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Bangkok’s largest shopping mall expects to reopen in six months

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UPDATE : 4 June 2010A top executive of Central World, the shopping mall severely damaged by an arson attack during the red-shirt riots, expects it can reopen in six months.Managing Director of Central Pattana or CPN Kobchai Chirathiwat said the company still has not been able to evaluate the extent of damage to Central World but he expected the insurance company will release its estimation in two or three weeks.

Kobchai said the collapse of Zen department store that shares the same building structure with Central World will have no effect on the latter as Zen covers only 10 percent of the 500,000 square meters of Central Worlds total space.Kobchai expected Zen to reopen in 14 months while Isetan, on the other side of Central World, will reopen in a month. The rest of Central World should reopen in six months.The CPN executive revealed the reconstruction at Central World will begin this month and its vendors can tenants can set their shops in two or three months.He also disclosed Central Worlds office building, the Centara Grand Hotel and the Bangkok Convention Center has resumed services since June 1.

via Thai-ASEAN News Network.

Bangkok is now recovering from 10 weeks of anti-government demonstrations that shut down much of the city.

1,400 entrepreneurs victims of Thailand’s turmoil seek government helpMore than 1,400 entrepreneurs and others who suffered losses totaling Bt2.7 billion inThailand’s recent political violence registered to receive assistance from the government from May 21-23.Chaired by PMs Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey, the newly-set up committee tasked with helping entrepreneurs and other individuals affected by political violence will meet Monday at Government House.

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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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