Ministry of Public Health to be strict with warnings on labels of alcoholic drinks.

The Ministry of Public Health is to propose a law forcing manufacturers to add a warning and picture to labels of alcoholic beverages, to show the dangers of alcohol use. It will also prohibit the use of images of sportsmen, actors, or cartoon characters on labels. Also, the warning will be edited down from 5 sentences to 3 sentences.

Doctor Narong Sahamethapat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health said the Ministry had organized a conference of the Alcohol Control Committee to lessen the increasing number of alcohol drinkers. The drafting of subordinate laws was also considered at the conference. The first was a draft declaration by the Alcohol Control Committee on rules, means and condition of alcoholic drink labels. The second was a draft declaration by the Alcohol Control Committee on a warning and picture on an alcoholic beverage label. The next one was a draft declaration by the Royal Thai Government on restricting the selling and drinking of alcohol in some places on a train. The last one was a draft regulation by the Alcohol Control Committee on rules of comparison, as mentioned in The Alcohol Beverage Control Act B.E. 2551.

Doctor Nopporn Cheunklin, deputy Director-General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control said the main point of the draft declarations by the Alcohol Control Committee on rules, means and condition of alcoholic beverage labels is that labels on alcoholic beverages must contain a warning and a picture showing the dangers of alcohol. The size of the warning and picture must equal or be bigger than one-quarter of the largest side of the label. Pictures that will be used on the label are scenes of motorcycle accidents.

As for advertisements, the warning must be shown on the top of the advertisement. The size of the warning must be at least one-third of the whole advertisement. Again the written warning was edited from 5 sentences to 3 sentences stating the dangers present in drinking alcoholic beverages.

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014  – The Ministry of Transport has taken the occasion of Mother's Day, August 12, to launch several measures aimed at boosting the safety of female and child passengers on all modes of travel. 

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 – 300 Thais who were previously in Libya have arrived back home and 666 others are in transit. There are 680 Thais remaining in Libya at present, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Ministry officials revealed that 37 additional Thai evacuees arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday. All of the returnees were those who were previously sheltered in Tunisia after having been evacuated from Libya by land. From Tunisia, the evacuees boarded commercial flights back to Bangkok. The cost of evacuation from Libya and of the air tickets were either shouldered by Thai authorities or companies in Libya that employed the Thai workers.

Another group of 45 Thai evacuees is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok on Thursday (August 14), taking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs closer to completing its evacuation of all 1,342 Thais from Libya.

A Concert for Mom was held by the Fund for Spreading the Buddha’s Word.

The Fund in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture organized the concert “Follow the Buddha’s Word for Mom” in proud recognition of the 82th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The concert was held at the National Theater and was broadcast by NBT and sponsored by public and private organizations.

The concert was designed to show the utility of the Buddha’s words in daily life, and also encourage children to show their love for their mothers and the Queen who is the mother of the country. Prof.Dr. Apinan Posayanon, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, as Guest of Honor, opened the concert and received a Book of the Buddha’s Words from Prajuab Chaiyasan, President of the Fund for Spreading the Buddha’s Word.

Activities at the event included a sermon given by Pra Ajarn Kukrit Sotatipalo and a concert by various fine performers: Sunari Rajasima, In Budokan, Thanin Intaratep, Seping Chaiyasarn, Sek Loso and Singto Namchoke.

BANGKOK, 11 August 2014  – Over 100,000 cases of pneumonia have been reported in Thailand this year as more respiratory diseases associated with rainy season are being detected. 

CHIANG MAI, 13 August 2014 -- A famous tourist spot in the northern province of Chiang Mai is refurbishing its facilities to service Muslim tourists from neighboring countries in the expectation that their numbers will increase after the debut of regional integration into the ASEAN Economic Community. 

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs acting as Foreign Minister, Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, has suggested that ASEAN focus on a thematic approach rather than pillar based approach in formulating overarching vision to address cross-cutting issues in the ASEAN Community building process. 

BANGKOK, 9 August 2014 - Chonburi’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo has been ranked second in the list of Asia's top 25 zoos and Bangkok’s Siam Ocean World has been voted third in Asia in the top 25 aquariums. “We are very pleased that Khao Kheow is ranked second in Asia. Things that make us different are continuing development, being a knowledge center, wildlife breeding and release into the forests, and a natural recreational park where tourists can get close to the wildlife,” said Khao Kheow Open Zoo director Suriya Sangpong “We are very pleased that Siam Ocean World is named as one of the most popular aquariums in Asia. We are ready to provide a magnificent experience to visitors of all ages and genders,” commented Nopadol Prapimpan, an executive of Merlin Entertainment Group. TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, on Tuesday announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for Zoos and Aquariums around the globe. In total, 275 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S.

BANGKOK, 9 August 2014 – The Bank of Thailand has asserted there is enough liquidity among commercial banks to facilitate lending and investment as the Thai economy gains momentum.

BOT spokesperson Rung Mallikamas said banks also had enough liquidity to support the future growth of lending and investments by the state and private sectors. She disclosed that as of Thursday, there was as much as 4.5 trillion baht of excess liquidity in the system, and it would take a long time for this amount to become thinly spread. This is because private sector investment will require a lengthy period until it fully recovers; at the same time, banks are being cautious in approving certain types of loans, such as personal loans. Automobile hire purchase is still slowing down due to the aftereffects of the first car buyers program.

Ms. Rung explained that competition between financial institutes has eased because the institutes have re-prioritized and were placing emphasis on the segments of the population that had so far not been able to access capital sources.

BANGKOK, 11 August 2014  - The prices of five-kilogram bags of rice will be pegged at between 80-130 baht per pack until the end of November, in line with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s policy to help reduce the cost of living. However, their prices are expected to increase after that period.

According to Somkiat Makayathorn, President of the Thai Rice Packers Association, the prices of bagged rice weighing five kilograms could increase by 5-10 baht per pack after November.

He stated that the new lot of rice to be distributed to the market could fall short of demand and the production output for off-season rice has declined in general, which could cause rice prices to increase.

Nonetheless, the prices of Jasmine rice are expected to decrease due to a large production output. Besides, Thai Jasmine rice prices remain relatively higher than those of other countries, which would lead to lower exports. For this reason, prices of Jasmine are set to drop slightly, indicated the Association President.