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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 last week.

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 improved.

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 byVietnamese authorities.

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 this year.

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 passengers.

Police ready to maintain peace during advance voting

Deputy Police Commissioner Pol. Gen. Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul.


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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Deputy PM Prawit visits South to give moral support to civilians, officers

African Swine Fever not communicable to humans: Livestock Dept

Don Mueang airport expands to cope with increasing number of passengers

Police ready to maintain peace during advance voting