Thailand morning news for August 24

Thailand morning news for August 24
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Thailand morning newsPM calls for urgency in digital services
THE prime minister yesterday told the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) and other top officials to quickly implement a policy to provide more digital government services to the public, noting that results have so far not met his expectations.
— The Nation

Pearson signs MoU with Thailand’s EEC
Digital education company Pearson has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor to develop and implement BTEC-based programs for learners in EEC provinces.
— The PIE News

Mother protests silence over child rape
The mother of a 7-year-old boy who claims her son was sexually abused by a high-ranking soldier filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) Thursday, demanding he be formally charged rather than receive a slap on the wrist.
— Bangkok Post

PwC: Almost half of Thais victims of fraud
Almost half of Thai respondents were victims of fraud or other economic crimes in the last two years, up significantly from just above a quarter in the 2016 survey, according to PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey.
— Bangkok Post

TPPO to trial approaches to dealing with Bangkok traffic
The Traffic Policy and Plan Office (TPPO) has devised three approaches to addressing traffic congestion caused by the construction of train lines along Bangkok roadways and will be assessing them over a three month period.

Online payment for overseas packages
The Customs Department will allow those who buy small goods priced over 1,500 baht from vendors outside Thailand to pay import duties online, eliminating the need to pick up parcels at Laksi Post Office.
— Bangkok Post

Petchaburi province on alert for flooding despite management efforts
A major discharge from Kaeng Krachan Dam has resulted in 10-20 centimeter flooding in some parts of Petchaburi province with six more areas closely monitoring the situation.

Army insists private injured in fight, not in disciplinary action
THE 22-YEAR-OLD infantry private now struggling to survive in a hospital’s intensive care unit sustained injuries in a fight with other soldiers, not from being officially disciplined, senior military officers said yesterday.
— The Nation

Thai police charge leaders of new party with online offenses
In this Thursday, March 15, 2018, Thai billionaire Thananthorn Juangroongruangkit smiles after announcing the launch of his new political party Future Forward Party in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Missourian

Attitude blamed for rising domestic violence deaths
The public should stop perceiving physical abuse as a common component of domestic affairs, a seminar was told yesterday. Speakers called on witnesses to intervene to help prevent deaths from domestic violence.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket anti-crime arrests include illegal possession of e-cigarrette, firearms, drugs
Sakoo police arrested three Thai men yesterday when they were found in possession of various illegal items, with one of those arrested being in possession of an e-cigarrette and e-liquid.
— The Phuket News

Precipitation reported in Uthai Thani after royal rainmaking operation
Thailand’s Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has performed cloud-seeding operations, resulting in precipitation in Uthai Thani province.

Shopee mulls building logistics network
As Thailand’s e-commerce market continues to face intense competition, e-commerce platform Shopee is considering building its own logistics network to compete head-on with Chinese internet giants like Lazada and JD Central.
— Bangkok Post

Cops seize huge B1.5bn meth haul
Police have seized more than 14 million methamphetamine pills worth 1.48 billion baht that were bound for neighbouring Malaysia and beyond, authorities said Wednesday, in one of their biggest ever drug busts
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut affirms general poll to go on in accordance with election roadmap
The Prime Minister has affirmed again that the general election will take place in accordance with the roadmap.
— News Today (video)

Cabinet agrees to legal changes tightening regulations on big bikes
The Cabinet has given its approval to a draft law mandating training and testing of big bike riders, intended to reduce the number of accidents among motorcyclists and improve road safety.

BOT to consider higher interest rates
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has hinted at the possibility of higher interest rates due to the current economic environment.
— Pattaya Mail

Industry Ministry to lead Chinese businesspeople to visit EEC
The Ministry of Industry is preparing to lead a group of Chinese businesspeople to visit the site of the Eastern Economic Corridor project to get the latest update on the Thai government’s mega investment plan.
— News Today (video)

100 investigators to join ‘Phoenix’ probe, says Tourism Minister
Minister Weerasak was in Phuket yesterday (Aug 22) to join the mass ceremonies to honour spirits of those lost to the Phoenix tour boat disaster, which killed 47 Chinese tourists when it capsized and sank in a storm off Koh Hei (Coral Island) on July 5.
— The Phuket News

NLA urges Thailand to prepare to serve as ASEAN Chair of 2019
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has held a seminar on Thailand’s preparations for the ASEAN chairmanship in the year 2019, calling on all Thais to be a good host and help promote inclusive development in the region.
— News Today (video)

Anti-Corruption Commission holds seminar on strategy to combat graft
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has organized a seminar to discuss the country’s national policy on corruption.

Tesco fetes 2,000th store with growth plan
Ek-chai Distribution System Co, the operator of Tesco Lotus hypermarkets, is expanding its retail space by a total of 55,000 square metres this fiscal year, which began in March, to cash in on improved prospects in the retail business sector next year.
— Bangkok Post

Heavy downpours bring traffic snarls, small boats banned from leaving shore
Heavy downpours across the island brought traffic a standstill on major roads and caused a minor landslide on the coastal road this morning (Aug 23).
— The Phuket News

SEC fines IFEC execs for insider trades
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has imposed civil fines on current and former executives of Inter Far East Energy Corporation Plc (IFEC) on grounds of insider trading.
— Bangkok Post

Work being done nationwide to deal with flooding
While the Mekong River flowing through Nong Khai province has dropped, its level remains 1.4 meters above its tributaries, slowing drainage being done in preparation for more water from the north and forecasted rains.
— News Today (video)

Cabinet agrees to legal changes tightening regulations on big bikes
The Cabinet has given its approval to a draft law mandating training and testing of big bike riders, intended to reduce the number of accidents among motorcyclists and improve road safety.

InComm First to Launch Google Play Gift Cards in Thailand

InComm, a leading prepaid product and payments technology company, today announced it has launched Google Play gift cards in Thailand, becoming the first distributor to do so, through its strategic partnership with Razer Inc and its subsidiary MOL Global, Inc. (MOL), a leading e-payment enabler.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Hold elections early in Thailand to allow for effective Asean chairmanship in 2019: The Nation
Thailand cannot possibly be in the throes of political campaigning when it assumes the Asean chairmanship.
— Straits Times

Egco plans new assets spree after capacity falls
SET-listed Electricity Generating Plc (Egco), Thailand’s second-largest private power producer, is in talks with several companies on future asset acquisitions, expecting to wrap up deals during the second half of 2018.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand holds ceremony in honour of 47 Chinese boat victims
Officials and local groups held a religious ceremony on Wednesday in honour of 47 Chinese tourists who died last month when their boat sank in rough weather off Thailand’s resort island of Phuket.
— South China Morning Post

Customs Dept announces new measures of enforcement
The Customs Department is cracking down on the sale of goods online, after finding that up to 60% of businesses undervalue the goods they declare.

Right on birth certificate ‘neglected’
World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), a children’s rights advocate, revealed yesterday that around 60,000 babies of migrant workers are born in Thailand every year, but only a fraction of them get a birth certificate that would give them access to basic rights such as education and healthcare.
— The Nation

Hotel Guests Check Out of Plastic Waste On Thai Island
For the millions of sun seekers who head to Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on plastic waste may not be a top priority.

Thai govt’s vision renews stateless minorities’ hopes
Two weeks ago, three football players and their coach, who were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave last month, were granted Thai nationality and presented with ID cards in a ceremony hosted in Chiang Rai province.
— The Nation

Out-bound Vibhavadi Rangsit to close on night of Aug 25
The out-bound lanes of the Vibhavadi Rangsit Highway will be closed at kilometre marker 24+279 from 10 pm on Aug 25 to 4 am on Aug 26 for the installation of five steel girders on the bridge under construction across the highway into the Don Mueang international airport, the Highways Department announced.
— Thai PBS

Krungsri Auto hikes target to 17%
Krungsri Auto, an automotive lender under Bank of Ayudhya, has revised up its loan portfolio growth target to 17% this year after strong loan performance in the first half.
— Bangkok Post

TMB aims to lead in sustainable banking
TMB BANK Plc , which recently issued Thailand’s first green bonds, aims to lead the way in sustainable banking by doing business in a way that supports its customers as well as social development, environment protection and the uplifting of banking service standards, TMB Chief Executive Officer Piti Tantakasem has said.
— The Nation

The big numbers behind Southeast Asia’s largest startup campus (Infographic)
Thailand is the land of startup opportunity. The country may have a relatively low startup density, but it has strong support from the government through “Thailand 4.0”, an economic model that aims to create clusters for innovations and startups in several industries.
— TechInAsia

Eroded Pattaya Beach gets reconstructive surgery
Pattaya Beach is undergoing reconstruction to return the severely eroded beach to its former beauty and attract more tourists.
— The Nation

Thailand is not a dumping ground for e-waste
Following the ban of e-waste in china, countries are looking to Thailand to be a dumping ground for these futile materials.
— OpenGov

Bank of Thailand (BoT) Is Developing Its Own Cryptocurrency To “Enhance Operational Efficiencies”
Thailand’s central financial institution, the Bank of Thailand (BoT), had announced in June that it was exploring a “new way of conducting interbank settlement” by issuing its own cryptocurrency. The BoT appears to have followed up on this plan as its now reportedly working on creating a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
— CryptoGlobe

Chinese consumption drives Thai durian economy
Durian has a great reputation in Thailand, it is called the “king of fruit”. Chinese durian consumption is currently pushing economic growth in the Thai durian industry.
— Fresh Plaza

94 children learn to swim thanks to the Swim Safe programme run by the Rotary Club of Patong Beach
On Wednesday August 22, Ban Sai Nam Yen School, Patong celebrated their Swim Safe Graduation. A total of 94 children have learnt to swim over a 10 week course which was sponsored and administrated by the Rotary Club of Patong Beach.
— The Phuket 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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