Authorities crackdown on touts in Bangkok
Bangkok - The Tourist Police
Bureau have continued to crack down on illegal behavior by public
transportation vehicles in Bangkok to help reduce traffic congestion and
protect the country’s tourism reputation.
Officials have been stationed in front
of the Grand Palace to inspect the ID cards of tour guides and check whether
they are adhering to their itineraries. Surveys of tuk tuks or auto
rickshaws and taxis in front of Na Phra Lan Road and Tha Chang Pier have
resulted in fewer instances of idle parking. Authorities have been enforcing
the Land Traffic Act to issue fines of up to 1,000 baht for illegal parking.
On the day of the survey, police revealed that around 20 auto rickshaws and
taxis had been fined.
Tourist Police and relevant agencies
had earlier implemented stringent measures to prevent auto rickshaws and
taxis from taking advantage of tourists. Authorities registered over 500
auto rickshaws and taxi drivers and advised them against involvement in
illegal practices such as price gouging, offering to take tourists to
pre-arranged shops, claiming that the Grand Palace is closed, or forcing
tourists to purchase goods.
Those who wish to report illegal
behavior by auto rickshaws and taxis or provide suggestions can contact
their local police station or call the hotline, 1155.
Red flags installed along southern coastline to mark dangerous zones
Phang Nga - Officials have
erected red flags along the southern shoreline to warn tourists of dangerous
areas in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, as harsh winds and strong
waves dominate the region.
Pounding waves have reportedly uprooted
pine trees near beaches in Phang Nga province. The trees were planted to
absorb the impact of strong waves. Hotel operators have instructed employees
to erect barriers, while officials have marked all dangerous zones as a
Similarly in Phuket, a storm brought
down several trees in Muang, Thalang and Kathu districts, blocking routes
and destroying homes. Severe weather conditions are preventing tourists and
vendors from entering the beaches of Patong, Karon, Kata, Surin and Kamala.
In Ranong Province, rescuers from the
Ranong Welfare Foundation were dispatched to recover a car that was washed
away by a recent flood in Suk Samran district. The owner of the vehicle was
able to escape, but his wife was trapped. Officials have since located the
car but did not find the woman who remained missing as of Monday morning.
Meanwhile in Kapoe district, Ranong
provincial police and military officers have been dispatched to remove
fallen trees and repair damaged residences.
Wildlife enforcement task force to reclaim encroached reserved forest
Bangkok - A special task force of the Department
of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is in the process of
reclaiming encroached forest reserves.
The Director of the DNP office in Udon Thani, Chaiwat
Limlikitaksorn, recently led more than 100 officers from the Phaya Sua
wildlife enforcement task force and related units in Bueng Kan province to
reclaim encroached land in Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve, Phu Langka National
Park and Bueng Khong Long Non-Hunting Area.
During their visit to a suspected illegal rubber
plantation, the team came across 105 rai of land that had been encroached
upon within Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve, along with two suspects, both
government officials, who have also built permanent residences there.
The DNP office in Udon Thani is in charge of six
northeastern provinces, including Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai,
Sakon Nakhon, Bueng Kan and Nakhon Phanom.
It has identified encroachment of over 10,000 rai of
reserved forest in these provinces and plans to complete reclamation by
Government tackles school lunch problem
Bangkok - The Department of
Local Administration organized a seminar recently to discuss the provision
of school lunches to ensure healthy meals for students. The seminar was
attended by more than 400 educational personnel from local administrative
Head of the Nutrition Association of
Thailand under the Royal Patronage, Sa-nga Damaphong, said in the future
Thailand will need to have a nutritionist at each sub-district to manage the
food consumption of children and adolescents. The association will urgently
roll out the Online Thai School Lunch system to plan lunches for students
and efficiently manage lunch budgets for schools. Furthermore, teachers and
cooks will be educated about nutrition, said Sa-nga.
Director-General of the Department of
Local Administration, Sutthiphong Chuncharoen, confirmed Sunday that the
issue of school lunches is a government priority and said he agreed with the
use of the Online Thai School Lunch system. A committee will be formed to
randomly inspect school lunch arrangements on a continuous basis.
Community Nutritionist from Mahidol
Unniversity, Uraiphon Chitchaeng said there were problems in providing
nutritious school lunches and stressed that teachers or personnel in an
academic institution must acquire knowledge on nutrition and realize the
importance of healthy meals for students.
Chiang Mai Night Safari celebrates golden tiger's birthday
Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai Night
Safari held a birthday celebration Saturday for Goldie the golden tiger,
along with other enrichment programs for zoo animals.
Safari staff gave a cake made with meat
and leaves and sang happy birthday to the five-year-old female golden tabby
tiger who was born on 16 June.
The golden tabby tiger, also known as
strawberry tiger, is a rare breed of animal, with only 50 of them known to
be living in this world, all in zoos or special breeding centers. The fur of
this tiger is gold in color caused by a recessive gene.
The zoo is also holding enrichment
activities for other animals to restore their natural instincts.
Health Ministry warns of rising pneumonia risk among children
Bangkok - The Public Health
Ministry is warning citizens to beware of the rising risk of pneumonia
during the rainy season, particularly among both young and elderly family
Deputy Permanent Secretary and
spokesman of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, said that
unstable weather conditions, which bring both heat and rain, pose a risk to
people with health problems or a low immune system, especially those who are
younger than five years old as well as older people with such chronic
illnesses as heart disease, pneumonitis or diabetes.
Dr. Opas noted that people with these
issues may contract colds or influenza easily and their condition may be
further complicated by pneumonia, which is the No.1 cause of fatalities
among those suffering from any type of infectious disease.
According to Dr. Opas, there are seven
groups of at-risk people, including women at least four months pregnant,
children aged between six months and two years, people with chronic
illnesses, the elderly aged over 65 years, cerebral palsy patients, people
with thalassemia, immunodeficiency or HIV, and people who weigh over 100
The Public Health Ministry spokesman is
now urging all at-risk people to be vaccinated to prevent the chance of
catching influenza or pneumonia as soon as possible.
Emergency decree lifted in seven Southern districts
Pattani - The government has
declared the lifting of the emergency decree in seven southern border
districts following a decline in violence in the far South.
According to Spokesperson of the
Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4, Col. Pramote Prom-in,
the revocation of the state of emergency in Su-ngai Kolok district of
Narathiwat province was declared in the government gazette on 13th June and
will come into effect from 20th June onwards.
The government earlier repealed the
emergency decrees covering Mae Lan district of Pattani province, Betong
district of Yala province and four others in Songkhla province. ISOC Region
4 has requested that a security decree be declared in Betong and Su-ngai
Kolok in place of the emergency decree.
Meanwhile, ISOC Region 4 has decided to
extend the state of emergency in the other districts of Narathiwat, Yala and
Pattani, with the exception of Su-ngai Kolok, Betong and Mae Lan, for
another three months, starting from 20th June.
PTT develops new payment system for gas stations
Bangkok - PTT and Kasikornbank
recently signed an agreement to develop the PTT e-Wallet system. The system
is expected to be launched in the last quarter of this year in keeping with
the national e-payment policy of the government, which encourages more use
of financial technology.
Chiraporn Khaosawat, Deputy Managing
Director of the Oil Business Unit of PTT Co., Ltd., said the e-Wallet system
is designed as an alternative for customers in paying for goods and services
at gas stations.
Since April, PTT has been using the
system of paying for goods using QR codes. As a result, 20% more customers
have come in to use the system. Therefore, it is likely that there will be
more people turning up to make payments using the new electronic system.
Pridi Daochai, Managing Director of
Kasikornbank, said that the PTT e-Wallet will link with the bank’s K Plus
application, making the system safe and capable of linking with other
systems that will be developed in the future.
Update June 16 - 17, 2018
Thai, Philippine officials bust call center scam in Manila
Bangkok - Thai Tourist Police
have worked with the Philippines’ Immigration Bureau to bring down a scam
call center based in Manila that has been targeting Thais for over a year,
finding a number of Thais working at the center under three Taiwanese
Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police
Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, head of the Telephone and Electronic Media Scam
Suppression and Prevention Center of the Royal Thai Police, announced the
take down of the Manila center, revealing 16 Thais were involved in the
The center had been in operation for
over a year and had recently deceived one Thai victim in transferring close
to 2 million baht from Nonthaburi province.
Pol Maj Gen Surachet said the center in
the Philippines was one of the larger of such operations. It used electronic
banking services to avoid the need for ATM machines and deceived victims by
claiming costs for exported goods or by presenting stories of forced labor
The deputy commander said the
Philippines’ cooperation with his unit and allowance for Thai police to be a
part of the raid was in line with the One World One Team concept currently
being implemented throughout the region.
Fishing restrictions imposed over Bangkok Bay
Samut Prakan - The Department of
Fisheries has imposed restrictions on fishing over the Bay of Bangkok during
the summer months.
Every year during June and July, the
Bay of Bangkok is home to many migrating marine animals, and the
restrictions will help minimize the impact of fishing activities while
promoting sustainability of marine resources.
The Assistant to the Agriculture and
Cooperatives Minister, Niwat Sutheemeechaikul, said fishing vessels are
prohibited from using certain fishing equipment during the breeding season,
from now until September.
According to the Department of
Fisheries, its measures carried out in the previous years had proven to help
improve the sea environment, as reflected from the increasing number of
Agencies begin effort to suppress gambling on the World Cup
Bangkok - Relevant agencies have
brought anti-gambling measures into full operation now that the World Cup
Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai
Police Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakan undertook inspections Thursday of
restaurants and entertainment venues in the RCA and Ratchadaphisek areas of
Bangkok looking for signs of football betting on the first day of World Cup
2018. He has asked for cooperation from education institutions to dissuade
students from gambling and revealed that the owner of one bookie website was
arrested on June 1 along with raids on several betting dens.
Deputy Commander of the Metropolitan
Police Pol Maj Gen Panurat Lakboon, who is directing the World Cup 2018
Gambling Suppression and Prevention Center, says arrest warrants have been
issued for 15 net idols and pretties who were promoting online betting.
Among them are noted individuals Jesse Ward and Saitarn Wangprasert. They
have been instructed to report to police on June 20.
The Stop Gambling Network has at the
same time launched the campaign “No One’s Betting on this World Cup” and has
had fancy-dressed promoters pass out pamphlets on the ills of gambling,
focusing on youths.
The Health Promotion Foundation’s
Gambling Studies Center believes 2.4 million Thais are engaged in football
betting with combined funds of 140 billion baht. Up to 82.6 percent of
youths who begin gambling on football are likely to expand such behavior
into other risk areas throughout their lives.
Passengers can now pay for public bus fares with QR code
Bangkok - The Bangkok Mass
Transit Authority (BMTA) has launched a QR Code payment system to facilitate
bus passengers in a bid to move Thailand towards a cashless society.
Minister of Transport Arkhom
Termpittayapaisith on Thursday demonstrated how to pay for BMTA bus fares
with a QR code which can be scanned with a payment application of any bank.
The QR code is displayed on the bus.
Krung Thai Bank has installed the QR
code system on 36 Airport Buses to facilitate tourists traveling to the city
The QR code system has been piloted on
the A1 route from Don Mueang - Mo Chit and A2 route from Don Mueang -
Victory Monument since 4th June 2018. More than 300 passengers pay their
fares with the QR code per bus per day. The BMTA expects that the QR code
users will increase by 10% in the short term.
The BMTA will use the QR code system
with two more airport transit routes on 1st July before expanding the
service to other routes where fares are based on the distance involved.
Thailand welcomes President of Myanmar on official visit
Bangkok - The President of
Myanmar arrived in Thailand on Thursday to attend the Ayeyawady-Chao
Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting and also to
mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
President U Win Myint arrived with his
wife and entourage for the first time since assuming office in March this
year. He was greeted by Privy Councilor Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya and
Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, in a
ceremony of honor on his arrival in Bangkok.
The Myanmar leader then visited the
Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha before traveling to
Government House to meet with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to
discuss bilateral relations and attend a state dinner in his honor.
The Myanmar President is also scheduled
to attend the eighth ACMECS Summit on enhancing connectivity in the Mekong
Myanmar is Thailand’s 6th largest
trading partner in ASEAN with mutual trade topping 220 billion baht last
Police to patrol entertainment venues during World Cup 2018
Bangkok - Police are being
mobilized to prevent gambling during FIFA World Cup 2018, which began
The Command Center for Combating
Football Gambling of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, disclosed that since
May 1, a total of 722 people have been arrested for illegal football
betting, along with 763 others who placed bets online.
In addition, 15 internet celebrities
will also be summoned by police on June 20 after allegedly sharing messages
on social media encouraging people to gamble.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau has also
instructed its units across Bangkok to patrol restaurants and entertainment
venues where the World Cup is being broadcast.
Anyone found involved in gambling will
be prosecuted according to the Gambling Act and by the order of the National
Council for Peace and Order. Food and beverage businesses that support any
form of football gambling will be shut down for five years.
39-year old man extolled for pulling toddler out of burning car
Samut Sakhon - A 39-year-old
truck driver, who risked his life to save a toddler caught inside a burning
car in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday, said he too had a daughter at home and
did not fear for his own life when saving the child.
Prasit Saraban saw a car engulfed in
flames on Mitrapab Road while on his way back to Samut Sakhon province where
his company is located. He got out of his truck to offer help and found that
the only passenger left in the flaming vehicle was a toddler. He rushed to
the car and managed to pull the baby out of the blazing vehicle.
Prasit, who works for Sanki Quality
Product, received a warm welcome Thursday from his colleagues, who had
learnt about his heroic act. He said he was determined to help the toddler
because he has a daughter too. Prasit also wants people to help each other
in a time of crisis.
Officials crack down on unauthorized importation of electronic waste
Chachoengsao - The
Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) visited
Chachoengsao province this week to inspect factories that have been
processing imported electronic waste without the proper permits.
WMD Thai Recycling Limited, located in
Plaeng Yao district, is licensed to conduct only domestic electronic waste
separation. However, authorities recently found it had been processing waste
imported by JPS Metal Group International Limited. Officials also collected
water samples at the factory to test for contamination and possible impact
on the environment.
Currently, seven factories in Thailand
have been granted an import license for electronic waste. However, recent
inspections discovered that five of the licensed factories have been
forwarding their imported waste to unlicensed processing plants. The DIW has
since suspended the licenses of the five factories and ordered them to
recall any waste transported to unlicensed plants.
Elephant football match held in Ayutthaya to welcome FIFA World Cup 2018
Ayutthaya - A group of students
played football against a team of nine domesticated elephants at Ayutthaya
Witayalai School this week to mark the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 being
staged in Russia.
Flags of countries that are the
favorites at the World Cup were painted on the elephants. The competition
brought smiles to the faces of many visitors.
The manager of Ayutthaya Elephant Camp,
Ithiphan Kaolamai, said these elephants had been trained to play football
ahead of the friendly match against the humans.
It's hoped the football match will help
raise public awareness of the problem of gambling on sporting events.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 begins on
More preparations as general election nears realization
Bangkok - Constitution Drafting
Commission (CDC) Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan has expressed confidence the
general election will take place according to the government’s roadmap and
the Prime Minister’s proclamation of February next year, apart from any
Meechai explained that the Constitution
indicates that once all necessary legislation for a general election takes
effect, the poll must take place within 150 days. Steps towards holding the
vote include the division of polling zones by the EC and primary voting
within parties to select candidates. The CDC head noted the 150 days does
not include the time it will take to count votes with an extra 60 days from
the conclusion of polling allotted for the counting process. He has
nonetheless recommended the EC issue regulations on polling zones and other
matters so that work can begin during the 90 day period, while the nation is
waiting for legislation on MPs to take effect.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha
meanwhile says his administration is doing all it can to clear the way
towards a general election but is also resolute in following all required
steps. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has forwarded legislation
concerning the origin of Members of Parliament (MPs) to the Prime Minister
to seek royal approval, while the Deputy Prime Minister for legal affairs
has called for a meeting with both the Constitution Drafting Commission
(CDC) and Election Commission (EC).
EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen,
explained that the 5.8 billion baht allotted for the general election is
actually the usual 3 billion baht for the process with added funding for
provincial election auditors who must be paid travel, lodging and other
expenses. Other costs include assistants for auditors, printing of ballots,
campaign posters, data collection, protection of witnesses of election fraud
and awards for whistle blowers. The funding is to come from the central
budget rather than the expenditure budget.
No monks at Khon Kaen temple involved in embezzlement case
Khon Kaen - Counter Corruption
Division (CCD) police say no monks at Wat That Pra Aram Luang Temple in Khon
Kaen province were involved in the embezzlement of state funds.
According to the report, the National
Office of Buddhism (ONAB) had previously allocated 10 million baht to Wat
That Pra Aram Luang to support monks’ education. A former high ranking
official at the ONAB allegedly asked for a sum of 9 million baht to be
transferred to his account in 2013, leaving only 1 million baht for the
The police spoke to the temple's
assistant abbot, Phra Kru Si Wisutthiwat, regarding the transfer and found
that monks were not involved in the embezzlement.
The CCD police have so far spoken to
three witnesses who claimed they knew which officials were involved in the
illegal transfer of the nine million baht. The National Anti-Corruption
Commission and the ONAB will be notified of progress.
Customs Dept ramps up inspection of shipping containers
Bangkok - Following the recent
smuggling of hazardous waste into the country, the Customs Department is
ramping up its inspection of shipping containers and rejecting items that
have not been declared.
Deputy Spokesperson of the Customs
Department, Kreeta Kerdsipan revealed that since 2017, the country has
imported up to 357,000 metric tons of plastic waste and 116,000 metric tons
of electronic scrap. The quantity is expected to increase, following China’s
ban on imports of plastic waste and electronic scrap in 2017.
Recently, Bangkok Port impounded 33
containers of electronic scrap mixed with copper and metal scrap. Laem
Chabang Port also impounded between 80 and 90 containers and has since
rejected 40 that contained over 90% plastic waste.
The Customs Department and the
Department of Industrial Works have cooperated to ramp up the inspection
process by x-ray screening all containers, instead of inspecting containers
at random. Those found in violation will have their import licenses revoked.
According to a 2008 announcement by the
Ministry of Industry, importers must obtain a license from the Department of
Industrial Works to import plastic or electronic waste. Electronic waste can
only be used as raw material for industrial purposes, and plastic waste must
be separated by category. If found in violation of customs regulations, the
importer must return the shipment to the country of origin and bear the
Sattahip warned of risks at sea at harsh weather continues
Chonburi - Sattahip District
Chief Anucha Intasorn has issued a warning against swimming in the ocean at
this time, and for small boats to stay in port. A strong monsoon system in
the area has whipped up waves of 2-3 meters and Sattahip, Samaesarn, Bang
Sare, and Jomtien are all under threat of dangerous wave action, which could
even pose a threat to people on shore.
Meanwhile in other parts of the country
soldiers and other workers have installed a 60 meter long Bailey Bridge on
Highway 2094 connecting Seka district of Bueng Kan province to Akasamnuay
district of Sakon Nakhon after flood waters undermined the two lane road,
stopping traffic since June 8. The temporary bridge has allowed travel to
resume but drivers are being told to proceed with caution.
In Nong Khai province, large water
pumps have been setup in Wat Tat community due to heavy rains flooding the
area. The two 60 centimeter pipe pumps, worth over 18 million baht, will
permanently keep water flowing through the area’s drainage pipes to speed up
its release into the main river.
Preparations being made to receive Myanmar President
President Win Myint.
Bangkok - Preparations have been
made to receive Myanmar President Win Myint for his first ever official
visit to Thailand since taking office in March of this year and to mark the
70th anniversary of the founding of the Thai Embassy in Myanmar.
President Win Myint is to travel to
Thailand as a guest of the government and is scheduled to discuss a variety
of matters with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha on June 14 before
attending the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy
(ACMECS) Leaders’ Summit from June 15-16.
Community wastes to be turned into refuse-derived fuel
Bangkok - Thailand's Pollution
Control Department is set to turn community waste into Refuse Derived Fuel
(RDF) to make energy provision more sustainable.
The PCD held a strategic meeting this
week on waste management with representatives from related agencies. The
meeting discussed the production of RDF and drafted criteria for identifying
fuel worthy materials from community waste.
They are also planning to ask the
natural environment committee to lay down waste sorting standards for
communities to follow and develop a waste purchase contract between RDF
suppliers and buyers to prevent purchase irregularities.
In addition, they will urge the
government to set up a supply chain network between cement factories and
waste treatment plants, provide them with financial support in the event of
declining fuel prices and prevent illegal waste disposal.
Tourist arrivals up in Satun, after border checkpoint renovation
Satun - The newly renovated Wang Prachan border
checkpoint in Satun province has provided more convenience to people
travelling between Thailand and Malaysia.
A customs officer in Thailand's southern province,
Sivakrit Jenvipit, said the renovation was completed on May 8 this year.
Sivakrit said Wang Prachan border checkpoint
facilitates a large number of tourists who wish to visit Lipe Island and
Satun Geopark as well as transportation between Thailand and Malaysia. He
said people at the checkpoint can also buy various products at shops along
He added that people without a border pass are not
permitted to travel through the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoints.
ISOC apprehends Indian loan sharks in Ang Thong
Ang Thong - Thailand's Internal
Security Operations Command (ISOC) soldiers have apprehended a gang of loan
sharks from India operating in Ang Thong province after the group began
The ISOC unit detained 38 year old Sir
Ram and 27 year old Bang Res after it was reported they were providing
informal loans in the Ang Thong Market area. They were apprehended with
4,970 baht in cash and two mobile phones. They were reported through the
government’s 1111 hotline.
While the two denied the accusations
and initially appeared to be unable to communicate in Thai, authorities had
already conducted surveillance on them and collected witness accounts of
their activity. They are to be charged with illegal entry as well as illegal
One witness claimed the gang was
offering loans with 20 percent interest rates and using threats of violence
to ensure repayment.
It is believed the Ang Thong loan
sharks are part of a network run by Bang Rayel, who was recently arrested
and deported to his home country. Authorities are to expand the latest
detainments to upend the network, suspected to be operating in Suphanburi,
Singhburi and Saraburi.
All regions told to be on alert as heavy rains to continue
Kanchanaburi - Rainy conditions
have put many areas in Thailand on alert for flooding with the Songkalia
River in Kanchanaburi province already bursting its banks and pushing
riverside vendors to onto higher ground.
Four days of heavy rain raised the
Songkalia River, located in Sangklaburi district of Kanchanaburi province,
over its banks. The rapid waters flooded into restaurants and tourist areas
along the river and pushed vendors onto higher ground. A repeat of a severe
flood in 2013 is feared by locals with authorities keeping a close eye on
the situation and preparing manpower and equipment to aid citizens if the
situation turns critical.
In the south on the nation, strong
winds and rains in Phattalung province have felled trees along public roads
such as Petchkasem in Muang Phattalung. A main passage to Hat Yai and
Songkla, the loss of both in and outbound lanes of the road resulted in an
over 3 kilometer traffic jam that required both police and disaster
prevention and mitigation authorities to work together to clear up.
Citizens across the country are being
urged to prepare for more rains at this time as a monsoon front is
persisting over the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. Another monsoon system
is progressing from Myanmar and upper Vietnam towards Thailand and will dump
rain on the north and east of Thailand. Citizens are warned of flash floods
and other impacts from heavy rains.
Anti-gambling messages will be screened during World Cup 2018
Bangkok - The Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security and partners have collaborated on a short
film project to immunize Thai adolescents against gambling on World Cup
games this year.
The short film project is a
collaboration between the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), the
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and their partner
networks. Eight-minute-long short films, produced by students, will be shown
during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in the hope of raising awareness of the
dangers of gambling during the competition.
The short film project was initiated
following the foundation’s survey which found that soccer gambling was the
type of online gambling that appealed most to adolescents. More than 600,000
adolescents became addicted to online gambling over the past year.
The five short films, including
“Siang,” “In the End,” “Khu Trong Kham,” “Sball Bet” and “Just Do It” will
be shown on the media outlets of the partner networks of ThaiHealth and the
ministry during the broadcast of World Cup games.
Kan Yao durian sells for record 800,000 baht
Nonthaburi - A recent auction
held at the "Nonthaburi: The King of Durian" expo sold a Kan Yao durian for
a record 800,000 baht while the top nine durians fetched a combined 2.74
The record-breaking Kan Yao durian from
Suan Rattida was purchased by Chaiwat Jamnongkan, with the proceeds going to
charity. The sale topped last year's record of 310,000 baht.
The next highest auction price was
510,000 baht for a Mon Thong durian from Suan Lung Moo. Meanwhile, Suan Pa
Toi Lung Moo produced two Mon Thong durians that sold for 270,000 and
180,000 baht, as well as a Sao Noi durian that fetched 210,000 baht. Suan
Apiranya auctioned off two Mon Thongs for 180,000 and 160,000 baht. Suan
Nitra fetched 250,000 baht for its Mon Thong, while Suan Natticha’s Kan Yao
was sold for 200,000 baht.
The King of Durian expo is held to
promote excellence in durian farming, a historically significant trade of
Government pledges promotion of Buddhism
Bangkok - The government has
made a pledge to promote Buddhism while warning groups with ill intentions
to cease any activities to undermine people’s beliefs and faith.
Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman
of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that there have been attempts to create
misunderstanding in the country, led by certain groups of people who have
tried to divert public attention to a Ramadan feast at Government House and
the government’s allocation of special budget to construct new mosques
Lt. Gen. Sunsern stated that such
attempts have been made through claims that the government has been
concealing these issues by the sharing of messages and photographs related
to the recent arrests of senior Buddhist monks.
The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman
stated that such news is groundless and brushed aside claims that the Prime
Minister is Muslim while giving an assurance that Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, as
the government leader, is responsible for the promotion of all religions in
Lt. Gen. Sunsern said that the Ramadan
feast at Government House has been an annual activity of all governments.
He went on to say that the budget
allocation for religious support has been approved according to clear
regulations, while the construction budget for many mosques has mostly been
acquired through local donations.
The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman
urged all ill-intentioned groups to stop any attempts to cause further
confusion in the country while asking the public to receive news with a
King’s birthday celebration t-shirts now available
Bangkok - Members of the public
can now purchase t-shirts bearing pictures drawn by His Majesty King Maha
The t-shirts are sold at the Office of
the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office which is located inside
Printed with pictures drawn by His
Majesty the King himself, the shirts can be worn on all occasions and
throughout July which is the birthday anniversary month of His Majesty.
They come in two colors, yellow and
white, and cost 299 baht each.
The royal birthday is on July 28 which
coincides with two religious occasions - Asaha Puja Day and the beginning of
the Buddhist Rains Retreat.
Peerasak: There will be election
Bangkok - Peerasak Porjit, the
second vice president of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand
(NLA), has reiterated that a general election will take place, but the date
will be determined by the Election Commission (EC).
In response to a pro-election activist
group’s request to hold an election this November, Peerasak confirmed that
the country will go to the polls once everything is in place including
election related laws, the readiness of political parties, and the political
atmosphere, and that the exact election date will be announced by the
He also denied allegations that the
legislature’s recent visits to various cities and communities were to gain
public support ahead of the national polls, saying the sole intention of the
lawmakers visits is to hear people’s problems first-hand, so that they can
introduce legislative measures to address the issues.
Problems the lawmakers have found are
informal debts, the agricultural price slump, high living expenses, road
collapses caused by canal dredging, and limited access to the state social
Peerasak promised that people’s
concerns will be heard by the prime minister and responsible agencies.
Govt wants offshore businesses to bring money home
Vietnam - The government
will grant incentives to offshore companies that bring home overseas
cash, according to the Ministry of Industry.
Industry Minister Somchai Hanhiran,
recently led his team to inspect Thai businesses in Vietnam consisting
of the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), and Amata Corporation Public Company
Limited (AMATA) which have built industrial parks in many Vietnamese
cities, and Siam Cement Public Company Limited (SCG) which has been in
Vietnam for over a decade.
Vietnam has seen an upward trend in
its economic growth thanks to several infrastructure development
projects and booming exports, on top of its partnership and cooperation
with other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to the minister, the Thai
government will come up with measures and incentives to encourage Thai
companies with offshore subsidiaries to bring money home, a move
believed to benefit the Thai economy and streamline the expansion of
Thai businesses overseas.