Thailand Morning News For March 24

Thailand Morning News For March 24

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More delays likely for 5 double-track railway routes

IT COULD be nearly two more years before five double-track railway projects can finally be opened for bidding, partly because of the need to draft new terms of reference (TOR), which will take seven to eight months, according to sources in the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).
– The Nation

Junta sets up energy committee full of military officers
To promote its controversial pro-coal policy, the junta has set up a committee to gather public feedback and promote understanding. But military officers occupy more than half of the committee’s seats.
– Prachatai

Finance Ministry plans reforms in five areas
THE FINANCE Ministry is going ahead with economic reforms in five areas, while standing ready to invest in infrastructure in the hope of making Thailand a transport hub for the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) subregion.
– The Nation

Have Too Much Gas in Stock? This Southeast Asian Country Is Buying
Thailand has a message for embattled global LNG sellers: It’s going on a shopping spree. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy is signing new contracts for liquefied natural gas purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production.
– Bloomberg

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Thailand strives for ICAO green flag
Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.
– TR Weekly

Defence Ministry is developing its own bomb-defusing robots
The Defence Ministry’s national defence technology institute has been developing its own bomb-defusing robots since last year with the hope that they will be deployed for service in the next three years.
– Thai PBS

Top Accolades for Thai Companies at the 2017 Frost & Sullivan Thailand Excellence Awards
Frost & Sullivan today presented top accolades to more than 40 companies in Thailand at its annual Excellence Awards banquet, held at the St Regis Bangkok hotel.
– PR Newswire (media release)

Thailand ‘should converge telecoms and media regulation’
Thailand is set to unify its telecoms and broadcasting licensing regime to take account of convergence between the two industries.
– Capacity Media

8,386 new homes in Bangkok in February
A total of 8,386 new residential units were launched in Bangkok last month worth Bt23.2 billion, according to a survey by the Agency for Real Estate Affairs or AREA.
– The Nation

Database to control traffic fines
Police, the Department of Land Transport (DLT) and Krungthai Bank have been rushing to jointly develop a database system to facilitate punishments for motorists who fail to comply with new traffic rules within a month.
– Bangkok Post

Pandora Officially Opens State-Of-The-Art Facility In Thailand
Jewelry giant Pandora has officially opened its new, highly modernized and green crafting facility in Lamphun near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand as part of the firm’s long term growth-strategy.
– IDEX Online

PM confirms Thai Navy to get three Chinese submarines
It’s finally Chinese submarines for Thailand. But the government would pay for only two as the third one was “a free gift”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revealed at his weekly press briefing yesterday.
– The Nation

Only protests about dengue fever, illicit drugs allowed: military
The military has forced villagers in Sa Kaeo to cancel a protest against a plan to construct a factory to separate industrial and toxic wastes, saying protests about dengue fever or illicit drugs would be allowed.
– Prachatai

Government to ask 70,000 refugees to go home
Thailand will ask nearly 70,000 refugees displaced by skirmishes in Myanmar to return home, but only on a voluntary basis. Those ready to make the trip back home will be sent only gradually, 3rd Army chief Lt Gen Vijak Siribansop said Thursday.
– Relief Web

PromptPay drives up KBank e-transfers
WITH THE PromptPay money-transfer system now in active use, Kasikornbank is witnessing a 130-per-cent increase in electronic transfers in March compared with the first two months of the year.
– The Nation

PM urged to ban alcoholic drinks sale at events during Songkran’s 7 dangerous days
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has been urged to order a ban on the sale of all alcoholic drinks at events and musical concerts held during the seven “dangerous” days of the Songkran festival.
– Thai PBS

CCTV shows Lahu teen resisting: Army
CCTV recordings show a Lahu student resisting soldiers’ operations at a checkpoint where he was shot dead in an extrajudicial killing last Friday, Army officials have said.
– The Nation

Critics of Lahu activist killing could face defamation charge: Police
A police commissioner has concluded that the young Lahu activist summarily killed was a drug dealer while warning that people who criticise the authorities over the killing could face defamation charges.
– Prachatai

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Large vessels banned from fishing during spawning season
Large fishing vessels will be banned from working in the southern Andaman Sea during the spawning season, from April 1 to June 30, the Fisheries Department announced yesterday.
– Phuket Gazette

Thailand-Based Manufacturing Companies Eye Cambodia
As Thailand’s workforce ages and production costs in the country’s manufacturing sector rise, experts and officials see Cambodia as an attractive alternative for companies looking for a younger, cheaper workforce. A lack of skills, however, is standing in the way of any sudden shift.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Commerce to upgrade fresh markets to lure back shoppers
The Ministry of Commerce will consult with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to upgrade fresh markets in Bangkok with emphasis on cleanliness and hygienic conditions in order to lure back shoppers who have increasingly turned to modern trade such as department stores.
– Thai PBS

Australian Embassy site up for sale
As construction of the Australian Embassy’s new premฌises near Lumpini Park nears completion, that country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has decided to sell the site of the current embassy on Sathorn Road.
– The Nation

Audi looks to make inroads in Thailand
German luxury carmaker Audi is studying the feasibility of setting up a new production facility in Asia and has Thailand in mind as a viable site.
– Bangkok Post



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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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