SCB optimistic Thai stocks will see positive change
Securities’ Managing Director and Head of Research Sukit Udomsirikul.
SCB Securities (SCBS) is now seeing the low-performing
Thai stock market, due to COVID-19, as an investment opportunity, with food,
retailing and power plant businesses expected to see the best recovery.
SCB Securities’ Managing Director and Head of Research
Sukit Udomsirikul revealed that Thailand’s stock indices have continued to
decline in September, in line with earlier projections by analysts. However,
the stocks now have growth opportunities, due to the government’s several
economic stimuli and resolutions of some issues.
Mr. Sukit said the pressing issue is the level of
non-performing loans (NPLs) in the financial sector. Meanwhile, the United
States presidential election in November may result in more investment in
Thailand, should Joe Biden win the election, due to the diversification of
investors’ portfolios, from U.S. stocks into emerging markets. This scenario
may help the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index rebound to 1,300 points.
SCBS Research Managing Director said business
categories that are safe for long-term investments are now food, retailing
and power plant businesses, followed by hospitals. These businesses are
expected to perform well, once COVID-19 crisis resolves.
He has pointed out that the SET index, now between
1,200 and 1,250, indicates it is a good time to invest. (NNT)
Bangkok to renovate Khlong Chong Nonsi as new tourism attraction
Department of Drainage and Sewerage is now working on the development of
Khlong Chong Nonsi into a recreational space and tourism attraction.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is
planning to expand and renovate the walkways by Khlong Chong Nonsi, in a
development project for this downtown canal, to develop it into a new
tourism attraction, by April next year.
The BMA’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage is now
working on the development of Khlong Chong Nonsi into a recreational space
and tourism attraction.
The project is divided into the urgent short-term
phase, which includes the removal of garbage and debris from the canal,
cleaning of surrounding areas and landscaping. Surrounding buildings are
asked not to release any waste water, fat or oil into the canal.
The long-term development phase will include the
renovation of the sewers and landscaping.
Khlong Chong Nonsi plays a vital role in flood
prevention in Bang Rao, Sathorn and Yannawa districts of Bangkok, by
collecing rainwater and releasing it into the Chao Phraya River.
The BMA will be designing new walkways along the canal,
which will be wider, for greater pedestrians’ convenience, and to provide
better scenery. City hall plans for these new walkways to be built by
private companies and retail stores in the area, as a form of donation,
instead of providing cash to the BMA, or will construct them using the BMA’s
The construction of the new walkways is expected to be
completed by April next year. Once complete, the renovated Khlong Chong
Nonsi will become a new tourism attraction in Bangkok, which will help
promote trade and stimulate the grassroot economy, improving the livelihoods
of Bangkok residents. (NNT)
Thailand targeted as world’s food bank
of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Chalermchai Sreeon.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has
announced a policy to make Thailand the world’s food bank, thanks to the
country’s high production capacity in the farming sector, which can still
supply global food demands, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
Chalermchai Sreeon, delivered a speech at a meeting with 107 ambassadors and
diplomates from 62 countries and international organizations based in
The Minister reassured attendees that Thailand has not
implemented any export ban on farm products, and will continue to support
international trade under the market mechanism, stressing that Thailand is
ready to serve as a food bank for the Southeast Asian region during COVID-19
Minister Chalermchai revealed that the Thai government
has put in place the 3S framework, comprising Safety, Security, and
On the safety aspect, the manufacturing of farm
products must follow safety protocols, such as the GAP and GMP standards.
The government is encouraging farmers to implement technologies, to enable
traceability in all manufacturing processes, instilling greater confidence
On security, the government has introduced the
Market-led Manufacturing principle, to control costs and improve the yield,
helping farmers to have better livelihoods and higher income. Projects have
been initiated to develop farming organizations further and new generations
of farmers on new skills, such as online marketing.
On sustainability, the government is promoting a more
sustainable approach for manufacturing resource management, adding small,
medium and large water reservoirs, and tackling illegal fishing, to promote
sustainable fishing. Farmers are encouraged to implement new technologies,
which will help improve the Thai farming sector’s competitiveness on the
global stage. (NNT)
Thailand real estate deposit, down payment refunding in case of declined mortgage
Nakasai, a Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCBP)
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Thai Real Estate
Organization, the Housing Business Association, and the Thai Condominium
Association and real estate companies, following a delay of the initial
signing date in June.
With this MoU, customers purchasing condominium units,
housing units or other property can have their deposit and down payment
refunded from the projects, in case of a declined mortgage application by
financial institutes, as well as associated fees in the contract.
60 percent of the down payment will be refunded to
customers in case of their employment termination, illness, or disability.
The entire down payment amount will be refunded to the customers’ family
member in case of their demise.
This MoU was achieved through cooperation with 13 real
estate companies. The signing ceremony of this MoU was presided over by Mr.
Anucha Nakasai, a Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister.
Mr. Anucha said this cooperation will provide
protection for consumers, while at the same time provide a form of
compensation from businesses on the basis of compassion. He said this will
become a model for the creation of trust between consumers and businesses. (NNT)
Siriraj Hospital to hold King Rama IX memorial ceremony
Watanapa, the Dean of the Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj
13th October marks the passing of His late Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej. This year, Siriraj Hospital will be holding a memorial
service for His late Majesty for the 4th year, under the theme "the King in
Dr. Prasit Watanapa, the Dean of the Mahidol
University’s Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, announced that the
hospital will be holding a memorial ceremony for His late Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2020.
The ceremony will start at 6:30 a.m. with an alms
giving ceremony for 39 Buddhist monks, followed by a prayer service. Special
remarks will be delivered by Chaipattana Foundation Secretary General Sumet
Tantivejkul at 1 p.m.
A 9-minute silence will be observed at 3:52 p.m., which
is the time of His late Majesty’s passing, followed by a ceremony during
which Siriraj Hospital workers and the general public can pay their
respects. Then, participants will be looking to the 16th floor of Chalerm
Phrakiat building to the room where the late monarch stayed, and pay their
respects. The ceremony will end with a signing of a royally composed song
"The Impossible Dream".
Dr. Prasit said participants are asked to wear a yellow
shirt, however the general public are able to express their respects at home
before His late Majesty’s royal portrait, instead of visiting the hospital,
to comply with the social distancing measures against COVID-19.
Siriraj Hospital will be opening its museum to
visitors, free of charge, on 13 October. The museum will house as special
exhibit featuring the vehicles, radios, cameras and photographs related to
His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, some of which will be displayed
for the very first time. (NNT)
Thai Health Minister meets northern region health volunteers
Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul.
Thailand’s Minister of Public Health has met with
village health volunteers in the northern region, where he has offered moral
support and encouragement for their COVID-19 control tasks.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health
Anutin Charnvirakul has met with local village health volunteers in the
northern region, during his visit to Uthai Thani College of Agriculture and
Technology for a village health volunteers’ academic meeting.
The Minister delivered the excellent village health
volunteer awards 2020 to selected volunteers, and gave a speech of
encouragement for health volunteers and workers who are on the frontline in
the operation to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
He said some one million village health volunteers
nationwide represent people with the sense of volunteerism and sacrifice,
helping to take care of the health and wellbeing of people in their
The Ministry of Public Health hosted such meetings for
village health volunteers in four regions across the country to honour the
work of the volunteers, encourage the new normal lifestyle, and to enhance
further the volunteers’ potential as social innovators. (NNT)
Monorail trains for Bangkok’s Pink and Yellow Lines arrived at Laem Chabang port, Chonburi
are parts of 72 driverless Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 trains that will
run on both railways which are under construction and will be feeders of
main electric railways.
The first two monorail trains that will run on Pink and
Yellow Lines in greater Bangkok were received at the Laem Chabang port as
the two lines were set to start operation in two years.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and executives of the
Transport Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Metropolitan Rapid Transit
Authority ceremonially accepted the trains on Thursday.
Both trains are parts of 72 driverless Bombardier
Innovia Monorail 300 trains that will run on both railways which are under
construction and will be feeders of main electric railways.
All the trains will be delivered within next year and
both monorail lines were scheduled to start operation in 2022.
Each train will initially consist of four cars that can
carry up to 17,000 people per hour per direction. Later each train will
comprise up to seven cars with the capacity of carrying 28,000 people per
hour per direction.
The Pink Line will stretch 34.5 kilometers on the
west-east direction north of Bangkok, from Kae Rai to Min Buri. It will
connect to Purple, Red, Green and Orange Lines in Nonthaburi, Laksi, Wat
Phra Si Mahathat and Min Buri respectively.
The Yellow Line will run on a distance of 30.4
kilometers on the north-south direction east of Bangkok from Lat Phrao Road
to Theparak Road. It will connect with Blue Line, Airport Rail Link, Orange
Line and Green Line in Ratchada, Pattanakan, Lam Salee and Samrong
Thailand ‘special tourist visa’ for long-staying visitors costs 2,000 Baht per 90-day period
The policy ‘special tourist
visa’for long-staying visitorsis effective from 30 September, 2020, until 30
Thailand’s Ministry of Interior has officially
announced the special tourist visa scheme for long-staying visitors, as part
of the plans to revive the country’s tourism industry while maintaining
effective COVID-19 control and prevention measures.
This special tourist visa scheme comes into effect from
30 September, 2020 and will be available for one year, until 30 September,
The policy will be granted to long-staying visitors
from countries with lower COVID-19 infection rates, as advised by the
Ministry of Public Health.
These visitors are required to comply with Thailand’s
COVID-19 control measures and undergo a quarantine in alternative local
state or hospital quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
They must also have proof of their long-term residence
in Thailand; such as, payment for alternative local state or hospital
quarantine, and either of the following: hotel reservation for long-stay
purposes, evidence of ownership of a condominium, or house or condominium
In addition, they must have a health and accident
insurance coverage that cover the period of their stay in Thailand, with a
minimum 40,000 Baht coverage for outpatient treatment and a minimum 400,000
Baht coverage for inpatient hospital and physician services.
Long-staying visitors as qualified in accordance with
the measures by the Ministry of Public Health and relevant government
agencies can apply for this special tourist visa from Thai embassies and
This is a single-entry visa to Thailand, valid for 90
days and can be extended twice, each for a further 90 days.
The visa costs 2,000 Baht per 90-day period.
The special tourist visa cannot be changed to other
types of visa, and the permission as well as the extension will be
considered in accordance with the rules and regulations by the Immigration
For more information, visit
www.immigration.go.th/en, or call the Immigration Bureau Hotline 1178.
Immigration Bureau extends visa amnesty for stranded foreigners in Thailand
Thai Government has extended visa amnesty for foreigners, who are unable to
leave Thailand due to the country’s COVID-19 control measures, until 31
The Royal Thai Government has extended visa amnesty for
foreigners, who are unable to leave Thailand due to the country’s COVID-19
control measures, until 31 October, 2020.
This makes the fourth extension of the policy, which
first took effect from 26 March to 30 April, 2020. The second extension was
from 1 May until 31 July, 2020, and the third extension from 1 August to 26
The Royal Thai Government cited the COVID-19 pandemic
remained severe in several countries, and the number of new cases globally
continued to rise. International travel restrictions – land, water and air –
are still in place in several countries. This affects foreigners stranded in
Thailand due to limited international travel.
Foreigners are advised to contact the Immigration
Bureau for an extension and make a notification of residence.
For more information, please contact the Immigration
Bureau Hot Line 1178, or visit the website
Thai airports to be ready for restored traveling in 2025
to build new airports and enhance the capacities of existing airports in the
country would have been fully implemented by 2025 when the International Air
Transport Association expected global aviation to be restored.
Airports in Thailand will be completely built and
expanded by the time when global aviation returns to its pre-COVID era in
2025, according to the Transport Ministry.
Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam told a
seminar on the future of Thai aviation that all projects to build new
airports and enhance the capacities of existing airports in the country
would have been fully implemented by 2025 when the International Air
Transport Association expected global aviation to be restored.
The deputy transport minister cited that Betong airport
in Yala province was already completed and set for opening this December.
Nok Air was interested in operating at the new airport and tour firms
planned to arrange for chartered flights for visitors to Betong, he said.
According to Mr Thaworn, aviation played important
roles in the Thai economy, generating 15.5% of its gross domestic products
and employing 4.3 million people.
Due to the coronavirus disease 2019, Thai airlines laid
off 120 pilots in the first quarter of this year. Unemployed pilots numbered
820 and formed 15% of all certified commercial pilots in the country, he
Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam.
‘Visit Thailand, I Miss You’ campaign to win prizes over 10 million baht
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting
Thai travelers to join the campaign under the concept called “Visit
Thailand, I Miss You” and get a chance to win prizes over 10 million baht.
Following the launch of this exclusive campaign to entice travel lovers, TAT
hopes that travel demand will again be strongly stimulated in this last
quarter of the year. The travelers may take part in a prize drawing with a
purchase of a product or service labeled under the official “I Miss You”
sub-campaigns: “I Miss My Golf Buddies”, “I Miss My Favorite Dishes”, “I
Miss Embracing Nature”, “I Miss Relaxing My Body & Mind” and “I Miss Travel
Communities”. Furthermore, TAT has partnered with more than 300 shops and
service providers such as Klook, Traveligo, Wongnai, Golfdigg, McDonald’s,
Thai Smile Airways, Air Asia, Thailandfoodparadise and Specialtiewthai to
bring forth myriad mouth-watering promotions.
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million baht, which include cars, motorcycles, mobile phones, gold, and many
more, are up for grabs for any purchase of promotional products or services.
For every 500 baht spent per 1 receipt, you will receive 1 entry in the
prize drawing (i.e., buying a 10,000-baht travel package will earn you 20
entries). To participate in the prize drawing, a coupon code is required to
be redeemed via LINE Official Account: @tiewthailuckyor associated websites
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Thais celebrate ‘Thai National Flag Day’ nationwide
President of Government Savings Bank (GSB), Vitai Ratanakorn, presided over
a flag-raising ceremony in front of the King Rama VI Monument to mark Thai
Thai National Flag Day is celebrated annually on
September 28th, to commemorate the day when His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama
VI) issued the tricolor flag as the current national flag. Thai people
throughout the kingdom are organizing activities and singing the national
anthem as a symbol of unity.
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The President of Government Savings Bank (GSB), Vitai
Ratanakorn, presided over a flag-raising ceremony in front of the King Rama
VI Monument to mark Thai National Day, before singing the national anthem.
Representatives from the public and private sectors then laid wreaths and
sang the royal anthem.
At 8 a.m. in Surin province, government officials and
civil servants gathered in front of the flagpole in Surin City Hall to
commemorate Thai National Flag Day and sang the national anthem.
In the northeastern province of NongKhai, similar
activities took place in NongKhai City Hall at the same time.
In Chanthaburi province, civil servants, members of the
public as well as school and university students sang the national anthem
together to raise awareness and appreciation of the country’s main
In Chai Nat province, civil servants, government
officials and staff gathered to sing the national anthem in front of the
King Rama V Monument in Chai Nat City Hall. The activity was held in all
eight districts of the province.
In different districts of Yala province, heads of state
agencies jointly sang the national anthem at 8 a.m.
A cabinet resolution declared September 28 of every
year as Thai National Flag Day. The country celebrated the inaugural Thai
National Flag Day in 2017. On this day, many venues are decorated with the
Thai national flag to instill pride among Thai people and commemorate His
Majesty King Vajiravudh. (NNT)
National Flag Day is celebrated annually on September 28th, to commemorate
the day when His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) issued the tricolor flag
as the current national flag.
Thai PM orders strict online gambling suppression
Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Online gambling websites, which are easy to access by
children and youth, have become a topic of concern for the Prime Minister,
who has ordered strict suppression of these illegal websites.
Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri revealed that
the Prime Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed his concerns over
online gambling websites, which have now become easier for children and
youth to reach through advertisements made specifically to target children
The Prime Minister has called on related agencies, both
governmental and private, to help suppress these illegal websites using
stringent measures, citing research on the behavior of online gamblers, who
tend to become addicted and lose more money than through conventional
In the past week, the Ministry of Digital Economy and
Society, in a collaborative effort with the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission and the Royal Thai Police, has asked all
internet service providers and mobile carriers to block access to online
gambling websites within 15 days, after receiving court’s order.
So far, the court has ordered access to 1,202 websites
to be blocked for online gambling. Failure to block access to these websites
will result in legal consequences for the service providers. (NNT)
Thailand to allow six groups of international visitors to come next week
allows people visiting Thailand holding non-immigrant visas and groups that
are long stay visitors with Special Tourist Visas (STV)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
has approved several measures related to COVID-19 prevention measures.
According to Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, the center agreed, in principle, the
motion to allow six groups of international visitors to come to Thailand.
The first are cyclists, who will take part in a cycling
event, which will take place on October 6th to 16th in the provinces of
Samut Songkhram, Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, and
Surat Thani. The second group are pilots and cabin crew who have visited the
United States, one of the countries with the highest number of COVID-19
patients. The third group are people visiting Thailand holding non-immigrant
visas. The fourth and the fifth groups are long stay visitors with Special
Tourist Visas (STV) and people holding the APEC Business Travel Cards. The
sixth group are people who wish to stay in Thailand for no longer than 90
days in total. Visitors in this group must receive approval from the MFA
before being allowed to visit Thailand. (NNT)
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun.
Thailand extends ‘Emergency Decree’ to deter Covid-19 from October 1 to 31
meeting agreed to the sixth extension of the implementation of the Emergency
Decree to deter COVID-19 from October 1 to 31. (TAT Photo)
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
meeting agreed, in principle, to the sixth extension of the implementation
of the Emergency Decree to deter Covid-19 from October 1 to 31.
The CCSA also reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 and no
According to the CCSA, the national total stands at
3,545 cases with 59 deaths.
According to the information from the center, 3,369
patients have made full recoveries, while 117 remain in hospital.(NNT)
Thailand promotes natural rubber for northeastern road safety
Minister Saksayam Chidchob launched the project to use natural rubber
products to promote safety on Highway in Nakhon Phanom province.
The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives kicked off a project to boost road safety in
the Northeast with natural rubber products.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob launched the
project to use natural rubber products to promote safety on Highway 2033’s
Kham Phok-NongYat section in NongYat sub-district of Muang district in
Nakhon Phanom province.
He said that in the project rubber fender barriers and
rubber guide posts would be installed to absorb crash impacts, thus reduce
damage and at the same time generate at least 30 billion baht in income of
rubber farmers because the production of such safety tools considerably
consumed natural rubber as their raw materials.
The project is being implemented in three northeastern
provinces of Nakhon Phanom, Bung Kan and Loei that possessed vast rubber
plantations in the Northeast, Mr Saksayam said. (TNA)
Thailand supports UN in facing challenges, development of COVID-19 vaccines
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed Thailand’s support for the United
Nations in coping with challenges and promised assistance for the
development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed Thailand’s
support for the United Nations in coping with challenges and achieving
sustainable development and promised assistance for the development of
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Gen
Prayut sent his message via a video call to the 75th UN General Assembly at
4.30pm on Sept 25 at the New York time or at 3.30am of the Thailand time.
The assembly was organized on the theme of “The future we want, the United
Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism –
confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action”.
The prime minister said that the coronavirus disease
2019 pandemic was a global crisis and all countries would have to rely on
mutual cooperation. He said Thailand was seriously attempting to control
COVID-19 in line with the International Health Regulations (2005) and the
guidelines of the World Health Organization.
Gen Prayut encouraged the UN to take the lead in
ensuring that all countries would have equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and
Thailand develops E-buses for Bangkok bus service
Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) turn its buses into electric ones.
The management of the Metropolitan Electricity
Authority (MEA) followed up the development of electric buses and proposed
the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) turn its buses into electric
Manat Aroonvatanaporn, MEA’s research and development
director, and his delegation followed up the progress of MEA’s project to
develop and test E-buses.
The project that MEA is implementing together with the
National Science and Technology Development Agency is aimed at enabling the
BMTA to turn its existing buses into electric buses to improve air quality.
The delegation inspected the production of E-buses at
the plants of Sakun C Innovation Co and Choknamchai Co in Suphanburi
The partnership in the project will introduce electric
vehicles for public service and Thailand can move towards being a country
that will use electricity as a main source of its energy consumption.
The E-bus research and development project also
complies with the government’s policy to develop Thai electric vehicles. (TNA)
delegation inspected the production of E-buses at the plants of Sakun C
Innovation Co and Choknamchai Co in Suphanburi province.
research and development project also complies with the government’s policy
to develop Thai electric vehicles.
Thailand expects full economic recovery in 2 years
will recover from the COVID-19 crisis in two years, or at the earliest by
the end of 2021
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs
and Minister of Energy has revealed an outlook for Thailand’s economy to
fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis in 2 years, with the debt-to-GDP
ratio maintained below 60 percent.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy
Supattanapong Punmeechaow gave a lecture on options and the survival of
Thailand, in which he has forecast that the Thai economy will recover from
the COVID-19 crisis in two years, or at the earliest by the end of 2021,
thanks to the government’s measures.
He said the government has issued assistance measures
for 33 million people, using about 800 billion baht, while at the same time
promoted access to soft loans for the general public and businesses to
maintain their fluidity, along with debt restructuring campaigns.
Mr. Supattanapong said some 13 million people and
businesses have already applied for these measures, for a total debt amount
of 7 trillion baht. He said the government will be issuing new economic
stimuli before the end of this year, to increase employment and boost the
economies of individual sectors.
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC)
Deputy Secretary General Danucha Pichayanan said the country’s current
public debt to GDP ratio is now 47 percent. This ratio will be raised to 57
percent with the 1 trillion baht loan campaign, which is still below the 60
He said the public debt ratio is of no serious concern,
adding into consideration that majority of this loan will be for investments
and economic stimulation. However, the government must, in the long run,
review the budgeting balance to ensure the country’s stability. (NNT)
Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow.
Thai teacher hitting young children to be prosecuted
camera footage showed several students were attacked by the female teacher
identified as Joom.
A deputy spokesman of the Office of the
Attorney-General said that a teacher who hit kindergarteners at a well-known
school in Nonthaburi province was considered as committing physical assault
and her colleagues who failed to help the young could be prosecuted for
facilitating the crime.
Kosolwat Intujanyong, the deputy spokesman, said the
teacher who used physical force against kindergarteners at the school in
Nonthaburi was considered as violating Section 295 of the Criminal Code that
prohibited people from causing injury to others in body or mind and the
offence carried a jail term of up to two years and/or a fine of up to 40,000
Besides, other teachers who appeared in video clips of
the physical assault could be prosecuted for facilitating the crime if they
proved to be aware of the act and fail to stop it, Mr Kosolwat said.
Many parents of affected kindergarteners filed their
complaint at the Chaiyapruek police station in Pak Kret district of
Nonthaburi yesterday, against the teacher who attacked their children in
Affected children became very scared to go to the
school. Surveillance camera footage showed several students were attacked by
the female teacher identified as Joom in a classroom between 10am and noon
on Sept 23 and other teachers apparently tolerated the act. (TNA)
Intujanyong, deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General.
teachers who appeared in video clips of the physical assault could be
prosecuted for facilitating the crime if they proved to be aware of the act
and fail to stop it.
Phuket ready to welcome foreign tourists
Authorities at the Phuket
airport said they are now ready to welcome foreign tourists. (TAT Photo)
Authorities in the southern resort province are
implementing the 5T Model for COVID-19 screenings, already set up a COVID-19
test lab at its airport and are now ready to welcome foreign tourists.
Phuket’s health chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew said the 5T
Model consisted of Target, Testing, Tracing, Treating and Trusting.
Target means the target groups of visitors. Testing
refers to tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 including tests on arrivals
right at Phuket airport.
Tracing stands for application software to monitor the
movements of tourists. Treating shows the readiness of medical treatment and
resources and Trusting represents communications to create confidence among
all parties and foreigners.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Control 11 in
Nakhon Si Thammarat province installed the COVID-19 lab container module at
Terminal X of Phuket airport on Sept 24. Its system will be tested on Sept
28 and the laboratory was set to start its operation on Sept 30.
The lab is capable of testing 96 people at a time and
test results will be known in six hours. Dr Thanit said that its capacity
should be adequate to serve initial arrivals. (TNA)
health chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew said the 5T Model consisted of Target,
Testing, Tracing, Treating and Trusting.
13 Illegal Cambodian migrants arrested in Sa Kaeo, Thailand’s border province
Cambodian men and women were spotted in Ban NongPhai village of Ta Phraya
sub-district in Ta Phraya district at 2am.
Security officials from a rapid movement patrol team of
the Burapha Task Force arrested 13 illegal Cambodian migrants who were
heading for jobs in inner country.
Five Cambodian men and women were spotted in Ban
NongPhai village of Ta Phraya sub-district in Ta Phraya district at 2am.
They said they sneaked into Thai soil through a natural border crossing and
already paid 3,000 baht each to a human trafficker who promised to arrange
for their transport to an inner country destination.
At 5am officials stopped a grey Toyota Fortuner vehicle
registered in Bangkok, in Ban Kaeo Pet Ploy village of Ta Phraya
sub-district. Three Cambodian men and five female compatriots were on the
Its driver Pachararote Wachirapanjinda, 48, said he
would send the Cambodians to many provinces including Nonthaburi, Nakhon
Nayok and Bangkok.
Officials sent all the arrested people to the Ta Phraya
police station for prosecution. (TNA)
‘Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 Lucky Draw’ promotes shopping destination
Congratulations to the 32 winners of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020
Lucky Draw who walk away with prizes worth over one million Baht in the
Bangkok, 24 September, 2020 – Congratulations to the 32 winners
of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 Lucky Draw who walk away with prizes
worth over one million Baht in the campaign “The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale
This project was held between 15 July-15 September,
2020, with key partners; such as, Shopee, PTT Oil and Retail Company Limited
(OR), the True Corporation, Major Cineplex, and UTU applications. The
campaign included department stores, airlines, leading hotels, and over
10,000 entrepreneurs nationwide who signed up to give privileges and
discounts of up to 80%. Shoppers who bought products and services from
participating entrepreneurs during the campaign were eligible to win the 17
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “The ‘Amazing
Thailand Grand Sale 2020 – ‘Non-Stop Shopping” was designed to promote the
image of Thailand as a shopping destination, while also helping all
operators affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We estimated that the
project generated more than 100 million Baht in direct spending on products
and services in the various categories.”
The names of the winners who were already drawn at an
earlier event on 17 September, 2020, are on the website:
www.amazingthailandgrandsale.comm. They will receive:
1. Mitsubishi All New Xpander Cross SUV, 1 prize.
2. Accommodation package at Bandara Villas Phuket, 1
3. Air tickets from Thai Air Asia, round-trip, domestic
routes, for 2 seats,
total of 5 prizes.
4. Air tickets from Thai Smile Airways, round-trip
for domestic routes,
for 2 seats, total of 5 prizes.
5. Modern communication equipment (Gadget), total of
For more information, please visit
Facebook: Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020.
The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 – Non-Stop
Shopping was designed to promote the image of Thailand as a shopping
of Mitsubishi All New Xpander Cross SUV.
Thai police deployed to guard Parliament on draft charter amendments voting dayy
strictly checked vehicles, entering the premises and set up barricades in
front of Parliament.
Hundreds of police have been deployed to maintain order
at Parliament as anti-government demonstrators will gather the outside
Parliament to monitor the debate on draft charter amendments.
They want lawmakers to support charter amendments.
Barricades have been set up in front of Parliament.
Mobile toilet trucks have been parked in the opposite side.
Police have strictly checked vehicles, entering the
Parliament will vote on Thursday what part of the
constitution will be amended.
For the motion to pass, the current constitution
requires a majority vote by the 750 members of both houses, including
one-third of the upper house, or 84 senators. (TNA)
Thailand logs 3 new cases of Covid-19; returnees from Japan and Francee
total cases are at 3,514, of this number, 3,345 cases recovered and the
death toll remained at 59.
Thailand on Wednesday reported three new cases of
Covid-19 in state quarantine, raising the total cases to 3,514.
Of this number, 3,345 cases recovered and the death
toll remained at 59.
Recent cases in Thailand were people, who travelled
from other countries and were found being infected during quarantine.
Without local transmissions reported, health volunteers
have been praised for their effort to help curb the Covid-19 as they help
monitor local communities.
The Cabinet approved allowance for them for another
three months from October to December to support them to continue working to
prevent a second wave in the country, said Dr Thares Krasnairawiwong,
director-general of the Health Service Support Department.
Moreover, migrant volunteers will be trained to assist
health officials in border provinces as a rise in the patient number is
still reported in a neighboring country..
He said health volunteers will also help screen people,
who suffer from stress and anxiety due to the impacts of Covid-19 in order
to bring them to rehabilitation.
Krasnairawiwong, director-general of the Health Service Support Department.
China’s Great Wall Motors to start production in Thailand next year
Minister said GWM would improve the production lines that it had taken over
within the fourth quarter of this year for the production of vehicles with
internal combustion engines and electric vehicles.
Great Wall Motors (GWM), a giant automobile
manufacturer of China, will start its production in Thailand next year with
a capacity of 80,000 units a year, Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit
After his meeting with Zhang Jiaming, president of
GWM’s ASEAN operations, Mr Suriya said GWM would improve the production
lines that it had taken over within the fourth quarter of this year for the
production of vehicles with internal combustion engines and electric
According to the minister, the company will have an
annual production capacity of 80,000 vehicles and will begin with producing
sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The company plans to invest 22.6
billion baht and employ 3,435 people.
It also plans to manufacture key parts including
batteries and transmissions for its electric vehicles. Local content will
form 45% of parts for its first model to be produced in Thailand and the
proportion will rise to 90% within 2025.
Besides, the company will set up its research and
development center that will cover its operations in Southeast Asia.
Mr Suriya said he and Mr Zhang discussed promotional
privileges, measures to promote electric vehicles and the disposal of used
cars and batteries.
At present, Thailand had the production capacity of 2
million automobiles annually, half of them for export and the rest for local
GWM’s investment would highly benefit local buyers
because they would have more choices and local parts could serve its
production, Mr Suriya said. (TNA)
Naga Fireball Festival at Mekong River bank in Nong Khai, Sept 29 – Oct 5
will reserve space along the Mekong Riverbank to view the Naga fireball
phenomenon in which great balls of fire emerge from the surface of the river
at the end of Buddhist Lent.
The northeastern province of NongKhai has prepared to
hold the Naga Fireball festival under strict Covid-19 control measures this
Nongkhai governor, Ronnachai Chitrawiset said the end
of the Buddhist Lent falls on Oct 2 and the province will organize the
annual Naga fireball festival in six districts from Sept 29 – Oct 5.
It is expected many tourists will reserve space along
the Mekong riverbank to view the Naga fireball phenomenon in Phon Phisai and
The celebration with various activities such as
cultural performances will be organized in Muang district.
Among the highlights is a light and sound show on the
legend of mysterious Naga fireball phenomenon at 7 pm. from Sept 29 – Oct 2.
Traditional dance to worship the Naga will be performed
and a traditional long boat race will be held.
The phenomenon, in which great balls of fire emerge
from the surface of the Mekong River at the end of Buddhist Lent occurs
every year and some locals believe they are the breath of the mythical
serpent, called Naga. (TNA)
Lent falls on Oct 2 and Nong Khai will organize the annual Naga fireball
festival from Sept 29 – Oct 5.
celebrate the Buddhist Lent ‘Awk Pansa’ at temples across the country.
Wildfire and haze problem critical in Chiang Rai and Thailand’s northern provinces
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-o-cha is greeted by Chiang Rai province Governor on arrival.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-o-cha is visiting Chiang Rai province to chair a meeting for prevention
and solution of the wildfire and haze problem.
Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri disclosed
that the Prime Minister met provincial governors of the 17 Northern
provinces to follow up on the operation to prevent and curb wildfire and
haze, and to hand down related policy.
There, representatives of youth volunteering network
will report to the Prime Minister on the progress of “Royal-Initiative Check
Dam” watershed rehabilitation program.
In the afternoon, he will travel to Mae Yao
sub-district office to observe both upstream, midstream, and downstream
operation against wildfire and haze.
He will plant “Kasalong Kham (radermacheraignea)” tree
which is the symbolic tree of Chiang Rai province, as part of the campaign
to encourage local people to “plant trees against wildfire” before returning
to Bangkok. (TNA)
Gen. Prayut chairs a meeting for prevention and solution of the wildfire and
haze problem with 17 Northern provinces governors.
Thailand to launch ‘Wellness Quarantine’ for Special Tourist Visa (STV) travelers
officials inspected and surveyed spa services in order to finalize their
proposal to be submitted to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration
Thailand is considering a
wellness quarantine initiative to allow travelers to stay at Thai spa
services under the Alternative State Quarantine Program.
Health officials inspected and surveyed spa services in
order to finalize their proposal to be submitted to the Center for COVID-19
Situation Administration (CCSA).
If approved, spa services in the southern province of
Krabi could go ahead in the first phase of the initiative, according to
The government has just approved Special Tourist Visa (STV)
scheme allowing foreigners to obtain 90-day visa that is extendable up to
270 days with the main condition that the visitors agree to a 14-day
quarantine at hospital or alternative facilities.
In addition to five-star hotel and premium wellness
centers, certified small-scale spas will offer alternative services for
foreign medical tourists. (TNA)
in the southern province of Krabiare in the list to go ahead in the first
phase of the initiative.
The Special Tourist Visa (STV)
scheme allows foreigners to obtain 90-day visa that is extendable up to 270
days where they agree to a 14-day quarantine at hospital or alternative
Thailand controls entry of Covid-infected foreigners in Immigration Act
approved in principle a ministerial regulation to add COVID-19 in the
control diseases list of the Immigration Act.
The cabinet approved in principle to ban people
carrying the coronavirus disease 2019 from entering the country.
Deputy Government spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul
said the cabinet approved in principle a ministerial regulation to add
COVID-19 in the control diseases list of the Immigration Act. The move would
ban the foreigners who suffered COVID-19 from entering or residing in the
country in order to effectively control the disease.
The Ministry of Interior which proposed the new
regulation told the cabinet that Thailand had to seriously screen arrivals
because the disease was spreading worldwide and many countries were easing
their disease control measures.
Besides, the cabinet approved a budget of 204 million
baht that the Ministry of Public Health requested to contain the second wave
of COVID-19 that may happen in the country.
The ministry reported that it would spend the budget to
control the disease among Thai people and foreigners who would be arriving
in the country and to protect medical personnel from the disease, Ms
Traisulee said. (TNA)
Experience Bangkok’s cultural and recreational spots via ‘Treasure Trip’ applicationn
‘TreasureTrip’ application, in collaboration with Next To Be Co.,
Ltd., covers many temples, museums, academic institutions, parks, shopping
plazas, restaurants, and more.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting
Thais and expatriates living in Thailand to download a unique Thai-English
mobile app launched by the Department of Cultural Promotion, Ministry of
Culture to promote visits to the cultural, recreational, and shopping spots
of the Thai capital.
1) A cultural route at Sanam Chai;
2) Creating a memorable date at Lumphini;
3) Experiencing Thai culture at Sanam Chai,
4) Capturing beautiful corners at Sanam Chai,
5) Shopping and tasting tours around Sukhumvit.
The project is designed to make it easy for domestic
tourists, including expatriates, to visit places; such as,the National
Museum, Royal Palace, the School of Traditional Medicine, Wat Pho and many
more iconic spots. The app is now available for download on boththe IoS and
Android operating systems, as well as via the Ministry of Culture’s website.
For more information, please visit: Facebook:
Thaitreasuretrip, Instagram: treasuretrip, Twitter @treasure_trip and LINE @treasuretrip.
Or follow the news
on the website www.culture.go.th, Facebook Department of Cultural Promotion
Line @ Culture.
places located in the vicinity of stations of Bangkok’s two mass transit
systems, the MRT and BTS.
The app is
now available for download on both the IoS and Android operating systems, as
well as via the Ministry of Culture’s website.
Storm ‘Noul’ caused flash floods, strong wind and landslides in Thailand
The Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation reported on Monday its assessment on the impacts
of Noul in 27 provinces, mostly in the North and Northeast.
People in 27 provinces have
been affected by flash floods, strong wind and landslides caused by Storm
Noul between Friday and Sunday.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
reported on Monday its assessment on the impacts of Noul in 27 provinces,
mostly in the North and Northeast.
Flashfloods and landslides damaged infrastructures,
farms, villages and other property. Nearly 2,000 households have been
severely affected. One storm-related fatality and two injuries have been
The storm has also brought flash floods and high tides
in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, according to the Meteorological
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation’s
Director- General Chayapol Thitisak said that affected households could
request for assistance at an emergency hotline 1784. (TNA)
has also brought flash floods and high tides in the Gulf of Thailand and
households could request for assistance at an emergency hotline 1784.
Thailand Excise Dept. expects to generate 520 billion baht this fiscal year
petroleum products remained the number one source of excise tax revenue.
The Excise Department expects to generate 520 billion baht in revenue in the
current fiscal year which ends this month.
Mr. Patchara Anuntasilpa, Director-General of the
Department, said that 503.88 billion baht worth of excise tax had been
collected in the current fiscal year, from October 2019 to August 2020.
The tax collection was 6.53 percent or 35 billion baht
lower than the previous fiscal year, he said.
Fuel and petroleum products remained the number one
source of excise tax revenue, accounting for over 200 billion baht, said Mr.
With economic reopening, growing domestic tourism
revenue and car sales, the Department expected a revenue of approximately
520 billion baht this fiscal year, he said. (TNA)
Anuntasilpa, Director-General of the Department.
economic reopening, growing domestic tourism revenue and car sales increased
the collection in the second half of the year.
Job Expo at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec) Sept 26-28
Minister Suchart Chomklin said over a million job vacancies will be listed
during the job expo.
Labour Minister ordered the Department of Employment
(DOE) to offer job postings to job seekers in the provinces, who are not
convenient to attend a job expo in the capital.
The Job Expo Thailand 2020 will run from Sept 26 to 28
at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec). Over a
million job vacancies will be listed during the job expo, said Labour
Minister Suchart Chomklin.
Suchart Pornchaiwiseskul, Director-General of the
Department of Employment said he assigned DOE provincial offices to provide
service to job seekers on the same days with the job expo as those may not
be able to visit the expo in Bangkok.
The same data on job postings at the expo will be
shared to people in the provinces.
Those who will attend the job expo can register online
in advance via www.ไทยมีงานทำ.com
and apply for vocational trainings offered by the Labour Ministry. (TNA)
Thai demonstrators advised on 14-day health watch
Iamsirithaworn, director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases.
A senior health official has advised demonstrators to
monitor their health for 14 days and stay away from elderly people and those
with chronic diseases because they might contract the coronavirus disease
2019 from asymptomatic infected people.
Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Bureau of
General Communicable Diseases, gave the advice on Sunday and said that the
Ministry of Public Health was concerned about the health of political
demonstrators because some of them lacked sleeping and risked contracting
diseases during their rally in the rain.
Thailand continued to pose risks of COVID-19
transmission because asymptomatic infected people might be among crowds, he
Dr Sophon said demonstrators should monitor their
health conditions for 14 days, measure their body temperature, wear face
masks, keep their foods and personal objects from others and stay away from
people with chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension because COVID-19
could be fatal for them.
Anyone who had a fever, sore throat, runny nose and
loss of taste and smell must seek medical examination right away and
symptoms of COVID-19 and a fever were very similar, he said. (TNA)
Thai Prime Minister thankful for orderly political rally last weekend in Bangkok
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked all parties for ensuring order during the
weekend political rally.
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said on
Sunday Gen Prayut expressed his gratitude towards officials and people who
were helpful to guarantee order and safety for demonstrators.
The spokesman said officials prioritized the safety of
demonstrators and both sides avoided confrontation and provocation. The
government made sure that people could fully exercise their right of
expression in compliance with the constitution and laws, he said.
He added that the prime minister asked all Thai
citizens to join forces so that the nation could pass its obstacles and
Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich, spokesman of a deputy
prime minister, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon thanked all
security organizations, especially the Royal Thai Police Office, for
guaranteeing order and safety at the demonstration.
Gen Prawit who supervised the Operation Centre
monitoring the anti-government rally on Saturday also thanked demonstrators
for being cooperative and making their rally peaceful, the spokesman said. (TNA)
Legal action taken against protesters over installing plaque at Sanam Luang in Bangkok
The Fine Arts Department
filed a complaint at the Chana Songkram police station to take legal action
against demonstrators who embedded the brass plaque on the Sanam Luang
The Fine Arts Department has filed a complaint to the
police against anti-government protesters for invading Sanam Luang and
installing a plaque at Sanam Luang, the registered historic site.
The department filed the complaint at the Chana
Songkram police station to take legal action against demonstrators of the
United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, who embedded the brass plaque
on the Sanam Luang ground Sunday. The plaque declares Thailand belongs to
The action violates the Ancient Monuments, Antiques &
National Museums Act. Anyone who invades the historic site, causes damage to
it or devalues it faces up to seven years in prisons or a maximum fine of
700,000 baht, Prateep Pengtako, Director-General of the Fine Arts
As Sanam Luang is a registered historic site, violation
is punishable by a maximum of ten years in jail and/or a maximum fine of
Sanam Luang was listed as a historical site in 1977.
The royal ceremonial round covers 74 rai (about 29 acres).
Meanwhile, the People’s Plaque, cemented by the
protesters on Sunday has been already removed overnight. Many people took
pictures next to the plaque before Sanam Luang field was closed at 10 p.m.
The plaque resembles the original one that was planted
on the ground of the Royal Plaza to mark the 1932 Revolution, which ended
the absolute monarch.
The original plaque was removed mysteriously in 2017. (TNA)
The plaque declares
Thailand belongs to the people.
Pengtako, Director-General of the Fine Arts Department said the action
violates the Ancient Monuments, Antiques & National Museums Act.
Thai PM supports quick recovery via medical services, quality tourism, and farm products
said the pandemic caused severe economic and social recessions and all
parties must join forces to speed up the recovery.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha opened the annual
conference of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC)
and stressed that national recovery must be accelerated after the
coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.
In the opening ceremony, Gen Prayut delivered his
speech on the New Normal of Thailand after COVID-19. He said the pandemic
caused severe economic and social recessions and all parties must join
forces to speed up the recovery.
To achieve that, Gen Prayut said, the country needed to
adapt to situations, changes and crises and conduct structural changes to
guarantee post-COVID growth.
According to him, NESDC must adjust the 12th National
Economic and Social Development Plan to suit situations in the rest period
of the plan implementation during the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. Local
economy must be strengthened, vulnerable groups of people and small and
medium enterprises will receive help and farmers will have access to new
technology and platforms that will support their marketing.
Quick development will target potential business
including medical services, quality tourism, high-value farm products, food
and advanced automotive industries.
Priorities were to develop people with education and
promote national unity, Gen Prayut said. (TNA)
Bank of Thailand says no surge in withdrawals at SCB after boycott call
Panpiemras, BOT’s senior director for banking supervision and risk
assessment, said SCB management did not see any surge in withdrawals.
There was not a surge in withdrawals at Siam Commercial
Bank despite calls on social media to boycott it, according to the Bank of
The central bank sought updates on transactions at SCB
as anti-government demonstration leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak urged
followers to boycott the bank and the call became viral on social media.
Tharith Panpiemras, BOT’s senior director for banking
supervision and risk assessment, said SCB management did not see any surge
in withdrawals and even if there was such a surge, it would not have an
impact due to the present liquidity condition of the bank.
When money was withdrawn from a financial institution,
it would go to another financial institution and remain in the system of
commercial banks, Mr Tharith said.
Besides, BOT recently ordered financial institutions to
conduct stress tests and there was not a concern about their liquidity, he
Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in
Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that included a call for reforms of the
monarchy and urged people to withdraw deposits from SCB. (TNA)
Spectator limits remain in place at sport events and concerts in Thailand
Director-General of Health Department, Bancha Kakong.
The number of spectators at sport events and concerts
is still limited in the sixth phase of lockdown restriction easing,
according to the Health Department.
Thailand on Monday reported zero new coronavirus cases.
The total cases in the country remain at 3,506.
Deputy Director-General of Health Department, Bancha
Kakong said that although Thailand has recently reported a small number of
new Covid-19 patients in state quarantine, it must be careful because the
number of Covid-19 cases worldwide and in Myanamar, its neighbouring country
continues to rise. People should maintain physical distancing, wear face
coverings and wash their hands.
Regarding the sixth phase of restriction easing, he
said the number of spectators at outdoor sport events and concerts is still
limited at 25 per cent of the capacity of a venue and at 15 per cent of its
capacity for indoor events in order to comply with the social distancing
Temperature checkup are required at the pre-visit
screening checkpoint, hand sanitizer must be provided and visitors have to
register with the Thai Chana tracing application, he added. (TNA)
Thailand Lower House approves fiscal year 2021 budget
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that the budget allocation for next
fiscal year is crucial for stable economic development.
The House of Representatives has voted to approve the
Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Bill, which will now be submitted for the Senate’s
approval next week.
The House of Representative in the third and final
reading approved the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Bill, with 269 MPs voting in
favour, 60 voting against, and 121 abstentions.
At the first reading, the government initially
requested a 3.3 trillion baht budget, which was then reduced to 3.285
trillion by the parliament’s commission led by Mr Santi Promphat from the
Phalang Pracharat Party, marking the first time the proposed budget has been
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that
the budget allocation for next fiscal year is crucial for stable economic
development, adding that the government will accept comment from the
commission to improve its budget and resources management to yield the
maximum benefit to the general public.
The bill will be sent for the Senate’s approval on 22nd
Job Expo Thailand 2020 at BITEC Bang Na, Bangkok Sept 26-28
of Labor Suchart Chomklin has announced Job Expo Thailand 2020 to be held at
BITEC Bang Na exhibition center in Bangkok on 26-28 September.
To help people who have lost their jobs due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Labor will be holding a Job Expo Thailand
2020 event next weekend, featuring one million vacancies.
The Minister of Labor Suchart Chomklin has announced
the Ministry of Labor will be holding Job Expo Thailand 2020 at BITEC Bang
Na exhibition center in Bangkok on 26-28 September, aimed specifically at
helping persons who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will feature about a million job vacancies
available for application, where interested persons can register on the
government’s online job-search platform to receive job suggestions based on
In addition, workshops on freelance jobs, online
businesses, and occupational training will be provided for unemployed
persons, which will help upgrade the workforce to meet the demand in the
labor market. Exhibitions from multiple agencies, seminars, and stage
performances will also be held at this event.
Once again, the Job Expo Thailand 2020 will be taking
place on 26-28 September at BITEC Bang Na, in Bangkok. (NNT)
His Majesty the King approved the reshuffle military officers in Thailand
the King approved the reshuffle of 792 military officers that will take
effect on Oct 1, the Prime Minister’s Office announced.
His Majesty the King approved the reshuffle of 792
military officers that will take effect on Oct 1, the Prime Minister’s
The announcement was published in the Royal Gazette and
covered the officers who will hold many important positions. Among them were
military chief of staff Gen Chalermpol Srisawasdi who will become the new
defence forces chief and assistant army chief Gen Narongphan Jitkaewtae who
will be the new army chief.
Gen Narongphan will be the 42nd army chief and succeed
Gen Apirat Kongsompong who will retire at the end of September.
Assistant navy chief Adm Chatchai Srivorakan will be
the navy chief and air force’s specialist ACM Airbull Suttiwan will become
the air force commander-in-chief. (TNA)
Songkhla border closed, Thais in Malaysia urged to cross border in other provinces
of Songkhla has asked Thai nationals to return legally over other border
crossings that arestill open.
The Malaysian authorities have recently closed Bukit
Kayu Hitam border crossing temporarily, making it impossible for Thais in
Malaysia to return through Sadao border crossing in Songkhla. The governor
of Songkhla has asked Thai nationals to return legally over other border
crossings which remain open, which ensures they will pass through disease
control screening for COVID-19.
Security agencies have enhanced their patrols and
operations along the natural border between Thailand and Malaysia to prevent
illegal entry, to control the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community
due to the lack of disease control screening and quarantine.
Following a temporary closure of Bukit Kayu Hitam
border crossing in Malaysia until 25th September, effectively barring
persons from crossing the border at Sadao border crossing on the Thai side,
the governor of Songkhla has advised Thai nationals in Malaysia who wish to
come back to arrange their return through Betong, Su-ngai Kolok, or Wang
Prachan border crossings instead.
He has warned that persons returning to the country by
illegally crossing the border will be prosecuted, blacklisted, and prevented
from seeking future employment in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, at the Thailand-Laos border in NongKhai,
security officers have ramped up their operations at the border to prevent
illegal border crossings across the Mekong River.
Since 26th March this year, more than 30 Lao nationals
have been arrested for illegal entry into Thailand. The officers will
continue to prevent the illegal crossing of migrants, and the smuggling of
narcotics into the country. (NNT)
Anti-government demonstrators gather at Thammasat University, Bangkok
The gates of the campus
were initially locked but were opened later on for demonstrators to enter to
set up a peaceful demonstration.
Anti-government demonstrators showed up in front of the
ThaPrachan campus of Thammasat University facing Sanam Luang ground while
local police were present to ensure order.
Although the gates of the campus were locked and there
were signs announcing its closure on Sept 18-20, demonstrators gathered in
front of the place and waited for their leaders. They insisted on entering
Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, deputy commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police Bureau, announced guidelines for police’s responses to
demonstrators. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered them to be gentle
Regarding their new demonstration response plan named
Chumnum 63, police denied it was designed to crack down on demonstrators.
The new plan only corrected the flaws of their old plan known as Korakot 52
and complied with the Public Assembly Act, police said.
Health officials set up COVID-19 screening booths to
check the body temperatures of demonstrators and hand out alcohol gel in a
bid to control the coronavirus disease 2019 among the crowd. (TNA)
of the demonstration moved into the campus on a truck with the people and
settled down on the field.
Malaysia deports 48 Thais after serving prison sentences
The 38 males
and 10 females were arrested for working illegally in Malaysia and have
already finished their prison sentences.
Forty eight Thai nationals have been deported after serving prison sentences
The Malaysian authorities handed over the 48 Thai
citizens to their Thai counterparts at the border crossing in Songkhla’s
Sadao district Friday morning.
The 38 males and 10 females were arrested for working
illegally in Malaysia and have already finished their prison sentences.
Undergoing COVID-19 tests upon arrival, all of them
tested negative for coronavirus and were immediately sent for mandatory
14-day quarantine in Songkhla.
Malaysia conducted the repatriation of Thai citizens
while temporarily closing its border crossings in Kedah State for 14 days
due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.
Officials said that over 100 new COVID-19 patients have
been confirmed in Kedah during the past week. (TNA)
Heavy rain hits eastern and northeastern Thailand as storm Noul moves in
The storm has caused
strong waves battering the coasts of Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Rayong and
Trat in eastern Thailand.
Tropical Storm Noul has
caused heavy rainfalls in Thailand’s northeast as the Category 3
tropical storm made landfall in Vietnam’s Hue city early on Friday.
The storm is forecast to have strong impacts to
provinces in the North and Northeast from Friday to Sunday.
Thailand’s Department of Meteorological reported at
10 am on Friday that Noul was moving toward the Northeast of Thailand
with sustained winds of 75 kilometer per hour.
It moved to Mukdahan province Friday afternoon
before weaken to tropical depression, according to the Meteorological
Heavy rains began to strike a wide area in the
North and Northeast Thursday night, causing floods in many cities such
as Ubon Ratchathani and Surin.
Provincial disaster prevention offices have warned
people of flashfloods and hazardous conditions related to the storm.
The storm has also caused strong waves battering
the coasts of Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat in eastern
Thailand. Fishermen in coastal area of the Andaman Sea in Krabi
province have halted their outings after the weather office issued a
warning of high waves and strong winds from Friday to Monday. (TNA)
Thailand’s Department of Meteorological reported that Noul was moving
toward the Northeast of Thailand with sustained winds of 75 kilometer