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The Department of Skill Development has launched the mobile application named Xarapat to help people find services. The application will contain a name list with a large number of technicians who have passed the training test of the National Skill Standards. Members of the public can pick a technician near their residence as needed. The Xarapat application is now available on Play Store for the Android system and Apple Store for its iOS system. (24/02/2019)
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The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) revealed that the agency will develop e-commerce big data and online consumer protection in order to support online shoppers. The ETDA will provide training courses for about 1.2 million workers to create an e-commerce workforce that can help steer the transformation of 200,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into e-commerce operations by the end of this year. (22/02/2019)
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The FIM Superbike World Championship 2019 is scheduled for 15-17 March 2019 at Burirams Chang International Circuit in Buriram province. The FIM Superbike event will run from 22 to 24 February on Phillip Island in the Australian state of Victoria. And then, the Thailand race will be the next month. Members of the public can show their support for the more than 30 Thai riders who will be competing and adding excitement over the three-day event. (21/02/2019)
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Thailand plans to adopt the Danube River water management strategy of Hungary with the Mekong River. The two countries also agreed to develop five joint projects, including international river management on the Danube and Mekong river basins, the management of sediments in rivers, flooding, drought, and wastewater management, groundwater capacity building, and irrigational development. The cooperation between the two countries corresponds to the national water management master plan on the restoration and conservation of water resources, and the management of international water basins. (20/02/2019)
The Ministry of Commerce disclosed that the fourth India-ASEAN Expo and Summit is scheduled for 22-23 February 2019 in New Delhi. The meeting will discuss Indias support to help settle talks and conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of this year. The RCEP was launched in November 2012, with the aim of establishing deeper economic cooperation between the 10 members of ASEAN and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. (19/02/2019)
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The Ministry of Commerce expects Thai food exports to the United State to rise this year, as the USA has increased the quantity of food imported from overseas. Popular products will be frozen chicken, corn, soya beans, and other agricultural goods. (18/02/2019)
The Ministry of Transport has revealed that they will push more infrastructure projects in Ayutthaya and Saraburi, such as the expansion of highways, a new road linking train stations, a bridge construction project, a new bus terminal, and the expansion of Ayutthaya Port. More auctions of high-speed railway projects are expected to be held in March. (18/02/2019)
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) invites members of the public to observe a Super Full Moon, which can be seen on the night of 19 February 2019. On the night of Makha Bucha day, or 19 February 2019, the moon will shine in full at a closer distance of 356,836 kilometers from the earth, making it appear 7% larger and 16% brighter in the night sky. (18/02/2019)
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The Ministry of Labor disclosed that the Thailand Migration Report 2019 has been released by the United Nations Thailand Working Group on Migration, which is chaired by International Organization for Migration, and 16 UN agencies participated. The report notes that important steps have been taken by the Thai government to combat human trafficking and exploitative working conditions for migrants, including reforms to the laws and regulatory bodies used to manage the fisheries sector. (15/02/2019)
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The Department of Womens Affairs and Family Development will organize an event titled the "Infinity of Love" at Bang Sue District Office, Bangkok, on the occasion of Valentines Day on 14 February 2019. The event aims to foster good relationships between family members, especially couples who have just started a family, as well as ending violence against women and children and other domestic abuse, while promoting constructive communication within families. (14/02/2019)
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The Cabinet has agreed to set air pollution as part of the national agenda, hoping to find sustainable solutions, as well as motivating all stakeholders to take part in the process of resolving the problem. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the smog situation in many provinces is a result of agricultural burning. State agencies are raising farmers' awareness of fine dust particles. (13/02/2019)
KhonKaen Governor SomsakJangtrakul said the province is dedicated to achieving Smart City status as soon as possible. KhonKaen University recently signed an MoU with local administrative bodies to implement capacity for the narrowband internet of things (IoT), while bidding for a contract to construct an electric tram system is expected in June. (13/02/2019)
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Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) has set "Thailand Investment Year - What's New?" as the theme of its annual seminar, which is scheduled on 4 March 2019 at Royal Jubilee Hall, Impact Muang Thong Thani. It aims to promote the new package and share with investors Thailand's updated investment policy and incentives. For further information, please contact BOI through email: thailandinvestmentyear@gmail.com or tel. 0 2553 8111. (12/02/2019)
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Students from King Mongkut Institute of Technology LatKrabang have won the CAT Short Film Thai Touch competition, organized to create Thai tourism promotional media.The team of students dubbed Cool Kids submitted a film titled Jai Sampas Jaior heart to heart, and have been awarded the 100,000-baht first prize. The short film depicts the culture and life of people in Chaiprakandistrict of Chiang Mai province, by following the daily life of a volunteer teacher. (12/02/2019)
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The Ministry of Commerce is organizing the 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to serve as a trading platform that brings together businesses involved in the gem and jewelry industry from around the world to expand their operations in procuring raw materials, trading, and building networks. The event will be held at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani from 20 to 22 February 2019 for businesses and on 23-24 February for the general public. (11/02/2019)
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Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is offering special Valentine desserts prepared by THAI catering chefs for passengers traveling on THAI flights on 14 February 2019. (11/02/2019)
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Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has declared 2019 the "Year of ASEAN Culture." He stated that Thailand will use the diversity of the vivid culture of Southeast Asia as a key tool to strengthen relations between member countries. The country also plans to hold year-round activities to strengthen ASEAN relations through the promotion of cultural events. (11/02/2019)
The National Environment Committee has laid out short-, medium-, and long-term plans to tackle air pollution caused by PM2.5. Medium-term strategies include reducing PM2.5 emissions, eliminating PM2.5 origins, and making all vehicles meet Euro 5 emissions standards by 2021. Long-term strategies will be lowering the acceptable limits of exhaust emissions to Euro 6 standards, building towers to monitor air pollution, making burning in the open air a criminal offense, and promoting electric vehicles. The plans will be executed from 2022 to 2027. (08/02/2019)
The Siamese fighting fish, or betta, has been approved as a national aquatic animal of Thailand, as it is significant to Thai culture and history, as well as economic opportunities. Its exports have generated more than 30 million USD for the last several years. (08/02/2019)
The Ministry of Industry revealed that the number of electronic vehicles is expected to increase from 2019 as many car manufacturers have applied for privileges under the Board of Investment. The initial stage of the EV scheme is focused on hybrid and plug-in hybrid platforms, which some carmakers implemented their plans last year. Electronic vehicles are forecast to reach 800,000 cars in Thailand by 2023. (07/02/2019)
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