Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:22

Rayong fears flooding could happen again

RAYONG, 29 September 2015 - Some roads in Rayong province have been submerged after the rain fell continuously. The province warned people to prepare for a monsoon which may cause strong winds, flooding and mudslides.

The submerged roads are in Mueang district and an irrigation area. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation suggested relevant units urgently repair drainage pipes so as to prevent flooding, dredge shallow water courses and install water pumps.

In Surat Thani province, some parts of a road in Phanom district has been flooded. They are expected to dry on Tuesday evening. Around 300 households have been affected by the flooding and mudslides.

BANGKOK, 29 September 2015 - Director-General of the Mineral Fuels Department Puangthip Silpasart has revealed that an exploration of petroleum reserves in Thailand by IHS Consulting-Energy&Natural Resources is expected to finish in October. 

BANGKOK, 29 September 2015  – The Ministry of Transport is pushing ahead with its drive to create linkage between the various public transport systems in Bangkok, with the 'Ram Nueng' pier in the Ramkhamhaeng area designated as a trial site.

BANGKOK, 29 September 2015  – Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport have received the business continuity management certification under the ISO 22301:2012 standard as well as the TISI 22301-2556 standard. 

BANGKOK, 28 September 2015 -The Prime Minister’s Office Deputy Spokesman, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd has declared that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha's presence at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York has resulted in greater acceptance of Thailand in the international community.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:51

2015 exports expected to contract by 3%

BANGKOK, 28 September 2015 – Thailand's export figures in August 2015 has shrunk by 6.69 percent, while authorities are bracing for an annual export contraction of up to 3 percent, an official says. 

BANGKOK, 28 September 2015 – National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung has announced the conclusion of the probe into the Ratchaprasong and Sathorn bombings in Bangkok, saying more than one group of perpetrators were involved in the incidents.

Pol Gen Somyot hosted a press conference, together with other top-ranking police officers, to declare closure of the Bangkok bombing investigation. He expressed satisfaction with the quick operations of the investigators, believing the success of the probe will help restore the international community’s confidence in the Thai police’s ability to protect citizens and bring criminals to justice. On this occasion, reward money was granted to the investigative team of the Metropolitan Police Division 6.

Pol Maj Gen Chayapol Chatchaidej, Commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 6, then informed the press that police have interrogated over 200 witnesses on the incident at Ratchaprasong intersection and another 30 on the one at Sathorn Pier. The information obtained led to police raids at two apartments in Nong Chok and Min Buri districts, during which the officers found a large amount of bomb-making materials that matched evidence collected from the two sites of explosion. The discovery provided a linkage between the two bombings.

Pol Maj Gen Chayapol added that the military court has so far issued arrest warrants for 17 suspects as requested by police. Two of them have been apprehended, namely Mr Yusufu Mieraili and Mr Bilal Mohammed, aka Adem Karadag. Two were also found to be Thai nationals, one of them is Mr Yongyuth Pobkaew or Odd Payungwong, who is wanted for other explosions in Bangkok in 2010 and 2014 which were politically related.

During an inquiry session, Pol Gen Somyot told press members that there were at least two groups of people responsible for the latest bombings, with one being the mastermind. As of now, the Police Chief said the evidence suggested that the case has connections to Thailand’s eradication of human trafficking and that police cannot yet rule out political motives. He also affirmed that police will continue, with the best of their ability, to pursue the remaining 15 suspects still on the run.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 27 September 2015 - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday represented His Majesty the King at the opening ceremony of Rajabhakti Park, in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

BANGKOK, 27 September 2015 - The Prime Minister has pledged to push forward all plans to develop the country’s economy and social affairs while adhering to the principles of national reform. 

BANGKOK, 27 September 2015 – A leading businessman says he is not concerned about the downward adjustment of the country’s GDP and export growth target by the Bank of Thailand, but has advised business operators to develop their English skills ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Suphan Mongkolsuthee says Thailand is now ready for the AEC, and he views the ASEAN economic integration as a good opportunity for Thailand’s trade, investment and transportation sector. He hopes that the 10 member states will become trade partners rather than rivals.

He remarked that the Bank of Thailand’s revision of the GDP growth forecast down to 2.7 percent and the export target down to 5 percent was not something out of expectation. However, he expressed concern over the decline in domestic purchasing power. Next week the FTI chairman said he would meet with representative of the Board of Trade of Thailand and the Thai Bankers Association to discuss Thailand's overall economic situation.

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