Pattarapong Raktabutr, head of alternative distribution channels at Kiatnakin Bank, which is a member of the Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group, said KK SME 3x covers three types of credit. “It’s able to provide borrowers with as much as three times the value of the property being used as collateral – for a maximum of Bt15 million,” Pattarapong said. Loan applicants can utilise the Thai Credit Guarantee Corp to guarantee the loans so they may qualify for a maximum loan repayment period of 20 years.”This is available only for buyers of assets and for refinancing, however. “To help customers save on expenses, the bank will shoulder the TCG’s credit guarantee fee throughout the entire contract period, at 1.75 per cent of the loan amount. This year it aims to issue Bt4 billion worth of loans to small and medium-sized businesses.
March 21, 2018 06:41 UTC
Sanit Promwong said his department received 33,616 complaints about public transport vehicles in Bangkok, other than mass transit, from October to February via the 1584 hotline, Facebook, email and a mobile application. Sanit said there were 17,794 complaints against taxi drivers, mainly over refusals to take on passengers, impolite behaviour and dangerous driving. There were 638 complaints against motorcycle taxis, 136 against tuk-tuks and 54 against mini-trucks modified to operate as taxis. In mass transit, Sanit said, there were 1,565 complaints against buses run by private firms on concessions from the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority. There were 993 complaints against passenger vans, 950 against private upcountry buses operating out of Bangkok and 784 against BMTA buses.
March 21, 2018 06:07 UTC
Prison director Wanpen Wongwaikittisin said on Wednesday the inmates were being screened for TB, leprosy, Aids and sexually transmitted diseases. In 2017, 1,705 inmates in prisons nationwide were diagnosed with TB, a major health problem that leads to thousands of deaths in Thailand annually, Narong said. In 2015, the World Health Organisation placed Thailand among 14 countries with the highest prevalence of TB, including drug-resistant TB. Public Health Region 7, covering Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Khon Kaen and Kalasin, has six prisons where TB screenings took place in 2017. Of the 11,118 inmates screened, 65 were diagnosed with TB.
March 21, 2018 06:05 UTC
Exports rose 10% year-on-year in February, but the industries' sentiment index fell for the first time in four months on concerns about costs. The Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday that exports were valued at US$20.36 billion in February, up 10.3% year- on-year. However, despite export figures, Chen Namchaisiri, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, said the Thai Industries Sentiment Index was down for the first time in four months in February, to 89.9 from 91.0, in January, on the cost of raw materials and labour. Industrial exports grew for the 12th consecutive month on automobiles and parts, computers and parts, and internal combustion engines and parts. The Commerce Ministry expected exports to grow 8% throughout this year, Ms Pimchanok said.
March 21, 2018 05:58 UTC
Character licensing is an attractive emerging market for Thai entrepreneurs that is growing exponentially in value. In 2016, the character licensing market held the value at 1,687 million baht, which was a 7.2% increase from 2015. Import wise, Thai character licensing had 14 million baht import value in 2016 that increased from 2015 by 16.67%. This promising growth rate prompts DITP to fully support Thai character creators to launch their products in the international markets. We took Thai character creators to various character licensing-related fairs both locally and internationally to showcase their potentials and broaden their business opportunity.
March 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
THE HAGUE: Dutch voters go to the polls Wednesday in local elections with far-right parties seeking gains and all eyes on a referendum on plans to broaden government online spying powers. Geert Wilders (left) of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) campaigns on March 17, 2018 in Dordrecht. But political analysts say the local vote is being dwarfed by a simultaneous referendum over whether to back a new online security law giving Dutch intelligence services sweeping powers to tap online data. "The consultative referendum on the law concerning the Dutch secret services ... is dominating the news," said Ruud Koole, political science professor at Leiden University. His party however is only standing in free-wheeling, liberal Amsterdam and in Rotterdam where it has entered into a coalition with a local party in the port city.
March 21, 2018 05:47 UTC
TOKYO: Russia's foreign minister threatened Wednesday to retaliate against Britain for "anti-Russian measures", with the two countries at loggerheads over the poisoning of a spy in southern England. Lavrov urged the British government to "respond calmly" over the March 4 attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who remain in critical condition. Britain reacted by expelling 23 Russian diplomats and their families -- around 80 people in total -- and has also cut off high-level contacts. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said London was "actively considering" other measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced "outrage" over the attack in a call to May, according to her office.
March 21, 2018 05:37 UTC
A pickup delivering ice slammed into a six-wheel truck hauling bottles of sparking water, which flipped over sent its load scattering. Neither driver was injured in the accident on Takuapa-Phuket Road in front of Ban Bang Muang School. Police said Pirapong Prabpracha, 35, lost control of his pickup when a front tyre burst and ran into the six-wheeler driven by Wallop Sroynak, also 35.
March 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
They delivered suspected hitman Banjong Chaisawad, 50, to police, bound with rope in a foetal position. Ban Namkem Police were told that Banjong and an accomplice had appeared on a motorcycle and Banjong shot Sudkhet Samranrat, 39, and Sorapong Khamsawang, 33, who were fishing from a raft. Both were critically injured and were taken to Takuapa Hospital. Witnesses rushed to catch Banjong as soon as he shot the first man in the stomach. Banjong was taken to the police station but refused to answer questions.
March 21, 2018 04:29 UTC
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha officially launched the ambitious Thai Niyom Yangyuen (sustainable Thai-ism) development project on Feb 21 in Nakhon Pathom. The money is a part of a supplementary budget of 150 billion baht approved in January by the cabinet to spur the grassroots economy. The bill on the supplementary budget will be put before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) tomorrow for endorsement. Gen Anupong said that two-thirds of the 30 billion baht will be awarded to more than 82,000 villages. Gen Anupong said the budget spending would not duplicate the Thai Niyom Yangyuen (sustainable Thainess) development project.
March 21, 2018 04:07 UTC
Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta reports to police again on Wednesday to answer questions in a civil case about damage to the forest during his alleged hunting trip, after acknowledging a bribery charge on Tuesday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)Construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta met police on Wednesday to answer prosecutors' questions about damage he and other three suspects caused to the forest during their alleged hunting trip in a Kanchanburi wildlife sanctuary. The prosecutors are considering how much compensation the four suspects must jointly be required to make, he said. Mr Premchai remained tight-lipped after the 40-minute questioning session at the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division. Besides nine high-profile charges related to wildlife poaching, Mr Premchai is also accused of trying to bribe Thungyai wildlife sanctuary chief Wichian Chinnawong, who led the arrest of the suspects on Feb 4.
March 21, 2018 03:56 UTC
COPENHAGEN: The trial of Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen, accused of murdering and mutilating Swedish journalist Kim Wall, resumes Wednesday as prosecutors dispute his account that she died accidentally aboard his vessel. He said evidence showed Madsen bound Wall around the head, arms and legs before beating her and stabbing her repeatedly in her genital area. "It's important in connection with the sentence," Henrik Stevnsborg, professor of law at University of Copenhagen, told AFP. Investigators never found Wall's or Madsen's phones, but were able to recreate some of the messages on them. The trial is expected to last 11 more days and a verdict is expected on April 25.
March 21, 2018 03:56 UTC
The girl, who was eighth grader at Ban Suksamran School in Pakham district, died on March 17. She became the first rabies victim in Buri Ram and sixth in the country this year. Doctor Withit Sarideechaikul, chief Buri Ram public health officer, said officials had isolated 143 people who had contacted with the girl and the puppy in question and started giving them rabies shots on Wednesday. Withit said the girl was scratched by her puppy in October last year and her family did not take her for a rabies vaccine. Withit said rabies virus can reside in the body between seven days and one year before it shows symptoms, depending on how far the wound is far from the brain.
March 21, 2018 03:33 UTC
Justice Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah fixed the date after Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad informed the court that Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali and her bailor, a Royal Malaysian Air Force official, could not be contacted. He said attempts to serve the notice on Rozita and the bailor were made right till late last night (Tuesday). On March 15, Rozita was bound over for five years on a good behaviour bond of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt to her maid Suyanti Sutrinso, 21. Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar meted out the sentence against Rozita after she pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to Suyanti. Judge Mokhzani made the order after Rozita admitted to an amended charge under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
March 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
TCC Group, a holding company of beverage tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, plans to take over a major stake in e-marketplace Tarad.com in a move that would mark the conglomerate’s deeper push into digital business, a source close to the deal said. Tarad.com, which was established in 2001, is among the top 10 of e-commerce businesses in Thailand. The company has also expands business model to include e-payments in line with pursuing a broader base of business in the digital economy. Earlier, Marut Buranasetkul, managing director of T-Space Digital Co Ltd, a subsidiary of TCC Group, had said that TCC Group was interested in expanding its business into digital enterprises. TCC Group has five businesses, covering food and beverages, industrial and trade, insurance and finance, property, and agriculture.
March 21, 2018 03:22 UTC