Thailand Morning News For November 23

Thailand Morning News For November 23

Thailand morning news‘Super board’ will combat security risks
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked his sweeping powers under Section 44 to amend the internal security legislation and set up a security “super board” to help the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) deal with domestic threats.
— Bangkok Post

Gulf Energy raises $733 mln, biggest Thai corporate IPO in over a decade
Thailand’s Gulf Energy Development Pcl has raised $733 million after its initial public offering priced at the top end of expectations – marking the country’s biggest corporate IPO in more than ten years.
— Reuters

Tackling poverty tops ministry agenda
Addressing poverty’s root causes will remain high on the agenda of the Finance Ministry, which is seeking to balance the budget within five to 10 years, as Thailand’s economic recovery gains speed, says…
— Bangkok Post

Thai Oct exports up 13.1 pct y/y, beats forecast
Thailand’s customs-cleared annual exports rose for an eighth straight month in October, slightly more than expected, as global demand remained strong.
— Reuters

Q3 proves mixed bag for hoteliers
SET-listed hotel companies posted a mix of profits and losses in the third quarter, but experts say the sector looks strong in the long term after continued tourism growth since the first half of the year.
— Bangkok Post

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Industries sentiment index in Oct drops slightly
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has increased its estimate of vehicle production for domestic sale by 20,000 units due to the continuously recovering purchasing power. Meanwhile, the Thai industries sentiment index in October decreased slightly due to the flooding in many areas.

‘Cadet school is not for the weak’: Prawit responds to cadet’s death
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has claimed that the freshman cadet who recently died in a military academy was not beaten to death, but just too weak to withstand tough training.
— Prachatai English

Petchaburi braces for imminent flooding
Petchaburi City Municipality has prepared to handle a huge volume of imminent floodwater and planned to provide shelter for flood victims.

Thailand will sell more Para rubber to China
Governor of the Rubber Authority of Thailand has attended an international Para rubber meeting and closed a deal to sell Thai rubber to China.
— NBT World (video)

Thai Oct car sales rise 13.1 pct y/y – federation
Thailand’s domestic car sales in October rose 13.1 percent to 68,551 units compared with the same period a year earlier, helped by launches of new models and improved private investment, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Thailand arrests woman wanted over deadly 2015 bombing at shrine
Police in Thailand on Wednesday arrested a woman wanted in connection with a 2015 bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people, 14 of them foreign tourists.
— Reuters

More housing projects approved to help low-income earners
The Cabinet yesterday (Nov 21) gave approval to three housing projects worth 248 million baht to enable low-income earners to rent at low rates.
— Thai PBS

Labor Ministry provide vocational courses for EEC project
Thailand’s Ministry of Labor has provided training courses for vocational students to ensure the graduates are suitable for the labor market in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Agriculture Ministry introduces app to accurately document fishing industry
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is accelerating its efforts to combat illegal fishing activities through a new mobile application to facilitate accurate record keeping.
— NBT world (video)

More than 11.4 million low income earners benefiting from social welfare program
Thailand’s Comptroller General’s Department (CGD) has revealed that 92% of low-income earners, eligible for assistance under the social-welfare program, have already picked up their social-welfare cards.
— NBT World (video)

Thai university uses ultrasonic waves to kill mosquito larvae
Suranaree University of Technology has introduced an invention that uses ultrasonic waves to kill mosquito larvae.

Thailand hosts ASEAN Environment Conference in Phuket
The Reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN Region 2017 hosted by Thailand is being held at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa today (November 22).
— Phuket Gazette

Commerce to control Chinese fruit wholesaling business
The Ministry of Commerce is now in talks with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to control the Chinese fruit wholesaling businesses after receiving complaints from longan farmers that they were cheated by the Chinese traders.
— 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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