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Update June 19, 2018

Authorities crackdown on touts in Bangkok

 

NNT

Bangkok - The Tourist Police Bureau have continued to crack down on illegal behavior by public transportation vehicles in Bangkok to help reduce traffic congestion and protect the country’s tourism reputation.

Officials have been stationed in front of the Grand Palace to inspect the ID cards of tour guides and check whether they are adhering to their itineraries. Surveys of tuk tuks or auto rickshaws and taxis in front of Na Phra Lan Road and Tha Chang Pier have resulted in fewer instances of idle parking. Authorities have been enforcing the Land Traffic Act to issue fines of up to 1,000 baht for illegal parking. On the day of the survey, police revealed that around 20 auto rickshaws and taxis had been fined.

Tourist Police and relevant agencies had earlier implemented stringent measures to prevent auto rickshaws and taxis from taking advantage of tourists. Authorities registered over 500 auto rickshaws and taxi drivers and advised them against involvement in illegal practices such as price gouging, offering to take tourists to pre-arranged shops, claiming that the Grand Palace is closed, or forcing tourists to purchase goods.

Those who wish to report illegal behavior by auto rickshaws and taxis or provide suggestions can contact their local police station or call the hotline, 1155.


Red flags installed along southern coastline to mark dangerous zones

NNT

Phang Nga - Officials have erected red flags along the southern shoreline to warn tourists of dangerous areas in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, as harsh winds and strong waves dominate the region.

Pounding waves have reportedly uprooted pine trees near beaches in Phang Nga province. The trees were planted to absorb the impact of strong waves. Hotel operators have instructed employees to erect barriers, while officials have marked all dangerous zones as a safety measure.

Similarly in Phuket, a storm brought down several trees in Muang, Thalang and Kathu districts, blocking routes and destroying homes. Severe weather conditions are preventing tourists and vendors from entering the beaches of Patong, Karon, Kata, Surin and Kamala.

In Ranong Province, rescuers from the Ranong Welfare Foundation were dispatched to recover a car that was washed away by a recent flood in Suk Samran district. The owner of the vehicle was able to escape, but his wife was trapped. Officials have since located the car but did not find the woman who remained missing as of Monday morning.

Meanwhile in Kapoe district, Ranong provincial police and military officers have been dispatched to remove fallen trees and repair damaged residences.


Wildlife enforcement task force to reclaim encroached reserved forest

NNT

Bangkok - A special task force of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is in the process of reclaiming encroached forest reserves.

The Director of the DNP office in Udon Thani, Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn, recently led more than 100 officers from the Phaya Sua wildlife enforcement task force and related units in Bueng Kan province to reclaim encroached land in Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve, Phu Langka National Park and Bueng Khong Long Non-Hunting Area.

During their visit to a suspected illegal rubber plantation, the team came across 105 rai of land that had been encroached upon within Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve, along with two suspects, both government officials, who have also built permanent residences there.

The DNP office in Udon Thani is in charge of six northeastern provinces, including Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, Bueng Kan and Nakhon Phanom.

It has identified encroachment of over 10,000 rai of reserved forest in these provinces and plans to complete reclamation by September 30.


Government tackles school lunch problem

 

NNT

Bangkok - The Department of Local Administration organized a seminar recently to discuss the provision of school lunches to ensure healthy meals for students. The seminar was attended by more than 400 educational personnel from local administrative organizations.

Head of the Nutrition Association of Thailand under the Royal Patronage, Sa-nga Damaphong, said in the future Thailand will need to have a nutritionist at each sub-district to manage the food consumption of children and adolescents. The association will urgently roll out the Online Thai School Lunch system to plan lunches for students and efficiently manage lunch budgets for schools. Furthermore, teachers and cooks will be educated about nutrition, said Sa-nga.

Director-General of the Department of Local Administration, Sutthiphong Chuncharoen, confirmed Sunday that the issue of school lunches is a government priority and said he agreed with the use of the Online Thai School Lunch system. A committee will be formed to randomly inspect school lunch arrangements on a continuous basis.

Community Nutritionist from Mahidol Unniversity, Uraiphon Chitchaeng said there were problems in providing nutritious school lunches and stressed that teachers or personnel in an academic institution must acquire knowledge on nutrition and realize the importance of healthy meals for students.


Update June 18, 2018

Chiang Mai Night Safari celebrates golden tiger's birthday

Goldie the golden tiger.

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Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai Night Safari held a birthday celebration Saturday for Goldie the golden tiger, along with other enrichment programs for zoo animals.

Safari staff gave a cake made with meat and leaves and sang happy birthday to the five-year-old female golden tabby tiger who was born on 16 June.

The golden tabby tiger, also known as strawberry tiger, is a rare breed of animal, with only 50 of them known to be living in this world, all in zoos or special breeding centers. The fur of this tiger is gold in color caused by a recessive gene.

The zoo is also holding enrichment activities for other animals to restore their natural instincts.


Health Ministry warns of rising pneumonia risk among children

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Bangkok - The Public Health Ministry is warning citizens to beware of the rising risk of pneumonia during the rainy season, particularly among both young and elderly family members.

Deputy Permanent Secretary and spokesman of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, said that unstable weather conditions, which bring both heat and rain, pose a risk to people with health problems or a low immune system, especially those who are younger than five years old as well as older people with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, pneumonitis or diabetes.

Dr. Opas noted that people with these issues may contract colds or influenza easily and their condition may be further complicated by pneumonia, which is the No.1 cause of fatalities among those suffering from any type of infectious disease.

According to Dr. Opas, there are seven groups of at-risk people, including women at least four months pregnant, children aged between six months and two years, people with chronic illnesses, the elderly aged over 65 years, cerebral palsy patients, people with thalassemia, immunodeficiency or HIV, and people who weigh over 100 kilograms.

The Public Health Ministry spokesman is now urging all at-risk people to be vaccinated to prevent the chance of catching influenza or pneumonia as soon as possible.


Emergency decree lifted in seven Southern districts

 

NNT

Pattani - The government has declared the lifting of the emergency decree in seven southern border districts following a decline in violence in the far South.

According to Spokesperson of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4, Col. Pramote Prom-in, the revocation of the state of emergency in Su-ngai Kolok district of Narathiwat province was declared in the government gazette on 13th June and will come into effect from 20th June onwards.

The government earlier repealed the emergency decrees covering Mae Lan district of Pattani province, Betong district of Yala province and four others in Songkhla province. ISOC Region 4 has requested that a security decree be declared in Betong and Su-ngai Kolok in place of the emergency decree.

Meanwhile, ISOC Region 4 has decided to extend the state of emergency in the other districts of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani, with the exception of Su-ngai Kolok, Betong and Mae Lan, for another three months, starting from 20th June.


PTT develops new payment system for gas stations

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Bangkok - PTT and Kasikornbank recently signed an agreement to develop the PTT e-Wallet system. The system is expected to be launched in the last quarter of this year in keeping with the national e-payment policy of the government, which encourages more use of financial technology.

Chiraporn Khaosawat, Deputy Managing Director of the Oil Business Unit of PTT Co., Ltd., said the e-Wallet system is designed as an alternative for customers in paying for goods and services at gas stations.

Since April, PTT has been using the system of paying for goods using QR codes. As a result, 20% more customers have come in to use the system. Therefore, it is likely that there will be more people turning up to make payments using the new electronic system.

Pridi Daochai, Managing Director of Kasikornbank, said that the PTT e-Wallet will link with the bank’s K Plus application, making the system safe and capable of linking with other systems that will be developed in the future.


Update June 16 - 17, 2018

Thai, Philippine officials bust call center scam in Manila

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Bangkok - Thai Tourist Police have worked with the Philippines’ Immigration Bureau to bring down a scam call center based in Manila that has been targeting Thais for over a year, finding a number of Thais working at the center under three Taiwanese operators.

Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, head of the Telephone and Electronic Media Scam Suppression and Prevention Center of the Royal Thai Police, announced the take down of the Manila center, revealing 16 Thais were involved in the operation.

The center had been in operation for over a year and had recently deceived one Thai victim in transferring close to 2 million baht from Nonthaburi province.

Pol Maj Gen Surachet said the center in the Philippines was one of the larger of such operations. It used electronic banking services to avoid the need for ATM machines and deceived victims by claiming costs for exported goods or by presenting stories of forced labor abroad.

The deputy commander said the Philippines’ cooperation with his unit and allowance for Thai police to be a part of the raid was in line with the One World One Team concept currently being implemented throughout the region.


Fishing restrictions imposed over Bangkok Bay

NNT

Samut Prakan - The Department of Fisheries has imposed restrictions on fishing over the Bay of Bangkok during the summer months.

Every year during June and July, the Bay of Bangkok is home to many migrating marine animals, and the restrictions will help minimize the impact of fishing activities while promoting sustainability of marine resources.

The Assistant to the Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Niwat Sutheemeechaikul, said fishing vessels are prohibited from using certain fishing equipment during the breeding season, from now until September.

According to the Department of Fisheries, its measures carried out in the previous years had proven to help improve the sea environment, as reflected from the increasing number of marine animals.


Agencies begin effort to suppress gambling on the World Cup

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Bangkok - Relevant agencies have brought anti-gambling measures into full operation now that the World Cup has begun.

Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakan undertook inspections Thursday of restaurants and entertainment venues in the RCA and Ratchadaphisek areas of Bangkok looking for signs of football betting on the first day of World Cup 2018. He has asked for cooperation from education institutions to dissuade students from gambling and revealed that the owner of one bookie website was arrested on June 1 along with raids on several betting dens.

Deputy Commander of the Metropolitan Police Pol Maj Gen Panurat Lakboon, who is directing the World Cup 2018 Gambling Suppression and Prevention Center, says arrest warrants have been issued for 15 net idols and pretties who were promoting online betting. Among them are noted individuals Jesse Ward and Saitarn Wangprasert. They have been instructed to report to police on June 20.

The Stop Gambling Network has at the same time launched the campaign “No One’s Betting on this World Cup” and has had fancy-dressed promoters pass out pamphlets on the ills of gambling, focusing on youths.

The Health Promotion Foundation’s Gambling Studies Center believes 2.4 million Thais are engaged in football betting with combined funds of 140 billion baht. Up to 82.6 percent of youths who begin gambling on football are likely to expand such behavior into other risk areas throughout their lives.


Passengers can now pay for public bus fares with QR code

NNT

Bangkok - The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has launched a QR Code payment system to facilitate bus passengers in a bid to move Thailand towards a cashless society.

Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith on Thursday demonstrated how to pay for BMTA bus fares with a QR code which can be scanned with a payment application of any bank. The QR code is displayed on the bus.

Krung Thai Bank has installed the QR code system on 36 Airport Buses to facilitate tourists traveling to the city center.

The QR code system has been piloted on the A1 route from Don Mueang - Mo Chit and A2 route from Don Mueang - Victory Monument since 4th June 2018. More than 300 passengers pay their fares with the QR code per bus per day. The BMTA expects that the QR code users will increase by 10% in the short term.

The BMTA will use the QR code system with two more airport transit routes on 1st July before expanding the service to other routes where fares are based on the distance involved.


Update June 15, 2018

Thailand welcomes President of Myanmar on official visit

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Bangkok - The President of Myanmar arrived in Thailand on Thursday to attend the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting and also to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

President U Win Myint arrived with his wife and entourage for the first time since assuming office in March this year. He was greeted by Privy Councilor Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya and Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, in a ceremony of honor on his arrival in Bangkok.

The Myanmar leader then visited the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha before traveling to Government House to meet with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss bilateral relations and attend a state dinner in his honor.

The Myanmar President is also scheduled to attend the eighth ACMECS Summit on enhancing connectivity in the Mekong Greater Subregion.

Myanmar is Thailand’s 6th largest trading partner in ASEAN with mutual trade topping 220 billion baht last year.


Police to patrol entertainment venues during World Cup 2018

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Bangkok - Police are being mobilized to prevent gambling during FIFA World Cup 2018, which began Thursday.

The Command Center for Combating Football Gambling of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, disclosed that since May 1, a total of 722 people have been arrested for illegal football betting, along with 763 others who placed bets online.

In addition, 15 internet celebrities will also be summoned by police on June 20 after allegedly sharing messages on social media encouraging people to gamble.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau has also instructed its units across Bangkok to patrol restaurants and entertainment venues where the World Cup is being broadcast.

Anyone found involved in gambling will be prosecuted according to the Gambling Act and by the order of the National Council for Peace and Order. Food and beverage businesses that support any form of football gambling will be shut down for five years.


39-year old man extolled for pulling toddler out of burning car

Prasit Saraban.

NNT

Samut Sakhon - A 39-year-old truck driver, who risked his life to save a toddler caught inside a burning car in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday, said he too had a daughter at home and did not fear for his own life when saving the child.

Prasit Saraban saw a car engulfed in flames on Mitrapab Road while on his way back to Samut Sakhon province where his company is located. He got out of his truck to offer help and found that the only passenger left in the flaming vehicle was a toddler. He rushed to the car and managed to pull the baby out of the blazing vehicle.

Prasit, who works for Sanki Quality Product, received a warm welcome Thursday from his colleagues, who had learnt about his heroic act. He said he was determined to help the toddler because he has a daughter too. Prasit also wants people to help each other in a time of crisis.


Officials crack down on unauthorized importation of electronic waste

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Chachoengsao - The Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) visited Chachoengsao province this week to inspect factories that have been processing imported electronic waste without the proper permits.

WMD Thai Recycling Limited, located in Plaeng Yao district, is licensed to conduct only domestic electronic waste separation. However, authorities recently found it had been processing waste imported by JPS Metal Group International Limited. Officials also collected water samples at the factory to test for contamination and possible impact on the environment.

Currently, seven factories in Thailand have been granted an import license for electronic waste. However, recent inspections discovered that five of the licensed factories have been forwarding their imported waste to unlicensed processing plants. The DIW has since suspended the licenses of the five factories and ordered them to recall any waste transported to unlicensed plants.


Update June 14, 2018

Elephant football match held in Ayutthaya to welcome FIFA World Cup 2018

NNT

Ayutthaya - A group of students played football against a team of nine domesticated elephants at Ayutthaya Witayalai School this week to mark the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 being staged in Russia.

Flags of countries that are the favorites at the World Cup were painted on the elephants. The competition brought smiles to the faces of many visitors.

The manager of Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, Ithiphan Kaolamai, said these elephants had been trained to play football ahead of the friendly match against the humans.

It's hoped the football match will help raise public awareness of the problem of gambling on sporting events.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 begins on Thursday.


More preparations as general election nears realization

CDC Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan.

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Bangkok - Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan has expressed confidence the general election will take place according to the government’s roadmap and the Prime Minister’s proclamation of February next year, apart from any unexpected obstacles.

Meechai explained that the Constitution indicates that once all necessary legislation for a general election takes effect, the poll must take place within 150 days. Steps towards holding the vote include the division of polling zones by the EC and primary voting within parties to select candidates. The CDC head noted the 150 days does not include the time it will take to count votes with an extra 60 days from the conclusion of polling allotted for the counting process. He has nonetheless recommended the EC issue regulations on polling zones and other matters so that work can begin during the 90 day period, while the nation is waiting for legislation on MPs to take effect.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha meanwhile says his administration is doing all it can to clear the way towards a general election but is also resolute in following all required steps. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has forwarded legislation concerning the origin of Members of Parliament (MPs) to the Prime Minister to seek royal approval, while the Deputy Prime Minister for legal affairs has called for a meeting with both the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) and Election Commission (EC).

EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen, explained that the 5.8 billion baht allotted for the general election is actually the usual 3 billion baht for the process with added funding for provincial election auditors who must be paid travel, lodging and other expenses. Other costs include assistants for auditors, printing of ballots, campaign posters, data collection, protection of witnesses of election fraud and awards for whistle blowers. The funding is to come from the central budget rather than the expenditure budget.


No monks at Khon Kaen temple involved in embezzlement case

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Khon Kaen - Counter Corruption Division (CCD) police say no monks at Wat That Pra Aram Luang Temple in Khon Kaen province were involved in the embezzlement of state funds.

According to the report, the National Office of Buddhism (ONAB) had previously allocated 10 million baht to Wat That Pra Aram Luang to support monks’ education. A former high ranking official at the ONAB allegedly asked for a sum of 9 million baht to be transferred to his account in 2013, leaving only 1 million baht for the temple.

The police spoke to the temple's assistant abbot, Phra Kru Si Wisutthiwat, regarding the transfer and found that monks were not involved in the embezzlement.

The CCD police have so far spoken to three witnesses who claimed they knew which officials were involved in the illegal transfer of the nine million baht. The National Anti-Corruption Commission and the ONAB will be notified of progress.


Customs Dept ramps up inspection of shipping containers

NNT

Bangkok - Following the recent smuggling of hazardous waste into the country, the Customs Department is ramping up its inspection of shipping containers and rejecting items that have not been declared.

Deputy Spokesperson of the Customs Department, Kreeta Kerdsipan revealed that since 2017, the country has imported up to 357,000 metric tons of plastic waste and 116,000 metric tons of electronic scrap. The quantity is expected to increase, following China’s ban on imports of plastic waste and electronic scrap in 2017.

Recently, Bangkok Port impounded 33 containers of electronic scrap mixed with copper and metal scrap. Laem Chabang Port also impounded between 80 and 90 containers and has since rejected 40 that contained over 90% plastic waste.

The Customs Department and the Department of Industrial Works have cooperated to ramp up the inspection process by x-ray screening all containers, instead of inspecting containers at random. Those found in violation will have their import licenses revoked.

According to a 2008 announcement by the Ministry of Industry, importers must obtain a license from the Department of Industrial Works to import plastic or electronic waste. Electronic waste can only be used as raw material for industrial purposes, and plastic waste must be separated by category. If found in violation of customs regulations, the importer must return the shipment to the country of origin and bear the costs themselves.


Update June 13, 2018

Sattahip warned of risks at sea at harsh weather continues

NNT

Chonburi - Sattahip District Chief Anucha Intasorn has issued a warning against swimming in the ocean at this time, and for small boats to stay in port. A strong monsoon system in the area has whipped up waves of 2-3 meters and Sattahip, Samaesarn, Bang Sare, and Jomtien are all under threat of dangerous wave action, which could even pose a threat to people on shore.

Meanwhile in other parts of the country soldiers and other workers have installed a 60 meter long Bailey Bridge on Highway 2094 connecting Seka district of Bueng Kan province to Akasamnuay district of Sakon Nakhon after flood waters undermined the two lane road, stopping traffic since June 8. The temporary bridge has allowed travel to resume but drivers are being told to proceed with caution.

In Nong Khai province, large water pumps have been setup in Wat Tat community due to heavy rains flooding the area. The two 60 centimeter pipe pumps, worth over 18 million baht, will permanently keep water flowing through the area’s drainage pipes to speed up its release into the main river.


Preparations being made to receive Myanmar President

Myanmar President Win Myint.

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Bangkok - Preparations have been made to receive Myanmar President Win Myint for his first ever official visit to Thailand since taking office in March of this year and to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Thai Embassy in Myanmar.

President Win Myint is to travel to Thailand as a guest of the government and is scheduled to discuss a variety of matters with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha on June 14 before attending the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Leaders’ Summit from June 15-16.


Community wastes to be turned into refuse-derived fuel

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Pollution Control Department is set to turn community waste into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to make energy provision more sustainable.

The PCD held a strategic meeting this week on waste management with representatives from related agencies. The meeting discussed the production of RDF and drafted criteria for identifying fuel worthy materials from community waste.

They are also planning to ask the natural environment committee to lay down waste sorting standards for communities to follow and develop a waste purchase contract between RDF suppliers and buyers to prevent purchase irregularities.

In addition, they will urge the government to set up a supply chain network between cement factories and waste treatment plants, provide them with financial support in the event of declining fuel prices and prevent illegal waste disposal.


Tourist arrivals up in Satun, after border checkpoint renovation

NNT

Satun - The newly renovated Wang Prachan border checkpoint in Satun province has provided more convenience to people travelling between Thailand and Malaysia.

A customs officer in Thailand's southern province, Sivakrit Jenvipit, said the renovation was completed on May 8 this year.

Sivakrit said Wang Prachan border checkpoint facilitates a large number of tourists who wish to visit Lipe Island and Satun Geopark as well as transportation between Thailand and Malaysia. He said people at the checkpoint can also buy various products at shops along the border.

He added that people without a border pass are not permitted to travel through the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoints.


Update June 12, 2018

ISOC apprehends Indian loan sharks in Ang Thong

NNT

Ang Thong - Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) soldiers have apprehended a gang of loan sharks from India operating in Ang Thong province after the group began threatening debtors.

The ISOC unit detained 38 year old Sir Ram and 27 year old Bang Res after it was reported they were providing informal loans in the Ang Thong Market area. They were apprehended with 4,970 baht in cash and two mobile phones. They were reported through the government’s 1111 hotline.

While the two denied the accusations and initially appeared to be unable to communicate in Thai, authorities had already conducted surveillance on them and collected witness accounts of their activity. They are to be charged with illegal entry as well as illegal loan provision.

One witness claimed the gang was offering loans with 20 percent interest rates and using threats of violence to ensure repayment.

It is believed the Ang Thong loan sharks are part of a network run by Bang Rayel, who was recently arrested and deported to his home country. Authorities are to expand the latest detainments to upend the network, suspected to be operating in Suphanburi, Singhburi and Saraburi.


All regions told to be on alert as heavy rains to continue

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Kanchanaburi - Rainy conditions have put many areas in Thailand on alert for flooding with the Songkalia River in Kanchanaburi province already bursting its banks and pushing riverside vendors to onto higher ground.

Four days of heavy rain raised the Songkalia River, located in Sangklaburi district of Kanchanaburi province, over its banks. The rapid waters flooded into restaurants and tourist areas along the river and pushed vendors onto higher ground. A repeat of a severe flood in 2013 is feared by locals with authorities keeping a close eye on the situation and preparing manpower and equipment to aid citizens if the situation turns critical.

In the south on the nation, strong winds and rains in Phattalung province have felled trees along public roads such as Petchkasem in Muang Phattalung. A main passage to Hat Yai and Songkla, the loss of both in and outbound lanes of the road resulted in an over 3 kilometer traffic jam that required both police and disaster prevention and mitigation authorities to work together to clear up.

Citizens across the country are being urged to prepare for more rains at this time as a monsoon front is persisting over the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. Another monsoon system is progressing from Myanmar and upper Vietnam towards Thailand and will dump rain on the north and east of Thailand. Citizens are warned of flash floods and other impacts from heavy rains.


Anti-gambling messages will be screened during World Cup 2018

NNT

Bangkok - The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and partners have collaborated on a short film project to immunize Thai adolescents against gambling on World Cup games this year.

The short film project is a collaboration between the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and their partner networks. Eight-minute-long short films, produced by students, will be shown during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in the hope of raising awareness of the dangers of gambling during the competition.

The short film project was initiated following the foundation’s survey which found that soccer gambling was the type of online gambling that appealed most to adolescents. More than 600,000 adolescents became addicted to online gambling over the past year.

The five short films, including “Siang,” “In the End,” “Khu Trong Kham,” “Sball Bet” and “Just Do It” will be shown on the media outlets of the partner networks of ThaiHealth and the ministry during the broadcast of World Cup games.


Kan Yao durian sells for record 800,000 baht

NNT

Nonthaburi - A recent auction held at the "Nonthaburi: The King of Durian" expo sold a Kan Yao durian for a record 800,000 baht while the top nine durians fetched a combined 2.74 million baht.

The record-breaking Kan Yao durian from Suan Rattida was purchased by Chaiwat Jamnongkan, with the proceeds going to charity. The sale topped last year's record of 310,000 baht.

The next highest auction price was 510,000 baht for a Mon Thong durian from Suan Lung Moo. Meanwhile, Suan Pa Toi Lung Moo produced two Mon Thong durians that sold for 270,000 and 180,000 baht, as well as a Sao Noi durian that fetched 210,000 baht. Suan Apiranya auctioned off two Mon Thongs for 180,000 and 160,000 baht. Suan Nitra fetched 250,000 baht for its Mon Thong, while Suan Natticha’s Kan Yao was sold for 200,000 baht.

The King of Durian expo is held to promote excellence in durian farming, a historically significant trade of Nonthaburi province.


Update June 11, 2018

Government pledges promotion of Buddhism

Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd.

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Bangkok - The government has made a pledge to promote Buddhism while warning groups with ill intentions to cease any activities to undermine people’s beliefs and faith.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that there have been attempts to create misunderstanding in the country, led by certain groups of people who have tried to divert public attention to a Ramadan feast at Government House and the government’s allocation of special budget to construct new mosques nationwide.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern stated that such attempts have been made through claims that the government has been concealing these issues by the sharing of messages and photographs related to the recent arrests of senior Buddhist monks.

The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman stated that such news is groundless and brushed aside claims that the Prime Minister is Muslim while giving an assurance that Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, as the government leader, is responsible for the promotion of all religions in the country.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern said that the Ramadan feast at Government House has been an annual activity of all governments.

He went on to say that the budget allocation for religious support has been approved according to clear regulations, while the construction budget for many mosques has mostly been acquired through local donations.

The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman urged all ill-intentioned groups to stop any attempts to cause further confusion in the country while asking the public to receive news with a clear conscience.


King’s birthday celebration t-shirts now available

NNT

Bangkok - Members of the public can now purchase t-shirts bearing pictures drawn by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The t-shirts are sold at the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office which is located inside Government House.

Printed with pictures drawn by His Majesty the King himself, the shirts can be worn on all occasions and throughout July which is the birthday anniversary month of His Majesty.

They come in two colors, yellow and white, and cost 299 baht each.

The royal birthday is on July 28 which coincides with two religious occasions - Asaha Puja Day and the beginning of the Buddhist Rains Retreat.


Peerasak: There will be election

Peerasak Porjit.

NNT

Bangkok - Peerasak Porjit, the second vice president of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand (NLA), has reiterated that a general election will take place, but the date will be determined by the Election Commission (EC).

In response to a pro-election activist group’s request to hold an election this November, Peerasak confirmed that the country will go to the polls once everything is in place including election related laws, the readiness of political parties, and the political atmosphere, and that the exact election date will be announced by the electoral organ.

He also denied allegations that the legislature’s recent visits to various cities and communities were to gain public support ahead of the national polls, saying the sole intention of the lawmakers visits is to hear people’s problems first-hand, so that they can introduce legislative measures to address the issues.

Problems the lawmakers have found are informal debts, the agricultural price slump, high living expenses, road collapses caused by canal dredging, and limited access to the state social welfare program.

Peerasak promised that people’s concerns will be heard by the prime minister and responsible agencies.


Govt wants offshore businesses to bring money home

NNT

Vietnam - The government will grant incentives to offshore companies that bring home overseas cash, according to the Ministry of Industry.

Industry Minister Somchai Hanhiran, recently led his team to inspect Thai businesses in Vietnam consisting of the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), and Amata Corporation Public Company Limited (AMATA) which have built industrial parks in many Vietnamese cities, and Siam Cement Public Company Limited (SCG) which has been in Vietnam for over a decade.

Vietnam has seen an upward trend in its economic growth thanks to several infrastructure development projects and booming exports, on top of its partnership and cooperation with other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the minister, the Thai government will come up with measures and incentives to encourage Thai companies with offshore subsidiaries to bring money home, a move believed to benefit the Thai economy and streamline the expansion of Thai businesses overseas.
 


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Authorities crackdown on touts in Bangkok

Red flags installed along southern coastline to mark dangerous zones

Wildlife enforcement task force to reclaim encroached reserved forest

Government tackles school lunch problem


Chiang Mai Night Safari celebrates golden tiger's birthday

Health Ministry warns of rising pneumonia risk among children

Emergency decree lifted in seven Southern districts

PTT develops new payment system for gas stations


Thai, Philippine officials bust call center scam in Manila

Fishing restrictions imposed over Bangkok Bay

Agencies begin effort to suppress gambling on the World Cup

Passengers can now pay for public bus fares with QR code


Thailand welcomes President of Myanmar on official visit

Police to patrol entertainment venues during World Cup 2018

39-year old man extolled for pulling toddler out of burning car

Officials crack down on unauthorized importation of electronic waste


Elephant football match held in Ayutthaya to welcome FIFA World Cup 2018

More preparations as general election nears realization

No monks at Khon Kaen temple involved in embezzlement case

Customs Dept ramps up inspection of shipping containers


Sattahip warned of risks at sea at harsh weather continues

Preparations being made to receive Myanmar President

Community wastes to be turned into refuse-derived fuel

Tourist arrivals up in Satun, after border checkpoint renovation


ISOC apprehends Indian loan sharks in Ang Thong

All regions told to be on alert as heavy rains to continue

Anti-gambling messages will be screened during World Cup 2018

Kan Yao durian sells for record 800,000 baht


Government pledges promotion of Buddhism

King’s birthday celebration t-shirts now available

Peerasak: There will be election

Govt wants offshore businesses to bring money home

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