Thailand Morning News For September 1

Thailand Morning News For September 1
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Thailand morning newsBOT: Thai economy continues its expansion momentum
The Bank of Thailand has reported that the national economy has continued expanding on the back of exports and tourism growth.

BoT: Farm incomes down 2.6% in July
Nominal farm income registered the first contraction of the year in July, continuing to weigh down on private consumption throughout the third quarter, says a Bank of Thailand senior official.
— Bangkok Post

NLA approves government budget for fiscal 2018
The National Legislative Assembly has approved the proposed government budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in October.

Land tax gets yet another revamp
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is likely to rework a draft bill on the land and building tax after it assigned the Finance Ministry to consider whether taxpayers can afford the new tax bills.
— Bangkok Post

Consumer Protection Board to campaign for end of use of foam food containers
The Consumer Protection Board is planning to actively campaign against the use of foam food containers by merchants.
— NBT World (video)

Tourism and Sports Minister highlights tourism plan for world heritage site in 4 lower northern provinces
The Minister of Tourism and Sports has highlighted on the cultural world heritage tourism plan for four lower northern provinces, amplifying the local identity to stimulate spending through community-based tourism.

Nakhon Ratchasima double-track bids delay
Nakhon Ratchasima: The Transport Ministry has called off bidding set for today for construction contracts concerning the double-track rail project.
— Bangkok Post

NFE reports on education strategy in southern border provinces
The Office of Non-Formal Education (NFE) has reported results from nine projects under the 20 year Special Southern Border Province Educational Zone Strategy.

Panel mulls state telecom rejig
The government will reconsider plans to spin off two new infrastructure companies from TOT and CAT Telecom.
— Bangkok Post

PM encourages businesses at PM Awards 2017
The Prime Minister has asked for cooperation from business operators while promising them full government assistance to help stimulate the economy.

Financial institutions holding Pracharat markets to support low income earners
Specialized financial institutions have jointly organized a Pracharat market to support low income earners in building careers and generating income.
— NBT World (video)

BoT introduces central QR code system
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has collaborated with Thai and foreign agencies to develop a central QR code system for national payments.
— NBT World (video)

Thai-Malaysia border crowded with Thai muslims returning to hometown for Hari Raya celebration
The Thai-Malaysia border is crowded with Thai Muslims returning to their hometowns for the Hari Raya celebration.

Govt will lose gold mine dispute due to Article 44 use: academics
EXPERTS AND academics have warned that Thailand will lose an arbitral tribunal process regarding allegations that it violated the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), because of the exercise of special powers under Article 44 of the interim constitution that are not recognised by the international community.
— The Nation

Thailand seizes 136 smuggled live pangolins
Thai customs have confiscated 136 live pangolins, the world’s most poached animal, and 450 kg (992 lb) of pangolin scales worth 2.5 million baht ($75,000), officials said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Supreme court whitewashes Abhisit, Suthep over deadly 2010 crackdown
The Supreme Court has absolved Abhisit and Suthep of murder charges for authorising the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during April-May 2010. Meanwhile, a former government investigator who dared to accuse the two of murder is now facing lawsuits.
— Prachatai English

Abhisit thanks court for giving him justice
Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva thanked the court for dropping the criminal court case against him and his former deputy prime minister, Suthep Thaugsuban, over his government crackdown of red-shirt protesters in Bangkok in 2010.
— Thai PBS

Defiance after Abhisit reprieve
RED-SHIRT leaders remained determined yesterday to take legal action against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban after the Supreme Court acquitted them in a case stemming from the 2010 fatal crackdown on protesters.
— The Nation

Source: Suntory in talks with Pepsi in Thailand
Japan’s Suntory Group, one of the world’s leading makers of consumer products, will form a joint venture with Pepsi-Cola Thai Trading Co, the trademark owner of Pepsi, Mirinda and 7-Up, with the aim of cashing in on Thailand’s 50-billion-baht carbonated soft drink market, says an industry source.
— Bangkok Post

State firms invest Bt170.8 bn in fiscal year’s first 10 months
INVESTMENTS by state enterprises reached Bt170.84 billion in the first 10 months of this fiscal year.
— The Nation

Supreme Court rejects Boonsong’s bail request for the second time
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Thursday (Aug 31) rejected former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom’s bail request on ground that there is no reason to change the previous order of the same court which denied his request for bail.
— Thai PBS

FM: Yingluck’s passport cannot yet be revoked
The revocation of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s passport cannot yet be done as the legal case against her has not yet been concluded, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bussadee Santipitaks.
— Thai PBS

MBK property unit aims for Bt4 bn in revenue the year 2020
MBK Real Estate Co Ltd, a property development arm of MBK Group, will launch residential projects worth more than Bt10 billion from 2017-20 under a plan to boost the company’s revenue to Bt4 billion in 2020, managing director Hatchapong Phokai said.
— The Nation

EGAT discloses progress on EHIA report for Thepa coal power plant
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has revealed the progress of the Environmental Health Impact Report (EHIA) for the Thepa coal power plant project in Songkhla province, affirming that that the process has adhered to legal requirements and included local participation.
— NBT World (video)

Troops rehearse drawing of chariots for royal cremation
A total of 441 troops from the army’s Department of Ordnance on Thursday (Aug 31) rehearsed the hauling of chariots to be used in a procession for the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26.
— Thai PBS

TAT supports ‘The Royal Delights – Pheasant Festival’ at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong District
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is offering its support to the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) in organising the ‘Taste it all 2017 @Ratchaprasong: The Royal Delights – Pheasant Festival’ from now until 31 October.
— 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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