One outcome of the meeting is a planned ASEAN force for humanitarian missions.

Thailand's Defence Forces chief Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn presided over the opening ceremony at a Bangkok hotel. 

BANGKOK, Aug 26 -- Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), today told the council's 12th meeting at Army headquarters that despite the formation of his government, NCPO would continue to function, but it will exercise its authority only when it is necessary to maintain security and order. 

BANGKOK, Aug 25 -- Siam Kubota Corporation Co Ltd (Siam Kubota), an agricultural tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer, plans to build its second largest agricultural machine parts distribution centre, pushing Thailand to become such a hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

A media visiting day was held by Siam Kubota earlier today, at the corporation's 32-rai site, which will house the Bt 500 million centre, the region's second largest after its centre in Japan, to distribute agricultural parts in Asia-Pacific.

Besides, the company sees Thailand as having the potential to become the region's distribution hub for agricultural parts, prompting it to push forward to create the hub in Thailand to cater to the increasing demands for agricultural parts domestically, as well as from ASEAN, India, Australia and Africa.

Siam Kubota President Hiroshi Kawakami said although the company has seen a decline in profit by 10 per cent during the first half of the year, he believes that after the new government come into position with its new policy to stimulate the Thai economy, Siam Kubota should see a future gain of at least 30 per cent.

Meanwhile, Siam Kubota Vice President, Opas Thanwarashorn said he believes that by next year, the Thai market would grow continuously, causing sugar cane and cassava farmers to need more agricultural machinery, due to outstanding produce prices.

He predicted that although the price of rice could still face difficulty in the coming year, better assistance and maintaining production costs within the level of Bt4,000 per rai, and an income of Bt7,000-8,000 per rai for rice farmers would also increase the demand for machinery.

Monday, 25 August 2014 17:43

Thais are increasingly in debt, default

The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) reported the Thai people were increasingly in debt and default in the second quarter of this year as well as lower employment and higher unemployment in the period.

Monday, 25 August 2014 17:41

200 THAI pilots resign over five years

The management of Thailand's flag carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), admitted that some 200 pilots resigned from the national airline in the past five years for better salaries elsewhere.

BANGKOK, Aug 23 -- A subcommittee tasked with drafting a strategy for four agricultural products will complete a draft within two weeks from now, said Chavalit Chookajorn, permanent secretary for the Agriculture and Cooperatives ministry, on Saturday. 

BANGKOK, Aug 25 -- Research by UNICEF Thailand showed that the number of infected HIV patients in Thailand has risen among teenagers, especially those who are homosexual men, sex workers, and drug injectors.

BANGKOK, Aug 25 -- A woman suspected of contracting the Ebola disease virus (EVD) was discharged from hospital here today after she was confirmed to be free of it.

CHIANG RAI, Aug 25 -- Three earthquakes struck Mae Suai district in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai early Monday morning, prompting shaking over a vast area.

BANGKOK, Aug 25 -- The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) is waiting to see if the military will file an additional charge against Veera Somkwamkid and other activists, saying that they will be released in seven days if no more charges are made.

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