In Thailand English-language News for August 2, 2017, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:49 | Thais from across the country continue gathering at the Grand Palace to pay their respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Meanwhile work on the royal funeral casket and urn is expected to finish this month.
01:59 | Mahidol University has announced four categories mothers ahead of Thai Mother’s Day on August 12. The four categories comprise: Mother’s of outstanding personnel, never give up mothers, one hundred year old mothers, and mothers who protect the environment. Qualified mothers will receive the Outstanding Mother’s award from Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana on August 12.
03:10 | The Cabinet has approved the appointment of General Wanlop Rugsanaoh as the new Secretary General of the National Security Council (NSC).
04:20 | The Cabinet has approved new tax measure to help flood victims and donors. Donors will be able to claim a 150 per cent tax deduction on this year’s annual personal income tax return, while businesses will be able to claim up to 2 per cent of annual profit for deductions made through State agencies. Flood victims will be able to claim up to Bt100,000 (about US$3,000) in deductions for house repair expenses and up to Bt30,000 ($900) for vehicle damage.
The Cabinet has also approved a Bt3.5 billion ($105.105 million) special loan to help flood-affected SMEs, with each able to receive up to Bt15 million ($450,450) assistance.
06:00 | The Cabinet has approved the dispersal of Bt5.11 billion ($153.453 million) from the 2017 emergency reserve fund for two new interprovincial expressway projects proposed by the Department of Highways (DoH).
07:23 | Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied all charges levied against her over the administration of a rice pledging scheme prior to her ouster in a military coup in 2011. The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office will hand down its verdict on August 25.
10:52 | Government agencies located across Thailand have sent water thrusters, mobile kitchens, mobile toilets, ambulances, medical supplied and more than 2,200 bags containing essential household items to people affected by flooding. Meanwhile officials in areas where flood water has receded, such as in Nong Khai, the Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO) is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure.
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) and the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) have set up donation centers to accept donations of money and goods to help flood affected people.
12:52 | Although Thailand is expected to see further rain in the western part of the southern region the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has advised that Typhoon Noru is expected pass over Japan between August 4-7 and will have no affect on the country.
14:14 | The Government Saving Bank (GSB) has set aside Bt5 billion for debt relief for those affected by recent and ongoing flooding. Affected GSB customers could be eligible for up to a three-year freeze on loan repayments while interest free loans of up to Bt50,000 ($15,000) will be available for home owners with SMEs able to borrow up to Bt5 million ($150,150).
15:30 | Krung Thai Bank (KTB) is offering its customers affected by the floods interest rate cuts, loan extensions, and exemptions.
16:45 | NBT World takes a close look at a recent seminar held by the Thailand National Nanotechnology Center (Nanotec), the Innovation and Technology Assistance Program (ITAP), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) themed ‘Local Wisdom to Global Value’ aimed at increasing the value of the Thai herbal industry with nanotechnology
19:42 | NBT World takes a close look at Vietnam’s only United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) mixed natural and cultural heritage site in Trang An, northern Vietnam.
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