4 Dec 2017
3:10 pm

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Dec 4) admired Artiwara Kongmalai and his team for the 2,191-km charity run saying what they are doing is a great benefit to the country.

He said anything done without goal, and determination could never achieve.

But what Mr Artiwara and his team have done has proved a good team work, Gen Prayut said.

They have systematic planning, consultation, discussion which reflect the current working condition that needs team work spirit from all sectors in order to achieve, he said.

He inquired the physical fitness of Toon and told his doctors to take care of him and advised him to rest if he feel pains from running, particularly people taking selfies with Toon while running which might cause accident.

The prime minister later handed over his donation in a sealed envelope to the rocker.

Toon thanked the prime minister after his advice saying what he and his team did started from a small dot of just wanting to do their best.

But how much it will turn depends on the people’s participation.

He said he didn’t anticipate huge sum of donation if it comes from a few people.

He said he wanted to see higher number of donors making contributions rather than getting higher sum of donations from less number of people.

4 Dec 2017
1:53 pm

Thailand believes its corruption ranking in international communities will improve this year after the country has shown strong determination to curb and suppress corruption by setting a four-year national stratagy to tackle the problem drastically.

This was voiced by a member of the powerful National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) today while the graft buster is going to hold an exhibition to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9.

Mrs Suwanna Suwanjuta, a member of the 9-member NACC, said of the country’s ranking as the Transparency International is scheduled to release corruption perception index (CPI) at the end of this month.

She was hopeful of Thailand’s improvement in CPI after the governnent has shown enthusiasm by setting a four-year strategic plan from 2017-2021 to tackle corruption, while the NACC aims to achieve 50% scores from previous rating.

Last year Thailand scored 35 from a scale 0-100 points earning it the 76th least corrupt country out of 168.

The improved ranking was also laid on confidence that the country will have election next year, she said.

She said the NACC will hold exhibition to mark the International Anti Corruption Day at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

At the exhibition Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will declare his government’s strong determination in ridding corruption under the theme “Zero Tolerance” on corruption suppression.

The prime minister will also announce the government’s anti corruption policy in its drive to make Thailand a clean country, she said.

Meanwhile the Anti Corruption Organisation of Thailand says its latest survey showed 86% of people interviewed have expressed their willingness to have participation in prevention of corruption.

Secretary-general of the organisation Mr Mana Nimitmongkol said the constitution has tasked the government to promote public participation in anti corruption drive, to educate the people how to help and also to require government officials to declare their assets.

Thus will help to facilitate the people in helping the state to resolve the problems.

4 Dec 2017
12:45 pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made personal donations to Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai’s charity run project and thanked him for doing good deed for the country as the rocker called on the PM at the Government House Monday morning (Dec 4).

Gen Prayut also expressed concerns over Toon’s health condition and asked the medical team to take good care of him.

After a 15-minute meeting Toon disclosed that the prime minister has blessed him and his team success in the charity run.

“It is a great honour for me, my family and my team [for having the opportunity to meet the prime minister],” Toon wrote on his Instagram.

At the Government House, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee Meechai Ruchuphan and officials also showed up to welcome the rock star. Donations raised from government officials was given to Toon by Mr Meechai.

Toon posted on his twitter @ToonArtiwara that Saturday (Dec 2) was his longest-ever run in a single day when he and his team covered a total 70 kilometres distance.

Toon and Gen Prawit

On Sunday, Toon ran from Photharam district in Ratchaburi to Nakhon Pathom, and to Thawi Watthana district in Bangkok. He finished the run at the King Power Hotel in Rangnam Road near Victory Monument where a 100-million baht fund from King Power Group and other companies was presented to him.

Toon will take two days off today and tomorrow. He will resume running from King Power Hotel at 3am on Dec 6.

So far donation is closing to 500 million baht out of the targeted 700 million baht.

3 Dec 2017
10:37 pm

His Majesty the King on Sunday (Dec 3) presided over the official opening of  Naruebodindrachinta reservoir in Nadee district of Prachin Buri province.

On the same occasion, the people of Prachin Buri joined HM the King in releasing one million fish fries of many species into the reservoir.

The reservoir which is also known as Huay Samong dam is a Royally-sponsored project which was initiated by the late HM King Bhumibol Aduldej in 1978 to harness Phra Prong and Huay Samong which are tributaries of Prachin Buri river in order to provide year-round water supply for agricultural and consumption for people in Prachin Buri province.

In 2009, the cabinet then approved the project and construction began the following year. The project was completed this year.

The Huay Samong dam is an earthen dam. It stands 32 metres and 75 centimetres tall, nine metres wide at its top and 3,967 metres and 51 centimetres long. It has the capacity to store 295 million cubic metres of water which is enough to feed 111,300 rai of farmland in Nadee and Kabin Buri districts.

The multi-purpose dam also serves to maintain ecological system, to ease flooding, to drive back sea water in the Prachin Buri and Bangkapong rivers and to act as a buffer to prevent forest encroachment in Tap Larn and Pang Sida national parks.

Irrigation officials started storing water in the reservoir last year and, until October, over 221 million cubic metres of water have been stored.

 

 

3 Dec 2017
8:28 pm

Bangkok’s only decades-old zoo, Khao Din or Suan Dusit zoo, still remains open to the public until there is a formal announcement about when exactly it will be closed down, according to the zoo’s public relations office.

The PR office said that it was flooded with hundreds of phone calls from members of the public asking whether the zoo was already closed or still open to visitors after it was reported that the zoo would move out to a new location in Pathum Thani province.

The board of the zoo may meet next week to consider when to close down the zoo, but, for the time being, it is still business as usual, said the PR office.

Thai PBS Online reporters who went to the zoo on Sunday found out that there were still many family visitors to the zoo and the star attractions for children appeared to be Mae Malee, the 51-year old hippopotamus, the elephants and seals shows.

On Tuesday which is a public holiday, visitors will have a chance to see a new-born crane, the first at the zoo.

The zoo boasts altogether about 1,600 animals of different kinds. It attracts about 2.5 million visitors each year.

3 Dec 2017
4:09 pm

The three armed forces have deployed men and equipment to flood-ravaged southern provinces to help flood victims, defence spokesman Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said on Sunday.

He said that Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan was concerned with the flood situation in southern provinces and instructed the three armed forces to keep abreast with weather conditions and to carry out relief operations to help flood victims.

He disclosed that troops had been distributing food and water, evacuating the elderly and children to safety, deploying food and water trucks to prepare fresh food and provide drinking water to flood victims and to repair damaged houses, among others.

The spokesman assured that troops would remain in the flooded provinces until the situation returns to normal and the completion of rehabilitation operations to restore normal life.

3 Dec 2017
3:29 pm

Thousands of cancer patients and relatives of terminally-ill cancer patients queued up in front of the house of Mr Sangchai Haelerttrakul, or Mor Sang as he was widely known, in Muang district of Prachin Buri to receive free herbal medicines claimed to have the qualities to cure cancer.

Because of the high turnout, Mor San’s assistants divided the people in four groups for proper management to make sure that all who were present were distributed the herbal medicines they needed.

One group was made up of old patients who used to come to Mor Sang’s house to receive the medicines. The second group comprises relatives of the old patients who came to pick up the medicines on behalf of the patients. The third was new cancer patients and their relatives made up the fourth group.

It was reported that most of the new patients were terminally ill patients who were told by doctors at hospitals to return home because they could no longer be treated as they had reached the final stage of the illness. For these patients, Mor Sang’s herbal medicines were the last option.

A patient’s relative, Mrs Narada Det-arporn, told Thai PBS that she came to see Mor Sang at the recommendation of a friend after a doctor told her that her son was in the terminal stage and the hospital could not treat him any more.

She said she came to pick up the medicines on behalf of her son who was too sick to come and she wanted the herbal medicines for a last trial.

It was reported that the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine was conducting Laboratorial Tests of Mor Sang’s herbal medicines to determine their efficacy in the treatment of what kinds of cancer.

Initial results of the tests are expected in March next year.

 

2 Dec 2017
4:29 pm

The country’s consumer price index (CPI) for November rose to the highest in nine months as rising fuel prices and new excise tax slapped on tobacco  were blamed on the inflation rise.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, the CPI increased 0.99% for the fourth consecutive month in November, the highest jump in 9 months.

It said higher fuel prices and new excise tax, which was put into force on Sept 16, have driven up the prices of tobacco products in the country.

It said the tax caused a jump in inflation by 0.08% despite falling prices of dairy products.

But for the inflation rate during the past 11 months, it was a 0.66% on average. However this was within the ministry’s earlier projection of 0.4-1%.

For next year, it forecasts overall economic growth at 3.5-4% with assumption that global oil prices staying around US$50-60 per barrel while the Thai baht is within the range of 33-35 baht per dollar.

2 Dec 2017
2:21 pm

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement denouncing the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test by North Korea on Nov 29.

In a statement issued on Friday (Dec 1), the ministry said North Korea missile test “has once again heightened tension in the region and threatened international peace and security.”

This test was a clear violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and will only result in further isolation of North Korea, it said.

“Thailand strongly urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cease all provocative actions and respect the relevant UNSC Resolutions, and return to dialogue. Thailand calls on all parties to exercise restraint and work towards finding a peaceful solution to the situation in the Korean Peninsula,” the statement reads.

According to North Korea’s state-owned broadcaster Korean Central Television, a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15 was successfully conducted on Nov 29 under the guidance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who personally supervised the whole course of the test-fire.

The Hwasong-15 is a new-type inter-continental ballistic rocket weaponry system capable of carrying super-heavy nuclear warhead and attacking the whole mainland of the US, the broadcaster reported.

This Nov. 29, 2017, image provided by the North Korean government on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, shows what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

2 Dec 2017
1:08 pm

A huge fire broke out at a bicycle manufacturing factory in Bang Pakong district of Chachoengsao province in the early hours of Saturday (Dec 2) causing damages estimated at 30 million baht.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight at Tin Pao Industrial Co’s production and warehouse factory building which is located on a large 2-rai plot of land and quickly raged because of the flammable materials stored inside. Nobody was injured.

Over 40 fire trucks were rushed to the scene but firemen reported difficulties to enter the building to put out the fire because of the toxic smokes.

Meanwhile strong wind also fanned the fire, causing the flames to spread quickly and engulfed the 2-storey building.

The fire raged on for three hours until the whole building was burned and the roof caved in.

A factory guard said the fire started from the ground floor where huge stocks of rubber tyres and foams were stored.

He said he and his 16-year-old son ran to the scene and tried to put out the fire with bucks of water.

However they could not handle it because the fire raged quickly through the second floor where finished  bicycles and other accessories were kept.

They then rang emergency numbers, 1669, 191 and 199 for help.

Initial damages were estimated at over 30 million baht.

Bang Pakong police said the cause of fire is under probe by forensic police.