BANGKOK, 21 May 2015, The Ministry of Transport is reviewing the development plan of Suvarnnabhumi International Airport, says Airport of Thailand (AOF).

According to AOT Chief Executive Officer, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, the plan earlier drafted by the AOT and submitted to the ministry last month, needs to be revised, as the ministry deemed the multi-terminal project did not belong to the development plan; besides, an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed before it can be further forwarded to the Cabinet.

The ministry stated that both underground-related and building construction projects should be integrated into one single scheme, adding that the former should start in March 2016, and the latter in March 2017. An entire plan should be completed in 2019.

Mr. Nitinai said the construction of a second passenger building and a walkway connecting the existing passenger building to the monorail station will be included in the new project, of which the draft is expected to be completed in 3-6 months' time before being submitted to the Cabinet for approval next year. Once approved the construction is expected to be finished in 2020.

KRABI, 20 May 2015 - Krabi Province is to regulate placement of expired and worn-out billboards while city trees will be given pruning to improve the landscape of Krabi as a famous tourism city.

Krabi Governor Songpol Sawastham revealed that the move was part of “Krabi: The City of Beauty and Clean Water” campaign, one of the twelve provincial agendas for 2015-2016.

“Provincial authorities in Krabi are called to help in the removal of worn-out billboards. They are from Krabi’s Highways District Office, the Department of Rural Roads, local administrative organizations, community volunteers, police and military personnel,” Mr.Songpol said.

The operation will take place on six specified days in different locations across the province. Billboards located from the Krabi Technical College Intersection to Krabi-Khao Thong Road were already cleared on Wednesday 20 May 2105. The rest of the operations are scheduled for 21st, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 29th May.

The Governor has also called on the public to render cooperation in carrying out the new regulation to success.

BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to international calls for Thailand to assist Rohingya migrants, saying the Kingdom has already been doing so.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai echoed the Prime Minister’s statement that Thailand is not being indifferent to the plight of the Rohingyas as humanitarian aid has continuously been extended to them. Similar to neighboring countries, he said Thailand has been reaching out to the migrants as necessary while those entering the country illegally have been treated appropriately in compliance with the law.

Mr Don indicated that the international community’s request for Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to jointly take care of the Rohingyas was understandable and was not a surprise. Nonetheless, he affirmed Thailand has already been doing its part, especially after the imposition of Section 44 which has led to more serious suppression of human trafficking.

In regard to the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean to be hosted by Thailand on May 29, a total of 17 countries and 3 international organizations have confirmed their attendance. Mr Don said there will be discussions on all issues related to Rohingya migrants, from the assistance of those stranded at sea to the provision of shelters for those arriving on the shore as a short-term solution and the search for long-term solutions to stop their migration.

KRABI, 20 May 2015 - “Krabi: The City of Beauty and Clean Water” campaign has been officially launched in which electricity and phone cables and transport routes in the province will be rearranged to improve its landscape.

Krabi Governor Songpol Sawastham who launched the campaign on Wednesday said that it would be implemented with the help of Krabi’s Provincial Electricity Authority and related government units.

“It is to boost tourist perception of Krabi as a year-round tourist destination that can be revisited any time of the year. The province has more than the sea to surprise tourists,” said Mr.Songpol.

The campaign is one of the twelve agendas for 2015-2016 the province has set up to push forward its new positioning. Among other agendas is the "One Distirct One Route for Bigger Smiles” project.

All those projects will not only benefit local tourism, he added, but also development of local communities. All sectors in the province have been encouraged to contribute to the improvement of the city’s cleanliness and the control of disease carriers. At the same time, they were told to study self-preparations for natural disasters. These activities will help promote good relationships among officials, local administrators, and the business and civil sectors.

According to the Governor of Krabi, the campaign demonstrated the effort of provincial authorities to take care of public well-beings in line with the government policy to return happiness to the people.

NONTHABURI, 20 May 2015 - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha emphasized serious cooperation among the government, private sector and farmers to push forward the country’s strategic plans and policy in rice trading. The Prime Minister made the speech while presiding over the opening ceremony of Thailand Rice Convention 2015 held on Wednesday at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi. 

PATTANI, 20 May 2015 - The Sea Fishery Worker Management Center in Pattani Province called a meeting of all provincial authorities today at the Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office to mobilize their force to eliminate IUU fishing following the government’s order.

BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 - Transport Minister Prajin Juntong today opened the “11th Anniversary of MRT” celebration held at the Thailand Cultural Center Station under the concept “Welcome Back to School with Happiness”. 

CHIANG MAI, 20 May 2015 - Security authorities and health officials in Fang district of Chiang Mai province have joined hands in a special training exercise aimed at enhancing the skills of anti-drug campaign volunteers.

The opening ceremony was chaired by chief of the district’s Drug Prevention and Suppression Operation Center. More than 200 volunteers across the district have participated in the program.

The volunteers will be educated by security authorities and health experts on essential skills and best practice when it comes to performing duties in risk-prone areas. These include search and seizure of illegal items, entering a suspect’s home, club operations and emergency rescue.

Participating agencies included Fang district police, Volunteer Defense Corps, border patrol police and Fang Hospital. The training exercise was prompted by a report that over 100 villages in Fang district are susceptible to drug-related crimes.

Drug problems have been a major concern for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The NCPO last year declared drug prevention and suppression part of the national agenda.

BANGKOK, 20 May 2015, The World Trade Organization (WTO) has revealed that a non-governmental organization based in the European Union (EU) has produced an advertisement discouraging Europeans from buying Thai fishery products.

Mr. Thawatchai Dechachete, an economist with the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the WTO, commented that the commercial that could damage consumption of Thai fisheries' products in Europe.

He said the commercial could stoke greater anti-Thai fisheries sentiment, following a yellow card that the EU issued for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. It could generate public pressure to elevate the yellow card to a red card, which would mean a ban by the EU on imports of Thai fisheries' products.

Such a development could exacerbate problems in the Thai export sector, which has continued to struggle since the political unrest last year. Mr. Thawatchai said the Thai Mission to the WTO as well as law firms have been constructing a report to present their case to EU officials asking for a revocation of the yellow card.

In the past, the EU has issued and later revoked yellow cards issued to other Asian nations such as the Philippines and South Korea.

BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 - The Minister of Justice departed to Vietnam today, to join a meeting on drugs suppression.

The Minister of Justice Gen Paiboon Koomchaya traveled to Vietnam today to participate on a meeting to discuss narcotics suppression efforts. He said that so far, drug suppression operations have shown much progress.

The Justice Minister said that the solution to the narcotics issue will require cooperation with neighbouring countries in the Golden Triangle Group including China, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Wider cooperation will see the inclusion of the Greater Mekong Subregion countries, and the ASEAN member countries. He said global scale operations with the global community will also be necessary.

He said that funding will be required to support the farmers in Laos and Myanmar to stop them from cultivating plants used in drug production.

A long term plan with adequate timing will be required to solve this issue. The demand for narcotics must be reduced in order for the suppression plan to succeed, and a draft for this plan will be required.

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