Chartered flights to be allowed re-entry only after being inspected by destination countries
BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 (NNT) The Department of Civil
Aviation (DCA) has pointed out that the ICAO ban imposed on chartered
airplanes from Thailand is due to an unqualified supervising system in
the country, not the standard of operation of aircraft.
DCA Director General Somchai Piputwat said the ICAO judgment has
prompted Japan, South Korea and China to ban chartered flights from
Thailand. Re-entry will only be permitted after Thai aircraft has passed
safety tests in countries of destination.
The Director General affirmed that all Thai chartered flights are
operating with high safety standard compatible to international
airlines. He said operators of Thai private airlines are willing to have
their aircraft inspected and cooperate with the DCA in restoring the
credibility of the Thai aviation industry.
The meeting between stakeholders will be held in the afternoon today to
find solutions to the problem.
NRC’s public health committee: Traditional Thai medicine is important for modern medicine and society
BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council’s committee on public health reform has stated that the
traditional Thai medicine has been playing an important role for both
the modern medicine and the local society.
Chairperson of the committee Porapan Punyaratabandhu and chairman of the
NRC’s subcommittee on the reform of Thai traditional medicine Admiral
Chanchai Charoensuwan on Tuesday held a news conference on the overhaul
of the country’s traditional medicine.
Mrs. Porapan said that Thailand’s traditional medicine is an invaluable
asset of Thailand and its complete reform will help improve the
efficiency of the modern medicine and the healthcare system of the
Admiral Chanchai added that while traditional medicine has been
downplayed greatly in the society, hospitals have been increasingly
incapable of meeting the demand of all patients.
Therefore, he stated that a serious reform for this branch of medicine,
along with the practice of the modern medicine, will not only help
secure, but also strengthen the quality and the efficiency of Thailand’s
public health system.
CDC meeting agrees to set up quota for female participation in politics.
BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting
Committee meeting has resolved to approve the proposal to set up a quota
for female participation in politics.
The CDC meeting on Tuesday held an internal discussion to review pending
matters, which amounted to 23 issues.
According to CDC spokesman Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich, the meeting has
approved that female candidates must account for at least one-third of
the total candidates in the party-list proportional representation
However, the CDC meeting decided not to change the condition of gender
proportion for the election of local administration councilors as it is
different in nature when compared with the election of MPs or senators,
Gen. Lertrat added.
Concerning the no-confidence debate, the CDC resolved to put in the
draft charter that the prime minister who loses in the no-confidence
vote will be the only person removed from office but the House of
Representatives and MPs will continue their duties.
NLA whip expects to set date for opening statements in impeachment case against former Commerce Minister by end of April
BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly whip expects the opening statements to take place by the end of
this month, in the impeachment of former ministers and civil servant for
their alleged involvement in the controversial rice subsidy program.
NLA whip spokesman Jate Sirathranont said that after discussing the
impeachment of former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, former
Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol and former Director General of the
Foreign Trade Department Manas Sroyploy, the NLA whip is set to meet
again on April 2 to decide when the opening statement in the case will
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has found all three men guilty
of causing heavy financial losses to the government and abuse of power
in relation to the implementation of the rice subsidy program.
At the next meeting, the NLA whip will also consider whether it will
approve the requests for additional evidence.
Mr. Jate added that the opening statements by all involved in the case
will likely take place around the end of April.
Thailand’s House Secretary-General discusses parliamentary issues at IPU in Hanoi
BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 (NNT) The Secretary-General of Thailand’s House of
Representatives has discussed various parliamentary issues with
participants of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Hanoi,
Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Charae Panpruang,
along with a Thai delegation to the 132nd IPU Assembly, yesterday joined
in several discussions presented by participating parliamentary
One of the topics brought up was the relationship between the Parliament
and members of the press from Turkey, which shed light on the efforts by
the Secretariat of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to provide
accurate information, in a transparent manner, to journalists via modern
Another topic of discussion was on the use of transparent and
timely-employed measures related to the rights to access public
information by the people, which was presented by the Senate of Spain.
Department of Fisheries to pilot Port in - Port out system from April
BANGKOK, 30 March 2015 (NNT) – The Department of
Fisheries (DOF) will be implementing the Port in - Port out system in
the 4 piloted provinces in April 2015 to suppress illegal fishing, says
The DOF Director-General Joompol Sanguansin has revealed the suppression
and monitoring progress of Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
(IUU) in Thailand, that the department will begin testing the "Port in -
Port out" calling system for vessels over 30 gross ton, from 1 April
2015 in the four piloted provinces. The four pilot provinces are
Chumphon, Ranong, Songkhla, and Phuket.
The Port in - Port out system will record information of each vessel
including the types of equipment, types of caught fish, name of vessel,
vessel registration, fishery permit, and crew-members including
immigrant workers. Vessels are required to report these selected
information to officials within 24 hours prior to sailing in and out of
The system is expected to help prevent human trafficking due to the
inspection of the crew, both before the departure and after the arrival
of the vessel at the port.
The DOF has upgraded 26 fishery coast radio stations into departure and
arrival reporting centers for vessels sailing near 297 ports in the
coverage area. The results of this pilot project will also be used to
improve the entire system as a guideline to the new Fishery Act, which
is expected to be implemented in July 2015.
The DOF is also developing a fishery vessel tracking system, operating
through the VMS satellite. This project is expected to be completed in
NLA President confident NCPO leader’s adoption of Section 44 will be good for Thailand
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015 (NNT) – The President of the
National Legislative Assembly is confident that the leader of the
National Council for Peace and Order will exercise his power granted by
Section 44 of the interim Constitution for the good of Thailand.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who helped draft the interim
charter, said that even when Thailand is under martial law, the power of
Article 44 of the 2014 provisional Constitution is still in effect and
can be referred to by the NCPO leader anyhow.
Mr. Pornpetch’s comment was heard after it had been reported that the
government would revoke martial law, which has been imposed across the
country since last May, and replace it with Article 44 instead.
He said that Article 44 is not a special law that will interfere in the
work of the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial
Mr. Pornpetch believes Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the NCPO leader, will
wield his power in a good way and for the interest of Thailand.
Industrial production, car exports see growth in Feb
BANGKOK, 30 March 2015 (NNT) – The Office of
Industrial Economics (OIE) has reported 3.6 percent growth in the Thai
manufacturing production index (MPI) of February, along with an 11.32
percent jump in the export of automobiles.
According to OIE Deputy Director Somsak Jantararoungtong, the February
MPI edged up for the first time in 23 months by 3.6 percent. The
positive growth figure is attributable to the expansion of many
important industries, such as automobile, electronic component, sugar
and textile. For the entire year, the MPI is expected to increase by an
average of 3-4 percent.
Nonetheless, Mr Somsak noted that negative factors at the moment include
lingering worries over the continuous decline in oil prices and the
contraction of Thai export values in nearly all markets. The United
States was the only market with an increasing value, whereas the
Japanese market posted the largest shrinkage of 9 percent.
Meanwhile, more than 108,000 cars were exported in February, a rise of
11.32 percent, with major markets being countries in Asia, the Middle
East and Oceania. The annual production of cars is projected to reach
2.13 million units, 1.2 million of which will be for export, increasing
6.37 percent compared to last year.
Transport Min sets up 2 panels to fix aviation glitches in 6-8 months
BANGKOK, 30 March 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Transport has decided to establish two committees to solve problems in
the Department of Civil Aviation and to handle impacts from the
international aviation regulator’s concerns over Thailand’s safety
Following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s voicing
of concerns over the safety standards of the Thai aviation industry
based on its previous examinations, Transport Minister ACM Prajin
Juntong stated that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has designated the
matter as a national issue. He pointed out that appropriate actions need
to be taken in a timely manner otherwise the nation’s economy and
tourism could be damaged.
Therefore, the Transport Ministry has resolved to set up two working
committees, one of which is to oversee the tackling of the problem at
its root cause, particularly the restructuring of the Department of
Civil Aviation, employment of more qualified specialists, increasing of
budgets and amendment of laws. Chaired by Minister Prajin, the committee
will convene on a weekly basis to follow up on the progress made and
will submit a report to the ICAO every two weeks.
The other committee will be responsible for mitigating the effects of
the ICAO’s downgrade of Thailand’s safety rating. It will coordinate
with all sectors in creating an understanding with the international
community concerning Thailand’s commitment to improving its air safety
The setting up of the two committees is due to be proposed to the Prime
Minister for approval within 45-60 days. The Ministry of Transport has
expressed confidence that the issue surrounding aviation safety will be
resolved within 6-8 months.
The ICAO’s safety concerns have prompted Japan as well as China and
South Korea to issue a ban on all charter flights from Thailand. Last
week, the Transport Ministry already dispatched officials to clarify the
situation to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. More clarifications are to
be made to other countries, including China, South Korea, Australia and
Government to declare anti-human trafficking a national agenda
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015 (NNT) – The government is
planning to declare its campaign to fight human trafficking a national
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon said
that the current government is not blaming the previous administration
for the problems of human trafficking.
Gen. Prawit stated that he only feels the past government has not
scratched the right itch and did not do anything to change the laws in
line with international practice.
He added that the present government will declare on April 3 that the
anti-human trafficking effort is a national agenda.
The DPM also conceded that the fact that state officials' being
allegedly involved in human trafficking is a big issue that the
international community has been looking at.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has declined to respond
to a statement of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra related to the problem
of human trafficking, saying it is worth taking into consideration all
issues that have been accumulated and remained unresolved.
NRC members agree with calls for tax restructuring proposal
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015 (NNT) – The National Reform
Council has heard the details of a report from the committee in charge
of economic reforms and agreed with proposals included in it.
The NRC meeting on Monday was presented with a report from the economic
and financial reform committee, chaired by Somchai Richupan, which
focused on the overhaul of the tax structure, the financial foundation
and the co-op system.
The proposed tax structural change includes such elements as the
separation of tax structures for national and local references, the
passing of inheritance and property taxes, and the setting up of a
national tax committee.
In its proposed restructuring of the financial foundation and the co-op
system, the committee emphasises the need of savings through
collaboration with Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives
and the Government Savings Bank, as well as the elevation of the village
funds into a community bank in 5-10 years.
Most NRC members agreed with the committee’s proposals as they are
believed to be beneficial for the country.
Thailand to commemorate Days of Civil Servants
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister’s
Office Minister is working on the plan to organise the 2015 Cilvil
Servants’ Day — set for this week.
According to Minister attached to PM’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul, the
celebration of the Civil Servants’ Day 2015 is planned for Tuesday and
The first day of celebration, to be held under the theme of “Being
Service-Minded and Professionalism,” will be held at the Government
Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary.
M.L. Panadda said that an exhibition on the history of civil servants,
seminars and booths selling merchandises and offering various services
by all ministries will be ready for event-goers.
For the second day of the event, the venue will be at Government House.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver a speech to all civil
servants before Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam presents
certificates and honorary pins to 624 government officials with
Finance Ministry to propose law amendment, inject more money to boost economy
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015 (NNT) – The Finance Ministry
will propose law amendment and inject more money in to the local system
to boost economy.
Finance Minister Sommai Phasee said that the ministry will propose to
the Prime Minister’s Office a plan to amend the law governing the
administration of the national village and urban community fund.
Mr. Sommai said that the PM’s Office will be asked to add another 40
billion baht to the village fund after 200 billion baht has already been
poured into it, with an aim to help boost the economy and consumption of
He stated that both proposals are considered a kind of government
investments when the economic condition remains sluggish.
However, the Finance Minister insisted that the government will not be
introducing any direct stimulus measures as the country’s household debt
level is very high .
While assuring that the government will speed up the budget disbursement
to help the economy grow, Mr. Sommai said that a growth rate of 2%-3%
will be acceptable for Thailand when the global economic slowdown still
13 Entrepreneurs interested in 3rd round of auction for NGV bus procurement deal
BANGKOK, 31 Mar 2015, (NNT) - 13 entrepreneurs
participated in the 3rd round of auction for the 489 Natural Gas for
Vehicle (NGV) bus procurement deal on March 26th.
According to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) Acting Director
Pranee SukrasornMs, out of the 13 contenders, only 2 were from the
previous round. She is confident that this would be the last round and
the name of the winner will be announced on April 20th. The deal winner
will be responsible for the procurement of the buses and start
delivering them between May to July this year. The medium price for each
vehicle is set at 3.65 million baht, netting an entire deal for 1.78
The acting BMTA director added that her agency plans to decommission 100
buses after receiving all of the new NGV vehicles. As for another plan
involving periodic maintenance of the existing 2,600 buses, the Ministry
of Finance would guarantee for the loan the BMTA may make regarding the
Ms. Pranee said the procurement for the rest of the BMTA’s fleet would
have to come after it can determine the new vehicle’s longevity. She
added her agency is considering procuring electric buses, given the
rising prices of the natural gas for vehicle. However, the choice may
not be viable due to the steep price tag of up to ten million baht
Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand visit Mukdahan Governor
MUKDAHAN, 31 Mar 2015, (NNT) - Vietnamese Ambassador
to Thailand, H.E.Mr.Nguyen Tat Thanh ( เหวียน ตัน ถั่น) yesterday
visited Mukdahan Governor Sakolkrit Boonpradit and Thais of Vietnamese
descent in the province.
During the meeting with the governor, the ambassador said that Thailand
and Vietnam formed a close bound via several cooperation especially in
trade, transportation, and labor market.
Ambassador Nguy?n T?t Th?nh highlighted the sister city campaign between
Thailand’s Mukdahan and Vietnam’s Kwang Tree, praising one particular
program that teaches the native language of the nations to their
visiting exchange students.
He also expressed his gratitude toward the province for forging ties in
economy, culture, tourism and sports, while adding that Vietnam is ready
to support future cooperation, such as investment and trades.
Meanwhile, Governor Sakolkrit echoed Mr.H.E. Nguy?n T?t Th?nh's opinion
on the outstanding relations between Mukdahan locals and Vietnamese. He
also said that he is looking forward to future endeavors with the
nation. Mr. Sakolkrit stated that Mukdahan and Kwan Tree had already
signed a Memorandum of Understanding on trade and investment.
Earth Hour 2015 saves 7.5m electricity cost in Thailand
BANGKOK, 29 March 2015 (NNT) The lights off activity
during Earth Hour 2015 yesterday helped reduce 7.5 million baht in
electricity costs and reduced tons of carbon dioxide emission, claims
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF) Thailand, and the Foundation for Environmental Education for
Sustainable Development (FEED) Thailand had joined hands with partner
organizations to hold the 60 Earth Hour 2015 event under the theme
‘Change Climate Change’ in Bangkok yesterday.
The 60 Earth Hour 2015's main event in Bangkok was situated at Central
World shopping center, and important landmarks, offices, shopping malls,
and houses around the world participated by turning their lights off.
Important public locations in Bangkok which participated included the
Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn, Rama IX Bridge, Central World shopping
center, MBK shopping center, and the Bangkok Arts and Bangkok Art and
Culture Centre. Global landmarks that also participated in the lights
off activity were the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Eiffel
Tower in Paris, Acropolis in Athens, and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.
The lights-off activity this year has helped reduce electricity
consumption by 1,940 megawatts, saved 7,499,068 baht in electricity
cost, and helped reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 1,127 tons. This
year's event recorded in a higher saving rate than last year in all
The WWF Thailand Country Director Yowalak Thiarachow said that climate
change is not just a problem for this hour, but it is an important issue
for our children in the future. All contributions to save the energy
from all sectors throughout the year will inspire the solution of this
issue, while the efforts for climate change during the last 1-2 years is
said to be at its highest.
The Earth Hour project originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has
become a global activity where people in different regions can show
their efforts to raise awareness on climate change, which will lead to
the mutual solution for the issue.
WWF Thailand has also organised the We Love Cities activity under the
2015 Earth Hour City Challenge campaign to promote the sustainable
municipality in Thailand. Three municipalities in Thailand, namely Hat
Yai City in Songkhla province, Khon Kaen City in Khon Kaen province, and
Map Ammarit Subdistrict in Chumphon province have passed this year’s
The three municipality will have to compete on the global stage, while
the results for the Global Earth Hour Capital will be announced in the
ICLEI World Congress 2015 on 9 April 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.
More Chinese speaking tour guides needed
BANGKOK, 30 Mar 2015, (NNT) The Thai-Chinese Tourism
Alliance Association (TCTA) has urged the government, particularly local
administration offices, to recruit more tour guides who can speak
Chinese, in order to facilitate the increasing number of Chinese
tourists who travel by themselves.
According to President of the TCTA Kasian Wattanachawpisut, the move
would increase the number of Chinese travelers visiting Thailand and
advise them how to conduct themselves according to Thai tradition.
The TCTA earlier discussed the matter of ill-mannered Chinese tourists
in Thailand with the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. The latter indicated
that Thai officials could punish those visitors the way they normally do
other rule breakers. However, the embassy asked the public for an
understanding when it comes to general etiquette, which seems to be a
common problem among these tourists.
KBank’s this week’s economic outlook
BANGKOK, 30 Mar 2015, (NNT) Kasikorn Research
Centerhas said the key factor affecting local stock this week is the
prospect of the government lifting martial law and replacing it with
Section 44 of the interim constitution.
The center said other domestic factors included this month's inflation
rate, and other economic figures from February.
On the other hand, international key driving factors for this week’s
stock market are the Greek debt restructure plans, the US' real estate
and agricultural sector indexes, and American employment rate outside of
the agricultural sector. The US’s labor market data, production index,
March Consumer Confidence Index, and factory’s order figures are also to
The center has predicted this week's stock’s resistance to be between
the range of 1,510 and 1,524 points, and support level at between 1,474
points to 1,482 points.
Meanwhile, the baht is predicted to move within in the range of 32.50 -
32.70 baht against the greenback.
Foreign Affairs Ministry launches working group to help Thais in Yemen
BANGKOK, 29 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs have launched hot lines to provide assistance to Thai people in
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a special working group at
the Department of Consular Affairs to act as a coordinator between Thai
people in Yemen and their families in Thailand. The contact number is 02
575 1047-8. The ad hoc body operates between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The Ministry has also instructed the Thai embassy in Muscat, Oman to
follow the situation Yemen and prepare to evacuate Thai people wishing
to leave Yemen. The Thai embassy in Oman meanwhile has set up special
hot lines (+968) 9649 4733 and (+968) 9927 3440 for those seeking help.
The ongoing clashes between Houthi rebels and rival militia in Yemen’s
southern city of Aden prompted Saudi Arabia’ navy to evacuate dozens of
foreign diplomats and Saudi nationals from Aden, and the United Nations
to pull out over 100 international staff from the capital Sanaa.
There are 250 Thai people living in Yemen, three in Aden and two in
Sanaa. Most of the Thai nationals are in Tarim which is 800 kilometers
Bus commuters to Chiang Mai urged to buy advance ticket ahead of Songkran holidays
CHIANG MAI, 29 March 2015 (NNT) Regular scheduled
buses to Chiang Mai during the Songkran holidays are now sold out, while
passengers are advised to book advance tickets for the added bus
services, recommends the Chiang Mai Transport Office.
According to the official off the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport
Office Chanchai Keelapang, bus operators to Chiang Mai have started to
provide advance booking services for the some 200 trips of added bus
services, to and from Chiang Mai, during the Songkran holidays. All
regular seats have been sold out.
He said that the public should plan their trip ahead and book for their
tickets in advance, on the bus operators' website or at the bus station
to ensure they will be able to travel during the long holiday period,
and to avoid a long wait to purchase the tickets on traveling date.
Bus operators have been called for a briefing on issues regarding the
services during the holidays, added bus schedules, and for vehicle
inspections. These measures have been designed to aid passengers in
arriving at their destination safely with good service, and to assure
that no passenger will be left behind, says the Chiang Mai Transport
PM speaks to Prajuab Khiri Khan residents before attending Cabinet meeting
PRAJUAB KHIRI KHAN, 27 March 2015 (NNT) Prime
Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has visited the province of Prajuab
Khiri Khan and spoken with the people on government policy this morning
before attending the Cabinet meeting.
The meeting will be General Prayut’s first official mobile Cabinet since
he became the prime minister. The meeting is scheduled for the Army
Rehabilitation and Recreation Center in Hua Hin district.
General Prayut had the opportunity to speak with local residents,
business owners, fishermen and hoteliers during his visit.
The Prime Minister has also presided over the opening ceremony of the
farmer’s and small- and medium-sized enterprises’ exhibition, that
showcases progress made on transportation development, water management
project, artificial rainmaking, farming and medical technology.
Foreign Affairs Ministry to greet freed fishermen
BANGKOK, 27 March 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and related agencies will be holding a welcome home activity at
Donmueang International Airport for Thai fishermen who have just been
released from Ambon Island in Indonesia.
The 21 freed fishermen are scheduled to arrive in the country at 8.15
p.m. today on Air Asia flight QZ252. The rescue of Thai people lured
into becoming labors overseas is one of the main missions the Thai
government has tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with.
Since October 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has secured the
release of 146 Thai workers from Indonesia, 70 of whom were fishermen
stranded on Ambon Island.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is in charge of
assisting those workers.
Chiang Mai to toughen up road safety measures during Songkran festival
CHIANG MAI, 27 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of Disaster Prevention
and Mitigation (DDPM) Chiang Mai Office is expected to take serious
action against drunk drivers during Songkran Festival this year.
According to the DDPM, the ‘Drink, Drive and get Arrested' campaign has
been organized with an aim to reduce road fatalities in Chiang Mai.
The measure comes on the heels of the province recording the highest
road death toll in the country during the recent New Year celebration
period. The campaign, which begins from April 1st, will be enforced more
stringently from April 9th until April 15th, the last day of the festive
Train crash in Ayutthaya leaves over 40 injured
AYUTTHAYA, 27 March 2015 (NNT) More than 40 people
were injured when two trains collided in Ayutthaya province last night.
The accident occurred at 10.30 p.m. when a Nongkhai-Bangkok train was
rear-ended by a Denchai-Bangkok train. The collision caused three
carriages of the Nongkhai-Bangkok train to derail, and left more than 40
According to police, the Nongkhai-Bangkok train was preparing to stop at
Phra Kaew Train Station before it was hit by the Denchai-Bangkok train.
They assumed the traffic control official might have allowed the
Denchai-Bangkok train to enter the train station as he thought the
Nongkhai-Bangkok train had already entered the platform.
The injured passengers were transported to local hospitals by the
military and disaster prevention and mitigation officials. All of them
have been discharged except the Denchai-Bangkok train driver and the
technician who are still in critical condition.
The military and local administrative officials have now transferred all
passengers to Pachi Train Station so they can go on with their trip. The
State Railway of Thailand has recorded their data for compensation
claims. Train services continue as normal.
Japan is likely to undertake Kanjanaburi route railway project
BANGKOK, 27 Mar 2015, (NNT) Thailand is prepared
to discuss a joint railway project with Japan on
March 31st, said Transport Minister Air Chief
Marshal Prajin Janthong.
According to the minister, the details of the
project will be concluded in May, which include
the designation of the route that Japan will
undertake and other investment specifics, before
the two sides establish a joint committee to
study further details.
Japan is currently deciding which route to take,
said the Minister, speculating that the nation
would probably be most interested in the
(กาญจนบุรี-กรุงเทพ -อรัญประเทศ -แหลมฉบัง), as it
connects the railway directly to the
soon-to-be-established Dawei and the Leam
Unless Japan decides to undertake the route,the
Minister said he would discuss with Germany and
South Korea instead. The decision will be known
in two months' time.
As for the Tak - Phitsanulok - Petchaboon - Khon
Kean - Roi Et - Mukdahan route and the route
linking Bangkok with Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai,
he said he would have to study the details
before making any decision.
The Air Chief Marshal said the government is
ready to kick off the project by the end of this
year, saying a further delay would make it
difficult for these projects to be realized, as
it will have to be handled by the next
Issara re-elected as the TCC President position for another term
BANGKOK, 27 Mar 2015, (NNT) Thailand Chamber of
Commerce (TCC) has re-elected Issara Wongkusonkit as its president for
The decision was made yesterday during the Chamber's 49th annual
meeting, during which the new committee was selected to replace the
present one, of which the term has expired. The new committee elected
Mr. Issara to remain in the position for another term, while assigning
Managing Director of Bangkok Business Equipment Automation Co., Ltd.,
Dej Cherdsuwannarak, as the TCC’s Secretary-General, and promoting Kalin
Sarasin to the position of Vice President.
According to Mr. Issara, the new TCC committee will continue the works
of the previous committee with an emphases on 3 particular areas as
follows: Increasing competitiveness of the private sector and enhancing
the knowledge of entrepreneurs, connecting members in Thailand with
those overseas, and maintaining good governance as well as reducing
He said the new committee would also focus on minimizing trade
obstacles, and facilitating the overall business operations.
PM backs the production of electric cars
BANGKOK, 27 Mar 2015 (NNT) Energy Minister Narongchai
Akrasanee revealed that he has assigned related agencies to study
possible approaches to promote the production of electric cars in
Thailand within the next 3-5 years.
Mr. Narongchai said his ministry would look into the establishment of
charging stations and battery replacement service, or specifically
speaking, the strategic location of these stations. He stated that
initially PTT Public Co. Ltd has expressed interest in providing the
service. However, the process is possible only after laws are amended to
allow oil service stations to legally offer battery charging service.
According to the minister, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha showed
support for the production of the electric vehicles, following the
global trend. The Prime Minister said Thailand must look into the future
and provide necessary means that would enable electric cars to run in
both city and in the remote areas.
General Prayut sets to lay down the required infrastructure within the
next 3-5 years. He said the government would help pave ways for gas
stations to offer the charging service by amending related laws.
Thais invited to exhibition marking Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s birthday
March 2015 (NNT)
Secretary of the
all Thai people
to visit a
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the Office of
Secretary of the
Office is ready
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the title “Phra
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she turns 60 on
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the event will
during April 1-8
at Siam Paragon
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exhibition as a
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to the beloved
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chance to sign
books for the
products at the
Phu Fah Shop.
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will feature a
and the third
for the Thai
will continue in
other regions of
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28 provinces still affected by drought crisis
BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has
revealed that 28 provinces are currently
affected by the drought crisis.
According to DDOM Director General Chatchai
Promlert, more than 7,000 villages in 28
provinces across Thailand have been facing water
shortage problems since October last year.
The DDPM has sought relief efforts from the army
and related agencies. Water trucks have been
delivering water for consumption and farming to
affected communities, and machinery has also
been provided to help ease the drought crisis.
A plane has been sent to spray water in the
forest areas in Chiang Mai and its surrounding
provinces to improve the visibility in the sky.
The operation is expected to continue until the
end of this month.
Mr. Chatchai has advised farmers to grow
drought-tolerant crops instead of rice. The DDPM
is also seeking new sources of ground water to
assure the sustainability of water supply for
household consumption for locals.
Hat Yai seeks popular votes as the world's most lovable and sustainable city
HATYAI, 26 March 2015 (NNT) Songkhla's Hat Yai
Municipality, a big southern city of Thailand,
is inviting people to vote for it as the most
lovable and sustainable city in the world, by
Friday 27th March 2015.
The "We Love Hatyai” campaign is seeking votes
to help the city win the People’s Choice Award
which is part of the event "Earth Hour City: a
Wake Up Call for Cities” organized by the World
Wildlife Fund (WWF) - the leading organization
in wildlife conservation and protecting
Songkhla’s Hat Yai Municipality is one of three
cities in Thailand - along with Khon Kaen
Municipality and Chumphon’s Mab-ammarit
Municipality - which have been selected by the
WWF as one of 47 environment-friendly cities in
17 countries around the world.
People can vote for Hat Yai through the
following channels: tweet or instagram your post
with #welovehatyai, press the button on the top
of the page
A vote for Hat Yai is also a vote for a
sustainable future powered by renewable energy.
Poll: Bangkok governor still popular among Bangkokians
BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) Bangkok Governor
Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paripatra remains
popular among Bangkok residents during the past
two years, according to a recent survey by
Bangkok University Research Center.
Based on the 10-point evaluation system, the
performance of Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration with M.R. Sukhumband at the helm
has risen to 6.22 points, up from 5.65 points
The most impressive job is the ambition to make
the capital city an economic and learning
metropolis. The least impressive one is the plan
to develop Bangkok into a democratic metropolis.
In terms of his performance, the governor this
time has gained 0.62 point to 6.08 points due
primarily to his dedication and hard-working
personality. The respondents, however, are least
happy with his response to problems.
When asked about the governor’s most outstanding
job over the past two years, roughly 73 percent
of the respondents are of the opinion that he
has yet to come up with exceptional performance
Nevertheless, as high as 63 percent admire the
BMA for the city cleanup, particularly the
removal of roadside stalls from Silom and Khlong
Thom areas. Around 43 percent said they would
still elect M.R. Sukhumband as the Bangkok
governor again if an election were held today.
The results of the survey were compiled from the
answers of 1,215 Bangkok residents aged above 18
during March 20-23.
NLA reviewing several key draft laws and reports today
BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative Assembly
(NLA) will be considering several key draft laws in today’s
The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will report to the
legislative panel on the draft charter when the session begins
at 10.00 hrs.
Later, the NLA will be briefed on other various draft laws and
reports that were reviewed and approved by the Cabinet.
The bills include legislation on disaster insurance,
communicable diseases, warehouses, universities and reports on
violence against women and children compiled over the past two
NLA members will also examine a list of qualified candidates for
the position of Ombudsman.
BMA to ban alcohol and powder in Silom during Songkran
BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 (NNT) The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) will be keeping illegal street vendors off
Silom road during Songkran Festival this year.
Accompanied by police officers, city rangers, Bangrak district
officials and officers from the 3rd cavalry squadron, Dr. Wallop
Suwandee, an advisor to Bangkok Governor, yesterday traveled to
Silom road to promote the legal use of public space.
According to Dr. Wallop, street hawkers have in the past
breached the law by selling alcoholic drinks and festival items
on the footpath of Silom Road during the Songkran festival
without permission. The widespread sales of alcohol on the road
last year also led to brawls and other forms of violence.
Some public spaces were also illegally rented out to small
vendors during the festival without them knowing who the area
really belonged to. The road was so littered with so much trash
after the festival ended that the BMA had to employ a large
number of people to clean up the road, the advisor said.
Police officers will be deployed to maintain law and order
during this year's festival, held between April 12 to 14.
Vendors who wish to use the space for commercial purposes are
required to register, at no charge whatsoever, at Bangrak
Under the regulations, the sales of alcoholic beverages and
powder will be banned during the festival period. Vendors will
only be allowed to sell their goods from 1 pm to 9 pm.