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SONGKHLA, Sept 30 - Over 15,000 hotel rooms in Hat Yai are almost fully booked during the October 4-13 vegetarian festival.

Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Association president Somchart Pimthanapoonporn said reservations are continuing to be made by Malaysian and Singaporean tourists.

At least Bt100 million is expected to circulate during the vegetarian festival, similar last year's performance, he said.

Meanwhile, both public and private sectors are promoting eating vegetarian and abstaining from drinking alcohol to celebrate the festival.

Over 100 vegetarian shops will participate in the event and located at Hat Yai's local park. Vegetarian shops from other ASEAN countries will also attend.

Other activities include vegetarian cooking demonstrations and dragon and lion dance shows.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:33

Central bank sees GDP falling below 4.2%

BANGKOK, Sept 30 –The Bank of Thailand (BoT) will reduce its projection of the country’s 2013 gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 4.2 per cent due to less-than-projected expansion in July and August, a senior bank official said today.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:30

Bt400 billion loss from rice subsidy denied

BANGKOK, Sept 30 – Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan today rejected a report that the government lost Bt400 billion from its rice pledging scheme in the last two years.

NAKHON PHANOM, Oct 1 – Typhoon Wutip, despite being weakened to the status of a low pressure cell, is moving above Thailand’s northern and northeastern regions today, bringing rainfall and strong winds.

BANGKOK, Oct 1 – Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra allayed fears of flooding in the capital with his confirmation that water level of the Chao Phraya River is lower than predicted and that the intended flood prevention measures have been well-prepared.

PHITSANULOK, Sept 30 -- Forest runoff from the Phetchabun mountains has inundated Phitsanulok's Wang Thong district while Prachin Buri remains critical as many government offices have to move equipment and documents to higher levels.

BANGKOK, Oct 1 – The Bangkok South District Court has ruled that two of the victims who died in the 2010 political upheaval in Bangkok were fired at from the direction of military forces situated in front of a school on Rajdamnern Avenue.

BANGKOK, Sept 30 – A high-level high committee on the southern border problems will soon deliberate five demands proposed earlier by militant group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said today.

BANGKOK, Sept 29 - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister on Sunday affirmed that the government has no forthcoming policy to reduce import tax for luxury goods to support Thailand becoming a shopping paradise.

BANGKOK, Sept 29 - The Commerce Ministry will provide cheap commodities for sale to help flood victims.

Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Puangrat said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had assigned all ministries to assist flood victims and help relieve their burdens in more than 10 provinces now under water.