MANILA - The Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn have traveled to the Philippines' capital of Manila to attend the annual APEC Summit.

BANGKOK – The Cabinet has given the green light to the plan to develop Thailand into the regional hub for automotive research and testing.

Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd announced the results of the weekly Cabinet meeting, saying the Cabinet approved in principle the Finance Ministry’s measure to support Thailand in becoming the region’s center of research, development and performance testing for prototype vehicles.

The Finance Ministry eyes granting special privileges to qualified researchers through the exemption of import tariff, excise tax and value-added tax. The Excise Department has been tasked with overseeing the matter and assessing the eligibility of each operator for the tax waivers.

It is believed that the measure will cost the government a small portion of its revenue. However, it will in turn lend a great boost to investment, generate a number of job opportunities and raise the competitiveness of the Thai automotive sector.

BANGKOK - The Ministry of Public Health has coordinated with the Ministry of the Interior in establishing dengue fever resistance centers across the country, urging provincial health agencies to provide preventative measures in schools.

Public Health Minister Dr Sophon Mekthon said the new centers will be responsible for keeping track of the dengue fever situation in their respective provinces and issuing appropriate assistance measures.

The provinces of Phetchaburi, Rayong, Ratchaburi and Uthai Thani have reported large numbers of dengue-related cases. However, the rate of infection has dropped as the cold season approaches, from 7,000 cases per week in September to the current rate of 3,000.

In addition, the Ministry has asked public health agencies across the country to coordinate with schools in educating students on the dangers of dengue fever as well as preventative measures.

CHIANG MAI - A total of 135 flights both to and from Chiang Mai province have either been cancelled or rescheduled from November 24 - 26, in order to avoid floating lanterns which will be released during the Loy Krathong Festival.

The Chiang Mai provincial administrative organization had earlier announced a ban on floating lanterns in Mueang, Hang Dong, San Sai, Mae Rim and Sarapee districts. The ban has been temporarily lifted to boost tourism on November 25, Loy Krathong Day, and December 31, New Year’s Eve.

Floating lanterns are allowed in other districts under the condition that residents inform the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre and the Chiang Mai Airport at least seven days in advance.

So far, there have been 84 flights canceled between November 24 - 26, of which 72 were domestic flights.

Another 51 flights have rescheduled their arriving time. Travellers are strongly advised to consult their airlines to confirm the exact timetable.

NORTHEAST - Temperatures in Thailand’s northeastern region continue to drop, compromising the visibility of commercial routes and challenging the resilience of communities to cold weather. 

BANGKOK - The Thai and Japanese governments have affirmed their readiness to ensure tourism safety, amid global security threats

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida ahead of this year's APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila, Philippines, scheduled to begin today. The two countries affirmed their bilateral ties in terms of both strategic and economic cooperation.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 09:31

Thailand tightens security after Paris attacks

BANGKOK-Thailand has reinforced security across the nation after Paris attacks last Saturday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed security units to assure safety for the Thai public, saying every nation is now equally at risk. He has also offered condolences to families of those who died in the attacks.

Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has urged Thai people to report to the police by dialing 199 if they see anything unusual.

Royal Thai Police Deputy Spokesperson Police Major General Songpol Wattanachai said an increase in police patrols in various places is meant to assure public safety against all types of threats even though none has so far been detected.

Immigration police have also been told to be vigilant in their effort to prevent ill-intentioned individuals from entering the country.

BANGKOK, 16 November 2015  – Police, soldiers, provincial officials and related security officials are clamping down on illegal fireworks in Lamphun province.

Authorities inspected the Nong Dok market in Lamphun province to ensure that vendors were not illegally selling fireworks before the allocated period.

Authorities found 2 vendors had begun to stock up on fireworks ahead of the legal selling date, prompting them to take legal action and seize the fireworks. The vendors were also fined 1,000 baht each.

The province has prepared measures against accidents from fireworks during the Loy Krathong Festival, scheduled for November 21st until the 25th. Vendors must have a permit to sell fireworks, which can be sold only between 4:00PM and 6:00PM. In addition, fireworks must only be used in designated areas.

The province is also asking the public not to release floating lanterns into the sky. Those found to have violated the law will be prosecuted.

Meanwhile, police will be deployed to various areas to ensure safety.

Monday, 16 November 2015 10:08

Thai tourism unaffected by Paris attacks

BANGKOK - Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has confirmed attacks in Paris have not affected the Thai tourism while the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have planned to increase tourism revenue in 2016. 

CHIANG RAI - Security units in the Thai-Myanmar border zones in Chiang Rai have stepped up security in inspecting individuals and vehicles entering and leaving the country along the borders following attacks in Paris on 14 November 2015. 

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