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Police say mobile phones and power bank chargers used to commit arson in South

NNT

Police believe that mobile phones and power bank chargers were used to commit arson in several southern provinces last week.

Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Lt Gen Suchart Theerasawat said his investigating officers believe that a fire, which broke out at a Tesco Lotus supermarket in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, was triggered by a mobile phone and a power bank charger found at the scene.

Police have found similar items at fires in other provinces. The supermarket chain will reopen Tuesday following a restoration process.

A 32-year-old suspect, Sakarin Karuehat, was questioned by Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8 Pol Lt Gen Tesa Siriwatho at the 41st Military Circle in Nakhon Si Thammarat. No details regarding the interrogation have been divulged by the police.

Meanwhile, Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd, has denied that Karuehat is one of its employees, explaining that the suspect had been working for a subcontracted company.

Karuehat, who is originally from Chiang Mai province, was arrested while working on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand. His arrest was assisted by the Department of Mineral Fuels, which used one of its helicopters to transport police officers to the oil rig.
 


Military court rejects bail for 11 alleged charter distorters

Thai PBS

The Chiang Mai military court has rejected bail for the mayor of Chiang Mai provincial administration organization and ten other suspects charged with distributing mails allegedly distorting the content of the draft constitution.

The 11 suspects were brought before the military court in Chiang Mai on Monday after their first detention term expired. Their lawyer, Chamnong Chaimongkol, asked the court for their bail.

The court however turned down the request for bail reasoning that there was no reason to change the previous court order to keep all the 11 suspects in detention.

After the court rejected his request for bail, Chamnong told the media that he would try again to bail his clients on August 26 when the 12-day detention term was due to expire.

The 11 suspects were identified as Boonlert Buranapakorn, mayor of Chiang Mai provincial administration organization (PAO); Tasanee Buranapakorn, vice mayor of Chiang Mai PAO; Pairat Maichompoo, vice mayor of Chiang Mai PAO; Tarntip Buranapakorn, a dentist attached to Chang Puek tambon municipality; Kachane Jiakkachorn, mayor of Chang Puek tambon municipality; Atipong Kammoon, an official attached to Chang Puek tambon municipality; Am-on Dubsoke, an official attached to Chang Puek tambon municipality; Supawadee Ngammuang, a director of Chiang Mai Tassanaporn Company; Kobkarn Sudeeda, an employee of Chiang Mai Tassanaporn Company; Krittikorn Polthaya, an official of Chang Puek tambon municipality; and Netitat Apiratinai, secretary of the mayor of Chang Puek tambon municipality.


Thai economy grows 3.5% in Q2, reports NESDB

NNT

According to a report released by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), the overall economy of Thailand grew 3.5 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

NESDB secretary-general Poramethee Vimolsiri said the agency is confident that the country’s economic expansion will be 3.3 percent at the end 2016, thanks to the continual growth Thailand has enjoyed since the beginning of this year.

The latest report said the second quarter had performed exceptionally well, evidenced by a strong GDP growth of 3.5 percent, representing a 3.2 percent increase compared to the first 3 months.

The main contributor to the expansion, according to the secretary-general, was household spending which grew by 3.8 percent between April and June 2016.

Despite some positive signs, he said private investment underperformed in the second quarter while exports fell by 3.1 percent in the same period, putting this year’s exports at risk of a 1.9 percent contraction.


17 French tourists injured in road accident

Thai PBS

Seventeen French tourists were injured when a tour coach in which they were travelling climbed on a road island and flipped to one side after avoiding crashing into a ten-wheel truck.

The accident took place on the highway in Khao Yoi district of Petchaburi province as the coach of CRV Transport Company was heading toward the Regent hotel in Cha-am district with a group of 30 French tourists and a tour guide from Bangkok.

The coach driver, Chairat Srisilp, told Kha Yoi district police that he was driving on the right side of the traffic lane when out of a sudden the truck which was travelling ahead of his coach on another lane switched to his lane.

He said he instinctively turned the steering wheel to avoid hitting the truck causing his own coach to plough onto the road island and flip to one side.


Search for missing army helicopter resumes Monday

The search for missing army helicopter resumed Monday morning.

Thai PBS

The search for the missing UH-72 A Lakota light utility helicopter with the commander of the Fourth Infantry Division Maj-Gen Nopporn Ruanchan, two pilots and two mechanics, on board continued this morning with 30 teams of soldiers, police, forestry officials, village volunteers, and air force personnel setting off on foot to suspected targets in the densely jungles adjoining Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai provinces.

The search was possible this morning only by foot teams as poor weather still obstructed search by aircraft.

Visibility from aerial search was just 20 metres, thus making it impossible to fly to the suspected targets where the last contact signal was received, said commander of the Third Army Region Lt Gen Somsak Nilbanjerdkul Monday morning.

He said villagers reported sighting the helicopter at 10.30 am yesterday but this has yet to be confirmed again.

Earlier the commander said the helicopter lost contact with flight control at 10.30am Sunday, about 30 minutes after taking off from Pang Ma Pha district of Mae Hong Son.

He said the helicopter was likely to have disappeared in the Doi Inthanon National Park in Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai.

The helicopter was on a mission to Mae Hong Son on Saturday afternoon for a relief operation in Pai and Pang Ma Pha districts which were hit by flash floods.

The incident was immediately reported to the Army commander-in-chief Gen Thirachaibl Narkvanich yesterday, he said.

Lt-Gen Somsak said the UH-72 A Lakota which went missing was among six helicopters put into commission in September last year.

He said it was the only helicopter which was put into commission at the Fourth Infantry Division for use.

The Army ordered six UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters at 2.4 billion baht from the US.


Cleanup launched for flood-hit Pai district as another flood looms

Thai PBS

Both foreign and Thai tourists helped local residents and officials in a big cleanup on Sunday to clear the main road in Pai district of Mae Hong Son of the leftovers from a flash flood which swept through this mountainous tourist attraction on Friday.

Water from the overflowing Pai river has receded to normal leaving behind tonnes of mud and garbage on the road, in houses and resorts which need to be disposed of to return the town to normal business.

Pai chief district officer Thanakrit Chanthachamrassilp mobilized all local administration units in the district as well as troops from the 5th infantry battalion, policemen and local residents to carry out a big cleanup Sunday. Thai and foreign tourists who are still in the district also offered a helping hand.

However, there is widespread concern that flash flood may return for another round because of the heavy rains on the mountains where the Pai, Nam Lang and Nam Khong rivers originate.

Muang district chief officer Pisit Kitboon-anan has instructed all local leaders in the district to warn residents and operators of riverside resorts to be on the alert to brace for more possible floods in the coming days.


Security strengthened at airports and bus terminals

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

NNT

The Transport Minister has asked responsible agencies to step up security measures at airports, bus terminals, and other crowded places following the spate of bombings and arson attacks in tourist hotspots last week.

Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister for Transport, has instructed airports and bus terminals across Thailand to tighten their security measures and increase the number of security personnel on site.

He has also asked members of the public not to panic and to carry on with their lives as usual, assuring them that their lives and property will be safe.

Security units including the police, the military, and tourist police have been deployed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, both inside and outside passenger terminals.  K9 units are also patrolling the compound.

Meanwhile, security measures have been beefed up at Airport Rail Link stations. Bags passing through gates are also being checked.


CNN ranks Bangkok as one of the best cities for street food

 NNT

The government has welcomed CNN’s ranking of Bangkok as one of the world's best cities for street food.

Maj. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha was glad to hear that Bangkok is recognized for its street food by international travelers.

And, with CNN’s finding that places Bangkok at the top of the list of international cities famous for the variety of tasty local cuisine that can be found throughout the day at affordable prices, Maj. Gen. Sunsern said that the PM is urging all vendors to maintain the cleanliness and the quality of their food while complying with the street order policy so that tourists will find it more convenient to enjoy their experience in the Thai capital.

Twenty two other cities also on CNN’s list included Tokyo in Japan, Honolulu of the U.S. and Durban in South Africa.


China’s halt of visa on arrival adds higher cost for travel agents

Thai PBS

Thai travel agents say China's recent suspension of 144 hours visa-free application for security reason will certainly add higher cost for them.

Adith Chairattananon, secretary general of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), admitted that China’s suspension of transit without visas or visa on arrival at Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong since August 7 would certainly affect travel agents in term of higher cost.

The suspension prompts travel agents need to apply for a personal visa which takes four days and an expense of 1,500 baht per person from the earlier 800 baht applied in Hong Kong, he said.

He said this was the first time that China has issued such a measure.

Chairattananon said that travel agents and tour operators have sent an official letter to the Chinese embassy seeking for a meeting with the ambassador for clarification of the situation.


Thailand and Laos maintain bilateral and multilateral cooperation

NNT

Thailand and Laos have committed to maintaining both bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Lao Foreign Affairs Minister Saleumxay Kommasith met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Wednesday at Government House during his official visit to Thailand.

The premier expressed his confidence that the new Lao foreign minister will play an important role in enhancing the dynamics of the relationship between Thailand and Laos.

The Lao foreign minister extended blessings and greetings from Lao Prime Minister Thonglun Sisulid to his Thai counterpart and congratulated him on the results of last Sunday's charter referendum.

Mr. Saleumxay expressed his admiration for the Thai government's policy and confirmed the Lao government’s support for Thai reforms in accordance with the Roadmap.

He said that Thailand's peace and prosperity are critical to promote the Thai-Lao relationship. Thailand and Laos are working closely together to push forward developments in regional connectivity, cross-border tourism, law enforcement, border demarcation, energy, labor as well as science and technology.


Perseid Meteor showers coming on Mother’s Day

NNT

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand has forecast the coming of the Perseid meteor shower on Mother’s Day.

The occurrence will be visible nationwide, and there will also be a new moon on the same day, which is expected to create optimal conditions for observing the meteor shower, also known as "shooting stars", as the new moon will allow for a dimmer night sky, though potential storm clouds could obscure the view in some areas.

Those interested are encouraged to observe the night skies from midnight on August 12th until the early hours of the 13th.

Deputy Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, Dr. Saran Potyachinda, said many meteor showers occur throughout the year, but the Perseid meteor shower is especially noteworthy as it generally occurs annually between August 12th and 13th and its brightness is considered second only to the Leonid meteor shower.

The Perseid meteor shower is very colorful and around 150 falling meteors can be seen per hour, peaking between 2 and 3 a.m.


PM announces the next steps to be taken after the referendum

Thai PBS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha announced on Wednesday that he expected the new election to be held about the end of next year which is still in accordance with the roadmap provided that the country then will be peaceful as it is now.

In a nationwide address after the Election Commission’s release of the official result of the August 7 referendum, the prime minister thanked all parties concerned for making the referendum peaceful and successful. Although the referendum was over, he said his mission and that of the people are not over yet.

He clarified the processes that will be carried out, starting with the amending the provisional clause of the interim charter to accommodate the attached question in the referendum which was endorsed in the referendum and then sent it to the Constitutional Court for a review.

After the promulgation of the new constitution, the top priority of the Constitution Drafting Committee was to draft four charter-related bills which are instrumental for the holding of the election, said the prime minister, adding that it is an uphill and delicate task.

The four organic laws are expected to be promulgated in mid-2017 after which the Election Commission will have to hold an election within 150 days – which is believed to be the end of next year, said the prime minister.

Although the general situation appears peaceful and despite the government’s attempts to bring about peace to the country, the prime minister alleged that there are still ill-intent elements who continue to undermine the country and to incite unrest from abroad.

Touching on reforms about whether they should be undertaken before or after the election, he noted that reforms are a long-term process whose implementation will take a long time. Reforms, he said, must be done in conjunction with other activities.

For the rest of his government’s term in office before the next election, the prime minister vowed to do his best for the benefits of the people and the country.


Pokemon Go game banned from Government House and national parks

Thai PBS

Hunting for Pokemon on the compound of the Government House has been on banned by the police citing security reason.

An order was issued on Tuesday by Pol Col Kiat Karbbua, superintendent of 4th-subdivision of Metropolitan Police, who is in charge of security at the Government House, instructing his men to prohibit government officials, reporters and visitors to the Government House from playing the popular online game in the compound.

The order followed a report that several reporters working at the Government House who have uploaded the Pokemon Go game application in their smart phones found out there were several Pokemons and Pokestops at the Government House.

The order said that the game which requires the players to wander around to look for Pokemon on their smart phones might compromise security at the Government House and would tarnish the image of the government.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, meanwhile, has issued a ban against Pokemon players venturing into restricted areas of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Natural resources and environment permanent secretary Kasemsant Chinnawaso said he had verbally ordered the director-general of national parks, wildlife and plants conservation to instruct all park and wildlife sanctuary chiefs to ban tourists from playing the game in restricted or sensitive areas.

However, players can play the game at service zones only. Violators may face a fine of 500 baht.


PM vows to help northern and NE people despite their rejection of draft charter

Thai PBS
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha thanked the people of the North and the Northeast – whether they accepted or rejected the draft constitution in Sunday’s referendum – and vowed to do his utmost to improve their livelihood and quality of life through long-term development plans.

He also expressed his appreciation for Mr Meechai Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, for crafting a charter which was accepted by the majority of the Thai people as he insisted that neither the government nor the National Council for Peace and Order had interfered with the CDC in its drafting of the charter.

He said that the charter was regarded as “people’s constitution” because it was approved by more than 50 percent of eligible voters which is in accordance with international standard of referendum. He also warned against some elements who still try to distort the fact about the charter claiming that it was a military-mandated charter.

The prime minister said he could not talk much about what’s next to be done after the referendum, pointing out that he was yet to receive from the Election Commission the official result of the referendum which was initially due to be delivered on Tuesday.

However, he promised to announce the next steps to be taken in a nationwide TV broadcast once he has received the official referendum result from the EC expected on Wednesday.

The prime minister brushed aside criticism from foreign media against the referendum, saying that if the majority of the Thai people approved the draft charter in the referendum “then it was OK” and there is no need for him to make any clarification which, he noted, is the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry.

Asked when he will allow political parties to resume political activities, General Prayut said he would have to assess the situation and the roadmap first. Also, he noted that there are at least 10 charter-related laws which are yet to be promulgated before an election can be staged.


Sign of slow economic recovery as sale of pickup trucks increases

Thai PBS

Market share of pickup trucks for the first half of this year increased to 43 percent from 39-40 percent six months earlier indicating gradual economic recovery, especially in the agriculture and transport sectors, resulting in the improvement of the purchasing power of the consumers, said Ms Yukonthorn Visetkosin, managing director of Ford Thailand.

Overall car sale for the first six months numbered 367,481, representing a slight drop of 0.4 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. These are broken down into 128,310 units of passenger cars, a drop of 12.6 percent; 239,171 commercial cars, an increase of 7.6 percent.

Of the 239,171 commercial cars, 192,558 were one-tonne pickup trucks, representing an increase of 12.2 percent.

As far as Ford Thailand is concerned, Ms Yukonthorn said the company’s overall car sale for the first seven months of the year totaled 21,000 units – a big jump of 26 percent from the same period in 2015.

Ford’s market share has increased from 6.6 percent last year to 8.5 percent this year. Over 15,800 pickup trucks were sold, representing 30 percent rise.


Amnesty decree announced for the release of prisoners

Thai PBS

Hundreds of prisoners who have served their jailterms for certain periods of time will be freed under an amnesty Royal Decree which was published in the royal Gazette on Monday.

The amnesty decree was intended to commemorate the 70th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne and the 7th cycle birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen.

Under the procedure, prisoners who are to be freed must meet the set requirements laid down by the corrections department. These include good behavior, totally blind, being disabled, suffering from Aids, mental illness or chronic cancer, having served at least three years behind bars, over 60 years old and etc.

Prisoners on rape and drug trafficking charges will not be eligible to the amnesty.


Thailand is the world’s least miserable economy for 2016

Thai PBS
Thailand is ranked the least miserable country for the second year in a row out of a total of 74 economies surveyed by Bloomberg.

The Misery Index which was computed by adding inflation to the unemployment rate gave Thailand a score of 1.11 percent which is regarded as the best.

This year’s runner-ups are Singapore and Japan which scored 1.40 and 2.70 percent respectively. The UK ranks the 17th least miserable country while the US is ranked the 17th with China being placed on the 23rd spot.

Venezuela is at the other end of the scale scoring 188.2 percent making the country the world’s most miserable place as a result of plunging oil revenues which have led to food and medicine shortages.

Unemployment rate in Thailand was about one percent at the end of June while its consumer price index rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in July compared to 0.4 percent increase in June.

However, Bloomberg noted that it is not all roses for Thailand. Slowing inflation, though welcome for consumers, may signal a less than healthy economy.

Disinflation is a sign that demand for goods and services is insufficient to match supply in the economy.


Spring News fined 50,000 baht for defying NCPO orders

Thai PBS

The broadcasting board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission decided by 4:1 votes on Monday to fine Spring News digital TV station 50,000 baht for defying three NCPO orders.

The board ruled that some of the contents of the Face Time programme which was aired on the night of July 20 are deemed a threat to national security and public good morals and may result in an overthrow of democratic rule.

Moreover, the broadcasting board also issued a warning for Voice TV, saying that the content of the Tonight Thailand programme broadcasted on May 25 last year was deemed a violation of NCPO orders and was not allowed to be aired.

The airing of the programme also went against an agreement between NBTC and Voice TV.


CDC to amend interim charter

Thai PBS

The Constitution Drafting Committee’s next task is to amend the interim constitution to accommodate the attached question in the referendum which will allow senators to join House members in the vote to select the next prime minister, said CDC chairman Meechai Ruchupan on Monday.

The amendment process will take about 30 days after which the amended draft will be sent to the Constitutional Court for interpretation within 30 days, he said, adding that the amendment must stick to the wordings in the referendum ballet sheet and if the CDC has any question about the wordings, it will have to enquire the National Legislative Assembly.

Mr Meechai dismissed concern that the interim charter can be amended in a way to allow the Senate to nominate the next prime minister, saying that this is not possible as the CDC has to strictly stick to the wordings in the attached question in the referendum.

Asked how many times that senators have the right to vote in the selection of the prime minister, the CDC chairman explained there is no limit on how many times provided that the selection is done within five-year period.

Although senators have the right to vote in the selection of the prime minister, Meechai said they cannot perform the duties of House representatives such as to censure the government.

Hence, if the prime minister does not have the support of the majority of the House members, he won’t be able to remain in the office for long, said the CDC chairman.


Man who ripped up referendum ballot sheet faces four charges

Thai PBS

The political activist who deliberately ripped up a referendum ballot sheet at a polling unit in Bang Na district on Sunday was slapped with four charges while his follower who videotaped the incident and posted it in the social media was also charged.

Pol Maj-Gen Somprasong Yemthuamp, commander of the 5th division of metropolitan police bureau, told the media on Monday that the suspect, Piyarat Chongthep, also a Thammasat University student, faces the charges of ripping up a ballot sheet and obstructing voting in the referendum in accordance with the Referendum Act and two additional criminal charges of destroying official document and causing damage to state property.

Piyarat’s follower was also charged with obstructing the referendum, said the police officer.

The two suspects were granted bail by the police because they have not shown any indication that they will run away.

However, he said that it would take about a month to wrap up the case before it could be submitted to the public prosecutor.


100,000 fish freed as tribute to HM the Queen

CHACHOENGSAO,(NNT) – Personnel from both the public and private sectors in Chachoengsao Province have released 100,000 fish as a tribute to HM the Queen.

The release of fish was a joint activity by Exedy Thailand, Bang Khla District and Bang Khla Office of Fisheries. The adding of fish stock to natural sources is one of Exedy Thailand’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Exedy Thailand stressed its determination to ease environmental problems. The company also organizes other conservation activities such as the laying of artificial reefs and mangrove reforestation.

Further activities will also take place throughout the year to celebrate the 84th birthday anniversary of HM the Queen.


EC confident of over 50 percent voter’s turnout

Thai PBS

Election commissioner in charge of elections Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said he was confident that the referendum voter’s turnout was more than 50 percent and higher than the turnout result of the last referendum.

He pointed out that unofficial voter’s turnout in some provinces was higher than the 70 percent he predicted with the turnout in Prachin Buri and Lop Buri being recorded at 88.46 and 89.28 percent respectively.

No matter the final outcome of the vote count, he expected all sides of the political spectrum would accept the referendum result.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha thanked voters for their political awareness to exercise their voting rights in the referendum, said government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, he said the prime minister would accept it and pleaded with all parties concern to accept the decision of the people.

Unofficial referendum result of Thai PBS at about 8 pm shows 61.57 percent of the votes were in favour of the draft charter against 38.43 percent. And 58.29 percent were in favour of senators having the right to vote the next prime minister against 41.71 percent who disagreed.

The regional results are as follows: the North, 57.67 percent accept the draft charter against 42.33 percent; Central region, 69.47 percent for and 30.53 percent against; the Northeast, 48.58 percent for and 51.42 percent against; and the South, 76.65 percent for and 23.35 percent against.

Even before an unofficial result of the referendum was announced, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship announced at a press conference held at its office at about 7 pm that it accepted the result of the referendum.

UDD chairman Jatuporn Promphan told the media, from the very beginning, the UDD was fully aware that it was almost impossible for the draft charter to be defeated in the referendum, yet they would accept the result any way and hoped that Thailand would, from now on, move forward towards true democratic rule.

Jatuporn said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and members of the National Council for Peace and Order might, tonight, feel happy with their victory “it was a victory which they should not take pride in because their rivals stood not a chance of winning”.

Now that the referendum was over, he asked whether the prime minister would still retain the peace-keeping centre which, he said, has been viewed with disdain for harassing those who think differently from the government.

Jatuporn announced that he would keep this pre-referendum promise to not contest the next election if the draft charter is endorsed in the referendum.


Peaceful charter referendum in Ratchaburi

RATCHABURI, (NNT) – The Ratchaburi provincial Election Commission (EC) has reported that the overall charter referendum in the province proceeded peacefully. The local people were reportedly interested in the vote count.

Director of the provincial EC in Ratchaburi Kittiphong Boribun said no electoral fraud was found in all 1,046 polling stations and expected that unofficial results of the referendum would be announced at 8 PM on Sunday.

After the vote was closed at 4 AM, people gradually went to polling stations to monitor the vote count. As many as 740 people from the total 1,111 eligible voters at a polling station in Mueang district cast their votes on Sunday. Another polling station in the same district had 76% voter turnout and five spoiled ballots.


Unofficial results of charter referendum in Prachuap

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN,(NNT) - Prachuap Khiri Khan unofficially announced that 239,154 people or 59.30% of eligible voters in the province voted in the constitutional referendum on Sunday.

There are 403,293 eligible voters in all eight districts in the province.

186,361 voted "Yes" for the charter draft and 38,355 voted "No. " 174,575 agreed with the empowerment of the Senate to choose the prime minister and 43,141 disagreed. There were 6,877 spoiled ballots.

A 76-year-old woman in Mueang district tore her ballot due to misunderstanding. The provincial Election Commission said it would take action against the woman according to election laws.


FAT grants World Cup’s ticket sale right to Thai Ticket Major

Thai PBS

Thai Ticket Major Company was granted the right to sell 2018 World Cup’s tickets for the selection round of the last 12 teams of Asian Zone and for the five home matches of the Thai football team.

The decision to grant the right of selling the tickets to Thai Ticket Major, the first runner-up of the bid for the right, was made by the Football Association of Thailand on Friday after it revoked the right of the winner of the bid, Fort Smart Service Company.

Ticket sale is due to start on Monday and each buyer can buy at most two tickets each and buyers will be required to show their ID cards. Only 5,000 tickets are reserved for 5-match package ticket sale.

Tickets are priced at 600, 500, 400, 300, 200 and 100 baht apiece. A 20 percent discount will be given to fans who buy in a package of five games each at 800 baht.

Advance bookings can be made through all branches of Thak Ticket Major, all Tesco Lotus chain stores and all Major Cineplex and EGV theatres or through the following website: www.thaiticketmajor.com.

The schedules of Thai football matches are as follows: September 6 against Japan; November 15 against Australia; March 23, 2017 against Saudi Arabia; June 13 against UAE and August 31 2017 against Iraq.


Woman injured after a smart phone in her pant accidentally caught fire

Thai PBS

A woman suffered burns when a smart phone accidentally caught fire while it was in one of the pockets of her jean on Friday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Ms Rungrat Thiromsook, 19, who lives in a house in Village 7, Tambon Nong Ngu Louem, Nakhon Pathom’s Muang district.

A worker at a machine shop near Wat Thung Ree, Ms Rungrat later told officials that she was sitting in the shop when the phone in her jean’s pocket vibrated as if a message came. But, she said, she felt it was hot in the pocket and thought about getting the phone out of the pocket.

Then she saw smoke emitting from the pocket but still could not grab the phone as she felt the heat in the pocket became unbearable. So she screamed for help from her co-workers nearby who rushed to her rescue and managed to rip open the pocket, resulting in the burning phone to fall out.

Ms Rungrat was then rushed to Sanam Chan hospital where she was treated for burns on her four right fingers, the left thumb, right side of the stomach and a leg.

Later on, the director of Suphan Buri office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Mr Pongsakorn Kaewchannua visited the victim at her house to make an enquiry.

He said that it was the responsibility of the NBTC to look into the case and to look after the consumer when there was such a case. He added that he would inform the NBTC head office in Bangkok to contact the dealer of the smart phone in question in order to claim compensation for the victim.


Two Dhammakaya monks face arrest for possessing military barbed wire

Thai PBS

Khlong Luang district police have decided to take legal action against two Wat Dhammakaya monks and two lay men for having in their possession military-grade razor-sharp barbed wire which was installed at the temple to prevent officials from the Department of Special Investigation from entering the temple ground a month ago.

Pol Col Khemphat Pothipitak, superintendent of Khlong Luang district police in Pathum Thani, told a press conference on Friday that enquiry officers had issued summonses for the four suspects to acknowledge the charges against them on August 1.

Only two of them, Mr Pichai Laosirimongkol and Mr Wallop Kanhasen, showed up to acknowledge the charges on August 1 but they refused to give any statements to the police.

The two other suspects, Phra Thepyarnmahamunee and Phra Somnoekpiyathammo, are yet to respond to the summonses.

Pol Col Khemphant said that the barbed wire was regarded as military supply and placed under control and it was used to block DSI officials from entering the temple compound.

Another case which is still under investigation concerns the illegal gathering of followers of the temple to obstruct the performance of duty of officials, the colonel said that five suspects had acknowledged the charges of illegal assembly to block officials from doing their job on August 4 but they denied the charges and refused to give any statements to the police.

In this particular case, 19 suspects, including Ms Chirapa Rairod, are wanted by the police.


EC issues warning of “can do” and “cannot do” on referendum day

Thai PBS

Voters are warned not to “selfie” themselves with their smart phones at the polling units when they cast their votes this Sunday because the practice is illegal, said election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn on Friday.

And even if there is no law prohibiting the wearing of shirts with the words “yes” or “no” printed on them, he advised voters not to wear them on the referendum day because, if that provokes a quarrel or an argument, then they may be deemed violating the referendum law.

Mr Somchai also warned Suthep Thuangsuban and Jatuporn Promphan, the two political arch rivals, to refrain from making public statements after 6 pm on Saturday in a way which can be seen as suggesting how the voters should vote in the referendum.

Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Richupan, meanwhile, said he would not regret if the draft charter fails to survive the referendum because he had done his best and it would be the people who decide to accept or to not accept the draft.

He also made clear that he would not get involved in the drafting of another charter if the current draft is rejected.

The CDC chairman also hailed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s announcement to vote for the draft as a “very positive” sign


Vans to be moved out of the Victory Monument on trial basis during Sep 21-28

Thai PBS

Inter-provincial passenger vans which have been parking illegally around the Victory Monument will be temporarily relocated to three selected sites on trial basis during September 21-28, said Colonel Suvit Katesri, chairman of an ad hoc committee tasked with setting a new order for passenger van service.

The three locations which will serve as temporary parking lots for passenger vans are Mor Chit 2 bus terminal, parking lot of BTS elevated train station at Mor Chit and an open space under the expressway belonging to the State Railway of Thailand.

A meeting is scheduled on August 20 between the ad hoc committee and operators of the passenger vans to assess the impacts on traffic in case all the vans at the Victory Monument are to be relocated to the three designated spots.

A space enough to accommodate 400 vans will be reserved at Mor Chit bus terminal for the parking of the vans.

Besides relocating all the vans to the three sites, shuttle bus service will be provided to serve van passengers by taking them to the three different parking lots to catch the vans to their destinations.


Fuel prices down today except E85

Thai PBS
Bangchak and PTT annonced the decrease of fuel prices by 30 satang/litre except E85 effective 5am Friday.
The retail price of oil will be down 30 satang per litre except E85 price will remain unchanged.

The new prices are:

ULG 95 29.66 baht
Gasohol 95 22.55 baht
Gasohol 91 22.28 baht
Gasohol E85 16.49 baht
Diesel 22.79 baht


Activities marking the Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary now begin

Thai PBS
Fit For A Queen' exhibition is now on show at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles as government agencies are now prepared to hold several activities to mark the 84th upcoming birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen on August 12.

The exhibition, featuring the display of the Queen’s stylish attires, hats and shoes she wore during 1960-1967, is a combination of Thai traditional dress and western style embroidery.

The dresses were designed by French couturier Pierre Balmain, who worked for the Queen of Thailand for 22 years.

Although several decades had passed, these royal costumes, hats and shoes are still well-preserved.

One of the attires on display is a dress made of jacquard silk and locally woven fabric with metallic thread, bead, sequin and crystal embroidery which Her Majesty wore during the banquet hosted by the Shah of Iran in Tehran in 1967.

Queen Sirikit’s Museum of Textiles director Ms Piyawara Theerakha Natenoi recalled that it was the Queen’s wish that all royal dresses were made of Thai silk to promote the traditional Thai textiles during state visits to Europe and America with His Majesty the King in 1960.

This was reason that the Queen decided to hire the French couturier Pierre Balmain.

She said the Queen looked graceful in gorgeous traditional Thai silk gowns and smart western clothes every time she made public appearance alongside His Majesty the King during their visits to western countries.

This earned admiration from Washington Post for the Queen’s beauty, intelligence in perfect selection of her dresses.

The Queen was named on the International Best-Dressed Women Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Culture has launched a search for individuals photographed with Her Majesty the Queen to appear at an exhibition to celebrate her 84th birthday anniversary, the NNT reported.

Minister of Culture Weera Rojpojanarat said the ministry will be holding a variety of activities through the month of August to highlight the royal works and artistic excellence of Her Majesty the Queen. A main activity will be the search for 8 individuals seen in photographs with Her Majesty.

Other happenings to mark Her Majesty’s birthday will be a concert and musical play at the Thailand Cultural Center on August 11, an exhibition on traditional palace garb at Bangkok National Museum and forest planting in Ratchaburi province.

Religious ceremonies including alms giving to 185 monks at Sanam Luang will also take place, with the main ceremony to be chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Citizens can find out about all the happenings by calling the ministry’s hotline at 1765.


Crucial meeting scheduled next Tuesday after referendum

Thai PBS
A brain-storming session will be held next Tuesday – two days after the referendum day – by the cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order to discuss the steps to be taken after the outcome of the draft charter referendum this Sunday, said Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngarm on Thursday.

Whether the draft charter will pass the referendum or will be rejected, he maintained that the government proceed with the roadmap earlier announced. Even if the draft fails to go through the referendum, he said that there is no need to start the whole process of rewriting a new charter from scratch but one of the previous charters will be picked, dusted off and promulgated.

In case the draft sails through the referendum and the two accompanied questions are approved, Dr Wisanu explained that the interim charter would be amended and the amended charter would be sent to the Constitutional Court for interpretation.

But if the two questions failed the referendum and the draft was endorsed, the questions would be deleted but certain steps would have to be worked out, he said.

The deputy prime minister, however, urged all parties concerned not to be too worried with the new draft charter, noting that it can always be amended. Citing the US constitution, he said that although a new constitution has never been drafted, the US charter can be amended any time.


Wat Dhammakaya questions DSI’s charge against its financial official

Thai PBS
Wat Dhammakaya on Wednesday questioned the decision of the Department of Special Investigation to charge its financial official, Phra Maha Boonchai Charuthatto, of defying summons for the monk to be questioned.

Phra Sanitwong Wutthiwaso, director for organizational communications of the temple, called a press conference to clarify Phra Maha Boonchai’s failure to respond to the summons and to raise suspicion about the DSI’s action.

DSI issued summons for the monk to show up on July 8 to be questioned as a witness but the latter twice asked for postponement. The DSI then asked the monk again to show up on August 2 but the latter asked to defer the appointment to August 18 claiming that he could not prepare all the relevant documents in time. The DSI rejected and lodged the charge for defying summons with Thung Song Hong police.

Wat Dhammakaya has been cooperative with the DSI in its investigation, citing the case of Phra Thawansak who already reported to the DSI and the acting abbot who agreed to report to the DSI tomorrow.

The temple challenged the DSI’s claim that it had to wrap up the case for submission to the prosecutor within August 11, pointing out that the DSI has made appointments with several other witnesses to testify later this month.

Phra Sanitwong claimed that a monk could not be summonsed in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code and it was the legitimate right of a monk to respond or to not respond to a summons.


Prime Minister says 280 billion baht in loss from the rice scheme is not the final figure

Thai PBS

The 280 billion baht in damage caused by the rice pledging scheme of the Yingluck administration is not the final figure which is bound to increase in the future when reassessment is to be made, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Wednesday.

He clarified that the 280 billion baht figure was an assessment of the damage made two years ago and there are still leftover rice which were bought under the scheme and yet to be sold. The leftover rice stored in warehouses across the country is bound to sustain more damages the longer period they are kept in stockpiles and are not sold, he said.

As far as damage from the rice pledging scheme is concerned, the prime minister said that the matter was referred to the court which will hold the first hearing of the case on Friday. He assured that the judicial process would be transparent and fair to all parties concerned.

The prime minister asked the media not to focus too much on the damage figure, saying that it will be adjusted up if the leftover rice are not sold.

He said the government had wanted to offload the leftover rice estimated at about nine million tonnes but the price was too low and. Hence, they were not sold. He added that the government could not engage in price intervention because this would impact on rice price.

He insisted that someone had to be held accountable for the massive loss caused by the rice pledging scheme.


One killed, five injured in van accident in Rayong

Thai PBS

A tour guide was killed and five other people, including the driver, were injured on Wednesday when a chartered passenger van accidentally skidded out of the road and plunged into a roadside klong in Rayong province.

Five passengers and the driver, 47-year Arkhom Kumkhainam, were in the van which left the Koh Samet pier for Bangkok. As the van was travelling on Route 36 toward Pattaya, it suddenly skidded out of the road and ploughed into an irrigation klong.

Police said that the tour guide, Ms Kanokrat Chaicharoensawat, drowned in the klong before the arrival of rescue workers because she could not free herself from the seat belt.

All the injured were rushed to Rayong provincial hospital for treatment.


BEM chosen to operate Bangsue-Taopoon connection route

Thai PBS

The board of Mass Rapid Transit Authority has agreed to appoint Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM) by special means to operate the connection route between Bangsue station of the underground train and Taopoon station of the Blue Line train.

A contract is expected to be signed in September between BEM and MRTA in order that the former can start installing electric and signal systems between the two stations.

Construction of the Blue Line train project from Hua Lampong to Bang Kae and from Bangsue to Tha Phra is about 80 percent completed and the new train route is expected to be open to public service in 2019.

As for the Sanam Chai station, it was reported that the interior decoration of the station has been designed by Associate Professor Pinyo Suwankhiri, a national artist in visual arts, to feature Thainess and Thai identity.


Her Majesty the Queen’s commemorative banknotes available for exchange

Thai PBS

Members of the public can exchange their existing 500-baht banknotes with the new commemorative banknotes of similar denomination marking the 7th cycle birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen as of August 11 – one day before the birthday.

Altogether 20 million 500-baht banknotes were printed. They can be exchanged at all commercial and state-owned banks and through 10,000 ATMs across the country which bear a sticker with a message that says the machine contains the commemorative banknotes.

The front side of the new banknote features the image of His Majesty the King in full gown of the Maha Chakri dynasty whereas the back side bears the old image of the Royal Family, the Queen’s image as she inspected products from royally-sponsored projects and image of the Queen’s orchid and rose.


Cabinet OKs production of electric cars in Thailand

Thai PBS
The cabinet on Tuesday gave a green light for the production of Thailand’s first battery electric vehicles or electric cars.

Prime Minister’s Office vice minister Kobsak Phutrakul said that three types of BEVs were promoted for production namely electric cars, mini electric cars and electric buses.

He added that the cabinet also instructed Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to accelerate the acquisition of a fleet of 200 electric buses and to set the standard of electric cars as well as the safety standard of recharging stations for BEVs.

Kobsak disclosed that out of a total of 89 million cars in the world in 2014, 1.1 million of them are BEVs and their numbers are rising steadily with 53 percent increase in 2014 alone.

He stressed the need for Thailand to brace itself for the change for the future.

The Board of Investment, the Finance and Industry ministries will jointly set the terms and conditions for the promotion of domestic production BEVs as well as tax incentives for the import of fully-assembled BEVs.

Companies which are interested to seek promotional privileges for the production of BEVs are advised to submit plans which should cover their investment aspect, battery production, engines and electricity controlling system.

Also, the Land Transport Department was told to revise its announcement about the electricity power used to drive the electric cars which was set at 15 kilowatts.

While promoting production of BEVs, the government will continue to promote cars with internal combustion engines particular eco cars and one-tonne pickup trucks which are labelled as product champion of Thai automobile industry.


PM won’t quit if draft charter is rejected but will draft a new charter

Thai PBS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha reiterated on Tuesday that he would not quit his premiership if the draft charter fails to pass the referendum this coming Sunday but a new constitution will be drafted so that there is an election in accordance with the roadmap.

He said that the government would not set up a “war room” to monitor the voting on Sunday but would wait for official reports from relevant officials about the outcome of the referendum.

He disclosed that the cabinet would convene on Tuesday to discuss the next step to be taken after having received the formal result of the referendum. If the draft charter fails to be endorsed by the public in the referendum, he said a new draft would be written so that there will be an election in accordance with the roadmap.

The prime minister made clear that he would not resign nor would he reshuffle his cabinet if the draft charter is rejected.

Asked about his relationship with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan who was suggested by former deputy prime minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul to take over from General Prayut in case the draft charter is rejected, the prime minister said that he had known Gen Prawit for more than 30 years and their relationship remains strong.

“We keep in touch not because of vested interests or because I was the army chief but because we have mutual trust, confidence and respect for each other throughout the past 50 years,” said the prime minister.

“We will never fight with each other no matter someone want to see us quarrel. He (Gen Prawit) is my senior and I am the government leader. I respect him because he is my senior and has more experiences. Whom I should trust more? “


Transport Ministry mulls replacing passenger vans with mini buses

Thai PBS
The Transport Ministry plans to commission the Transport Institute of Chulalongkorn University to study the feasibility of replacing passenger vans with mini buses to cater to the need of passengers travelling from one province to another.

The move follows an instruction from the National Council for Peace and Order for relevant agencies to study the possibility to use mini buses to replace passenger vans which are regarded as unsafe.

Transport deputy permanent secretary Daroon Saengchai said that, previously, mini buses were used to service passengers on inter-provincial routes and it was proven that they are safer than passenger vans if the vehicles are not modified and not overloaded with passengers beyond the limits.

Land Transport deputy director-general Chiroot Visarnchit, meanwhile, said that, initially while the feasibility study is not yet completed, some mini buses with 18-20 seats would be introduced for trial run on certain routes between Bangkok and some provinces.


Traffic police officer admired for issuing traffic ticket to national police chief’s son

Thai PBS
The Royal Thai Police yesterday admired a traffic police officer for issuing a traffic ticket to the youngest son of the national police chief after he drove his car into the bus lane.

His father, the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, later came to the police station and paid the fine for his son.

Admiration of Pol Senior Sergeant Major Somboon Kruethi, chief of the Phyathai police station’s traffic unit, was disclosed by deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Pol Col Krisana Patanacharoen at yesterday’s press conference following a news report that the traffic officer issued traffic ticket to the national police chief’s son, Chaitat or “Hand” Chaijinda after he drove into the bus lane.

The deputy spokesman said the incident happened on July 27 when Mr Chaitat drove along the inbound traffic lane on New Phetburi road on the way to Pratunam.

He said this four-lane traffic road was arranged for three outbound traffic and one inbound traffic for bus.

However Mr Chaitat drove into Pratunam using the inbound traffic lane arranged only for bus.

He was stopped by the officer and received a traffic ticket to pay fine at the Phyathai police station, the spokesman said.

He said after the national police chief learned of the incident, he went there and paid the 300- baht fine for his son.

Pol Col Krisana said this was a normal traffic case and served as a good precedent for all drivers that they must observe the law.

He admired the traffic officer for treating all traffic cases equally with no double standard even though the traffic violator is the son of the national police chief.

Besides, he said the driver also did not expose or show he is the son of the national police chief, he said.

He then told all police to enforce the law strictly with no discrimination.

The national police chief always liked to drive in his private car by himself alone without police escorts during holidays, he said.


First locally assembled compact electric car at 300,000 baht to be available end of this year

Thai PBS

Thai people may have a chance to experience the first locally assembled electric vehicle (EV) car when FOMM Corporation said it expected to produce and market the world's first four-seated EV car at 300,000 baht in the country at end of this year.

FOMM Corporation, a Japanese company involved in development of EV cars, is working closely with the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology of Thammasat University (SIIT) to conduct research on compact EV cars in Thailand.

At present the Department of Land Transport is amending the law that will allow compact EV car with engine power lower than 15 kilowatts to be registered.

The Department of Industry Promotion’s industrial development director Mr Pitoon Pholpanichrasmee said by either the end of this year or early next year, the first compact EV car will be available and in use in Thailand.

But for battery cloud for EV cars, it still needs to develop for faster charging from the present 6-8 hours to half an hour, he said.

He said Nissan has introduced “Leaf” model, a 100? EV car, in the Thai market but its price has not yet been concluded adding however it is affordable price.

Most car companies are awaiting government’s policy on import tax before importing them to the Thai market for use at affordable prices, he said.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Organization’s pilot project for running 200 EV buses end of this year is also awaiting the meeting of the Energy Policy Supervision Committee next week or mid next month to fix electricity charging rate for vehicles.

According to The Nation, FOMM and SIIT have recently signed MOU to conduct joint research for one year evaluating electric vehicles.

The other is between FOMM and Bangchak to undertake a study on implementation of a “battery cloud” system for FOMM compact vehicles by utilising Bangchak’s service stations.

The main purposes of this collaboration are the development of EV efficiency, driving convenience, basic infrastructure, and a future Thai EV industry.

In addition, Bangchak will participate in a feasibility study on a “battery cloud” system and general maintenance services at its service-station network.

Under FOMM’s “battery cloud” concept, batteries for its EVs can be charged at home or be replaced at service stations.

A fully charged battery can run the EV for up to 100 kilometres. The batteries are designed to allow smartphones monitor the remaining power


Famous Ang Sila fish market shut down for safety reason

Thai PBS

The famous fresh fish market at Ang Sila pier in Bang Saen district of Chonburi province was shut down by local government authorities early this morning with reason that it is unsafe.

The shutdown of this old or over 50 years old fresh fish market on the pier in Ang Sila was conducted by authorities from the Fish Marketing Organisation (FMO), Bang Saen district, and the Royal Thai Navy in a quiet predawn raid.

Authorities blocked the entrance to the pier where over 200 fish vendors erected stalls along the narrow concrete bridge with traffic barriers and prohibited any entry to the pier.

The shutdown of the famous fresh fish market drew strong opposition from hundreds of fish vendors who gathered at the pier and called for relaxation.

But the FMO director Mr Manop Kanchanaburangkul explained that the closure of the pier was mainly based on safety reason because the pier was built over 50 years ago and it was time for repairs particularly its basement structure which was eroded and badly damaged.

He said if nothing was done to repair the structure, it could collapse and hurt vendors as well as tourists.

He said a budget of 186 million baht has been set aside for the repair which will take one to two years.

After the repair, the FMO will grant concession to new operator to run the pier in a auction to find a new investor.

The FMO will also become a co-investor, he said.

But fish vendors said they wanted the FMO to allow them selling at the pier for another six months reasoning by that time a new fish market on the beach built by Ang Sila Municipality will be finished.

However this was rejected by the director who said he was sympathetic with the vendors who have stocked their seafood for sales.

But he said he would allow them to sell at the pier until only August 6 and by midnight of August 7, the pier would closed definitely.

He said authorities will begin dismantling makeshift stalls of the vendors on the pier and they all will be arranged to sell at an adjacent car park area in Ang Sila instead on a temporary basis.


Yingluck and Boonsong are liable for 300 billion baht in loss from rice scheme

Thai PBS

The government may sue former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and associates demanding over 300 billion baht in compensation for the hefty losses from her government’s rice pledging scheme.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Panadda Diskul said Monday that he had already received the latest report of the losses from the controversial rice scheme from Mr Chirachai Moonthongroi, deputy permanent secretary for PM’s Office and head of the fact-finding committee to determine the civil liability from the rice scheme.

As far as Ms Yingluck was concerned, M.L. Panadda said the former prime minister’s share of liability for the loss in the rice scheme was estimated at 286,639 million baht whereas Mr Boonsong’s share for the loss was estimated at 18,743 million baht.

The Yingluck government bought altogether 13.53 million tonnes of rice from farmers under the rice pledging scheme but managed to export only about one million tonnes, leaving behind the rest rotting in warehouses across the country, said the PM’s Office minister.

He insisted that all the officials who had been investigating the loss from the rice scheme were not biased against the former prime minister and her associates and did their job in a straightforward manner. He said he would report the findings to the Rice Policy Committee on Wednesday.

Asked whether the 300 billion baht estimated loss would be rechecked and reassessed, Panadda said that the figures had been perused carefully. He added that the case should serve a valuable lesson for bureaucrats to perform their duties honestly.


Her Majesty the Queen at Chulalongkorn hospital

Thai PBS

Her Majesty the Queen’s health condition has improved satisfactorily after she was admitted into Chulalongkorn hospital since July 24 for treatment of minor lung inflammation and blood infection, said the Bureau of the Royal Household on Saturday.

According to the bureau’s statement, a team of doctors who have been treating Her Majesty the Queen reported that, on July 22, Her Majesty the Queen had fever and coughed frequently. X-ray showed that she suffered from minor lung inflammation and blood test showed infection so doctors administered anti-biotic medication.

On July 24, however, the doctors advised that Her Majesty the Queen should be admitted into Chulalongkorn hospital for follow-up lung examination.

The statement said that the treatment was satisfactory as Her Majesty the Queen had no fever and her coughing had subsided. However, the doctors recommended that she stays on at Chulalongkorn hospital for another period of time before returning to Siriraj hospital.


MERS case reported at Bamrasnaradul hospital

Thai PBS

A Middle Easterner who has been treated at Bamrasnaradul hospital has been diagnosed of being infected with MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), said Dr Amnuay Kajina, director-general of Diseases Control Department, on Saturday.

No details about the patient were given however but only the fact that laboratory tests showed that the patient was infected with MERS and that the patient is still being treated at the hospital.

According to Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2523, the Ministry of Public Health must be notified by the hospital if there is a MERS case.

Dr Amnuay, however, said that this was not the first MERS case as Thailand had take care of several MERS cases before.


Democrats cry foul against EC for barring politicians to join public debates

Thai PBS

Two former Democrat MPs slammed the Election Commission for blocking politicians from participating in public debates on draft constitution staged in all provinces since July 29.

Democrat deputy party leader Nipit Intharasombat said he disagreed with the negative attitude towards politicians of the provincial election commissions in each respective province which have deleted the names of all politicians from the lists of panelists.

He pointed out that the barring of politicians to speak in the public debates will render the draft constitution lacking in legitimacy.

Meanwhile, Democrat deputy secretary-general Sathit Pitudecha said that the Election Commission’s negative attitude toward politicians in general was another indication that the upcoming referendum is unnatural because it does not allow all stakeholders an equal opportunity to express their opinions on the draft charter.

“This shows that the proponents of the draft are taking advantage of the opponents because the former can send educators to explain about the merits of the draft whereas those who disagree are gagged,” said Mr Sathit.

Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, in the meantime, reiterated the public debates which were launched on July 29 and to end on August 4 are open to all stakeholders.

In Phrae province, many complaints were lodged against the provincial election commission by people who wanted to join the debates but were barred by the commission because they were not invited.


Pediatrician raises concerns over early puberty

BANGKOK,(NNT) - A pediatrician has warned that children aged 8 - 9 years have the risk of developing precocious puberty and suggested that parents keep a close eye on their child to see if he/she shows signs of the condition.

M.D. Piyarat Lertbannaphong, a pediatrician at Samitivej Hospital on Sunday spoke about precocious puberty, saying that it could affect children physically, psychologically and mentally. Precocious puberty increases the risk to sexual assault, teenage pregnancy or cancer caused by sex hormones. There are many factors for precocious puberty including genetic causes, food, hormones from food products; drugs and cosmetics as well as some diseases such as brain or ovarian tumors. In some cases, no abnormal signs are detected.

M.D. Piyarat added that parents could determine if their 8 - 9 years old child was developing early puberty by seeing if he/she showed signs such as breast development, rapid height growth, mature body odor, facial hair development and voice deepening. She therefore suggested that parents with a precocious child seek advice from a pediatrician to find treatment.
 


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Police say mobile phones and power bank chargers used to commit arson in South

Military court rejects bail for 11 alleged charter distorters

Thai economy grows 3.5% in Q2, reports NESDB

17 French tourists injured in road accident


Search for missing army helicopter resumes Monday

Cleanup launched for flood-hit Pai district as another flood looms

Security strengthened at airports and bus terminals

CNN ranks Bangkok as one of the best cities for street food


China’s halt of visa on arrival adds higher cost for travel agents

Thailand and Laos maintain bilateral and multilateral cooperation

Perseid Meteor showers coming on Mother’s Day

PM announces the next steps to be taken after the referendum


Pokemon Go game banned from Government House and national parks

PM vows to help northern and NE people despite their rejection of draft charter

Sign of slow economic recovery as sale of pickup trucks increases

Amnesty decree announced for the release of prisoners


Thailand is the world’s least miserable economy for 2016

Spring News fined 50,000 baht for defying NCPO orders

CDC to amend interim charter

Man who ripped up referendum ballot sheet faces four charges


100,000 fish freed as tribute to HM the Queen

EC confident of over 50 percent voter’s turnout

Peaceful charter referendum in Ratchaburi

Unofficial results of charter referendum in Prachuap


FAT grants World Cup’s ticket sale right to Thai Ticket Major

Woman injured after a smart phone in her pant accidentally caught fire

Two Dhammakaya monks face arrest for possessing military barbed wire

EC issues warning of “can do” and “cannot do” on referendum day


Vans to be moved out of the Victory Monument on trial basis during Sep 21-28

Fuel prices down today except E85

Activities marking the Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary now begin

Crucial meeting scheduled next Tuesday after referendum


Wat Dhammakaya questions DSI’s charge against its financial official

Prime Minister says 280 billion baht in loss from the rice scheme is not the final figure

One killed, five injured in van accident in Rayong

BEM chosen to operate Bangsue-Taopoon connection route


Her Majesty the Queen’s commemorative banknotes available for exchange

Cabinet OKs production of electric cars in Thailand

PM won’t quit if draft charter is rejected but will draft a new charter

Transport Ministry mulls replacing passenger vans with mini buses


Traffic police officer admired for issuing traffic ticket to national police chief’s son

First locally assembled compact electric car at 300,000 baht to be available end of this year

Famous Ang Sila fish market shut down for safety reason

Yingluck and Boonsong are liable for 300 billion baht in loss from rice scheme


Her Majesty the Queen at Chulalongkorn hospital

MERS case reported at Bamrasnaradul hospital

Democrats cry foul against EC for barring politicians to join public debates

Pediatrician raises concerns over early puberty

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