Make Chiangmai Mail | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 

Update March 2018


Home
Thailand News
World News
World Sports
Arts - Entertainment - Lifestyles
Book Review
Health & Wellbeing
Odds & Ends
Science & Nature
Technology
Update by Natrakorn Paewsoongnern
 
 
 
Thailand News
 

Update March 24-25, 2018

Cabinet explains how it plans to deal with rabies virus

NNT

Bangkok -The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has held a meeting to discuss matters related to the rabies outbreak and the purchase of anti-rabies vaccine.

The NLA meeting reviewed a draft Supplementary Appropriations Act for the 2018 fiscal year proposed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The draft bill is intended to provide government funding to state agencies to deal with the outbreak.

The NLA asked the Cabinet during the meeting how it was planning to spend the money and what measures it would take to contain the virus.

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Lak Wajananawatch said the money would be allocated to the Livestock Department and local administration offices to purchase 10 million doses of anti-rabies vaccines worth at least 300 million baht.

The Deputy Minister believes that given there are 10 million cats and dogs in the country, there will be enough vaccine to stop the outbreak. He added relevant agencies have also united to launch several projects, in their efforts to keep the virus at bay in the long-term.


Police chief extends condolences to families of bus accident victims

NNT

Bangkok - The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda, has extended condolences to families of those killed and injured in a bus accident in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

A double-decker bus crashed in Wang Nam Khiao district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Wednesday night (March 21st), killing 18 people and injuring 32 others.

The Royal Thai Police Spokesman, Pol. Col. Krissana Pattanacharoen, said the national police chief has instructed law enforcement officials in all areas to beef up safety measures on public transport, as the Songkran festival is approaching.

He also stressed the importance of providing first aid for people injured by road accidents and the transfer of patients in a timely manner, as they are essential in saving people's lives.


Construction of Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail project to start in 2020

NNT

Bangkok - Construction of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail project will get underway in 2020, according to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

During a Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2018 seminar, he said the project will be constructed in two phases, beginning in 2020.  The Thai government is working with their Japanese counterparts on the northern high speed rail route between Bangkok and Pitsanulok in the first phase, and between Pitsanulok and Chiang Mai in the second phase.

He said Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently delivered results of a feasibility study on the project's first phase, which will be reviewed by the Ministry of Transport before forwarding it to the cabinet in April. The construction design and investment mode are yet to be negotiated with Japan.

The feasibility study for the project's second phase will take place immediately after the presentation of the first-phase study to ensure seamlessness of the project, with the design and investment mode expected to be finalized in 2018-2019.

The government is taking steps to promote sustainable development of the country's infrastructure by focusing on energy-efficient rail transport along with intelligent urban planning to cut down commuting times.


BMA officials to face disciplinary action over market row

NNT

Bangkok - An investigation into a row between residents of the Seri Villa housing estate and nearby markets has found 15 officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) at fault for allowing some of the markets to operate illegally.

Bangkok Governor, Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, disclosed the 15 BMA officials worked in the divisions of civil work, cleanliness and the environment as well as administration. Four of them have been identified as the director of Prawet District Office and his assistants.

The probe has found that the Administrative Court issued an injunction in 2013, ordering the Bangkok Governor and the director of Prawet District Office to stop anyone from causing trouble for Boonsri Saengyoktrakarn and four other individuals who had been affected by the operations of the markets located close to their houses.

Nevertheless, in February, two women - Ratanachat and Boonsri Saengyoktrakarn - smashed a pickup truck that was parked in front of their gate, while the driver of the pickup was out shopping at one of the markets encircling their house.

The incident has brought the decade-long dispute between the affected residents of the Seri Villa housing estate and the markets in the neighborhood into the public spotlight, sparking doubts about the City Hall’s management of markets in the capital.

The Bangkok governor and the Bangkok permanent-secretary are discussing a plan to set up a committee to determine disciplinary action to be taken against the 15 officials involved in the case.


Update March 23, 2018

Culture Ministry seeks six foreigners in photos with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

NNT

Bangkok - The Ministry of Culture is coordinating with its embassies across the world to seek out six individuals featured in photographs with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during her visits abroad, so that they may share their recollections, on the occasion of the princess’ 63rd birthday anniversary taking place on April 2.

Minister of Culture Weera Rojpojanarat, has advised that the individuals are seen in six photographs taken during HRH’s missions to foreign nations. The first is from HRH’s visit to Bangladesh on December 12, 2011 to view the Mariali Primary School and its child and youth development program. The second is of a visit to Bhutan on May 24, 2016 to view a child and youth development program enacted by all of the Kingdom’s schools. The third is of a visit to Cambodia on February 24, 2016 to open the Kampong Chheuteal Technological Institute.

The fourth photo was taken on a visit to Beijing, China on March 6, 2011 to take part in Beijing Hospital’s efforts to address women’s issues while the fifth is of a visit to Myanmar on October 6, 2015 to view Yangon’s Number 7 Secondary School. The sixth is of a visit to Pakistan between March 19 and 23 of 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and Pakistan.

Thai embassies in each of the chosen pictures have been asked to locate the individuals featured in them, so that they may relay their experiences while in the presence of HRH for the benefit of Thailand’s youth, citizens and the world.


18 dead as tour bus loses control, crashes off road

A mangled bus lies on its side as people look through debris scattered nearby Wednesday night, March 21, in Nakhon Ratchasima province. (Daily News via AP)

Bangkok (AP) — A chartered tour bus lost control on a downhill curve in Thailand's northeast and slid off the side of the road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more, reports said.

In addition to the dead, another 33 passengers were hurt in Wednesday night's accident in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thai PBS television reported.

The station cited a survivor as saying a youngster from the back of the bus had yelled that the brakes were broken as the vehicle began to swerve. The bus then crossed over the highway median into oncoming traffic before falling on its side and sweeping into several roadside stalls.

The report said the bus was badly mangled and many passengers were trapped inside.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed relevant authorities to provide assistance to those injured in the crash. 

Thailand has the second-highest rate of traffic fatalities in the world after Libya, according to World Health Organization statistics.

In a second accident before dawn Thursday, a bus carrying 50 people on a school trip in the central province of Ayutthaya skidded in the rain, flipped over and hit a roadside rest stop, Thai PBS reported. The accident injured 39 people.


Fisheries Dept cracks down on cichlid traffickers

NNT

Bangkok - The Department of Fisheries has invoked Section 65 of the 2015 Fisheries Act to ban businesses from importing, exporting, transferring and raising invasive aquatic species, in a bid to save native fish populations and the aquaculture industry from cichlids.

The move came after reports and complaints that illegally imported cichlids have impacted fish farms in the provinces of Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakan, Phetchaburi, Prachaup Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Kanchanaburi. Affected fish farmers said cichlids quickly adapt to natural and man-made waterways. Many have found their way into canals, rivers and fish farms, where they prey on wild and farmed fish species.

Director-General of the Department of Fisheries Adisorn Promthep revealed that the ban had come into effect since March 19. Offenders face a maximum prison sentence of one year, a maximum fine of one million baht, or both.

The department has called on fish farmers and companies that still possess three types of cichlids-- Blackchin tilapia, Mayan cichlid and Zebra tilapia-- to urgently turn over all their stocks of the invasive species to the department. Members of the public who catch any of the three cichlid species may consume or sell the fish, provided they are killed before retail.

Government organizations or academic institutions that need to breed cichlids for research purposes must get permission from the department beforehand. Those found to have dumped their specimens are subject to a maximum prison sentence of two years, a maximum fine of two million baht, or both.


Jan-Feb. tourist arrivals surpass 7 million

 

Panupong Sawetarun, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

NNT

Bangkok - In a press conference on the tourist arrival statistics between January and February, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Panupong Sawetarun disclosed there had been more than 7.1 million foreign visitors during the past two months. February alone saw more than 3.5 million foreign tourist arrivals.

More than 1.2 million of the visitors last month were Chinese people opting to spend their Chinese New Year holiday touring the country, representing a new high over the past several years. Other main groups of visitors were from Malaysia, Russia, Korea, Japan, Laos, France, India, Germany and the USA.

The tourism revenue in February surged 23.78 percent to over 190 billion baht. The figure during the past two months soared 17.47 percent to 380 billion baht. Secondary tourist destinations in 55 provinces across the country are also trending upwards, with the number of visitors particularly high in Buriram, Nakhon Nayok, and Loei.


Update March 22, 2018

OAG wants more evidence before pressing charges against Premchai

Premchai Karnasutra.

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has decided not to send the case against Italian Thai Co Ltd CEO Premchai Karnasutra to court yet as more evidence is needed.

A team of OAG spokespersons and a prosecution panel responsible for examining a police investigation into Premchai’s alleged illegal poaching of wild animals revealed on Tuesday that certain matters needed to be clarified for the indictment to proceed.

The construction tycoon has denied all allegations.

Although the OAG did not reveal what those matters were, the spokesperson hinted that they were related to circumstantial evidence.

The investigation team is expected to conclude their findings no later than March 26 before the OAG decides whether to press 9 charges against Premchai.


Tropical storm reaches Thailand, earthquake reported in Kanchanaburi

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Meteorological Department has issued warnings for people in all provinces to brace for tropical storms from Wednesday through Friday.

According to the Meteorological Department, an area of high air pressure from China, which is now moving towards the North East of Thailand, will bring thundershowers, strong winds and hail storms to the upper region, the east coast and the central region including Bangkok and its vicinity.

People are advised to stay indoors as gusty winds can knock down large trees and street signs. They are asked to keep abreast of the latest weather reports.

Meanwhile, the Seismological Bureau has disclosed that a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was detected in Sangkhlaburi district of Kanchanaburi at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. No damage has been reported.


Tourism agencies on alert following popularity of Thai soap

NNT

Bangkok - The Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, has instructed all agencies to prepare to accommodate the rising number of tourist arrivals at historic sites following the popularity of the Bupphesunniwas (Love Destiny) television series.

Bupphesunniwas is based on events in Ayutthaya province during the reign of the King Narai the Great. The popular soap opera has increased the number of visitors to archeological sites in Ayutthaya and elsewhere.

Pongpanu has instructed agencies under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to provide convenience to tourists who visit the historical sites and attractions, where Bupphesunniwas was filmed.

He has lauded the series producer, after it has made many Thai people interested in Thai history, arts, and culture.


EC reacts to expulsion of Somchai Srisuthiyakorn

NNT

Bangkok - The chairman of Thailand's Election Commission (EC) has assured the public that the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) decision to remove Somchai Srisuthiyakorn from the EC due to inappropriate comments on the general election will not impact the commission’s work.

The Royal Gazette has promulgated the NCPO order to remove Somchai Srisuthiyakorn from the EC after he made inappropriate remarks concerning the general election during an interview, causing confusion and obstructing the work of the commission regarding the organization of the poll. The decision was also due to Somchai applying to become the EC’s secretary-general without first resigning from the body, resulting in a conflict of interests and morally compromising the commission. The order was effective from March 20.

The order further stated the chairman of the EC remain in the post until a new commission is formed to ensure the continuity of its work.

Somchai has accepted his ejection as within the discretion of the NCPO but assured his remarks were not in favor of any particular group or individual and that his application for the secretary-general role was due to him having the proper qualifications. He stated, despite being relieved of duty, that he will continue to work for the nation.

While admitting he no longer needs to attend EC functions, including a meeting with existing political parties on March 28, he indicated he may still attend if he decides to join one of the parties.

EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen meanwhile said the loss of Somchai will not impact the commission’s work as it still has the four members needed to function, adding his responsibilities will be taken up by the Secretary-General of the EC.

The chairman also stated EC members reaching retirement age soon will not be an issue, as the NCPO has allowed them to continue their work until a new panel is selected. Those approaching the age of 70 include Boonsong Noisophon, who will reach 70 in August this year and Supachai himself, who will reach 70 in February of next year.


Update March 21, 2018

Thai court sentences Laotian drug kingpin to life in prison

 

Xaysana Keopimpha.

Bangkok (AP) — A Thai court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to a Laotian drug kingpin who was notorious for a high-flying lifestyle and alleged social connections to celebrities and other VIPs.

Bangkok Criminal Court initially gave Xaysana Keopimpha a death sentence, but reduced his punishment because he cooperated with police.

The court said Xaysana led a gang that trafficked drugs from Laos into Thailand and Malaysia, using cars to hide the drugs and to scout for police checkpoints.

He was arrested on Jan. 19, 2017, after a group of traffickers arrested several months earlier identified him as the leader of their network. He was charged in connection with that case, involving the smuggling of 1.2 million methamphetamine pills from Laos into Thailand on Sept. 30, 2016.

The court said officials looked into Xaysana's phone and LINE app messaging records, which revealed that he discussed drug trafficking with other members of his group, while financial records showed that money was transferred to other drug syndicates.

Thailand's Narcotics Control Board said last year that there were at least four known cases in 2016 involving the network in which 5 million tablets were seized by the authorities.

It said three Thai nationals had been arrested in the operation against Xaysana, with about 100 million baht in assets seized from the group in Thailand. Thai and Malaysian officials announced other arrests said to be connected to the case.

Xaysana's case drew great attention last year as some notable Thai figures seemed to be implicated. Most prominent was Akarakit Worarojcharoendet, the husband of a well-known Thai actress, who pleaded not guilty after being charged with money laundering and aiding criminal activity. Suspicion focused on him after he was accused of owning a Lamborghini given to him by Xaysana.

Photographs of Xaysana pictured with other public figures, including police officers, circulated widely on social media.


Hailstorms and heavy rains forecast in most areas this week

NNT

Bangkok - The Meteorological Department has warned people nationwide of a tropical storm this week.

Meteorological Department Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai, has advised eastern and northeastern residents to brace themselves for heavy rains and hailstorms until March 23rd.

The North and Central Plains, including Bangkok and its vicinity, will be affected beginning Wednesday. Wanchai identified Don Muang and Rangsit as the two areas expected to feel the greatest impact.

The director-general also warned people of frequent lightning strikes and advised them to stay indoors and away from large trees and street signs if they need to be outside for any reason.

Hailstorms, Wanchai added, could happen anywhere in the country this week especially in the North East and certain areas of Bangkok such as Bang Khen, Don Muang and Rangsit due to higher temperatures.

Meanwhile, a group of soldiers are helping residents in Chiang Kham in Phayao province fix their homes which were damaged by a recent storm.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, nearly 2,000 homes in 19 provinces across the country have been affected.

They are mostly located in the North, North East and Central Plains while the east coast and the South have only experienced a slight impact. People are advised to call the 24-hour emergency hotline 1784 for assistance.


PACC finds signs of corruption of impoverishment aid fund in 49 provinces

NNT

Bangkok - The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has found evidence of corruption in the disbursement of funds earmarked for the aid of the impoverished in 49 provinces so far, with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security now discussing adjusting the payout system for tighter security.

Minister Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat says that after Songkran his office will adjust its system for disbursing money from an impoverished individuals’ aid fund, to an E-Payment system that foregoes involvement by any agents and automatically reports progress directly to him. He nevertheless urged citizens entitled to the funds to report any missed transactions to their nearest state office or Damrongtham Center, which are now coordinating with the PACC to combat corruption in the program. Citizens can call the center’s hotline at 1300.

The minister also said that he has signed an order to take severe disciplinary action against civil servants who have been involved in the corruption of the fund. So far 5-6 individuals have been named for further investigation and 16 have been transferred. Irregularities have been confirmed in 21 locations.


Police inspect some 100 practice bombs at Bangkok construction site

NNT

Bangkok - Police inspected more than 100 practice bombs at a construction site near Sanghi intersection in Bangkok on Tuesday.

The Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Lt. Gen. Sriwara Rangsipramanakul, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team inspected the construction site on Rajavithi Road after the police were alerted over the discovery of the bombs hidden about 1.5 meters underground.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Sriwara said the bombs are Type BDU-33s produced by the United States and did not contain any explosives, as their purpose was only for training. The construction site was formerly a football field.

He instructed the police to thoroughly inspect the construction site before clearing it for workers.

The practice bombs were in poor condition. They are believed to be remnants from the Second World War. The practice bombs would only emit smoke when launched.


Update March 20, 2018

PM satisfied with outcomes of ASEAN-Australia Summit 2018

NNT

Bangkok - The Prime Minister has voiced his satisfaction with the outcomes of the 2018 ASEAN-Australia Summit, which took place in Sydney, Australia, over the weekend.

Gen Prayut Chan-ocha remarked that the atmosphere of the discussions was positive and all participating nations proposed ways to enhance strategic partnerships between the Southeast Asian bloc and the island nation. He noted that suggestions included strengthening Micro SMEs and said that Thai SMEs should prepare to adapt to the development. Other recommendations concerned cooperation in combating international terrorism and any emerging threats in the region.

The summit concluded with representatives agreeing to the Sydney Declaration, which sets a general framework for collaboration, as well as a commitment to cooperate against international security threats and to set regulations for online trade. The PM said that it was agreed that Thailand and Australia should improve the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

After attending the summit, Gen Prayut went to a gala dinner organized by the Thai Ambassador, H.E. Nantana Sivakua at the Thai Consulate in Sydney. Staff at the office presented the PM with a cake to mark his approaching birthday. He thanked them for the gesture and for their service to the Kingdom as it moves towards a restitution of democracy. He remarked to the gathering that he sees each day as important and finds joy in his work, even though it may be trying on some occasions. He said that while he may face obstacles and issues in his efforts, he believes that with cooperation from all, Thailand can progress to the level Australia is currently at.

Gen Prayut then spoke about ongoing reforms and said all sides must put the nation at the center of their outlook and that only through a unified effort can necessary reforms be achieved. He assured his audience that planned reforms would not be detrimental to any part of Thai society.

Later, the PM was reported to have urged the head of Bhumjaithai Party, Anuthin Chanweerakul, who also traveled to Australia as a member of the business community, not to be too politically active and to trust that he is working for the country’s happiness.


22 provinces affected by rabies

NNT

Bangkok - The Department of Livestock Development has declared 22 provinces, including Bangkok, temporary rabies zones and urged people to have their pets vaccinated against the disease.

The 22 provinces are Surin, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Nan, Buri Ram, Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Rai, Roi Et, Songkhla, Rayong, Tak, Si Sa Ket, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Trang, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi and Bangkok. The presence of rabies in these provinces is of concern, said the department.

The department has recommended that pets such as dogs and cats are vaccinated for the first time, when they are 2-4 months old and then every year as scheduled. The department warned that people should avoid animals with abnormal behavior and urged them to immediately contact the department at Hotline 1422 if they find dead dogs, cats or any distressed mammals.


Environmental development plan being drafted for the EEC

 

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is to compile an environmental management plan for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) that also touches on developing the quality of life for citizens in the area.

The plan is to focus on industries and tourism as well as the environment and will call for joint efforts by all sides and opinion gathering sessions between relevant agencies and stakeholders. The project aims to help enhance the EEC, which extends across Chacheongsao, Chonburi and Rayong provinces, and will take place over a period of four years from 2018 to 2021. Its main concerns will be avoiding air pollution, protecting against chemical disasters, reforestation and the creation of a support network. A total of three phases will take place, an initial phase, a network building phase and a completion phase.

Any opinions and views will be considered before the plan is submitted to EEC Development Policy Commission.

The latest opinion gathering session was led by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Gen Surasak Kanchanarat.


Seminar held on Black Panther slaying case

NNT

Bangkok - Activists have continued to closely follow developments in the Black Panther hunting case, pressing for justice to be served.

A group, which has dubbed itself “T’Challa”, recently organized the seminar “How Does it End? The Black Panther Will Not Have Died for Nothing” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Former member of the National Reform Commission, Ticha Na Nakorn, remarked at the gathering that continued legal work following the illegal hunting of a black panther in Tungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary is necessary and right, even if it may face obstacles. She stated her belief that, even if no one is prosecuted once the case concludes, Thai society will not allow the matter to be forgotten.

Chairman of the Sueb Nakasathien Foundation, Sasin Chalermlap, revealed he had met with Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsipramnakul, who is handling the case, and asked for assurance that justice will be served. He said the high ranking officer gave him confidence that the case will be brought to its conclusion but acknowledged that identifying the exact date of the black panther’s killing will determine if fault can be found with Italian Thai Co Ltd CEO Premchai Karnasutra, who is the main suspect in the case.

Meanwhile, member of the Citizen’s for Police Reform Network, Pol Col Wirut Sirisawadibut, highlighted mistrust in the work of police among the Thai public, especially in cases involving affluent members of society. He said involvement by the attorney general will help bolster confidence.


Update March 19, 2018

EC Somchai confirms PM can be member of political party

Election Commissioner Somchai Seesoonthiyaakorn.

NNT

Bangkok - The Election Commission (EC) has stated that Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha can be a member of a political party without having to give up the post of prime minister.

Commenting on the legality of a prospective political party’s name “Palang Pracharat Party,” Election Commissioner Somchai Seesoonthiyaakorn said there are no rules prohibiting parties from using the same name as a state-funded campaign.

When asked about one party’s plan to invite Gen Prayut to act as its advisor, Somchai said the premier, according to the law, can be a party’s advisor or even a party member while performing his duties as prime minister.

However, Somchai said Gen Prayut’s role as a party member must not affect his responsibilities as prime minister in any way, shape, or form.

Somchai then acknowledged that parties with support from a figure like Gen Prayut would be at an advantage in the next general election.


Nationwide rabies alert continues

NNT

Bangkok - Several areas in Thailand remain on high alert for the deadly rabies virus. while a vaccination service for cats and dogs continues.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has introduced a campaign to encourage residents of the capital city to beware of the threat of the deadly virus. The latest vaccination activity was held in Bang Khen District.

Deputy governor of Bangkok Pol. Gen. Chintat Meesuk said that the BMA has a supply of over 300,000 doses of anti-rabies vaccine for pets and stray dogs while aiming to complete the vaccination program across the city by March 31.

The Department of Livestock Development recently removed Bangkok from the list of rabies red zones after city officials successfully took control of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Yala Municipality’s Public Health and Environment Office continues its preemptive program to provide free vaccines to dogs and cats while launching a mobile unit to encourage pet owners to bring along their pets to receive the vaccination.

And, in Loei Province, the free vaccination program and information about rabies are being offered to pet-owning personnel and their families who live inside the Royal Thai Army’s Sri Songrak Camp.

According to officials, more than 1.5 million dogs and other domestic pets have been vaccinated against rabies during the past six months.


PM commends Thai period drama for promoting Thainess

NNT

Bangkok - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has praised the Thai period drama “Buppesannivas” for encouraging citizens to wear traditional costumes.

In his weekly televised address, Gen Prayut said Buppesannivas has augmented the achievements of the “Love and Warmth at Winter's End” exhibition by educating Thai people about their history while at the same time perpetuating the beautiful culture of Thailand, in tandem with the government’s Sustainable Thai Idealism initiative.

Although the period drama will come to an end soon, Gen Prayut believes a will to preserve Thai culture is in everyone’s soul, adding that cultural legacy will be passed on and cherished by generations to come.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Culture has organized a field trip, taking 100 lucky individuals to the ancient city of Ayutthaya to admire archaeological sites such as the famous Petch Fortress, Thanon Chin Temple, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Ayutthaya Royal Palace, Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple, and Chaiwatthanaram Temple.

The next field trip will be to Lop Buri province.


Summer storms to bring thundershowers on March 20-23

NNT

Uthai Thani - Thundershowers and gusty winds can be expected in districts of the central plain and the lower northern region between March 20th and 23rd.

Citing the Meteorological Department’s recent announcement, Uthai Thani Deputy Governor Mitree Tritilanunt said on Saturday that eight provinces will be battered by summer storms namely Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, and Uthai Thani.

A high air pressure system from China is blanketing the upper part of Thailand and will move into the northeastern region on Tuesday, March 20th.

Mitree also asked members of the public to take precautions when leaving their homes and avoid standing under or close to large trees and billboards, adding that the agricultural sector should also prepare for possible damage to their crops.

Rescue units, responders, and local officers will be on 24-hour standby in the event of an emergency.


Update March 17-18, 2018

Chulalongkorn University holds seminar on rabies outbreak

NNT

Bangkok - Chulalongkorn University has held a seminar on the recent outbreak of rabies in the nation, discussing the responsibilities of animal owners and ways to stem the spread of the disease.

Director of the Bangkok Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services, Veterinary Doctor Benjawan Sichanasai remarked at the seminar that she does not agree with an online call to “Set Zero” or to terminate the lives of all stray dogs and cats in Bangkok as the issue has more to do with responsible pet ownership and proper neutering of animals.

Former veterinary special expert of the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute of the Thai Red Cross Society, Veterinary Doctor Weera Thepsumethanont voiced a similar view, saying that China also wiped out its stray dog population without being able to completely eradicate rabies. He suggested pet owners pay closer attention to the behavior of their pets and that they should seek medical counsel if their animal is having trouble swallowing water, has a dry bark, has black splotches on its tongue or is biting unusual objects.

Chualongkorn veterinary science instructor, Doctor Sunnipha Surtat indicated that the resurgence of rabies could be attributed to a fall in the vaccination of pets. She explained that between 2014 to 2018, vaccinations fell steadily from 20 million doses a year to 5 million. Furthermore, in 2016, up to 3.5 million doses were deemed sub-standard. The numbers run contrary to the nation’s dog population, which boomed to 10 million during the period. She stated that production capacity can no longer make up for the shortfall and the state will have to be stricter in ensuring vaccinations are effective.


Thailand’s largest medical center to be built in Khon Kaen

NNT

Bangkok - An ambitious new project to build Thailand’s largest medical center in Khon Kaen Province, is under close consideration

In order to help Thailand become the region’s medical hub, Srinagarind Hospital at Khon Kaen University is planning the construction of a 5,000-bed hospital, which would be Thailand’s largest center dedicated to medical services.

President of Khon Kaen University, Assoc. Prof. Kittichai Triratanasirichai said that public demand for medical care is now on the rise, particularly in the northeastern region where more than 22 million people live and a large number of citizens of neighboring countries visit regularly.

Under such circumstances, local hospitals are not able to meet the demand for their medical services, Kittichai stated.

Accordingly, Khon Kaen University has developed a plan to become the region's medical hub, which would operate as an extension of Srinagarind Hospital and will need an investment of 24.5 billion baht, he added.

With construction set to begin in December of this year, Kittichai is soliciting public donations to support the project in return for free lifetime medical treatment or a 200-percent tax deduction.


More summer storms predicted into next week

NNT

Nong Khai - Summer storms are predicted to continue through the weekend and next week, with authorities already providing aid to those affected so far.

Relevant agencies have dispatched agents to several areas of Nong Khai province after summer storms lashed 28 villages in 13 sub-districts. A total of 51 homes reported damage alongside two rice mills, a temple and one rice silo.

Similarly in Nakhon Panom province, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office agents joined with military personnel, local administrators and volunteers to clear out debris blocking roadways and remove trees that were felled by storm winds. Heavy rain and strong winds, which included hail, on March 14 damaged a reported 194 homes in the province’s Nakae, Thatpanom, Srisongkram and Ponsawan districts.

The Meteorological Department forecasts that weather conditions from now to March 19 will be mostly cloudy and rainy with storms expected on March 20-21, from the central to the northern regions due to the collision of a low pressure front in the area and a high pressure front from China. The south can also expect scattered showers during the period.


Fishing boat operators urged to renew licenses

NNT

Bangkok - Fishing boat operators have been urged to renew their fishing licenses before the expiry date on April 1st.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, the committee overseeing fishing licenses at the Department of Fisheries has resolved to increase the period for seabed, open water, and anchovy fishing in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea by 20 days in the 2018 - 2019 season.

Fishing operators will have up to 270 days a year to catch fish and crustaceans. Fishing operators can renew their licenses at local fisheries offices in 22 coastal provinces.

Gen Chatchai said the longer fishing season was the result of successful efforts between the government and fishing operators to combat illegal fishing. He claimed that eliminating illegal fishing will enhance the sustainable competitiveness of the Thai fishing industry on a global scale.


Update March 16, 2018

Billionaire registers new progressive political party

Thai billionaire Thananthorn Juangroongruangkit, center, gives a traditional Thai greeting after announcing the launch of his new Future Forward Party in Bangkok, Thursday, March 15. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Kaweewit Kaewjinda

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's slow move from military to civilian governance has attracted dozens of new political parties to register in barely two weeks, including one by an internet-famous billionaire who says he embraces democracy and wants to challenge the country's traditional powers.

Anakot Mai, or the Future Forward Party, was registered Thursday under the name it received just this week after "Help Thanathorn name his party" trended among Thai Twitter users. A Facebook live interview with party co-founder Thananthorn Juangroongruangkit had over 100,000 views and prompted warnings he was being watched by the ruling administration.

The Future Forward Party was the 58th to register since the government opened the process March 2.

"My idea is to make this party stand for democratic principles," Thanathorn, 39, told reporters at a news conference. "I want to see a political party that dares to oppose organizations, institutions, and values that oppose democracy."

"We will make democracy a part of every decision-making process from the choosing of party members, the determining of party direction and strategy, to the developing of party policies," he said.

Thanathorn, the executive vice president of leading auto parts manufacturer Thai Summit Group, said he would rely on crowd-funded resources to support his party rather than his own wealth.

He said the party believes in transparent governance, equal rights and economic equality, among other progressive principles, and that it will not take sides with popular figures.

"Thailand has suffered from deep conflict for over a decade, which has caused great economic and social losses. Polarized politics is a hurdle for negotiations, while dictatorial politics limits people's rights and freedoms, suppressing problems without fixing them," the Future Forward Party said in a statement Thursday. "We, who see this conflict, agree that it is time to have a new power come in to restore faith in democracy."

The Future Forward Party's co-founder, Piyabutr Saenkanokkul, a university law lecturer, said the party is modeled after young political entities that broke away from traditional politics in other nations. He cited the left-wing parties of Podemos in Spain, Syriza in Greece, and La France Insoumise in France.

"It is a world trend that new political parties are emerging. In many countries, these parties have formed governments and while many are still opposition parties, they are gradually gaining more votes," Piyabutr said. "I think that, at the very least, the forming of new parties will force big established parties to adjust."


Italian Thai CEO released on bail after hearing more charges

President of Italian-Thai Development Premchai Karnasuta arrives at the wildlife police headquarters Bangkok, Wednesday, March 14. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

NNT

Bangkok - Italian Thai Co Ltd CEO Premchai Karnasutra has heard three more charges stemming from his alleged illegal wildlife hunt and has been released on a bond of 300,000 baht and on the condition that he remain in the country.

The CEO heard the additional charges at the Natural Environment Police Division Headquarters on Wednesday. The charges are illegal possession of elephant ivory, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and attempted bribery of state agents.

Commander of the Natural Environment Police Division, Pol Maj Gen Panya Pinsuk noted that Premchai’s wife, Kanita Karnasutra, and the person who validated their ivory purchase, Wandee Sombhumi, also heard charges against them on a previous date.

Premchai has been told to explain the origins of his firearms as they were all found to be unregistered. He was also presented to the Criminal Court for a 12 day detainment period based on the ivory possession charge against him, the most severe of the three charges. However he was granted release on 300,000 baht bail. He remarked while leaving the court that he was feeling downtrodden as Thai society believes he committed the crime of illegally killing a black panther, proclaiming his innocence, and asking that the matter be left to the court.

Activists concerned about the case have worn masks of the slain big cat as a symbol of protest on several occasions and environmentalists have pledged to keep up pressure. The trending Thai catchphrase "The black cat will not die for free" has even been repeated by police. Graffiti artists have sprayed Bangkok's walls with paintings of the black cat, and when officials reportedly washed off the images, new black cat graffiti surfaced nearby.


Air Force to send fleet to aid in rainmaking operations

NNT

Bangkok – The Royal Thai Air Force is ready to dispatch its aircraft to support upcoming royal rainmaking operations around the country.

Commander-in-Chief ACM Johm Rungsawang said the Air Force will hand over a total of 12 airplanes to assist the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation in cloud seeding operations. Four of the planes are of the BT-67 model; six are AU-23A Peacemakers; and the other two are Alpha Jet attack aircraft.

The Air Force chief confirmed he is supportive of the upcoming cloud seeding operations, which he said will help alleviate drought and haze problems in Thailand and lessen the impact of hailstorms. He called on all the officials involved to prioritize efficiency and safety during their tasks and to help create an understanding among people that the chemicals used are not dangerous to their health.

In addition to dispatching aircraft, the Air Force will open 11 of its bases across the country to serve as operational centers for the cloud seeding mission, which is set to begin on March 26.


10 electric rail lines for Bangkok likely to be approved

NNT

Bangkok - The Cabinet is expected to approve all 10 planned electric train systems for Bangkok this year to improve traffic flow in and out of the capital.

Minister of Transport, Akhom Termpittayapaisit has disclosed that the 16.4 kilometer Thailand Cultural Center-Talingchan Western Orange Line is to be proposed to the Cabinet for a second time this May, with both its construction and its operation plans to be presented. The line is currently subject to studies into how it can incorporate private investment.

Similarly, the Southern Purple Line running 23.6 kilometers between Taopoon-Ratburana is awaiting investment analysis and is expected to be put to the Cabinet by the third quarter of this year.

Akhom voiced confidence that all 10 electric train systems waiting on Cabinet approval will receive the go-ahead this year as they are crucial to improving travel into and out of Bangkok and reducing road congestion.

The Ministry of Transport is already looking into drafting its master plan for the third phase of electric rail development, implementing the connection of all public transport systems into a single network.

On the Denchai-Chiang Kong dual rail system, which recently passed its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and is being considered by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Akhom said he expects it to be put to the Cabinet this month and become the first dual rail line to go to construction auction.


Update March 15, 2018

Thailand to draft plans to regulate and tax cryptocurrencies

In this April 3, 2013 photo, Mike Caldwell, a 35-year-old software engineer, holds a 25 Bitcoin token at his shop in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's cabinet agreed Tuesday to draft a law to oversee cryptocurrency trading, seeking to tax the largely unregulated market.

Government spokesman Nathporn Chatusripitak said the Ministry of Finance also proposed the new regulations to help prevent use of digital currencies in money laundering and fraud.

He said details of the proposed regulations would be announced later in the month.

In February, Thailand's central bank issued a circular asking financial institutions to not handle transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

Across Asia, governments have been belatedly moving to exert control over bitcoin exchanges and other fast-growing cryptocurrency-related activities.


15 to be charged in football fixing case

NNT

Bangkok - The Deputy Director-General of the Department of Criminal Litigation has voiced confidence that a football game fixing case involving 15 suspects can be handled properly despite being the first such case launched under the Athletic Career Support Act.

Commander of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, submitted the case file in the football fixing case to the Office of the Attorney General. He explained that a total 16 people are suspected of involvement in the case; six financiers, one referee, one member of the public and eight football players. Police have however, filed cases against only 15 of the 16.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Criminal Litigation, Pornchai Cholwanichkul, said his office is confident it can bring any wrongdoers to justice due to the strength of evidence and clear knowledge of payments made.

He said any of the suspects who feel they are being unfairly treated can submit an appeal to the Office of the Attorney General. They are to hear charges of game fixing in the Thai League, on April 24.


Motorways open toll-free during Songkran holiday

NNT

Bangkok - The toll for certain motorways will be temporarily exempted during Songkran festival, said Assistant Government Spokesman Col Athisit Chainuwat.

He said the cabinet approved the toll waiver to help ease traffic congestion.

The toll for Motorway No. 7 on Bangkok-Pattaya stretch, Motorway No. 9 on Bangkok-Kanchanapisek stretch and that on Bang Pa-in-Bang Plee stretch will be waived during the festive holiday.

The waiver will be in effect after midnight of 11 April 2018, until midnight of 18 April 2018, spanning over an eight day time-frame.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on government agencies to promote road safety measures and report on road accidents on a quarterly basis to better raise the public awareness of traffic rules.


Rabies vaccines being provided for pets nationwide

NNT

Bangkok - Citizens across the nation are taking advantage of free anti-rabies vaccinations for their pets, with the service available in all 50 districts of Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Health Department is operating mobile vaccination teams to combat rabies, providing shots free of charge. Over 180 pets were brought in to receive the shots in Nong Chok’s Chalong Krung community alone.

All owners of animals over three months of age are being encouraged to have them receive the vaccination for the protection of others and the pets themselves.

The vaccinations have attracted large numbers of animal owners in Chiang Mai province, where the shots are being provided at Wat Pa Kaow. More than 9,000 pets have so far been vaccinated even though no reports of rabies have been made in Chiang Mai. A mobile vaccination team will make the rounds of the province from now to April 7, seeking to vaccinate up to 20,000 animals.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has called on all pet owners to regularly vaccinate their animals and to keep them away from stray dogs and cats to protect them from rabies.


Update March 14, 2018

Police ramp up prosecution of 229 suspected call-center scammers

NNT

Bangkok - The police's phone and electronic scams eradication center has made positive progress towards the eradication of call-center scammers over the past three months, says Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

The center has so far received 383 charges filed by scam victims, with a combined damage of about 200 million baht. Investigations have led to the issuance of 373 arrest warrants and the arrests of 229 suspected scammers.

A total of 13 million baht in cash has been confiscated from the suspected scammers and returned to 66 victims.

The police are also working with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to prosecute 6 VoIP firms and has blocked 130 numbers on the VoIP network, while the National Anti-Corruption Commission plans to confiscate an additional 120 million baht in disputed assets.

The Thai police's cooperation with international agencies has led to the crackdowns on five call-center units in Malaysia and Cambodia, with 55 scam suspects arrested.


Govt adheres to election roadmap

NNT

Bangkok - Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, says the government will continue to adhere to the election roadmap, amid calls for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to remain as a caretaker government in the run-up to an election.

Gen Prawit addressed demands by a political group that the existing administration become a caretaker government, saying the NCPO is unable to do so, as it must adhere to the election roadmap. He said the group is within its rights to continue lobbying its agenda, but asked that it observe the rule of law.

The deputy premier also denied rumors that a new political party had invited current Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to become party adviser.


Thailand takes part in Cope Tiger 2018

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand has begun this year's Cope Tiger trilateral air exercise with Singapore and the United States.

Director of Cope Tiger 2018, Group Captain Sapachai Silanin, recently met with the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Wichien Chantaranochai, to discuss the exercise.

The military drills are being held from March 12 - 23 in the provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Lopburi and Khon Kaen.  Cope Tiger 2018 is a large-scale exercise that will train participants in the latest military strategies and technology for regional peacekeeping.

Group Capt Sapachai has also informed local residents of the possible noise impact from the training operations.


Water level in Mekong River remains low

NNT

Bangkok - The water level in the Mekong River remains low and operators of small boats on the river are being forced to steer their vessels cautiously.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakon, led a group of officials from related agencies to inspect the situation in the Mekong River on Monday. The check showed water levels stood at between 2.00 meters and 2.30 meters.  However, the current level is higher than last week, when the water level was below 2.00 meters and several cargo ships and commuter boats reportedly hit sand dunes where the water was not deep enough to allow them to pass through the shallows.

The situation has forced Thai authorities to ask China to release water from its dams up river to raise the water level.

Narongsak hopes that at least the present water level can be maintained so that most boats, and cargo ships carrying loads at least 25 percent less than normal, are able to make their way along the river.

Chiang Rai City Hall will continue monitoring the situation and remains on stand-by to work with the Chinese authorities whose dams control the level of water in the river.


Update March 13, 2018

Public Health Min taking steps to prevent rabies outbreak

 

NNT

Bangkok - The Ministry of Public Health has instructed the Department of Disease Control to give anti-rabies vaccinations to people and animals to prevent a wider outbreak.

According to Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the Department of Disease Control continues to provide anti-rabies vaccinations free to the general public after a number of infected animals were recently reported.

He claimed that people pay little attention to the severity of the virus. In the past, the majority of rabies patients succumbed to the disease because there were no medicines. Now, anyone bitten by a cat or dog is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Vaccinations are being provided in 13 affected provinces.

In Chiang Rai province, a survey is now underway to determine the number of doses needed. Animals without an owner are likely to be sterilized to keep their population under control and prevent rabies transmissions.


Crashed plane moved to Talang Technical College as probes continue

NNT

Phuket - Authorities are to move the wreckage of a downed plane in Phuket to Talang Technical College after an investigative committee wrapped up its on-site assessment Monday.

The plane has been completely disassembled and catalogued and has been prepared for transfer to the college, where it will be temporarily stored while the reasons for its tragic crash are investigated.

The committee said no conclusions can yet be made as several more assessments are needed, including autopsies of the fatalities and questioning of eye-witnesses. A computer simulation of the incident is to be generated and the plane’s Australian manufacturer will be invited to review the evaluation. All of the information is to be reported to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Another team has been sent to inspect the bodies of those killed in the accident and to question survivors. Religious ceremonies have already begun at both the crash site and the hospital.

Phuket Governor, Noraphat Plodthong, and Secretary-General of the Vocational Education Commission, Suthep Chityawong, have already met with victims of the accident and provided them with financial support. The two surviving passengers of the crash are Adel Samae and Orawan Chindarak, both Talang Technical College students of aviation engineering.

Adel is still contending with swelling of the brain and is under close surveillance by doctors while Orawan is suffering from bone fractures.

The provincial governor earlier performed a funeral rite for Wattana Thinphangnga, the captain of the plane, at Wat Sophonwanaram. The body of the other fatality in the incident, Flying Office Narin Taweewat, has been sent back to his hometown of Pathumthani for funeral rites.


EU businesses voice support for renewal of FTAs with Thailand

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Ministry of Commerce has revealed European Union (EU) businesses have shown interest in supporting renewed Free Trade Agreements between Thailand and the bloc.

Deputy Minister of Commerce, Chutima Boonyaprapasorn, disclosed that, at the 24th informal meeting of ASEAN economic ministers, which took place March 1 – 2 in Singapore, several European businesses operating in ASEAN through the EU-ASEAN Business Council and the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance engaged in discussions on Thailand’s trade policy and increasing business with ASEAN.

Chutima said that EU-ASEAN Business Council President Donald Kanak led EU representatives from the logistics and automotive sectors to meet with Thailand and discuss its trade policies, with Thai officials assuring them that the nation’s policies are supportive of trade with Europe and its increased relationship with ASEAN.

President of the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance, Jeff Donald, led a similar talk on expanding business opportunities in Thailand, where he said European businesses are interested in the Thailand 4.0 policy and its synchronicity with China’s silk road initiative. Both groups lauded Thailand’s economic development and showed interest in renewing Free Trade Agreements with the Kingdom. An EU decision in December of last year allowed all ties with Thailand to normalize.

Chutima welcomed the proposal for the EU to send a delegation of business people to Thailand this year, inviting them to visit the Eastern Economic Corridor.


Bangkok air quality ailing while Chiang Mai improves

NNT

Bangkok - Thailand's Pollution Control Department (PCD) has reported particulate matter readings at five of its Bangkok stations have show levels exceeding limits, with highs of 57 micrograms per cubic meter.

The PCD said readings in Bangkok on March 11 saw a range of 46-57 micrograms per cubic meter at the Bangna, Wangthonglang, Rama 4, Ladprao and Indarapitak stations. The last saw the highest level of 57 and all are likely to see their readings increase further.

In Chiang Mai, readings for PM10 are now between 58 and 71 micrograms per cubic meter, dropping away from a limit of 120 micrograms per cubic meter. The improved air quality has been attributed to rain storms. The province is, nonetheless, maintaining strict bans on burning until March 20.

In areas where air quality is poor, the PCD is recommending people with respiratory illnesses avoid outdoor activity, while children and the elderly avoid extended stays outdoors. Those who must be outdoors should wear a face mask and consult their physicians if needed.
 


DAILY UPDATE

|

Back to Main Page

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Cabinet explains how it plans to deal with rabies virus

Police chief extends condolences to families of bus accident victims

Construction of Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail project to start in 2020

BMA officials to face disciplinary action over market row


Culture Ministry seeks six foreigners in photos with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

18 dead as tour bus loses control, crashes off road

Fisheries Dept cracks down on cichlid traffickers

Jan-Feb. tourist arrivals surpass 7 million


OAG wants more evidence before pressing charges against Premchai

Tropical storm reaches Thailand, earthquake reported in Kanchanaburi

Tourism agencies on alert following popularity of Thai soap

EC reacts to expulsion of Somchai Srisuthiyakorn


Thai court sentences Laotian drug kingpin to life in prison

Hailstorms and heavy rains forecast in most areas this week

PACC finds signs of corruption of impoverishment aid fund in 49 provinces

Police inspect some 100 practice bombs at Bangkok construction site


PM satisfied with outcomes of ASEAN-Australia Summit 2018

22 provinces affected by rabies

Environmental development plan being drafted for the EEC

Seminar held on Black Panther slaying case


EC Somchai confirms PM can be member of political party

Nationwide rabies alert continues

PM commends Thai period drama for promoting Thainess

Summer storms to bring thundershowers on March 20-23


Chulalongkorn University holds seminar on rabies outbreak

Thailand’s largest medical center to be built in Khon Kaen

More summer storms predicted into next week

Fishing boat operators urged to renew licenses


Billionaire registers new progressive political party

Italian Thai CEO released on bail after hearing more charges

Air Force to send fleet to aid in rainmaking operations

10 electric rail lines for Bangkok likely to be approved


Thailand to draft plans to regulate and tax cryptocurrencies

15 to be charged in football fixing case

Motorways open toll-free during Songkran holiday

Rabies vaccines being provided for pets nationwide


Police ramp up prosecution of 229 suspected call-center scammers

Govt adheres to election roadmap

Thailand takes part in Cope Tiger 2018

Water level in Mekong River remains low


Public Health Min taking steps to prevent rabies outbreak

Crashed plane moved to Talang Technical College as probes continue

EU businesses voice support for renewal of FTAs with Thailand

Bangkok air quality ailing while Chiang Mai improves

Advertisement

 



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
THAILAND
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
www.chiangmai-mail.com
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.