BANGKOK, Feb 19 -- PTT, Thailand's state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company, backs the government’s plan to hold a public forum on the 21st round of bidding contests for petroleum exploration and production  President Pailin Chuchottaworn.

BANGKOK, Feb 19 - Airports of Thailand (AoT) projected air traffic to increase at its six airports during this Chinese New Year and that more than 4.3 million air passengers are traveling.

BANGKOK,  Feb 19 - Thailand's Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) reported that the permanent border crossing operations at Ban Pu Nam Ron village and Three Pagodas border pass in Kanchanaburi province created trade in farm products worth nearly Bt500 million.

Tawatchai Prayoonsin, director of the 10th OAE branch based in Ratchaburi province, said that after the opening of the Ban Pu Nam Ron border crossing on June 12, 2013, to promote business and tourism in addition to the Three Pagodas border crossing, the export of Thai farm products through both channels was estimated at Bt450 million.

Key exports there include dietary supplements, milk, alcoholic drinks, seasonings, palm oil, teak seedlings, farm machines, live pigs and fertilizers. Most exports are consumer products because Myanmar’s manufacturing of such products is still insufficient for local consumption.

Thai products are popular among Myanmar consumers for their quality.

The import of agricultural products through the border crossings is estimated at Bt57 million.

Key imports include live cattle, bamboo, seafood, sawdust, ornamental fish and black sesame.

The value of live cattle imported has grown 18 per cent annually there in the past five years from Bt25 million in 2010 to Bt45 million last year as Myanmar cattle are cheaper than local cattle.

Seafood importing has risen since the opening of the Ban Pu Nam Ron border crossing as Myanmar is an abundant source of seafood and Thailand can import it to make processed products for export.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 14:48

PM: No pressure on Yingluck to leave country

BANGKOK, Feb 19 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not think that the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s (NACC) request for the government to demand compensation for the loss-ridden and corruption-plagued rice-pledging scheme would pressure former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who implemented the scheme, to flee the country.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:02

13 bidders to contest for energy exploration

Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said 13 bidders, including a French firm, will contest in the 21st round of bidding on concessions for oil and gas exploration in Thailand.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:59

Consumer goods prices stable

Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya has ordered ministry officials to constantly check consumer goods prices at markets with the approach of Chinese New Year, while a senior officer said that so far goods prices remained stable.

Experts said on Saturday, Feb. 14, that an idea floated recently by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to construct high-speed train service to popular resort provinces in an attempt to boost Thailand’s tourism industry would be difficult to implement.

NAKHON  PHANOM, Feb 17 - Local agencies have been deployed to provide assistance in two districts of Nakhon Phanom province, which was hit by a storm last night, causing the biggest damage in some five decades.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 14:21

PM advises caution against dengue

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday advised the people to take precautionary measures against dengue fever and seek assistance immediately if struck by the disease.

The prime minister said precautionary measures must be taken immediately because the number of dengue fever cases was rising by the day.

He gave the advice in the latest post on his Twitter account. The tweet was accompanied by infographics on the steps to take when struck by dengue fever.

These measures include seeking doctor's advice; drinking plenty of boiled water and resting; avoiding consumption of aspirin by children below 12; bathing to bring down body temperature and consuming paracetamol for fever and pain.

Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reported last Friday that 15,039 cases of dengue fever had been reported so far this year up to Feb 7, up by 59 per cent or 5,586 cases compared to the 9,453 cases for the corresponding period last year.

Forty-four people have died of the disease this year up to Feb 7 compared to 17 during the corresponding period last year. (BERNAMA)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 14:20

Mass exodus begins for Lunar New Year

SEOUL, Feb. 17 - The annual migration of South Koreans for the Lunar New Year began Tuesday with millions heading to their hometowns ahead of the traditional holiday.

Lunar New Year's Day, which falls on Thursday this year, is one of the largest holidays in South Korea with this year's holiday running from Wednesday to Sunday.

Lunar New Year, or "seollal," provides a rare opportunity for South Koreans to go home and spend quality time with family and friends. Families typically eat rice cake soup to mark adding a year to one's age and perform ancestral rites during seollal.

As of 1 p.m., some 200,000 cars have left Seoul, with 240,000 more expected to follow by midnight, according to the Korea Expressway Corp.

Traffic congestion was already noticed in some highway sections, with travel time from Seoul to the southern port city of Busan estimated at 6 hours and 50 minutes. To the central city of Daejeon, the expressway operator said it would take four hours from Seoul.

Traffic will reach its peak around 6 p.m. and continue until past midnight, the operator said.

About 33.5 million trips are expected to be made during this year's holiday, 15.7 percent higher than last year, according to the transport ministry.

More than 8 in 10 people said they will drive, while some 10.3 percent chose to take the bus. The remaining 4.4 percent said they will take the train, fly or travel by boat, according to a survey conducted by the Korea Transport Institute.

Most of the country has been forecast to be cloudy with patches of rain or snow expected in early afternoon, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. (Yonhap)

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