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Factory blast at Map Ta Phut kills 12

Factory blast at Map Ta Phut kills 12 | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
The casualty toll of the explosion and fire at a petrochemical factory on Map Ta Phut industrial estate has risen significantly with 12 confirmed dead and 129 injured.
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FAO: World rice harvest forecast to rise in 2012

The world rice harvest for 2012 is expected to surpass the strong showing of 2011 as the erratic climate conditions caused by the La Nina weather phenomenon dissipate and farmers increase their plantings, according to an initial forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its Rice Market Monitor released on Friday.

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Thai Police seize one million methamphetamine pills

Thai Police seize one million methamphetamine pills | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

The police arrested two suspected drug traffickers, members of a major drug syndicate in the North, Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong told a news conference on Wednesday.

In an operation to suppress illegal drugs, the police detained two suspects, Charnnarong Chombunrueng and Kritsanatorn Pataranonwongsa, and seized 1,020,000 methamphetamine pills.
Mr Charnnarong was arrested as he was about to deliver the illicit drug to a customer. Police confiscated 100,000 meth pills found in his car.

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Thailand's Southern Insurgency: Cracks In Bangkok's Message

Thailand's Southern Insurgency: Cracks In Bangkok's Message | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

More sophisticated insurgent attacks in southern Thailand have raised serious questions about the Thai government's oft-repeated optimistic message on the conflict.

 

The militants’ new capabilities were first displayed in an attack on an army camp in Rangae district, Narathiwat province in January 2011. Marked improvements in tactical skill, operational planning, coordination, and confidence continued to be displayed in a series of subsequent ambushes of security units and well-coordinated attacks on military camps over the past year. A notable feature of these operations is a boldness and willingness to take risks that was hitherto rare in militant activities.

In a departure from the usual small village-based cells of the RKK (Runda Kumpulan Kecil in Malay, or ‘small patrol group’), the insurgents have been able to assemble platoon-sized units of 15 to 40 men for operations. These units of better-trained militants, stiffened by more experienced RKK members, are supported by local networks of fighters and sympathisers. 

 

 

Brian McCartan is an Associate Research Fellow with the Contemporary Islam Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. He was previously a Thailand-based American journalist and 

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Thai Cabinet extends free bus rides to offset ongoing inflation

Thai Cabinet extends free bus rides to offset ongoing inflation | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
The Cabinet on Tuesday extended free third-class train and non-air conditioned bus services to the low-income Thai public for another five months to help reduce their cost of living, and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra convened a meeting with...
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Thai PM meets with local religious leaders in deep South

Thai PM meets with local religious leaders in deep South | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday pledged to bring the peace to Thailand’s troubled southern region and instructed security-related agencies to work in a more integrated direction in tackling the problems.
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Thailand ready to host the 2012 Rotary International Convention - Business - Thailand Business News

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The Royal Thai Government has announced that it will offer its full support on the memorable occasion for the country which will, for the first time, host the 2012 Rotary International Convention.
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TAPA 2012 - ASEAN's Largest Auto Parts Trade Fair

Exploring the Thai Automotive Industry to Gain Business Insights into ASEAN’s Largest Auto Parts Trade Fair “TAPA 2012”

The Department of Export Promotion, along with the Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association, has revealed the highlights of “TAPA 2012” The event will showcase a range of eco-cars, auto parts industry seminars, automotive innovations and technology developed by Thais.

The fair will be held during April 26-29, 2012, at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna, Bangkok, under the concept of 'automotive innovations and technology for a sustainable environment, as well as saving energy. 

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Thai mobile usage passes TV and desktop PC

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The time per day Thais spend on mobile devices has now surpassed TV viewing and traditional internet use, according to a mobile media survey.

On average, mobile web users in Thailand spend 6.6 hours daily.

 

Of this time, mobile devices represent 27%

compared to 26% people spent online via desktops and laptops and 25% on TV.

 

The study also found 44% of mobile web users in Thailand say mobile devices are their preferred method of going online.


Some 57% of mobile web users play with their devices while watching TV, 46% while lying in bed, 39% while commuting and 23% while waiting for something.

Mobile web users spend 22% of their time on social media like Facebook and Twitter, 20% on music or videos, 17% on gaming, 13% searching for general information like news, and 10% on shopping.

The survey also found that 7% of users have been influenced by mobile advertising when making in-store purchases, and 9% have been influenced to buy via their mobiles.

 

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Boingo Wireless Launches Wi-Fi Services at Phuket International Airport

Boingo Wireless Launches Wi-Fi Services at Phuket International Airport | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
Boingo Wireless Launches Wi-Fi Services at Phuket International AirportMarketWatch (press release)LOS ANGELES, Apr 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Boingo Wireless, Inc., the Wi-Fi industry's leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced...
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Southeast Asia turns up heat on smokers

Southeast Asia turns up heat on smokers | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
With Southeast Asia to be one community in 2015, anti-smoking campaigners are joining forces to turn the fast-growing region into a healthy area by trying to make life difficult for smokers.
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Myanmar Tourist boom hampered by poor transportation

Myanmar Tourist boom hampered by poor transportation | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
Broken down buses, old taxis, trucks being repaired in the middle of the streets, accidents, dangerous downhill drives, uncomfortable benches, bumpy roads, and many long hours which can often double in number with the unpredictable occurrences, are...
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Thailand expects $2Bln investment from China (BOI)

Thailand expects $2Bln investment from China (BOI) | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
The recent roadshow to China yielded triple success in attracting Chinese investment, business match-making, and embracing the bilateral collaboration, according to the Industry Minister.
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Is populism killing Thailand's rice supremacy? Thailand Business News

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Despite losing market share, Thailand has been able to steadily increase its volume of exports and maintain its status as the largest exporter in the world.

 

Thailand has been the largest rice exporter in the world for nearly five decades, when the volume of Thai rice exports steadily increased from 1 million tons in 1974-75 to more than 10 million tons in 2010-11. The country’s share in the global market peaked at 43% in 1988-89; since then, it has been fluctuating between 25% and 30%.

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Thai consumer confidence highest in seven months

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Thailand's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) last month reached its highest point since last year's flood crisis, while the cost of living hit a 21 month peak, according to the Centre for Economic and Business Forecast of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Director Thanawat Polvichai said the CCI stood at 77.6 in April, up from 76.6 in March as a result of the economic recovery after the mega flood.

Thai consumers hope the country's economy and income will improve in the future due to the government's economic stimulus measures, the Bt300 minimum wage rise, and public spending during the recent Songkran holiday.

 

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Thailand remains on US IP piracy & counterfeit list

Thailand remains on US IP piracy & counterfeit list | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
Thailand remains on the list of 13 countries the United States considers the most serious violators of intellectual property rights, according to a US Trade Representative (USTR) report released on Monday in Washington.
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Thailand not worried by rice mountain, but should be

Thailand not worried by rice mountain, but should be | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

Thailand not worried by rice mountain, but should be: Clyde RussellFinancial ExpressLAUNCESTON: There is a mountain of rice piling up in Thailand as a result of the government's subsidy scheme, threatening not only to blow the nation's...

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Illegal logging leads to Thai-Cambodian border clash

Illegal logging leads to Thai-Cambodian border clash | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa clarified Monday that Sunday’s clash at the Thai-Cambodian border was the exchange of gunfire between military and illegal loggers, not between the two countries military forces.

The Thai deputy premier commented after the deputy military commander of Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, Lt-Col Men Ly, said Cambodian troops on patrol were attacked by Thai troops Sunday at noon.

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Labour could put upward pressure on inflation and hit consumer spending

Labour could put upward pressure on inflation and hit consumer spending | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
Think prices for food and fuel are high already? Even worse may yet come, argue some business leaders and economists.
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German Foreign Minister meets with Thai counterpart to boost ties

German Foreign Minister meets with Thai counterpart to boost ties | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday met with his Thai counterpart Surapong Tovichakchaikul in a visit to boost the 150th anniversary of Thai-German relations.

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Thailand eyes Bt1 trillion food exports in 2012

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Thailand expects its exports of farm produce and processed food to rise to one trillion baht this year, Industry Minister Pongsawat Svasti told a seminar on Wednesday.

Last year, the country’s exports of farm produce and processed food were valued at Bt580 billion.

Speaking to the seminar, the minister said that the food processing industry plays a vital role in adding value to agricultural production with Thailand being a key food production centre internationally.

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Autoparts fair to show Thailand's potential as ASEAN leader

Autoparts fair to show Thailand's potential as ASEAN leader | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

Thailand Department of Export Promotion (DEP) and the Thai Autoparts Manufacturers Association are holding the 5th Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2012 (TAPA 2012) to show Thailand's readiness as autoparts industry leader in the ASEAN region.

The export value of Thailand's automobile and autoparts industry last year reached US$22 billion, of which $12.3 billion was for automotive goods and $9.7 billion for autoparts and accessories.

The value of automotive exports alone is expected to reach $13 billion this year, a 8.9 per cent rise, while the value of autoparts and accessories exports is forecast to exceed $10 billion, an increase of 10 per cent. (MCOT online news)

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Thailand to stay on Priority Watch List for another year - Business - Thailand Business News

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The head of Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property said the United States is likely to announce by the end of this month that Thailand, among other countries, will remain on its Priority Watch List PWL for another year.
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PRESS DIGEST - Thai newspapers - April 24 - Reuters

PRESS DIGEST - Thai newspapers - April 24 - Reuters | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it
PRESS DIGEST - Thai newspapers - April 24ReutersThe justice minister will ask the cabinet on Tuesday to approve a 2 billion baht ($64.54 million) compensation scheme for victims of insurgency violence in southern Thailand.
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Toshiba to Build New Semiconductor Facility in Thailand

Toshiba to Build New Semiconductor Facility in Thailand | Thailand Business News | Scoop.it

Toshiba Corporation (tokyo:6502) today announced that it will rebuild its semiconductor manufacturing operations in Thailand by relocating Toshiba Semiconductor Thailand Co., Ltd. (TST) to a new manufacturing facility. The move will position the company to meet future growth in demand and replace the factory inundated by the 2011 floods.

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