Wed, 06 Dec 2023

BANGKOK -- Thailand will take steps to ensure safety and restore confidence among tourists, officials said on Wednesday, one day after a shooting at a renowned shopping mall in downtown Bangkok that killed two people and injured five others.

The Thai government has attached great importance to this matter and will implement measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said after joining a one-minute silence at the mall and expressing condolences to the deceased. (Thailand-Gun Shooting)

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HONG KONG -- Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, said on Wednesday that Hong Kong is well developed in green finance and the city is already Asia's green finance hub.

Chan said at the Hong Kong Green Finance Association Annual Forum 2023 that last year, the total amount of green and sustainable debt arranged or issued in Hong Kong exceeded 80 billion U.S. dollars, up more than 40 percent compared to the year before, with green bond issuance accounting for about one-third of the market share in Asia. (Hong Kong-Paul Chan-Green Finance Hub)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said on Wednesday that the country is at risk of a food shortage due to the impact of sudden weather changes, according to a statement from the ministry.

According to the statement, the minister made this warning during a discussion regarding the implementation of projects to increase the production of food crops. (Sri Lanka-Food Shortage)

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BANGKOK -- At least 13 people were injured when a hidden bomb exploded in southern Thailand, a government official said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the explosive device hidden underground was triggered after the culprit of the incident hung a banner to lure authorities to inspect the area in Pattani province, according to a report published on government website, quoting Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin. (Thailand-Bomb Attack)

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