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Thailand urges Cambodia to have migrant workers officially documented for jobs

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Thailand on Tuesday urged Cambodia to assist Cambodian migrant workers seeking jobs in Thailand, and ensure they are officially documented in the first place.

The labour Ministers of the two countries, Chatumongkol Sonakul and Cambodia’s Labour Minister, Ilth Samheng,Thailand demanded that all Cambodian workers seeking jobs in Thailand be officially documented by Cambodian authorities.

Thailand had so far provided `One Stop Service` for migrant workers from its neighboring states, including Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, who have intended to work legally in this country.

Out of a total of about 2 million Cambodians currently working in Thailand, no less than one-fifth was believed to be undocumented and illegally employed.

The Thailand labour minister gave assurances that all Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand would have their work permit extended on condition that they were officially documented by Cambodian authorities in the first place.

He confirmed that all documented Cambodian migrant workers were entitled to welfare benefits and would be protected by Thailand authorities from being victimised by human traffickers.
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In pics: “House of Steel Robots” in Thailand

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Children play at “Ban Hun Lek”, or “House of Steel Robots”, in central Thailand’s Ang Thong Province, on June 5, 2020. Established in 2000, “House of Steel Robots” (in Thai:”Ban Hun Lek“) is a workshop known for making “scrap metal art” out of waste automobile parts. The seemingly worthless mechanical junks are given rebirth by the workshop’s artisans, turning into unique, geeky art pieces. (Xinhua/Zhang Keren)

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Thailand to manufacture thermal face scanning device amid COVID-19

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Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation said on Friday that it is developing its own thermal face scanning device to save the costs.

The ministry said that till now Thailand has been dependent on imports of thermal face scanners as the COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent.

Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), both agencies under the ministry, said they are both in final stages in developing compact facial thermal scanning device, which will be capable of accurately scanning the temperatures of several people simultaneously.

The device, called the “u Therm-FaceSense,” can measure the precise temperatures of several people at a time from a distance of 1.5 meters, even if they are wearing face masks.

Results from the scan are shown in a tenth of a second.

The portable device can easily be installed in hospitals, schools, shopping malls, train stations or any other locations.

According to the NECTEC, the price will be affordable and will help reduce Thailand’s dependency on similar imported products.

The device is being fine-tuned and 40 units are expected to be in use soon.

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World Environment Day celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand

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58-year-old BanJerd Whangdet, a garbage collector, rows his boat and collects plastic waste and recyclable materials along the Prakanong Canal in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5, 2020. World Environment Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign to raise awareness about the protection of the environment, is celebrated every year on June 5. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

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Thailand develops odour-proof boxes to store durian for international shipments

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The Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) on Thursday has unveiled a brand new fruit packaging innovation to store strong-odoured fruits like durian.

Since Thai durians have been classified as an export item, we need to ensure that we can store durians to retain its freshness as well as ensure that its odour don’t permeate outside the box,” said Chutima Eamchotchawalit, governor of TISTR.

“With this new innovation, e-commerce operators and fruit growers will be able to send durians via couriers without worrying that the latter would reject delivering highly perishable and smelly fruits,” Chutima said.

The TISTR governor said that the Thai government wants to push Thai signature durians into the world, and without a proper innovative packaging, the pungent smell would push customers away.

She said odor-proof boxes are well responded by wholesale and retail durian sellers as well as exporters.

Beside the odour-proof boxes for durians, the TISTR has developed new packages for mangoes that are strong enough to allow storage under load and ensure its strong packaging during shipment.

She said these types of innovative packaging are important as pungent durians when entering hotel, may get rejected before entering the venue.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Thailand was the largest durian exporter in 2019, according to the Department of Trade Negotiations.

The Ministry of Commerce’s department said that Thai durian exports were valued at 817 million U.S. dollars last year.

“Therefore if we want to push Thai durians to remain number one in the world market, we must ensure that it packaging must remain unrivaled too,” said Chutima.

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Thailand records 17 new COVID-19 cases

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Thailand on Thursday witnessed 17 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total cases in the country to 3,101.

All of the new cases were Thais staying in quarantine after returning from the Middle East.

The death toll remains at 58, and 2,968 patients have recovered.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that among the new cases, 13 were Thais returning from Kuwait, two returning from Qatar, and two from Saudi Arabia.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the Ministry of Public Health will be in discussion with the Thai government in expanding quarantine facilities to accommodate an average of 400 to 500 Thai people returning from abroad daily.

“We cannot ban Thais from returning home from overseas,” said Taweesin.

Taweesin warned that although there was no new local infection, a second wave of infections may occur if people let their guards down.

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Thailand’s rubber agency to push for construction of riverside rubber embankments

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A large volume of rubber might be used in the construction of riverside rubber embankments throughout Thailand in an effort to promote its domestic use instead of export.

Uthai Sonlaksap, chairperson of the Rubber Network Council and Rubber Farmers Institute of Thailand, said on Thursday that his agency is yet to submit a proposal to the National Rubber Policy Committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The proposal is made for the planned use of some 500,000 tons of rubber in the construction of the anti-flooding rubber embankments along the banks of 25 rivers in all regions of the country.

If initially approved by the committee and finally by the government, an estimated 100-billion-baht (about 3.16 billion U.S. dollars) budget will be provided for rubber embankment projects to be carried out nationwide, according to the rubber agency’s chairperson.

That sum of money to finance the planned rubber levee scheme might be secured from a 500-billion-baht (about 15.81 billion U.S. dollars) government budget, which have no been allocated under an executive decree for postpandemic social and economic restoration measures.

Instead of exporting a large volume of rubber at lowered prices to the world markets, Uthai said, Thailand might look to use more of it within the country to create jobs and raise more incomes for local villagers, who might be hired in such rubber levee project.

Some 360,000 tons of rubber might be used in the planned making of rubber fender barriers along 12,000 km of roads throughout the country, according to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

Rubber farmers will earn more income by directly providing their product to road-building agencies, namely the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads.

Such rubber fender barrier project is primarily designed to make a substantial domestic use of rubber, which would be otherwise bound for export, according to the minister.

As the world‘s biggest producer and exporter of natural rubber, Thailand’s total rubber production increased for 2.43 percent from 13.54 million tons in 2017 to 13.87 billion tons in 2018, according to Rubber Statistical Bulletin.

Thai rubber accounts for up to 40 percent of global supply but Thai rubber farmers have struggled with low prices in recent years due to decline in global demand.

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Thailand authorities further ease up anti-pandemic measures

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Staff members sterilize seats at a movie theater in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 1, 2020. Movie theaters, spa parlors, beauty salons and fitness centers in Thailand were reopened on Monday as the authorities have further eased up anti-pandemic measures. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

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Majority members of Thailand’s Palang Pracharath Party’s executive board resign en masse

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A majority of executive members of the Palang Pracharath Party, core of Thailand’s current coalition government, resigned en masse on Monday, prompting the naming of the party’s entire executive board in near future.

The party will pick a new executive board within 45 day under the party’s rules.

The Palang Pracharath Party named Prayut Chan-o-cha as post-election prime minister and set up a multiple-party coalition government last year.

Prayut, who has been largely tipped to reshuffle his cabinet in the foreseeable future, will likely pick newly-named executive members of the party for the cabinet seats.

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Thailand to receive Chinese-built, unmanned train next month

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A Chinese-built, unmanned monorail train is scheduled for delivery to Thailand’s Bangkok next month, confirmed an executive official on Sunday.

The first Bombardier Innovia APM-300 train, manufactured in China, will arrive to the Thai capital next month, followed by two others in the next few months, said Manit Techa-apichok of Krungthep Thanakom Co., a business management firm of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

The unmanned trains will shuttle commuters between a BTS station and three others on the Thonburi side of the city from October, Manit said.

A fleet of three monorail trains will run between Krung Thon station on the BTS Silom Line and those in Charoen Nakhon and Khlong San areas, including one outside Iconsiam trade center, he said.

Each of the trains has two carriages and can accommodate 140 passengers.

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