11 July 2024

Thai PBS World Daily is here to provide you with a daily news roundup of the top stories in Thailand. Here’s what you need to know for today.

Experts to visit Thailand to advise on management of Kaeng Krachan forest

Representatives of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are due to be in Thailand in November, to offer advice to Thai officials on the management of the Kaeng Krachan forest, after it was designated a world natural heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in July last year. Kaeng Krachan forest is Thailand’s largest national park, and it is home to over 490 species of wildlife.

Over 4,700 villages in Thailand remain flooded

More than 4,700 villages across the country remain flooded, with over 400,000 households affected, as floodwaters recede, according to the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. However, the flood situation across the country is improving as the rainy season draws to a close.

Bangkok governor faces his first setback from the City Assembly

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has been dealt his first setback by the City Assembly, when two motions, regarding the Green Line electric train project, were rejected on technical grounds. One of them concerns the passenger fare for the Green Line’s two extensions.

Many of the assemblymen expressed disagreement with the motion, claiming that the BMA has no authority to set the passenger fares for the Green Line service.

Thai banks to consult AMLO about postponing requirement for IDs for CDM deposits

The Thai Bankers Association is set to hold talks with the Anti-Money Laundering Office, seeking the postponement of the enforcement of a new rule, which will require everyone depositing cash via cash deposit machines to identify themselves, by using a credit or debit card plus their PIN number.

The rule is due to come into force on November 15th. Several banks have received complaints from customers against the new requirement which, they claim, will cause unnecessary inconvenience for those who do not have a credit or debit card.