Forum held on development of land around U-Tapao Airport
Governor of Rayong province Yuthapol Ongarjittichai.
Rayong - Deputy Governor of
Rayong province Yuthapol Ongarjittichai has chaired the second forum on
development plans for the area around U-Tapao Airport. It was attended by
Rayong Public Works and Town and Country Planning Official Capt Theerapong
Krutdilokanon and other relevant officials.
Expert Architect Pakorn Warapasakul
reviewed the development plan, which was explained by City Planning Expert
Prof Dr Jaturong Pokaratsiri . The meeting discussed ideas collected from
the previous forum on a draft land usage plan, a development masterplan and
transport and basic facilities systems before hearing further views from
Baan Chang district, which surrounds
U-Tapao Airport, is to be made more modern in support of both residents and
tourists as well as investors traveling to and from the Eastern Economic
Corridor (EEC). The plan is to be carried out in three phases: the short
term, mid-term and long term. Initially work will focus on transport and
basic facilities and target the creation of a Smart City that serves as an
international hub for tourism and marine sports, as well as being a
logistics hub. In the mid and long terms, roads will be constructed for
better access to the area.
Cabinet endorses PTTEP’s two petroleum concessions in Gulf of Thailand
Nong Khai - The Thai Cabinet has endorsed the
two petroleum concessions held by PTT Exploration and Production Public
Company Limited in the Gulf of Thailand.
Government Spokesperson Puttipong Punnakanta made the
announcement after the mobile Cabinet meeting concluded on Thursday. He said
that PTTEP had won the bidding for both the Erawan (G1/61) and Bongkot
(G2/61) petroleum gas concessions.
PTTEP also will be the sole operator of the Bongkot gas
field, while the Erawan gas field will be operated by PTTEP and its partner,
the UAE's Mubadala Petroleum.
According to Thai Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan ,
the deals for both gas field concessions will be signed by February 2019.
Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage
Bangkok (AP) — Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new
regulations requiring that marriages of children under age 17 be approved by
a religious committee.
The action follows an uproar earlier this year over an
11-year-old Thai girl who married a 41-year-old Malaysian man, triggering
calls in both countries for stronger laws against child marriage. The girl
was reportedly sent back to Thailand from Malaysia and put under the care of
Thai social welfare workers.
A senior member of the Central Islamic Council of
Thailand, Wisut Binlateh, said Friday that Muslim children of any age in
Thailand previously could get married with permission from their parents,
but now children under age 17 must also seek approval from an Islamic
committee which would consider whether the marriage is appropriate.
Wisut said the measure took effect Dec. 4, when the
Sheikhul Islam, the senior Thai Muslim leader, signed his approval.
Human rights activist Angkhana Neelaphaijit said the
regulation does not carry the weight of law, and holds no punishment for
those who fail to abide by it.
Islamic law is observed for Muslims in Thailand's four
southernmost provinces for family matters and inheritance, but does not set
a minimum age for marriage.
According to Thai law, which applies to the rest of the
country, the minimum legal age for marriage is 17, though courts may allow
the marriage of younger individuals if there is an appropriate reason. The
reasons, however, are not defined in the law.
Angkhana said the new measure by Thailand's Islamic
leaders is a step in the right direction, but requires further work to
protect people's rights.
"It is a good thing that the Sheikhul Islam Office has
introduced this measure, but we have to also try to reach an understanding
with the religious leaders that if there are violators, what can we do to
punish them," she said.
Angkhana also said because Thailand's four southern
provinces use Islamic law for family matters, a legal loophole has allowed a
surge in Malaysian men coming to southern Thailand for second or third
marriages, because there is little oversight compared to what they face at
"The problem is in Malaysia, if a man wants to have a
second or third wife, he needs to ask permission from a court. But in
Thailand, there is no such law regulating this or also anyone checking
whether a man is wealthy enough to care for a family," she said.
Mountains in Loei ready to welcome tourists this winter
Loei - Loei is promoting three
mountains this winter high season to draw tourists to lesser-known areas in
The first mountain is Phu E Lert, an
"unseen" tourist site in Loei. Located in Tambon Pak Man, Phu E Lert boasts
a new view point overlooking a sea of fog. This view point is dubbed "Grand
Canyon" due to its rock formations. From there, tourists can see the vast
Thai-Lao border area.
The second mountain is Phu Tao Pong, an
award-winning ecotourism site in Loei. The most famous highlight of Phu Tao
Pong is a midnight sea of fog which lasts until 10 in the morning.
The last mountain is Phu Lom Lo in
Tambon Kok Sa Thon. Adjacent to the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park and the
famous Phu Thap Berk, Phu Lom Lo features beautiful wild Himalayan cherry
trees in an area of more than 1,000 rai. Their flowers are in full bloom
around mid December until early February.
Motor Expo 2018 to unveil new models by 60 brands
Bangkok - Over 60 carmakers will unveil new
vehicles at Motor Expo 2018 this year, with preorder sales expected to
exceed 55 billion baht.
Motor Expo 2018 focuses on showcasing high-tech motor
vehicles that provide convenience and safety features, while delivering a
satisfying driving experience for car enthusiasts.
Highlights include concept cars of the future equipped
with AI-driven safety features and accessories, such as the Mercedes-Benz
Concept EQA, Mazda Vision Concept, MG E-Motion Concept, and MINI John Cooper
Works GP Concept.
The event expects 1.5 million people to attend, and as
many as 45,000 cars and 8,000 motorcycles in preorders worth over 55 billion
baht. The forecast would send car sales for 2019 to more than one million
The Motor Expo 2018 will be open to the public from
November 29th to December 10th this year at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.
HM King bestows Bike Un Ai Rak t-shirts
Bangkok - His Majesty King Maha
Vajiralongkorn has graciously bestowed t-shirts and drinking water for the
benefit of participants of the Bike Un Ai Rak event.
The ceremony was held Thursday at the
606 Building of the Royal Household Bureau in Sanam Suea Pa. Presiding over
the dedication ceremony on behalf of His Majesty the King was ACM Satitpong
Sukvimol, the Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau and Lord
The Supreme Commander, Permanent
Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and Governors from all 76 provinces
of the Kingdom received the t-shirts, which will be distributed to the
participants in the nation-wide biking event which will take place on
Cyclists can collect their t-shirt at
the time and place nominated by the registering official of their respective
His Majesty personally designed the
t-shirt. It has the text “BIKER” printed on the front with a backdrop of the
hand-drawn logo of the ‘Love and Warmth at Winter’ End, the River of
Rattanakosin’ festival, and the signature of His Majesty.
According to data from the Interior
Ministry, Nakhon Ratchasima has the highest number of registrants at 25,517,
followed by Udon Thani at 21,058 and Sakon Nakhon at 18,751.
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BMA to increase fine for motorbikes riding on footpaths
Bangkok - The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will increase the fine for motorbikes
riding on walkways from 500 baht to 1,000 baht, as the problem continues to
persist. From December onwards, BMA officials will be authorized to enforce
the new fine without having to give violators a warning.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Sakonthee
Phatthiyakul reiterated the BMA’s determination to return public areas to
the public. He explained the reason behind the ramping up of the regulation,
saying the problem of motorbikes riding on footpaths persists despite the
ban, which was issued in July last year. The problem became more apparent
after a student was hit by a motorbike while she was walking on Soi Lad Prao
The Governor admitted that the BMA is
understaffed to monitor all walkways in 50 districts but has resolved to
increase the number of checkpoints to 230 from the previous 115 to deal with
According to the BMA’s record, Wang
Thong Lang District has the highest number of violators, followed by Suan
Laung, Lad Krabang , and Wattana districts.
The violators cited heavy traffic and
long distances to make a U-turn as the most common reasons for them breaking
Pedestrians have submitted more than
10,000 pictures of violators to the BMA since July and the the BMA has
collected a total of 4 million baht in fines.
Ayutthaya World Heritage celebration scheduled during 7-16 December
Ayutthaya - The Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) plans to celebrate Ayutthaya World Heritage from 7-16
December 2018 at the Ayutthaya historical park.
Deputy TAT Governor for Domestic Marketing Noppadon
Pakprot said the agency has joined hands with Ayutthaya province,
government agencies, and private companies to organize the event, which
will be held for the 27th time. It is aimed to promote tourism in the
central province, as well as conserve national heritages such as art,
culture, and attire.
Visitors are encouraged to wear Thai costumes and
view features including a lighting system to illuminate ancient temples
and buildings. Shuttle vans will be available to guide visitors through
the historical park. Admission is free and the festivities run from 4.00
p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
The event will also feature parades, performances,
markets, walking streets, and the sales of OTOP items at affordable
Event organizers are expecting the number of
visitors to rise by 10 percent from 300,000 visitors last year, and to
generate some 400 million baht in cash.