Thailand Morning News For June 16

Thailand Morning News For June 16
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Thailand morning newsProbe under way to determine the origins of 347,000 seized SIM cards
Technology crime police were sent to Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to trace the origins of the 347,000 SIM cards found in the possession of three Chinese arrested in this border province on June 11 together with about 500 mobile phones.
– Thai PBS

IoT tipped to soar to Bt34 bn in 3 years
TRANSPORT and logistics along with services enabling smart cities are expected to be the key industries driving Internet of Things (IoT) technology in Thailand to an estimated value of Bt34 billion within three years.
– The Nation

Jury’s out on coup’s dividends
“I used to pay 30% in bribes for every project, now I only pay 15%. That is pretty good! especially considering that nowadays, unlike before, once you pay you are done,” says Julpas Kruesopon.
– Bangkok Post

Suspected bomber confesses to the crime: DPM Prawit
The former engineer held in military custody on suspicion of involvement in Phra Mongkutkhlao hospital has confessed to the crime.
– Thai PBS

Slim tax for healthy drinks on tap
The Finance Ministry is set to trim the excise tax for reduced sugar drinks in an attempt to encourage people to consume healthier products and prompt makers to reduce sugar content, says a source at the Finance Ministry.
– Bangkok Post

Financial figures talk of importance of Fintech in Thailand
Public and private agencies have organized a forum on ways to strengthen the country’s financial sector through the introduction of new technologies, in order to reform the sector according to the Thailand 4.0 agenda and boost credibility among foreign investors.
– NBT World (video)

Dealers spy B40bn in fund inflows
Foreign funds worth 40 billion baht have flowed into Thailand, believed to be for an acquisition deal for a large company, says a currency dealer.
– Bangkok Post

PM calls for special economic zones to prioritize local businesses
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said special economic zones should prioritize local businesses as part of the government’s policy to support local SMEs.

Green Spot splashes out B4bn on plant
Green Spot Co, the producer of Vitamilk soy milk, has spent 4 billion baht — its biggest investment in 20 years — on a new plant to make healthy drink products as its seeks to become a leading soy beverage maker in Asia and Africa by 2020
– Bangkok Post

GDP to grow by ‘more than 3% this year and next’
Thailand’s economic growth will remain resilient, above 3 per cent in both 2017 and 2018, according to Allianz Economic Research’s latest analysis.
– The Nation

Thailand faces losing tourists to neighbours
Expanding air traffic to the region could lead to lost travel opportunities for Thailand in the future as tourists fly directly to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV), say foreign tourism buyers at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus in Chiang Mai yesterday.
– Bangkok Post

Electronic Government Agency announces plans to improve its G Cloud system
The Electronic Government Agency (EGA) announced that it has developed cloud storage systems for government data, enhancing their ease of use and security to accommodate increased use.
– NBT World (video)

No one will be allowed to gather at the site of a former plaque commemorating the 1932 revolt which ended absolute monarchy next week, police said Thursday.
– Khaosod English

Military attempts to ban book on rice pledge scheme
Military has attempted to ban a book about the rice subsidy programme authored by politicians from the Pheu Thai Party.
– Prachatai English

Thai Airways to propose securing 28 new planes over 5 years
THAI AIRWAYS International will next month propose to its board the procurement of 28 new aircraft over five years to replace those gradually going out of service.
– The Nation

Buyers from new markets well represented at Thailand Travel Mart 2017
The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2017) has reported a strong turnout of quality buyers and sellers at the event between 14 – 16 June, 2017 in the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).
– TAT News

Thai Government Savings Bank’s SMEs Trust Fund launches $44m investment vehicles
Thailand’s Government Savings Bank (GSB), with support from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has officially launched two investment vehicles at 1.5 billion baht (more than $44 million) to invest in the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
– Deal Street Asia

Defiant Watana Muangsook vows to continue criticizing NCPO
Outspoken former Pheu Thai MP Watana Muangsook vowed to carry on with his criticism of the military junta despite a recent ruling by the National Anti-Corruption Commission faulting him of involvement in alleged corruption concerning Uah Arthorn housing projects.
– Thai PBS

NRSA’s Alongkorn : No corruption to avoid investigation in times of reform
A deputy speaker of the National Reform Steering Assembly has pledged not to allow any alleged corruption to escape investigation at a time when the country is going through a reform process.
– NBT World (video)

Thematic tours of Mekong subregion have best potential
The enormous potential of the Mekong subregion countries to highlight themes; such as, culture, cuisine, cruises and city tours was the key topic of discussion “CLMVT: Moving towards Shared Prosperity” at the 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017 now under way.
– TAT News

Thai army chief brushes aside criticism of purchase of armored vehicles from China
The Commander of the Royal Thai Army has insisted that the purchase of armored vehicles from China was properly considered and approved by the Cabinet.
– NBT World (video)

Most futsal courts in Deep South not usable
Most of the 100 futsal courts in the three southernmost provinces are in dilapidated conditions with several of them unusable despite the fact that they were built about two years ago.
– Thai PBS

Thailand’s ambassador to Russia was elected Wednesday to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
– Khaosod English

Thai & international agencies hold anti- women & children trafficking workshop
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and international agencies have co-organized a workshop educating anti-human trade bodies on the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) and the ASEAN Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (APA).

MOPH to provide free HPV vaccine to Thai children in July
The Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry disclosed that free HPV vaccine will be distributed to Thai children this July to maximize the prevention of rectal cancer in Thailand next year.


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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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