Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:24

PM leads first defence meeting

BANGKOK, July 26 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra exercised her authority as Thailand's defence minister for the first time today by chairing a Defence Council meeting with top brass.

BANGKOK, July 25 - Thailand's illegal migrant worker management committee has resolved to extend the deadline to register undocumented workers from Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia for one more year, according to Department of Employment director general Pravit Khiengpol. 

PHUKET, July 25 - Thailand has set up a tourist protection centre on the Andaman Sea tourist island, targeting to improve safety in tourism as well as to tackle mafia-related problems, including black plate (illegal) taxi operators.

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.

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