BANGKOK, 4 September 2015 (NNT) - Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri unveiled a test of Mr.Yusufu Mieraili’s DNA, a Chinese national recently arrested in Sa Kaeo, does not match the DNA found in taxi, banknotes and bag debris dropped at the bomb site. He said however Yusufu’s DNA did match the fingerprints on a bottle of bomb-making materials seized from an apartment in Nong Chok and those on toothbrush found in an apartment in Min Buri.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut said it was still not clear whether Mr.Mieraili was the yellow-shirted man captured on CCTV as the man who allegedly planted the shrine bomb. However, he believed the man was definitely in the attackers’ group and had some kinds of links with the situation at Ratchaprasong and the Sathorn Pier.

The police spokesman said the liquid seized from a house on Rat-uthit 34 road in Minburi rented by a Thai woman suspect, was precursor which could be used for producing narcotic drugs, Ketamine but not for producing explosive devices.

He stated that a thorough investigation of the rented house indicated Wanna Suansan, the Thai woman who was issued an arrest warrant recently, was not owner of the house. Witnesses confirmed she was seen to visit the house. Security authorities are continuing the investigation in several more suspicious locations but refused to reveal the details.

BANGKOK, 4 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Interior, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand have signed an agreement to intensify cooperation in the suppression of corruption.

The Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda, along with the Deputy Minister Sutee Markboon, has witnessed the signing ceremony of the anti-corruption cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Interior, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand.

The agreement will solidify prevention and suppression measures of corruption in both government and private companies. The agreement also seek to raise personnel awareness on the morality and honest attitudes, to increase the number of good role models to society.

The agreement includes instructional guidelines to campaign the no-corruption practices among officials, and the creation of a working mechanism that goes in line with related laws and regulations on the disclosure of information for transparency and fairness.

The signing ceremony was broadcasted via a video-conference call to all provincial governors in Thailand. The anti-corruption agreement's signing is considered a good chance for all agencies to uphold transparency and cooperate to effectively combat corruption.

BANGKOK, 4 September 2015 (NNT) - The Khao Kheow Open Zoo welcomes its new baby red-shanked douc, one of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the world.

According to Suriya Sangpong, Director of Kao Kaew Open Zoo, the zoo’s female red-shanked douc gave birth to a healthy new male, which will soon be available for public viewing.

The red-shanked douc is a species of Old World monkey, one of the most colorful of all primates. The monkey is sometimes called the "costumed ape" for its extravagant appearance. The red-shanked douc is native to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

BANGKOK, 4 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has assigned the Department of Agricultural Extension and the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to map out contingency plans to cope with drought.

In response to the recent prolonged dry season, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya has convened a meeting with concerned agencies to discuss ways to prepare farmers for a possible drought crisis next year.

The Department of Agricultural Extension has been assigned to work out a contingency plan for farmers within a month. The plan, of which the detail is to include drought-prone provinces and a list of water-saving crops, will be given out to farmers across the country in October, so that they can use it as guidelines in the event of drought.

Meanwhile, the Royal Irrigation Department has been tasked with seeking new water sources to boost the supplies for the fiscal year 2016. RID Director General Lertwiroj Gowattana said Joint Management Committee for Irrigation had undertaken water management plans in line with geographical conditions of individual areas.

According to the RID chief, water reserves for provinces along the Chao Phraya River after the rainy season are estimated at 3.7 million cubic meters. Water reserves for provinces along the Mae Klong River are likely to stand at 4.8 million cubic meters in January next year.

The RID has also called on farmers who have finished their harvest to delay their next round of rice growing so that there would be enough water for those who have yet to begin their yearly cultivation.

BANGKOK, 04 September 2015 (NNT) - Thailand has hosted its first Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in CLMTV, where the Prime Minister called for greater regulation of migrant labour.

The conference was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel from September 2-4, under the theme "Enhancing Labour Cooperation on Migration for Employment in CLMTV."

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thailand has the largest influx of migrant labour, which he believes can become a human-trafficking liability in the future. He called on cooperation from neighboring countries to ensure legal migrant labour and standard employment practices.

The premier also pushed for agreements on agricultural prices, which he argued would reduce intraregional competition and strengthen the CLMTV's leverage as a global food producer.

YALA, 04 September 2015 (NNT) - Police arrested seven suspects involved in a series of May bombings in Yala municipality.

The press release came from Police Colonel Nathakorn Kanchanaporn, lead detective at the Southern Border Provinces Police Operations Centre.

He disclosed that the police put out 10 arrest warrants for suspects in connection to the bombings that occurred from May 14 - 16, 2015. Of the suspects, seven have been apprehended and three remain at large.

The seven suspects are currently undergoing police interrogation, while authorities continue the manhunt for the missing three.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 13:27

Nong Khai Immigration tightens screening measures

NONG KHAI, 4 September 2015 (NNT) - Immigration officials in Nong Khai province have exerted greater vigilance at the border checkpoint, as police continue to search for those behind the Ratchaprasong bombing.

Nong Khai Immigration Chief Police Colonel Panlop Suriyakul Na Ayutthaya has instructed police officers to be more rigorous in screening and monitoring foreign nationals that enter and leave Thailand. He singled out the the border checkpoint, the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge and the train station.

Police will also conduct a sweep of Nong Khai hotels. Hoteliers will be fined if any foreign nationals are found to have stayed at their accommodations without reporting to Immigration.

There are currently 41 Chinese nationals conducting business at Indo-China market and two Turkish men living in Nong Khai.

BANGKOK, 04 September 2015 – The Government of Somalia has endorsed a project to set up a privately-run company in Thailand to be its representative in promoting fishery and agricultural investment in ASEAN. Under this decision, the Somalian Government also chooses Thailand as its agricultural production base.

Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte and Justice Minister Abdullahi Ahmed Jama on Thursday signed an MOU establishing the afore-mentioned firm in Thailand. The Somalian Deputy Prime Minister said his country viewed Thailand as center of the ASEAN bloc and gateway for the African Kingdom to engage in joint ventures with ASEAN nations. He said as Thailand has the expertise in agriculture and Somalia is good at fisheries, both sides could share their experiences in these priority fields while cooperation in other fields would follow in due course.

Somalia's Justice Minister stated that his government was confident in Thailand’s investment atmosphere and was not bothered by the recent bombing at Ratchaprasong. Somalia hoped that the situation would improve soon. The minister also indicated that Somalia would soon issue fishing permits to Thai fishing operators as Somalia has a long coastline and is capable of exporting more than 2 million tons of fishes yearly.

PHUKET, 04 September 2015 - Deputy National Police Chief Police General Aek Angsananont on Thursday visited the Port In-Port Port Out (PIPO) Command Center in Phuket. He instructed related officials to continue their efforts in suppressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the area.

Pol Gen Aek disclosed that officials were ordered to continue collecting information and evaluate anti-IUU fishing efforts in September and October. There have been no reports of illegal activity in the area. Pol Gen Aek also indicated that Phuket fishermen have kept to authorized fishing equipment.

Meanwhile, the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing has set two monthly fishing ban periods. The first period starts from the 1st - 3rd of the month and the second period from the 16th - 17th. Daily fishing will also be allowed between 6 AM to 6 PM.

NAN, 04 September 2015 - Heavy rain continued to pour in the North and Northeast, increasing Mekong River water levels in Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom provinces and flooding more than 200 homes in Nan province.

Nan officials distributed drinking water, medicine and leptospirosis vaccines to flood-affected locals in Chiang Klang district. The latest official reports on Thursday showed flood levels were as high 1m. Runoff also damaged more 1,000 rai of farmland.

Several areas in Nong Khai also faced flooding after continuous rain. As much as 200m of Soi Pho Sri 1 and 2 in Mueang district recorded flood levels of 40 - 50cm, cutting off access through both routes.

Repeated rain in Yasothon province has significantly increased water levels behind the province's dam. Officials were forced to release excess water out of the reservoir to maintain balance. The majority of precipitation was reported in Kham Khuan Kaeo, Pa Tiew and Mueang districts.

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