BANGKOK, Aug 28 – Five hundred visa stickers have been missing from the Thai consulate in the Lao PDR province of Savannakhet since 2008, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official.
BANGKOK, Aug 27 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned today that continued protests by southern rubber growers could lead to violence and legal action will be taken against excessive actions during the demonstration.
BANGKOK, Aug 28 – Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said today that government intervention to shore up rubber prices, as demanded by Thailand’s planters, would be too costly and contradict the operation of the market system.
Rubber growers nationwide plan to stage a mass rally to protest against the continued falling prices of rubber and urge the government to implement measures to shore up the declining prices.
Sompong Rajsuwan, chairman of rubber growers association in Songkhla, said the committee of Rubber Planters Network of Thailand has agreed at a meeting to stage rallies of rubber planters nationwide on September 3, aiming to call on the government to tackle the price problem.
He said the network has submitted the request to the government since July 24 but there has been no action from the government to help restore the falling price of rubber.
The price of smoked third-class raw rubber sheet should be Bt101 per kilo, raw rubber sheet at Bt92 per kilo and rubber latex was expected to stand at Bt81 per kilo but they were now averaging around Bt60 per kilo, which is unfair for growers, he said.
Sompong said that on September 3, rubber planters from 14 southern provinces would gather at a cooperative office in Surat Thani, growers from the northeastern and north would gather at a meeting point which would be specified later while farmers from central and eastern provinces would go to meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House.
He said the gatherings would be held peacefully and they were waiting for the government’s response on measures to assist rubber growers.
BANGKOK, Aug 23 - Thailand’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that no Thai officials were involved in the disappearance of 300 visa labels from the Thai embassy in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
BANGKOK, Aug 23 – Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today flatly turned down negotiations with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) militant group on its five-point demands via the video-sharing website YouTube.
BANGKOK, Aug 23 - Protesters gathered in front of the PTT headquarters in Bangkok today, asking the Cabinet to annul its resolution on a price hike for household liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
BANGKOK, Aug 23 – The World Bank will adjust its forecast of Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) for this year from 5 per cent to 4-4.5 per cent due to lower economic and export growth, a bank senior economist said today.
BANGKOK, Aug 23 – Thailand's Ministry of Commerce will sell rice directly to state enterprises and the private sector abroad in a new attempt to release rice from the government’s stockpiles.
BANGKOK, Aug 23 – Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong insists that Thailand’s economy is not in recession and the government will strictly adhere to the application of its economic stimulus measures which were announced earlier