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The business sector ask reds to leave shopping area

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The business sector on Monday called on anti-government protesters to move out of Ratchaprasong intersection, and asked the government and the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to settle their political dispute as soon as possible.

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The Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) and the Thai Shopping Centre Association (TSCA) made the call at a press conference.

They asked the protesters to leave Bangkok's prime business and shopping area immediately as many thousands of shops, vendors and employees had already been affected.

The two associations said many families were totally dependent on their daily earnings from their businesses there.

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Abuse against women still prevalent in Thailand

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In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

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Thai cabinet approves 350 billion baht Aid for COVID-hit Businesses

Thailand unveiled new measures to help small and medium COVID-hit businesses in the tourism industry hit by a liquidity crunch.

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Thai Mango growers complain of low prices and fewer exports

Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, their mangoes are not being exported, due to fewer buyers, and their prices have plunged to between 10 and 20 baht per kilogram, depending on size.

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Mango orchard owners in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanuloke are seeking help from the provincial administration to promote the sale of their sweet fruit, particularly Barracuda Mango variety.

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