Thailand Morning News For July 24

Thailand Morning News For July 24
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Thailand morning newsRolls-Royce ‘kickbacks’ to PTT to be probed
THE COUNTRY’S top anti-graft officials have been appointed to investigate alleged corruption in the 2000-2013 procurement of multi-billion-baht Rolls-Royce industrial equipment by PTT plc and its subsidiary, PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP).
— The Nation

FTI forecasts economic growth in second half
The private sector expects the economy to continue expanding in the second half of 2017 while voicing its concerns over the new alien worker management law and the land reform policy.
— NBT World (video)

Cops nab migrants at border as registration drive begins
Thai immigration police Sunday arrested Cambodians illegally crossing the border into the kingdom, ahead of the registration of undocumented migrant workers which begins Monday.
— Bangkok Post

NRSA ‘failing to enact reforms’
THE junta-appointed National Reform Steering Assembly (NSRA) has hardly brought about any concrete reform despite having been in office for almost two years, audience members heard at a seminar yesterday.
— The Nation

Six-year plan for sugary drink taxes
The Excise Department will bring up taxes over six years to help drink manufacturers gradually lower the sugar content of their products to meet the department’s threshold or face a significant rise in…
— Bangkok Post

100 service centers for undocumented migrant workers to open tomorrow
The Ministry of Labour will be opening service centers nationwide for undocumented migrant workers tomorrow at 100 locations nationwide, says official.

SMEs: Small, significant and struggling
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are considered the backbone for propelling economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

PM promotes occupational training in schools
The Prime Minister has encouraged the provision of occupational training in high schools, set to pilot the training program in the country’s special development zones.

DLT joins hands with MOTS to suppress zero-dollar tours
The Land Transport Department (DLT) is currently working with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to suppress zero-dollar tours.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand to send back trafficking victims, assist on migration to third country
Thailand has prioritized on human trafficking cases involving Rohingya people in accordance to human rights principles, and is set to return trafficking victims to their country of origin, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rise and fall of Lieutenant-General Manas: Thailand’s top human trafficker
An army ‘Big Shot’ whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand’s grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.
— Channel NewsAsia

IEAT opens new cargo ship port in Maptaphut
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has opened a new cargo shipping dock at the Maptaphut Industrial Port, to support Thailand in its role as ASEAN’s naval cargo hub targeting the key industries of petrochemical, chemical, fertilizers, and steel manufacturing.

Hitachi Chemical grabs 43.9% of BAT-3K
Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire a 43.9% stake in SET-listed battery manufacturer and distributor Thai Storage Battery (BAT-3K) from its major shareholding family in a deal…
— Bangkok Post

Complaint of three safety violations lodged with the police against CPF
Safety inspectors of the Department of Labour Welfare and Protection lodged a complaint against Charoen Pokphand Foods Company with the police last Wednesday over the death of a student trainee and four staff members of the company on June 23.
— Thai PBS

Government to host ASEAN-India Expo and Forum
The government will host the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum in early August to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations
— NBT World (video)

Robot design winners to represent Thailand in ROBOCON 2017
The winners of the Robot Design Contest 2017 (RDC 2017) will represent Thailand in this year’s International Design Robot Contest: IDC ROBOCON which will be held in China next month.
— NBT World (video)

Military brace for Ms Yingluck’s judgement day and closing statement day
In wake of a large turnout of supporters for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a court session on July 21, military personnel will be dispatched to different areas to meet with people to try to promote their understanding of the justice system.
— Thai PBS

“Cell phone-free classroom” good for students, teacher says
Noticing that students pay more attention to smartphone screen than to classroom board, a school in Phitsanulok province has launched a mobile-phone-free-classroom project to make them focus on classroom lessons.
— Thai PBS


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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