DSI suspends search of Wat Dhammakaya after encountering resistance from followers
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has decided to stop the search
for Phra Dhammachayo after its officers accompanied by police, local and
security officials were met with a human wall of faithful followers who
refused them entry to the inner sanctum of Wat Dhammakaya where the
embattled abbot was believed to have taken refuge.
All the officials, numbering about 20, pulled out of the temple on Thursday
Phra Sanitwong Wutthiwangso, director of the communications office of Wat
Dhammakaya, claimed that the temple was cooperative with the DSI by allowing
the officials to enter the temple’s compound.
Sanitwong Wutthiwangso, director of the communications office of Wat
However, he said that several followers who were forming a human shield
inside Gate 5 refused to let the officials in to conduct the search. He
added that he had tried unsuccessfully to convince to change their mind and
he had to accept their judgement because they were with the temple before
At about 1.30 pm Pol Maj Suriya Singhakamon, deputy director-general of the
DSI, held a press conference in front of Gate 7 in the presence of Phra
Sanitwong and representatives of the National Buddhism Office.
Pol Maj Suriya told the media that the DSI had tried to perform its duty in
a peaceful manner “without carrying arms, without armored cars and without
resorting to violence”.
Maj Suriya Singhakamon, deputy director-general of the DSI
He said that the DSI had received only partial cooperation and managed to
enter the temple’s ground until arriving at Gate 5 where its officials met
with resistance from followers who denied them further entry.
However, he added that officials had taken pictures of those who obstructed
the officials in their attempt to make the search and would deal with them
The DSI deputy chief said that the media had witnessed the happenings today
and should be fully aware of the truth. He also dismissed the temple’s claim
that it was fully cooperative with the DSI in the search of the temple. “But
the truth does not match with the words,” he noted.
Sakchai Guy lost legal battle over 300million baht worth of heritage
The Supreme Court has upheld the Appeals Court’s verdict nullifying the will
claimed to be made by former ambassador Vivath na Pompetch bequeathing 300
million baht of assets to the editor of a women’s magazine Sakchai Guy.
The Supreme Court’s final decision on the conflict over the heritage of the
late ambassador between his descendants and Sakchai, editor of Lips
magazine, was read out on Tuesday by the Civil Court.
The case was instituted to the Civil Court nine years ago by Mr Thirawat na
Pompetch, a former history lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s arts
faculty, challenging the validity of the will.
The 300 million baht worth heritage includes a three-rai plot of land in
Thung Wat Don, Yan Nawa district with a building, a condominium unit at
Garden Cliff condominium in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.
The Civil Court ruled that Mr Vivath’s signatures in the will were authentic
and the will was valid.
The Appeals Court however overturned the first court’s ruling on ground that
the will was null and void.
The Supreme Court noted that the will was done in a suspicious manner based
on the testimony given by Mr Visoot Kanchanapanyapong, managing director of
Thammaniti law firm where the will was done.
The witness told the court that normally the law firm would video-tape the
making of a will at the office but, in this particular case, there was no
video-taping of the event and no pictures taken which the court found
The court also noted that Mr Vivath’s signature affixed in the will was
different from the signature which appeared on the envelope containing the
NLA approves bill to create criminal court to deal exclusively with corruption cases
The National Legislative Assembly unanimously endorsed by 160 votes a
bill which seeks to set up Criminal Court for Corruption and Malfeasance
Under the bill, the existing division in the Criminal Court which deals with
corruption and malfeasance cases will be upgraded into Criminal Court and
all the corruption cases will fall under the jurisdiction of the new court.
The new Criminal Court will have jurisdiction over the following cases:
criminal cases in which state officials are charged with malfeasance in
office or irregularities; criminal cases in which state officials are
charged with money laundering, violations of laws regarding bidding and
joint venture between private and government sectors; criminal cases in
which individuals are charged with giving, receiving or demanding bribes,
intimidating, coercing or using influence to force state officials to act or
not to act in accordance with the Criminal Code; cases of deliberately
refusing to declare assets, falsely declaring assets or covering up assets
that should have been declared.
Thai embassy clarifies why more Thais are rejected entries to South Korea
An increasingly number of Thais are illegally staying in South Korea and
this is one of the main causes that prompts South Korean immigration
officials to reject entry of several Thais upon arrival in South Korea,
explained the Thai embassy in Seoul.
The embassy said that Thailand and South Korea have signed an agreement to
exempt visas for tourists of the two countries visiting South Korea or
Thailand of up to 90 days.
However, many Thais have exploited this loophole to overstay their visas and
work illegally in South Korea, said the embassy, adding that there are now
52,435 Thais who are illegally staying in the country out of a total of
90,235 representing 58.1 percent and the trend is rising – hence the need of
the immigration officials to curb the number of illegal immigrants from
The South Korean immigration has introduced two measures to deal with this
problem which include: voluntary repatriation to Thailand for the illegal
immigrants of which 8,402 Thais accepted the offer and entry denials for
Thais suspected of intending to work in South Korea.
The Thai embassy maintained that the South Korean immigration office was
fully authorized to question or interview any Thais who are deemed
suspicious. Any of them who fails to provide answers to the satisfaction of
the immigration officials has the tendency to be rejected entry, it said.
Thais wishing to visit South Korea are advised to prepare the following
documents to be shown to the immigration officials upon request – return air
tickets, documents of hotel reservations, travelling itineraries and
sufficient amount of money to sustain the duration of stay in the country.
The Thai foreign ministry has been trying to solve the problem of Thais
being rejected entries with their South Korean counterpart but this will
Thais who wish to work legally in South Korea are advised to follow the
Employment Permit System which can be easily accessed by going to the
following website, https://www.facebook.com/epstoea/
The embassy warned that those who were caught working illegally will be
deported, blacklisted and banned from visiting the country for up to five
years. But, worse, this will tarnish the image of Thailand, it added.
Government announces 15-year free basic education
Invoking Section 44 of the interim charter, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha
in his capacity as head of the NCPO issued an order making it mandatory for
the state to provide 15-year free basic education to Thai youths from
kindergarten level up to Mathayom 6 level effective as of today.
Referring to the policy of the previous governments for the state to provide
free education to Thai youths of up to 15 years, the NCPO chief decided to
reaffirm this policy which will help improve social justice, solve poverty
and promote the development of human resources.
Under the order, 15-year free basic education will cover “welfare education”
for underprivileged or impoverished children and “special education” for the
disabled or handicapped.
Agencies concerned will make preparations to make sure that pre-school
children will be taken care of and will be exposed to physical, mental and
emotional development. Local administration organizations and the private
sector should be encouraged and promoted to join in this endeavour.
The Ministry of Education has been tasked to update relevant laws for the
implementation of the free education policy.
First hybrid bus to be put on test run for five months
The city’s bus operator, Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, have unveiled its
first Japanese-made hybrid bus which will be put on trial run for five
months from today until November 15.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit and his deputy, Mr Omsin
Chivapruek, were among a group of VIPs and reporters, took a ride of the
diesel-electric bus from the Transport Ministry to Sanam Luang and back to
the starting point.
Initially, the only hybrid bus will be put on test service in Route 137
between Ramkhamhaeng and Ratchadapisek for a certain period of time after
which it will be operated in the other routes until November 15 when the
test runs will be completed.
During the test runs, data concerning fuel consumption and efficiency,
practicality of the hybrid bus and other aspects will be collected and
evaluated to determine whether a fleet of this kind of bus should be bought
in the future.
Imported from Japan, the bus has 26 seats and has enough space for 40-50
people standing. The four front seats can be folded up to accommodate two
The bus normally runs with its diesel engine but when traffic is bad, it
will switch to electricity.
All pump prices down today
PTT and Bangchak annouced the decrease
of all oil prices effective 5 am this morning.
The price of benzene, gasohol 91, gasohol 95 and E 20 will go down 40
satang/litre E 85 price will decrese 20 satang/litre.
For diesel, the price will go down 30 satang/litre.
Therefore, pump prices per litre in Bangkok and adjacent provinces on
Thursday will be as follows:
Benzene 95 31.66 baht
Gasohol 95 24.70 baht
Gasohol 91 24.28 baht
E 20 22.14 baht
E 85 18.39 baht
Diesel 24.89 baht
Thai Embassy in Manila warns Thais against traveling to militant hot-spots in the Philippines
MANILLA,(NNT) - The Royal Thai Embassy
in Manila has advised Thai citizens to avoid militant hot-spots in the
The announcement follows the recent execution of a foreign tourist by the
Abu Sayyaf militant group. The group has been targeting tourists in the
central and western part of Mindanao Island, as well as prominent tourist
sites such as Palawan Island.
The embassy has therefore advised Thai citizens against traveling to the
aforementioned areas unless absolutely necessary and to closely follow the
news and safety announcements.
WWF launches "Stop Buying Ivory" campaign
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched its “Stop
Buying Ivory” campaign, seeking to build appreciation for elephants among
Thai people to combat the ivory trade as well as prompt the government to
devote more attention to preventing illicit trade in animal products.
WWF Thailand representative Janpai Ongsiriwittaya led alliances of the fund
in launching “Stop Buying Ivory: Ivory Free Thailand”, a campaign centering
around 2 series of advertisements which attracted the participation of
celebrity Tony Ja and famed Thai national football team coach Kriatisak
Senamuang. The icons joined in the effort to dissuade Thai citizens from
buying, using or receiving elephant ivory and for the government to exert
more effort in ending the animal trade.
WWF Thailand has made known Thailand is ranked number 2 in the world for
illegal ivory sales and serves as a transit country for the detrimental
good. It stated that new values must be instilled in Thai society to remedy
Tri-party panel decided to keep a distance from Phra Dhammachayo’s criminal case
The tri-party panel to resolve the conflict between the Department of
Special Investigation and Wat Dhammakaya over Phra Dhammachayo’s criminal
case has resolved not to interfere with the job of the public prosecution.
Phra Theprattanasuthee, the chief monk of Pathum Thani who attended the
meeting of the tri-party panel as a neutral party, read a statement from the
panel stating that the criminal case against the embattled abbot of Wat
Dhammakaya is not a monastic affair but a state affairs.
Mr Somsak Toraksa, advisor to the chief monk of Pathum Thani who also
attended the meeting, added that every time where was a meeting of similar
nature and a minutes from the meeting was sent to Phra Dhammachayo, there
was no problem and the monk always gave good cooperation.
DSI deputy chief Pol Col Somboon Sarasith said that, from now on, the DSI
had to act in accordance with the arrest warrant and there are two options
to act – the first is to convince Phra Dhammachayo through the public
prosecution to give himself up at the court and, the second, is for the DSI
to make the arrest and for the second option there will be no bail for the
For the time being, the public prosecution has already indicted the suspects
who had already acknowledged the charges against them. These include Mr
Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union
Mr Somkiart Thongsri, director of the secretariat office of the Sangha
Council, said disciplinary action against Phra Dhammachayo would have to
wait until the court case against him is finalized.
Court acquits a member of “Men in Black” charged with illegal possession of war weapons
A man who was charged with possessing war weapons which were found hidden in
a Honda Civic in May 2010 was acquitted by the Criminal Court due to
The court noted that a key prosecution witness, the housekeeper of an
apartment in Ram-inthra area where the car was found, gave conflicting
testimonies regarding the defendant, Mr Kittisak Soomsri, and, therefore,
was not credible.
Also, tests of DNA specimens from Mr Kittisak did not match with the DNA
specimens found on the war weapons which include an AK47 assault rifles, TNT
explosives, bottle bombs, fire extinguisher tank filled with urea fertilizer
and M79 grenades.
Hence, the court found the prosecution evidences not strong enough to prove
the guilt of the defendant and decided to acquit him.
Mr Kittisak was one of the four men and one woman accused of being “Men in
Black” who fought against government troops at Kok Wua intersection during
the violent protests against the Abhisit government by red-shirt followers
on April 10, 2010.
The five suspects were charged illegal possession of war weapons and the
case is still pending with the Criminal Court. They pleaded guilty during
their detention at an army camp but they, afterward, changed their guilty
plea claiming that they were tortured and forced to make the confessions.
Some 50 monkeys crushed to death
About 50 long-tailed macaque were crushed to death under the weight of a
huge Prado tree which fell onto the lawn of a school in Chanthaburi’s Muang
district early Tuesday morning.
Mr Rangsan Kumtrakul, director of Khao Wongkot School, said it was lucky
that the incident occurred during the early hours of Tuesday otherwise many
students would have been hurt or killed had the incident occurred during the
He suspected that the ground where the huge tree stood might have softened
after heavy rains in the past few days and three loosened up and collapsed
while many monkeys were asleep on the tree.
Altogether 52 monkeys , including several young ones, were found dead on the
Mr Rangsan, however, admitted that he felt saddened with the death of so
many monkeys in one occasion because they have been in the school for a long
With the help of students and employees, the dead monkeys which included
several adults and babies, were taken away for burial.
Several monkeys were found injured from the incident and the school had
sought help from provincial officials to take care of the injured macaque.
TAT joins Chinese search engine giant to promote Thai tourism among Chinese quality tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Chinese search engine giant
Baidu have joined hands to promote Thailand's tourism industry among Chinese
Under the cooperation the Chinese search engine giant officially launched
its travel map called Baidu Map application for outbound Chinese tourists,
primarily expected to attract Chinese self-guided individual travellers with
high spending power.
As The NNT reported, the cooperation agreement was signed yesterday between
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn and Mr Hu Yong, general manager of Baidu’s
International Business Unit.
Baidu Map provides users with information about tourist attractions,
transportation, restaurants as well as products and services available in
Thailand in Chinese and Thai languages.
Through the GPS system, it also displays street addresses of tourist places
both in Thai and Chinese.
With over 500 million users worldwide at present, Baidu Map is considered an
effective channel for Thai tourism operators to reach Chinese-speaking
The app is expected to attract more visitors from China and, in turn, bring
Thai-Chinese relations even closer.
The Bangkok Post reported that TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the
number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand is expected to reach 10 million
this year, an increase from 8 million in 2015, generating 509 billion baht
in revenue, up 35%.
The application would help to increase tourism income by at least 20 per
cent, from the current spending of Chinese visitor of around 5,000 baht per
The cooperation between TAT and Baidu should help draw in more quality
Chinese tourists to the country, which many want to see it happen, he said.
Director of the international business development department at Baidu Inc
Mr Richard Lee said Baidu is now working with the TAT to develop service
apps to provide information about popular tourist attractions with audio.
Baidu Map is available in Mandarin Chinese and Thai. It offers maps of
Thailand’s tourist attractions, restaurants and hotels for a combined 17,000
RTAF welcomes its first five female pilots in 79 years’ history
The Royal Thai Air Force have welcomed five ladies who have passed the
grueling tests to become the first female pilots in 79 years’ history of the
Personally extending his well wishes to the new pilots was Air Chief Marshal
Tritos Sonjaeng, the air force commander-in-chief.
The five are Flying Officer Kanchanok Chanyarak, former language teacher
attached to the Air Force’s Education Department; Flying Officer Peerasri
Chaipaisarn, former financial and welfare officer; Flying Pilot Chanakarn
Sornjarn, a former officer attached to the education section of the Air
Force Academy; Ms Sirithorn Lawansathien, an aviation graduate from Rangsit
University and Bangkok Aviation Centre; and Ms Chonnisa Supawannapong, a
humanities graduate Kasetsart University.
ACM Tritos said that the admission of the first five female pilots marked an
important change in the RTAF. This means that women are now as capable as
men in military service and they should be proud of being part of the RTAF
Their Majesties the King and Queen express sorrow for Orlando massacre
Their Majesties the King and Queen have expressed condolence over the terror
attack of a nightclub in Orlando on Sunday night which left at least 50
people dead and dozen others injured.
A letter of condolence sent to US President Barak Obama by Their Majesties
read as follows: “The Queen and I are deeply distressed by reports of the
brutal shooting at the nightclub in Orlando, resulting in senseless deaths
and injuries of many innocent people. We wish to express to Your Excellency
and particularly the bereaved families our deep sympathy and condolence for
their irreparable loss caused by this shocking incident.”
Commerce Ministry expects to wipe out 10 million tonnes of rice from rice pledging scheme this year
The Commerce Ministry has set a target to sell the remaining 10 million
tonnes of rice bought under the Yingluck government’s rice pledging scheme
within this year, commerce permanent secretary Ms Chutima Boonyaprapas said
The remaining rice stockpiles are divided into three lots: over six million
tonnes of PAA-grade or good quality rice; about two million tonnes of Grade
C rice which are not suitable for human consumption; and about two million
tonnes of rotten rice which are good for industrial use such as for
Ms Chutima said that the Commerce Ministry would try to sell the 10 million
tonnes of rice through every channel, including open auctions, G-to-G deals,
direct sale to domestic and overseas customers and even donations.
The sale of the rice will help ease the government’s burden in management
and storage, said the permanent secretary, adding that the ministry would
try to sell as much rice as possible.
She noted that once the remaining rice in storage are sold out it would be
known by then how much loss has been incurred to the state from the
controversial rice pledging scheme.
Besides the six million tonnes of good quality rice, Ms Chutima admitted
that it would not be easy to offload the rest of the rice which are not
suitable for human consumption.
The ministry put on auction 37,400 tonnes of rotten rice some time ago and
only 21,100 tonnes were sold to Wor Thanasap company at approximately five
baht per kilogramme.
CAAT demands clarification from Nok Air
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has demanded a clarification
from Nok Air over the “CFIT” (controlled flight in terrain) remark allegedly
made in Line application by a co-pilot during a flight to Bangkok from Phrae
In which former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was one of the
CAAT director Squadron-Leader Alongkot Poonsook said Monday that the wording
used, “CFIT”, was inappropriate. He added that although there is no
regulation specifying punishment for the use of the word by a pilot he would
look into the rules of the Aviators Association whether there is any
punitive measure for this particular incident.
Personally, he said that pilots should not bring political issues to
interfere with his work because that would affect services for passengers.
He believes the co-pilot in question does not have much working experience.
However, he noted that CAAT would, in the near future, introduce a course in
professional ethics regarding services for pilots to ensure better services
Nok Air management has already apologized Ms Yingluck over the incident. The
airline’s CEO, Mr Patee Sarasin, reportedly said that such a conduct by the
co-pilot was unacceptable and he promised an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, Ms Yingluck posted a message in her Facebook page, expressing her
appreciation for Mr Patee’s apology and his promise to look into the case.
Nevertheless, she added that the incident should serve as a lesson for those
in the service sector to be more professional and that the incident would
not recur to her or to the other passengers.
HM the King’s condition improved after treatment on June 7th
His Majesty the King’s general conditions have improved after he underwent
treatment to correct the narrowing of coronary artery on June 7, the Bureau
of the Royal Household announced on Sunday.
The announcement said that a team of doctors who treated HM the King found
that the King’s general conditions had improved with his heart functioning
better, his heart beats, breathing and blood pressure having returned to
EKG examination and blood tests show that the functioning of heart muscles
have improved to the satisfaction of the doctors, said the announcement.
However, the doctors have asked for permission to undertake echocardiography
on HM the King to follow up his heart condition in the foreseeable future
Public Health Ministry warns against eating half-cooked pork
The Ministry of Public Health has warned people who love to eat food made of
half-cooked or undercooked pork of the risk of suffering from sudden hearing
loss as a result of infection from streptococcus suis bacteria.
Since the beginning of this year until June 3, 122 cases of streptococcus
suis infection were reported in 19 provinces and eight of them have died.
People infected with the bacteria will have high fever, severe headache,
hearing impairment, muscles pain, diarrhea and breathing difficulty.
Mortality rate from blood poisoning ranges from 5-20 percent.
People who work in pig farms or in slaughter houses are at risk of
contracting the bacteria from pigs. They should wash their hands or take a
shower after being exposed to pork meat for a long time and pig farms should
be clean, said the Public Health Ministry .
The ministry also advised consumers to be selective in buying pork in fresh
markets or in department stores to make sure that the meat looks fresh and
does not smell. The pork should be cooked at least 10 minutes or boiled
until it does not look red.
Concerns about online gambling during Euro 2016
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is concerned with online soccer betting
during the EUFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament during June 10-July 10 and has
instructed authorities concerned to take legal actions against the gamblers
as well as gambling operators.
Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Saturday that the
prime minister was fully aware that cracking down on the gamblers amounted
to solving soccer gambling problem at the end of the cause but the measure
was necessary to deal with the bad habit.
The prime minister, said the spokesman, was particularly concerned with Thai
youths being tempted into gambling during the popular soccer tournament
which might impact on their studies and health.
The prime minister also took note of the importance of the role of parents
in educating their children to distance themselves from gambling and also
the role of the media in reporting on the negative effects of gambling on
172 laws have been enacted since 2014 according to PM Prayut
BANGKOK,(NNT) - According to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha all 172
measures which have been enacted since the start of his administration were
issued in the best interests of the country and its people.
The prime minister said Thailand has long had problems in the areas of
legislation, public administration and the legal system. The administration
has sought to solve problems in these areas, during the limited time it has.
Addressing long-term issues, he said the government has laid down a strong
framework for the future and has made progress in the first phase of
resolving these issues.
Since 2014 which is when Gen Prayut took office, a total of 172 laws have
been promulgated. He said the government does not cater to political
interests, but rather upholds the interests of the nation as a whole as well
as the common good.
Lastly, he said his administration has not and will never attempt to
intervene in the judicial process, unlike governments in the past.
ICAO follows up on Thailand’s effort to address aviation problemss
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has met with the Thai government to
follow up on the latter’s effort to improve its aviation safety standards.
The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) regional director for
Asia Pacific, Arun Mishra met this week with Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha at Government House.
During the meeting, the Thai Premier expressed his appreciation for ICAO’s
understanding and willingness to help Thailand resolve problems in the
aviation industry, especially safety issues.
Gen Prayut told Mr Mishra that Thailand had been implementing various
measures to overhaul the system while putting a master plan in place to
provide long term solutions such as providing intensive training for
aviation personnel, restructuring aviation agencies, and revising laws and
regulations to meet international standards.
In reply, Mr Mishra thanked Thailand for allowing ICAO to set up its office
in Thailand while expressing confidence that Thailand will be able to
eradicate aviation problems very soon under Gen Prayut’s administration.
Chiang Mai University’s researcher makes medical breakthrough in fighting cancer
A Thai team of doctors at Chiang Mai University has made a significant
medical breakthrough in fighting cancer after he discovered black sesame
seeds have properties that could stave off cancer cells, and promote brain
This discovery was said to be the first of its kind in the world.
According to Dr Prachya Kongthaweelert, deputy associate professor of the
Thailand Excellence Center for Tissue Engineering and Stem Cells at the
Chiang Mai University, and head of the team, black sesame seeds are rather
innocuous in appearance but researchers have found that they contain
extremely beneficial properties.
He said it was discovered that “Sesamin” extracted from black sesame
contains properties that hinder cancer cell growth as well as stimulate
antibodies in the human body to fight cancer.
In relating the discovery of the benefits of black sesame, he stated that
researchers all over the world have been experimenting with Sesamin but this
is the first time that it has been directly injected into one week old
actively developing cancer cells.
What is normally found in cancerous cells is the abnormal development of
blood vessels, he said.
But after having injected Sesamin into them, the researchers discovered the
secret of how it fights cancer cells.
He said what was excited initially was that the team found that when Sesamin
was injected into the cells, there were clear differences in growth.
Cancer cells were significantly reduced because Sesamin prevents the
development of blood vessels. The development of blood vessels has been
found to be stimulated by excretions from the cancerous cells themselves, he
He further explained that as cancer cells grow, they stimulate the
development of new blood vessels to feed them.
Furthermore, these blood vessels also help to spread cancer cells to other
parts of the body.
But Sesamin has properties that hinder the development of these new blood
cells which in effect denies them food for growth and prevents them from
spreading. Eventually, they become atrophic and die, he explained.
He said Sesamin directly hinders the development of new blood cells which
denies the cancerous cells their food. Denied nutrients, they atrophy and
Besides, the team also found that Sesamin also promotes antibody production
in the human body which will then attack cancer cells as well. These are
mutually beneficial attributes that directly help to fight cancer, he said.
He said patents for the medical breakthrough have been filed and received
for the research both in Thailand and internationally.
This also includes the future commercial production of Sesamin from black
One added benefit of black sesame that has also been discovered in the
research is that it helps promote brain cell regeneration and this is backed
by evidence of patients who have improved brain functions after consuming
Dr Prachya said his team are extremely proud of their work as it helps heal
cancer patients and allow them have a better life.
He thus recommends the regular consumption of sesame seeds but advises that
the seeds must be crushed and cooked first to yield the best results.
He however cautions against consuming more than 4 table spoons a day as it
could lead to stomach upsets or diarrhea.
At a press conference held earlier this week, the doctor also showed a
cancer patient who has fully recovered after being treated with Sesamin.
The 21 year old woman was diagnosed with Lymphoma 2 years ago and she had
underwent chemotherapy to kill the cancerous cells but the procedure is
fraught with many bad side effects.
Chemotherapy sessions are also expensive and later she began taking Sesamin
extracts as well and she has found that it helped her body fight the cancer
cells and helped speed up her body’s recovery. She has now fully recovered.
“I rarely see chemo patients that are as fortunate as me that are given the
chance to have a normal life again. I cannot say what the outcome would be
if I had not taken the extract but what I can say is after taking it I am
better,” she recalled.
Consumer confidence index falls to lowest in eight months
Consumer confidence index (CCI) for May 2016 plunged to its lowest level in
a period of eight months, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
(UTCC) revealed yesterday.
Thanawat Polwichai, the director of the UTCC’s Center for Economic and
Business Forecast, said CCI for May 2016 fell to 72.7.
This represented a sustained 5 month drop and is the lowest it has ever
fallen in the period of 8 months since October last year.
He attributed the plunge in CCI to the slow recovery of the economy and
consumer purchasing power.
He however asserted that consumers in the country are still hopeful that the
economy, employment and income will eventually improve due to the massive
public spending by the government for the latter part of the year.
Therefore he advised that the government sector should speed up budget
disbursement so as to maintain the momentum of economic recovery.
With regards to the rise in global fuel prices, Mr Thanawat stated that this
has brought about an added benefit for rubber planters as the market price
for rubber has risen accordingly.
Rubber prices are now at 60 baht a kilo which is a significant improvement
and will help the economic improve to a certain degree.
Construction of lodging project for judges in Chiang Mai is legal
Mr Udom Sitvirajtham,President of the Fifth
Region Court of Appeals
The president of the Fifth Region Court of Appeals says the lodging
project for judges at the foot of Doi Suthep hill legal and does not
encroach on the Doi Suthep-Pui national park.
Affirmation of the legality of the project from the court president Mr Udom
Sitvirajtham came after the project was widely critised in the social media
with critics accusing that it encroached on the Doi Suthep-Pui national
The 900-million baht project, comprising of 47 single houses, and 13
condominiums, is located on a 147 rai plot of land outside the national
Mr Udom said construction of the project has been legally sought and the
reason to build single houses because of the slopy geographic location.
However he assured that 58 rai of land on higher slopes have been reserved
to keep its natural surroundings.
Construction started last year and us scheduled to finish in September this
The land belonged to the Army and was granted for use by the Justice
Ministry since 2006.
Migrant workers caught at a massage parlour detained without bail
Seventy-seven migrant workers who were rounded up at a massage
parlour in Huay Khwang area by a special unit of the Interior Ministry on
Wednesday night have been detained at the Criminal Court’s detention cells.
Of the 77, 57 of them were found to be without work permits while the rest
were found to have taken up jobs different from those stated in their work
Officials said that all the migrant workers were denied bail because they
didn’t have permanent residences and they might escape if they were freed on
Altogether 121 female workers were found in the Nataree massage parlour.
Nine of them were found to have been lured into prostitution by their
procurers. 12 others are being checked whether they are minor or not because
they have no ID cards.
23 workers who are over 18 were fined on charges of loitering and illegal
assembly and later released.
As for the manager of the massage parlour and his four employees, officials
said they faced charges of human trafficking and providing shelter to
illegal migrant workers.
The officials are still looking for the owner of the parlour.
A male teacher is under probe for having sex with male students
The Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has ordered a
teacher of a prestigious high school to be transferred to the office pending
an investigation into his alleged indecent acts for having sex with male
The teacher of Suan Kularb school in Bangkok whose name was not disclosed
was summoned to meet with the school director, Mr Vithoon Wong-in. Friday
morning and he allegedly admitted of the wrongdoings.
Mr Vithoon told the media that the teacher admitted of having sex with
underaged students of the other students. Nevertheless, the teacher was
moved to an inactive post at OBRC’s zone one pending a fact-finding probe.
The teacher will face gross disciplinary action which may lead to his
dismissal from the service if the probe found him guilty of the indecent
acts, said OBEC secretary-general Karoon Sakulpradit.
The alleged indecent acts reportedly appeared on the teacher’s twitter
account when he posted several images of him having sex with male students
with some of their faces clearly shown.
The posted images have caused an uproar among many netizens who demanded a
probe and punishment against the alleged molester.
Massage parlour raid results to the transfer of the commander of MPB’s first division
Commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau’s first division Pol Maj-Gen
Vicharnwat Borirakkul was moved to an inactive post at the operations centre
of the MPB effective as of Thursday.
The abrupt transfer of Pol Maj-Gen Vicharnwat by an order issued by Acting
MPB commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn stemmed from a raid of the
Nataree massage palour in Huay Khwang area on Tuesday night by a special
unit of the Interior Ministry.
Seventy-seven migrant workers from neighbouring countries were found working
in the massage parlour and several of them did not have work permits while
others were found to have worked differently from those specified in their
Also, some of the workers in the parlour are underaged and were believed to
be lured into prostitution.
Pol Maj-Gen Vichartwat’s job was temporarily taken over by Pol Maj-Gen
Sompong Chingduang, the MPB deputy commissioner.
The transfer order is effective for 30 days or until there is a change of
A female rubber tapper killed by a rogue elephant
A woman was killed by a rogue elephant as she was working with
several other rubber tappers in a rubber plantation in Khao Chamao district
The victim was identified as Mrs Patcharrin Suthihom, 35, a native of Khao
Chamao district. Her neck and right leg was broken and her body was bruised.
The victim’s husband, Mr Niyom Swangwong, later told police that several of
them were working in the rubber plantation this morning when, out of a
sudden, a huge elephant with just one ivory tusk emerged and charged toward
Niyom said he shouted for everyone to run but his wife was slow and was
attacked by the beast which kicked her to the ground, struck at her with its
trunk and stomped her with its feet.
But Mr Pitak Yuenyong, chief of the Ban Seeramun forest protection unit in
Khao Ruenai, said that wild elephants do not normally attack people unless
they were hurted before by humans. He admitted he didn’t know how the
elephant was provoked.
Mr Pitak said that forest rangers had held several courses to educate people
how to protect themselves from elephant attacks but “not a single rubber
tapper has ever attended the courses.”
Pump prices to go down for benzene and gasohol, except diesel
PTT Plc and Bangchak will decrease the prices of benzene and gasohol by 50
satang per litre, except for gasohol E85, which goes down 30 satang.
For diesel, The price will increase 50 satang/litre.
Therefore, pump prices per litre in Bangkok and adjacent provinces on Friday
will be as follows:
Benzene - 95 32.06 baht
Gasohol - 95 25.10 baht
Gasohol - 91 24.68 baht
E 20 - 22.54 baht
E 85 - 18.59 baht
Diesel - 25.59 baht
Traffic violators can use their credit cards to pay fines in near future
Motorists will in the near future pay their traffic fines with their credit
cards under a land traffic bill which has been approved by the National
The bill which is expected to come into force in 60 days after its
publication in the Royal Gazette will open a new channel through which
motorists who receive traffic tickets can pay fines with their credit cards
or in cash through other payment service centres.
An NLA panel considering this bill has recommended that the fee to be
charged by banks for the use of credit cards to pay traffic fines should not
exceed 3 percent per ticket and, in case, the fine is paid in cash at
elsewhere which is not the police station, the fine should be at most 20
baht per ticket.
The panel also suggested, besides commercial banks, other agencies should
also be given an opportunity to provide the service for traffic fine
Tiger Temple denies all the charges
Lawyer Saiyud Pengboonchu.
Luangta Chan, the abbot of Tiger Temple
The Tiger Temple has denied all the charges filed against it and its abbot,
Luangta Chan, by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants
Luangta Chan’s representative, former Bangkok MP Siri Wangboonkerd and
lawyer, Mr Saiyud Pengboonchu, told the media on Thursday that the abbot had
nothing to do with the dead tiger cubs and amulets found at the temple
during a raid last week by officials from the department, local police and
All the 130 plus tigers which were kept at the temple and used by the temple
to get donations from visiting tourists have been relocated to a breeding
station in Ratchaburi province last week.
Luangta Chan re-emerged today after he disappeared following last week’s
raid. He was briefly seen feeding some of the animals still left in the
temple but did not meet with the media to tell his side of the story as
Mr Siri told the media that the luangta could not meet with the press
himself and assigned him to take his place at the news conference. Defending
the abbot, he said the temple had never held any rituals to bless the
The lawyer, Mr Saiyud, claimed that the amulets were made by followers of
the abbot without his knowledge or consent. He further said that the amulets
and other items found in a car by the authorities were taken out of the
temple by some followers because they didn’t want to make trouble for the
temple and the abbot.
Illegal forest encroachment was one of the charges lodged against the temple
by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation. The
department also suspects that the temple may be involved in illegal wildlife
Medical Council will not send specialists to Wat Dhammakaya
The Medical Council will not send a team of specialists to Wat Dhammakaya to
examine the health conditions of Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot of the temple.
Medical Council president Dr Somsak Lolekha said Thursday that the council
had officially received a letter of notification from the temple asking for
indefinite postponement of the visit to the temple by a team of specialists
from the Medical Council.
The temple also said in the letter that the proposed examination by the
specialists from the council would not have any bearing on the case against
Phra Dhammachayo and that it did not want to put pressure on the council
which is not a party in the conflict.
Dr Somsak said he interpreted the letter as a wish from the temple to cancel
the specialists’ visit and, therefore, decided not to send them to the
Regarding the medical certificate issued by Dr Siripong Pattanathanavisut,
deputy director of the army’s Panurangsee hospital in Ratchaburi for Phra
Dhammachayo, Dr Somsak said that a panel would be set up to investigate the
issue and Dr Siripong would be invited to testify.
The council will also ask for Phra Dhammachayo’s medical record from Saha
Wat Dhammakaya has claimed that it has a medical certificate from
Panurangsee hospital confirming that its abbot was sick and could not leave
the hospital to acknowledge the charges lodged by the Department of Special
The Medical Council is empowered to demand medical records from all
state-run and privately-owned hospitals and clinics. Any doctor who issued a
medical certificate for a patient without actually treating the patient may
have his/her license suspended or revoked for breach of code of conduct.
Thailand expects visits by over 10 million Chinese tourists this year
Chinese tourists visiting Thailand this year are expected to rise over 10
This was expressed by Ms Srisuda Wannapinyosak, deputy governor of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for marketing yesterday.
She said tourist arrivals from China to Thailand has considerably risen
during this year’s first quarter and could probably exceed 10 millions by
the end of this year.
She said 7.9 million Chinese tourists arrived last year.
According to The NNT, of that 10 million tourists, about three million
Chinese tourists were reported to come as tour groups.
The rest would travel on their own and be considered quality tourists who
might spend an average of 5,000 baht per person per day or some 50,000 baht
per person per trip.
The TAT is confident that its marketing plans have been carried out
effectively and has granted special awards for Thailand’s popular tourist
attractions and activities among Chinese tourists, including the ”2016
People’s Choice Awards Voted by Chinese Tourists.”
The TAT will encourage prospective visitors from China to rate their
favorite tourist attractions and activities in Thailand and get the chances
to win trips to this country, she added.
City council will probe spending on renovation of top officials’ offices
The City Council will investigate a report that the city administration has
spent about 16 million baht in the renovation of the offices of Governor
M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra and other top administrators.
It was also reported that renovation work had started even before a bid was
called to choose the constructor.
Mr Nirun Praditthakul, in his capacity as chairman of the City Council’s
public works and planning committee, said Wednesday that he had recently
sought information from the public works office on three issues: Was the
dispensing of budget in accordance with budgetary regulations? Was the
renovation work completed? Was the renovation for each office proper?
An informed source, meanwhile, said that certain city officials were
responsible for proposing the renovation without the prior knowledge of the
When asked by reporters about renovation controversy, not a single city
official was willing to offer any information.
Earlier, Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand said that the renovation work
concerns offices of top administrators, including his office.
Auditor-General Phisit Leelawachiropat, meanwhile, said the OAG would
coordinate with officials of the public works office to find out the truth
about the controversy.
Bangkokians told to brace for more sufferings from traffic nightmares
Bangkok’s motorists and public
transport commuters were warned to brace themselves for traffic nightmares
at the end of this year when construction of three electric train projects
are scheduled to take off.
The warning was issued by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit at a
panel discussion on “Investment Opportunities in the Decade of
Infrastructure Projects” on Wednesday.
The minister said that biddings for the three projects – Pink Line from Kae
Rai to Min Buri, Yellow Line from Lat Phrao to Samrong and Orange Line from
the National Cultural Centre to Min Buri – will start this month and
construction is expected to commence at the end of the year.
He said that the construction work would definitely affect traffic flow and
exacerbate traffic congestion because some of the roads where construction
takes place will have to be closed.
The roads to be affected include Lat Phrao, Srinagarind, Samrong, Chaeng
Wattana, Ram-inthra, Rama IX and Ramkhamhaeng.
Section 44 to be proposed to shut down Tiger Temple
The Agricultural Land Reform is to propose the prime minister to invoke
Section 44 of the interim constitution to shut down the controversial Tiger
Temple as it might have involved in illicit wildlife trade.
The Office discovered that the temple was inappropriately using temple
grounds and has encroached upon state lands.
According to Kanchanaburi branch of Agricultural Land Reform Office, the Wat
Pa Laung Ta Bua or known as Tiger Temple had ill-used its land grant.
It said the land grant was issued for a total of 391 rai plot of land and
the application was made through the National Office of Buddhism for
exclusive use as temple grounds.
But it was discovered that besides the temple, a zoo was established and
furthermore, construction of multi-storied commercial buildings and a dome
not connected to religious activities were also done by the temple but
located outside of the allocated plot.
As a result of this discovery, the Office said it is preparing a proposal
for the Prime Minister to invoke Section 44 so that they can reclaim the
property immediately and attend to other legal matters involved.
The Office said it had plans to either establish a Buddhist religious study
center there instead or distribute the plots among villagers who have no
lands of their own to farm.
In another related development a team made up of police, soldiers and
officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant
Conservation yesterday seized four tigers from a tycoon’s house in Wang Dong
sub-district in Kanchanaburi municipality.
Two female and two male tigers were found there aged between 1–10 years of
Two caretakers were the only people on the premises while the whereabouts of
the tycoon, Thawach Kajornchaikun, a Bangkok native who owns the house is
Officials have seized the property as evidence.
Pol Col Montri Paencharoen, the deputy superintendent of the Crime
Suppression Department who has been charged with the responsibility of
locating and rescuing another 20 tigers that were kept at the ‘Tiger Temple’
which has now gone missing, commented that the house that was raided was
most likely a slaughter house that also serves as a clearing house for the
distribution of tiger parts.
Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriwirakan
commented yesterday that there was a strong possibility that the entire case
would be handed over to the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime
Suppression Division to handle.
He elaborated that that was due to the fact that the case involves the
nation’s natural resources which are the direct purview of the division.
He went on to reveal that an official probe has uncovered that at present
there are no less than 30 tiger rearing establishments all over the country
which will have to be checked.
If any of these establishments are keeping tigers without legal permits or
involved with illegal activities, then immediate action will be taken.
Meanwhile a lawyer of Wat Pa Luang Ta Mahabua Wildlife Foundation Mr Saiyud
Phenboonchu, said Luang Ta Chan, the abbot of the temple, would be returning
to the temple on June 9 to personally host a press conference on the matter.
Summary conditions of HM the King in May
A team of doctors responsible for treating His Majesty the King at Siriraj
hospital gave a summary of his medical conditions from May 1-31.
A statement of the Bureau of the Royal Household released Wednesday said
that during early May, HM the King had an inflammation of the knee joint but
the condition improved a few days afterward following anti-biotic treatment.
On May 11, the King had fever and lingering coughs and the doctors
administered antibiotics to treat a respiratory infection and later stopped
applying antibiotics after his condition improved. The medical team
continued to give the King oxygen and treatment to move excess saliva and
On May 20, the medical team noticed an unusual movement of the King’s facial
muscles and an X-ray showed excess fluid in the brain. They applied a
drainage tube in his abdomen to drain excess fluid from the spine.
But throughout the month of May, the King suffered from stomach ache
periodically causing him unable to eat enough food. The doctor’s team
provided food for the King through intravenous tube.
Examination of the heart showed that the relaxation of heart muscles was
unusual and antibiotic treatment was applied and doctors would follow up his
Three killed in plane crash in Nakhon Phanom
Three persons were killed when a trainer plane crash landed near
Nakhon Phanom airport shortly after takeoff.
The plane with the pilot, co-pilot and a pilot trainee was on a training
flight from Nakhon Phanom airport to Don Mueang.
The pilot, Pol Lt Col Somboon Kamnuengratanawongsa, sought permission from
the control tower to take off at about 5 am Thursday.
But 30 seconds after the plane was airborne, the pilot sought permission
from the control tower for emergency landing.
However the plane lost balance and crashed on the ground just 200 metres
from the runway.
Killed in the fatal crash included co-pilot Sub Lt Chinawut Nualkrab, and a
trainee Yingyos Udonpim.
The DA-40 type trainer plan plane belonged to the International Aviation
College Nakhon Phanom.
However it lost contact with the pilot.
Airport and security officials now sealed off the crash site to facilitate a
team of air safety personnel to investigate.
Popular islands in Trang closed to all visitors for 4 months
Several popular tourist destinations in Haad Chao Mai national park in Trang
province have been closed to all visitors for four months from June 1 to
The national park chief Mr Manote Wongsureerat said that Tham Morakot, Muk,
Kradan, Choek and Wan islands which are popular spots for tourists have been
closed as of today (Wednesday) to allow marine resources in the areas to
He noted that the warming of the sea water during the dry season has caused
widespread coral bleaching, especially staghorn corals, hence it is
necessary for the aforementioned islands which are rich with corals to be
spared from human activity.
Court hands down heavy jailterms for Phuket illegal land grabbers
Two men who used fake land documents to apply for title deeds for land in a
national park and forest reserves in Phuket were given jailterms ranging
from 8-13 years.
The Phuket provincial court found Mr Nakorn Wongseethong and Mr Chan Pongpa
guilty of using fake Sor Kor 1 land occupation rights for 80 rai of land in
the Sirinart national park and Khao Ruak-Khao Muang forest reserves which
are adjacent to the sea at Ao Sakhu to apply for title deeds.
The two men were taken to the court by the Department of National Parks,
Wildlife and Plants Conservation.
The court handed down 13 years jailterm on Mr Nakorn and fined him nine
million baht while Mr Chan was given eight years and eight months and fined
nine million baht. The jailterms were not suspended.
Sirinart park chief Mr Kittipat Tharapibaan said that the two defendants
were merely representatives of the real mastermind who engineered and
financed the land grabbing for profiteering.
Thais drink 4-7 times less milk than their neighbours and the rest of the world
Thai people drink an average of 14 litres of milk a year which are 4-7 times
less than milk consumption rate in other countries in the Asean region and
the world making them shorter than the other people elsewhere, according to
the study of the Health Department.
On the occasion of the World’s Milk Day today (Wednesday), Health Department
director-general Wachira Pengchan urged Thai children to drink 2-3 glasses
of milk per day while exercising and having enough sleep each day which will
help increase their height.
He said that the nutrients in milk such as protein and calcium are vital for
the growth of teeth and bones, especially fresh milk is more nutritious than
flavoured milk because it contains more calcium.
The study from the Nutrition Office of the Health Department of the sour
milk or yogurt, fresh milk and flavoured milk of 100 millimetres each shows
that fresh milk contains 3.3 grammes of protein, 122 milligrammes of
calcium, 38 microgrammes of Vitamin A, 20.21 milligrammes of Vitamin B while
flavoured milk contains 2.3 grammes of protein, 101 milligrammes of calcium,
38 microgrammes of Vitamin A and 20.20 milligrammes of Vitamin B.
According to the milk consumption study of the Office of Agricultural
Economics, Thais drink an average of 14 litres of milk per year compared to
60 litres/year for peoples in Asean and 103.9 litres/year for the rest of
The average height of Thai male youths aged 19 is 169.5 cm and 157.5 cm for
females. Adequate sleep will increase growth hormone which will increase
Bang Yai City raid nets 36 illegal migrant workers
A combined force of 200 police, soldiers and district officials
encircled Bang Yai City, a major shopping and commercial complex in Bang Yai
district of Nonthaburi province this morning and rounded up over 200 migrant
workers for checks of their work permits.
Nisit Chansomwong, Nonthaburi governor
The raid by the combined force came after many people in the area and
visitors complained to authorities that a large number of migrant workers
are working there, and they suspected the workers might enter the country
The raid at 2 am today was led by Nonthaburi governor Nisit Chansomwong.
A total of 233 migrant workers comprising Myanmar, Laotians, Cambodians,
were rounded up for checks.
Authorities said 197 foreign workers have official permits to work, but 36
others have no official documents to produce to authorities.
They were later escorted to Bang Yai police station for temporary detention
on charge of illegal entry.
The governor said the raid was also conducted in response to the order of
the Prime Minister to tighten grip on illegal migrant workers in the effort
to prevent crimes, drug trafficking, and labour abuse problem.
Thai-Myanmar entrepreneurs join business matching
PRACHUAP KHIRI HKAN, 1 June 2016 (NNT) – Entrepreneurs from Thailand
and Myanmar have participated in a business matching session to boost trade
and investment between both countries, says governor.
Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Tawee Narissirikul and Myanmar’s Deputy
Chairman of Myeik Chamber of Commerce and Industry U Tun Tun Win have
presided over the opening ceremony of a business negotiation meeting between
Prachuap Khiri Khan and Myeik chambers of commerce and industry at Had Thong
Hotel, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The meeting was attended by about 60 entrepreneurs from Myeik, Myanmar from
various industries such as fisheries, construction materials, stone mills
operators, and cashew nut farming. Myanmar businessmen have engaged in a
business matching session with Thai entrepreneurs to strengthen their
business relations and establish mutual investments.
On this occasion, Myeik Chamber of Commerce and Industry deputy chairman has
said regarding the progress of road construction from Moo Dong Village to
Myeik, that the project has reached 70 percent completion.
The Moo Dong Village - Myeik road is expected to play a crucial role in
trade, investment, and tourism facilitation between both countries through
the Singkhon special border crossing.
Drunk driver who killed three cyclists given two years imprisonment
A woman who crashed her car into a group of cyclists killing three
of them while under the influence of alcohol was sentenced to two years
imprisonment by the Chiang Mai provincial court on Tuesday.
The court found Ms Patchuda Jairuen
guilty of drunk driving causing deaths to three bicyclists. The incident
took place on Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket
district on May 3 last year.
The court initially handed down four years’ jailterm on the defendant but
halved the sentence for her useful testimony without any suspension of the
imprisonment. The court also revoked her driving licence.
Ms Patchuda was also ordered by the court to pay 1.7 million baht in
compensation to the widow of one of the cyclists, Mr Samarn Kantha, and
435,000 baht in compensation to the parents of another victim, Mr Pongthep
The defendant said she would appeal
against her conviction and asked for bail through her lawyer.
Commenting on the court’s verdict, Dr Taeching Siripanich, secretary-general
of No Drink Driving Foundation, admitted that he was surprised by the
court’s refusal to suspend the jailterm for the defendant despite the fact
that she is a student, noting that in most previous cases of fatal road
accidents the court usually suspended the jailterm.
He said that the verdict should set a precedent for other drunk driving
cases, noting that there are two important drunk driving cases still pending
in the court.
Report about heavy fine for using cellphones at gas stations is untrue
The Ministry of Energy has dismissed as untrue a report which has been
circulating in the social media that anyone who uses mobile phone or who
does not switch off the engine of his/her car while being refueled at gas
stations will face a fine of 100,000 baht and/or one-year imprisonment.
Mr Vitoon Kulcharoenvirat, director-general of Energy Business Department of
the Ministry of Energy, said Tuesday that the report was completely
groundless and might cause public panic. He pleaded with netizens to stop
sharing the false report.
He, however, said that the Energy Business Department has strict regulations
governing the owners of gas stations and their employees, oil depots, oil
trucks and LPG stores.
The regulations require gas station to have, at least, one personnel who has
a license to work at the premise to take care of safety problem and whose
duty is to warn motorists to switch off the engines of their cars and not to
use cellphones at gas stations, Mr Vitoon explained.
In case a motorist shuns the warning, the station assistant can reject
service for the motorist, he said.
Thai exports shrank 5.36 percent for the first four months
The Thai National Shippers Council has expressed serious concern
that Thailand may face economic crisis because of the gloomy global economy
which has not recovered yet and has big impact on Thai exports.
Mr Nopporn Thepsittha, chairman of the TNSC, pointed out that exports for
the month of April contracted by 8 percent which was beyond expectation and
constituted the lowest in six years.
Minus gold and arms exports, exports for the months of February and March
which registered 10.27 and 1.37 percent growth respectively should have
contracted 3.75 and 1.05 percent respectively and these should have brought
the Thai exports for the first four months of the year to minus 5.36 percent
instead of minus 1.24 percent.
This is a clear indication that the global economy has not recovered yet and
there are still a lot of uncertainties and the risk of a major economic
crisis, said Mr Nopporn.
Transparency assured in selecting new National Housing Authority governor
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Social Development and Human Security Minister Adul
Saengsingkaew said that the National Housing Authority (NHA) is recruiting a
new governor of the agency.
The registration is currently open from May 24 – June 22, 2016, during
office hours, 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Those interested can obtain further
details and an application form from the Human Resources Management
Division, Human Resources Department, National Housing Authority (Building
1, 13th Floor), Nawamin Road, Klongchan subdistrict, Bangkapi district,
Bangkok, Tel: 0 2351 6794 and 0 2351 7039 or Fax: 0 2351 7526 (except public
holidays). People can download the application form and view details on the
The minister said he had instructed officials to ensure transparency and
fairness in the selection process.