Thailand Morning News For July 13

Thailand Morning News For July 13

Thailand morning newsHigh-speed rail financing takes shape
The government will rely on lending by domestic and overseas financial institutions to fund the first stage of the 179-billion-baht Sino-Thai high-speed rail project linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand foreign tourist arrivals up 4-5% in H1 2017: Minister
The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand rose by up to 5 percent in the period January to June 2017, the country’s tourism minister said on Wednesday, compared with the same period last year.
— Channel NewsAsia

Foreign legal expert hired to help with law reform
A JOINT committee of private entities working with the government has decided to hire a foreign legal expert to help in the government’s ongoing law reform, Suvit Maesincee, secretary to the supreme committee on reform, reconciliation, and national strategy said yesterday.
—The Nation

PM to oversee civil servant promotions personally
The Prime Minister has called for all information to do with high level civil servant promotions to be assembled and submitted to him for consideration.

PM determined to push forward police reform
The Prime Minister is adamant the reform of the police will have to carry on, with all public opinions taken into account, while explaining that the military already has its own long-term development strategies in place
— NBT World (video)

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Citing indelible memories and people, the Phuket Gazette bows out in a nostalgic farewell
Times change and old media continue to bow to the new. With great regret, the Phuket Gazette is retiring from the field and will cease operations with effect from the end of this month – midnight, July 31.
— Phuket Gazette

Patients from five Asian countries now eligible for 90-day stay
The government has extended the stay for patients from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV), as well as those from China, who come to Thailand for medical treatment from 30 to 90 days, in accordance with its ambitious plan to turn the country into a medical hub.
— Bangkok Post

Gov Channel Roadshow 2017: Digital Local Government
In today’s special feature, we look at the official implementation of digital technologies in uplifting the livelihoods of the Thai public via the “Gov Channel” program, with Khun Na-ark Rojanasuvan
— NBT World (video)

Meeting held on efforts to eradicate corruption among Buddhist monks
The government has met with the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand on possible ways to rid the National Office of Buddhism of corruption problems.

Do you understand ‘corporate governance’: former MP to junta leader
A former MP from the Democrat Party has questioned the junta over disproportionate military appointments to the boards of state enterprises.
— Prachatai English

Lao workers to get special aid
The Labour Ministry will open a centre to ensure the legal status of Lao workers who can prove their identity, while Lao authorities have promised to help illegal workers wanting to return home to acquire passports so they can be legally re-employed in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Labor officials to foster understanding about new migrant worker law
Officials from the Ministry of Labor have been instructed to foster an understanding of the new alien worker law.

PM: Jet purchase necessary
The Prime Minister has confirmed it is necessary to purchase supersonic jet trainers for the Royal Thai Air Force, saying the purchase was approved two years ago.
— NBT World (video)

PM hears progress of national reform plan
The Prime Minister has convened a meeting to follow up on the progress of implementing the national reform plan while stressing the need for the plan to go hand in hand with the national strategy.

Police assistant shot at checkpoint, hospitalized in critical condition
A Phuket City Police assistant was shot early this morning while attempting to stop a motorbike at a checkpoint.
— Phuket Gazette

Boao Forum for Asia discusses economic development of Asia
China has chosen Thailand as the host of this year’s Boao Forum for Asia, where heads of state and key economic leaders will discuss the collaborative economic development of ASEAN and Asia.
— NBT World (video)

Ft rate hike in store for Sep-Dec billing period
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has resolved to raise the fuel tariff (Ft) rate on electricity use by 8.87 satang per unit, effective from September onwards.

Govt to hasten policy of distributing funds to support SMEs
The government will hasten its policy of distributing funds to support SMEs.

French father questions why British stepfather of his two children was not charged with child molestation
A 39-year-old French father has filed child molestation charge against a 35-year-old British at Pattaya City Police Station after he gained new evidence from French doctor showing his son was sexually abused.
— Thai PBS

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Govt plans to turn Thailand into medical hub for foreign tourists
The government plans to turn Thailand into a medical hub for foreign tourists through the extension of long-stay visa for visitors.

Thai energy giant PTT Group to pick 10% in Petronas’ upstream LNG plant
Thai energy conglomerate PTT Group said it is in talks with Petronas Group to acquire a 10 per cent stake in the Malaysian company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.
— Deal Street Asia

Agriculture incomes up on better weather
avorable weather conditions have supported agricultural production this year with income for farmers during the first half of the year found to be up by 15 percent.

Deputy DIP chief visits Zero Waste palm oil factory
Officials of the Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) inspected operations of a Zero Waste palm oil factory which has received the government’s financial support.

Min of Commerce to organize free cooking classes for low income citizens
The Ministry of Commerce has organized free cooking classes, and training geared to opening restaurants.

BMA holds workshops for security volunteers ahead of royal cremation
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is providing training for security volunteers who will be stationed at the venue of the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Rama IX.///
— NBT World (video)


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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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