The Sub-committee on Studying and Following up the Image Enhancement and Protection of the Interests of Thailand Abroad under the Committee on Foreign Affairs, of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) organized an academic seminar on “The Image of Thailand” last week at Parliament House, aimed at exchanging ideas to promote the image of Thailand to the global community.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 -The Ministry of Public Health is implementing 6 measures to help those affected by the explosion at the Ratchaprasong intersection on Monday. 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced his concern over the spending discipline of some income earners which he believes to be one of the causes of financial problems among Thai people.

Vichit Prakorbkosol, honorary president of the Thai-Chinese Tourism Association (TCTA) said that China’s devaluation of its currency has not yet showed negative impacts on tourism in Thailand.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 - The Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief has encouraged people to provide police with information about the bomb suspect’s whereabouts through a new smart phone application called ‘Police I Lert U’.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015  – The fatal blast near Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok is not expected to have significant effects on tourism in Chiang Mai although the same cannot be said for tourism in general, according to Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association president Pornchai Jitnavasathien (พรชัย จิตรนวเสถียร).

According to Mr. Pornchai, although the incident would inevitably affect tourism, no effects have yet been detected in Chiang Mai. Hotels still have 70-80% booking rate for the Chinese national day holiday period in early October. He added that the tourism industry had survived Thailand's political crises, which had more severe effects on tourism. Therefore, he believes the tourism scene in Chiang Mai would not be substantially afflicted by the Ratchaprasong incident.

Meanwhile, security patrols have been increased in Pattaya City in Chonburi to ensure safety for tourists and to foster public and tourist confidence. In Bangkok, the Yaowarat Chinatown area also received a similar security boost. At the same time, the Airports of Thailand has raised the security level at all of its airports to level 3, the highest level.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015  - Operators of 4 free television channels met with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and agreed to terminate their analog signals by 2018.

The meeting yesterday was attended by representatives from the ThaiPBS Channel, the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Channel 5, the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), Modernine TV, and members of the civil sector and academics.

The four stations agreed to completely stop the broadcasting of its analog TV by 2018, with ThaiPBS stating that it would initiate the process later this year in Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. Channel 5 would begin to phase out its analog broadcasting system from 2017 onward.

Meanwhile, NBT and Modern 9 TV would stop their analog signals in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The shutdown of analog signals for both NBT and Modern 9 TV would be done all at once, rather than using the phasing out method like the two earlier mentioned channels.

All the four channels vowed to take into consideration the readiness of its audience in each area for the new digital broadcasting system before proceeding with the termination of their analog signals.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 - The Police Chief, together with one of his deputies, led a team of police officers paroling the China Town, 'Yaowarat', in Bangkok, in their bids to reassure locals and tourists that the security is under control after a bombing incident rocked the heart of the Capital Monday night.

Police Chief Police General Somyos Poompanmuang and Deputy Police Chief Police General Pongsapat Pongcharoen yesterday inspected Phap-phla Chai 2 and Chakkawat Metropolitan Police Stations and gave moral support to the officials stationed in the area.

The team, accompanied by a combined force of about 100 strong including police, military, the Capital's Thetsakit officials and volunteers in Yaowarat area, also conducted a patrol in the neighborhood.

The Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief urged the authorities to prioritize the security of the people before anything else.

According to Police General Somyos, tourists in Yaowarat still very much enjoyed their visit. He took the opportunity to invite both local and foreign travelers to visit Thailand's famous China Town. The Police Chief also assured the public of the tight security in the area.

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 – Civic groups and various organizations have condemned Monday's attack in Bangkok's Ratchaprasong area, and urged authorities to swiftly bring the culprits to justice.

In Nakhon Phanom, hundreds gathered at the provincial city hall to submit a letter to the provincial governor expressing their condemnation of the atrocious bombing, which they said was an inhumane attack against innocent people and which unsettled tourists. Somchai Witdamrong, the deputy governor of Nakhon Phanom, accepted the letter and also voiced his condemnation of what he said was a barbaric and cruel act.

In Surin, locals visited city hall to submit their letter of condemnation to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha through the provincial governor. The group said the cruelty of the perpetrators was demonstrated by the large number of bomb victims and the selection of the attack site where many people usually gathered.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:15

Health Ministry pledges help to all injuries

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has pledged to take best care of all people injured in the recent bomb attack at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

According to Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin, the medical expenses of all 125 injuries who are being treated at 21 nearby hospitals will be the responsibility of the MOPH. The number of deaths stands at 20.

The Department of Mental Health is preparing to arrange for psychiatrists to treat the injured. Director-general Chetsada Chokdamrongsuk has warned the public to use discretion when sharing information or video clips concerning the recent blast to avoid violating the rights of those affected.

The Thai Red Cross Society said blood reserves were ample for all hospitals treating the blast victims. Deputy Interior Minister Suthi Makboon has visited the injured to offer them moral support on behalf of the Prime Minister.

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