Thailand Morning News For December 5

Thailand Morning News For December 5
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Thailand morning newsThailand confident of improved ranking in corruption perception index
Thailand believes its corruption ranking in international communities will improve this year after the country has shown strong determination to curb and suppress corruption by setting a four-year national stratagy to tackle the problem drastically.
— Thai PBS

Thailand approves environmental impact assessment for Thailand-China railway
Thailand approves the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of Thailand-China railway, paving the way for the start of construction of the first 3.5-km section this month.
— Xinhuanet

DPM Prawit: Lifting of ban on political activities needs assurance from monitoring of situation
A deputy prime minister in charge of national security has confirmed that a lifting of the ban on political activities will be done after the general situation in the country is really calm.

State affiliate bonus criteria revamped
The cabinet yesterday approved new criteria for bonus payments for affiliates of state-owned enterprises that are not listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), a move intended to standardise the government’s bonus payment rate.
— Bangkok Post

Songkhla closes 62 schools amid floods
A TOTAL of 62 schools in Songkhla’s seven districts around Songkhla Lake will remain closed until the floodwaters recede, authorities said yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Authorities make more arrests of violators of copyrights
Thai authorities have arrested more violators of copyrights and confiscated a variety of pirated products in a recent raid.
— NBT World (video)

A booming automotive market: Bosch opens first smart factory in Thailand
Thailand’s automotive market is booming: in 2016, nearly two million cars were manufactured there, significantly more than in the U.K. or Italy. Bosch is responding to this rising demand.
— Automotive World

Home loan battle backed by real demand, says central bank
COMMERCIAL banks are expected to continue to compete for home loans with low lending rates with a view to their year-end performance targets, as the Bank of Thailand (BOT) observes medium-paced growth in home loans that is supported by real demand.
— The Nation

Three nabbed over call centre racket
Authorities arrested an Indonesian national and two Thais allegedly complicit in a call centre scam network, according to national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.
— Bangkok Post

CPF named outstanding disability employer in 2017
Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) and its eight subsidiaries have been honoured with a plaque to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017.
— The Nation

Supernap International opens data centre in Thailand
SUPERNAP Thailand celebrated the opening of an advanced data centre, the Bangkok Campus located at the Hemaraj Industrial Estate 2, in Chonburi.
— Digital News Asia

Commerce Ministry to provide trade facilitations in southern region
The Ministry of Commerce has gathered information from official visits to southern provinces in order to provide trade facilitations and measures for the region.

360,000ECD machines installed nationwide
Some 360,000 electronic data capture (ECD) machines have been set up in 160,000 shops nationwide, the Bank of Thailand reported yesterday. It plans to have 560,000 units installed by March 2018.
— The Nation

Army chief concerned with recent finding of hidden weapons and implication on political situation
The army chief has expressed his worries about the recent discovery of hidden weapons and its implications for the country’s political situation.

Corrections Department fires 14 wardens for serious misconducts
The Corrections Department has fired 14 wardens after finding them guilty of serious misconducts, ranging from taking bribes from inmates and assisting them to break the rules.
— Thai PBS

Technical skills shine in era of digitalisation
DEMAND for technical skills in Thailand and Southeast Asia, particularly in information technology (IT), and international experience will be highly sought after, according to the newly released annual Salary Survey from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters, which discusses recruitment disciplines during 2017 and predictions for the year ahead.
— The Nation

Finance ministry moves closer to finalising poverty aid measures
THE Ministry of Finance (MOF) has been gathering input from government agencies, employers and financial institutions as it seeks to finalise the second phase of relief measures for low-income earners.
— The Nation

Punishments to be reduced in migrant decree
The cabinet will consider reducing the punishments under the foreign labour decree before it is sent to the National Legislative Assembly for enactment.
— Bangkok Post

Labor Minister visits immigrant worker screening center in Samut Sakhon
The new Labor Minister has visited Talay Thai Market in Samut Sakhon province, observing operations of the local alien worker screening center and the Port In-Port Out (PIPO) center.
— NBT World (video)

Works allocation for deputy prime ministers and PM’s Office ministers
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o- cha has allocated works to his five deputy prime ministers and two Prime Minister’s Office ministers.
— Thai PBS

Plan is afoot to increase price of gasohol 91 to the same level with gasohol 95
The Energy Business Department will propose Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan to increase the retail price of gasohol 91 to the same level as the gasohol 95 so that more motorists will switch to gasohol 95 and gasohol 91 will eventually be phased out.
— Thai PBS

Pracharat markets and stores opened across country
Provinces across the country have launched their Pracharat Markets, established to sell products based on local wisdom.

Government on track in solving low rubber price problem
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government is working hard to solve the problem of low rubber price.
— NBT World (video)

CIFS Director tries to explain delay in cadet autopsy
The director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has clarified that the chemical required to complete the autopsy of the freshman cadet recently died in a military academy has not run out as reported in the media.
— Prachatai English

NACC reminds new cabinet members to declare assets within 30 days
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has reminded new cabinet members to declare their assets within 30 days.

UN to celebrate the world’s Soil Day as a tribute to late King Bhumibol
The United Nations will celebrate the world’s Soil Day at its head office in New York on Tuesday December 5 as a tribute to the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— Thai PBS

Don denies Yingluck issued UK passport
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Monday (Dec 4) denied a report that fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been issued a United Kingdom passport.
— Thai PBS

NBTC urges people to use 3Steps app to check SIM card registration
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is inviting the public to download the application “3Steps” to prevent SIM card registration fraud.


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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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