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Tourism Council of Thailand says Q1 2021 tourism confidence index drops to 53




It is estimated that 6.69 million foreign travellers visited Thailand in 2020, an 83% decrease from 2019. The visitors generated revenue of around 300 billion baht, an 80% decrease from the previous year.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203372-tourism-council-of-thailand-says-q1-2021-tourism-confidence-index-drops-to-53/

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Thailand may see 1 million tourism job losses in first quarter after new outbreak

By Kitiphong Thaichareon



FILE PHOTO: Immigration officers stand in front of an empty arrivals hall at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thailand, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand could see a million more jobless tourism workers in the first quarter after its latest wave of coronavirus infections, while relief measures are urgently needed to support the struggling sector, a private tourism group said on Tuesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203356-thailand may-see-1-million-tourism-job-losses-in-first-quarter-after-new-outbreak/

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CCSA eyes easing controls on four red-zone provinces




Satit Pitutacha


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is planning to remove four eastern provinces, namely Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, from the “red zone” list, the Public Health Ministry said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203366-ccsa-eyes-easing-controls-on-four-red-zone-provinces/

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Labour network rallies for more assistance





Members of the Labour Network for People’s Rights rallied outside Government House on Tuesday demanding that the government pay Bt5,000 to each member of the country’s workforce for three months.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203364-workers-want-b5000-for-3-months/?do=findComment&comment=16201269


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Rayong gets ready to lift restriction on 10 types of businesses, public sites

By The Nation




The Communicable Disease Control Committee has agreed to allow 10 types of businesses and sites in Rayong to reopen from Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203418-rayong-gets-ready-to-lift-restriction-on-10-types-of-businesses-public-sites/


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Ratchanok, Thai super-duo face supreme test in World Tour Finals




Ratchanok Inthanon


Ratchanok Inthanon and the red-hot mixed doubles duo Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai will shoulder Thai hopes when the $1.5-million BWF World Tour Finals kicks off on Wednesday at a spectator-free Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203420-ratchanok-thai-super-duo-face-supreme-test-in-world-tour-finals/


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Govt to offer 30 million people Bt7,000 each in new round of Covid relief

By The Nation



Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith


The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new round of Covid-19 relief for low-income groups. The new package will offer Bt7,000 in credit for shopping necessities and cover around 30 million people.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203421-govt-to-offer-30-million-people-bt7000-each-in-new-round-of-covid-relief/


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Education ministry details school fees are to be refunded by private schools



A student uses hand sanitiser as she arrives at a secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)


Private schools, which provide online learning during the lockdown, must refund certain fees and charges to parents, either in cash or by credit note, said the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC), which is under the Education Ministry.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203423-thai-education-ministry-details-school-fees-are-to-be-refunded-by-private-schools/


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UK PM Johnson: Sorrow of 100,000 COVID-19 death toll "hard to compute"



FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus news conference at 10 Downing Street, London, Britain January 22, 2021. Leon Neal/File Photo


LONDON (Reuters) - The sorrow of Britain's COVID-19 death toll, which passed 100,000 on Tuesday, was hard to compute, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203424-uk pm-johnson-sorrow-of-100000-covid-19-death-toll-hard-to-compute/


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Biden speaks to Putin for first time since taking power -White House

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland



FILE PHOTO: Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/File Photo


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for the first time since taking office and raised concerns about Russian activities including the treatment of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the White House said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203425-biden-speaks-to-putin-for-first-time-since-taking-power-white-house/


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U.S. Senate blocks constitutional challenge to Trump impeachment trial

By David Morgan



U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is trailed by reporters as he arrives to be sworn in for the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 55-45 on Tuesday to block a Republican effort to upend plans for former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on a charge that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203429-us-senate-blocks-constitutional-challenge-to-trump-impeachment-trial/


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Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologise for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack

By Makini Brice and Richard Cowan



The U.S. Capitol building can be seen from behind high security measures in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologised on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203430-top-us-capitol-security-officials-apologise-for-failings-in-jan-6-attack/


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Israel's top general says its military is refreshing operational plans against Iran

By Jeffrey Heller



FILE PHOTO: Incoming Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi reviews an honour guard during a handover ceremony where he replaces Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's top general said on Tuesday that its military was refreshing its operational plans against Iran and that any U.S. return to a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be "wrong."


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203426-israels-top-general-says-its-military-is-refreshing-operational-plans-against-iran/


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Thailand cuts worker Social Security contributions, extends visa renewal deadlines



Labour Minister, Suchart Chomklin


Thailand’s cabinet decided today to cut the employee contribution to the Social Security Fund from 3% to 0.5% of their salaries for February and March, but to retain employer and government contributions at 3% and 2.75% respectively.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203433-thailand-cuts-worker-social-security-contributions-extends-visa-renewal-deadlines/


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