Seventy-seven blacklisted rice mills were permitted to participate in the government’s rice pledging scheme, it was disclosed by a House special committee considering the 2014 budget bill.

The Thai government approved measures to control commodity prices to help ease public burden, a government spokesman said.

Teerat Ratanasevi announced the measures following a July 12 meeting between economic ministers and concerned agencies to monitor the economic situation.

The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously last week to maintain the policy interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent with immediate effect, reasoning it was a necessary response to slowdowns in domestic demand and exports.

BANGKOK, July 15 -  Budget carrier AirAsia will start operating its Bangkok-Siem Reap daily direct flight from October onward, its sixth destination in Indochina, said Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:34

46kg marijuana seized in Nakhon Phanom

NAKHON PHANOM, July 16 Forty-six kilogrammes of marijuana were intercepted on the Mekong River last night in Thai waters in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom.

SAKON NAKHON, July 16 – Eighty dogs bound for cross-border transport to Lao and beyond were seized in Thailand’s northerneastern province of Nakhon Phanom today.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:09

Rubber tapper gunned down in Yala

YALA, July 16 -- A rubber tapper was shot dead while riding to work in his rubber plantation in Bannang Sata district of this southern border province early Tuesday, while two anti-military banners found in Narathiwat's Si Sakhon district.

BANGKOK, July 16 - Comparing violence statistics during the holy month of Ramadan this year with that of the past four years, the violence has abated this year, National Security Council Secretary-General Paradorn Pattanatabut said today.

BANGKOK, July 16 - Thailand's national police chief has ordered an investigation into the meeting between the capital's Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Khamronwit Thoopkrachang and ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong last year.

BANGKOK, July 15 - Illicit drugs continue to flow into an expanding user base during the past nine months; major drug dealers are still active and using more complicated and sophisticated smuggling procedures, according to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

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