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SMEs in 8 provinces to get Pracha Rath loans

The Department of Industrial Promotion will extend loans initially totalling Bt20 billion from a Pracha Rath fund for SME development in eight provinces, starting with Songkhla on May 24. Eight provinces have been initially targeted for the programme. Besides Songkhla, they are Krabi, Chon Buri, ...

Govt pushes Krabi coal plant forum

The government has pressed ahead with its plan to improve the public’s understanding about new environmental and health impact assessments needed for the Krabi coal-fired power plant project, saying a forum have to be organised within a month from now. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon assigned agencies ...

Govt gives in to protesters’ demands to order new study of Krabi coal-fired plant

The government has accepted demands from protesters and ordered that the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment of the Krabi coal-fired power plant be restarted from the beginning. The move has concerned officials at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, who voiced fears that the delay ...

Prayut orders complete surveys of flood damage

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities to conduct comprehensive surveys of the southern flood damage so that effective rehabilitation measures can be taken. “The prime minister has issued the order out of concern for the flood victims,” Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention ...

Landslide warning for 5 provinces

Five southern provinces are bracing for possible landslides and continued flooding as heavy rain persists in the area. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on January 16 announced Chumphon, Surat Thai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla were particularly at risk. The five provinces were ...

Shrimp exports set to grow 10-15%

Thai shrimp exports are expected to grow by 10-15% next year, with domestic supply to hit a record high four years after Thailand began wrestling with early mortality syndrome. Somsak Paneetatyasai, president of the Thai Shrimp Association, said the country’s overall shrimp industry has been ...

Thailand issues malaria warning during peak tourist season

Thailand’s disease control department on December 8 issued a warning for malaria for those planning to take trips or camp out in the country’s forests during the current peak tourist season. “Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are commonly found in forests bordering Myanmar, particularly in Kanchanaburi province”, Dr Vichan ...

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