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Thai-Cambodian border trade cooperation to be enhanced

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) The Thai and Cambodian Ministries of Commerce have agreed to join forces in driving cooperation in border trade further, aiming to achieve trade growth of 30 percent in five years.

Deputy Commerce Minister of Thailand Apiradee Tantraporn revealed after meeting with her Cambodian counterpart Kem Sithan that the two sides have concurred to further expand their trade cooperation at all levels after last year’s total trade value exceeded 5 billion US dollars. Emphasis will be placed on trade along the shared border which is believed to have the potential to meet the target growth of 30 percent by the year 2020.

The two neighbors also agreed to the joint development of special economic zones, hoping to attract more trade and investment to their countries. Cambodia was reportedly supportive of Thailand’s suggestions for the trade strategy, which will be discussed at the 5th Thai-Cambodian Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting to be hosted by Thailand this year.

In the meantime, Ms Apiradee said the Thai Ministry of Commerce is organizing a border trade fair in collaboration with Cambodia in Aranyaprathet district of the border province of Sa Kaeo from now until March 30.


Samut Sakhon to hold its first Kaset Fair

 SAMUT SAKHON, 26 Mar 2015, (NNT) Samut Sakhon Province is holding its first ‘Samut Sakhon Kaset Fair’, which will be officially launched on April 1st and conclude on April 5th. The event offers quality agricultural products ranging from fresh vegetables to meat, poultry, fish, and OTOP handicrafts.

Samut Sakhon Governor Police Lieutenant Athit Boonyasopat yesterday led a press conference in Muang District which was also joined by his deputy Winit Piyamethang, and heads of the provincial Livestock Office, and the Tourism & Sport Office.

The fair is being divided into zones, such as maritime, livestock, vegetables, orchids, OTOPs, canteen, and exhibition zones.

The governor said the fair would be open on April 1st at 6p.m. He invited all to visit the event, saying that participants would have a chance to get their hands on the province’s famous products, such as fragrant coconut, mangoes, and longan. He stressed that not only the event-goers would be able to purchase goods at a discount, they would also help boost income of local agricultural operators in the province.


Prime minister assures handicapped vendors will be allotted lottery tickets

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) The government is not looking to stop allocating lottery tickets to handicapped lottery vendors even though it was looking to allot some tickets to convenience stores in order to keep the selling price at 80 baht, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

General Prayut said on Wednesday the government was not discontinuing allotment of tickets to handicapped vendors, but was re-distributing the allocation quotas – currently provided to large vendors – so that smaller sellers and convenience stores would also get lottery tickets to sell. The prime minister reasoned that providing buyers with alternatives would also ensure that the tickets would be sold at 80 baht, making it more likely that all tickets would be sold out, even ones with undesirable numbers.

Gen. Prayut said the selling price in Bangkok and in the provinces should be only slightly different. He added that online sale of lotteries would take place in the future.


Export-grade mango grown in Phichit damaged by recent stormy weather

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) Authorities in various provinces continued to carry out drought mitigation work on Wednesday. Meanwhile, storms have caused extensive damage to mango grown for export in Phichit province.

Almost 10,000 rai of mango plantations in Wang Thap Sai Sub-district, Sak Lek district, Phichit have been pummeled by heavy rain, gusty winds and hail caused by the tropical storm prevailing over Thailand. Losses totaling about 100 million baht have been reported, after the mangoes became blemished as well as severely damaged.

Meanwhile, provincial authorities in Phrae have been pumping water into the local irrigation system. A total of 20 mobile water pumps have been recently deployed at five spots to pump water into the irrigation system that feeds all eight districts in the province. The effort is expected to alleviate the effect of the drought on no less than 22,000 rai of farmland.

Pichet Durongkaveroj ( พิเชฐ ดุรงคเวโรจน์ ) , Minister of Science and Technology, revealed on Wednesday that the ministry was developing water filters that employ nanotechnology, as well as water filtration machines that can convert salt water into drinking water. According to the minister, these technologies are being developed to help mitigate the effects of the drought.


17 cab drivers penalized on first day of re-organization of Bangkok taxi service

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) 17 cab drivers were penalized on the first day of the government's drive to 're-organize' the taxi service in Bangkok.

Department of Land Transport Deputy Director-General Chirute Visalachitra inspected the work of officials in front of Siam Paragon Department store on Wednesday, after which he disclosed that checks on taxi drivers had been carried out at four spots within Bangkok's Ratchaprasong area, namely MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World and Platinum department stores.

Ten of the 17 offending taxi drivers were fined for turning down passengers, four for not turning on the meter, two for being improperly dressed, and one for failing to pay for the annual car tax.

According to Mr. Chirute, cab drivers who are first-time offenders would be fined no more than 1,000 baht and must undergo training arranged to improve service-mindedness. Second-time offenders would have their licenses suspended for 30 days and must undergo another training. Third-time offenders would have their licenses suspended for six months and must undergo yet another training. Any driver who commits three offenses within one month will have their license revoked.

Passengers may download the "DLT Check in" application for mobile devices to rate each taxi driver's quality of service and to give their feedback for the service. The information will be sent directly to the Department of Land Transport's database so improvement to service can be made and offenders can be penalized.


King Bhumibol sends condolences to Singapore over the Passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

BANGKOK, 25 March 2015 (NNT) His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has sent a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Singapore, on the demise of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

The royal message said His Majesty the King, as well as Her Majesty the Queen, was deeply saddened by the news of the demise of His Excellency Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.

Their Majesties on this occasion extended to the President and members of the bereaved family as well as the people of the Republic of Singapore their sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences for the irreparable loss of the Founder of the Republic whose sacrifice and dedication led to the birth and prosperity of the nation.


FTI to reevaluate its 2015 GDP projection next month

BANGKOK, 25 Mar 2015, (NNT) The Federation of Thai Industries President has indicated that the Joint Standing Commission on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) would reevaluate its 2015 GDP projection next month if the economy remains sluggish.

President of the federation Supan Mongkolsuthee yesterday admitted that the local economy has yet to recover as he expected. Despite the poor performance in the export sector, the economy has been performing better in the first quarter of 2015 than it did in the last quarter of 2014, .

Although the majority of the products in the export sector have been affected by the slowdown in the global economy, auto exports continue to show positive signs, according to the FTI president.

Mr. Supan said the JSCCIB would wait and observe the situation for another month before revising its GDP growth rate. It had earlier projected that the GDP growth would reach 3.5% and the export sector would expand by 2-2.5%.

Another factor that has a direct bearing on the projection is the government’s budget disbursement progress, Mr. Supan said, adding that administration should have been able to disburse up to 40 % of the budget in the past six months but managed to disburse only 20% of it.


Haze situation in North starts to lift

BANGKOK, 25 March 2015 (NNT) The situation of forest fires and haze in the North has started to resolve, although military units will continue to carry out anti-smog operations.

Deputy government spokesman, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, told press members after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's teleconference with provincial governors of northern provinces that the haze in the North was lifting and that the airborne particulate matter readings for each province have dropped to acceptable levels. In the meantime, incidence of forest fires has declined thanks to cooperation from various agencies and members of the public. The haze is expected to lift completely soon, according to Maj. Gen. Sansern.

Meanwhile, Colonel Kongcheep Tantrawanich, the spokesperson to the Ministry of Defense, indicated after Tuesday's meeting of the Defense Council that anti-forest fire patrols and aerial firefighting operations by military units were still ongoing in the North. The military would also continue to provide manpower and equipment for drought-mitigation efforts in 26 provinces, said the spokesman.


Ministries will report work progress much more frequently starting April 20.

BANGKOK, 25 March 2015 (NNT) All government ministries will be making daily reports on the progress of their work, starting on April 20.

According to Captain Yongyuth Mayalarp, government spokesperson, each ministry will, beginning on April 20, report its work progress daily, except on Tuesdays when Cabinet meetings are held. Ministers will also take turns to make televised reports on the progress of work under their respective ministry, through state-run NBT Channel starting on April 27.

Capt. Yongyuth also disclosed that the presentation of the government's 6-month work progress would be moved to April 17, pending the approval of the prime minister.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, General Prawit Wongsuwon, quelled rumors of conflicts between the prime minister and the economy-related ministers, saying that General Prayut, M.R. Pridiyathorn and General Pravit himself have been exchanging ideas constantly to ensure that various affairs proceed according to the established roadmap. The prime minister has also reiterated that no reshuffle of the Cabinet is in the pipeline, said General Prawit


Details of solar roof drive to be sent to Cabinet for approval in 30 days

BANGKOK, 25 March 2015 (NNT) – The National Reform Council is proposing that the government issue a bill on alternative energy to support Thailand's foray into the green energy sector.

Professor Dr. Dusit Kruangam the deputy chairman of the NRC's subcommittee on reform of alternative energy, re-usable energy and energy conservation spoke on Tuesday about the project to promote installation of solar roofs. He said the subcommittee had already forwarded the matter to the Ministry of Energy for further studies. The final findings will be presented to the Cabinet for approval within 30 days.

Dr. Dusit said the subcommittee was proposing the use of the Energy Savings Company (ESCO) model in the management of state agencies' energy use, as the model has proven effective in reducing expenses and optimizing energy use among state agencies. The subcommittee was also proposing the issuance of energy usage regulations for state- and private-owned buildings and large homes, under the belief that doing so would contribute to the reform of energy use and the reduction of environmental problems.

Dr. Dusit added that in order to allow Thailand to become the ASEAN region's center in green energy, development of renewable energy must be undertaken, especially for biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. This effort would be augmented by the issuance of an alternative energy bill, and by creating a green energy network among the member countries of ASEAN.


KResearch trims economic growth projection to 2.8%

BANGKOK, 24 Mar 2015, (NNT) Kasikorn Research Center yesterday cut its nation's economic growth projection from 4% to 2.8%, thanks to the slow economic recovery rate and shrinking exports.

According to the center, the less-than-expected global economic growth and dropping commodity products prices are the main factors behind the sluggish performance in the export sector. The center anticipated exports to decline 3.9% growth in the first quarter.

Other reasons affecting the first quarter's economic growth included weak consumer spending, and slowdown in investment from the private sector.

However, KResearch predicted that tourism, the government’s economic stimulus policies, and low inflation would likely help the nation’s economy to recover sooner than expected.

The center predicted no growth for exports this year, down from 3.5 % projected earlier. Imports would also be down from 5% to 3.5 %, and inflation down to 0.5% from 1.5% predicted earlier.


Foreign minister sends letter of condolence to Singaporean counterpart over Lee Kuan Yew's death

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) The minister of foreign affairs has sent a letter of condolences to his Singaporean counterpart for the passing of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

The letter from Minister of Foreign Affairs, General Tanasak Patimapagorn, states: "Excellency, I wish to express my deepest condolences to you and through you, to the people of Singapore on the passing away of His Excellency Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Founding Father of Singapore and the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore. His Excellency Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has left behind an everlasting legacy on Singapore and the region at large. He will always be remembered for his bold and visionary statesmanship in developing Singapore into a stable and prosperous nation. We in Thailand are very grateful to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for his significant role in the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and Singapore fifty years ago, in which the seeds of friendship have fully blossomed today. We also pay tribute to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for his contribution to the formation of ASEAN. My thoughts and prayers are with the Singapore nation and its people during this difficult time. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.

General Tanasak Patimapragorn Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand" Mr. Lee, who was Singapore's prime minister for 31 years and who oversaw the island nation's independence from Britain and its separation from Malaysia, passed away on Monday after spending weeks in hospital on life support.


Central data center for all state agencies expected to be up and running in 1-2 years

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) The government expects it will be able to set up a central data center for all state agencies within 1-2 years' time, in an effort to reduce redundancies associated with data center investments in the public sector.

According to Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, the promotion of the 'digital economy' model emphasizes five development areas, namely physical infrastructure, services, legal infrastructure, economic development promotion, and digital society development. Significant process has been made in all the five areas, according to the deputy prime minister.

M.R. Pridiyathorn indicated that all areas of the country will have access to fiber optic networks by 2017. Meanwhile, it will be 1-2 years before the databases of all state agencies can be merged into the central data center. He explained that the private sector will be invited to invest in the central data center.


Gen. Prayut: tax structure revamp necessary to provide for future governments

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asserted on Monday that a revamp of the tax structure is necessary, while the government will only raise the VAT rate when the time is right.

General Prayut said the revamp of taxation was necessary as it would provide future governments with additional tools for reducing disparity and fostering fairness. The value added tax (VAT) is a tax that allows every member of the public to contribute to national development. He added that the VAT rate would only be raised under appropriate circumstances.

According to General Prayut, the less-than-expected amount of revenue collected by the state partly has to do with the decline in exports. Exports, which make up as much as 70% of the country's GDP, has contracted in line with the global economy. He also noted that Thailand's manufacturing cost is higher than her competitors'.

The government's working team on economic affairs has been performing well, but improvements have to be made in the aspect of disseminating information to the public, Gen. Prayut added.


CDC Chairman: Next election will take place by 2016

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) The Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee has assured that Thai people will go to polling booths before the end of 2016.

CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno told the meeting of charter drafters that his trip to Germany during March 15 and 20 has allowed him an opportunity not only to get first-hand information on the German-style election system but also to discuss the business of the Constitutional Court.

Mr. Borwornsak said that he has also acquired some information about the party-list proportional representation and the administration of the election.

He has also learnt that, in Germany, any protest to the election result needs to go through the House of Representatives, which will set up a committee to review the petition while the petitioner can also opt to go to the Constitutional Court for help.

According to the CDC Chairman, Germany has had problems with electronic ballots due to the failure to keep tracks of the votes cast.

In any case, he is confident that Thailand will see a new election no later than 2016.


NRC’s political reform committee to debate draft charter Mar 26-27

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council’s committee on the reform of politics will meet to debate the draft charter later this week.

Spokesman of the NRC’s political reform committee Wanchai Sornsiri said that the committee has agreed to be more participating in the review of the first draft of the new charter that the Constitution Drafting Committee will present to the reform council on April 17.

Accordingly, the committee has decided to hold a workshop in Chon Buri province during March 26 and 27 to discuss and plan the debate agenda related to all political issues including the parliamentary system and the origin of members of parliament as well as their duties.

Other political issues to be raised during the workshop is the election of the prime minister, the format of the political party and the election system — all of which the committee considers key problems of Thailand.

Meanwhile, chairman of the committee Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, who is a part of the delegation visiting Germany to get first-hand information on the country’s election system, has informed his committee members that the German-style election does have an issue of complication in the vote-counting process that may be problematic if adopted in Thailand.


NLA’s Vice President suggests detailed planning for public referendum of new charter

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) - A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has suggested more attention be paid to details when planning the public referendum of the draft charter.

NLA’s First Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai said that if the public referendum of the new Constitution is to be organised, there will be many issues to be considered.

In his opinion one of the issues is whether the public will need to approve the entire draft or individual articles.

Mr. Surachai said that it is also to be decided whether the entire drafting process will have to start all over again if the referendum result shows the disapproval of the charter.

The NLA’s First Vice President added that he is confident the Five Rivers — all the bodies set up after the coup in May 2015 — will find an agreeable way-out for Thailand without allowing conflicts to get in the way.


NRC’s public administration reform committee proposes passing of national strategies as organic law

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015 (NNT) A committee under the National Reform Council has proposed the formulation of national strategies that are passed as organic laws of the new Constitution.

Chairman of the NRC’s committee on the reform of public administration Theerayuth Lorlertrat told the committee meeting on Tuesday that in order for the national strategies, which are both short-term and long-term reform plans, to be truly in line with the intent of the Constitution and practical for everyone in Thailand, they should be passed into organic laws.

Mr. Theerayuth stated that effective national strategies should also be accurately measured and accepted by all stakeholders.

According to him, all strategies should be in the form of a long-term plan to be executed over 20 years through the collection of public opinions and academic analyses before a medium-term strategy, which runs for five years can be designed.

Members of the NRC have agreed with the suggestion to formulate the national strategies while advising the downsizing of government bodies to help materialise all plans and allocating special strategic budgets for all provinces to help facilitate the reform process.


Tourism Min in search for ways to boost popularity of Thai brands

BANGKOK, 23 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is preparing to hold a workshop with an aim to find effective measures to promote Thai products to international visitors.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul revealed that her ministry will organize a workshop with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and tourism entrepreneurs, with a view to brainstorming measures to upgrade Thai products and brands and gain higher recognition for them, especially from high-end foreign tourists.

The workshop is prompted by a survey of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, which indicated a downward trend in tourism activities as well as spending. The Tourism and Sports Ministry sees the need to push up the average per-capita spending of tourists on each trip from 48,000 baht currently to 60,000 baht within the next five years.

As for hotel occupancy, Ms Kobkarn stated that the occupancy rate this March is rising by 36 percent from the same month of last year. A growth rate of 14 percent is predicted for April.


Gen Prayut to attend the state funeral of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Mar 29

BANGKOK, 23 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will travel to Singapore on March 29 to pay his last respects to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, who died early Monday.

Gen. Prayut said that he had received an official invitation from the government of Singapore to join the state funeral and pay respect to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

The Prime Minister said Mr. Lee was widely known as the founding father of Singapore who turned the small port into a wealthy global hub.

However, Gen. Prayut denied a report that he was scheduled to meet with self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on March 28 in Singapore. The Premier said he had nothing to do with Thaksin in the upcoming trip and he expressed his belief that the Singapore government would try its best in arranging different schedules for him and Thaksin in order to avoid an awkward encounter.


NRC to review more reports and work progress Mar 23-25

BANGKOK, 22 March 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform Council is set to meet next week to review more committees’ reports and hear the update on the work of the cabinet.

NRC President Tienchay Kiranant has issued an order calling for a sitting of council members during March 23 and 25.

On March 23, the NRC will get an update on the progress of the promotion and the liberalization of the installation of solar rooftop system implemented by the cabinet as suggested by the council’s reform suggestion.

The NRC will also review a report from the committee on public administration reform, related to the strategy and the reform of local administration’s budget and finance, and a report from the anti-corruption reform committee.

On March 24, the council is set to review more reports from the legal and justice reform committee, and the virtue, arts, culture and religious reform committee.

On the last day of the meeting, the NRC will consider a report on the reform of public health system submitted by a related committee.


CDC’s spokesman: Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) election may help clampdown on electoral irregularities

BANGKOK, 23 March 2015 (NNT) - The spokesman to the Constitution Drafting Committee suggested that calls for the Mixed Member Proportional or MMP election system may help clamp down on the problem of electoral irregularities.

CDC spokesman Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich, who is also chairman of the sub-committee on the drafting of organic laws on general elections, said that the suggestion that Thailand should adopt the MMP system reflects the true desire of voters.

Gen. Lertrat added that such a system will likely be able to promote justice in the election system and eliminate electoral fraud while avoiding the problem of duplication.

He added that there have been calls for the imposition of 0.5% minimum votes for party-list election — calculated from the number of voter turnout — that must be achieved or those votes will be removed from the tally.

Anyhow, Gen. Lertrat stated that all of these remain suggestions and if the majority of the CDC members do not agree, they can still be amended to suit Thailand.


Thai Women's Empowerment Fund exhibits good performance at all levels

BANGKOK, 22 March 2015 (NNT) - Miss Kanitta Kanjanarangsrinon, Deputy Director of the Thai Women's Empowerment Fund, is satisfied with the performance of the funds’ networks at local, provincial and regional levels.

She expressed satisfaction after she attended several workshops held in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Nayok and Kalasin, in connection with a survey of the fund's management. The last workshop will take place in the mid-north of Thailand in Nakhon Sawan between Mar 29-31.

She said all of the workshops were successful as a venue for members of the women's network to share experiences, problems and solutions, resulting in better mutual understanding among them and more confidence in moving the missions forward on the same track.

After the four observations have been done, the results will be summarized and revised by a national committee in order to improve the fund's regulations and practices before it is transferred from the Secretariat of the Prime Minister to be under the supervision of the Community Development Department, in the Interior Ministry.

On 24th-25th March, nationwide provincial staff of the Community Development Department will be asked for further efforts on the fund's management.


‘Thai Rice: Thainess’ fair taking place with much public attention

BANGKOK, 22 March 2015 (NNT) – The ‘Thai Rice: Thainess’ fair at the Padung Krung Kasem canal in Bangkok recorded a high purchase of low priced high quality rice by the visitors to this event today.

Many people have flocked to the Thai Rice: Thainess fair taking place at the Padung Krung Kasem canal next to the government house to purchase a variety of rice from all regions that are being sold with discounted prices. Top sellers include brown rice, riceberry, and Hom Mali jasmine rice.



The event also features the exhibition of His Majesty’s contribution to Thai rice development, the Wonders of Thai rice exhibition, skills development workshops, cultural and traditional performances, folk recreations, and rice cooking workshops.

At this event, Miss Bowornrat Komwet, a visitor from Pathum Thani province, said that she attended this event to learn more on the various kinds of rice being exhibited in this event, because some hard to find and are cheaper than the regular market price here. She also hopes that the event will be held every year to encourage farmers to produce high quality rice.

The Thai Rice: Thainess fair exhibits and sells rice strains from all over the country. The public can attend the exhibition during 11am until 8pm everyday. The event will conclude on 5 April 2015.


MOAC promotes Thailand’s ornamental fish market at an international level

RATCHABURI, 22 March 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) is eyeing an upgrade of Thailand’s ornamental fish market to become the intentional hub of breeding and trading in high-quality fish by 2016.

The country's goal was revealed today by MOAC's Permanent-Secretary Chavalit Chookajorn when he presided over a national seminar on ornamental fish breeding and marketing at Fish Village Ratchaburi.

He said that the industry has a clear path in Thailand, as the country produces a wide range of the world’s standard ornamental fish bringing in a total of THB 2,000m in export revenue.

Thus he asked all operators in the industry to unite in a comprehensive effort to drive the industry forward and create innovations as well as build connections between the government and private sectors both domestically and internationally.

According to the Director-General of the Fisheries Department Joompol Sanguansin, the objectives of the seminar were to enhance Thai competitiveness in the industry and to strengthen connections between fish breeders and marketers at a national level.

The Fisheries Department also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Fish Village Ratchaburi, Thai Qian Hu Co.,Ltd., the Mall Group and Siam Ornamental Fish Cooperatives in order to achieve its goal to become the prime intentional ornamental fish market by next year.


Police pursue extradition for suspects of Criminal Court bomb

BANGKOK, 22 March 2015 (NNT) – The police are now coordinating the extradition of the Ratchada Criminal Court bombing suspect currently living abroad, while all related perpetrators will be prosecuted, said the Commissioner-General.

The Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang has revealed the progress of the Ratchada Criminal Court bombing incident case that the police are now in the progress of requesting for the extradition of Mr. Anek Chaichana (Anek San Fran), a suspect for this case. in accord to the extradition treaty.

He has said that the procedures will require official documentation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be sent to the United States, the location of the suspect, after an arrest warrant has been issued by the court.

The Police Commissioner-General has warned that the suspect may choose to depart the United States to a country that does not share an extradition treaty with Thailand. This matter must be proceeds as quickly as possible, says the Police Commissioner-General.

The Police Commissioner-General also mentioned the tracing of Mr. Weerasak Towangjorn (Yai Pattaya), another suspect of this case, that the police is following the suspects and will be making the arrest. Other related suspects' arrests will be considered based on the evidence.

He has added that all suspects and those who are related to the case will be prosecuted to maximum degree, while the evidence is being checked for completion in the presentation for this case by the inquiry officials.


Tak business operators urge governor to loosen oil export rules

TAK, 22 March 2015 (NNT) – Business operators in Tak province have submitted a letter asking the governor to review the rules and regulations regarding the export of petrol to neighboring countries as the current legal system is affecting border business.

According to local business operators, the strict verification of the legality of benzene and diesel destined for neighboring countries has led to scores of oil trailers containing over two million liters of petrol being impounded and stranded at the border.

Local operators said inability to export their goods has resulted in a severe shortage of gasoline in Myadwaddy town, which is the major importer of petrol from Thailand. They added that the shortage has caused oil prices in the Burmese town to double, prompting worries about a possible rift between the two countries, among Thai operators.

Tak provincial Governor Somchai Hatayatanti said he would talk about the matter with the Myadwaddy Governor tomorrow to address misunderstandings and dissatisfaction that might arise as result of the current export procedures. He added that the impounded petrol would soon be allowed to leave for Myanmar to alleviate the difficulties of people residing in the border areas.


Public Health Ministry testing drinking water for bacteria this summer

BANGKOK, 23 March 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of Public Health is making sure drinking water sold in Thailand is clean, as around a million Thais become sick from consuming contaminated water each year.

Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin is having all drinking water available in the market tested for bacteria and heavy metals.

Most of the drinking water products that failed the test last year were found to contain bacteria. Other samples reportedly contained particles and had a metallic taste.

Only 33% of them were deemed consumable and harmless to humans. Dr. Ratchata has also said less than half of the water vending machines available to the public were clean enough to provide water safe for household consumption.

Meanwhile the World Health Organization has revealed that as many as 500,000 people worldwide die from drinking contaminated water annually.


Pre-owned car market shows signs of recovery

BANGKOK, 23 Mar 2015, (NNT) - Based on the number of used vehicles in dealers' stock, the Thai Hire-Purchase Association has indicated that the used car market is showing signs of recovery.

According to the president of the association, Anuchart Deprasert, used car dealers have been suffering between 23-28% loss from each vehicle sold, thanks to the number of cars being repossessed pulling down their value. Most of these repossessed cars were purchased under the former government's first car buyer policy.

However, the prices of used cars have begun to rise lately, said Anuchart, adding that the economic slowdown also makes pre-owned carts more appealing to the public.

As for new cars, the president said that approximately 60,000 cars were sold each month during the past two months. The the figure is expected to increase this month, given a motor show, to be held at the end of the month, will likely see auto makers come up with campaigns to attract their prospective customers.


Auto importer to be importer and distributor of Italian yachts

BANGKOK, 23 Mar 2015, (NNT) - Master Group Corporation (Asia) Company Limited, one of the country’s largest motor investing companies, has unveiled its new affiliated GMC Marine (Asia) Company Limited. The new firm will become the first inclusive importer and distributor for Italy's Azimut Yachts in Thailand.

According to Managing Director of Master Group Sanhawut Thammachaunwiriya, the move is in response to the government’s new policies promoting Thailand as a hub for marine tourism.

The company has allocated an investment of 300 million baht for purchase of AZIMUT’s luxurious yachts, along with the construction of the ‘AZIMUT Lounge’ in Pattaya and Phuket.

The company has launched 3 yacht models in different sizes: 50-, 64- and 84-foot long. An AZIMUT yacht has a starting price at 50 million baht. Mr. Sanhawut said.


Thailand-Australia Parliamentarians’ Friendship Group meeting with Australian Ambassador.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The chairman of the Thailand-Australia Parliamentarians’ Friendship Group has met with the Australian Ambassador to Thailand and discussed closer ties between the two nations.

Member of the National Legislative Assembly Gen. Marut Patchotasingh, who is the chairman of the Thailand-Australia Parliamentarians’ Friendship Group, on Thursday had a meeting with H.E. Paul Robilliard, during which they discussed several issues related to the longstanding relationship of the two countries.

Topics brought up during the discussion included bilateral trade and the upcoming 10th year anniversary of the signing of the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement which is said to have helped boost trade by 158.75% to date.

Gen. Marut and Mr. Robilliard also touched on the issues of agricultural cooperation and tourism as well as education.

As much as Australian travelers are considered major visitors to Thailand, Australia is also the number-one destination for Thai students to further their education.

And while the government of Australia has been granting scholarships to Thai students each year, it has recently also awarded financial grants to 160 Australian students to study and work in Thailand.


NRC to debate new draft charter April 20-26

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The National Reform Council is scheduled to open a week-long session to deliberate the draft Constitution in April.

President of the NRC Tienchay Kiranant said that, after the Constitution Drafting Committee hands over the completed draft of the charter on April 17, the reform council will convene to deliberate all details during April 20 and 26.

Mr. Tienchay assured that the NRC will be thorough in the deliberation and will allow all members to freely share their opinions while all information and suggestions collected from all public forums will be brought up for review in order to perfect the draft as much as possible.

However, he declined to make any comment about the public referendum of the draft charter, saying if all agree to do so, there must be an amendment to the interim charter to allow such a process to take place.


CDC deputy chair: Public Referendum for new charter to be decided by government

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) A deputy chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee states that whether or not a public referendum for the draft charter will be conducted is up to the government.

According to CDC deputy chairwoman Nareewan Chintakanond, the charter drafters have always recognized the importance of public voices and opinions because the committee has intended to draft the new Constitution that the people understand and can enjoy their rights to liberty.

Mrs. Nareewan said that the new charter will be truly beneficial for the country and the public while promoting reconciliation and peace.

She added that while the CDC is still reviewing each article of the draft Constitution and some of them are yet to be concluded, the process will be finalized by the end of the month before the draft is shared with Thais across the country.

Concerning the public referendum, Mrs. Nareewan said that the decision to conduct the process is entirely within the power of the government, adding that this stage will take three to six months before an election can really take place.


PM: 46% of investment budget has been allocated

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has revealed that the disbursement of investment funds by the government is nearly halfway completed.

Speaking on his weekly TV program, Gen Prayut reported that up to 46 percent of the government’s investment budget for the current fiscal year has been paid out so far. The rate is higher compared to the same period in previous years. The premier added that contracts have been signed for investment projects worth 280 billion baht altogether while expecting 90 percent of the planned projects to go through the contract signing process within this month.

Gen Prayut said the allocated funds have already reached a number of the projects, including road maintenance by the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads worth 40 billion baht, improvement of water management and irrigation systems in the dry season worth 38 billion baht, and construction of railway infrastructure.

In addition, the premier affirmed that the government has constantly devised measures to reduce the people’s living expenses and stimulate domestic consumption in the face of economic problems. Special attention has been paid to agriculturists in order to lower their production costs and increase their income. Several assistance measures have also been implemented to safeguard Thai SMEs against impacts from the global economic slowdown.


Gen Prawit: Less violence in far South

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said unrest in Thailand's three southernmost provinces has substantially declined.

Gen Prawit said the number of violent incidents in the region is down 50% when compared to the same period of 2014.

In addition, the government's security agencies are working on preparations for peace talks with militant groups in the deep South. To bring about sustainable peace and order, the government has to make sure that the counterparts who will take part in future negotiations have actual power and influence in the region, he said.

Between January 2014 and March 2015, about 6,000 people have been killed and about 10,000 others injured in the insurgency, mainly in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.


Prison officials transferred after inspections

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Justice has transferred 33 prison officials after military officers carried out inspections in 143 prisons throughout the country without prior notice.

According to the ministry's Department of Corrections, narcotics and mobile phones were found during the surprise inspections.

Songkhla Central Prison head Suchin Damkaden has been transferred to be an inspector at the Department of Corrections, while the remaining 32 wardens have been moved to different prisons.

The transfers were approved by the department on Wednesday and took immediate effect.

The department said many inmates tested positive for drug use.


Commerce Minister: Next rice auction delayed

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The third auction of rice from the government stockpile has been postponed to prevent the price from decreasing further during the second-crop harvest, Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said on Friday.

Gen Chatchai said the Ministry of Commerce expected rice process would increase soon as the country has received an order to deliver 200,000 tons of rice to the Philippines. The government is also planning to sell two million tons of rice to China.

60 central farm markets will be established across Thailand so farmers can have a direct marketing channel. The markets will also help farmers get fair prices, the minister added.


Voluntary Bike Patrols for tourist safety are now active around Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI, 20 March 2015 (NNT) "Voluntary Bike Patrols” teams have been officially in action around Chiang Mai Province to ensure safety of foreign tourists who are making holidays in the province.

The new effort in maintaining security for tourists is initiated by the Chiang Mai Provincial Police and held with cooperation from twenty-seven foreigners of various nationalities who have lived in Thailand for a long time and usually serve as voluntary translators at police stations in the city.

These volunteers have already been trained in basic laws, cycling rules as well as ways to address tourists while on duty.

The patrol teams work every evening from 5.00-9.00 p.m. They will ride their bicycles through the main tourist attractions in the province such as Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Sing, in order to watch out for crimes and accidents and keep foreign tourists confident in their safety while they are in the province.


Mixed-Member Proportional Elections can strengthen Thai politics, CDC spokesman believes

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) Gen Lertrat Ratanavanich, spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) believed the German-based Mixed-Member Proportional Elections system will strengthen Thai politics and the political party system in Thailand as well as eliminate vote buying.

His comment came after he returned from a visit to Germany to observe the election system, together with members of the National Reform Council (NRC), the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the Election Commission (EC) visited.

As for the proposed establishment of the Election Organising Committee (EOC) to replace the EC, General Lertrat said, the approach is proposed to enhance transparency and fairness in an election, leading to highest benefits for the whole country.

Gen Lertrat confirmed that Prof. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, a NRC member who holds a different point of view on the German-based election system, can still re-discuss with the CDC. Meanwhile, he vowed the CDC always listens to voices from all parts of the society in order to optimize the efficiency of the constitution bill.

If the Prime Minister orders a referendum on the bill, the CDC can organize the move right after the NRC has approved the first draft of the constitution, the spokesman added, saying the process will last three months.


Natural Resources Min aims to end northern haze problem within April

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has established a war room on the haze situation in the North while setting a target to restore normalcy by the end of April.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan has convened an urgent meeting with six relevant ministries and two organizations in a joint effort to find solutions to the smoke haze problem in the northern region which has been threatening the health of local residents. As the situation is expected to worsen, the meeting agreed to open a war room to specifically oversee the matter.

The war room will begin its duty on March 23 and sets out to bring the particulate matter reading in the upper part of the country back to its normal level before April 30. It will also be required to submit a progress report to the Prime Minister on a daily basis. After the first week of operation, the war room will be evaluated on its ability to mitigate the problem.

In the meantime, the Third Army Area is to continue mobilizing its personnel and helicopters to extinguish forest fires while provincial governors and district chiefs will be responsible for preventing burning activities in their respective areas.

Officials from the Interior Ministry have been dispatched to raise residents’ awareness of the dangers of the slash-and-burn practice. At the same time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is temporarily prohibiting villagers from entering local forest reserves for foraging purpose, on fear that they would trigger more fires which would exacerbate the smog problem.


Facebook launches its new feature preventing users from suicide

BANGKOK, 19 March 2015 (NNT) Facebook launches its new feature that may help its users from suicide. This new feature will be available for both computer and mobile users.

Facebook creates the function to help people who are likely to commit a suicide. This feature prevents facebook users both with computers and mobile from suicide by cooperating with various suicide preventing sectors in USA and providing optional feature that will be able to tell that the user is in need of help.

To apply this feature, other facebook users can click 'report this' when seeing any post/status that leads to suicide and the system will offer options such as contacting the user or his/her friends and suggesting suicide preventing hotline.
Now this new function is applied to 50% of facebook users in USA and will be 100% in next couple months.


Deputy PM content with developments in Deep South

YALA, 19 March 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has expressed satisfaction with the progress made by security officials in the Deep South and disclosed that delegates for the next peace dialogue are being chosen.

Gen Prawit paid a visit to the three southern border provinces today to follow up on the works of local security units. The deputy premier announced that he was content after discovering that the number of insurgent activities has been reduced by more than half. He said the improvement signifies higher effectiveness of the cooperation of police, soldiers, state officials and residents.

Nonetheless, the Deputy Prime Minister admitted there are still insurgent members active in certain areas but he pointed out that the situation is heading in a better direction. Regarding the ongoing peace dialogue with separatist groups, he said related agencies are in the process of selecting the most suitable representatives to take part in the upcoming talks.

While visiting Yala, Gen Prawit also chaired a meeting of the Committee to Mobilize Policy and Strategy to Solve Problems in the Southern Border Provinces, with attendants including the Army Chief, related ministers, military commanders, heads of security agencies and provincial governors. During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed the necessity of conducting security operations in parallel with development works and the promotion of public understanding and acceptance.


Public referendum hinges on NCPO’s discretion

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The spokesperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has stated that the decision whether to hold a public referendum on the new constitution rests with the government and the National Council for Peace and Order.

CDC Spokesperson Kamnoon Sithisaman revealed to the press today that the charter drafting committee has reviewed 205 out of the 315 articles in the first draft of the new constitution.

He affirmed that the CDC has coordinated with and taken input from the National Reform Council (NRC) throughout the entire process. Furthermore the committee will convene from May 25 to July 23 to consider the input compiled from all groups.

In accordance with the interim charter currently in place, the new constitution must be approved by the NRC before it is enacted.

Mr. Kamnoon said while the majority of the CDC agrees that the new constitution must also be approved by the public, the decision on whether to hold a public referendum ultimately rests with the government and the National Council for Peace and Order.


Labor Ministry lays foundation stone for a new skill development building

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) Labor Minister General Surasak Karnjanarat has laid a foundation stone for a new skill development building.

The new building, which belongs to the Department of Skill Development, serves as a comprehensive center for people wishing to improve their vocational skills. It will provide such services as vocational training, skill enhancement training and certification.

Once completed, the building will house different agencies under the Department of Skill Development to enable those bodies to work more closely and systematically. The top floor will function as the meeting hall with a fully-equipped audio visual room. The ground floor will consist of a large parking lot and a multi-purpose area.

General Surasak said that the launch of this building was aimed at boosting Thai laborers’ skills in preparation for the emergence of ASEAN Economic Community, adding that development of productivity and quality of Thai laborers would be the key to the country’s competitiveness in the global arena.


Civil servants urged to help eliminate corruption in the sector

SAMUT PRAKAN, 20 Mar 2015 (NNT) Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Dissakul has implored officials to help address the corruption issue in the country, saying their contribution would tremendously improve the nation’s competitiveness in time of the ASEAN Economic Community.

The minister yesterday made the call at a special seminar of civil servants and government employees who were participating in the ministry's first batch of the anti-corruption training course held at the Ancient City in Muang District, Samut Prakan.

M.L. Panadda said that it was everyone’s duty to eliminate the corruption issue. He stated citizens should keep an eye out for the problem and must report to authorities whenever they learn about it.

The Minister said unless the problem is being tackled seriously, Thailand would never be able to compete with other nations when the ASEAN Economic Community arrives at the end of this year.

Yesterday’s seminar was intended to give the participants experiences and knowledge about corruption in the civil service as well as anti measures, while promoting the value of honesty as a shield against malpractices.


Interior Minister orders urgent response to smog problem

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Interior has instructed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to expedite the operational plans to prevent and solve the smog crisis in the North.

Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda has ordered quick response to the ongoing haze situation in nine northern provinces. The DDPM is expected to work with other relevant units to solve the issue systematically and promptly.

The Minister said local authorities should raise public awareness about the cause and effect of the slash and burn practice. Residents will also be encouraged by the government sector to use a milder approach of clearing lands instead of burning them down. Farming equipment will be made available to help farmers deal with land preparations for a new production season.


Gen Prawit: Thailand committed to tackling human trafficking in fishing industry.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is poised to reiterate to the international community that Thailand has been putting its best efforts into the fight against human trafficking in the fishery sector.

During his visit to the three southernmost provinces, Gen Prawit commented on the incident where 500 Thai fishery workers were stranded on Indonesian islands and victimized by human traffickers, saying he is preparing to travel to Indonesia to partake in a bilateral discussion on the matter. He insisted that help is being coordinated urgently for the group in an attempt to bring them home safely.

In regard to a speculation that the European Union is considering issuing a yellow card against Thailand for its non-compliance with the regulations on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Deputy Prime Minister said it is still unknown if the information is true. Nonetheless, he gave assurances that the government has been placing its priority on solving the human trafficking problem in the Thai fishing industry and he is ready to convey the message to the EU.

Gen Prawit, who has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the chairman of the human trafficking prevention committee, elaborated that several measures have already been implemented in accordance with international standards, including registration of fishing vessels, installation of GPS system on board, registration of crew members and verification of each vessel’s information before leaving the shore.


Market for paddy rice producers proven successful in Nakhon Pathom

NAKHON PATHOM, 20 March 2015 (NNT) A market for paddy rice producers held in Nakhon Pathom has proven successful with 700 tons of rice sold to silo owners on the opening day of the market.

The 3-day market provides farmers an optional channel to sell their grains at negotiable prices. Government officials also took part in the program to assure transparency in humidity measurement and purchase of paddy among buyers.

According to the Department of Internal Trade, silo operators bought 700 tons of paddy worth nearly five million baht on the opening day of the market on March 18.

Prices have been bargained to the range of 6,500 - 7,000 baht per ton as the humidity levels of the rice were found to be higher than 20%. Farmers were reportedly satisfied with the prices. It is expected that more than 2,000 tons of paddy will have been sold by the end of the event today.


Surin joins hands with Buriram bringing their OTOP goods to Cambodia

SURIN, 20 Mar 2015, (NNT) The provinces of Surin and Buriram have joined hands bringing their OTOP products to Cambodia, as they plan to expand the market to neighboring countries.

More than 100 OTOP producers from the 2 provinces and Nakhonratchasima traveled to Allongweng District of Udonmechai Province in Cambodia yesterday to take part in an exhibition showcasing their products to the locals.

The efforts is part of the the Interior Ministry’s OTOP promotion policy which highlights the expansion of the products’ distribution channel, while promoting ties with neighboring nations.

The event is the first of its kind in 2015. Officials strongly believe that the fair would also cement the already strong ties between Thais and Cambodian.

The event has opened up rare opportunities for Thai vendors to conduct business matchmaking with their Cambodian counterparts.

The most popular Thai OTOP items among Cambodian are foods, closely followed by herbal products, cosmetics, silk, and clothes. The fair will be concluded on Sunday, March 22nd.


CDC’s public participation sub-committee assures new charter will empower people.

BANGKOK, 20 March 2015 (NNT) The chairperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee’s sub-committee on public participation has assured that all opinions will be incorporated into the drafting of the new charter that empowers the people.

Chairperson of the sub-committee Dr. Thawinwadee Bureekul on Thursday took part in a seminar that invited around 130 academics from state and private universities across the country to hear their opinions on the draft charter.

According to Dr. Thawinwadee, all ideas and suggestions will be viewed by the charter drafters who are currently reviewing each of the 315 articles of the draft Constitution — the process that is to be completed before April 17, after which the National Reform Council will have 10 days to deliberate the entire draft.

After the NRC’s review, any suggested changes will be passed back to the CDC to work on until the end of June. During this period, the public is also encouraged to send in their ideas for consideration.

Dr. Thawinwadee stated that the CDC has intended to offer a new charter that really empowers the people, delivers clean politics and promotes justice in the society.


 

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Natural Resources Min aims to end northern haze problem within April

Facebook launches its new feature preventing users from suicide

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Market for paddy rice producers proven successful in Nakhon Pathom

Surin joins hands with Buriram bringing their OTOP goods to Cambodia

CDC’s public participation sub-committee assures new charter will empower people.

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