Parents relocate 22 kids to new school amid safety concern after tragic fire
Nightmares continue to haunt the girl
students of a remote hill tribe village school in Chiang Rai province after
a tragic fire killed 17 of their classmates on May 22.
Now parents have relocated 22 children from the school to other schools.
This was revealed as the svhool, Pitak Kiat Withaya school, reopened first
day of resumption of classes for students yesterday.
But the first, no lessons were taught as teachers wanted their students to
enjoy a lighter and fun filled first day.
To alleviate some of these concerns, the teachers instead chose to allow the
students to play musical instruments and play games to relieve the tension.
Many parents however have not recovered from the recent disaster that
They have removed 22 children from the school fearing for the safety of
These were made up of parents of female students who were at the school at
the time of the fire.
Chiang Rai Region Office of the Private Education Commission will be
handling the responsibility for finding new schools for these students as
well as returning their school fees.
But parents of more than 50 students were seen arriving to drop their
children off for classes which is a much smaller than regular 142 students
that the school receives.
Many did not immediately leave as they normally did and chose to stay on a
while longer to keep an eye on the safety of their children.
So far donations received for victims of the fire now amounted in total to
more than 14 million baht.
Meanwhile chief investigation police officer Pol Maj-Gen Songtham Alapart
said so far the police have investigated 50 witnesses to find the actual
cause of the tragic fire at the girl dormitory.
He said that the investigation team was expected to wrap up the full
investigation by next week.
The police have ruled out accident as cause of the fire and are now
concentrating on carelessness and fire precaution measures at the school
before considering who will be held responsible for this incident.
Bangkok police chief vows to punish five station heads if graft stickers surface in their responsible areas
The acting commissioner of Metropolitan
Police Bureau yesterday vowed to remove five top police officers of any
police station in Bangkok if the so-called "stickers" surface again in their
areas of responsibilities.
The strong warning by Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn came as migrant workers
were found to show the stickers when they were arrested by police for
illegally selling merchandises on sidewalks and streets.
Latest inspection on several sidewalks in Bangkok’s China Town by the labour
officials yesterday also found several migrant workers, mostly Myanmar,
vending on streets and sidewalks.
Upon arrested by labour inspectors, the migrant workers showed them
“stickers” saying they were told that the stickers could help to clear
police away from them.
They also said their employers have paid to obtain these stickers so they
could continue vending free of police interventions.
The stickers found in three forms such as Doraemon – a popular Japanese
cartoon character; dices, and automobiles.
But so far no official action has been taken.
The migrant workers said these stickers allow them to sell stuff on the
street without fear of official intervention as bribes have been paid but so
far the identity of the person or persons who issued them is unknown.
The acting commissioner stated that although the case actually falls under
the jurisdiction of the Immigration department, the police station in charge
of the vicinity must take action on the matter.
He said that he will be calling a meeting with all police stations in
Bangkok this afternoon to order action to be taken on the matter of these
He vowed that if any of these stickers surface again within the following
weeks, immediate disciplinary action will be taken on all 5 heads of the
police station that is in charge of the area.
Yesterday officials from the Department of Employment made an inspection of
shops and businesses located in China Town.
They discovered at least three Myanmar workers were selling packaged soya
Upon seeing the arrival of officials, these foreign nationals quickly showed
their dice pictured stickers which they say they were told to do by their
One man revealed that he has been in the country for more than 3 years.
He said that he was previously employed as a painter but the earnings were
small and he quit and began selling soya bean milk which he says allows him
to make 500 baht a day.
As he had no legal working permits, his Thai employer gave him the dice
pictured sticker to carry with him so that he would not be arrested.
Similarly, two other Myanmar workers were also seen vending in the area.
Both also had similar stickers but when they were questioned they stated
that they did not know the identity of the person that employed them.
Papers that contain the address of the company that actually did the hiring
were the only documents that they carried.
Employment officer Chaithat na Nakorn said whenever officials make an
inspection, these stickers were regularly shown to officials.
He said so far they have no information on these stickers but an
investigation has been ordered to look into the matter.
Central bank prints 70-baht banknotes to celebrate King’s 70th anniversary of accession to the throne
The Bank of Thailand has printed 20 million banknotes of 70-baht
denomination to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 70th anniversary of
accession to the throne.
Central Bank governor Veerathai Santipraphob said that the new banknotes
would be allocated to commercial banks for distribution to members of the
public who are interested to exchange them for keeping.
He believes that 20 million notes are sufficient to meet demand and there
will be no additional printing.
The banknotes will be available to the public as of June 9 at all commercial
banks and state-owned banks such as Government Savings Bank, Bank of
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Islamic Bank and Government
Each banknote, to be contained in an envelope, can be exchanged at 100 baht
The governor said that the price difference, altogether 600 million baht for
the 20 million banknotes, will be donated to HM the King.
Diesel price goes up 40 satang per litre
PTT Plc and Bangchak Petroleum announced the increase of oil price of diesel
by 40 satang per litre effective as of 5 am Tuesday.
The price of diesel will be 25.09 baht/litre.
Other oil price remain unchanged. The price are as follow; benzene 95, 32.56
baht/litre; gasohol 95, 25.60 baht/litre; gasohol 91, 25.18 baht/litre; E20,
23.04 baht/litre; E85, 18.89 baht/litre.
An elderly man arrested for killing a dog for its meat
A 60-year old man who was seen in the social media of dragging the carcass
of a dog with a rope tied to its neck through a road in Ubon Ratchathani’s
Phibul Mangsaharn district has been apprehended by police.
The man, identified as Mr Wichien Nonkaew, was taken into police custody
from the house of a neighbor in Tambon Phibul, Phibul Mangsaharn district,
where he had been hiding since his image with the dead dog was posted in the
social media and drew a lot of criticism and condemnation.
Wichien admitted that he killed the dog for its meat to prepare food. He
said that he killed the dog by the roadside because it refused to follow him
to his lodging which is about one kilometer away.
He said he slit the dog’s throat, then sliced off the meat before he dragged
its carcass through the road to be dumped.
Earlier, a neighbor, Mrs Kalya Boonchong, said she gave the 8-month old dog
to Wichien after he asked for it claiming that he would like to raise it at
his house. She added that this was the second dog that she gave it to him.
The suspect was this morning (Monday) taken to the crime scene to re-enact
the office. He was later charged with cruelty against animal which is liable
to two years imprisonment and/or 40,000 baht fine.
Science Museum to hold biotechnology exhibition
PATHUM THANI, (NNT) – The National Science Museum will be holding a
world-class event on biotechnology, presenting the benefits of biotechnology
in daily life in a comprehensive presentation.
The Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj has revealed the
member organizations of the science museum and learning center network have
joined hands with Biogen Foundation from the United States to select
Thailand as one of the 12 countries to host the world-class biotechnology
event, with the National Science Museum has been designated as the main
An exhibition “The World of Biotechnology” will be held in Thailand
featuring displays and activities allowing youth and the general public to
participate, along with discussions and other biotechnology related
activities which allow scientists to present their works in biotechnology,
showcasing Thailand’s advancements in biotechnology and promoting public
understanding to further the development of existing technology and
The National Science Museum Acting Director Sakorn Chanapaithoon has
revealed that the museum is prepared to host a variety of activities,
including the “Wonders of Biotechnology” exhibition, a networking activity
between scientist from leading research agencies, experimentation activities
with lab box from the United States, and activities which encourage family
The biotechnology exhibition will take place on 16-18 June 2016 at National
Science Museum, Pathum Thani.
Public warned to take precaution against pink eye disease during rainy season
The Ministry of Public Health has
warned members of the public to take precautions against pink eye disease or
conjunctivitis which is usually widespread during the rainy season.
Public Health Minister Piyasakon Sakonsatayathorn said that several
diseases, especially pink eye, can easily spread out and the rainy season is
ideal for the spread of the disease.
According to the Diseases Control Department, over 47,000 people were
inflected with pink eye during the first five months of this year with the
highest incidence being reported in Amnart Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Mae
Hong Son, Saraburi and Si Sa Ket. More cases are expected during the rainy
The minister said that all health offices had been instructed to advise
people in their areas of jurisdiction to protect themselves against the pink
eye disease especially in schools, child centres, shopping malls or offices.
Children should be warned not to frolic or swim in ponds or water catchment
areas because the water is dirty or contaminated and they may be infected
with pick eye virus or bacteria.
People who are infected should not wear contact lens and should not share
towels, glasses or eye drops with the other people to prevent the disease
from spreading. They should quickly wash their eyes with clean water when
their eyes are exposed to dirty water.
Last missing passenger of a speed boat accident in Koh Samui found dead
Searches for the last victim of a speed boat accident in Koh Samui were
called off today (Sunday) after the victim’s body was found stuck in
boulders and partially covered with a wooden planks.
The latest victim, identified as Mr Jason Robert Parnell, 46, a Briton, went
missing and believed drowned after a speed boat carrying about 150
passengers, mostly foreign tourists, capsized near Koh Samui as it was
returning to the island from Ang Thong islands on May 26.
Several passengers went missing and searches were mounted by marine police,
tourist police, the navy, divers and members of Koh Samui’s jetski club.
Most were found during the earlier days of the searches except Mr Parnell
whose body was found today and later sent to Samui hospital for an autopsy.
Authorities concerned have been working on measures to help the injured and
to compensate families of the dead victims.
Zika virus alert in Udon Thani’s Sangkhom district
Udon Thani’s Sangkhom district has been declared off-limits especially to
pregnant women after a resident of the district was quarantined in Taiwan
after he was tested to be infected with Zika virus.
Health volunteers in all villages in Tambon Sang Nang Khao of Nong Khai’s
Pone Pisai district were instructed by the director of health promotion
hospital of Tambon Sang Nang Khao to mount a campaign to get rid of breeding
grounds for striped mosquitoes and to inform villagers to protect themselves
from mosquito bites by sleeping in sleeping nets and to avoid travelling to
It was reported that health officials had visited five relatives of the
person inflected with Zika virus to keep them under watch to find out
whether they are infected with the virus or not.
T-POP Festival 2016 delights Udon Thani
UDON THANI,(NNT) - In a move to stimulate tourism, the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) has staged a music festival featuring various artists in Udon
The festival took place at Thung Sri Muang Garden. Target groups were the
region's many music lovers, and Thai and foreign visitors to the city. The
event brought together famous singers and bands from both within and outside
the country. The festival attracted around 40,000 visitors, raking in over
40 million baht.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn disclosed today that the TAT plans to hold a
major activity each month to offer tourists new options. T-POP Festival,
which was in its second year, was held on the theme “Thailand Music
Festival”. The first T-POP Festival was held last year in Phetchaburi. More
than 32,000 people joined the event on that inaugural occasion