Move Forward Commits to Marriage Equality Law30 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat has pledged to advocate for the enactment of an equal marriage law in Thailand before the country hosts the prestigious WorldPride event in 2028, as part of efforts to champion LGBTQ rights and promote inclusivity.Pita made the announcement during a publicity campaign held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, where he aimed to generate awareness for Bangkok Pride 2023, scheduled for June 4.Highlighting the significance of the upcoming event, the MFP leader emphasized that it would not be limited to a single day, but feature a series of related activities aimed at fostering public understanding and acceptance of gender and religious equality. He further stressed his party’s commitment to collaborating with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to host WorldPride 2028, reaffirming Thailand’s dedication to embracing diversity.The equal marriage bill is among the 45 proposals integrated into the memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed by the eight coalition parties. This agreement commits the MFP government, which is yet to be formed, to prioritize the passage of these bills through parliament.By pledging to push for an equal marriage law, MFP aims to ensure that same-sex couples have the legal recognition and rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Such legislation would represent a significant milestone in advancing LGBTQ rights in Thailand, fostering an environment of inclusivity and acceptance for all citizens.
Read more >
Dengue fever cases could reach 3-year peak: Health Ministry30 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Dengue fever is considered a dangerous disease commonly found in the rainy season. The Ministry of Public Health has announced the number of dengue fever cases this year could reach a 3-year high, while instructing local agencies to cut down on the breeding cycle of mosquitoes, which are carriers of this disease.The Ministry of Public Health has alerted the general public that the number of dengue fever cases in Thailand this year could be the highest in three years, given the number of cases reported up to this point.Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Permanent Secretary of Public Health, revealed there have so far been 16,650 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of this year, which is many times higher than the previous year. 17 deaths have been reported so far, many of which were among older people with underlying health conditions. The fatality rate among younger people has decreased, thanks to better health precautions.The permanent secretary of public health said the early stages of dengue fever could be difficult to diagnose, as the disease shares many symptoms with other viral diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza. This similarity in symptoms often results in patients self-prescribing medications, which is heavily discouraged in cases of dengue fever, as this could lead to fatal complications. Patients are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention to get a proper diagnosis, instead of buying their drugs.Data from the Bureau of Epidemiology shows most cases of dengue fever have been reported in Nan province, followed by Trat, Chumphon, Chanthaburi, and Tak. Ten provinces have been categorized as high-risk dengue transmission zones, namely Tak, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Bangkok, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phuket, Songkhla, Narathiwat, and Satun.The Department of Disease Control has recommended public health authorities in these provinces to set up an emergency operations center, and to work with related agencies to eliminate breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
Read more >
THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2023 deemed highly successful with 120 billion baht in trade value30 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2023 food and beverage expo in Thailand has concluded, with some 130,000 visitors from Thailand and abroad having attended. The value of transactions pledged over 5 days of the highly successful expo was 120 billion baht.Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit said that throughout the event days from May 23 to 27, there were 131,039 visitors to the trade fair. This was a 58% rise over the previous iteration of the fair. The number of business visitors amounted to 78,764 persons – a 53% increase from the previous fair.Retail sales at THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2023 were open only on the final day of the expo when 52,275 members of the general public made their visit. This figure was a 66% increase from that of the previous iteration of THAIFEX.According to the commerce minister, the value of transactions resulting from the fair was 120 billion baht – an 81.36% rise from the previous expo. Product categories that saw the highest trade values include the categories of food; fruit and vegetables; food technology, machinery, and equipment; tea and coffee; and food services such as food business knowledge and information service. Countries that placed the most orders were China, Thailand, the United States, Malaysia, and Japan, respectively.Jurin said THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2023 will have a crucial effect in raising Thailand’s food export figures. Thailand is expected to make about 1.5 trillion baht from food exports this year, after having brought in 1.36 billion baht in 2022.Footage: ผลสำเร็จการจัดงาน Thaifex Anuga--โปรย-- EVE29056619นายจุรินทร์ ลักษณวิศิษฎ์ รองนายกรัฐมนตรี EVE29056619A
Read more >
Bangkok DMS Hospitals Prepared to Receive Additional COVID Patients29 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Hospitals under the supervision of the Department of Medical Services (DMS) in Bangkok have confirmed that they still have sufficient capacity to accommodate more COVID-19 patients. DMS Director-General Dr Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn confirmed that just over 22% of the beds in these hospitals are currently occupied.During a recent meeting, Dr Thongchai emphasized that although there has been a surge in COVID infections following the start of the new school semester, most patients experience mild or no symptoms and can be treated at home. He noted, however, that there has been an increase in the number of patients with acute respiratory infections (ARI) seeking treatment at hospitals. In response, hospitals have implemented after-hours services and separate screening areas within emergency wards to cater to these patients while keeping them separate from others. At present, hospitals under the Department of Medical Services are currently treating around 2,500 COVID-19 patients - an occupancy rate of 22.41%. Dr Thongchai reassured the public that the department’s hospitals possess ample beds and medical supplies to accommodate more cases, as well as other patients requiring medical attention under normal circumstances.Medical facilities under the Department of Medical Services include Lerdsin, Rajavithi, Nopparat Rajathanee and the Central Chest Institute of Thailand.
Read more >
Meteorological Dept Warns of Heavy Downpours This Week29 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rain warning for various regions of the country throughout the week, urging residents to stay vigilant of changes in weather patterns. Downpours are expected to affect the lower Northern, Northeastern, Central, Eastern and Southern regions, potentially leading to flash floods and runoff in low-lying and steep areas.According to the department, heavy rainfall can be attributed to a strong southwest monsoon and a low-pressure trough that is stretching from lower Vietnam, passing through Thailand and extending to Myanmar. The impact of these weather systems necessitates caution and preparedness among residents in affected areas.The department has advised small boats in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea to remain ashore until Tuesday (30 May), given anticipated adverse weather conditions.Looking ahead, from May 31 to June 3, the strong southwest monsoon is projected to persist, covering the Andaman Sea, the southern mainland and the Gulf of Thailand. Heavy rain is subsequently anticipated in certain areas of the Central Plains, as well as in the East and South of Thailand.The department has also reported that Typhoon Mawar, currently located approximately some 600-700 kilometers east of Luzon in the Philippines, is moving in a westward direction. However, it is so far expected to veer towards Taiwan and not directly impact Thailand.Residents are urged to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest weather forecasts and advisories, follow any instructions or precautions issued by local authorities, and take necessary measures to ensure their safety during this period of inclement weather.
Read more >
Bangkok to Celebrate Pride Month in June29 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Bangkok is gearing up for an extraordinary celebration of diversity, equality and unity as it prepares to host Bangkok Pride Month in June. The capital is set to transform into a vibrant hub of love, acceptance and empowerment, honoring the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.Throughout the entire month, the city will showcase a lineup of sensational events, including the highly anticipated Bangkok Pride Parade on June 4. Renamed Bangkok Pride for the 2023 edition, the parade aims to position Bangkok as a potential host for World Pride in the future. Under the theme of "Beyond Gender," Bangkok Pride Month 2023 will advocate for four essential issues, namely Gender Recognition, Marriage Equality, Sex Workers’ Rights and LGBTQ+ Equal Rights to Health. The month-long celebration will be filled with various vibrant and creative activities, including six parades representing the LGBTQ+ community - all designed to communicate and amplify their voices.The parades, organized around the theme of "LGBTQ+ well-being," will emphasize the significance of well-being for individuals with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, with the aim of enhancing their quality of life. Social and community organizations, activists, and LGBTQ+ community networks will actively participate in the parades, with each having its own unique character:In addition to the parades, Bangkok Pride Month 2023 will offer a diverse range of events and parties throughout June. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy film festivals, parties, cruise parties, drag brunches and pride-themed events hosted by prominent hotels such as Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok and W Bangkok,
Read more >
Agriculture Ministry Confirms Successful Trade Negotiations29 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has announced that the United States and Australia have given the green light to import Thai pomelos and cooked ducks, respectively. These significant breakthroughs come after years of negotiations and are expected to open up new avenues for Thai agricultural exports.Agriculture Department Director-General Rapeepat Chantarasriwong revealed that the U.S. has approved the import of irradiated fresh pomelos from Thailand for the first time and without any restrictions on strains. This marks the eighth Thai fruit to receive U.S. import approval, following the successful endorsements of Thai mango, mangosteen, rambutan, longan, lychee, pineapple and dragon fruit. Rapeepat added that the initial delivery of Thai pomelos to the U.S. is expected to take place next month via air transport. To meet the US import requirements, Thai pomelos must adhere to Good Agricultural Practice and Good Manufacturing Practices standards. Thailand currently exports fresh pomelos to 30 countries, with China and Malaysia serving as primary markets. In 2022, Thailand exported approximately 1 million tonnes of pomelos valued at about 45 million baht.Meanwhile, Prayoon Insakul, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives, revealed that Australia agreed to import cooked ducks from Thailand. The approval from Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry came into effect on May 16.
Read more >
Thai Auto Exports Surge Over 43% on Improved Semiconductor Supplies29 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s auto exports surged in April due to last year’s low comparative base and improved semiconductor supplies.According to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the country’s finished car exports jumped 43.53% year-on-year in April to 79,940 units.Surapong Paisitpattanapong, the FTI’s automotive industry club vice president and spokesperson, said the April finished car export value soared 49.83% from a year earlier, totaling 50.16 billion baht (approx. US$1.45 billion) due to higher shipments to Asia, Australia and Middle East markets.Surapong told a news conference that auto manufacturers produced 117,636 vehicles in the country last month, edging down 0.13% from a year earlier due to lower production for the domestic market.He also said domestic auto sales fell 6.14% year-on-year last month to 59,530 units, following an 8.37% drop in March, due to tighter loans for pickup trucks as interest rates hiked.
Read more >
Over 1 Million Chinese Tourists Visited Thailand So Far in 202329 May 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has confirmed that Thailand received one million Chinese tourists between January and May 18, following China’s border reopening.According to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, the government expects the number of Chinese visitors to meet its target of 5 million this year, with spending of 446 billion baht (US$13.18 billion).Last year, only about 274,000 Chinese tourists visited the kingdom compared with 11 million in pre-pandemic 2019 - or about 28% of the total.The government earlier said overall foreign tourist arrivals were 9.47 million from January to mid-May, compared with the 11.15 million visitors in the whole of 2022.The Thai economy - the second largest in Southeast Asia - grew faster than expected in the first quarter, driven by the continued pickup in the crucial tourism sector, which has been a key source of jobs that was severely affected by the pandemic.
Read more >