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New tax law could provide spark to Thailand’s global EV hub dream

A new tax law introduced today could provide the spark to realize Thailand’s global electric vehicle hub dream.The Excise Department in Bangkok revealed a law governing the reduction of the EV tax from 8% to 2% will be published tomorrow in the Royal Gazette and ...

Report attributes 32,000 premature deaths in Thailand to air pollution

According to the State of Global Air 2020 Report, around 32,000 premature deaths in Thailand, back in 2019, have been attributed to air pollution. The report cites the PM2.5 pollution particles as the main culprit as particles in that size range are the most likely ...

Bank of Thailand takes action to curb Thai baht’s strength

The Bank of Thailand has moved forward measures, originally meant to begin early 2021, but most of which will now take effect from end of this month. The end result is that the new rules will make it easier for Thais to shuffle money overseas ...

Farmers call on Thai government to overturn ban on pesticide use

A group of Thai farmers has submitted a letter to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, citing the ineffectiveness of products used to replace Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos, and calling for the ban on those chemicals, introduced on June 1, to be overturned. In the letter, they suggest the ...

Migrants seek to return to Thailand after lockdown

With the introduction of Phase 6 of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, businesses have reopened and begun hiring, but migrant workers, who went home and waited for outbreak to end, now find themselves on the outside looking in, unable to reenter the kingdom and get back ...

Report claims air pollution “kills thousands”, costs billions annually

“In mere months, major cities around the world have lost tens of thousands of lives and well into the tens of billions of dollars in economic productivity.”New data released by environmental groups makes claims that air pollution in Bangkok alone has caused some 6,800 deaths ...

Rights groups call for government to act after abduction of Thai activist in Cambodia

Following Thursday’s broad-daylight abduction of an exiled Thai political activist in Cambodia, both country’s police forces have bluntly refused to investigate, prompting calls by critics and human rights groups, including US-based Human Rights Watch, for swift action. Human rights defender Angkhana Neelapaijit warns that Thai ...

Online learning system to support re-opening of schools

Thailand’s Ministry of Education is launching an online learning system designed as a back-up in the event that the re-opening of schools is deemed unsafe. With Thailand’s schools set to reopen their doors from July 1, a televised and online system is being tested to ...

May Taylor

Human Rights Watch says Thailand should free detained migrants

A significant number of migrants in Thailand’s Songkhla immigration detention centre have the coronavirus and the Human Rights Watch is saying all them should be free due to the dangers of the coronavirus pot the other detainees.In an article urging the release of the migrants, ...

Caitlin Ashworth

Obesity on the rise in the Land of Smiles

Thailand has a health problem and it appears to be an even bigger concern than the current Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organisation says nearly one third of the Thai population is now overweight and 9% of the country is obese. Malaysia currently holds the ...

May Taylor

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