Thailand Morning News For November 28

Thailand Morning News For November 28
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Thailand morning newsThailand’s King Creates ‘Elegant’ Military Salute (HD video)
Not believing that the generations-old standard military salute was particularly elegant, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun last year devised a new salute for his personal guard unit.
— AEC News Today

Thailand’s Biggest IPO in 10 Years Is All About Power
Sarath Ratanavadi, the founder of Gulf Energy Development Pcl, plans to invest $4.6 billion in power plants in Thailand and neighboring countries over the next four years.
— Fortune

Junta Reforms Fail to Stem Japanese Foreign Investment Flight
The Thai junta is unhappy with Thailand’s current economic paradigm and is attempting to shift the fundamental base of the country’s economy. Various branches of the Thai state are attempting to create what is vaguely referred to as ‘Thailand 4.0’ by the government, the ‘next growth phase’ by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and the ’20 Year Strategy’ or the ‘6–6–4 plan’ by the Ministry of Commerce (MoC).
— AEC News Today

Thai salaries set to rise 5-6% annually in short term
Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory firm, has forecast salaries in Thailand to rise by 5-6% annually in the short term, saying the country’s economy and inflation are stable.
— Bangkok Post

Tobacco Monopoly asks for rethink on Thailand’s excise tax structure
The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly is asking the government to rethink the country’s excise tax structure.

PM tells a fisherman: “Do not raise your voice at me!”
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yelled at a fisherman who raised his voice apparently to get his attention as he was explaining the latter’s question about fishing problem during his meeting with local people in Nong Chik district of Pattani on Monday.
— Thai PBS

Southerners rally against coal-fired power plant plan
People in Songkhla and Pattani have rallied against the the coal-fired power plant and deep sea port plan ahead of the cabinet meeting.
— Prachatai English

Govt set to charge foreign drivers for using Thai roads
Thailand plans to collect so-called “Asean road tolls” from foreign motorists entering the country via border checkpoints from the end of next year.
— Bangkok Post

SGRE wins 258MW order in Thailand
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will provide the tallest wind turbines in Asia after securing a 103-unit order for the Hanuman wind complex in Chaiyaphum province, north-east Thailand.
— WindPower

Finance Ministry’s Inspectors General attend meeting to discussion plans for fiscal year 2018
The Finance Ministry has called for a meeting of all its inspectors-general to discuss plans for the fiscal year 2018.

Help rushed to flood victims in Phetchaburi Phatthalung
More help has been rushed to flood victims in Thailand’s southern region.
— NBT World (video)

Model City for Progressive and Integrated Agro Industry Development
Nong Chik district in Pattani province is a model city for agro-industry, as the government aims to develop the southern border provinces into a special economic zone and stimulate investment in the region. We have more details on Nong Chik district.
— NBT World (video)

NLA committee on social affairs hosts roundtable discussion about new draft law on young offenders
A committee of the National Legislative Assembly has hosted a roundtable discussion to collect ideas for the new draft law on the rehabilitation of young offenders.

The US creates a bridge of scientific knowledge, supporting the Thailand 4 0 initiative
Thailand 4.0 is not only driven by local players, it’s also supported by foreign companies. The US, as a global technology leader, is one of the key contributors who transfer knowledge to Thai scientists. How do they do that? Our correspondent Pukpitchaya Sihaputtipong reports.
— NBT World (video)


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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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