Royal Thai Air Force receives 8 women candidates for pilot positions
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Eight women have so far
applied for pilot positions with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), which
began accepting women pilots for the first time this year.
RTAF Commander ACM Treetod Sonjance revealed that the application process
began last Monday. This marks the first time in the Air Force's history that
it is recruiting women pilots. The RTAF has allotted five positions for
women this year and plans to maintain this quota in 2017 and 2018.
Each applicant is required to pass a series of tests and undergo medical and
psychological examinations, as well as an interview before they are
Thailand aims to rid country of malaria by 2024
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public
Health is accelerating its malaria eradication campaign under the
government's Pracharat Model.
Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has affirmed his ministry’s
commitment to realize the global agenda by the World Health Organization to
“End Malaria for Good” and announced Thailand’s goal of eradicating malaria
from the country by the year 2024.
Malaria cases worldwide have dropped steadily since 2000 by more than 75% in
55 countries worldwide. In Thailand, the number of malaria patients has
decreased from 150,000 cases in 2000 to 24,850 in 2015, marking an 85%
decrease with the remaining cases concentrated along the border.
The Ministry of Public Health has announced its malaria eradication plan for
2017 to 2026. The plan consists of developing technology, innovation and
appropriate measures to eliminate malaria; increasing cooperation between
partners; and empowering the public with healthy habits that prevent
malaria. The plan has a total budget of 2.283 billion baht.
36 new foreign investors allowed to open business in Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Business Development
Department Director General Phongphan Jiarawanon said the agency has allowed
36 new foreign investors, mostly from Japan, Singapore and China, to open
business in Thailand.
Those foreign investments will combinedly incur a registered 898 million
baht capital and lead to the employment of 698 Thai workers.
In April 2016, four new businesses have been granted permission,
representing a 13 percent increase from a previous month while the
investment capital has increased by 61 million baht, representing a seven
percent rise from the same period last year.
Land Transport denies those whose driver's licenses were confiscated must wait three years to reapply
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Director General of the
Department of Land Transport Sanit Phromwong has announced that those
who have had their driver’s licenses confiscated will not be required to
take a driving test as rumored in social media channels.
Mr Sanit denied the information posted on social media channels,
claiming that those who have had their licenses confiscated won't be
able to apply for a new license for three years. After the three year
period the rumors say, they will need to apply for a new driver’s
license which will include taking driving tests along with new
He said that in fact, those who have had their licenses confiscated due
to traffic offenses will need to follow the customary procedures in
order to have their licenses returned.
Consumers urged to beware of unsafe meat
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Livestock Development has advised
consumers to exercise caution when buying meat in summer during which time
food can rot easily.
Deputy Director-General and spokesperson of the Department of Livestock,
Sorawit Thaneto suggested that consumers only buy fresh meat from certified
producers to avoid health risks associated with substandard meat.
Dr. Sorawit said it was inadvisable to buy raw meat from street vendors as
the meat may have been butchered in substandard slaughter houses. He has
also warned against buying unusually low-priced meat products, as they may
be derived from sick animals.
According to Dr. Sorawit, quality pork should have vibrant pinkish color,
even texture and little or no odor. Quality poultry should be of a pink
color with yellowish skin and must not contain a lot of blood. Meat must be
cooked at a temperature of at least 70 Degrees Celsius to prevent bacterial
Chiang Mai organizes Elders' Day activities
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) – The northern
province of Chiang Mai has hosted a National Elders' Day event to honor
Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart officiated at the opening
ceremony of the National Day of the Elderly event which took place at Chiang
Mai University. More than 1,000 senior people from 25 districts took part in
the activity. The governor took the opportunity to honor the older persons
most of whom are in good health.
Other activities featured at the event included a smile makeover contest,
the traditional “Rot Nam Dam Hua” ceremony where younger persons pour water
onto the hands of the elderly as a symbol of respect. Traditional dances
performed by the elderly, free haircuts, and health checkups were all part
of the enjoyable day.
National Elders' Day is celebrated on April 13th of every year which is also
the first day of the annual Songkran Festival. The occasion provides an
opportunity for youngsters to pay respect and show appreciation to older
persons in their family.
PEA warns of electrical risks during thunderstorm
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Provincial
Electricity Authority (PEA) has warned people who live in rain storm
risk-areas to keep abreast of weather conditions and frequently check that
electrical appliances are working.
The PEA issued the warning on Sunday following strong winds and rain storms
during this period in many provinces. Such weather conditions may result in
electrical accidents such as electrical malfunction or damaged high voltage
power cables. These may lead to a major power outage and pose danger to
lives and properties.
The PEA also suggested that tall buildings should install lightning rods and
warned against the use of all electrical appliances during a thunderstorm.
The public should not attempt to cut the trees near power lines by
Agriculture Ministry inspects drought situation in Maha Sarakham
MAHA SARAKHAM,(NNT) – The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is following up on the drought situation in
Maha Sarakham province.
Dr. Thanit Anekwit, an inspector general of the Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives, attended a meeting in Maha Sarakham to acquire information on
the latest drought situation in the province.
The inspector general was informed that several areas have been declared
drought-disaster zones whereas farmers in drought-hit zones have been
receiving assistance from local authorities on a constant basis.
Maha Sarakham farmers have been encouraged to replace their plants with
drought-tolerant crops such as corn and groundnut or switch to other
professions during the long dry season.
The province is receiving 500,000 cubic meters of water from Ubol Ratana Dam
on a daily basis. Local officials expect the province to have sufficient
amount of water for consumption until July.
Thailand hopes to improve ranking on ease of doing business
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Thailand hopes to maintain its position among top 50
economies worldwide in terms of the ease of doing business.
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs Somkid Jatusripitak
convened a meeting with state officials tasked with finding ways to attract
foreign investors and businesses into Thailand. During the past 6 months,
Thailand has been utilizing all efforts to make the country more attractive
such as reducing business registration procedures, introducing the
“E-Payment” system, creating a business database, and cutting unnecessary
He said the Thai government will host activities throughout the month of
May, informing foreign investors of the improved business procedures and the
recently-revised regulations aimed at actively facilitating their business
Meanwhile, Minister for Finance Apisak Tantivorawong said he was confident
that Thailand will remain among top 50 economies in the world on the ease of
doing business, but hoped that the World Bank will put Thailand in a better
ranking. Thailand was ranked 49 among 189 countries in 2015.
Government Public Relations Department raises awareness of corruption
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Government Public
Relations Department (PRD) is raising public awareness of corruption, hoping
to make Thailand a transparent country.
Director-General Apinan Juntarungsri chaired the opening of an
anti-corruption workshop which was aimed at raising awareness of corruption
among people in local communities. The workshop was taken part by public
relations officials and volunteers from local communities nationwide.
They are tasked with making people in their respective areas aware of
corruption practices, building anti-corruption networks, and fostering
honesty and transparency in the Thai society.
The workshop was co-hosted by the PRD and the National Anti-Corruption
Yala residents build watercourse to relieve drought impact
YALA,(NNT) - Residents in Pron Sub-district in Yala Province have joined
hands in dredging a community canal to relieve the impact of drought on
A budget of 300,000 baht has been approved for the dredging of the
two-kilometer Dusong canal. Villagers who contribute their labor also
receive wages. The program is expected to benefit more than 150 households.
The canal enlargement is one of the livelihood enhancement programs based on
the community needs. The task is expected to take 50 days. Once completed,
the canal will have a greater capacity, enabling villagers to do
water-efficient farming during the dry season.
Transport Ministry collects input on transport center construction project
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Transport has been collecting opinions and
suggestions on the 21.7-billion-baht transport center construction project
in central Bangkok.
The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning under the Ministry
of Transport organized a seminar to gather input from the private sector on
the government’s project to build a transport center on Phahonyothin Road.
The project is divided into two phases. The first phase requires a budget of
1.7 billion baht which will be spent on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
The second phase requires a budget of 20 billion baht to be spent on
converting an 83 rai of land around the center into a commercial zone. The
two phases are expected to be finished by 2023.
Investors taking part in the seminar voiced that the project development
should take place simultaneously both in and around the center, while
services offered in the commercial zone should vary, and there should be a
specific landmark to attract tourists.
Former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa dies at 83
BANGKOK, 23 April 2016 (NNT) – Banharn
Silpa-archa, the 21st prime minister of Thailand, passed away this morning,
according to Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital.
Mr Banharn was being treated for allergic asthma at Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun
Hospital before he was declared dead at 4.42 am this morning. He was
admitted to the hospital on April 21st.
His funeral will be held at Wat Thepsirin. The bathing ceremony will
commence at 5 pm today.
Mr Banhan was the prime minister of Thailand from 1995 to 1996 and held
different cabinet posts in several governments.
He was born on August 19th, 1932 in Suphanburi to a Chinese merchant family.
He was married to Jamsai Silpa-archa and together they have three children.
Startup Thailand 2016 to kick off in late April
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Science and Technology has readied to hold
Startup Thailand 2016 in cooperation with 11 other public and private
Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj made known Startup
Thailand 2016 is being organized with cooperation from bodies such as the
Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Industry.
The objective of the event is to inspire and support Thai startups and build
their capabilities so that they can expand into new markets. The event will
allow for new startups to meet with seasoned entrepreneurs to exchange
experiences and ideas as well as seek investment and capital.
Startup Thailand 2016 is the first holding of the event and will feature
over 180 startups. Running from April 28 to May 1 at Queen Sirikit
Convention Center, the event will feature seminars and meetings as well as a
business proposal competition with a 520,000 baht prize.
Department of Medicine gives guidance on preventing skin cancer
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand is now in the
summer, when ultraviolet light in the longer, brighter days can cause skin
damage and even skin cancer.
Director-General of the Department of Medicine Supan Sri Dharma said skin
cancer constitutes 5% of all cancer cases in Thailand. The condition is more
common in males than females and people over 40.
Dr Supan advises the public to avoid the sun during the hours of 10:00am to
3:00pm. He encouraged people to routine use sunscreen and umbrellas, as well
as dress in non-revealing clothing. Even on overcast days, UV light is
strong enough to damage skin and can actually be more damaging, as people
take fewer precautions.
The department has suggested that a healthy diet of all five food groups,
especially tomatoes and carrots, can help prevent the harmful effects of sun
exposure. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day would also help
skin cells function normally and reduce dehydration in the summer.
Chiang Rai Red Cross Society helps thunderstorm victims
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) - Chiang Rai Red Cross Society President Onanong
Techamaneesathit and Chiang Rai Red Cross Society Red Cross members
distributed 100 sets of consumer goods to the locals who were affected by
thunderstorms in Ngiew county, Theung district on April 19.
A total of 558 households and 1,953 villagers were reportedly affected by
the thunderstorms in Theung district while military and administrative
officials were scrambling to repair the victims’ damaged houses.
According to Chiang Rai Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation, the damage caused by the thunderstorms covered nine districts,
32 counties, 208 villages, 3,978 households and over 10,000 villagers.
Chiang Rai to hold arts & culture event
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) - Chiang Rai Province is preparing to hold an arts and
culture fair as a tribute to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Different agencies have jointly held a press conference to publicize the
event. The objectives are to showcase the unique culture of Chiang Rai,
raise public awareness of the local arts and culture as well as honoring HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for her role in arts and culture
The event features an exhibition on the art and activities of the princess,
folk music performances, displays of handicrafts and artworks by local
artists, and outlets selling artistic items. The event take place between
27th and 29th April at 75th Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park in Muang
Authorities push for rabies-free zones in 2020
BANGKOK, 21 April 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is accelerating
its efforts to create immunity from rabies according to the goal set with
the World Heath Organization for 2020.
MOPH Permanent Secretary Sopon Mekthon revealed that 80 percent of rabies
mortalities came from being bitten or scratched by their own dogs or
friend’s dogs that were not vaccinated.
The Disease Control Department has therefore collaborated with the Livestock
Department, Department of Local Administration and related agencies to
encourage local administrations to prevent rabies infections in their
communities in order to create rabies-free zones, according to the World
Heath Organization initiative for the year 2020.
Pet owners are advised to vaccinate their pets and report any sign of rabies
to the authorities.
Asia to foster greater cooperation against natural disasters
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The government and the private sectors are expected to unite
in stronger cooperation against natural disasters via discussions currently
being held at the Asian Business Forum 2016 Risk Reduction and Resilience
Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, who presided over the forum,
said today it is important for businesses to become resilient in the face of
natural disaster as they contribute to economic growth.
Asia is more susceptible than any other parts of the world to natural
disasters. The Interior Minister hoped the forum would foster tighter
cooperation among Asian nations in preparation for natural disasters that
are becoming more aggressive.
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Chairman, Dr. Krasae Chanawongse claimed
the event provides a platform for the government and the private sectors to
share their thoughts.
He also hoped disasters in the past like a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan
and disastrous floods in Thailand would motivate business entrepreneurs to
find ways to make their businesses more resilient to such extreme adversity.
Mae Sot wildlife checkpoint calls on tourists to not buy ivory pieces from Thailand
TAK,(NNT) – Mae Sot wildlife checkpoint head Soravit Khablam confirmed that
wildlife trafficking is against the wildlife preservation and protection
laws of 1992 and 2014.
He called on tourists and other people to not smuggle, possess or trade any
protected and reserved animals or wildlife products, especially ivory
pieces, from Thailand.
Any persons found to violate the laws will be subject to a maximum of four
years in prison or a maximum of 40,000 baht in fine or both. People who
might notice any wildlife trafficking can call Hotline 1362.
Kanchanaburi sends mobile service unit to remote district
KANCHANABURI,(NNT) - Various government
and non-profit organizations in Kanchanaburi Province have jointly sent a
mobile service unit to Huay Krajao District.
The project’s opening ceremony was chaired by Governor Sak Somboonto. The
mobile unit offers a variety of services such as medical checkups and
treatments, and a hair cutting service, as well as ID card issuance and
The governor handed saplings and different kinds of fish to village heads
for use in reforestation and food programs in their communities. He also
gave aid money to underprivileged people. Meanwhile, the Provincial Red
Cross Chapter offered 200 survival bags to aged villagers.
The mobile service unit is one of the projects run by the Ministry of the
Interior to facilitate the day to day needs of residents in remote areas.
More than 500 people availed themselves of the services.
Thai Police examine records of alleged Uyghur extremists
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Immigration Bureau of Thailand has investigated the
matter regarding the National Intelligence Agency’s information about three
Uyghurs who might enter the kingdom to potentially attack Chinese tourists'
places of interests.
The names of the three reported Uyghur extremists are Hid Yet Dursun, Ali
Yalcin Ergin, and Ali Yalcin, all holding Turkish passports.
Immigration Bureau Commander Pol Lt Gen Nattorn Prohsunthorn revealed that
only Ali Yalcin has two records of entering the kingdom; on 18 March 2016 to
stay for 2 days, and on 24 March 2016 to stay for 4 days, according to the
Immigration Bureau’s databases.
Pol Lt Gen Nattorn added that Ali Yalcin had entered the kingdom as a
tourist, and the visa is not required under the visa exemption agreement
between Thailand and Turkey. However, the names of these alleged extremists
are now on the watch list and the system will notify when they travel to the
kingdom next time.
Meanwhile, Police Chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said the Royal Thai
Police is always on high alert and closely monitoring possible terrorist
activities. The police chief today called a preparatory meeting on terror
attacks responding measures via video conference with police officers
nationwide, also with participation from military officials.
Pattaya welcomes members of South Korean community committee
CHONBURI,(NNT) - Rattanachai Sutthidechanai, president of Pattaya City
Council's Committee on Tourism and Culture, welcomed members of South
Korea's Cheongju community committee who came to observe Pattaya’s community
Rattanachai said that the Koreans' visit to Pattaya's community projects
would benefit both parties, given the opportunity to exchange experiences
and information about the people’s security and quality of life, creating
fairness and equality, promoting the protection of individuals’ rights and
developing human resources as well as promoting public participation and
formulating guidelines for community development.
Moreover, it would be another approach to enhancing relationships and
cooperation between the two countries, he said.
Family Day celebrated in Chachoengsao
CHACHOENGSAO,(NNT) – The Chachoengsao Provincial Administration has recently
held an event to celebrate the Family Day and the Senior Citizens' Day.
Chachoengsao Deputy Governor Paisan Wimonrut presided over the opening
ceremony of the event, during which awards were handed out to three model
The event featured a lecture on the government’s social welfare system for
senior citizens while Chachoengsao’s family assembly and social welfare
assembly also met to discuss how members would benefit from the formation of
the two networks.
The event was also intended to raise awareness about the importance of
family institution and senior citizens' value. It also provided an
opportunity for all to express their opinions and take part in the
development of the family institution and senior citizens at the
Community service sentences up 30 percent from last Songkran period
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Director-General of the Probation Department has
reported that during the Songkran festival, 5,600 individuals were sentenced
to community service, a 30% rise from the same period last year.
Director-General Pol Gen Narat Sawetnarong revealed that the 5,600 cases
consist of 5,228 drunk driving violations, 403 miscellaneous cases and 24
cases of reckless driving. The number is an increase from last year by 1,177
or 30%. For cases of drunk driving that did not result in a traffic
accident, the court will sentence violators to 20 hours of community service
and will have to report themselves to their probation officer four times a
According to new laws, probation officers have been given more autonomy in
prescribing community service work, which also includes assisting in
hospital mortuaries. Pol Gen Narat affirmed that community service in the
morgue does not constitute a violation of human rights, but serves as a firm
The Director-General also revealed that repeat offenders accounted for 5.18%
of all cases this year. He said these individuals will be given harsher
punishments at the discretion of the courts.
New environment-friendly resort opens on Ko Phra Thong
PHANG NGA,(NNT) - Ko Phra Thong in
Phang Nga province suffered severe devastation from the 2004 Tsunami, which
forced its inhabitants to desert the island. Today, the island is being
restored and is opening the Moken Eco Village resort with 10 unique
Each guesthouse covers an area of 20 square meters and an additional
10-square-meter porch. The rooms are furnished with amenities and solar
panels that provide electricity around the clock. The resort gets food from
its own self-sustaining farms, as well as crabs that roam the beaches during
the night. Each guesthouse features a unique theme of Ko Phra Thong that
reflects its history and wildlife.
The resort was designed with environmental conservation in mind, as well as
an emphasis on community. The simple island life will help visitors
appreciate the value of wildlife, while 2% of the resort’s revenue will go
to the education of islanders' children.
Smog in Chiang Mai Province has exceeded normal levels for the 4th consecutive day
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - The smog situation in Chiang Mai Province has exceeded
normal levels for the fourth consecutive day, prompting authorities to
strictly monitor all areas for forest fires and the burning of agricultural
The level of small dust particles in the province has ranged between 159-183
micrograms per cubic meter and is expected to exceed 200 micrograms in the
next few days should no wind or rain occur in the province.
The province reported 115 hotspots in the past 24 hours, including national
parks, state highways and agricultural land. The province has instructed all
districts to strictly crack down on unauthorized crop burning and swiftly
quell any forest fires that occur. Farmers are only allowed to burn crops
during select periods and must erect barriers to prevent the fire from
spreading to forest areas.
Royal Thai Air Force recruits female pilots for the first time
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Royal Thai Air
Force (RTAF) is recruiting female pilots for the first time in its history.
The application period will be held until Sunday.
Ms. Suwattana Chantalert, a 23-year-old Pattani native, was the first
candidate to apply for the position at the RTAF when it began accepting
applications yesterday. Ms. Suwattana, who lost her father to the southern
unrest when she was young, said was she inspired to become a pilot after
joining the RTAF's program ‘Tai Fah Deaw Kan’ 12 years ago.
The program helps orphans in the Deep South like her get an education. After
graduating high school, she pursued a degree in aviation in order to become
According to the RTAF, eligible candidates must be 18 – 28 years old. Those
selected will be required to undergo ground training for three years before
they can start working for the RTAF.
Royal message of condolence sent to Ecuador
BANGKOK, (NNT) - His Majesty the King has sent his condolences to the
President of the Republic of Ecuador, following the devastating earthquakes
that hit the country at the weekend.
The message conveyed Their Majesties the King and Queen’s deep sorrow upon
learning of reports of the destructive earthquake which caused immense loss
of lives, casualties and heavy damage to infrastructure and property in
It extended Their Majesties’ sincere sympathy and condolences to the
Ecuadorian President and to all those who have suffered loss and bereavement
in this natural disaster.
Songkran festival celebration claims 442 lives, 3,656 injuries
Songkran festival holidays from April 11-17 have claimed the lives of 442
revellers and left 3,656 injured.
According to Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda at the press conference
held by the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation today,
a total of 442 people died and 3,656 others injured in nationwide road
accidents during the past seven days of Songkran celebrations from April
Gen Anupong said there were 3,447 road accidents during April 11-17.
The death toll this year is higher than last year in numbers of fatalities
(78), of the injured (97) and of accidents (74).
He said only on April 17 alone, there were 343 road accidents in which 45
people were killed and 385 others injured.
During the seven-day period, Chiang Mai came top with altogether 168 road
accidents and 175 injured while Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima topped the
list with the highest fatality rate, 19 killed each.
Drink driving accounted for most accidents, followed by speeding.
Motorcycles were blamed for most of the accidents followed by pickup trucks.
Embassy assists affected Thais in Japan earthquakes
TOKYO,(NNT) – Thai nationals affected by the earthquakes in Kyushu have
received assistance from Thai authorities and have been escorted to their
arranged accommodation, says an MFA official.
Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of
Information Sek Wannamethee has revealed that officials at the Royal Thai
Embassy in Tokyo and the Royal Thai Consulate in Osaka have visited areas
affected by the earthquake on the island of Kyushu, Japan. All affected Thai
citizens have been safely escorted from the earthquake area.
127 Thai nationals and 68 foreign nationals have been brought to safety by
Thai officials from the city of Yufuin, Kumamoto, and Beppu. The affected
Thai nationals from Yufuin have been delivered to their arranged
accommodation at Global Arena Hotel in Fukuoka, according to the Royal Thai
Embassy in Tokyo’s Facebook page.
For emergency contact, the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo can be reached at the
phone number 81-90-4435-7812 or 81-90-1216-3168.
397 people died in road accidents during April 11-16
A total of 397 people died and 3,271 others injured in nationwide road
accidents during the past six days of Songkran celebrations as of April 11,
according to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit.
He disclosed that there were 3,104 road accidents during April 11-16,
resulting to 397 deaths and 3,271 injured. On April 16 alone, there were 380
road accidents in which 59 people were killed and 380 others injured. Chiang
Mai ranked top with 22 accidents resulting to 22 injured.
During the six-day period, Chiang Mai came top with altogether 158 road
accidents and 166 injured while Nakhon Ratchasima topped the list with the
highest fatality rate, 18 killed.
Speeding accounted for 31.05 percent of all the accidents followed by drink
driving, 28.16 percent. Motorcycles accounted for 80.88 percent of the
accidents followed by pickup trucks, 10.08 percent.
69.21 percent of the accidents occurred on highways of the Department of
Highways and 36.32 percent on rural roads. 49.54 percent of the dead and the
injured were working people.
During the six-day period, officials stopped 654,354 vehicles for checks and
of these, 108,717 drivers were charged with traffic violations, including
cases of 31,016 not wearing crash helmets and 29,840 cases of driving
Mr Arkhom said that the use of personal vehicles had resulted to higher road
accidents this year and drink driving was the main cause of most accidents.
3rd Army Area Commander inspects road accident prevention center in Tak
TAK,(NNT) - Commander of the 3rd Army
Area Command Lt.Somsak Nilbancherdkul on Sunday inspected a special road
accident prevention center in Tak province. All road accident prevention
centers in the province focused on speeding vehicles.
The commander and his entourage gave moral support to military and police
officers, physicians, nurses and volunteers who were working at the center.
He also thanked them for their collaboration to facilitate people who
traveled during the Songkran festival.
There were many services available at the center including information route
guidance, drinking water, coffee and auto inspection.
The commander said there were a lot of vehicles using the roads during the
Songkran holiday period every year, increasing the risk of road accidents.
All road accident prevention centers in Tak had been instructed to be strict
about vehicle inspection and randomly test drivers for alcohol use, said the
Almost 6,000 vehicles impounded during Songkran holidays
BANGKOK,(NNT)-Nearly 6,000 vehicles
have been impounded by authorities after drivers were found drunk driving.
The figure covers the period since the beginning of the Songkran holidays.
According to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Deputy
Spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, traffic authorities worked around
the clock over the weekend to relieve traffic gridlocks and prevent
accidents as holidaymakers continued returning to Bangkok.
Road regulations had been breached at least 200,000 times over the holiday
period. More than 100,000 drivers were prosecuted as a result.
Out of 5,772 vehicles impounded, 4, 353 are motorcycles and the rest are
cars. The NCPO has encouraged those who are still making their way back to
work to be mindful of conditions on the road.
Purple line train to open public trial in May
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Bang Yai - Tao Poon
Purple Rail Line is set for public trial in May, servicing free rides prior
to the official opening date in August with an expected daily service
capacity of 120,000 passengers, according to the government spokesman.
Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has revealed that the Mass
Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) is scheduled to conduct a service
trail of the Purple Line train on the Bang Yai - Tao Poon section by May.
The Purple Line is expected to be ready for full operations in August.
The 90-day trial run will allow operators to get accustomed to the system,
involving normal train operations and emergency situations, as well as full
performance of the system. The general public will be allowed to take the
train for free during parts of the test run, the government spokesman has
The Purple Line train is composed of 16 stations along the 23-kilometer
track, connecting Nonthaburi Province to the existing transportation system.
It is expected that the Purple Line will be able to accommodate up to
120,000 passengers each day during its first year of operations. The fare
along the route is expected to be in the range of 14 baht to 42 baht.
Finance Ministry urges government to mantain 7% VAT for another year
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Ministry of Finance is set to propose to the government to
maintain a 7% value added tax (VAT) as the Thai economy is still recovering.
Permanent Secretary for Finance Somchai Sujjapongse said it was important to
keep the VAT rate at the same level for at least one year despite the
International Monetary Fund’s suggestion to raise the rate.
He said it would only discourage consumers from spending if the VAT rate was
increased. The current rate will expire at the end of September. The
Permanent Secretary stressed that the Thai economy still needed supporting
factors to grow.
The VAT can be slightly adjusted once the economy begins to show signs of
growth. The adjustment, he said, ought to be made gradually instead of
adopting a big percentage leap as it would shock the economy.
Phanom Rung Historical Park filled with tourists during long holiday
BURIRAM,(NNT) – Phanom Rung Historical
Park has seen a very high number of tourists since the start of the Songkran
Festival. The number is expected to topple 50,000 people on the last day of
the long holiday.
Phanom Rung Historical Park is crowded with Thai and foreign tourists
travelling from Lao PDR, China, and western countries. According to park
officials, the park has been visited by at least 10,000 people a day since
the first day of Songkran on April 13th.
Park officials are on a heightened sense of alert to prevent any unexpected
incidents as well as assist tourists in need. At least 60 security personnel
are on standby on a daily basis.
Chief of Phanom Rung Historical Park, Wasan Thepsuriyanon, said the number
of visitors throughout the 5-day period (April 13th – April 17th) could be
as high as 50,000 people.
Phanom Rung Historical Park is one of Thailand's most famous Khmer
architecture sites, aged over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct
volcano, it was originally a Hindu religious site and later became a
Outdoors, summer workers advised to beware of heat stroke
SAMUT PRAKARN,(NNT) – Deputy Samut
Prakarn provincial governor Thanu Boonlert said those who work outdoors in
the heat of the sun for a long time might have high risks of getting heat
He advised that those people take special care of themselves especially
during summer when temperature is usually high. Those with long-term health
problems, in particular, could possibly get a heat stroke, the most serious
form of heat-related illnesses. Heat strokes could possibly be fatal.
People should avoid being at hot spots for an extended period of time. One
is advised to keep himself or herself hydrated or drink at least six glasses
of water every day. Signs of a heat stroke include a fever, thirstiness,
dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
If one experiences a heat stroke, he or she needs to be taken to a cooler
place. His/her face and body should be wiped with a wet towel, followed by a
gentle massage. Call Hotline 1669 if the condition does not improve.
Fire breaks out on Uthai Thani mountain
UTHAI THANI,(NNT) - A fire broke out at
Sakaekrang Mountain in Uthai Thani, posing health risks to nearby
The fire started at the foot of the mountain. The arid condition caused it
to spread rapidly to a bamboo forest. Smokes billowed out of Sakaekrang
Mountain, leading to air pollution and a visibility problem among residents
Uthai Thani Municipality has dispatched firefighting trucks to the scene. It
took firefighters 30 minutes to contain the fire. Officials believe the fire
might have been lit by a cigarette stub.
Car crash in Egypt kills 1 and injures 3 Thai tourists
- One Thai was killed and three others were injured in a car accident in
Egypt on Thursday. The Royal Thai Embassy in Cairo has coordinated
assistance for them.
The embassy on Friday reported that four Thai tourists were involved in the
car accident en route from Luxor to Hurghada . Two of them were slightly
hurt and one was seriously injured. The body of the killed tourist, who was
a Thai man, is now at Safaga Hospital near Hurghada.
The embassy already contacted relatives of the death and collaborated with
the Egyptian authorities to provide assistance for the four tourists.
Tourists flock on Koh Samui island during Songkran holiday
SURAT THANI,(NNT) – A large number of
tourists, Thai and foreign, have visited major attractions on Samui island
off Surat Thani province during the Songkran holiday.
The popular tourist spots included Phra Yai Koh Fan temple, in Bophut county
where the biggest Phraphutthakhodom image in the southern region is
enshrined on top of the hill.
Besides, Thai and foreign tourists joyfully swam in hot weather at famous
Chaweng beach on Samui island. They took photos and ate food with their
family members on the beach. Songkran celebrations on Koh Samui island were
expected to generate a large amount of revenue.
Thailand to take further steps against fishing pirates and slavery
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Thailand has been urged to take further steps to eradicate
fishing pirates and slavery.
Following a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) Executive Director Steve Trent, the
deputy prime minister revealed that both sides had discussed Thailand’s
current efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing,
and the associated human rights abuses and human trafficking in the Thai
He said the government had been encouraged to complete the ratification and
implementation of the Port State Measures Agreement, an international treaty
designed to stop IUU fish entering ports and gaining access to markets.
The foundation also recommended an urgent investment in translation and
language capabilities of Thai officials responsible for investigating labor
abuses, as part of a broader move to a victim-centered approach to these
Four days of Songkran celebrations claim 259 deaths, 2,378 injuries
Nationwide Songkran festival celebration has claimed 259 deaths and 2,378
injuries in a total of 2,216 road mishaps that happened within four days
from April 11-14.
National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) civil affairs spokesman Lt Gen
Thirawat Boonyawat disclosed at a press conference jointly taken part by the
Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation that yesterday
alone, 78 were killed and 601 injured in the road mishaps that were caused
mostly by drink driving.
Only yesterday a total of 555 road accidents occurred, he said.
In all, he said, a total of 259 people have died and 2,378 others injured in
four days of the Songkran festival celebration from April 11-14.
Chiang Mai recorded the highest road mishaps with 100 cases and highest
injuries of 104 people in four days, while Bangkok taking the lead in road
fatalities with 14 deaths.
Major causes of road mishaps were drunk driving and speeding, and motorcycle
is the vehicle that engaged in most fatal accidents.
NCPO deputy spokesman Col Sirichan Ngathong, meanwhile, said 1,492 vehicles
impounded at road-safety checkpoints across the country yesterday as part of
the government’s no drink-driving campaign during the Songkran festival.
She said there were 41,797 traffic violations involving public vehicles and
personal cars yesterday.
Authorities seized 571 driving licenses, impounded 313 cars and public
vehicles and arrested 9,323 people for drunk driving yesterday, she said.
Between April 9 and 14, a total of 3,057 vehicles, including 2,361
motorcycles and 696 cars, have been impounded.
A total of 14,880 driving licenses were seized, 32,400 motorcyclists and
19,916 drivers of public vehicles and private cars arrested during this
period, she added.
Heavy traffic in Bang Saen necessitates one-way roads be mandated
CHONBURI,(NNT) – Throngs of Songkran
revelers have necessitated adjustments to traffic management in Chonburi
province’s Bang Saen district.
Large crowds taking part in water play for Songkran along Bang Saen beach in
Chonburi province have resulted in heavy traffic along the district’s
Sukhumvit Road. Authorities have decided to make the stretch a one-way
street to alleviate the congestion. They have also asked that revelers using
pickup trucks to splash from divert to Khao Lham road instead.
Municipal officials have asked that all travelers to the popular destination
engage in Songkran activities in a polite and appropriate manner, that they
not consume alcohol and avoid conflict with other revelers. Police have
affirmed that any celebrators found in possession of weapons or other
contraband will be apprehended and punished to the extent of the law.
150,000 tons of Thai rice sold to Hong Kong
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of
Commerce has announced success in selling as high as 150,000 tons of rice
during a trip in which it led Thai businessmen to Hong Kong. The trip was
aimed at expanding the market of Thai rice and fruits in Hong Kong.
Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn who led the trip met with her Hong
Kong counterpart to discuss Thailand’s durian exports to Hong Kong. Last
year, more than 50% of Thai durian exports worth six billion baht were to
In the past, Hong Kong found that some Thai durians were coated with
turmeric and contaminated.
The minister said Thailand and Hong Kong agreed to work closely together to
tackle the problem of contaminated Thai durian exports. No turmeric-coated
durians from Thailand were found in markets in Hong Kong during this period,
she said. The minister also warned Thai durian exporters to conform to Hong
Kong’s regulations for fresh fruit and vegetable exports
Rumors of 100 Songkran revelers hospitalized in Silom area dismissed as hoax
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Rumors which had circulated in social media that over 100
Songkran revelers had been hospitalized due to illnesses caused by
unhygienic water were found by the authorities to be merely a hoax.
Deputy Public Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Suwannachai
Watthanayingcharoenchai said today the ministry had made prompt inquiries
into the hearsay that more than 100 Songkran revelers in Silom area had
fallen ill and been rushed to Lerdsin Hospital, King Chulalongkorn Memorial
Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, BNH hospital and Charoenkrungpracharak
hospital. The authorities ultimately found out that such rumors were
entirely groundless as no patients with symptoms allegedly related to
unhygienic water have been reported at any of those hospitals, he said.
The sharing and forwarding of false information via all kinds of media could
possibly be considered an offense. Thus, users are advised to exercise
discretion with any information circulating online.
Public health ministry warns of easily spoiled food in summer
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health warns the public to eat only
freshly cooked food since food spoils easily in hot weather.
Minister of Public Health M.D. Piyaskol Skolsattayathorn suggested food
vendors to fully cook food with heat and wash fruits and vegetables with
clean water many times. Knieves and cutting boards for raw and cooked food
should be separated and the kitchen must be kept clean, said the minister.
As for consumers, the minister suggested that they eat freshly cooked food,
use communal spoons and wash hands often in order to avoid digestive system
diseases such as diarrhea.
From 1 January to 4 April 2016, there were more than 300,000 diarrhea
patients. Two of them died.
10 popular dishes consumers should be extra cautious with include spicy
salads with raw meat, fried rice topped with crab meat, food or desserts
made with fresh coconut milk, salad and ice cubes.