Govt to organize alms-giving ceremony to honor HM the late King
Patcharaporn Intreyonk, Permanent Secretary to
the Prime Minister’s Office.
Bangkok - The government has
announced it will hold alms-giving ceremonies to mark Father’s Day and
National Day on December 5, which was the birthday of His Majesty the late
King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Permanent Secretary to the Prime
Minister’s Office, Patcharaporn Intreyonk, said that 901 monks will attend
an alms-giving ceremony on the morning of Dec. 5, which will be chaired by
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
A statue of Phra Buddha Borom Maha
Chakri Si Bhumibol Maharaj will also be transferred to the venue as part of
the ceremony. Similar religious gatherings are expected to be held
nationwide and at Thai temples overseas.
Participants are encouraged to wear
polite yellow clothing. They can also wear commemorative pins of His Majesty
the late King.
Bare-bottomed Americans arrested over temple photo
Bangkok (AP) — Two Americans who
maintained a social media account called "Traveling Butts" have been
arrested in Thailand after posting a photo of themselves at a famous
Buddhist temple with their rear ends exposed, police said Wednesday.
Deputy police spokesman Krisana
Pattanacharoen said the men were arrested Tuesday night at a Bangkok airport
and face public indecency charges.
The men caused an uproar in Thailand
last week after their photo taken at Bangkok's Wat Arun was widely shared,
prompting a police investigation.
The men, whom police identified only by
their first names, maintained a since-deleted Instagram account where they
posed for photos at tourist destinations around the world with their
buttocks exposed. The account had more than 14,000 followers.
Police said the men each paid a fine of
5,000 baht at a police station near the temple and have been handed over to
Police are also considering charging
the men under Thailand's computer crimes act as the image was posted online,
said Wisit Suwan, the deputy chief of the Bangkok Yai district police
Rayong taps media as part of EEC development plan
Rayong Governor Theerawat Sudsuk.
Rayong –A public meeting was
held in Rayong this week on the subject of the Eastern Economic Corridor
(EEC) and attended by public relations entities and the media. Deputy
Rayong Governor Theerawat Sudsuk, who chaired the meeting, explained to all
present that the Cabinet has approved an EEC development plan encompassing
Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao to continue the enhancement of Thailand’s
eastern seaboard. He said that the intention is to have the EEC become a
leading special economic zone in the ASEAN region, featuring efficient
infrastructure, effective city and environmental planning and a readiness to
accommodate high technology industries and tourism.
To drive the development plan, Rayong
is looking to media and public relations mechanisms, which are to play a
role in promoting all aspects of the EEC to the wider public and the
business world, so as to attract investment and confidence.
Relief bags given to flood victims in the South of Thailand
Pattani - Residents of many
parts of the South of Thailand have been urged to monitor the flood
situation closely as it continues to rain heavily in the region.
In Pattani province, the 152nd Infantry
Regimenet and local government officials provided 50 relief bags, courtesy
of His Majesty King Maha Vajilalongkorn, to local residents of Ban Padae Sae
Community in Yarang district as they have been unable to leave their homes
due to severe flooding.
In Yala province, a water pump truck
was used in Ban Tri Mitr municipality to drain the inundation, as the
community is located in a low-lying area. Twenty-two families thanked local
authorities for taking action to help them cope with the flood crisis.
According to the Yala Provincial Office
of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, at least 42 sub-districts have been
flooded since November 25. More than 17,000 homes and 7,000 rai of farmland
have been inundated.
Water levels in the Pattani and Sai
Bubri Rivers are rising continuously as rain continues across the province.
Local district offices have already been told to watch the water levels
closely and be ready to assist local residents promptly.
Traffic police aim to lower Bangkok road accidents by 50% by 2020
Bangkok - The Traffic Police
Division is in consultation with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to seek ways to lower the number of road
accidents in Bangkok.
The discussion will focus on speed
limit management to prevent and reduce traffic risk factors. Participants
will also look into successful campaigns addressing road safety in different
countries and exchange experience and studies on road crash statistics.
Commander of the traffic police Pol Maj
Gen Theerasak Suriwong said some 76 percent of all traffic fatalities in the
country resulted from drink-driving, excessive speed and traffic rule
violations, with about 23 percent resulting from vehicle and road conditions
and the remaining one percent from environment-related factors.
Statistics over several years past
indicate that 54-56 people are killed in road accidents a day in Thailand on
average. The figures correspond with the World Health Organization’s report
which estimates the number of traffic casualties in the country at 20,000
per year, the second highest in the world after Libya.
Traffic police recommend that motorists
limit their driving speed to a maximum 80 kilometers per hour when in public
places as allowed by the law. They expect to address many risk factors in a
determined bid to lower the number of road accidents in the capital city by
50 percent by 2020.
Aviation to expand from growing economy: Aerothai
Bangkok - Thailand's aviation
sector is expected to expand in 2018 thanks to a growing economy,
Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) President Sarinee Saangprasit
She said flight arrivals and departures
to and from Thailand next year are projected to grow by seven percent, with
the number of flights exceeding one million due to the growing economy.
She said many airlines are changing
their types of aircraft to bigger models to increase the number of seats
while Aerothai is ensuring Thailand's air traffic will be able to
accommodate the increased flights over the next 20 years during which the
number of flights is expected to reach 2-3 million each year.
The air traffic expansion plan will be
concluded in mid-2018, and will be further proposed to the Ministry of
Transport and the Cabinet.
The overall number of flights arriving
in and departing from airports in Thailand in 2017 is expected to amount to
about 990,000 flights, marking a five percent increase from last year but
was earlier forecast to reach nine percent. The decline was primarily due to
a sluggish global economy, zero-dollar tour scams and restricted flight
Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi international
airport is suffering from flight delays exceeding the international standard
which only allows for 20 percent of all flights to be delayed due to weather
conditions and runway improvement work.
The flight delays at Chaing Mai and
Phuket airports have not exceeded the global standard.
Aerothai is now working with 130
airlines and ground operators at airports to have an advanced plan to cope
with the situation in which an airliner is required to hover before landing
and to take care of passengers.
Campers urged to take precautions against bug bites
Uthai Thani - As camping is
becoming a popular activity in winter, health officials are warning lovers
of the outdoors to beware of insect bites, which can bring about serious
As winter has officially begun in
Thailand, Dr Manoon Sukonsakul, head of the Uthai Thani Provincial Office of
Public Health, has advised anyone planning to go camping to protect
themselves from being bitten by dangerous insects, especially anopheles
mosquitoes which are known as the carrier of malaria, and chiggers which can
cause scrub typhus.
As precautionary measures, the official
recommended campers set up their tents in open areas, avoid lounging on
grass and wear body covering outfits. Within two weeks after each trip, any
camper with insect bites should look out for symptoms such as fever,
headaches and shivering and should not hesitate to seek medical attention.
Good Samaritans helping farmers harvest rice
Surin - Volunteers and civic
minded individuals in Thailand's northeastern provinces are helping farmers
harvest their rice and are also cleaning up public areas.
In Surin province, Governor Attaporn
Singhawichai and Commander of the Peace and Order Maintaining Command of
Surin, Maj Gen Pichet Artritthirong, led local officials to a rice farm to
help its owner, Pho Meephol, harvest her crop.
In Amnat Charoen province, local
residents and soldiers joined a rice harvesting activity in Ban Huay Sawan
Community in Non Nham Tang sub-district. They said they wanted to help
farmers there cut expenses. The activity was part of an effort to preserve
the ancient rice harvesting tradition.
In Maha Sarakham province, Governor
Sa-nhae Nontachote met a group of good Samaritans, soldiers, police officers
and local government officials who gathered to clean Wang Nam Yen Temple and
to remove water hyacinth from a nearby canal.
Thais in Bali told to follow Indonesian government's advice over volcano risk
Jakarta - The Royal Thai Embassy
in Jakarta has advised Thai people on the resort island of Bali to closely
follow information and advice given by the government of Indonesia, after
local authorities raised the alert level for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to
the highest stage four.
Since the evening of November 25, Mount
Agung in northern Bali has erupted several times, spewing out volcanic ash
as high as 4,000 meters into the atmosphere. On Monday, the Indonesian
government warned people from entering the volcano's danger zone, which has
expanded to at least 10 kilometers from the crater.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, the
main airport in Bali, has closed due to the impact of the spread of volcanic
Travelers affected by the airport
closure have been advised to contact their airlines to receive the latest
advice on their individual itineraries and travel insurance policies.
Meanwhile, Thai nationals in Bali have
been advised to register with the Royal Thai Embassy in Jakarta.
Mareeya misses top 3 but still wows at Miss Universe
Bangkok – The Thai entrant for
the Miss Universe 2017 title, Mareeya Poonlertlarp, finished her run at the
pageant in the top 5 but was unable to make it into the final 3, with Miss
South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, taking the crown.
Mareeya was cheered on by Thais across
the world in the lead up to the latest Miss Universe contest as she
performed stunningly in each round. The Kingdom was especially excited to
learn Mareeya had made it into the top 5 semi-finalists at the event,
broadcast live globally early Monday morning.
Asked “What is a key driver for your
generation’s society, and why?” during the contest, Mareeya responded, “the
transition to an aging society, investment in human resources and youth are
what we should be focusing on, especially as youths are the future of our
She was nonetheless unable to move on
into the top 3 finalists, edged out by Jamaica, Colombia and South Africa.
She is still being lauded by her
countrymen for showing the best performance in 29 years; the last Thai
person to win Miss Universe was in 1988.
Four Uighur refugees arrested after escaping from detention center
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Police
has revealed that 4 of the 20 Uighur refugees, who escaped recently from the
Immigration Detention Center, have already been arrested.
Police spokesman, Pol Col Kritsana
Pattanajaroen disclosed said the search for the remaining 16 Uighur
refugees, who were able to escape the detention center in Songkhla last
Monday, is still ongoing.
Deputy National Police Chief, Pol Gen
Srivara Ransibrahmanakul is expected to visit Immigration Division 6 on
Tuesday, to follow up on the search personally. He has also ordered an
investigation to be carried out to find out why Phuket police released 1,730
illegal migrants instead of sending them to the Immigration Bureau according
to the standard procedures.
There are around 4,300 other illegal
aliens nationwide who still remain unaccounted for by the Immigration
Bureau. Pol Gen Srivara said any officers found to have released them
illegally will be prosecuted.
Welfare card use hitting targets
Bangkok - The Ministry of
Commerce is looking into allowing welfare cards to be used to purchase
cooking gas, after recording over 5 billion baht spent via the cards since
they were introduced on October 1.
Commerce Minister Sonthirat
Sonthijirawong announced Monday that all 18,000 Electronic Data Capture
(EDC) machines will be installed as planned to accommodate welfare card
users across the country. He said that from the beginning of October to
mid-November, more than 5 billion baht was spent via the cards, meaning that
over 90 percent of the country’s 11 million card holders are using them
regularly. It is believed that once all the EDC machines are installed,
total spending will quickly exceed 6 billion baht, the target of the
Both the Ministry of Finance and the
Ministry of Energy are currently discussing how to add cooking gas to the
list of goods that can be purchased with the cards but have noted some
The Commerce Ministry is surveying the
nation’s Blue Flag shops to make sure they are all easily accessible. If it
is found that some of the shops are not located as intended by the program,
the Ministry of Finance will be tasked with allotting budget to remedy the
DPM Wissanu: Resurrection of Thaksin cases not violation of human rights
Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
Bangkok - Deputy Prime Minister
Wissanu Krea-ngam has asserted that the resurrection of cases against
ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is not in violation of human rights.
Speaking to members of the media, the
deputy prime minister for legal affairs said the Office of the Attorney
General’s decision to request the Supreme Court to revive two high-profile
cases against the former premier, is neither in violation of human rights
nor the criminal justice system.
He added that the move is in compliance
with Article 28 of the Criminal Procedures for Political Office Holders Act,
one of the 10 organic laws drafted by the Constitution Drafting Commission.
Article 28 allows court procedures to
be carried out in absentia or without the presence of the defendant.
The two cases against Thaksin involve
the Krungthai Bank loan scandal and the conversion of satellite and mobile
phone concession fees into excise tax.
Southeastern coast to see more heavy rain
Songkhla - The Southern
Metrological Center has issued another warning of heavy rain and possible
flash floods in the east coast from November 27 to 30.
The Director of the Southern
Metrological Center, Phayao Muangngam, said the center had issued the 15th
weather advisory regarding strong winds and heavy rains over the east coast
of the southern region.
These conditions will affect most areas
of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and
Narathiwat. Heavy rain is also expected in some areas of Chumphon and Surat
Villagers in these areas are advised to
be cautious of potential danger during this period, including flash floods
and river overflow.
Rough sea is also expected in the Gulf
of Thailand with wave height reaching two to three meters. Residents along
the shoreline are advised to be cautions of potential danger from strong
winds and waves. Small boats are advised to stay ashore. The local people
are advised to closely monitor the weather development.
Thailand posts increased visitor numbers for January-October 2017
Bangkok – Thailand welcomed over
28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017 and earned
1.47 trillion baht in tourism revenue, Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, recently told a press
conference on the kingdom’s tourism performance. Both figures represented
increases over 2016.
The precise number of overseas tourists
for the 10 months of January to October was 28,824,753, an increase of 6.69
percent over the same period of 2016. Tourism revenue generated was
1,472,698.81 baht, up 9.31 percent over the 2016 period.
For the month of October 2017, the
number of foreign tourists jumped 20.92 percent over October 2016 to
2,723,971. Tourism revenue for October 2017 also rose significantly, up
24.38 percent to a little over 142.63 billion baht.
Among source markets, Southeast Asia
stood out with 29.38 percent growth in tourists sent to Thailand during
October. The top 10 individual markets were China, Malaysia, Lao PDR., South
Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, the US and UK.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of
Thailand Governor, commented: “With the launch in November of the TAT’s new
‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ marketing concept, which focuses on
segments like sports, gastronomy, weddings and honeymoons, luxury and
community-based tourism, we’re confident of even higher visitor growth.”
Thailand’s domestic tourism sector also
showed positive growth. January to September 2017 saw Thais make 109.15
million trips in their own country (up 6.32 percent over the same 2016
period) generating more than 695.23 billion baht in revenue (up 7.34 percent
over the same 2016 period).
Combining the overseas and domestic
markets, total tourism revenue for January to October 2017 amounted to
2,167,932.74 baht, an 8.67 percent rise over the same 2016 period.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports
highlighted the main reasons behind the growth in tourist numbers and
revenue, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s lifting
in October of the red flag imposed on Thailand since 2015 over significant
safety concerns in its aviation sector. This, Pongpanu said, had since
resulted in a lot of requests for more flights into Don Mueang International
Airport, the second of Bangkok’s two main airports.
Also, Thai Airways International
launched a new four times weekly direct Bangkok-Vienna route in November and
NewGen Airways introduced new flights from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai
and Phuket, among several new routes and increased flight frequencies by
both Thai and international carriers.
Kanchanaburi to hold food & travel festival in December
Kanchanaburi - Various
agencies of Kanchanaburi province held a press conference over the
weekend to announce an upcoming food festival.
Chiefs and representatives of
different agencies gathered at Kanchanaburi’s old city gate to publicize
the fifth Food & Travel Festival. The event will take place from 8th to
10th December at the plaza near the 6th Cycle Hall in the capital
The festival will treat visitors to
a variety of dishes offered by food outlets awarded Clean Food Good
Taste and Q certifications by the Ministry of Public Health, and the
National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards.
The event is aimed at encouraging
food industry operators to keep improving the quality of their products
and services and promoting tourism of Kanchanaburi.