Thailand Morning News For December 6

Thailand Morning News For December 6
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Thailand morning newsThailand flood death toll rises to 15
Fifteen people have died and one million have been affected by flooding in Thailand’s deep south, authorities said Tuesday (Dec 5).
— Channel NewsAsia

Sugar industry bows to WTO pressure
The cabinet has agreed in principle on four sugar-related regulatory announcements which pave the way for the revocation of the fixed retail price so as to meet World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to host regional cybersecurity training centre
Southeast Asia’s telecom and IT ministers and Japan have agreed to set up in Thailand an Asean centre for enhancing cybersecurity expertise among IT personnel, Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj said this week.
— The Nation

Southern flood situation continues to be cause for concern
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has dispensed 200 boats to its office in Songkhla to assist citizens still being impacted by persistent flooding.

Government claims measures to tackle impact of falling rice prices already planned
The government has given an assurance that it has already planned measures to alleviate the impact of falling rice prices during the harvest season.

Rise of the robots gets green light across 28 regional airports
The Department of Airports (DOA) will introduce cleaning robots as well as provide Wi-Fi services from April next year under plans for a technology upgrade to regional airports.
— Bangkok Post

Hat Yai battens down flood hatches
Irrigation officials are struggling to protect the commercial heart of Hat Yai district against overflow from a canal and Songkhla Lake.
— Bangkok Post

Profits ploughed back into R&D
PROMINENT companies are setting aside more than 3 per cent of their net profit on research and development (R&D) under corporate Thailand’s embrace of innovation.
— The Nation

Tax breaks to encourage bigger families
THE REVENUE Department will amend the Revenue Code to raise the threshold for child-rearing expenses that can be deducted from personal income tax in a bid to encourage Thais to have more than one child.
— The Nation

Foreign Trade Department holds seminar on border trade with Cambodia for SMEs
Thailand’s Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) is preparing to hold a seminar on border trade opportunities with Cambodia for small businesses on December 7th.
— NBT World (video)

DEQP organizes Thai Environment Day 2017
The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) held Thai Environment Day 2017 and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Day, with intent to encourage the application of royal initiatives of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn among the Thai people
— NBT World (video)

GH Bank to expand cheap mortgage
State-owned GH Bank plans to further raise the value of its low-rate mortgage scheme by 20 billion baht to 68 billion to serve strong demand, its chief says.
— Bangkok Post

Gold shops told to join single-account scheme or face probe
The Revenue Department has asked defiant gold shops to enter single account system or else they could face money laundering probe.
— Thai PBS

Jay Mart’s takeover target
SET-listed mobile distributor Jay Mart has announced plans to take over direct sales and consumer loan firm Singer Thailand by 2018 as it strives to strengthen its loan portfolio.
— Bangkok Post

SME Bank ready to hold last Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Market fair
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Bank (SME Bank) has prepared to host the last event at Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Market, to be titled “Super SMEs Send Off and Send Happiness”.
— NBT World (video)

Five finalists handpicked for new Election Commission
The selection committee tasked with selecting five election commissioners has endorsed five finalists who has passed the committee’s vision presentation test.
— Thai PBS

Huge drug cache seized in Bangkok
The Royal Thai Police yesterday (Dec 4) unveiled the record seizure of drugs in the capital with 12 million methamphetamine pills and 12 kilograms of “Ice” or crystal methamphetamine.
— Thai PBS

People in various provinces are cleaning streets and canals to honor the late King
People in several provinces have started cleaning streets and removing garbage from canals to honor His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


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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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