BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) has unveiled its new energy meals, specially developed victims of natural disaster.

The latest food innovations are dubbed energy fried rice, energy porridge, recovery soup, and sweet & sticky rice with longan. Deputy Dean of Faculty of Agro-Industry Thongchai Puttongsiri explained that the meals are high-calorie and nutritious, and therefore ideal for victims of natural disasters.

Deputy Dean of Faculty of Agro-Industry Naphatrapi Luangsakul, who led the high-energy food project, said the focus of the research was on the needs and religious requirements of those facing a catastrophe.

The institute will be sending 5,000 energy meals to help quake victims in Nepal.

Saturday, 16 May 2015 09:47

Prices of most commodities remain stable

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 -  The Ministry of Commerce revealed that the price of most perishable items remained stable, while only chive and coriander have increased slightly.

The ministry’s Department of Internal Trade (DIT) reported that vendors in the capital are selling chive at 110 - 120 baht/kg, and coriander at 90 - 100 baht/kg.

The DIT also revealed that other items remained relatively stable, such as pork and whole chicken, which were sold at 122-130 baht/kg and 65 - 70 baht/kg, respectively. Number 2 and 3 eggs were sold at 3 and 2.9 baht apiece, respectively.

The commodities report stated that popular vegetables also followed this trend of stability, citing kale sold at 22-25 baht/kg, Chinese cabbage at 18-20 baht/kg, morning glory at 20 - 22 baht/kg, and cowpeas from 45-48 baht/kg.

Finally, cucumbers held at 30 - 32 baht/kg, cabbage at 15 - 18 baht/kg and bird's eye chilli at 50 - 60 baht/kg.

RATCHABURI, 15 May 2015  Ratchaburi province has been developing police initiatives to stamp out drug use in schools.

Meeting at the provincial police station, Deputy Ratchaburi Governor Pipat Ekpaphun discussed collaborations between police units and school staff on the One Policeman One School project.

The meeting included police officers, district chiefs, and directors of educational institutes, and other related civil servants. The agenda included issues such as drugs, gambling, pornography, fighting, gaming shops, entertainment venues and other risk factors both inside and outside of the school.

The project will see participation from teachers, police officers and schools, which will group students into non-risk, risk, drug abuse, and drug dealing categories, so as to properly and efficiently solve the problem.

There are 16 educational institutes in Ratchaburi province that are under the pilot project. The province expected to reach its target number of participating schools by the end of the FY2015.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015  The National Reform Council (NRC) has held a seminar on amendment suggestions for the new constitution. Feedback from participants has revealed a divide between political parties and civic groups on how the new constitution should establish guidelines for political groups.

A Democrat representative said his party disagrees with allowing political groups to run for office, saying the agendas of political groups often do not reflect the needs of the general public, unlike political parties. Therefore, allowing for political groups to run for office would cause conflict in the future.

Civic groups have a different perspective on the issue; they said that allowing political groups on the ballot would give voters more options and will give people more opportunity to have an independent in office.

The NRC political reform committee will hold a similar seminar on May 18, which will see the participation from academics, political scientists and law experts.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - The Ministry of Commerce has appointed a committee specifically to examine the quality of over 9 tons of corn in the government’s stock before a new round of bidding begins. 

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - The Ministry of Public Health has encouraged people to eat only cooked and hot meals, as more patients with diarrhea are expected to increase by the end of summer.

Department of Disease Control Director-General Dr. Sopon Mekthon said the recent survey has revealed that the number of people eating half-cooked meals or raw meat has declined by 4.5 percent.

However, 14 percent more people have refused to use a serving spoon when sharing food among family members between 2014 and 2015.

Respondents have also become more aware of common diseases in summer. From 2003 to 2015, an average of 130,000 people in Thailand suffered from food poisoning each year. Most of them were found in the North and Northeast, and figures increased in late summer.

Less than ten people, mostly children and farmers, died from dysentery during the same period. Dr. Sopon encouraged people to eat hot meals and use serving spoons when sharing food to reduce food poisoning risks.

Food poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever. The Director General recommended drinking plenty of saline beverages if anyone is found to have severe diarrhea.

However, food poisoning victims must be taken to the hospital if their condition does not improve or if traces of blood are found in their stool.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - The Department of Employment (DoE) has intercepted 139 Thais at Suvarnabhumi International Airport that had been attempting to work overseas illegally.

DoE Director-General Sumet Mahosot said more than 8,000 Thai workers left the country for job opportunities overseas in April, most of which were in Asia.

Nearly 3,000 traveled to Taiwan, an estimated 1,000 to South Korea and 510 to Japan. The second most popular continent for migrant work was Europe, followed by North America, Africa, Australia, Pacific Islands and South America.

89 suspects intercepted by the authorities were attempting to travel to South Korea. The rest of the suspected illegal workers had flights to Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Japan and Russia.

Most of them had apparently been misled regarding the legality of their employment or the nature of their income.

Mr. Sumet reiterated that those who wish to lawfully gain employment overseas must follow labor procedures for their own protection.

SINGBURI, 15 May 2015,  Governor of Singburi province Chalotorn Phakot and Deputy Governor Orrasit Sampantarat and an entourage of military officers and civil servants yesterday visited provincial residents.

According to the Singburi Provincial Administration, the objectives of the program are to exchange ideas on how to improve the locals’ living conditions, listen to their problems, and encourage them to implement His Majesty the King’s philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in their daily lives.

The officials believe that interacting with the locals would lead to effective solutions to resolve issues in the Singburi communities.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is hosting the 3rd public forum in Phetchabun Province today to publicize knowledge on the draft constitution and gauge people’s opinions on the charter.

Nine other similar forums will also be arranged nationwide with the help of the extraordinary committee on public participation and opinions panel of the National Reform Council. People will be made aware of newly included clauses and invited to express their views and suggestions on the draft charter.

The move is also said to promote people’s roles as owners of the constitution. The event is taking place at Phetchabun Rajabhat University from 9.15 hrs onward.

More than 1,400 people, including CDC members, in the province are expected to join the forum.

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - The Commerce Ministry would press charges against hospital operators overcharging foreigners for their services.

Department of Internal Trade Director-General Boonyarit Kalayanamit made the warning after recent complaints show several private hospitals were charging foreigners at a rate higher than normal.

Mr. Boonyarit said the 1999 Consumer Protection Act indicates all kinds of business operators must clearly display their service charges and capital cost. He explained the act covers hospital services and medicine costs as well. Medical establishments that do not follow this act may be fined of no more than 10,000 baht.

The Department of Internal Trade would summon hospital operators to inquire about their service charges, in order to determine whether their rates were justifiable, the Director General said. Operators violating its regulation are subjected to 7 years imprisonment or a 140,000-baht fine or both.