The Finance Ministry will push tax breaks for tourism spending in secondary provinces with a cap of 15,000 baht next year. Most tourism-related operators in secondary provinces do not register under the value-added tax system and cannot issue tax invoices. Travelling expenses and accommodation in secondary provinces, which are less popular than major tourist spots, will be eligible for the tax deduction, he said. Mr Apisak said the Tourism and Sports Ministry will decide which provinces will enjoy the tax break. The Finance Ministry in September rejected the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) tax deduction proposal, saying that only operators in large provinces would benefit from the tax privilege and that they were already enjoying robust tourism.
The government on Friday approved state measures to tackle low rubber prices, including a new loan package worth 20 billion baht for entrepreneurs who agree to purchase and stockpile rubber. According to Mr Grisada, the committee also approved state agencies buying more natural rubber to use for construction of roads and sports fields. Gen Prayut earlier instructed nine state agencies to speed up the use of rubber in a bid to lift domestic demand and shore up falling rubber prices. The nine organisations are the Agriculture Ministry, Defence Ministry, Transport Ministry, Education Ministry, Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Public Health Ministry, Interior Ministry, Tourism and Sports Ministry and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The plans were devised to help relieve the rubber glut, which is partly to blame for free-falling rubber prices.
The government, private sector and NGOs are discussing plans to levy a charge on the use of plastic carrier bags because of concerns about their negative environmental impact. Research by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) showed that around 50% of Thais surveyed were willing to pay a fee for using plastic bags in department and convenience stores. In their survey of 2,000 people nationwide, 88% of people said they were aware that plastic consumption affects global warming and 78% backed a complete ban on plastic bags. The research also showed that Thais aged between 15-65 years old who comprise around 47 million people of the total population use approximately three plastic bags a week. We should expect the same with plastic bags," he added.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks at an event marking International Anti-Corruption Day last Saturday in Bangkok. Corruption scandals swirling around some members of the military regime have left Gen Prayut to deal with annoying newshounds. Their lightning rod has been Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, a deputy prime minister and the junta's second-in-command. Pol Gen Watcharapol was, before his current position, secretary-general of Gen Prawit as deputy prime minister. As scandals swirl around members of the regime, some -- such as Gen Prawit and Gen Anupong -- choose to stay away from the media.
The word is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people". Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries, said Youthquake was a word everyone could rally behind. But most importantly for me, at a time when our language is reflecting our deepening unrest and exhausted nerves, it is a rare political word that sounds a hopeful note." Youthquake best reflected not only the ethos, mood and preoccupations of the past year, but had "lasting potential as a word of cultural significance". The other shortlisted words are antifa, gorpcore, kompromat and unicorn, something dyed with rainbow colours or decorated with glitter.
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National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house. At least five other people were reported injured across the island as authorities continued to assess the damage from the quake, which hit just before midnight local time (1700 GMT). Jakarta resident Web Warouw was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck. "Suddenly, we felt dizzy, but constantly... We then realized it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs," the 50-year-old told AFP. An earthquake struck the country's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
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After a two-hour drive from Chiang Rai International Airport, we arrive at Doi Tung in the late afternoon, the day before the opening ceremony of the Colours of Doi Tung Festival. “Doi Tung is known for organising events focusing on food, agriculture, handcrafts and social development and the Doi Tung Lifestyle shops sell woven fabric, saa paper works and ceramics. “The festival grows more popular every year and now when tourists come to Chiang Rai, they come up to Doi Tung,” he adds. I end my visit with a stroll along with 300-metre Doi Tung Treetop Walk. IF YOU GO- The Colours of Doi Tung Festival takes place every weekend until January 28 from 8am to 6pm.
Get them at the All Ticket counter in 7Eleven. Rewinding that tapeThe “Once the Cassette” concert series returns to Scala Theatre tomorrow night at 7 and this time features popular outfit Room 39. Admission is free but you do need a ticket so go to Facebook.com/fmone1035 and www.FMOne1035.com. Tickets costing Bt1,400 are now on sale at www.GypsyCarnivalThailand.com, www.AllTicket.com, and the All Ticket counter service of 7Eleven. Christmas with CharlyInsanity Nightclub on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is throwing a fun Xmas Party with special international guest, Cameroon-born, Australia-based DJ Charly T manning the decks on December 25 at 10pm.
Somkid began developing a ready-to-eat som tum product and, two years into the business diversification, sales of the popular Thai traditional dish got under way this year. With the positive response from the market, the company she set up has now achieved annual sales of Bt10 million. Her customers began buying the product and the sales prompted her to invest up to up to Bt10 million on a new production line to produce the ready-to-eat som tum, also known as spicy papaya salad. Social media has also helped sales, as customers spread the word on the ready-to-eat traditional dish. Somkid said the company plans to develop new flavours for the som tum, such as vegetarian, pickled fish and seafood, to appeal to more and more customers.
But what a pity that he had to do it on his own with very little government support, other than a photo op with the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha when he arrived in Bangkok (which did more for the PM than it did for Toon). To add Toon’s stamp on these supporting runs, the Royal Thai Air Force could have laid on a helicopter to whisk Toon into the major cities as the run passed through, before flying him back to his main run northwards. It would at least have given the RTAF a meaningful mission. But that is now a missed opportunity. All that aside, we must stand in total and absolute awe at the courage, commitment and stamina of this extraordinary Thai man.
Toshiro Ishiwatari, president of Japan’s Toshiba Lifestyle Products and Service Corporation (TLSC) and Masaaki Kimura, president of Toshiba Thailand and the executive committee, yesterday held a press briefing on “Toshiba Future and the Next Step towards 2018”. With the synergy of TLSC and Midea Group formed last year, we aim to increase our focus on creating products that meet the needs of the global market. “Apart from new innovations for the global market, we have also set up an IHQ (International Headquarter) in Thailand,” the company said. Kimura said the Thai market is recovering with many positive factors for the economy, such as the growth in tourism, exports, domestic consumption, and the increase in GDP, as well as the “Shopping for the Nation” campaign that encourages spending. However, other appliances such as refrigerator, washing machine, and kitchen appliances continued their growth.
Inside is the MediaTek octacore processor MT6763T, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The six-inch FHD+ display is sandwiched between a 16MP front camera and 13MP rear camera. Meet the pocket printerThe HP Sprocket portable photo printer can zip 2x3-inch sticky-backed photos out of a smartphone. Boom takes a beatingThe Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker can get wet, muddy and beaten up without injury. UE Boom 360-degree speaker technology makes it 25 per cent louder and affords a longer wireless range of 30 metres.
THE MILITARY-ESTABLISHED fact-finding committee has concluded that the death of 18-year-old cadet Phakhapong “Meay” Tanyakan was not caused by any punishment. “We do not believe that the penalties could have caused the death,” committee chair ACM Chawarat Marungruang said. There are thus grounds to suspect that Phakhapong’s death was related to inappropriate penalties such as headstands and more, they said. They included 22 AFAPS students, three medics, four administrative military officers at the AFAPS, Phakhapong’s homeroom teacher, and two physical-education teachers at the preparatory school. Regarding Phakhapong’s death, she said the military should stop influencing the case and let the justice system work independently.
Somsak, a former key figure in the now defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, emerged from obscurity yesterday and held a press conference to express his political views. Wissanu said an amendment to the political party law is not clear. The other way is through the NLA, but this needs one-fifth, or 25 NLA members, to propose the amendment. Chusak Sirinil, who chairs Pheu Thai’s legal team, rejected Somsak’s proposal, saying it would return politics to the old era, arguing that political parties were already in existence and accepted as representatives of the people for pursuing political activities. Chusak also disagreed with the idea to amend the political party law, saying it did not pose a disadvantage to any parties as claimed.
Apple has unveiled its 2017 “charts and trends”, celebrating the most popular apps, music and movies at the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes. REALTIME REVELRYThis year the App Store became home to some of the most-played multiplayer games in the world. HOUSE FAVOURITESBesides the app charts based on real downloads by users of iPhones and iPads, the App Store editors picked their favourite applications of the year. The most-downloaded free iPad apps were YouTube, Line, Facebook, Messenger, Google, Google Chrome, Calculator, Google Maps, Lazada and Gmail. The most-downloaded paid iPad apps were GoodNotes 4, Notability, Human Anatomy Atlas 2018, Procreate Pastel Keyboard Themes Color, Duet Display, GoodReader, Notepad+ Pro, Video Now Player and Pixelmator.