Thailand Morning News For June 26

Thailand Morning News For June 26
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Thailand morning newsCommerce Ministry forecasts 5% jump in Thai exports this year
The Ministry of Commerce has reported an outstanding performance by Thai exports so far this year, voicing confidence that the 5-percent growth target will be achieved.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand readied for ICAO ramp tests
Thailand has been readied for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct ramp tests for aviation safety measures in July.
— NBT World (video)

Ex-Democrat MP doubts transport minister tells the truth about Thai-Chinese train project
Former Democrat MP Samart Ratpolasit questioned the claim by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit that China was reluctant to invest in the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, saying he didn’t think the minister told the truth.
– Thai PBS

Prasarn wary of property bubble
FORMER CENTRAL BANK governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul has expressed concern over the potential oversupply of property projects that could trigger the next economic crisis and he was also worried about rising risk in the thrift and the credit cooperatives business.
— The Nation

Credit card spending loses steam
Credit card spending growth slowed to its lowest annual pace in five years in May, adding to signs that household consumption — one of the country’s main economic engines — is losing steam as middle-income earners turn more cautious.
— Bangkok Post

PTT investigating Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area gas field shutdown
Thai energy company PTT is investigating a shutdown at a natural gas field in the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) in the Gulf of Thailand, it said.
— The Star Online

Pro-democracy activist Rangsiman Rome was taken into police custody late Sunday afternoon, one day before he was to petition the military government for information about a controversial project.
— Khaosod English

Thailand, Laos join hands to fight against human trafficking
Ubon Ratchathani province and Phonthong district in Laos have collaborated to organize activities against human trafficking for the year 2017 along the borders.

PM satisfied with Thailand’s exports hitting 52 month high
The Prime Minister was satisfied with Thailand’s exports which hit a 52-month high while preparing to expand the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to accommodate the country’s economic growth.
— NBT World (video)

PM satisfied with solutions to civil aviation problem
The Prime Minister is satisfied with the government’s efforts to solve concerns related to the country’s civil aviation, and instructed the Ministry of Transport to accelerate work planned for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s inspection in September.

NRSA report calls for an end to travel perks
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) is advocating slashing funds set aside for overseas trips undertaken by members of different parliamentary committees, fearing the panelists might use these for personal holidays.
— Bangkok Post

Thai bourse lagging behind regional peers
The Stock Exchange of Thailand is the laggard among regional peers, gaining by only 2-3 per cent year-to-date. In contrast, Singapore’s Straits Times Index rose by more than 10 per cent during the same period.
— The Nation

Nok Air receives AOC certificate
Nok Air was awarded international safety standards certificate yesterday to become Thailand’s sixth airlines to qualify for the world’s standards.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Minister: American investors interested in investing in high speed train and airport pr
The Minister of Commerce stated that American investors are interested in investing in high speed train and airport projects in the East Economic Corridor (EEC) while the ASEAN-US Business Council President confirmed that Thailand has potential as an ASEAN trade hub.
— NBT World (video)

Controversy over regulation of OTT content on Internet
UPCOMING regulation of Over-The-Top (OTT) content on digital platforms has drawn mixed responses from legal and technology experts as the National Broadcasting and Telecom Commission (NBTC) steps up its supervisory role.
— The Nation

Government vows to protect public’s interests in high speed rail project
The Ministry of Transport has reasserted it will protect the best interests of the Thai public in advancing the much-anticipated high-speed train project.
— NBT World (video)

MOC promotes business network between Thai CLMV investors
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce will pursue its policy of promoting business networks between Thai investors and leading trade and investment groups in CLMV countries, in order to increase Thai investors opportunities in .

Thai-Myanmar regulators tie up deal
AS MYANMAR tries to grow its young capital market with the help with international partners, Thailand will become the first foreign country to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar in less than three months, according to Htay Chun, commissioner of SECM.
— The Nation

‘Girls as dessert’: Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition
When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province of Mae Hong Son where local official Boonyarit Nipavanit worked, the routine was often the same: Welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as “dessert”.
— Channel NewsAsia

Safety measures to be discussed on Monday’s meet at Industrial Works Dpt
President of Environmental Engineering Association was invited to a meeting with officials of the Industrial Works Department on Monday for discussions on safety measures and the cause of the death of one student and four workers at the waste water pond of Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc in Bang Na on Friday.
— Thai PBS

Industry Ministry to suspend CPF factories
The Industry Ministry is planning to suspend the operations at one of the factories owned by Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited, following an accident that killed five people at the facility.

Stricter punishment for illegal worker employment begins to take effect
A stricter punishment for those who might employ illegal migrant workers has begun to take effect while the Ministry of Labor is improving manpower under the 20-year national strategy.
— NBT World (video)

Current govt won’t stay on for 10 years, says PM
The prime minister has dismissed comment that the current administration will be in power for 10 years.

Activist arrested for trying to mark anniversary of 1932 revolution
A political activist was taken into military custody Saturday morning for attempting to place a replica of the plaque commemorating the June 24, 1932, revolt at the spot where the original mysteriously disappeared from earlier this year.
— Prachatai English

DPM Wisanu confirms no assets seizure from defendants of rice pledging scheme
Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krua-ngarm said Thursday that the Legal Execution Department might not be able to confiscate any assets from the defendants tried in courts in connection with the Yingluck government’s rice pledging scheme if the department has no clue where the assets are located.
– Thai PBS

Singaporean firm eyes Thai coffee market
SINGAPORE-BASED food and beverage manufacturer Super Group is eyeing business potential in the premium instant coffee segment in Thailand despite the saturation of the overall instant coffee market.
— The Nation

Thai authorities block YouTube clip of the Great Dictator
The Thai authorities have blocked access to a youtube clip of the Charlie Chaplin’s movie ‘the Great Dictator’.
— Prachatai English

28.8 million baht collected from auction of 32 “beautiful” phone numbers
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) earned 28,844,999 baht from an auction of 32 “beautiful” mobile phone numbers on Sunday.
— Thai PBS

74 gamblers arrested in a gambling den raid in Samut Prakan
Altogether 74 gamblers were rounded up at an illegal gambling den in Samut Prakan province on Saturday a combined force of the military and police.
— Thai PBS


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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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