PM leads official ceremony for Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
Bangkok - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha led government officials and representatives of private firm and
members of the public in an alms-offering ceremony for 570 Buddhist monks to
mark King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day on Tuesday, commemorating the passing
of King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V.
Donated items will be given to shelters
of underprivileged persons under the supervision of the Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
The alms-offering ritual was followed
by a wreath laying and homage paying ceremony before the statue of King
Chulalongkorn the Great at Royal Plaza in front of Dusit Palace in Bangkok.
The ceremony was joined by members of the armed forces and students from
various educational institutions.
Later in the evening, a candle-lit
ceremony was held at Sanam Luang to show Thai people's appreciation for the
Immigration Police nab Taiwanese extortionist
Bangkok - Immigration Police
have detained a Taiwanese individual entering the Kingdom on an Indonesian
passport for attempting to extort a fellow Taiwanese businessperson of over
10 million baht.
Immigration Police detained 58-year old
Simon Jiang on charges of defamation and extortion after a Taiwanese
entrepreneur indicated he had threatened to release a pornographic video
containing the business owner via WeChat, if not provided with over 10
million baht. It was previously reported by Taiwanese media that the alleged
extortionist had already deeply troubled the businessperson’s family and
brought great shame to the victim.
Acting Commander of the Immigration
Police, Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, said that authorities had expedited
their investigation into the case due to its impact on Thailand’s tourism
image. It was found that while the alleged criminal is Taiwanese, he entered
Thailand on an Indonesian passport. A background check has revealed he once
led a human trafficking gang and engaged in fraud and forgery of documents.
He was detained on October 20 carrying two iPhone 8 mobile phones, which
have led police to believe he has further accomplices in the Kingdom.
Deputy PM calls for investigation into Thaksin - Pheu Thai affairs
Deputy Prime Minister and
Defense Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan.
Bangkok - The Deputy Prime
Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, said the Election
Commission (EC) should investigate to see whether former prime minister
Thaksin Shinawatra had recently interfered in the Pheu Thai Party's internal
affairs, as it could be in violation of the law.
Violating individuals risk a jail term
and a political ban, while violating parties could be dissolved.
Thaksin recently forecast that Pheu
Thai would win some 300 seats in the House of Representatives in the next
The Deputy Prime Minister also
maintained that the election would certainly be held in February next year.
NCPO on guard against smuggling of drugs, weaponry in Deep South
Bangkok - The National Council
for Peace and Order (NCPO) has assigned security units in the southernmost
region of Thailand to beef up measures against drug and arms trafficking
along the border.
Secretary-General of the NCPO, Gen
Apirat Kongsompong, has chaired a videoconference with officials of the
NCPO, the Royal Thai Army and the Internal Security Operations Command
(ISOC), and Forward Command, during which he declared an intention to
eradicate narcotic drugs and illegal weaponry in the country.
On this occasion, all security units in
the far South, including police, the military, the administrative sector and
ISOC, were instructed to join forces in intensifying measures to prevent
illicit drugs and weapons from being smuggled across the southern border
The officials are to set up more
security checkpoints, enhance the stringency of their inspection of
individuals and vehicles crossing the border, and conduct more patrols in
border areas. Additionally, they are to work with local volunteers to
operate mobile Damrongtham units in the region in a bid to receive any
complaints from residents.
Police announce discovery of Dutch tourist believed missing
Chonburi - Authorities have
found a Dutch tourist previously declared missing via social media, after
his father lost contact with him earlier this month.
Hans Wielaard of the Netherlands had
called for assistance after losing contact with his son Dennis despite him
being scheduled to return on October 15 from a trip to Thailand that started
on September 24. Authorities have now tracked him from his last known
whereabouts on Koh Tao in Surat Thani province to Pattaya.
Surat Thani Provincial Police Commander
Pol Maj Gen Apichat Boonsriroj reported Monday that Pattaya police found
Dennis Wielaard in a hostel in the city. The Dutch traveler was found safe
and well, and not in need of any assistance. The Immigration Bureau has
nonetheless called Dennis in for questioning and discovered that he had
never traveled to Koh Tao, rather he had just discussed doing so with a
The tourist entered Thailand on
September 25 and was staying in Bangkok before traveling to Chiang Mai on
October 10 and finally making his way to Pattaya for a stay scheduled from
October 14 to 22. The Embassy of the Netherlands is being briefed on his
The Surat Thani Police commander thanked all volunteers
and community leaders for aiding in the search for Dennis, pointing out that
their efforts have helped boost the tourism image of Thailand.
Stormy weather still wreaking havoc across the nation
Yala – Heavy rain has continued to cause damage
and loss of life in Thailand, with a major landslide reported in Betong, in
Residents reported that the entrance to Baan Chulaborn
10 was heavily damaged by the landslide, which slid six meters down a cliff.
Soil and debris now cover an area 8 meters long and 2 meters wide, after
being loosened by heavy rains.
Authorities have set up barriers and reflectors to
divert traffic around the affected area and are warning travelers of
conditions on the already difficult roadway.
In Khon Kaen province, a tour bus carrying travelers
from Roi Et province skidded off the road after hitting a pot hole,
resulting in 30 injuries. The driver said that heavy rain had concealed the
pot hole and caused him to lose control.
Kamphaengpetch Governor Chaowalit Saeng-uthai
meanwhile, has met with Myanmar victims of a van crash. The accident, in
which a van carrying passengers from Myanmar slammed into a tree, resulted
in nine deaths and four injuries. The injured were sent to Khlong Klung
Hospital and Kamphaenpetch Hospital. Police say the driver of the van,
traveling from Petchaburi province to Tak, lost control of the vehicle due
to rainy conditions.
PM says World Economic Forum improves Thailand's standing in competitiveness index
Bangkok - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced satisfaction that Thailand rose to 38th among
140 countries with a score of 67.5 out of 100 in this year’s World Economic
Forum 4.0 Competitiveness Index. Last year the nation was in 40th place with
a score of 66.3.
The PM highlighted that Thailand was
placed 14th globally for financial stability due to its readiness in terms
of capital. The ranking was considered a reflection of the availability of
loans to SMEs and start-ups as well as the stability of commercial banks.
Thailand also ranked 18th this year in terms of market size due to strong
domestic consumption, investment and export.
In ASEAN, Thailand is ranked third
after Singapore and Malaysia and maintains the sixth spot among the 12
countries of ASEAN+3 behind Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and
China. Gen Prayut mentioned that Thailand’s regional standings have been
maintained for several years now, indicating stability.
The Prime Minister has directed all
relevant agencies to attend to any weaknesses revealed by the ranking such
as inequality in competition, regulation complexity, innovation support and
development of special skills. He concluded by commending all for bringing
Thailand into the world’s top 40 despite its status as a low-income nation.
New Army Commander issues policy in Pattani
Pattani - Royal Thai Army Commander Gen Apirat
Kongsompong has led a delegation to review the work of agencies operating in
the southern region of the kingdom, starting the visit with a meeting at the
Internal Security Operations Commander Center Region 4 Forward Command
headquarters in Sirindhorn Camp of Pattani province. The delegation was
received by the Region 4 Army Commander, Region 9 Provincial Police
Commander and the governors of Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
Religious leaders and Islamic council members from Yala, Pattani and
Narathiwat were also invited to the discussions.
Gen Apirat revealed after the meeting, which
highlighted his first visit to the south as army commander, that he had
issued policies continuing the work of his predecessor Gen Chalermchai
Sittisat . He said Gen Chalermchai’s policies were strong while adding that
violent incidents in the south must be better categorized as they stem from
different reasons such as narcotics dealing, general crime and personal
issues. The commander pointed out that once listed according to cause, it
can be seen that separatist activity has reduced. He commended police and
the cooperation of religious leaders for their hand in resolving regional
Political parties active despite lack of clarity on election
Bangkok - Despite details of the
general election not yet made clear, activity among political parties has
already begun to increase with the United Front for Democracy against
Dictatorship (UDD) announcing its official support of the Pheu Chart Party,
and the Future Forward Party unveiling its “Bike for the Future – 7,305 KM”
The Future Forward Party’s bicycle
rally will pass through 36 provinces with the intent to recruit new members.
It will kick off at Democracy Monument in Bangkok before heading east. The
two month rally will cover a distance of 7,305 kilometers and conclude on
December 2. Up to 6,000 membership registration cards have been prepared for
Party leader Thanathorn
Juangroongruangkit addressed concerns that many of the party’s past
activities were barred by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
and the Election Commission (EC) by assuring participants that the rally is
purely to attract members and meet with the people and thus does not violate
The Pheu Chart Party meanwhile held a
meeting to further revise its logo and policies. The discussion was notable
for the presence of UDD leader Jatuporn Phromphan , who officially announced
his movement’s support for the party. He was adamant that the party is
neither an entity created by the UDD nor an off-shoot of the Pheu Thai
Democrat party leader candidate
Alongkorn Polabutr announced elsewhere his stance that the party needs to be
revamped for a new era and that he would not accept a non-party aligned
Pending Secretary-General of the
Phalang Pracharat Party and current Deputy Minister of Commerce Sonthirat
Sonthijirawong meantime has made plans to visit the Khlong Lad Mayom and
Taling Chan Floating Market areas to meet with citizens and present his
party’s policies. He dismissed any suggestion that the visit posed a
political advantage for his party and remarked that Thai politics should
move past conflict and debate.
The Deputy Minister has released a two
minute long clip detailing his achievements in the current administration,
emphasizing the success of helping small stores to sell online and saying
that the welfare card program has attracted over 11 million registrants.
Prayer session held to honor the Chakri Dynasty
Bangkok - A prayer session
devoted to King Rama the Fourth, King Rama the Fifth, His Majesty the late
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late Princess Mother and Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit of the Ninth Reign was held on Monday evening, October 15, in front
of Dusit Palace.
Privy Councilor Kasem Wattanachai Prime
Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha together with his spouse, members of the
Cabinet, the National Legislative Assembly, ministerial officials, high
ranking government officials, commanding military and police officers and a
large number of residents attended the three-hour prayer ceremony.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn
had graciously called upon the Phra Buddhamanee Ratana Patimakorn Buddha
image to serve as the chief Buddha image during the ceremony and for members
of the public to be able to pay their respects to the revered statue.
The prayer was also to fulfill Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign’s wish of propagating
A total of 207 monks jointly conducted
the prayer which began at about 6pm.
Tourism to northeast picking up as temperature winds down
Loei - Tourists have flocked to
the northeastern region, especially Phu Kradueng , to enjoy cooler weather.
The past weekend saw close to 3,000
campers on Phu Kradueng with most making sure to take in the sunrise at the
national park’s Lom Sak Cliff. The park is currently open daily from 4am
with security provided by authorities who are also making sure that visitors
are not taking plastic bottles and bags or foam up the mountain.
Phu Thap Boek in Petchabun province has
seen a similar uptick in visitor numbers due to its 15 degree Celsius
weather and daily sea of mist phenomenon. Officials have encouraged
travelers to the location to use the Nakhon Thai -Baan Yang -Phu Hin Rong
Kla route instead of Highway 2331 due to its present state of maintenance.
The long weekend also drew travelers to
Nong Khai to enjoy the Sky Walk at Wat Pa Tak Sua , Thailand’s first ever
glass walkway viewing point. The attraction is seeing both Thai and Laotian
visitors due to it offering views of both sides of the Mekong River. Only
20-25 people are allowed on the Sky Walk at a time in the interests of
In Si Sa Ket province, thousands have
headed to Pha Mo E Daeng at Preah Vihear National Park to take in both its
natural beauty and the charm of the over 1,500 year old historical ruins.
MOPH seeks to tackle large overcrowding at hospitals
Bangkok - The Ministry of Public
Health (MOPH) has introduced a seamless patient transfer system and hospital
networking to reduce the overcrowding at hospitals.
Public Health Minister Piyasakol
Sakolsattayathorn admitted that the problem of hospital overcrowding has
been unresolved for more than 10 years and the ministry has been trying to
The solutions so far include a system
to seamlessly transfer patients and hospital networking which means patients
can receive treatment at any hospital in the same network, he said.
There will be permanently based
physicians at every community health promotion hospital so that patients
don't have to go to large hospitals, said the Public Health Minister.
The MOPH also has a proactive plan to
reduce hospital overcrowding by raising the public health awareness and
promoting physical exercise.
PM Prayut instructs officials to boost tourists' confidence
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Bangkok - The Prime Minister has
instructed related agencies to step up efforts to boost tourist confidence.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha
meanwhile, denied claims that Thailand had limited the number of visas for
Chinese travelers, an allegation that went viral via YouTube, while the Thai
consulate generals and Embassy in China also confirmed the reports were
Gen. Prayut has accordingly instructed
related agencies to keep a close eye on all news and reports, to preempt
false news, while clarifying the issue with the public, as there are groups
that have been trying to hurt Thailand’s reputation, particularly among the
people of China, he said.
The PM confirmed that the Thai
government has reacted to the false claims in social media, and various
units have already been asked to reinvigorate Thailand’s tourism and to
prevent any repeat of such attacks.
He added that the Royal Thai Embassy
and Thai consulate generals in China have already addressed the problem of a
shortage of visa stamps and confirmed that there has never been any policy
to limit the number of visa applicants, while working with Chinese
authorities to take action against those, who have spread false reports.
Energy Ministry to find fuel pricing aid for low-income motorcycle taxi drivers
Bangkok - Energy Minister, Dr.
Siri Jirapongphan, said his ministry has been assigned by the cabinet to
discuss with PTT and oil station operators details of a campaign to help
maintain fuel prices for low-income motorcycle taxi drivers holding the
state welfare cards and registered with the Department of Land Transport.
The campaign will be applicable to some
300,000 persons across Thailand. Initial measure will be a discount for
gasohol 95 oil price at three baht per liter. A clear direction and offers
from this campaign are still being discussed and will be officially
announced by the end of this year.
The campaign helping taxi and passenger
van drivers by offering three baht per kilogram discount for natural gas
vehicle (NGV) will be extended for a while, and the 363 baht sale for a
15-kilogram cooking gas canister for street retailers will continue to be
offered until mid-2019 to help maintain food production costs.
On this matter, PTT's Chief Operating
Officer on Downstream Petroleum Business Group, Auttapol Rerkpiboon, said
the company is willing to support this measure.
He said PTT oil stations may take money
from the Oil Fund to help subsidize the gasohol price at two baht per liter,
while other private gas stations may follow suit at one baht per liter.
Provinces commemorate passing of His Majesty the late King
Thailand - Provinces across
Thailand held volunteer activities over the weekend to commemorate the
passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
More than 500 people converged at Wat
Saeng Siri Tham in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi province to beautify the
landscape, clean the monastery, prune bushes, and remove rubbish from the
area, as part of the “Altruistic Heart: We Love Doing Good” campaign
initiated by HM King Rama X to commemorate the passing of his late father.
In Kanchanaburi province, soldiers from
the 9th Infantry Division, together with local people, on Saturday joined
the Altruistic Heart: We Love Doing Good campaign to spruce up residential
areas in Don Chedi district.
In Chai Nat province, Governor Ronnapop
Luengpairoj presided over a ceremony to hand over cows and buffaloes to 34
rice farmers, as part of the Royal Cattle-Buffalo Bank for Farmers project.
In Nakhon Phanom, the Provincial
Waterworks Authority visited local communities to offer free plumbing
services and advice on water use efficiency.
In the southern province of Yala,
students from Yala Rajabhat University took part in a volunteer project to
clean canals and ditches. Students said they were happy to be able to
express their loyalty and love to the late monarch through such good deeds.
Yala steps up security measures to preempt violent attacks
Bangkok - Authorities in Yala
have stepped up security measures to preempt planned violent attacks.
The Yala Provincial Police have led
military personnel and security volunteers in setting up security
checkpoints to inspect drivers and vehicles.
The checkpoint initiative is intended
to prevent any attacks, based on intelligence reports about a possible use
of a stolen vehicle to set up bomb attacks.
All security units in the province have
been instructed to watch out in particular for a black-and-white Honda Wave
motorcycle, which was stolen from Bannang Sata District on September 20, due
to concerns that it might have been weaponized.
Yala police chief Pol. Maj. Gen.
Krissada Kaewchandee said Sunday that all units had already been instructed
to be more active and boost the security levels in their patrols,
inspections and measures, especially in the districts of Mueang Yala and
Betong, to bolster the confidence of residents.
Update October 13-14, 2018
Culture Min opens art exhibition in honor of late King
Bangkok - The Ministry of
Culture has inaugurated an art exhibition to commemorate the anniversary of
the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
on Friday presided over the official launch of the art exhibition entitled
“Thai Masterpieces of the Ninth Reign”, which has been curated by the
Culture Ministry to honor His Majesty the late King Rama IX on the second
anniversary of his demise, October 13. Also attending the opening ceremony
were Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat and other ministry executives as
well as national artists, renowned singers and actors, and members of the
As its highlight, the exhibition
showcases numerous outstanding works of art created throughout the reign of
the late monarch. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy ten
highly-acclaimed Thai films, which will be screened for ten days free of
charge, along with Thai music and a seminar on the evolution of Thai
television soap operas from the past to the 4.0 era.
In his opening address, Deputy Prime
Minister Wissanu noted that His Majesty the late King was a gifted artist in
many fields, including music, painting, photography, literature and
handicrafts, and was offered the title “Supreme Artist” by the National
Culture Commission on February 24, 1986.
In this regard, the Department of
Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Culture, has set up the “Thai Masterpieces
of the Ninth Reign” exhibition in the hope of raising awareness of the royal
artistic talents and the value of Thai arts among Thai citizens and
foreigners alike and encouraging them to join in preservation efforts.
The art exhibition is taking place from
October 12 - 31 at the Hall of Fame on the M floor of Siam Paragon Shopping
Sanam Luang ready for remembrance ceremony for King Rama IX
Bangkok - Officials at Sanam
Luang have completed preparations for the commemoration of His Majesty the
late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Renovations and landscaping operations
have been undertaken to accommodate the merit-making ceremony that takes
place on Saturday. Officials have installed four large LED screens on the
The consecration ceremony was due to
commence on Saturday at 7:00am, with traffic lanes closed on Na Phra Lan and
Na Phra That from Tha Phra Chan intersection to Wiset Chaisri Gate
The evening candle ceremony will begin
at 7:00pm. Officials will close inner Ratchadamnoen Road as well as Na Phra
That, Na Phra Lan, and the roads connected to Sanam Luang.
The government has invited Thais across
the country and abroad to observe the day through religious practices
according to their faith and to wear yellow, the symbolic color of the
Government says pet registration still being considered
Bangkok - The Deputy Prime
Minister for Legal Affairs has responded to a backlash to news that the
government may obligate pet owners to register their animals by saying the
draft law containing the mandate is still pending review by the State
Council and can still be altered.
Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Lt
Gen Sansern Kaeokamnerd has clarified that the Cabinet has only approved the
principles of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives proposed law and
called for portions of it to be reviewed, noting the Prime Minister had
expressed concern over the part that has caused a public stir.
The PM has reminded citizens however
that the law must pass through the State Council and the National
Legislative Assembly, which are sure to factor in public concerns.
The obligation would be part of the
revamped Animal Cruelty and Welfare Act, which is intended to protect
animals and ensure proper care of pets by their owners. Its review was
prompted by the prevalence of abandoned animals and epidemics among strays.
Bearcat remains sent for further testing
Kanchanaburi - The remains of an
Arctictis or bearcat found during the inspection of an off road group’s
vehicles have now been sent for forensic analysis at the Department National
Parks, Wildlife and Plants (DNP) with results expected in a month.
The remains are comprised of four paws,
one jaw bone and other yet to be identified animal body parts. They have
been sent along with hunting equipment, knives, cooking utensils and another
11 items seized from the off road group on October 7 for forensic analysis.
Head of the Wildlife Forensic Science
Operation Unit, Kanita Uytaworn, said this week that while the remains are
still in relatively good condition tests will take up to a month to return
Two of the six vehicles seized after
the search are to be probed by the Central Police Forensic Science Division
on suspicion they had their identification markers altered.
Somkiat Plengnaren, one of the suspects
in the case who fled detainment, has now reported to officers at Thong Pa
Phum Police Station.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commander of the
Royal Thai Police, Pol Gen Sriwaran Rangsiphramnakul, has personally
questioned Anusorn Ruangngam, another of the suspects. The Volunteer Defense
Corps member confessed that he had given his older brother’s firearm to
Tata, a Mon caretaker of the Tao Dam Monastery who admits to having shot the
bearcat. Evidence is being collected to corroborate the statement and will
be forwarded to the district attorney within the month. The case has
resulted in 11 charges so far.
A 10 year old minor who was part of the
group and is now suspected of taking one of the firearms home has been
called in for questioning and could also face legal action.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has
acknowledged that the case involves state agents but confirmed legal action
must be taken without exception where fault is found. Minister of the
Interior, Gen Anupong Paojinda, said that action against the district chief
who was found among the off road group is still at the discretion of
Police seek shooters who killed tourist in crossfire
A police forensics team investigates a shooting
scene where one tourist was killed in Bangkok, Monday, Oct. 8. (AP
Bangkok (AP) — Police searched Monday for suspected teenage gang
members involved in a shooting that killed a nearby Indian tourist and
injured four others, two critically, outside a Bangkok shopping arcade.
Police spokesman Col. Krissana
Patanacharoen said the shooting occurred Sunday night after a group of
teenagers got into a heated argument and opened fire at each other near the
parking lot of the Centara Watergate Pavilion arcade. He said a group of
tourists that was waiting to board a bus was caught in the crossfire.
Police Lt. Col. Kasem Pipitkul, the
investigator in charge of the case, said four people were hospitalized — an
Indian and a Laotian who are in critical condition and two Thais.
Krissana said police are examining
bullet casings, interrogating witnesses and viewing security camera video to
try to identify the shooters, who fled the scene.
Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpal, commissioner
of the immigration bureau, said the shooting stemmed from an earlier dispute
between two groups of teenagers whose conflict flared Sunday night when they
began drawing weapons at a nearby snooker club. He said one of the groups
had an AK-47 rifle.
Surachet said police will close off the
country's borders to the suspects once arrest warrants are issued for them.
He said he has also instructed
immigration officers to extend the expiring tourist visa of the Indian
citizen being treated in a hospital.
"They traveled here for a vacation and
were hit by a stray bullet," Surachet said of the tourists. "They didn't
One-month campaign launched to crack down on overstaying foreigners
Bangkok - The Ministry of
Defense plans to crack down on any foreigners who might possibly stay in
Thailand beyond the expiry of their visa under a one-month campaign.
Ministry of Defense's spokesman Lt Gen
Kongcheep Tantravanich said Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered
national security agencies in military and administrative sectors to enhance
measures to protect visitors and eliminate alleged transnational criminals
who might possibly enter the country as tourists.
He said the authorities have recently
received many complaints from the general public regarding communities of
foreigners residing in Bangkok and other provinces, allegedly running
The immigration bureau has been
instructed to strictly enforce the immigration law to any foreigners
residing in Thailand beyond the expiration or revocation of their visa,
especially regarding any blacklisted persons, along with the verification of
a foreigner's work permit within the one- month time.
The immigration bureau is yet to speed
up the establishment of the foreigners' biometric identification database,
the immigration screening system, and linking the visa information system
electronically at all immigration units to enable immigration officials to
access a centralized data base that includes information about visas and
He encouraged the general public to
remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity of foreigners to
Unauthorized group found with weapons, animal carcass in Sai Yok National Park
Kanchanaburi - Sai Yok National Park authorities
have reported the capture of an unauthorized off-road travel group led by a
district chief found with rifles and an animal carcass.
The authorities were led by head of park security and
the Phaya Sua Task Force Panachakorn Pothibundit, and were acting on a tip
that six off-road vehicles had entered Sai Yok National Park without
authorization. An inspection of the vehicles found rifles equipped with
silencers, two pistols, ammunition for the weapons and an Arctictis carcass.
The group was comprised of 10 men, two women and three
children, with one adult purporting to be the chief of Dan Makam Tia
district. All have denied any transgression but their details were filed.
The contraband discovered in their vehicle has been sent for testing by
Kanchanaburi Governor Jirakriat Phumsawad said he has
received a general brief on the incident and that if it is proven a state
official was involved in such crimes a committee would have to be formed to
consider punitive measures including expulsion from the civil service.
Sai Yok Police Director Pol Col Thanee Sanguanchin
assured members of the public that even if the case involves a district
chief of police it will proceed as usual, noting that the evidence gathered
appears straight forward. He added that one of the group has already asked
to take full responsibility for any transgressions discovered, but said no
aid will be given and all involved will face justice.
The Arctictis found with the group is listed as an
endangered species protected by CITES.
Suthep says he will not contest upcoming general election
Bangkok - Suthep Thuagsuban, one
of the founders of the Action Coalition For Thailand Party, insists that he
is not planning to run for office in the next general election.
Suthep traveled to Bang Khen district
at the weekend to meet with 41 community leaders to listen to their problems
and explain to them why national reform is needed in order for Thailand to
move forward. He will use their opinions to develop his party’s policy.
Suthep said he joined the Action
Coalition For Thailand Party only as an adviser, adding he never wanted to
be on the board or a party leader. He added that even if his party wins the
next general election, he will remain as an adviser.
Regarding the Election Commission of
Thailand’s demand for the party to comply with party requirements, Suthep
said he has already made certain changes to ensure that his party meets
Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match in Argentina
Young soccer Thai team Wild Boars play a
friendly match against River Plate youth team at Monumental stadium in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Oct. 7. (Eitan Abramovich/Pool via AP)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (AP) — The 12 boys and soccer coach from
Thailand who were found in a partially flooded cave once again found
themselves capturing the media's attention on Sunday.
The team played a friendly match
against the prestigious River Plate youth soccer team of Argentina — which
was somewhat of a dream come true for the young Thais who want to become
professional soccer players.
A day prior, the Wild Boars soccer team
participated in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, which are
taking place from Oct. 6 to 18 in the South American country.
Thomas Bach, president of the
International Olympic Committee, called the boys "brave" and said they
"showed us all the importance of sports values." They were loudly applauded
by thousands of people attending the event.
Nearly 4,000 athletes between the ages
of 15 and 18 will participate in the youth games.
Southern floods recede; rain forecast for 14 provinces
Bangkok - The Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports floods in the southern
provinces of Prachuab Khiri Khan and Surat Thani have receded but the ad hoc
crisis management center warns rainfall will still cover the southern
Heavy rains late last week have
inundated the districts of Hua Hin, Sam Roi Yot, Kui Buri and the capital
district in Prachaub Khiri Khan. In Surat Thani, flooding has killed one
person and hit five districts, namely Khian Sa, Phra Saeng, Khiri Rat
Nikhom, Phanom and Phun Phin, damaging houses, infrastructure and more than
700 acres of farming areas.
The DDPM, the military and relevant
agencies are speeding up relief efforts, pumping flood waters from
agricultural zones to facilitate the aid operations. The ad hoc crisis
management center has told 14 southern provinces to brace themselves for a
new round of heavy falls.
Kaeng Krachan Dam in Phetchaburi and
Pranburi Dam in Prachuab Khiri Khan have hastened preparedness amid large
volumes of incoming water. Meanwhile, rainfall has started to subside in the
North, Northeast and central region.
National police chief delivers reform policy to police at all levels
police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Police
force has held a meeting to deliver its reform policy to police at all
National police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip
Chaijinda has urged police to implement the government’s policy by taking
people’s needs as their main concern. Pol Gen Chakthip told police to
protect the monarchy, maintain peace and order, prevent and reduce crime,
solve drug problems, strengthen unity and support police reform.
The Royal Thai Police has divided the
main missions for the fiscal year 2019 into six areas, including crime
prevention and suppression, security and special missions as well as law and
litigation, with the deputy national police chief as the supervisor.
The national police chief also spoke
about a plan to improve the services of police stations and straighten out
police, admitting there are more than 3,000 officers who fail to perform
their duties or behave badly each year.
Royal Irrigation Department pleads for water conservation
Bangkok - The Royal Irrigation
Department is pleading with the public to help conserve water despite the
fact that there is a good supply of water in dams nationwide.
Official records suggest that nearly 60
billion cubic meters of water are currently stored in reservoirs across the
country, with an average storage level of 79 percent of the dam's capacity.
The Royal Irrigation Department says
that there is over 18 billion cubic meters of water in all four major dams
in the Chao Phraya River Basin, including Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, Kwae
Noi Dam and Pa Sak Jolasid Dam, and they can still take on more than six
billion cubic meters of water.
The department said it would make sure
the water management program is efficient even though at present there is a
great volume of water stored in the dams, in order to help prevent any
In addition, the Royal Irrigation
Department also asked people across the country to use water efficiently and
avoid wasting any of the supply.
Meanwhile, the Department of Livestock
Development is preparing to deal with possible flooding in the southern
region, where the rainy season is expected to produce more problems in
Plans formulated include the moving of
livestock to higher ground and the stockpiling of dry grass, animal food and
medicine as well as the assignment of experts to help farmers, who may be in
need of their guidance.
PM invites public to join activities in remembrance of the late beloved monarch
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Bangkok - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha is inviting all sectors, including the general public residing in
and outside Thailand, to remember the benevolence of His Majesty the late
King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13, by organizing religious rites and
activities to mark the passing of the late beloved monarch.
Activities, such as alms offerings,
religious ceremonies of other religions or other activities deemed
appropriate, can be held before or after October 13.
The government will hold a merit-making
ceremony as a tribute to His Majesty the late King and an alms-offering
ceremony on Friday, October 12 at Government House.
Members of the public are also invited
to wear yellow shirts on October 13.
The Prime Minister has urged Thai
people to foster unity and follow His Majesty the late King’s teachings for
sustainable happiness in life and for the prosperity of the country.
Bangkok district offices told to publicize ban on feeding pigeons
Bangkok - All 50 Bangkok
districts have been instructed to put up signs directing vendors and
citizens not to feed pigeons and to educate the public on their inherent
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
(BMA) has issued an order banning the feeding of pigeons after finding that
many living among humans are carrying dangerous bacteria.
The capital is now embarking on urgent
and long term measures. First up, district and health offices are to educate
the public on the dangers posed by the birds and their excrement, making
known that they can spread respiratory and neurological diseases. Feeding
them is now illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine
of up to 25,000 baht. In the long term, pigeons are to be removed from urban
areas and released into the wild.
Sellers of pigeon feed have been warned
that they are now in violation of the Public Cleanliness and Order Act and
are subject to fines up to 2,000 baht as well as the Animal Feed Control
Act, which brings with it a fine of up to 10,000 baht.
Min of Tourism urges officials to be mindful of their actions
Tourism and Sports Minister Wirasak Kowsoorad.
Bangkok - The Minister of
Tourism and Sports has urged public officials to be mindful of their actions
as the country attempts to regain trust with Chinese tourists.
Tourism and Sports Minister Wirasak
Kowsoorad addressed criticism of Thailand’s Visa-On-Arrival process, where
officials have been demanding up to 2,000 baht as a “special fee” or “tip”
to expedite the process. He said he is preparing to meet with related
officials to prevent such actions from occurring.
As for the recent altercation between
an airport official and a Chinese tourist at Don Muang International
Airport, he revealed that the airport has suspended the security guard in
question and has forwarded a progress report to Chinese officials.
Wirasak implored officials to be
mindful of their actions, as Thailand seeks to win back Chinese visitors
whose numbers are currently on the decline.
Phu Kradueng opens for tourist season
Loei - Loei province has
officially opened its popular tourist destination Phu Kradueng National Park
but asked that overnight visitors avoid using foam and plastic materials for
the sake of the environment.
The Governor of Loei province led a
religious ceremony to launch the season and headed a group comprised of
local administrators, village headmen, tour operators and tourists up the
mountain. Lodgings, restaurants and transport services have been prepared
for this year’s visitors with the cost of baggage transport set at no more
than 30 baht a kilogram.
Visitors are being encouraged to help
protect the area’s environment by avoiding the use of plastic and instead
using cloth bags. Alcoholic beverages have also been completely banned from
consumption in the national park.
30 Thai nationals safely evacuated from Indonesian earthquake, tsunami
Jakarta - A group of 30 Thai
nationals have been safely evacuated from the earthquake and tsunami zone in
Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson
Busadee Santipitaks said Thai Ambassador to Indonesia Songpol Sukchan had
led a team of officials to rescue the 26 Thai students, a Thai businessman,
and three Thai workers stranded in Palu following the devastating earthquake
and tsunami last week.
The evacuees were transported from
Makassar airport aboard the Indonesian Air Force's C-130 aircraft. Two of
the evacuees requested to stay in Palu with their Indonesian friends.
The Thai ambassador said all the
evacuees were relieved at being quickly evacuated.
The Thai Embassy in Jakarta will
provide transportation and accommodation for the evacuees, who may choose
whether or not they prefer to stay in Makassar, Jakarta, or travel back to
Police to wrap up investigation into murder of female tourist in two weeks
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Police plans to wrap up
its investigation into the alleged murder of a female Chinese tourist, whose
body was found at a waterfall in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province, on
September 20, in the next two weeks.
The acting Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, Pol.
Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpal, on Monday (Oct 1) said police are seeking a
warrant to arrest two suspects in connection with the case.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet said the officers have sought
cooperation from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the
Kingdom of Thailand to obtain further information on the Chinese woman and
to pursue the suspects.
He has expressed his confidence that the police will be
able to finish their investigation in the near future.
Large crowd visits Khao Din on its last day before relocation
Bangkok - A large crowd visited
Dusit Zoo, locally known as Khao Din Wana on its last day, tripling the
number of visitors compared to the normal period. Officials will now begin
the process of relocating 1,088 animals to their new homes. The move is
expected to be completed within 120 days.
Visitors to the zoo, young and old,
have been taking pictures, visiting their favorite wildlife enclosures and
buying various souvenirs to keep them as a memento of their visits to the
long established zoo.
Many have expressed sadness at the
closure of Dusit Zoo. Some of them told the media that they had visited the
zoo since childhood. Most of them accept that the relocation is simply a
product of time. They said they will cherish the memory of the Kingdom's
Dusit Zoo will now begin moving all of
its animals to six zoos under the supervision of the Zoological Park
Organization under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, namely Khao
Kaew zoos in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Songkhla, Ubon Ratchathani, and
Khon Kaen. These animals are expected to be moved again to their new home
which will be constructed on a 300-rai site in Rangsit Klong 6 in Thanyaburi
District of Pathum Thani Province. The new establishment will be three times
the size of Dusit Zoo.
Officials also remarked on the recent
number of visitors, saying that over past months the number reached the
318,000 mark. The figure from September 1st to 28th stood at about 180,000
Dusit Zoo was originally a botanical
garden called "Khao Din Wana ”. His Majesty King Rama the Fifth, during his
foreign country visits became impressed by European botanical gardens as
places of entertainment and relaxation for the people, and decided that a
botanical garden should be established in Thailand. In 1895, His Majesty
gave royal permission for the garden to be built on land east of
Premprachakorn canal, across from Chitrlada Palace.
A large lake was dug with connecting
canals and roadways; soil excavated in the digging process was piled up into
a mountain in the middle of the garden, hence the name "Khao Din” meaning
earth mountain. Various trees were planted and called "Wana” which means
forest. And so the whole area was called "Khao Din Wana”.
Dusit zoo had been in operation for
New Dept of Land Transport mandate on public vans takes effect
Bangkok - The Department of
Land Transport (DLT) is monitoring public van activity at Bangkok’s
Victory Monument, after its ban on 10-year-old public vans takes effect.
DLT Director-General Peerapol
Thawonsupacharoen, along with soldiers from the Royal Palace Guard 2nd
Cavalry Division patrolled Victory Monument Monday to monitor the level
of compliance by van operators.
The officials found that operators
were cooperating with the new mandate and an orderly transition was
taking place. Although passengers at Victory Monument reported longer
waiting times than usual, their overall travel plans have yet to be
Officials have also coordinated
with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to supply an additional 65 buses
to accommodate passengers during rush hour.
October 1st marked the beginning of
the new mandate, resulting in the decommissioning of 840 vans. Those who
refuse to comply face a fine of 20,000 - 100,000 baht and jail time of
up to five years.