Thailand Morning News For April 25

Thailand Morning News For April 25
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Bestlin seeks to block new NGV bus bids
Bestlin Group has called on the government to halt plans for new bidding to procure 489 new natural gas vehicle (NGV) buses, saying a legal dispute between the firm and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has not been finalised.
– Bangkok Post

Export surge keeps growth target in reach
A SURGE in exports last month pushed up the value of first-quarter shipments by 4.9 per cent to $56.46 billion from the year before for the best performance in four years, fuelled by multi-year highs in trade volumes with China and India.
– The Nation

Arms factory deal edges closer
A plan to build a production and maintenance facility for Chinese weapons in Thailand is expected to be finalised by July, according to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
– Bangkok Post

New incentives spur boom in film earnings
THAILAND earned over Bt900 million from international film productions in the first quarter of 2017, thanks to a new set of production incentives offered to movie producers, according to the Department of Tourism.
– The Nation

Ministry of Commerce: Higher electricity price will not lead to more expensive goods
The Ministry of Commerce has confirmed that the prices of most consumer products have been stable and an increase in electricity price will affect the retail prices of products by less than 1%.

Out of control’ OTT services draw scrutiny
Streaming video-on-demand services from over-the-top (OTT) operators are set to be regulated by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) after operating freely for years.
– Bangkok Post

Department of Provincial Administration Lays Out Guidelines against Corruption
The Department of Provincial Administration has laid out guidelines for its officials at all levels in order to help them deal effectively with corruption, which is regarded as one of the biggest threats to the well-being of various communities.
– The Government Public Relations Department

Senior officials linked to blackmail, forced prostitution of teenager in Mae Hong Son
A CHAT with a police friend about young, part-time prostitutes turned into a nightmare for one mother after she found that one of the girls available for sex was her own daughter, who later revealed how she had been lured into taking drugs, blackmailed and coerced into the flesh trade.
– The Nation

Cabinet endorses Navy’s plan to purchase one Chinese submarine
The cabinet last week approved the Navy’s plan to purchase one Yuan-class submarine from China estimated at 13.5 billion baht under government-to-government agreement.
– Thai PBS

Submarine buy wins ‘secret’ nod
The military-led cabinet has secretly approved the controversial procurement of a Chinese submarine costing 13.5 billion baht.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand Completes Second Airline Recertification
Thai aviation authorities have completed the recertification of Thai AirAsia (TAA), although most of Thailand’s airlines are still waiting to go through this process. TAA is just the second airline to be recertified, and the first LCC. Thailand is required to issue new operating authorization to all carriers, due to ICAO findings of inadequate regulatory oversight.
– Aviation Week

Thailand gears up to be ‘the energy hub for Asia’
Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-Oom, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy of Thailand launched today the ‘Future Energy Asia Exhibition & Conference’ as a major initiative towards securing the path to Thailand’s Energy 4.0.
– Oilfield Technology

Top brass members must sit in national strategy panel: Gen Prawit
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Monday defended the need of the presence of 5-6 commanders of the armed forces in the national strategy panel.
– Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry promotes more exports to Indonesia
The Commerce Minister has suggested that Thai business operators look into opportunities to export more goods to Indonesia, in order to expand trade between the two nations.

Bosch Thailand plans to introduce more auto-product lines
Robert Bosch Thailand has announced plans to expand its automotive-product lines from 10 currently, with a focus on developing e-commerce platforms and strengthening the network of Bosch Car Service workshops.
– The Nation

Rise of the robot fund manager
AVA Advisory, a Thai-owned fintech startup, plans the commercial launch of its first robotic adviser app for the financial sector in Singapore in the fourth quarter, aiming to create an entirely new breed of smart wealth and investment management activity.
– Bangkok Post

GSB low-interest loan program slow going
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) has indicated that its low-interest loan program has extended credit to only 10% of applicants, held up by insufficient documentation from applicants as well as the long Songkran holiday.

Anusorn to be warned for knocking on the head of a waiter with his knuckles
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has found an assemblyman guilty of “not serious” breach of ethical conduct for using his knuckles to knock on the head of a waiter and decided to serve him a warning.
– Thai PBS

Toyota considers landmark local outlay
Leading Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation is about to make its biggest investment in Thailand to upgrade its compact car development and production centre for exports.
– Bangkok Post

Deputy chief of an army prison charged in conscript’s death
Deputy commandant of the military prison in Surat Thani denied all the charges lodged against him by the police in connection with the death of a conscript held in custody in the prison.
– 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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