Thailand’s opposition warned against debating Myanmar warplane incursion

Government chief whip Nirote Sunthornlekha has warned the opposition that the plan by some of its MPs to question the government over last week’s incursion by a Myanmar MiG-29 jet…

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Government and opposition Thai MPs gear up for another censure debate

Government and opposition MPs are preparing their cases for the next censure debate, tentatively scheduled for July 18th through 22nd, during which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten ministers will be…

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Phase 4 of ‘We Travel Together’ program extended until end of October

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) decided to extend Phase 4 of the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) program until the end of October, because there was a residual…

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Foreign actors to be exempt from paying income tax in Thailand

The Thai government has decided to waive personal income tax collection from foreign actors when working on films shot in Thailand in the next five years, in a fresh bid…

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Government measures extended to help small businesses, low-income earners

The cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to extend the current measures intended to cushion the impacts of rising energy prices for those with low incomes and small businesses, to help with…

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Opposition submits motion to censure PM, 10 other ministers

Thailand’s opposition submitted a motion to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday), to censure Prime Minister Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten of his ministers, with the debate tentatively scheduled…

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Thai opposition to target ten ministers, including PM, in censure debate

The opposition parties are aiming to censure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine of his ministers, claiming that they have solid evidence to unseat some of them with allegations of…

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30-day visa exemption for Thailand approved for Saudi tourists

Saudi tourists will be able to visit Thailand and stay for up to 30 days without the need to apply for a visa before their departure, following the cabinet’s approval…

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Thailand’s Civil Partnership Bill endorsed by cabinet, sent to parliament

The cabinet approved the Civil Partnership Bill today (Tuesday), which, if made law, will allow a same-sex couple to register their partnership and recognises many rights and privileges enjoyed by…

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Excise tax on diesel cut by five baht/litre for two months amid high prices

The Thai cabinet decided to slash excise tax on diesel by 5 baht/litre for two months today (Tuesday), effective from May 21, to help ease the financial burden on consumers….

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Cabinet approves new wage rates for skilled workers in Thailand

The Thai cabinet approved new pay rates for three groups of workers today (Tuesday), covering 16 occupations, as proposed by the Labour Ministry. Construction workers: Gypsum board installation: Level 1:…

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Thailand’s long-term ‘high potential’ resident visa fee to be halved to ฿50,000

Thailand’s cabinet decided to cut the long-term resident (LTR) visa fee by half on Tuesday, to 50,000 baht, for foreigners who have “high capability or potential” and want to stay…

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฿211 million approved for study of Thailand’s first plant-based COVID vaccine

The cabinet approved a 211 million baht budget today (Tuesday) for a study of the safety and efficacy of a plant-based candidate sub-unit vaccine in boosting the body’s immune response…

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Thai cabinet approves 6-year ฿50bn fund to produce over 13,000 doctors

The Thai cabinet set aside 50 billion baht today (Tuesday) to support the second phase of the program to produce 13,318 rural doctors within the next six years, to narrow…

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Thai cabinet rejects draft Progressive Liquor Bill

The Thai cabinet rejected the Move Forward Party’s draft Progressive Liquor Bill yesterday (Tuesday), which seeks to liberalise the production of liquor for non-commercial purpose. Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek…

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Thai cabinet rejects same sex marriage bill, pending parliamentary review

The LGBTQ community in Thailand was dealt a serious setback today (Tuesday), when the cabinet rejected the Move Forward Party’s draft Marriage Equality Bill, which sought to legalise same-sex marriage…

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Cabinet approves ฿8.4bn for COVID-19 treatment, frontline medical staff

The Thai cabinet approved an allocation of 8.45 billion baht from the Central Fund for the Ministry of Public Health today (Tuesday), to cover medical expenses for the treatment of…

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Thai government rolls out measures to address rising energy, goods prices

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) rolled out a number of measures to help the public cope with the rising prices of goods, services and energy prices, some resulting from the…

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Thai cabinet approves 3.18 trillion baht budget for 2023 fiscal year

The cabinet has approved a draft 3.18 trillion baht national budget for the 2023 fiscal year, an increase of 2.74%, or 85 billion baht, over the current year. Government Deputy…

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Thai cabinet approves tax incentives for foreigners with LTR visa

The cabinet approved in principle today (Tuesday) a draft royal decree to exempt from personal income tax foreigners on long-term resident visas (LTR visa) who stay in Thailand or who…

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Thai cabinet to reduce tax on diesel by 3 baht per litre for 3 months

The Thai cabinet decided to reduce excise tax on diesel fuel today (Tuesday), by an average of three baht per litre for three months, in a bid to ease the…

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“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Thailand’s ‘progressive’ liquor bill stalled as vetting by cabinet required

The House of Representatives today (Wednesday) decided to forward a “progressive” liquor draft bill, which seeks to break the oligopoly in liquor production in Thailand and allow new producers to enjoy…

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Skytrain concession extension put on hold following Bhumjaithai’s no-show

The cabinet has put on hold the Interior Ministry’s proposed 30-year extension of the concession contract of the BTS Skytrain Green Line system, between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the…

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Cabinet agrees in principle to P-move’s demand for land rights

Thailand’s cabinet today (Tuesday) approved, in principle, P-move activists and civic groups’ 15-point demand for mechanisms to ensure the basic rights of ethnic minorities to land settlement, community land title…

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Cabinet acknowledges plan for Bangkok governor election in May

The Thai cabinet acknowledged today (Tuesday) the Interior Ministry’s plan to hold the elections for Bangkok’s governor, city and district councillors in May, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam….

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Thai Government’s financial support under stimulus schemes are tax free

All the financial support received by individuals and corporate entities from the government, such as subsidies under the co-payment scheme, hotel discount coupons and subsidies to ease hardships caused by…

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Cabinet approves ฿1.4bn to fund discounted necessities for 90 days

The cabinet has allocated 1.48 billion baht, from the Central Fund, to support the Commerce Ministry’s project to maintain retail necessities at low prices for 90 days amid the current…

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Commerce ministry seeks ฿1.4bn to ease rising cost of living

The Ministry of Commerce will seek cabinet approval next week for a 1.4 billion budget, from the Central Fund, to implement projects within three months which will ease the rise…

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Cabinet approves Air Force’s planned purchase of 4 fighter jets

Thailand’s cabinet yesterday (Tuesday) endorsed the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) plan to buy four fighter jets, at an estimated cost of 13.8 billion baht, to replace its fleet of…

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Thai cabinet endorses bill to oversee media ethics, standards

The Thai cabinet approved a draft bill on Tuesday which seeks to create a council for the media profession, similar to the Lawyers Council of Thailand, to regulate and promote…

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Cabinet continues ‘the more you shop the more you get’, co-payment stimulus schemes

The Thai cabinet endorsed the Finance Ministry’s plan to roll out the fourth phase of the popular 50:50 co-payment scheme today (Tuesday), from March until the end of April, according…

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Chana protesters agree to end rally after cabinet amends published resolutions

Protesters fighting the industrial estate project in Chana district of Thailand’s Songkhla province agreed to return home this morning (Wednesday), after the cabinet decision to suspend the project and to…

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Cabinet approves 11-year rehabilitation plan for Bangkok’s Saen Saeb Canal

The cabinet approved an 11-year plan today (Tuesday) for the rehabilitation and development of the environment along the 74km Saen Saeb Canal, which snakes through many communities in Bangkok. The…

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Cabinet suspends controversial Chana industrial project, protesters see move as ‘buying time’

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to suspend the implementation of the controversial industrial estate project in Chana district of the southern province of Songkhla, pending a new Strategic Environmental…

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Cabinet approves one-year visa for foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand

The Thai cabinet approved, in principle, the issuance of medical treatment visas at their meeting today (Tuesday). The visa will allow foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand to stay for…

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RT-PCR test requirement on arrival in Thailand to remain in place

The RT-PCR COVID-19 test requirement upon arrival in Thailand will remain in place in light of the emergence of the new “Omicron” COVID-19 variant in many countries, the Thai cabinet…

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Thailand signs ฿500m deal to buy 50,000 courses of Molnupiravir COVID-19 medication

Thailand’s Medical Services Department signed a 500-million baht deal with MSD (Thailand) today (Thursday) to buy 50,000 courses of Merck’s Molnupiravir (Lagevrio) oral anti-viral medication for the treatment of COVID-19…

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Senior Thai officials to get taxpayer funded iPhones

Thailand’s secretariat of the Cabinet has allocated some Bt2.6 million of taxpayers’ money to buy 111 iPhones for its high-ranking officials, citing efficiency and good governance, but attracting considerable public…

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Thai cabinet approves plan to purchase 30 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) approved the procurement of an additional 30 million doses of Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, from Pfizer, by Thailand’s Diseases Control Department. Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana…

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Army trucks and men on standby in case truckers go on strike in Bangkok

The Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) First Division of the Royal Guards has put a fleet of 34 trucks and drivers on standby to help with cargo transport, in case truck…

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Bipartisan Constitution actually possible and even easy

This week’s demise of a charter amendment bill sold as “of the people” is not a surprise, but what is bewildering is why people who matter continue to keep away…

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Thai cabinet approves nomination of 6 parks, mangrove forest as UNESCO World Heritage sites

The Thai cabinet, at its meeting in the southern province of Krabi on Tuesday, endorsed a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to nominate six national parks…

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Thai cabinet approves ฿20bn loan to reduce diesel prices

Thailand’s cabinet today (Tuesday) approved a 20 billion baht loan, from the State Oil Fund, to maintain diesel prices at no more than 30 baht per litre for 4 months….

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Thailand to join ASEAN-Canada FTA talks

The Thai cabinet today approved Thailand’s bid to join ASEAN-Canada FTA talks, in the hope of opening a trade gateway to North America. The cabinet agreed to let Thailand participate…

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Purchase of Molnupiravir COVID-19 drug approved

Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the planned purchase of Merck’s Mulnupiravir COVID-19 anti-viral drug, with a budget of 500 million Baht set for 50,000 courses of the drug, amounting to…

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Thai cabinet approves six new special economic zones in EEC for future industries

The Thai cabinet has approved the establishment of six special economic promotion zones in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in eastern Thailand, with the aim of attracting investments of over…

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Parents of children at child development centres to receive 2,000 baht subsidy

The Thai cabinet approved a 1.32-billion-baht fund today (Tuesday) to help ease the financial burden of parents whose small children are receiving pre-school education at child development centres across the…

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Controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao sacked

Controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao has been dismissed from the cabinet, effective yesterday (Wednesday), but only announced today, amid an internal conflict between him, on one side, and Prime…

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Cabinet U-turns on COVID-19 antigen test kits’ WHO standards

The cabinet, with the agreement of the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, withdrew his instruction, issued a week ago, that the rapid antigen test kits (ATK), to be procured by the…

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More financial support approved in Thailand’s “Dark Red” provinces

The Thai cabinet, on Tuesday, approved a 33.47 billion baht budget to help about 6.69 million unemployed and freelance workers affected by the government’s partial lockdown restrictions, imposed in the…

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More financial help approved for businesses, employees in “Dark Red” provinces

The Thai cabinet, today (Tuesday) approved the allocation of another 30 billion baht to help businesses and employees in the 16 provinces recently added to the COVID-19 “Dark Red” category…

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Ex-PM Yingluck and cabinet cleared over 1.9 billion baht compensation for victims of political violence

Exiled Former Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her cabinet, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by an investigative panel of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), in connection with the…

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Thai Cabinet approves the formation of a National Committee on Geoparks

The Cabinet has approved the setting up of the National Committee on Geoparks, as proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Chaired by the Minister of Natural Resources…

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Cabinet designates September 4th and 7th as special holidays

The Cabinet has declared Friday September 4th and Monday September 7th to be special public holidays, in lieu of the Songkran break, which was postponed from April due to the…

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Cabinet and ThaiPBS roll out social distancing measures

Thailand’s cabinet has taken the initiative by implementing social distancing as a preventive measure to protect against contracting COVID-19, as fears of the deadly virus grip the nation. At the…

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Cabinet to endorse Bt3.2 trillion budget for 2020

Thailand’s Cabinet is set to endorse the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 next week. The proposed budget is expected to call for expenditure of Bt3.2 trillion with a budget…

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Prayut finally has his Cabinet

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Wissanu expects new cabinet to start work after 34th ASEAN Summit

The new cabinet is expected to start functioning after the 34th ASEAN Summit, scheduled to take place in Bangkok from June 21st to 23rd, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said…

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SRT to seek Cabinet help in 25-billion-baht Hopewell compensation

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will ask the Cabinet through the Ministry of Transport next Monday to help pay the 25 billion baht breach of contract compensation to Hong…

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4 EEC-related mega-projects endorsed by the Cabinet

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave nod to four mega-projects related to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) at its meeting in the northern province of Chiang Rai. The four project, namely…

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Ubon mobile Cabinet meeting begins

The Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, began meeting at Ubon Ratchathani University amid tight security this morning. Police have been deployed around the Thepparattana Siripapha building, where the…

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