Update November 10-14, 2018
Thai Air Force sending help to flooded communities
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin.
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Air
Force is delivering supplies of necessities and medications to flooded
communities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai
Air Force, ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin said rescue helicopters will be
deployed to affected areas on request. The Air Force has been sending help
to four southern provinces currently battling rain and floods. Medical teams
are on standby in case of an emergency.
Chayapol Thitisak, director-general
of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said his department
is working with the military to distribute food, drinking water, and other
necessities to the victims. Local officers are conducting a damage
assessment for future compensation.
Australia’s Home Affairs minister visits Tham Luang cave
Chiang Rai - Australia's Home
Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton has visited Tham Luang Nang Non cave where 12
boys and their soccer coach were trapped inside earlier this year, which led
to the historic rescue mission that involved a team of more than 10,000,
including rescue divers and experts from around the world.
Australia was one of several
countries that assisted the rescue operation in Mae Sai district of Chiang
While in Thailand on an official
visit, Minister Dutton and members of the Australian delegation went to the
site of the cave where many signs of the successful rescue remain, including
equipment such as wires and pipes.
The Department of National Parks,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation has landscaped the area around the cave to
accommodate tourists during the 46th Chiang Rai Games to be held November
Immigration police step up operations against romance scammers
Bangkok - Acting Immigration Bureau
Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn has announced progress in the
operations to eradicate those involved in romance scams and call-center
Fourteen Thai suspects have been arrested for
alleged involvement in romance scams, and three others for call-center
frauds while two foreigners have been arrested for alleged involvement in
These alleged scammers have operated on facebook as
Fast Racing Shop, Me Online Center, and Top Hit Shopping, tricking
unsuspected users into transferring money to them, given empty promises of
products to be delivered. The scammers have caused a total of about two
million baht in damages to some 1,500 victims across the country.
Two foreign nationals and a Thai agent have also
been arrested for allegedly producing fake documents and forging the seal of
the Department of Consular Affairs for use in the application for visa
SBPAC provides career training to former drug addicts
Director of the Office of Social Psychological Policy Coordination.
Yala - The Internal Security Operation
Command's Region Four plans to provide a rehabilitation program to at least
5,000 former drug addicts in three months free of charge.
Sanan Sonthimuang, Director of the Office of Social
Psychological Policy Coordination, said the Southern Border Province
Administration Center (SBPAC) will be the main agency to provide career
training to former drug users who successfully completed their
The SBPAC has been assigned by the government to
provide career training to former drug users since 2016 and over 3,000
former drug users have completed the training.
Yala is responsible for screening and assessing
former drug users who have successfully completed their rehabilitation
program before attending the career training program.
Update November 6-10, 2018
New guidelines prevent smoking within five meters of a no smoking sign
Bangkok - A new declaration has
mandated that those found smoking within five meters of a no smoking sign
will now be subject to at least a 5,000 baht fine.
The Ministry of Public Health
guidelines on demarcating no smoking areas have been promulgated in the
Royal Gazette. The fifth point in the guide states that no smoking signs
must be posted in accordance with ministry regulations and that the areas
surrounding such signs in all directions will be considered off limits to
smoking. Signs are only permitted away from doors, windows, entrances and
exits, pipes and ventilation openings and must clearly state in Thai and
English that smoking is not permitted within five meters.
Deputy Director-General of the Disease
Control Department Dr. Kajornsak Kaeojaras explained that the new guidelines
are more flexible in terms of design but mandate that no smoking signs must
be able to accommodate a circular logo of no less than 10 centimeters in
diameter. The logo may depict the provincial slogan or other such messages.
The new five meter stipulation is in
response to complaints that while many public areas have no smoking signs,
smokers have been engaging in the behavior just outside the immediate areas,
such as in front of schools and temples.
HIV-infected man accused of raping scores of teenagers
Bangkok (AP) — Police say they have arrested an
HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70
Police said they received a complaint that the suspect
was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app
Blued to win the trust of his victims, so they would send him nude photos
before agreeing to meet him. When they found out he was not who he pretended
to be online, he then would threaten to make their nude photos public if
they balked at having sex with him.
Police said in a statement that they discovered
medicine for treating HIV when they arrested the 43-year-old suspect, Sgt.
Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing, at his home Wednesday in the northeastern province of
Khon Kaen. They said tests confirmed he was infected with HIV.
So far they have determined that Jakkrit had more than
70 victims between the ages of 13 and 18, police said .
"Even though the suspect is a soldier, this behavior —
and I've consulted with army commanders — is a personal issue, not an
organizational one," police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said.
Police said they are widening their investigation and
attempting to contact other victims who have not yet filed charges.
Police have so far charged Jakkrit with six offenses:
sex with a minor under 15 with or without their consent, punishable by 4-20
years in prison; indecent assault of a minor under 15 using threats,
punishable by up to 10 years in prison; separating a minor under 15 from
their parents without reason, punishable by 3-15 years in prison; blackmail,
punishable by up to 3 years in prison; and coercing minors to conduct
inappropriate acts, punishable by up to three months in prison.
Image of King Taksin the Great placed at his monument in Bangkok
Bangkok - The boat procession
marking 250 years since the naval campaign to reclaim the Kingdom of Ayudhya
by King Taksin the Great has arrived in Bangkok, with an image of the
monarch being placed it at the monument to him in Wong Wian Yai.
The Royal Thai Navy organized a
contingent of row boats to welcome the procession, where it completed a
retracing of the naval campaign to liberate Ayudhya from Burmese occupation
250 years ago, a journey that took it past 10 provinces.
An image of King Taksin the Great was
moved from the docked boat procession to the King Taksin the Great Monument
at Wong Wian Yai, in a ceremony that included religious chants, traditional
dancing and traditional drumming.
Merit making was held Thursday morning
and citizens were invited to pay their respects to the image of King Taksin.
It is the first time the image has been brought from Chantaburi province to
After November 10, the image will be
placed in Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi in memorial of the King’s historic
Science Film Festival aims to combat global warming
Bangkok - The Science Film
Festival 2018 is being held to raise public awareness of global warming via
food-based films, encouraging people to eat more vegetables instead of meat
in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the
festival, Education Minister Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said films that
are being showcased at the event are in line with this year’s theme "Food
Revolution." These films explain why consuming vegetables is better for the
environment and how eating meat can worsen global warming.
21 films from countries like Germany,
the United States, England and Australia are being screened at the festival
to teach people about the impact of food consumption on the environment.
The Science Film Festival 2018 is
taking place from now until December 23 at Bangkok Planetarium and 18
Science Centers for Education around Thailand. Entry is free of charge.
Update November 3-5, 2018
Two Chinese nabbed for stealing bags at Suvarnabhumi airport
Bangkok - Two Chinese tourists were arrested at
Suvarnabhumi international airport as they were leaving Thailand with
luggage stolen from other passengers.
Suvarnabhumi airport police apprehended Li Tze Yueng,
35, and Lou Jieying, 22, at the airport on Saturday (November 3) as they
were waiting for their flight to Hong Kong.
Mr Li is a Canadian citizen of Chinese origin, while Ms
Lou is Chinese from mainland China.
The arrest followed a complaint filed by an American
with airport police. She said she could not find her travel bag after
arriving in the Bangkok’s airport and waiting for the luggage at a conveyor
belt for incoming passengers.
Police checked CCTV footages at the baggage claim area
and other locations inside Suvarnabhumi and found the two suspects loading a
number of bags on their carts before leaving the airport.
The owners of the luggage were contacted by police and
they confirmed the bags found with the suspects were theirs, police added.
Police also took them to a hotel in Ratchathewi area to
search their room and found more bags stolen from a Thai tourist returning
to Thailand from South Korea.
All passengers rescued from burning yacht in Phuket
Phuket - A yacht caught fire on
Saturday evening at Ao Kung bay in Phuket but all passengers aboard were
rescued to safety.
The fire occurred around 4.00 p.m.
during heavy downpours when a lightning bolt struck and completely destroyed
the catamaran but all the nine foreign passengers were rescued in time.
The MJ yacht had left Yacht Heaven
Marina in Thalang district before it caught fire.
Deputy Phuket Provincial Governor
Thanyawat Charnphinit, Thalang District Chief Officer Adul Choothong and
officials inspected the wreckage.
Leicester City players pay respects at Vichai’s funeral
Players and officials of the English Premier
League club Leicester City arrive at a Buddhist temple to participate in the
funeral rituals of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP
Bangkok (AP) — Leicester City
manager Claude Puel led his soccer team's players as they arrived Sunday at
a Bangkok temple to pay their respects to the club's late owner.
Thai billionaire Vichai
Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed Oct. 27 in a
parking lot next to the English Premier League club's stadium.
His funeral began Saturday, with other
ceremonies scheduled through Nov. 9.
The Leicester City players arrived
Sunday after traveling to Bangkok following their match with Cardiff City
the day before.
Vichai oversaw one of the greatest
underdog successes in sports when his 5,000-1 outsiders won the English
Premier League title in 2016.
Malaria and typhus warning for campers in woods
Uthai Thani - The many tourists
who enjoy winter's cool breezes should beware of malaria and typhus,
especially those who like to pitch their tents in the great outdoors.
Dr. Surachai Chokekanchitchai, the
Director of Uthai Thani Hospital, recently noted that tourists pitching
tents in the woods run the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes, which in
Thailand can include anopheles mosquitoes, which cause Malaria.
If after 14 days of exposure a person
has a high fever, headaches, alternating sensations of cold and heat as well
as sweating, and then, after appearing to get better, the symptoms return,
the individual should again see a doctor and report their forest-dwelling
history to receive appropriate treatment quickly. If complications occur,
the sickness can result in death.
People should also beware of chigyers,
which can cause typhus. The infected will have a high fever, shiver a lot
and have headaches at the temples and brow, pains in the eye sockets and
muscle pain and fatigue. Some may have red wounds that look like cigarette
burns but are not itchy. About 20% of the infected may suffer severe
complications, such as pneumonitis or encephalitis, which can lead to death.
Pitching a tent in the woods should
only be done in a clearing, and campers should avoid sitting or lying down
on the grass, should always cover their bare body well, and apply mosquito
and insect repellents to their arms and legs for protection.
PM mulls developments towards general election
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha.
Bangkok - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-ocha says he is looking into an appropriate time to lift bans on
political activity and is considering sometime in November or early
December. He assured the electorate he is open to views from political
parties on the matter and will be coordinating with the EC. He has again
declined to comment on his own political future at this time.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu
Kreau-ngam meanwhile, indicated that anybody who wishes to run in the
upcoming general election must have party membership 90 days prior to the
poll, or by November 26 this year. He confirmed that political parties will
be invited to meet with the PM in November to discuss matters to do with the
EC Secretary-General Pol Col Jarungwit
Phumma revealed that the commission has accepted five more political
parties; Phaendintham Party, Prachachart Party, Phalang Chart Thai Party,
Prachatham Thai Party and Khlong Thai Party. A total 16 new parties have
been registered so far, bringing the nation’s total to 81 parties.
The Ministry of Education has at the
same time revealed it will discuss moving the GAT/PAT exam in 2019 so that
it does not coincide with the general election. It must first review the
matter with relevant agencies including the Council of University Presidents
Thai Airways introduces new business recovery plan
Bangkok - Thai Airways International (THAI)
Chairman Ekniti Nitithanprapas said the national flag carrier firm is in the
process of making a business recovery plan to revive and upgrade it as one
of the world's top five airlines within three years.
He said recent incidents will be taken as lessons for
the airline to improve and reform, which will need cooperation with all its
staff, while the business recovery plan is now being revised by senior
executives, and will be unveiled this month.
The plan will cover the airline's revenue increasing
methods, safety measures (which will remain the top priority), customer
services, and cuts in unnecessary expenditure, all of which will make the
airline grow further and become a premium carrier to bring about pride to
The THAI chairman said that while the airline's fleet
is currently not at full capacity and with some ageing aircraft, the firm
has negotiated with Rolls Royce to provide substitute engines for its fleet.
Thailand repatriates 43 Iranian inmates
Bangkok - The Department of
Corrections has transferred 43 Iranian inmates back to their home country
under the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
Department of Corrections
Director-General Pol Col Naras Savestanan revealed the agency has approved
the transfer of the Iranian nationals to continue to serve their sentence in
The first batch of 23 were transported
to Iran on Wednesday, while the 20 others will follow within 24 hours. The
Iranian ambassador to Thailand represented the Iranian government to receive
The Correction Department chief said
Thailand has transferred prisoners to 37 countries around the globe with a
total of 1,118 foreign prisoners having been transferred to the country of
their nationality, and 17 Thai inmates having been transferred from foreign
countries to Thailand.
He said the scheme will be beneficial
to the prisoners as it will allow them to re-align themselves to society in
their own country upon completely serving their sentence.
Narathiwat reports more measles cases
Narathiwat - Narathiwat Provincial Public
Health Official Wiset Sirinthornsophon said the southern province has
had an increase in measles cases, with the number of patients between 1
January 2018 and 25 October 2018 recorded at 71 without any fatality.
The epidemic goes in keeping with the situation in
Pattani (200 cases) and in Yala where about 500 cases have been
The epidemic in Narathiwat is mainly affecting
infants up to 12 years old.
The infection rate increased noticeably in
Narathiwat in September, during which time 11 new cases were reported,
as opposed to the average figure of only four cases per month. Another
28 patients have been reported in October in seven out of the province's
Measles can be contracted through the physical
contact with mucus or saliva of infected persons and can be prevented
The provincial public health office is currently
offering vaccinations to children aged under 15 years and is calling
upon parents to have their children vaccinated upon the opening of a new
school term on 1 November.
District offices have been requested to survey
their populations and find unvaccinated children, especially those in
remote areas where the provincial public health office may be able to
provide on-site vaccination if requested.