Thailand Morning News For May 5

Thailand Morning News For May 5
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Thailand morning newsPrayut wants port, rail progress report
The government wants a progress report by the end of the month on its priority schemes: the projects to link three major deep-sea ports and the construction of the railway projects to link the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post

Thai media demand gov’t withdraw media regulation bill
Thai media organizations called on the military government Wednesday to withdraw a bill that would set up an appointed council to regulate print and online media and require journalists to be licensed or risk jail.
— Pattaya Mail/ AP

Panel to oversee single info window
THE NATIONAL committee on logistics development yesterday gave the green light to the establishment of a unit for management and development of a single window linking electronic information for imports, exports and logistics.

— The Nation

Sub deal to be signed before completion of vetting process
Navy chiefs to attend signing ceremony in Beijing on Sunday for purchase of first of three submarines despite criticism.
— The Nation

Consumer confidence hits 25-month high
Consumer confidence surged for a fifth straight month in April to the highest level in 25 months, driven by stronger exports, rising farm prices and growing tourism.
— Bangkok Post

Double track railway expedited for EEC
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) committee is pushing for a study on the construction of a double track railway to connect three main ports in Thailand.

Alibaba’s Ma warns of stifled e-commerce
Developing countries looking to e-commerce as a way to bolster their emerging economies need to prioritise the sector’s growth instead of creating regulations and taxes that could kill it in its infancy, Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma told a recent UN gathering in Geneva.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: DCORP to pick 30% in online broadcasting app developer
Thai listed energy and media firm Demeter Corporation Pcl (DCORP) plans to spend up to 74.37 million baht ($2.2 million) on acquiring a 30 per cent interest in Blue Finix Digital Pcl, the app developer for internet broadcasting, the company said in a filing on Thursday.
— Deal Street Asia

Bank interest rate causes doubling in apartment cost
THE CURRENT interest rate causes buyers to pay double the cost of an apartment despite use of an instalment plan.
— The Nation

Energy peak could hike electricity bills
Soaring temperatures have pushed energy usage to 30,303.4 Megawatts (MW) per day, the year’s highest figure so far and possibly a cause for a hike in production cost.

Thailand Prepares for Sweeping Changes to Aviation Law
Proposed changes to Thailand’s aviation legal framework will prove more extensive than first thought, senior government officials have told AIN.
— AIN Online

IS terrorist cell has smuggled weapons from Thailand into Malaysia: sources
AN ISLAMIC STATE (IS) terror cell has been smuggling weapons from southern Thailand into Malaysia and stockpiling them for about a year to prepare for attacks on home soil and abroad, a source told The Star newspaper in Malaysia.
— The Nation

13 groups get nod for tourism cash
The Tourism Department has approved a budget of 1.3 million baht for 13 community tourism groups to develop tourism personnel and infrastructure.
— Bangkok Post

‘Recklessness’ led to Red Line extension collapse that killed three
The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) has blamed recklessness for last week’s incident when large metal beams used to supporting the construction of a concrete cross support on the elevated Red Line extension fell, killing three workers in front of Bangkok’s Wat Don Mueang School on Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road.
— The Nation

ISPs ask Facebook to kill content
A group of local internet service providers (ISPs) has emailed an official request to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to block content on its web pages in Thailand that breaks the country’s strict lese majeste laws, as ordered by the Criminal Court.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to seek Interpol alert for fugitive ‘Boss’
Thai police will seek an Interpol blue notice for Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya on Friday after British police said they could not find the heir to the Red Bull fortune who is wanted in a hit-and-run case that killed a police officer in Bangkok in 2012, Pol Maj-General Apichat Suriboonya, head of the Royal Thai Police’s Foreign Affairs Division, said on Thursday.
— 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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