BANGKOK, 5 October 2015 – The Ministry of Labour is set to issue a report on its human trafficking eradication operations; it is certain that this years’ operations have shown significant improvement from the previous year's.

The Ministry of Labour has been in the process of publishing its 2015 report on its human trafficking eradication operations, to be distributed to related agencies beginning in October.

In order to strengthen the working process, the ministry will also revise its committee on the management of human trafficking prevention and eradication operations, which include labor protection, labor inspection, law amendment, and the overall operation system.

According to the Ministry of Labor Permanent-Secretary, Puntrik Smiti, this year's trafficking eradication operations have shown great improvement given Thailand has forged ahead with the required operations, including the announcement of ministerial orders in relation to workers in the fisheries and the agro industries, as well as strictly enforcing related laws.

In addition, the government, led by the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has prioritized on the eradication of human trafficking as a national priority, seeking the collaboration of all sectors to solve the issue.

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 - Heavy rain warnings remain place for those living in the Central Plains, East Coast and Northeast today.

According to the Meteorological Department, a low monsoon trough and southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea continue to bring heavy rain to central, eastern, and northeast regions of Thailand.

While it is expected to rain heavily in most parts of the country, the South of Thailand will only experience scattered thundershower. However, it will be extra windy in the East Coast, with wind speeds of up 15kmph.

Waves in both the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea could reach the maximum height of 2m. As for Bangkok and its vicinity, residents can expect both thundershowers and heavy rain in most areas.

NONG KHAI, 06 October 2015- The Nong Khai Immigration Office has urged taxi drivers in the province to look out for human trafficking suspects and prevent crimes.

A meeting between officials and taxi operators was held on Monday at the province's immigration office. Authorities urged taxi drivers to strictly follow immigration regulations, as the government steps up measures against human trafficking nationwide.

Taxi drivers are now held liable for passengers to present their passport to immigration officials, before entering or leaving the Kingdom. Failing to comply with this regulation can result in taxi drivers losing their license.

They also have been urged to inform authorities of suspicious activity along the border, which may involve their passengers. If low-level officials are proving uncooperative, taxi drivers are encouraged to reach out to supervisors at the immigration office.

BANGKOK, 5 October 2015 - Domestic energy consumption will rise as the Thai economy has expanded, said Energy Minister Narongchai Akraseranee.

Given speculation that domestic power uses will increase by 4.3 per cent, dependence on oil and natural gas to produce electricity will have to be reduced while consumption of other types of fuel will be proportionately increased, he said.

The Ministry of Energy aims at continually providing energy for the production of electricity for all sectors throughout the country and for that reason such natural resources as coal might be an alternative energy, he said.

Monday, 05 October 2015 10:03

Southern haze hits this year’s worst

SONGKHLA, 4 October 2015  – The Regional Environmental Office are advising people in the southern provinces to take extra precautions with their health, as the Indonesian wildfire haze has caused air quality to deteriorate to the worst level recorded this year. 

Monday, 05 October 2015 10:02

25 Thai films named national heritage

BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 – The Ministry of Culture has named 25 Thai films as national film heritage for 2015, citing historic and artistic contributions.

The Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat today signed the endorsement of films named as national film heritage, on the occasion of the Thai Film Conservation Day 4 October 2015.

This year saw 25 films added to the heritage registry, including historical film records that are influential to society, such as the footage of His Majesty the King’s ordination, the mission of Siamese soldiers in World War I, and the ‘Yutthana-Siriporn’ movie that captured the livelihood of Thai people in the city along with important locations in 1963.

In addition, films withstanding the test of time were added to the registry. These films are artwork that have been scrutinized by the panel under various valuations, namely historic value, film artistic value, completeness and uniqueness, influence to the society, and rarity.

Now in its fifth year, the film heritage panel already registered a total of 125 films, deemed worthy of the title national heritage.

BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 – The Royal Thai Police will be revamping its organizational image to clear accusations of bribes and fines, the police chief says.

The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has revealed that the Royal Thai Police will re-establish its organizational image restoration committee, in the wake of being accused of demanding for bribes and fines. This organizational reform will enhance the surpession operations as well and result in a positive image of the organization.

He said that the police have to urgently manage the traffic issue and maintain the safety of the public, while the assistance from the military in suppressing casinos and illegal entertainment venues has been proven to be effective.

He has also expressed his confidences that the police commanders nationwide would know the best way to manage the operations, and requested time for the police force to work on these issues.

The Commissioner General has said that he will carry on the work of the former Commissioner General Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang, to impose more meticulous immigration screening measures, and added that the rotation of executive policemen is expected to be completed within this month.

BANGKOK, 4 October 2015 - Permanent Secretary for Public Health M.D.Sophon Mekthon has warned those who have a high fever in the rainy season to be cautious since they might have been infected with dengue fever.

The official said dengue fever cases were usually found from the end of the rainy season to winter and it could infect all groups of people. Statistics from the Bureau of Epidemiology showed that there were more than 80,000 dengue fever patients nationwide and 82 of them had died. Most of the patients were 15-24 years old. At-risk people included overweight people, diabetic patients and people with high blood pressure or asthma, said M.D.Sophon.

The permanent secretary suggested those who had a high fever, headache, nausea suspect that they were infected with dengue fever. He advised them to seek medical care and not to buy medicines themselves, especially strong antipyretic and painkillers.

BANGKOK, 5 October 2015 - The Thai Rice Exporters Association claims that Thailand’s rice exports have contracted in accordance with the global economic slowdown.

The Thai Rice Exporters Association reported on Sunday that the country’s overseas shipment of rice fell 28.5% from the same time last year, to 690,000 tons in August which were worth 11.14 billion baht.

During the first eight months of 2015, Thai rice exports contracted 10.7% year-on-year to 5.8 million tons. The total value of exports from January to August was 94.89 billion baht.

The Association said that it expects September exports of Thai rice to stand at 700,000 to 800,000 tons because of the weaker baht which should have benefited shipments as prices are expected to be more competitive on the international market.

However, it noted that the global economic slowdown will likely mean it is still a buyers’ market.

BANGKOK, 05 October 2015 - Thailand must adjust its tourism policy, focusing on attracting tourists to remain in the Kingdom longer and spend more, said the Tourism Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.

The comment was made during the 'Thailand Moves Forward program', after the Cabinet had approved the 2015-2017 national tourism plan and a long term tourism strategy.

The strategy involves cooperation from both the government and the private sector to promote secondary tourism destinations aimed at increasing the number of tourists and the time they stay as well as the money they spend in Thailand. The Minister said the move would help generate income for locals through the sales of native products.

She also pointed out that part of the strategy would involve urging those in the tourism sector to conserve water as well as asking tourists to do, so given that Thailand has been facing water shortage crises.

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