Thailand Morning News For November 27

Thailand Morning News For November 27
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Thailand morning newsThai PM reshuffles cabinet for the fifth time since coup
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his cabinet, a statement published in the Royal Gazette said on Friday, the fifth change in his administration since he took power in 2014.
— Channel NewsAsia

Thailand: True Corp invests $15.3m to create regional digital hub
True Corporation, a Thai communication conglomerate, has invested 500 million baht ($15.3 million) in setting up True Digital Park as the digital hub in Southeast Asia.

Thai economy surges 4.3% in third quarter
The Thai economy has seen recent steady growth according to the prime minister, with a significant 4.3% increase in the third quarter of 2017.
— NBT World (video)

B861m to fund EEC training
The government has set aside 861 million baht in the fiscal 2018 budget to finance human resource development in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok post

Solar prospects bright despite dim policy
With the cost of installing solar rooftops dropping substantially and energy firms offering several types of business models to encourage consumers, home and building owners are taking advantage of the clean power source, even as energy policymakers have not yet finalised regulations to let private solar rooftop owners sell power to state utilities.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand-Malaysia border trade continues to expand
The border trade between Thailand and Malaysia has expanded extremely well, while the upcoming mobile Cabinet meeting in Songkhla tomorrow (November 27th) will help boost trading activities in the area.

Southeastern coast to see more heavy rain
The Southern Metrological Center (East Coast) today issued another warning of heavy rain and possible flash floods in the east coast from November 26th to 30th, 2017.

E-commerce tax aims to create level playing field
The Revenue Department is gearing up to amend a tax law to include e-commerce, aiming to create fair competition among foreigners and local e-business operators, as well as save billions of baht in forgone…
— Bangkok Post

Digital TV cries for help
The Association of Digital TV Operators urged the government to invoke Section 44 for the second time last week to accelerate the industry’s reform and provide timely financial relief to terrestrial digital TV operators after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed their previous calls for help, including subsidising costs and waiving remaining licence fees.
— Bangkok Post

Village Festival showcases next generation of Thai designers’ tourism products
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is showcasing a range of the Kingdom’s creative tourism products developed by the new generation of Thai designers at the Village Festival from 24 to 26 November at Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Bangkok.
— TAT News

Welfare recipients to get GSB perks
The state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) plans to offer zero-interest loans for the first year and double or triple the traditional savings rate for low-income earners.
— Bangkok Post

Flood disaster declared in 5 Trang districts amid closures
A RAILWAY section between Hat Yai and Khlong Ngae stations, as well as several tourist attractions including the Khlong Hae Floating Market in the southern province of Songkhla were closed yesterday due to a deep flood, while Trang province’s authority declared five districts as flood disaster zones.
— The Nation

Weed killer residues found in popular vegetables and fruits
More than 60% of five “popular vegetables” sold in local markets contain excessive level of harmful chemical residues, according to a testing by Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), a non-governmental organisation working on food safety.
— Thai PBS

Health Ministry issues an alert of Anthrax after a man was suspected to be infected in Mae Sot
The Public Health Ministry has warned people not to eat or sell meat from animals died of illness or from unknown causes after a man was admitted to a hospital in Mae Sot district under suspicion that he had contracted Antrax after eating meat from a dead goat from Myanmar.
— 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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