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PM to follow up on Pattaya ferry accident during Chonburi visit

General NewsPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Chonburi province today (November 5) to follow up on the case of the sunk ferry in Pattaya that has claimed the lives of 6 tourists.

A ship operated by the Koh Lan Travel company sank off the coast of Pattaya on Sunday evening, after it departed from Koh Lan with around 200 passengers. At least 16 passengers suffered injuries.

Saman Khwanmueang, the ferry's captain, asserted that the boat did not run into reefs and was not overloaded. The man said he believed the bottom of the vessel was damaged by violent waves.
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‘Thailand’ s economic future under the ASEAN Community’ Exhibition

General NewsPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on October 28th presided over the opening ceremony of ‘Thailand’s Economic Future under the ASEAN Community’ exhibition at the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok.

Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, the exhibition promotes an in-depth understanding on ASEAN Community, boosts public awareness and provides adjustment strategies for stakeholders, especially SMEs.

The Prime Minister said in her opening speech that ASEAN countries have committed to pushing for greater connectivity in four issues after their integration into a single market in 2015, namely the expansion of production base with a market of 600 million people, physical connectivity within ASEAN by upgrading all modes of transport, improvement of customs service and social security systems, and institutional connectivity by removing impediments to movements of vehicles, goods, services and skilled labor across borders.
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Wreath-laying to recognize Thai soldiers at Korean War

Asian StoriesHis Majesty the King on October 22 designated Air Chief Marshal Chalit Phukpasuk to deputize for him at the wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the Korean War Veterans Day. The ceremony was held at the Monument of Korean War Veterans situated at the นวมินทราชินี camp in the 21st Infantry Division of Her Majesty the Queen’s royal guards in Chon Buri Province.

At the ceremony, General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, a deputy prime minister , laid a wreath on behalf of Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister and Defence Minister, followed by the deputy provincial governor, the Korean Ambassador to Thailand, representatives of soldiers participating in the Korean War and heads of government units.
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PM fears protests might be intensified

General NewsPrime Minister Yingkuck Shinawatra has expressed concerns that the ongoing anti-government might escalate and called on the protesters to talk with the government.

Ms Yingluck said whether the Internal Security Act would be lifted depended on the Center for Administration of Peace and Order. Authorities were trying to negotiate with the protesters, asking them to avoid obstructing road traffic. The premier admitted that she was worried about the protests as they comprised many groups.
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3 Billion THB to be injected into rice compensation fund

BusinessThe National Rice Policy Committee has approved an injection of 3 billion baht into a scheme to pay compensation to farmers who could not pledge rice in time for the 2012/2013 harvesting season ending September 30.

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan said after the meeting of the NRPC committee that the meeting addressed the issue of rice growers who could not harvest in time for the September 30 deadline.

The meeting resolved to propose to the cabinet an allocation of 3 billion baht to pay to the farmers 2,500 baht for each ton of rice mortgaged with the government.
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'Thailand Tomorrow 2020' held in Nong Khai

General NewsThe government has organized a road show entitled "Thailand Tomorrow 2020" in Nong Khai Province. The exhibition showcased high-speed train project, double rail system, and other infrastructure projects.

The opening ceremony was co-presided over by Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt. The exhibition was held at Nong Khai City Hall. It was divided into 9 zones as visitors could learn about the government’s infrastructure projects which include high-speed train project, double railway system, road construction, sea ports, and border area development.

The "Thailand Tomorrow 2020" was to allow the government to clarify to the people its plan to build a complete transportation infrastructure; with 80% of the allocated budget set to develop dual-track railways and turn Nong Khai into the final destination for the high-speed rail project.
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Govt plans to overhaul Thai cooperative system by 2014

General NewsThe Cooperative Promotion Department has laid out five strategies in overhauling local cooperative systems, with an aim to turn local communities into competent production and marketing units.

Department Director General Somchai Charnnarongkul has unveiled the plan to mark the 41st anniversary of the department's services aimed at enhancing small entrepreneurs' abilities, especially those in rural area, so they will be able to sell their own products to consumers directly.
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Kittiratt: Taxes on luxury items will not be reduced

General NewsDeputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong has said that the government will not reduce taxes for luxury items as earlier announced by the government as a plan to promote Thailand as a 'Shopping Paradise'.

Earlier this week, Finance Ministry permanent secretary Ariphong Phucha-um said the prime minister had told the Finance Ministry to quickly sum up its plan to stimulate tourism, especially the "Shopping Paradise" scheme. However, the Finance Minister said on Sunday the Shopping Paradise plan would be put on the back burner.
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Commerce Ministry to mend shortfall in iron, steel and electronics export

BusinessPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned the Ministry of Commerce to seek new markets for Thai products that have been seeing shortfalls in export quantity, namely iron, steel and electronics.

Prime Minister Yingluck on Wednesday presented awards to businesses that were deemed excellent in boosting the country's brand image. Ms. Yingluck indicated that consumer demand had become more complex, and businesses needed to innovate to respond to this demand. She said the government would like product development to be made with regard to the image of the country's brands and services, so as to create an impression with consumers.
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Rihanna's tourist snap with primate results in arrests

EntertainmentThai authorities on Monday said two men had been arrested on suspicion of possessing a protected primate after pop star Rihanna posted a picture of herself online holding the creature.

The singer posed with the tiny, large-eyed slow loris on a night out in the tourist resort of Phuket on Friday, posting a picture on Twitter and Instagram, without apparently realising that the use of the animal as a prop for tourist snaps is illegal.

The image -- captioned "Look who was talkin dirty to me!" - generated outrage from animal lovers concerned about rampant exploitation of animals in Thai tourist areas and prompted a quick response from authorities.

Local district chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol said two men were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of possessing a loris. "I have asked police to check the area in Patong beach afer Rihanna posted her picture on Friday night with a slow loris," he said.
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