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The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society disclosed that Thailand Post Company has launched the new post boxes named Know-it-all, which can point you to the nearby tourist attractions. In the first phase, 15 smart post boxes have been installed in Phitsanulok province for testing and more will be installed across the country soon. The modern post boxes use solar power and are painted with a QR code that can link you to Thailand Posts list of activities and restaurants in each province. They are aimed at boosting tourism and local economies. (25/08/2017)
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The National Science and Technology Fair 2017, which is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology under the theme Sparking life development with science, national development with technology and the way of innovation at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, has received strong interest from people across the country, who are coming to participate in its various activities and exhibitions about science, technology, and innovation. People who are interested can attend the fair until 27 August 2017. For more information, please contact 0 2577 9960. (25/08/2017)
The Thai dressage team, led by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, won a silver medal in a competition held on 22 August 2017, in Selangor, Malaysia, a venue for the 29th SEA Games. Her Royal Highness competed alongside three other team members. The Thai team was ranked second, with 206.211 points. The Malaysian team (210.947) won the gold medal, whereas Singapore settled for the bronze medal with 201.289. (24/08/2017)
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha recently visited Nakhon Ratchasima province. During his visit, various proposals were presented to him, including the construction of Ang Saphung Reservoir and water gates, the construction of small-scale water retention zones to tackle flood and drought in the non-irrigation areas, the setting up of a special economic zone in the Northeast, tree bank project, and other proposals. (24/08/2017)
The Ministry of Health announced that people should know how to protect themselves from flu and similar diseases after the floods decrease. The Three standards, Three diseases campaign was issued to protect people and reduce the number of mosquitoes and patients as much as possible. These campaigns are house cleaning, getting rid of garbage around the house once a week, and covering all water tanks to keep mosquitoes out. All these ways can protect people from the following three diseases: dengue fever, the chikungunya virus, and the Zika virus. Moreover, the ministry suggested how to eliminate and control the spread of mosquitoes, such as putting on mosquito repellant, preventing mosquito bites, and spraying insecticide. For more details, member of the public can contact the Department of Disease Control, hotline 1422. (24/08/2017)
The Thailand Research Fund (TRF) will organize 25 Years of TRF: Create People, Knowledge, and Future. This event will be held on 25-26 August 2017 at the Royal Paragon Hall 2, Siam Paragon. The aim is to present the most efficient and effective research work, which can be used in daily life, to disseminate new ideas to members of the public, and add value to research products at the same time. (24/08/2017)
The Ministry of Public Health has instructed officials in flood-affected areas to be on the alert for an outbreak of dengue fever after the floods have subsided, as after the flooding, there will be a large number of mosquito breeding spots. The public has been urged to be active in eliminating places with standing water, where mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs. The best way is to clean their houses, throw away garbage around the house at least once each week, and turn over all water containers to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. (24/08/2017)
The police reform campaign is ready to collect the public's opinions. The first public forum will be held on 24 August for residents of the central region and then will move to other regions around the country. Members of the public are also invited to send their opinions via post to P.O. Box 193 and www.thaipolicereform.org. (23/08/2017)
The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board has revealed that Thai GDP rose at its fastest pace in more than 4 years by 3.7% year-on-year in the April-June period. The 2nd quarter growth was driven by acceleration in exports of goods and services and continued expansion of private consumption and investment. (23/08/2017)
The Royal Thai Police are preparing to introduce new traffic tickets containing English translations and barcodes, allowing motorists to pay fines at branches of Krung Thai Bank with Police Ticket Management (PTM) booths. This e-ticketing system, which will be put in place in December, will allow ticket holders to appeal at any police station within 15 days. The English translations will also help foreign drivers comply with penalties. (23/08/2017)
The number of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit or MRT passengers has surged from 33,000 passengers to 50,000 passengers daily, with an average of 47,000 passengers per day since the opening of the connected line, at Tao Poon station, on 11 August 2017. The promotional fare for the MRT Purple Line will remain valid until the end of this year, after which the fare structure might be revised. (23/08/2017)
The Minister of Tourism and Sports has visited the lower northeastern region and stated that it has a strong potential for tourism. The ministry will accelerate promotion of the region's civilization tourism, which will distribute more income to the local areas. There is an expectation that more than 16 million visitors, both Thai and foreign, will come during the year, and it will generate revenue of not less than 32 billion baht. (23/08/2017)
The Department of Mental Health aims to increase the access to medical treatment for patients with mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia, to 65%. It is estimated that there are 650,000 patients with mental health problems across the country. Illnesses can be found in persons as young as 16-18 years old, but it has been reported that the youngest patient is 10 years old. Around 90% of mental patients suffer relapses; 50% of these relapses occur because patients don't take their medicine regularly. (22/08/2017)
Buriram province plans to expand its airport and add more facilities to accommodate the increasing number of tourist. There are currently six flights from two airlines operating daily between Don Mueang International Airport and Buriram Airport. More than 200,000 passengers passed through Buriram's airport last year. Once the development is completed, the airport will be able to accommodate 12 flights per day. (22/08/2017)
The Treasury Department will accept orders for special coins commemorating HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation at the department's provincial branches, banks, and state financial institutions, from 22 August to 30 September 2017. There are four kinds of commemorative coins. Gold coins would be available at 50,000 baht each, silver at 2,000 baht, a smoked sandblast copper coin at 3,000 baht, and nickel at 100 baht. People who place orders will receive their coins at the place of their order from 29 January 2018. (22/08/2017)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima this morning to start his two-day mobile cabinet meeting in this gateway city to other northeastern provinces. After paying homage to the respected statue of Thao Suranaree in the town, the premier delivered land ownership certificates to poor landless farmers to earn their living. The meeting will start late today at the city townhall, mainly focus on floods, drought, and water management. (21/08/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce will expedite the expansion of Blue Flag stores in order to help low-income people who have welfare cards issued by the ministry. It has revealed that more than 20,000 stores are being urged to become Blue Flag shops, and the variety of products that are offered to the consumers will also extend to more than 48 items. (21/08/2017)
The Cabinet has approved four-year visa-free grants to foreign investors and experts in high technology to boost the investment climate in Thailand, especially in the government's ten targeted industries, such as next-generation cars and the digital and medical industries. (21/08/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce plans to develop the quality of Nakhon Ratchasima's pottery and push for considering it a Geographical Indication (GI) to support provincial tourism and increase business opportunities in the world market. The development will include modernizing the design to support the market's demand. They urge all sectors to accelerate the development and complete it within six months. (21/08/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Transport and a group of private sector organizations, will organize the Samui Festival 2017 on 7-11 September 2017 in order to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Samui Island. A wide array of sports competitions, OTOP products, local delicacies, and performances will take place throughout the island, so for more information please visit www.samuifestival.com. (21/08/2017)
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