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Moves afoot to have temples maintain accounts

THE MINISTER attached to the Prime Minister’s Office will discuss with the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) officials next Wednesday about the requirement to have temples keep an account of their incomes and expenses.

Ormsin Cheewapreuk, who is in charge of the NOB, said 47,000 temples have undergone the Key Performance Index assessment and 96 per cent had already submitted the results to the NOB.

Sustainability a key issue for foreign stock investors here

FOREIGN INVESTORS favour investing more in sustainable stocks, resulting in a trend-line of growth from US$2 trillion (Bt68 trillion) to US$62 trillion, said a Thai stock expert who urges Thai listed firms to build up value-added from sustainability.

Patareeya Benjapolchai, special expert for corporate governance and social responsibility at the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), said that some Thailand funds have capitalised on the trend for sustainable stocks through launching funds focusing on sustainable stocks. But, she warns, Thai listed firms must pay more attention.

Improved exports, budget disbursement to spur growth

PUBLIC and private organisations have revised up their estimates of this year’s economic growth as the Thai export recovery continues amid higher-than-targeted budget disbursement.

Kasikorn Research Centre (KResearch) has raised its forecast for this year’s expansion to 3.4 per cent from the earlier estimate of 3.3 per cent due mainly to robust export recovery and a higher-than-expected rise in household spending in the first half.

Thai export growth has been revised up to 3.8 per cent for the whole of 2017, the research house said.

FEATURE: China, Buddhist Mountain makes for a great scenic point

ANHUI (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Jiuhua, a sacred mountain in China’s Southern Anhui Province is one of the most famous scenic spots in China, and indeed the wider region too.

Xieng Khuang confiscate rose wood

Marawi destruction ‘beyond evil’

German-Filipina is ‘Asia’s next top model’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - German-Filipino Maureen Wroblewitz, the youngest and shortest contestant, bested representatives of Malaysia and Vietnam to win the fifth cycle of “Asia’s Next Top Model.”

Thailand top supplier of fruits to Vietnam

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Thailand's fruits accounted for more than half of Vietnam's import over the last six months.

New WB financing to bolster Vietnam’s efforts to spur rural development

WASHINGTON (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The operation will be implemented in 18 provinces with a view to developing and consolidating institutional reforms and more effective ways of doing business. 

Brunei students to participate in Singapore Youth Festival