BANGKOK, May 16 – Thailand and Japan are cooperating in a project on long-term care service development for the elderly, the Thai Public Health Ministry has announced.

The Public Health Ministry plans to develop Thailand as ASEAN’s medical hub, aiming to draw in more foreigners for medical treatment by 10 percent/year.

Public Health Minister Dr Pradit Sintavanarong said on the weekly televised program “PM Yingluck Government Meets the People” that the government is preparing the country to become ASEAN’s medical and health club.

Thailand’s Manufacturing Production Index (MPI) in the first quarter of this year grew 2.9 percent, slowing down from 43.8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, said Somchai Harnhirun, director-general of the Industrial Economics Office.

The Thai public’s expenses for the coming school term are expected to reach Bt53 billion, a 6.7-percent rise.

Thai Chamber of Commerce University (UTCC)’s Economic and Business Forecasting Center director Thanawat Polvichai said a survey was recently conducted among 1,200 parents nationwide.

Thailand’s finance minister held a special meeting on strengthening the baht Monday as agencies concerned agreed to deal with baht appreciation to achieve the country’s export target growth at 8-9 percent.

NARATHIWAT, May 14 – Fifty per cent of all 379 schools in the southern border province of Narathiwat opened for the new semester on Tuesday amid heightened security.

BANGKOK, May 14 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set a deadline for a protesting people’s network to vacate Sanam Luang by this Saturday as the area will be a venue for Buddhism week in celebration of Visakha Puja Day.

Thailand’s traditional soothsayers predicted an abundance of food production and water during the coming rice growing season in the royal plowing ceremony, marking the beginning of the planting season on Monday, May 13.

BANGKOK, May 14 – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung today deplored what he termed as ignorance regarding his role in Thailand’s ongoing peace talks with southern militant groups.


BANGKOK, May 14 – Pheu Thai party-list MP Yuranunt Pamornmontri will run in the upcoming by-election in Bangkok’s Don Mueang constituency.

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