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The Central Group, Thailand’s largest retailer to review investment plan

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The Central Group, Thailand’s largest retailer, will revise its medium-term investment and business plans after suffering devastating losses at its flagship CentralWorld mall earlier this month.

The Zen Department Store was destroyed and the main mall damaged in the riots that broke out nationwide on May 19 in clashes between red-shirt protesters and security forces.

Prin Chirathivat, the Central Group's executive director for finance, said the group would revise its 16-billion-baht investment plans for the year in the wake of the riots.

He said following a visit to CentralWorld yesterday that a final tally on the losses suffered by the group had yet to be made, nor was it known how much compensation would be paid by insurers.

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Human trafficking cases in Thailand hit decade low due to COVID-19

Thailand has pointed to improved efforts to stop trafficking in recent years, under scrutiny from the United States and following criticism of its failure to tackle abuses in its lucrative seafood and textile sectors, as well as the sex trade.

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BANGKOK, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in Thailand last year launched the lowest number of human trafficking investigations in a decade as coronavirus restrictions on businesses and borders hindered criminal networks, according to a soon-to-be released government report.

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Thai cabinet allows illegal migrant workers to sign up for 2-year work permit

Migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, who are in Thailand illegally, will be able to obtain a 2-year work permit under a special arrangement offered to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Cabinet has approved a special arrangement for illegal migrant workers from neighboring countries, allowing them to register for 2-year legal work status in Thailand, following the case of a new COVID-19 outbreak among the migrant workers’ community.

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Thailand blocks online gambling websites

In the past week, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has asked all internet service providers and mobile carriers to block access to online gambling websites.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Online gambling websites, which are easy to access by children and youth, have become a topic of concern for the Prime Minister, who has ordered strict suppression of these illegal websites.

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