Thailand Morning News For December 4

Thailand Morning News For December 4
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Thailand morning newsBanthoon questions govt’s subsidy programme for the poor
Kasikornbank chief executive officer Banthoon Lamsam has expressed doubt over the government’s subsidy programme for the poor if it will really help to bolster local economy.
— Thai PBS

Election faces delay to 2019
The regime’s possible delay of lifting the political ban could cause a general election to be postponed to 2019, critics say.
— Bangkok Post

#Fail: Singaporean Jetstar Passengers’ Bangkok Meal Voucher Melt Down (video)
There is no shortage of video clips on the internet of Chinese tourists behaving badly in Asean, with Singaporean netizens being equally as scathing as their Thai counterparts at times
— AEC News Today

Cabinet’s economic team sets out goals to build on recovery
THE country’s new batch of economic ministers got to work yesterday on plans to build on the growth momentum in the economy.
— The Nation

PM assigns Agriculture Ministry to tackle rubber price issue
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives has been assigned to resolve rubber prices and related problems as a whole with emphasis on taking care of rubber planters, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the weekend.
— Thai PBS

Govt ‘mistakes to blame for declining popularity’
Policy blunders, failure to consider others’ opinions responsible for low ratings: critics.
— The Nation

Cops crack down on 95 ‘bad’ monks
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has launched a nationwide crackdown on 95 rogue monks, singling out those who indulge in sex, scams, transvestism and politics.
— Bangkok Post

Dramatic Trang River bank collapse hits homes
Many communities in low-lying areas on both sides of the Trang River have been flooded, with some houses nearly submerged, after two riverbanks collapsed Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Ford calls time on eco-car participation
US carmaker Ford Motor Co has finally decided to withdraw from the government’s eco-car scheme, saying the incentive models do not have enough potential to be keen on eco-friendly models.
— Bangkok Post

PEA organizing overhead cables, electrical devices
Offices of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) are reorganizing electrical cords and wires in their areas to ensure public safety.
— NBT World (video)

TOT moves fibre-optic installation forward
The state telecom enterprise TOT plans to install fibre-optic lines to replace copper wires nationwide by 2021, five years ahead of its original plan.
— Bangkok Post

Government Savings Bank to issue 80 billion baht’s worth of loans to Thai SMEs in 2018
The Government Savings Bank has set aside a budget of 80 billion baht for next year’s SME loan program.
— NBT World (video)

CPI rises to the highest in 9 months
The country’s consumer price index (CPI) for November rose to the highest in nine months as rising fuel prices and new excise tax slapped on tobacco were blamed on the inflation rise.
— Thai PBS

Year-end bonuses a mixed bag
It’s that time of year again, when salarymen yearn for year-end bonuses as a reward for their tireless efforts to boost productivity and strengthen companies’ operating results.
— Bangkok Post

Public Health Ministry develops safety criteria for meat products
The Ministry of Public Health has developed specific criteria to ensure the safety of meat consumers in Thailand, according to its deputy permanent secretary, Dr. Opas Karnkawinwong.
— NBT World (video)

All Chinese engineers qualified, ready to work on high speed rail project
More than 200 Chinese engineers have been qualified to participate in the high-speed train project linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima province.
— NBT World (video)

Mega projects to shape Bangkok’s skyline – Thailand Tourism Forum 2018
The Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) returns for its seventh annual edition on January 22, 2018, gathering more than 650 hotel industry professionals at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok to discuss the mega-projects that are reshaping Bangkok’s cityscape.
— Phuket Gazette

Govt on track in solving low rubber price problem
The government is working hard to solve the problem of low rubber price, The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said.

Military adds personnels, machineries in southern flood rescue operations
The Royal Thai Armed Forces deployed more personnel and machines in the rescue and relief operations for flood affected villagers in the southern region.

Rain in the South and cold weather in the North forecast
The upper part of Thailand still has cold weather and strong winds, while in the South, the rainfall has eased a little but there is still heavy rain in some areas.
— NBT World (video)

Improved flood situation reported in Yala
The flood situation in Yala has improved while other southern provinces such as Trang, and Pattani continue to be submerged.

PRD accelerates installation of digital TV transmitter
The government’s project to install digital TV transmitters nationwide is now more than 90 percent in progress.

101 cremations: The rise of Bangkok’s Buddhist pet funerals
Buddhist monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar’s small body is nestled amongst flowers – a US$600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals.
— Channel NewsAsia

HM the King bestows relief items to flood victims in Cha-uat district
His Majesty the King has assigned Privy Councilor Phaiboon Khumchaya to distribute royally-bestowed relief items to the flood victims in Cha-uat district, Nakhon Si Thammarat.


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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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