Thailand Morning News For June 13

Thailand Morning News For June 13
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Thailand morning newsStrong baht tipped to hurt tourist stays
A strong baht is expected to hurt inbound tourism by driving up the cost of travel and narrowing industry margins, say public and private players in the tourism sector.
– Bangkok Post

Fiscal deficits can run for 8 more years in growth-boosting drive, Apisak says
THAILAND can run fiscal deficits for a further eight years to boost economic growth, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Nation Multimedia Group.
– The Nation

Thai giant launches new food standard
Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) has introduced a CPF food standard project in an effort to build consistent quality and food safety management systems across its integrated feed-farm-food operations.
– FoodNavigator-Asia

EARTH puts KTB at risk of 10% profit dip
Krungthai Bank (KTB) will take a 10% hit to its bottom line, and its bad-loan ratio will rise by 20 basis points in the worst-case scenario of a default by cash-strapped Energy Earth Plc (EARTH), analysts say.
– Bangkok Post

Government poised to extend internet access to over 20,000 villages
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society plans to extend internet access to more than 20,000 villages within the year.
– NBT World (Video)

Ministry calls for Article 44 to hasten rail project
THE TRANSPORT MINISTRY today will propose to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that he consider invoking the special power of Article 44 of the junta-imposed interim charter to speed up the development of the Thailand-China high-speed-rail project linking Bangkok with Nakhon Ratchasima, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said yesterday.
– The Nation

Chinese e-commerce giant plans expansion into Southeast Asia
It plans to use Thailand as a hub for servicing other regional countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia.
– VnExpress

Court thwarts mining company’s attempt to sue newspaper twice
A provincial court has dismissed a defamation case filed by a mining company against a newspaper who reported on its environmental abuses, after realising that an identical case is already taking place in another province.
– Prachatai English

PM stresses transparency among officials as country named more competitive by IMD
The Prime Minister has urged government officials to uphold to transparency as the country received an improved competitiveness score from IMD, suggesting that the general public can start changes to the country with oneself.
– NBT World (Video)

Reconciliation blueprint expected end of June
A draft social contract or blueprint of national unity and reconciliation is expected to be completed by end of June after which it will be presented at public hearings to be held in all regions of the country to gauge public opinions.
– Thai PBS

Probe to target Thai steel
The Revenue Department is set to launch a tax evasion probe against steel-related companies nationwide to shore up revenue leakage and boost efficiency.
– Bangkok Post

Web app launched to familiarize students with vocational education
The Department of Skill Development and the private sector have collaborated to launch an application to introduce more than 30 occupations related to industrial technicians.
– NBT World (Video)

Parliament unanimously supports 8.8 billion baht increase to defence budget
Despite a growing deficit, Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a draft government budget that allocates an extra 8.8 billion baht to the Defence Ministry in 2018.
– Prachatai English

RLPD to upgrade arbitration service
The Justice Ministry is planning to upgrade its mediation service covering community-level disputes.

App to boost farm incomes and protect forests
MICROSOFT is leading an effort to help farmers in the Khun Chae National Park and Kok River areas with a software application aimed at improving agricultural management and boosting livelihoods.
– The Nation

IPST presents Thai student’s research on the environment
The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) has presented the results of environment studies undertaken by Thai students.
– NBT World (Video)

Ex-DSI chief faces lawsuit for blaming 2010 crackdown on Abhisit, Suthep
The Supreme Court has accepted a lawsuit against a former chief investigator who dared to accuse Abhisit and Suthep of murder for ordering the bloody military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters in 2010.
– Prachatai English

Government eyes 200BN baht revenue from small, boutique hotels
Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the government is working to push forward small and boutique hotel businesses that highlight cultural aspects to attract tourists from across the globe, expecting annual growth to generate 200 billion baht revenue each year.
– NBT World (Video)

Science and Technology Ministry accelerates driving Food Innopolis
The Minister of Science and Technology has is enacting modern technological changes to improve the country’s value-added products and services to drive the Food Innopolis agenda.

NokScoot, TAAX win back flight permits
Thai AirAsia X (TAAX) and NokScoot yesterday had their commercial flight operation permits re-certified by Thai authorities under globally accepted safety standards.
– Bangkok Post

People continue sharing answers to PM Prayut’s 4 questions
People in the province continue sharing their answers to the Prime Minister’s four questions concerning the future of Thai politics.

Government to inject THB80 bn to develop water sources in EEC
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) will spend more than 80 billion baht on many flood and water shortage prevention projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas.
– NBT World (Video)

North and Northeast on high alert for rains and flooding
The North and Northeastern regions have been told to stay on alert for floods this week with heavy rains predicted throughout the period.

BKK sets up Community Drug Watch Center
Bangkok has opened a Community Drug Watch Center, allowing volunteers to work together to address the issue of narcotics use.


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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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