.
NRC stresses South’ s need to boost power production
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) A member of the National
Reform Council (NRC) has highlighted the need for Southern Thailand to
increase its power reserves to handle its rapidly growing demand.
In the wake of the recent outcry by the anti-coal power plant group in
Krabi Province, NRC member for energy Mr. Manoon Siriwan commented that
Southern Thailand could face power shortages in the next few years, if
the region still relied on existing sources only.
According to Mr. Manoon, Southern provinces’ power usage has jumped five
percent per year or about 200 megawatts, which is the second highest of
the country following Bangkok. With the ratio of the yearly electricity
production to consumption being 2,800: 2,300, there is the possibility
that the region might experience an energy crisis in three years’ time.
However, the NRC member did not state openly if he advocated the
much-debated construction of a coal power plant, but suggested that
critics of coal-derived power help look for new energy sources that were
Mr. Manoon, also an energy expert, remarked that the palm oil-based
energy production recommended by conservationists could be an
eco-friendly alternative, but it could lead to price fluctuation in the
event of material shortages. He indicated that consumers would bear the
brunt of the unpredictable cost of this kind of renewable energy at the
end of the day.
NLA member holds public meeting on national reform in Chumphon
CHUMPHON, 26 July 2015 (NNT) Maj Gen Kolchai
Suvanboon, a member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), held a
meeting on national reform with local residents in Chumphon at the
Central Agricultural Market in Wangmai, Mueang District.
At the meeting, he told the people that national reform was a must as it
was demanded by all groups of activists in the recent political
developments. The country was beset with economic, social and many other
problems, prompting the need to overhaul the whole system.
"Many problems and obstacles derived from outdated laws and regulations
that could not keep pace with the fast-changing society. NLA, as the
legislator, must take a leading role in strengthening the legal
foundation of the country," noted Maj Gen Kolchai.
He said his meeting with local people during the weekend was not the
duty of an NLA member, but he found that it gave him a chance to
directly explain the reform process to locals and learn the actual
problems in localities. It helps create a better pulic attitude towards
the NLA and the national reform. He stressed the information gained
would be useful to his consideration and decision making in the
Misinformation main cause of conflicts in Thai society
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) The Reconciliation Center
for Reform has arranged forums on reform in 11 fields during the first
six months of the 2015 fiscal year. It found that people thought the
main reason of conflicts in the Thai society is misinformation.
The Reconciliation Center for Reform was an initiative of Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha whose main policy is to create reconciliation and
unity among Thais. The center’s forums held nationwide since last year
have concluded opinions voiced by the participants. Most of them blamed
the conflicts on misinformation and agreed that the government should
finish reforming the country in a stable and sustainable manner before a
More than 3,300 forums and 11 fairs to promote unique Thai
characteristics have been organized with the objectives to promote civic
virtue and national unity.
Ministry of Transport to quicken MRT Purple Line launch
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Transport
has decided to quicken the launch of Metropolitan Rapid Transit Purple
Line, as the construction is nearing completion.
According to Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, the
opening of the MRT Purple Line will be either in April or May 2016,
instead of August 2016 as previously planned.
During his trip to Japan in April, ACM Prajin discussed the Ministry of
Transport’s plan to reschedule the inauguration of the new MRT route
with the Japanese company which undertakes the construction of
carriages. The firm agreed to speed up their work to meet the new time
The first batch of three trains is expected to reach the country in
September for a test run in December. However, ACM Prajin said the Mass
Rapid Transit Authority was still non-committal about the plan, since
the operation of the trains also depends on readiness of the safety
system and personnel.
The 23-kilometer MRT Purple Line runs from Bangkok’s Bang Sue District
to Bang Yai District in Nonthaburi Province. Its launch is aimed at
facilitating residents who have to commute between the suburb province
and Bangkok and vice versa.
Education ministry setting up center to promote Thailand as education hub
BANGKOK, 26 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Education
is establishing a center to develop Thailand as the education hub of
ASEAN. The center will coordinate ASEAN-related affairs and implement
the association’s policies at the local level.
Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaeokamnerd said the goal
of the ministry’s development of Thailand as the ASEAN education hub was
to internationalize education in the junior-high and high school levels.
These schools must be prepared to provide education for both Thai and
foreign students in ASEAN. The center would also act as a source of
information and research on ASEAN and train people to handle competition
at the regional level, Maj.Gen. Sansern added.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed with the establishment of the
center which was in line with the government’s national reform efforts
and preparations for the AEC, said the deputy government spokesman.
Heavy rains forecast in Northeast
UBON RATCHATHANI, 26 July 2015 (NNT) The
Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains in the Northeast
during this week.
The monsoon trough which passed through the upper North of Laos and
reached the equatorial trough in the upper North of Vietnam will cause
cloudbursts in 60-70 percent of the region between July 26 and 30.
Farmers are advised to prevent their paddies from blast disease and keep
their cattle away from muddy or wet ground and the weather condition
during the period will be conducive to foot-and-mouth disease.
Other regions will experience cloudy sky and scattered thunder showers
in 30-40 percent of the areas during today and tomorrow.
Blue t-shirt sales surge, as Bike For Mom nears
RATCHABURI, 26 July 2015 (NNT) Blue t-shirts with a
Bike For Mom logo have become hot items for many Thai people, as the
eagerly-awaited tribute activity for HM the Queen is approaching.
People who failed to register for the Bike For Mom cycling activity are
browsing around the shops to snap up blue t-shirts carrying the
campaign’s symbol or any phrases showing their love for Her Majesty the
Queen. Prices range from 100 to 350 baht apiece.
The skyrocketing demand has led to some outlets selling out their stock.
Meanwhile, garment factories are speeding up their production of blue
t-shirts to meet the trend. Still, extra outputs are not enough to
satisfy buyers’ craving for Bike For Mom t-shirts.
Bike For Mom is scheduled for August 16 across the country. Participants
are to cycle along designated routes as a tribute to Her Majesty the
Queen. The project is aimed at celebrating the 83rd birthday anniversary
of HM the Queen on August 12.
DDC warns of spread of Dengue
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The spread of mosquito-borne
virus is warned throughout the country after over 35,000 cases of dengue
fever were found in the past seven months.
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has issued a warning for people
to monitor the illness which might happen due to the water storing habit
of people during the currently long period of drought.
An alert is also given on upcoming rains which can cause dengue to
spread. Mosquito eggs laid on disposed containers or soil surfaces can
hatch months or years later whenever they are flooded with water. The
larvae can hatch within 30 minutes before turning into adult mosquitoes
within a period of 7 days.
According to the DDC, there are 35,591 cases of dengue fever reported
from 1st January to 21st July this year with 26 deaths. Most cases of
infection were found in a group of students aged between 10 and 14
years, following by 5-9 years. The most affected areas are Tak, Rayong,
Chanthaburi and Phetchaburi provinces.
This year, there are two times more of reported cases of Dengue Fever
than last year, an official says. The Department expected around
60,000-70,000 cases to be found by the end of the year.
The dengue fever is a blood-borne virus found mostly in Southeast Asia.
Most symptoms include high fever, body rash, severe headaches,
dizziness, muscles and joint pains with no runny nose. Hospitalization
is required for the treatment.
According to Dr. Sopon Mekthon, the DDC Director-General, the Department
prepares to fight against the disease spread with environmental
management plan, stepped-up communication with the people and organizing
provincial teams to monitor the situation. The public are now urged to
spray mosquito repellents both inside and outside the premises. The
government sector will conduct war room conferences and prepare medical
personnel for the campaign.
Government to launch a Mothers' Fair near Govt House
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) To celebrate the Mother’s
Day festival, the government is preparing to hold a fair especially
geared to mothers at Klong Padung Krung Kasem.
The Ministry of Industry has been assigned to be the main organizer of
the event while the Ministry of Culture and the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration will be the key supporters. Objectives of the program are
to commemorate the August 12 birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the
Queen, raise awareness of the role of mothers and promote mother and
The event will bring together selected producers and distributors of
mother and child items and services, which will be offered at affordable
prices. The fair will take place from August 3 until 23 at Klong Padung
Krung Kasem beside Government House. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-ocha will chair the opening ceremony.
"Healthy City, Community Way of Life Fair” remains crowded with beauty product fans
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The "Healthy City, Community
Way of Life Fair” held at Klong Phadung Krung Kasem Canal remained
crowded with visitors buying a wide range of health products.
Highlights of this week were herbal products for beauty. Numerous beauty
salons put up booths to demonstrate their products and provide such
service as facial spa, facial treatment with herbal ball, belly burning,
and even such healthy menus as mixed-mushroom spicy salad for men and
cowslip creeper salad for women.
The Department of Health demonstrated many forms of exercises such as
Thai hermit exercise, weight-lifting, rhythm dance for weight control. A
hundred of visitors were given free bamboo baskets of medicines as a
reward for getting diphtheria and tetanus vaccinations.
According to the Department of Thai Traditional and Complementary
Medicine, there were almost 100,000 visitors to the event during the
past sixteen days from 7-22 July, bringing over fifteen million baht to
sellers. Herbal products with high demand were Wiping Spray containing
Pomelo Peel Oil, skincare, soaps, cream and cosmetics made from herbs,
especially turmeric and Blue Pea Flowers (Anchan), anti-aging foods as
well as herbal drinks such as ginseng coffee mixed with ten herbs.
Most visitors agreed that the event gave them a good access to high
quality products and simultaneously useful information on health care.
Southern Thailand still needs more power, PM emphasizes
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has insisted on the need to provide sufficient power for the
southern region of Thailand due to rising demand.
His reiteration was made three days after over a hundred activists of
the Save Andaman from Coal Network proposed three requests against a
coal-fired power project in Krabi Province, near southern Thailand’s
Gen Prayut said the government did not accept their requests but took
them into account. He expected joint discussion with the opponents,
believing that it would lead to the best solution to power shortage in
He pointed out whatever source of power will be chosen, the government
must raise public understanding about the power plant project. He
stressed that an EIA process is still in need. Otherwise, the project is
unable to move forward.
The government would re-consider building power plants that use
alternative sources such as oil palms. However, it also needs to look
into the volume of power from such raw materials and a pipe line system
to be built.
He pleaded Thai people not to link the power plant project with
political conflicts and not to take a hunger strike. The government has
already listened to them and also expected them to hear its voice.
On the topic of the power plant auction scheduled for August 5, the
Prime Minister said the bidding should be finalized after a joint
discussion with all related parties.
NLA submits teen pregnancy legislation to Min of Health for consideration
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has forwarded legislation on curbing teen pregnancy to
the Cabinet for consideration.
The NLA had deliberated the 28 section bill which seeks to provide
adolescents with proper sex education at schools.
The bill was then submitted to the Ministry of Health for consideration,
which will provide feedback and suggestions on the bill within 20 days
in order for the NLA to finally hold a vote.
DSI inks deal with DTI to develop smartphone app
BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Special
Investigation has signed an MOU with the Defense Technology Institute to
develop a new smartphone defense application.
The DSI and the DTI have entered into a 5-year agreement to cooperate in
the research and development of a map-based database, DSI Map Extend,
that is hoped to better tackle crimes. The design of the smartphone
application which is part of the database will be completed within a
The DSI has elaborated that as crime patterns become increasingly
complicated due to technological advancement, the department aims to
develop a more efficient tool to adapt to the changes. The application
will allow members of the public to report crimes and to help the state
monitor suspicious activities.
The app will be ready for the public to download for use at no charge by
the end of this year. The trial will first be run on the Android
platform before being re-launched on iOS.
Chiang Mai chosen to host ASOSAI meeting
CHIANG MAI, July 2015 (NNT) Chiang Mai Province will
host the 50th Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions' (ASOSAI)
Governing Board Meeting and an international seminar on the occasion of
the 100th anniversary of the Office of the Auditor General.
The Auditor General Pisit Leelavachiropas today discussed with the Vice
Governor of Chiang Mai Nawin Sinthusa-ard and head of the related
agencies on the preparations to host the 50th ASOSAI Governing Board
Meeting and the international seminar on the occasion of the Office of
the Auditor General’s (OAG) 100th anniversary in Chiang Mai Province.
The meeting and seminar will take place during 11-19 February 2016 with
participants from ASOSAI’s 42 Asian member countries. The event aims to
strengthen cooperation of the OAG with domestic and international
agencies. the OAG's staff will be promoted to enter an exchange program
to learn on organizational moralities, that will enhance officials'
readiness to operate on the international stage.
The Auditor General has said that Chiang Mai Province has been selected
to host ASOSAI Governing Board Meeting, due to its beautiful natural
scenery and traditions, values that are considered a great accommodate
to this meeting.
Vietnam eyes more effective ASEAN cooperation
Vietnam is actively preparing for the inception of the ASEAN Community
slated for the year’s end and maximising its opportunities for more
ASEAN member states have so far achieved about 93 percent of the targets
set out in a roadmap to build the community from 2009 to 2015, as
reported at a meeting in Hanoi recently.
The function was held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the
engagement of representatives from over 20 ministries and sectors
involved in ASEAN cooperation.
Participants said Vietnam and other ASEAN member nations are working to
realise remaining tasks to ensure the establishment of the ASEAN
Community on schedule.
Vietnam has earnestly implemented ASEAN commitments and made active
contributions to the bloc’s cooperation across fields.
The country has proactively promoted the solidarity and central role of
ASEAN in resolving major challenges in the region and enhanced ASEAN
relations with foreign partners.
Local ministries and sectors have launched a number of programmes such
as film festivals on ASEAN, the 20 th anniversary of Vietnam’s
participation in ASEAN and the ASEAN Week.
Participants agreed on key future tasks such as implementing programmes
and plans to build the ASEAN Community, intensifying coordination and
information exchanges, disseminating the benefits of the ASEAN Community
and improving Vietnam’s cooperation efficiency in the bloc
PM to lead ministers in Bike for Mom rehearsal on July 28
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has voiced readiness to organize the Bike for Mom campaign,
saying a rehearsal of the activity will be held for Cabinet ministers
this July 28.
After chairing a meeting of the committee responsible for facilitating
the Bike for Mom event, Prime Minister Prayut affirmed that much
progress has already been made. He said he would like to see the event
run smoothly as it is intended to give the public an opportunity to
unite and pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her 83rd birthday
this year. Moreover, it is hoped to strengthen the people’s love for
their mothers while concurrently promoting exercising and environmental
Personally, the premier has set a goal to complete all 43 kilometers of
biking in the Bike for Mom event in Bangkok. He added that, after the
Cabinet meeting on July 28, he will lead all ministers in rehearsing the
activity before it officially takes place on August 16. However, he has
not decided whether the rehearsal will be conducted only within
Government House or around the compound as well.
In addition, Gen Prayut stated that bottled water under the Bike for Mom
label has been received from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn. With His Royal Highness’s grave concern for
drought-affected people, the government will promptly distribute the
drinking water to those in need.
Vietnam’s Cultural Days in US to open next month
Vietnam’s Cultural Days will take place between
August 8 and 12 in Washington D.C. and New York City, the US, to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two
The event is being jointly held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism, Vietnam Embassy to the US and Permanent Mission of Vietnam to
the United Nations.
At a press conference in Hanoi on July 21, Deputy Minister of Culture,
Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien said the Minister Hoang Anh Tuan is
scheduled to visit the US during the five-day event to boost cultural
exchange between the two nations.
The event will launch with a premier folk music concert entitled “Huong
Sac Viet Nam” (Fragrance and Colour of Vietnam) on the evening of August
8 at the Terrace Theatre in the John F. Kennedy Centre for the
Performing Arts, Washington D.C., followed by other two folk music
nights at the Millennium Stage of the centre on August 10 and 11, he
The performance is expected to bring local audiences and overseas
Vietnamese closer to Vietnam’s culture, people and landscapes.
A fashion show slated on August 9 at the Millennium Stage will take
several collections of Vietnamese top designers – Minh Hanh, Lan Huong,
Quang Nhat and Chula – to the catwalk.
A cultural show “Dem van hoa Viet Nam” (Vietnam’s Cultural Night) and a
fashion show featuring the “ao dai” (Vietnam’s traditional long dress)
will be also hosted in New York
Drinkers invited to take anti-alcohol pledge during Buddhist Lent
BANGKOK,July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health is inviting people across the country to
sign a pledge to stop drinking alcohol during
the upcoming Buddhist Lent period.
At The Mall Shopping Center Ngamwongwan in
Nonthaburi province, Minister of Public Health
Dr Rajata Rajatanavin and Director-General of
the Department of Disease Control Dr Sophon
Mekthon together inaugurated an anti-alcohol
campaign to mark this year’s No Alcohol Day.
Under the slogan “Stop Drinking for Youth and
Human Resources Development” granted by the
Prime Minister, the event is aimed to promote
public recognition of alcohol as a major cause
of health problems, violence, accidents and
In compliance with the Cabinet’s resolution, the
No Alcohol Day coincides with Buddhist Lent Day,
which this year falls on July 31. Therefore, Dr
Rajata encouraged all drinkers to pledge their
commitment to refraining from alcohol
consumption from now until October 27, when the
Buddhist Lent will come to an end. The move is
also to honor His Majesty the King on the
occasion of his 88th birthday anniversary this
People can sign their pledge at local health
promotion hospitals, temples, public schools and
universities, the village headman’s office,
community health centers or on the website
www.thaiantialcohol.com. All the names will be
presented to His Majesty the King following the
Buddhist Lent period.
Other activities featured in the anti-alcohol
event include seminars, Dharma talks and
exhibitions by various organizations.
NRC’s sports reform committee proposes ideas and projects to help Thailand achieve excellence in sports
BANGKOK,July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council’s
committee in charge of the reform of sports has proposed a series of
ideas and projects to help Thailand achieve sporting excellence.
Vice chairman of the NRC’s sports reform committee Chutinant
Bhirombhakdi and committee spokesman Gen Jira Komutpong, joined a news
conference to provide an update on the reform agenda for sports, which
has just received approval from the council’s main meeting.
They said the committee is in the process of adjusting the report on the
reform as suggested by the meeting, which will be completed within seven
days before presenting it for further deliberation. If green-lighted by
the NRC, the report will go to the Cabinet for review.
The committee is also preparing three draft laws, including one related
to the establishment of a national sports university, one concerning the
national sports council and another which suggests several improvements
for the related ministry, departments and divisions.
In the committee’s sports reform plan, a strategy has been devised that
involves six points, 36 approaches and 99 projects — all of which adhere
to the principle of “Sports for Security and the Promotion of
Sustainable Prosperity” which aims at sporting excellence on a par with
international standards and a modern sports management system, among
Moral support for polio cyclist who is riding from Phitsanulok to join Bike for Mom in BKK
PHITSANULOK, July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Police
Commissioner-General and Royal Thai Police Spokesperson, Lieutenant
General Prawut Thavornsiri, visited a polio patient who will ride a
tricycle from Phitsanulok to pick up a Bike for Mom 2015 commemorative
t-shirt and pin in Bangkok.
The polio patient, Khampha Keaojin, said he wants to participate in the
event, in order to express love for the monarchy and Their Majesties the
King and Queen. He also urged all to join his cause in the biking event
on August 16th, 2015.
The Deputy Commissioner-General's visit is aimed at boosting moral of
the disabled cyclist. Mr. Khampha will be joined by cyclists in Singburi
Province on his way to Bangkok. He is expected to reach the capital
tomorrow evening and will pick up his Bike for Mom commemorative t-shirt
and pin in the morning of July 25.
Bike route commemorating HM the King's 88th birthday anniversary to be built
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Reservations for Ban Yang Yuen housing units to commence on August 28
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The National Housing
Authority (NHA) has announced it will on August
28 start taking reservations for units within
the 239 "Ban Yang Yuen" housing projects.
According to NHA governor Krishda Raksakul, the
Ban Yang Yuen projects, which comprise projects
with single homes as well as condominiums, are
geared toward low-income people. The prices for
those housing units start at between 230,000
baht and 500,000 baht. Buyers will need to put
down just 1,000 baht upon reservation, and the
monthly installment starts at just 1,500 baht.
The NHA will also be seeking out offers of
special interest rates from financial institutes
for the buyers who will take out mortgage loans.
The NHA will take reservations for units within
the Ban Yang Yuen projects during August 28 and
September 6. Purchase of the units will be
limited to households that earn no more than
40,000 baht per month.
Culture Minister invites Thais to partake in Buddhism Promotion Week
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Culture
is encouraging all Buddhist Thais to join in the
Buddhism Promotion Week .
Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat announced
that the Department of Religious Affairs is
cooperating with concerned organizations, Sangha
networks and the private sector in organizing
the Buddhism Promotion Week during July 26-31.
The campaign will coincide with Asanha Bucha Day
and Buddhist Lent Day which will arrive at the
end of this month.
The minister extended his invitation to all
devout Buddhists, both in Bangkok and the
provinces, to observe the occasion by practicing
Dharma principles, donning white and going to
temples to join candle-lit processions. People
are also encouraged to abstain from all vices
during the Buddhism Promotion Week and the
Buddhist Lent period and decorate their homes
and offices with the Dharmachakra flag.
Many special activities will be made available
for public members, including trips to temples
along Bangkok Noi Canal and Maha Sawat Canal as
well as an orchid plantation and local
communities. Similar activities were also held
last year and, besides the purpose of making
merit, they were found to help generate income
for residents and promote cultural learning.
South Korea gives nod to increase in Thai AirAsia X flights to Seoul
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Minister of
Transport has revealed that South Korea has
agreed to allow Thai AirAsia X to conduct
additional flights to and from Seoul, starting
this October, reflecting the country’s trust in
the safety of Thai aviation.
Following his recent meeting with the South
Korean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand,
Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong disclosed
that the Ambassador expressed thanks to Thailand
for supporting a South Korean official in
becoming the Secretary-General of the
International Maritime Organization. On this
occasion, the country also confirmed its
cooperation with Thailand in the development of
marine transport, particularly between the Port
Authority of Thailand and the Busan Port
Furthermore, permission was granted by South
Korea to Thai AirAsia X, Thailand’s low-cost
long-haul carrier, to operate more flights
between Don Mueang International Airport in
Bangkok and Incheon International Airport in
Seoul in a show of confidence in the Thai
Department of Civil Aviation’s ability to
address the pending safety issue.
As a result, the airline is scheduled to adjust
its flight frequency on the Bangkok-Seoul route
from once a day at present to twice a day as of
October 25 this year.
Health Dept works to expand its contraceptive service campaign "Be Sure"
BANGKOK, July 2015 (NNT) The Department of Health is determined
to expand its contraceptive service campaign entitled “Be Sure”
after a considerable number of pharmacists have well responded
to the campaign, Director-General of the Health Department
Dr.Porntep Siriwanarangsun said.
The Be Sure campaign calls for cooperation from pharmacies as an
initial center for people to access birth control services.
Pharmacists working in pharmacies across Thailand take a role of
a consultant for family planning and contraception.
Since the project’s inception in 2014, the Health Department has
conducted three training courses for five hundred pharmacists
taking part in the campaign. Most of them work in Bangkok and
the rest work in nearby provinces such as Ayutthaya, Saraburi
After the training, they are able to give contraceptive advice
to people in an easily understandable and correct ways based on
a guidebook of the department.
Any pharmacist wishing to take part in the training can apply at
the Bureau of Reproductive Health. They can search for more
information at www.besurethailand.com.
One of the objectives of the campaign is to reduce unintended
pregnancy among teenagers in Thailand. Surveys show the
majority, or 46% of teenagers get pregnant because of
inaccessibility to birth control services; 28% of them take
birth control methods on an irregular basis. Moreover, most of
the teenagers are reluctant to consult medical experts due to
their embarrassment, which prevents them from appropriate
A total of 125,371 young females aged under 20 gave birth in
2013, or 334 people per day. Of that number, females aged under
15 gave birth to nine babies per day.
MOST to turn nationwide science parks to “Special Space for Innovation”
BANGKOK,July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Science and Technology
(MOST) has planned to turn state-run science parks nationwide to
“Special Space for Innovations” where the private sector can
invest in scientific researches and contribute to Thailand’s
economic growth as a whole, revealed Minister of Science and
Technology (MOST) Pichet Durongkaveroj.
Mr.Pichet said that the initial project aims to build an
innovative-based economic zone of Thailand where private sector
uits can inject more budget for scientific researches and, in
turn, get special privilege of tax exemption. It is also a forum
for younger researchers to meet their peers, seek job
opportunities as a researcher, scientist or inventor.
The government has motivated industrial estates to take part in
the project. Once those estates contribute part of their areas
to set up “Innovative Space”, they can enroll in the development
of a sustainable production system for their own industries and
at the same time get benefit from the government’s tax
incentives and easier mobility around ASEAN.
The initiative of Special Space for Innovation has been proposed
to the Committee on Innovation System chaired by the Prime
Minister, and will soon be forwarded to the Cabinet after more
details are added for completion.