Thailand Morning News For August 10

Thailand Morning News For August 10
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Thailand morning newsWater Resources Department to be put under the supervision of PM’s Office
The National Water Resources Committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed on Wednesday (Aug 9) to transfer the Water Resources Department from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to the Prime Minister’s Office.
— Thai PBS

PM: Registration of migrant workers will not be extended
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed satisfaction with the registration of migrant workers while confirming that the registration will not be extended again.

Fast train linking 3 airports awaits bids
The latest feasibility study on building a high-speed train to link the three airports of Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao in nearby Rayong province has been completed. The 280-billion-baht project…
— Bangkok Post

Thai Junta Approves Flood Relief Measures Worth $48 Million
Thailand’s military installed cabinet on Tuesday approved 1.6 billion baht ($48 million) in relief for farmers hit by floods in the north and northeast.
— Chiang Rai Times

Airport crisis: TM.6 cards scrapped for Thais
Thai nationals will no longer have to fill out departure or arrival cards before passing through immigration counters at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports from Oct 1, part of a raft of new measures to tackle overcrowding at Bangkok’s air gateways.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy
A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military.
— Channel NewsAsia

Prawit: No green light yet for political activities
Political parties will not yet be allowed to carry out activities and express their opinions despite the fact that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has sent the draft Political Parties Bill to the government for further proceedings, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Wednesday (Aug 9).
— Thai PBS

Agriculture Min to hold event to showcase Smart Farmer campaign
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will hold an event for its Smart Farmer campaign, offering a vast array of high-quality agricultural goods and innovations by community enterprises.

Tax allowance for domestic travel on the cards
The Finance Ministry has supported a proposal for a tax allowance for people who spend money on domestic travel before the end of this year.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Prawit: Political ban stays ‘until I’m happy’
The regime will not lift its restrictions on political activities any time soon owing to the unstable state of Thai politics and the number of pending lawsuits against politicians, Deputy Prime Minister…
— Bangkok Post

Haste urged on digital development
THE government should speed up the passage of all legislation relating to digital development to facilitate the country’s creative economy initiatives, former deputy prime minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula said. “The government should urgently support the private sector to enhance companies’ businesses effectively in the digital economy,” he said.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

PM meets with US Secretary of State to discuss human trafficking issue
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha held talk with United States Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson during his visit to Thailand and assured of progress which Thailand has made in the handling of the human trafficking issues.

Khon Kaen and Saraburi have worst air pollution: Greenpeace
Khon Kaen and Saraburi are the two most critical cities with the highest half-year average concentrations of particulate matter PM2.5, which is one of the most health-harmful pollutants, according to Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
— Thai PBS

Govt won’t be pushed on N Korea
The government insists it will not take action against North Korean businesses operating in Thailand following reports the United States pressed the country into doing so in a bid to cut the flow of money to Pyongyang
— Bangkok Post

Full-scale launch of U-tapao airport pushed back once again
The full-scale commercial launch of the upgraded U-tapao airport in Rayong has been put off again, this time until the end of the year.
— Bangkok Post

Security units prepare for rice pledging scheme case conclusion
The commander of the Royal Thai Army has revealed a meeting has been called to assess the situation anticipated on the day the verdict of the previous government’s rice pledging scheme case is read with the Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs assuring steps will be taken to avoid any chaos on the day.

Ford expects to hit six-year sales high
Ford Thailand, a local arm of US carmaker Ford Motor Co, expects to reach the highest sales in six years in 2017, thanks to aggressive performance over the first half.
— Bangkok Post

Police assure fair investigation into Thawatchai’s death in DSI’s custody
Metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn on Wednesday (Aug 9) assured the younger brother of Thawatchai Anukul, a former land official who was “put to death” while in the custody of the Department of Special Investigation, that police would investigate the case in a way that is just and fair to all parties concerned.
— Thai PBS

Police Inspector General to discuss position-buying problem with reform body
The Office of the Police Inspector General has readied to discuss probes into 3 police officers involved in position buying at a police reform meeting, intent on improving the process.

Drop in June borrowing lowers public debt to B6.19tn
Public debt-to-GDP ratio fell by more than 1 percentage point in June due to a drop in borrowing, according to the Public Debt Management Office.
— Bangkok Post

Bt10 n refinery capacity upgrade headlines BCP’s five-year plan
BANGCHAK Corporation (BCP) will devote the lion’s share of a Bt15 billion, five-year investment plan to raising its crude oil refinery capacity to 130,000 barrels a day by 2020 from 135,000 barrels now.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thai Air Force to seek action against drone operator
The Air Force commander in chief on Wednesday said his office would seek legal action against the operator of a drone that flew in the vicinity of the Air Force airport, for violating the Confidential Information Act.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Cheap shops told to sell only TISI-certified goods
Shops selling cheap Bt20-per-piece products in Chiang Mai have insisted that they would not risk breaking the law by selling sub-standard goods.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Tourism and Sports Ministry launches Thai Sustainable Tourism in Thai Way of Life campaign
The cabinet has approved the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ proposal to make 2018 a year of “Thai Sustainable Tourism in Thai Way of Life”.

Peace TV banned for one month
The country’s telecommunications regulator has moved to suspend the broadcast licence held by Peace TV, a satellite-based television channel linked to the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship…
— Bangkok Post

PM discusses water management
The Prime Minister has revealed that National Water Resources Committee’s meeting was aimed at expediting the implementation of water management plans.

Networking on the Eastern Seaboard
Following on from a site visit to U-Tapao in the afternoon, some members of the combined Chambers of Commerce found their way to the Avani Pattaya Resort and Spa and its Dicey Reilly’s Irish pub for an evening of card swapping, AKA networking.
— Pattaya Mail

Thais encouraged to eat more vegetables
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation on Tuesday (Aug 8), launched an event to encourage Thai people to eat more vegetables: at least 400 grammes of vegetables a day as recommended by the World Health Organization.
— Fresh Plazza

Sunkist Growers seeks to bear fruit in Thai market
Sunkist Growers Incorporated, a US-based citrus growers’ non-stock membership cooperative, has expanded its Sunkist Freshie brand to the Thai market.
— Bangkok Post

Family Fun: Travel Thailand with Mum this August
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is highlighting special events as top holidays dedicated to Mum in honour of Thailand’s National Mother’s Day celebrations, under the theme “Family Fun: Travel Thailand with Mum This August.”
— TAT News

Media gurus attend seminar on fostering creative media for 4.0 era
The Safe and Creative Media Development Fund has opened a seminar to establish coordination with related experts for the promotion of creative media in the Thai society.

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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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