HM the King presents relief materials to flood victims in Songkhla
Privy councilor Palakorn Suwannarat on Sunday represented HM King Maha
Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun in presenting 2,000 bags of relief
materials to flood victims in Ra Not and Sathing Phra districts of Songkhla
In Phatthalung province which was also hard hit by flooding for about a week
during December 1-8, the Ratchaprachanukroh Foundation under the Royal
patronage presented bags of relief materials to flood victims.
Over 31,000 households in 663 villages in 11 districts of Phatthalung have
been affected by recent flooding. About 300,000 rai of farmland in the
province have been ravaged by flood water and four people were drowned.
It was expected that situation would return to normal in the near future if
there are no more heavy rains in the province.
Banks start giving cash handouts to low income-earners
Three state-owned banks have started giving one-time cash handouts ranging
from 1,500-3,000 baht to low income-earners in agriculture and non-farming
Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said over the weekend that
he expected the payments to the qualified recipients to be completed before
the year-end as New Year’s gift from the government.
He disclosed that there are altogether 6,981,000 qualified low
income-earners who are eligible to receive the cash handouts to be wired
directly into their bank accounts by the three banks, namely Krung Thai,
Government Savings and Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
Those who earn less than 30,000 baht a year will receive 3,000 baht while
those earn more than 30,000 baht but not exceeding 100,000 baht will get
1,500 baht. These one-time cash handouts are applicable for those in
agricultural and non-agricultural sectors.
Those who do not have bank accounts with one of the three banks have shown
up to receive the handouts in person as banks have urged the qualified
recipients to open an account without the need to make initial deposits,
said the government spokesman.
He dismissed as groundless an online report that the cabinet recently gave a
4 percent increase to cost of living allowance to pensioners retroactively
as of December 1.
He maintained the cash handouts were just a temporary measure which was
implemented simultaneously with long-term economic measure to stimulate
domestic consumption and the measure would not drive the poor into deeper
Yala holds event to urge child rights protection
YALA,(NNT) - Various agencies in the
southernmost province of Yala have co-organized an event to raise the
level of public participation in the protection of the rights of
children in the far south.
The event, entitled A Beautiful Children Rights' Day: Child Protection,
took place at Yala Rajabhat University. Around 1,200 people, including
social workers, teachers, parents and students took part in the
activity. The objectives were to encourage relevant bodies to join
forces to safeguard Southern children and promote the children’s place
in the peace process and self-protection.
The event featured a special lecture on child rights, a prize draw and
games. Food and drinks were also available free at the venue. Mariam
Chaisantana, a peace campaigner in Yala said she hoped to see all
sectors work together to build a safe zone that enabled children to
enjoy their lives without threat from external discord.
Meanwhile, Asama Yuso and Surainee Salae, students from Krong Pinang
district said they were happy to take part in the activity, adding that
they were so proud to be born in the verdant southernmost region. The
pair also asked all parents to place importance on their children’s
education so that youngsters wouldn’t be easily misled by
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture observes new theory farming in Uthai Thani
UTHAI THANI,(NNT) - Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives, Theerapat Prayurasiddhi and his retinue have
visited Uthai Thani province to study the new theory farming taking place in
Lan Sak district.
Mr. Theerayut went to the farming plot of Mr. Pokkrong Chaibut, a resident
in Pa-or subdistrict who has successfully adapted HM the late King
Bhumibol’s self-reliant farming philosophy to his six-rai land plot. Mr.
Pokkrong said he had pursued organic integrated agriculture for four years.
His farming area consists of different sections, in which he grows corn,
cassava, rice, vegetables and fruit and also raises fish.
Mr. Pokkrong rarely spends money on necessities as his family consumes the
agricultural yield from their own land and sells the remaining harvest or
shares it with neighbors. His farming area also serves as a learning center
for nearby villages. The center now 50 members.
Mr. Theerapat also visited the farming areas of two other adopters of new
theory farming. He disclosed that the Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives was propagating the initiative among 70,000 households across
the country to improve their general well-being and foster self-reliance
among agriculturists as a tribute to HM the late King.
More than 100,000 farmers have expressed their wish to engage in the
project, 438 of whom are in Uthai Thani.
171 Sailboats join in fleet review in honor of HM King Vajiralongkorn
PHUKET, (NNT) – Some 170
sailboats joined in a fleet review in honor of His Majesty King Maha
Vajiralongkorn at Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2016.
The organizing committee of Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2016 at Kata Beach,
Phuket, held the special fleet review to express allegiances to His Majesty
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the King Rama X of the Chakri Dynasty.
A total of 171 sailboats contesting the regatta participated in the fleet
review by sailing past the Navy's HTMS Klang ship which ceremonially
represented the monarch. The fleet review was considered the only event ever
held in a regatta.
Somkid leads Thai road-show in China
A Thai trade delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is
now on a road-show in China and will be signing an agreement with Alibaba
Group to setup an E-Commerce network for the country.
The road-show tour from December 7-12 takes the delegation to Shenzhen,
Hangzhou and Peking.
During the road-show, Dr Somkid said an agreement would be signed with
Alibaba Group to develop E-Commerce in Thailand.
He stated that Alibaba has agreed to join Thailand in investing in and
providing support for the technological developments in the country.
This will start at the lowest grassroots level moving upwards to SMEs to
support greater involvement in E-Commerce.
The final goal will be geared towards providing the country with the
necessary tools to compete globally, he said.
Of vital importance is supporting manpower development towards greater
technological competency in accordance with the Thailand 4.0 national plan.
Commenting on the agreement, Jack Ma, the chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group,
stated that this was a very good beginning for the development of a mutual
trade system so that both countries can grow stronger together.
He confirmed that all the necessary support will be provided for Thailand as
he believes that the country will become the regional technological hub in
many fields in the near future.
Park chief asks for cooperation from tourists
The chief of the Doi Inthanon National Park has asked for cooperation from
tourists to not perching on the wood fence overlooking a valley for photos
at Kew Mae Pan scenic spot.
The park chief, Rung Hirunwong, also sought cooperation from local tourists
to strictly abide by the warning sign at this spot.
The call for cooperation to respect the park’s rules came after park
officials were called in for a meeting to discuss the security measure at
the park, particularly at Kew Mae Pan after a Pantip user, “Somewhere
Someone” posted photos of his own perching on the wood fence overlooking the
stunning valley view.
The post drew mixed reactions from viewers. Some slammed the poster for
breaking the park rules saying there are signs forbidding the climbing on
the wood fence as it is dangerous and the fence is unstable.
But many also posted their own pictures perching on the wood fence, ignoring
After the meeting the park chief then reiterated the strict enforcement of
the rules and asked for cooperation from tourists visiting the Kew Mae Pan
scenic spot to follow the rules strictly for their own safety.
He also warned local tourists to advise their tour groups to behave properly
at all nature trails in the park.
Bestlin Group says NGV buses acquired legally
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Bestlin Group Chairman Kanit Sriwachiraprapha has
insisted that the acquisition of 489 NGV buses was done legally.
Kanit said at a press conference that his company was the rightful importer
of NGV buses from Malaysia according to a contract he made with the Bangkok
Mass Transit Authority. His company was also responsible for presenting
purchase documents which he claimed were authentic to customs officials as
The chairman stated that Bestlin Group could not have forged the documents
as they were issued to his company by the Ministry of International Trade
and Industry of Malaysia. Kanit added that the Bestlin Group had always
abided by the law and had never taken a short cut. He further stated that he
will cooperate with the Customs Department to clear up all accusations.
70 Billion baht revenue expected from tourism
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Revenue from
domestic tourism is expected to total up to 70 billion baht as more Thais
are traveling within the country and more foreign tourists are coming.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the tourism in
December has seen bookings of hotels and inter-regional domestic travels
increasing, especially in the northern region and the upper central region
where the temperature has started to drop.
The number of visitors to Chang Hua Man royal project in Petchaburi province
has increased by 48 percent from last year, while King Royal Agricultural
Station has seen a 75 percent increase in the number if visitors.
The tourism minister said the revenue from domestic tourism in December is
expected to be no less than 70 billion baht.
Meanwhile, theVisa on Arrival fee at airports has been reduced from 2,000
baht to 1,000 baht per head. The campaign will run for a three-months time
to attract more visitors to Thailand during high season.
The number of tourists to Thailand was recorded at 29.89 million since last
January, marking a 10 percent increase from last year. Tourist industry has
so far generated 1.49 trillion baht in revenues, accounting for a 13.56
percent increase from last year.
Thai Red Cross Society provides relief to flood-affected residents in the south
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT,(NNT) - The Thai Red Cross Society has donated 500 aid
packs to those suffering from the recent flood in Nakhon Si Thammarat
The program was initiated by the Friends in Need Volunteers Foundation of
the Thai Red Cross Society. Vice President Dr Pichit Suwanprakorn
represented Princess Soamsawali in delivering 500 aid packs to Baan Nong Bon
in Tharua Subdistrict of Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Dr Pichit handed 30
packs directly to households, 10 packs to monks during an alms giving
ceremony, and the remaining to the provincial representatives to disburse to
those suffering from the recent flood throughout the province.
Dr Pichit conveyed Princess Soamsawali’s concern for those affected by the
flood and has tasked the foundation with providing immediate relief efforts
to the region. The Friends in Need Volunteers Foundation has announced it
will provide 3 meals per day to flood victims for one month.
HM the King expresses sorrow for earthquake victims in Indonesia
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Thursday
sent a letter of condolence to Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo
over the recent earthquake in Sumatra which left at least 94 people dead,
hundreds injured and extensive damage to property.
His Majesty's letter reads as follows: “I am saddened by reports of the
earthquake resulting in loss of many lives, injuries and heavy damage to
infrastructure and property in the northern part of Sumatra island.
I wish to extend my sincere sympathy and condolence to Your Excellency and,
through you, to all those who have suffered loss and bereavement in this
Students warned of buying fake diplomas from fraudsters
The Ministry of Education has recently sought help from the Ministry of
Digital for Economy and Society to track down a fraudulent gang which sells
fake diplomas, certificates and degrees on the social media.
Education permanent secretary Chaipruek Serirak said on Thursday that he
found out from a Facebook page offering to sell diplomas for Mathayom 3 up
to post-graduate education for prices ranging from 2,500-7,000 baht with a
guarantee that the documents can be used as reference to apply for jobs and
the required diplomas will be mailed to the buyers.
He said he then sought help from DE Ministry which informed him later on
that the Facebook page had been removed. The gang, he added, would open new
website to sell the fake diplomas and, shortly afterward, closed it down.
Mr Chaipruek warned students and members of the public not to fall victim to
these fraudsters otherwise they would lose their money and earn nothing in
return. He also warned that using these fake diplomas or certificates would
risk criminal litigation with penalties ranging from jailterms from six
months to five year.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn to visit Krabi tomorrow
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will make his
first official visit to Krabi province tomorrow after his accession to the
His Majesty will open the new city hall of Krabi on behalf of the beloved
King Bhumibol who passed away on October 13.
Officials from the Royal Pavilion Design and Construction Division along
with the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning are busy
preparing a royal pavilion to receive His Majesty.
In addition, every conceivable security measure and protocols have been put
in place for His Majesty’s royal visit.
Four mementos have also been prepared to bestow on His Majesty.
The most prominent is a local traditional fishing boat known as ‘Rua Hua
Tong’ replica that has been named ‘Pakasai’.
The replica has been carefully made by a group of skillful model boat
artisans from Klong Prasong district in Krabi municipality just for this
Over 35,000 local residents and officials will be on hand to welcome His
Majesty on His first Royal visit.
Thailand ranks 55th out of 70 countries in PISA 2015 results
Thailand was placed at the 55th ranking out of a total of 70 countries in
the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) 2015 results,
said Deputy Education Minister Dr Thirakiat Charoensetthasilpa on Wednesday.
He said he had informed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha about the PISA 2015
results of Thai students which was lower than the results in 2012 for all
subjects. He added that the prime minister was disappointed with the results
and urged the Education Ministry to speed up the implementation of the
national education plan which aims to increase the PISA score by about 100
points in all subjects in 15 years.
Personally, Dr Thirakiat admitted he was disappointed with the performance
of Thai students. The results, he said, reflected a huge gap of performance
between students in elite schools and those in underprivileged schools.
He noted that the performance in science, reading and mathematics of
students at certain schools such as Mahidol Wittthayanusorn and Chulabhorn
Wittayalai is at the same level with schools in countries which were placed
at higher rankings in PISA results.
But the PISA results show the collective performance of students of all
schools and, hence, the results are a letdown, said the minister, adding
that PISA results for math and science among Thai students remain high.
Singapore ranks the No 1 in PISA 2015 results, scoring 556, 535 and 564 for
science, reading and math. Japan ranks the second with 538, 516 and 532.
Thailand ranks the 55th place with 421, 409 and 415.
New ferry boats to be put in service in Klong Saen Saeb
Two new passenger boats which are safer and more convenient will be put on a
test run in Klong Saen Saeb later this month before they are commissioned
The Marine department and the Krobkrua Khonsong company which operates the
Klong Saen Saeb boat service have jointly worked on a new design of the
boats to be put into service in the near future.
The seats of the new boats are arranged like those in city buses with an
aisle between the rows of seats. Each boat has a seating capacity for 104
passengers. On each side of the mid section of the boat, there is a stairway
to embark and disembark from the boat.
Passengers will not be allowed to stand on the kerbs of the boat for safety
reason and the boat will be fitted with a diesel engine which does not emit
black smoke like the existing boats.
Dr Prasert the richest stock investor for 2016
Dr Prasert Prasartthong-osot, the proprietor of the Bangkok Hospital chain,
was voted the richest stock investor for 2016 with the value of his stocks
worth 67 billion baht – the ranking that he has held for four consecutive
The rankings of Thailand’s rich stock investors were conducted jointly by
the stock investor and the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy of
According to the December edition of the magazine, Dr Prasert’s wealth of
stocks this year amounted to 67,244.71 million baht, an increase of 7.82
percent or 4,879.52 million baht from last year’s.
The stocks that Dr Prasert is holding are mostly in three companies: BDMS or
Bangkok Hospital chain in which he holds 18.26 percent of the stakes or
61,680.46 million baht; 10.61 percent stakes in Bangkok Airline or 5.5
billion baht; and 0.79 percent stake or 61.64 million baht in Nonthavech
The second richest stock investor is Mr Khiri Kanchanapas of the BTS
electric train system. His wealth in stocks was valued at 29.3 billion baht.
And the third place went to Mr Thongma Vichitpongpan, the big boss of
Prueksa real estate, whose wealth was estimated at 29.2 billion baht.
King appoints ten privy councilors
His Majesty King Maha Variralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Tuesday
issued a Royal Command announcing the appointment of ten privy councilors.
Then ten members of the Privy Council are General Surayud Chulanont, Mr
Kasem Wattanachai, Mr Palakorn Suwannarat, Mr Atthanitti Dittha-amnart, Mr
Supachai Phu-ngarm, Mr Charnchai Likhitjitta, Air Chief Marshal Chalit
Pukpasuk, General Dapong Rattanasuwan, General Thirachai Narkvanich and
General Paiboon Kumchaya.
Earlier, General Prem Tinsulanonda was reappointed president of the Privy
Among the ten privy councilors appointed on Tuesday, there are three new
faces namely General Dapong, currently education minister, General
Thirachai, former army commander-in-chief, and General Paiboon, currently
The appointment of General Dapong and General Paiboon to serve in the Privy
Council means both of them will have to quit the cabinet.
Previous Privy Council consisted of 16 members. Those whose terms ended are
Tanin Kraivixien, Chavana Nasylvanta, Gen Phichitr Kullavanich, ACM Kamchon
Sindhavananda, Ampon Senanarong, M.R. Thepkamol Devakula, Rear Admiral M.L.
Usani Pramoj and Admiral Chumpol Patchusanont.
Police chief says Dhammachayo will not be granted bail if arrested
Phra Dhammachayo will not be granted bail if he was arrested because police
have given a chance to turn himself in to acknowledge the charges against
him, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, the chief of the Royal Thai Police Office,
He is confident that the embattled abbot of Wat Dhammakaya is still
somewhere in the temple and has not escaped out of the country. He declined
to comment whether the monk is still sick or not.
The police chief said that the criminal case against Dhammachayo has dragged
on for a long time and he wanted the case to settle once and for all.
However, he noted that the case had to be handled with great caution so that
it would not impact on Buddhism in general.
The national police chief disclosed that seven companies of police had been
put on standby to provide support to the Department of Special Investigation
in case the department decided to raid the temple in order to make the
He disclosed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was concerned with the
case after it was the temple had allegedly mobilized its faithful followers
to come to the temple to join the mass prayer.
Meanwhile, Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, vice president of the Royal Thai
Police Office, said that police had coordinated with the DSI and the
National Office of Buddhism to discuss actions to be taken against
Apart from Dhammachayo who is facing charges of money laundering, conspiracy
to launder money, accepting ill-gotten gains and forest encroachment, police
will take action against Phra Thattachivo, the acting abbot of the temple.
Donation for Toon Bodyslam’s charity run now exceeds 25 million baht
Toon Bodyslam, a well-known Thai rocker, has now finished halfway of his
400-kilometre charity run from Bangkok to Bang Saphan district of Prachuap
Khiri Khan to raise funds for Bang Saphan hospital after starting the run on
Donation raised now has exceeded his 25 million baht target he earlier
intended with promise he will shave his beard and moustache if the amount is
Toon or Artiwara Kongmalai, the front man of Bodyslam, one of the most
successful rock bands in Thailand, has made it to Hua Hin, half of his
400-kilometre run, yesterday.
He plans to take 10 days for the run, or about 40 kilometres a day since
He intended to raise 25 million baht for Bang Saphan hospital to buy
necessary medical equipment for use.
Joining Toon in the run yesterday from Shell petrol station in Cha-am to
Thanarat army barrack included well-known singers Joey Paradox, Boy
Lomosonic and Day Thaitanium.
The runners stopped to pay tribute to the beloved late King Bhumibol
Adulyadej as they passed the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin.
Posted on his Instagram page last night, Toon said if donation reaches 25
million baht by 9.00pm last night, he would shave his moustache and beard.
Latest donation now stood at 25,594,090 baht, and Toon will have a new look
without his beard and moustache.
He still has until December 10 to achieve the latter half of his run.
Customs officials suspect importer of NGV buses has evaded import taxes
Customs officials are investigating whether the supplier of the NGV buses
for Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the city bus operator, has evaded import
Bestrin Company won the bid to supply more than 800 Chinese-made buses which
were assembled in Malaysia to the city bus operator. But Super Zara Company
imported the buses into Thailand with the first lot of 99 buses already
arrived at Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chon Buri.
Customs Department deputy director-general Chaiyuth Kampoon said on Tuesday
that two lots of buses –one bus for the first lot and 99 buses for the
second lot – had arrived at Laem Chabang port but the numbers and the models
of the two lots are similar.
He pointed out that import tax of the buses were 40 percent if they
originated from China, but if they originated from Malaysia, the tax would
He said customs officials had delayed the release of the buses from Laem
Chabang deep-sea port pending investigation into the origin of the buses. He
noted that officials were suspicious that the assembly plant in Malaysia had
the capacity to assembly 100 NGV buses within just a week after arrival in
Malaysia from China.
Mr Chaiyuth further said the department had sought cooperation from their
Malaysian counterpart to check whether the buses were actually assembled in
Malaysia as claimed by the Thai importer.
He made clear that the importer must post a 4 million baht surety for each
of the buses if it wanted the buses to be released from the port.
Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chivapruek said that BMTA might
cancel the deal with Bestrin if the company fails to deliver the buses
within December 29.
Police seize 84,000 yaa baa pills from two students
Two college students were arrested in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district on
Sunday after police found 84,000 methamphitamine tablets hidden in their
The two students – a male and a female, both 19 years old – allegedly told
police that they were about to deliver the drug to a potential customer in
Tha Muang district.
They said they had been doing this four times, including this one which was
busted by the police.
The two suspects allegedly told the police that they were hired by their
senior in the college to bring the drug from the Thai-Myanmar border area in
Sangkhla district to be delivered to customers in Tha Muang and Tha Maka
The money they received from their employer was mostly spent drinking and
The two were detained for further interrogation by police who hoped that the
information extracted from them could lead to more arrests.
Over 52,000 mourners paying respect to late King on Dec 4 – the highest number in one day
A total of 52,109 mourners paid tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
inside the Grand Palace on Sunday December 4 – the highest number of
mourners in a single day since members of the public were allowed to pay
respect in front of the Royal urn.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health warned mourners to take care of
their physical health, saying that the quick change of weather from cool in
the morning to hot in the afternoon can easily spoil some food and, hence,
it is necessary that the food are properly cooked.
Food that should be avoided include Thai dressed salad, rice spaghetti and
ษclair, the ministry added.
The peace-keeping directorate headed by Maj-Gen Promsawat Pannachit has
assigned the City Hall to survey and adjust the landscape of a plot of land
at Sanam Luang to accommodate mobile toilets to meet the need of mourners.
The number of toilet has been increased to 50 units – 30 for female and 20
Meanwhile, Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has decided to increase the number
of shuttle buses to cater to mourners free of charge from 10 to 12 units
starting on Monday.
On top of that, eight additional buses which can cater to the need of
disabled people wishing to pay tribute to the late King will be put into
service as of December 22 for the disabled.
Royal Thai Army dispatches 12 military corps to help flood victims in lower South
BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has dispatched 12 military corps
to provide assistance to flood victims in 12 southern provinces.
RTA spokesman Winthai Suwaree disclosed that RTA Commander in Chief
Chalermchai Sitthisart has instructed the Army Disaster Relief Center,
Region 4, to dispatch military units along with the equipment necessary to
help flood victims in 12 southern provinces. Assistance operations will be
enacted with close cooperation from local government agencies.
The Army Disaster Relief Center, Region 4, has dispatched 12 military corps
and 50 trucks to help the flood victims by evacuating them and their
properties to safe zones reinforced with sandbags. Local government agencies
have also distributed 2,030 survival bags to the flood victims.
The military corps also built a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed
bridge in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Sichon district.
Local military personnel are closely monitoring the situations and stand
ready to provide immediate assistance if necessary.
Agriculture Min holds World Soil Day event in honor of late King
CHACHOENGSAO, (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
has organized an event to mark World Soil Day in commemoration of the late
King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s contributions to soil resources development.
At Khao Hin Son Royal Development Study Center in Phanom Sarakham district
of Chachoengsao province, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai
Sarikulya took part in the World Soil Day 2016 event, which was hosted by
the Land Development Department under the theme “Soil and Pulses, A
Symbiosis for Life”. The event began with all participants observing 89
seconds of silence in memory of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Gen Chatchai then delivered his speech before viewing the various
exhibitions set up for the event, which was launched on December 3 and
concluded today. Among the exhibitions were those related to the late King’s
role as a soil scientist, the growing of pulses for soil development, New
Theory agriculture and sustainable management of soil, water and crops.
There were also displays of demonstration farms as well as sales of farm
produce and processed products.
In recognition of His Late Majesty’s commitment to developing soil resources
and solving soil-related issues across Thailand, the International Union of
Soil Sciences presented him with the Humanitarian Soil Scientist Award on
April 16, 2012.
Moreover, as proposed by the Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization
Conference in 2013 endorsed the establishment of World Soil Day. The
resolution later received approval at the 68th United Nations General
Assembly and the King’s birthday, December 5, was officially designated
World Soil Day in his honor.
Ministry of Culture awards outstanding fathers on Father's Day
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of
Culture has awarded outstanding fathers and given scholarships to poor
students with good academic performance on the occasion of Father’s Day this
Minister of Culture Veera Rojpojanarat on Monday presided over the
ministry’s event to celebrate Father’s Day at Suan Amphon. Chairman of the
organizing committee Gen. Charan Kunlawanit said the Father’s Day event took
place for the 37th year to honor His Majesty the late King Bhumibol
Adulyadej and all fathers nationwide.
Gen. Charan gave 210 scholarships to secondary, junior high and high school
students and plaques to 391 outstanding fathers. Fathers who are qualified
for this annual award must be 50 years and over, monogamy and moral. The
fathers must take care of their children until they graduate and stay away
Mother admits beating up one of her twin daughters out of anger
The mother of five-year old twin girls has admitted that she beat up one of
them out of stress and desperation because she does not speak like the other
children of her age, said Mrs Paveena Hongsakula of Paveena Hongsakula
Foundation, on Sunday.
Mrs Paveena went to Bangkaew district police station in Samut Prakan on
Sunday to visit the mother who was held in the police custody on assault
charge after a two-minute video clip showing the woman beating up one of her
twin daughters was uploaded in the social media and quickly went viral.
The footage shows the woman pulling the hair of a girl and pointing a knife
on her face. Then the woman uses the handle of a broom to hit the girl three
times while threatening to use the knife to cut her tongue.
The woman whose name was withheld told Mrs Paveena that the twin girls were
raised by her mother-in-law in Surin province until about eight months ago
when her husband took the girls back to their own home in Samut Prakan for
After the incident, the father of the twin girls said he would have them
sent back to his mother in Surin.
Pol Col Vichit Boonchinwutthikul, superintendent of Bangkaew police, said
the two twin girls would undergo medical checkup to find out whether they
suffer serious wounds from the alleged beatings.
Over 8,600 landless farmers apply to utilize some 3,000 rai of land under land reform scheme
A total of 8,630 landless farmers have registered with the Kanchanaburi Land
Reform Office to apply for the right to utilize some 3,000 rai of land
reclaimed by the government from land encroachers.
Mr Watcharin Wakamanont, an official of Kanchanaburi Land Reform Office said
on Sunday that the confiscated land which was formerly area under land
reform programme but was illegally occupied had been divided into three
plots: AL8 which covers Wat Pa Luangta Bua or Wat Sua (Tiger Temple)
totaling 1,045 rai; No 14 which covers 1,223 rai and No 15 which covers 900
Apart from Wat Sua which does not require land measurement or development
with basic infrastructures, Mr Watcharin said the two other land plots would
have to be measured and developed before they are to be allocated to the
landless farmers who have already registered with the land reform office in
The land in question was reclaimed by the government from illegal
encroachers, using special power under Section 44 of the interim
Heavy rains continue to pound southern provinces
The Meteorological Department on Sunday announced heavy and very heavy rains
in all southern provinces from Chumporn downward which include Surat Thani,
Koh Samui, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala,
Narathiwat, Ranong, Pha-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun on Sunday and
It also warned sailors and fishermen of choppy sea and strong winds in the
Gulf and the Andaman Sea today until Monday as a direct result of strong low
pressure area which is moving slowly in northwestern direction compounded
with strong northeastern monsoon which is covering the Gulf and the southern
Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 kicks off
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) in
Chiang Mai organizes the Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 to transform the
province into a creative city.
Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong on Sunday presided over the Chiang
Mai Design Week 2016 event at the TCDC in Chiang Mai. Scheduled for 3-11
December 2016, the event is aimed at stimulating the economy by using the
tourism high season and developing the province as a design destination.
This year’s event focuses on the participation of designers, creative
professionals, artisans, entrepreneurs and the local people for the
development of products and services.
The deputy PM said products with a touch of Thai identity could be made
popular in the global market.
TCDC Director Apisit Laisatruklai said one of the important venues of this
grand event was at the Monument of the Three Kings. He expected that more
than 100,000 people would participate in the Chiang Mai Design Week 2016,
generating over 180 million baht.
His Majesty the King appoints General Prem president of Privy Council
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Friday
issued a Royal Command appointing General Prem Tinsulanonda president of the
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngam clarified that General Prem
still remains president of the Privy Council after having completed his role
as the Regent following the proclamation of the new King of the Kingdom of
Citing the Constitution, he said that the term of a member of the Privy
Council ends when he dies, resigns or replaced by an order of HM the King.
Regarding the traditional practice of granting Royal pardon on auspicious
occasions after the proclamation of the new King, Dr Wisanu said that it was
premature for him to discuss the matter, noting that authorities concerned
would have to propose the matter first to the government.
But as far as the government is concerned, he said that he would call a
meeting of agencies concerned next week to make clarification on matters
related to the installation of the new King.
Dhammachayo agrees to surrender provided he is granted bail
The embattled abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, Phra Dhammachayo, is ready to turn
himself in to knowledge criminal charges against him on the condition that
he is granted bail.
The above arrangement was agreed upon after about three hours of talk and
negotiation between officials of the Department of Special Investigation,
representatives of the National Office of Buddhism, the chief monk of Pathum
Thani and legal advisors of Wat Dhammakaya at the temple on Friday.
The DSI was represented by Mr Phisitchai Sawangwattanakorn and Mr Boonruang
At a press conference held at the temple after the meeting, Mr Phisitchai
said that the talk was satisfactory. He said briefly that Phra Dhammachayo
agreed to turn himself in to enter the judicial process with a guarantee
that he could bail himself out.
However, he said the monk wanted a little more time to make sure that he
would be granted bail after he turned himself in.
Phra Dhammachayo is facing charges of conspiring to launder money and
accepting ill-gotten gains in connection with several cheques illegally
issued by the former management of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives for
the temple and for him.
First lot of NGV buses arrive at Laem Chabang deep-sea port
The first lot of 99 Chinese-made
natural gas-powered (NGV) buses have arrived at Laem Chabang deep-sea port
and will be put on service for Bangkok’s bus commuters by the New Year.
Bestrin Group which won the 3,389 million baht deal to procure a total of
489 NGV buses for Bangkok Mass Transit Authority took members of the media
to Laem Chabang in Chon Buri province to observe the recently-arrived 99
Chinese-made buses which were assembled in Malaysia.
Mr Kanis Srivachiraprapha, chairman of the Bestrin Group, told the media
that between 20-25 NGV buses would be put on test run each day starting on
Saturday. He said that the buses would be fitted with GPS system and
registered with the Land Transport Department before they are to be handed
over to BMTA on December 15.
The second lot of 145 buses will arrive at Laem Chabang port on December 4-5
followed by the third lot of 145 buses and the final lot of 100 buses in
December. All of them will be delivered to BMTA within December and
gradually put into service starting on the New Year’s Day.
Each bus which is air-conditioned can accommodate up to 60 passengers. The
door is open and closed automatically and the bus will not move if the door
is not closed properly. One unique difference from the rest of the buses of
BMTA is that it can accommodate wheel-chaired passengers.
Retail business expect 20-30 sales increase from Government’s campaigns
Retail business expects a 20-30% sales increase from the government's launch
of several packages aimed at boosting public spendings in the New Year
But one of the state’s notable think tanks says the packages will not have a
significant impact on the economic growth of the country.
Central Pattana Pcl’s vice president for marketing Nattakrit
Tangpoonsinthana, said that the government’s ‘Shop to Help the Country’
campaign which serves as a New Year gifts to the public will help to
increase consumer spendings in the remain month of this year.
The campaign was similar to the one that was launched late last year, he
said and expects the company’s sales to increase by 20-30 %.
He said as a whole, business would improve, but under the present atmosphere
that the government has wisely allowed tax exemptions for purchases during
Not taking into account the contributions from the tourism sector, this will
greatly help increase consumer spending such as it did in the previous year,
He also said as it is the national mourning period for His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej, the New Year’s countdown celebrations which are normally
organized in a big way at the plaza in front of the Central World shopping
center would be toned down.
But decoration of 10 million light bulbs and a commemorative ceremony for
His Majesty have been planned instead of the previous years’ pomp and
revelry which accompanies every Central New Year celebrations, he said.
Research Director for International Research and Advisory Service with the
Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) Ms Kirida Bhaopichitr,
meanwhile, stated that government’s campaign to increase domestic spending
will no doubt be effective most, particularly its measures to allow tax
exemptions on purchases.
However she felt that the effort will not have a significant impact on the
economic growth of the country, though laudable.
She said the value of the tax deductions do not account for much, only
around 15,000 – 30,000 baht.
Another factor that must be considered is the fact that many consumers
regularly plan their yearend shopping during this period anyway.
Taking aside tourism, the campaign only helps to drive consumer spending
during the short period in the latter months of the year similar to the
previous year, she added.
US congratulates HRH King Rama X
congratulates King Rama X The American ambassador to Thailand today sent
congratulatory message on the ascension to the throne of His Royal Highness
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn last night.
The American ambassador to Thailand today sent congratulatory message on the
ascension to the throne of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn last night.
His message reads, “I warmly
congratulate His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the people of the
Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of the King’s ascension to the throne. I
extend my best wishes to His Majesty for an auspicious and prosperous reign.
The United States deeply values our longstanding alliance with the Kingdom
of Thailand. We look forward to building on an enduring friendship that
began in 1818 with the first contact between the court of King Rama II and
President James Monroe. In the ten generations since, our friendship has
developed into a partnership and alliance of great benefit to our two
As with His Majesty’s late father, the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
under His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun we will
continue to commit ourselves to deepen and strengthen the bonds between us,
and foster ever-greater stability and prosperity for both our peoples.
I wish Your Majesty continued health and long life.
Glyn T. Davies
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand
Frenchman jumps to his death in Pattaya
A 71-year-old French national jumped to his death last night from the sixth
floor of a famous shopping centre in Pattaya.
He was later identified as Mr Claude Andre Antoine Tohrer.
Pattaya police said they were alerted of the incident at 11.30 pm just as
the shopping centre was about to close.
He was found dead, face down on the escalator of the third floor.
Eyewitnesses told police that they saw the man whose face appeared to be in
deep distress and who was climbing over the barrier on the sixth floor, amid
shouting from other shoppers about to leave the shopping centre not to jump.
But he jumped down, they said.
Pattaya police are investigating to find out the actual cause of his
Long Live His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun speaking after acceptance of the
throne at Dusit Palace Thursday, Dec.1, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Bureau
of the Royal Household via AP)
Thailand has a new king, with the
country's HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn 64, formally taking the throne to
succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years.
The new monarch, received the title
"His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun" He will also
be known as Rama X, the tenth king in the Chakri dynasty that was founded in
"I would like to accept in order to
fulfill his majesty's wishes and for the benefit of all Thais," HM King
Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha
said Thursday night that because of tradition that the throne should not
remain vacant, the new king's reign will be considered as beginning on the
day HM King Bhumibol died.
"His majesty the new king, the beloved
son of the late king, will carry forward his leadership and legacy," he
General Prem leads chiefs of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to have an audience with HRH Crown Prince
Privy Council President General Prem
Tinsulanonda, in his capacity as the Regent, led Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-ocha, National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholachai
and the Supreme Court President Veeraphol Tangsuwan to have an audience with
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to invite him to succeed
to the throne as the new King of the kingdom of Thailand at 6.30 pm on
According to Chapter 2 of the B.E. 2557
interim constitution in reference to Section 23 of the B.E. 2550
Constitution, the audience of the three leaders of the executive,
legislative and judicial branches with HRH the Crown Prince to invite him to
succeed to the throne was the third step of the traditional procedure of the
accession to the throne of the Thai kingdom.
The fourth and final step of the
traditional procedure is for the NLA President Mr Pornpetch Wichitcholachai
to announce to the public for acknowledgement of the installation of the new
King, which is the end of the succession procedure.
The new King will be addressed as
Somdet Prachaoyouhua until there is a coronation ceremony after which the
new King will be addressed as Phrabaat Somdet Phrachaoyouhua.
All the details of the succession
procedure will be published in the Royal Gazette.
One palace official was killed and 39 others injured in road accident
One official of the Taksin Palace in Narathiwat was killed and about 39
others injured when a tour bus in which they were travelling was involved in
a road accident in Thepa district of Songkhla on Thursday.
Police said that as the double-decker was descending downhill, it failed to
negotiate a curve and skidded out of the road and rammed into a roadside
tree and a roadside pavilion before it overturned.
Died at the scene of the accident was Mrs Maneerat Thongchan and 39 others
who are mostly officials of Taksin Palace in Narathiwat. A police official
however said he suspected slippery road surface was blamed for the accident.
Rescue teams from Narenthorn Centre in Songkhla were eventually dispatched
to the scene to pick up the injured passengers, most of them women, and have
them sent to Jana and Thepa district hospitals.
Later on, seven seriously injured passengers were to Hat Yai and Songkhla
Nakharind hospitals for treatment.
Police said that the passengers who are mostly officials at Taksin Palace in
Narathiwat were returning to Narathiwat from Bangkok where they attended a
meeting when the accident occurred in Thepa district of Songkhla.
AIDS infection rate among 15-19 years old age group twice that of older age groups
AIDS virus infection among Thai youths aged between 15-19 is two times
higher than the infection rate of youths in the 20-24 age group, said Dr
Nittaya Panupark Puengpapong, head of the infection prevention team of the
AIDS Research Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society.
The infection rate is especially higher among gay men who have same-sex
relationship compared to heterosexual youths, she said, adding that some of
the AIDS cases which are not mother-to-child infection are as young as 12
She disclosed that the Thai Red Cross has cooperated with Unicef to jointly
launch a pilot project for trial use of PrEP or Pre-exposure Phophylaxis
medication among 2,500 teenagers in 15-19 age group in Chiang Mai, Pattaya,
Bangkok and Hat Yai.
The trial use is meant to study the ability of youths in taking drugs on
regular basis to prevent themselves from contracting AIDS virus and to
assess the safety for the use of the drug.
Although there has not been a study about the side effects of the drug
toward the functioning of the kidney, Dr Nittaya said that it was discovered
that once the use of the drug was stopped, the kindey resumed normal
Marlin Sky pub faces closure for locating close to an educational institution
Chiang Mai provincial authorities will be asked to close down Marlin
Sky pub after it was discovered that it is located in close vicinity to an
educational institution which is prohibited by law, said Mr Visit
Visitsora-ath, director-general of Department of Juvenile Observation and
Protection, on Thursday.
In his capacity as secretary to a committee tasked to follow up the orders
issued by the National Council for Peace and Order, he said he had ordered a
probe into the operations of the pub and found out that the pub had defied
an earlier order of the NCPO to shut down the premise for being located too
close to an educational institute.
He explained that defying the NCPO order was a different issue from the
issue about whether the pub has an operating license or not.
Mr Visit went on saying that the pub might have a license to sell liquor
but, however, the Excise Department had confirmed that no additional license
to sell liquor had been issued to any pub or entertainment venue located
near an educational institution.
Meanwhile, Mr Prayong Preeyachit, secretary-general of the Government
Sector’s Anti-Corruption Commission, said he had instructed his officials in
chiang Mai to investigate if any government officials were involved in the
pub’s business or in the assault of the victim, 23-year old Isaranuwat
He said the probe would especially focus on the performance of Chang Phoek
district police in the handling of the assault case.
The pub’s owner and three other individuals have been charged with assault
although they are yet to be detained.
The Marlin Sky pub in Chiang Mai’s Muang district became the talk of the
town because it was the venue where the son of an army general was badly
beaten up allegedly by a gang of the pub’s guards on the night of September
Government suggested to extend assistance measures for rice farmers
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Office of Agricultural Economics has suggested
the government extend its measures to assist farmers and maintain the
stability of rice until August, saying the extended measures will help
increase the domestic rice price to 9,500 baht/ton.
Director of the Agricultural Economics Operation Center Phumsak Rasri said
the measures, which would expire on 28 February 2017, were only short term
and most of the farmers entitled to the measures had sufficient rice for
sale. He added that the measures did not help raise the rice price because
they were too short.
Regarding rice price in the future, the director said it would be similar to
the present price but it would likely increase if the measures were
extended. The price of jasmine rice would be 8,800 baht/ton and the price of
unhusked rice 6,700-7,200 baht/ton, said Mr. Phumsak. He further suggested
the government process rice and invest in infrastructure to increase
logistics and marketing channels for farmers.
Preparations set for HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to succeed the throne
A shopkeeper places portraits of HRH Crown
Prince Vajiralongkorn outside her shop in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Dec.
1, 2016. Thailand is preparing to welcome a new king with final arrangements
scheduled to formalize the accession of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to
the throne. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand prepared Thursday to welcome a new king, with
final arrangements scheduled to formalize the accession of Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn to the throne.
National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai is set have
an audience with the prince later Thursday to invite him to become king, a
constitutional formality, according to the assembly Vice President Peerasak
Pornpetch's public announcement of Vajiralongkorn's acceptance, expected
Thursday night, will complete the succession process, making the 64-year-old
prince King Rama X, the tenth monarch in the Chakri dynasty that was founded
HRH Prince Vajiralongkorn's father, the much-revered Bhumibol Adulyadej, who
took the throne in 1946, died on Oct. 13 at age 88 after many years of ill
health. In 1972, Bhumibol designated Prince Vajiralongkorn — his second
child and only son — as his successor.
HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was originally expected to assume the throne
the day his father died, but in a surprise announcement, Prime Minister
Prayuth Chan-ocha said the prince asked for the succession to be put off so
he had time to mourn. In the interim, royal affairs have been overseen by a
regent, Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, who along with Gen. Prayuth and Supreme
Court Chief Justice Veerapol Tungsuwan will accompany the assembly president
at his audience to invite the prince to take the throne.
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Traffic nightmare as Ratchayothin flyover bridge closed around the clock
Motorists were stuck in traffic on Ratchadapisek and Paholyothin roads for
longer period than usual on the first day of the 24-hour closure of the
Ratchayothin flyover bridge since Tuesday midnight.
Traffic snarl for both in-bound and out-bound of the two roads was so bad
that several frustrated bus commuters were seen leaving the stationary buses
in droves and chose to walk instead under the hot sun.
Besides the complete closure of the flyover bridge, the traffic lanes on
Ratchadapisek road were reduced from five to three, hence further worsening
traffic condition. The impacts from heavy congestion on Ratchadapisek road
spread to Prachanukul intersection which is normally congested, Ratchavibha
intersection and Vibhavadi Rangsit highway and Ratchada-Lat Phrao
Pol Col Samroeng Suanthong, deputy commander of 2nd division of Metropolitan
Police Bureau, said Wednesday that additional police had been deployed to
Because of the heavy congestion, he said traffic lights were manually
operated instead of automatically.
The Ratchayotihn flyover bridge will remain shut until November 6 so police
can assess traffic situation and later mete out proper traffic management
when the bridge is to be demolished and a tunnel will be built on
Construction work will take two years and motorists are advised to avoid the
Weatherman warns of heavy and very heavy rains in lower South during Dec 1-3
Big vessels were warned to exercise great caution while smaller vessels were
told not to venture out to the sea in the Gulf due to strong winds and high
The Meteorological Department issued a statement, saying that the lower
southern region would experience heavy and very heavy rains in certain parts
of the region covering Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung,
Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces during December 1-3 as a
direct result of stronger northeastern monsoon which is covering the Gulf
and the South.
The Gulf will also experience strong winds and waves as high as 2-3 metres,
making it dangerous for small vessels to venture out to the sea.
More and more youngsters under 15 die of road accidents involving motorbikes
A total of 943 youngsters under 15 years of age died or motorcycle-related
road accidents last year and, of these, 378 of them are motorcycle riders in
10-14 age group, according to the Centre for the Promotion of Safety and
Prevention of Injuries among Children.
Speaking at the launch of the “Children don’t drive: Before 15” programme at
the faculty of medicines of Ramathibodi hospital, Dr Adisak Plitpolkarnpim,
the centre’s director, said that road accidents concerning with motorcycles
rank the No 1 cause of fatality among youngsters in 10-15 age group due to
reckless driving, riding without crash helmets, drunk driving or being too
young to drive.
From statistics of fatalities from road accidents involving youngsters less
than 15 years of age during 2000-2015, it was discovered that road accident
deaths among 10-14 age group have the tendency to increase by up to 28
Regarding young motorcycle riders, Dr Adisak said opinion survey of 2,822
Pathom 6 students in nine provinces with average age of 12 showed that 58
percent of them – most of them male – were capable of riding a motorbike
with the youngest rider aged only seven. Most of them learned how to ride
from their parents and 64 percent of them started learning how to ride at
He pointed out that even if the land traffic law bans children under 15 to
ride a motorbike and youngsters aged 15-18 cannot ride motorbikes bigger
than 110cc, the law has been largely ignored by the society, parents,
schools, police and even scholars.
Central bank admits crackdown on zero-dollar package tours has greater impact than earlier projected
The government’s crackdown on zero-dollar package tours from China may have
greater impacts on tourism business than earlier projected but whether the
impacts will affect the GDP or not is yet to be assessed together with the
overall economic performance, said Mr Don Nakornthap, senior director of
Macro-economic Policy Office of the Bank of Thailand, on Wednesday.
Tourism sector accounts for 11-12 percent of the GDP and the number of
tourist arrivals for the month of October has dropped to 2.26 million
compared to 2.41 million in September representing 10.1 percent drop, said
Mr Don, adding that this has weakened the consumption of tourism-related
Coupled with the weak purchasing power of the farming sector due to lower
prices of farm products, the consumption growth of the private sector for
the month of October contracted 1.9 percent against the figure in September.
Don said it was initially projected that the crackdown on zero-dollar
package tours from China and the increase of fees for visa upon arrival
would cut down the number of tourist arrivals by 200,000 for this year, but
it appeared that the real impacts might be far greater than the earlier
projection. The actual impacts, he added, will be further assessed.
Meanwhile, exports for October contracted 4.3 percent compared to
September’s 3 percent growth, but exports of certain goods and for certain
markets remain positive indicating that there is potential for expansion of
Private sector’s investments for October contracted 1.5 percent resulting
from continuing contraction in construction sector and investments in