Thailand Morning News For July 26

Thailand Morning News For July 26
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Thailand morning newsBaht’s sharp rise on BoT radar
The Bank of Thailand has acknowledged the baht’s rapid climb against the US dollar recently, a movement that it says warrants close monitoring.
— Bangkok Post

Govt plans Bt2,750 welfare per month for low-income citizens
THE GOVERNMENT plans to offer a state welfare payments of Bt2,750 a month to low-income people.
— The Nation

Yingluck hits out at military-installed government
Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra today (July 25) lashed out at the military-installed government for what she claimed was an attempt to influence a verdict on the rice-pledging scheme case on the August 25 judgement day.
— Thai PBS

Thailand leads way with science education centre
A NEW Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Centre will open in Bangkok as part of the country’s plan to become a regional leader in this field.
— The Nation

Thai students return with 2 gold and 3 silver from 48th International Physics Olympiad
Thai students have brought back 2 gold and 3 silver medals from the 48th International Physics Olympiad, which took place in Yogyakarta of Indonesia.

PM pleads with Yingluck’s supporters to restrain themselves
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha pleaded with supporters of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra not to show up in front of the court on her judgement day, saying that their presence will pointless as it will not change the course of the court’s verdict.
— Thai PBS

Employment centers facilitate compliance with foreign labor decree
Various agencies under the Ministry of Labor have established a center in Trat province to facilitate the registration of undocumented foreign workers.

DTAC looks for ‘super’ contributors
Third-ranked mobile operator Total Access Communication (DTAC) will select 24 contributors for its community website ( to share their experiences with other DTAC customers online.
— Bangkok Post

Employers urged to submit employment request form before deadline
Labor Ministry Inspector-General and spokesperson Ananchai Uthaipatthanacheep said that the National Council for Peace and order’s command 33/2017 which enforces four sections of the Foreign Worker Management Royal Decree B.E. 2560 will come into effect on 1 January 2018.

Surat Thani promotes SME online marketing
Surat Thani Provincial SMEs Promotion Office has supported a training program entitled SMEs Go Online.

Thai military ready to aid Philippines
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is ready to send troops to the restive city of Marawi to provide humanitarian aid if the Philippines seeks help from Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Grab app now spots unsafe drivers
Ride-hailing service Grab on Tuesday incorporated telematics into its mobile application to automatically spot drivers behaving unsafely, such as speeding, swerving and hard braking and accelerating.
— The Nation

Agriculture permanent secretary axed by cabinet
Agriculture permanent secretary Theerapat Prayurasiddhi has been removed from his post and transferred to an inactive post at the Prime Minister’s Office by an order of the cabinet.
— Thai PBS

Cabinet OKs Purple Line train project
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the 23.6-km long Purple Line train project between Taopoon and Ratburana and it is expected that bidding for the 101 billion baht can be held in October, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith disclosed on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS

CPF looks to reduce fishmeal levels in shrimp feed
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) has pledged to reduce the fishmeal ratio in its aquaculture feed production to 5% in the next three years.

Aetna expands Asian presence by acquiring Bupa Thailand
Leading global healthcare benefits provider Aetna announced on Tuesday that it had acquired the Bupa Group’s Thai business, Bupa Thailand, for an undisclosed sum.
— The Nation

Aero Media seeks new heights
Aviation media firm Aero Media Co is looking to beef up its overseas presence to drive up revenue growth by 25-30% a year.
— Bangkok Post

Industry Minister declares strategies for achieving Industry 4 0
The Minister of Industry has unveiled four strategies for propelling the industrial promotion policy of the government forward.
NBT World (video)

ASEAN India Expo and Forum in August
The Ministry of Commerce will host the “ASEAN-India Expo and Forum” under the concept of Strategic Economic Partnership & Connectivity, to strengthen strategic partnership between the 10 ASEAN nations and India. The event will be held next month, Kwankamol Prurapark has more details.
— NBT World (video)

NBTC unveils app that prevents cold calls
The National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has launched a mobile application called ‘Kan Kuan’ to keep cold calls at bay.

Phuket launches Phuket Waste and Waste Water Disposal Monitoring Project
Phuket has launched the Phuket Waste and Waste Water Disposal Monitoring Project to help gear up the island’s tourism image and minimize its environmental impact.

NRSA to hand over all works to PM at end of July
The National Reform Steering Assembly is set to present its achievements and hand over all its works to the Prime Minister at the end of this month.

Thailand showcases globetrotting tuk-tuk at the Hungarian Formula 1 2017
In a move to create more visibility and awareness of the desirability of Thailand as a preferred tourist destination in Eastern Europe and to promote self-drive holidays in the kingdom, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced its first-ever participation at the Hungarian Formula 1 to be held from 28th to 30th July, 2017.
— TAT News


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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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