Thailand Morning News For September 18

Thailand Morning News For September 18
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Thailand morning newsInside the Royal Crematorium of King Bhumibol The Great (Photo Special)
King Bhumibol the Great. A title previously only bestowed upon six former Thai kings. A title which, due to there being no other word, fails to adequately describe the life and rule of the ninth monarch of Thailand’s Chakri dynasty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as King Rama IX.
— AEC News Today

BOI approves 28 billion baht investment in EEC
Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) has endorsed investment promotion requests from companies looking to invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— NBT World (video)

Charter Court faces ‘reset’ blitz
The Constitutional Court is likely to be partially “reset” as some of the existing judges who do not meet the stricter qualification requirements under the new constitution will be removed, a Constitution…
— Bangkok Post

New tax rates to earn extra 12 billion baht to state coffer
The Excise Department says the new tax rates effective today (Sept 16) will raise prices of unhealthy foods and drinks, while generating 12 billion baht more on taxes from them annually.
— Thai PBS

USTR might remove Thailand from priority watch list
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) might remove Thailand from the Priority Watch List (PWL), thanks to the country’s tangible progress in protecting intellectual property (IP).
— NBT World (video)

Most people want to know when the next election is to be held: Dusit Poll
Dusit Poll says that 81.88 percent of the Thai people are interested to know when exactly the next general election will be held with 68.35 percent showing interest in the issue of national unity government.
— Thai PBS

Business registrations in August up 15 percent on-year
New company registrations in August reached over 7,000 as the Ministry of Commerce is confident that foreign investor sentiment is on the rise after a successful tour by Japanese private sector representatives.
— NBT World (video)

Charging up the EV market
The government is offering full support to electrical vehicle (EV) manufacturers, including a series of excise tax cuts and promotional privileges that have attracted car assemblers to invest in the sector…
— Bangkok Post

Rising baht puts top banker on spot
The strengthening of the baht against the US dollar has put the job of central bank governor Veerathai Santiprabhob at risk, and put pressure on millions of farmers who are suffering from volatility in the financial market.
— The Nation

Transport Minister observes railway project in Ratchaburi
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith visited Ratchaburi province on Saturday to follow up on the dual-track railway project.
— NBT World (video)

Central in $500m tie-up with China’s JD
RETAIL giant Central Group is joining with Chinese e-commerce operator to invest up to US$500 million on the establishment of two joint ventures in Thailand covering online sales and financial technology (fintech) services.
— The Nation

NIDA Poll says majority agreeing to higher tax for booze and cigarettes
As the new excise tax rates on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are in force on Sept 16, a poll released by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) says the majority of people it asked agreed to the tax increase.
— Thai PBS

Business Traveller Awards 2017 names Bangkok Best Leisure Destination in Asia Pacific
The Business Traveller Awards 2017 named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure Destination in the Asia Pacific‘ for the second straight year, marking a record sixth time Thailand’s capital city has received this prestigious international accolade.
— TAT News

China’s Alipay cooperates with Thai commercial bank
China’s Alipay and Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank said on Saturday that they would enhance their cooperation in promoting QR code payment in Thailand.
— The Nation

Social Development Ministry to offer first-ever guide dog services
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security have signed an memorandum of understanding with the army and Charoen Pokphand Group, to offer the first-ever guide dog service to the visually-impaired in Thailand.
— 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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