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  • More than 100,000 shops join tourism subsidy program

    More than 100,000 shops join tourism subsidy program

     

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    BANGKOK, 15 September 2019(NNT) - The Ministry of Finance reports that more than 100,000 shops have registered in the domestic tourism subsidy program allowing them to receive payments from allowances paid to domestic tourists, stressing preparedness in the travelers registration system.

     

    The Minister of Finance, Uttama Savanayana has revealed the outcomes of economic stimuli following the joint committee meeting, saying that more shops have registered with the domestic tourism subsidy program, with some 100,000 shops now registered.

     

    Most of these businesses, up to 80,000 shops, currently accept payments from Pracharat welfare cards, while some 32,000 shops are new. The number of new shops registered is still below the government’s 40,000 shops target. Registration is still open, and the Ministry of Finance is positive the number of shops will reach the target.

     

    Interested shop owners can register until 20th September, while members of the general public who wish to receive allowances from this program for domestic travel can register from 23rd September to 22nd November.

     

    Registered persons will receive a 1,000 baht allowance each from the government, and receive 15 percent cashback for their domestic travel expenses not exceeding 30,000 baht in total. The allowance must be used within 14 days of receiving a confirmation SMS. The Ministry of Finance is confident the online registration system will be ready, and can accommodate about 1,000,000 registrations daily.

     

    On helping measures for farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has submitted the names of some 2 million registered rice farmers for the 2019-2020 cultivation season to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives for verification.

     

    These farmers, after having their eligibility verified, will receive compensation at a rate of 500 baht per rai, capped at 20 rai, transferred into their bank accounts in three days.

     

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    16 September 2019
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  • Future Forward spokeswoman’s remarks about charter draw flak

    Future Forward spokeswoman’s remarks about charter draw flak

     

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    Future Forward party spokeswoman Ms. Pannika “Chor” Wanich’s remarks about the entire Constitution has drawn flak from, among others, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the Palang Pracharat party and academics.

     

    During a panel discussion, held at the Maha Sarakham University on Sunday as part of the seven-party opposition’s campaign to solicit public support for constitutional amendments, Ms. Pannika, one of the panelists, said that the existing Constitution must be rewritten in its entirety “because every section sucks, the processes are unjust and the lack of public participation in the drafting of the Constitution”. General Prawit said that Ms. Pannika must be held accountable for her remarks.

     

    Palang Pracharat party deputy spokeswoman Ms. Thipanan Sirichana said that Ms. Pannika’s remarks about the charter are totally unfounded, noting that the charter has been endorsed by 16.8 million people in a referendum.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/future-forward-spokeswomans-remarks-about-charter-draw-flak/

     

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    16 September 2019
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  • Ramkhamhaeng rector supports proposal to exempt outstanding students from debt

    Ramkhamhaeng rector supports proposal to exempt outstanding students from debt

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    The rector of the Ramkhamhaeng University has expressed support for the Bhumjaithai Party’s proposal to exempt students with outstanding performance from repaying their debts to the Student Loan Fund.

     

    The party announced it would submit a bill to the House to amend the Student Loan Act to allow students who graduate with first-class honours to convert their loans to scholarships so that they would not have to repay their debt to the fund.

     

    The bill also seeks to allow students to choose to work for the state instead of repaying the debt and to make the loans from the fund interest free.

     

    Wutthisak Larpcharoensup, rector of Ramkhamhaeng Univesrity, said he supports the plan to allow students with first-class honours degrees to convert the loan to a government scholarship. 

     

    He said the policy would encourage students to try to develop themselves and achieve their full potential and added that, in his view, the bill should also exempt students who graduate with second-class honours to be exempted from paying the debt.

     

    However, he disagreed with the idea of such students choosing to work for the government instead of repaying the debt, pointing out that the government sector has only limited positions and that many students, who do not borrow from the fund, may also want to become government officials.

     

    Meanwhile, Wiroj Limkhaisaeng, rector of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, said he disagrees with the bill, saying he feared in would create educational disparity.

     

    Wiroj said it would not be fair to others if students with outstanding performance are let off from repaying the debt and noted that nowadays, most businesses do not want to only hire graduates with outstanding academic results but also look for responsibility and good social skills.

     

    Wiroj said he supports the idea to make the student loans interest free because students who have to take out loans usually come from the poor families and paying interest on their loans creates too big a burden on them. He agreed in principle to allow students to choose to work for the government instead of paying the debt but does not think there will be a sufficient number of vacant positions to make this a reality.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376228

     

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    16 September 2019
    1123598
  • Thailand Live Monday 16 Sep 2019

    UPDATE:

     

    Scores of tigers rescued from infamous Thai temple have died: media

     

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    BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than half of the tigers that Thai authorities confiscated in 2016 from an infamous Tiger Temple tourist attraction have died from a viral disease because their immune systems were weakened by inbreeding, media reported.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1123489-over-half-of-the-tigers-rescued-from-the-tiger-temple-have-died-of-tongue-paralysis-from-stress/?do=findComment&comment=14573024

     

    16 September 2019
    1123565
  • No place to hide: Immigration’s new biometric system nabs 45,000 overstaying foreigners in Thailand

    No place to hide: Immigration’s new biometric system nabs 45,000 overstaying foreigners in Thailand

     

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    Thailand's immigration chief has hailed the new biometrics system that has been installed in the country saying that the international standard system is making Thailand look good. 

     

    It has resulted in thousands of arrests and also in millions of baht in fines to help pay for the 2 billion baht system. 

     

    At a press conference at the weekend there were several vinyl boards to add to the hype and the word "biometrics" was everywhere along with "jeng eek laew" - referring to it as a "cool" system that strikes again.

     

    As evidence of this Lt-Gen Sompong "Big Oud" Chingduang announced the arrests of eight foreigners using Thailand as an intermediate country to travel to destinations like asylum in the UK and work in South Korea. 

     

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    In the first case on September 11th three Iranians - father and children - were stopped in Thailand on fake Greek passports they had bought for 50,000 Euros (1.7 million baht) in Turkey. They were heading to the UK via Thailand.

     

    Later the same day another Iranian using the same route was stopped. In these two cases two of the passports showed up via biometrics as having been on an Interpol stolen list. 

     

    On the 12th a Syrian man and two Palestinian women used Thailand as a third country to travel via Abu Dhabi using fake Swedish passports bought at a cost of 12,500 Euros or 375,000 baht each. 

     

    Friday the 13th proved unlucky for a Nigerian who was no match for the biometrics system. Mentioning his skin color as "black" Naew Na said that he was travelling on a fake South African passport he had got from a South African agent in Turkey. 

     

    The Nigerian had gone to Qatar and was travelling through Thailand on his way to work in South Korea when he was stopped. 

     

    Lt-Gen Sompong said that the biometrics system had checked a total of 17 million people so far finding 1,123 on blacklists, 45,669 overstaying in Thailand and resulted in immigration coffers being swelled by 81 million baht in fines. 

     

    He said that the new system was of an international standard and had brought Thailand recognition from authorities around the world as a place with international standards. 

     

    Source: Naew Na

     

     

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    16 September 2019
    1123614
  • The week that was in Thailand news: The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

    The week that was in Thailand news: The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

     

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    When reading the news in Thailand it is always worth maintaining an open mind. Reacting too quickly can result in a face thoroughly splattered in egg. Going overboard about the benefits of good news or reacting very negatively to the bad or attempts to improve matters in Thailand can both be equally as bad.

     

    It's far better to take a deep breath and relax. It's good for one's health and may even make you appear less of a fool when it comes to interpreting the vagaries of Thai ways. This columnist has found that the less I overreact the better I feel and ultimately the more correct I might turn out to be in the long run.

     

    I'm not saying that I always get things right. Far from it. Just that experience in Thailand has made me wait and see as issues pan out. This is true of what happens in the political and social arena and doubly true of personal matters in my life.

     

    Watching my mouth on the home front has saved me more grief than I can remember. I'm proud that I am a very different person to the hothead of my first five or ten years in Thailand when I was lucky to survive many close calls due to poor decisions and mistaken assumptions.

     

    There were many examples in a week full of news on Thaivisa where this wait and see attitude would have been beneficial. There are many posters who think that a few (even quite a few!) interactions with the Thai police, Thai women, Thai men, Thai politicians, Thai traders...Thai anything....make them experts on the kingdom and entitle them to hold court with the newbie or the more recently arrived.

     

    Believe me it takes many, many years to even begin to work things out and even then you are likely to get things completely wrong. And it's not just foreigners who don't know what's really going on - many Thais haven't got a clue either. So much so that expressions like "My Thai wife told me that..." or "My Thai neighbor said..." as a means of justifying opinions are tantamount to being suspect at best and just plain laughable at worst.

     

    They claim their opinions are 'gospel' without appreciating that the Lord Buddha and the other Lord "both giveth and taketh away" with equal impunity.

     

    Many have claimed that no one in immigration is listening to the expat and retiree community regarding the TM 30/TM 28 24 hour reporting issue. The know it alls have said that Thais never listen to foreigners and don't even care. When underlings speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club said that it was all for their own good and a matter of national security they believed change would never come. People have claimed foreigners - especially white ones - are being hounded out. Poppycock of the first water.

     

    No one would suggest that Thais are not experts at the knee-jerk reaction. But many fail to appreciate that oftentimes they take criticism onboard without displaying much emotion let alone admission. To do so results in a loss of face. But behind the scenes - away from the glare - there are likely to be moves afoot. Contrary to what Thai bashers say the Thais are anything but stupid. 

     

    I should know. I'm no fool but I've been beaten down for years!

     

    The comments of immigration chief Sompong "Big Oud" Chingduang this week to the BBC about the 1979 law being outdated and news that high level ministerial meetings are taking place on TM 47, 28 and 30 indicate that matters are moving forward. My wait and see approach means I'm not going to say it will all be resolved to everyone's satisfaction but it certainly seems to be the start of one in the eye for those that think the Thais never listen to foreigners.

     

    Rooster was one person who said people should sign the petition started by the Isaan lawyer, was one who advocated speaking up on this issue - all issues that affect those of us in Thailand. It is important to be heard and realise that a lack of immediate reaction does not necessarily mean that change is not being considered.

     

    From tourists, to expats, to retirees, to residents to citizens - try to be informed and reasonable, share your opinion sensibly and speak up for change. It's better than suffering in silence. Ignore people who say "it's not our place to complain". 

     

    On plastic bags and the environment came the headline that Thailand would be free of the menace by "D-Day" of January 1st 2021. How the Thai media love their D-Days. 

     

    Don't hold your breath that this will happen because it won't - there are many years to go before Thai habits will change even though I believe that the Thai group mentality, when garnered for good, can result in dramatic and positive change. Once a majority realise that changes are good for them, that is. The key is to both hurt people financially and reward them financially.

     

    The major retailers have inked a deal with the environment ministry to stop handing out plastic bags by the start of next year. In one fell swoop this will limit the bags by 30% - an achievable goal - and hopefully it will act as a catalyst for mom-and-pop shops and markets to follow suit. The people need to want it to succeed for it to do so. And the government needs to be proactive. 

     

    If success in  this government's term can be achieved in making the Thais more environmentally conscious it might go down as one of the better success stories to rival that of family planning and HIV initiatives of the 90s and naughties.

     

    I for one want to play my part and hope that the swathe of recycling moves currently on the national agenda become a surge of action that the people appreciate is for their own good and something worth striving for.

     

    Health issues were also to the fore this week. I applaud moves by the government to tax sugary drinks, items banned in the Rooster household since the year dot.com. They also plan to double the tax every two years.

     

    And well done to my little ones' school for not selling Coke and Sprite; even if they need to go further and ban some of the sugary and rubbish snacks that parents pour down their children's throats in the misguided belief that filling their darling offspring with sweets and snacks is kind.

     

    Tax is one thing but pressure on the food industry - and through education - is quite another that needs more government action. The obesity epidemic that has plagued the west is already up and running in Thailand and they should learn from the mistakes of the US, Australia and elsewhere. Doubling up the tax is positive but I have also noticed that KFC is handing out increasingly large cups for soda on their refill meal deals, a retrograde step.

     

    And while the Finance Ministry sought to apply higher taxation on non-alcoholic beer this week (a debatable improvement) the story also contained the disgraceful paragraph that they were considering whether to delay the new round of taxation on cigarettes after the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly complained about a severe impact on their business.

     

    A former colleague of mine whose father was very high up in the TTM always gave me a calendar from this disgraceful organisation every New Year. (We'll forget I used to be a 40 a day person smoking Krong Thip or Heavenly Filter!)

     

    I thanked my colleague through gritted teeth but the calendar never graced my desk always finding its way into the bin before January 1st. The government's two-faced attitude to smoking - loving the revenue from tax but decrying the effect on public health - needs to be addressed as a matter of the greatest national importance.

     

    It's another example of when I overreacted with glee when the massive new taxes were announced, but now feel I jumped the gun as vested interests are put ahead of the health of the people, something that is bound to make anyone sicker! Come on Uncle Too, make your mind up. On the plus side the government's caution in allowing e-fags is now starting to look wiser than first thought. 

     

    Even Trump started banning the child friendly e-flavors this week. Well done to him for a change. 

     

    News that Thailand tourism was up year on year in August received the usual hail of criticism on the forum for being nothing but lies, damned lies and TAT statistics. But as always in Thailand it may have been better to stay calm. I thought it was true, but not because tourism was booming.

     

    It could be perfectly reasonable to suggest that the numbers are up year on year. The effects of the the Phoenix boat tragedy, in July 2018, were mostly felt by Chinese cancellations in August of last year. The question is not whether the year on year increase to August is true but rather more can it be maintained over the next few months compared to the general recovery that was experienced after the boat tragedy that claimed 37 lives. 

     

    That is far more debatable. Indeed if the figures are down for September and October year on year it will be no surprise, and actually to be expected. Thai officialdom knows this but love to pull the wool over the eyes of the press and the proletariat and sweep things under the carpet; the media and the people can be as thick as the wool and the shag-pile.

     

    Also nonsensical this week was the smokescreen observation that mass tourism was somehow bringing terrorism to Thai shores. If the average tourist really knew about the level of violence in the far south - or cared about it - that would be news. They care as much as the government, barely a jot.

     

    For the government to suggest the relatively low level of terrorist violence elsewhere can be blamed on tourism is disingenuous and hides their pathetic lack of positive action in Yala, Naratiwat and Pattani. It seemed like a TM 30 justification or worse, a perverse attempt to appear to have things under control.

     

    About 15 years ago I made a Teacher's Day speech at Harrow International School when I informed the high school of the 136 teachers killed in the southern Thailand violence. I thought at the time that many of the Bangkokian hi-so kids in the audience and the foreign teachers thought I was making it up. If only I were.

     

    It was another bad week for hapless tourism minister Phiphat whose initials are PR and whose skills in that regard are nil. This week he was firmly put in his place by Uncle Big Too who actually had a relatively good week. 

     

    His adoring mum must have given him a freshly laundered pair of khaki underpants.

     

    Mindful that the oath debacle and other faux-pas were making the former general look as barking as his orders, Prayut turned down Phiphat's absurd request for two extra days off for his staff "to promote tourism". Phiphat may have billions in the bank and a wife that put the B in bling but he hasn't got a clue about politics.

     

    To compound this mistake, the four am closing proposal for tourist sites in places like Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui and Pattaya now appears as dead as a dodo. The death knell came along with the demise of a well known Pattaya figure called "Tee Lai Kor Phai" caught in a proverbial hail of bullets outside a club opening after hours. Pattaya's finest then attempted to "encircle the pen after the cow had disappeared" by enforcing the 2 am closing at 4am!

     

    A Thai anti-alcohol activist called Mohamed (I jest not) had earlier slammed the proposed opening hour changes saying that it would only lead to more violence. Prophetic indeed.... 

     

    The opening hour changes look R.I.P. - Really Idiotic Phiphat-isms.

     

    Suffering from a lot of egg on face after pretending they were doing something about aircrew smuggling designer items from abroad were THAI executives. On Monday it was announced that an air hostess had been caught with luggage full of Louis Vuitton and wearing about four Gucci belts. She even had something wedged down her bra after a working trip to Italy. 

     

    She looked like the Russians on Aeroflot in the Cold War!

     

    THAI said she would face full disciplinary procedures, a euphemism for punishment commensurate with who she is and who she knows. The national carrier needs a massive overhaul and people who praise it should get out more and try other airlines that are charging a fraction of their fees and doing a much better job. 

     

    A further cautionary tale about reacting too quickly came out of Pattaya. It was reported three months ago that a 28 year old Thai woman who worked in Walking Street jumped from a balcony in Pratumnak. Now she is seriously handicapped and her family have gone to a human rights lawyer to seek justice claiming that her French husband caused her to fall.

     

    Meanwhile the Frenchman, who has worked in many clubs in QUOTES and Bangkok, has fled Thailand amid claims that the Pattaya police were "persuaded" by his influence. That wouldn't be a first. 

     

    And so to a few Rooster awards. The "Married Life Will Be Harder Than Being Single" award goes to the Udon lady who claimed that she was driven down a secluded lane on a bus and surrounded by five men. She forgot about CCTV that caught her in a lie buying a ticket to Bangkok rather than going to see her fiance in Kalasin.

     

    In a story that quickly changed from the possibility of rape/murder to one of devious womanhood, the groom to be put a brave face on the news saying he still wanted to marry and would buy his missus-to-be a car. 

     

    Yet more evidence that it is better to play a waiting game.....especially when it comes to women.

     

    The "Being Prime Minister Will Be More of a 'Mare Than Being Mayor" award goes abroad to Boris Johnson in London. As a great statesman once almost said: Never in the field of human conflict has Labour owed so much to so few. The week's events from Whitehall to Scotland were as unpredictable as anything Thailand could ever throw up!

     

    Criticism has been rife especially on Thaivisa's Facebook arm that the site has too much Brexit content. I'm sorry but I can't get enough of it!

     

    The "Clueless" prize goes to vlogger "Thailand Ric on Tour" who got embroiled in a defamation suit after suggesting that a central Pattaya massage parlor has happy endings. I quickly contacted the hapless semi-retired builder in London who blamed his mate for putting a false title on the video. Now he doesn't know whether he can come back next year to continue his foodie posts.

     

    I know I am not the only one who finds these vlogs atrocious. With the exception of "Dan About Thailand" (who is my boss...) they exhibit almost zero knowledge about Thailand and have production values and "scripts" that are amateurish and tedious. Readers will be glad to know that Rooster has no intention of going there!

     

    Finally the "Euphemistic Excuse of the Week" (EEW!) has to go to deputy agriculture minister Thammanat Prompao who was banged up in Australia for allegedly importing a mountain of heroin. To his credit he didn't claim that he was told it was harmless "brown sugar". 

     

    But under pressure from the opposition the embattled minister explained away his incarceration saying that he "would return to sleep in the place that the officials had prepared for him".

     

    I think he meant jail.

     

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    14 September 2019
    1123410
  • Future of energy: What Thailand can learn from Finland, Denmark

    Future of energy: What Thailand can learn from Finland, Denmark

     

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    Besides being among the world’s happiest nations, Finland and Denmark have another thing in common: They are both equally ambitious to become the world’s first carbon-free country.

     

    Finland’s left-leaning coalition government, which came to power in the elections in April this year, has embarked on a daring plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2035.    And its ultimate aim is to make Finland the first fossil fuel-free country. While the plan definitely sounds ambitious, a quick look at what the country has accomplished so far in dealing with climate change should remove any doubts about how achievable it is.

     

    Briefing a group of Thai journalists visiting Helsinki recently, Pekka Gronlund, deputy director general at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, pointed out that currently 38 per cent of the country’s energy consumption is from renewable energy sources, mainly wood.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/future-of-energy-what-thailand-can-learn-from-finland-denmark/

     

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    16 September 2019
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  • Worries rise as baht scales six-year high

    Worries rise as baht scales six-year high

    By The Nation

     

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    The baht continued its upward trend, appreciating to Bt30.42 to the US dollar on Friday, up from Bt30.67 the previous Friday, after having risen to a six-year high of Bt30.36 at some time during the day.

     

    Regional currencies also moved up against the US dollar as markets expressed relief about the trade war and the European Central Bank (ECB)’s latest monetary easing.

     

    The ECB cut its deposit facility rate, paid by banks on reserves parked with the ECB, to deeper negative territory from minus 0.4 per cent to minus 0.5 per cent and resumed bond purchases to encourage banks to lend more.

     

    The measures came as Germany, Europe’s largest economy, showed signs of a looming recession. US President Donald Trump delayed tariff hikes on Chinese goods and China also postponed increasing tariffs on US goods.

     

    The Kasikorn Research Centre forecast that the baht may move in a range of Bt30.20 and Bt30.60 a dollar next week.

     

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    Investors are awaiting latest developments in the trade war, the developments in Brexit, the meeting of the US Federal Reserve on September 17-18, the meeting of the Bank of Japan and Chinese economic indicators. Investors are also eagerly awaiting key economic indicators in the US, including a survey of industrial activities by the Fed’s New York branch; business trends by the Fed’s Philadelphia branch; the housing index in September; industrial production, second-home sales, housing starts in August and net capital flows in July, the research house added.

     

    Exporters, economists and overseas Thai workers have long complained about the appreciating baht damaging exports, farm products and causing exchange losses for overseas Thai workers, adversely impacting the overall economy. Thai investors who invested in foreign equities were also facing exchange rate losses when repatriating money due to the rising baht.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30376190

     

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    15 September 2019
    1123471
  • Terracotta Warriors exhibition 'a symbol of closer Thailand-China ties'

    Terracotta Warriors exhibition 'a symbol of closer Thailand-China ties'

    By The Nation

     

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    The first exhibition of the emblematic ancient Terracotta Warriors will deepen both cultural and economic cooperation between China and Thailand, China's ambassador to Thailand Lyu Jian said.

     

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    Thailand and China kicked off the exhibition of “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and Terracotta Warriors” at the National Museum on Sunday (September 15) where it will run until December 15.

     

    The exhibition features 86 sets of artefacts including a battalion of terracotta soldiers, archers and charioteers, each with unique facial features, costumes, weapons and even hairstyles.

     

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    The Terracotta Warriors being exhibited in Thailand are a part of the 8,000-man clay army, made in around 250BC for the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Chinese farmers first stumbled upon the tomb in Xian, capital of the northern province of Shaanxi. An archaeologist identified fragments of terracotta found by local farmers digging a well in 1974 .The site is among the first Unesco World Heritage sites in China, winning the  Unesco heritage listing in 1987. Since then, it has become one of major tourist destinations.

     

    In an article about the exhibition,  Lyu Jian wrote that cultural exchange would deepen the 44 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The exhibition takes place this year when China is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and Thailand held the auspicious coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn, he wrote. He said the Thai Royal Family in the past had also supported China in conserving the ancient Terracotta Warriors.

     

    “China-Thailand friendship is a bond of brotherhood that has been taking deep root in the heart of people on both sides, from past to present and the two governments had signed a cultural cooperation agreement in 2001..leading to other exchanges later including this Qin Shi Huang event ,” he wrote.

     

    He added that the deepening relationship could be seen from the millions of Thai people who have studied Chinese language.

     

    On the economic side, more than 10 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand last year and more than 40,000 Chinese studied in Thailand. China has also linked its Belt and Road Initiative with Thailand 4.0 and the Eastern Economic Corridor, he added.

     

    The exhibition is being organised at a total cost of Bt60 million. More than 400 clay artifacts made 2,700 years ago from a national graveyard, as well as special items exclusively from 14 Chinese museums, will be on display.

     

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    Two special sessions are scheduled on Monday and Tuesday (September 16-17), before normal sessions every Sunday to Wednesday from 9am to 4 pm until December 15. Thai visitors will be charged a fee of Bt30 per person while foreigners will pay Bt200 per head.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376224

     

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    16 September 2019
    1123566
  • Krungsri Auto helps Thai flood victims with payment deferrals

    Krungsri Auto helps Thai flood victims with payment deferrals

    By THE NATION

     

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    Krungsri Auto, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ayudhya, is offering help to flood victims in the Northeast and the North by alleviating the financial burdens of affected customers.

     

    Pairote Cheunkrut, Head of Krungsri Auto Group, said: Krungsri Auto has introduced the ‘Krungsri Auto Falood Relief 2019’ programme to lighten the burdens of affected people in flooded areas, subject to Krungsri Auto’s conditions.

     

    The customers of all products of Krungsri Auto are eligible to defer payments for up to six months free of any overdue payment fee and fine. If flooding affects their income, they can also have their instalments reduced by up to 40 per cdent. Krungsri Auto is also lending a helping hand by offering its ‘Car4Cash’ to support affected customers’ liquidity.

     

    The loan-to-value ratio will be offered at up to 100 per cent and customers will have as long as 90 days before the first instalment with an unchanged interest rate. The offer is valid for loan application from September 16 to December 30, 2019.

     

    “Krungsri Auto extends best wishes to those affected people to get through this serious flooding. We hope that assistance solutions from Krungsri Auto will effectively relieve customers’ troubles.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376243

     

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