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