Thailand Morning News For July 18

Thailand Morning News For July 18
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Thailand morning newsBaht closes at 33.66 baht/dollar, the strongest in 25 months
The Thai baht closed at 33.66 baht against the US dollar, the strongest in 25 months after the currency was trading between 33.73-33.75 baht/dollar throughout Monday (July 17), said Jitipol Puksamatanan, a currency and capital markets strategist of the Krung Thai Bank.
— Thai PBS

EU tipped to keep Thai ‘yellow card’ IUU warning
The government’s efforts to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU) are unlikely to satisfy the European Commission (EC) as it is likely to maintain its official warning or so-called “yellow card” on the country, says a source.
— Bangkok Post

Princess Sirindhorn not protected by the lèse majesté law: lawyers
Human rights lawyers are arguing that suspects accused of defaming Princess Sirindhorn should not be indicted under the lèse majesté law.
— Prachatai English

Democrat, Pheu Thai shun national forum
MOST KEY politicians shunned yesterday’s final public symposium on national reconciliation, where the so-called social contract draft was revealed for the first time.
— The Nation

Out of the woods: Thai ‘hermits’ harness web to go global
KHON KAEN, Thailand: From communing with forest spirits to whipping up love potions, Thailand’s cave-dwelling hermits once conducted their supernatural endeavours with just ancient magic and ritual as their guide.
— Channel NewsAsia/ AFP

Trial of Thailand’s Yingluck fails to break Shinawatra machine
As the trial of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over an extravagant rice subsidy program winds to a close, her rural supporters are resisting attempts by the ruling junta to silence her family’s political machine.
— Reuters

New details emerge in school ‘tea money’ probe
Former chairman of Samsenwittayalai School’s alumni association handed the Education Ministry information allegedly linked to the “tea money” scandal at the school.
— Bangkok Post

Some tourist visa holders being asked to show Bt20,000 in cash when entering Thailand
If you are entering Thailand on a tourist visa, you may be required to show immigration officials Bt20,000 in cash.
— The Nation

Thailand’s king given full control of crown property
Thailand has amended a royal property law to formally give King Maha Vajiralongkorn full control of the agency which manages the multi-billion dollar holdings of the monarchy.
— Reuters

Rural SMEs hit hard by sundry woes
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in rural provinces are in deep trouble as they suffer a double whammy from a lack of innovation and lukewarm consumer demand, says former finance minister Thanong Bidaya.
— Bangkok Post

Bt15 bn to be injected into communities
THE National Village Fund plans to inject Bt15 billion into the grassroots economy next month in a bid to shore up consumption in rural areas amid declining prices for farm products and rising household debt.
— The Nation

OVEC pushes development of vocational teachers for Thailand 4.0
The Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) is joining forces with the private sector to enhance technological abilities of vocational teachers in the hope of building the right workforce for the 4.0 era.

LINE Thailand buys local software firm DMG59
LINE Thailand Co has made its first domestic acquisition by purchasing DMG59, a software company, to enable build up of applications and services for the local market.
— Deal Street Asia

Business registrations in June up 10% on better economy
The June number of business registrations posted a 10 percent increase year-on-year due to economic recovery and higher confidence among entrepreneurs.

Draft bill clarifies public debt status
Debt incurred by the Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) for bailing out troubled financial institutions during the 1997 financial crisis will still count as public debt under a draft bill on public debt, since the debt resulted from fiscal operations.
— Bangkok Post

NCPO to set up committee to screen complaints against officials
The National Council for Peace and Order is planning to set up a committee to screen complaints against state officials.

Lawyer accused of cheating girl out of B3.5m compensation arrested
Lawyer Pisit Sammalert and Pattarawadi Sawasdi, his alleged accomplice, have been arrested under court warrants for allegedly cheating a female student, an accident victim, and her mother out of 3.5 million baht, Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathaworn said on Monday.
— Thai PBS

Economists call for more efforts to familiarize public with technology to achieve Thailand 4 0 goals
Economists are calling for more effort to help Thais understand and familiarize themselves with technology in order to help achieve the Thailand 4.0 goal.
— NBT World (video)

Amata to boost land sales for B1bn revenue boost
SET-listed Amata Corporation Plc, Thailand’s largest industrial estate, expects its total developed land sales this year to rise to the target of 1,000 rai in line with the recovering global and Thai economies.
— Bangkok Post

Overflowing Chao Phraya River floods communities in Chai Nat
Water that overflowed from the Chao Phraya River has swept through low-lying areas in Chai Nat province.
— NBT World (video)

PM assures government’s efforts to allow public access to state information
The Prime Minister has assured that the government has been trying to operate in such a way that will allow the public an access to state information in order to help resolve social conflicts.
— 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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