1. Govt crows as foreign cash rolls in: Nearly 3,000 foreigners have applied for long-term resident (LTR) visas and about 500 regional headquarter projects have obtained promotional privileges from the state, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said yesterday. Bangkok Post
  2. Public to ponder power tariff options: Energy Regulatory Commission expected to announce its decision on new rate March 22. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is gathering public opinion on its proposal for a single power tariff rate, which would make electricity bills cheaper for businesses but slightly more expensive for households. Bangkok Post
  3. Local in Chaiyaphum province have expressed alarm after Cabinet’s decision to put extra Bt90m investment into Asean Potash Chaiyaphum (APOT), to revive the projects, citing environmental issues and threats to their livelihood.
  4. SET’s president mulls proposing government to reintroduce LTF tax privilege for individuals to draw funds into the market, provide market stability.
  5. Cabinet approves Bt24b Chalong Rat expressway extension projects. Of the total, Bt3.7b baht will come from government budget for land expropriation and management cost, Bt20.3b baht will be raised by the Expressway Auth (EXAT) for construction and supervision costs.
  6. The Association of Investment Management Companies (AIMC) and the Government Pension Fund (GPF) yesterday issued a statement announcing they have no direct investment in the assets of the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).
  7. TH and the EU yesterday announcement the relaunch of FTA negotiations, aiming to conclude talks within 2 years.
  8. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to turn 148 rai of land around Thon Buri railway station into a medical complex with the aim of creating a green environment.
  9. Former TOT president Varut Suvakorn has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay about Bt1b to the state agency for an unauthorised deal with Samart I-Mobile in 2008.
  10. Cabinet defers on rail project: The cabinet yesterday decided to drop the Orange Line mass-transit project from its meeting agenda due to insufficient inform

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