BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 - The Cabinet on Tuesday approved 6 May and 18 July 2016 as extra public holidays to allow for long weekend breaks from 5-8 May and 16-20 July 2016. Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Watthanawarangkun said the extra holidays were made to promote tourism in the country. 

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:06

KResearch forecasts 2015 GDP growth at 2.8%

BANGKOK, 06 October 2015 - Kasikorn Research Center has forecast gross domestic product (GDP) to expand 2.8% this year, but slashed exports to minus 5%. 

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:04

Higher local tax on oil and gas approved

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015  – Mr. Witoon Kulcharoenwirat, the Director-General of the Department of Energy Business, said that a local maintenance tax on oil and gas in Bangkok will be increased by five Satang per liter starting from October 15.

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 – Labor Minister Sirichai Ditthakul has expressed concerns over the health of Thai workers in Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thai provinces currently affected by haze from Indonesia.

He instructed the ministry's officials to monitor the situation surrounding the haze caused by brushfires which could possibly have an impact on the workers' health as well as to provide them with care, advice and assistance, should emergency arise.

The haze from Indonesia might possibly affect the neighboring Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei where more than 150,000 Thai workers are currently employed, according to the labor minister.

Meanwhile, three southern Thai provinces, namely Songkhla, Yala and Pattani, were found to have particulate matter (PM10) amounting in excess of the maximum permissible level of 120 micrograms per cubic meter.

Nevertheless, the haze was not reported to have affected people in other southern provinces such as Phuket and Pattalung as yet.

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 – The Thai Red Cross Society is now hosting the annual academic conference of vaccine manufacturers in developing countries, aiming to increase Thailand's vaccine manufacturing capability in 10 years. 

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. 

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