SME Bank pledges help for customers with financial woes
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand
(SME Bank) organized an activity aimed at helping financially troubled
SME Bank President Mongkol Leelatham said the gathering enabled more than
300 customers to discuss their debt problems with the bank’s counselors and
come to suitable solutions, including repayment suspensions and debt
The meeting was held in a relaxing ambiance so that clients could feel free
to talk with the bank about their difficulties.
Those seeking the bank’s help consisted of taxi operators and small business
owners. The event also featured other activities, such as English and
Chinese courses to boost the abilities of SME operators.
Culture Ministry unveils "Better Driving through Thainess" campaign
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Culture has unveiled its “Better Driving
through Thainess” campaign, training 600 public transport drivers to apply
Thai cultural values to their work.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn launched the campaign,
which began with a training session under the topic “Smiles on Every Thai
Road”. The project was organized by the Ministry of Culture and 14 relevant
agencies with the aim to increase safety on Thai roads by encouraging
classic Thai values.
Established ahead of the Songkran holiday, the campaign will seek to create
value in proper and courteous driving and will include passing out
recognition and stickers to exemplary drivers. The 600 drivers undergoing
initial training have also been invited to a midnight prayer on April 12 to
symbolize the beginning of their new driving habits.
Labor Ministry to create more jobs for the disabled
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Social Development
and Human Security plan to collect information about disabled people's
demands for careers nationwide.
The Ministry of Labor has named 2016 the year of disabilities while at least
10,000 handicapped people nationwide are expected to have careers with
Thailand has won eight medals from the ninth Abilympics handicapped skills
competition. The Department of Skills Development (DSD) Director-General
Kreeta Sopchoak said he was satisfied with the outcome while the agency is
now seeking jobs for the unemployed contestants.
Thailand should prepare for ageing society
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The elderly should be encouraged to save money and work
beyond retirement, an expert at Thailand Development Research Institute
TDRI research fellow Jirawat Panpiemras said the government should implement
policies to ensure workers have life security as Thailand will have a
greater number of elderly people in near future. He also urged the
authorities to launch vocational alternatives for the elderly, especially in
the service sector.
According to a TDRI study, a continuous decline in deaths and fertility
rates has led to Thailand becoming an ageing society, and this would have an
effect on economic growth. By 2030, one fourth of the population or 23.5 per
cent will be elderly, he said.
In addition to rising medical costs, a larger number of senior citizens will
inevitably affect the country's economy on several aspects, including fewer
working-age people and a lower amount of savings. The shortage of labor will
slow down the business sector if Thailand is unable to import migrant
workers to fill the gap or does not develop technology which cuts down on
manual labor, he said.
He also urged the business sector to set up strategies to make adjustments
in response to the labor shortage, which might get worse in the future. This
includes encouraging workers to hold down their job longer, promoting
workers' well-being and productivity as well as developing technology.
Air condition services in high demand as temperatures rise
YALA,(NNT) – Air condition maintenance and retailers have reported a spike
in business due to the hot weather.
Home and automobile air condition maintenance service providers in the
province of Yala have reported that their daily business has picked up with
many now having to put customers on hold. They indicated that air condition
check-ups and cleanings are the most asked for services.
Some retailers have indicated a significant uptick in sales compared to
previous years and have speculated that this year’s record setting heat is
likely the cause. They noted that improvements in technology have also
brought down the prices of air conditioning units and have allowed for
consumers to more easily purchase new machines. Nonetheless, they said the
record heat has forced customers to have to buy more powerful units in the
12-18,000 BTU range.
Many of the shops have reported a shortage of workers as increased demand
has made them unable to keep up with the amount of customers.
Civil state housing project receives 8,000 loan applications
BANGKOK,(NNT) – After two weeks since
the launch of the civil state housing project, the Government Housing Bank
(GHB) has approved 3.4 million baht in loans to five home buyers.
Senior Executive Vice President of the GHB Credit Business Unit Chatchai
Sirilai said the bank is currently considering 300 other loan applicants
with a combined loan value of approximately 280 million baht.
Since the project's inception, the GHB has received 8,000 loan applications
seeking a total of 6.7 billion baht. The state-run bank was given a budget
of 20 billion baht under the civil state housing project to extend credit to
Mr. Chatchai speculated that the loans will no longer be available after
April, due to the popularity of the housing project. Loan applicants
expressed satisfaction with the project, saying it gives them the
opportunity to become homeowners. They compared the monthly mortgage fees to
apartment leasing fees.
Taxi driver's license revoked for overcharging passengers
BANGKOK,(NNT) – A taxi driver was fined 3,000 baht and his driving license
was revoked after he charged a Swiss couple 6,000 baht in fare from
Suvarnabhuimi International Airport to a hotel in Sathorn area.
The taxi driver was summoned by the Inspection Division of the Land
Transport Department (DLT) to hear the charges and penalties.
DLT Director-General Sanit Phromwong said the agency has requested all taxi
operators to submit a profile of their drivers so that background checks
could be made. Such procedure would make it easier to keep track of taxi
drivers with driving misdemeanors and to insure public safety.
Those who may be concerned about their own safety or would like to make
complaints about taxi rides can call Hotline 1584 around the clock.
TAT expects slight expansion in tourism this Songkran
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has predicted that
growth in the tourism sector during this Songkran Festival will be hindered
by several negative factors.
Giving his projection of the tourism performance during the Songkran holiday
from April 13-17, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn voiced belief that around
2.14 million domestic trips will be made by Thai travelers, an increase of 2
percent year-on-year, while the total revenue to be generated will likely
reach 6.98 billion baht.
However, Mr Yuthasak pointed out that the overall tourism atmosphere this
year will not be as lively as last year due mainly to people’s worries over
the delayed recovery of the world economy, the drought crisis and the smoke
haze problem in some areas.
As for foreign tourist arrivals, Mr Yuthasak estimated that nearly 500,000
incoming travelers will be seen during Songkran, increasing 26 percent from
last year and generating over 8 billion baht for the country. There will be
around 94 chartered flights coming to Thailand, mostly from China, during
the holiday period; however, the number is lower than that of last year.
Gusty weather helps disperse smog in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - The smog in Chiang Mai province has improved, following
gusty weather conditions.
Officials said that although the capital district of Chiang Mai is still
blanketed by thick haze, the overall atmosphere has considerably improved
from the last four days. They attributed the improvement to windy weather
conditions, which helped to dissipate the smog. They also indicated that the
reading for particulate matter of 10 microns in diameter or smaller (PM10)
in the province is 100 micrograms per cubic meter, falling just under the
threshold for public safety.
Nonetheless, the Chiang Mai administration maintained its warning to locals,
recommending they avoid outdoor activities, especially exercise. Local
authorities have encouraged residents to wear face masks when venturing
outside, until the situation improves.
Officials suggested that small children, senior citizens, and patients with
chronic diseases exercise caution regarding their health.
Mae Klong-Baan Laem route to reopen this April 1
SAMUT SAKHON, (NNT) – State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has prepared to resume
its Mae Klong-Baan Laem rail route this April 1 after shutting down the
track for improvements.
Following repairs to 33.57 kilometers of the route that connects Samut
Sakhon province to Samut Songkhram province, which began in May of last
year, the SRT says it is now ready to once again offer the Mae Klong-Baan
Laem service starting on April 1. The stretch is particularly popular among
tourists as it passes by the Rom Hoob, or closed umbrella, market, which
became an attraction due to its vendors setting up next to the tracks and
having to shut their umbrellas each time a train passes.
Upgrades to the rail route cost 432.6 million baht and included the
installation of larger tracks and the replacement of wooden railroad
sleepers with concrete slabs to allow for trains to travel at higher speeds.
The route will run 4 times a day, leaving from Mae Klong at 6.20AM, 9AM,
11.30AM and 3.30PM. It passes a total 12 stops before its destination at
Sakon Nakhon unveils wild hog farming island
SAKON NAKHON,(NNT) - Sakon Nakhon
province has unveiled a free-range, wild pig-farming island as its newest
The provincial authorities let on that the island is located in the
province's famous Nong Han lake and is home to more than a thousand wild
pigs. They said tourists can take a boat to the island and engage in several
activities, such as sightseeing, hiking, pig feeding, and learning more
about the lifestyle of Nong Han locals.
Officials said the island first served as a free-range, farming area for
wild pigs, whose numbers grew exponentially over time. They explained that
pig farmers mark their livestock with paint, in order to identify ownership
in the cage-free environment.
Thai Government to wholly invest in the high-speed rail project
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Transport Minister said that both Thai and Chinese
governments have agreed to soon begin construction of the Bangkok-Nakhon
Ratchasima high-speed rail.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith made known that the
construction of the 250-km rail would be supervised by China, which will be
responsible for the train's signaling system. He added that the Thai
government will wholly invest in the railway project.
The minister said the project would use local building materials, which are
more affordable. China estimated the project would cost 190 billion baht, or
20 billion baht more than the estimate made by local companies.
Mr. Arkhom revealed that the government is considering its options regarding
project loans, citing one of the conditions that the loan's interest rate
must not exceed 2%. He stated that construction would start sometime between
August to September 2016.
The minister also indicated that the 10th round of discussions with China on
the matter is scheduled at the beginning of next month.
Drought dries up waterfalls in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) – Four waterfalls in
the northern province of Chiang Mai has become parched amidst the prolonged
This year’s drought crisis is said to be the worst in a decade. Water in
Huay Kaew, Sai Yoi, Wang Bua Ban, and Mon Tha Than waterfalls has completely
dried up. The four waterfalls are situated in Doi Suthep Pui National Park.
Local authorities are now drawing up plans to increase humidity in the park
and looking into the possibility of building weirs in different locations.
Meanwhile in Si Sa Ket Province, provincial authorities are travelling to
different places afflicted by the ongoing dry season and giving out drinking
water to the residents. The locals have also been told to brace for possible
Anti-drug operations in Samut Prakan
SAMUT PRAKAN,(NNT) – The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB)
recently paid an inspection visit to Samut Prakan to follow up on anti-drug
operations in the area.
Narong Rattananukul, Secretary-General of the ONCB, along with Samut Prakan
authorities, inspected the progress of an anti-drug campaign launched under
the “Pracharat” or “State of the People” approach in Muang district.
The campaign which seeks to eliminate drug abuse in local communities
requires active participation by the public in order to effectively stamp
out all illicit drug use. It also aims to assist those falling victim to
drug addiction by providing drug rehabilitation treatment to the victims.
If successful, Mr Narong said local communities will be stronger while
community members will be immune to external threats.
Chulabhorn Hospital opens brain clinic
BANGKOK, 27 March 2016 (NNT) – Chulabhorn Hospital has inaugurated a brain
clinic as part of its plan to enhance the well-being of the elderly.
During the inauguration, Chulabhorn Hospital held a talk on how to prevent
and treat dementia by medical specialists. According to doctors, there are
more than 400,000 dementia patients and the country will become an aged
society and later a super aged society in the next 10 and 20 years
respectively. Therefore, it is necessary to ready the country for the
The brain clinic has been set up in response to Prof. Dr. Her Royal Highness
Princess Chulabhorn’s wish to develop Chulabhorn Hospital into a center of
academic and medical excellence that can fully serve the public. The clinic
opens on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to midday. Those seeking more information can
Cambodian passport delivery fraud
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Cambodian workers residing in Thailand have been warned on
the act of passport delivery fraud, carried out by third parties who charge
passport issuance at a much higher rate.
The Office of Foreign Workers Administration is warning Cambodian workers
and their employers in Thailand to be aware of the fraudulent activity from
persons claiming to be officials from the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand.
These people will request passport delivery fees to the verified Cambodian
It is reported these persons charge as much as 3,000 - 4,000 baht per
passport delivery per person, including a 1,000 baht deposit payable at the
day of passport request. These people, claiming to be third parties, even
charge an additional 3,000 baht payment on the passport receiving date. The
rates have been confirmed by Cambodian authorities that they are much higher
than the official fees collected.
Cambodian workers and their employers should not believe such claims and are
advised against making any payments to these criminals.
The Office of Foreign Workers Administration will be informing the passport
delivery date to Cambodian workers, once the office has received the
workers' passports from Cambodian officials.
Government poised to promote blind musicians
BANGKOK,(NNT) – In a move to raise the quality of life for the
physically-challenged, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security
and its partners are commencing with the next phase of the project, “From
Street to Stars.”
The project aims to give blind musicians the opportunity to sharpen their
skills with renowned music and singing gurus. Music contests were held in
different parts of the country to select the best-performing artists. The
winners of each region will be trained by mentors in the music industry and
image consultancy. Over 1,000 people took part in the contests. The first
phase concluded on Thursday.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is preparing to carry
out the second phase of the project. Social Development and Human Security
Minister Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said he was hopeful the project would
create job opportunities for participants and inspire other people with
Drought will be significant this year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The University of the
Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has forecast that the drought crisis will
cause as much as 119 billion baht in damages by the end of this year.
Director of the UTCC Center for Economic and Business Forecasting Thanawat
Polwichai said a recent survey by the university revealed that the drought
has driven up water expenses incurred by farmers, eating into their profits.
The number of farmers currently in debt has risen by 12% from last year. The
survey indicated that the average agricultural household owes 167,000 baht
in either formal or informal loans. Mr. Thanawat added the drought crisis
will likely continue to ravage Thailand's agriculture until June.
The damage on rice, cassava and corn fields is projected to increase to 78
billion baht, while the business sector stands to lose around 41 billion
baht to water shortages. The Center has revised down its forecast on Thai
economic growth to 0.85% from 3.5%, due to the impact on the agricultural
and business sectors.
Most survey respondents agreed that Songkran holidays should be shortened to
conserve water, but maintained that it is still important to celebrate the
Preperations for jewelry businesses in US market
BANGKOK, 25 March 2016 (NNT) – The
Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has begun preparing Thai
businesses to enter the precious stones market of the United States after
the segment showed signs of recovering.
The DITP has initiated a project to develop Thailand’s gem and jewelry
businesses so that they may penetrate the US market. Under the project, gem
and jewelry enterprises will have their abilities enhanced and given
knowledge about the market in the United States, which has shown signs of
heightened demand. Currently, the US is already one of Thailand’s most
important export destinations for precious stones with over 45 billion baht
worth of gems and jewels shipped to the nation annually.
The intensive training will take place over a 6 month period. Selected
businesses will be taught how to build their brands and maintain brand
images as well as given knowledge on the needs of the US precious stones
market. The businesses will be taken on a trip to New York of the US to
engage in business negotiations and be allowed to present their goods at the
58th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair taking place this September. Interested
entrepreneurs can find more information at facebook.com/ThaiJewelryBrand.
Governments housing project allows low-income persons to own first house
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The government’s
“Civil-State” housing campaign will provide both social and economic
benefits by allowing house ownership to low-income earners, says an official
from the Ministry of Finance.
The Ministry of Finance’s Permanent-Secretary Somchai Sujjapongse stated in
a national televised broadcast regarding the government’s “Civil-State”
housing campaign which has recently received Cabinet approval, that the
campaign will provide opportunities for low-income persons to own houses, at
a price not exceeding 1.5 million baht.
He said this campaign will contribute to social and economic development, as
real-estate activities will also benefit many related industries, as well as
enhancing the efficiency of resource management in the economy.
The housing campaign will be funded by three responsible financial
institutes, namely the Government Housing Bank (GHB), Krungthai Bank (KTB),
and the Government Savings Bank (GSB), along with private sector
On this matter, the GHB’s Senior Executive Vice President for Credit
Business Unit Chatchai Sirilai has said the bank is now allocating 30
billion baht as loans to support the government’s housing campaigns.
Persons eligible for this loan must not have any prior ownership of
residential properties. The total value of the house eligible for loans must
not exceed 1.5 million baht. Persons requesting loans for housing renovation
will be exempted from property holding requirements.
The loan will be provided into two categories, first being the low-value
loan with a credit not exceeding 700,000 baht, and the credit loan ranging
between 700,000 baht and 1.5 million baht. Both offers come with a special
interest rate within a 6-year payback term.
Interested individuals can request for the housing campaign loan within a
period of 2 years, starting from the date approved by the Cabinet. The
public can inquire for more information by contacting the GHB branches
nationwide or call the 0 2645 9000 call center.
Chief of Defense Forces welcomes Chinese air force Political Commissar
BANGKOK, 25 March 2016 (NNT) – The Chief of the Defense Forces has welcomed
the Chinese air force’s Political Commissar for discussions on Thailand and
China’s security relations.
Chief of the Defense Forces Gen Sommai Kaotira has welcomed Political
Commissar of the Chinese Air Force Lt Gen Yu Zhongfu to his official visit
to Thailand as a guest of the Royal Thai Air Force. Lt Gen Yu was invited to
the Kingdom as part of a program to enhance relations between Thailand and
While here, the political commissar will engage in discussions with military
top brass on security issues and enhancement to the military forces of both
nations. He will also be seeking to elevate military cooperation between
Thailand and China.
Government ensures aid to drought affected persons in all areas
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The government assures
the public on its drought relief aid that all affected areas will receive
help according to a fair criterion, and asks the public to help conserve
water during the upcoming Songkran Festival.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation's (DDPM)
Director-General Chatchai Promlert has said that the government highly
prioritizes on the drought mitigation measures through the careful
allocation of the nation's water resources, which are much lower than usual
He said the authorities have been appointed to carry out rainmaking
operations, survey water shortage in various areas, in order to commission
relief aid without having to officially declaration of the drought disaster
Only the areas which are severely affected by the drought will be designated
as disaster zones, while the affected farms will be assessed by government
officials to enable future subsidiary payments through the Bank for
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
The DDPM is also preparing over 6,000 water tankers to deliver water to the
areas which are suffering from shortages.
The DDPM director-general has further stated regarding the upcoming Songkran
Festival, that the government is campaigning for the general public to use
water in an appropriate amount, according to water availability in areas.
This campaign will seek to ensure appropriate conservation, to both water
resources and the Kingdom's traditions.
Government agency imposes new price regulation on motorcycle taxis
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Land
Transport (DLT) has adjusted the calculation of motorcycle taxi fares in a
bid to ensure fairness for passengers and prevent them from being taken
DLT Director-General Sanit Phromwong stated that changes in the motorcycle
taxi fare calculation have been included in a newly-issued ministerial
regulation. He elaborated that the fare for the first two kilometers will be
kept at no more than 25 baht and that collected for the third to the fifth
kilometer will remain at 5 baht per kilometer.
Nonetheless, the fare after the fifth kilometer will be changed from a
negotiable rate to a flat rate of 10 baht per kilometer. From the fifteenth
kilometer onwards, the motorcycle taxi rider can charge the passenger 10
baht per kilometer or negotiate for an agreeable price.
The alterations are aimed at protecting the rights of service users and
giving them fairness. Each motorcycle taxi stand is now required to clearly
display fare rates. DLT officials across the country will be sent out to
ensure service providers’ compliance with the new regulation while
passengers are encouraged to file any complaints to the DLT Hotline 1584.
Chiang Rai draws the curtains on 12th Mekong Goodwill Games
CHIANG RAI,(NNT) – The 12nd Mekong
Goodwill Games Chiang Rai 2016 have concluded, giving participants new
friendships and a memorable experience.
The closing ceremony took place at Chiang Rai Grandroom Hotel in Muang
District, with vice-governor Prachon Pratsakul presiding over the ceremony.
Over 500 Thai and foreign athletes and staff from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar,
Vietnam and China took part in the event.
The Mekong Goodwill Games began in 2012, with the Ministry of Tourism and
Sports as the main organizer. Chiang Rai was chosen as this year’s host
thanks to its readiness and suitable location.
The objectives are to foster friendships between Thailand and nearby
countries and promote cooperation in the areas of sports, tourism and
culture. The 12th Mekong Goodwill Games Chiang Rai 2016 was held between
21st and 25th March at Chiang Rai Central Stadium.
Thailand vows to reduce carbon emission by 35% at SETA 2016
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand has been
hosting the Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016, where it vowed
to reduce carbon emission by 35% in 20 years.
Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong, who presided over the opening
ceremony, said the Thai government is devising a plan to provide long-term
energy security in the Kingdom.
Energy sustainability will be promoted via efficient production and
distribution processes. Various types of fuel will also be sourced to keep
energy prices at reasonable levels and lower the impact on the environment.
The government will promote the use of alternative energy rigorously in
order to cut carbon emissions by 35% over the next 20 years.
The hosting of SETA 2016 by Thailand has allowed other nations in Asia to
evaluate the country's preparedness in terms of technology and human
resources to become a regional hub for sustainable energy knowledge and
The event is divided into two areas, the academic and exhibition zones. It
is being held at BITEC Bang Na from now until Friday.
Food vendors in Don Mueang Airport to lower prices starting April 10
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Food vendors at Don
Mueang International Airport have agreed to lower the price of their
products from April 10 onward.
Ombudsman Wittawat Ratchatanan inspected food outlets in the airport and met
with Director of Don Mueang International Airport Petch Chancharoen and
related agencies to discuss the issue of overpriced food in the airport.
The airport's management later discussed the matter with vendors and
resolved to lower the price of ready-made meals from 120-160 baht to about
50 baht, starting April 10. The Department of Internal Trade will move to
enforce similar pricing controls at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Earlier on March 20, food vendors at Don Mueang Airport slashed the price of
600mL bottled water from 30 baht to 10 baht, after similar complaints were
made to consumer protection officials.
Neighbouring countries asked to collaborate in smog mitigation
BANGKOK, 24 March 2016 (NNT) – The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has
reached out to ambassadors of neighbouring countries, urging immediate
control of burning activities as air pollution is reaching high levels.
The PCD Director-General Wijarn Simachaya has revealed that areas in the
Northern region of Thailand were partially affected by the accumulated haze
from burning activities in the neighbouring countries, blown into Thailand
through the provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, and Phayao.
He has said the PCD will be reaching out through dialogue with ambassadors,
asking for border area cooperation to urgently regulate the burning
activities to help mitigate the issue.
Currently, the PM10 airborne particulate matter level in many provinces are
still considered to be standard, with exceptions in Mae Sai District, Chiang
Rai, where the PM10 reading has reached 300 micrograms per cubic meter due
to low pressure and strong winds, bringing in accumulated airborne
Smoke from burning activities in Thailand is also a key cause of haze
accumulation in the area.
The PCD director-general has stressed all provinces will be enforcing the
prohibition of all burning activities to prevent further accumulation of air
pollution, along with mitigation measures such as spraying water vapour to
bring down airborne particle, distribution of masks, and the provision of
medical services to the general public to provide guidance of proper
practices amidst an intensifying haze condition.
Agriculture’s 2016 Q1 recession due to drought according to officials
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) forecasts a first
quarter contraction of 2.1 percent, citing drought conditions brought on by
the El nino effect as a major factor, while expecting full year growth
figures to fall between 1.8 to 2.8 percent.
The OAE Secretary-General Surapong Jiasakul has revealed Thailand’s
agricultural sector’s economic status in the first quarter of 2016 to
contract by 2.1 percent when compared to the same period last year. This
fall was brought on by lower production in cultivation, fisheries, and in
He identified the key cause for this recession as the El nino effect, which
has brought on drought conditions in various parts of the country from late
2015 until today. The remaining water in dams and reservoirs is considered
to be at an extremely low level and should be allocated for consumption and
ecology protection first, warning of water shortages in the agricultural
The OAE secretary-general then added that he expects agricultural economy
for the entire year to expand by 1.8 to 2.8 percent, supported from lower
fuel price which contributes to lower manufacturing costs, and a weaker Thai
currency beneficial to export activities. The government’s agricultural
policies and the development of water resources to mitigate the drought will
also help the agriculture economy grow during the remainder of 2016.
Health Ministry determied to stop tuberculosis infections in 20 years
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Ministry of Public
Health is determined to stop tuberculosis in Thailand over the next 20
years. The goal was announced to coincide with World Tuberculosis Day
observed each year on March 24th.
Department of Disease Control Director, General Dr. Amnuay Kajeena and
related agencies is to host an event to make awards to medical units that
have demonstrated outstanding care for patients with tuberculosis.
He added that tuberculosis is a major problem in Thailand. Around 120,000
new patients with the disease have been recorded so far. Of this number,
only 70,000 have been registered for medical treatment.
In addition, 2,200 other patients have developed resistance to drugs. The
Ministry of Public Health is therefore, planning a campaign to reduce the
number of infections in two decades.
Police Chief calls for vehicle confiscation of drunk drivers during Songkran
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The
Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police has affirmed that authorities will
implement a policy of impounding the vehicles of drunk drivers, in the hopes
of reducing road fatalities during the upcoming Songkran festival.
Commissioner-General Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda revealed that from April
13-15, he will give orders to all law enforcement officers across the
country to confiscate the motor vehicles of drunk drivers. He said the
police will liaise with local military units across the country to use
military grounds to impound the vehicles. In addition, Pol Gen Chakthip said
he will call for the establishment of road checkpoints and measures to
monitor dangerous driving behavior.
Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Lt Gen
Sanit Mahaworn has suggested that drivers install dashboard cameras in order
to record footage to be used as supporting evidence in the event of a
traffic lawsuit. Statistics have shown that if both parties fail to produce
supporting evidence, the party with more legal expertise has the advantage.
Ministry of Education launches anti-smoking campaign for ages 7-20
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Education and the National Alliance for
Tobacco Free Thailand (NATFT) have launched an anti-smoking campaign aimed
at children and young adults between the ages of 7 and 20.
The campaign was inaugurated by Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat
Jareonsettasin along with NATFT President Somsri Pausawasdi and related
agencies. It was prompted by the increasing number of new smokers in its
target demographic of ages 7-20. The campaign plans on utilizing social
media in order to reach youngsters and better their understanding of
smoking, while discouraging the habit.
Meanwhile, the campaign will push for a new minimum age requirement for
purchasing cigarettes and a ban on selling cigarettes in smaller packages.
Surveys conducted in 2015 revealed there are 11 million smokers in Thailand,
350,000 of which are under the age of 18. Roughly 80% of smokers surveyed
began smoking before the age of 24.
Immigration Bureau calls for strict monitoring of travelers after attacks in Belgium
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau has urged all
jurisdictions to strictly inspect those traveling in and out of Thailand.
Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn also said he had instructed
officials to coordinate with Belgian officials to determine whether the
suspects in the recent terrorist attack in Belgium have ever entered
Meanwhile, Deputy Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police Col Krisana
Pattanacharoen, revealed that the Royal Thai Police have called for the
integration of intelligence on tourist information between various
jurisdictions to better screen foreigners.