Deputy PM Prawit visits South to give moral support to civilians, officers
Bangkok - The Deputy Prime Minister and Defense
Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, and his entourage on Monday (March 11)
visited southern Thailand to give moral support to civilians and officers,
following a series of insurgent attacks in Satun and Phatthalung provinces
The Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Lt. Gen.
Kongcheep Tantravanich, said Gen. Prawit and his entourage inspected an area
damaged by a bomb attack in Phatthalung and gave moral support to a group of
students and teachers affected by the incident.
The Defense Minister and the team of high-ranking
officials then traveled to Satun to observe the damage caused by the
insurgents and meet local people.
During the visit, Gen. Prawit said he would like to
thank the officers from all units for working together and doing their best
to ensure the safety of the general public, as the situation has steadily
According to investigators, the bombings could be
related to the insurgency in the three southern border provinces of
Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala. The attacks came after authorities had
carried out operations to crack down on drug trafficking and other illegal
activities in the region.
African Swine Fever not communicable to humans: Livestock Dept
Bangkok - The Department of Livestock
Development (DLD) has reassured the public that African swine fever is not
communicable to humans.
DLD Director General Sorawit Thaneto revealed the
department’s current operations to prevent an African Swine Fever (ASF)
outbreak and said that all related agencies are now working together to
prevent and detect any signs of the ASF in Thailand, with screening
operations at 50 Customs checkpoints nationwide including at airports.
He said a War Room has been set up where government
officials and farmers together monitor areas of a potential ASF outbreak at
provincial to village levels, in an attempt to prevent damage to the entire
pig farming and manufacturing industry.
"ASF can only spread among pigs, and is not
communicable to humans or other animals, thus consumers are 100% safe to
consume pork products. However, all sides must cooperate and help prevent
illegal imports of pork products," the department chief said.
He urged the general public not to share misleading
information which might trigger widespread panic online, following the
circulation of an article in Vietnam, which has already been dismissed
Don Mueang airport expands to cope with increasing number of passengers
Bangkok - Airports of Thailand’s (AOT) Don
Mueang Airport General Manager Sirote Duangratana says the airport is
proceeding with its Phase 3 development plan to cope with the increasing
number of passengers, as the airport is currently running beyond capacity.
The airport is currently designed to accommodate 30
million airline passengers annually, but it served 40 million passengers
last year, a 6.42 percent increase from 2017.
Last year, the airport handled 272,361 commercial
flights, or 757 flights daily, serving 25 domestic destinations by three
carriers, and 68 international destinations by 13 others.
The airport’s general manager said the AOT has been
improving facilities at the airport, including the expansion of the waiting
areas at boarding gates, an increase in the number of passengers’ benches,
and the introduction of a queuing ticket system for taxi cabs. The airport
is currently renovating its 55 toilets, expected to be completed in June
The Phase 3 development plan includes the construction
of more parking buildings, the construction of a new international passenger
terminal, the renovation of Terminal 1 and conversion to a domestic
terminal, the expansion and renovation of aircraft parking bays, and the
renovation of internal roads and traffic system. Those improvements are
expected to be completed by 2024 to meet the increasing number of airline
Police ready to maintain peace during advance voting
Deputy Police Commissioner Pol. Gen. Srivara
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has
indicated it is ready to maintain the peace and facilitate voters during
the advance voting day on March 17.
Deputy Police Commissioner Pol Gen Srivara
Rangsibrahmanakul, spoke for the police force nationwide, saying that a
total of 3,000 officers will stand ready for duty this coming Sunday.
The Election Commission (EC) had earlier requested support from the RTP
to keep the peace and manage traffic and parking, especially in the
constituencies with a large number of voters.
Pol Gen Srivara told the media that the police
recently submitted its security plan to the EC for approval.
The deputy police chief also touched on the
complaint made by Pheu Thai Party claiming that it has found a case of
vote buying in Phayao Province, saying that it is the duty of the EC to
investigate the matter.
Nonetheless, he said that a preliminary
investigation did not find any irregularity. Pol Gen Srivara also denied
having any knowledge pertaining to an order from the Police
Commissioner-General to transfer a local provincial police chief in
Phayao to the RTP headquarters in Bangkok, or a connection between the
instruction and the case.