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Get tough on diesel, vehicle numbers to tackle smog, experts urge
THE SEVERITY of Bangkok’s air pollution suggests that the national government’s pursuit of a “low-carbon economy” has fallen short of needs, say experts, who recommend higher taxes on “dirty fuel” and a reduction in the number of vehicles on city streets.

WeChat has a billion reasons to celebrate app’s lifestyle inroads
WeChat, the most widely used Chinese social media platform in China, is celebrating its eighth year with over a billion monthly active users.

Delaying elections ‘will hurt economy’
Experts also warn that instability after poll will keep away investors, affect local consumption and also pose an obstacle to export sector

World Bank urges Thailand to urgently tackle education inequality
INEQUALITY IN education remains a critical issue for Thailand, which can be tackled by consolidating small schools, the World Bank has suggested.

Sala shows care for environment at all seven Thai resorts
Sala Hospitality Group (SHG) is continually developing new environmental initiatives and procedures to minimise ecological impact at all seven of its luxury beach resorts and boutique accommodations across Thailand.

Japan’s Shinwa budgets Bt8m for Bangkok projects
Japan-based Shinwa Group has set aside Bt8 billion to develop residential projects in Bangkok this year and next, group director Tomoyasu Yamabe announced on Wednesday at a press conference at its head office in Osaka.

Ban on e-cigarettes under study after enforcement problems emerge
A REVIEW of the ban on e-cigarettes is being launched in light of difficulties in enforcing the law.

SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce
SpaceX plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the decision said on Friday.

World stocks end strong week on tepid note
Stock markets in Europe and the United States slipped on Friday after several days of gains as investors took a breather in the absence of fresh news on trade talks between Beijing and Washington.

Haley, Ivanka Trump among possible World Bank nominees: report
Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka are among possible US candidates to replace outgoing World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, The Financial Times reported Friday.

Fishery sector buoyed up after EU lifts yellow card
Exports expected to surge, stock bump already seen after major trade impediment removed.

Mahidol targets digital influence
The College of Management at Mahidol University (CMMU) revealed the online market research finding that influencer marketing has become a more appropriate and persuasive approach to reach consumers than traditional marketing,

Free flights on offer at Vietjet
Vietjet will give away one million zero-fare tickets on January 9, 10 and 11 on its website. Passengers need only pay the routine taxes and fees.

HSBC, 2C2P optimise payment collection for corporations
HSBC in Thailand has partnered with 2C2P (Thailand), a payment services provider, to offer an omni-channel collections service for its corporate clients.

KTC lucky draw offers exclusive trip to Japan
Krungthai Card is offering five prizes in a lucky draw to mark the 10th anniversary of Mo-Mo-Paradise.

Poll uncertainty, trade war hurting exports, investment: Somkid
THAILAND’S economic outlook for 2019 is “uncertain and gloomy” due to the upcoming general election and the US-China trade war, deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak warned yesterday.

Stronger baht ‘will hurt exporters and farmers’
MOST EXPORTERS are worried about the baht appreciating against the US dollar, fearing it will hit exports and farm incomes amid the slowing of both local and global economies.

Scoot launches fare promotion
Scoot has launched the airline's latest Take a Break before You Break promotion to help customers in Thailand enjoy lower fares to 16 destinations.

Ikea eyes further expansion in Southeast Asia
Ikea Southeast Asia, which owns and operates stores in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, has released its 2018 annual report, revealing its continued success in offering millions of people a wide range of well-designed and functional home-furnishing products at affordable prices according to its vision: “To create a better everyday life for the many people.”

Wells Fargo in $575 mn US settlement on consumer ills
Wells Fargo agreed to a $575 million nationwide settlement over its opening of millions of unauthorized customer accounts and other alleged predatory practices, the bank and US authorities announced Friday.

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