Department warns of business contacts with 23,000 unreliable companies
The Bangkok Post has put a total of 22,992 companies on the list of firms
having high risk for doing business with because of their unknown locations
of offices and no submission of their annual financial statements.
The department’s director-general Ms Pongpun Gearaviriyapun said these
companies were detected after the department carried out inspections of a
total of 635,000 juristic persons registered with the department.
Officials found 22,992 of them in questions and they deserved special
attention in doing business with, she said.
She advised businesses to be cautious in dealing business with these
companies and should check through the department’s DBD E-Service
application if they are good companies or not
She said companies with remarks at the end of the certifications for all
juristic persons are those they needed special attention in dealing business
As the Bangkok Post reported, of the total 22,992 questionable companies,
7,293 were found to have no headoffices as registered, 4,054 failing to
submit annual financial statements as required, and 11,293 not answering
queries concerning their financial statements.
Others include direct sale network, or U fund, and 38 companies with names
resembling famous companies.
The latest company detected is Tranlee Travel which was a nominee company in
Phuket of which its operation license has been revoked.
Provincial EC will file a complaint against two kids for tearing up voters’ list
Kamphaeng Phet provincial election commission chief said Thursday that
the commission was legally bound to file charges against two eight-year
old children who were caught tearing up list of eligible voters in
Chanuwornlak Buri district on July 16 although there were unaware that
their act was illegal.
Hence, the provincial EC lodged a formal complaint against the two kids
with Chanuwornlak Buri district police as a matter of formality, said Mr
Surapong Thanasangnuchit, the provincial EC chief.
Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Damrong Petpong, commander of Kamphaeng Phet
provincial police, said however that the two children would be exempted
from punishment because they are minor and also because they were
unaware that tearing up the voters’ list was an offence.
He said that he had instructed police to handle the case closely to make
sure that the two children are taken good care of.
Regarding Pol Colonel Itthi Chamnanmore, the superintendent of
Chanuwornlak Buri district police, who was abruptly removed from his
post and transferred to an inactive post at the 6th provincial police
bureau, Pol Maj-Gen Damrong explained that the colonel was faulted for
negligence of duty for his failure to report two children’s case to the
National Police Office.
The case however went public in the social media.
Green light given for open debates on draft charter
Bowing to increasing pressure for open debates on the draft constitution,
the government has given a green light for debates to be staged in all
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Thursday that the debates will
be open to all stakeholders under the supervision of provincial election
commissions with the governors overseeing the debates in their respective
provinces to make sure they are held in peace and order.
The above debates will be on top of the 10 debates to be staged by the
Election Commission in cooperation with Thai PBS. EC will be responsible for
setting the issues for the ten debates and all stake holders are invited,
including the New Democracy Movement and iLAW which will be allowed to
participate in some of the debates.
Regarding the query of a network of academics and activist groups about what
the government or the NCPO will do next if the draft charter fails to go
through the referendum, General Prawit said that the interim charter would
have to be amended.
But he admitted that he was still in the dark about who will amend the
interim charter and how. He said both the government and the NCPO would need
to discuss the matter some time in the future.
Peace TV petitions Administrative Court to thwart suspension order
Peace TV on Thursday sought help from the Administrative Court to thwart an
order from the National Broadcasting Commission to pull the plug of the TV
station for 30 days starting as of midnight Thursday night.
The TV station which is the mouthpiece of the United Front for Democracy
against Dictatorship wants the court to hold an emergency meeting to
consider the station’s request to put on hold the NBC’s blackout order. It
also demanded 6.3 million baht in compensation from the NBC.
Peace TV’s petition was handed over to the court by UDD chairman Jatuporn
Promphan, UDD core member Weng Tochirakan and Mr Anantasak Kamgao, a
director of the TV station.
Jatuporn said Peace TV was suspended from airing for 30 days because it
allowed opponents of the draft charter to present their views through their
TV station. He also accused the NBC of abusing its authority, claiming that
Peace TV’s broadcasts did not contravene with NCPO orders 97/2557 and
137/2557 and Section 37 of the broadcasting law B.E. 2551.
However, the NBC ruled that the broadcasts in question went against NCPO
Tourists flock to see Buddhist Lent procession with world's longest candle in Ubon Ratchathani
UBON RATCHATHANI,(NNT) – A large number of tourists have flocked to see a
Buddhist Lent procession with the world's longest candle in Ubon
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan presided over the opening ceremony
for the 2016 parade candle in front of Sri Ubon Rattanaram temple in the
The event is held annually to preserve the beautiful culture and promote
This year, visitors get to see processions of the royally-bestowed candle
from His Majesty the King and the royally-bestowed monks’ bath robes from
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, a 40-meter-long Lent candle - the
longest ever made in the world, performances by local villagers and a Panom
Phra boat parade from Khuan Suban temple in Nasarn district of Surat Thani
province joining the candle parade as part of a cultural exchange.
Plan to push for Thai traditional massage to be included in Unesco’s World Heritage list
Thailand will try to push for traditional Thai massage to be included in
Unesco’s list of world’s cultural heritage, said Dr Boonruang
Trairuangworawat, director-general of Health Service Support Department, on
He disclosed that at a recent discussion on the matter among representatives
of the Health Service Support Department, the Department for Development of
Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, the Ministry of Culture, the
regional office of Unesco and the private sector, all agreed with the idea
to push for the inclusion of Thai traditional massage in Unesco’s world
cultural heritage list.
Dr Boonruang noted that Thai traditional massage was a legacy of Thai local
wisdom dated back to more than 600 years ago and there are two types of the
massage – one which was practiced in the Royal court and the other by common
He disclosed that the matter was also raised with the Labour Ministry as
labour law needs to be updated to make sure the quality of Thai traditional
massage must be standardized and that the massage is preserved as an
occupation for Thai nationals.
In order to apply for the Unesco’s listing, Dr Pattharapol Jungsomjetpaisarn
of the Department of Health Service Support said that the department must
prepare necessary information about Thai traditional massage in full details
to the national committee on the convention of world heritage protection
headed by Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn for consideration.
The proposal will need cabinet’s endorsement before it is submitted to the
Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in Paris.
Currently, five sites in Thailand have been put in the Unesco’s World
Heritage List. They are Sukhothai ancient city, Ayutthaya ancient city, Ban
Chiang, Thung Yai-Huey Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary and Dong Prayayen-Khao
A district police chief axed for failure to report on the tearing up a list of eligible voters
The chief of Chanuworalak Buri district police in Kamphaeng Phet province
has ordered transferred to an inactive post at the 6th provincial police
bureau pending an investigation for his alleged failure to report to his
superior an incident about the tearing of a list of eligible voters
allegedly by a young girl.
The transfer of Pol Col Itthi Chamnanmor, superintendent of Chanuworalak
Buri district police, was ordered by Pol Lt-Gen Chonnasit Wattanawarangkoon,
commissioner of the 6th provincial police bureau.
Pol Col Krisna Patthanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the National Police
Office , said that Pol Col Choonasit’s transfer stemmed from the latter’s
failure to report about the incident involving two school girls who tore up
a list of eligible voters pasted up in the information board in their
Both girls later told police that they didn’t know what the list was all
about but found it colourful and decided to tear it off.
However, the deputy spokesmen said parents of the two girls were later
summoned to see the police and to acknowledge the charges against their
Thai workers abroad bringing home 59 billion baht in earnings
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thai workers abroad
have brought nearly 59 billion baht in combined earnings to the home country
during the first half of this year.
Labor Ministry Inspector General Theeraphol Khunmuang revealed that a total
of 58.934 billion baht was transferred home through the Bank of Thailand,
not including other transactions through other banks, during this year's
first six months.
From January to June 2016, a total of 58,758 Thai workers traveled abroad,
32,538 of whom being newly employed abroad, with the remainder returning to
work under original contracts.
Taiwan had the largest number of Thai workers overseas totaling 12,338,
followed by 3,499 workers to Japan, 2,891 to Israel and 2,841 to South
Those who are bound to work abroad can contact all provincial employment
offices and the Bangkok Employment Office 1-10, or call Hotline 1694.
Transport Company to undergo major overhaul to compete with low-cost airlines
The state-run Transport Company is planning a major makeover of its bus
services to cut costs and to be able to compete with low-cost airlines which
have increasingly attracted bus passengers.
A well-informed source said that the main concept of this major overhaul is
to provide services which meet the digital-age lifestyles of passengers at
reasonable costs which are competitive with low-cost airlines.
While low-cost airlines enable passengers to arrive at their destinations
faster than buses, they lack other basic facilities such as onboard free
snacks and drinks, the source pointed out, adding that the Transport Company
will complement its speed disadvantage with other conveniences that are not
available in low-cost airlines.
Under the 4-year restructural plan, the source said that the Transport
Company will rent a fleet of 400 new buses which will be equipped all kinds
of conveniences to meet the modern lifestyle of consumers such as on-board
wi-fi, battery recharging ports, reclining seats with automatic massaging
Meanwhile, safety will be enhanced with the installation of a safety sytem
that will restrict every driver to four-hour driving at an interval. The
ignition key cannot start the engine after 4-hour drive unless the bus has
to stop for a while, said the source.
The new modern bus will be put into service for trial in four main routes
namely Bangkok-Mae Sot, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Nakhon Phanom and
Bangkok-Chiang Mai with two buses for each route initially.
Besides service makeover, the source said the bus agency plans to
commercialise its prime land plots such as the Ekamai bus terminal which
will be relocated to Bang Na and the land plot developed for commercial
The company is not expected to perform well this year compared to last
year’s due to a 30 percent drop in passengers. But it expects a rebound in
revenues after a major service makeover, said the source.
A street racer: “street racing is like a daily activity that street racers cannot do without”
Most motorcycle street racers regard illegal street racing as a daily
activity that they cannot do without otherwise they will feel missing out
something that matter, a street racer told Thai PBS after his arrest on the
night of July 17.
The street racer whose name was withheld because he is a minor was among 63
illegal racers and pillion riders rounded up in Bangkok by a combined force
of police, military personnel and local officials.
Among the detainees were 45 youths under 18 whose parents were summoned to
meet with the authorities on Tuesday to acknowledge the charges against
their children who were also placed under probation.
The street racer claimed that he didn’t take part in the illegal racing but
just one of the spectators. However, he admitted that he had participated in
several street racings in the past but gave up after an accident when he
broke a foot bone.
He explained that he quit racing because he was cursed and looked down upon
by people who knew about his illegal activity.
The youth’s mother who asked to be anonymous said she agreed with the tough
measure against the street racers but had reservation about the punitive
actions against the parents. She admitted that not every parent had time to
look after their children because they had to work to make a living.
Acting metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn said
that each parent would have to put up a 20,000 baht surety for a two-year
probation period for each offending racer.
This amount of money will be confiscated if the offender was caught engages
in a second racing, said Sanit, adding that the measure appears to be harsh
against the parents but it is necessary for the peace of the majority.
Under the NCPO order, a parent whose son or daughter was caught repeating
the illegal racing will be liable to three months jailterm and/or a fine of
Asia-wide crackdown on illegal gambling during Euro 2016
BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol says a
crackdown on Asian gambling dens and websites during football's European
Championship led to more than 4,100 people arrested and $13.6 million
Police raided nearly 4,000 illegal dens across Asia and Europe, including in
China, Singapore, France, and Italy.
Two operations coordinated in Thailand targeted organized crime networks and
transnational networks in Asia "behind illicit websites and call-center type
operations running online scams," Interpol says.
Three Thai offices of illegal online gambling sites were shut down, and 15
people were arrested in Malaysia linked to payment card fraud.
Interpol's head of anti-corruption and financial crimes unit, Jim Anderson,
says "illegal gambling generates massive profits for organized crime
networks which are often linked to corruption, human trafficking, and money
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Tourism Minister to discuss insurance cover for tourists
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Tourism Minister is planning to hold discussions with
related parties about offering an insurance service to foreign tourists.
Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said this week that the ministry
will invite representatives from the Airports of Thailand Public Company
Limited, the Immigration Bureau and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a
meeting to discuss the implementation of insurance coverage for
Mrs. Kobkarn said that a meeting is needed because no decision has yet been
taken on the budget to be used as the insurance premium for Thai General
Insurance Association, which has been estimated at between 150 million baht
and 180 million baht each year.
She said that many parties have objected to the plan to use the government
budget for this insurance scheme.
The Tourism Minister added that there has been a suggestion to incorporate
this expense with other costs of travel, such as the visa fee or as an air
fare add-on, but the idea is complicated by the fact that there are many
airlines operating to Thailand and the number is increasing. This means that
the Ministry may not be able to reach a conclusion on this deal with all of
One option is to impose the fee as a mandatory cost, which would not affect
tourists at all, as each traveler is expected to pay only six baht as an
More than 8,000 civil state housing units reserved
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The government’s Civil
State housing project has been well received by Thais, as more than 8,000
housing units have already been reserved.
Social Development and Human Security Minister Police General Adul
Saengsingkaew revealed that a total of 8,537 units were reserved with the
National Housing Authority (NHA) from July 6th - 15th.
Of this figure, 1,209 units are ready-to-move-in homes, while the remaining
7,328 units are currently under construction and will be completed in 18
More homes are expected to be built in the future, due to the popularity of
the housing project. Another 32 projects have a combined 10,156 units that
will be built next year in Bangkok, its vicinity, and other provinces.
The projects await approval from the Cabinet and the Office of the Nation
Economic and Social Development Board.
Government urged to allow more freedom of expression related to draft charter
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Several groups have called on the government to allow more
freedom of expression regarding the draft constitution, in order to help the
people learn more about the charter.
Talks were held regarding freedom of expression on the draft charter. In
attendance were Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, peace
academic Kotom Areeya, and representatives from several political parties
and academic groups.
Most of the attendees believe that Thais only know that they have to go to
the polls on August 7th to cast their ballot in the constitutional
referendum. However, they speculate that most remain unaware of the contents
of the draft charter, which may become the source of conflict in the future.
Participants of the talks also indicated that tough regulations may cause
people to shy away from going to the polls, out of fear of violating the
rules. They concluded that in order to better inform the residents about the
draft charter, talks and forums should be organized with a certain degree of
Election Commissioner Somchai reiterated that people can express their
opinions about the draft charter. He clarified that this expression can be
in agreement or disagreement, as long as it is based on the truth, made in a
polite manner, and does incite social unrest.
Meanwhile in Surat Thani province, a similar conference has been held to
educate approximately 400 police officers in the province about the draft
charter. Attendees are expected to recognize their role in encouraging Surat
Thani locals to vote in the August 7th referendum.
Yala requests cloudseeding operation amid low water reserves
YALA,(NNT) - Bang Lang Dam in Yala province has requested a cloudseeding
operation, as water reserves have fallen below expected levels.
The latest report from the Information Center of Hydro Power Plant puts the
water behind Bang Lang Dam at 220.59 million cubic meters, or just under 19
percent of capacity.
The chief of staff at Bang Lang Dam Power Plant, which is situated in
Bannang Sata district of Yala province, has reached out for assistance from
the provincial Royal Irrigation Office, requesting a cloudseeding operation
over Bannang Sata and Than To districts. The chief of staff said rainwater
in the two districts would flow directly to the dam. The request is
currently under review.
Rain showers have previously occurred in Krong Pinang, Yaha, Kabang, Raman
and the capital districts, away from the reservoir.
The power plant in Bang Lang Dam is located on the eastern side of Pattani
River. It has three 24-megawatt generators with a combined capacity of 72
megawatts. The plant can generate 200 million units of electricity per year.
A maid stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend
A maid was stabbed to death in front of an elevator at a high-rise building
on Ratchadapisek road on Monday.
The victim, 35-year old Ms Silanee Radomsook, was stabbed several times
allegedly by her boyfriend after a heated quarrel. She died in front of an
elevator on the 27th floor of AIA Capital Centre building.
Police who later arrived at the scene checked the CCTV system on the 27th
floor which showed a man in black Polo T-shirt and sporting skin-head hair
style in a quarrel with Ms Silanee before he stabbed her.
The alleged killer later went to the restroom to wash his hands, then
emerged and escaped from the scene through the elevator.
Police suspected the knife-man to be the victim’s boyfriend. A sketch of his
face as shown on the video footage was drawn up by an artist and its copies
distributed to all police stations.
Members of the public were asked to notify 191 if they came across the
Officers in Red Bull heir’s car crash incident now face malfeasance probe by anti corruption commission
The Metropolitan Police Bureau has completed investigation into the roles of
police officers handling the Red Bull heir's car crash that killed a police
officer four years ago with proposal to the Public Sector Anti Corruption
Commission (PACC) to tackle 10 officers for malfeasance in office.
Of the 10 officers facing malfeasance probe by the PACC, one has already
retired and the rest still in active police service.
Acting commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Lt Gen Sanit
Mahathavorn said investigation found these officers were guilty for
malfeasance in office for their handling of the Red Bull heir Vorayudh
Yoovidhya case in September 2012.
The finding will be forwarded to the PACC for further action, he said.
The reinvestigation of the car crash case involving the Red Bull heir or
“Boss” was ordered by Royal Thai Police commissioner Chakthip Chaijinda
following complaint that there was no progress in the case and the suspect
remains at large.
The commissioner then urged Thonglor police to speed up the ongoing
investigation of the infamous hit-and-run case involving the heir of the Red
Bull energy drink empire.
Vorayudh is the grandson of a Red Bull founder Chaleom Yoovidhya.
According to The Coconuts Bangkok, Vorayudh allegedly rammed his Ferrari
into Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47 in the
early hours of September 3, 2012, killing the police officer.
Wichian’s body was dragged about 200 meters along the road.
The heir allegedly fled the scene and was arrested several hours later at
his home on Sukhumvit Soi 53.
He faced three charges: speeding, reckless driving causing death, and
failing to stop his car to help the victim.
However, the speeding charge has since been dropped as it expired under the
one-year statute of limitations.
The national police chief promised to find out what was causing the delay in
The commissioner added that if any officers were found to be negligent, they
would face disciplinary action.
The Red Bull heir is said to be abroad now.
Bangkok Poll: Over 80 percent intend to vote in referendum
Over 80 percent of the respondents of Bangkok Poll said they intend to vote
in the national referendum on August 7.
Bangkok Poll of Bangkok University’s research centre conducted an opinion
poll on July 9 from 1,876 samples from all regions of the country.
Although the poll shows 83.7 percent of the respondents declare their
intention to vote in the referendum, only 41.6 percent of them say they
approve the draft constitution – down by 2 percent from the previous opinion
7.2 percent of the respondents disagree with the draft charter – up by 0.6
percent from the last poll with 11.6 percent saying they will abstain and
39.6 percent say they are still undecided on how to vote.
42.1 percent of the respondents admit that they learned about the content of
the draft charter from media news websites and news provided by media
outlets while 11.7 percent say they received information from teachers under
the government’s educational campaign; 11.1 percent say they learned from
documents distributed by local officials.
52.1 percent believe that the referendum will be helpful in enabling the
country to move forward but 20.7 percent say the referendum will be of
little help while 27.2 percent say they are not sure.
A police captain shot dead in Ban Pong district police station by his subordinate
A police sergeant major was arrested after he fatally shot his superior at
Ban Pong district police station in Ratchaburi province following a heated
quarrel Saturday night.
Witnesses said that the victim, Pol Cpt Sayant Chaichoke, the deputy
inspector for traffic affairs attached to Ban Pong police station, arrived
at the station late Saturday night after finishing with his field inspection
of the setup of road block at Kok Mor intersection in the municipal area.
The police captain was then reported of a heated quarrel between one of his
subordinates, Pol Sgt-Maj Thirapong Pothong, a traffic police squad leader,
had a heated argument with Pol Snr Sgt-Maj Amnart Charoenchai, also a
traffic police officer who also serves as driver to the police
Pol Cpt Sayant then demanded to see the two men in order to settle the
dispute and when he saw Thirapong hold a service pistol as he approached him
from the downstairs, he ordered the latter to put the gun back in its
But Thirapong, apparently still in a foul mood, refused, prompting Sayant to
try to grab the gun from the former’s hand, resulting in the fatal shooting.
It was reported that six shots were fired from Thirapong’s 9mm automatic
pistol and four of them hit Sayant who was immediately rushed to the
district hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The alleged gunman escaped from the police station in a motorcycle-taxi but
was later apprehended.
Windfall for Thai travel agencies from Taiwan’s visa-free rule
Thailand’s out-bound travel agents are expected to reap a windfall from
Taiwan’s recent announcement to ease travel restriction by allowing peoples
from Thailand and Brunei to visit Taiwan without visa for up to 30 days
beginning August 1.
Mr Surawat Akaraworamat, managing director of KTK Tour Enterprise, said that
he expected the number of Thai tourists visiting Taiwan to double as a
result of the visa-free announcement.
Meanwhile, Mr Kritchanat Meesamran, managing director of Sun Smile Holiday
and Travel Company, predicted fierce competition among travel agents to
attract tourists to use their services.
He noted that, previously, applying for a visa to Taiwan is time consuming
and this has discouraged many Thais from visiting the country. With the visa
requirement lifted, he said many Thai tourists will make last-minute travel
plan changes in order to visit Taiwan.
The visa-free rule will be in place for just one year as a trial period to
find out the consequences. However, Taiwan’s tourism officials the new rule
will increase the number of tourists from Southeast Asia by 280,000 for the
one-year period and bringing in an addition of 13 billion Taiwanese dollars
in tourism-related revenue.
Mr David Sao, director of Taiwan Tourism Office for Malaysia, Vietnam,
Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei, disclosed that the number
of Thais visiting Taiwan has increased 40 percent since this year compared
to the same period last year, representing the highest growth among
Southeast Asian countries.
Lively atmosphere at Phi Ta Khon festival in Loei
LOEI,(NNT) - The Northeastern province of Loei held the Boon Luang and Phi
Ta Khon festival to preserve its beautiful local culture, and created a
lively atmosphere during the festival.
Dan Sai District Chief Officer Prayoon Aranyaroot said that Si Song Rak
municipality and Dan Sai district has been organizing Boon Luang and Phi Ta
Khon festival 2016 from 16-17 July, at Pho Si temple, Na Wiang Yai village,
Dan Sai sub-district, Dan Sai district, Loei province. The festival helps
preserve the beautiful local culture, promote tourism in the province and
support agricultural careers.
The festival features various activities such as Phi Ta Khon Night Palace
parade, a fair of local products, a performance from students of the Dan Sai
School, along with comedy and musical shows.
Thai students win four medals from 2016 mathematical olympiad
HONG KONG,(NNT) – Thai students have won two gold medals from the
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2016, along with two silver
medals, a bronze medal and one honorable mention, the IPST has announced.
The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST)
President Pornpun Waitayangkoon announced Thai students have won two gold
medals, two silver medals, one bronze medal, and an honorable mention from
the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held in Hong Kong during
6-16 July 2016.
The gold medalists are Krit Boonsiriseth and Pachara Sawettamalya from Triam
Udom Suksa School, while winners of silver medal are Sivakorn Sanguanmoo
from Suankularb Wittayalai School, and Chesphongphach Buranasilp from
Mahidol Wittayanusorn School. The bronze medal winner is Suchakree
Chueluecha from Bangkok Christian College, and Treetased Vividhwara from
Patumwan Demonstration School of Srinakharinwirot University was winner of
the honorable mention.
The Thai IMO contestants are scheduled to arrive back in Thailand at
Suvarnabhumi Airport on flight TG 693 at 8:45 p.m. of 16 July 2016. The IPST
is scheduled to hold a welcoming ceremony for the Thai competitors on the
TAT’s Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is set to launch on 1 August
Bangkok, 14 July, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Women’s
Journey Thailand campaign is set to launch on 1 August, 2016, meaning that
women travellers from around the world will be able to enjoy a huge range of
activities, special offers, discounts and privileges as well as products and
services geared to meet their needs throughout the month of August.
The Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is aimed at women travelling
individually or in groups as well as women visiting Thailand with family who
might want to enjoy some activities by themselves.
TAT is working with a range of partners in the health and beauty sector as
well as hotels, airlines hospitals, gyms and sports clubs to offer discounts
and offers to women visiting Thailand from 1 to 31 August, 2016. The
campaign is also a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday
on 12 August. To support the Women’s Journey project, the special deals from
the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will be extended to 31 August, 2016.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand has always been a
welcoming destination for women from all over the world, which is why we see
so many females coming here independently and in groups. Our Women’s Journey
Campaign wants to celebrate these women travellers by making it easier than
ever for them to visit the kingdom and take advantage of the many activities
the kingdom provides therefore strengthening our position as one of Asia’s
most female friendly destinations.”
To ensure women travellers get the most out of the campaign, TAT has
released a mobile application “Women’s Journey Thailand,” that enables them
to navigate the offers and promotions and to plan their schedule
accordingly. The products, services and events are listed under five
categories: Beautiful Look, Beautiful Shape, Beautiful Mind, Beautiful
Retreat, and Beautiful Experience. The Women’s Journey Thailand application
can be downloaded from Play Store and iStore.
For the month of August, female tourists will also benefit from female-only
immigration lanes at Thailand’s international airports, special parking and
a range of offers on air tickets.
Visit www.tourismthailand.org/womensjourney for more special offers and
further details on Women’s Journey Thailand.
Visit http://atgs2016.thailandshoppingparadise.com/ for special offers and
details on Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016.
TAT holds seminar on attracting tourists from Myanmar
- The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organized a seminar entitled
“AEC Focus Myanmar 360” which aims to increase the number of tourists coming
from Myanmar by 10 percent, focusing on medical tourism and healthcare.
Deputy TAT Governor for Tourism Products Visanu Jaroensilp said the seminar
aims to inspire the potential government and private organizations involved
with the tourism industry to enhance competitiveness and attract more
tourists from Myanmar. Special talks were given by experts on the challenges
and opportunities of the Myanmar market.
The TAT aims to increase the number of tourists from Myanmar by 10 percent
from last years 259,000 by focusing on medical tourism and healthcare. In
addition, the TAT plans to establish a branch in Myanmar to conduct various
marketing campaigns and agitate for additional flights between Myanmar and
Khao Kheow Open Zoo welcomes new-born zebra
CHONBURI,(NNT) – Khao Kheow Open Zoo has welcomed a new member, a male baby
zebra who is doing well.
The foal was borne to eight-year old father, Simok, and three-year-old
mother, Som. The newborn zebra, whose birthday is close to the upcoming
Buddhist Lent, is under the care of his mother and zoo guardians. He can be
seen by zoo patrons at the Africa Savanna zone.
Common zebras can be found in the African Savanna. Their black and white
stripes come in unique patterns. They are social animals that live in herds
and forage for food with other animals, such as giraffes, antelopes and
ostriches. Though zebras’ eyesight is poor, they have very keen senses of
smelling and hearing.
Khao Kheow Open Zoo will be displaying Buddha’s relics from Sri Lanka from
July 16th -20th on the occasion of the Buddhist Lent.
Their Majesties the King and Queen express sorrow for terror attack in Nice
Their Majesties the King and Queen on Friday sent a letter of condolence to
French President Francois Hollande for the deaths and injuries from the
terror attack in Nice on Thursday night which left at least 84 people killed
and over 100 injured.
Market inspection shows no price increase in Buddhism offerings
The Department of Internal Trade yesterday sent its officials to inspect
shops selling religious Buddhism offerings throughout the country in wake of
the upcoming Buddhist Lent when Thai Buddhists are expected to spend more as
offerings to monks.
The inspection showed all merchants and shops were complying with the policy
of the ministry to post signs clearly indicating prices of each item and
ensuring their products were up to standards and not attempting to sell
inferior or out of date goods to the public.
They also found that overall, prices had remained stable throughout.
The department also advised consumers to report poor service and substandard
goods as well as overpricing through the Department of Internal Trade’s 1569
Sellers found overpricing their goods will face maximum jail terms not
exceeding 7 years and/or fined a maximum of 140,000 baht.
Free parking at Suvarnabhumi airport’s Zone C on long holiday
The Suvarnabhumi airport will exempt parking fees for passengers to
facilitate their air travels during the long holiday weekend.
Airport director Sirote Duangratana said the free parking will be arranged
at Zone C parking area where it can accommodate 718 cars.
He said passengers can drive and park their cars from 00.01 am on July 16
until midnight on July 20.
As the airport is expected to be crowded with passengers at the coming long
holiday this weekend, the parking areas in front of passenger terminal might
not be sufficient, and parking at Zone C might be inconvenient, he said.
This prompted the airport to exempt parking fees at Zone C, he said.
But he said the airport will arrange special shuttle bus service during this
period for passengers between Zone C and the passenger terminal.
The shuttle bus will leave every 15 minutes.
The parking points of the shuttle buses will be at the airport’s departure
terminal on the fourth floor of Gate 5, and at the arrival terminal on the
second floor of Gate 5.
The special shuttle bus service is free of charge.
But he said the airport still have its normal shuttle bus service (Route A)
available from the Bus Terminal to Zone C parking area.
The bus will deliver passengers to Gate 3, 8 and 5 and return to Zone C for
parking. During rush hour the bus will leave every 7 minutes, while normal
hour will leave every 10 minutes.
Monk admits encroaching forest but to reforest the area
Phra Budda Isara has admitted that he encroached on forest reserves in
Chiang Mai’s Mae Wang district but with an intention to reforest the area.
The abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom went to the Forest Department on
Friday to hand over documents to forest officials and to express his
readiness to face legal consequences for his forest encroachment.
Phra Budda Isara said that the encroached area in national forest reserves
was about 300 rai and not 3,000 rai as wrongly reported. He noted that the
area in question was stripped of forest cover and he decided to plant trees
The abbot went on saying that he had been reforesting denuded forests since
1989 and had reforested about 1,000 rai so far.
He called on the Forest Department to take legal action against all forest
encroachers, including himself.
Supreme Court awards Klitty victims with 20 million baht in compensation
After 13 years of marathon court battle through three courts, Karen
residents of the lower Klitty village in Kanchanaburi have their real taste
of victory when the Supreme Court finally handed down a verdict ordering
Lead Concentrates (Thailand) company and its managing director to pay 20
million baht in compensation and medical fees for the future to eight
victims of lead contamination.
Karen Studies and Development Centre director Surapong Kongjantuek who has
been defending for the right to safe environment of the Karen villagers in
lower Klitty village from lead contamination from the beginning told the
media that the Supreme Court found the lead mining company and its top
executive, Mr Kongsak Kleepbua, of deliberately discharging wastes from the
mine into the Klitty creek which has been, for generations, the lifeline of
He said that the court ordered the company and Mr Kongsak to pay
compensation to the victims and to rehabilitate the creek. But since the
company has gone bankrupt and Mr Kongsak was already dead, he added that the
next step to be done is to secure the assets of the company for payments to
One of the victims, Mr Kamthorn Srisuwanmala, said he was very glad with the
high court’s verdict and thanked the court for giving them justice. He noted
that several of the victims had been living in suffering for the past
several years with some of them having fallen dead.
Deputy transport minister formally unveils new Chinese-made train cars to the public
The acquisition of 115 new Chinese rail cars from China’s Railway Rolling
Stock Corporation with the first lot of 39 having arrived marks a milestone
in the change of train services provided by the State Railway of Thailand to
passengers, Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chivapruek said today in a
ceremony to formally unveil the new train cars and new uniforms of SRT train
attendants at Si Racha railway station, Chon Buri.
Chivapruek, Deputy Transport Minister
Also attending the ceremony were SRT governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr and
members of the media.
The deputy minister said the SRT’s acquisition of the new and modern train
cars from China represents a testimony of the government’s determination to
improve train services in Thailand.
SRT governor, meanwhile, said that the SRT planned to launch the maiden
service of the new cars on Bangkok-Chiang Mai route in August with Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to preside over the official launch.
Each first-class air conditioned car will have 12 sleeping rooms with two
seats each. Each seat is equipped with an LCD monitor with a USB port so
that passengers will be able to enjoy entertainment programmes, to receive
information or to order food or drinks from their seats.
There are four LCD screens on each of the second-class air conditioned
On top of that, the toilets in the new train cars will be similar to the
type installed on aircraft which is clean, without smell and using less
water in flushing.
Each train will be accompanied by a power car which will replace the engines
in the old cars. Hence the new cars will be quiet, environment friendly and
Every car is equipped with a CCTV system which will ensure safety for
passengers, ABS braking system.
The entire new fleet is made up of nine first-class sleeper cars, 88
second-class sleeper cars, including nine cars for the disabled, nine
canteen cars and nine power cars with 11 cars to be kept as reserves.
All the new cars will be put into services in four routes namely
Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok-Nong Khai and
Coming long holiday this weekend will see Thais spending over 5.7 billion baht
The coming long holiday over the weekend will see Thai people spending more
than five billion baht in religious activities, travels and shopping,
according to the Center for Economic and Business Forecasting at the
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Centre director Thanawat Polwichai said as Thai people will be enjoying a
long holiday in the coming weekend with the arrival of the Buddhist Lent and
Buddhist Lent Eve, he predicted that the holidays will generate the highest
cash flows in the country for a period of 5 years.
The prediction was based on a recent survey made to gauge consumer spending
behavior during the 5 day Buddhist Lent holiday.
Mr Thanawat said that the survey strongly suggested that there will be a
dramatic increase in cash flows during the period of almost 5.78 billion
This will represent a 7.6% increase and is the highest it has ever seen in
the country in a 5 year period, he said.
Such a high spending will come from domestic tourism which expected to
generate on average 4,156 baht per person, or a 62% increase from previous
For religious purposes, consumers’ spending will increase by a dramatic 59%
or an average of 4,571 baht per person.
Mr Thanawat said further that the high spending is entirely due to growing
confidence in the economic recovery.
Somkid urges export strategy adjustment
Deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusriphitak yesterday advised the Commerce
Ministry to adjust its export strategy by focusing more on free-trade
negotiations with Thailand’s strategic trading partners.
At a meeting with heads of Commerce Ministry, Somkid said that the ministry
must make modifications to its export promotion campaign by placing greater
priority on entering into bilateral negotiations with Free Trade Area (FTA)
He stressed that these negotiations must focus on allowing Thailand’s
industries to receive the highest benefits and technological knowhow in
keeping with the government’s plans to modernize the country in accordance
with the 4.0 generation development plan.
He predicted that Thailand’s competitiveness will rise to stand at around 20
– 25th position by next year from where it currently stands at 28th
He attributed this to the success the government has achieved in its 2 year
sustained economic structural reforms in order to achieve parity with
Meanwhile deputy commerce minister Suvit Maecincee admitted that the
government’s push to move the country towards the 4.0 generation development
plan will result in a number of unemployment in the labor force.
This will be particularly so for unskilled workers because as the country
continue to modernize, with increased use of technology and automation,
their skills or lack of it, will render them obsolete.
He then advised that workers in the labor force make investments in
improving their skills and abilities so as to remain competitive in the
The government does not overlooking this fact and has plans to promote
greater proficiency in the national labor force, he added.
Traffic nightmare after heavy rains in Bangkok
A Wednesday evening downpour which coincided with the end of the office
hours as office workers rushed for homes in private cars or buses causing
widespread traffic gridlock throughout the city.
Several roads such as Lat Phrao, Ramkhamhaeng, Srinakharind and Vibhavadi
Rangsit were temporarily flooded on several sections of the roads as the
sewerages were unable to cope with excessive amount of rain water or
But city officials said that they would be able to drain the water out
through Saen Saeb and Lat Phrao canals into the Chao Phraya river within a
The Meteorological Department said that about 60 percent of Bangkok was
lashed with rains this evening as a result of the influence of southwest
Some of the areas reported to be flooded include Ngamwongwan, Permsak
housing estate in Bang Khae, Soi Ramkhamhaeng 64, Lat Phrao road from Soi
87-89, Chokechai market, Lat Phra Soi 55, Lat Phra Soi 122, Happy Land road
and Sivara road.
Mysterious letters emerge in Chiang Mai
Post offices in Chiang Mai have impounded more than 2,000 letters believed
mailed by some ill-intent political elements to scuttle the draft
constitution which is due to go through a referendum on August 7.
The mysterious letters seized in Chiang Mai are similar to those earlier
impounded in Lampang. The letters do not have the names of the receivers or
the senders but just the addresses of the receivers. Most were however
Mr Boontham Prasongvarakit, chief of the post offices in Chiang Mai, the
letters in question were found to have mailed through mail boxes in Sansai,
San Kamphaeng, San Pakhoi, Mae Rim and Mae Jo districts.
Military and police officials were called in to help examine the letters now
kept at the central post office in Muang district.
Maj-Gen Kosol Prathumchart, commander of the 33 military circle, said that
all the letters would be handed over to the Election Commission for further
He said that if the letters were found to be illegal, then a formal
complaint would be lodged with the police so that legal actions could
Meanwhile, officials were dispatched to put up announcements warning people
who have received the letters not to believe in what was written in the
Campaign launched to urge every Thai to eat 300 eggs a year
A campaign is being launched to urge
every Thai national to increase his or her chicken egg intake to 300 eggs
per annum by the year 2018.
Spearheading the campaign under the slogan “Eat Egg Everyday. Put Egg In
Everything We Eat” is the Association of Chicken Egg Producers, Traders and
The association president Mr Mongkol Pipatsatayawong said that while an
average Thai eats 220 chicken eggs a year compared to 340 eggs by a Chinese,
330 eggs by a Japanese, 300 eggs by a Malaysian and 290 eggs by an American.
At present, Thailand produces about 15,500 million chicken eggs worth about
50 billion baht a year while domestic egg consumption increases an average
of four percent a year in the past ten years.
Mr Mongkol noted that egg prices fluctuate all the times depending on
production, resulting in several egg chicken raisers going bankrupt from
heavy losses when the prices fell rockbottom.
He said that if Thais eat more chicken eggs – up to 300 eggs a year each –
it will help stabilize egg prices which, in turn, will help chicken raisers.
Egg prices have become more stable since March with price averaging 3.20
baht per egg while cost is about 2.90 baht. He is optimistic there won’t be
an oversupply this year.
Meanwhile, Mr Sombat Thiratrakulchai, president of livestock sector of the
Thai Chamber of Commerce, citing a research by Harvard University, said that
eating an egg a day will not result in the narrowing of cardiac artillery.
5 million baht worth of fake and smuggled liquor seized
About five million baht worth of
smuggled and fake liquor were seized by Department of Special Investigation
officials in 12 coordinated raids of warehouses in Bangkok recently.
DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Charoenmuang disclosed that officials
seized altogether 2,761 bottles of liquor of which 2,307 were smuggled
authentic liquor and the rest fake liquor, also smuggled into the country
from a neighbouring country.
He said that the packaging of the fake liquor looks so authentic that it is
almost impossible for buyers to distinguish fake from authentic liquor.
He alleged that the store-owner who owns the seized liquor has been in
liquor selling business for about 30 years in the Sao Chingcha area. But
besides the authentic liquor which is displayed on the shelves in the store,
he said that the store also sold smuggled and fake liquor.
Prime Minister warns monks they face arrest if staging a protest
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday hit back at a senior monk who
threatened to lead a mass protest of monks if the former does not submit the
nomination of Somdet Chuang as the new supreme patriarch to His Majesty the
King for endorsement within seven days.
Apparently disturbed by a question of a reporter about the threat made by
Phra Methithammajarn, secretary-general of Buddhism Protection Centre of
Thailand, the prime minister snubbed saying: “Are there law? What does the
NCPO order say? Can more than five people assembly? If (they) want to
protest, so be it. If they cannot be arrested today, then make the arrest
the following day – whoever they are.”
The prime minister said that he should have been the one who issued the
threat, not a monk.
Phra Methithammajarn issued the threat after the Council of State ruled that
the Sangha Supreme Council’s nomination of Somdet Chuang, abbot of Wat
Paknam Phasicharoen, as the supreme patriarch, was not illegal.
The prime minister also brushed aside a move by former member of the
National Reform Council Paiboon Nititawan to protest against Somdet Chuang’s
nomination, asking what else he should do, noting that the matter regarding
the scandal implicating Somdet Chuang is under investigation.
Prime Minister recommends hybrid buses as option for city bus services
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has recommended the Bangkok Mass
Transit Authority (BMTA) to look into the advantages of electric and hybrid
bus to see which is more appropriate to be put in service in Bangkok
He says if hybrid bus is more appropriate than electric bus, the government
will allow the BMTA to purchase more for use.
This was revealed by BMTA director Surachai Iamvajirasak after he brought
electric bus and diesel-electric hybrid bus to Government for show and test
ride to the prime minister.
The prime minister paid interest to the buses and recommended that the BMTA
conduct study on the advantages of both electric bus and diesel-electric
hybrid bus to see which option is more appropriate to the streets of the
capital so that the government would consider allowing BMTA to purchase more
Mr Surachai said the prime minister’s recommendation prompts him to review
its plan to purchase of new electric buses with focus on more
diesel-electric hybrid buses.
He said the BMTA has plan to purchase 200 new cool electric buses using 2.3
billion baht this fiscal year.
The plan will be reviewed to include more diesel-electric hybrid buses after
the prime minister’s recommendation.
Fire near BTS’s Onnut station
A brief fire broke out near BTS's Onnut station on Sukhumvit 81 forcing the
sky train service to the area to be halted temporarily this morning.
The fire started at about 07.34am at a coffee shop located on Sukhumvit 81
and is below the Onnut station.
Flames from the gutted shop raged quickly above and black smokes covered the
entire walkway and platform of the station, forcing the Bangkok Mass Transit
System or BTS to evacuate passengers waiting for trains down to the pavement
and shut down the Onnut station for safety reason.
All sky trains were also ordered to bypass the Onnut station for safety
Meanwhile firemen arriving at the scene also shut all outgoing traffic on
Sukhumvit road to facilitate work to put out the fire, but remained only one
lane to ease traffic jams.
However inbound traffic was not affected but traffic flowed slowly as
motorists drove slowly to watch the fire.
It was half an hour before the fire was put out.
However Onnut station remained closed until after 9.00 am when security
officials needed time to clear smokes from the station.
Train service during the fire was not affected but trains were told to
bypass the Onnut station until all smokes covering the station was cleared
as officials feared passengers could suffocate.
It was until after shortly after 9 am that the station was opened and train
stopped as usual.
BTS said on its Twitter that passengers who bought the tickets to Onnut
station or bought tickets at the station would not be refunded, but they
still could use the tickets for travel within 14 days.
Forensic police arrived at the fire scene late in the morning to examine the
cause of the fire.
Nobody was hurt, they said.
Bus driver and conductor fined 1,000 baht each for expelling a passenger due to his body odour
A bus driver and a conductor of an associated bus company were fined 1,000
baht each and suspended from work for a week after they were found to have
violated the regulations of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority for expelling a
passenger from their bus due to his body smell.
The bus company,Viriyawong, which operates city bus route 147, was also
fined 1,000 baht for its failure to oversee the behavior of its staff.
The case first appeared in the Facebook page of a netizen by the name of
ponddnop on July 9 who reported that a passenger of bus No 147-33 shutting
between Thon Buri housing estate and The Mall Bang Khae was chased out of
the vehicle by both the driver and conductor because of his alleged strong
The two also used rude language with the passenger.
In response to the incident, BMTA on Tuesday summoned an official of
Viriyawong bus firm, the driver and conductor of the bus in question to its
head office for an investigation.
Both the driver and conductor reportedly admitted that they were rude to the
passenger and expelled him from the bus because they could not stand his
Seven youths who beat to death a crippled man in Lat Phrao area will face murder charges
A panel of public prosecutors has agreed to indict seven youths who were
involved in the brutal beating to death of a crippled man in Lat Phrao area
over a month ago with murder charges instead of premeditated murder charges
as demanded by the victim’s family.
Spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General Mr Somnoek Siangkong said on
Monday that the panel of public prosecutors had carefully considered the
police case file together with the accompanied evidences and agreed on
murder charges to be lodged against the seven suspects, including a woman
identified as Ms Natnicha Rithlumlert.
The other six suspects are Piraphol Yotpong-anan, Akaradej Tassana, Monmanas
Saengpo, Chatuporn Chansopha, Mek Pholkraisorn and Arin Yotpong-anan.
The panel ruled out premeditated murder charges as demanded by the family of
the victim, Mr Somkiart Srichan, because their actions against the victim
were impromptu and were not thought or considered in advance, said Mr
Somnoek, adding that the suspects were expected to be indict before the
Criminal Court on Wednesday.
In addition to the murder charges, all the suspects face charges of carrying
weapons in public places without good reasons. On top of that, Akaradej,
Mek, and Arin will also be indicted with intrusion charges.
The case attracted widespread public attention because several of the
suspects were police children and concern was raised that the Chokechai
police in charge of the case might try to weaken the case to help the
GMM Grammy fined 50,000 baht for broadcasting a programme with rape scenes
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to
fine GMM Grammy 50,000 baht for broadcasting a programme containing improper
One of the commissioners, Ms Supinya Klangnarong, said that the commission
faulted the programme, Club Friday To Be Continued, which was aired on
Monday-Tuesday from 8 pm until 9.15 pm on GMM 25 channel for featuring rape
scenes which were deemed a violation against good morals.
The programme was rerun on several occasions, she said, adding that, in the
meantime, there was a public campaign against sexual violence and other
violences on the television.
Agriculture Minister to kick-start Sor Por Kor land reclaiming campaign on Friday
Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalaya will lead officials of the Office
of Land Reform for Agriculture to Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima
this Friday to oversee the putting up of an NCPO order regarding illegal
occupation of Sor Por Kor land plots of over 500 rai and maps showing the
illegal land plots to be reclaimed.
The event marks the start of a nationwide campaign by the government to
reclaim the Sor Por Kor land from illegal owners or occupants.
Altogether 125 land plots covering 116,266 rai of Sor Por Kor land
scattering in 12 provinces are targeted in the first round of the campaign
due to kick start on Friday.
Details of the 125 land plots are as follows: 32,903 rai in Kamphaeng Phet;
742.59 rai in Kalasin; 2,784 rai in Chaiyaphum; 26,585 rai in Nakhon
Ratchasima; 871 rai in Buriram; 13,663 rai in Kanchanaburi; 3,523 rai in
Trat; 1,335 rai in Lop Buri; 13,951 rai in Krabi; 7,578 rai in Chumporn;
2,482 rai in Yala; 9,842 rai in Surat Thani.
It was reported that several unscrupulous land owners or occupants had asked
to split up their landholding in smaller plots of less than 500 rai each in
order to dodge the crackdown campaign.
Deputy PM: Ministry of Public Health needs to help poor people
BANGKOK, (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has emphasized
the role of the Ministry of Public Health in helping low-income and
Minister of Public Health M.D. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn on Monday attended
a meeting with the ministry’s executives and Mr. Somkid who delivered a
special lecture entitled “Ministry of Public Health and Thailand’s economic
development.” The deputy PM connected the government’s economic policy to
the role of the ministry, saying that the ministry needed to help bridge
gaps in the country and take care of the elderly. He suggested that the
ministry continue conducting research on social development. The ministry
had to work with relevant units in public-private collaboration in taking
care of senior people in urban and rural areas, said Mr. Somkid.
The deputy premier also stressed that the ministry needed to play a role in
increasing the country’s competitiveness in terms of the medical industry
and instructed the Food and Drug Administration to develop its working