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Developing Ayutthaya as a model city discussed

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Developing Ayutthaya as a model city discussed

Oct 20. 2019
Roengsak Tongsom

Roengsak Tongsom
By THENATION

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Roengsak Tongsom, director of Transport and Traffic Development at the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) was the keynote speaker at this week’s “Development of Ayutthaya as a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Model City” seminar.

Roengsak reminded participants that Ayutthaya was among the provinces selected as a model for development, thanks to its Gross Regional and Provincial Product (GPP), earning average per year, and quality of population structure, which is an important force for economic development.

“In 2017, the GPP of Ayutthaya was Bt4.03 million, the fifth highest in Thailand, while the average annual salary was Bt465,927,” said the director. “The quality of population structure is good. Data from 2018 show around 800,000 citizens and a growth rate per year of 0.6 per cent over the past 10 years.”

Roengsak added that other factors support the province’s economic growth. “As a tourist destination, Ayutthaya has grown in popularity since being recognized as World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1991. Total tourists in 2017 topped 7.6 million and a growth rate of 5.2 per cent per year has been recorded over the last five years.”

This province is also home to five industrial zones and is a hub for transport via land, rail and water, as well as being the connection point between the northern and northeastern railway lines.

The OTP’s study on the possibilities of property development divided the area around Ayutthaya’s train station into four zones covering around 206 rai with a focucs on supporting trading business, investment and economic stimulation. “We plan to improve quality of people’s life through development that preserves the beautiful scene of the province” the director added.

“Located near the train station, the first zone is suitable to develop as a mixed-use complex” Roengsak explained. “This new commercial district will create jobs and promote business activities to attract further investments and strengthen the regional economy in Ayutthaya. It is also the only retail centre in the province.”

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‘Eat, Shop, Spend’ second phase to offer more cash back

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘Eat, Shop, Spend’ second phase to offer more cash back

Oct 19. 2019
Charnkit Detvitak

Charnkit Detvitak
By The Nation

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The second phase of the “Eat, Shop, Spend” economic stimulus package will limit the number of those registered at a maximum of 2 million but will offer more cash back for spending, Charnkit Detvitak, vice minister attached to the PM’s Office has said.

He added that Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana had finished considering the details of the scheme, which would be tabled before the Cabinet on Tuesday (October 22). Then the scheme will open for registration.

He added that unlike the first phase, the second phase will not hand out Bt1,000 cash for spending but will provide more cash back to encourage more spending by the recipients.

The second scheme will cap the number of those registered at 2 million, while the first scheme did so at 10 million. However, the ministry might reconsider expanding the limit on recipients in the second phase if it got an overwhelming response from the people.

He said the second phase targeted consumers with high purchasing power.

The second phase will offer 15 per cent cash back for spending of Bt30,000 at participating merchants via Krungthai Bank’s Pao Tang application. They might get 20 per cent cash back for spending from Bt30,000 to Bt50,000.

The ministry will use the leftover budget from the first phase to finance the second phase. The budget of the first phase is Bt19 billion. So far, this Bt19-billion budget is yet to be fully used up.

Collapse of Chinese buyer hits Thai rubber suppliers hard

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Collapse of Chinese buyer hits Thai rubber suppliers hard

Oct 19. 2019
By THE NATION

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The fluctuations in the price of rubber is caused by many factors, such as the US-China trade dispute which has led to banks restricting loans to rubber companies, while farmers are being forced to sell their products at a lower price to secure revolving funds for next year’s crop, a senior official said on Saturday.

Sunan Nuanphromsakul, acting governor of the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT), added, “However, the most serious impact on the Thai rubber industry was caused by the collapse of Chongqing General Trading Chemical Company in China last September,” he said. “Chongqing was one of the biggest buyers of Thai rubber at 1.5 million tonnes per year. Their absence from the market has caused rubber price to plummet drastically.”

Sunan further explained that in order to solve the rubber price problem in the short term, the government uses the price guarantee scheme to help rubber farmers who are registered with the RAOT before August 12.

“There are over 1.7 million farmers registered with the RAOT, with a combined plantation area of 17.2 million rais. The rubber trees must be of at least seven years old to be eligible for the subsidy,” he said.

The scheme guarantees a price of Bt60 per kilogram for premium grade rubber sheets, Bt57 per kg for latex and Bt23 per kg for cup lumps. The maximum guaranteed amount will not exceed Bt240 per kilo per rai per year and will be limited to 25 rai per farmer.

“As for long-term measures, the RAOT is working with related government agencies to design projects to promote the use of rubber products both domestically and overseas to reduce the excessive stocks of rubber,” he said. “For example, we aim to provide loans to rubber-processing entrepreneurs who wish to invest in new machines and facilities to manufacture high-value rubber products such as rubber gloves, automotive tyres and specialised rubber for engineering applications.

“The loan budget is initially set at Bt10 billion, and is expected to increase domestic rubber consumption from 60,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes annually,” Sunan added.

 

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Fears expressed over spread of rubber leaf drop disease

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Fears expressed over spread of rubber leaf drop disease

Oct 19. 2019
Pichet Prommul

Pichet Prommul
By THE NATION

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The chief executive of the International Rubber Consortium (IRCO) Pichet Prommul on Friday expressed concern at the spread of rubber leaf drop disease in Thailand.

The disease, which is caused by the water mould Phytophthora, has destroyed 2 million rai of plantations in Indonesia, affecting 5.4 tonnes of crops, “The disease is hard to handle as it is spread by the wind,” he explained.

“In terms of the infected rubber in Narathiwas, we still need to survey the damage,” he said. “According to Indonesia, productivity per rubber plantation this year decreased by as much as 15 per cent. However, if Phytophthora again destroys crops next year, productivity could drop by 30 per cent to 50 per cent.”

Pichet is also concerned that the density of rubber trees in Thailand’s southern plantations will help the disease spread easily. Studies and surveys conducted to identify species that are resistant to the disease have shown no results. “I acknowledge the difficulties in managing this problem, which will affect rubber farmers in a wide area,” he said. “I’m afraid our future productivity could fall beyond that of Indonesia.”

4.1 quake rattles Chiang Mai

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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4.1 quake rattles Chiang Mai

Oct 19. 2019
By THE NATION

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A 4.1-magnitude earthquake was reported at a depth of 6 kilometres on Friday night (October 18) in the Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai province in Northern Thailand.

The Earthquake Observation Division of the Thai Meteorological Department said the quake occurred at 9.46pm and its epicenter was 15 kilometres east of downtown Chiang Mai.

The division reported that the quake was felt by locals for a short time and that residents of the adjacent districts of Sankampaeng, Sansai, Saraphee also felt the earth shake.

After the quake, Chiang Mai governor Charoenrit Sanguansat ordered officials to check for damage in high-rise buildings such as Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai hospital, and later reported that the situation had returned to normal. The checks ascertained that there was no need to evacuate patients from the hospital.

There have been no reports of damaged buildings, roads, dams or casualties.

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Year’s car production target cut by 150,000 to 2 million units

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Year’s car production target cut by 150,000 to 2 million units

Oct 19. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Automotive Industry Club, under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), reduced its 2019 production target by 150,000 units to 2 million vehicles, attributing the decrease to stricter requirements for bank loans and the impact from flooding.

The Automotive Industry Club, under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), reduced its 2019 production target by 150,000 units to 2 million vehicles, attributing the decrease to stricter requirements for bank loans and the impact from flooding.

Moreover, the Industrial Confidence index in September sank to its lowest level in 12 months amid the slowdown in global economy.

Following the revised target of two million units in September, compared to a total production of 2.167 million vehicles last year, export target was cut to 1 million from 1.1 million, compared to the exports of 1.142 million units last year, said Surapong Pisitpattanapong, vice president and spokesman of the club.

“Moreover, the impact from flooding and stricter approval of car loans have led to a drop in car sales in the domestic market ” he said. “The manufacturing target for national sales has been reduced to 1.01-1.02 million from 1.05 million, lower than the total of 1.04 million units last year”.

FTI President Supant Mongkolsuthree said the Industrial Confidence index in September stood at 92.1, down from 92.8 in August and the lowest since October 2018.

“Entrepreneurs are still worried about the global economic situation, while the Thai economy is softening,” he said.

A survey of 1,103 entrepreneurs nationwide in the late September showed that more than 70 per cent were worried about the unresolved US-China trade war, while more than 50 per cent were uneasy with continuous strengthening of the baht.

“Although the government has launched measures to stimulate the economy and ease the concerns of entrepreneurs’, there are other internal factors that influence the confidence index. The current slowdown in domestic investment is reflected in the drop in the imports of machinery and raw materials for production”, the president said.

In the next three months, the index is expected to increase from 102.9 in August to 103.4 , mainly due to the positive impact from the government’s ‘Eat, Shop, Spend’ packages, both Phase 1 and 2, which will help boost domestic spending till the end of the year.

Three UDD members now face additional charges of terrorism

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Three UDD members now face additional charges of terrorism

Oct 18. 2019
Prayut Petchakhun

Prayut Petchakhun
By Kesinee Taengkeaw
The Nation

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The attorney of the Department of Special Litigation 1 has filed new charges of terrorism against three members of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said Prayut Petchakhun, deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General.

“The opposition party leader’s spokesperson, Adisorn Piengket, was on October 17 slammed with a six charge of committing terrorist activities, while Pheu Chart party-list MP candidate Aree Krainara and president of the Udon Thani Provincial Administration Wichian Khaokham, were charged on October 16 of being involved in terrorism,” he said.

It is reported that the three UDD members have rejected the allegations and have applied for bail with a guarantee of Bt600,000. The Criminal Court will look into their case on December 2.

The three UDD members had reportedly cooperated with a group led by red-shirt leader Virakarn Musigapong to provoke protesters into causing fear among citizens by doing such things as pouring blood in front of Government House and Democrat Party headquarters, using M79 grenade launchers and other weapons to attack several government buildings and invading Chulalongkorn Hospital to search for soldiers believed to be hiding inside.

Charges faced by UDD chairman Jatuporn Prompan and 24 UDD leaders are currently being considered by the Appeals Court.

SRT to halt legal move against Hopewell

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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SRT to halt legal move against Hopewell

Oct 18. 2019
By THE NATION

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Nitithorn Lamleur, a lawyer acting on behalf of State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said today (October 18) that he had been assigned by Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob to file a case against Hopewell at the Civil Court as SRT had discovered that Hopewell’s elevated highway and rail line project might have violated the Announcement of the National Executive Council No 281, which requires foreign companies to be qualified and approved by the Cabinet before conducting business in Thailand.

“If Hopewell is found guilty in this case, SRT would challenge the Supreme Administrative Court’s order for it pay Bt11.8 billion in compensation to Hopewell, plus 7.5 per cent interest annually,” he said.

Nitithorn said he had planned to submit the case to the Civil Court as well as filing an appeal for the Central Administrative Court to temporarily halt the compensation payment order until the issue has been resolved, but changed his mind after a representative from Hopewell contacted him.

“Hopewell (Thailand) Co Ltd has made contact, saying that it would like to re-negotiate with the Ministry of Transport and SRT to find a new solution to this issue,” he said, adding that “Hopewell will not object if SRT proceeds with filing an appeal for an injunction of the payment order at the Central Administrative Court”.

Nitithorn said he would wait for the outcome of the re-negotiations before taking any legal actions.

Future Power Party registers party members

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Future Power Party registers party members

Oct 18. 2019
Chakraphan Prachuabmoh

Chakraphan Prachuabmoh
By THE NATION

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Chakraphan Prachuabmoh, Future Power Party’s acting leader, and Pattrayoot Sungsiri, the acting secretary-general, yesterday (October 17) took the list of its 600 members to the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand to register the party.

Chakraphan said that his political party consists of new generation businessmen, among them former Nok Air executive Patee Sarasin. “Our party wants to apply new technology to administering the country and help it keep up with today’s world,” he explained, “We are not so much interested in politics; our main focus is on meeting the basic needs of the people”.

“We have never joined any political parties and we do not support General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as we believe the Prime Minister cannot solve the economic problems faced today.”

Chakraphan freely admits to knowing Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of the Future Forward Party (FWP) but stresses that their political philosophies are different. “FWP sees the amendment of the Constitution as the most urgent issue, while basic needs are more important for us” he said. “Besides, our party’s point of view toward the royal institution is in accordance with the idea of a democratic form of government with the King as Head of State”.

The Future Power Party will hold a meeting sometime in the next two week in order to select its executive committees, establish the party’s branch office, and complete all operations required under the laws governing political parties. “The party plans to send candidates to the next general election and will focus on the Bangkok area, which will be the location of the party headquarters” he added.

Chakraphan is a young and successful businessman often referred to as Mr Billion and Little Money Wizard. He is a nephew of Samphao Prachuabmoh, former Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in the Chavalit Yongchaiyudh administration. He currently serves as executive chairman of Interprime Media Co.

Thanathorn appears before Constitutional Court

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thanathorn appears before Constitutional Court

Oct 18. 2019
Photo Credit: Rachanon Intharaksa

Photo Credit: Rachanon Intharaksa
By The Nation

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Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit went to the Constitutional Court today (October 18) to give testimony in the case brought by the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) on whether his membership of the House of Representatives should be terminated due to his shareholding in the media business V-Luck Media.

He posted his appreciation on Twitter to all those who support the Future Forward party’s parliament members and noted that whatever the result, he would always be proud of sharing ideology with all members of the Future Forward party.

The Constitutional Court is to hear 10 witnesses in this case.

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