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According to the Ministry of Labour, employers sought registration for 772,270 undocumented migrant workers over the last two weeks and 58% of them were from Myanmar, followed by Cambodia (28.86%) and Laos (12.67%). After the application period, the process of verifying the employment of the newly registered migrant workers, which would be done by interviews with employers and workers, started on 8 August 2017. Then, the workers' nationalities would have to be verified by authorities from their homeland before work permits were issued. An average of 500 workers are expected to be processed daily until 6 September 2017. (08/08/2017)
The Royal Thai Police are promoting their "Safety Taxi" campaign to boost passengers' confidence and improve taxi services. "Safety Taxi" stickers will be given to taxi drivers who pass a training course as part of their participation in the Safety Taxi campaign. The campaign aims to raise the standards and improve the services of Thai taxis, as well as to regain the passengers' trust and confidence. (07/08/2017)
The Department of Business Development plans to develop OTOP products and make sure they meet customers' demands by supporting entrepreneurs. It aims to level the products up by using the strength of each community's culture, way of life, and wisdom to connect the manufacturing and service sectors, which will help to create an identity, increase business opportunities, stimulate the regional economy, and bring more income to communities. In the year 2016, OTOP products generated over 125 billion baht for Thailand, and it is expected to increase at least 10% in 2017. (07/08/2017)
The Ministry of Interior will organize an OTOP fair showcasing traditional Thai handicrafts to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of Her Majesty's 85th birthday. The event will be held from 12 to 20 August 2017 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani. (07/08/2017)
Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market in August has begun. There are many kinds of goods, at excellent prices, which the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives has gathered for the public to choose from, such as silk and clothes, along with agriculture products. People who are interested may visit the market from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until 27 August 2017. (07/08/2017)
The Office of Traditional Arts has received 50 Himavanta creature stucco figures, which will use to decorate the Royal Crematorium of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, from Phetchaburi's stucco makers. The figures will be colored in the next process. Other works by over 50 stucco makers from Phetchaburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, and Bangkok are expected to be finished in August. (03/08/2017)
The cabinet approved in principle the contribution to the fund for the elderly through a 2% increase in the value-added tax for liquor, tobacco, and beer in a bid to allocate four billion baht to the fund yearly. The Ministry of Finance has considered the scheme to allocate four billion baht to the fund, so that each elderly person can have 900-1,300 baht in monthly allowance. The new law is expected to go into effect in early 2018. (03/08/2017)
The Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Omsin Chiwaphreuk recently revealed that the government has set up full measures to assist the flood-affected public in the northeastern provinces. The Disaster Relief Fund Committee will consider assistance criteria for the measures in each area. Apart from setting up donation centers to receive donations of both money and necessary items, the government will also organize a special television program on NBT 2HD, MCOT, and Ch.5, to take donations for the flood-affected public, on 4 August, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Donations can be transferred to the Government's disaster relief fund at bank account 0670068950, Krung Thai Bank, Government House branch. (02/08/2017)
His Majesty the King recently instructed Mr. Wichian Chantharanothai, the governor of Nakhon Ratchasima province, to deliver royally-bestowed survival bags to 100 flood victims in Saphan Hin village, Nong Waeng subdistrict, Thepharak district, Nakhon Ratchasima province. Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Red Cross Society President Natthiniphorn Chantharanothai, government officials, and the people who received the royally-bestowed survival bags are grateful for the benevolence of His Majesty the King. Since 26 July, water mass from Phang Hoei flooded into Huay Khem village, Moo 8, Makha Ngam village, Moo 4, Bueng Prue subdistrict and Thai Samakkhi village, Moo 14, Nong Waeng subdistrict, affecting 74 households and a total of 234 people in the area. (02/08/2017)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports disclosed that the government is driving ahead with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to develop Thailands gulf into a key business hub. The implementation includes the expansion of the U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport and the high-speed train linking Don Muang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports, as well as the improvement of both the Laem Chabang deep-sea port and the Map Ta Phut deep-sea port. The ministry was confident that the ongoing implementation would drive marine tourism in the East of Thailand over the coming years. (02/08/2017)
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The Ministry of Commerce is watching out for good being sold at unfair prices, which might come about in the flood situation. Apart from monitoring the vendors in an effort to prevent profiteering, the ministry is also compiling a list of affected vendors to make up assistance measure. It is planning to hold the Blue Flag fair offering discounted products as soon as the water recedes. (02/08/2017)
The Government has affirmed that Thailand is ready to become an Electric Vehicle (EV) production base, with numerous incentives to be offered to producers who are interested in investing in Thailand. The Board of Investment (BOI) has prepared several measures to support the manufacturers and promote the benefits of clean vehicle technology among Thai users. (01/08/2017)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has revealed that the upgraded system of the Bangkok Flood Control Center will enable real-time updates of flood data in the area. It involves upgrades to computer software, backup systems, and fiber optic cables connecting all gauging stations for rainwater, canal water levels, and flow rate. The BMA is turning the flood control center into the principal agency for water management. (01/08/2017)
The Ministry of Industry plans to set measures for assisting businesses that have been affected by flooding in the upper part of Thailand. It revealed that an urgent assistance program has been designed for the rehabilitation of flood-damaged businesses, which will come from the cooperation of a number of universities and large companies in cleaning and repairing affected machinery and in checking for any damage to the electricity systems. The ministry will also grant a waiver of the annual permit fee and quality inspection fee for eligible businesses. (01/08/2017)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that CNN Travel readers have listed seven Thai dishes among the World's 50 Best Foods in its recent Facebook poll, based on the votes of 35,000 readers. According to TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the list is a reformatted and republished version of the original article published in 2011. The seven Thai dishes in the list are Tom Yum Kung in fourth place, Pad Thai (fifth), Som Tam Papaya Salad (sixth), Massaman Curry (10th), Green Curry (19th), Chicken Fried Rice (24th) and Mu Nam Tok, or spicy minced pork salad (36th). (01/08/2017)
The Ministry of Public Health announced that medical mobile units are set up to provide medical attention to patients or the elderly who cannot travel to hospital. The ministry has also prepared 400,000 first aid kits for the general public, so people in need of medical assistance may call the 24-hour hotline 1669. (01/08/2017)
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Because of the flooding in Sakon Nakhon province, His Majesty the King is concerned about the flood victims and has approved the establishment of an administrative center to urgently provide assistance to the flood-affected people by distributing royally bestowed items such as meal boxes, drinking water, and other necessities that the flood victims need to ease their suffering. (31/07/2017)
The Government is pushing for Khon Kaen province to be the first smart city in the eastern provinces of Thailand by adopting technology to develop the city. It aims to develop smart cities across the country, to make it possible for people to contact public sector offices easier by only using their ID card (Smart Card) and not have to wait until office hours. Phuket is the first city that government is pushing to be a smart city, followed by Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen. (31/07/2017)
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, urgently visited Sakon Nakhon province to oversee the operations to manage the flooding situation at the Sakon Nakhon airport, which is expected to open on 31 July. However, at present, passengers are requested to use the Nakhon Phanom Airport as an alternative. (30/07/2017)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed all agencies concerned to constantly help people in each household affected by flooding in the northern and northeastern regions. He stated that the warning system must be improved and made more effective. And he warned people not to believe rumors. (29/07/2017)

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