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by Shradha Aswani

All that is new from the Indian community in Thailand.

By Shradha Aswani

Long-time ambassador H.E. Suchitra Durai passes on the title of Indian ambassador to Thailand to IFS officer, Nagesh Singh (Pictured Above)

The Ministry of External Affairs, India has released a statement to announce the appointment of H.E. Nagesh Singh, an Indian Foreign Service officer, as the new Indian Ambassador to Thailand. He is taking over as ambassador from previous incumbent H.E. Suchitra Durai, who retired from Indian Foreign Service after 34 years. H.E. Nagesh Singh has served as the Consul General of India in Atlanta and is a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Rahm Khuruwanit becomes the first Indian to be on the executive committee of a Thai political party

Rahm Khuruwanit, whom Masala has featured in an exclusive Cover Story, became an executive committee member of the Thai Sang Thai Party as a result of the last General Assembly elections on 9 September. As a frontline member of the party, Rahm, a third-generation Sikh-Indian, claimed that although relations between Thailand and India have always been cordial, they may be further reinforced with the involvement of more people and policies that promote trade.

Jaspal Group has finalized the acquisition of Diesel Thailand

In an effort to expand the company’s portfolio of brands, Jaspal Group has closed the deal to acquire global clothes brand Diesel in Thailand. Jaspal Group has brought brands like Superdry, Mango, and Champion for their Cambodia market before, and has added more brands to their Vietnam presence as well. In 2019, the company also acquired ASICS Thailand; and through these collaborations, the company looks forward to continuing their growth as Thailand’s leading fashion house. Jaspal plans to open flagship stores after January 2023.

New non-stop flights from India to Thailand

Air travel to India from Thailand has now become more convenient than ever, with new flight additions across service providers.

Go First
Since August 2022, Go First has launched a series of direct flights from Phuket to Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Most of these flights run from Monday to Friday while some also fly daily. The newest addition
to this series has been a flight from Kolkata to Phuket which has been running five times a week since 29 September.

Vistara
A new nonstop route from India to Thailand has been announced by full-service airline Vistara. The flight has been running five weekly flights between Mumbai and Bangkok since 5 August, in addition to its direct flights that run between Delhi and Bangkok daily.

Thai Vietjet
Thai Vietjet was set to launch three-weekly nonstop flights between Bangkok and Ahmedabad from 1 October, but the flight schedule has now been postponed and will start from 20 October. With the promised travel time of under four hours, the airline’s special offer fares continue to apply.

True Digital invests in Seeksters to empower them in becoming a leader in home-servicing

Southeast Asian corporate giant True Digital Group recently invested THB 88 Million into Seeksters, a digital home servicing company, for 68 percent of the company. Seeksters is a booming Thai start-up, co-founded by the company’s CEO, Sahib Anandsongvit. Founded in 2015, the company has completely revolutionised the service sector in Thailand, and has continued its upward trajectory of progress ever since.

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