PM suggests use of comprehensive solutions to Bangkok flooding
BANGKOK, 30 May 2017 (NNT) -
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has remarked that sustainable solutions to
flooding in Bangkok must be carried out as a whole, following the flooding
conditions that affected two flights on Tuesday morning.
The PM said he believed the government will be able to handle flooding in
the capital city if the rainfall is not abnormally high. He stressed that
there must be water management in the northern, central and southern regions
to prevent flooding in Bangkok as well as the western and eastern parts of
the Chao Phraya river.
As for flood-prone areas, particularly wetlands, the premier said all
provinces have plans and budget for flood prevention and pledged financial
support for them to enhance their capability to tackle inundation.
The heavy rains on Tuesday morning submerged in 10-15 centimeters of water,
resulting in the two domestic flight delays at Don Mueang airport. However,
the airport’s general manager Phet Chan-charoen has affirmed that the
airport has the capability to drain 10-15 centimeters of water within 15
minutes. Don Mueang airport has prepared for heavy rains by installing 12
water pumping stations and there are two others belonging to the air force.
The stations have the combined capacity to pump out water of 75,340 cubic
meters/hour, said Mr. Phet.
Tourists welcomed to witness historical event in October
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has
affirmed that foreign tourists are welcomed to witness the historical royal
cremation, which will be held from October 25th - 29th.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangul revealed that Thai
officials will inform various tourist markets of the ceremony's significance
to the Thai people, adding that tourist activities will continue as usual.
She expressed her confidence that most foreign travelers will understand the
situation in the Kingdom and the auspicious ceremony will not negatively
impact their decision to visit the nation.
The minister indicated that various events will be organized as scheduled.
The ministry has coordinated with private agencies such as the Thai Chamber
of Commerce, the Tourism Council Of Thailand, and the Thai Bankers
Association to promote domestic tourism spending through Meetings,
Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) from the third quarter
Meanwhile, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak
Supasorn said TAT offices nationwide and abroad will adjust all marketing
strategies to conform with the ceremony, while adding that tourists visiting
the Kingdom during the period will be asked to observe the funeral dress
code. He instructed officials to be assertive about the fact that domestic
and foreign tourists can travel as usual and engage in tourism activities as
Standards for film industry to be set
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI)
has joined with educational institutions and members of the film industry to
establish standards for the entertainment industry that will bring it to the
TPQI, in collaboration with the Digital Media and Film Arts Faculty of
Bangkok University and the Performing Arts and Entertainment Association, is
seeking to elevate personnel in the film industry to a higher standard so
that they may better meet the needs of an international market.
Association director Weerachai Srikajorn remarked that the standards set by
the collaboration will cover 10 film and entertainment careers such as
photography, lighting and sound. The standards will deal with educational
requirements and testing with the goal of spurring confidence in employers
It is hoped the standards will lift the entire Thai film industry to
international acceptance both technically and creatively.
Real estate industry begins to slow down
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Real
Estate Information Center of the Government Housing Bank has revealed that
the real estate industry has begun to slow down.
Director of the Real Estate Information Center Vichai Viratkapan said real
estate sales had slowed down in Bangkok and its vicinity although there had
been no signs housing bubbles.
He also said that the number of housing units built this year would decline
from the year before by 7%. Around 116,000 new housing units will be built
by the end of this year.
The Director of the Real Estate Information Center said real estate sales
could drop further if the unemployment rate rises.
However, Vichai believed that the industry would begin to improve in the
second half of this year as property developers are trying to meet their
Government to establish institute for automatic technology and robotics
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministries
of Labor and Industry have cooperated with the private sector to jointly
establish an institute to further the aims of Thailand 4.0.
The Federation of Thai Industries signed a memorandum of cooperation with
the Department of Skill Development to establish the Institute of Personnel
Development on Automatic Technology and Robotics. The institute will drive
innovation and robotics technology in Thai industries, in accordance with
the government's Thailand 4.0 development agenda.
Permanent Secretary for Labor ML Puntarik Smiti said the institute will
focus on labor development in the provinces of Rayong, Chonburi,
Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan. The private sector will provide experts and
equipment and devise curricula to meet industry demand. The project's
initial budget has been set at 35 million baht.
The institute's operations will be divided into three phases. In the first
few years, it will focus on improving occupational skills to maintain and
write systems. The subsequent 3-5 years will focus on production planning
with automated technology. The last phase of 5-10 years will focus on
developing personnel to produce robots and automated systems.
World No Tobacco Day 2017
NONTHABURI,(NNT) - Action to
stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people from
falling ill and dying of tobacco related disease, combat poverty and protect
the environment. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, the World Health Organization
(WHO) is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations
worldwide, and is calling on governments to take strong action to curb
Around the world, tobacco consumption kills more than 7 million people each
year and costs households and governments over US$ 1.4 trillion spent on
health care and from lost productivity.
Tobacco consumption is very high in Thailand. One in five adult Thais and
one out of six Thai youth smoke.That is almost 11 million smokers. Tobacco
is a key risk factor for many diseases, such as cancer, heart disease,
diabetes and tuberculosis—these illnesses put financial strain on families
and drain Government’s budget for universal health coverage.
In addition to the immense health burden, tobacco use hinders development by
exacerbating poverty and hunger, damaging the environment, and negatively
Tobacco use disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations,
namely, children, women and the poor.
“Tobacco is a major barrier to development globally,” says Dr Daniel
Kertesz, WHO representative to Thailand. “Tobacco?related death and illness
are drivers of poverty, leaving households without breadwinners, diverting
limited household resources to purchase tobacco products rather than food
and school materials, and forcing many people to pay for medical expenses.”
Dr Kertesz adds: “But by taking robust tobacco control measures, governments
can safeguard their country’s futures by protecting people’s health,
generating revenues to fund health and other social services, and saving
their environments from the ravages tobacco causes.”
All countries have committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
which aims to strengthen universal peace and eradicate poverty. Recognizing
that actions to control tobacco boost development, the Sustainable
Development Goals call for accelerating the implementation of the WHO
Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), specifically:
protecting people from exposure to tobacco smoke, banning tobacco
advertising, promotion and sponsorship, banning sales to minors, requiring
health warnings on tobacco packaging, promoting tobacco cessation,
increasing tobacco taxes and creating a national coordinating mechanism for
Thailand’s new Tobacco Products Control Act 2017 recently passed by the
government of Thailand is a commendable legislation that incorporates
guidelines recommended by WHO FCTC. When implemented effectively, this Act
will help to reduce tobacco consumption, thereby protecting the health of
Thai people, fighting poverty, generating revenues, and protecting the
environment, thus paving the way for sustainable development of the nation.
New criminal code for politicians submitted to NLA
BANGKOK,(NNT) – A newly-drafted organic law on Criminal
Procedures for Holders of Political Offices has been submitted to the
National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan said the
CDC had already submitted the organic law on Criminal Procedures for Holders
of Political Offices to the NLA, which is expected to be considered on 2
June 2017, after it has been amended to contain more obvious investigating
The new law would give power to the court to call additional investigation
on defendants and witnesses if the available evidence was not sufficient,
and that the defendants would not be required to appear during court
Appeals to court verdicts would require the presence of the defendant,
Thailand, US kick off CARAT 2017 joint military exercise
CHONBURI, (NNT) - The Royal Thai Navy and the U.S. Navy have kicked
off the joint maritime exercise "Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training"
(CARAT 2017) in Chonburi province, in an effort to enhance the tactical
proficiency of both nations’ armed forces.
Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson of Commander, Logistics Group Western
Pacific and Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Fleet Rear Admiral Somnuk
Prempramote jointly presided over the opening ceremony of CARAT 2017 at the
Royal Thai Fleet in Sattahip district.
The joint maritime exercise includes training in seizure operations, joint
flight operations, and communication drills. CARAT 2017 is meant to boost
relations between Thailand and the United States. The exercise, which is
being held until June 6th, is the 23rd since its inception in 1995.
APAC 2017 Coaching Conference extols Thailand’s peacekeeping commitment
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The APAC 2017 The Coaching Conference has commended
Thailand for its success in integrating religious teachings and business
principles into its peacekeeping operation.
Held between May 25 and May 27, the APAC 2017 Coaching Conference saw
participants from 18 nations around the world come together to share their
coaching experiences. The aim is to help participants advance towards
coaching mastery, in executive activities, business, performance, life
matters and other areas of coaching influence.
The conference allowed participants to reflect on leveraging coaching to
bolster harmony and mindfulness for sustainable growth in teams, the private
and public sectors and society as a whole. Prominent speakers included Dr.
Marshall Goldsmith, Dr. Stephen Marphy-Shiganatsu, the Venerable Phra Maha
Wudhijaya Vajiramedhi, and Suthichai Yoon, amongst many contributors.
The conference also lauded Thailand for its ability to incorporate religious
teachings and business principles into peace promoting activities and
Thai organic products to enter world market
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of
Commerce is adamant that Thai organic products be promoted among overseas
Commerce Minister, Apiradi Tantraporn says that her ministry is working with
various partners to boost sales of organic products among domestic and
international buyers. The ministry’s partners are the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the
Ministry of the Interior, the Thai Organic Trade Association, Tops
Supermarket, the Lemon Farm, and Modern Trade.
These partners have vowed to contribute to the improvement and the promotion
of organic goods, helping local communities generate more income. The
ministry said Thai organic products will be featured at various
international fairs and exhibitions in the near future.
The number of organic food consumers has increased significantly in recent
years because chemical-free products are healthy and friendly to the
environment, said Apiradi, noting that organic farming is becoming a common
practice in agriculture.
Human trafficking suspects nabbed in US verified as Thais
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Twenty one femailes, thirteen of which have been
verfied as Thai Nationals have been arrested in the United States on charges
of human trafficking,according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' (MFA)
Department of Information Director General Busadee Santipitaks.
She said the recent arrest of the 21 women in the U.S. for alleged
involvement in human trafficking and prostitution has been notified by the
Thai Consulate in Chicago. The suspects are to be sent to the court in
She assured that not all the 21 female suspects and only 13 were verified as
The Thai Consulate in Chicago is working with the US authorities to provide
assistance to Thai nationals who might possibly be arrested on such human
BMA removes clears litter from drainage system
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is
improving its water drainage system, monitoring the volume of rainwater in
the city and calling on the public to avoid littering into canals and
BMA City Clerk Patarut Tardaranon said the BMA is cooperating with other
agencies such as the Meteorological Department in taking water management
measures during rainy season and monitoring the volume of rainwater which
Bangkok is expected to receive. However, the drainage capability has been
compromised by the higher water level in canals, thus requiring the use of
He said one of the key obstacles to the floodwater drainage is the littering
in the canals and river while as about 200 tons of garbage is collected
daily from all 50 districts in Bangkok. The general public are now advised
not to litter into the canals and rivers to prevent flooding in the long
The general public who wish to discharge big items or large amount of
garbage can contact any district office to request for collection service.
Commerce Ministry pushes for fruit sales online
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce has been prepared to launch
fruit sales online, expecting it to become a direct medium between consumers
Deputy Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong disclosed that the Offline
2 Online @ Chanthaburi project will help increase the distribution channels
of fruit for entrepreneurs with the use of technology on www.eastfruit.org.
He said that Chanthaburi has been chosen for the pilot project because it is
well-known among foreigners and recognized globally and the province is
adjacent to Cambodia.
The website will provide consumers with information on the average price of
each kind of fruit to prevent confusion.