Nong Khai to pump Mekong River water for drought irrigation
NONG KHAI,(NNT) – Water pumps are being installed to allocate water from
Mekong River to provide more water for consumption to the drought affected
public, starting from March.
Irrigation officials are now installing water pumps and pipes to supply
water from the Mekong River to service the drought affected public in Nong
Khai and Udon Thani provinces, using one pumping station and one temporary
The first pumping station is being constructed at a section of Mekong River
before the Huai Luang Anusorn Bridge in Phon Phisai District, Nong Khai,
while the second station has already been constructed at a river section
beyond Huai Luang water gate.
It is expected that the system will be operational by March 2016. The
pumping system will be capable of drawing 47 million cubic meters of water
to supply up to 12,000 rais of irrigation areas during the dry season, and
can even retain some water for tap water production.
Farmers will be allowed to continue their rice farming by pumping water from
the supply pipes into their farmland using electric water pumps.
Government cooperates with Thai Airways to sell OTOP products
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Community Development
Department (CDD) Director General Aphichart Todilokwet disclosed that during
the past 15 years, the CDD has been promoting OTOP projects by focusing on
strengthening communities and raising manufacturers' and entrepreneurs'
The CDD's strategy has been initiated in accordance to community development
principles and the sufficiency economy philosophy.
The CDD has recently established a partnership with Thai Airways to sell at
least 30 OTOP products on Thai Airways’ flights to elevate the OTOP brand.
Tourists and the general public can choose products from Thai Airway's
catalogs during their flight. Moreover, the OTOP products can be bought
online through the website THailandmall.com. Delivery services are also
Lampang organizes orchid tree festival to stimulate tourism
LAMPANG, 28 February 2016 (NNT) - Lampang province has organized the 15th
Ban Pameang Orchid Tree Festival in the Chae Son national park, Mueang
district. Deputy Governor Somchai Kamonthepthewin and executives of
provincial government units attended the opening ceremony of the event on
The festival is the province’s major annual tourism event held by four
provincial organizations, including the Mueang pan district office, Lampang
provincial administrative organization, Chae Son local administrative
organization and Chae Son National Park. Apart from promoting tourism of the
district, the festival seeks to raise awareness on environmental protection.
The festival is considered as an activity to encourage the locals, including
hill tribe people, to join hands in sustainably managing natural resources
in their communities. The festival is also part of Lampang’s provincial
development plan aimed at developing the province as a livable city of
Largest wind turbine to stand on Khao Kho
PHETCHABUN,(NNT) – Relevant agencies in Phetchabun have witnessed the
arrival of the country’s largest wind turbine which will be used to produce
clean energy and become a new tourist spot of the province.
Phetchabun governor Bandit Teweetiwarak, Charoen Energy and Water Asia Co.,
Ltd. Chairman Chatchaval Jiaravanon and representatives from different
bodies have signed their names on the giant wind turbine which is to be
installed at the wind power station in Khao Kho District.
Located 1,050 meters above sea level, the wind power station consists of 24
windmills and can supply 140 million units of power, or about 20 percent of
the total demand, to the province. The station is expected to become a new
tourist attraction. A road leading up to the wind turbine site has been
constructed to facilitate visitors and agriculturists in the vicinity.
Relevant agencies are also planning to develop the station into an
alternative power learning center for the general public. Part of the
project’s profits will be given to the government’s energy fund, different
bodies in Phetchabun and the compensation fund for agriculturists affected
by the construction of the wind .
Transport Ministry conducts test run for Thailand’s first electric bus
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Thailand’s first electric bus has begun its trial run in
Bangkok. The test run will last until May 25th of this year.
Omsin Chiwaphruek, Deputy Minister for Transport, officiated at the ceremony
to launch the test run for the country’s first electric bus which runs
between Don Mueang Airport and Mo Chit Bus Terminal. The fare is 30 baht per
person per ride.
The procurement of the bus was collaboration between the Bangkok Mass
Transit Authority (BMTA) and Loxley Public Company Limited.
The bus is 12 meters long and has 35 seats. It is also wheelchair accessible
while its design is in line with international standards.
The BMTA is scheduled to procure 20 more electric buses in May, according to
the deputy minister.
Transport Ministry pushing for construction of two motorways
BANGKOK, 27 February 2016 (NNT) – The Ministry of Transport is pushing for
the construction of two motorways, M 6 to link Bang Pa-In to Nakhon
Ratchasima and M 81 to connect Bang Yai to Kanchanaburi.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said one of forty construction
contracts for the Bang Pa-In - Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway project has
already been concluded while negotiations for the rest are now underway. As
for the Bang Yai - Kanchanaburi Motorway project, he said an environmental
impact assessment (EIA) was being conducted and the results would be
presented to responsible committees by the middle of this year.
In the first phase of the two projects, the minister said the government
would shoulder the expenses of the construction whereas expenses to be
incurred in other phases would be covered by the Thailand Future Fund which
is expected to be launched this year.
He said the two construction projects would be finished by 2020 as
Department of Foreign Trade to organize “Open House” for SEZs
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Foreign Trade will on February 29th host
an “Open House” event to introduce Thailand’s special economic zones.
The event will be held at Siam Paragon, according to Duangporn Rodphaya,
Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade. She said the event
would showcase Thailand’s readiness in establishing special economic zones,
hoping to build investors’ confidence.
She said the department would take this opportunity to make public that
Thailand is ready to become trade and investment hub of the ASEAN region and
Ms Duangporn said ambassadors of 9 different countries had already accepted
the invitation while expecting the event to welcome more than 1,000 Thai and
Meanwhile on March 1st-2nd, Foreign Trade Department officials will pay a
visit to a special economic zone in Sa Kaeo to witness business negotiations
between Thai and Cambodian businesspersons.
Thai officials visit migrant workers in Nonthaburi
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – Deputy Governor of Nonthaburi Suthee Thongyam, along with
related authorities, visited a migrant workers’ camp in order to check up on
the workers’ well-being.
In an attempt to establish order among migrant workers in the province, Mr
Suthee led a group of responsible personnel to Sai Noi District, a location
of a camp housing 177 migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia.
Authorities checked their work permits and the accommodation provided to
them by their employers. The deputy governor also asked the employers to
adhere to hygiene and safety standards at all times.
The inspection was also carried out to prevent human trafficking as well as
other illegal activities.
Narathiwat rubber farmers now producing gloves
NARATHIWAT,(NNT) – Rubber farmers in
Narathiwat Province are now making gloves from the latex they produce,
bringing in extra income for themselves.
Members of a local cooperative in Ra-ngae District, Narathiwat Province,
formed a group to brainstorm ideas how to create added-value to the latex
they produce and decided to make rubber gloves.
Each member is now producing 12 pairs of rubber on a daily basis and is
making 35 baht for each pair of latex gloves.
Latex gloves have a high level of touch sensitivity. They are elastic,
strong, biodegradable, and good for wearing for an extended amount of time.
According to the president of the cooperative, currently it is still in the
period of market testing and so far, latex gloves have drawn a great deal of
attention from buyers. He also hopes that glove making will become the main
occupation for local producers.
Government urgently campaigns against wildfires
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has
organized a forest fire drill with the objective to enhance the efficiency
in dealing with forest fires.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Gen.Surasak Kanchanarat on
Thursday presided over the wildfire drill held in Mae Rim district, Chiang
Mai province. 800 officers from relevant units participated in the drill
near the Mae Yen reservoir.
In Mae Hong Son, the provincial forest preservation office arranged
activities to raise awareness on effects of haze caused by wildfires and
demonstrate how to build fire barriers.
In Lampang, 13 villages adjacent to forest areas were told to avoid all
types of burning for 60 days from 1 February - 31 March 2016.
Ubon Ratchathani organized a campaign against toxic haze from forest fires
at the Chong Chom permanent border crossing point in Kap Choeng district.
The province urged the local people not to burn forests in order to reduce
Court summons more witnesses in rice corruption case
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Additional witnesses have been summoned by the Court in the
latest hearing of the rice fraud case against former Prime Minister Yingluck
During the deliberation of the rice corruption case, the Supreme Court’s
Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions called in three more
witnesses on the plaintiff’s side. The three consisted of Mr Vichai
Sriprasert, Honorary President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association; Mr
Rawee Rungruang, leader of the Thai Farmers Network; and Pol Lt Gen Yutthana
Thaipakdee, former chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing the
examination of rice trade.
In his testimony, Mr Vichai stated that the Yingluck administration’s claim
to have made a government-to-government (G2G) agreement on rice trade with
China was entirely fabricated. He said no representatives from the Chinese
government had ever signed such a deal, suggesting it had been signed by an
imposter. It also appeared that China had never purchased 2 million tons of
rice from Thailand’s old stocks as reported.
Mr Vichai also disclosed that even though the Director-General of the
Department of Foreign Trade conducted the signing on behalf of the Thai
government, the move had been directly ordered by the then-Prime Minister.
Government closely monitoring drought and its effects on agriculture
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government had
been keeping a close watch on the drought situation as well as its effects
In his national televised address, the prime minister said the combined
amount of water stored in large and medium sized reservoirs throughout
Thailand was reportedly as low as 39 million cubic meters, which is 5.3
million cubic meters lower than what Thailand had in the previous year.
In order to prevent water scarcity in the future, he said everyone must use
water more efficiently whereas the government would strictly exercise the
national water management plan, so that there would be enough supply for
consumption, agriculture, and the industrial sector.
In terms of alleviating the effects of the ongoing dry season, he said the
government had approved a number of assistance measures which would serve as
an emergency response. He added the government would make sure that farmers
do not have to struggle in times of disaster.
Thai Red Cross Youth Bureau celebrates 84th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thai Red Cross Youth Bureau in cooperation with Lord Buddha
Museum at Wat Debsirin (Debsirin Darawas temple) has arranged activities to
celebrate the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th
Professor Pinit Kullavanijaya presided over the opening ceremony held in
honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s devotions to the country and people as
President of Thai Red Cross Society.
More than 800 Red Cross youths from varied schools and Red Cross Youth clubs
throughout the country participated in the activities. All youth
participants were cultivated good understandings about Buddhism and how to
be good Buddhists so that they could lead their lives in peace and be
mindful of morality as well as become good role models for members of
In addition, the activities included a walk rally and study of Lord Buddha’s
biography and teachings in a 4D multi-media exhibition at the museum.
Consulate General of Japan presents new earthquake-resistant school building in Chiang Rai
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) - Consulate General of Japan in Chiang Rai province Shinya
Aoiki ceremoniously handed over an earthquake-resistant school building,
able to withstand earthquakes up to 7.0 on the Richter Scale.
Chiang Rai Governor Prachon Pradsakul attended the ceremony to receive the
building from the Japanese Consulate General in Mae Lao district. The
building, valued at 7.428 million baht, is a joint effort in infrastructure
and human security that was funded by Japan.
On May 5, 2014, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the junction of Mae Lao and
Phan districts resulted in several schools in the area, suffering severe
damage. The Consulate General of Japan conducted a survey of the damaged
areas and consulted with the Office of Vocational Education Primary Region 2
to support the construction of an earthquake-resistant school building to
replace Ban Dong Mada School, one of the most damaged of all school
Ban Dong Mada School consists of 145 students from kindergarten to grade
six, most of whom are orphans, are from impoverished families, or are
stateless children. More than half of all students are from indigenous
tribes, such as the Akha or Hmong.
TAT to penetrate Myanmar to promote border economy
TAK,(NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and related agencies
have organized a seminar to prepare business operators in Tak and nearby
provinces in the northwestern region for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
Ms. Sujitra Jongchansitto, TAT Executive Director for the Northern Region,
said that the seminar is joinly organized by the TAT, the Thai Chamber of
Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand and the Tak Chamber of Commerce.
She explained that the seminar discussed the overall situation about the AEC
and opportunities that come with it. It also talked about possible
directions to penetrate tourism market in Myanmar after Thailand holds the
general election sometime next year.
Ms. Sujitra later talked about a road trip exploring the business,
investment and tourism related opportunities in Myanmar. She said the trip,
scheduled for February 25 - 28, will take the participants to Myanmar's
Mawlamyine, Kyaikhteeyoe, and Yangon.
The organizers are encouraging tourists to stay in Mae Sot District, Tak,
before crossing the border to Myanmar. They boasted Tak's numerous tourist
attractions and the new road linking Mae Sot to Myanmar's Myawaddy, Kokarek
and Yangon, which has complemented tourism, trade and investment.
Promoting Local Culture and Way of Life in the Deep South
BANGKOK,(NNT) – As a multicultural society, the southernmost region of
Thailand has unique cultural identities. The Government has a policy to
adopt a cultural dimension to promote better understanding among the people
of different faiths and contribute to peace-building in the deep South.
Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat explained that the Ministry of
Culture has used culture to create good citizens, bring about national
reconciliation, generate income for communities, and enhance international
relations. Moreover, the cultural dimension has also been adopted to bring
happiness and stability to the people in the southern border provinces.
In this regard, he said, the local distinctive culture will be preserved and
promoted in these provinces, which serve as a gateway to other ASEAN
countries. This will help encourage the people of Thailand, with different
cultural and religious backgrounds, to be united and live together happily
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tourism Festival and the Limkoneaw
Goddess Celebration in Pattani province, Permanent Secretary for Culture
Apinan Poshyananda cited cultural diversity as the prominent feature of this
southern border province. The festival is a way to show the pride of Pattani
residents to all visitors.
He believes that the promotion of cultural tourism will encourage more
people to visit Pattani and other southern border provinces, such as Yala
and Narathiwat. These provinces are regarded as the gateway to the ASEAN
The Limkoneaw Goddess Celebration is organized in February each year after
the Chinese New Year celebration. It reflects a harmonious mixture of Thai,
Chinese, and Muslim cultures. A legend has it that Limkoneaw was born in the
15th century in China. An aristocrat made a false charge against her
brother, who was a government official. Her brother decided to flee from
China and boarded a ship to southern Thailand. He arrived in Pattani and
became a trader, and later, he was assigned by the Pattani governors to cast
three massive cannons. One of them is Nang Phraya Tani, the biggest cannon
ever cast in Thailand. Because of his excellent work, the Pattani governor
allowed Limkoneaw’s brother to marry his daughter.
Limkoneaw looked after her mother alone, while her brother lived far away.
Feeling deep sympathy for her mother, she offered to travel to Thailand to
persuade him to return home. Limkoneaw encouraged her brother to go back
many times, but he refused, since at that time he was assigned to handle the
important task of constructing the Krue Se (Kersih) Mosque. Construction
began in 1578 but the building was never finished, yet the main structure
In order to show her sense of obligation to her mother, despite her failure
to persuade her brother to return home, Limkoneaw decided to commit suicide
under a cashew nut tree. She was then called a goddess, so a wooden
sculpture in her image was built where people could pay homage to her. Krue
Se Mosque has become one of the main places of interest in Pattani and it is
located near the Limkoneaw Shrine.
Pattani province, which is predominantly Muslim, holds this celebration as
its major cultural event each year, with many tourism activities, as well.
The distinctive cultural variety has been used as one of its strengths to
promote local tourism and bring about social harmonization in the deep South
of Thailand, where visitors may experience a cherished local way of life.
Thai public and private organizations come together to combat drought
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai PBS TV channel, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and
various other public as well as private organizations are joining forces in
a project to combat drought in Thailand.
On the 24th of February 2016, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Thai PBS held
a press conference to unveil a drought-combating project aimed at reducing
urban water usage by 30 percent, by raising awareness of the drought issue
among the Thai public. The goal is to allow more water to be diverted to the
At the same time a conference made up of experts from various academic and
governmental bodies is also discussing the likely extent of the growing
drought. Thailand’s 2016 drought is already being described as the most
severe in 20 years. Many experts mention that water conservation in urban
areas is unlikely to be effective without cooperation from the agricultural
sector, the main users.
Mr.Pisit Hongvanishkul, Assistant Governor (Plan Strategy) of the Provincial
Waterworks Authority points out that 27 out of 51 of the Authority’s
branches being monitored have experienced saltwater intrusion. These
branches have already been put into reduced production, to combat the
effects of the drought, which is much more severe than last year.
BTS rail fault causes day-long service problems
BANGKOK,(NNT) – A fault involving rail switches along the Chitlom-Siam
section of the BTS skytrain this morning has resulted in delayed service
throughout the day.
The fault occurred in the early hours of the day and forced the service to
reduce the amount of trains running on its rails. The impeded service left
many commuters stranded at BTS stations across Bangkok until the late
morning and necessitated that station officials block new travelers from
entering platforms. Despite regular updates on the situation, many commuters
were observed switching to alternate travel options.
Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc., which operates the BTS skytrain, has
explained that the fault would have to be repaired during the afterhours
stoppage of the train system, meaning scaled back service of the BTS needed
to persist throughout the day.
Prime Minister orders tighter screenings of tourists after US terrorism warning
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed a
security unit to screen tourist arrivals rigorously, following U.S. warnings
of possible terrorism in Asia.
Prime Minister has told members of the security unit to exercise additional
screening measures at airports, bus stations, and other venues frequented by
tourists. Gen Prayut said it is important for Thailand to be prepared for
In addition, the government has reached out to other countries in the region
for cooperation to establish a counter-terrorism security network. The
Premier has encouraged the public to report any unusual activities or
suspicious individuals to the authorities.
Gen Thaweep Netrniyom, Secretary-General of the National Security Council
(NSC), said the U.S. warnings were meant to encourage Asia to be prepared,
rather than alarmed.
According to the NSC Secretary-General, there has been no indication that
members of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have arrived in Thailand.
FIFA to help young children stay healthy via football in Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT)- Three ministries have signed an agreement with the
Federation International Football Association (FIFA) to jointly organize a
campaign to encourage Thai youths to play football.
three ministries consist of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of
Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports inked the agreement
with FIFA to promote a healthy lifestyle among children aged 11 years old
Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiwong revealed at a press
conference that the joint campaign will help reduce child obesity and
substance abuse among teenagers. The Football Association of Thailand under
the Patronage of His Majesty the King also joined the event.
The campaign will be ten years long with FIFA responsible for the first 3
years. Two physical education teachers from 16 schools each will undergo a
They will learn from FIFA how to teach students to stay healthy through
football activities. They are also expected to pass on their knowledge to
the others at their school as well as parents to promote a society of
Foreign Media report Thailand's GDP expanded 2.8% last year after government stimulus measures
BANGKOK,- (NNT) Bloomberg and NHK
report that the Thai economy expanded more than analysts expected in Q4 last
year, because of economic stimulus measures by the government.
The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) reported that the
GDP of Thailand in 2015 expanded by 2.8% due to an acceleration of budget
disbursements by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha in agricultural
and export sectors.
In addition, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) explained that the BoT will moderate
its financial policy, but still stick to its interest policy.
Thailand, Myanmar coordinate to suppress haze
TACHILEK,(NNT) – Thailand and Myanmar have forged an agreement to dissuade
residents from slash and burn farming to avoid annual issues with haze.
2nd Cavalry Regiment Commander Col Praphat Phobsuwan, as Thai chairman of
the Thai-Myanmar Border Consortium, led the 85th meeting of the group in
Tachilek of Myanmar alongside his Myanmar counterpart.
The meeting discussed the issue of haze and burning in the border region and
concluded with Myanmar resolving to hold a public relations campaign to stop
residents of the border town from burning their crops.
The 2nd Cavalry Regiment has assembled 20 forest fire and haze control units
to respond to any reports of forest fires in the region to further suppress
causes of haze, which greatly impact Thailand’s north every year. The units
have coordinated with border units in both Thailand and Myanmar to be able
to respond to incidents of fire on both sides of the border.
Labor Ministry concluding labor trafficking data for US
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Labor has begun concluding information on
the nation’s human trafficking and forced labor situation for the Ministry
of Social Development and Human Security to compile into a report for
submission to the US State Department in March.
Permanent Secretary of Labor ML Boondarik Smithi has disclosed that the
ministry has begun collecting all data relevant to the nation’s labor
trafficking situation and will hand the information to the Ministry of
Social Development and Human Security, which will conclude the data into a
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
The report will be translated to English and submitted to the United States’
State Department within the month of March.
The Ministry of Labor is gathering data under 13 categories to provide a
better image of Thailand’s progress to the US. The categories include
legislation on labor trafficking, management of employment agencies and
punishments for traffickers. The report is also to include the results of
labor inspections and observations of fishing boats.
ML Boondarik voiced confidence that Thailand has made good progress in
dealing with the issue of labor trafficking after coordinating with relevant
agencies and amending related laws.
Large water transmission tunnel to be constructed for Northeast
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Royal Irrigation Department is studying diversion of
water from the Loei estuary to the Northeast as part of its sustainable
solutions to the region’s water shortage.
The department has arranged a seminar to brainstorm the design of a very
long water transmission tunnel in the Loei, Mun and Chi water management
project. The water tunnel is expected to create water security during the
dry season and prevent too much water from flowing into the Mekong river.
Water will be diverted from the Loei estuary—a branch of the Mekong—through
the tunnel to agricultural areas in the Northeast.
Once the tunnel’s construction is completed, two billion cubic meters of
water will be diverted through the tunnel each year. The water diversion
through the tunnel is expected to benefit more than 1.7 million households
and increase irrigation areas during the dry season to 9.4 million Rai and
more than 30 million Rai during the rainy season.
Security Stepped Up at Railway Stations in the Southern Border Provinces
BANGKOK, 22 February 2016 (NNT) – The
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is installing x-ray scanning machines and
bomb detectors at railway stations in the southern border provinces in order
to step up security and ensure safety for all passengers.
Security officials and SRT staff are working together on the installation of
these devices. At the initial stage, the devices will be used at four
railway stations, namely the Hat Yai Junction Railway Station, the Wat Khuan
Mit Railway Station, and the Chana Railway Station in Songkhla province, as
well as the Sungai Kolok Railway Station in Narathiwat province. Later, they
will be in use at all 27 railway stations in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and
The x-ray scanning machines to be installed in these areas are of the same
standard as those installed at all airports across the country. Officials
who have been well-trained will be assigned to handle the operations of
these devices, which are able to detect explosives and weapons and prevent
narcotics and other suspicious items from entering the stations. This will
help protect the southern border provinces from violent acts and drug
Chief of the Sungai Kolok Railway Station, Alawi Uma, said that the devices
began operations on a trial basis at the entrance to the Sungai Kolok
Railway Station on 18 February 2016. He said that passengers wishing to pass
through all the target railway stations, equipped with these devices, are
required to have their belongings checked, such as luggage, communication
devices, cameras, and notebooks.
According to Mr. Alawi, the Sungai Kolok Railway Station provides services
for about 1,000 passengers a day. At the initial stage of the use of the
x-ray scanning machines, some passengers might experience slow services.
However, all passengers have been urged to give cooperation, so that this
security measure will operate with great efficiency.
As for the current southern situation, Deputy Spokesman of the Internal
Security Operations Command, Region 4 Forward, Colonel Yuttanam Petchmoang,
revealed recently that the situation is improving. During the past three
months, there were only 75 violent incidents in the southern border
provinces. The figure represents a drop of 38 percent, when compared with
113 violent incidents in the same period of the previous year. Casualties
also fell by almost 70 percent, with 16 people killed and 61 injured.
Moreover, he said, security officials were able to stop 24 bombing attempts
on various roads during the three-month period.
The successful implementation of the Government’s major strategies has led
to the improvement of the situation. Both security and development
strategies have been implemented in response to the needs of local people
and in line with the local way of living, culture, and traditions. This
means that the tackling of southern problems must be in accord with the
conditions in local environments, with the participation of local residents.
The Government still continues peaceful means and the strategies for public
participation in dealing with the southern situation. Emphasis is also
placed on concerted efforts by the military, the police, local
administrations, and the civic sector in peace-building, along with
National Vaccine Institute calls for consolidation of research for dengue vaccine
BANGKOK, 22 February 2016 (NNT) – The
National Vaccine Institute (NVI) has urged the government to support Thai
researchers in developing a dengue fever vaccine after one was created in
NVI Director Dr. Jarung Muangchana, disclosed that a private company in
Mexico has produced the world’s first vaccine for dengue fever, dubbed
Dengvaxia. The solution has already been introduced to the market despite
not completely preventing against the illness, only reducing its severity.
Dr. Jarung noted that Thailand is also researching the disease and that
finding a vaccine against it is a national policy.
The director has urged the government to consolidate efforts by Mahidol
University, Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University and various
agencies to expedite the search for a vaccine. NVI has formed a working team
to review all related aspects of the disease and its treatment, such as
costs related to those affected, efficiency of preventative measures and the
likelihood of administering vaccinations.
The preliminary vaccination created by Mexico has yet to enter the Thai
market as it is being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. NVI
predicts that its review will take longer than usual due to the solution’s
Owners urged to take pets for rabies vaccination in wake of recent death
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – Pet owners are urged to take their pets to undergo rabies
vaccination, after a person has died due to a rabies infection, says DDS
The Department of Disease Control’s (DDS) Director-General Amnuay Gajeena is
warning the general public to be cautious for the spread of rabies. This
warning follows a fatality case, where a person was infected and died due to
rabies. The deceased rescued a puppy and was bitten.
Seven cases of rabies were reported last week, including two cases in humans
and five cases in animals. Owners of cats and dogs are encouraged to take
their pets to undergo vaccination on an annual basis, while the general
public are advised to stay away from animals that exhibit suspicious
appearances, and to report the cases to authorities.
The general public are also advised to immediately wash the wound with water
and soap for at least 15 minutes if bitten by dogs or cats, avoid covering
the wound, and immediately seek medical attention.
Rabies is a disease with a high fatality rate if contracted to persons
without proper vaccination. The general public can inquire information
regarding this disease by calling the DDS hotline 1422.
85 million baht approved for SME innovation projects
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Up to 85 million baht has been approved for 104 projects
proposed for the second phase of the government’s Innovation Coupon Project
created to spur small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to utilize innovations
in their development.
Director of the National Innovation Agency, Phanart Chairat, has reported
that in the second phase of the coupons for SME enhancement through
innovation project, which seeks to elevate small and medium businesses in 5
industries to the ASEAN level, a total 104 projects have been allotted a
combined 85 million baht.
By industry, 9 projects from the agro sector received 8 million baht, 20
projects from the Health Products and Creative industries received 14
million baht, 30 projects in the traditional industries excluding food
segment received 25 million baht, 25 projects of future industries received
25 million baht and 20 projects in the service sector received 10 million
Each SME was allowed to request approval for no more than 2 projects at a
rate of no more than 1.5 million baht per project. The government effort is
expected to spur over 1.5 billion baht in innovation investment.