Provinces affected by Vamco now recovering
BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 (NNT)- The Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has revealed that situations
in 24 provinces previously affected by tropical storm Vamco have
returned to normal.
According to the DDPM Director-General, Chatchai Promlert, officials
have been deployed to survey damage in those provinces and report back
to the DDPM so that help can be sought to assist those affected by the
A low monsoon trough, which is moving across the lower region of the
Central Plains, the east coast and the upper part of the South has
triggered flash floods in Satun and Pang Nga provinces.
The DDPM has dispatched rescuers to help people affected by the deluge.
It is also prepared to respond to emergency situations, which are
expected to last until tomorrow. People who need help are urged to call
Hotline number 1784 round the clock.
Thailand ready for rice and sugar trade negotiations with Tajikistan
NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had a meeting with Tajikistan President Emomalii
Rahmon, during which they agreed to enter rice and sugar trade deals.
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, both leaders discussed
several developments in their countries, particulary the Tajikistan’s
interest to purchase Thai rice and sugar. Gen Prayut thanked President
Rahmon for his interest and confirmed Thailand’s readiness for the
negotiations which could be made on either a government-to-government
basis or between the private sectors of both sides.
Gen Prayut added that in order to promote bilateral trade and
investment, both countries could try to optimize the conditions provided
by bilateral trading mechanisms they have already signed such as the
Elimination of Double Taxation Treaty, an agreement on trade and
investment promotion, the Agreement on economic and academic
cooperation, as well as the agreement on visa exemption for holders of
diplomatic or official passports.
He said Thailand would also seek to expand bilateral cooperation in
fields that both countries have mutual interest such as education,
science, agriculture, water management, narcotic suppression and also to
promote the application of the philosophy of sufficiency economy
initiated by HM the King.
The meeting was the first between Gen Prayut and President Rahmon since
the Thai prime minister has been in office. It was also aimed at
tightening the 23-year-long diplomatic relations between Thailand and
Situation in Bangkok resolved to normal
BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 (NNT) – The situation in
Bangkok in wake of the bombing incident has returned to normal
conditions, while authorities will continue to provide security
protection to ensure orderliness, the NCPO Spokesman says.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Spokesman Col Winthai
Suwaree has revealed the progress of the bombing incident in Bangkok on
a nationally televised broadcast, that the police have gathered all
relevant evidence and witnesses, which led to the prosecution of the
culprits. The situation in the capital has returned to normal
He said that the NCPO has established the situation monitoring and
command center immediately after the incident to facilitate operations
of related officials, in providing the assistance to the victims,
proceeding the investigation, and reassuring confidence among the
general public and tourists.
The NCPO has also provided training to the general public on the
observing methods to detect potential acts of terror, as well as
provided the updates via the Television Pool of Thailand.
The NCPO Spokesman added that the security authorities will continue to
provide security protection to the public, in order to maintain the
nation's continuous social order.
Rayong fears flooding could happen again
RAYONG, 29 September 2015 (NNT) - Some roads in
Rayong province have been submerged after the rain fell continuously.
The province warned people to prepare for a monsoon which may cause
strong winds, flooding and mudslides.
The submerged roads are in Mueang district and an irrigation area. The
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation suggested relevant
units urgently repair drainage pipes so as to prevent flooding, dredge
shallow water courses and install water pumps.
In Surat Thani province, some parts of a road in Phanom district has
been flooded. They are expected to dry on Tuesday evening. Around 300
households have been affected by the flooding and mudslides.
Exploration of petroleum reserve expected to finish in October
BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 (NNT) - Director-General of the
Mineral Fuels Department Puangthip Silpasart has revealed that
an exploration of petroleum reserves in Thailand by IHS
Consulting-Energy&Natural Resources is expected to finish in
She said the Ministry of Energy has hired the consulting company
to estimate prospective volume of the petroleum reserves to be
used as supplementary data for making decision which kinds of
concessions would give optimal benefits to Thailand in the 21st
Bidding Round for Thai Petroleum Concessions.
Mrs.Puangthip said that the Ministry would be able to announce
its invitation for petroleum exploration and production only
after the Petroleum Act and Petroleum Income Tax Act are
approved by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and enacted.
She believed investors would be interested in the petroleum
concession in Thailand despite the falling oil prices in global
market as there are many other factors they would take into
account when making investment decision.
Mrs.Puangthip who is about to retire this October, added that
she wished the petroleum exploration could begin by the end of
2015 as she thought such an effort to ensure national energy
security would be very difficult to achieve during the
governments that follow.
Ram Nueng Pier in Ramkhamhaeng to provide connectivity
BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Transport is pushing ahead with its drive to create linkage between the
various public transport systems in Bangkok, with the 'Ram Nueng' pier
in the Ramkhamhaeng area designated as a trial site.
Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith launched the
demonstration site for the connectivity project on Monday. Ram Nueng
Pier (รามหนึ่ง) is a private project being constructed on land leased
from the State Railway of Thailand. Situated 150 meters from
Ramkhamhaeng Airport Link station and 300 meter from the nearest bus
stop, the pier is expected to service more than 1,000 people per day
once service commences.
Mr. Arkhom disclosed that Sathon Pier will also see a similar
development next year. Meanwhile, the transport ministry was expecting a
shared ticketing system for all 19 piers managed by the Marine
Department to be put to use in August 2016.
Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports certified for business continuity management
BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 (NNT) – Suvarnabhumi
Airport and Don Mueang Airport have received the business continuity
management certification under the ISO 22301:2012 standard as well as
the TISI 22301-2556 standard.
According to Airports of Thailand Plc. (AOT) President Nitinai
Sirismatthakarn, the AOT has been making effort to ensure that its
operations comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization's
(ICAO) standard on airport business operation. As a result, Suvarnabhumi
and Don Mueang airports have now been certified for business continuity
management that complied with the ISO 22301:2012 standard and the
equivalent standard set by Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI).
The certification was made by United Registrar of Systems Ltd.
Mr. Nitinai revealed that the AOT was also working to enable four other
airports under its management to be certified under the same standard.
The four airports include Phuket Airport, Chiang Mai Airport, Chiang
Rai's Mae Fah Luang Airport, and Hat Yai Airport in Songkhla. The AOT
was aiming to have its head office and the four airports certified under
the standard within 2016.
Prime Minister thanks Thais worldwide for strengthening the country
BANGKOK, 28 September 2015 (NNT)-The Prime Minister’s
Office Deputy Spokesman, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd has declared
that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha's presence at the United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York has resulted in greater
acceptance of Thailand in the international community.
Major General Sansern said the prime minister was able to make the
international community understand Thailand better, thereby increasing
confidence in the Thai government’s ability to pull the country through
a critical time.
He said the prime minister’s presence at various important events at the
UNGA, further demonstrated the wide acceptance of Thailand and said it
was the result of the cooperation of the public and private sectors, as
well as the people.
Prime Minister General Prayut is thankful to Thais worldwide for working
together to strengthen the country and said the government would do its
best to move the country forward towards complete democracy.
Bangkok blasts commissioned by group of manipulators
BANGKOK, 28 September 2015 (NNT) – National Police
Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung has announced the conclusion of the
probe into the Ratchaprasong and Sathorn bombings in Bangkok, saying
more than one group of perpetrators were involved in the incidents.
Pol Gen Somyot hosted a press conference, together with other
top-ranking police officers, to declare closure of the Bangkok bombing
investigation. He expressed satisfaction with the quick operations of
the investigators, believing the success of the probe will help restore
the international community’s confidence in the Thai police’s ability to
protect citizens and bring criminals to justice. On this occasion,
reward money was granted to the investigative team of the Metropolitan
Police Division 6.
Pol Maj Gen Chayapol Chatchaidej, Commander of the Metropolitan Police
Division 6, then informed the press that police have interrogated over
200 witnesses on the incident at Ratchaprasong intersection and another
30 on the one at Sathorn Pier. The information obtained led to police
raids at two apartments in Nong Chok and Min Buri districts, during
which the officers found a large amount of bomb-making materials that
matched evidence collected from the two sites of explosion. The
discovery provided a linkage between the two bombings.
Pol Maj Gen Chayapol added that the military court has so far issued
arrest warrants for 17 suspects as requested by police. Two of them have
been apprehended, namely Mr Yusufu Mieraili and Mr Bilal Mohammed, aka
Adem Karadag. Two were also found to be Thai nationals, one of them is
Mr Yongyuth Pobkaew or Odd Payungwong, who is wanted for other
explosions in Bangkok in 2010 and 2014 which were politically related.
During an inquiry session, Pol Gen Somyot told press members that there
were at least two groups of people responsible for the latest bombings,
with one being the mastermind. As of now, the Police Chief said the
evidence suggested that the case has connections to Thailand’s
eradication of human trafficking and that police cannot yet rule out
political motives. He also affirmed that police will continue, with the
best of their ability, to pursue the remaining 15 suspects still on the
Knife-wielding man kills 5 children in Chiang Mai
BANGKOK (AP) — A man in northern Thailand stormed
into a neighbor's home, hacked five children to death and inflicted
multiple stab wounds on a pregnant woman who was watching them, police
Police said the 24-year-old man, who had a history of mental illness and
received regular treatment for depression, became agitated by the noise
coming from his neighbor's home in a village outside the city of Chiang
The man, identified as Azapa Sriwua, grabbed a 47-centimeter (19-inch)
kitchen knife and went after the children first, said Lt. Col. Sombat
Kalasuk of the Chiang Mai police station.
Police found four bodies of children, all believed to be under 8 years
of age, in pools of blood on the floor of the house, including one boy
by the front door, indicating he died while trying to escape, said
A 5-month-old baby who was also stabbed died later at a hospital, where
a 7-month old pregnant woman who was watching the children was being
treated for knife wounds to her face and body.
Sombat said the attacker had no history of prior mental breakdowns and
was living with his family while being treated for depression at a local
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Crown Prince opens majestic Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 27 September 2015 (NNT) - His
Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday represented
His Majesty the King at the opening ceremony of Rajabhakti Park, in Hua
Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
The Crown Prince, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess
Bajrakitiyabha, unveiled Rajabhakti Park’s name placard, and officiated
at a brief ritual of sprinkling lustral water and anointing the
ceremonial name plate of the park.The royalty also attended a
light-and-sound and multimedia show organized by the Royal Thai Army to
celebrate the opening of the public park.
Rajabhakti Park is built by the Royal Thai Army on a piece of 222 rai of
its land, with funds donated by public and private sectors as well as
the general public. The Army was granted His Majesty the King’s approval
to build the park on April 21, this year. His Majesty has also named the
park as Rajabhakti, which means the park that has been built with
people’s loyalty to the monarchs. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince
has kindly accepted to be chief advisor to the organizing committee of
the park project. Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha also led an
event entitled 'Rajabhakti Bike and Concert' on September 12 to raise
fund for the construction of the grand park.
Rajabhakti Park is a historic park to honor seven great ancestral kings
from the Sukhothai period to the current Chakri Dynasty. It features
giant bronze statues of the seven kings, each with an average height of
13.9 meters. Among the statues are those of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great,
King Naresuan the Great and King Rama I who established Bangkok and was
the founder of the Chakri Dynasty.
PM Prayut pledges to press forward all latest national economic and social development plans
BANGKOK, 27 September 2015 (NNT) - The Prime Minister
has pledged to push forward all plans to develop the country’s economy
and social affairs while adhering to the principles of national reform.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said during his weekly TV program
“Returning Happiness to the People” that the government’s plan to move
forward the country has been added with all the 11 reform ideas from the
National Council for Peace and Order and 36 propositions from the
National Reform Council.
PM Prayut said that the government has also been introducing new
policies and included them in the 12th National Economic and Social
Development Plan (2017-2021) and the 20-year national strategy to be a
compass to take the country forward.
He added that the government will always adopt His Majesty the King’s
Sufficiency Economy philosophy and the notion that the people will have
to be at the center and take part in the development process.
The PM went on to say that the 12th NESD Plan will be disclosed in
Erawan Shrine crime-enactment boosts public confidence
Police officers escort a
key suspect in last month's Bangkok bombing, yellow shirt, identified as
Adem Karadag .
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
BANGKOK, 27 September 2015 (NNT) – The
crime-enactment by the prime suspect involved in the Bangkok bombing
attack at Erawan Shrine in Ratchaprasong area has boosted the public
confidence as seen from the livelier atmosphere at the popular tourist
Visitors at Erawan Shrine said they felt more relieved to see the
presence of security officials around frequently-visited areas, and to
know that some of the key suspects were arrested. Retailers at
Ratchaprasong said their sales had picked up by 20 percent as tourists
began to come back.
Suspect Adem Karadag was escorted to the Hindu shrine on 26 September to
perform the crime enactment amid tight security. Police are preparing to
hold a press conference on the case on 28 September.
Tourists said the media coverage of the progress in the case did have a
positive psychological effect on them. Visitors and local people also
admitted that the 17 August blast taught them to be more vigilant.
Arrest warrants approved for 2 more human trade suspects
SONGKHLA, 27 September 2015 (NNT) - The Na Thawi
Provincial Court in Songkhla province has approved arrest warrants for
two more suspects with connection to human trafficking.
Deputy Commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 8, Pol Maj Gen
Paween Pongsirin disclosed that the suspects were identified as
Cholticha Chaimanee, former-territorial defense volunteer and driver of
the Sadao District chief and Soniang Anu, a Burmese national.
Police earlier issued arrest warrants to four military officials and a
Songkhla-based businessman Supat Santipiyakul, locally known as Ko Tok.
Mr. Sapat reportedly fled to Malaysia. Police have requested Malaysian
authorities to deport him.
Police have so far issued arrest warrants to 155 people, 90 of whom were
captured. The case is expected to be concluded within September and will
be submitted the attorney general later on.
Thailand urgently looks into obstacles to cross-border trade with Malaysia
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) - Thai-Malaysian
border trade was raised to a meeting of the committee in charge of
border trade and investment promotion with neighbouring countires today
after exports of Thai rubber and electronic products have dropped,
Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn revealed.
Trade barriers between Thailand and Malaysia was the main issue
discussed at the meeting as the Thai-Malaysian border trade accounted
for fifty percent of the total border trade revenue that Thailand made
in a year. In 2015, border trade is set to bring in to the country a
total of 1.5 trillion baht.
The minister said that the committee is set to make a field trip to
Songkhla to look into and solve the problems collaboratively with other
units. She pointed out that some problems could be solved in a short
period such as the establishment of Duty Free Zone, the setting up of
new tax refund points at Sadao border crossing and extension of the
border closing time, etc.
The minister emphasized that all of the problems would not be solved
without integreted cooperation of all units. She hoped the meeting would
be a good chance for Thailand to develop its efficiency in response to
the arrival of ASEAN Community that is to start with ful effect on 1
Government Housing Bank launches Government Housing Bank to mark 62nd anniversary
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The Government Housing Bank (GHB) has
launched a special loan offer to thank its customers on the occasion of
its 62nd founding anniversary, GHB President Angkana Pilun-Owad
The 3,000-million-baht home loan package offers home buyers a 0.62%
interest rate per year for the first 8 months. The interest rate will
increase to 4.62% per year during 9th -24th months of installment.
Interested people are able to make loan requests during 1 September
until 30 October 2015. Loan contracts will be concluded by 30 November
Apart from the loan offer, the GHB has also initiated a 162-day saving
deposit project which offers higher interest rate of 2.26% per year,
counting from the date of opening of the bank account until 1 March
The deposit starts from 500 baht up to one million baht, and is applied
to one customer per one account. They can open the account from 21
September until 21 October this year. Withdrawals are not applicable for
such an account.
The GHB president added that throughout the 62 years of operations, the
bank has been moving forward to achieve its 2015 goal - offerring home
loans, worth THB149,800 million. The bank has also designated 2015 as
"Year of Moving toward Innovations" in an effort to strenghten the
People who need more information can contact GHB branches nationwide, or
dial Call Center 0-2645-9000, or visit www.ghbank.co.th.
WHO growth charts to be used for Thai children
NONTHABURI, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) is preparing to use the growth standards of the
World Health Organization to monitor the growth and development of Thai
According to Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the WHO
growth standards will apply to newborns and children aged below five,
starting from October. They will be evaluated by three indexes: weight
for age, height for age and weight for height. The WHO growth standards
have been adopted after a MOPH survey indicated that 15 percent of Thai
children aged under 42 months lagged behind those of other nations in
terms of development.
The move is expected to raise parent awareness of the importance of
nutrition. The WHO and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO) pointed out that proper nourishment not only supports the
economy but plays a key role in children’s physical and intellectual
Chinese Ambassador to Thailand pays a courtesy call on Deputy PM
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) - Ambassador of the
People’s Republic China to Thailand Ning Fukui paid a courtesy call on
Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong at the Government House this
morning to discuss various topics including Thai-Chinese railway
Air Chief Marshal Prajin expressed his satisfaction over the
Thailand-China joint meeting on the railway construction which was
conducted smoothly with considerable progress.
He said the Thai government considered the joint project very important
as it would benefit economic and social development in both countries.
Mr. Ning Fukui said on his part that despite some unagreeable points, he
believed the two sides would be able to overcome the hurdles with their
sincerity and determination to fulfil the project.
The two sides also discussed educational cooperation in which both
expressed interest to raise the level of cooperation in the field. ACM
Prajin thanked the Chinese government for sending volunteers to teach
Chinese language in Thailand.
The Chinese ambassador realized that the Thai government has had a
policy to promote researches in renewable and alternative energy. He
thus committed to encourage high-standard Chinese-based companies and
state enterprises to invest in Thailand's energy sector.
Thailand appointed G77 Chair for 2016
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – Thailand has been
endorsed as the G77 Chairmanship for 2016, reflecting the international
community’s confidence with Thailand on the global stage.
The special representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Apichart
Chinwanno has joined the 39th Group of 77 (G77) ministerial meeting held
in New York City, the United States, during the UN Assembly.
In this occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs representative
expressed the gratitude towards the G77 member states' endorsement of
Thailand to become the G77 Chair in the 2016 term, which reflects the
trust and confidence from the international community to Thailand. The
chairmanship will provide the opportunity for Thailand to enhance
cooperations between the developing countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs representative has said during the G77
meeting that Thailand upheld encouragement of the participation and the
democratic principles of the global economy, as well as pushing for the
benefits and issues that the group advocates.
He said that Thailand will act as a bridge builder between member
countries, and between the group and other international organizations.
Commerce Ministry restructures provincial offices
NONTHABURI, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Commerce has provincial commercial affairs offices under the One Roof
Policy, established 18 province groups to enhance the capability.
The Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn revealed that the Ministry
has integrated the operations in various of the ministry’s provincial
offices such as the office of commercial affairs, business development,
and foreign trade, under a single organization in each province under
the ‘One Roof’ policy which will be supervised by the provincial office
of commercial affairs.
She said that the ministry will push forward the grouping of provinces
into 18 groups, segmented into the upper northeastern provinces group
and the upper northern provinces group, to connect businesses and
entrepreneurs into a network, and to encourage joint business practices
as the key business development force of the region.
The office of commercial affairs in provinces which share borders with
neighbouring countries will select people of potential to help expand
Thai businesses to the neighbouring countries, in accordance to the
The Ministry of Commerce will further proceed the community commercial
strategy, showcasing the different identities and capabilities from each
area led by the provincial office of commercial affairs, comparabel to
the farm outlet strategy.
The Minister of Commerce has also said that this restructure will pave
the way for new generation of businessmen to become professional traders
and investment experts, to accommodate for the establishment of the
Special Economic Zones, and to support the community enterprise strategy
and SMEs business owners.
Single gateway proposed for economical benefits and safety
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The government
proposed to gear the Single Gateway project towards economical benefits
and national security, the ICT Minister says.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Uttama
Savanayana has said regarding the government's National Single Internet
Gateway project, that it is intend to facilitate economic expansion as
providers will be able to cut their costs from common uses of the
He addressed that that the project will not violate any privacy or
rights of individuals, claiming that this arrangement would further
enhance data security as the authorities will have better access to
information regarding online offenses.
The ICT Minister has stressed that the government does not intend to
utilize the new gateway arrangement for the political stability reasons,
adding that the project is now currently being studied. The ministry
will invite representatives from the business sector and the general
public to further inform the details of this project.
Government ministry meets Rohingya refugees for Hari Raya
PATHUM THANI, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The Minister
of Social Development and Human Security has visited the Rohingya
refugees on the occasion of the Hari Raya holiday, and congratulated
refugees who have been accepted for migration to the US.
The Minister of Social Development and Human Security Pol Gen Adul
Sangsingkeo yesterday visited the refugee shelter in Pathum Thani
Province to meet with Rohingya refugees on the religious holiday of Eid
He said that the MSDHS has accepted 328 Rohingya refugees who have
qualified the screening for victims of human trafficking to receive
asylum. During his visit, he observed the livelihood of the refugees in
the asylum shelter and also provided words of encouragement to them as
The MSDHS Minister revealed that all refugees have been accepted to
migrate to the United States as a third-party country, and will embark
on their journey to the United States during late September 2015.
Government to formulate drought aid plans for 2016
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of
Finance has planned to discuss aid measures for the agro-sector with the
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, in preparation for the dry
season next year.
After a meeting with three government banks, Finance Minister Apisak
Tantivorawong revealed that the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural
Cooperatives (BAAC) and the Government Savings Bank (GSB) would offer
debt suspension and further credit to farmers in drought-hit areas.
SME Bank will help boost farmers’ incomes via a variety of channels,
such as community enterprise and One Tambon One Product outlets: it will
also cooperate with the Ministry of Commerce in launching trade fairs.
The Ministry of Finance may approve a fund to help farmers in areas
where the crisis is too severe to handle.
Mr. Apisak added that he would discuss the aid measures with the
Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in order to map out integrated
solutions together. The talk is expected to take no more than a week.
The result will be submitted to the cabinet during the meeting in early
Water levels in Mekong River steadily decline
NAKHON PHANOM, 25 September 2015 (NNT) - The
declining water levels in the Mekong River have prompted officials in
Nakhon Phanom province to retain more water in its reservoirs.
Mekong River water levels are declining at the rate of 20-30 centimeters
per day and beginning to affect many rice fields.
Water is now being diverted into the reservoir under the Nam Kam Basin
Development Project to make sure there will be at least 60% capacity to
sustain the growth of rice and household consumption.
Farmers living outside of the irrigation system have been advised not to
grow crops, as there may not be enough water.
Anti-human trafficking police track Songklha businessman
SONGKHLA, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – Police are
tracking down a businessman, one of the suspects who allegedly involve
in human smuggling and money laundering in the South.
According to Deputy Commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 8
Police Major General Pawin Pongsirin, the suspect is identified as Supat
Santipiyakul, locally known as Ko Tok. Supat is a Sonkhla-based
businessman who owns multi-million baht businesses. A close scrutiny of
his financial transaction found that his bank accounts contained
billions of baht in circulation.
The suspect has reportedly fled to Malaysia. Police have informed
Malaysian authorities on his escape and asked for his deportation. They
are also preparing to seek arrest warrants for more suspects, including
some civil servants. Police Major General Pawin denied claims that the
implication of state officials in the crime was a foul play, affirming
that the investigation had been carried out in a transparent manner.
Police expect to finalize the probe and submit the results to the
Attorney General within September after spending nearly five months
tracking down the wrongdoers.
Ministry of Transport to propose electric bus procurement
BANGKOK, 25 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Transport is preparing its procurement proposal for electric buses in
the Bangkok area.
Transport Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek revealed that he will ask the
Cabinet to revise its decision to import more than 3,000 natural gas
buses and instead purchase 200 electric buses, in order to meet the
urgent demand for public transport in the capital.
According to Mr. Omsin, electric buses, despite their higher initial
price, will be more cost effective than natural gas ones in the long
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) earlier completed bidding for the
procurement of 489 natural gas buses. However, the vehicles have yet to
enter service, pending a probe into complaints of malfeasance.
The minister said he would inquire about the progress of the probe at a
meeting with BMTA’s board of directors on September 28.
No Thai pilgrims killed or injured in Hajj stampede
In this image released by
the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims
make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of
Satan in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on
the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina on the outskirts of the holy city
of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Saudi Press Agency
BANGKOK, 24 September 2015 (NNT) - The Thai Hajj
Affairs Office has confirmed no Thai Hajj pilgrim was killed or injured
by a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on
According to the Thai Hajj Affairs Office, 453 people were killed and
719 injured in the incident taking place on Street 204—one of the
streets leading to stone throwing at Mina. The area was a resting area
and route used by pilgrims from other country. Thai pilgrims and those
from other Southeast Asian countries stayed on the side of Mina.
The Thai Hajj Affairs office stressed that the stampede did not happen
in the area and the route Thai pilgrims used to travel to the pillars.
They were not among the deaths and injured, said the office.
Ministry of Energy urges energy conservation
BANGKOK, 24 September 2015 (NNT) – The Energy Policy
and Planning Office (EPPO) has called on the public to conserve energy
in the face of increasing fuel imports.
EPPO Director Thawarat Sutabutra disclosed that energy consumption rose
2.4% from January to August. Natural gas was the most consumed fuel,
followed by petrol and alternative fuels. Electricity usage rose 3.4% to
116 million units, due to the prolonged dry season.
Further exacerbating the issue, domestic production has dropped 1.1%,
while imports rose 8.6%. The EPPO Director blamed the drop in production
on delays in the petroleum exploration concession auction. He said if
the delays continue, then the country will be forced to import more
Despite a steady decline in global oil prices, the Mr. Thawarat
cautioned that prices are likely to rebound within 18 months. The agency
urged the public to conserve energy in order to ensure sufficient fuel
supplies, but also plans to lower fuel prices in accordance with global
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives gears up for upcoming drought disaster
BANGKOK, 24 September 2015 (NNT) - Minister of
Agriculture and Cooperatives Gen Chatchai Sarikulya said that the
cabinet meeting yesterday approved eight assistance measures for rice
farmers in the basins of the Chaophraya and Mae Klong Rivers who could
be affected by the coming water crisis due to droughts.
The measures, proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
(MOAC), will begin on Oct 1, 2015 with a view to getting all sectors -
agriculture, industry, services and others - ready for the coming water
crisis which could drag into next year. The measures will ensure no
conflicts will rise over the water shortage problem among different
The eight measures comprise twenty five activities, bringing together
various ministries to work collaboratively under an integrated plan to
be proposed to the cabinet for consideration next week.
Main focus of the measures are distribution of production factors to
reduce costs of production, suspending or extending debt-installment
period, creating alternative job opportunities for farmers, running
water-saving campaigns, dredging new water sources, offering loans for
local communities, and conducting rainmaking operations, etc.
Eighteen rainmaking operation aircraft will be mobilized from areas with
normal situation to areas suffering from water shortages - mostly in the
northern and the northeastern provinces. The operation has started from
Responding to the cabinet’s approval, Gen Chatchai revealed the MOAC
would hold an action plan drafting meeting on Sep 25. Initially, it will
hold onsite visits, until Oct 7, to raise public understanding about the
measures. On Oct 8, MOAC administrators will have a VDO Conference
session with governors of all provinces for updated water situation. The
measures will be officially implemented during Oct 9-23.
The ministry will also set up provincial and national water managing
centers responsible for reporting water situation and progress of the
measures to the ministry at 6 p.m. on a daily basis. The center will be
kicked off on Nov 1.
Government advises parents of newborn babies to register for financial aid by Aptil 2016
BANGKOK, 24 September 2015 (NNT) – The Government has
urged parents of newborn babies to take their children for health checks
at a nearby public health center so that they could get health check
verifications for use in the registration for a new 400-baht financial
A Prime Minister’s Office release said the assistance follows Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s policy which places emphasis on the
quality of Thai children, especially in the first year of their lives.
The new financial aid will be provided for 12 months to low-income
mothers of babies born between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
Eligible families must earn less than 3,000 baht a month and have no
rights to get other sources of benefits from the government.
The parents, as well as pregnant women who are due to give birth during
the period, can register for the financial support from now on until 31
March 2016 at local administrative offices in their localities.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs details developments since the Ratchaprasong explosion
BANGKOK 23rd Sept. 2015 (NNT) - Lieutenant General
Prawut Thavornsiri, Deputy Police Commissioner-General and Spokesperson
of the Royal Thai Police, and Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Spokesman of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs today conducted a briefing session on
developments following the Ratchaprasong intersection explosion in
August, for members of the diplomatic corps from 56 countries, and 7
international organizations, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order
to explain the actions of the government after a month of investigations
into the crime, and to boost the confidence of foreign visitors.
Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri informed the diplomatic corps
about the progress of investigations and the arrests made. Mr. Sek
Wannamethee revealed that the diplomatic corps is satisfied with the
security measures which the government has implemented for the safety of
nationals and tourists.
The spokesman of the Royal Thai Police added that the Ratchaprasong
explosion cannot be defined as an act of terrorism and the publicized
arrest of alleged suspects in Malaysia is not true.
Meanwhile, police are in the process of verifying the nationality of Mr.
Adem Karadag who was earlier arrested in possession of 200 counterfeit
passports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already coordinated with
Chinese officials and the Turkish Embassy in Thailand.
Rain-making missions stepped up amid drought fears
BANGKOK, 23 September 2015 (NNT) – The Department of
Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has stepped up its
rain-enhancement operations as the low rainfalls in this rainy season
have sparked fears of severe drought.
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has
mobilized 18 aircraft to carry out cloud-seeding missions, as a monsoon
trough which is forecast to reach the country in the next few weeks will
bring on enough humidity for the rain-making operations.
A latest aerial survey showed that water reserves in the four main dams,
namely Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Pasak Jolasid Dam and Kwae Noi Bamrung
Dan Dam were still low compared to previous years'. With only four weeks
before the end of the rainy season, there is speculation that the
country will experience a lengthy drought next year.
Farmers have been urged to forego off-season rice farming or other
water-guzzling crops and store as much rain water as possible to ease
the effect of the upcoming dry season. People are advised to conserve
water as well.
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation is prepared
to increase the number of rain-making operation centers from nine to 13
across the country, starting next year.
Government will campaign for foreign film shooting in Thailand
BANGKOK, 23 September 2015 (NNT) - The National Board
of Film and Video has approved a draft of strategies to promote the Thai
movie industry and motivate foreigners to use Thailand as a film
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapagorn on Wednesday said the
National Board of Film and Video had given the green light to the movie
industry promotion strategy, 3rd phase (2017-2021). The board also
agreed to ask the Cabinet to approve the use of the strategies as
guideline for relevant units in generating revenue for the country.
As part of the strategies, the Ministries of Culture, Education and ICT
will join hands in developing personnel in the movie industry. The
strategies also seek to protect intellectual properties, promote
cooperation on joint-investment in film production, as well as provide
tax incentives for foreign film producers.
From January to August 2015, 420 foreign films were shot in Thailand,
bringing more than two billion baht to the country. After the Cabinet
approves the strategies, a road map will be organized abroad to campaign
for film shooting in Thailand.
Arrest warrant issued for another Bangkok bombing suspect
BANGKOK, 23 September 2015 (NNT) - Minburi Provincial Court has approved
an arrest warrant for another suspect involved in the August bomb
attacks at Ratchaprasong and in the Sathorn area of Bangkok.
Metropolitan Police Bureau Commissioner Lt-General Srivara
Rangsi-prammanaku has disclosed that the suspect is an as yet
unidentified man whose nationality has yet to be confirmed. He is about
30 years-old, has short hair and is able to speak Thai. The suspect is
accused of illegal possession of explosives.
Images from a closed-circuit camera at a shop in the Klongton area show
that the man went to the shop to buy metal pipes allegedly used in the
making of explosives. The bomb-making materials were found at Pool-anan
Apartment in Nong Chok District which was frequented by other suspects.
Lt-General Srivara said police were preparing to seek arrest warrants
for more suspects, adding that authorities had solid evidence to
implicate them. Police have so far issued arrest warrants to 16 people,
in connection with the bombings.
Thai police say main Bangkok bomb suspect not arrested in Malaysia
This Aug. 17, 2015, image,
released by Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri
shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before the
explosion occurred in Bangkok.(Royal Thai Police via AP)
BANGKOK, 23 September 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Thai
Police said it can’t be confirmed whether Malaysian authorities have
arrested the yellow shirted man who was seen placing the bomb at
Royal Thai Police Spokesperson, Police Lieutenant General Prawut
Thawornsiri has advised Thais to rely only on information provided by
Thai police, for accurate news of any developments in the Ratchaprasong
He added that criminals are arrested in Malaysia everyday just as they
are in Thailand, and they are not all connected to the bomb blast.
Meanwhile, Metro Police Chief Police, Major General Sriwara
Rangsipramkul said the interrogations conducted on a college student,
the wife of another bomb suspect Mr. Adul Tawab, and a taxi driver
believed to have taken the main suspect to Hua Lam Pong Train Station,
have led to the police issuing more arrest warrants.
Prayut gives assurance Thai-China railway progressing
BANGKOK, 22 September 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has pleaded with the Thai people not to put pressure
on the government over the Thai-China dual-track railway construction as
the government needs to run the project prudently to prevent corruption
being an issue. He confirmed the government is constantly following up
on the project’s progress.
The project is part of the “One Belt, One Road”
policy to restore the Silk Road linking trade and encompassing
development between Asia and Europe. Its construction is scheduled to
start in October this year.
The railway consists of two sections. The first section links China’s
Kunming City with Nong Khai, a northeastern province of Thailand. The
second part is to link Nong Khai with Bangkok, with a branch out to the
eastern province of Rayong.
Gen Prayut said that an obstacle to the project is public encroachment
on the State Railway of Thailand's land. The government is, therefore,
trying to build an understanding with those encroaching to gain their
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn confirmed to
the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, that the Thai-China railway would not
only boost tourism but also strengthen logistic infrastructure,
promoting efficient distribution of goods in the region.
Authorities on track for Bangkok Blast investigation
BANGKOK, 22 September 2015 (NNT) – Officials are
continuing their investigation, gathering all
evidence and witnesses related to the bombing
incident in Bangkok, according to the NCPO
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
Spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree has said regarding
the latest investigation progress for the
bombing incident in Bangkok on the national
television broadcast, that the court has issued
additional arrest warrants for 13 suspects, two
of which have already been captured and are
being held in custody at the central prison.
He said that the officials are now working at
full capacity to proceed with the investigation,
to assist affected persons and to take care of
the tourists. Foreign nations have been asked to
provide all available information related to the
suspects to the Thai authorities.
The general public are encouraged to report all
information that would be beneficial to the
investigation to the police or military
officials by calling the 24-hour 1515 hotline.
Ministry of Transport to support Thailand as Logistic Hub of ASEAN
BANGKOK, 21st September 2015 (NNT) -The Ministry of
Transport is supporting Thailand becoming the logistic hub of ASEAN and
the GMS, to co-ordinate with neighboring countries and to develop the
Mr. Arkom Termpittayapaisith, the Minister of Transport said today that
since Thailand is the center of ASEAN and the Greater Mekong Subregion
(GMS), all southern ASEAN countries have to pass through Thailand in
order to get to the big market in China as well as to neighboring
countries, so connectivity is the key impetus for all infrastructure to
be linked to all member states.
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has now followed up on projects,
firstly, to develop transportation infrastructure in Thailand such as
roads, rails, and bridges for ease of crossing any borders. Secondly,
the government has allocated a budget especially for the development of
highways and rural roads in the country. Thirdly, to build economic
zones at border crossing points which are also a key to engaging with
He added that there are five areas of the infrastructure development
policy which have now been endorsed by the cabinet; firstly: Intercity
Rail Network projects; to upgrade the railway system in Thailand and to
increase the speed of the trains as well. Secondly: the Mass Transit in
Bangkok project; the government is now focusing on the four lines being
prepared by the MOT they are the Pink line, Yellow line, the extension
of the Purple line, and the Orange line. Meanwhile the private sector
could join the projects as well, as the projects welcome the private
sector in the form of Public – Private Partnerships (PPP) in both the
Intercity Rail Network Project and the Mass Transit project. Besides,
the rail projects between Bangkok – Rayong, and Bangkok - Hua Hin which
will be high speed train services will be initiated by the private
sector and hopefully receive approval from the PPP committee, by the
first quarter of next year. These joint ventures demonstrate that the
private sector can be involved in all the infrastructure projects.
Launch of 24hr hotline for people to report crimes
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT) - The National
Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has established a 24-hour crime
hotline and insisted it will continue to safeguard the public against
any possible threats.
NCPO Spokesperson Colonel Winthai Suvaree said that security units have
been doing their best to provide public safety since the Ratchaprasong
blast, while also trying to be transparent about the investigation.
The spokesperson urged everyone to contact the authorities regarding any
unusual activities or people. People can call a 24-hour hotline at 1515,
as a way to help investigators solve and prevent criminal activity.
80 monkeys relocated from Bangkok's Bang Khun Thian
(NNT) - The
80 monkeys from
the Bang Kradi
Shelter in Samut
Locals of Bang
Kradi had filed
monkeys in the
80 of the 400
monkeys in the
area for medical
the wild in
The DNP assured
locals in Bang
will soon be
reach the DNP at
its hotline 1362
Government Lottery Office expresses confidence in the new reservation system
BANGKOK, 22 September 2015, (NNT) - The
Government Lottery Office (GLO) Chief is
confident that the new lottery reserve system
will operate smoothly.
GLO Chief Major General Apirat Kongsompong said
the IT system used by Krung Thai Bank (KTB) is
stable and is unlikely to experience system
failure. He ensured the public that there will
not be any issue booking tickets for the next
cycle. There are 62,586 users registered as of
September 15, of which 10,000 are new ticket
He pointed out that 20% of all users have
registered online, while the remaining 80%
registered at KTB branches. Chief Apirat expects
at most 13 million books of tickets will be
reserved in the next lottery cycle. About 83
million books will be available in the next
cycle, a significant increase from the previous
74 million books.
Major General Apirat warned vendors that selling
overpriced state lottery tickets is a crime and
is subject to investigation by the Revenue
Police Chief reveals changes in various bureaus
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT)-National Police
Chief, Police General Somyot Pumpanmuang, has
revealed that 52 police officials consisting of
commanders and deputy commanders will change
their posts 2015.
The statement comes following a meeting with the
police commission, chaired by Deputy Prime
Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit
Wongsuwan. The decision follows discussions with
Deputy Police Chief, Police General Chaktip
Chaijinda regarding the qualifications of each
individual, in regards to their abilities,
suitability, and seniority.
The police chief added that the meeting also
discussed the transfer of Central Investigation
Bureau officials, Provincial Police Regional 8
and 9 officials, as well as 32 immigration
officials. These transfers have resulted from
their involvement in human trafficking.
The meeting also agreed that the Deputy
Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, Police
Major General Nathathorn Prausoontorn, be
appointed the next Commissioner of the
Prime Minister to visit the United States this week
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT) - Deputy
Spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office Maj
Gen Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak has announced the
Prime Minister’s itinerary on his visit to the
The Prime Minister will be in New York between
September 24th and 30th to attend the United
Nations General Assembly, where he will deliver
his own address to the Assembly. He will also
attend a reception and dinner hosted by the
President of the United States, meet with
various business groups and chair an exhibition
on the sufficiency economy philosophy.
The Prime Minister will also receive an award
from the International Telecommunication Union
as part of Thailand’s participation in the 150
year old organization.
Thailand unaffected by Tier 3 ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT) - The Secretary-General of the
Department of American and South Pacific Affairs says Thailand’s
Tier 3 ranking in the Trafficking in Persons report will have no
repercussions on Thailand’s economy.
Songsak Saicheua, Thailand’s Secretary-General of the Department
of American and South Pacific Affairs, spoke at a seminar on the
matter, saying the country was downgraded to the report’s lowest
ranking due to inadequate enforcement by the authorities, lack
of proper protection for victims and a failure to address human
trafficking in the country’s fishing industry.
He said Thailand has disagreed with the assessment by the United
States and has pointed out its various successes in the past
year in empowering officials, enforcing the law and prosecuting
violators. It has since submitted a progress report to the
United States for reconsideration.
As for any repercussions from Thailand’s standing in the report,
Mr Songsak says Thailand has continued to conduct trading
activities with the United States and Europe as usual, although
the United States has suspended cultural and educational
assistance projects. He also said the President of the United
States has until October 25 to consider exempting Thailand from
various punishments associated with the Tier 3 ranking.
Minister of Agriculture to swiftly deal with landlessness
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture
and Cooperatives will expedite its registration of landless
farmers in accordance with the Prime Minister’s policy.
Agriculture Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya said yesterday that
he has instructed the Agricultural Land Reform Office to speed
up the registration process.
He said his Ministry has received numerous complaints of unfair
practice in the matter and confirmed that his Ministry will
decisively address the matter of landlessness in accordance with
the Prime Minister’s policy.
Gen Chatchai added that his Ministry will propose new assistance
measures during the drought such as more innovative farming,
livestock farming, water resource management and debt