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Thailand sees at least $10 billion investment in industrial east this year

By Satawasin Staporncharnchai and Kitiphong Thaichareon



FILE PHOTO: A view of the business district is seen from the rooftop of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand expects investment to triple to at least $10 billion in the country's industrial east this year as investment projects previously held by the coronavirus outbreak get pushed forward again as the pandemic eases, an official said on Monday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207937-thailand-sees-at-least-10-billion-investment-in-industrial-east-this-year/

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Thai tourism ministry proposes vaccine program in 5 tourism hotspots



This photograph taken on November 2, 2020 shows visitors taking pictures of the gold plated stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)


Thailand’s Tourism and Sports ministry will propose that the Public Health ministry organize an inoculation campaign in 5 tourism provinces and discuss the prospect of vaccination passports.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207940-thai-tourism-ministry-proposes-vaccine-program-in-5-tourism-hotspots/

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Multipurpose marijuana could light up another economic engine for Thailand



This undated handout photo released by Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital on January 14, 2021 shows a worker examining cannabis plants in a crop being grown in Prachinburi Province, to be used in dishes at the Abhaibhubejhr Spa Cuisine restaurant in Prachinburi, east of the Thai capital Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital / AFP)


Marijuana could generate up to Bt8 billion for Thailand’s pharmaceutical industry over the next five years, but farmers stand to make little from growing the herb, experts say.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207939-multipurpose-marijuana-could-light-up-another-economic-engine-for-thailand/

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New COVID-19 cluster in Pathum Thani, 53 new cases linked to butcher’s shop




A new cluster of 53 COVID-19 infections have been linked to a pork butcher’s shop in Pornpat market in Pathum Thani, according to the Public Health ministry.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207958-new-covid-19-cluster-in-pathum-thani-53-new-cases-linked-to-butcher’s-shop/


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First 35,000 Doses of Vaccine Sent to 13 Provinces




BANGKOK, March 1 (TNA) - The first 35,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were distributed to 13 provinces and no severe side effects have been reported among recipients so far, said the spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207959-first-35000-doses-of-vaccine-sent-to-13-provinces/


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Bitcoin at 'tipping point,' Citi says as price surges



A collection of bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken Dec. 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration/File Photo


NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin rose nearly 7% on Monday as risk assets rallied after last week's bond rout cooled, with Citi saying the most popular cryptocurrency was at a "tipping point" and could become the preferred currency for international trade.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207960-bitcoin-at-tipping-point-citi-says-as-price-surges/


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Exclusive: Goldman Sachs restarts cryptocurrency desk amid bitcoin boom

By Anna Irrera, Iain Withers and Lawrence White



FILE PHOTO: A representation of virtual currency Bitcoin is seen in front of a stock graph in this illustration taken January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic


LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has restarted its cryptocurrency trading desk and will begin dealing bitcoin futures and non-deliverable forwards for clients from next week, a person familiar with the matter said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207961-exclusive-goldman-sachs-restarts cryptocurrency desk-amid-bitcoin-boom/


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EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays

By Sabine Siebold and Philip Blenkinsop



FILE PHOTO: President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the start of the German Presidency by video conference at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose this month an EU-wide digital certificate providing proof of a COVID-19 vaccination that could allow Europeans to travel more freely over the summer.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207962-eu to-propose-vaccine-certificates-in-time-for-summer-holidays/


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U.S. focused on 'future conduct' of Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi sanctions, spokesman says

By Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis



U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/Pool


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is focused on "future conduct" of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a U.S. spokesman said on Monday, after Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207963-us-focused-on-future-conduct-of-saudi-arabia-after-khashoggi-sanctions-spokesman-says/


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Global COVID-19 infections up for first time in seven weeks, WHO says



FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout


ZURICH (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus infections globally rose last week for the first time in seven weeks, the World Health Organization said on Monday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207965-global-covid-19-infections-up-for-first-time-in-seven-weeks-who-says/


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U.S. expected to sanction Russians over Navalny poisoning - sources

By Arshad Mohammed and Humeyra Pamuk



FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term, in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to impose sanctions as early as this week on Russians connected to the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207964-us-expected-to-sanction-russians-over-navalny-poisoning-sources/


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Thailand’s Tourism Sector Seeks to Reopen Country by 1 July


Inbound international tourism sector in Thailand says vaccines are a game changer that allow for the reopening of the country and for quarantine requirements to be dropped




Leading international tourism companies in Thailand have launched a campaign to reopen the country’s borders from 1 July 2021.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207972-thailand’s-tourism-sector-seeks-to-reopen-country-by-1-july/


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Pattaya hotel at centre of online storm to offer Alternative State Quarantine


Sanook picture: caption: A different part of the hotel


The Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien, Pattaya has explained that state quarantine facilities in a wing of their hotel have nothing to do with their regular services. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207974-pattaya-hotel-at-centre-of-online-storm-to-offer-alternative-state-quarantine/


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Vaccine Passport plan still on the horizon as Thailand readies for Area Quarantine in five tourism provinces



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Thailand's tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan is determined to follow through with plans to accommodate vaccinated tourists under the so called Vaccine Passport scheme. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207975-vaccine-passport-plan-still-on-the-horizon-as-thailand-readies-for-area-quarantine-in-five-tourism-provinces/


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Public Can Register for Covid-19 Vaccination in May

Paphamon Arayasukawat




BANGKOK (NNT) - Members of the public who are interested in getting inoculated against Covid-19 will be able to register in early May, ahead of Thailand’s vaccination drive which is set to begin later in June.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207980-public-can-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-in-may/


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Thailand Will Focus on High Value-added Economy

Paphamon Arayasukawat




BANGKOK (NNT) - The next national economic and social development plan from 2022 to 2026 is aimed to provide Thailand a high value-added economy.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207981-thailand-will-focus-on-high-value-added-economy/


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BMA Prepares for Summer Storm this Week

Paphamon Arayasukawat




BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has prepared for the summer storm from March 2-4 after the Meteorological Department alerted that Thailand would be under the storm’s influence due to the moderate high-pressure system from China over southern China.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207982-bma-prepares-for-summer-storm-this-week/


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Chiang Mai: Alleged fraudster in 90 million baht bank overdraft con arrested in Pak Chong



Picture: Daily News


The Thai authorities have arrested a 63 year old man who they say is part of a gang responsible for defrauding a bank in Chiang Mai of 90 million baht. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207986-chiang-mai-alleged-fraudster-in-90-million-baht-bank-overdraft-con-arrested-in-pak-chong/


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A passport to go to the bar? Intriguing possibility of "vaccine passport" to visit entertainment venues in Thailand



Picture: The Standard


It may not be only international travel that is affected by plans being mulled and put into place in several countries for "vaccine passports".


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207988-a-passport-to-go-to-the-bar-intriguing-possibility-of-vaccine-passport-to-visit-entertainment-venues-in-thailand/


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Pattaya: Vaccinations point to improvements in tourism by year's end - back to normal after that!



Picture: Sophon Cable TV


Sophon Cable TV went to talk to their favorite source of news and comment yesterday - mayor Sontaya Khunpluem. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207994-pattaya-vaccinations-point-to-improvements-in-tourism-by-years-end-back-to-normal-after-that/


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Phuket haze is ‘gone’, say health officials



Traffic passes through the Samkong Intersection as the haze continues to hover overhead this morning (Mar 2). Photo: The Phuket News


PHUKET: The Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) this morning announced that the haze over Phuket is “gone”, reporting readings from Air4Thai to support the claim.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207996-phuket-haze-is-‘gone’-say-health-officials/


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English teacher in Buriram dies after being ‘electrocuted’ by charging tablet



Picture: Naew Na


Police and rescue services in Muang Buriram in the north east of Thailand were called by the cousin of an English teacher after the school called to say she had not turned up to work.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207998-english-teacher-in-buriram-dies-after-being-‘electrocuted’-by-charging-tablet/


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Phuket residents up in arms over stolen underwear

By Eakkapop Thongtub



Mr Woralit points to where his 40-year-old wife’s underwear was stolen. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub


PHUKET: Tired of women’s underwear being stolen from homes in the middle of the night, local residents in Baan Lipon, Thalang, have called in the police in the hope of catching the culprit.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207999-phuket-residents-up-in-arms-over-stolen-underwear/


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One year into pandemic, sky begins to clear over U.S. economy

By Ann Saphir and Howard Schneider



People walk past a shuttered restaurant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite the U.S. economy's near miss with a depression last year and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has brought travel to a virtual halt, Jeff Hurst, the chief executive of vacation rental firm VRBO, sees a boom on the horizon.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208002-one-year-into-pandemic-sky-begins-to-clear-over-us-economy/


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"Quack doctor" arrested in Pattaya after patient goes blind at illegal beauty clinic in Bangkok



Picture: INN


Thailand's Consumer Protection Police Division arrested an alleged quack doctor who was working at a clinic in Din Daeng, Bangkok.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208004-quack-doctor-arrested-in-pattaya-after-patient-goes-blind-at-illegal-beauty-clinic-in-bangkok/


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Shotgun funeral: Mayoral candidate gunned down, four others seriously wounded in brazen attack



Picture: 77kaoded


A brazen attack by a gunman at a funeral in Ratchaburi left a local official and several candidates for a municipal and mayoral election wounded.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208010-shotgun-funeral-mayoral-candidate-gunned-down-four-others-seriously-wounded-in-brazen-attack/


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Amazing Thailand video: Man on way to get a birthday cake disappears down sidewalk hole



Picture: 77kaoded


Extraordinary video being viewed online showed the moment a tall man got out of a pick-up and disappeared down a hole in the sidewalk.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208017-amazing-thailand-video-man-on-way-to-get-a-birthday-cake-disappears-down-sidewalk-hole/


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