Thailand Morning News For December 8

Thailand Morning News For December 8

Thailand morning newsConsumer confidence hits 33 month high
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has credited government stimulus of the grassroots economy with pushing Consumer Confidence in November to the highest point in 33 months.

All fights to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Friday cancelled
All fights from Don Meuang airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Friday (Dec 8) have been cancelled as flood situation in this southern province remains serious.
— Thai PBS

Thailand to avoid Mekong blasting plan at China talks
THAILAND will highlight water management, connectivity, sustainable development and people-to-people relations when Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai joins the 3rd Lancang-Mekong foreign ministers meeting in Dali, China, next week.
— The Nation

WB urges greater economic mobility, social aid in ‘new Thai model’
THE WORLD BANK has warned that Thailand’s economic development model is obsolete and has recommended an incorporation of three new pillars for the next step of development.
— The Nation

World Bank hails Thai development
Thailand is grouped among “progressive prosperity” countries that have largely eliminated extreme poverty and fostered a large middle class, says the World Bank.
— Bangkok Post

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Leading economist forecasts no political repercussion on economy in 2018
The Thai economy is unlikely to be affected by the political situation in the country next year, according to an economist.
— News Today (video)

PRD and NACC to launch anti corruption campaign, encourage public participation
The Public Relations Department (PRD) and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) have discussed cooperation in promoting public intolerance towards corruption.
— News Today (video)

November consumer confidence rises for 4th straight month -survey
The country’s consumer confidence rose for a fourth straight month in November, boosted by a stronger economic outlook as exports and tourism remained robust but low commodity prices were still a concern, a private survey showed on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

South braces for more rain as infrastructure overwhelmed
OFFICIALS in Nakhon Si Thammarat were in a race against time yesterday as major infrastructure was overwhelmed by flooding and more torrential rains were expected.
— The Nation

NCPO files charges against Pheu Thai spokeswoman
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has filed suit against Pheu Thai Party deputy spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat for her Facebook posts criticising the government for army corporal punishment and unequal treatment between rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai and villagers, a police source said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

NACC demands clarification from Gen Prawit for his wristwatch and diamond ring
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has asked Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to explain his two items of accessory–a diamond ring and an expensive wristwatch–that he was seen wearing during a photo shoot of new cabinet lineup at the Government House on Dec 4.
— Thai PBS

Interior Ministry to enforce 7 road safety measures to curb road fatalities
The Ministry of Interior is planning to invest more to ensure the safety of Thai motorists.

Thailand experiences jobless recovery
The unemployment rate in the third quarter rose by 1.2 per cent, higher than the 0.9 per cent increase in the third quarter last year, said Porametee Vimolsiri, secretary general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, a state think-tank agency.
— The Nation

Price gap remains a hurdle to Thais embracing EVs
While the government has already kicked off its electric vehicle (EV) promotion scheme to create environmentally-friendly buyers, Kasikorn Research Center forecasts the market will start expanding in earnest by 2025.
— Bangkok Post

Gothom unhappy as no civil society representative is picked to sit in Election Commission
Former election commissioner Assoc.Prof.Dr.Gothom Arya said he felt sorry for qualified candidates who represented the civil society were not among five finalists chosen out of a total of 15 applicants vying for the 7-member Election Commission.
— Thai PBS

Military prosecutor defers decision on Sulak’s lese majeste case
The military prosecutor has decided to postpone the decision on the indictment of wellknown scholar Sulak Sivaraksa who was charged with lese majeste for questioning the accuracy of the history about King Naresuan the Great.
— Thai PBS

Bosch opens third plant
Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services, has started up its third Thai manufacturing plant in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong.
— The Nation

Government planning range of New Year’s gifts for SMEs
The government has revealed plans for a new round of assistance measures as a New Year’s gift to the nation’s SMEs.

AOT to use new radiation detectors
The Office of Atoms for Peace has collaborated with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) to enhance radiation screening at airports.
— News Today (video)

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In-flight video created to combat human trafficking
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has taken a Pracharat approach to creating an in-flight video publicizing ways to combat human trafficking while flying.

Thonbury Healthcare makes SET debut
Thonburi Healthcare Group Plc (THG) made its debut on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Thursday.
— The Nation

PM to meet flood victims in Trang
The Prime Minister is traveling to Trang province tomorrow (DEC 8) to follow up on assistance measures being provided to flood victims.
— News Today (video)

DIT addressing palm oil price slump
A downward trend in the price of palm oil has prompted the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) to look into assistance measures for the sector.

DSS holds event to hone OTOP businesses and SMEs through technological innovation
The Department of Science Service (DSS) has organized an activity in support of OTOP and SME businesses in Mukdaharn province, seeking to bolster them through technology and innovation.

Jaymart to make tender offer to take over Singer Thailand next year
Jaymart Pcl (JMART) plans to make a tender offer to acquire the remaining 75 per cent stake in SET-listed Singer Thailand Pcl next year to strengthen its management control and expand the customer base of SG Capital, a subsidiary of Singer Thailand.
— DealSreetAsia
First Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 opens new chapter in Thai culinary evolution
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has celebrated the opening of an exciting new chapter in Thailand’s dynamic culinary evolution with the launch of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok.
— TAT News

Rubber officials inspect flood-damaged plantations in Yala
Officials from the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) inspected flood-ravaged rubber plantations, covering more than 1,400 rai (about 550 acres), in the southern border province of Yala.

Swiss tourist fined in Phuket for encroaching a National Park protected zone
A Swiss tourist was fined yesterday (Dec 6) for encroaching on a National Park protected zone after he drove a jet-ski from Naka Island to Ao Phang Nga National Park.
— The Phuket News

Claimants of B30m first-prize lottery tickets to undergo lie detector tests
Two men who claimed to be the real owners of five lottery tickets of Nov 1 draw which won the first prize totaling 30 million baht (about 920,000 USD) will be subjected to lie detector tests, said Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul, chief of Kanchanaburi provincial police on Thursday (Dec 7).
— Thai PBS


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