Parliament set to debate budget bill

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai says parliament will convene on Aug 18-20 to deliberate the budget bill for the 2022 fiscal year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.He and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai agreed that parliament would postpone its meetings scheduled for this week and Aug 4-5 due ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Laos surveys new expressway linking Thailand, China

Surveyors are designing a route for a new expressway in Laos that will cut travel time between northern Thailand and southern China.Liu Jingwei, an official overseeing the project, said officials were surveying the route for the expressway that will connect Huayxai in Laos’ Bokeo province ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Parliament adopts only 1 charter change bill

The joint parliament sitting on Thursday passed only one out of 13 constitutional change bills in the first reading.The legislation would raise the number of constituency MPs from 350 to 400 and restore the old selection formula for 100 list MPs.The bill was proposed by ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Government to increase budget by B90bn in 2022

The government plans to increase its investment budget by 90 billion baht in fiscal 2022, in compliance with a law related to state financial and fiscal discipline, says Dechapiwat Na Songkhla, director of the Budget Bureau.The House of Representatives is scrutinising the fiscal 2022 budget, ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

House debating B500bn loan bill

Parliament on Wednesday started debating a bill to allow the government to borrow an additional 500 billion baht to help deal with the country’s latest and biggest coronavirus outbreak.The economy is expected to grow only 1.5%-2.5% this year after last year’s 6.1% slump, with tourism ...

GLO gambles on PaoTang app to prevent lottery overpricing

The Government Lottery Office (GLO) will open a new online channel for sale of lottery tickets next month in a bid to combat overpricing.Lottery tickets are often sold for higher than the advertised price of 80 baht, GLO director Pol Col Boonsong Chantreesri noted.To help ...

The Nation Reporter

Loan decree needs to be transparent

A former finance minister on Monday submitted a petition to the Supreme Admin Court asking it to revoke cabinet approval for a 700-billion-baht loan to combat the kingdom’s public health crisis.The cabinet recently approved the draft of an executive decree authorising the government to borrow ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand-Cambodia highway 70% complete

A new highway connecting Thailand and Cambodia is 70% complete, according to the Department of Highways.The four-lane road will be named Highway 3646 and connect Ban Nong Ian in the Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to the Thailand-Cambodia Friendship Bridge in Stung Bot community ...

The Nation Reporter

UK and Thailand to Cooperate in New Era of Smart City Development

The UK and Thailand have jointly launched the “UK Thailand Tech Export Academy”.  The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the development of “smart cities” to be constructed across Thailand.  So far, the initiative has involved the matching of over 200 businesses from the ...

New housing policy for Thailand’s low-income sector approved

The state enterprise policy committee on Friday approved the National Housing Authority’s house-rental project for the low-income sector.The committee, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed that 100,000 homes be provided over the next five years or 20,000 per year. The houses will be in ...

The Nation Reporter

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