Thailand Morning News For December 15

Thailand Morning News For December 15
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Thailand morning newsLabor Ministry to review proposed revision of migrant labor law
The Ministry of Labor has accepted a petition from the private sector for an amendment to the new law on migrant workers, of which punishment clause is claimed to be too harsh
— News Today (video)

Private sector optimistic about renewed Thai-EU relations
The Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) has expressed confidence that trade and investment negotiations between Thailand and the European Union will make significant progress, following the recent decision by the European Council to conditionally restore full political contact with the Kingdom.

Study results for BKK-Chiang Mai high-speed train to reach Cabinet in 3 months
Thailand has received a full study report from Japan on the high-speed rail cooperation project for the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route, which is expected to be proposed to the Cabinet in three months’ time.

4th mobile cabinet meeting set for Dec 26 in Sukhothai
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead his cabinet to visit Phitsanulok on Dec 25 before holding a mobile cabinet meeting in Sukhothai on Dec 26.
— Thai PBS

Alcohol Control Committee backs draft ban on alcohol vending machines
Thailand’s Alcohol Control Committee Board has approved, in principle, a draft ban on alcohol vending machines. The ban was put forward by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Government helps low income people start small franchise businesses
The Ministry of Commerce has launched a project to create jobs for low-income people with the help of more than 40 franchises. The state-run Government Savings Bank (GSB) will provide financial assistance for them.
— News Today (video)

DHL to add 1,000 delivery locations
DHL eCommerce Thailand, a division of the logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL Group, will expand its local delivery network to 1,000 locations nationwide by 2018, fuelled by online shopping growth in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Uber partners with taxi operator
Uber has expanded its ride-sharing network with the launch of “uberTAXI”, partnering with Howa, a major taxi operator.
— The Nation

Thai-listed Origin Property sells 49% in Bangkok project to Nomura Real Estate
Origin Property Plc, a Thai listed property developer, has sold 49 per cent stake in Origin One Thonglor Co Ltd to Nomura Real Estate Development Co Ltd to develop a new hotel and service apartment in Bangkok.
— DealStreetAsia

KTB assures the money exchange transaction with two Laotians legitimate
State-run Krung Thai Bank clarified on Thursday (Dec 14) that its branch office in Nong Khai had fully complied with regulations regarding money exchange over a substantial portion of the 98 million baht in Thai currency that the office exchanged with two Laotian nationals.
— Thai PBS

Agriculture Ministry proposes measures to reduce rubber price slump
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has proposed to the Cabinet measures to address the current rubber price slump.
— News Today (video)

Public Health Ministry to continue using dengue vaccine but with more caution
The Ministry of Public Health will not remove Dengvaxia dengue vaccine from registration, but will adjust some wordings on the drug label and will advise doctors to exercise caution in vaccination.
— Thai PBS

AIS to spend Bt873m on call centre
ADVANCED Info Service (AIS) is spending Bt873 million to set up a call centre training facility in Nakorn Ratchasima province.
— The Nation

Human rights lawyer faces Computer Crime charges for FB post
The police have summoned Anon Numpa, a human rights lawyer, and pro-democracy activist, to meet the police because of his Facebook post criticising a verdict.
— Prachatai English

Phuket hotels take united stand in joining UN #CleanSeas campaign
The Phuket Hotels Association consortium of more than 65 hotels and resorts on the island have joined the United Nations Environment Program (Unep) #CleanSeas campaign in a clear statement of unity to take action to protect and preserve the region’s natural beauty.

Skytrain boss warns rail fares will rise
Fares for electric train lines could rise under the new common ticketing system if the government does not provide more subsidies for private companies which operate the lines in Bangkok, BTS Group Holdings Plc chairman Keeree Kanjanapas says.
— Bangkok Post

Nok Air sees 10% rise in 2018 income
NOK AIR PLC expects a 10 per cent rise in income next year as a result of cost reduction , improvement in ticket pricing management and product development, said chief executive officer Piya Yodmani, adding that the low growth estimate is partly due to the fact that the low-cost carrier is keeping its fleet of aircraft at 30.
— The Nation

Men arrested with 5.4m meth pills, 120kg of ‘ice’
Two men have been arrested with 5.4 million speed pills and 120 kilogrammes of ‘ice’ believed to be from Myanmar at a house in Muang district, Nonthaburi province.
— Bangkok Post


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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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