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More waterways to be dredged to make room for more water

BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT)-The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has dredged waterways deeper to make room to store more water as the recurring drought crisis remains a concern.

The Natural Environment and Natural Resources Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat, recently presented a policy to the DWR that is focused on ensuring the availability of water for consumption, especially for those living beyond the irrigation system.

DWR Director General Jatuporn Buruspat also briefed the Minister during his visit, over the progress made on restoring the ecosystem and natural sources of water.

Mr. Jatuporn also advised that an early warning system has been installed in 1,900 areas prone to floods and mudslides. while 403 more are expected to be set up during the coming year in 6,300 communities.

The search for underground water and other sources of water is also now underway. In addition, more than 1,800 villages across the country have already had their water systems upgraded.


Thai youth express support for Tobacco Act

BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) – A Thai youth network has expressed support to the new Tobacco Control Act, in an attempt to prevent children from being addicted to smoking.

The President of the Yuwatat Network Phachornpan Prachuaplap has represented the youth network’s resolution to the government, echoing support to government to expedite the legislation of the Tobacco Control Act.

He has claimed that there are currently about 2 million youth in Thailand as new smokers, and 7 out of 10 smokers are likely to be heavily addicted to smoking which might lead to other issues.

On this matter, the Minster attached to the Prime Minister’s Office commended youth network’s noble determination in tackling the smoking issue, which has been a long term issue in Thai society, and affirmed that the government will help raise awareness on the consequences of smoking.

The President of the Yuwatat Network added that the perspectives of smoking being cool and as a tool of engagement in social activities are false. To encourage young people to quit smoking, the youth network and related agencies will communicate with smokers in the same age group.


Prime Minister commands aid operations for flood victims

BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has appointed the related agencies to provide relief operations for the flood affected public in Chonburi Province, urging to urgently restore of the affected areas.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern on the flood affected public brought on by the Vamco storm, and has appointed related officials to conduct relief operations to the affected public.

Deputy Minister of Defence Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, Deputy Minister of Interior Sutee Markboon, and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation's Director-General Chatchai Promlert have been commanded to conduct field operations in Chonburi Province to examine the situation, and provide the affected public with survival bags and moral support.

The Prime Minister has also commanded the Governor of Chonburi to conduct a damage report, which will be formulated into a rescue and trouble solving operation, along with the restoration of the affected areas to normal conditions as soon as possible.


Check-up required for vehicles with over a year of unpaid tax

BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) – Vehicles owners who have not paid their vehicle tax for over 1 year will be required to complete vehicle maintenance check-ups before proceeding with taxation by next year, DLT official says.

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) Deputy Director-General Suchart Khlinsuwan Has revealed that the DLT will impose the new regulations for vehicles with overdue tax payment starting from 1 January 2016.

The new regulations will require vehicle owners who have the tax payment overdue by 1-3 years to take their vehicles to receive check-ups at the DLT offices or at certified check-up points beforehand, in order to proceed with the tax payment and late payment.

Vehicle owners who wish to complete the payment before 1 January 2016 will be exempted form the check-up prerequisite, but the penalty for late payment will still be charged.

The DLT Deputy Director-General has added that the validity of the vehicle license will be revoked after 3 years of non-payment.

He said that owner of the revoked licenses will have to pay all the payment due and penalties, then re-register the license if they wish to continue using the existing license plate.
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Over 30,000 cyclists joined in Bangkok Car Free Day 2015

BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) - Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra launched "Bangkok Car Free Day 2015" at Sanam Luang in another effort to reduce the number of cars in the capital and encourage Bangkok people to use public transports and bicycles.

The event is held annually by the BMA in cooperation with 70 networking organizations, to change Bangkokians’ behaviors from using personal cars to public transports which can nowadays link with railway and water routes. The promotion of alternative transports was aimed at creating sustainable ways of communication in the capital city of Thailand.

This year’s Bangkok Car Free Day was participated by over 30,000 cyclists, beginning their 8-km. long journey around Rattanakosin Island from Wat Phra That, passing through Bangkok National Museum, Phra Athit Road, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Democracy Monument roundabout, Tanao Road, Bamrung Muang Road, Sanam Chai Road, the Grand Royal Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and concluding the journey at Sanam Luang.

Along the cycling route from the Grand Palace to Wat Phra That, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) held several activities free-of-charge such as health check-ups, occupational training, distribution of tree saplings around Rattanakosin Island, extreme biking show and mini concerts by famous singers. There are also numerous booths selling a wide range of products for visitors along the roads..
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Health Ministry asserts maximum care for bomb victimss

BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health assures that best medical services have been provided to patients from the bombing incident in Bangkok, commending the cooperation received from related hospitals.

The Director of the Bureau of Health Emergency Respond Anurak Amornpetchsathaporn has said regarding the treatment and reimbursement for the victims from the bombing incident in Bangkok on a national TV broadcast, that the related agencies are taking care of the patients with their best effort.

Related hospitals are now providing proper treatment to the patients, while the government will pay for all medical expenses, regardless of the patients’ nationality.

Ministry of Public Health has provided a team of specialists to reaffirm confidence and peace of mind to the affected people, especially among foreigners, who officials say mental rehabilitation is an important process to bolster the nation's tourism.


8 roads flooded after Vamco hits Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) - 10 roads in six provinces have been damaged by tropical storm Vamco--two of which heavily flooded. Less rain has been expected to fall from Saturday onwards.

Director-General of the Department of Highway Chusak Kewi said eight of the 10 roads were still passable but the rest two were completely impassable. The two roads are Highway 364, the city bypass in Rayong province and Highway 401 in Phang Nga. The water levels on the roads are 80-90 centimeters.

The eight roads are in the five provinces affected by the tropical storm, including Tak, Chon Buri, Rayong, Ranong and Satun.

The Meteorological Department has forecast that widespread rain and isolated heavy rain are expected in the North, Central and East on 18 September 2015. The influence of the storm will likely end today.


2 flood-hit districts in Rayong declared disaster zones

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) - Two districts in Rayong have been declared disaster zones after they were heavily hit by tropical storm Vamco. The provincial administration and relevant units have urgently distributed assistance to the affected people.

Chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department Chumpot Wannachatsiri said the department and the provincial irrigation office had mobilized efforts to help 4,000 households in Ban Chang district—one of the two disaster zones in the province. Almost 30 villages there have been flooded with the water of up to 1.50 centimeters deep.

Main roads in Rayong to Bangkok and Chanthaburi have been submerged and only large vehicles can pass.

The other district declared disaster zone is Mueang Rayong which is adjacent to the heavily flooded Bang Lamung district in Chonburi province. Tap Ma sub-district in Mueang Rayong is the most critically flooded area.

Rayong has set up evacuation centers and handed out food and drinking water for the affected people. The province has also provided sandbags for those who need them to prevent flooding.


The government gears up human trafficking eradication

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) – The government is intensifying countermeasures on human trafficking and illegal fishing practices, warning that involved government officials will be prosecuted, the Deputy PM says.

After attending the meeting of human trafficking and illegal fishing elimination committee, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prawit Wongsuwon stated that the Royal Thai Navy and the Marine Police have been appointed to patrol border areas to prevent illegal migration and human trafficking.

He said that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed in this meeting that all operations should be carried out on par with international standards, while the government and the Navy are now providing assistance to the affected fishermen and entrepreneurs who cannot continue their occupations due the government's human trafficking crackdown.

The Deputy PM has further said that the government has been constantly proceeding operations to solve human trafficking issues, and is set to intensify the measures. Any government officials involved with human trafficking will be prosecuted.

He added that the amendment process of laws related to human trafficking is expected to be completed on 15 November 2015.


Army Chief beefs up security in Deep South after recent attack

NARATHIWAT, 18 September 2015 (NNT) – Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered officials in the restive South to raise the level of security after the latest bombing while admitting that the peace dialogue still requires more time.

In the wake of a deadly bomb attack in Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat on Thursday, Gen Udomdej pointed out that the incident was another attempt of the insurgent network to incite fear among local residents. He affirmed that authorities have managed to keep the situation under control and will now work harder to ensure maximum safety for everyone. Special attention is being given as insurgent violence often occurred around the end of the fiscal year in the past.

Despite the latest incident, the Army Chief insisted that the number of attacks has decreased from last year. As for the government’s peace talks with various insurgent groups, he revealed that more time needs to be allowed for the process since no concrete agreements have been reached so far.

Gen Udomdej pleaded with all unrest instigators to put aside their separatist ideology and turn to cooperate with the government in developing the nation for the happiness of all Thai people.


Public warned on pneumonia in rainy season

NONTHABURI, 18 September 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has warned the public to be cautious of the pneumonia disease during the rainy season, after the number of pneumonia patients are increasing this year.

The DDC Director-General Sopon Mekthon has revealed that the high humidity during this rainy season has increased the chances of contracting respiratory diseases, especially those with weak immune systems. One of the most common diseases with high health risks is pneumonia.

He cited the report from the Bureau of Epidemiology, showing that the number of pneumonia patients in Thailand from 1 January 2015 to 14 September 2015 is at 133,949 persons, with 371 fatalities. Most of the patient are aged over 65 years at 33.2 percent, followed by persons aged between 55-64 years at 11.18 percent, and infants aged below a year at 9.03 percent.

According to the Bureau of Epidemiology’s report, the top five provinces with the most numerous pneumonia cases are Sisaket, Ang Thong, Maha Sarakham, Chiang Rai, and Chachoengsao.

The DDC Director-General has said that the risk groups are children under 5 years of age, elders, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or immune system deficiency.

Pneumonia is a harmful disease that can be contracted through bacterial or viral contraction, and generally shows the symptoms similar to regular colds about three days after contraction. Definitive symptoms include high fever, coughing with phlegm, mucus colour change from yellow to green, chest pain, and panting. However symptoms might not be evident in children or elders, who will require extra attention.

Patients that begin to exhibit these symptoms are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention to reduce the potential harm from this disease.


Many parts of Phuket at risk of landslides

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) - Many areas in Phuket province have been submerged due to bad drainage after heavy rain fell on Thursday. A warning has been issued for landslide-prone areas.

Local administrative organizations in Phuket is urgently dredging drainage canals and removing solid waste from drainage pipes. The provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department has sent a letter to local administrative organizations to prepare for possible landslides, flooding, flash floods and storms.

At the Ratsada pier, large passenger boats operate as usual but those shorter than 10 meters will be strictly prohibited to operate if the winds and waves are strong.


Arrest warrant approved for 13th Bangkok bombing suspect

(AP PhotoSakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) – The Minburi Provincial Court has approved an arrest warrant for the 13th suspect involved in the 17 August bomb attack at Ratchaprasong area.

Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen.Prawut Thavornsiri disclosed that the suspect was identified as Abdul Tawab. Initial findings indicated that Mr. Tawab who is married to a Thai woman knows another suspect, Yusufu Mierili.

Mr. Tawab has been charged with illegal possession of unregistrable explosives and military weapons with other persons. The man is also believed to be a leading member of a human-trafficking ring and to have helped the culprits escape from the country.

Lt. Gen.Prawut added that National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang has assigned his deputy Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda to lead the investigation into the involvement of the 12 other suspects in the crime.

Meanwhile, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said investigators were spending all-out efforts to track the culprits. He also asked those ever spotting irregularities possibly pertaining to the crime to give tip-offs to security officials.


Pattaya declared flood disaster zone, help underway

CHON BURI, 17 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of the Interior has imposed flood emergency regulations in the beach resort town of Pattaya in Chon Buri province as the area has been lashed by continuous rains.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda held a press conference on Thursday to declare Pattaya Municipality a flood disaster area. He explained that the announcement is intended to allow for the disbursement of an aid budget and to mobilize relief efforts for the city. The minister said the relevant authorities have already been dispatched to the troubled area to help residents and he expected the situation to return to normal in the near term.

The flooding is a consequence of a low-pressure system, which was formerly Tropical Depression Vamco. The system brought heavy rains to the lower part of the Northeast, the Central Plains and the East of Thailand. Floods were reported in eight districts of five provinces, namely Tak, Chanthaburi, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Chon Buri.

Gen Anupong stated, nonetheless, that normal conditions have been restored in all areas except Chon Buri, particularly Pattaya. He encouraged any flood victims in need of assistance to contact the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on the hotline number 1784 at any time.


Health Minisrty warns of 3 deadly diseases in rainy season

BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has warned the public to guard themselves against dengue fever, influenza and the hand, foot and mouth disease as they are particularly widespread in the rainy season.

According to Director-General of the Disease Control Department Dr. Sopon Mekton, dengue fever has sickened more than 70,000 people and killed 62 since January. Around 5,000 to 7,000 people have come down with dengue fever each week during the past few weeks. Risk groups include obese people and women undergoing menstrual periods.

Influenza has infected more than 44,000 people and claimed 24 lives since early this year. Provinces with highest numbers of patients are Chiang Mai, Trat, Lampang, Bangkok and Rayong. Risk groups include small children, the elderly and pregnant women.

Meanwhile, hand, foot and mouth disease has sickened more than 26,000 people and claimed three lives. Most patients are kids under three years old. Preventive practices are regular clean-ups of toys and areas frequented by small children and regularly washing hands.


Government mobilizes all units to assist flood-affected people

BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is keeping a close eye on the flooding situation in the tourist city of Pattaya, Chon Buri and has assigned all relevant authorities to urgently deliver assistance to people in the areas, Government Spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed on Thursday.

He ordered instant venting of flood water out of the city, removal of broken down cars from roads, relocating important items to higher ground as well as using military trucks to facilitate public transport.

Maj Gen Sansern revealed the current flooding situation in several areas in Pattaya and Chon Buri is under influence of tropical storm Vamco that causes heavy rain in the province throughout this afternoon. The rainfall coupled with the incoming tide causes floods in Pattaya, and severe traffic congestion across the province. Small cars are unable to move in such a high level of water on roads.

Chon Buri Governor is mobilizing personnel from the Department of Highways, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, volunteers and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle to urgently assist people affected by the flooding.

Maj Gen Sansern strongly advised people in all provinces in risk of the Vamco influence to keep a close eye on weather forecast so that they could keep themselves ready to deal with the possible flooding.


Health Ministry readies all hospitals for disaster response

BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has instructed all hospitals under its supervision to put emergency units on standby as the stormy weather poses high risk of natural disasters.

As many areas across Thailand are being hammered by heavy downpours, Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn revealed that an order has been issued to public health offices and state-run hospitals in disaster-prone provinces to be prepared to deal with emergency situations.

All health facilities are encouraged to lay down measures for preventing floodwater from entering their premises while relocating their medicines, medical equipment and power generators to a safe place. The minister suggested that their medical operations be adjusted in accordance with the situation and that emergency medical units be ready around the clock to deliver help to affected residents.

Twelve hospitals which had been devastated by flooding in the past have been urged to be extremely vigilant this time. They are located in three provinces, namely Chon Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Chachoengsao.


His Majesty the King’s overall health is improving

BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 (NNT) - The Bureau of the Royal Household has released the 17th statement on the development of health of His Majesty the King while staying at Siriraj Hospital.

The Statement said His Majesty the King had no fever since Tuesday (Sep 15). His heart beat and blood pressure were normal. His breathing rate and the level of oxygen in his blood had also returned to normal. Results of blood test on His Majesty showed decreased infections while latest chest x-ray showed great improvement to his lung inflammation.

The Statement said that His Majesty was able to eat, but royal physicians agreed to continue administering nutrients intravenously for a longer period of time. The doctors also continue to give him oxygen and physical rehabilitation.


Explaination of national reform road map to international diplomats

BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 (NNT) - One of the deputy prime ministers has taken the opportunity to speak directly to international diplomats after the National Reform Council voted down the draft Constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, was joined on Wednesday by Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, in hosting a special session in which diplomats from various countries and representatives of international organisations were invited to hear an update on the government’s revised duration planned for the national reform road map and related political process.

Mr. Wissanu said that the National Council for Peace and Order's reform’s road map will continue to be followed just as it has been designed, while stressing that the government and the NCPO will need to complete the reform process and pass a number of laws for a better political foundation in Thailand before an election takes place in 2018 at the latest.

He added that the Prime Minister will select a new team of charter drafters before the end of September while their official appointment will be made after the PM returns from his visit to the UN Assembly.

The DPM went on to assure his guests that the entire process, including the drafting of organic laws, should take 16 to 18 months, while confirming that a public referendum on the new draft charter, will still be held for the sake of the democratic principle.


17 projects worth THB 78 mn receive incentives from Board of Investment

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) has agreed to provide incentives for 17 projects with combined investment value of more than 78 billion baht.

BOI Secretary-General Hiranya Sichinai said after a BOI meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the 17 projects were expected to use raw materials worth more than 28.8 billion baht in Thailand. The projects are in agricultural, steel, automotive, electricity generation and aviation industries.

Over the past eight months, the BOI has approved incentives for 1,580 projects worth 620 billion baht, exceeding its goal for this year to assist 1,400 projects. The BOI's target for the combined investment value of the 1,400 projects has been set at 1.4 trillion baht.


Chiang Mai officials reclaim 600 rai of encroached protected forest

CHIANG MAI, 17 September 2015, (NNT) - The Forest Management Bureau in Chiang Mai on Wednesday reclaimed 600 rai of land in Mae Fang National Park in Fang district, after receiving reports that the areas had been encroached on.

The operation, which was headed by the bureau's director, Chukiat Pongsiriwan, is part of the Royal Forest Department's plan to reclaim land illegally used to grow rubber trees.

The officials joining the operation were from the bureau and security related officers in Fang district as well as other related officials.

Initially, the combined force was able to reclaim about 600 rai of protected land in Mae Fang Forest Reserve, where officials found and felled a large number of rubber trees in the area.


Police need time to delve into Ratchaprasong attackk

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan has called on the public to give the police time to find out the truth behind the bombing at the Ratchaprasong junction. He confirmed no motive has yet to be ruled out.

The deputy premier on Wednesday spoke about the progress of the police’s investigation into the Ratchaprasong blast. He said the incident’s motive could be either politics, human trafficking or revenge. When asked if the bombing was transnational crime, he said the police needed time to ascertain if the attack was related to foreign criminal networks.

As for the problem of human trafficking, the deputy PM stressed that the government was trying to preventing it in every way since the country was in a transition period and urged all sides to cooperate with the government.


Chulalongkorn Hospital celebrates 100th heart transplant

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) – King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and the Thai Red Cross Society have jointly held a celebration for the hospital’s 100th heart transplant.

The event entitled “100 Hearts: Beyond Miracle” was intended to showcase King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital’s technological advancement for heart transplant and provide a platform for medical specialists to share health tips and experiences.

Participants also paid tribute to Professor Dr. Chawalit Ongcharit who successfully performed a heart transplant for the first time in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The hospital has so far carried out cardiac transplants on 100 patients. All of them are still alive and well and were also present at the event.

Dr. Vichai Benjacholamas, director of the Cardiac Center said King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in the country to have pioneered the minimally invasive heart valve replacement, adding that the hospital would continue to develop technologies for heart surgeries to ensure quality of life of patients.


Storm Vamco helps relieve drought problems

SURIN, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - Farmers in the Northeastern province of Surin have warmly greeted Depression Vamco as its arrival has brought much-needed rain to their farming areas.

Rainfalls caused by the depression have raised the water level of local reservoirs to 62 percent of their capacity. According to the Surin provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, Storm Vamco will continue to linger in the lower part of the Northeast, the East and Cambodia, leading to widespread thundershowers the Northeast, the East, the central region and the South.

Meanwhile, Surin provincial irrigation office said the current water reserves in different sources would be sufficient to help agriculturists survive the drought crisis. Storm Vamco has also added water in Lamtakong Dam in Nakhon Ratchsima Province.

The depression is expected to bring heavy rains in 13 provinces: Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi and Trat until Sept 18.


Meteorite landed on Thai soil is the biggest of its kind on Earth in 2015

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - The latest report of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed the fireball which streaked across the Thai sky on Sept 7 was the biggest of its kind seen this year from outer space, revealed the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or Narit.

The report said some debris might be left in Kanchanaburi, and that people should not be worried about the fireball as it was a normal phenomenon.

Narit is conducting an analysis of the object, believed to be a meteor, based on the NASA report and onsite survey in Kanchanaburi.

Narit’s deputy director Dr.Saran Posyachinda said the object from the outer space was 3.5 meters in diameter and weighted around 66 tonnes. It moved to the Earth with 75,600 km. per hour in speed. Its explosive power was as equal as a 3.9 kilotonne TNT bomb, or at a quarter of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Dr.Saran reiterated that the fireball was a describable common astronomical phenomenon. Statistics indicated a great number of meteors were entering the Earth’s atmosphere onto oceans or unpopulated areas. Narit will keep monitoring the meteors details and report to the public as soon as possible.


Prime Minister promises to empower low-income population as national motto says

BANGKOK, 15 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today led Cabinet members in a cycling activity before their weekly meeting at Government House.

He spoke to news reporters after ending an eight-round cycling session that he intended to do this activity with his cabinet on a regular basis to keep them fit for solving national problems. As he was wearing a shirt screened with "Our Home Our Country Stronger Together” motto, he said he wished to underline the government’s commitment to take care of people and end their sufferings, low-income people in particular, so that everybody would equally grow stronger and prosperous.

The Prime Minister also said his cycling today was a follow-up of the Bike for Mom activity, and he wished that Thai people pay attention to their health.

Gen Prayut also revealed that in the NCPO - Cabinet joint meeting today, he would assign the meeting to help select appropriate persons for the Constitution Drafting Committee and the National Reform Steering Committee. After receiving the names, he would group them up for consideration again.


12,000 Lottery vendors reserve tickets first day

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015, (NNT) - About 12,000 lottery vendors reserved their tickets at various branches of Krung Thai Bank on Tuesday, the first day the Government Lottery Office (GLO) implemented the new lottery allotment system.

Under the new rule, each vendor can reserve lottery tickets in advance by registering at any branch of Krung Thai Bank or registering online at www.glo.or.th. Each individual is entitled to reserve between 5 to 50 books of tickets.

According to the GLO Director, Maj. Gen. Chalongrat Nark-Arthit, the new system will eliminate distributors, who have long been the root of the overpriced tickets. He said this approach would allow ticket retailers to get their hands on the tickets themselves.

As many as 12,000 vendors registered to reserve the lottery tickets by 11 AM on Tuesday, 4,000 of whom did it online, said the Director.

Maj. Gen. Chalongrat also expected all of the 10,000 books of tickets for the October 16th cycle to be sold out rapidly. The GLO Director said about 9 million books of tickets, worth roughly about 3.7 billion baht, will be available for booking ahead of the November 1st cycle


Vamco depression enters Thailand, weakens to thunderstorm

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - Vamco tropical depression entered Thailand last night and has weakened to clusters of thunderstorms. Residents in northeastern regions are warned of flash floods.

The warning was issued by the national weather agency, Meteorological Department, which stated Vamco left Laos for Thailand through Ubon Ratchathani province late Tuesday morning. The storm moved to Surin, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Si Sa Ket, and Sa Kaeo, before loosing momentum and became a cluster of thunderstorm this morning.

The storm cause heavy rains along its path. Residents in the aforementioned areas, as well as those in the eastern region and lower part of the central region, are warned of harsh weather conditions with possibility of flash floods.

Bangkok and its vicinity have already been hit with precipitation earlier today. Motorists are urged to plan their travel in advance and follow road safety measures closely.


Recent anti-plastic bag campaign reduced 1.8 million bags in one day

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion on Tuesday said the recent anti-plastic bag campaign held on September 15th effectively reduced the use of plastic bags by 1.8 million bags nationwide on the day.

The revelation was made after officials of the department visited department stores and convenience shops that are participating in the campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags initiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and 16 other government units.

The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion said the government plans to hold the campaign on the 15th and 30th of each month, starting this month until the end of the year.

The department expects the campaign to be more and more successful with each sequential event. It hopes the campaign will help residents become less reliant on plastic bags overtime.


Ratchaprasong explosion involved human-trafficking ring

BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - The deputy prime minister in charge of security believes that the deadly explosion in Ratchaprasong area in August could be the work of a group of human traffickers.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also the Defence Minister, said that he has not received any report about Malaysia’s arrest of some suspects in the Ratchaprasong bombing yet. Gen. Prawit said that the police officers will need to verify such a development first.

He added that, personally, he believes the blast involved the human-trafficking ring which has been operating for a long time.

The DPM explained that the government’s clampdown on such an operation has caused the group some damages and angered the traffickers.

He went on to say that all security units have been instructed to step up the surveillance at all key locations across Thailand, particularly tourist locations both in Bangkok and other provinces to prevent future losses.


Thai police chief links Bangkok blast to Uighur trafficking

Thai police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang.(AP Photo/Sakchi Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they are now certain that last month's deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine was related to the trafficking of Uighur (WEE-gur) Muslims from China to Turkey.

National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung's comments Tuesday marked the first time authorities have publicly linked the Aug. 17 bombing to the smuggling of Uighur Muslims.

Somyot said the bombing was the result of a crackdown on a trafficking network "that smuggles Uighurs from one country to another."

Uighurs, an ethnic minority in western China, are related to Turks, and Turkey is home to a large Uighur community.

Thai authorities have avoided calling the bombing an act of terrorism, which they fear would harm Thailand's image as a tourist destination.

The blast left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured.

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Tropical storm Vamco to bring heavy rain to Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 September 2015 (NNT)- It has been forecast that the Northeast of Thailand will experience more rain today until the end of this week as tropical storm Vamco has made landfall in Laos.

According to the Department of Meteorology, the storm, which has recently entered Laos from Vietnam, has the center located only 220 kilometers away from Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province.

The storm will bring precipitation to the northern provinces of Tak, Kampangpetch, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Petchabun as well as the northeastern provinces of Nakhon Phanom, Mookdahan, Amnaj Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Burirram and Nakhon Ratchasrima.

Those living in Nakhon Nayok, Prajinburi, Sakeaw, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Trat, Ranong, Pang Nga and Phuket have also been advised to brace for heavy rain. Bangkok residents will also experience thunderstorms during the same period in most areas of the capital city.


Thailand Tourist Trips and Tips Book available now with App.

Bangkok,15 September 2015 (NNT) - Thailand’s Tourist Police launched the Augmented Reality (AR Code) Application ‘Thailand Tourist Trips and Tips AR Book’ on Monday at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The new Augmented Reality (AR Code) technology creates an all new tourism experience for foreign visitors to download on their smartphones.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Suprapone Arunsit, Commander of the Tourist Police Division says ‘ With this application, tourists can get basic Thai Culture Tips, and Thailand’s Do’s and Don’ts. While travelling in Thailand they can find information about places and location links to fascinating tourist destinations. 'Discover Thainess’ reveals 12 Cities Hidden Gems that are not to be missed. The application is a 3D cartoon model, with viewing in 360 degrees and is available in three languages: Thai, English and Chinese’.

‘Users can get the information they need from Tourist Police Stations across the country as well as the Call Center 1155 via this application. The application is expected to boost tourists' confidence in their safety when traveling around Thailand and to help create a good image of the nation’s tourism to become the Tourism Capital of Asia.’ adds Pol.Maj.Gen. Suprapone.

The application ‘Thailand Tourist Trips and Tips AR Book’ can be downloaded now from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android users.


Water released from major dams reduced to conserve water

BANGKOK, 15 September 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has decided to lower the amount of water discharged from 4 major dams in an attempt to conserve water.

According to RID Director General Lertwiroj Kowattana, water discharged daily from Bhumibol Dam has been lowered from 4 million cubic meters to 3 million cubic meters. Sirikit Dam is now releasing 5 million cubic meters of water into the streams, down from the daily 9 million cubic meters.

As for Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan and Pasak Cholasit Dams, the amount of water released has been equally reduced to 0.9 million cubic meters per day, whereas the amount of water discharged from Chao Praya Dam has been reduced from 70 to 65 cubic meters per second, the Director-General said.

The decision came after more rainfall had been reported across Thailand, coupled with the fact that only a small amount of water would be needed during harvest time.


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration inspects progress of public area reclamation

BMA inspects progress of public area reclamation in Khlong Thom and Saphan Lek markets

BANGKOK, 15 September 2015, (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has carried out an inspection of recently reclaimed public space at Khlong Thom and Saphan Lek markets.

The BMA officials advise that the area is now open for public use. The Crown Property Bureau had earlier ordered vendors illegally occupying the two areas to be relocated. There were no street vendors in sight during the inspection on Monday.

The administration prepared venues at SC Plaza Mall near the Southern Bus Station and Chulalongkorn University for the relocated 2,700 vendors from both Khlong Thom and Saphan Lek markets. The officials also stated that the removal of illegal constructions in Saphan Lek would better facilitate the flow of waste water into a nearby sewer drain.

BMA has established a working committee to reclaim public space from intruding vendors, while searching for new areas for them to continue their businesses. The committee is to meet next week for an inspection of areas near Phra Arthit pier, Tha Chang pier and Bang Lam Phu market.


Media urged to be cautious in news reporting to avoid causing confusion

BANGKOK, 15 September 2015 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order has urged members of the media to be cautious with their news reporting in order to avoid causing public confusion.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Chayapol Chatchaidej, commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said in his statement broadcast on national television on Monday that police officers had over the weekend interrogated the suspects in connection with the deadly blasts in August and found some connection with another suspect whose name is Abudustar Abdulrahman or Izan.

Accordingly, the investigators have requested an arrest warrant for the new suspect for possession of firearms without a permit, Maj. Gen. Chayapol said.

Investigators have also searched two apartment rooms in Onnut and Vibhavadee areas, where they found some evidence believed to be relevant to the bomb attacks, while more people have been invited to a questioning session to help identify more suspects in this case.

He added that i Meanwhile, NCPO spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said the Tourism Ministry is currently working with related agencies to offer additional financial compensation for the injured and relatives of the deceased caused by the deadly explosion.

Col. Winthai added that, as the investigation continues to uncover more details, members of the press should exercise utmost caution when reporting stories and avoid making analytic connections or trying to rule out the motives of the attacks in order not to cause public confusion and affect international relations.


Malaysian police arrest three suspects in Ratchaprasong investigation

BANGKOK, 14 September 2015 (NNT) - Malaysian authorities have apprehended three suspects believed to be involved in last month’s bombing incident at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection.

Malaysian Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar, revealed that the suspects are a Pakistani man and two Malaysians, one being female. No further information on the arrests was provided.

Pol Insp Gen Khalid said the Malaysian authorities will conduct their own interrogations before coordinating with the Thai police and believes the three suspects will provide information that will assist authorities in the ongoing investigation.


Health Ministry set to step up HIV-Aids prevention policies in Chonburi

CHONBURI, 15 September 2015, (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control is introducing HIV-Aids prevention policies in Chonburi Province's Pattaya, in line with the World Health Organization's "Getting to Zero" campaign.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Varabhon Bhumiswasdi said the new measures are intended to reduce the number of HIV-Aids patients in the area.

The plan includes the establishment of a health monitoring network by the Office of Disease Prevention and Control 3 Chonburi. The office seeks to control the incidence of HIV-Aids among homosexual males and prostitution service providers and their clients.

She said the office would redesign its service to be more approachable, while promoting the use of condoms and stepping up screening policies for HIV-Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases.


Murderer of 13-year-old girl sentenced to death

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 15 September 2015, (NNT) - The Appeals Court has upheld the death sentence for the former State Railway of Thailand employee who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl boarding a train from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok on July 5th, 2014.

The Hua Hin Court on Monday read the Appeal Court's verdict. The court said that the defendant, Wanchai Saengkhao, had committed a serious crime without showing any remorse and only admitted to his crime due to the overwhelming evidence. The court thus sentenced Mr. Wanchai to death.

Investigators were able to collect solid evidence implicating Mr. Wanchai as the murderer, which included his finger prints and DNA traces.

According to the law, the defendant has the rights to lodge an appeal within 30 days.


Police say more probes needed to charge bomb suspects with terrorism

BANGKOK, 14 September 2015 (NNT) – Police are deepening their investigation into last month’s bombings in Bangkok, with a view to concluding whether terrorism charges can be given to those responsible.

Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul chaired a meeting of the investigative team to follow up on the case surrounding the August 17th explosions at Ratchaprasong intersection and Sathorn Pier. He revealed that, based on evidence collected so far, the two incidents do not yet fit the bill as terrorist attacks.

Nonetheless, authorities are trying to confirm whether the items seized from suspects could be considered war weapons. If so, they would not hesitate to charge the wrongdoers with terrorism.

Concerning the recent arrest of three female suspects at an apartment in the Din Daeng area, Pol Lt Gen Srivara said the interrogation process has yet to be completed. According to him, the questioning is expected to take another 1-2 days, after which legal proceedings will be conducted should they be found to have any roles in the explosions.


Thailand & China hold talks on railroad development

BANGKOK, 13 September 2015 (NNT) – Thai and Chinese officials held the 7th Thailand - China railroad development conference to proceed forward with both nations' cooperation.

The Ministry of Transport has hosted the 7th Thailand - China railroad development conference on 11-12 September 2015, led by the Thai Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Deputy Secretary-General Wang Xiaotao.

Both leaders signed an endorsement the meeting’s minutes, while the Thai Minister of Transport has revealed that both countries have made mutual conclusions on many subjects, such as the feasibility study for the Bangkok - Kaeng Koi - Nakhon Ratchasima sections.

Meanwhile, the study for the Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai and Kaeng Koi - Mabtaphut sections are now being implemented, with an expected completion in November.

The next conference is scheduled for 27-28 October 2015 in Beijing, China.


Petchaburi invites all to visits its 17th seafood festival at Cha-am Beach

PETCHABURI, 14 September 2015, (NNT) - The 17th seafood festival has kicked off in Cha-Am beach, Phetchaburi province. The event will conclude on September 19th.

Cha-Am municipality, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the private sector have joined hands organizing the event, aiming at stimulating local tourism. The event is being held at the Cha-Am beach in Cha-Am district of Phetchaburi.

Visitors, particularly seafood lovers, will be treated to fresh shellfish such as live lobsters, crabs and other delicacies at the festival. In addition, they will be entertained by live musical bands, which attract throngs of locals as well as visitors.

Moreover, the event also features bird watching services at the nearby Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park. Bird lovers will be accompanied by experts, who will explain to them them what they need to know about birds. Visitors will also be able to go cuttlefish fishing after dark, as a late night activity.


First phase of GI Product Fair concludes

BANGKOK, 14 September 2015, (NNT) - The first phase of GI Product Fair at the floating market at the Phadung Krung Kasem canal has ended, with the second phase scheduled during the latter part of September.

The first phase offered geographical indication (GI) goods from the northern and northeastern regions. The second phase, which will be held from September 14th to September 27th, is to introduce GI products from Central, Eastern and Southern regions.

The event continued to attract a large crowd on Sunday, its final day, with a wide variety of goods being offered, ranging from jasmine rice from Sisaket province to blue-dyed shirt from Phrae province

The public has been in support of the event, saying the government should continue to promote green and clean food for the health of the public.


Relevant agencies continuing to aid victims of Ratchaprasong blast

BANGKOK, 14 September 2015 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has reported on the progress being made in the rehabilitation of those injured from the blast in Ratchaprasong and the families of the deceased.

NCPO spokesperson Colonel Winthai Suwaree announced that relevant agencies were caring for Thai and foreign persons afflicted by the incident at the busy Bangkok intersection to the fullest extent.

According to the spokesman, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has presented the victims with flowers and assistance money, and expressed its condolences for the victims and their families. The ministry's operations center was following the status of the victims around the clock, and was continually dispatching its personnel to visit the Thai and foreign victims.

Col. Winthai said relevant agencies have also been told to continue assisting the injured.


Poll finds public wants new draft charter to be clear and unbiased

BANGKOK, 14 September 2015 (NNT) – The majority of the public viewed that the contents within the new draft of the permanent constitution need to be clear and unbiased, according to a survey by Suan Dusit Poll.

Asked about the qualities they sought in members of the to-be-appointed constitution drafting committee, survey respondents indicated that each member should be a good person and honest, possess a distinguished work history, be dedicated to the country and the public, and be fair and unbiased.

Asked about how to create acceptance for the new draft charter, survey respondents suggested that the contents of the draft need to be clear and neutral, be of benefit to the nation, and must pass through detailed evaluation from many parties.

According to the poll, the majority of the public viewed the rejection of the draft charter as beneficial toward creating unity and acceptance among the public and would benefit the upcoming round of charter drafting.

Survey respondents also indicated that they would like Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to select the 21 members of the new charter drafting committee based on the interest of the public.


Opening of new Bangkok Express Service point

BANGKOK, 13 September 2015 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is expanding the Bangkok Express Service locations to provide the capital's public with convenient civil registration services, the Bangkok Governor says.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has opened a new Bangkok Express Service point at Tang Hua Seng Shopping Center in Bangkok, to provide civil registration services to the general public at a convenient location.

Governor of Bangkok, Sukhumbhand Paribatra, said that the BMA is now working to expand its service coverage to the public in many locations, and civil registration services are among the important services that the BMA will be expanding to more locations.

He said many people in Bangkok work in offices and do not have time to manage civil registration tasks at district offices, which is located far away. The public will be able to manage their civil registration tasks at the Bangkok Express Service points without having to go to the district offices.

The BMA now runs Bangkok Express Service in 8 locations, namely that Bangkok City Hall, Siam BTS Station, Phrom Phong BTS Station, Mo Chit BTS Station, Paradise Park Shopping Center, Fashion Island Shopping Center, and Tang Hua Seng Shopping Center.

The BMA is now working to operate three more service points at The Mall Bang Kae Shopping Center, Wongwian Yai BTS Station, and Udom Suk BTS Station.


Roadshow organized to promote grand fashion and leather fair in BKK

SONGKHLA, (NNT) - The Department of International Trade Promotion arranges a roadshow to encourage fashion designers and entrepreneurs to participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIFF & BIL) 2016.

The roadshow on Thursday went to Hat Yai district in Songkhla to organize a seminar where fashion experts exchanged opinions on the changes that would take place at the BIFF & BIL 2016. The speakers included Secretary-General of the Thai Garment Development Foundation Yutthana Silpsanwit and academic in fashion Asst.Dr. Anothai Chonlachartphinyo.

The roadshow is scheduled in Chiang Mai and Udon Thani on 2 and 6 October 2015 respectively. It will also go to foreign countries, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Under the theme of “Spirit of Things,” The BIFF & BIL 2016 will take place from 9-13 March 2016 at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. The event is expected to be more international with the goal to be a leading sustainable fashion trade fair of ASEAN.


 

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Thailand Tourist Trips and Tips Book available now with App.

Water released from major dams reduced to conserve water

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration inspects progress of public area reclamation

Media urged to be cautious in news reporting to avoid causing confusion

Malaysian police arrest three suspects in Ratchaprasong investigation

Health Ministry set to step up HIV-Aids prevention policies in Chonburi

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Roadshow organized to promote grand fashion and leather fair in BKK

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