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Thailand ‘a rising star in the international school market’

By THE NATION

 

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International schools in Thailand are in high demand as foreign students, including an increasing number from China and Hong Kong, flock to the kingdom to study.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117746-thailand-‘a-rising-star-in-the-international-school-market’/

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Public Health Ministry, Red Cross to jointly boost public awareness on organ donation

By The Nation

 

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thai Red Cross Society to promote public awareness about organ donation and transplants. 

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117767-public-health-ministry-red-cross-to-jointly-boost-public-awareness-on-organ-donation/

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New regulations behind long queues as Sa Kaew border checkpoint bordering Cambodia

By THE NATION

 

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Long queues at the Thai-Cambodian border checkpoint in Sa Kaew province since August 9 has given rise to angry comments on social-media, with angry travellers putting the delays down to bribe-taking, which has prompted local authorities to look into the problem and seek urgent solutions. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117783-new-regulations-behind-long-queues-as-sa-kaew-border-checkpoint-bordering-cambodia/

 

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BEM, EXAT finally reconcile after 25 years of dispute

By Silapakorn Sangsinchai
The Nation

 

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Phongsarit Tantisuvanitchkul

 

The 25-year-long row between the Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Co Ltd (BEM) and the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) has finally come to an end, with BEM agreeing to reduce the compensation it is demanding to Bt58.8 billion, which can be paid by extending its concession for operating expressways by 30 years.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117784-bem-exat-finally-reconcile-after-25-years-of-dispute/

 

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Victims of Phuket construction accident paid initial monetary assistance

By Salinee Prap,
Jessada Chantharak
The Nation

 

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The Labour Ministry provided monetary assistance on Wednesday to the families of the three Myanmar workers who were killed and the eight who were wounded from the collapse of a scaffolding at a condominium construction site in Phuket’s Muang district on August 11.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117785-victims-of-phuket-construction-accident-paid-initial-monetary-assistance/

 

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Replacements for 11 retiring senior education officials to be selected 

By The Nation

 

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Natapol Teepsuwan

 

Education Minister Natapol Teepsuwan said he will select nominees by the end of the month to replace 11 senior officials with the ministry, including the permanent secretary, who are retiring.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117786-replacements-for-11-retiring-senior-education-officials-to-be-selected /

 

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Four banks cut loan interest rates in bid to lift economy

By THE NATION

 

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Four major banks today cut their MRR (Minimum Retail Rate) by 0.25 percentage point, effective from Thursday (August 15), to help lower the financial costs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), increase their competitiveness and support the Thai economy.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117787-four-banks-cut-loan-interest-rates-in-bid-to-lift-economy/

 

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Thailand orders arrests of four more suspects in Bangkok blasts

 

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FILE PHOTO: Members of Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team inspect a site of a small explosion at the Prathunam market in central Bangkok, Thailand, August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Panumas Sanguanwong

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for four more suspects believed to be responsible for a series of bomb attacks as the capital hosted a key diplomatic meeting this month.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117788-thailand orders-arrests-of-four-more-suspects-in-bangkok-blasts/

 

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1 year free visa for Chinese and Indian tourists to be proposed to cabinet

 

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Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose, to the economic cabinet meeting on Friday, a waiver of visa fees for tourists from China and India, who plan to stay in Thailand for not more than 15 days. It is proposed the waiver would start on November 1st and last for 12 months.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117789-1-year-free-visa-for-chinese-and-indian-tourists-to-be-proposed-to-cabinet/

 

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Air quality in southernmost part of Thailand improving

 

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Air quality in nine southern provinces has improved, with the amount of PM2.5 fine dust particles dropping to between 7-31 micrograms/cubic metre, according to Thailand’s Department of Pollution Control.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117791-air-quality-in-southernmost-part-of-thailand-improving/

 

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Army cancels Loy Krathong sky lantern world record attempt in Chiang Mai

 

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The military in Chiang Mai has ordered the cancellation of a major sky lantern event planned for the Loy Krathong festival in November, following heavy criticism from conservation groups.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117792-army-cancels-loy-krathong-sky-lantern-world-record-attempt-in-chiang-mai/

 

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PM orders economics’ team to take care of economic situation

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime Minister has ordered his economics’ team to comprehensively take care of the economic situation in the country and closely study the global economy. The first economics cabinet meeting is expected to be held on August 16.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117793-pm-orders-economics’-team-to-take-care-of-economic-situation/

 

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House Speaker assures envoys of readiness for AIPA summit

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chuan Leekpai, has addressed envoys from the ASEAN Parliament, assuring them that security measures are in place for the 40th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), which will take place later this month.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117794-house-speaker-assures-envoys-of-readiness-for-aipa-summit/

 

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Drought-hit locals up in arms over water supplies to sugar company

By The Nation

 

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Locals in the Si Khiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province launched protests over the Irrigation Department reportedly allowing Khonburi Sugar Company to tap 20,000 cubic metres of water per day from the Lamtakong reservoir amid the drought situation in the area.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1117795-korat-drought-hit-locals-up-in-arms-over-water-supplies-to-sugar-company/

 

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