Thailand Morning News For April 30

Thailand Morning News For April 30
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Thailand morning newsFPO maintains Thai economic growth at 4.2%
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) of the Ministry of Finance has maintained this year’s expected economic expansion rate at 4.2%.

Thai junta likely to back another term for PM Prayut
As Thailand gears up for an election next February, there are increasing signs that the ruling junta is preparing to push for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to continue serving as prime minister.
— Straits Times

More Chinese tourists expected due to Alibaba
TOURISM experts and online travel platforms are welcoming the collaboration between e-commerce giant Alibaba and Thai tourism authorities to develop smart and digital tourism, although there are concerns over possible negative impacts
— The Nation

Anti-rabies campaign continues across country
The countrywide campaign against rabies continues to win public cooperation, with pet owners lining up with their domestic pets for vaccinations and pet sterilization.

CK set to bid on airport high-speed railway
SET-listed contractor Ch. Karnchang Plc (CK), Thailand’s second-biggest construction company, together with a subsidiary is ready to bid for the 224.54-billion-baht high-speed railway linking three major airports, though the firm remains open to a partnership with foreign investors.
— Bangkok Post

PM: MoUs with Alibaba increase sales channels for Thai SMEs
The Prime Minister is content with memoranda of understanding signed between the Thai government and Alibaba Group, saying partnership with the Chinese multinational e-Commerce conglomerate increases sales channels for Thai businesses.
— News Today (video)

PR for Ma or the real deal for Thai SMEs?
The government has assured the public that Jack Ma, owner ecommerce giant Alibaba, will bring large benefits to the country after pledging to invest Bt11 billion in the Eastern Economic Corridor.
— The Nation

Govt to bring forward rice growing season to avoid flood risk
The government has decided to bring forward this year’s rice growing season by one month to save crops from flood risks.

Flash floods slam villages in Sa Kaeo
Flash floods hit four villages in Ta Phraya district of this eastern provinces on Saturday, leaving 43 houses under water and damaging farmland and public utilities, officials said.
— ReliefWeb

Thailand: hundreds stage largest protest since start of military rule
Over a thousand people have gathered in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to protest against the building of a government luxury housing project on forested land, police have said.
— The Guardian

Durian growers in Trat complain about durian shortage
Durian growers in Trat province have complained about insufficient amount of durians to serve the increasing demand of consumers in China and they have to get the fruit from other provinces.

Thailand to improve processing of migrant workers
Cambodian and Thai Labour Ministry officials met once again in Siem Reap province over the weekend and asserted their commitment to strengthen cooperation by agreeing to accelerate the legal identification process of Cambodian workers in Thailand.
— Khmer Times

Thai gov’t continues to fight illegal fishing
The government has reiterated its stance against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, assuring the industry that the country will continue to address all concerns of the European Union.

Cops bust short course visa scam
Police are zeroing in on foreign criminals who enrol at language schools to obtain education visas so they can live in Thailand and commit crime.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Wissanu, Amnesty ‘not’ included in Government’s reconciliation plan
The Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs clarified that the government’s national reconciliation plan does not include the granting of pardons to those convicted of political offenses.
— News Today (video)

Govt campaigning for organ donation
The Ministry of Public Health is urging people to donate organs and eyes to save the lives of almost 20,000 patients waiting for organ transplants.

Vietnam asked to lift unfair restriction on Thai cars
Thailand has demanded Vietnam to lift what it alleged as discriminatory import restriction on cars exported to Vietnam, including cars from Thailand.
— Thai PBS

Labor Ministry, central bank ink agreement on labor data analysis
The Ministry of Labor and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) have signed a memorandum of cooperation on data collection and analysis.
— News Today (video)

Authorities urged to better help beggars, homeless people
The Social Development and Human Security Minister, Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, has encouraged the general public and tourists to report to the authorities when they come across beggars and homeless people.

Thai University pushes to use electric motorbike taxis
Carbon Dioxide Emissions are a major environmental concern all over the world. Thammasat University in Thailand has replaced motorbike taxis with electric motorcycles, aiming to reduce current CO2 emissions by 14% per year and set an example of how a university can be environmentally sustainable. Khun Suchanee Rungmueanporn has the details.
— News Today (video)

Half a ton of marijuana seized in Mekong sting
A total of 490 kilograms of dried marijuana worth 15 million baht in street value has been seized by Thai authorities in Bung Kan province in the far north-east of Thailand on the Mekong River, Saturday, but the suspected Laotian smugglers managed to flee.
— The Thaiger


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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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