The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has issued a report showing that overall, commercial banks performed well in the first quarter of the year with strong capital reserves and liquidity.
Loans by commercial banks continued a growth trend of 4.4 percent last year to 4.7 percent in the first quarter. The growth was mainly due to an expansion in SMEs to include more business types with loans to large corporations excluding financial institutions contracting slightly as several began repaying their loans and some sought other means of amassing capital.
Consumer loans saw expansion across the board, in particular car loans and home loans with credit loans and personal credit lines also seeing significant growth in line with the burgeoning economy.
Precautions against rabies continue to be taken in Khon Kaen province after a cow was reported to be exhibiting symptoms of the virus in a village where three other cows and buffalos had already died of rabies after being bitten by a local dog.
Authorities have been dispatched to inspect the four year old female cow owned by Somporn Donkor of Puay Noi district. It was reported the cow has been walking in circles and foaming at the mouth. Its owner had to tie to it a tree to keep it from
Yala durian growers have reported high yields this year and project they will put twice as much produce on the market than last year.
Sasalee Taniree of Krong Penang district in Yala province has been growing durians on a 20 rai plot of land for 15 years now and says the secret to good crops apart from watering and fertilization is maintaining a clean farm without weeds or excessive foliage, which can infect the durian trees with diseases.
The farm expects to see a yield of 15 tons this year
People from various provinces visited Sanam Luang on Monday to observe the Royal Ploughing Ceremony and collect rice seeds for luck.
One of the visitors from Sakon Nakhon province said it was his third time at the ceremonial ground where the Royal Ploughing Ceremony is held each year.
He said although he was only able to collect a handful of rice grain, he was thrilled to be at the venue.
In addition to the grains of rice, people collected rice shoots which they said will be planted in their
The government has confirmed that it will address pleas by hoteliers to crackdown on unregistered hotels.
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda revealed today that there remain thousands of unregistered hotels in operation across the country. He confirmed that the government is in the process of bringing them into the system.
Meanwhile, a recent poll by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) revealed that the public has not seen any progress from the government's
A new bridge crossing the Chao Phraya River in Chainat province has been opened for a trial period of 45 days.
Deputy Director-General of the Department of Rural Roads (DRR) Prasak Bantunak has carried out the ninth and final inspection of the Chor and Kor roads in Muang Chainat district. The 3.5 kilometer stretch of asphalt concrete roadway consists of four traffic lanes and a bridge crossing the Chao Phraya River. The inspection included a forum of members of the public, who pointed out some
Wildlife officials found no carcasses of wild animals at Thung Kwian Market, on a recent visit. The inspection came after photos of exotic meat were shared on social media.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) deployed a wildlife task force to inspect Thung Kwian Market in Lampang province. No carcasses of wild animals were found, according to the inspection team.
Quail meat sold at one store was said to be from a farm in Lamphun province. It has yet to be
A fire at a school in Khon Kaen’s Ranuan district caused by a lightning bolt has resulted in damage estimated at over 5 million baht.
A heavy storm set off the fire at the storage building of Srikranuan Wittayakhom School in Kranuan district of Khon Kaen yesterday after the building was struck by lightning. Municipal firefighters and rescue workers were assembled to put out the fire during the storm.
The storage building in the west of the school held computers, documents, musical instruments
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Rungroj Saengkhram said today the arrest of Pol Lt Col Santhana Prayoonrat, an adviser to Don Muang New Market, was based on evidence.
Pol Gen Rungroj said the arrest was carried out according to evidence, not because the police had been pressured to do so, adding that Pol Lt Col Santhana has the right to file a lawsuit in his defense against those accusing him of extortion; although he is barred from leaving the country and threatening vendors as he could
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