Thailand Morning News For July 31

Thailand Morning News For July 31
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Thailand morning newsDon Mueang off-ramp closed for repairs
Travellers have been told to allow for at least three hours if they’re going from downtown Bangkok to Don Mueang airport by road as roadworks in the area get under way.
— Bangkok Post

Sixteen provinces currently affected by flooding
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) stated that 16 provinces are currently being affected by flooding, while predicting that more heavy rains are expected to arrive this weekend.
— NBT World (video)

Property investment rockets to B112bn in Q2
Thailand’s property investment in the second quarter topped 112 billion baht, driven by two transactions worth a combined 59 billion baht by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s TCC Group that bought properties back from the funds.
— Bangkok Post

Revenue collections for first 9 months exceed target
The various investment projects of the government have resulted in higher state revenue collections during the first nine months of the 2017 fiscal year.
— NBT World (video)

B300,000 of pirated goods confiscated in OTOP raid
A Patong vendor was apprehended, while two others escaped after police raided the ‘One Tambon, One Product’ (OTOP) market in Patong yesterday.
— Phuket Gazette

MOL: Over 150,000 migrant workers registered at migrant worker employment reporting
The Ministry of Labour’s spokesperson disclosed that a total of 47,511 employers have submitted employment request forms for 152,718 migrant workers from July 24th – 27th at the 100 centers across the nation temporarily set up by the ministry to register migrant workers. ///
— NBT World (video)

Siam Cement, PetroVietnam to invest $5.6b in Vietnam’s first petrochemical complex
Thailand’s construction material conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) has set up a joint venture with Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to build Vietnam’s first petrochemical complex with a total investment of 188 billion baht ($5.6 billion).
— Deal Street Asia

PM orders inspection of wrongly graded rice
The Prime Minister has ordered an investigation following reports that a mill in Ang Thong province labeled high quality rice as low grade, asserting that the evaluation and auctioning of state rice stocks must be transparent.
— NBT World (video)

Interior Ministry expects flood situation in Sakon Nakhon to improve in a week
About 400 million cubic metre of rain water were dumped into Sakhon Nakhon province last week, but the only water catchment area which is the Nong Han reservoir has the maximum capacity to hold only two million cubic metre of water, said Interior Permanent Secretary Krisda Boonrach as he explained why Sakon Nakhon will remain flooded for at least another week before the excess water is drained out to Nam Kam and, finally, into the Mekong river in Nakhon Phanom.
— Thai PBS

NLA urges public to strengthen democracy
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has called on the Thai public to strengthen democracy in the country, saying every individual is obligated to support the enhancement of public administration.

NLA spares ombudsmen from “zero setting”
The National Legislative Assembly on Thursday (July 27) passed in three straight readings the organic bill regarding the ombudsmen which will save the two incumbent ombudsmen from being “set zero” and allow them to remain in their posts until the end of their mandatory term in office.
— Thai PBS

About one million rai of mostly farmland in 4 NE provinces damaged by flooding
About one million rai of mostly farmland and monkey cheeks in four northeastern provinces of Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom are damaged by the ongoing and recent flooding, said Mr Anond Snidvongs, an expert in the National Water Policy Committee, on Sunday.
— Thai PBS

PM denies bungling flood warnings
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned politicians Sunday not to exploit the flood situation for political gain, insisting the government has done its best to handle situations in several provinces.
— Bangkok Post

Panel expands hunt to ‘big fish’ in trafficking rackets
The Justice Ministry has instructed authorities to hunt for “big fish” — high-ranking state officials — embroiled in 15 human trafficking cases after suspects arrested earlier were found to be only “minnows”.
— Bangkok Post

Privileges for business travellers with “Spice Up Thailand 2017”
The “Spice Up” campaign is offering a raft of discounts and other privileges for business travellers
— The Nation


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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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