Thailand Morning News For November 29

Thailand Morning News For November 29
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Thailand morning newsGovt puts top priorities on fishery, agriculture issues: PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reassured to villagers who welcomed a roving cabinet meeting in Songkhla that the government has put top priorities on fishery and agriculture issues.

Legislators urged to pass state-enterprise reform
Thailand’s long-term competitiveness will be harmed if the draft bill on reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) does not receive approval from the National Legislative Assembly, says former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.
— Bangkok Post

“Cute” Thai Policeman’s Booty Shaking Deescalation Technique a Hit (video)
With police forces globally taking on an increasingly military appearance in the face of more frequent violent confrontations, the result has been a skyrocketing increase in the number of people shot dead by police each year.
— AEC News Today

PM comes face to face with volatile discontent in South
GEN PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA’S field trip to Pattani and Songkhla was meant to boost the popularity of the prime minister and his junta government – but instead of touching moments, local people welcomed him with yells and confrontation.
— The Nation

Fast track urged for fintech measures
A financial technology (fintech) committee under the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will propose that three measures in the Fintech Act be ready for use 90 days after the regulations are implemented.
— Bangkok Post

Another military private reportedly beaten severely by trainer
Only several days after the news of the mysterious death of a freshman cadet has triggered public outcry, another military private in Isaan was reportedly beaten until his hip was broken.
— Prachatai English

Bangkok remains No. 1 world’s most visited city
Bangkok has retained its title as the world’s most-visited city for the second consecutive year by the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.

PH Capital readies Bt1-billion expansion for 200 Pizza Hut outlets in 4 years
PH CAPITAL yesterday announced an investment of more than Bt1 billion to double the size of Pizza Hut business in Thailand both in number of restaurants and staff in the next three to four years.
— The Nation

Thailand Post installs iBoxes to allow package collection outside office hours
Thailand Post has installed 28 iBox kiosks throughout Bangkok and neighboring provinces to allow the collection of packages outside office hours.

PM defends police’s handling of power plant protesters in Songkhla
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (Nov 28) came to the defence of officials who broke up a protest by opponents of the coal-fired power plant project and arrested 16 protesters.
— Thai PBS

Thai Oil’s refinery to produce only clean fuels from 2022
Thailand’s largest refiner Thai Oil PCL will stop producing fuel oil from 2022 once it completes a $4-billion upgrade that will boost output of clean fuels, officials said.
— Reuters

Thai police arrest 16 protesting against coal-fired power plant
Thai authorities have arrested 16 people who were protesting against the construction of a coal-fired power plant, drawing criticism of the military government from rights activists and environmentalists.
— Reuters

MARA Patani warns government against “iron fist” response to power plant protest
MARA Patani has issued a statement warning the Thai government over the use of tough actions against protesters of coal-fired power plant in Songkhla’s Thepha district, saying this may cause “undesirable outcome.”
— Thai PBS

Aviation to expand from growing economy: Aerothai
Thailand’s aviation sector is expected to expand in 2018 thanks to a growing economy, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) President Sarinee Saangprasit said.

PM vows to solve rubber price problem
The Prime Minister met with local residents of Pattani province during his cabinet retreat trip in the south and vowed to solve the chronic rubber price problem. Our correspondent Tarin Angskul brings us this story from Nong Chik district, Pattani.
— NBT World (video)

Health Ministry app to fight ‘fake news’
A new smartphone app, “Media Watch”, was launched Tuesday to enable consumers to more easily submit complaints against things they take issue with on the internet.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Cambodian discuss nationality verification issue
Top labor officials from Thailand and Cambodia held a meeting to discuss measures to speed up the national verification process.

Southern provinces contending with flooding
Heavy rains have resulted in Phattalung province declaring a state of emergency with Nakhon Si Thammarat also facing an overflowing Khlong Cha-Uad.
— NBT World (video)

PTT opens gas stations to rice farmers for second year
PTT Plc gas stations across the nation have again provided space for rice farmers to sell their produce at no rental charge, under the second iteration of the “Helping Thai Rice Farmers” program.
— NBT World (video)

TAT celebrates Mastercard’sGlobal Travel City honour 2017 for Bangkok
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (2nd from left), Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), received the award from Mr. Donald Ong (2nd from right), Mastercard’s Country Manager – Thailand & Myanmar, on the occasion that Bangkok has recently been ranked as the world’s favourite holiday destination, taking the top spot in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017, for the second consecutive year.
— TAT News


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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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