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Auto production in the first half of this year reached 1.3 million units, an increase of 26 percent year-on-year, according to Surapong Paisitpattanapong, a spokesman for the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)’s automotive group.

The Thai economy will recover in the second half of this year after lethargic bouts in the first two quarters, according to central bank governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong will accelerate the country’s implementation of a food safety regulation to regulate the amount of chemical residues in accord with the World Health Organization’s Good Manufacturing Practice to help ensure the quality of Thai rice.

PTT Plc, Thailand’s state-run oil and gas conglomerate, has set an ambitious target to increase its revenue from overseas investment from nearly Bt3 trillion to Bt4-5 trillion in the next five years, a company director said today.

Three Thai farmers associations have jointly proposed to the government that it purchase white rice at Bt13,500/tonne and jasmine rice at Bt20,000/tonne during the next harvest season, according to a senior Commerce Ministry official.

Toyota Motor Thailand reduced this year’s sales volume to 450,000 units, down from the company’s original target at 500,000 units.

Kyoichi Tanada, president of Toyota Motor Thailand, said the adjustment was because the company sold about 230,000 units in the first half of this year, down 1.6 percent from the same period last year. However, the firm could still have the biggest market share at 32 percent, he said.

CHANTHABURI, July 24 -- The flood situation in Thailand's eastern province of Chanthaburi is still critical as the water level in some areas has reached more than one metre high as high tides slow the runoff of water to the sea, with 14 schools forced to close.

CHANTHABURI, July 24 – Heavy rains and run-off water have wreaked havoc in this eastern seaboard province where patients were moved out of the provincial hospital and more than 10 schools were barely accessible.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:30

Two teachers killed in Narathiwat bombing

NARATHIWAT, July 24 -Two teachers were killed, and another teacher as well as two police officers were wounded in a bombing ambush in this restive southern province as the army chief visited a nearby violence-plagued area today.

BANGKOK, July 23 - The government should be proactive in communicating to the world on the situation in the southern border provinces instead of making sporadic comments and interviews on attacks by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) militant group, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said today.

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