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  1. More auctions to be held for high-speed rail project Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Transport will be accepting bids for the much-anticipated high-speed rail project in March. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084775-more-auctions-to-be-held-for-high-speed-rail-project/
  2. More auctions to be held for high-speed rail project Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Transport will be accepting bids for the much-anticipated high-speed rail project in March. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Friday that the construction of the Klang Dong-Pang Asoke railtrack which is the first phase of the high-speed rail project is 50% complete while the second phase, the Sikhio-Kut Chik route, will see a contractor appointed some time in March. He added that more auctions will be held this month and next, with 12 contracts up for grabs, amounting to 235 kilometers of high-speed railway to be constructed. To further improve the country’s transportation system, the ministry will push for more infrastructure projects in Ayutthaya province including the expansion of Highways 3053, 309, 3477, and 356, the construction of a new road linking Rojana Road and Rojana Train Station, a bridge construction project, a new bus terminal in Ayutthaya, and the expansion of Ayutthaya Port. In Sara Buri, the minister said several construction projects are expected to be carried out including an overpass project in Kaeng Khoi district, the extension of Highways 360, 3222, 3034, 3048, 3188, and 362, and a road project connecting the Sara Buri Government Complex and Sara Buri Train Station. -- nnt 2019-02-17
  3. Commerce Min eyes more exports to USA Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce is optimistic that Thai food exports to the US could rise this year, according to its deputy minister. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084774-commerce-min-eyes-more-exports-to-usa/
  4. Commerce Min eyes more exports to USA Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce is optimistic that Thai food exports to the US could rise this year, according to its deputy minister. Deputy Minister of Commerce Chutima Bunyapraphasara says the US will increase the quantity of food imported from overseas to meet rising demand as Americans are looking to hoard food in preparation for natural disasters. Products that will be popular, according to her, are frozen chicken, corn, soya beans, and other agricultural goods. She added the ministry expects US food production to lessen, hence an opportunity for Thailand to export more agro-products to the American market. The ministry said Thai food exports to the US will be generally stable during the next couple months, but will boom later this year due to harsh weather conditions in the US which will hinder its domestic output. -- nnt 2019-02-17
  5. NLA passes seven bills Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084773-nla-passes-seven-bills/
  6. NLA passes seven bills Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week. The Thai lawmakers voted 146-0 with two abstentions to accept in principle the Land Code Amendment Bill, and appointed a vetting committee to revise and forward the bill to the main assembly in 30 days. Also, the legislature passed the draft Property Evaluation and Appraisal Act in the first reading, with 149 members voting in favor and three abstaining, and formed a 17-person committee to vet the bill according to the assembly’s observations. The legislators also passed seven other acts in their second and third readings including the Life Insurance Bill, the Non-Life Insurance Bill, the Digital Society and Economy Council of Thailand Bill, the Protection of Fisheries Workers Bill, the Air Navigation Bill, the Vehicle Parking In Local Administrative Areas Bill, and the National Sports University Bill. -- nnt 2019-02-17
  7. EEC committee reviews 86 investment projects Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) - The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee reviewed 86 projects worth 13 billion baht in a meeting on Friday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084772-eec-committee-reviews-86-investment-projects/
  8. EEC committee reviews 86 investment projects Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK (NNT) - The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee reviewed 86 projects worth 13 billion baht in a meeting on Friday. Chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the EEC Policy Committee tabled investment proposals from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. The committee was informed of 86 projects being developed along Thailand’s east coast between 2018 and 2021 and a plan to produce as many as one million skilled workers over the next 12 years to meet the demand of industries in the EEC zone and other special economic areas. The 86 projects require a budget of 13 billion baht. In addition, the committee acknowledged other investment projects including the high-speed rail project connecting three major airports - Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, and U-Tapao - as well as phase three of the Laem Chabang Port expansion and the establishment of an aviation maintenance facility in Thailand’s east. -- nnt 2019-02-17
  9. Tham Luang cave to be closed from Feb 19 Thailand’s famous Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai will close to all visitors from February 19th to allow Thai Navy SEALs to recover equipment left in the cave after the international rescue mission extracted 13 members of the Wild Boar youth football team who became trapped by flooding last July. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084770-tham-luang-cave-to-be-closed-from-feb-19/
  10. Tham Luang cave to be closed from Feb 19 Thailand’s famous Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai will close to all visitors from February 19th to allow Thai Navy SEALs to recover equipment left in the cave after the international rescue mission extracted 13 members of the Wild Boar youth football team who became trapped by flooding last July. Speaking on Friday, Mr. Kavee Prasomphol, chief of the Tham Luang-Khunnam Nangnon national park in Mae Sai district, said the closure of the cave would also allow naval officers to document the scene inside the cave. The areas surrounding the cave remain open to the public. On January 17th 2019, a SEAL team and rescue workers, including British cave diver Vernon Unsworth and park officials, inspected the cave’s interior and found a large quantity of abandoned oxygen tanks, pumps and other equipment. They entered the cave system only as far as the third chamber, but have not yet reached the location where the footballers took refuge for more than two weeks. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/tham-luang-cave-to-be-closed-from-feb-19/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-02-17
  11. PM tours Chatuchak weekend market Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toured Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak weekend market today (Saturday) and chatted with both vendors and shoppers. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084768-pm-tours-chatuchak-weekend-market/
  12. PM tours Chatuchak weekend market Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toured Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak weekend market today (Saturday) and chatted with both vendors and shoppers. Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda and Deputy Transport Minister Pairin Chuchotethavorn, the Prime Minister said he has long been a visitor to the market adding that it is a popular tourist destination visited by an average of 200,000 people a day who spend about 8.5 million baht there. The prime minister thanked Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and the City Administration for transforming it into a charming attraction for both Thais and tourists. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/pm-tours-chatuchak-weekend-market/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-02-17
  13. Zimbabwean rescuers pull 22 bodies from mine, eight more found alive By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Philemon Bulawayo A rescued artisanal miner is carried from a pit as retrieval efforts proceed for trapped illegal gold miners in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo BATTLEFIELDS, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwean rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold miners out of shafts west of Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084767-zimbabwean-rescuers-pull-22-bodies-from-mine-eight-more-found-alive/
  14. Zimbabwean rescuers pull 22 bodies from mine, eight more found alive By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Philemon Bulawayo A rescued artisanal miner is carried from a pit as retrieval efforts proceed for trapped illegal gold miners in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo BATTLEFIELDS, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwean rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold miners out of shafts west of Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. The accident involving about 70 miners in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of the capital, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the risks run by illegal gold miners, who last year contributed a large part of Zimbabwe's record 33 tonne bullion output. The government has declared the incident a disaster. Henrietta Rushwaya, the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, which represents small-scale miners, said at least 22 bodies had been identified in the shafts and tunnels. "We hope we will be able to retrieve all of the people in time," Rushwaya said. A Reuters witness saw rescuers pulling out at least six bodies in white and blue body bags that were taken to a tent for identification. Tapererwa Paswavaviri, the government deputy chief mining engineer told reporters at the scene that eight miners had been rescued. "So far we have managed to bring out eight miners alive, and we are yet to assess and find any more people down there who are still alive." The miners, who were covered in mud, were whisked away by officials before they could speak to reporters. Rescuers briefly stopped operations due to rain. Anxious relatives and other miners have camped out at the mining site as they wait for news of their loved ones and colleagues, some expressing frustration at the lack of information they are getting. "My son is in there. I did not see him when they brought out the others. No one is saying anything, how are we supposed to know what is happening?," said Sekai Maziwisa, a 56-year-old mother of three. Battlefields and surrounding areas are rich in gold deposits and popular with artisanal miners, known locally as "Makorokoza" or hustlers, who use picks and shovels and generator-powered water pumps. The makeshift shafts and tunnels, dotted around a clearing some 8 km from the main dirt road, can easily collapse in the rainy season when the ground is soft. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-17
  15. Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner' An aerial photo of police and emergency vehicles parked in a lot adjacent to a warehouse at the scene of a mass shooting involving multiply casualties in Aurora, Illinois, U.S., February 15, 2019. Bev Horne/Daily Herald/via REUTERS (Reuters) - When Gary Martin came to work at the Henry Pratt valve manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, he was told he was being terminated from his job. Shortly thereafter, Martin pulled out his Smith & Wesson revolver and opened fire. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084766-gunman-in-aurora-illinois-shooting-described-as-loner/
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