16 Oct 2017
10:55 am

The Comptroller General’s Department (CGD) is ready to distribute welfare smartcards to low-income earners in the remaining seven provinces, including Bangkok tomorrow (October 17).

CGD director-general Ms Suthirat Ratanachoti said all the 1.3 million smartcards have already been sent to all low-income earners registration offices in 7 provinces and they will be distributed to low-income earners who are screened and are qualified for the welfare cards on Tuesday.

The seven provinces comprise Bangkok and six other adjacent provinces.

Assistant manager of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperative Mr Nukul Parachat said the bank is ready to distribute smartcards to low-income earners.

He said the bank will deliver smartcards to some people for their convenience and for further explanation on how to use them correctly.

He said now BAAC has installed EDC (electronic data capture) machines at almost 20 of its marketing cooperatives in the country to accommodate anticipated high spending by low-income earners on factors of production goods such as fertilizers, and herbicides at lower prices than market prices.

16 Oct 2017
10:25 am

Typhoon Khanun has weakened to tropical storm with its centre now at 390 kilometres east of Hanoi, the Meteorological Department said on Monday morning (Oct 16).
 In its forecast issued at  5.00am today, Khanun has weakened from typhoon to tropical storm with wind speed of 111 kilometres an hour  in its centre and is moving west at the speed of 15 kilometres an hour.
The storm with heavy rainfall and gusty winds is now on its path to Hainan Island and Gulf of Tonkin on Monday.
It will weaken to depression and low pressure trough and change course of South China and northern Vietnam to central Vietnam as the result of the arrival of  the high pressure from China moving into Vietnam and northern Laos.
The storm will have no direct impact on Thailand, it said.
But the Meteorological Department warned however that as the monsoon trough is crossing the country’s lower Central, East and Northeast regions, at the time the southwest monsoon is also on its path to Andaman Sea and the South, the country will continue to brace for more rain and heavy rains in some areas.
It advised the people to monitor weather forecast closely.
Earlier AccuWeather, an American media company that provides commercial weather forecasting services worldwide, said Khanun crossed the northern tip of the Philippines Thursday night, local time, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds and has since emerged over the South China Sea.
Khanun’s strength reached the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane across the South China Sea. The typhoon has since weakened, but still remains a danger to lives and property.

15 Oct 2017
11:13 pm

A Cambodian infant was killed and several other Cambodian migrant workers were injured when an apparently overloaded passenger van in which they were travelling from Narathiwat bound for Sakaew province ploughed into a roadside ditch in Kui Buri district of Prachuab Khiri Khan early Sunday morning.

The van driver, identified as Sorae Suenee, was also seriously injured in the accident which occurred in Tambon Kok Kien, Kui Buri district.

Among the passengers was Solae Sarakasom who claimed to be an immigration officer in Narathiwat and he said he was taking all the 19 Cambodian migrant workers to the immigration office in Sakaew province.

However, Pol Lt-Col Komsan Masiri, deputy superintendent of Kui Buri police, doubted Solae’s statement because, normally, a police bus would be used to carry a large number of illegal migrant workers to the border and the vehicle would be locked for security.

He noted that there were altogether 22 people, including 19 Cambodians, in the van instead of a maximum of 14 as legally required.

He said he would check with the immigration office in Narathiwat to find out if the office had assigned any immigration officer to accompany a group of Cambodian migrant workers to Sakaew.

As the accident, police suspected that the driver might have fallen asleep momentarily while driving.


15 Oct 2017
11:00 pm

Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul has ordered a crackdown on unscrupulous labour officials or brokers who demand under-the-table fees from Myanmar migrant workers at all one-stop service centres (OSS).

Labour Employment Department chief  Waranont Pitiwan said that the minister’s order followed numerous complaints from Myanmar migrant workers who approached the OSS in Samut Sakhon to have their citizenship certified so they would be issued with CIs (certificates of identification) after which they will apply for Thai visas, to have their health checked so that they can work in Thailand.

According to most of the complaints, the migrant workers claimed that they were made to pay a total of 2,800 baht for the services in order to apply for visas, but they were given receipts showing figures of only 1,800 baht by officials at the OSS in Samut Sakhon. They said no clarification was given to them by the officials about the discrepancy of the actual amount of fees paid and the figures shown on the receipts.

Also, they complained that they were charged 100 baht each by the security guards at the Samut Sakhon OSS.

Mr Waranont said that the total sum to be paid for the entire process from citizenship check, CI issuance, visa, medical checkup and health insurance would amount to 2,370 baht.

These include 310 baht for CI fees, 560 baht for a work permit, 500 baht for a visa, 500 baht each for medical checkup and health insurance.

Mr Waranont said any Myanmar migrant worker who were overcharged should immediately notify authorities concerned so that actions would be taken against the corrupt officials or the brokers.

During September 15-October 14, 92,305 Myanmar migrant workers have been issued with work permits.


15 Oct 2017
8:12 pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given moral support to rocker Toon Body Slam for the latter’s 2,191-km charity marathon run to raise fund for 11 hospitals.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd told the media on Sunday that the prime minister gave blessing and expressed good wish to Toon or Arthivara Kongmalai and told him not to be bothered with the criticism against his planned charity run.

He quoted the prime minister as saying that anyone who want to do good deeds that will benefit the public and will not cause any harm or damage needs not have to wait for someone to force him/her to do the good deeds.

The prime minister, according to Lt-Gen Sansern, believes that the majority of the people support Toon’s charity run and urged Thai people to do good deeds for the country.

Toon plans to kick off his marathon run on November 1 starting from the southernmost district of Betong in Yala to Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai. He expects to complete the run in 55 days and hopes to raise as many as 700 million baht from public donations.

Critics who include some university lecturers branded Toon’s marathon run as stupid while others commented that Toon had to ask for public donations because the junta allocated a large chunk of budget for arms procurement instead of for health care.

Lt-Gen Sansern said that arms procurement for the armed forces was not an instant project but was planned years in advance as part of the defence strategic plan.


15 Oct 2017
6:10 pm

Heavy rain lashing Chiang Mai Saturday night caused mud slide and uprooting of trees blocking traffic on the mountainous road to Doi Suthep whereas in Ban Mae Hia of Tambon Mae Hia, overflows from Mae Hia creek has flooded the uphill road to Doi Kam-Ban Pong.

Muang district officials used chainsaw to cut the uprooted trees which blocked the Srivichai road to Doi Suthep and warned people living next to creeks and vulnerable areas to take special caution.

In Tambon Mae Hia, residents were told to quickly move their belongings to higher ground as a precaution against flash flood.

In Nakhon Sawan’s municipal area, workers piled up more sand bags by 60 cm higher to reinforce the flood wall to protect riverside communities such as Wat Khao, Detchartiwong and Thevadasang as the water level in the Chao Phraya is steadily increasing.

In Phichit province, over 20 houses in Nam Joan housing estate in Tapan Hin district submerged under one-metre deep flood water overflowing from the Nan river.

Irrigation officials discharged more water out of Chao Phraya dam up to over 2,600 cubic metre/second of water downstream, resulting in Soi Rattana Thibet community in Nonthaburi and Wat Kuleethong community in Muang district of Ayutthaya being inundated.

In Khon Kaen province, villagers in Tambon Kok Sri helped set up a big tent to provide shelter to monks o Wat Ban Promnimit which submerged from overflows from Nam Pong.
In Muang district of Maha Sarakham, the Chi river is steadily rising and threatens to flood Muang, Chiang Yuen, Kosum Pisai and Kantharachai districts.

Meanwhile in Pimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima, the Moon river has overflown its banks and has flooded the municipal area with the Pimai national museum under water by half a metre deep.


15 Oct 2017
3:58 pm

The Meteorological Department on Sunday (Oct 15) told people in the Northeast to brace for more rain, starting today until Wednesay with the eastern part of the region to be first affected as a result of Khanun tropical storm.

In its 8th announcement issued today, the Weatherman said that, as of 4 am today, Khanun tropical storm was covering the upper part of the South China Sea or the eastern side of Hainan island, with its epic centre at 19.6 latitude north and 116.7 longitude east. The tropical storm has a wind speed of 110 kph at its centre and is moving northeastern-ward at a speed of 20kph.

The storm is predicted to sweep through Hainan island, then the Tonkin Bay and will hit landfall in southern Hanoi, Vietnam, either Monday or Tuesday the latest before it will weaken into low pressure cell over upper Laos. This will bring more rain to the Northeast, starting with the eastern fringe of the region on Monday, said the weatherman.

Meanwhile, monsoon trough that blows across lower central region, upper southern region and the eastern region will get stronger and this will cause continuous rain through the regions with heavy rain in some parts, said the department as it urged the public to keep abreast the its announcements.

15 Oct 2017
3:09 pm

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today took part in the second rehearsal of the procession of Royal decorations of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Royal cremation at Sanam Luang.

Also participated in the second rehearsal which started at 8 am were Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his five cabinet ministers.

Tens of thousands of people had been gathering at Sanam Luang and the route of the procession to watch the rehearsal with hundreds of policemen and military personnel maintaining order.



14 Oct 2017
7:52 pm

Many roads in Bangkok will be closed from 10 pm on Saturday into early Sunday for the rehearsal of a procession for the royal cremation and a convoy for VIPs, Pol Maj Gen Jirapat Phumichit, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said.

To be closed from 10 pm are the road around Sanam Luang, the road from Rattanakosin Island to Phra Ratchawang police station, Assadang road from Phan Phiphop to Phra Phiphit intersections, and along Rachinee road to under Somdet Phra Pinklao bridge.

Phra Arthit road will be opened for one-way traffic from under Somdet Phra Pinklao bridge to Bang Lamphu intersection.

Motorists are advised to use the following roads instead: Sathorn, Phloenchit, Charoenkrung and the expressway from Rama IV, Phloenchit and Surawong entrance ramps.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau will try to facilitate traffic flows to ensure motorists are least affected, Pol Maj Gen Jirapat said.

14 Oct 2017
7:23 pm

The committee for the management of water in Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Roi-et and Yasothon provinces have made a resolution to discharge more water from the Ubonrat Dam in Khon Kaen as the water flowing into the dam has reached 100 million cubic metres per day.

Somsak Jangtrakul

Somsak Jangtrakul, the Khon Kaen governor, said the action is necessary to maintain the strength of the dam.

In a meeting on Saturday (Oct 14), the committee agreed that from 12 am on Oct 14 the dam will release water at the rate of 42 mln cu/m per day.

The water discharge will go up to 46 mln cu/m per day from 6 am on Oct 15; 50 mln cu/m per day from Oct 16; and 54 mln cu/m per day from Oct 17.  The discharge will remain at 54 mln cu/m per day until the situation has improved.

Mr Somsak said the people will be informed of the committee’s decision.

Those wanting more information can call telephone No. 043-446393 around the clock.