Thailand’s Cross-Border Commerce Drops 8.5 Percent Over Border Closure

BANGKOK  Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, yesterday reported that, the country’s cross-border trade fell 8.5 percent year-on-year, in the first seven months, mostly due to the closure of border checkpoints amid COVID-19. Overall cross-border trade, including transit trade, totalled 741 billion baht (23.68 billion U.S. dollars), from Jan to July, said the Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department. […]

Security Situation in the Context of Increasing Tensions between Major Powers

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai participated in the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on 12 September 2020, when he highlighted the security situation in the context of increasing tensions between major powers.   Thailand suggested having a consultative mechanism under the ARF to provide space for external powers with conflicting interests to turn conflicts into […]

Democrat party leader proposes all chief whips meet to discuss charter rewrite

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that the chief whips of all parties and the Senate meet to discuss constitutional amendments, to prepare the way for a smoothrewrite of Thailand’s supreme law. The Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister said today (Saturday) that there is broad agreement that the charter needs to be amended, […]

Royalist groups have yet to make their presence felt

As nationwide anti-establishment protests gather momentum, a counter movement launched by royalists is garnering far less attention and at times attracting more criticism than support.    Political pundits are divided over whether the latter could evolve into a bigger and stronger movement in the future. More than 1,000 people joined a rally organised by newly established […]

 US remembers 9/11, with virus altering familiar tributes

Americans commemorated 9/11 on Friday as another national crisis, the coronavirus, reconfigured ceremonies and as a presidential campaign carved a path through the memorials. In New York, victims’ relatives gathered Friday morning for split-screen remembrances at the World Trade Center’s Sept. 11 memorial plaza and on a nearby corner, set up by separate organizations that […]

Does my employer have to say if a coworker has the virus?

Does my employer have to say if a coworker has the virus? Employers are generally not required to tell workers when someone in the workplace has tested positive for the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that companies monitor employees for symptoms and alert those who may have been in contact […]