Thailand Morning News For September 21

Thailand Morning News For September 21
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Thailand morning newsAuto exports rise in August, outlook rosy
The country’s automotive exports increased for the first time in 14 months in August as the recovering global economy helped spur demand, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
—Bangkok Post

Muddled trade policies hold back the country, researchers say
RESEARCHERS have criticised the government for a lack of free-trade strategies and poorly organised trade institutions that are handicapping the country in international trade.
— The Nation

Japanese and Thai chambers of commerce express confidence in EEC
— NBT World (video)

PM eyes increasing people’s access to research works
The Prime Minister has emphasized the necessity of providing the public with easier access to research works as a way of promoting national development further.

TCC confident on EEC investment rush
THE THAI Chamber of Commerce (TCC) says it is confident that the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will drive the economy forward and expects government outlays of at least Bt1.5 trillion from 2018-22 to spur investments in the development zone by domestic and foreign companies.
— The Nation

Thai August auto sales rise 6.8 pct y/y – federation
August sales were helped by launches of new car models, higher commodity prices and improved private investment, the FTI said in a statement.
— Reuters

TJA forms panel to probe sexual harassment allegations against a media executive
The Thai Journalists Association on Wednesday (Sept 20) issued a statement, announcing the formation of a fact-finding panel to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against an executive of a media organization.
— Thai PBS

Panel plans merging of police duties
A police reform committee has agreed to a proposal to merge the duties of inquiry police and investigation police as part of efforts to bring about changes in the police force.
— Bangkok Post

60,000 student loan recipients in government service warned they may lose their jobs
Government officials who took student loans while they were studying may face dismissal if they were found to have deliberately refused to honour their debt repayments.
— Thai PBS

Cabinet nods to 9101 project for rehabilitation of flood-hit farmers
The Cabinet has approved the implementation of the 9101 project, with an aim to apply royal teachings to the rehabilitation of agriculturists recently affected by floods.

THAI gives cautious OK to Nok Air plan
Although Nok Air shareholders on Wednesday endorsed a new round of capital injection needed for a business rehabilitation almost unanimously, strong doubts emerged over whether Thai Airways International (THAI), a major shareholder, would go along in the end.
— Bangkok Post

Nok Air plans to raise Bt1.7-bn to stay afloat
Thai to increase its stake by Bt350m to help struggling budget airline in three-stage rehabilitation plan.
— The Nation

CAAT confident ICAO will lift its “red flag” status
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is confident it will be able to address all safety concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and have its “red flag” status lifted, CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said.
— Thai PBS

CP Land joint venture for Rayong project
CP Land Plc, the property arm of Charoen Pokphand Group, will partner with one of China’s largest construction firms, Guangxi Construction Engineering Group, to jointly develop an industrial estate in Rayong by the end of the year with an initial spending of 10 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Bt3.1 bn carpet business deal approved
SHAREHOLDERS of Thailand Carpet Manufacturing Corporation (TCMC) yesterday approved a proposed Bt3.14 billion takeover of the commercial carpet business of Hong Kong-listed Tai Ping Carpets International Ltd. Also approved at the shareholders meeting was a change in company name to TCM Corporation, to reflect its vision for modernisation and global expansion.
— The Nation

Smartphone producers add high-end bracket
The local smartphone market is creating a new high price point for the “ultimate premium segment”, where prices are above 30,000 baht.
— Bangkok Post

Customs Department steps up efforts to prevent smuggled liquor,cigarettes
— NBT World (video)

Cabinet approve 6 strategies to develop central region
The Cabinet meeting has approved six strategies to connect the central region with the Dawei special economic zone and the Eastern Economic Corridor.
— NBT World (video)

Election to take place after passing 4 related organic laws
The President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has indicated that the general election will be able to take place after four pertinent organic laws are published in the Royal Government Gazette.

CDC to submit draft law on Constitutional Court procedures to NLA during September
The Constitutional Drafting Commission is determined to submit the draft law on the Constitutional Court procedures to the National Legislative Assembly before the end of this month.

Phuket share-bike kicks off
The bicycle provider for the share bikes project, Ofo, announced today (September 20) that their company, with the help of Phuket local government, are ready to release the first phase of 1,000 bicycles for the project.
— Phuket Gazette

Elderly people stage protest march against delay in allowance pay
About 300 of mostly elderly people staged a protest march in Prachuab Khiri Khan province on Wednesday (Sept 20) against the delay in the payment of state allowances to the elderly people, the disabled and HIV-positive people.
— Thai PBS

Thailand wins four PATA Gold Awards 2017
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and two Thai tourism operators are the proud winners of the PATA Gold Awards 2017, bringing to the kingdom four prestigious international accolades.
— TAT News

PSU sending a Safe Sex message – 25,000 condoms at a time
Students from Phuket’s Prince of Songkhla University were busy this afternoon preparing thousands of condom packs. It’s a regular voluntary activity each semester at PSU. Carex in Bangkok provide the condoms, the students pack them into small packs for distribution.
— Phuket Gazette

New species of trapdoor spiders discovered in Thailand
A new species of trapdoor spiders, which has been named “Mae Wong trapdoor spider” has been discovered by a team of researchers, lecturers and students in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, of Chulalongkorn University.
— Thai PBS

BMTA to introduce e-ticket system aboard 200 buses on 1 Oct
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) plans to introduce the e-ticket system for its bus fare on 1 October 2017.


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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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