Thailand to Air Concerns with River Commission over Drought, Chinese Dams in Mekong

Thailand will raise concerns about its current drought during a Mekong River Commission meeting expected next month, the Thai water-resources chief said, as local farmers complained that dams in China were choking the waterway on which millions depend for their livelihoods.Somkiat Prajamwong, director of Thailand’s ...

Government hospitals to get more funding

The Social Security Office (SSO) will increase the contribution it pays to its affiliated hospitals by 16% in order to improve the quality of care provided at the facilities, said permanent labour secretary and SSO chairman Suthi Sukosol on Wednesday.Mr Suthi said the decision to ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Huge new stimulus package coming: Somkid

Thailand needs to rev up both public and private investment, including infrastructure development as well as the promotion of the tourism and service sectors, to boost economic growth this year, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told a business seminar on Wednesday.The central bank estimated 2019 ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Activists set up camp over land issues

Members of a land rights advocacy group on Monday set up camp near the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, calling on it to resolve land disputes between villagers and the state.The People’s Movement for a Just Society, or P-Move, also petitioned Natural Resources and ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Minister raises alarm over increasing ‘fake news’ and hacking

The Minister of Digital Economy, Puttipong Punnakanta, held a meeting with the National Cyber Security Committee (NCSC) about the increasing fake news and cyberattacks both within the country and from neighbouring countries. He said hackers used SIM cards registered in neighbouring countries to try to access ...

The Nation Reporter

Strong baht a double-edged sword to farm sector

The strengthening baht is a double-edged sword to the Thai agriculture industry , said Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, secretary general of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE).In 2019, the Thai currency gained 5 per cent in value against the US dollar, from Bt31.81/dollar in January to Bt30.22 ...

The Nation Reporter

Government planning stronger measures to deal with pollution: Varawut

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has said the government is preparing stronger measures to tackle the dust and air pollution problem.He said seeking public cooperation by upgrading and cleaning car engines had only helped maintain the status quo. He said 72 per cent ...

The Nation Reporter

Freedom of press still lacking in Thailand

Last Thursday news reports broke about a Thai journalist who had been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for defaming the owner of a poultry farm via a tweet. A court convicted Suchanee Cloitre in December for a tweet referencing a dispute over working conditions at ...

Sheith Khidhir

Energy transition: ASEAN on track

In March last year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the fifth edition of their Energy Transition Index (ETI), ranking 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability. The report considered both, the current ...

State to set up SEZ supervisory

The government is establishing the Office of the Special Economic Development Zone to supervise all special economic zones (SEZs).Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the National Economic and Social Development Council has been assigned to study upgrading the Office of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) ...

Chatrudee Teeparat

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