Funding approved for land compensation payments under dual-track rail project
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The cabinet has approved
funding for compensation payments for land purchases under the Eastern
Line dual-track railway project.
Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said today the cabinet
had approved compensation payments for the purchase of land under the
State Railway of Thailand's construction of the Eastern Line dual-track
railway along the Chachoengsao - Khlong Sib Kao - Kaeng Khoi route.
A sum of 128 million baht in funding was originally earmarked for the
payment of land costs and the relocation of buildings as part of the
11.35 billion baht budget for the entire project. However, the amount
has been increased to 372 million baht, according to a new calculation,
for use during 2016-2019.
The increase in the compensation payments will not affect the overall
project as the money allocated for the hiring of a consultant firm has
decreased to 414 million baht with the difference being reallocated for
land resumption financial compensation.
Security guards join in workshop aimed to boost tourist safety
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Tourist Police Division has provided one-day
training for security guards, hoping to enable them to better prevent crimes
and ensure higher safety for tourists.
Tourist Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Prasert Ngernyuang presided over the
launch of the security workshop, which was held particularly for security
guards employed by private businesses. With a goal of increasing foreign
visitors’ confidence in their safety, the workshop involved more than 200
security guards from leading tourist attractions, such as Asiatique The
Riverfront, Siam Square and MBK Shopping Center, as well as BTS and MRT
Pol Maj Gen Prasert pointed out that the workshop underscored the importance
of observation and memorization skills, which could allow the trainees to
identify suspected criminals, issue warnings to public members and conduct
searches on the suspects in a timely fashion. The participating security
guards were also informed of common ploys used by criminals to defraud
The training, which took place for one day, is expected to help maintain a
good image for Thai tourism in line with the government’s tourism promotion
Customs Department to amend regulations on imported super cars
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Customs
Department has stepped up its effort to amend laws pertaining to the import
of high end automobiles as well as the submission of information on 200 cars
found to have evaded taxes to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
The Customs Department is assembling information on 200 cars found to have
either circumvented import duties or paid an insufficient amount for
submission to the DSI so that it can press them to pay off the owed sums.
Director-General of the Customs Department Kulis Sombatsiri said evidence is
available to affirm that almost all of the 200 cars avoided taxes when being
brought into Thailand.
He also let on that the department is drafting new regulations on high end
cars with the intent to bring laws more in line with present circumstances.
One of the changes to be implemented is the requirement of a certified price
evaluation to protect against importers paying too low a tax.
Preparations under way for rainstorms in monsoon season
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to closely monitor for rainstorms
in the upcoming monsoon season and to get prepared in advance in bid to
Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the premier had been
reported of the latest flood situation which still persists in eight
provinces, namely Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Nakhon Panom, Roi-et, Yasothorn,
Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Khai, and Ayutthaya. The situation in these provinces
is expected to return to normal in a week, should there be no additional
"The Prime Minister has given high priority on the prevention and mitigation
of damages caused by flooding, especially during monsoon season where
preparations have to be made. Even though the situation will not become as
severe as the major flooding in 2011, but the overall situation should not
be ignored, especially in areas where flooding has recurred. Related
agencies are instructed to closely monitor the situation and take
preparations during September-October 2017."
The premier urged the related agencies to timely notify the general public
and efficiently communicate with them, as well as to come up with mitigation
plans for important locations such as hospitals, airports, and economic
The government previously exercised Article 44 to get the National Water
Resources Bureau under the supervision of the Prime Minister to improve the
efficiency of water management.
No-interest loan offered to flood-affected SMEs
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Office of
SME Promotion will assist the flood-affected SMEs by providing 200,000- to
one-million-baht loans to each of them. The office’s staff will travel to
Sakon Nakhon to receive loan requests from 15-19 August 2017.
Office of SME Promotion Director Salinee Wangtan said small entrepreneurs
and community enterprises affected by the floods will be entitled to loans
of up to 200,000 baht each without interest and collateral. SMEs affected by
the floods will be entitled to loans of up to one million baht without
interest so that they will use the loans as revolving funds and to repair
Apart from the loans, the Office of SME Promotion will contact SMEs in the
provinces outside of the flooded areas to sell their products, particularly
household goods, at special prices in order to help the flood-affected
Holiday-makers flocking back to Bangkok after long weekend
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Holiday-makers have been making their way back to
Bangkok as the long weekend comes to an end.
The Mochit bus terminal was particularly crowded throughout Monday after
those who earlier left the city for a short vacation started coming back to
Reporters said that buses have been more popular than usual during this past
long weekend but the operators of the terminal remain confident that
services provided by both The Transport Company and other operators would be
sufficient to bring everyone back in time.
They added that extra buses have also been prepared just in case there's
more demand than expected, while more staff members have been directed to
make sure all drivers are in good physical condition to do their job.
Meanwhile, at Hua Lamphong Train Station, travelers have continued to arrive
in Bangkok as officers stood by ready to make sure their journeys are smooth
amidst tight security inside the station.
Jet crash in Rayong leaves 2 injured
RAYONG,(NNT) - A jet plane has
crashed during a test flight in Rayong, leaving two people injured.
The two-seater aircraft, which had recently undergone maintenance, collided
with a tree in a rubber plantation near the airport as its pilot was
preparing to land.
A flight instructor and a mechanic were seriously injured. Both have been
hospitalized. Officials are carrying out a probe into the cause of the
GHB tests new hardware system
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Government Housing Bank (GHB) is testing a new
hardware system to increase the efficiency of its services. The system will
be used with its braches in department stores for the first time starting
GHB Managing Director Chatchai Sirilai on Sunday tried the bank's
over-the-counter transaction service at the GHB's head office.
The bank said the new hardware system will link the customers' data from
each GHB branch nationwide with more stability and speed. The system can
shorten the bank's service time by five times.
Apart from the branches at department stores, other GHB branches and ATMs
will start to use the new system on 15 August.
The managing director added that in the future the new hardware system will
connect with an electronic banking system that the bank is urgently
MSDHS stresses anti human trafficking commitments
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security
(MSDHS) has elaborated the government's plan on eliminating human
trafficking activities, reassuring the government's commitment to comply
with suggestions made in the latest TIP report from the United States (US).
MSDHS Spokesman Narong Kongkam has made a statement stressing the
government's commitment to tackling human trafficking issues, stating that
the Prime Minister has urged all related agencies to step up operations in
order to yield a concrete outcome and to address the 11 points suggested in
the the US Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report this
All related agencies are instructed to pursue their operations and to
conclude all remaining tasks by the end of this year.
The MSDHS spokesman has emphasized the issue of migrant workers from
neighboring countries flowing into Thailand, as this group is at risk of
becoming victims to human trafficking. Thailand has endorsed the conventions
to eliminate human trafficking with countries in the Mekong region, and
ratified the ASEAN convention on the suppression of human trafficking,
particularly among children and women, which have led to actual operations
to suppress human trafficking and protect the victims according to human
Eight shelters have been established in Thailand to take care of trafficking
victims. The MSDHS is also working to produce an in-flight video promoting
cultural tourism among tourists to reduce the number of people visiting
Thailand with the purpose of sex tourism.
Thailand is working with Laos and Cambodia to establish helping centers for
trafficking victims and risk groups, which will provide occupational
training so that migrant workers will have opportunities to develop
Thai authorities and the MSDHS are working to protect children from crimes
which include cyber-crimes. The government has established the Thailand
Internet Crimes Against Children (TICAC) center in cooperation with the US
FBI and Homeland Security Institute (HSI) to address crimes involving
children. The TICAC has so far processed 25 cases, most of which are child
pornography, followed by sexual exploitation of children, and human
Three Child Advocacy Center (ACT) have been established in Chiang Mai,
Chonburi, and Phuket to provide shelter and help child victims. The ACT and
TICAC will also work closely with the Department of Special Investigation
(DSI) to investigate cases involving children and provide help to the
Update August 11 - 13, 2017
Khao Kheow Open Zoo unveils Forest of Asia
CHONBURI,(NNT) - Khao Kheow Open
Zoo has unveiled a new display zone called Forest of Asia.
In his opening speech, Director of the Thailand Zoological Park Organization
Benchapol Nakprasert, mentioned the role of Khao Kheow Open Zoo as a model
of zoological management and said that Forest of Asia was expected to raise
public awareness of the importance of wildlife and forest conservation.
The new display zone offers visitors the opportunity to get a close look at
rare wild animals such as Himalayan marten, black giant squirrel,
grey-shanked douc, Siamese fireback and false gharial.
Forest of Asia also boasts an exhibition area educating the general public
on the wildlife and forests of Thailand and Asia.
Aid continues for flood hit citizens
UBON RATCHATHANI,(NNT) – Various agencies have continued to collect
and hand out aid for flood victims in the northeast.
Ubon Ratchathani Governor Somsak Jungtrakul received a donation of drinking
water from private companies to be passed on to those in need in both the
province’s Muang district and Warinchamrap district.
Muang Khon Kaen District Chief Chatchai Uncharoen led his agents in
distributing 100 survival bags to flood sufferers in tree sub-districts.
At Wat Sonthikornpracharam of Petchabun province, a caravan of aid items was
launched to assist those contending with high waters in Sakon Nakhon
province. The caravan of vehicles is carrying up to 18 tons of sticky rice,
eggs, canned fish and instant noodles as well as drinking water.
Prime Minister’s Office Minister Omsin Chivapruek has continued to represent
the government in receiving donations for flood victims, most recently
accepting 51,900 baht collected by students of Hua Hin School who held a
music charity activity to raise funds.
Minister of the Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda explained that as flooding has
yet to subside in all areas, relief efforts have been impeded, and that some
families that have requested reparational aid must wait for evaluations to
US Embassy releases statement of condolence over 2 Thai students who perished in California
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Embassy of
the United States of America in Thailand has issued a statement of
condolence over 2 Thai students who perished in a road accident and made
known visas have been issued to their families so that they may travel to
On a statement posted to its website, the US Embassy assured it is closely
following the situation involving the 2 students and was deeply sorrowed
over their tragic accident. The office has issued visas to family members of
both the students so that they may observe salvage efforts first hand in
Ekachai Taidecha, uncle to Phakaphol Chairattanasongporn, one of the two
casualties, has submitted requests for additional visas for Thai rescuers
who the families have hope will help with the salvaging of their vehicle.
Ekachai said he has confidence in Thai rescuers, adding that a Thai rescue
team was able to retrieve a bus which plunged off a cliff in Uttaradit
province in 6 hours. He said he wants to see the bodies of the two students
retrieved as soon as possible.
The two students drove off a cliff in Keys Canyon in the US state of
California on July 26. The recovery has been delayed due to the inaccessible
geography and the weather conditions.
Reformed Bangkok bus lines to be trialed starting August 15th
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Bangkok buses will be trialing 8 new routes under a
new zoning system starting this August 15.
Department of Land Transport (DLT) Director-General Sanit Phromwong said
that to reform bus lines of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) for
greater efficiency and service, the capital’s 8 zones are being collapsed
into 4 zones divided by color and signified by an English letter. The zones
are G for Green, R for Red, Y for Yellow and B for Blue.
Eight of the routes in the new zones will be trialed starting August 15;
they include G21 from Rangsit to Rama 5 Pier and R41 from Thanon Tok to
Buses running the routes will be subject to the same fares currently used
across Bangkok but will feature clear signs to indicate they are running the
new lines. An evaluation including a collection of feedback from the public
will be carried out during the trial with improvements to be implemented
within the next 2 years.
DLT is also looking to reform 2 more lines.
10th Ganesha Festival to be held in Bangkok
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Vishwa Hindu Parishad or VHP Association and its
partners will be hosting the 10th Ganesha Chaturthi Festival from 2-3
September 2017 at Pathumwan National Stadium (BTS Station) to commemorate
the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the deity widely revered as the remover of
obstacles and the god of beginnings.
The event will celebrate the annual Ganesha Chaturthi festival and promote
the 70th anniversary of historical, social and cultural relations between
India and Thailand. The event this year will be organized as a tribute to
His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and in honor of His Majesty the
The VHP Association has also cooperated with its partners to organize eight
parallel events at other locations. The 10th Ganesha Chaturthi Festival will
be sponsored by the VHP Association and both Indian and Thai communities. It
is estimated that there will be about 5,000 people attending the event in
the heart of Bangkok.
The Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is also celebrated in Nepal and countries
with a Hindu population including Trinidad, Suriname, Fiji, Mauritius,
United States, and European countries.
Thais urged to maintain late King’s legacy of natural resource preservation
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation
has called on Thai people to help preserve the country’s natural resources
in line with the royal initiative of His Majesty the late King Rama IX.
During the 15th annual conference of the Medical Service Department of the
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Secretary-General of the Chaipattana
Foundation Dr Sumet Tantivejkul gave a keynote address under the title “The
Future of Thailand through the Eyes of King Rama IX”.
Dr Sumet pointed out that His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
observed and studied nature by himself and kindly passed on what he learnt
to his subordinates. He would always make sure that his people were informed
of and understood all his royal initiatives and undertakings, especially
those concerning environmental conservation, hoping they would be able to
carry on his works through future generations for national benefits.
According to the Chaipattana Foundation Secretary-General, the world
population is on a rapid increase, whereas habitable areas are on the
decline due to natural disasters and human destruction. Should natural
resources run out, he said the world would come to an end. In this regard,
he encouraged the Thai people to continue to uphold the late King’s legacy
of sustaining natural resources and the environment for their survival.
Celebration of HM Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday anniversary on 12 August 2017
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The government has planned ceremonial proceedings and
celebrations to mark Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday anniversary
on 12 August 2017.
The government, government and private agencies and royal units will
organize three major activities to honor and bless Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit, on the occasion of Her Majesty's birthday anniversary on 12 August
2017. The ceremonies and celebrations are as follows:
1. The alms-offering ceremony in tribute to His late Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej and to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her 85th
birthday anniversary on 12 August 2017. A total of 851 monks and novices
will receive alms at 7.00 a.m. at Dusit Palace Royal Plaza. The schedule is
summarized as follows:
2. The ceremony for offering the royal offerings to Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit after the alms-offering ceremony at the central stage, Dusit Palace
Royal Plaza. The government and private agencies and the general public are
invited to attend the ceremony.
3. The candle-lighting ceremony to bless Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the
occasion of her birthday anniversary, concerts and Thai traditional royal
costume fashion show in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on Saturday, 12
August 2017 at 19.29 a.m., central stage, Dusit Palace Royal Plaza.
The Prime Minister will participate in the candle-lighting ceremony to bless
Her Majesty the Queen, deliver a message of blessing for Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit on behalf of all Thai people. The premier will then watch the
concerts and the Thai traditional royal costume fashion show performances.
The National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, THAI GLOBAL NETWORK TV, NBT
WORLD and Radio Thailand will be broadcasting the candle-lighting ceremony
from 7.00 p.m. onwards.
To participate in the aforementioned activities on the occasion of Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday anniversary, the government advises the
general public to wear Thai cloth or Thai silk and to dress in light-colored
The Government has encouraged members of the public and private agencies to
decorate their houses and offices with royal flags and Her Majesty the
Queen’s images during 7-14 August 2017.
New campaign to regain passenger confidence in taxis
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Prawet Police Station in Bangkok has organized a
campaign to boost passenger confidence in public taxis.
The campaign provided training to taxi drivers and installed CCTV cameras in
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol. Lt. Gen. Sanit
Mahathavorn chaired the opening ceremony of the campaign, which is being
sponsored by various governmental units, Seacon Square shopping center, and
Bangkok Taxi Co-operatives.
The officials handed out certificates to about 100 participants in the
program. The certificate recipients are expected to use their training to
serve as the extra eyes and ears of the police and provide additional aids
in preventing crime on the road.
The campaign, the third of its kind, has installed CCTV cameras on 450 taxis
so far, including 100 cabs this year.
The metropolitan police chief urged all taxi drivers to follow the code of
conduct for public transportation, such as refraining from abandoning
passengers, from using coarse language, and from refusing passengers.
Private sector believes China's One Belt One Road will benefit Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The
Thailand-China Business Council has expressed confidence that the Eastern
Economic Corridor (EEC) and China's One Belt One Road strategy will
contribute to no less than 0.5% economic growth in Thailand.
Chairman of the Thailand-China Business Council Wikrom Kromdit said China's
One Belt One Road, which starts from the souther part of China to Vietnam,
Lao and Thailand, will be an important route used by Chuna to the Indian
Ocean. Thailand will be directly benefited from the route by connecting with
China whose 4-trillion-USD trade value is currently the highest in the
world, said Mr. Wikrom.
One Belt One Road will also benefit Thailand's investment and tourism, said
the chairman. He was therefore confident that when One Belt One Road is
connected with the EEC, the Thai economy will expand by more than 0.5%
Meanwhile, Honorary Chairman of the Thailand-China Business Council
Thanakorn Seraburi said he believe that Thailand is a focus of One Belt One
Road due to the country's location in the middle of the region and its long
ties with China. He suggested that Thai business people should pay attention
to One Belt One Road since China will likely use Thailand as a center for
the manufacturing of processed products which will be exported back to
Thailand and China meet on media cooperation
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Public Relations Department (PRD) has continued
its collaboration with the Yunnan State Administration of Radio, Film and
Television on the production of programs in China and Thailand.
Deputy Director-General of the PRD Dr. Charoon Chaisorn on Wednesday
welcomed an executive and representatives of the Yunnan State Administration
of Radio, Film and Television at the 2nd meeting of the Thai-Chinese joint
technical committee. The meeting discussed the two parties’ cooperation on
television, radio and news and revived their previous cooperation on offsite
As for radio, documentaries in Chinese will be produced to be aired in
China. The meeting proposed that Yunnan produces documentaries in Thai and
sends them to be aired in Thailand.
The PRD and the Yunnan have also cooperated to send teams to cover news
The deputy director of the Yunnan State Administration of Radio, Film and
Television said the organization is glad to enhance ties with the PRD in all
dimensions and invited the department to visit a new television station in
Industrial estate to be developed in Songkhla
SONGKHLA,(NNT) - The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT)
has signed an agreement to lease a 629-rai plot belonging to the Treasury
Department to set up an industrial estate.
IEAT Governor Verapong Chaiperm signed the agreement with Director-General
of the Treasury Department Patchara Anuntasilpa to lease land located in
Sadao district of Songkhla province. It will be the first plot where the
industrial estate will be set up as part of the province's special economic
The rent will be 50 years long and cost the IEAT 17 million baht a year. The
rental fee will increase by 15% every five year. The development plan for
the industrial estate is now being evaluated by the Office of National
Environment Board for environmental impact.
The basic infrastructure of the one-billion-baht project will be completed
in 2019. It will attract investments worth more than 13 billion baht, create
3,000 local jobs and increase border trade in the southern border.
Money and survival items arrive for flood victims
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Various organizations have made donations to help
people affected by a flood disaster in the northeast.
In Bangkok, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division and a local band
organized a mini concert on Silom Road to raise public awareness about the
plight of flood victims as well as collecting donation items.
In Si Sa Ket, the provincial governor, Thawat Suraban, presented 25,000 baht
to the family of Auncha Rongsuphan, who was killed in the deluge on August
1st. The Red Cross Society of Si Sa ket and the provincial office of Social
Development and Human Security also gave his family financial support.
In Mukdahan, the 3rd Infantry Division collected donation items from local
residents and businesses and delivered them to Sakon Nakhon and other
inundated areas where potable water, food, clothes and other essential items
In Surin, Governor Attaporn Singhawichai and local government officials
joined a ceremony to deploy trucks delivering essential items to flood
victims in Sakon Nakhon.
In Kanchanaburi, deputy provincial governor Ronnachai Jitwiset received
donations from the Phanom Tuan District Chief. They will be transported to
flood affected provinces.
Cabinet grants 3,000-baht aid to flood-hit farmers
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Cabinet has approved the payment of compensation
worth 3,000 baht to each flood-affected farmer in 36 provinces.
In the wake of severe flooding in the country, Advisor to the Prime
Minister’s Office Minister Nattaporn Jatusripitak made known that the
Cabinet has given a green light to the disbursement of 1.68 billion baht
from the 2017 central budget for the rehabilitation of agriculturists
recently affected by Tropical Storms Talas and Sonca.
There are 561,520 farming households in 36 flood-ravaged provinces in the
North, Northeast and Central Plains eligible for the compensation. Each
household will be given 3,000 baht as proposed by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives. The disbursement process is expected to take
30 days from now to complete.
According to surveys, over 4 million rai of farmland, 27,000 rai of
aquaculture farms and over one million farm animals have been impacted by
TAT optimistic over thriving ASEAN tourism
BANGKOK (nnt) – The Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) was confident that tourism campaigns in the
ASEAN region will enhance its tourist industry in all aspects.
TAT Executive Director for Asia and South Pacific Division Srisuda
Wanapinyosak said that the ASEAN countries have been running several
campaigns to promote tourism in the region on the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
TAT officials were present at ITB Berlin 2016 to promote tourism in ASEAN
and the authority has developed websites, including www.VisitASEAN50.com, to
promote special offers on tourism packages in the 10 member countries. Other
websites are being translated into Mandarin to attract Chinese travelers.
Other events and activities to mark the semicentennial include an essay and
video competition on the topic "[email protected]” and the the ASEAN Blogger FAM
Trip. The latter invites international journalists and bloggers to visit key
attractions in the region.
According to Srisuda, the TAT is confident that the AEC Blueprint 2025 for
tourism will improve the competitiveness of each ASEAN country in the same
direction, as well as the overall tourism scene for sustainability.
Consumer confidence index reaches yearly low
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce has
reported that Thailand's consumer confidence index (CCI) has dropped to an
annual low due to the effects of the royal decree on foreign labor
management, as well as severe flooding.
The university's Center for Economic and Business Forecasting revealed that
the country's consumer confidence index in July plunged for the third
consecutive month to 73.9 from 74.9 in June, its lowest point this year.
The decline was attributed to severe, widespread flooding, the enforcement
of the new royal decree on foreign labor management, and low agricultural
commodity prices. The combination of these negative factors have caused the
public to perceive that the economy has not made great strides towards
The center's director, Dr. Thanawat Polwichai, revealed that the CCI fell,
even in areas unaffected by flooding, as businesses experienced a drop in
sales and were uncertain about the government's handling of its new decree
on foreign labor.
He therefore advised the government to accelerate its disbursement of
economic stimulus in the hopes of enhancing the public's purchasing power.
Thailand-Malaysia collaboration against bird flu tightened
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand and
Malaysia have strengthened their cooperation in fighting potential outbreaks
of bird flu along the border between the two countries.
More than 60 officials from Thailand and Malaysia’s Perlis State on Monday
recently joined a workshop designed to prepare the Thailand-Malaysia border
region for any emergency related to the spread of bird flu.
Chief of the Satun Public Health Office, Dr. Banjerd Sukpipatpanon, said on
Monday that to date there has been no case of bird flu in Satun Province nor
along the Thailand-Malaysia border area.
However, Dr. Banjerd said that health officials don't want to be unprepared
and are always on standby to prevent any spread of the disease.
He stated that there must be an integration of efforts by all relevant units
to understand the virus while they must acquire needed skills to be used
when the situation calls for it.
As part of the workshop, participants attended a three-day field practice,
which focused on the transportation of bird flu patients through the Wang
Prachan Border Crossing, the disease control program in all communities, and
an assessment and review of the lessons learnt during the first two days.
Saudi Arabia admires Thai govt for rapid development in Hajj affairs
MECCA,(NNT) - Saudi authorities have expressed admiration for the
Royal Thai Government for its rapid progress in the development of Hajj
Banyat Yumyuang, Head of the Hajj Affairs Promotion Office of Thailand in
Mecca, led a team to meet with the manager of Thai Hajj accommodations at
Mina to discuss cooperation and foster familiarity between the two parties.
The Thai working group was warmly welcomed and the meeting was productive
for Thai authorities and pilgrims. Banyat let on that the Saudi authorities
had praised the Thai government and its officials at all administrative
levels for expanding conveniences to Thai Hajj pilgrims this year and
reducing the number of people treated for exhaustion.
The positive exchange was considered a new development in the Hajj affairs
of Thailand. The office will continue to provide services and conveniences
to the Thai pilgrims throughout their journey and further develop Hajj
affairs with Saudi Arabia.
Direct MRT transfers between Blue Line and Purple Line start on 11 August
BANGKOK,(NNT) – MRT passengers will be able to transfer directly
between the Blue Line and Purple Line at Tao Poon station from 11 August,
Bangkok Expressway and Metro PLC, the operator of the MRT Purple Line and
MRT Blue Line, will start extending the service on the Blue Line to
terminate at Tao Poon station from noon of 11 August.
The extension will allow passengers to make direct transfers at Tao Poon
station between MRT Blue Line and MRT Purple Line. Passengers who hold any
regular MRT stored value card or MRT Plus card will be able to travel on the
two lines using just one ticket.
The existing feeder buses between Tao Poon and Bang Sue stations will cease
operation from 12 August.
Prime Minister orders strict regulation on alcohol ban near schools
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has ordered a strict regulation on
the ban of alcohol sale near education institutes, encouraging the public to
inform officials if they find any violation.
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has received the latest report
regarding the suppression of illegal street racing and the sales of
alcoholic beverages near education institutes, stating that actions have
been taken against people who have violated the ban, including parents of
persons involved in the illegal street race circuit.
However, the government has received continuous complains regarding the
violation to the alcohol sale ban near education institutes, which led to a
recent raid at a club near Kasetsat University Kampaengsan Campus, where
alcoholic drinks were illegally sold with special promotions to attract new
Most people in the club during the raid were identified as students, while
some failed to carry identification cards with them, and some are under the
influence of narcotics. The owner of the club was charged with illegal
operation of entertainment venue, along with illegal alcohol sales and
advertisement. The club will be closed for at least 30 days.
The Prime Minister has urged all related agencies to prevent any violations
to this ban and to press legal actions towards the violators. The general
public are also encouraged to play an active role by informing officials on
any clues of violation by calling 0 2141 3623, or by directly inform any
policeman, soldiers, or government official in any area.
Thai police promoting ‘Safety Taxi’ campaign
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Royal Thai Police is promoting its ‘Safety Taxi’
campaign to boost passengers’ confidence and improve taxi services.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahathaworn has
presented vehicle certificates and ‘Safety Taxi’ stickers to taxi drivers
who passed their training as part of their participation in the Safety Taxi
The campaign strives to raise the standards and services of Thai taxis as
well as regain the passengers’ trust and confidence.
Pol Lt-General Sanit took the opportunity to thank all participants for
their cooperation and understanding, noting that taxi drivers are the face
of the tourism industry. Good services equal good image and perception, he
After the award presentation, the police commissioner released a caravan of
safe taxis to raise people’s awareness of the campaign.
Transport Ministry inspects Chachoengsao port
CHACHOENGSAO,(NNT) – The
Ministry of Transport has paid an inspection visit to a sea port in
Deputy Minister of Transport Pichit Akrathit, along with departmental
officials, traveled to Bang Pakong district to inspect Bang Pakong Port and
its cargo management facilities. Pichit and his team were greeted by
Chachoengsao Governor Anukul Tangkananukulchai.
During his visit, the deputy minister attended a meeting where he was
informed of the obstacles and challenges in transporting cargo. He also met
with local operators and inspected cargo routes from Tha Kham sub-district
to Bang Pakong District Office.
Pichit said there are certain areas in the Bang Pakong River that may be too
shallow for large vessels to pass through and instructed the Marine
Department to undertake an excavation to increase the depth in those areas.
He also asked the department to remove abandoned fish farming floating cages
from the river.
Update August 5 - 6, 2017
Money counterfeiters nabbed in Chonburi
CHONBURI - Chonburi police have
arrested a counterfeiting ring reportedly active in several cities.
Provincial Police Region 2 and Chonburi Provincial Police held a press
conference on the arrest. The gang of nine consisted of one Chinese and
eight Thai nationals. Authorities have confiscated more than 12,000 fake US
banknotes, a skimmer, nine fake credit cards, an electronic data capture,
six banknote counters and detectors, and nine mobile phones. The counterfeit
money could have cost the country 42 million baht if put into circulation.
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 2 Pol Lt Gen Chitti Rodbangyang
disclosed that the arrest followed capture of a Chinese suspect for credit
card fraud, which led to the discovery of other gang members in Pattaya City
and the provinces of Chachoengsao and Pathum Thani. The offenders sold fake
100-dollar banknotes for 1,200 to 1,400 baht apiece on the black market.
The United States Secret Service cautions people to study the watermarks and
other features of authentic greenbacks carefully. Fake banknotes are mainly
made of smooth paper, while the genuine article has a coarser feel. Those
interested in further details can contact the US Embassy in Bangkok.
Northeastern provinces struggles with flood situation
SAKON NAKHON,(NNT) - Several
provinces in the Northeast of Thailand continue to struggle with flooding,
especially those in the Mekong River Basin.
In Sakon Nakhon province, the Governor of the Provincial Electricity
Authority inspected power distribution in severely flooded areas, before
helping to distribute 1,000 relief bags to disaster victims.
Water released from Nam Un Dam in Sakon Nakhon province has overflowed the
Lam Huai Kham Mid waterway in Nong Khai province, inundating nearby roads,
homes, and farmland across two subdistricts. Local administrative officials
and soldiers have been dispatched in trucks and flat-bottomed boats to
Meanwhile in Kalasin province, Lam Pao Dam continues to release an average
of 30 million cubic meters per day, due to the amount of water flowing into
the reservoir. Officials have assured that the dam remains structurally
sound, and that they continue to monitor the situation around the clock.
The continuous release of water from Lam Pao Dam has inundated five
districts in the province, as well as areas in Roi Et, Yasothon, and Ubon
Ratchathani. The three provinces are situated in the Mekong River Basin.
Disciplinary & legal action against any officers involved in alleged Dhammachayo escape
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The national police chief has ordered disciplinary
and legal action be taken against any police officer found to have aided in
the Phra Dhammachayo’s suspected escape to Europe.
Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has
ordered that all officers found involved with the escape of the fugitive
monk undergo both disciplinary action and criminal investigation, without
exception. He affirmed that any suspect in the case, whether they be a
private citizen or a public official, would be brought up on charges of
aiding and abetting a wanted suspect in leaving the country.
Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation Pol Col Paisit
Wongmuang said authorities are pursuing two lines of investigation: the
former abbot in hiding in Thailand and the former abbot has escaped the
country, possibly to Europe.
Eastern region to be rebranded as a venue for sports and tourism
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) has
introduced the rebranding of the eastern region as a venue for sports and
tourism to help raise incomes in local areas.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the MOTS plans to
promote the new concept of tourism in the eastern region to combine sports
and tourism, which will contribute to the development of the Eastern
Economic Corridor (EEC) project.
Sports and tourism activities will be held during 15-19 November 2017, while
the Air Race 1 World Cup 2017 will take place sometime this year at U-tapao
airport, which will be the first time in Asia.
The air race would promote aviation and engineering industry in Thailand and
distribute income to the country, she said.
She said the eastern seashore cluster receives the most income from
tourism-related activities by 43.4 billion baht in the first half of 2017,
mostly from Thai tourists' spendings attending activities and fairs such as
food and fruits fairs which helped distribute incomes to farmers and local
Thai tourism scene in the first half of 2017 has seen an increase in the
number of visitors and revenue. The country has welcomed 20.44 million
visitors who generated 1.03 trillion baht in tourism-related incomes. Those
figures represented a 4.62 percent and 6.10 percent growth from the same
period last year respectively.
Australian Foreign Minister on official visit to Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai
government has welcomed Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Julie
Bishop, who is paying a visit to Thailand to strengthen bilateral relations
between the two countries.
Following her arrival in Thailand, Mrs Bishop gave a keynote address on the
occasion of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, during which she commended
Thailand for its role as one of the regional bloc’s founding members. The
minister also attended a bilateral meeting with her Thai counterpart, Mr Don
Pramudwinai, to discuss further development of relations and cooperation
between Australia and ASEAN.
Later during her visit, Mrs Bishop is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on
Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputies, with an aim to
enhance cooperation in security, trade and investment and education, both at
the bilateral and multilateral levels.
Meanwhile, HE Mr Jesus Miguel Sanz Escorihuela, Ambassador and Head of the
EU Delegation to Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to Gen Prayut in order to
bid farewell upon the completion of his term. Through the outgoing
ambassador, the Thai premier expressed thanks to the EU for support in the
development of Thai fishery and aviation standards, affirming the country’s
determination to solve all existing problems.
Chinese Ambassador to Thailand HE Mr Ning Fukui, whose term in office will
expire this month, also bid farewell to Deputy Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon. On this occasion, Gen Prawit praised the
ambassador for contributing to the enhancement of friendship and cooperation
between Thailand and China.
Government to establish two broadband internet providers
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Ministry of
Digital Economy and Society and related units are planning to establish two
companies to provide additional broadband internet services to the public
and governmental units, in accordance with the Cabinet’s resolution on June
The announcement was made by Deputy Minister for Digital Economy and Society
Pansak Siriratchatapong, together with representatives of CAT Telecom Public
Company Limited and TOT Public Company Limited.
The name of the two state enterprises will be National Broadband Network
Company Limited (NBN) and Neutral Gateway and Data Center Company Limited
(NGDC). Both companies will provide and manage cable internet access and
related equipment to satisfy the nation’s growing demand.
Deputy Minister Pansak stressed that the two companies will follow the
ministry’s rules and regulations in order to maintain competitiveness
against private companies. Governmental units that plan to invest in data or
cloud computing services will be introduced to the NGDC.
The two state enterprises will be registered within this month, and are
expected to be operational by November.
Prime Minister orders for post-flooding recovery plans
SAKON NAKHON, (NNT) – The Prime
Minister has ordered the authorities to conduct a damage survey and
commissioned prompt recovery operations to ensure all water reservoirs will
be capable of storing more water during dry season.
The premier said during his visit to Sakon Nakhon that His Majesty the King
has been following the flood situation, instructed the government to quickly
solve the flooding and uphold the teachings of His Majesty the late King
Bhumibol Adulyadej on the sustainability of water management.
He has ordered the related agencies to quickly commission appropriate
assistance to the flood victims and survey the damage, as well as raise
public participation in bid to solve the problem. The authorities were
instructed to survey and restore the conditions of the water reservoirs and
see to it that each reservoir will have sufficient water for dry season.
He told them to communicate with the affected villagers and get prepared for
the construction of large-scale water reservoirs to preclude flooding in the
Cabinet approves 2% VAT increase on liqueurs, tobacco
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The cabinet approved an increase in the value-added
tax for liqueurs and tobacco by two percent to contribute to a fund for
Prime Minister's Office Vice Minister Kobsak Pootrakool said the cabinet
approved in principle the contribution to the elders fund through the
two-percent increase in the value-added tax for liqueurs, tobacco, and beers
in bid to allocate four billion baht to the fund yearly.
The Ministry of Finance has considered the scheme to allocate four billion
baht to the fund for each elder to have 900 - 1,300 baht in monthly
The new tax measure will not take immediate effect and is pending
consideration by the Council of State, which would take a few months,
followed by approval from the National Legislative Assembly which would take
two more months. The new law is expected to be effective in early 2018.
Cabinet sets aside over THB5bn for 2 motorway projects
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Cabinet has approved the disbursement of over 5
billion baht for two new interprovincial expressway projects.
According to Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, the Cabinet
has agreed to a proposal by the Department of Highways for a budget of 5.11
billion baht to fund the construction of two intercity highways, namely the
Bang Pa-in – Sara Buri – Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway and the Bang Yai –
Kanchanaburi Motorway. The budget is to be disbursed from the 2017 emergency
Of the requested amount, 500 million baht will be spent on land acquisition
in the Bang Pa-in – Sara Buri – Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway project. The
other 4.61 billion baht will go to the Bang Yai – Kanchanaburi Motorway
project, divided into 1.84 billion for land acquisition and 2.77 billion for
Previously, the Cabinet issued resolutions authorizing the Department of
Highways to execute the Bang Pa-in – Sara Buri – Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway
project under a total budget of 76.6 billion baht and the Bang Yai –
Kanchanaburi Motorway project under a total budget of 49.12 billion baht
from the 2016-2020 fiscal years.
KTB offers special credit programs to flood victims
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Krung Thai Bank (KTB) is offering assistance to
customers and SMEs affected by the recent flooding through interest rate
cuts, loan extensions, and exemptions.
KTB Senior Executive President Paying Srivanich revealed that customers
under the Home for Cash program will be exempt from payments for three
months, while interest rates from months 4 - 12 will be slashed by 0.25
percent per year.
Individual customers can receive a three-month exemption from payments,
followed by a three-month exemption from interest payments, along with
extensions to payments up to five years.
SME customers could be eligible for a minimum interest rate cut to 1 percent
per year, a one-year exemption on principal payments, and a one-year
extension on loan payments. Revolving loans can receive an interest-free
extension up to six months, as well as a 30-day grace period for missed
In addition, KTB will offer a special loan for restoring businesses with a
3.75 percent annual interest rate, payable in five years with an extension
up to one year.
Vietnam, Thailand step up political-security cooperation
HANOI,(VOV) - The ninth meeting
of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Working Group on Political-Security
Cooperation is getting underway in Bangkok from July 16-19.
The meeting takes place when both nations held a broad range of activities
to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations (1976-2016) and
have sped up the action programme on bilateral strategic partnership for
It is part of activities to prepare for the upcoming visit to Thailand by
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in August. At the meeting, the two sides
compared notes on regional and international issues that impact security in
each country, while evaluating their cooperation in politics and security.
They affirmed their commitments to not allowing any individuals and
organisations to make use of territory of one country to harm the other.
They reviewed the implementation of the joint working group’s working
programme for the 2016-2018 period in combating transnational crimes such as
illegal immigration, human trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, cyber
crime and international economic crime, as well as cooperation in defence,
law enforcement and justice, and other related matters.
A host of measures were proposed to deal with problems related to fishermen,
fishing boats and other violations at sea in the spirit of humanity and the
They also consented to organise the 10th meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand
Joint Working Group on Political-Security Cooperation in Vietnam in 2018.
Thailand and Turkey move ahead with FTA negotiation
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand and
Turkey are moving ahead with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations to
expand the trade volume between both countries, with the goal of doubling
the trade value during the next five years.
Trade Negotiation Department Director General Boonyarit Kallayanamit said
that the Thai Minister of Commerce and the Turkish Minister of Economy
discussed on preparations to the FTA last week.
They also agreed that FTA negotiations should be completed by late 2018,
when both countries celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
The initial goal is to double the trade volume between Thailand and Turkey
within the next five years.
It is believed that if if the Thai-Turkish FTA is prepared successful, both
countries would benefit immensely from the landmark agreement.
Government announces seizure of fishing boat without nationality
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing
(CCCIF) has revealed that a foreign boat was recently impounded in Thai
waters after it was found to be in violation of fishery laws.
Vice Admiral Prayuth Phuthian, representative of the CCCIF commander, issued
details concerning the seizure of a foreign fishing vessel that was docked
in Samut Sakhon province on May 2 this year. He said the boat initially
claimed it was holding the nationality of Djibouti and had received
permission from the Puntland State of Somalia to conduct fishing operations.
However, after its docking request was approved, investigators of the CCCIF
was informed by Somalia that the boat had committed three offenses under the
Somali fishery law and was containing more marine catch than allowed.
Moreover, Djibouti confirmed that the nationality of the boat had previously
been revoked, making its operations at sea illegal.
Therefore, an order has been issued by the Department of Fisheries to arrest
crew members and confiscate the boat and all assets on board in accordance
with the Port State Measure Agreement and the Royal Ordnance on Fisheries
NBTC raises cyber security awareness on occasion of National Communications Day
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC) is promoting cyber security awareness, as the number of
internet users in Thailand has increased.
The telecommunications regulator is scheduled to hold NBTC Expo Thailand on
August 4th, which marks the National Communications Day. Seminars and
lectures on cyber security will be featured in this event.
NBTC Chairman ACM Thares Punsri said the government is currently promoting
the use of digital technology along with cyber security protection, pushing
the country towards a full-scale digital economy and society.
According to ACM Thares, the number of mobile broadband users has increased
by almost 94% in 2017, or 63.24 million phone numbers with data service.
The greater number of internet users has created a greater risk of cyber
crimes and attacks on essential facilities, such as financial institutes,
telecommunication hubs, mass transit systems, and utility companies.
Therefore, it is necessary to prepare for such threats to national