BANGKOK, 23 August 2012  - The Opposition Democrat Party has urged the government to come up with measures to shore up the falling rubber price, which has dropped from 140 baht a kilogram to just 76 baht a kilogram. 
BANGKOK, 24 August 2012  – The Prime Minister said that the government is now in the middle of the preparation for the one-year performance statement. 
BANGKOK, 24 August 2012  - Three grand-scale in-one housing exhibitions are being held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from August 23-26. 
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – The Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA) has revealed that the outbound tourist number is expected to be reduced by half this year, compared to last year's.
BANGKOK, 24 August 2012  – The Foreign Ministry is poised to push for the opening of more Thai-Myanmar border trade areas in Chiang Mai Province. 
BANGKOK, 24 August 2012  – The Industry Minister has expressed concerns over the readiness of the country’s logistics sector before the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. 

National Parks entrance fees raised nationwide

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:25
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  - The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation yesterday announced a major raise in entrance fees to 33 national parks across the country. 

Taxi performance crisis?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:20
In the Bangkok Post I read with interest the item stating that the Transport Ministry is likely to scrap a proposed eco-taxi scheme after a preliminary study suggested service standards would fall.
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – Rajavithi hospital has received a United Nations award for its diabetes detecting technology. The hospital has also urged people who have diabetes to have an annual eye check-up.
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has told an instant noodle producer to submit a request for price adjustment to the department if it can no longer shoulder the high production costs.
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – The Cabinet has agreed to extend the diesel levy cut for one more month until September 30. 
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  - The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand has revealed its success in reintroducing Sarus cranes into the wild after 20 of the endangered birds have survived since their release in March. 

BoT: 2012 GDP can achieve 5.5-6% growth

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:13
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is confident this year’s GDP can expand by 5.5-6% while promising to monitor inflation after the government decided to end its commodity price control policy next month. 
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has sent a caravan of 20 water trucks to Nakhon Si Thammarat to help put out the spreading forest fires. 
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  – National Research Council of Thailand, or NRCT, is planning to organize 'Thailand Research Expo 2012' during August 24-28. Over 600 researches will be showcased at the event. 

Kittiratt: GDP growth no less than expected

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012  - Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong has indicated positive signs in the Thai economy in the first half of the year while assuring that the 2012 GDP will grow by 7% as forecast. 
BANGKOK, 21 August 2012 - The Cabinet has announced a list of reshuffled positions within the Ministry of Commerce, in which a new permanent secretary is appointed. 

Govt raises alcohol and tobacco taxes

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:59
BANGKOK, 22 August 2012 - The Excise Department revealed that the Cabinet has agreed to raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco. As a result, the Excise Department expected to see an increase in its revenue by 10 billion baht each year.
BANGKOK, 22 August 2012 – The operator Bangkok’s underground train system is going to expand its service after reports of an increase in passenger demand. 
BANGKOK, 22 August 2012  – The central bank chief has assured that the bank’s current monetary policy is suitable for the country’s economic growth momentum. 
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