BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 - The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is pushing ahead with the Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang expansion plan in a bid to increase the capacity of airport terminals.

The AOT is revising the major expansion plan with a budget of 140 billion baht. The construction on both airports is expected to be completed in 2021. After the expansion, the two airports will be able to handle up to 120 million passengers a year.

(Environmental Health Impact Assessment: EHIA).

According to the AOT, Phase 2 of the Suvarnabhumi expansion plan has been approved by the cabinet, with a budget of 55 billion baht. The plan to construct a third runway is undergoing an Environmental Health Impact Assessment( EHIA), and would involve payouts to nearby communities for the increase in noise pollution.

For Don Muang, the AOT has plans to build a new concourse and renovate Terminal 1 and 2. The Terminal 2 is set to be re-opened in September. The Red Line’s electric train will also be connected to Don Muang airport’s Terminal 1.

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 - According to the Thai Chamber of Commerce, business operators across the country believe the hike in daily labour minimum wage should be delayed.

In March, the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee called for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to increase the minimum wage to 360 baht from the current 300 baht, sparking debates in many industries.

The TCC has recently conducted a survey on 218 business owners in the kingdom and found that the majority of them agreed that now is not the right time to increase the daily wage, due to a slow recovery of the Thai economy.

36.5 % of those surveyed expressed their belief that the old system under which wages vary by each province based on the cost of living should be reinstated. Most said that the appropriate daily minimum wage should be set at 293.45 baht.

Business operators are of opinion that the daily minimum wage hike will severely affect their businesses by raising the capital cost and forcing them to initiate layoffs to offset the losses.

According to the TCC, the current daily wage of 300 baht should be kept and that the rate should also be set according to the location, business type and level of labour skill.

PETCHABURI, 30 June 2015 - The Department of Probation (DOP) yesterday gave awards to its volunteers who had been with the agency for 25 years or longer.

The ceremony was organized during the Phetchaburi Provincial Administration office monthly meeting yesterday.

The DOP volunteer program enlists help from well-respected and financially-secure individuals who assist officials in attitude adjustment programs for prisoners in the province's correctional facility. They also help with various other projects, from the local neighborhood watch to rights and liberties protection networks.

So far this year, the DOP has honored 11 volunteers with awards for their good deeds and for sacrificing their time for the betterment of society. These individuals spent countless hours over the past 25 years helping inmates turn away from crime during their time at the correctional facility.

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 - Airports of Thailand (AoT) has insisted that security checks at Suvarnabhumi airport are in compliance with international standards and are designed to identify concealed bombs.

Following former Metropolitan Police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang’s arrest in Japan, questions have been raised why the gun and bullets found in his luggage and carry-on bags were not detected by security checks at Suvarnabhumi airport.

According to the AOT, the CTX scanner is only capable of detecting explosives and bombs, not guns. Ammunition and other weapons are usually spotted by security officers at the airport, and that the measure is a standard practice all across the world.

The CTX luggage scanners used at Suvarnabhumi are routinely inspected by the US’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) team every year. The AOT added that the scanners at Narita airport are also overseen by the same security company, implying the scanners adhere to the same safety standard.

It confirmed that the X-ray images of Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit's checked luggage found no signs of the gun and ammunition Japanese police seized from him at Narita.

CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2015,  Members of the press are closely following the Cabinet’s discussion regarding the 20-year national strategy for the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) cooperation.

The Cabinet will also look into the Thailand-Myanmar-Japan trilateral deal on the Dawei SEZ, negotiated by the National Economic and Social Development Board.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn met with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. In addition to Dawei SEZ investment, they discussed the Thailand-India Free Trade Agreement and the Thailand-Myanmar-India trilateral highway corridor project.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance proposed a bill to exempt personal tax for civil servants who choose to receive retirement pensions. The Ministry of Transport also sought approval on international land transport infrastructure projects.

The Mayor of Saensuk today revealed the long-term trash management plan for Bang Saen beach, confirming that water quality levels are normal.

The Mayor of Saensuk City Municipality Narongchai Kunpluem said regarding the trash that has been washed ashore along Bang Saen beach, that it had washed ashore from Bang Pakong and the Chao Phraya River. The rubbish at Bang Saen beach also consists of waste products from fishing activities.

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 - According to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the capital saw over 27,000 traffic accidents and 262 subsequent deaths last year.

During the recent launch of a road safety campaign, BMA officials revealed that 348 people were seriously injured in road accidents in Bangkok last year. A total of 61,140 accidents occurred in Thailand last year, resulting in 6,215 deaths. The figure represents a drop in the number of accidents, thanks to vigorous road safety campaigns by the BMA.

Statistics stated that Thailand now ranks second in the list of countries with the highest road traffic deaths worldwide, with 44 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

The BMA made known that a majority of drivers failed to comply with traffic regulations which caused most of the accidents. Speeding, overtaking other vehicles and drunk-driving are major factors contributing to the high death toll.

The BMA said it will continue to campaign to prevent road accidents, especially in congested areas in the capital.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:31

PRD executive welcomes China Report team

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 - PRD’s Deputy Director-General today welcomed a delegate from the China Report magazine, extending cooperation to the ASEAN region as well elevating the importance of Thai media.

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015  - The Community Development Department (CDD) is launching an exhibition incorporating two events into one site – the ‘OTOP to the Town fair’ and the ‘Top Thai Innovation’ fair, expecting at least 20,000 visitors and more than 30 million baht in income during the five-day fair.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:24

PM expresses care for vocational students

CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2015 - The Prime Minister has expressed his concern regarding the living conditions of vocational students, urging improvements on living conditions and safety must happen along with curriculum enhancement, says a spokesman.