Hajj pilgrims will be monitored for MERS
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) - Permanent
Secretary for Public Health Dr. Narong Sahamethaphat (ณรงค์ สหเมธาพัฒน์)
has instructed provincial public health offices to be on the lookout for
a possible outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as more
than 10-thousand hajj pilgrims will start returning from Saudi Arabia in
a couple of weeks.
Dr. Narong held a video conference with heads of provincial public
health units on Friday. He stressed that the public health offices in
the 14 provinces that would see the return of hajj pilgrims must prepare
appropriate MERS prevention measures.
He underlined the importance of having isolation rooms, and protective
gears for both the general public and medical personnel.
The Permanent Secretary also urged the 4 international airports in the
country - Suvarnnabhumi, Phuket, Hat Yai and Narathiwat to be extra
vigilant in scanning for the disease.
The hajj pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia will be put under close
watch for the next 14 days. There has been no report of Thais suffering
from MERS so far.
Low rainfall threatens crops in Nakhon Ratchasima & Nakhon Sawan
NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Several regions in Thailand
continue to suffer drought, with water levels reaching critical lows at
Lam Takhong Dam in Nakhon Ratchasima province.
Water levels at Lam Takhong Dam have fallen to 15% capacity. Suttiroj
Kongkaew, Director of the Lam Takhong Operation and Maintenance Project,
ordered constant monitoring of the dam’s water levels, after
less-than-expected rainfall in nearby Khao Yai National Park.
He also told officials charged with the local water supply to store
rainwater for tap water production. Meteorologists have forecast a
rainstorm in October, just north of the dam. However, if low rainfall
persists, the region will likely suffer a dire drought situation next
Irrigation officials have also reported lower levels in the Chao Phraya
River. They urged farmers that have finished harvesting to suspend
operations for the rest of the year. For those who are still in the
process of cultivating crops, officials have asked that farmers irrigate
with rainwater and maintain water reserves to last until harvesting.
Farmers without access to natural water resources were told that any
cultivation runs a high risk of crop failure.
Meanwhile in Nakhon Sawan province, the recent lack of precipitation has
forced farmers to pump water from nearby canals to irrigate their rice
paddies, which were sown during a period of constant rain. Provincial
irrigation officials have also asked that farmers cease further crop
cultivation for the rest of the year.
However, Nan province has received constant rainfall, causing slippery
roads and car accidents in several areas. Local authorities have urged
caution when driving, especially for tourists unfamiliar with local
Consumer confidence increased in November
BANGKOK, (NNT) - A recent poll conducted by the
National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA Poll) has pointed
to an increase in consumer confidence in the next couple of months.
The poll which surveyed four investment groups listed on the Stock
Exchange of Thailand indicated that consumer confidence index for
November would reach 59.57 percent, an increase of 4.02 percent from
The investment groups cited the government’s economic policy as the
reason for the positive outlook; however, security concerns in the month
of August caused foreign investment confidence to plunge to a 15 month
low of merely 40 percent .
According to the survey, individual investors were most optimistic about
the economy, citing a consumer confidence index of 63.6 percent.
Industries that received the most attention are communication
technologies, whereas the steel industry is the industry least
National Council for Peace and Order says tourism sector is improving
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The National Council for Peace and
Order (NCPO) announced that investigators are hard at work to solve the
bombings of Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn Pier, which have
since been completely restored.
According to the Tourism Council of Thailand, overall tourism has
improved. The amount of tourists visiting Thailand in 2015 has risen to
30.45 million, a 22% growth from last year. Thailand's projected revenue
for 2015 is 2.3 trillion baht, which exceeds the target set by the
Tourism Authority of Thailand.
However, in order to help authorities provide a safe environment,
entrepreneurs and business owners, especially those renting
accommodations, have been advised to strictly follow all relevant
legislation. The NCPO emphasized the record-keeping of basic information
and documents of tenants and customers.
These include passports, national IDs and lengths of stay. This
regulation will also help landlords and businesses build confidence
among tourists and visitors with regards to government safety measures.
Security agencies have collaborated with all sectors to hold activities
to inform the public on spotting suspicious activity and staying safe,
without disrupting their profession or daily lives.
City veggie garden festival kicks off in Bangkok
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) – Thai Health
Promotion Foundation and Sustainable Agriculture Foundation are jointly
holding a city veggie garden festival in Bangkok.
The organizers hope to educate city people and their children to be
environmentally-conscious with various activities such as a seminar
focusing on the importance of agricultural cultivation in the child
learning process, and demonstrations on the making of a vegetable
garden, organic fertilizers, homemade soap and vegetable desserts.
It is expected that the activities would spark the urge to be close to
nature among city dwellers and inspire them to a more simple and healthy
lifestyle. The city veggie garden festival is taking place at
Vachirabenjatas Park on Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak District in
New Airbus in commission at Royal Thai Air Force
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Air
Force (RTAF) has held a delivery ceremony of a new military aircraft
which will be used for non-war missions.
The delivery of Airbus ACJ 320 took place at Military Terminal 2 in
Bangkok. Deputy PM and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan presided
over the ceremony. The aircraft was purchased under the RTAF procurement
project of a passenger plane for high-ranking and prominent persons.
Aside from transporting important persons, the airbus will be used for
humanitarian missions such as evacuation of disaster-affected Thais
living overseas and peace-keeping operations.
The ACJ320 boasts the most spacious cabin in the corporate jet market.
The double engine airplane can seat up to 75 passengers and fly at a
maximum distance of 5,900 kilometers or around seven hours when filled
The airbus is based at Royal Flight Squadron 602, Wing 6 in Bangkok.
Department of Disease Control warns people of flu as variable weather continues
BANGKOK, 11 September 2015 (NNT) - The Department of
Disease Control (DDC) has warned people in Thailand of flu due to
variable weather conditions during the transition period from rainy
season to winter.
Deputy Director General Dr.Opart Karnkawinpong said that the current
weather is mixed with rain and hot air coming intermittently, possibly
causing respiratory tract disorders among 45,000 people. Children,
elders, pregnant women and persons with congenital diseases are at the
highest risk of such illnesses which may cause mortality.
According to a report by the Bureau of Epidemiology, a total of 44,719
people suffered from flu during 1 Jan - 6 Sep 2015. Twenty four of them
Dr.Opart noted however that flu is a preventable disease. People can
protect themselves by regularly washing their hands and avoiding sharing
personal stuff with others. They shall stay away from persons getting a
cold, trying not to go to crowded areas with lack of good air flow.
He advised the public to do regular exercise, take enough rest, not
going under raining or staying in a very cold or hot place. Wearing face
mask is also necessary for persons with respiratory tract disorders to
prevent the disease spread.
In case of worse symptoms such as pants and the symptoms are not better
within 48 hours, the person is strongly suggested to consult doctor
immediately. Please call Hotline 1422 for more information.
Foreign embassies have expressed concerns and condolences over Ratchaprasong bomb blast
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) - Mr. Don
Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand stated that many
foreign embassies have expressed their concern and condolences over the
Ratchaprasong bomb blast rather than criticize the work of related
officials for being slow in finding a conclusion to the case.
The Minister said that his Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and
Sports are doing their best to bring back confidence. As for the case of
protests in Turkey, Don said it is considered an internal affair;
however, the Thai embassy has already warned Thai citizens living in
Turkey to avoid risky areas for their own safety.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence General Prawit
Wongsuwon mentioned that immigration procedures will be stepped up which
include face-scanning and fingerprint checking of people entering and
leaving the country. To ensure the result, budgets will be provided for
purchasing state-of-the-art equipment or technology to screen travelers.
He added that there was no need for additional personnel in the
immigration work since the current number of officials is both
sufficient and efficient. However, if any officials are found to be
negligent of their duties, they would be transferred from their post
No Thais killed or injured in Mecca crane incident
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) - At least 107
people were killed and 238 were wounded when a crane toppled over a
mosque in Mecca filled with haj pilgrims. The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Thailand confirmed that no Thai nationals were among the
dead, however, said two of them were injured.
The incident took place on Friday when a crane smashed into the part of
the Grand Mosque where worshippers circle the Kaaba - the black-clad
cube towards which the world's 1.6 billion Muslims face to pray.
It was fortunate enough that no Thai nationals were killed, but two
Thais were taken to a hospital with no serious injuries.
According to local sources, the crane was brought down by strong winds
There have been a number of construction projects in the holy city of
Mecca over the past few years. They are aimed at enlarging the Grand
Mosque and its surrounding courtyards.
Mecca is Islam's holiest site. Pilgrims from around the world have been
converging on the city and the mosque for the annual Hajj pilgrimage,
which starts on September 21.
Higher interest rates in US will not impact domestic stock market, say analysts
BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 (NNT) - Financial analysts
believe Thailand’s stock market will be unscathed from the upcoming
decision of the Fed to raise interest rates.
Following the possibility of a Fed rate increase by the U.S. Federal
Reserve, there have been a lot of comments as to how this will affect
the stock market in Thailand.
Prinn Panitchpakdi, managing director of CLSA Securities (Thailand),
believes investors in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will be
worried about external risk factors. In the short term, Thailand could
see capital outflows, but long-term investors are still very much
confident in the Thai economy, thanks to strong fundamentals and the
government’s economic measures.
Peerapong Jirasevijinda, who is the managing director of Fund Management
Group and Fund Manager at BBL Asset Management Company Limited, said he
expects the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by 0.25% next week
while expressing that it will only have a minor impact on the SET
Sukit Udomsirikul, who serves as Head of Retail Research, Thailand and
Managing Director at Maybank Kim Eng Holdings Limited, said regardless
of the Fed’s decision, the Thai stock market will and has performed
better, with the key contributor being the government’s economic policy
which aims to regain investors’ confidence.
In reference to the depreciation of Thai baht, he said Thai exports as
well as construction businesses have been benefiting from the weakening
of the Thai currency.
Prime Minister asks farmers to delay off-season cultivation amid drought
BANGKOK, 11 September 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has requested cooperation from rice farmers in
postponing their cultivation of off-season crops as the drought crisis
In his televised address, Prime Minister Prayut informed the public of
the water situation at 17 major dams, saying they are currently holding
water at only 30 percent of the total capacity. In order to avoid damage
from the shortage of water, he encouraged rice growers to defer their
planting of off-season crops and turn to drought-resistant plants
instead. Should any of them need help, the premier suggested them to
contact the government, the provincial administrative offices or any
Gen Prayut made known that a database of farmers will be set up while
occupational support will be provided for them. The government will also
ensure the highest efficiency of responsible state officials through
close supervision and evaluation.
In the meantime, the premier revealed that additional reservoirs are
being built throughout the country, starting in areas troubled by
repeated drought. He has also instructed concerned ministries to jointly
oversee the promotion of agricultural zoning and offer any necessary
support to farmers.
Full-scale emergency response exercise held at Phuket Airport
PHUKET, 11 September 2015 (NNT) - Phuket
International Airport conducted its 2015 annual full-scale emergency
response training exercise with a simulated situation of a plane
skidding off runway during the night.
Monrudee Gettuphan, General Manager of Phuket International Airport,
said that the airport realized the importance of its readiness to deal
with an aviation crisis at any time. It therefore holds an exercise
annually with the theme of each exercise changing year by year.
The exercise allows the airport to train its crisis officials and
rescuers to achieve greater understanding of their roles in a crisis and
how to best deliver assistance timely and appropriately to a particular
She said staff readiness can reduce loss caused by aviation accidents
and ensure safety standard for all passengers. She also confirmed that
Phuket International Airport has an efficient aviation system and
regulations preventing accidents caused unintentionally by the airport
Witness casts doubt on evidence at Thai tourist murder trial
BANGKOK (AP) — An expert witness at the trial
of two Burmese workers accused of killing two British tourists in
Thailand has testified that DNA found on what police say was the murder
weapon does not belong to the defendants.
Autopsies showed that 24-year-old David Miller and 23-year-old Hannah
Witheridge suffered severe head wounds and that Witheridge was raped in
September last year. The prosecution says DNA found in semen links the
two accused migrant workers to the crime.
The testimony Friday by head of Thailand's Central Institute for
Forensic Science Porntip Rojanasunand seconded criticism that police
mishandled evidence, including the hoe the authorities say was the
The defendants say they were tortured into making false confessions.
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Metropolitan Waterworks Authority to reward water-conserving consumers
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) – The Metropolitan
Waterworks Authority (MWA) is preparing to reward consumers who
significantly cut water usage during the dry season as a gesture of
gratitude for their cooperation.
The MWA has prepared a budget of 50 million for residents in Bangkok,
Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi who had successfully reduced their water
consumption by more than 10 percent during the recent drought crisis.
In October, a sum of up to 200 baht will be refunded
to each household fitting the afore-said criteria. Meanwhile,
certificates of honor will be conferred on the best-performing public
and private agencies which could conserve at least five cubic meters of
water in the past drought.
In addition to the offer of reward, Governor Thanasak Watanathana
disclosed that the MWA had expanded its service to more than 12 million
people in Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi, or about 99 percent of
its target. A budget of 46 million baht has been approved for the
improvement of water infrastructure to extend the service to about
10,000 households in marginal areas in the outskirts of Samut Prakan and
Nonthaburi which still live without tap water.
Bangkok Car Free Day 2015 to be held on Sept 20
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) - The Traffic and
Transportation Department, Bangkok will hold the Bangkok Car Free Day
2015 event on September 20 to encourage people not to use their private
Department Director Taweesak Lertprapan said the event will encourage
the public to use bicycles in their daily lives and reduce traffic
The event will be held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, where cyclists will
travel along Rattanakosin Island, passing notable landmarks such as Wat
Mahathat, Bangkok National Museum, Democracy Monument, Grand Palace and
circle back to Sanam Luang.
The event will also include a walking street exhibiting products and
consumables from related agencies as well as an exhibition of the
history, architecture and way of life around Rattanakosin Island.
Thai-British cooperation under Newton Fund is successful in its first year
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) - British Ambassador to
Thailand Mark Kent and Minister of Science and Technology Pichet
Durongkaveroj jointly announced the success of Newton
UK-Thailand Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (Newton
Fund) on the occasion of the first anniversary of this
During the first year of the fund, there are five hundred
personnel in the scientific and technological sectors trained
under four programs namely the joint research for national
strategic planning in healthcare, Leaders in Innovation
Fellowships (LIF), PhD and Students Exchange Programs as well as
Researching and Innovation Management.
Minister Pichet said that the cooperation has greatly developed
personnel working in science and technology. Around seven
percent of the PhD graduates nationwide are currently working in
the private sector.
Both sides have agreed to increase fund allowances from 82.5
million baht in the first year to 422.5 million baht in the
second year. The money will be spent on ten projects involving
enhancement of personnel efficiency, research development and
practical application of research outcomes. The personnel and
research to be developed will be mainly in the fields of
healthcare, agriculture, energy, environment and natural
resources, which are the sectors most plaqued by shortages of
personnel in Thailand.
The Minister added Thailand would improve the system of
cooperation with foreign countries in hope of increasing the
proportion of capital investment in research, scientific and
technological development to 1% of the country’s GDP.
Deputy Interior Minister calls for ASEAN-wide plan to cope with natural disasters
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) - The Deputy
Minister of Interior has called for unity among ASEAN nations in coping
with natural disasters.
Deputy Interior Minister Suthi Makboon spoke at a seminar on disaster
prevention and mitigation, saying the recent climate change has caused
several natural disasters that have cost the ASEAN region considerable
lives and infrastructural damage.
He said ASEAN members should therefore create an effective mechanism of
resource management aimed at disaster risk reduction. The mechanism
should aim to educate the public on survival tactics during disasters
and task agencies with creating swift and effective rescue and
assistance plans in accordance with the ASEAN strategic agenda on coping
with natural disasters.
Police preparing to issue arrest warrant for bomb mastermind
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai
Police are gathering evidence before seeking an arrest warrant for a
prime bomb suspect known as Isan, who is allegedly behind the
Based on initial investigations, National Police Spokesperson Pol Lt Gen
Prawut Thavornsiri disclosed that Mr Abudusataer Abudureheman, alias
Isan, who is suspected of masterminding the deadly explosion at
Ratchaprasong intersection, had already left the Kingdom on August 16th,
before the incident. He reportedly boarded flight BG 0089 from
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangladesh where he is currently hiding.
However, Pol Lt Gen Prawut said investigators have not accepted this
piece of information as true, citing that Bangladesh might have served
as only his transit point to another destination. Therefore, the
authorities are coordinating with other countries as well as the
international police for any useful information.
In the meantime, the National Police Spokesperson said all evidence
suggesting Isan’s involvement in the blast is being compiled in order
for police to ask the court to issue an arrest warrant.
Police are also trying to determine the escape routes used by other bomb
suspects, believing the fugitives might have received help from Thai
Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Thai nationals not targets in unrest in Turkey
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MFA) has stated that the unrest in Turkey was triggered
by political conflicts within the country , and that no Thai nationals
have been targeted or hurt in the violence.
According to the MFA, Thai nationals are not the targets of the ongoing
protest in Turkey. Only minor damage on homes in Alanya where most Thai
citizens are staying has been reported.
The Thai embassy in Turkey has, however, advised all Thai nationals
against going near protest sites for their own safety. They have also
been advised to keep themselves updated on the situation or contact the
Thai embassy for assistance.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration holds an exhibition of bridge sculptures
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015, (NNT) - The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is holding an exhibition of decorative
sculptures of bridges, as a way of raising arts and cultural
preservation awareness, among the public.
The exhibition is being held at the Bangkok Art & Culture Center in
Pathum Wan from now until Sunday, September 13th. The show features
sculptures of Rama V Bridge, which have historic links. The sculptor was
reportedly the same person who sculpted decorative sculptures in Ananta
Samakhom Throne Hall.
Rama V Bridge has been included in a project to preserve decorative
sculptures on the bridges of the capital. The project is a joint effort
by the BMA, Silpakorn University's Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts
Faculty, Kasetsart University's Engineering Faculty and members of the
The project first traced the origins of these sculptures, collected
information in the form of digital data, and performed maintenance on
the bridge sculptures, before holding the exhibition.
1,000 children in Chiang Rai infected with hand, foot and mouth disease
CHIANG RAI, 10 September 2015 (NNT)-Nearly a thousand
grade school students in Chaing Rai have reportedly come down with
hand-foot and mouth-disease.
Chiang Rai Provincial Public Health Office has advised schools to keep
their students under surveillance after an outbreak has been reported.
The type of virus that has killed some children is believed to be the
deadliest strain called enterovirus 71, although other strains are less
Children will become weak quickly after contracting the disease. It
could be deadly, if they didn’t receive medical treatment soon enough.
Schools and childcare centers have been instructed to keep their places
clean. Toys and teaching materials must be disinfected frequently.
Around 500 young children at Mareerak School have had their mouths,
hands and feet checked by their teachers in an effort to stop the
spread. Those sent home were said to have a fever. Parents have been
advised to take their children to hospital for treatment.
Criteria for raising loans from village fund laid down
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015, (NNT) - The committee in
charge of the National Village and Urban Community Fund is urgently
laying down loan-raising criteria for a new batch of village fund worth
60 billion baht, just injected by the government. [along with inspection
and evaluation guidelines.
Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office Suwapan Tanyuwattana on
Wednesday attended a meeting of the committee to consider the fund’s
criteria to be provided through the Government Savings Bank and the Bank
for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
Under the criteria, each Village Fund would act as the borrower and set
the loan criteria for the fund's recipients. For instance, money lent to
target customers, both individuals and group of villagers, must be spent
on boosting occupation conditions and generating income to the
recipients. The amount of money to be borrowed can be between 30,000
baht and 100,000 baht. The minister underlined that inspection and
evaluation guidelines are being drafted by a committee involved.
2,000 farmers in Pichit affected by drought
PICHIT, 10 September 2015 (NNT)- Pichit farmers have
been struggling to make a living as more than 30,000 rais of farmlands
have gone without water for some time now.
More farmers have been forced to encroach on the area surrounding See
Fai Lake as it is the only source of water they can use to grow their
crops, even though the water level in the 5,300 rai lake has not
increased due to the lack of rain.
The impact on the entire eco system of the lake has been significant.
The provincial authority is asking farmers and residents to use water
Around 2,000 farmers in Dong Charoen, Thap Klor, Wang Sai Poon, Bang
Moon Nak, Pho Thap Chang and Sam Ngam districts have been affected by
Their Majesties congratulated Queen Elizabeth II on her becoming longest reigning monarch of UK
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 (NNT) - Their Majesties
the King and Queen on September 9 sent a congratulatory message to Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the latter’s becoming the
longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.
In the royal message, Their Majesties the King and Queen extended their
sincerest congratulations and best wishes for the health and happiness
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Duke of
Edinburgh and all the Members of the Royal Family as well as for the
greater progress and prosperity of the United Kingdom and her people.
His Majesty wrote in the message he was confident that the long-standing
amicable ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries
and peoples would be also strengthened and flourish even further.
Police reveal identity of bomb mastermind; pursuit underway
BBANGKOK, 9 September 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai
Police have been able to identify the individual who orchestrated the
twin bombings in Bangkok and are urgently tracking him down.
In his capacity as chief of the investigative team probing the
explosions at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn Pier, Deputy
National Police Chief Police General Jakthip Chaijinda announced that
the suspect known as Isan has been officially identified as Abudusataer
Abudureheman. He is believed to be a leading member of the network
responsible for the bomb attacks.
According to intelligence reports, Isan has already fled to Bangladesh.
Pol Gen Jakthip said the Thai police are attempting to pursue the
fugitive and pinpoint his whereabouts through coordination with
international counterparts and the Bangladeshi government.
As for the man in a yellow shirt who was seen on CCTV placing a bomb at
the Erawan Shrine, Pol Gen Jakthip expressed confidence that ongoing
investigations will lead to his arrest eventually.
Meanwhile, the Min Buri Provincial Court has approved the detention of
Mr Yusufu Mieraili, the second bomb suspect arrested by police. Bail was
not granted to the suspect as he has a known tendency to jump bail.
Further interrogation is pending.
PM awards 34 government organizations for excellence in financial management
BANGKOK, 9 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the presentation ceremony of the 2nd
excellence in financial management award for fiscal year 2015 held at
Santi Maitree Building, the Government House, on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The ceremony was organized by the Comptroller General's Department,
Ministry of Finance and witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Finance, the
Permanent Secretary for Finance, the Director-General of the Department,
as well as relevant government authorities, universities and press
Gen Prayut gave plaques to thirty four government organizations whose
performance in financial management in this fiscal year were evaluated
as “excellent”. At the ceremony, the Prime Minister congratulated all
the recipients, saying that their performance had reflected the
efficiency in the country’s budget management and led to a higher level
of public confidence in the government.
He added that the enhancement of Thailand’s economic potentials has been
a major and urgent policy of the government, which has been rushing
budget disbursement through state investment projects. However, the
disbursement is still disrupted by numerous legal procedures and
He therefore called on all sectors for their cooperation in accelerating
the disbursement and helping ensure that no corruption would arise in
Currently, the government has adjusted the national administrative role
by serving as “facilitator" to expedite businesses and private
investments. He requested both government and private sectors to work in
parallel for better achievements.
Turkish man arrested for using fake passport
CHONBURI, 10 September 2015 (NNT) - Immigration Office in Pattaya,
Chonburi province, arrested a Turkish man for using a counterfeit
The Turkish offender, 40-year-old Khatami Shahram, was charged with
forging official document and using counterfeit passport.
The arrest came after Mr. Shahram visited the immigration office to
renew his visa. Officials detected several irregularities on the
passport, and thus conducted further investigation before concluding
that it was a forged document.
According to the authorities, the passport belonged to someone else, and
was altered using Mr. Shahram's photo and information.
The Turkish man said he had been doing business in Thailand for over a
decade, using tourist visa. The Turk admitted to have hired an
individual for 70,000 baht to forge the document, after misplacing his
own passport. Mr. Shahram is now under police custody, awaiting further
National Legislative Assembly acknowledges report on setting up of national forest policy committee
BANGKOK, 9 September 2015 (NNT) – The National
Legislative Assembly has acknowledged receipt of a report suggesting the
setting up of a new committee in charge of the country’s forest policy,
which is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to forestland problems.
The NLA sitting on Tuesday, which was chaired by Vice President Surachai
Liengboonlertchai, discussed possible solutions for the country’s
forestland issues, proposed by the committee overseeing national
resources and the environment.
Committee Chairman, Admiral Wallop Kerdphol told the assembly that due
to a high rate of deforestation as a result of land encroachment in
various national forest reserves, more measures will have to be
introduced to control such intrusions and to mitigate any risk to the
country’s forest resources in a sustainable manner.
Therefore, the committee has proposed the setting up of a national
forest policy committee to work on the improvement of all related
policies and to write a national master plan on the development of Thai
Most NLA members gave support to the calls for more active solutions and
the proposed setting up of the new committee, before the session ended
with a resolution to accept the committee’s report which will now be
passed on to the government for consideration.
Private sector gives nod to recently announced economic stimulus measures
BANGKOK, 9 September 2015 (NNT) – The government's
recently-declared measures to stimulate the economy and assist small and
medium enterprises, are intended to spur spending and allow businesses
to make the adjustments needed in order for them to remain in operation,
according to Bangkok Bank's Senior Executive Vice President Charnsak
Mr. Charnsak on Tuesday expressed the belief that the economic stimulus
measures announced by the government were appropriate in the current
circumstances. He claimed that the assistance being offered to
low-income earners and SMEs will result in greater spending.
Commenting on private sector investment, Mr. Charnsak disclosed that
loans issued by Bangkok Bank to large businesses over the past 6 months
were being used primarily as working capital, not for investment. This
was because the private sector was still awaiting clarity on large-scale
public investment projects, 17 of which are expected to reach the
bidding phase at the end of the year. Mr. Charnsak said concrete
progress made in these projects would spur an increase in investment.
Royal thank-you card granted to organizing committee of "Bike For Mom” event
BANGKOK, 8 September 2015 (NNT) – His Royal Highness
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously granted a card
expressing his appreciation for the directing and protocol committees of
the Bike For Mom event for their dedication to the successful event.
ML Panadda Diskul, Prime Minister's Office Minister and Permanent
Secretary of the PM’s Office, yesterday represented the organizing
committee to receive the royal card, in a ceremony on Tuesday, September
8 held at the Government Public Relations Department auditorium.
The card, designed by HRH the Crown Prince, bears the picture of the
Crown Prince sitting side by side HM Queen Sirikit. A paragraph of
royally handwritten message was put at the center of a white heart-shape
space beside the picture. The paragraph reads “Thanking all of you for
your kindness and unity in supporting the Bike For Mom event until it
was successfully and smoothly carried out. I wish to take this
opportunity to thank you and bless all of you to be happy and
prosperous, in good physical and emotional health in order to continue
to be the driving force of the nation."
After the ceremony, ML Panadda, chairperson of the Bike For Mom
organizing committee, expressed his thanks to all officials who made the
event complete successfully and smoothly to honor Her Majesty the Queen.
He hoped to see everyone turn up in full force again to contribute to
the birthday celebrations for His Majesty the King in December this
Thailand ranks among countries with highest road deaths
BANGKOK, 9 September 2015 (NNT) – The World Health
Organization (WHO) has declared Thailand one of the top five countries
with the highest road fatalities in the world.
A survey has been conducted by the WHO on countries around the world in
regard to the rate of traffic-related deaths. As a result, the country
found to have the highest death rate was Libya, with a record of 48.4
per 100,000 people, followed by Iraq at 40.5. Thailand was placed at
number three, with a fatality rate of 38.1 per 100,000 people. The
fourth and fifth rankings went to South Africa and the United Kingdom,
On the other hand, the WHO also compiled a list of countries with the
highest road safety. Topping the list was the Maldives, with a road
fatality rate of only 1.9 per 100,000 people, followed by Norway at the
second place, Denmark and Sweden at the third, and Switzerland at the
Herb Expo sees good feedback on first day
NONTHABURI, 3 September 2015 (NNT) – The Thai
National Herb Expo has received good public feedback, while the event
aims to push forward Thai medicine’s popularity in the region and to the
global market, says DTAM.
The Thai National Herb Expo, organized by the Department for Development
of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DTAM), begun its 5 day
exhibition on Wednesday 2 September at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.
The Director-General of the DTAM Thavatchai Kamoltham, stated that the
event received good reception from the public, welcoming about 30,000
visitors in the first day.
He said that money circulation from product sales from the 600 booths at
the event on Wednesday exceeded 10 million baht. He expects that the
total revenue from the five day period will be no less than 100 million
The DTAM Director-General has said that the event will be the stage to
broaden the usage of Thai herbs and alternative medicine both in the
domestic and international market.
The 12th Thai National Herb Expo features anti-aging, disease preventing
herbal products and medicinal services from herbs that are well known in
The five day expo will conclude on 6 September 2015.
Police indicate progress in fight against illegal fishing
PHUKET, 3 September 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai
Police has reported that the country’s effort to clamp down on illegal
fishing is progressing well while the Deputy Prime Minister has called
on all related agencies to work in an integrated manner.
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Ek Angsananont paid a visit to the
southern province of Phuket in order to inspect local officials’
operations to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
as well as human trafficking. He also met with fishery operators to
listen to their obstacles.
Based on his inquiry, Pol Gen Ek affirmed that there have been no
reports of IUU fishing or employment of illegal migrants by operators in
the area. Since the Port-in Port-out Controlling Center was set up, he
said tight cooperation has been established with relevant agencies and
working units. Fishing vessels are properly declaring their arrival and
departure while the types of boats and fishing equipment also comply
with the regulations.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan encouraged all
officials to integrate their operations with one another for higher
efficiency. With Thailand’s determination to solve the IUU fishing
problem, he expressed hope that the European Union will eventually agree
to revoke its yellow card against the country.
Public and private sectors meet to push realization of 17 transportation projects
BANGKOK, 3 September 2015 (NNT) - Minister of
Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed after charing a meeting of
the Joint Public-Private Sector Standing Committee on Thursday that the
meeting was informed of the 17 transportation projects that the
government wanted to put to implementation during 2015-2016.
He said the committee agreed to meet every two months to accelerate the
realization of the prioritized projects. They also agreed to separate
the meetings for fast and concentrated consideration for each transport
sector, namely rail, land, marine and air transport.
In today’s meeting, the private-sector committee asked the Transport
Minister for a clarification about the government’s policy to upgrade
provincial airports to international ones which would allow the airports
to accommodate more passengers.
Mr. Arkhom explained that the policy is being expedited, and improvement
has already been made to several airports such as those in Lampang, Udon
Thani, and Ubon Ratchathani. The Department of Civil Aviation is
conducting a feasibility study to upgrade Mukdahan Airport and Yasothon
Airport. Meanwhile, runways of Narathiwat and Betong Airports are under
renovation for southern passengers.
The meeting also discussed the Thai-Malaysian land transport links. The
two countries will hold a meeting with stakeholders to draw up criteria
for Thai and Malaysian truck operators to do business in each other’s
Moreover, the Transport Ministry would coordinate with authorities
concerned to provide leniency to truck operators concerning weight and
height limits of their vehicles. The Minister said an amendment to the
rules might be proposed to the Commission for the Management of Road
Traffic (OCMLT) for consideration.
Sukhothai Historical Park to become Thailand’s first ‘low-carbon’ park
SUKHOTHAI, 3 September 2015 (NNT) - Sukhothai
Historical Park has been set to be the first cultural heritage with low
carbon dioxide in Thailand. The project is being expedited for
completion this December before it is officially open as pilot park in
The low-carbon park project was conceived by the Cultural Ministry under
its strategy to make historical parks nationwide an
Under the plan, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Kamphaeng Phet
Historical Park and Sukhothai Historical Park are the first three
targets to be made low-carbon parks.
To fulfil the project, the 5 km-inner road of Sukhothai Historical Park
is being renovated. The park will have only one gate to be used as both
entrance and exit, and no oil-engined vehicles will be allowed on its
territory. The changes will force visitors to use electric trams
stationed at ten points across the park or alternatively use bicycles.
A bunch of local product shops will be located by the sole gate where
local residents can earn more income, selling souvenirs and native
products to tourists.
Erawan Shrine given final touches
BANGKOK, 3 September 2015 (NNT) – The Fine Arts
Department is putting final touches to Erawan Shrine following the
deadly bomb attack on August 17th, which partially damaged Bangkok’s
famous religious spot.
According to Fine Arts Department deputy Director–General Sahaphum
Phumtharitirat, experts from the department will, as the final process
of the renovation, be inspecting the newly-gilded Hindu god Brahma.
The Hindu shrine was partly damaged by the explosion at the
Ratchaprasong intersection in mid-August, which killed 22 people and
injured scores of others. Tourists and Thais resumed their worship of
the Hindu deity soon after the shrine reopened.
The Fine Arts Department is due to conduct a religious ceremony on
August 4th to celebrate the Shrine’s renovation.
Commerce Ministry to adjust price of raw palm oil
BANGKOK, 3 September 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of
Commerce has said the buying price of raw palm fruits may have to be
revised down as global prices of palm oil have decreased.
According to the Commerce Minister, Apiradee Tantraporn, a meeting has
recently been held among farmers, palm oil manufacturers and Commerce
Industry officials to determine the new buying price per kilogram of
palm kernels containing at least 17% of oil, which currently fetches
The decision came after the global prices of palm oil have declined
significantly. The price of raw palm oil in Malaysia has also dropped
from 22 baht to 15 baht per kilogram.The officials are expected to
propose the new price to the relevant committee on September 7th after
reaching a conclusion.
Prime Minister observes special economic zone in Tak
TAK, 2 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has inspected the progress of a special economic zone in Tak
province. He instructed the local authorities to implement laws most
efficiently while making the public understand the government's work.
The PM also asked the provincial governor and
business sector in Tak to help reduce social inequality so that people
have equal opportunity to access resources. As for Thailand's trade with
the neighboring countries, Gen. Prayut said the government had a target
to increase their annual trade volume from 100 billion baht to 200
The prime minister added that the establishment of
special economic zones should be completed in 2015 or 2016.
Gen. Prayut then traveled to a customs check point at the 1st
Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Mae Sot district to observe its
Those affected by fire at plastic beads warehouses in Chachoengsao receive assistance
CHACHOENGSAO, 03 September 2015, (NNT) - after
lodging complaints on September 1st, owners of over 2,200 homes affected
by fire at plastic beads warehouses in Chachoengsao Province have
received officials' assistance.
Health officials were dispatched to the areas near the fire at a plastic
beads warehouse owned by PVJ Plastic Co., Ltd. in Ban Pho District. The
team consisted of officials from the provincial public health office,
district administrative office, and Ban Pho Sub-district's health
promotion agency. They performed physical health inspection and handed
gas mask to the affected residents.
The health inspection was swiftly organized shortly after the locals
requested it on Tuesday. The fire was reported early on the morning of
August 31st. Although the flames have been put out, toxic fumes are
still lingering in nearby areas, posing threats on locals' health.
The warehouse is part of the plastic recycling plant of PVJ Plastic Co.,
Ltd. It is situated on a 20-rai piece of land in Ban Pho District. The
factory has had 2 fire incidents prior to this one.
Private sector confident government's injection of 130 billion baht will boost public spending
BANGKOK, 03 September 2015, (NNT) - The Joint
Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking (JSCCIB) is
confident that the government's plan to inject 130 billion baht into the
local economy will help stimulating spending within 3 months.
The committee's comment came during the JSCCIB's meeting on Wednesday,
where it suggested to the government that the latter come up with more
short-term economic stimulus packages. It also offered several ideas of
its own, such as lowering tax for Small- and Medium- Enterprises (SME)
to between 5-10 percent depending on the sizes of the business.
Currently, SME operators are subject to paying 20 percent tax regardless
of the sizes. Lower tax would attract more entrepreneurs to get into
more business, while making it easier for them to get the capital
necessary for their operation.
Other suggestions includes measures to increase border trade value to
offset the contracting export, provide assistance to various export
promotion units, and an inclusion of consultants from the JSCCIB in each
provincial economic team.
The JSCCIB also advised the government to strengthen various
cooperatives across the nation, while joining hands with the private
sector searching for representatives for Thai traders to compete in the
Training launched for anti-ivory trade officials in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI, 2 September 2015 (NNT) – The Royal Thai
Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have
jointly launched training for anti-ivory trade officials on duty in the
northern border areas.
The training course, conducted in Chiang Mai Province, is aimed at
educating officers from both units on new anti-ivory trade and wildlife
protection laws, which have already listed African elephants as
protected species and empowered authorities to search suspicious goods
without search warrants.
It is expected that the program would equip the officials in border
areas with better legal knowledge of their authority, thus boosting the
efficiency of their operation against ivory trade.
Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have
focused their attention on the suppression of illegal ivory trade in
border provinces, particularly Chiang Mai, where the killing of wild
elephants for their ivories and the smuggling of ivories are quite
Thai vocational student wins bronze medal in metal-welding at World Skills 2015
NAKHON NAYOK, 2 September 2015 (NNT) – The provincial
administration of Nakhon Nayok and Nakhonnayok Technical College jointly
arranged a motorcade around the city, to welcome a vocational student
who returned from World Skills 2015 in Sao Paolo with a bronze medal.
Before joining the competition in Brazil, Mr.Suparat Rattanaphan, a
third-year student at Nakhonnayok Technical College, was Thailand’s
candidate at the 10th ASEAN Skill Competition 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam,
where he won a gold medal in metal welding and also achieved the best
summed scores of all skills.
That championship had made him Thailand's representative at the World
Skills 2015 held in Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, during 11-16
August, and again he proved to be superior than most competitors from
thirty-nine other countries.
Mr.Suparat gave his opinion on choices of education that both general
and vocational fields have their own advantages and disadvantages. While
general education may give students wider career paths, vocational
students gain more benefits from practical learning outside classroom
and may excel in the field of their study. He summarized that the
success a student will gain in education depends on the extent of their
contribution and behavior.
Floods reported in Nakhon Phanom, water level in Mekon River rises
NAKHON PHANOM, 03 September 2015, (NNT) - The
northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom is facing a series of flash
floods, after heavy rains continue to hammer the area.
Flash floods have reportedly hit Baan Pang District, damaging about 30
homes and 500 rai of rice field. Schools in the district have to
temporarily shutdown. Officials have initially been dispatched to help
Phu Lang Ka National Park has closed its waterfalls to prevent accident.
Meanwhile, in Nong Khai, the level of water in the Mekong River has
risen to 6.64 meters, an increase of 42 cm in a short period thanks to
the continuous raining; damaging areas on the river banks in Muang Nong
As part of flood preventive measures, the Irrigation Office in Udon
Thani has dispatched officials to dredge canals in Muang Udon Thani
District. However, the amount of rainfall in the province is reportedly
20 percent lower year-on-year. Officials expect the amount of water
would only be enough for public consumption after the rainy season is
over. They strongly suggested that farmers in the province refrain from
doing off-season farming.
U.S. Charge d’affaires pledges to offer post-Bangkok blast assistance
BANGKOK, 3 September 2015 (NNT) - The U.S. Charge d’affaires has pledged
to offer any assistance Thailand may need to cope with the fallout of
the deadly blast in Bangkok.
During his visit to Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday, U.S. Charge
d’affaires W. Patrick Murphy said that there has been a long-running
collaboration between the U.S. and this northeastern province of
Thailand in such areas as security and education.
Mr. Murphy also held a meeting with the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima,
during which they discussed the economic conditions, the tourism
industry and the livelihood of the people, both locals and the
Americans, in the province.
At one point, the U.S. Charge d’affaires said that the U.S has been
saddened by the deadly explosion in front of the Erawan Shrine in
Bangkok on August 17 and is condemning the people responsible for the
When asked to comment on the arrests of some suspects, Mr. Murphy said
that the investigation is an internal affair of Thailand, but noted that
the U.S. government always wishes to offer any assistance to Thailand —
the U.S.’s close ally.
Prime Minister stresses his new curriculum idea does not mean reduced learning time
BANGKOK, 01 September 2015, (NNT) - Prime Minister
General Prayut Chan-o-cha has explained that his idea of reducing the
duration of class periods in school, does not mean a shorter learning
time, nor does it permit students to go home earlier, but rather it
makes time to learn new skills and engage in creative activities.
Gen. Prayut yesterday issued a clarification about his suggestion that
the class period for pre-college students should end at 2 PM. He said
the new shorter core academic period is meant to make room for other
activities that would benefit students at school and at work in the
future. The Prime Minister stated that doing so would encourage students
to have atttained more than a diploma at the time of their high school
According to a survey conducted by Dhurakij Pundit University, students
from the capital and its vicinity agree with General Prayut's idea,
saying the move will reduce their stress. A poll also indicated sports
activities, studying a new language and learning to play musical
instruments are the most popular extra-curricular activities among the
Health Ministry develops single database for more effective health service
BANGKOK, 1 September 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Public Health is planning to set up a single public health information
database to streamline services.
Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn said the Consortium
of Thai Medical School and the National Health Security Office have
concluded that redundant health insurance records could be avoided with
a single database.
Dr. Piyasakol said other public health organizations would be able to
use the database to access the personal information of those covered by
the schemes. A team of officials will be appointed to oversee the
development of the database to assure transparency.
Current health care schemes, including the universal health care
coverage, social security and Thai civil servant medical benefits, are
managed by three different databases.
Health officials recommend use of face mask in haze-covered Deep South
PATTANI, 2 September 2015 (NNT) – Public health
offices in the southern border provinces are
urging locals to prepare face masks, as the
blanket of haze from wildfires in Indonesia
lingers over the Deep South.
In Pattani, the effect of the haze, which
originated from wildfires on Indonesia's Sumatra
Island, can readily be observed. In Pattani
City, road visibility has been reduced. The haze
situation reportedly improved over the weekend,
but has again deteriorated. The provincial
public health office is urging locals to wear
face masks, and suggests that people with
respiratory tract illness and the elderly avoid
exercising in the open.
In Yala, public health officials said the air
quality has not deteriorated to the point that
the general public's health is threatened.
However, irritation may be experienced by those
with respiratory tract illness and allergy. The
use of face mask is, therefore, recommended by
the health officials.
Switching to new model of school time utilization 70-80% complete
BANGKOK, 2 September 2015 (NNT) – Switching to the
new model of classes scheduling is 70-80% complete, according to the
Office of the Basic Education Commission.
OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai, speaking on Tuesday of the
government policy to reduce class hours at schools, said the new
scheduling will place the major subjects of Thai, English, social
science, science and mathematics in the morning classes. Afternoon
classes will be devoted to activities such as practical classes in
health education, physical education, work skills training, free
electives, clubs and supplementary teaching. School will start and end
at the same times as previously.
Mr. Kamol indicated that 70-80% progress has been made in switching to
the new model of school hours utilization. Representatives from private
schools, demonstration schools and international schools will work with
OBEC personnel this week to finish drafting a guideline for the change
by Friday. Students and the public will then be able to give their
feedback on the draft guideline through the OBEC's website.
Mr. Kamol expects the entire process to be completed by October 10, and
the new model to be put to use in the second semester of the current
Fire at plastic beads warehouses in Chachoengsao affects residents
CHACHOENGSAO, 02 September 2015, (NNT) - Residents
living near the plastic beads warehouse that caught fire in Chachoengsao
Province this week, have complained of a stench emanating from the scene
of the blaze. They have also implored provincial public health officials
to check their physical condition.
The fire was reported early on the morning of August 31st at the plastic
beads warehouses of PVJ Plastic Co., Ltd. in Ban Pho District. Although
the flames have been put out, the presence of toxic smog can still be
felt in the nearby area. The fumes have started having a negative effect
on the local people's health. Several have suffered from severed cases
of vomiting and skin rashes. The residents are requesting assistance
from the local health officials.
Meanwhile, a school located within a kilometer of the fire scene has
temporarily shutdown after the smog reached its perimeter and caused
illnesses among the staff and students.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
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Cabinet increases healthcare benefits for national artists
BANGKOK, 1 September 2015 (NNT) – The Cabinet
has agreed to a proposal to provide national
artists with additional healthcare benefits,
with a retroactive effect to 2012.
Following the Cabinet meeting, Culture Minister
Weera Rojpotchanarat revealed that approval was
granted to the proposed amendment of the
ministerial regulation concerning qualifications
and benefit entitlement of national artists. The
amendment is intended to give national artists
an equal subsidy for medical expenses to that of
The revised ministerial regulation stipulates
that, if a national artist is already eligible
to receive a medical subsidy from any agency, he
or she must request the subsidy from that agency
first. If the initial amount does not cover the
entire medical cost, the Office of Cultural
Promotion under the Culture Ministry will
provide him or her with an additional amount up
to a limit of 100,000 baht.
The new regulation is set to take effect from
May 30th, 2012. The Cabinet will now forward it
to the Office of the Council of State for review
and implementation accordingly.
Officials keep on enforcing tight security measures in key areas
BANGKOK, 31 August 2015 (NNT) – Security units
are still maintaining tight measures at
important areas, while the investigation of the
bombing incident is showing constant progress,
says the NCPO Spokesman.
The National Council for Peace and Order
(NCPO)’s Spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree has
announced the progress report on the
investigation of the bombing incident at Erawan
Shrine in Bangkok, revealing that the case has
shown constant progress, and the entire
procedure must require adequate time in order to
extract accurate and inclusive information.
On the security maintenance operations, security
units are now working with the police to place
security checkpoints to suppress unlawful
activities and provide security protection to
the general public at important areas, such as
community areas, markets, tourism attractions,
shopping malls, and border areas where stringent
immigration screening procedures are now being
The NCPO Spokesman has also asked the public to
have confidence in officials' operation on this
matter, and to help survey the situation. The
public are asked to immediately inform the
police or military officers on any suspicious
persons or activity, for their own private
safety and the public.
More rain in Sakon Nakhon; floods close schools in Bueng Kan
BUENG KAN, 1 September 2015, (NNT) -The local
weather agency has predicted more rain in Sakon
Nakhon, that's likely to fill the province's
reservoirs. Meanwhile, schools in Bueng Kan have
temporarily shutdown due to floods.
Continuous rain has flooded several areas of
Bueng Kan Province especially the vicinity of
the provincial high school where the flood water
level has exceeded 50 cm. The floods damaged
school buildings, the teachers' lounge, and the
library and computer center, leaving the
school's management with no choice but to close
the school until further notice.
Meanwhile in Sakon Nakhon, previous rain has
filled dams in the province, and raised the
water level of the Nong Han Lake. However,
officials at the lake say the rising water level
is still insufficient to allow for agricultural
use and they will save it for community
Agriculturalists are now concerned about their
growing crops, saying their produce may be
damaged if the rain ceases in October.
Songkhla fishermen demand more time before removing illegal fishing nets
SONGKHLA, 1 September 2015, (NNT) - Hundreds of fishermen from
Songkhla have submitted an open letter asking the government to
extend the September 10th deadline for the removal of illegal
fishing traps from Songkhla Lake.
About 500 local fishermen from the province gathered yesterday
at the area's Damrongtham Center to hand a letter to the
government representative. They were protesting against Prime
Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha's invocation of Section 44
regarding the suppression of illegal, unreported and unregulated
The order is for various illegal fishing tools including " Pong
Pang (โพงพาง)"---fish traps widely used by the locals--- to be
removed on or before September 10th. The tools will be removed
by officials unless fishermen remove them by that date.
The fishermen asked the officials to review the order, claiming
that the move would gravely affect them, while urging
authorities to find a better solution.
Vice Songkhla Governor Precha Damkengkiat accepted the letter
before forwarding it to the provincial Damrongtham Center, which
will file the complaint and eventually forward it to the Prime
Confidence in Thailand’s economic fundamentals
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged the people to
be confident about Thailand’s potential, as the country’s
economic fundamentals remain strong.
In his televised national address on the program "Return
Happiness to the People,” the Prime Minister cited the economic
issue as a matter of concern for many people, because the Thai
economy has been affected by several external factors.
He explained that China, the United States, and countries in
Europe have been facing an economic slowdown. As for internal
factors, Thai farmers have suffered from the falling prices of
agricultural products. The current sluggish economy might have a
negative impact on the investment situation.
The Prime Minister reiterated that Thailand’s overall economy
remains stable. The Government is rectifying many weaknesses, so
that the country will be able come through the crisis. It is
also laying down strong foundations for the future of Thailand,
to ensure that it will move forward with greater stability.
He said that, in handling economic problems, the Government is
mobilizing efforts to implement five major tasks. The first task
seeks to urgently ease the hardships of farmers and low-income
In the second task, the Government will ensure that the local
economy in the regional areas of the country will be
strengthened. Since the Thai economy heavily depends on exports,
it needs adjustments to create a balance. For this reason,
emphasis will be placed on promoting local economic development
for steady growth. Income and employment generation in all
provinces nationwide will get a boost through tourism promotion,
the "One Tambon, One Product” program, community enterprises,
and community markets.
The third task seeks to improve the quality of local products
and promote processing, packaging, and research and development
in order to add value to various products. Moreover, innovations
should also be promoted to help enhance the competitiveness of
Thai products. Local personnel will also be developed in order
to broaden their knowledge and increase their capabilities.
In the fourth task, the Government will promote large investment
projects for the future of the country. It is now in the process
of setting up special economic zones and investing in major
infrastructure development projects to link various regional
areas together. This effort will help accelerate the
distribution of wealth to the regional areas of the country.
The fifth task involves the promotion of international
relations, especially trade and investment promotion. This task
will play an important role in contributing to Thailand’s