Motorway extension in Chonburi expected to begin late this month
CHONBURI,(NNT) - The Ministry of
Transport has revealed that the construction of a motorway linking Pattaya
to Map Ta Phut will begin later this month.
Transport Minister Akom Termpittayapaisit presided over the
agreement-signing ceremony for the extension of Special Highway No. 7, also
known as Motorway Route 7. It will be 31 kilometers long from Pattaya
municipality to the town of Map Ta Phut.
The construction is part of this year's motorway development plan, which is
aimed at connecting Laem Chabang Port and industrial estates in the East to
the Central Plains. The construction project is valued at 14.2 billion baht
and will take approximately three years to complete.
The Transport Minister also revealed that the bidding process is currently
underway for the construction of a motorway connecting Ayutthaya province to
Nakhon Ratchasima province.
Regarding the motorway project linking Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province, Mr.
Akom said that authorities are currently conducting an environmental impact
assessment (EIA). The EIA will be submitted to the Office of National
Environment Board for consideration later this month.
Prime Minister bolsters mosquito fighting campaign
– The Prime Minister has promoted the government’s mosquito combating
campaign and voiced a desire to see ASEAN wide cooperation to stem disease
Ahead of the day’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha
took part in a campaign to eradicate mosquitoes organized by the Disease
Control Department of the Ministry of Public Health. He called on all
relevant agencies to ensure the public is made aware of the threat of
mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread, especially in the southern
region where due to a large amount of rubber farms, mosquitoes are able to
Pointing out that the ASEAN region is mostly tropical; the premier said he
wants to see regional cooperation to eliminate mosquitoes.
The Disease Control Department has reported that in 2016 it expects 166
thousand people to contract dengue fever. To cut the number it is utilizing
the Civil State philosophy to combine the efforts of the public and private
sector. The department has created a campaign titled “3 clean ups, 3
diseases” calling for all citizens to clean their homes, garbage and water
sources to protect themselves from dengue fever, the Zika virus and
The department is also introducing a new application to help educate the
public on how to eradicate mosquitoes.
35bn baht economic stimulus campaign to be approved on 12 Feb
BANGKOK,(NNT) – More fundamental
economic stimulus measures under the civil-state policy is set to be
approved with a budget of 35 billion baht in a conference on 12 February,
says Village and Urban Community Fund chief.
Office of Village and Urban Community Fund Director Nathee Clibtong has
revealed that the office is set to approve the manual and regulations to run
projects under the fundamental economic stimulus campaign within a 35
billion baht budget on 12 February 2016, allowing the proposed project to
commence immediately after approval.
He said more than 30,000 funds have been requested under this campaign to
promote long-term and sustainable developments in villages and communities,
while the office is recruiting community volunteers to monitor the progress
and outcome of local projects, and to promote a conciliatory approach in
both the project's social and economical aspects.
The criteria for project approval include the public benefits, employment
and income generation in communities, infrastructure development, basic
manufacturing factors development, and water sources development.
The Village and Urban Community Fund's chief further disclosed that all
project in this campaign should operate under the civil-state mechanism to
receive support from the government sector, but the main principles are that
the participants are responsible for the projects, emphasizing on ownership
Health Ministry hold workshop on developing system for purchasing medical supplies
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Somsak Akksilp,
MD, chaired a workshop on developing and improving a system for purchasing
medicine and medical equipment.
The workshop suggested that the most optimal way to purchase medical
supplies is to group up hospitals and place an order together, which would
give the group the upper hand in negotiations over the suppliers. The
workshop was in line with the National Anti-Corruption Commission's
guidelines and the Cabinet's policies.
In addition, a talk on using "e-bidding" to purchase medical supplies online
was held by Associate Professor Kitti Pitaknitinan, the President of the
Pharmacy Council of Thailand.
The workshop was attended by about 400 representatives from general
hospitals, community hospitals, provincial hospitals, inspectors general,
regional senior medical officers, and other related authorities.
Sukhothai unveils marigold field as new tourist attraction
SUKHOTHAI,(NNT) – Sukhothai Province is
promoting the blooming marigold field in the province as the latest “unseen”
tourism attraction, a TAT official says.
Sukhothai Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Office’s Director Patsarin
Sawetrat has revealed that TAT Sukhothai is now inviting tourists to come
and enjoy the beauty of blooming marigold in vast fields located in Pak
Khwae Subdistrict, Sukhothai Province.
Marigolds are planted in the area as substitute to tobaccos during the dry
season starting from November and ending in April, adding the golden-yellow
color to the local scenery.
Visitors can observe the livelihood of local farmers harvesting marigold
flowers in the morning, while the marigold fields are gaining popularity as
a new tourism attraction, from the images shared on the internet by numerous
Interested individuals can contact TAT Sukhothai for more information about
visiting the fields by calling 0-5561-6228-9.
Prime Minister calls for clear digital economy plans to be drafted
Bangkok,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has
called for each of the ministries of the cabinet to draft plans in line with
the government’s 20 year Digital Economy strategy.
Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has chaired a meeting of the commission
established to transition the nation’s economy and society to the digital
era at Government House. At the beginning of the meeting, the premier made
known he wants all ministries of the government to outline clear plans based
on the 12th National Economic and Social Development Board blueprint, which
outlines a 20 year plan for national development. He asserted that the plans
are needed to ensure that once general elections take place, the new
government will be able to move forward with national reforms.
Among the meeting’s agendas was the presentation of a master plan for the
development of a digital society and economy and a plan proposed by
Electronic Government Agency Plc (EGA). Both adhere to the government’s 20
year plan, which is divided into 5 year phases.
The first phase of the plan utilizes proposals by the Ministry of
Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Education to create
networking infrastructure. The Information Ministry is to set up 10 thousand
high speed internet relays to give the public wider access to Free Wi-Fi.
Relevant laws to implement the plan are to be concluded within this year.
Suspect in murder of dismembered Spaniard in Thai custody
escort Artur Segarra Princep, 36, of Spain, center, after arriving by
helicopter on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. at the police airport in Bangkok from
Cambodia.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Jason Corben, Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome
murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested
in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim's dismembered body was recovered
over several days from Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.
The suspect, identified as Artur Segarra Princep, 36, was arrested Sunday
evening at a restaurant in the Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville where
he had checked into a guesthouse a few days earlier, regional Cambodian
police chief Gen. Chuon Narin said Monday.
"We received a request from Thai police to arrest this man, and after
launching an investigation we found him," Chuon Narin said.
Thai police sent a helicopter to Cambodia and it returned with the suspect
Thai police have identified the victim as David Bernat, who was described as
a consultant. They have speculated that he was abducted, tortured and forced
to transfer a large amount of money before being killed. Thai police have
declined to publicly comment on media reports of large transfers of money
from Bernat's bank account to accounts in Spain and Singapore.
At a news conference, Thai National Police Chief Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda
told reporters that Segarra "only said that they were friends," referring to
him and the victim.
Police obtained records showing that Segarra had withdrawn money from ATM
machines in the Bangkok area as recently as Thursday, and also had video of
him with an unidentified woman and in a black Isuzu pickup truck.
Immigration police said Segarra has visited Thailand frequently, but his
latest visa expired late last year.
Records show that Bernat also visited Thailand many times, arriving most
recently on Jan. 19 on a flight from Iran. He was last seen alive while
leaving his Bangkok apartment on Jan. 20. Medical examiners said they
believe he died between Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, with the cause being
Thai media reports over the weekend said Segarra's motorcycle was found at
the Thai border, and a Thai woman described as his girlfriend was quoted
saying that he fled Bangkok after seeing his picture on Thai television news
Associated Press writers Nattasuda Anusonadisai in Bangkok and Sopheng
Cheang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, contributed to this report.
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1 dead in Thai boat mishap; all survive Cambodia accident
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) —
Police said they have rescued six Chinese tourists and two Cambodians after
their speedboat sank in rough waters on the way to celebrate the Lunar New
Year on a popular island. The rescue came a day after a Chinese tourist died
in a similar boat accident in neighboring Thailand.
Sihanoukville police chief Gen. Chuon Narin said the Cambodian boat
overturned after being hit by strong waves on Monday about 18 kilometers (12
miles) from the coast.
He said the Chinese had rented the boat to visit Koh Rong island even though
authorities had banned all sea traffic including fishing boats because of
Koh Rong is regarded as the most beautiful Cambodian island because of its
white sand beaches and virgin forests. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, it
is close to Sihanoukville, 240 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Phnom
In neighboring Thailand, strong waves took the life of a 64-year-old female
Chinese tourist, Thai media reported.
Thai PBS public television quoted police as saying the accident occurred
Sunday afternoon in the Andaman Sea off popular Phi Phi island when a boat
carrying a Chinese family of four adults and two children was capsized by a
big wave in rough waters, causing the woman to drown and injuring the five
It quoted an official from the national park on the island as saying that a
warning had been issued for small boats not to take to sea because of high
winds and choppy water.
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Thailand, Japan conducting test run on rail system in Ratchaburi
RATCHABURI,(NNT) – Thailand and Japan
are testing a rail system that connects the port of Laem Chabang and the
port of Dawei in Myanmar.
The railway project resulting from the cooperation of Thailand and Japan is
being tested before its official opening. The test run was presided over
yesterday by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who was
accompanied by Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek and Tsutomu
Shimura, Deputy Director-General of the Railway Bureau under the Ministry of
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.
During the test period, small containers are being transported across
various routes such as Kanchanaburi-Bangkok, Bangkok- Chachoengsao -
Aranyaprathet, and Bangkok- Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang.
According to Mr Arkhom, Japan has been a great partner in implementing this
project, passing on its extensive knowledge on rail technology to Thailand.
With Japan’s expertise, he said Thailand will be able to stabilize its
infrastructure, which will in turn bring greater economic growth.
In the meantime, Mr Shimura said Japan is determined to help Thailand reduce
transportation costs as well as improve the country’s logistics system.
Prime Minister to take part in US-ASEAN Summit on Feb 14-18
– Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to attend the US-ASEAN
Summit in California between February 14th and 18th.
Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of Information and
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the prime minister
will take part in the inaugural US-ASEAN Summit which will be held in Rancho
Mirage, California on February 14th to 18th, at the invitation of US
President Barack Obama.
The spokesperson said it will be the first time the US and the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations meet on an official platform following the
formation of the ASEAN Community on December 31st, 2015.
The platform will allow the US and the ASEAN Community to discuss economic
relations, strategic partnership, and international issues.
Mr Sek said while attending the summit, the Thai Premier will push for
greater economic cooperation between both sides with a hope of benefiting
Premier invites tourists to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The prime minister has
invited Thai and foreign tourists to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market near
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Cha-o-cha said Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market
is presenting the land of smiles event from now until February 26th, hosted
by the Ministry of Culture.
The event supports the traditions and culture that are unique to various
regions and features unique products from local communities. The event will
alternate themes to attract visitors and encourage consumer spending.
February 1st-7th which is the first week features a prosperity market to
coincide with the Chinese New Year.
The second week, from February 8th to February 14th, will be a celebration
of Valentine’s Day.
The third week, from February 15th to February 21st, will be on the theme:
“Market of Happiness”.
The final week, from February 22nd to February 26th, will be presented on
the theme: “Market of Merit” in order to celebrate Magha Puja Day.
General Chatchai observes rubber purchase project in Trang
TRANG,(NNT) – Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya,
has travelled to Trang Province to observe the rubber purchase project in
Gen Chatchai inspected the purchase activity in Wangwiset District and met
with local rubber growers registering for the project to listen to their
problems and suggestions. Gen Chatchai then visited a rubber co-op to
witness rubber processing.
Gen Chatchai disclosed that rubber growers who discussed the problems with
him were mostly small scale operators who preferred to sell natural rubber
to the co-op. They also asked the government to increase its purchase quota.
The rubber purchase project is one of the government’s efforts to alleviate
the effects of the price slump. The purchased rubber will be used in the
construction of public facilities such as roadways. In Trang, around 50,000
rubber planters are taking advantage of the helpful project. More than 7,000
of them have already been paid. Some rubber-producing provinces have turned
to edible plants and vegetables as another income source.
Health Ministry: Zika virus outbreak unlikely in Thailand
Bangkok, (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has indicated it is unlikely
the Zika virus will enter and spread through the Kingdom.
Department of Disease Control Adviser and Virology Expert, Dr. Prasert
Thongcharoen, recently took part in a meeting to prepare measures against
emerging ailments. Following the meeting, the adviser stated that there is
only a low to medium risk of a Zika virus epidemic in the Kingdom as so far
it has spread mostly only through mosquitoes with very few instances of
sexual transmission suspected.
The Ministry of Public Health has erected 4 blockades against the illness
ranging from virologist techniques to entomologist techniques. It is also
monitoring the public for signs of the virus, especially newborns as the
disease has been linked to abnormal development of fetuses. It has noted for
those traveling back from risk areas that the illness itself is not
dangerous and can be self-treated.
On an Omani man in Thailand found to be infected with Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), ministry officials stated his overall condition
is good and he only requires breathing assistance from time to time.
Nonetheless, they asserted that precautionary measures should continue.
Fishing license to require background checks
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Department of
Fisheries has proposed to the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing
(CCCIF) that background checks be conducted on a boat operator before
issuing a fishing license.
Admiral Na Areenich, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy and Commander
of the CCCIF, has recently chaired a meeting with other members of the
CCCIF, as well as representatives from the Department of Fisheries. They
have agreed that background checks must be conducted to make sure the boat
operator has a clean record of fishing operations.
Records can be obtained from the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating
Center and other relevant agencies. Meanwhile, the Department of Fisheries
is expected to determine the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and provide it
to boat registration officers at the CCCIF before next Friday.
MSY is the largest catch that can be taken from a species' population under
prevailing environmental and economic conditions. As for illegal fishing
equipment and boats, a CCCIF legal team will identify individuals
responsible for their usage.
DSI seizes 11 plots of land in Kanchanaburi
KANCHANABURI, (NNT) – The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has
seized 600 rai of land illegally held as trespassed and misused land in the
national forest reserve, says a DSI official.
The DSI’s Special Operation Center Region 7 Director Pol Lt Col Anon
Untarichan has revealed that the DSI has finally seized all 11 plots of
land, reported by the general public as trespassed lands in the national
forest reserve area, reclaiming the land rights back to the government on 3
Land reclamation operations were carried out starting from the seize of 4
out of the 11 plots of land back on 26 August 2015, followed by additional
investigation using satellite images to identify the remaining 7 plots of
land located in the East Chong Insee and Don Salaeb-Laokwan forests.
Initial observation from officials shows that the land was trespassed by
locals for the cultivation of farm plants such as sugar cane, tapioca, and
Land reclamation operations are in accordance with the government’s policy
to eliminate the trespassing of lands by capitalists without disturbing the
local people who may use the land for daily occupation.
The criteria for retaking the land is based on ownership and usage.
Trespassed land areas larger than 25 rai by local people will be determined
by Cabinet resolution, while the use of land plots under 25 rais for
commercial usage, including resort development, will be deemed illegal and
GSB to launch low interest loans for home buyers
Bangkok,(NNT) – The Government Savings Bank (GSB) has prepared to offer low
interest loans through its “Civil State Homes for Low Income Earners
Project”, aiming to dole out 30 billion baht to low income earners for home
purchases starting this March.
GSB President Surachai Danaitangtrakul, elaborated that the project targets
low and medium income earners and seeks to enable them to purchase their own
homes. The project is to be presented to the Cabinet next week so that it
can be approved for implementation by March.
GSB will join with the Islamic Bank of Thailand to offer up homes that were
used as collateral in non-performing loans to low income earners. Up to 12
thousand units will be presented in the first batch with an additional 2,900
units expected from the Treasury Department.
The terms of the project mandate that eligible applicants must make between
15-20 thousand baht a month and have never owned real estate before. Such
individuals will be able to request loans up to 700 thousand baht for homes
and land, 600 thousand baht for apartments and 500 thousand baht for homes
offered by the Treasury Department. Interest for the loans will be 2 percent
over 3 years with the government subsidizing 1 percent to the GSB each year.
Payments will start at as low as 3,000 baht a month.
Bangkok unveils QR code system of tracking the supply chain of meats
– Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra visited Bangkok’s Sam Yan Market to
test a new smartphone scanning system to track the whereabouts of meat
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) unveiled its new project to
provide consumers with a database of the origins of meat in order to create
credibility and transparency during the Chinese New Year. The database will
reveal to consumers the entire process of preparation, processing and
packaging to affirm that the produce is safe and hygienic.
Bangkok’s Sam Yan, On Nut, Ying Charoen, Thung Khru and Bang Khun Markets
are participating in the “Scan Me” project where smart phone users can
download a QR code reader from the App Store or Google Play Store and scan
the QR codes attached to the meat packaging. In addition to providing
information on the produce’s whereabouts, the application also allows users
to make comments and suggestions while all information will be forwarded to
the Veterinary Office of Public Health to further improve quality control.
Sri Lanka's primary industry minister visits Thai commerce minister
Bangkok,(NNT) – Sri Lanka's Primary Industry Minister Daya D.K. Gamage
visited Thailand and was received by Thai Commerce Minister Apiradi
His visit came in advance of Deputy Thai Prime Minister Somkid
Jatusripitak’s upcoming official tour to Sri Lanka between March 9 and 12,
which is aimed at improving trade relationships between the two countries.
Mr. Somkid's planned visit to Sri Lanka will involve a high-level government
dialogue, a Business Forum and a Business Matching fair to promote economic
ties between the two countries.
Sri Lanka offers promising potentials for Thailand's jewelry, fishery,
pharmaceutical, agricultural sectors and tourism industry.
Mrs. Apiradi said the Sri Lankan government is interested in inviting Thai
businesses to invest in its infrastructure development projects such as mass
transit construction and fishery. Besides, Sri Lanka needs investment in
food processing industry while its tourism sector is yet to be developd to
draw visitors from Thailand, given Sri Lanka's abundance of Buddhist
religious sites and attractions. ”
Sri Lanka has become Thailand’s fourth largest trading partner in the South
Asia region, accounting for 488 million USD in trade and representing 0.12
percent in a total of Thailand's trade value. Thailand has had 380 million
USD in trade surplus to Sri Lanka.
Thailand and India sign coastal logistics cooperation
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha and Vice President of India Hamid Ansari have presided
over an agreement-signing ceremony for coastal logistics cooperation.
Under the agreement, Thailand and India will join hands to set up a
transport route between a seaport in the Andaman Sea and those in India.
Thailand will study a new Indian investment law before proposing the
subsequent establishment of a free trade area (FTA) agreement with India.
Another deal for tourism cooperation will allow India to study Thailand’s
Mr. Ansari is the first Indian vice president to visit Thailand in half a
century. He and his wife, Salma Ansari, had the opportunity to observe the
Royal Chitralada Projects. The Indian Vice President then delivered a
keynote speech at Chulalongkorn University, entitled “India, Thailand and
ASEAN: Contours of a Rejuvenated Relationship.” Both later traveled to Wat
Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm, also known as Wat Pho, and the Grand
Next year, Thailand and India will celebrate their 70th anniversary of
Chinatown vendors urged not to raise prices of religious goods
BANGKOK, 5 February 2016 (NNT) - The Office of the Consumer Protection Board
(OCPB) has urged Chinatown vendors to maintain reasonable prices for
religious and ceremonial items ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Minister Attached to the Office of the Prime Minister ML Panadda Diskul
joined the OCPB Secretary-General, Ampol Wongsiri, in reaching out to
vendors and gold shop owners in a campaign to maintain the cost of living
Those selling religious and ceremonial items have been urged not to increase
their prices as Chinese New Year approaches.
The two government officials have also affirmed that no gold shops were
found in violation of the law. Their demonstrations of gold weighing
procedures are also in line with the OCPB guidelines and the prices of gold
were displayed clearly.
Health Ministry holds teen health & beauty activity
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public
Health (MOPH) has organized an activity to raise awareness of the dangers of
unsafe diet and beauty regimens.
At the opening speech, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has
cautioned teenagers planning to undergo plastic surgery to consider the
possible side effects and to only choose certified hospitals.
Dr. Piyasakol said that teenagers are naturally endowed with youthful
beauty, arguing that they can maintain their health and looks by having a
balanced diet, enough rest, and regular exercise. The activity featured
talks by health and beauty experts, as well as entertainment shows by
The ministry has planned to launch a similar activity at several campuses to
raise awareness of a healthy lifestyle among youngsters.
Prime Minister says 2017 expenditure budget to be drafted with stringency
Bangkok, (NNT) – The Prime Minister has called for greater care to be taken
in drafting the 2017 government spending budget with an emphasis on fiscal
discipline and wider dispersion.
Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has handed down policy to a meeting
discussing the Government Expenditure Budget for 2017 attended by high
ranking government officials, state enterprise executives and the heads of
state offices. Throughout the meeting, the attendants will be briefed on the
approach to be used in drafting their budgets for next year, which have been
decided with an aim to achieve the greatest benefit to the public and the
The premier asked that all in attendance gain a clear understanding of the
changing situation of the world so that they may draft their budgets with
consideration to both domestic and international factors. He asserted that
the central budget must be dispersed to all local offices with efficiency
and address matters in a direct manner. He affirmed that this year, drafting
of the budget would be done with stringency and fiscal discipline.
Prime Minister discusses bilateral ties with Indian VP
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomed the Vice
President of India during his official visit to Thailand to promote
Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived in Thailand with his
wife, Salma Ansari, and Indian foreign officials. Both Gen Prayut and Mr.
Ansari inspected a military formation at the Government House.
They were later scheduled to discuss the possibility of further cooperation
in areas of tourism, trade, culture, academia, defense and security. Gen
Prayut and his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha also hosted a dinner party for the
Vice President and his delegation.
This marks first time in 50 years that Thailand has had a visit from an
Indian vice president. Next year, the two nations will celebrate their 70th
anniversary of diplomatic relations.
M.L. Panadda urged unity among public & private bodies
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Minister Attached to the Office of Prime Minister ML
Panadda Diskul has urged unity between public and private agencies to solve
the country’s problems.
During his special lecture on the government’s core values at the Royal Thai
Armed Forces' Institute of Security Psychology, ML Panadda stressed the need
for both public and private sectors to remain united. He explained that all
provinces needed to rely on one another, given their multicultural
ML Panadda talked about his experience as a former provincial governor. He
said it was for wealthier provinces to share their income with low-income
provinces to enable equal development.
The Minister affirmed that the government would try its best to lead the
country towards prosperity within the administration's remaining term by
fostering unity and a sense of social responsibility among various bodies.
Upper regions to see chilly weather in early February
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The northern and northeastern regions of Thailand are likely
to face a new set round of cool weather due to a strong high pressure, while
the public are urged to keep themselves healthy.
The Meteorological Department has announced weather forecast for cool
climate in the north and northeastern regions of Thailand, as influenced by
a rather strong high pressure from China covering the upper parts of
Thailand during 2-7 February 2016.
The conditions will initially cause rainfalls and strong winds, followed by
a temperature drop by 2-4 degree Celsius.
The general public are advised to ready themselves for weather change, while
people living in the affected areas should take extra care by wearing warm
clothes, protecting their houses from strong wind, and be careful when
setting up bonfires for warmth.
Motorists should drive with caution, especially when passing through foggy
areas, and farmers are advised to be aware of possible damage to their farm
from weather change.
Prachuap Khiri Khan constructs drought-resisting dykes
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN,(NNT) – Prachuap
Khiri Khan Province has constructed dikes to slow water flow in drought
affected areas, in an attempt to retain more water for consumption and
irrigate water into the remote areas.
Hua Hin District Chief Sutipong Klaiudom has revealed that officials in four
drought-hit districts in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province have agreed to
construct dykes to slow water flow down, in an attempt to retain soil
moisture, and increase water reservoirs for consumption.
The dykes will be constructed using local materials from the effort of local
communities as drought relief. Despite a report of lowered water levels in
Pranburi Reservoir, officials have confirmed that the remaining reserves are
sufficient for tap water manufacturing in Hua Hin District.
Water tankers will continuously be dispatched to deliver clean water to
remote areas, where water shortage is expected.
The general public are also advised refrain from harming elephants that
drink from the ponds that have been excavated by the local people, but to
instead drive them away.
Prime Minister confirms intention to see draft charter pass public referendum
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has
confirmed his intention to see the new draft charter passed in the public
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said this week that although he may
disapprove, criticism of the draft constitution is a basic right of the
people. He said that he has not reviewed any suggestions from the
Constitution Drafting Commission but he is glad that the new draft
constitution was completed and released to the public.
The Premier added that he wants the latest draft charter to pass the public
referendum as planned. He went on to say that should the draft charter fail
to receive public endorsement, a contingency plan has been prepared.
When asked what could delay the planned general election, the Prime Minister
said that it could be the draft constitution’s failure to secure the
people’s support or political conflicts.
Deputy Prime Minister gives speech in Iran promoting business with Thailand
Minister Somkid Jatusripitak
TEHRAN,(NNT) – The Deputy Prime
Minister gave remarks promoting investment in Thailand in front of
businessmen at a forum in Iran, aiming to increase trade between Thailand
and Iran by ten times from the current volume.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak gave a speech at the event held in
Tehran, Iran, and represented the Thai companies that attended.
He said Thailand is in the process of developing its infrastructure to allow
transportation connectivity within the ASEAN region and to China and India,
which are both highly capable markets. His visit to Iran on this occasion
was intended to tighten the relations of both countries in all aspects,
including trade, diplomacy, and tourism.
It is reported that Iran is interested in engaging in the exchange of food
and energy goods with Thailand. The trade value between the two countries
could be expanded by ten fold, estimated to be as high as 3 billion US
dollar value as opposed to the current 300 million.
Culture Ministry to hold Muay Thai Day event
Bangkok,(NNT) – The Ministry of Culture has prepared to organize “Muay Thai
Day” in honor of King Suriyenthrathibodi as well as to promote its Muay Thai
Culture Minister Weera Rojpojanarat has said that as the Cabinet mandated
February 6th of each year “Muay Thai Day” in honor of King
Suriyenthrathibodi, who was an accomplished Muay Thai practitioner, the
ministry will be organizing an event to mark the date. The aim of the
celebration will be to promote awareness about Thai boxing and its
The minister pointed out there are over 240 Muay Thai gyms in the Kingdom
and 27 across the world, including in China, the UK and Brazil.
“The Prime Minister’s policy is for teachers to encourage students to learn
Muay Thai in school, if only for self defense. For professional boxers, he
has asked that more opportunities be created for them to compete. From this
year onward, the ministry will seek to ensure that Muay Thai remains a
defining characteristic of the Kingdom that is preserved by all”.
At the Muay Thai Day event, the ministry will hold a mass “Wai Kru”
ceremony, an act practiced by boxers which shows respect to their teachers.
Fights and performances will also be part of the day with One Round Knockout
matches between 8 men’s pairings and 2 women’s. The event will take place
this Saturday the 6th of February 2016 at the Thailand Cultural Center from
16.00 to 22.30 hrs.
Chinese New Year goods maintain prices
Bangkok,(NNT) – Thais of Chinese
descent have been observed stocking up on goods for the coming Chinese New
Year celebration, buying up ducks, chickens and other offerings but have yet
to spur a jump in the prices of such goods.
An inspection of traditional offerings for the Chinese New Year holiday at
Yaowarat Market has shown that prices for most goods have remained at
similar levels to last year. Chicken, duck and pork for offerings have
remained at 450 baht per set from last year. Sellers however, have noted a
drop in sales, which they attributed to the ailing economy and its effect on
Traditional desserts and sweets were said to be the only products that have
maintained their sales levels.
Prices of fruits and vegetables have risen, with sellers reasoning that the
drought situation has impacted supplies. Most fruits are selling at 10 baht
higher than last year.
Tourism Authority of Thailand moves to expand tourism from Iran and Oman
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Tourism Authority
of Thailand has pushed to expand foreign tourist arrivals from Iran and
Oman, following a recent government delegation to the Middle Eastern
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the Middle East is considered a
“high-end market.” He revealed that the average Middle Eastern tourist
spends 6,500 baht per day on a trip to Thailand, beating out European
tourists who spend an average of 5,500 baht per day.
The TAT Governor added that Thailand’s healthcare and hospitals have also
gained the trust of Middle Eastern tourists. On this official trip led by
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and six ministers, several
agreements have been brokered with the Omani government on providing
healthcare for public officials in Thailand and packages for medical
Similar healthcare deals were struck in Iran, where the TAT will also work
in collaboration with Mahan Air to schedule new flights.
TAT welcomes couples to tie the knot for the month of love
and Mrs. Maria Jacobs from Israel, the first couple and honeymooners of
Amazing Romance in Thailand activity.
Bangkok, – The Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Immigration
Division, staged a special ceremony to welcome the first group of couples
and honeymooners at Suvarnabhumi Airport as part of the “Amazing Romance in
Thailand” activity. This event was joined by Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT’s
Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Mr. Noppadol Mongkolsin,
Deputy General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport (Business Support), Mrs.
Pataraporn Sithivanich, TAT’s Executive Director for the Americas Region and
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT’s Executive Director of Advertising and
Public Relations Department.
The tourists can find three special photo booths and registration counters
throughout February in the East and West Concourses of Suvarnabhumi
Airport’s Arrival Gate D4 and D6 as well as Departure Halls.
Academic seminar held to support Thai workforce
BANGKOK,(NNT) - An academic seminar
under the theme "Power of Global Knowledge & Innovation" was held at
Stamford International University, Asoke campus.
Distinguished panelists disseminated knowledge relating to Thailand’s recent
economic situations in international perspectives which have affected the
process for recruiting potential employees of many companies.
With respect to the challenging competitiveness of Thai workforce in the
ASEAN community, Mr.Peerapol Sa-ngamuang, head of Marketing, Zalora
Thailand, pointed out that the company planned to hire potential employees
with a passion to learn new things. He also suggested Thai youths to develop
soft skills regularly because there are no boundaries of learning.
That comment was endorsed by Mr.Rawit Hanutsaha, managing director of
Srichand United Dispensary Co., who explained that his company mostly relies
on international markets and has invested over 90% of its budget in human
resource development. The company focused on logical thinking process of
employees to run the business effectively. He said a potential workforce
will be largely demanded in the ASEAN community while the Thais should have
strong discipline in learning and developing their capabilities.
Thai Politians visit Oman and Iran
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister
Somkid Jatusripitak and six ministers are conducting an official visit to
the Sultanate of Oman and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The six ministers travelling with Mr. Somkid are Foreign Minister Don
Pramudwinai, Science and Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj, Industry
Minister Atchaka Sibunruang, Energy Minister Gen Anantaporn Kanjanarat,
Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong and Commerce Minister Apiradee
Mr. Somkid, the six ministers, and 71 representatives from public and
private agencies stayed in Oman from January 31 to February 1 and will visit
Iran from February 2 - 5. The delegation will seek new markets for Thai
agricultural products in these countries. Initially, Thailand hopes to
export at least 300,000 tons in rice to Iran, while the Middle Eastern
nation provides for Thailand's energy security.
Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn revealed that the trade value between
Thailand and Oman is worth about 1.1 billion US dollars. She said Thailand's
key exports to the nation include automobiles, auto parts and chemical
Ms. Apiradee pointed out that trade value between Thailand and Iran was 600
million US dollars before international sanctions slashed it in half. She
expects Thailand will sell more rubber, sugar and rice to these target
Cool weather returning this week
Bangkok,(NNT) – The Meteorological Department has pointed out that despite
warmer weather over the past weekend, cool temperatures will return to the
nation this week, urging members of the public to be mindful of their
A new low to medium pressure front from China is expected to move to the
north of Thailand this week, which combined with winds from the South China
Sea will result in rains and a drop in temperature of 2-4 degrees Celsius.
The northeast will be the first area to feel the cooler weather.
Monsoons in the northeast are forecast to pick up in intensity and waves in
the Gulf of Thailand will reach 2 meters.
Authorities have already begun assisting residents in provinces such as Nan,
Bueng Kan and Nong Bualamphu where the cool weather has resulted in fog and
Health Ministry enhances measures against Malaria
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has enhanced disease
control measures for Malaria, aiming to maintain malaria-free areas for at
least 3 years while eliminating drug-resisting vitiates in border provinces,
The MOPH Permanent-Secretary Sopon Mekthon has revealed the progress of
malaria control measures in Thailand, that the MOPH has shifted focus from
controlling the disease to elimination, which will be completed within the
next 10 yeas.
Four strategies will be executed to achieve the malaria-free goal, namely
the urgent control of outbreaks, the development of technology and
innovation, heightened cooperation, and the promotion of self-prevention
capability among the general public.
The MOPH is now aiming to create malaria-free environment in the entire
nation for at least 3 years.
According to the Department of Disease Control’s (DDC) Director-General
Amnuay Gajeena, Thailand has achieved a satisfactory outcome on malaria
control with 36 percent less patients during 1 January 2015 to 7 January
2016, when compared to the same period of the previous year.
However, authorities must now focus on the elimination of drug-resistant
malaria disease commonly found in 6 border provinces, namely Tak,
Kanchanaburi, Rayong, Surin, Sisaket, and Trat, which cost 7-8 times more
for effective treatment.
Decisive elimination of malaria will differ according to each specific area,
while the focus remains on quickly identifying infections and providing
immediate treatment to cut off the infection circuit, says DDC
Relevant bodies launch winter-relief mission in Mahasarakham
MAHASARAKHAM,(NNT) – Relevant agencies
in Mahasarakham Province have jointly carried out winter-relief missions in
The administrative sector, the military and the Mahasarakham Red Cross
Chapter have dispatched a caravan to Nongthum Sub-district to hand out
winter gear and relief kits to 110 underprivileged villagers as part of the
quality of life development project of the Ministry of Interior.
The Rajaprajanugroh Foundation Under
Royal Patronage also held a similar activity for the elderly in Wapi Pathum
District. The program is aimed at easing the difficulties of disadvantaged
residents during winter.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has reported that the cold weather
will continue in the Northeast with a 2-4 Degree Celsius temperature drop
between 1st and 5th February. Occasional rains are forecast in some areas.
Prime Minister asks public to appreciate veterans
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Prime Minister has
asked members of the public to commemorate the sacrifices Thai soldiers made
in times of conflict, as National Veterans’ Day approaches.
In his national televised address, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said
people living ‘behind the wall of security’ should commemorate the heroic
acts of soldiers standing on the front line and willing to make sacrifices
in order to serve and protect their nation and the people.
Although the country is not at war, he said there are a large number of
soldiers, police officers, security officers, and volunteers who are on duty
in the field, to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial
To demonstrate their gratitude, he asked the public to purchase remembrance
poppies, which are an important symbol that recognizes the sacrifices of the
The Thai Premier also urged all sides to make Thailand, the country that
soldiers gave their lives to protect, a peaceful and prosperous nation.
Wildfires rage in Uthai Thani national park
UTHAI THANI,(NNT) – Forest fires have raged through different parts of Khao
Luang National Park in Uthai Thani Province over the weekend.
The fires reportedly broke out on Saturday and spread quickly to at least
three spots. It is assumed that plant collectors or hunters might have set
bonfires in the course of their activities and left the park without putting
them out. The ongoing dry season also provided favorable conditions for the
Khao Luang National Park straddles the border between Uthai Thani and Nakhon
Sawan. Wildfires are frequently reported during this period. Despite the
park’s fire prevention campaign, man-made wildfires are still rife in forest
Working committee formed to mobilize tourism development plan
PHUKET,(NNT) – A working committee has been set up to further advance a
tourism development plan in five southern provinces.
Tourism related officials have been summoned to a meeting in Phuket to
review the government’s strategic plan to boost tourism in the southern
region of Thailand especially in five major provinces including Phuket,
Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, and Satun.
The government’s tourism plan was formulated according to the National
Tourism Policy Act, B.E. 2551 and was later incorporated into the Ministry
of Tourism and Sports’ tourism development plan.
The meeting also resolved to form a committee which will be responsible for
the implementation and the mobilization of the tourism development plan. The
committee will also be tasked with assessing the outcome of the scheme.