Passengers have lots of leg room on the Purple Line between Bang Yai to Tao Pun stations. (Post Today photo)Fares on the Bang Yai-Tao Pun Purple Line will be reduced to the flat rate of 15 baht on weekends and public holidays starting next month. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) decided on Monday to offer the 15-baht flat rate every weekend and public holiday for commuters on the Bang Yai-Tao Pun line from March 4 to lure more passengers. MRTA governor Peerayudh Singpatanakul said the promotion ticket prices on weekends and holidays would end after the link with the MRT underground train at Tao Pun interchange completes. The new section is struggling to attract passengers as it does not fully connect with the underground train to inner Bangkok.
The Cambodian cabinet has approved two electricity development projects in a bid to address the increasing demand for electricity in the country. The 135-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Preah Sihanouk will be built to replace the Cheay Areng Dam in Koh Kong which has since shut down. The project will be headed by Malaysian company Cambodia Energy Limited which already has a 50-megawatt plant in the province. “It will help develop the quality of electricity which will boost the progress of the industrial sector. He also said that the project will reduce the country’s dependency on importing electricity from neighbouring countries, adding that producing power domestically will also be more economical.
Opponents of the planned coal-fired power plant in Krabi province sit outside Government House on Saturday. Project opponents, meanwhile, demanded a pro-power plant billboard near Krabi airport be removed immediately. "If we don’t build the coal-fired power plant, the South will experience power outages because the power supply is not adequate. He claimed today's modern coal-fired power plant technology ensured efficient and complete combustion while the use of high-grade coal would minimise pollution. Meanwhile, the Krabi plant opponents took to social media and local online forums to express their resentment towards Krabi governor Pinit Boonlert over a billboard on a T-intersection in front of Krabi International Airport in Na Khlong district.
Office workers walk to the train station during evening rush hour in the financial district of Singapore on March 9, 2015. "When I presented the last budget, Brexit seemed remote and the US had just started the process of electing their new president. The overall budget surplus for the coming budget year is expected to be S$1.9 billion. Bloomberg listed some of the biggest winners and losers of the Singapore budget. Public infrastructure investment - The government will bring forward S$700 million in infrastructure projects to support the construction sector.
Most Southeast Asian stock markets edged up in thin trade on Monday, mirroring mild gains in Asian shares, with investors cautious in the absence of firm triggers ahead of a busy week for US Federal Reserve events. Separately, in a speech in Singapore on Monday, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said she would be comfortable raising interest rates at this point if the economy maintained its current pace of performance. Philippine shares rose 0.5% as investors hunted for bargains, with total volumes at about 73% of their 30-day average. Foreign investors net sold 393.8 million pesos ($7.82 million) worth of shares. Automotive business Astra International was up 0.6%, while United Tractors and Adaro Energy added more than 2 % each.
The company logo for Unilever is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 17, 2017. Britain's response was also a concern after Prime Minister Theresa May signalled she would take a more proactive approach to foreign takeovers, sources familiar with the matter said. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who used to work at Unilever, had also said he would examine what it would mean for the Netherlands in the "positive and the negative" sense. It is now the second-largest shareholder in Kraft, behind Mr Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. Kraft's decision to pull the deal also removes a political headache for Prime Minister May who has been adamant that Britain should vet foreign takeovers.
These housewives in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district have developed a thriving new business, selling potted strawberry plants online. Later, they began selling the plants in pots on Facebook and Line at 20 baht for a small plant. The group plans to expand their operation and experiment with foreign strawberry varieties from the US, Belgium and Japan. With the wives' success with strawberries, the municipality will in the future support the processing of strawberries, to add value to the fresh produce. Meanwhile, a strawberry garden in Khon Kaen has reported a good yield this year, thanks to the morning temperature averaging only 8-20°C this month.
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will on Friday begin a three-month probe into the absences from votes of seven of its members, including the brother of the prime minister. "The seven NLA members are government officials with a lot of responsibilities. iLaw reported on Feb 5 seven NLA members missed votes to the point that their memberships could be terminated. Each NLA meeting may consist of one or more votes or no vote at all. Each NLA member can also hire up to three experts and assistants, who are each paid 15,000 to 24,000 baht a month.
Chinese tourists take a break at Wat Pho in Bangkok on Oct 3, 2016. Mrs Srisuda, TAT deputy governor for Asia and the Pacific marketing, said the TAT had asked the navy to open its facilities such as warships, firing ranges and training camps for Chinese free independent tourists (FIT) to visit. About 60-70% of tourists visiting Thailand are in the FIT category while 30-40% are in tour groups. For example, some Chinese tourists have visited Thailand many times but never taken a bicycle ride around the Rattanakosin Island. According to the Department of Tourism's statistics, 8.75 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand in 2016, a 10.34% increase from the previous year.
Founder of Bangkok Planetarium Thai astronomer Singto Pukahuta who died in 2007 gets small planet named after him to immortalize his name. ASTRONOMYMinor planet named after famous Thai astronomer19/02/2017Apinya WipatayotinA new minor planet will be named after the famous Thai astronomer Singto Pukahuta. Minor planets are defined as large objects in outer space that orbit around the Sun, including asteroids but excluding planets, dwarf planets and comets, "as of 2016, the orbits of 709,706 minor planets were archived at the Minor Planet Center, 469,275 of which had received permanent numbers" (see here). HOW ARE MINOR PLANETS NAMED? In total, there are more than 10 minor planets named after Thai people.
Prachya Anuwongnawarat shows police how he smashed an ATM screen in Muang district in Phitsanulok on Monday. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)PHITSANULOK - A man who threw a tantrum and damaged an ATM that withheld the cash he tried to withdraw was arrested by police on Monday. Police apprehended Prachya Anuwongnawarat outside the Government Savings Bank in Muang district following a report he had smashed an ATM's screen, Pol Capt Salee Duangupara said. The damaged ATM screen. The man was charged with damaging the bank's property.
The government began discussions on reconciliation with politicians on Valentine's Day, with a set of 10 topics for politicians to contribute ideas regarding how national unity can be achieved. The topics also cover issues relating to national strategy and reforms. Mr Chaturon said it may be too late to gather opinions on reform issues and conflicts over energy and natural resources. He added reform efforts by the defunct National Reform Council, and the government's move to draw up its national strategy are not open and inclusive and lack clear direction. He also said the new constitution makes it difficult for future governments to amend the legislation on reforms and national strategy.
A logo of a Petronas fuel station is seen against a darkening sky in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 10, 2016. Petronas is working with an investment bank on the stake sale and kicked off the process this month, one of the sources said. Gas from the NC3 field in the SK316 block feeds Malaysia's liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project, known as LNG 9, Petronas' joint venture with JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp that started commercial production in January. The stake could appeal to firms such as Indonesia's state-owned Pertamina, PTT Exploration and Production of Thailand and some Japanese companies, the sources said. Petronas is currently gauging interest from potential bidders, said the sources, who declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak about the matter.
The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard rated Bangkok the 12th most congested of all cities rated, considerably worse than 30th in 2015, with a traffic scorecard rating of 11, down from 20 in 2015. The company said the latest edition of its Global Traffic Scorecard report was based on 500 terabytes of data from 300 million sources. Los Angeles drivers spent an average of 104 peak drive-time hours fighting slow traffic during 2016. They spent 25.2% of their total driving hours on congested roads, while Los Angeles motorists spent 12.7% of their total driving time in slow traffic, the study found. After Los Angeles, INRIX listed New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami as the most traffic-choked US cities.
Workers look at a wreckage of a bus following a transport accident in Tanay, Rizal Province, located northeast of Manila, Philippines, on Monday. (EPA photo)MANILA - Ten of the dead were instantly killed in the crash in Tanay, Rizal province, according to Berlito Bati Jr of the provincial government's Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. The other four succumbed to their injuries either in hospital or while being rushed there, Mr Bati said. "They suffered fractures, lacerations because of the accident, and head injuries," he added, citing that those with critical injuries were immediately brought to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center. The local official said the students, from Bestlink College of the Philippines in Metro Manila, were on their way to an adventure camp in the province.