Gen Prayut Officially Joins Privy Council03 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Former Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has officially been appointed as the newest member of the Privy Council, an advisory body to Their Majesties the King and Queen. On December 2, Gen Prayut was granted an audience with Their Majesties, where he took the oath for his new role. He was presented to the King and the Queen by Gen Surayud Chulanont, the President of the Privy Council.Having served as an army commander-in-chief, Gen Prayut led the country as Prime Minister from 2014, following his general election in 2019, until his departure from office in August this year.The Privy Council, established during the reign of King Rama V, plays a vital role in advising the monarch and coordinating between the Crown and various branches of the government, including the parliament, the judiciary, private organisations, and citizens.
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Chalawan Thailandicus Fossils Declared National Treasure06 Dec 2023
(picture source : ไดโนเสาร์เล่าแบบไทยๆ)BANGKOK (NNT) - Rare fossils of an extinct giant reptile, Chalawan thailandicus, from the late Jurassic period, have been declared Thailand’s 44th national treasure by the Department of Mineral Resources. The announcement, published on the Royal Gazette’s website, highlights the fossils’ rarity and special value, found in Nong Bua Lamphu and Mukdahan provinces.The first Chalawan thailandicus fossil, a nearly complete lower jaw, was discovered in the early 1980s near Nong Bua Lamphu, in the Phu Kradung Formation in the Northeast. After thorough research, Thai and foreign paleontologists in 2013 classified it as a new species, distinct from the previously identified Sunosuchus thailandicus.The fossil analysis suggests that Chalawan thailandicus had a skull length of approximately 1.1 meters and an overall body length exceeding 10 meters. The reptile’s name, "Chalawan," is inspired by a character in the Thai folktale of Krai Thong, who could transform into a crocodile with diamond teeth.
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PM Visits Phuket for Maritime Disaster Response Drill02 Dec 2023
PHUKET (NNT) - Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin oversaw a maritime disaster response drill in Phuket. The event demonstrated Thailand’s commitment to enhancing tourist safety to international standards.The drill included several scenarios. The first is a tourist drowning at a prohibited swimming area. The second scenario is about a high-sea accident caused by sudden weather changes injuring passengers. The final scenario is about using AI facial recognition technology to detect a criminal with a firearm in Soi Bang-la area. These drills aimed to prepare for potential crises, ensuring tourist safety and boosting confidence in Phuket’s tourism sector. During this visit, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha also reviewed a comprehensive maritime disaster management plan.Prime Minister Srettha also applauded the efforts of the Ministry of Interior, the Royal Thai Navy, and related agencies for organizing the drill. He emphasized the importance of Phuket in tourism, highlighting the need to build trust among visitors. The Prime Minister assured ongoing government support for the province’s initiatives.
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Transport Ministry Commits to Full EV Transition04 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced Thailand’s move towards a 100% electric vehicle (EV) public transport fleet, beginning with the Airports of Thailand (AOT) limousine service. The statement was made during his visit to the 40th Motor Expo at Impact Challenger Hall.The expo, displaying a variety of EVs, underscored the increasing interest and sales in electric vehicles, demonstrating the government’s successful efforts to promote EV use. Suriya anticipates a 30% growth in EV usage across the nation by 2030, in line with the government’s policy to tackle air pollution and affirm clean air as a fundamental human right.Under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s instructions, the ministry aims to switch expiring vehicle rental contracts to electric alternatives. The move is part of a larger agenda that includes 72 new initiatives from 2023 to 2027 designed to enhance different transportation methods.These initiatives include replacing conventional vehicles with EVs, constructing three new motorways that are expected to open by 2031, and improving local transportation in special economic zones. Plans also involve refurbishing Krabi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai airports, the introduction of 22 new national railway services, and the transformation of various piers on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok into smart piers, along with the development of cruise terminals to support marine tourism.
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Loei’s Rai Tam Village Fund Commended for Excellence05 Dec 2023
LOEI (NNT) - Prime Minister’s Office Puangpet Chunlaiad led a visit to the Rai Tam Village Fund in Loei Province, praising its outstanding management and significant contributions to community service. The visit on December 4 highlighted the fund’s successes and the government’s commitment to supporting community-led initiatives.Recognized as the Outstanding Village and Urban Community Fund of the Year 2023, the Rai Tam Village Fund is celebrated for its proficient management and accounting practices. Serving 250 members across 150 households, it sets a standard for other similar funds nationwide.During her visit, Minister Puangpet, accompanied by local officials, evaluated the fund’s key initiatives, including groundwater drilling, community water systems, and property rentals, with a total investment of about 1.2 million baht.While discussing government plans to lower expenses, increase earnings, and create more jobs for the village fund, Puangpet advised its members to consider utilizing their community’s unique organizational features. This aligns with the government’s Soft Power policy, designed to attract tourists and improve the local economy.
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Thailand Sets Household Power Tariff Cap Amid Fuel Cost Rise03 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Energy has assured that household power tariffs will be capped at 4.20 baht per unit despite the increase in fuel costs. This follows the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) decision to adjust the fuel tariff (Ft) rate to 0.8955 baht per unit from January to April next year, leading to an overall rise in energy bills to 4.68 baht per unit.The increase in the Ft rate is mainly due to higher fuel expenses and the necessity to repay debts to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to maintain liquidity. A key contributor to the fuel cost hike is the fluctuating price of natural gas, influenced by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and increased winter demand in Western countries.Thailand also faces reduced natural gas production capacity due to a concessionaire transition in the Gulf of Thailand, prompting more fuel imports. The ministry expects natural gas production to return to normal by April and is seeking a budget to aid vulnerable groups with their electricity bills during these heightened energy prices.
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Govt Rolls Out Incentive for Green Sugarcane Farming05 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has launched an 8 billion baht campaign to promote eco-friendly sugarcane farming, targeting the reduction of harmful PM2.5 dust particles during the 2022/23 harvest year. Deputy Government Spokesperson Rudklao Suwankiri said on Monday that the program, funded by the state-owned Bank for Agricultural and Agricultural Cooperatives, rewards farmers with 120 baht per tonne for harvesting sugarcane without burning the residue. This policy is part of a broader strategy to combat the issue of crop residue burning, a significant contributor to air pollution.The cabinet’s approval follows the Cane and Sugar Board’s resolution on September 28, supporting sugarcane farmers with up to 8 billion baht. Rudklao highlighted the urgency of tackling PM2.5 pollution and assured that the incentives align with World Trade Organisation (WTO) Green Box standards, promoting sustainable practices without affecting production costs.For the 2023-24 crop year, Thailand expects a sugarcane output of 82.4 million tonnes. To support the sugar industry further, the cabinet endorsed a two-baht increase in domestic sugar prices on November 14, reflecting higher production costs. However, an additional boost for environmental purposes was rejected to avoid burdening consumers.
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Probe Ordered into Tourist’s Police Uniform Incident06 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol has ordered an investigation into a video showing a Chinese tourist wearing a Thai police uniform, with an apparent officer assisting him.Royal Thai Police Spokesman Pol Lt Gen Achayon Kraithong announced the probe to determine the video’s origin and participants.Pol Lt Gen Achayon stated that the ongoing investigation, which is anticipated to conclude shortly, will determine if any legal or regulatory violations have occurred. He emphasized the significance of maintaining the integrity of the Thai police force and cautioned tourists against wearing police uniforms or soliciting unauthorized services from officers.The incident, first brought to light by a Facebook user, has drawn comparisons to a previous case involving unauthorized VVIP services provided by certain Thai officials to a Chinese tourist. The earlier incident had led to the investigation of four police officers.
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Cabinet to Discuss 7.4 Billion Baht in Development Projects04 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is set to chair a mobile cabinet meeting in Nong Bua Lam Phu province on Dec 4, where 81 development projects worth approximately 7.4 billion baht will be proposed. This meeting is part of Srettha’s tour of the upper Northeast provinces, including Bueng Kan, Loei, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, and Udon Thani.The projects involve infrastructure, logistics, drug suppression, poverty eradication, and agricultural technology upgrades. A key proposal involves extending Nong Khai’s special economic development zone to include Udon Thani’s industrial estate, aiming to unify benefits for businesses in both areas.Plans for a new logistics park in Udon Thani and establishing a free zone for e-commerce are on the agenda. They are expected to boost trade and economic activities in the region.Ahead of the meeting, the Premier visited a new drug rehabilitation program in Na Klang district, offering support for its role in community reintegration. Deputy Interior Minister Songsak Thongsri also engaged with locals in Bueng Kan’s Phon Charoen district, addressing their concerns for discussion at the upcoming cabinet meeting.
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