SONGKHLA, 3 November 2013 Malaysian tourists visited Thailand’s South over the weekends, as they are having a long holidays of Diwali, Hindu Festival of Light.
BANGKOK, 3 November 2013 The Kasikom Research Center forecasts that Thai stock indexes will still be volatile next week mainly due to political protests in the country.
Resistance and support levels of Thai stocks are expected to be 1,449 points and 1,440 points respectively from 4 - 8 November. The baht currency will move between 31.00 - 31.30 baht again the U.S. dollar, the center reported.
The center also suggested that investors closely monitor political protests against the amnesty bill and the next meeting of the European Central Bank on monetary policy. Another factor which will influence Thai stocks next week is the U.S.' weekly announcement of important economic figures such as the consumer confidence index, employment and joblessness.
YALA, 1 November 2013 - The Thai government is mulling to use a soft loan program to revive the economy in the Deep South which has been marred by the decade-long violence.
On Thursday, the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) invited representatives from local banks and entrepreneurs in the southern border province of Yala to brainstorm on monetary measures to help inject low-cost funds to local businesses.
According to Pol. Maj. Tavee Sodsong, SBPAC Secretary General, the current soft loan program has many restrictions; therefore fewer entrepreneurs have been able to obtain the funds.
The result of Thursday’s meeting will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance to consider how to adjust the loan conditions to better reach out to those local investors.
BANGKOK, 1 November 2013, – The Commerce Ministry has assured that the government has a policy to boost the Thai food industry as it sees growth potential in the sector.
Lopburi, 1st November 2013 – The proposals by private sectors aimed at encouraging trade and investment through provincial and regional logistics networks as well as boosting the tourism, services, and health sectors as well as raising the standards of product safety, have been discussed in the mobile cabinet meeting in Lopburi province.
LOPBURI, 1 November 2013 - The Public Relations Department or PRD has completed its task at the mobile cabinet meeting in Lopburi province.
The mobile cabinet meeting officially ended today with a success. With a large number of media members coming to cover news stories of the meeting, media agencies, under the supervision of the Public Relations Department including NBT, Radio Thailand and the National News Bureau of Thailand or NNT, were also on the field producing live-telecast programs and distributing news stories through various platforms such as television, radio, English-language satellite TV and social media.
Mr. Apinan Chantarangsri, PRD Director-General expressed his appreciation to every agency and its staff, who took part in doing live-news coverage, and thanked all related-parties that made the mobile cabinet meeting in Lopburi province a successful one.
Mr. Thanakom Jongjira, Lopburi Governor also thanked every sector that took part in organizing this mobile cabinet meeting as well as Lopburi people for their great hospitality.
The next mobile cabinet meeting will be held in Songkhla province and the Public Relations Department will continue to provide news services and facilities to support news coverage for all media outlets.
BANGKOK, 1 November 2013 - Bangkok is gearing up for an influx of protesters from other provinces who will partake in rallies against the blanket Amnesty Bill near Samsen railway station.
Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the capital is prepared to provide assistance to demonstrators including equipping their stronghold with mobile toilets and extra lighting.
He also confirmed that the provision of additional assistance will not be politically biased as all protesters who have held rallies in Bangkok have been accorded the same level of aid.
The National Security Council is closely monitoring the situation as more protesters are expected to arrive in Bangkok over the weekend. 150 police officers will be deployed to keep peace and order near the protest site.
BANGKOK, 1 November 2013 - Mr. Tharit Pengdit, Director General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) says although the amnesty bill has passed the third reading in the House, further investigation into political protests in 2010 still needs to be done .
BANGKOK, 1 November 2013 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denies considering the dissolution of the parliament as the Opposition Democrat Party is staging a major rally against the controversial amnesty law.
Following the passing of the amnesty bill in the second and third readings by the House of Representatives, Ms Yingluck insisted that she will not dissolve the House anytime soon since the much-debated bill still needs to be deliberated by the Senate and go through many processes.
The Prime Minister expressed her concerns over deeper rift in the nation over the blanket amnesty bill. She called on every group, either pro- or anti-government, to refrain from street confrontation and using violence. She also asked security officers on duty in the rally areas to avoid any clashes with the protesters.
The premier assured that the government will closely monitor the rally and carefully deal with the situation. She expressed her hope that the amnesty law would be able to help Thailand mend the differences that have caused violence and turmoil in the country over the past several years.
BANGKOK, 1 November 2013 - As a result of all schools opening their 2nd semester, coupled with several demonstrations being held in various points of Bangkok, traffic has become extremely congested along Rama 6 and Rama 5 roads.