Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:38

Thailand declares Ebola dangerous contagion

BANGKOK, Aug 13 --  Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) the country's sixth most dangerous communicable disease and requires a report on every case of patients discovered.

BANGKOK, Aug 13 --  The Ministry of Public Health fears that the bill to protect children born using reproductive technologies may have loopholes for illegal surrogacy while the Medical Council of Thailand will have an ethical subcommittee supervise surrogacy in particular.

The Commerce Ministry is now accelerating the amendment of laws related to crimes against wildlife with the aim of restoring confidence overseas, as Thailand is facing boycott threats over trade of more than 35,000 items of endangered wildlife and flora, said Pongpan Gearaviriyapun, director-general of the Ministry’s Business Development Department.

In line with a policy of the National Council for Peace and Order which seized power in Thailand during the May 22 bloodless military takeover, Ms Pongpan said concerned officials would amend the law following charges by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that Thailand did not enforce law ratified by member countries.

Pongpan said the charges by CITES have caused a large impact on Thailand’s exports, especially Thai orchids.

In another development, permanent secretary for Commerce Chutima Bunyapraphasara will find measures in rectifying smuggling of elephant tusks, in which Thailand is one of the eight countries closely monitored by foreign countries.

The deadline for the kingdom to solve this problem is August 2015, and if the issue remains unsolved, a boycott on the import of Thai products, including orchids, could be imposed, said Ms Chutima.

Pongpan said her department would register current elephant tusk traders so that close monitoring could be carried out.

The department would seek cooperation from concerned government agencies in compiling the names of traders.

And in order to restore confidence from the international community, Pongpan said ivory traders who have not yet registered themselves should do so immediately.

Harsh legal punishments would be imposed against those neglecting the order and who continued to engage in the illegal trade, she added.

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry said last Friday a plan to increase civil servants’ salaries by 8 percent, expected to start in 2015, would impact inflation in the country only 0.05 percent, said Ampawan Pichalai, director of Commerce Ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office.

Thai Smile, the low cost subsidiary of Thailand’s national flag carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), officially launched its first flight and services earlier August 8.

The airline expressed satisfaction, as it has been well received by the public and reservations for each flight are booked at more than 90 percent.

The inauguration ceremony took place at Don Mueang Airport, and was attended by THAI, Thai Smile, and Nok Air executives.

According to THAI Senior Executive Vice President for Commercial, Suraphon Israngura Na Ayuthya, Thai Smile has brought three domestic routes to Don Mueang, including three flights each for the Don Muang-Chiang Mai and Don Mueang-Khon Kaen routes, and two flights for the Don Mueang-Phuket route.

The low cost carrier was promoting cheap air tickets prior to its official launching, which was well received by the general public.

THAI and all of its subsidiary airlines will move their bases of operations to Don Muang International Airport in October, and the group plans to create flight schedules which complement one another.

The company believes that the market for services at Don Mueang would expand further in the near future and that more passengers would opt to choose Thai Smile for their journeys.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:33

Bright prospects for Thai automobile exports

BANGKOK, Aug 12 -- Nantawan Sakuntanak, director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, said she still saw a bright prospect for Thai automobile exports. She said the country remains the most interesting investment destination in Southeast Asia.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:30

PTT to invest in Vietnam petrochemical complex

BANGKOK, Aug 12 -- Thailand's PTT energy conglomerate will invest US$20 billion in a Vietnamese petrochemical complex that will start to meet local and overseas demand in seven years.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:51

Thai authorities try to solve surrogacy cases

BANGKOK, Aug 12 -- The Royal Thai Police Office convened the first meeting of all officers responsible for surrogacy cases to speed up legal action, including those to be taken tomorrow against the owner of a surrogacy clinic on Witthayu Road.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:49

Thais celebrate Mother’s Day nationwide

BANGKOK, Aug 12 - Government agencies, organizations and the Thai people nationwide organized activities and ceremonies to mark National Mother’s Day, also the 82nd birthday of Her Majesty the Queen today.

BANGKOK, Aug 11 --  The Office of the Board of Investment (BoI) reported a new high of this year as a sign of economic recovery, but investment projects seeking promotional privileges in the first seven months so far this year was 30 per cent lower year-on-year.

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