Thailand Morning News For July 19

Thailand Morning News For July 19
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Thailand morning newsVerdict due in major Thai human trafficking trial
A Thai general is among more than 100 defendants facing a verdict on Wednesday (Jul 19) in a sprawling 2015 human trafficking case which saw thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned at sea and in jungle death camps.
— Channel NewsAsia

68 percent of Thais are in debt: Nida Poll and Credit Bureau
Sixty-eight percent of Thais are in debt, averaging about 560,000 baht each, mostly from spendings on consumer products and services, according to an opinion survey jointly conducted by Nida Poll and Credit Bureau.
— Thai PBS

New blitz on tax evaders looms
The Revenue Department will tighten law enforcement by filing criminal complaints against those who use fake invoices to evade tax payment and accounting firms as accomplices.
— Bangkok Post

Thai king’s aide named to head multi-billion property bureau
A close aide of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been named as head of the agency which manages the monarchy’s multi-billion dollar holdings after the law was changed to give him full control of the Crown Property Bureau.
— Reuters

Seafood export ban still on the radar
Thailand faces the risk of having its seafood exports banned in Europe as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted Tuesday that efforts to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) may fall short of convincing the European Commission (EC) to lift the country’s “yellow card” warning status.
— Bangkok Post

PM cites ‘progress’ on illegal fishing despite EC warning
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday expressed his satisfaction over progress in solving illegal fishing, but the European Commission (EC) has suggested that Thai authorities could do more and hinted that the country will maintain its “yellow card” status for another year.
— The Nation

EC sets August 19 next year as tentative date for election
The Election Commission (EC) has set August 19, 2018 as a tentative date for general election.
— Thai PBS

Leaked election date was just ‘an assumption’
The Election Commission (EC)’s leaked document outlining Aug 19 next year as the poll date is only an assumption by officials, election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn says.
— Bangkok Post

Judge urges PM to probe
APPEALS COURT president Sirichai Wattanayothin, who announced his resignation after being demoted to an inactive position, has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to look into the nomination for the top job in the judicial branch.
— The Nation

State clears nearly all of rice supply
Eleven rice exporters and traders bid to buy almost all of the 160,000 tonnes of rice in government stocks yesterday, nearly clearing the more than 18 million tonnes of rice that had been stored in warehouses for three years.
— Bangkok Post

Vendors to face up to 20 years in jail for using forged VAT invoices
The Revenue Department will enforce severe punishment for vendors using forged VAT invoices, with those found guilty facing a jail term of up to 20 years, director-general Prasong Poonthanet said on Tuesday.
— The Nation

Public outrage over navy’s expensive ski trip to Japan
Social media has taken up arms over news that a naval college’s field trip to Japan was marked by Onsen springs and skiing, more so than training and development.
— Prachatai English

Cops get ‘Boss’ docs translated
Police expect to get translated documents to seek the extradition of fugitive Vorayuth Yoovidhya this Friday in the much-delayed proceedings against the Red Bull scion in the fatal hit-and-run case that killed a police officer five years ago, a police source says.
— Bangkok Post

DDPM reports on flood situations in 5 provinces
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM)clarified the flood situations in five provinces, stating that all regions will continue to experience heavy downpours during this period.

Thai agricultural sector to grow by 2.5 – 3.5% as previously predicted
The Office of Agricultural Economics has maintained its agricultural growth estimate at 2.5-3.5% due to the improving drought and the recovering global economy.
— NBT World (video)

GLO probes record lottery win
The Government Lottery Office (GLO) is set to punish dealers who supplied 30 pairs of lottery tickets with the same number to a 75-year-old man who won a record 180 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai lashes out at bill on criminal procedures for political post holders
The Pheu Thai party on Tuesday (July 18) issued a statement to oppose an organic bill on criminal procedures for holders of political positions, saying it is against the principle of equality under the constitution and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
— Thai PBS

Communications market poised to skyrocket
Thailand’s communications market is predicted to reach 1 trillion baht in value over the next six years, thanks to the popularity of over-the-top (OTT) services and growth in digital transformation.
— Bangkok Post

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.
— NBT World (video)

Best-paying jobs await STEM subject graduates
Bachelor’s degree graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects end up with the most lucrative jobs, according to job search database
— Bangkok Post

Labor Protection and Welfare Dept interrogates captain of fishing boat in Narathiwat
The Department of Labor Protection and Welfare interrogated a fishing boat captain from Narathiwat province, as three underage workers were found to be working on his boat.

Monday review: military shopping sprees
Social media has taken up arms the past week over repeated stories of flamboyant military spending, first on a shiny new set of fighter jets and then on a ski trip to Japan.
— Prachatai English

PTT, Petronas to develop LNG plant in Malaysia
PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, plans a joint venture with Malaysia’s national oil and gas firm, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), to develop a natural gas liquefaction facility in Malaysia.
— 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.
— NBT World

Operators eagerly seek loans for labor skill development
The Ministry of Labor is receiving positive feedback for its interest-free loan program aimed to support entrepreneurs in enhancing the skills of workers.

TAT’s marketing plan 2018 to heighten Thailand as a preferred destination
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently held the annual TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting, which covers both international and domestic tourism.
— TAT News

Jet-setting former Thai monk wanted on sex charge being sent home – police
A former Thai Buddhist monk wanted on child sex charges will be sent home from the United States to face trial, Thai police said on Tuesday, the latest scandal to raise questions about the state of Buddhism in a fast-changing society.
— Channel NewsAsia

Global demand for Thai rubber increases 2% in first 5 months
The Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) said rubber exports during the first 5 months increased by 2% compared to the same period a year before.

IPST hosts event on mobilizing Thailand with research and innovation
The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) has hosted an event on mobilizing Thailand through research and innovation.
— 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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