DPM Wissanu: PM ready to engage in parliamentary debate
Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Wissanu
Bangkok - The Secretariat of the House of
Representatives has informed the cabinet of a motion to hold a non-binding
debate over an alleged incomplete oath of allegiance of Prime Minister Gen.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, with the Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Wissanu
Krea-ngam, assuring that the PM will personally handle the discussion and
that a request for the Constitutional Court to review the issue will not
impede state work.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu said the administration
is ready to answer any questions posed by the Constitutional Court
concerning its incomplete oath-taking and added that the process will not
impede its work. He declined to speculate on whether a royal inscription of
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua would clear up
the matter, saying only it had boosted the morale of the cabinet members.
On the parliamentary debate, the Deputy Prime Minister
said Gen. Prayut will be present to address queries personally and assured
he was not evading questions.
The Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office,
Tewan Lipatapanlop, as coordinator of the government whip and the
parliament, said a meeting will take place on September 2, 2019, to discuss
the debate, and greater clarity will follow.
The Secretary-General of the House of Representatives,
Sorasak Pienvej, made known a memorandum has been dispatched to inform the
cabinet of the motion for the debate, and the administration can now
indicate its most convenient date. Sorasak said it is within the cabinet’s
rights to delay the debate until after the parliament concludes in November.
He acknowledged the House Speaker’s wish to have the debate scheduled during
Customs Department accepts tariff payments via banks
Bangkok - The Customs Department has offered to
accept tariff payments via two more banks and one more authorized agent. The
agency provides convenience and helps save costs for businesspersons paying
import/export tariffs. They can print receipts for themselves under the
government’s electronic payment policy.
The Customs Department has reached an agreement with
the Government Savings Bank, Bank of Ayudhya and Big C Supercenter to
provide an electronic system for tariff payments. It’s called the Bill
Payment System for Importers and Exporters. They may produce waybills with a
QR code or bar code or a reference number to pay for tariffs via Internet
Banking, Mobile Banking, or at banks or ATMs. They can pay through an
authorized agent and print receipts of tariff payments for themselves via
the department’s e-Tracking system. Using the electronic system could save
up to 134 baht per waybill or 286 million baht in a year.
Customs Department Director, General Krisana
Chinawicharana said the agreement was meant to provide convenience for
businesspersons who may make such payments via the authorized agent, or at
the Krung Thai Bank, Kasikornbank, Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank or
7-elevens. A total of 1.37 million receipts have been printed by
businesspersons themselves during the last six months, accounting for 99.91%
of all electronically-issued receipts.
The department has collected over 98.13 billion baht in
tariff payments in the first 10 months of fiscal 2019 and expects to reach a
108 billion baht target in the current fiscal year. Tariff revenue has
mostly come from increased imports of motor vehicles.
Thailand Space Week 2019
Bangkok - This year’s international aerospace
exhibition, Thailand Space Week 2019, is currently showcasing aerospace and
geo-information technology and a zero-gravity simulation using human
Thailand Space Week 2019 is Thailand’s first aerospace
exhibition, featuring academic forums on aerospace and geo-information
technologies, a forum on high-precision satellite location tracking services
in Asia, showcasing innovative concepts and real-life adaptations in the
industrial sector. It is also an opportunity for business matching sessions
between international firms.
The event also houses aerospace innovations including
human gyroscope devices simulating zero-gravity conditions. The device is
used to familiarize astronauts with spinning spacecrafts. Event goers can
participate in space orbit simulations using 3D virtual reality headsets.
There are some 60 information booths.
Thailand Space Week 2019 is taking place at the IMPACT
Forum, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition center, Nonthaburi, from now
until Friday 29 August.
Health Ministry: Urine drinking can’t prevent diseases
Bangkok - The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)
has advised that drinking urine does not prevent diseases but could lead to
infections. Meanwhile, the director of Ban Jot Nong Kae - Nong Sim School in
Khon Kaen is working to establish an understanding of the fact among
parents, after a teacher posted on Facebook that water mixed with urine
could be used as a medicine, insisting that it was a homemade herbal juice.
The school director wants the parents and seven
students who reportedly drank the liquid supplied by the teacher, to be
informed of the true nature of the ’juice’. It was also observed by Niyom
Pho-Ngam, Deputy Director of Khon Kaen Phichit Primary Educational Service
Area Office 3, who says that the teacher claimed the herbal juice was mixed
with pandan leaves, such as Tiliacora triandra leaves and Chinese violet
leaves which have a cooling effect, suggesting, students who have a high
fever would feel better after drinking the potion.
Dr. Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, MOPH Permanent Secretary,
has warned the public against following this example of drinking urine and
using it to clean their eyes to prevent diseases. He has confirmed that
urine cannot prevent or cure illnesses and no modern medical study has ever
endorsed the use of urine as a cure for disease. Drinking urine could lead
to infection and it is harmful to the body because it is waste that is
discharged. If drunk repeatedly, there is a risk of it leaving residue in
the body and it would be dangerous, especially to patients with kidney
problems or heart disease.
Ombudsman calls Thai PM's incomplete oath unconstitutional
Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, surrounded by bodyguards, walks to
attend a cabinet meeting at the Government House of Thailand in Bangkok,
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Grant Peck and Preeyapa T.
Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's ombudsman ruled
Tuesday that the prime minister's failure to recite a key sentence in his
oath of office was unconstitutional, and will refer the matter to the
Constitutional Court to decide whether the government was legally installed.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha omitted a sentence
about upholding the constitution when he led his Cabinet in the oath in
front of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn on July 16.
If the Constitutional Court accepts the case and rules
that the government lacks legitimacy, it might invalidate measures it has
undertaken since taking office.
There has been much speculation about why the PM failed
to include the phrase "I will also uphold and comply with the constitution
of the kingdom in every aspect," and whether it was intentional or
Opposition lawmakers pointed it out the omission last
month. Prayuth has said the matter is not a problem and the ombudsman's
office said he told them he had completed the oath-taking.
He has made similar assertions on previous occasions
but never explained how that could be the case.
The ombudsman's office ruled after three complaints
were submitted to it by members of the public. While it can refer cases to
the courts for prosecution, its rulings by themselves have no power of
Prayuth's Cabinet at a ceremony Tuesday ahead of the
ombudsman's ruling was given copies of a message from the King encouraging
them to perform their duties according to the oath they swore.
In the brief letter, dated the day of the oath-taking,
His Majesty gave his blessings to conduct their duties with courage,
confidence and determination for the country's benefit, happiness and
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, a lawmaker who is secretary
general of the opposition Future Forward Party, said the ceremony involving
the King's letter did not amount to taking the oath of office again, and the
matter therefore remains unresolved.
The parliamentary opposition is seeking to hold a
debate on the oath controversy next month, and Prayuth said Tuesday he would
attend its session to defend himself rather than assigning a colleague to
Norwegian man gets bail in Thai resort tourist killing
Roger Bullman, right, is shown arriving at
the Karon police station to answer questions. ( Credit:
Bangkok (AP) — Police in the southern resort
island of Phuket said Monday that a Norwegian man charged with manslaughter
in the death of a British tourist has been released on 400,000 baht bail but
is barred from leaving the country, with his passport confiscated.
Police Maj. Techin Deethongon said 54-year-old Roger
Bullman was also charged with violent trespass in connection with the death
early last Wednesday morning of 34-year-old Amitpal Singh Bajaj, who was on
vacation with his Singaporean wife and his 2-year-old son. The parties
involved had adjacent rooms.
Manslaughter is punishable by 3 to 15 years
imprisonment in Thailand and the trespass charge carries a maximum five-year
Techin said the victim's widow and son had returned
with his corpse to Singapore, where they reside.
RTP prepares for new Land Traffic Act
Bangkok - The new Land Traffic
Act (No. 12) B.E. 2562, which cancels certain provisions and adds new
provisions, will take effect on September 20, 2019. Police General Chakthip
Chaichinda, RTP Commissioner General, has instructed traffic police to
perform their duties correctly and not to cause confusion among road users.
One important matter is the issuance of
tickets. The officer will not in future collect the driver’s license of the
traffic violator. If the motorist is not located, the officers won’t be
required to attach the ticket to the vehicle. The ticket will be sent along
with evidence by registered mail with a return payment requested, to the
address of the vehicle owner, who must pay the fine within the time limit
specified on the ticket.
Motorists must carry a driver’s
license. It can be either a traditional one or a digital one. Motorists must
present their driver’s license to a traffic police officer when requested.
An electronic driving license must only be opened via an application of the
Department of Land Transport. It can’t be copied from a screen and can’t be
replaced with a photo.
As for a concern that if a driver’s
license is not confiscated, the traffic law violator may not pay the fine
according to the ticket, the RTP has devised a measure in accordance with
the new Land Traffic Act, linking the ticket issuance by police in each area
with the database of the Department of Land Transport (DLT). If motorists
have refused to pay a fine, when they pay their annual vehicle tax, the DLT
will only issue a temporary tax payment receipt which can be used for just
30 days. The violator will only receive a full legitimate tax payment
receipt when the fine is paid. Should the temporary tax payment receipt
expire before the fine is paid, the motorist will be guilty of not
presenting evidence of the annual tax payment, which makes him or her liable
to a fine not exceeding 2,000 baht.
RID addresses drought in Chao Phraya River basin
Bangkok - The Royal Irrigation Department (RID)
Director General, Thongpleo Kongchan, said his agency will be introducing
water management measures for areas of the Chao Phraya River basin which are
at risk of critical shortages.
Local administrative organizations will be told to
submit plans for their proposed uses of water to the department, so that an
appropriate volume of water can be provided from the river. Local water
pumping stations should not pump up water for farming, while the Department
of Local Administration won’t subsidize expenditure on electricity used for
water pumping. Farmers shouldn’t block waterways or pump up water for
Water for the Chao Phraya River basin from November
2019 to April 2020 will be provided under controls as planned. That is 18
million cubic meters daily, including seven million cubic meters for
consumption, eight million cubic meters for ecological reasons and three
million cubic meters for fruit plantations. There will not be enough water
for second-crop rice farming.
Family of Thai Muslim who died in army custody seeks justice
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, photo, Muslim
villagers load the body of Abdulloh Esomuso on the truck to a cemetery in
Pattani southern of Thailand. (AP Photo)
Bangkok (AP) — Relatives of a Muslim man who
died after interrogation in Thai army custody said Monday they'll pursue
justice to see if his death was caused by torture.
Abdulloh Esomuso was arrested July 20 on suspicion of
being a Muslim separatist insurgent and was found unconscious the next day
in his cell at the Ingkhayut army base in the southern province of Pattani.
He died on Sunday.
A statement from Songklanagarind Hospital, where
Abdulloh died, said the cause of death was pneumonia, and Deputy Prime
Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan said Monday that the 34-year-old man's death
wasn't caused by the government. The army has been accused repeatedly of
using torture to combat a long-running insurgency in Thailand's three
southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala thatinsurgency that
has left about 7,000 people dead since 2004.
Abdulloh's cousin, Mohammad Rahmap Mame, said his
family won't give up on finding out what happened.
He said the family saw no point in having an autopsy,
because it had no confidence in the hospital or officials, so "the autopsy
would not give us anything, other than adding more pain and sorrow."
"But we will not let go of this case. Right now, we are
in a mourning period, but after this, the family will decide on how to
pursue justice for Abdulloh," he said by phone.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, responding to a
question in Parliament on July 25, dismissed allegations of torture.
"You said he was tortured. He was examined by doctors
and they did not find anything. He just fainted. He fainted after he was
arrested. Do you watch movies too much?" Prayuth said.
The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said Thai
authorities "should immediately conduct an independent and credible
investigation into the death of a suspected insurgent after being
interrogated in military custody."
It characterized Abdulloh's death as "an important test
case for the Thai government on whether it is willing to address rights
violations in military detention."
"Thai leaders need to demonstrate that they are serious
about conducting an independent investigation and prosecute any wrongdoing
or risk complicity for yet another unlawful conduct of soldiers," the
group's Asia director, Brad Adams, said in a statement. Human Rights Watch
noted that a military investigation established on July 22 had made little
Thailand's National Human Rights Commission on Monday
issued a statement saying that it had received Abdulloh's case from the
family but was delayed in working on it while waiting for the appointment of
The commission said it had made three recommendations
to the government based on 100 complaints of alleged torture.
It urged a legal framework be established for Thailand
to support the international Convention Against Torture, and other Cruel,
Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; that the military body
responsible for security in the south provide timely information about
national security detainees; and that the commission's officials be allowed
to inspect detention centers and meet in a timely fashion with detainees.
BAAC provides loans for purchase or repair of income-related motorcycles
Bangkok - The Bank for Agriculture and
Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is providing credit for low-income earners
to buy a motorcycle for a maximum of 80,000 baht for use as a motorcycle
taxi, or to pay a maximum of 30,000 baht for bike repairs.
Assistant BAAC manager Somphop Rodklang said the
income-raising motorcycle credit plan provides the opportunity for welfare
card holders, farmers and others to have access to a source of finance and
keep themselves well away from loan sharks. Those who may not have any
collateral can still be provided with a loan to buy a bike with which they
can earn a living. The Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation provides a 100%
guarantee for BAAC borrowers in exchange for a maximum 2% annual fee.
BAAC borrowers are required to obtain a license to
operate a motorcycle taxi in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon
Pathom, Samut Prakarn, Chonburi, or in any other province where they are
registered with the Department of Land Transport or its provincial branch
offices, as taxi motorcyclists.
Monthly repayments of loans are accepted over a period
of no less than three years and no more than five years. The bank has
prepared a total of one billion baht for the credit program which is
available from now until June 30, 2020.
Dept of Fisheries, Germany organize course to educate Thai fishermen
Nakhon Si Thammarat - Even though Thailand has
successfully addressed illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU),
the government has been moving forward to bring sustainability to the
country’s fishing sector. Recently, the Department of Fisheries prepared an
educational course for Thai fishermen and invited experts from Germany to
collect information about local fishing methods in Nakhon Si Thammarat
An Advisor to the Department of Fisheries, Thanaporn
Sriyakul, accompanied the director of the Fisheries School in Germany and a
group of officials from European embassies to visit Tha Sala district,
Nahkon Si Thammarat province, to collect information about local fishing
methods. The information will be used to further improve Thailand’s fishing
sector in a sustainable way.
Previously, the Department of Fisheries cooperated with
the Department of European Affairs, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
to take a group of Thai fishermen to visit a seafood processing plant in
Germany. The group learned about sustainable fishing without trade barriers.
Following this visit, the department wanted to prepare a course to educate
The course is aimed at improving the Thai fishermen’s
quality of life, helping them generate more income and encouraging them to
conduct fishing activities without harming the natural environment.
12th Conference on ASEAN Traditional Chinese Medicine held in Bangkok
Bangkok - The Minister of Public Health is
promoting traditional Chinese medicine as an alternative treatment in
Thailand, with the opening of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine
Societies’ Center in Thailand, to strengthen the field of traditional
Chinese medicine in Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health,
Anutin Charnvirakul, presided over the opening of the 12th Conference on
ASEAN Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok hotel.
The Minister said the Ministry of Public Health has
been supporting and promoting traditional Chinese medicine along with modern
Western medicine, as alternatives available to the general public, according
to the Ministry’s announcement of a formal medical practice permit for
Chinese medicine, making Thailand the first country outside China to legally
recognize traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
He said many organizations have been providing
traditional Chinese medicine training, and there are now some 1,200 holders
of traditional Chinese medicine practitioner’s permits. The Ministry of
Public Health will be working to advance research and development to
strengthen the role of Chinese medicine in Thailand.
The Ministry of Public Health has also facilitated the
opening of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies’ International
Cooperation Center in Thailand, the first of its kind in ASEAN.
Transport Minister eyes AI to solve traffic jams on highways
Bangkok - Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob
has instructed the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) to address
traffic congestion in front of toll booths to alleviate people’s travel
problems. In the long run, the information will be linked with the
Department of Land Transport and related agencies.
At the Traffic Control Center, the Transport Minister
delivered his policy and assigned high-ranking officials of the Ministry of
Transport to seek a solution to the problem. The Transport Minister
instructed the EXAT and the Inter - City Motorway Division to conduct tests
and collect statistical data related to the operations of cash-based toll
booths and Easy Pass booths. This will ensure that there are adequate
personnel to cover all shifts.
The long term plan is for an artificial intelligence
(AI) system to be used to link the database with the Department of Land
Transport, the Royal Thai Police and related agencies. Surveillance cameras
will also be used to capture vehicles’ license plates, and bills will then
be delivered to motorists at the end of each month. The plan will improve
traffic flow, while the AI system will be operational within a year.
Currently, there are seven expressways, covering a
distance of 200 kilometers. There are 1.9 million trips per day. The EXAT
Deputy Governor for Operation, Dumkerng Pankam, said the seven traffic
control centers have already been working closely with the Traffic Police
Division to deal with traffic congestion in front of toll booths, with an
average traffic flow of 350 to 420 vehicles per hour. Traffic is usually
congested near the tollway exit, where it often connects with public roads.
The Permanent Secretary for Transport, Chaiwat
Thongkamkoon, proposed that the speed limit should be monitored on tollways,
while fines should be raised for those refusing to pay their toll fees.
Motorists committing traffic offences will also have their driver’s license
points deducted. More severe penalties will include attending workshops or
having their driver’s licenses revoked.
PM pleased with solution to ivory trade problem
Government Spokesperson Prof. Naruemol
Bangkok - Government Spokesperson Prof. Naruemol
Phinyosinwat has disclosed that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha is
satisfied with the effort being made in Thailand, to eliminate the problem
of ivory poaching and sales, after Thailand was removed from the blacklist
of CITES’s ivory smuggling countries last year.
The 18th CITES meeting is being held from August 17 –
28, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting considered a report on an
analysis of data from the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS Report)
using data from 2015 – 2016. Thailand is not among a group of countries
affected by the illegal ivory trade, resulting in Thailand being removed
from a list of countries being called on to develop and implement an ivory
The Prime Minister reiterated that Thailand has had no
major ivory trafficking case and there is intensive law enforcement in the
matter. While there are still some ivory black markets, control measures
have been tightened. The government has also improved the latest edition of
the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act which will become effective in
November 2019. The new law will allow Thailand to comply more effectively
with the CITES convention because protected species are defined and there
are harsher penalties. The country’s removal from the blacklist helps reduce
the risk of trafficking in over 35,000 species of plants and animals such as
orchids and certain precious woods.
The Secretary General of CITES has expressed his
admiration for Thailand for its successful compliance with the CITES
convention and its apparent role as a regional leader and being a good
example to other countries. The Prime Minister has insisted that the Thai
government will continue to support CITES’s operations to preserve natural
Thai-American US senator meets PM Prayut
Bangkok - Tammy Duckworth, the first Thai-born
Senator of the United States, has visited Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
She expressed admiration for the political and economic development of
Thailand and noted her confidence that both countries will continue to
promote comprehensive bilateral cooperation.
Gen Prayut said he was honored to meet the first
Thai-born female member of the US Senate and said that she was an example of
a strong military officer who had inspired many people.
Ms Duckworth said she saw important developments in
Thailand and was impressed with its political and economic development. She
was confident that the two countries that have a longstanding friendship,
will maintain their close ties in all regards.
Thailand as the Chairman of ASEAN is ready to play a
major part in building a creative relationship with the United States, and
helping solve regional problems such as the situations in Rakhine State; on
the Korean Peninsula, and in the South China Sea, to maintain stability.
The Prime Minister also invited the United States to
establish concrete cooperation with ASEAN and create connectivity with
sub-regional cooperation pacts, such as ACMECS.
Ms Duckworth was first elected an MP in 2012. She
served as an MP twice before running for a Senate position in 2016. She is
the first disabled person to be elected a US senator and the first US
senator born in Thailand, to a father who was an American veteran, and a
ISOC adds more SIM card registration methods in southern border provinces
spokesperson Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsaeng.
Bangkok - Perpetrators of violence in southern
border provinces are known to use mobile phone SIM cards from outside the
provinces and from neighbouring countries to trigger explosive devices. Some
of these SIM cards have been found to have been purchased with only a
registered personal email address. The Internal Security Operations Command
(ISOC) now requires all SIM cards in the area to be registered with the
owner’s facial image and identity by 31st October, and has launched a
registration service via mobile application.
ISOC spokesperson Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsaeng said
that ISOC Region 4 and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC) has agreed to develop an application allowing mobile users
outside the three southern border provinces to register their SIM card
themselves before travelling into the area.
The ISOC and NBTC are now developing the application,
and will be informing mobile users regarding the new requirement and the new
registration application for the convenience of villagers and travelers.
Education ministry pushes for Environmental Education
BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 (NNT) - The Ministry of Education is calling
for the opening of more eco-schools to raise awareness of the need for world
protection among schoolchildren.
A conference on environmental education reforms was
organized by Chulalongkorn University and the United Nations Environment
Program as a brainstorming session among representatives of all relevant
sectors, such as the UNESCO and embassies. The Ministry of Education plans
to promote environmental studies while curricula on environmental education
will be revised accordingly.
Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Permanent
Secretary Wicharn Simachaya, said today that environmental education is at
present only in the classroom without a field study aspect, and is a
non-compulsory subject. He said that environmental studies should be
included in the curricula as soon as possible.
All proposals from the conference will be submitted to
the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the
Environment. Schools may exchange experiences in environmental education
with one another while the number of eco-schools might increase over time.
There are now 233 eco-schools, a number considered very small, and
accounting for less than 1% of all schools nationwide, according to the
Department of Environmental Quality.
ASEAN countries discuss cybersecurity protection
Telecommunications and IT regulators
from ASEAN countries have come together at the second TELSOM-ATRC Leaders’
Retreat hosted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC), where cybersecurity threats comprise the main topic.
The NBTC’s Deputy Secretary General Korkij
Danchaivichit chaired the second TELSOM-ATRC Leaders’ Retreat attended by
delegates from telecommunications regulating agencies in ASEAN countries,
who place high priority on cybersecurity protection of telecommunications
Participants have presented reports on the effects of
cybersecurity threats as case studies in each country, in order to mutually
find preventive solutions. The meeting has agreed that cybersecurity threats
will in the future, continue to increase and come in more varied and complex
formats, as telecommunications have increasingly become a vital tool in
Each country has been assigned to find and develop
cybersecurity protection, and later share their knowledge with other member
The NBTC deputy secretary general said today the NBTC,
as a national telecommunications regulating body, has been ensuring
telecommunication services are protected by law complied with by
telecommunication operators. The NBTC will be discussing with operators an
improvement in services and the updating of related laws, as well as working
with agencies such as the Technology Crime Suppression Division and the
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, to ensure preparedness in dealing
with cybersecurity threats.
BOI to offer packages attracting manufacturers to Thailand
BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 (NNT) - A Deputy Prime Minister has assigned
the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) to offer packages suggesting
foreign investors affected by the trade war, consider relocating their
manufacturing base to Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has delivered
economic policies to heads of 16 economic and investment offices in foreign
countries, in meetings attended by the BOI Secretary General Duangjai
Asawachintachit, and the secretary of the economic ministers committee,
The DPM says the BOI needs to proactively attract
investors seeking to relocate their manufacturing base to Thailand, as
global investors are now particularly interested in the CLMV countries,
namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, to which Thailand serves as a
He has assigned the BOI to survey the needs of
investors in each country, in order to design investment packages to attract
This November, investors from China’s mobile devices
giant Huawei will be traveling to Thailand to discuss 5G mobile network
infrastructure investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)
area, which would help create jobs for more IT workers and directly benefit
Mr Kobsak said Thailand is one of the key investment
destinations for international investors, especially for South Korean firms
such as Samsung and LG, as well as startup businesses, which will be sending
representatives to Thailand to discuss manufacturing base relocation, at
meetings on 2nd September.
He said the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand has
been directed to find suitable areas to house new manufacturing bases, as
international investors wish to operate in the same area.
The BOI secretary general said the investment packages
will offer investors privileges beyond tax benefits, and will not be limited
to investments in the ECC. A specialized team has been set up to handle
these offers, which will include marketing campaigns. The details of the
offers will be discussed within the BOI, before being submitted to the
Cabinet for consideration, expected to take place on 30th August.
MOPH campaigns to reduce dengue fever
BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 (NNT) - Due to the rising number of dengue
fever patients, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has accelerated the
campaign against dengue fever and arrranged for its personnel to participate
in a volunteer activity to inspect the environment and eliminate mosquito
Dr. Sukhum Kanjanaphimai, MOPH Permanent Secretary,
participated in a meeting with the chiefs of provincial offices of public
health and hospitals across the country via the VDO Conference system, to
monitor the prevention and control of dengue fever. Since the beginning of
this year, it was found that there were more than 70,000 dengue patients and
70 people had died of dengue fever. It is expected that there will be more
than 100,000 dengue patients this year due to the arrival of the rainy
season which leads to an increased number of Aedes breeding grounds.
Therefore, all parties are being called on to help destroy Aedes breeding
The MOPH Permanent Secretary also asked MOPH personnel
to support the Altruistic Heart 904 campaign to protect the environment,
eliminate mosquito breeding sites and reduce the occurance of dengue fever
in many areas. The MOPH itself, has conducted regular campaigns against
dengue fever, with volunteers from all sectors striving to eliminate the
breeding sites of Aedes. The Altruistic Heart 904 Volunteer Administration
agreed to ask volunteers to improve the environment by eliminating Aedes
mosquito breeding places under the Altruistic Heart 904 campaign. They are
working to eliminate the larvae breeding sites that are found around homes,
in temple grounds, at schools and in many other places every week.
People in Thailand, who develop a high fever over two
consecutive days, or headaches and red rashes, should see a doctor
AOT launches AOT Digital Airports app
To help people who use the main airports in Thailand, Airports of Thailand (AOT)
Public Company Limited has adopted technology to improve service, and link
information at airports via an application.
The AOT Digital Airports system is an innovation that
efficiently links all information technology systems at airports for the
convenience of airport service users. The link includes the tourism industry
outside airports, especially transport and tour services in and outside the
The application software will provide passengers with
information about flights, check-in counters, luggage, maps of passenger
terminals which lead passengers to their desired locations, information
about public transport services and transport inside airports, information
on facilities inside airports, shop information and flight alerts to allow
passengers to prepare themselves before heading to their airports.
The application also provides translation services in
five languages: Thai, Chinese, English, Russian and Japanese. The AOT also
has a plan to cooperate with its partners to include useful and necessary
information in order to upgrade services for the people. The application
software can facilitate the requirements of airport management. For example,
it can give real-time reports on the number of passengers at specific
locations. Initially, this type of service will be piloted at Suvarnabhumi
Airport and the AOT’s 6 airports, including Hat Yai, Chiang Mai and Don
Mueang. In future, the AOT will link the system to 16 airports in
partnership with AOT around the world. Passengers can download the
application on both the iOS and Android systems.
RTAF opens space operations center
BANGKOK,17 August 2019 (NNT) - To prepare for the increasing threat
from space in the future, the Royal Thai Armed Force (RTAF) has opened a
space operations center for the purpose of threat prevention, and enhancing
national security in outer space.
The RTAF’s new space unit will serve as the primary
organization to prevent and preserve national security in space, in keeping
with the RTAF’s strategy. The presence of the space center will help lay the
foundations of Thailand’s space operations; patrols from outer space;
satellite communications; help support other operations in national
security, and engage with the international community in space observation.
These new missions will help enhance the RTAF’s operational capacity beyond
borders, and upgrade the country’s capacity in space missions.
Several units will be operating as part of the space
center, namely the operations unit responsible for space mission planning,
development, data collection and interpretation; the space monitoring unit
is responsible for monitoring threats from outer space, creating a satellite
and space object database; a space patrol unit responsible for outer space
patrols, satellite system maintenance, an outer space detection system, and
space database creation, and a unit providing support for other units’
operations, maintenance, space operations system development, and inventory
Exports up 4.28% last month
Thai exports in July 2019 rose 4.28%
from a year earlier, on the back of rising gold prices and a less-volatile
trade war between China and the United States.
The Director-General of the Trade Policy and Strategy
Office (TPSO), Pimchanok Vonkorpon, said today that Thai exports were valued
at 21.20 billion US dollars last month, while the value of Thai imports was
21.09 billion dollars. The result was a trade surplus of 1.91%.
Exports in July contracted 0.95% from the previous
month, but were 4.28% higher year-on-year. In addition, the 0.95%
contraction was the lowest in five months, since February. This was due to
the surging gold prices on global market and the China-US trade war, which
has not worsened. Thai exports to China and the US were positive. Thailand
was able to export more products, namely cosmetics, processed agricultural
goods and fruit. If the monthly export value stays above 21.75 billion
dollars in the remaining months of 2019, the country’s export sector will
not experience negative growth this year.
MNRE accelerates push for sustainable environmental solutions
BANGKOK,18 August 2019 (NNT) -
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) has opened a
forum to reflect the paradigms in fighting the environmental crisis in order
to accelerate the push for solutions to environmental problems especially
garbage and dust problems.
At the academic gathering on "Adjusting Paradigms to
Fight the Environmental Crisis" a forumof senior government officials of the
Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Mr. Wijarn Simachaya, MNRE
Permanent Secretary, pointed out that the current environmental situations
is considered at crisis point. They include problems of natural resource
invasion, forest fires, climate change, air pollution and land and marine
waste problems. They were caused by human habits and economic and social
development of the country. Therefore, it is necessary to adjust paradigms,
develop concepts and environmental management based on good governance as
well as prepare both people and systems for the current critical situation.
He also emphasized observing the policy on sustainable
management of natural resources and the environment, in line with the UN’s
sustainable development goals and the 20-year national strategies with four
important policies: placing importance on solving urgent drought problems in
critical areas, accelerating solutions to the problems of land and marine
waste, haze, forest fires and dust problems, preventing forest encroachment
and increasing the number of forest areas and green areas, while
accelerating the issuance of laws and regulations to strengthen the central
and provincial agencies and enhancing the potential of a new generation of
executives with a green heart so that they can be models for holistic
Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'
Demo default page of Thai government run anti-fake news
center web portal is displayed on a screen in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday,
Aug. 21. 2019. (AP Photo/Pitcha Dangprasith)
DANGPRASITH Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government
on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news
on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to
suppress free speech.
The planned center's goal would be
to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation about
disasters and financial matters, Minister of Digital Economy and Society
Buddhipongse Punnakanta said.
"Fake news is embedded within every
aspect of our society, so it's very hard to specifically pinpoint anything
right now besides the obvious problems, disasters and financial news, but as
we progress — slowly but effectively — we'll try to cover every aspect
possible," Buddhipongse said at a news conference.
He said the center would also teach
media literacy and launch a website that would act as a digital verifier of
news that people suspected of being fake.
"People can submit any news they're
suspicious of being unauthenticated, or that could incite fear and confusion
to the public, to the website and our officials would verify its
authenticity within two hours," he said.
The center and the website are
expected to be launched by October.
The plan has already drawn
criticism. A spokeswoman for the opposition Future Forward Party said last
month that it shared concerns about fake news, which it said has been used
to attack the government's opponents, but was skeptical about setting up
such a center.
"If the anti-fake news center is
officially founded, we are afraid that it won't truly combat fake news or
stop distorting information, but rather aid the destruction of the
government's opponents. Because this is a global issue that every country is
facing, we think that the most effective method would be encouraging people
to have more media literacy, not suppressing content."
Buddhipongse said the center would
not interfere with freedom of speech.
"We're not trying to act as a
vigilante, and will not be used as a tool by some group of people to justify
their action, or someone else's actions," he said.
The issue of fake news has become a
major concern in several Southeast Asian nations. Critics have said
misinformation circulated on social media, often with malicious intent,
helped stir up communal violence in Myanmar, especially toward the Muslim
minority. It also plagued recent elections in Indonesia and the Philippines.
At the same time there are concerns
that government efforts against fake news may curb free speech and be used
as a weapon against political opponents.
Thailand already has a Computer
Crime Act that polices online media. It has often been used in cases
involving politics and critics of the government.
Buddhipongse said that in order for
the center to counter the fake news problem, it needs cooperation from
widely used social media platforms in Thailand such as Facebook or the Line
messaging app. He said his ministry was already in touch with these media
Royal Thai Navy, Central Juvenile and Family Court volunteers clean Toei Ngam Beach
CHON BURI,18 August 2019 (NNT)
- The Royal Thai Navy and the Central Juvenile and Family Court have jointly
organized volunteer activities, such as growing coral reefs, picking up
garbage and cleaning Toei Ngam Beach. The event has been held as part of Her
Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya’s royal project.
At Toei Ngam Beach
in Sattahip district of Chon Buri province, the Commander of the Royal Thai
Marine Corps, VADM Ronnarong Sittinan, launched the volunteer activities as
part of the Corals and Marine Animals Conservation royal project. The event
was attended by the Chief Justice of the Central Juvenile and Family Court,
Sittisak Wanachagit, the Associate Judge of the Central Juvenile and Family
Court, Dr. Nilubol Limpongpan, military officials, leaders of local
administrative organizations, public members, school and university students
and representatives of the public and private sectors. Some 2,000 people
gathered to grow coral reefs, pick up garbage and clean the beach.
The Royal Thai Navy
and the Central Juvenile and Family Court have recognized the damage caused
to the marine environment and marine life and the issue of marine debris.
Both agencies organized this campaign to encourage Thai people to help
protect the marine environment and its ecosystem in response to Her Royal
Highness Princess Sirivannavari’s royal project.
Minister Tewan visits drought-hit Nakhon Ratchasima
BANGKOK,18 August 2019 (NNT) - The drought
situation in Nakhon Ratchasima province has reached a critical stage due to
the low volume of this year’s rainfall. Some reservoirs have completely
dried up. The situation is expected to affect more than two million rai of
farmland. Two districts have been declared disaster-stricken areas.
Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapanlop, traveled to
Klong Pai subdistrict, Sikhio district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, to
inspect drought-hit areas along the Lam Takhong River. Mr. Tewan received a
report that many villagers in Klong Pai have been living without tap water
even though they live near the reservoir. The villagers have asked the
government to build a water pump system to alleviate the situation. The
Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima reported to Mr. Tewan that the drought
situation has reached a critical stage as there has been no rainfall for a
long time. At present, Lam Takhong Reservoir has 125.77 million cubic meters
of water, or 40% of its storage capacity, and only 103.5 million cubic
meters of water can be used.
There is no water
left in six out of 23 medium and large dams. Phra Thong Kham and Khon Buri
are two districts that have been declared disaster-stricken areas. Local
authorities have had to deliver water to the public and have drilled
Nakhon Ratchasima receives about
1,000 milliliters of rain annually. Last year, the northeastern province
received 873 milliliters or rain, causing damage to the agricultural sector
outside the irrigation zones. From January to August 2019, the province saw
only 363 milliliters of rain. More than two million rai of farmland,
including 1.5 million rai of rice plantations, have been badly affected.
Bangkok launches ambulances certification campaign
August 2019 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched
a check-up campaign affecting ambulances and emergency medical vehicles,
branding certified vehicles with six-pointed stars, ensuring preparedness
for 24-hour emergency medical services.
Staff of the Erawan Emergency
Medical Center Bangkok have inspected ambulances and emergency medical
vehicles as part of the certification campaign this year. Vehicles passing
the inspection will have a six-pointed star sticker placed on them, with the
text Bangkok EMS and the year of inspection. The inspection covers checks
for the readiness of onboard equipment and vouches that the vehicle’s
condition is in keeping with approved standards, ensuring its capacity to
serve the general public in cases of medical emergency.
The Governor of Bangkok Pol Gen
Aswin Kwanmuang said today the Medical Service Department this year had
checked and certified all high-level emergency medical vehicles in 9 zones
since July, with 150 vehicles inspected. The department will be completing
its inspection of some 1,000 standard ambulances and emergency vehicles by
the end of September, raising the confidence of the general public.
The general public can make a
request for emergency medical assistance at any time by calling the Erawan
Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, photo, Thai business tycoon president of
Italian-Thai Development Premchai Karnasuta arrives at the Bangkok Criminal
Court in Bangkok, Thailand. Premchai was sentenced by the court to six
months in prison for illegal possession for illegal possession of a firearm,
which follows convictions on other charges related to his arrest last year
when he and several of his employees were found in a state wildlife
sanctuary with guns and the carcasses of a black panther and other animals
in an alleged case of poaching. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
DANGPRASITH Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — A court in
Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison
for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted
when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary.
The Bangkok Criminal Court halved
the one-year sentence for Premchai Karnasuta because he pleaded guilty. It
rejected his lawyer's request that it commute the sentence to probation.
Premchai and several employees of
his Italian-Thai Development company were found with guns and the carcasses
of a black panther and other animals when they were caught hunting in
western Thailand in February last year.
Premchai was already sentenced in
March this year to 16 months' imprisonment for possessing the carcass of an
endangered Kajij pheasant and firearms in public areas. He also received a
one-year sentence in June for attempting to bribe a park ranger. He remains
free on bail on all the charges, paying bail of 200,000 baht ($6,490) in the
The arms that he was convicted of
possessing illegally were found in a police raid on his Bangkok home after
his arrest in the wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province.
Three other hunting companions were
found guilty of possessing the panther carcass, but Premchai was acquitted
of the charge.
The case fueled public skepticism
that justice would be done in a country that has seen the privileged prevail
in high-profile cases. Wildlife activists wore black panther masks as a
symbol of protest on several occasions and environmentalists have pledged to
keep up pressure.
Premchai has one case remaining in
the courts, illegal possession of elephant tusks also found during the
police raid on his Bangkok home. The verdict in that case is scheduled for
Premchai's lawyer asked the court to
commute his client's sentence, with Premchai pledging to enter the Buddhist
monkhood for 15 days to earn merit for those he had wronged.
The lawyer also said Premchai would
donate 3 million baht ($97,370) to be used for the public's benefit and
would not involve himself with firearms again for the rest of his life.
The court rejected the request
because of his prior convictions.
Prime minister visits Surin, Buri Ram, follows up on drought situation
Chan-ocha follows up on the drought situation in Surin and Buriram
BANGKOK,19 August 2019 (NNT) -
Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha visited Surin and Buri Ram
to follow up on the drought situation.
Accompanied by Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda,
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on and Natural
Resources, Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa and Deputy Defense
Minister Gen Chaicharn Changmongkol, Gen Prayut left Don Muang air force
base for Buri Ram airport in Satuek district of Buri Ram. The prime minister
was briefed on government agencies’ operations in Surin and Buri Ram and
followed up on the drought situation and lack of water in the northeastern
provinces. Water for consumption by local villagers has been managed in an
In Surin, the prime minister inspected the water level
at Saneng reservoir, a Royal Irrigation Department project, and was briefed
on water management and distribution of trucks of water for consumption at
the Surin Irrigation Project site. He chaired a meeting on water shortages
with 20 northeastern provincial governors at Surin Provincial Hall. He
visited officials at royal rainmaking operations in Surin and supportive
military units at Surin Phakdee airport in the capital district of Surin.
The prime minister visited Huay Chorakae Mark reservoir
under, Royal Irrigation Department project in Buri Ram, and was briefed on
the situation of potable water and water management in Buri Ram. He met with
118 villagers, who have been affected by drought and who have been assisted
by government units with a water distribution system for Lam Pathian - Huay
Government confident Welfare Cards can bolster economy
Government Spokesperson Naruemon Pinyosinwat is
confident that Welfare Cards are beneficial to the public.
BANGKOK,19th August 2019 (NNT) - Government Spokesperson Naruemon
Pinyosinwat is confident that Welfare Cards can bolster and expand the
national economy, raise public benefit and stimulate domestic consumption.
She said the Welfare Cards, worth over 109 billion
baht, are contributing significantly to increases in domestic consumption in
the third, fourth quarters of this year and first quarter next year by 5.2%,
5.4% and 4.6% respectively, compared to forecast GDP growth by 3.2%, 3.6%
and 2.8% respectively. The increased domestic consumption has kept the
economy from further slump, according to the Office of the National Economic
and Social Development Council.
The government has also secured in-depth individual
data so that the Welfare Cards can be provided appropriately and effectively
to meet the demands of registered low-income earners. The handouts via the
Welfare Cards have incurred no leaks or corruption. If the Welfare Cards are
not used, the money will not be unaccounted for, but remain untapped in the
Chararath Fund for the Fundamental Economy.
ASEAN Ceramic Exhibition 2019 to be held this month
BANGKOK,18 August 2019 (NNT) - Ceramic industry operators worldwide
will display technology innovations in ASEAN Ceramics 2019 to develop their
potential and enhance competitiveness in the international market. Meanwhile
the Thai ceramics industry has set a goal to grow by 10 percent in 2019.
The event will be staged by the ceramics industry
group, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the Thai Ceramics
Association and the Asia Exhibition Services Company Limited. It will be
supported by manufacturers in the ceramics industry from 36 countries
worldwide. Thai educational institutions will also exhibit their research
products, ready for further development.
Mr David Itkin, Managing Director of Asia Exhibition
Services Co., Ltd. and an organizer of ASEAN Ceramics 2019, said Thailand is
one of the major Asian producers.
ASEAN Ceramics 2019 will be held from August 28-30,
2019, at Impact Muang Thong Thani. It will be attended by ceramics
entrepreneurs from over 200 companies worldwide. They will exhibit their
technology and various innovations in the ceramics industry. It is expected
that there will be more than 5,000 visitors.
The first Asia - Oceana Ceramic Federation meeting will
also be held in Thailand. It will feature pavilions by many countries, such
as Italy, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, China and Vietnam, Thailand,
and Korea which will be attending the event for the first time.
Mr. Wichai Thienchote, a committee member of the
ceramics industry group, FTI, disclosed today that the ceramics industry’s
manufacturing, sales and exports in 2019 are expected to increase due to
domestic demand that has started to grow since the expansion of the
construction sector and the real estate sector. Overall, the growth will be
at least 5 to 10 percent, worth more than 36 billion baht.
Six finalists vie for Luk Thung Singing Championship
The six Luk
Thung singers are ready for their big night.
BANGKOK,19 August 2019 (NNT)
- The Department of Public Relations (PRD) has organized a Luk Thung
Singing Championship, which offers a royal trophy from His Majesty the King
and one million baht in prize money. There are now only six contestants left
to compete in the final rounds on August 25 and September 1.
At the PRD auditorium, 6 out of 12 finalists in the Luk
Thung Singing Championship were selected. The six finalists include Mr.
Kecha Kosa from Kamphaeng Phet, Mr. Phakin Pitiphoowadechakun from Nakhon
Ratchasima, Mr. Natthaphon Kaewwichit from Nakhon Ratchasima, Mr. Suraphat
Bunanan from Rayong, Mr. Ahtiwat Changnoi from Surat Thani and Ms.
Suphissara Srisuchin from Sukhothai.
People are invited to cheer for the contestants in the
final rounds on August 25 and September 1 at the PRD auditorium. The winner
will be awarded with the royally bestowed trophy from His Majesty the King
and one million baht in prize money. The first runner-up will be awarded a
trophy of honor from the Prime Minister and 500,000 baht in prize money. The
second runner-up will be awarded a trophy of honor from the National
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and 300,000 baht in prize
money. The winners of three consolation prizes will each be awarded a plaque
of honor from PTT and 100,000 baht in prize money.
Dugong death raises awareness of pollution in Thai waters
2019 (NNT) - The loss of orphaned dugong Mariam is an important lesson
for marine resources management in Thailand, especially on plastic waste
reduction. The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is set to
hold a global dugong conference in Trang where a likeness of Mariam will be
exhibited to raise awareness on dugong community conservation. Sad news of
the loss of another dugong was also reported yesterday in Krabi, making it
the 18th dugong death over the past nine months.
Staff from Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu
Ko Phi Phi National Park inspected the body of a beached dugong found on Ao
Ton Sai harbor in Ao Nang, Krabi. The beached dugong was found dead, with a
bruise on the left fin. The dugong’s body, weighing 240 kilograms, has been
sent to the Marine Biological Research Center in Phuket for autopsy.
According to a Facebook post by Dr
Thon Thamrongnawasawat, the dugon’s body is this year’s 18th dugong death,
which is already higher than the average 10 deaths per year. The fatality
rate of dugongs at 18 deaths in only nine months is considered almost 10% of
the total 200 dugong population, which is a concerning figure for Thailand’s
Teams of veterinarians from the
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and the Department of National
Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation, as well as volunteers, yesterday
helped transport the body of the 9-month-old dugong Mariam for final
cleaning, before placing the body into a plastic container, to be
transported to Bangkok by a navy aircraft for taxidermy at the National
Science Museum in Pathum Thani. Her lifelike mount will then be placed on
display at Phuket Aquarium for the general public to learn more about rare
marine animal conservation and the threat from plastic waste.
The Mariam project is to be launched
to promote large scale conservation of the dugong community and other
wildlife in Thailand, in keeping with the Minister of Natural Resources and
the Environment Warawut Silpa-archa’s policy. A global meeting on dugongs is
planned to take place in Trang province in 2020 as well.
An update on the condition of dugong
Yamil under the care of veterinarians at the Marine Biological Research
Center in Phuket was also released. The baby male dugong now weighs 30
kilograms, and is reported to be in good health. Veterinarians are providing
milk and nutritional supplements, as well as training him to feed off sea
grass by himself. He can now swim and dive well.
Thai children at risk online, exposed to violence, and sexual harassment
2019 (NNT) - The Department of Children and Youth, has disclosed the
results of a survey of online risks faced by Thai children and youths who
might be exploited or bullied online or sexually harassed during an
online-arranged meeting with others. The survey called for every sector
concerned to take prompt action to protect children and youths.
Srida Tantha-athipanit, managing
director of the Internet Foundation for the Development of Thailand and a
member of a subcommittee for the promotion of child and youth protection,
cited the survey conducted online from February to April, 2019, among 15,318
respondents aged from six to 18 years nationwide.
The poll found almost all the
respondents realize the usefulness of the internet and are aware of its
associated risks and dangers. They used the internet via tablets or
Smartphones to watch movies and play computer games for six to 10 hours
Almost 4,000 respondents had met
online friends at least once and admitted to have been exploited by them one
way or another. That referred to being verbally ridiculed, deceived into
paying money or losing property, sexually harassed, physically assaulted,
being photographed with some clips posted online and harassed for money.
Meantime, some of the respondents
were cyber-bullied. Those in the LGBT category were found to comprise most
of the victims. Most didn’t tell anyone about such cyber-bullying. Some have
suffered mentally, while others haven’t cared much. In addition, some
children and youths admitted having bullied others online. Some said it was
a kind of revenge after they themselves had been bullied. Besides, many
admitted to having had access to pornographic content online, which they had
downloaded and shared. The Department of Children and Youth has called on
all sectors concerned to take urgent action to better protect children and
youths from online perils.
Van control measures following crash in Sa Kaeo
Sa Kaeo,19 August 2019 (NNT) - A van carrying Lao
migrant workers on their way to a Thailand-Cambodia border pass, yesterday
rammed into an 18-wheel trailer truck, killing 11 people and seriously
injuring four others on a four-lane Sa Kaeo - Chanthaburi road under
Sa Kaeo Provincial Governor, Wichit
Chartphisit visited the three injured Lao workers at Phra Yupharat Sa Kaeo
Hospital and said the road accident was a shock. The hospital will treat the
Lao patients to the best of its ability as iy does Thai patients.
Authorities will maintain the bodies of all 11 deceased persons which are to
be passed to their relatives. The other person injured, the Thai truck
driver, is being treated at Wang Nam Yen Hospital.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob,
said today the accident was reportedly caused by the van driver falling
asleep behind the wheel though he was not speeding beyond legal limits.
However, the case is yet to be thoroughly investigated by the Department of
The accident occurred in the wee
hours of Sunday on Highway 317 outside the Provincial Electricity Authority
branch in Wang Somboon district of Sa Kaeo province. The spot was on the
road being expanded from two lanes to four lanes.
In the accident, the van with
license plate No. 34-0405 Bangkok, crashed into the trailer truck with
license plate No. 70-1234 Uttaradit, instantly killed 11 people - five males
and six females and injuring another four people. All the deceased persons
were traveling in the van. The van was owned by a private firm which brought
migrant workers to a border checkpoint for passport extensions at Baan Laem
permanent border pass in Chanthaburi. The van which had come from Bangkok
suddenly swerved as it reached the spot and rammed into the 18-wheel truck,
killing and injuring the passengers.
Medical cannabis now administered in 12 health provinces
BANGKOK,19 August 2019 (NNT) - Authorized
healthcare professionals at 12 hub hospitals across the country can
administered cannabis products to patients as of today, after medical
assessments to decide if requesting patients are suitable for this
The Ministry of Public Health
has officially commenced medical cannabis services in 12 hospitals
nationwide, where doctors will be making health assessments of patients
and making recommendations if the patients’ symptoms appear suitable for
treatment using cannabis, which will not be recommended as a first
Hospitals authorized to
administer cannabis to patients now include Lampang Hospital,
Buddhachinaraj Hospital in Phitsanulok, Sawanpracharak Hospital in
Nakhon Sawan, Saraburi Hospital, Ratchaburi Hospital, Rayong Hospital,
Khon Kaen Hospital, Udon Thani Hospital, Buriram Hospital,
Sunpasithiprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani Hospital,
and Hat Yai Hospital in Songkhla.
Elsewhere, even more hospitals
providing traditional Thai medicine treatments are also authorized to
administer medical cannabis products, namely the Chao Phraya Aphaiphubet
Hospital in Prachin Buri, Nong Chang Hospital in Uthai Thani, Don Tum
Hospital in Nakhon Pathom, Denchai Hospital in Phrae, Phra Achan Fan
Acharo Hospital in Sakon Nakhon, Ku Muang Hospital in Buriram, and Tha
Chang Hospital in Surat Thani.