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Thailand Live Monday 18 October 2010

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PM orders officers to tackle problems caused by floods

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has ordered related agencies officers to tackle flood problems caused by heavy rain in a number of provinces; he has also advised people to closely follow the weather forecast.

According to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiv in his weekly talk show, rain and flood have reportedly ravaged several areas, especially those in the Northeast, causing heavy property and financial damage as well as hardship for millions of people. The Premier has asked those living in the rain-and-flood-affected regions to be always on alert and closely follow the daily weather forecast.

As many provinces have been severely affected by flood, especially Nakorn Rachasima which has seen the worst flood in fifty years, authorities have called for all sectors to join hands assisting flood victims. Makeshift shelters have been put up; food and water provided for them. Motorists have been advised to take alternate routes and to avoid the Mitrapap Road, part of which has been submerged under a meter deep of water since yesterday, in light of heavy rain in the past forty-eight hours.

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Nearly 6,000 Taxi meters have been installed with receipt meter system

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Nearly 6,000 Taxi meters have been equipped with receipt-issuing meters system during the first nine months of the year, the department of Land Transport has announced.

According to Mr. Chalermthai Yanpiruk, Deputy Director of Department of Land Transport, since the department’s requirement came into effect nine months ago, requiring that all cabs to be registered on Jan.1 onwards must have a receipt-issuing meter—instead of a regular meter—installed, over 6,000 cabs have been equipped with the meter. The system is convenient and fair for passengers who will be issued a receipt, complete with the cab’s license plate, the date and time of the service, as well as the distance traveled.

The meter must be approved by the Department of Land Transport before being installed. In addition, the receipt issued can be used as proof of ownership by the passenger when claiming for personal belongings forgotten in the cab, added the Deputy.

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Chinese Tourists avoid Bangkok, travel to Samui – Phuket instead

BANGKOK (NNT) -- President of Thai – China Travel Association said that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country in the last quarter is satisfactory. However, domestic political situation has caused them to change their destination to the South. As for the stronger Thai baht, the appreciation doesn’t affect the Chinese tourist market because the Yuan has also gone up against the dollar.

Unstable political situation including rallies and explosions in Bangkok has caused Chinese tourists to avoid Bangkok and Pattaya, but opted to travel to the islands of Samui and Phuket instead. The two provinces have seen the number of visitors go up by more than double compared to that of last year. Chartered flights have also gone up to 60 flights a week, up from 20 per week last year.

The Association has expected over 1 million Chinese tourists throughout the year, and more than 1.3 next year.

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Police Arrest Suspect Who Left Black Bag at Privy Council President's Residence

Samsen police have arrested a man, suspected of leaving a black trash bag filled with feces and curses against the Privy Council president, at his residence yesterday. They used CCTV footage to identify the man, who confesses to being a red-shirt supporter and to having done this 5 times already.

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PM urges people to monitor weather forecast

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Sunday urged the people to monitor weather forecast to minimise impact from heavy rains and flash floods.

Speaking during his weekly TV program, Abhisit said several provinces had been hit by floods and torrential rains kept falling so the people should constantly monitor weather forecast.

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-- The Nation 2010-10-18

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ABAC Poll reveals Thai people are most worried about bombing news

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Thai people are most worried about bombing incidents; more than 50 percent believe that comments related to politics posted on the internet are done by silence groups, according to ABAC poll, news

82% of 1,498 people surveyed are most concerned with the continuous bombing news; 64.6% are unhappy with exorbitant fees charged for the use of the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM); 61.2% are worried about natural disasters; 59.3% are uneasy about the relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia; while 53.5% are worried about fake vegetarian food, says the ABAC poll.

As for political comments posted on various websites, 50.3% believe that posters are unbiased groups of people, whereas 33.8% believe the comments are from government supporters, and another 15.9% believe they are from anti-government groups, said Nopadon Kanikar, the head of the Abac poll.

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Some exporters stop taking purchasing order due to strong baht

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Department of Export Promotion has reported that some Thai exporters have stopped taking orders for fear of losing money after the baht has shown no sign of weakening.

having met with representatives of shrimp, chicken and pineapple exporters, the Department of Export Promotion Director-General, Nanthawan Sakunthanak, said some of them had already stopped taking any new purchasing order to avoid further loss from the strengthening Thai baht.

They also asked for government’s assistant measures to support market liquidity and reduce costs. The Director-General said she would have a meeting this week with textiles, leather, furniture, and processed food exporters to discuss immediate measures to help soften the impact of the baht.

Most exporters have suggested three ways in which the government could assist them. The three ways included: firstly, granting them loans equivalent to the difference in the amount receivable resulting from exchange rates and allowing them to use the greenback as collateral for the loans; giving them a six-month tax break; providing them with extra-low-interest loans; having the banks peg the rate of exchange at 32 baht per US dollar; secondly, coming up with tax measures aimed at reducing the costs of raw materials, production and labors; lastly, more trading boards for chicken meat exporters.

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Thonburi Train Station vendors' complaint

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Vendors at Thonburi Train station have demand that the Ministry of Transport step in to solve their stall rental problems.

Thonburi Train Station vendors’ representatives yesterday submitted a letter of complaint with the Ministry of Transport Vice Minister Prakij Poldej, who is also the president of the Property Management of the State Railway of Thailand, asking him to solve the ongoing problems at Thonburi Train station. According to the complaint, United Global Agency (Thailand) continues to collect rental payment from vendors, despite the fact that the company’s contract with the Railway agency expired exactly a year ago. The complainants also said they were threatened of bodily harm by a group of thugs hired by the company to coax them into paying rent.

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Bean mushroom is becoming expensive during Vegetarian Festival

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Although the price of termite mushroom in Kratai district, Kamphaeng Phet province, has jumped to 400 baht per kilogram, it does not deter buyers who flock over the markets from buying them.

The area of Sampran Kratai Sukhothai road Kamphaeng Phet province has, as usual, been crowded with people flocking to buy the hard-to-find mushroom. Although the price of the termite mushroom in the area is twice as much as that of last year—to as much as 400 baht per kilogram—, it can not turn away buyers, some of whom come from as far away as Bangkok, from purchasing this delicacy.

According to one of the vendors, termite mushroom has become so expensive because is hard to find given it only blooms during the Vegetarian Festival. Any customer who has a penchant for good mushroom will have to pay upward of 100 baht for a dish of food containing it, whereas a small bag of pickled mushroom costs 100 baht each.

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