Thailand morning news for August 16

Thailand morning news for August 16
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Thailand morning newsJunta sets up a 17-member anti-corruption board
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has announced the formation of a 17-member National Anti-Corruption Committee to fight the scourge of corruption in government bureaucracy.
— Thai PBS

How Thailand 4.0 rescues Thailand from the middle-income trap
With the Thailand 4.0 initiatives, the nation has been making considerable efforts to negate the obstructive effects of the middle-income trap.
— OpenGovAsia

Platform barricades to be installed at all BTS skytrain stations following incident
The Bangkok Mass Transit System announced today that it will install barricades on the platforms of the remaining 14 stations of the BTS skytrain system as soon as possible.
— Thai PBS

Govt to ban import of electronic, plastic wastes
Minister says environment and public health top priorities; recycling businesses fear for future.
— The Nation

Schooling for poor kids thanks to Bt10 from Chiang Mai residents
THE EQUITABLE Education Fund (EEF) is now exploring ideas on how best to engage all sectors in extending educational help to underprivileged children.
— The Nation

Myanmar, Thailand promote strategic partnership
Myanmar and Thailand have reached an air service agreement and a memorandum of understanding on development of shrimp culture in Rakhine state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported yesterday.
— Khmer Times

NTT boosts AI, blockchain cloud services
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies has encouraged further adoption of cloud computing services in Thailand, says a Japanese-based data centre provider.
— Bangkok Post

5 new Election Commission members get royal approval
The appointment of the five new members of the Election Commission, whose main task is to prepare for the first post-coup general elections expected next year, has been given a royal approval.
— Thai PBS

Thai state-owned PTT keen to invest $11.7 billion in new businesses
Thailand’s state-owned energy group PTT Pcl (PTT.BK) said on Wednesday it was keen to invest 390 billion baht (£9.21 billion) in business opportunities, as it seeks to be a bigger player in the government’s new policy to boost trade and growth.
— Reuters

Dams continue to discharge water in preparation for more inflows
All large- and medium-sized dams in the country are discharging water as planned in preparing to take more rainwater expected to be brought about by tropical storm “Bebinca”, Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) director-general Somkiat Prajamwong said on Wednesday.
— Thai PBS

PM Prayut wants Bangkok traffic relief in 3 months
Inspecting Bangkok’s traffic conditions on Wednesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered officials to alleviate congestion in Bangkok and its outskirts within three months with the help of technology, water transport and new bus routes.
— Bangkok Post

Is Thailand’s tourism ready to tackle crime and safety problems?
Thailand says it is ready to undertake “a sweeping overhaul of all the country’s safety and security measures relevant to the travel and tourism industry”, and hopes to reduce threats to tourists including when it comes to crime.
— TTG Asia

Asian Games: Thailand banks on sepaktakraw returns for medals boost
Thailand’s sepaktakraw players will have little room for error at the Asian Games in Indonesia if the nation are to improve on the 12 overall gold medals they won at the last edition of the multi-sport event at Incheon in 2014.
— Reuters

Thailand shielded from Turkey rout
THE turmoil in Turkey’s financial markets presents only a limited threat to Thailand, according to the Bank of Thailand (BOT), but some analysts see the fallout for emerging markets causing moderate falls in the baht and the country’s trade surplus.
— The Nation

True IDC and BBIX announces the establishment of a Joint Venture to enable Thailand in becoming A World Class Internet Exchange Hub of ASEAN
rue Internet Data Center Co., Ltd., a leading full-service data center and cloud service provider in Thailand, and BBIX, Inc., the fastest growing Internet Exchange Service Provider under SoftBank Corp. announced the establishment of a joint venture.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Cambodia arrests Phuket man wanted in Chon Buri murder
Cambodian authorities have arrested Panya Yingdung, 39, who was wanted for questioning in the murders of his former girl friend and a companion last month in Chon Buri province.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to Receive Advanced Nationwide Digital Communications Network
Motorola Solutions to connect government and commercial organisations with state-of-the-art TETRA system – / NYSE: MSI
— Newswire Today (media release)

Sansiri reports 51% profit fall
Listed property firm Sansiri Plc announces net profits of Bt639.46 million in the first half of this year, a drop of 51 per cent from the same period last year, the company reported to the Stock Exchange of Thailand late on Tuesday.
— The Nation

Apex enhances residential value in booming tourist markets
Famous for its delicious cuisine and tolerance of other cultures, Thailand attracts more than 35 million tourists each year.
— South China Morning Post

TAT launches ‘Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste’ initiative
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is enhancing its ongoing responsible tourism strategy by announcing a new ‘Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste‘ collaboration initiative with various stakeholders in a bid to cut tourism-related waste by up to 50 per cent by 2020.
— TAT News

VGI spearheads regional growth of BTS with modern approach in advertising
After developing properties across Bangkok, the executive director and CEO of BTS Group then took on the construction of the BTS SkyTrain system to link its development projects
— South China Morning Post

Asian Games expected to bring in 25% less
Mr Pawat said Television Pool of Thailand, comprising old analogue TV channels such as BEC World’s Channel 3, BBTV’s Channel 7, MCOT HD, Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand and Thai PBS, normally broadcast the Asian Games every four years, which generates high media spending on TV during broadcast.
— Bangkok Post

Technology behind the Thailand cave rescue
As fans around the globe gathered for the World Cup soccer tournament in late June, monsoon rains trapped a soccer team of 12 boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach in a remote cave in Thailand.
— Geospatial World

Bangkok Airways announces profits
Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (BA) announces its operating results for the first six months of 2018 with total revenue amounting to Bt14 billion.
— The Nation

Ticon boasts about Q2 sales
Ticon, a provider of a smart industrial platform, announced that its Q2 2018 performance was on target with a net profit of Bt67 million.
— The Nation

B20bn Central Phuket to open Sept 10
Central Pattana Co Ltd (CPN), the development arm of the Central Group, today announced that the grand opening of ‘Central Phuket’ will be held on Sept 10, marking the formal opening of the B20 billion project.
— The Phuket News

Live a life of prestige and privilege with Thailand Elite’s membership programme
Thailand presents a lovely contrast between the bustle of city life and the tranquil views of green rice paddies, mountainous landscapes and pristine beaches.
— South China Morning Post

Student who fatally beats up classmate faces manslaughter charge
Police in Hat Yai district of the southern province of Songkhla will file an additional charge of manslaughter against a student boxer who fatally beat up his classmate.
— Thai PBS

Prestwich drug smuggler who brought in thousands of tablets from Thailand jailed
A PRESTWICH man who smuggled tens of thousands of tablets into Manchester from Thailand has been jailed.
— This is Lancashire


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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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