BANGKOK, 7 July 2014  -The Bureau of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Ministry of Public Health has warned the general public to be careful of the Seasonal Influenza virus which tends to be wide spread during seasonal change and changes in temperature. 

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is sending a delegation comprising members of the business and civic sectors, to visit foreign countries in order to create better understanding with the international community, starting from the Asian region.

Head of the NCPO General Prayuth Chan-ocha said that the NCPO has continuously clarified Thailand’s stance with the international community in all aspects.

As for the international concern over the military intervention in Thailand, General Prayuth explained that the reason the military had taken control over national administration was to end violence. There was a trend towards chaos; conflicting groups were using war-grade weapons in many areas; and the economy was stalled. Since 22 May 2014, the NCPO has seized caches of war-grade weapons and has been investigating the networks.

According to him, the purpose of inviting individuals with conflicting views and those who were involved in the conflict to report themselves to the NCPO was for discussions. The NCPO did not call them in for incarceration, nor would the NCPO indiscriminately use its power against them.

General Prayuth said that if the NCPO had not invited them in, there was a chance of the rifts deepening. It was a necessity, depending on the severity of each case. He did not wish for any group to use this to instigate or falsify information to create hatred and division among fellow citizens.

The NCPO has supported judicial processes to end the conflict through the jurisdiction system on a neutral basis, without any distortion of the rules of law. It has a policy not to intervene in the judicial process to assist any particular group, since the NCPO believes that this would cause further conflict in the future.

General Prayuth stated that the NCPO and all Thai citizens uphold and have faith in the democratic system with His Majesty the King as Head of State. The NCPO fully realizes that the military intervention may be perceived by the West as a threat to democracy and a violation of the people’s liberty. However, this military intervention was inevitable, in order to uphold national security and to strengthen democracy.

He said that, on 1 July 2014, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs called on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was very well aware of the situation in Thailand, and assured him of the NCPO’s plan in dealing with the labor issue. The Cambodian side, on this occasion, granted an amnesty to Mr. Veera Somkwamkid who had been detained for 3 years for illegally entering the Cambodian soil.

General Prayuth also congratulated Mr. Veera on his release. On behalf of the NCPO, he expressed his sincere appreciation to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his utmost gratitude to His Majesty the King of Cambodia. He also thanked the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs for his endeavors to mend the Thai-Cambodian ties.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 14:43

NCPO Chief targets 2% GDP growth

BANGKOK, 4 July 2014 – Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has set out to stimulate the domestic economy and expedite budget disbursements in a bid to accelerate the annual GDP growth to 2 percent. 

BANGKOK, 4 July 2014  – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index closed the week positive, at 1,495.83, and went up to 1,504.91 today, a record high for this year. The all time record breaking high was 1,639.49 back in May, 5, 2013, before a continuous three month long disheartening decline to 1,377.15, before it started gaining again. Analysts expected the SET Index to continue rising to 1,530 points before declining, but by already surpassing this point, analysts now project that many investors will play safe by selling off their stocks.

The Construction Services Sector gained the most percentage-wise today at 2.62 percent, or 3.43 points, closing at 134.54. The Food & Beverage sector gained 228.07 points, which was the biggest points gain, reaching 11,759.01, which represents a 1.98 percent increase.

Thailand’s SET Index overall went up 2.62 points, or 0.18 percent, with a 46.238 billion baht turnover.

The Bluechip SET50 Index closed at 1,003.64, up 0.65 points or 0.06 percent, accounting for 25.314 billion baht.

The MAI Index closed at 521.07, up 2.29 or 0.44 percent, accounting for 3.317 billion baht.

South Korean businesses have expressed confidence to continue investing in Thailand following a meeting with National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha. 

BANGKOK, 4 July 2014  – The Commerce Ministry affirmed that the United States will not boycott Thai products after its downgrade of Thailand to the lowest level or Tier 3 in the "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report. 

BANGKOK, 4 July 2014 - The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has assured the public that the kingdom’s economy will not be affected by the European Union’s recent downgrade of ties. 

BANGKOK, 4 July 2014  – Myanmar Supreme Commander Gen Min Aung Hlaing has paid a visit with his Thai counterpart and voiced his understanding of the Thai military’s intentions following the takeover, believing successful reform is within its reach.

At the invitation of the Thai military, Gen Min Aung Hlaing has paid an official visit to Thailand and has met with Thai Supreme Commander and Deputy Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Gen Thanasak Patimapragorn with a view to strengthening military relations between the two countries.

During their discussion, the Myanmar general placed an emphasis on the continuation of strong friendship and sincere cooperation with Thailand. He lauded the Thai military for performing its duty in the most appropriate way, adding that soldiers were obligated to ensure the well-being of the nation and its people. Judging from the NCPO’s roadmap, he was adamant the goal of fostering reconciliation and reform would be achieved.

In return, Gen Thanasak assured his Myanmar counterpart that collaborations at the government and military levels would be even closer than ever from now on. He also promised to provide Myanmar workers in Thailand with proper welfare in line with the law and human rights principles.

Many other issues were also brought up during the talk, ranging from military exchange programs and joint exercises to the tackling of border issues, joint economic development and the preparation for the ASEAN regional integration.

SA KAEO, 4 July 2014 – Fourteen Cambodian migrant workers have been freed from a prison in Sa Kaeo province after they were imprisoned for holding counterfeit work permits.

The 14 men have been transported to a Cambodian immigration checkpoint near the border after they were arrested last month while fleeing Thailand amid a mass exodus of other workers.

Cambodian officials and army officers received the workers at the border where they are reunited with their family and friends.

The release came just days after Cambodian authorities granted a royal pardon to a convicted Thai activist Veera Somkwamkid during a visit from the Permanent-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow.

RAYONG, 4 July 2014  – The Royal Thai Police have arrested two suspected drug dealers and seized over 82,000 methamphetamine pills.

The suspects include 47 year-old Somrak Muijaiboon old and 42 year-old Weerawat Bumrung or “Joe”. Both men are residents of Rayong province and were arrested in front of the Krung Thai Bank, Wang Chan branch, in Rayong.

Police received tip-offs that Somrak planned to strike a drug deal in Bangkok on Pradipat road in order to distribute the received drugs to clients in the three southern border provinces.

Police decided to follow him all the way to Rayong where both Somrak and Weerawat confronted police and had to go through a thorough drug inspection. Police discovered the meth pills along with bank documents and other possessions at Weerawat's house.

Weerawat confessed that the drugs were from a man named “Sua”, who is an inmate locked up in a prison in Rayong.