Make Chiangmai Mail | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 

Update October 2016


Home
World News
Thailand News
Arts - Entertainment - Lifestyles
Odds & Ends
Science & Nature
Technology
World Sports
Update by Natrakorn Paewsoongnern
 
 
 
Thailand News
 

King of Bhutan orders special prayers for His Majesty's recovery

THIMPHU,(NNT) - His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhuthan ordered special prayers for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The King of Bhutan posted on his personal Facebook page that special prayers are being conducted in all the sacred temples throughout Bhutan for the well-being of His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand.

His Majesty King Bhumibol has been unwell and is currently undergoing medical treatment.

The post also said the royal families and the people of Bhutan and Thailand share a close relationship of warm friendship and goodwill.


Gross National Happiness Center established in Thailand

BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand cooperates with Bhutan in establishing the world’s first-ever Gross National Happiness Center which highlights the Sufficiency Economy philosophy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, the Chairperson of the Gross National Happiness Center, on Wednesday signed a MoU on the establishment of the center in Thailand with B.Grimm Chairperson Harald Link. The center is the first center of its kind outside of Bhutan. It promotes the concepts similar to the Sufficiency Economy philosophy with a focus on sufficiency and moderation.

HRH Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck said it was very important to promote the idea of the Gross National Happiness outside Bhutan. Established since 2013, the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan promotes equal development, sustainable social and economic development, environmental conservation, cultural promotion and good governance.


Indian wedding planners explore Thailand as a dream wedding destination

Dr. Walailak Noypayak, TAT Executive Director for ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific addresses the wedding planners in Bangkok.

TAT arranged a familiarisation trip for 20 wedding planners from India, exploring the attractions and facilities in Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin, as well as Phuket and Khao Lak.

 

The 20 Indian wedding planners joining the Fam Trip came from New Delhi, Chandhigar, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore.

TAT

Bangkok,The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently staged a familiarisation trip for wedding planners from India, offering them the chance to explore Thailand’s plethora of attractions, facilities and services that make the kingdom a dream wedding destination.

Taking place from 25 to 30 September, 2016, the familiarisation trip was staged for 20 wedding planners from New Delhi, Chandhigar, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore. They were divided into two groups to explore Thailand’s capabilities as a wedding destination. The first group had the chance to experience first-hand the attractions and wedding facilities on the Kanchanaburi-Hua Hin route while the second went on a tour of Phuket-Khao Lak. Both groups converged in Bangkok on the last day for more hotel inspections, followed by a B2B Session and Networking Cocktail.

Dr. Walailak Noypayak, TAT Executive Director for ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific said, “We’ve carefully put together an itinerary on these two routes to update the Indian wedding planners on how these five destinations including Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Phuket, and Khao Lak, as well as Bangkok can accommodate all sizes of wedding events from India, ranging from large-scale ceremonies to small, exclusive-sized nuptials. In addition, the B2B session has been arranged with an aim of promoting Thailand as a preferred wedding destination among Indian high profile families all over India through the influence of wedding planners.”

The B2B Session and Networking Cocktail took place on 29 September, 2016, offering an opportunity for the Indian wedding planners to meet and connect with 60 Thai service providers in the wedding business including hotels, Indian restaurants, entertainment organisers, florist shops, wedding studios, souvenir shops, wine dealers, photographers, and private jet and luxury car providers, as well as the Chao Phraya Cruise company.

Thailand is the most popular wedding destination outside India. From 2011 to 2014, Thailand has consecutively been voted as the Best Wedding Destination by readers of the Travel and Leisure magazine (India and South Asia).

Each year, Thailand recorded more than 200 Indian weddings with the group sizes ranging from 100 to 600 guests. Each Indian wedding is estimated to spend around 5-10 million Baht. Currently, the popular wedding destinations for Indians can be divided into two categories, which are beach destination, including Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak, and city destination, such as, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Kanchanaburi.


Japanese entrepreneurs express readiness to invest in premium grade steel in Thailand

NNT

BANGKOK,(NNT) – Japanese steelmakers have expressed their intention to expand investments in premium grade steel to demand from ten target industries, in accordance with the government of Thailand.

Industry Minister Atchaka Siboonrueng has met with Japan External Trade Organization's (JETRO) President Hiroki Mitsumata and representatives from Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation Limited, which is a leading steel manufacturer and distributor in Thailand.

The JETRO President said that there are now about 400-500 Japanese steel manufacturing companies currently operating in Thailand. About 50 percent of the companies, both large and small, are still aiming to expand investments in premium grade steel in the Kingdom in response to the Chinese steel market, and to answer the demands of ten target industries in accordance with the Thai government’s policy.

JETRO is ready to support all Japanese companies and will still use Thailand as a production base strengthening Thailand's status as a hub for premium grade steel production in the future, he said.


Prime Minister calls on Thais to pray for the King and to wish him well

Thai PBS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday urged Thai people throughout the country to pray for the good health of His Majesty the King and to express their well wishes for his quick recovery from illness.

After the cabinet meeting, the prime minister accompanied by his wife, led cabinet ministers, commanders of the three armed forces and the police as well as their wives to the Royal Palace to express their well wishes to HM the King who is being treated at Siriraj hospital.

Throughout Tuesday, members of the public from all walks of life, private and government sectors, many of them wearing pink and yellow shirts, flocked to the Royal Palace to sign books to wish HM the King well and to recover from his illness.


Chiang Mai governor insists officials did not discriminate against Mr Tan’s hotel

Thai PBS

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart assured on Tuesday that authorities did not discriminate against green tea tycoon Tan Passakornnatee’s Eastin Tan Hotel in Chiang Mai when they raided the hotel to check its operating licence for the second time today.

He pointed out that the hotel does not have a license and, therefore, it cannot open for business.

However, the hotel is still carrying on in defiance of the order to suspend operations until a license is secured, said the governor, adding that authorities may slap more charges against the hotel and its manager.

Mr Pawin disclosed that officials concerned had earlier taken legal actions against nine hotels for operating without a license.

The governor, in his capacity as chairman of the hotel registration committee, will lead some officials to report to the Local Administration Department in Bangkok on November 4 about the Eastin Tan hotel’s case after Mr Tan filed a complaint with the department head.


Compensation for rice crops from flood increased to 3,000 baht per household

Thai PBS

The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to increase the compensation for damage to rice crops by flood from 1,000 baht to 3,000 baht per each household.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha also said that the government was considering how to help owners of farmland which was used as water retention area to absorb excess water discharged from dams by the Royal Irrigation Department.

He asked members of the public to understand the government that it cannot afford to help every flood victim even if the government wants to help. He also noted that most of the flooded farmland are located outside the protection of flood walls and, hence, flooded every now and then during the monsoon season.

The prime minister went on saying that, in the near future, the government would regulate the farming sector to ensure there is enough water for farmers for cultivation.

Farmers, for instance, should not start cultivation at the same time throughout the country because, in such a case, there may not be enough water for all of them.


Prime Minister pleads with media to report bomb plot in capital with caution

Thai PBS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday pleaded with the media to exercise caution in their reporting of an intelligence report about a plot by alleged southern militants to carry out bomb attacks in Bangkok and peripherals during October 25-30 in order not to cause public panic.

He suggested the media to report just enough for the public to acknowledge about the security threat and not to sensationalize the report which, he said, may cause extensive negative consequences.

Pol Gen Srivara Rangsipromnakul, the deputy national police, broke the intelligence report about the plot by alleged southern militants on Monday, saying police have been put on the alert to look out for the suspects.

The prime minister said he had no idea whether the militants as claimed by the intelligence report were the same with the group which staged a string of bomb and arson attacks in seven southern provinces during August 11-12.

He said police investigators had been doing their job and the media should not jump the gun in their reporting.


DNA tests implicate a Burmese suspect in the murder of two scavengers

Thai PBS

DNA from blood stain found on the shirt of a Myanmar suspect has matched with the DNA of two of the three dead scavengers whose bodies were found under the Don Muang tollway bridge on in-bound Paholyothin road.

Pol Lt-Gen Charnthep Saesavech, acting commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau 1, told the press on Monday that he had received a report of DNA tests from blood specimens taken from Jimmy, a homeless Burmese suspect, and the three victims.

The blood tests show that the DNA of the blood found on Jimmy’s shirt has matched with the DNA of the bloods of Suporn Kokkram and Somyos Meeborsap.

Suporn’s body was found on October 4 and two days later, the body of Somyos was found not far from each other.

To ensure accuracy, Pol Lt-Gen Charnthep said that a second DNA test might be done. As for the third victim, Ms Supapan Kongyudee, additional examination might be required, he added.


Artificial rain making launched to save Koh Samui from drought

Thai PBS

While several central provinces are bracing for flooding from rising rivers and plentiful rains, popular tourist destination Koh Samui is experiencing acute water shortage, prompting authorities to launch artificial rain-makings.

Two planes from Surat Thani Royal rain-making operation centre were flown over Koh Samui to seed clouds on Monday.

Meanwhile, water trucks were sent out by the district’s waterworks authority to distribute water to the residents where water from tap water has become scarce.

The waterworks authority in Koh Samui normally produces tap water enough to meet about 40 percent of the demand of residents of the island while the rest of the demand is met by sea water desalination plants.


Four went missing after boat capsized in Moei river

Thai PBS
Our boat passengers, most of them ethnic Karen, went missing after a long-tailed boat in which they were travelling capsized in the Moei river in Tha Song Yang district of Tak on Monday.

There were seven passengers on the boat, said officials, adding that the vessel capsized because of the strong current in the river which marks the natural border line between Thailand and Myanmar.

Rescue workers from the Petkasen-Tha Song Yang unit were quickly rushed to the scene to search for the missing who were believed to be drowned.

The four missing were identified as Ms Meeplor Satikongsakul, 8-year old Nor Day Day, Ms Taeja Krongkot who was nine months pregnant and 8-year old Nichapat Krongkot.


City Hall reclaims 127 street pavements from vendors

Thai PBS

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has managed to wrestle back 127 trading spots on street pavements in 35 districts from more than 18,000 pavement vendors, Mr Wallop Suwandee, advisory chairman of Bangkok governor, said on Monday.

However, he maintained that the City Hall did not just evict the vendors from street pavements, but arranged for new locations for the evicted vendors – although not all of them – so that they could carry on with their business.

For instance, the space below Pong Phraram expressway which can accommodate up to 800 stalls have been allocated for evicted vendors from Siam Square shopping district.

He noted that the city administration had given reprieve on several occasions to the vendors, but the reprieve came to an end on October 3 as all street pavements in Bangkok were declared off-limits to vendors around the clock. These include Petkasem road in Bang Khae district, Paholyothin road in Phya Thai district, Siam Square shopping district, Ratchaprasong intersection, Pratunam, Bang Rai, Silom and Sukhumvit road.

Street pavements should be used by pedestrians and not to be occupied by vendors who usually put up stalls or desks to showcase their products or to sell food, said Mr Wallop.

He added that the city administration aimed to take over street pavements in 48 districts out of a total of 50 districts within next August.


His Majesty the King advised by doctors to suspend all Royal functions

Thai PBS

His Majesty the King was advised by his doctors on Sunday to suspend all Royal functions because his health condition remains unstable, said the Bureau of the Royal Household in an announcement released Sunday night.

According to the announcement, HM the King’s doctors at Siriraj hospital administered hemodialysis on the King from 2 pm until 4.40 pm on Saturday and changed the tube to drain spinal fluid from the brain through the waist.

However, it was discovered afterward that the King’s blood pressure dropped occasionally, prompting the doctors to administer medication and ventilator to stabilize blood pressure, said the announcement.

However, at about 3 pm on Sunday, the King’s pulse quickened and blood pressure dropped. Blood tests showed an increase of acid in the blood. Echocardiographic examination showed the amount of blood entering the lower part of the left side of the heart dropped sharply as a direct result of high blood pressure in the lung.

Doctors then applied medication to expand blood vessel in the lung at about 3 pm and, eventually, the King’s pulse has slowed down and blood pressure has improved, said the announcement.

With his health remains unstable, HM the King is now placed under close watch by doctors who advised that the King suspends all Royal King’s health condition, suspend, Royal functions


Three narrowly escape death after their pick-up truck was rammed by a train

Thai PBS

A 65-year old man, his wife and 14-year old son narrowly escaped death when their pick-up truck in which they were travelling broke through a train barricade was rammed by a train in Na Bon district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

The vehicle was almost completely wrecked but the driver, Suthin Buathip, and his son suffered only some bruises, but his wife, Mrs Kasemsuk, was seriously injured. All three of them were later rushed to Na Bon district hospital for medical treatment.

Police said that the family of three was heading for Nakhon Si Thammarat from Sikao district of Trang province to visit relatives. However, while the pick-up truck was approached a railway crossing in Na Bon tambon municipal, the train barricade automatically dropped signaling the arrival of the Bangkok-Yala train.

Instead of stopping the car, Suthin allegedly tried to navigate through the train barricade in order to cross the railway track but failed. The train rammed into the vehicle and dragged it away before stopping about 10 metres from the railway crossing.

The impact from the collision flung Mrs Kasemsuk out of the vehicle while the two others were stuck in the wreckage.

The train driver later told police that he managed to apply the brake when he saw the pick-up truck trying to cross the track otherwise all the three occupants in the vehicle could have been killed.


Tiger temple abbot says he is ready to face legal consequences

Thai PBS

Breaking his long silence since the raid in June of the Tiger Temple or Luangta Bua Yannasampanno monastery in Kanchanaburi, Phra Visuthisarathera, the temple abbot, told the media on Friday that he was caught totally unprepared about the raid and its consequences.

However, the abbot who was commonly known as Luangta Chan said he was trying to accept the consequences and would let the law to run its course regarding the pending legal actions against him and his monastery.

About 140 tigers in the monastery which was a popular tourist destination before the raid by police and forestry officials in June have been removed from the temple ground, leaving behind hundreds of other animals such as deer, barking deer, wild boar and cattle under the care of the temple officials and some foreign volunteers.

Luangta Chan said that he had to take care of the remaining animals and this requires a lot of food each day which is partially funded with public donations.

He insisted on the intention to apply for a license to open an open zoo on the ground of his monastery. Also, he said that he would ask for the return of five crippled tigers from authorities so they could be raised in the monastery.

Without the tigers who have earned the monastery its namesake, the Tiger Temple, the venue has become quiet and rarely visited by tourists although some officials and volunteers remain to take care of the remaining animals.


Prime Minister inaugurates ACD Connect Business Forum

Thai PBS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha inaugurated the ACD Connect Business Forum 2016 at the Plaza Athenee Hotel on Sunday by highlighting the importance of the private sector in strengthening the ACD by means of close cooperation with both the government and private sectors.

In his opening speech, the prime minister underlined the connectivity within Asia by creatively using the diversity within the region for the benefit of all member states.

He also showcased Thailand’s 20-year strategy focusing on increasing the country’s competitiveness through the development of science and technology and innovation to increase the productivity and service capacity.

Referring to the implementation of financial technology or fintech, the prime minister said Thailand aimed to become a cashless society in the near future, claiming that the initiative would substantially reduce the cost of financial management.

ACD Connect Business Forum runs parallel to the ACD Dialogue Summit which is due to start on Monday at the Foreign Ministry under the theme of “One Asia, Diverse Strengths”.


New land tax law may not be ready early next year

Thai Pbs

The land and building tax law may not come into force early next year as earlier scheduled but this will not impact on the state coffers because the tax collected will go to local administrative bodies, said Deputy Finance Minister Visut Srisuphan on Friday.

The bill, he added, is now pending the consideration of the Council of State and is expected to be tabled to the cabinet this month before it is forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly for debates which will take between 4-5 months for the bill to become law.

The deputy finance minister said that even if the promulgation of the law is delayed, it will not impact on the state coffers because the land and building taxes to be collected under this proposed law will go to the coffers of local administrative bodies for local development.

Currently, land and building taxes collected amount to 30 billion baht a year and the amount is estimated to double after the promulgation of the new law which is aimed to discourage land speculation and to encourage the utilization of empty land.

Under the proposed land, land is classified into four types in accordance with their usages and taxes are levied accordingly.

Land for agriculture is to be taxed at 0.2 percent for land plots worth more than 50 million baht/plot. As for land for residential purpose, the first house which is worth less than 50 million baht will exempted from taxation, but for the second home, tax will be collected on progressive rate.

The ceiling tax rate for land for commercial use is 2 percent for land worth no more than 20 million baht, but the actual rate to be charged is 0.3 percent, 0.5 percent for land worth 20-50 million baht, 0.7 percent for land worth 50-100 million baht, 0.9 percent for land worth 100-1,000 million baht, 1.2 percent for land worth 1,000-3,000 million baht; and 1.5 percent for land worth more than 3,000 million baht.

Unutilized land is taxed a maximum of 5 percent, but tax rates vary in accordance with the duration of the land being unused: 1 percent for land left unused for 1-3 years; 2 percent for land left unused 4-6 years and 3 percent for land left unused for seven years and more.


BMA details policy to mitigate the risk of crime and drugs around schools

BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has detailed its policy to mitigate the risk of crime and drugs around schools by enhancing the safety of nearby businesses.

Deputy Permanent Secretary to the BMA Wantanee Wattana said on Friday that the BMA will organize activities to raise awareness of drugs, inform pharmacies of risky ingredients, ensure security standards of dormitories, enforce laws related to the operating of entertainment venues and internet cafes, and prevent alcohol sales to minors.

She revealed that amphetamine remains the most commonly used narcotic, while children most often get persuaded to try drugs, by their own peers.


Thailand urges Mexico to lift import embargo on shrimps

BANGKOK, (NNT) - Thailand has called on Mexico to lift an import embargo on shrimps from this country and expand bilateral trade.

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, who met with Mexican Ambassador to Thailand Jaime Nualart Sanchez and discussed bilateral trade and investment on long-term basis, suggested Mexico to waive the embargo on Thai shrimps with an early mortality syndrome which has been enforced since 2013.

Besides, the Mexican envoy was suggested to provide detailed information about his government's plan to terminate a reduction in the import tariff on Hom Mali rice from Thailand.

Mexico is currently Thailand's 18th largest world trading partner and third trading partner in the North American region after the United States and Brazil.

Thailand exported 3.2 billion dollars in combined goods value to Mexico which exported 549 million dollars in goods to this country throughout last year.


Thai delegates woo investors in Paris

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak

PARIS,(NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has led a group of delegates to Paris to attract potential investors, as part of the government’s policy to boost this year’s foreign investment in Thailand.

The Thai delegates met with the Business Federation of France, MEDEF, to present Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor Development plan in Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong. French businesses had expressed interest in investing in Thailand, particularly in the biotechnology and healthcare industries. Meanwhile, French civil aircraft manufacturer Airbus has expressed interest in a joint investment program in an aircraft maintenance center.

Mr Somkid has tasked the Board of Investment with compiling a list of needs expressed by various sectors to be presented to the Thai cabinet before the scheduled visit of French investors to Thailand on October 11-13.


British envoy vows to help publicize Thai custom and culture

BANGKOK, (NNT) - British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson pledged to have Briton visitors understand better about Thai custom and culture and paid apologies for unbecoming acts on the part of any of his fellow countrymen.

PHOTO:Thailand News - 08-10-16 5 NNT British envoy vows to help publicize Thai custom and culture 1JPG

The British envoy met with Pol. Maj. Gen. Pulsap Prasertsak, the commissioner of the Fifth Provincial Police Division, to discuss security and safety measures for Briton travelers to Chiang Mai province and elsewhere in Thailand.

Mr. Davidson express his apologies for any inappropriate behaviors of his fellow Britons during their visits to this country and called on the police and authorities to provide safety measures for them as well.

The British embassy in Bangkok has publicized guidelines for the Britons to observe while in Thailand with respect to the country's custom and culture as well as rules and regulations.

His remarks apparently followed the event in which a Briton tourist had mistakenly accused a local boy of stealing his property in Doi Suthep area of Chiang Mai.

Besides, the British embassy has produced and publicized graphics about Songkran festival and traffic rules, among other useful pieces of information. More than one million Britons have visited Thailand in a year.


Vendors try unsuccessfully to return to Siam Square as City Hall remains firm on its eviction plan

Thai PBS

Over 200 municipal police were deployed at and around Siam Square shopping district on Thursday as a group of pavement vendors tried to negotiate with city officials to return to the pavements to carry on with their trading practice.

The city administration has demanded all the vendors to move out by October 3 failing that they will be arrested and fined.

Since October, the pavements at the famous shopping district have been cleared of vendors. But several of them showed up today with placards asking for sympathy and demanding talks with officials concerned to give them a reprieve so that they can dispose their remaining stocks of goods.

One of the vendors told Thai PBS that they didn’t intend to stay on for good, but just for a short period of time to clear their remaining stocks.

Others said that the alternative site arranged by the city administration for them to carry on with their business does not work because there are no customers.

Before the crackdown, there were about 600 vendors occupying pavements in Siam Square to sell a great variety of products from 7 pm until 11 pm.


Fake instant coffee seized in Pathum Thani

Thai PBS

Police seized about two million baht worth of fake instant coffee in raid of a warehouse in Pathum Thani province on Thursday.

Armed with a search warrant issued by the court, a police force led by Pol Maj-Gen Chavalit Sawaengpuet, deputy commissioner of Central Investigation Bureau, and representatives of Nestle raided a rented warehouse in Tambon Klong Phra-udom following a tip-off that fake instant coffee was mass-produced in the premise.

Police found nine foreign migrant workers working in the godown, over 89,000 packs of fake instant coffee, over 280,000 empty packs, 19 sacks of mixed instant coffee awaiting to be packed, four mixing machines and four packaging machines.


vegetables and fruit on sale in fresh and modern trade markets maybe laced with pesticide residues

Thai PBS

About 56 percent of fresh vegetables and fruits on sale in fresh markets, super markets and modern trade stores, including the so-called high-end gourmet markets are laced with chemical residues beyond acceptable standards, according to survey conducted by Thai-PAN, a pesticide alert network.

Thai-PAN coordinator Ms Prokchon Usap told the media on Thursday that the network collected 10 types of vegetables and six kinds of fruits which are popular among the consumers for tests to find out pesticide residues during August 23-29.

The ten types of vegetables include red chilli, kale, morning glory, lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, pea eggplant, tomato and basil. The six kinds of fruits are Sainampoeng orange, papaya, water melon, cantaloupe, guava and dragon fruit.

Altogether 158 samples of the six fruits and 10 vegetables were collected from three modern trade chain stores namely Big C, Macro and Tesco Lotus, three wholesale markets namely Talad Thai, Pathom Mongkol market in Nakhon Pathom and Srimuang market in Ratchaburi and several super markets where the fruits and vegetables are tagged with safety or organic labels such as Tops, Home Fresh Mart, Max Value, Villa Market, Lemon Farm, Golden Place and Foodland.

All the 158 samples were subjected to multi residue pesticide screen (MRPS) and it was disclosed that 56 percent of the 158 samples were tested positive with beyond-standard level of pesticide residues.

Ms Prokchon said 70.2 percent of the samples taken from modern trade stores were found to contain high level of pesticide residues: 12 out of 16 samples from Tesco Lotus; 11 out of 16 samples from Macro and 10 out of 15 samples from Big C.

54.2 percent of samples taken from wholesale markets were found to contain pesticide residues beyond limits.

Vegetables found to have the highest amount of pesticide residues beyond MRL are kale with 10 out of 11 samples, red chilli, nine out of 12 samples; basil and long beans, 8 out of 12 samples; morning glory, 7 out of 12 samples, pea eggplant, 6 out of 11 samples.

Sainampoeng orange was found to contain the highest amount of pesticide residues of all the six kinds of fruits tested. Even fruits and vegetables certified by the Agriculture Ministry as safe are laced with pesticide residues, said Ms Prokchon.

She disclosed that even some chemicals which were globally phased out were found in fruits and vegetables such as dicrotophos, endosulfan, methamidophos, carbofuran and methomyl.


Consumer’s confidence index grows three months in a row

Thai PBS

Consumer’s confidence index for the month of September increased to 74.2, representing an increase for the third month in a row and the highest in six months, according to the survey result of the economic and business forecast centre of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Thanawat Pholvichai, director of the centre, said Thursday that consumers started to become more confident as evident in the increasingly economic recovery and improvement of social and political atmosphere coupled with the expectation that the government will spend more in investments and in stimulus packages during the last quarter of the year.

Consumer’s confidence in the economy for the month of September was registered at 63.4 points compared to last month’s 62.2 points, representing an increase for the third month in a row while confidence in job opportunities was registered at 68.6 points and confidence index in future income was registered at 90.7 points.

Thanawat pointed out that consumer’s confidence in political situation increased for the fourth month in a row, representing the highest in 11 years and five months. This shows that the people believe that political situation will be more stable and, as a result, local and foreign investors will stage a comeback to invest.

Happiness index was measured at 89.2 points, representing the highest in nine months.

As for the current flood situation, Thanawat said the general perception was that the situation was not serious and the damage would be manageable as it was confined in non-economic area.

Damage from flood this year will not exceed one billion baht and will have very little impact on the economic growth – as little as 0.05 percent.


1,000 baht/day minimum overhead charge set for Chinese tourists

Thai PBS

Effective as of yesterday the lowest overhead charge for a Chinese tourist to be levied by package tour operators is 1,000 baht/day, said Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn on Wednesday.

The minimum overhead charge for arrivals from China in the form of package tour was made possible by virtue of Section 31 of the Tourism Business and Tour Guide Act B.E. 2551 which stipulates that package tour operators are prohibited from charging their clients below costs, hence, the 1,000-baht/day minimum charge was set.

The minimum charge was intended to weed out the zero-dollar package tours from China which has resulted to several problems such as tourists were taken by Thai tour operators against their will to jewelry shops which overcharge the tourists. The operators, in return, will receive commissions from the sale to recoup their costs.

General Thanasak said that all parties involved in the tourism industry agreed with the invocation of the Act to impose minimum overhead charge for Chinese tourists to weed out zero-dollar package tour business and to improve the quality of tourists from China.

Also, it was agreed at a meeting on Wednesday that, besides the minimum overhead charge of 1,000 baht/day, tour programmes arranged by the operators for the tourists could not be charged more than 600 yuan or about 3,000 baht per trip.

This was intended to prevent the tourists from being cheated or taken advantage of by tour operators, said the deputy prime minister.

All the decisions made on Wednesday will be conveyed to Chinese tour operators in Shanghai on October 14 by a Thai delegation led by General Thanasak in order to convince Chinese tour operators of fair treatment and improved services for Chinese tourists.


Private city bus operators want government to waive their 400 million baht debt

Thai PBS

Seventy-five private bus operators providing bus service in Bangkok under the supervision of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority have asked the government to waive their 400 million baht debt owed to the state.

Mrs Pattharavadi Klomcharoon, chair of the city bus operators association, blamed the debt incurred by bus operators on confusion of the government’s policy regarding the private bus operators.

Operations of the private bus operators are to be overhauled and their operating licenses to be suspended after the cabinet decided to transfer the responsibility to supervise their operations from BMTA to the Land Transport Department.

The 75 bus operators were given a briefing about the changes which are to take place from the switch of supervisory responsibility from BMTA to Land Transport Department.

Mr Cherdchai Sanansrisakorn, director of bus service, assured that private bus operators could carry on with their services even though their licenses are to be revoked. He said that he would propose the government to invoke Section 44 of the interim charter to temporarily renew the licenses of the bus operators after which new bidding will be called for those interested to operate city bus service on different routes.

Mr Cherdchai said he expected the restructuring process would take about two years after which the Land Transport Department would move on to reform the passenger van service.

Mrs Pattharavadi, meanwhile, expressed concern that up to 90 percent of the private bus operators would be forced to terminate their service if they are made to repay their debt within 2018.


More heavy to heaviest rains forecast for Bangkok, Central Plain until mid this month

Thai PBS

The Meteorological Department today forecast heavy to heaviest rainfalls in most parts of the country until mid this month as flood situation remains critical in several provinces.

Director-general of the department Wanchai Sakudomchai said that almost every regions of the country, except the Northeast, would face heavy to heaviest downpour until the middle of October.

For Bangkok, he said during the 2-3 days ahead, there would be rain between afternoon and evening for 60-70 millimetres.

Therefore, he said, there was a high chance of flood in certain areas in Bangkok where floods haven’t receded yet.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Sawan, heavy rain caused several rivers to burst banks.

The water from the upper north provinces has add the volume of water in Nan river, causing the water to overflow the bank to flood the paddy fields in four sub-districts of Chumsaeng district, damaging more than 10,000 rai.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, there was flood at Khok Sung sub district in the provincial seat after the water from Lam Chiang Krai river has overflowed to flood some 200 homes and inundate more than 3,000 rai of paddy fields. The water cut the route between villages of Chan-ad sub-district in Non Sung district.

In Sisaket, flood has inundated the Sisaket-Ubon Ratchathai road at Nikorn Motor intersection of about 30-40 centimetres, causing inconvenience traffic.


THAI president made clarification over controversial Hawaii flight

Thai PBS

Thai Airways International president Charamporn Jotikasthira clarified on Wednesday that the price quoted by the airline to the office of the prime minister’s secretary-general for chartered flight service for General Prawit Wongsuwan’s delegation to Hawaii was just an estimated price between government agencies and the actual price would be quoted by the airline once the trip was completed.

As for the on-board catering for the delegation, he disclosed that THAI proposed menus to the delegation to choose before the trip to Hawaii in line with the airline’s premium-grade service standard.

Food was arranged with flying times taken into consideration – 12.30 hours for the Bangkok-Hawaii flight and 12.45 hours for the return flight. There were altogether four main meals plus snacks throughout the journey and food reserves in case the flights did not go in accordance with plan, explained Mr Charamporn.

THAI chose wide-bodied Boeing 747-400 aircraft because the plane could fly across continents to destinations without the need of refueling mid-way, he said, adding that THAI has several of this type of planes and the deployment of one of them to serve the delegation did not affect the airline’s services.

He went on saying there were 38 passengers on the flight to Hawaii and 41 on the return flight.

Charamporn said THAI was ready to cooperate with the Office of the Auditor-General in the investigation. As a state enterprise and a listed company in the stock market, he insisted that THAI has strictly observed transparency and is open to scrutiny.


Princess Chulabhorn is sick

Thai PBS

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has fallen sick with high fever, coughing and pains in her legs and arms, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced on Tuesday evening.

Doctors have administered medication to relieve coughing, pains and fever so that the Princess will be able to return to perform her duties, according to the announcement.


Four factors blamed for flooding problem in Bangkok

Thai PBS

Four factors are blamed for the seemingly insoluble flooding in Bangkok every time the capital city is lashed with widespread torrential rains.

The heavy rains on Monday afternoon, for an example, resulted in flooding in many parts of the city as the drainage system could not cope with excessive amount of rain water – about 100 mm of rain water in Bang Sue district for instance. Not to mention the resulting traffic nightmare which paralyzed the city for several hours.

Thai PBS reporters talked with several experts who gave different opinions about the flooding problem in Bangkok which could be summed up into four factors.

Not enough monkey cheeks to absorb excess water. Bangkok deputy governor Amorn Kitchawengkul earlier said that Bangkok needs another 10 monkey cheeks in addition to the existing 25 to hold excess water of up to 25 million cubic metres.

Existing monkey cheeks such as Makkasan swamp, Bung Gum and Bung Ekamai are not adequate, said the deputy governor.

Rapid city expansion has reduced the uninhabited space earlier used to store rain water. For instance, Lat Phrao which was used to be an open ground to hold rain water has now been taken over by housing estates and communities. Former Bangkok governor noted in a report last year that water retention area in suburban Bangkok had been reduced by 40 percent as a result of urbanization, leaving the city with fewer water retention area.

Professor Thanawat Charupongsakul of Thailand Environment Institute once pointed out that the city’s drainage system could cope with only 60mm/ hour of rain water because of the limited capacity of the drainage system.

The other factor is the garbage problem blocking the drainage system. As many as 10-20 tonnes of garbage are retrieved every day from the city’s klongs which are main conduit for the draining of water into the Chao Phraya river.


Pratunam area cleared of vendors

Chatri Wattanakachorn, Ratchathevi district officer

Thai PBS

Bangkok’s pedestrians have won back the pavements on Ratchaprarop and Petchaburi roads in Pratunam area on Tuesday after vendors reluctantly vacated the pavements in wake of the City Administration’s no-nonsense crackdown on violators.

The pavements, which, for decades, were almost fully occupied by vendors, are virtually cleared of vendors since Tuesday morning. City police were in full force since the morning to make sure that no vendors showed up in defiance of the eviction order which came into effect on Monday.

Ratchathevi district officer Chatri Wattanakachorn said that the city administration had given a reprieve to the vendors for quite a long time and, how, it is about time that they move out to return the pavements to pedestrians.

He said that the district office had arranged for spaces in Soi Ratchaprarop 2 and 4 for vendors to carry on with their trading business. More spaces are being sought to accommodate the evicted vendors, he added.

The eviction of vendors from pavements in the Pratunam area is the latest of the City Administration’s efforts to set a new order for the use of pavements and to beautify the city’s landscape.


Military orders all boat trailers at Bali Hai pier in Pattaya moved out today

Thai PBS

Boat operators parking their boat trailers at Bali Hai pier in South Pattaya have been given to today to remove their watercrafts out of the public places, or else they will face forced eviction, or seizure of their vehicles.

The ultimatum was given after a combined force of soldiers, police, Bang Lamung district officials, marine officials, city officials on Monday inspected Bali Hai pier to follow up progress of the parking system at public places along both sides of the beach road around Phra Tamnak hill where boat trailers have taken up vehicle spaces, prompting complaints of a lack of parking places for other vehicles.

Authorities met and discussed the ultimatum with the boat operators with warning of strict enforcement of law if their boat trailers are still seen at the places tomorrow.

Parking at Bali Hai pier has attracted the attention of the military in September following numerous complaints of trailer boats taking up all parking spaces at the Bali Hai bay.

The military surveyed the place and found the poor parking system there, particularly the occupation of parking spaces by boat operators.

The military found that a large number of vehicle-parking spaces were filled with laid-up boats – many of which never see the water – which causes parking shortages and congestion as tour buses try to navigate streets narrowed by the parked trailers.

Boat operators had been summoned to a meeting to find a resolution to the problem of private citizens taking up public property and depriving Pattaya of parking fees.

Owners of unused boats were asked to remove their watercraft and would be charged and the boats seized if the military’s requests aren’t heeded.


30,000 baht reward offered for information for the arrest of stone thrower

Thai PBS

Ayutthaya’s Bang Pahan district police on Monday offered a 30,000 baht reward for information which will lead to the arrest of the man who threw stones at a bus and a passenger car on Sunday night.

Bang Pahan police superintendent Pol Col Anek Pongsawat summoned a meeting of detectives on Monday to discuss the stone-throwing incidents and the manhunt for the perpetrator.

He said that the perpetrator might be someone living in area not far away from the crime scene and was not a motorcycle street racer.

Mr Vivet Chanthawong, the driver of a bus travelling between Bangkok and Phayao, told Bang Pahan police that he was driving at between 80-90 kilometres per hour and while he was approaching a bridge across the Lop Buri river, a stone was thrown at the windshield of his bus.

He claimed the stone thrower was a tall thin man with curly hair, standing on the roadside near a motorcycle.

Vivet said he did not stop the bus immediately but parked it by the roadside at a safe distance from the scene of the stone attack and asked passers-by to notify the police of the incident.

It was reported that a Honda sedan was also struck by a stone at the same scene.


Inflation rate increases six months in a row

Thai PBS

Consumer’s price index for the month of September was registered at 106.68, representing an increase of 0.38 percent from the same period last year or an increase of 0.04 percent from August, said Ms Pimchanok Workkhorporn, deputy director of Office of Trade Policy and Strategy of the Commerce Ministry.

She added that the September index showed that inflation rate had increased steadily for six consecutive months averaging 0.02 percent increase per month for the past nine months.

The increase in inflation rate was attributable to spending increase in food and non-alcoholic drinks by 1.47 percent and 0.24 percent decreased spending on other consumer goods such as pork meat, vegetables, eggs and household food.

However, the Commerce Ministry maintained its inflation rate increase forecast for the whole year at 0.0-1.0 percent under the backdrop of Thailand’s growth rate of 3.3 percent with the price of Dubai crude ranging between 35-45 US dollars per barrel at an exchange rate of 35-37 baht for a dollar.


Five guidelines for social security reforms

Thai PBS
The Social Security Office has set five guidelines to pave the way for the reform of pension system for the elderly, said Dr Suradet Waleeithikul, secretary-general of the office, on Monday.

The five guidelines are: step-by-step extension of retire age from 55 to 60 to begin after 2022; adjustment of the salary base used in the calculation of fund for the elderly from the minimum rate set at 1,650 baht and maximum rate at 15,000 baht to 3,600 baht and 30,000 baht respectively; change of the calculation of pension fund payment from salaries for the last five years used as the basis for calculation to salaries of the last 15 or 20 years; increase of officials’ contribution to the elderly’s fund from 3 to 5 percent of their salaries.

The last guideline calls for development of investment to generate more revenue for the fund through the employment of professionals to manage the fund.

Dr Suradet said he was confident that, if all the five guidelines, can be fully implemented, the social security fund will last for the next 30 years.

He disclosed that amendments to the Social Security Act had been submitted to the legal affairs committee of the Labour Ministry last month after which public forum would be held to allow all stakeholders, including employers, employees and academics to air their views.


Bar B Q Plaza closed 26 branches for improvement after blackened soup complaint

Thai PBS
Bar B Q Plaza, the country's largest barbeque chain, has ordered the shut down of 26 branches in Bangkok and the provinces for two days, beginning yesterday, for the replacement of its "black pans".

The temporary shutdown of the branches came after a customer posted on Facebook showing the soup on its black pan was blackened.

The poster said on the page that she asked for the barbeque restaurant at Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 shopping plaza for change of the black pan twice but the soup remained to be blackened although there was no grilling yet.

The next day after the post, Bar B Q Plaza issued a statement on October 1 clarifying that it was the error of the cleaning process and has ordered the branch to resolve the problem immediately, and also launch emergent measures that required stricter inspection and training of job performance as well as making direct contact with the customer to apologise for the incident.

But at the latest statement yesterday on its Facebook, the company ordered two-day shutdown of 26 branches that used the black pans for inspection and improvement of cleaning process to meet the company standards, and retraining of all staff at all levels seriously and strictly.

It clarified further of the blackened soup and rusty pans saying the blacked soup was caused by inappropriate use of substance during the cleaning process, thus resulted in soy based oil which coated the pan to prevent sticking to dissolve.

This later caused the soup to turn black, it said, dismissing that the blackened soup was either caused by the scratches of the nonstick coat surface of the pan, and not by the chemical substance used.

It added that it is replacing all the equipments used in the cleaning process.


Security step-up for flood-affected villagers taking refuge on roadsides in Ayutthaya

Thai PBS

The Ayutthaya provincial police chief has ordered a step-up of security for rural villagers who have escaped flooding to take refuge on the roadsides and irrigation canal banks.

Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul, commander of Ayutthaya provincial police, ordered police in seven districts of Bang Barn, Bang Sai, Bang Pa-in, Sena, Pak Hai, Phra Nakhon Sriayudhya and Bang Pahan to step up their patrols of the public areas used by flood-affected people as their temporary shelter.

Many of them have set up tents on the roadsides of the main highway or on high ground beside irrigation canals and brought with them their farming gears, cars and other valuables.

The policemen were ordered to make sure that these flood escapees are safe from opportunistic thieves or robbers while they are taking temporary refuge from flooding.

Northern runoffs compounded with torrential rains have flooded a large swathe of low-lying areas in Ayutthaya for the past several days, forcing many inhabitants to seek temporary shelter on the roadsides and other high grounds.


Thai puppeteer troupe won two top prizes at World Puppet Carnival in Poland

Thai PBS
A group of young puppeteers from Thailand has earned the country a great pride and honour when they won the Best Carnival Performance prize at the World Puppet Carnival held in Poland during September 24-30.

The Thai team of 25 puppeteers aged from 7-25 from the Nattayaburapha club under the coach of Mr Den Halert also won the Young Puppeteers Award. The team outperformed 54 final teams from many countries which were selected from about 900 entries.

The team’s performance, entitled “the First Human in the World”, is about the world’s first ape and giant who set out to look for four ultimate weapons namely Gratitude, Sacrifice, Discipline and Tolerance.

Initially, the Nattayaburapha club could not afford the trip to Poland to participate in the annual event because they didn’t have enough funding. So the young puppeteers tried to raise fund by selling soft drinks at Don Muang flea market.

Their fund-raising struggling was eventually posted in the social media and widely shared among netizens and, later on, attracted the attention of government and private sectors who stepped in for help, making the club’s dream to participate in the carnival come true.

After winning the two top prizes, the Thai troupe was feted at a luncheon hosted by Thai ambassador to Poland Manasvee Srisodaphol.


Super Poll shows 57.5 percent agree with Senate choosing premiership candidate

Thai PBS
The majority of the people polled by Super Poll agree with the proposal that the House and the Senate should jointly nominate an outsider candidate for the premiership post if the House representatives cannot agree themselves a candidate from the party’s lists of candidates, according to the findings of the Super Poll Research Office released on Sunday.

The opinion poll shows that 57.5 percent of the 1,167 respondents agree with the proposal against 42.5 percent who disagree, said Dr Noppadol Kannikar, head of the research office.

The poll also shows 62.9 percent of the respondents support the use of Section 44 of the interim constitution to dissolve the House if its members cannot agree on the formation of a government in the future.

The poll which was conducted on September 30-October 2 also shows the following results: 87.4 percent of the respondents agree that the National Anti-Corruption Commission should deal with corrupt politicians responsible for the Uah-arthorn housing project against 12.6 percent who disagree; 59.4 percent agree that the NCPO should remain in place to oversee peace and security in parallel with the government; 79.3 percent of the respondents agree with the appointment of Deputy Defence Minister Udomdej Sitabutr as head of the “forward cabinet” overseeing the unrest problem in the Deep South.


Vessels warned to navigate slowly in rivers and klongs in six provinces

Thai PBS

The Marine Department has issued a warning to all vessels travelling in rivers and klongs in Bangkok and five central provinces to reduce their speed and to stay in the middle of the waterways in order not to cause damages to riverside houses.

The warning was issued after water levels in the Chao Phraya river, other rivers and klongs in Bangkok, Ang Thong, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Ayutthaya and Samut Prakan had steadily risen due to northern runoffs, monsoon rains and high tide.

Violators will face a fine ranging from 500 to 5,000 baht and the skippers may have their licenses suspended for up to six months.

Riverside residents who come across vessels which do not observe the speed control or who navigate in their vessels in such a way that may endanger houses by the rivers or klongs can notify the Marine Department by calling 1199 around the clock.


Loan contract signed for implementation of Red Line train project

Thai PBS
Thailand and Japan signed a loan agreement on Friday under which the Thai Finance Ministry will get 166,860 million yen or 53,479 million baht in loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the State Railway of Thailand’s Red Line rail project from Bangsue to Rangsit.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the Thai government was Finance Minister Apisak Tantiworawong and Japanese ambassador Shiro Sadoshima on behalf of JICA.

The terms of condition of the loan agreement are considered as favourable. The loan is payable in 15 years with grace period for the first five years and it will be disbursed in six years with interest rate at 0.30 percent and 0.1 percent per annum for consultancy fee plus 0.20 percent fee for the loan on the condition that half of the fee will be returned after the loan was fully disbursed.

The suburban Red Line from Bangsue terminal to Rangsit is expected to become operational in 2020. It is also expected to accommodate at least 300,000 passengers a day.


CDC issues Zika special travel considerations for 11 SE Asian countries

Thai PBS

The US Communicable Diseases Control (CDC) Department on Thursday issued Zika special considerations for 11 Southeast Asian countries, warning American citizens, especially pregnant women, about travelling to these countries because of the uncertain risk of Zika infection.

The 11 countries placed under Zika special considerations include Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

CDC said Zika virus has been present in areas of Southeast Asia for many years and several countries have reported occasional cases or small outbreaks. It added that Zika virus is considered endemic in some of these countries and many people who live there are like immune but US travelers to the areas where Zika is endemic may not be immune to the virus and infections have occurred in travelers to Southeast Asia.

The level of risk for Zika virus infection in these countries is unknown, said CDC, adding, however, that pregnant women should consider postponing nonessential travel to Southeast Asia.

If travel to these countries cannot be avoided for pregnant women, CDC recommends that they consult their healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

Also, CDC advises the use of condom every time they have sex during pregnancy.


Six Myanmar illegal migrants arrested with large number of grenades

Thai PBS

Soldiers, police and local authorities yesterday arrested six Myanmar migrants and seized a large number of grenades during a search at a house near Mae Sod district border in Tak province.

The raid was the result of a tip-off that a home in Mae Ku sub-district located along the Thai – Myanmar border in Tak province was a hideout of illegal migrant workers and they were suspected to engage in illegal activities.

As authorities moved in, all the people inside ran out and escaped in all directions.

But they were all apprehended, one is a woman.

An initial inspection of the house showed nothing out of the ordinary but a search bellow the house just alongside a cow pen revealed that a large pit had been dug and covered with soil.

Removing the earth covering, authorities found a fertilizer bag that contained a scoped rifle and a large suitcase.

When the case was opened they found 141 new M67 grenades and another 51 M79 grenades.

In addition, a large cache of field gear, stores and provisions were also found.

All were detained for questioning.

Authorities believed that they might involve with either an illegal arms trading outfit or a narcotics operation which were attempting to sell the weapons to militant ethnic minority groups located across the border from Thailand.


Thailand wins TTG Travel Awards Destination of the Year 2016

Bangkok, 30 September, 2016 – Thailand has won the TTG Travel Awards for the “Outstanding Achievement Awards: Destination of the Year 2016”, making it the sixth time the country has won this accolade, having received it previously in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) received the award on behalf of Thailand at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 September, 2016, at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld.

Mr. Chattan said, “I would like to extend my gratitude to TTG’s editorial team for honouring Thailand with this prestigious award. We are indeed honoured and proud that the continuous efforts being made by the Thai tourism industry to strive for higher standards are delivering results, and being recognised. Thailand will certainly continue our tireless efforts in taking steps and initiatives to strengthen the development and promotion or our thriving tourism industry.”

Organised by TTG Asia Media’s Travel Trade Publishing Group, the TTG Travel Awards have been recognising the best of the Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989.


DAILY UPDATE

|

Back to Main Page

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

King of Bhutan orders special prayers for His Majesty's recovery

Gross National Happiness Center established in Thailand

Indian wedding planners explore Thailand as a dream wedding destination

Japanese entrepreneurs express readiness to invest in premium grade steel in Thailand


Prime Minister calls on Thais to pray for the King and to wish him well

Chiang Mai governor insists officials did not discriminate against Mr Tan’s hotel

Compensation for rice crops from flood increased to 3,000 baht per household

Prime Minister pleads with media to report bomb plot in capital with caution


DNA tests implicate a Burmese suspect in the murder of two scavengers

Artificial rain making launched to save Koh Samui from drought

Four went missing after boat capsized in Moei river

City Hall reclaims 127 street pavements from vendors


His Majesty the King advised by doctors to suspend all Royal functions

Three narrowly escape death after their pick-up truck was rammed by a train

Tiger temple abbot says he is ready to face legal consequences

Prime Minister inaugurates ACD Connect Business Forum


New land tax law may not be ready early next year

BMA details policy to mitigate the risk of crime and drugs around schools

Thailand urges Mexico to lift import embargo on shrimps

Thai delegates woo investors in Paris

British envoy vows to help publicize Thai custom and culture


Vendors try unsuccessfully to return to Siam Square as City Hall remains firm on its eviction plan

Fake instant coffee seized in Pathum Thani

vegetables and fruit on sale in fresh and modern trade markets maybe laced with pesticide residues

Consumer’s confidence index grows three months in a row


1,000 baht/day minimum overhead charge set for Chinese tourists

Private city bus operators want government to waive their 400 million baht debt

More heavy to heaviest rains forecast for Bangkok, Central Plain until mid this month

THAI president made clarification over controversial Hawaii flight


Princess Chulabhorn is sick

Four factors blamed for flooding problem in Bangkok

Pratunam area cleared of vendors

Military orders all boat trailers at Bali Hai pier in Pattaya moved out today


30,000 baht reward offered for information for the arrest of stone thrower

Inflation rate increases six months in a row

Five guidelines for social security reforms

Bar B Q Plaza closed 26 branches for improvement after blackened soup complaint


Security step-up for flood-affected villagers taking refuge on roadsides in Ayutthaya

Thai puppeteer troupe won two top prizes at World Puppet Carnival in Poland

Super Poll shows 57.5 percent agree with Senate choosing premiership candidate

Vessels warned to navigate slowly in rivers and klongs in six provinces


Loan contract signed for implementation of Red Line train project

CDC issues Zika special travel considerations for 11 SE Asian countries

Six Myanmar illegal migrants arrested with large number of grenades

Thailand wins TTG Travel Awards Destination of the Year 2016

Advertisement

 



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
THAILAND
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
www.chiangmai-mail.com
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.