PATTANI, 31 May 2015 – The Peace Building Center of the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 Office is holding the 4th batch of training for 84 southern Thai Muslims for their better understanding of Muslim principles and way of life during 26 May - 14 June 2015 at Ban Kuan Din, Bo Thong Subdistrict, Nong Chik District, Pattani.

The training is conducted under the "Bring People Home" campaign. The 84 participants previously had an opposing view with the government. They later voluntarily join the campaign which they could learn accurate and proper Islamic principles. At the opening ceremony of the training they were presented with Dawah clothes by Narin Phannarai, Deputy Commander of the Peace Building Center.

The project is held to raise public confidence in the government policy trying to establish mutual understanding between government units and people and among people themselves, as well as reduce threats against each other by teaching method of Dawah at local mosques. It is expected to enhance sustainable peace in the southern border provinces.

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015  – As tomorrow marks the auspicious occasion of Vesak Day, one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will be offering free bus rides to famous temples of Bangkok.

CHIANG MAI, 31 May 2015  – The Livestock Industry Development Center (LIDC) host activities for World Milk Day today, promoting the benefits of consuming milk and as tribute to Lord Buddha on the occasion of the Vesak day.

Monday, 01 June 2015 10:42

Vesak Day pushes up lotus price

Lotus farmers and sellers have reported a surge in demand for lotus as Vesak Day is approaching.

Lotus growers are in their haste to pick their flowers to meet the soaring demand for lotus among Buddhist worshippers and temples for use in religious rites on Vesak Day. The aquatic flower is widely used on most occasions among Buddhists, as it represents purification and enlightenment in Buddhist culture.

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 - The Seismology Office under the Meteorological Department has announced that a 7.8 magnitude quake on Bonin Islands of Japan on Saturday has not affected Thailand. No tsunami warning has been issued.

According to the Seismology Office, there have been no reports of serious damage and giant waves caused by the earthquake whose epicenter was very deep at 590 kilometers. However, tremors were felt all over Japan with small injuries and power cuts.

Many trains in Tokyo have halted service for security inspection.

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT - Children and youth networks as well as local residents in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province led by the Walailak University Student Council compiled 145,959 signatures to support the revised Tobacco Control Bill in order to ensure the Thai society is protected from the danger of smoking.

President of Walailak University Student Council Wikran Tuayabutr said that tobacco products are serious threats to health of smokers and bystanders. Each year, 50,000 Thais die from smoking-related diseases while many others are sick because of it. The problem causes a great loss and burden to the government in handling health care for active smokers and those affected by passive smoking. This has harmed the whole economy, worth hundreds of thousands of baht per year.

According to a survey by Walailak University, 7 in 10 juveniles who began smoking when they were young tend to become victims of lifelong smoking. The current Tobacco Control Act has been used for twenty years and become outdated to handle such new strategies as propaganda advertisement to motivate young new smokers by transnational giants in the tobacco industry. Each year they earn three billion baht from sale of tobacco to juveniles.

Nakhon Si Thammarat-based networks thus called for an amendment of the current Act as it is needed to deal with wiser and more implicit marketing strategies of tobacco industry.

Wikran added that the amendment bill proposed by the Public Health Ministry designates stronger measures to make it harder for young people to access smoking. The measures are for example, age limit, limited places of sale, advertisement control and heavier penalties to offenders.

The cabinet has approved the new Tobacco Control Bill and is pushing forward its enforcement through the legislative procedure, hoping it to be a gift for children and youth on the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day 2015 which was observed on 31 May.

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 – Thailand and Singapore have joined hands to solve the Rohingya migrant issue and has agreed to provide them with humanitarian aid.

SONGKHLA, 31 May 2015 - Songkhla Municipality has invited health lovers and anyone who are interested in "Boyang Greens" community market to follow news feed and information about quality fruits, vegetables and foods as well as submit complaints and suggestions through LINE application. 

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 - Regulators from the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) have launched random inspections of private bus companies in the capital city, following complaints of poor services of some private buses.

Regulators focused their inspection on bus conditions and qualifications of drivers and fare collectors. The move was to follow up on passengers’ complaints of inappropriate behavior of private bus drivers and fare collectors, which included verbal abuse, chasing away of passengers, and intoxicated while on duty.

The Department of Land Transport, meanwhile, said any bus drivers found behaving badly would first be given a warning and ordered to attend traffic rules and etiquette training, while their misconducts would be recorded. Those found to have committed the same mistake again will get their driver’s licenses revoked permanently.

The department added that it had also planned to beef up the terms and conditions as well as tests for those wishing to obtain or renew public bus driver’s licenses to solve the problems more effectively.

BANGKOK, 31 May 2015 - Director-General of the Employment Department Sumet Mahosot is to have a meeting with Amnon Ben Ami, Director-General of Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) of Israel and his delegation on Monday in order to discuss working conditions for Thai workers in Israel.

Gists of tomorrow’s meeting will be on the development of Thai workers’ quality of life and working conditions ranging from health care, control of drug abuse to Israel’s new tax laws which impose higher tax on Thai workers.

The Israeli delegates have requested to observe Thailand’s procedures of selecting Thai workers for overseas jobs such as the checking of physical fitness at hospital. They will also visit families of Thai workers from Udon Thani who are now under hiring contract in Israel.

In the workers’ hometown, Israeli delegates intend to collect information about the sudden unexpected death syndrome which usually happens with Thai labor. For families of workers who have died in accidents in Israel, PIBA will discuss their rights and benefits after deaths with their families.