Thailand Morning News For February 1

Thailand Morning News For February 1

Thailand morning newsThai Dec factory output rises 2.35 pct y/y, below forecast
Thailand’s annual industrial output rose for a second straight month in December, helped by higher production of rubber, cars and car engines and petroleum,
but missed expectations.
— Reuters

2017’s MPI grows by 1.58% with rubber, automobiles as major performers: OIE
Thailand’s Manufacturing Production Index in 2017 showed 1.58 percent growth from a previous year with rubber products, automobiles, automobile engines, vegetable oil, and petroleum being major performers.

DPM Wisanu assures election to be held next February unless….
Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngarm reiterated today (Wednesday) that the election roadmap would be in February next year unless there is an unpredictable event when the Constitutional Court is asked to interpret certain provisions of the Senate or MP election laws.
— Thai PBS

PM halts Tepha Coal Power Plant project to address grievances
The Prime Minister has ordered the Tepha Coal Power Plant be put on hold until public grievances can be resolved.
— News Today (video)

Smoking ban at 24 beaches in force from Thursday
When the clock ticks into Thursday, 24 beaches in 15 provinces will be declared no-smoking zones, with hefty penalties for violators.
— Bangkok Post

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TDRI sees global economic growth, private sector sees more automation
Researchers from the Thailand Development and Research Institute (TDRI) has assessed that the world economy of that of ASEAN will continue to expand this year while private business operators have voiced belief the Thailand 4.0 agenda will encourage automation in the industrial sector.
— News Today (video)

Yingluck’s Bt110m mansion among assets seized over rice-pledging case
FORMER prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bt110-million mansion in Bangkok is among more than 30 of her assets that have been confiscated to pay the compensation demanded from her for damages stemming from her government’s rice-pledging scheme, her lawyer said yesterday.
— The Nation

Thaicom 9 ditched over fee dispute
Thaicom Plc has finally scrapped its plan to construct the Thaicom 9 satellite because of an unsettled regulatory dispute and a sharp drop in demand for satellite transponder capacity, spurred by the growing popularity of over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting platforms.
— Bangkok Post

Nine nightclubs and bars ordered closed for five years
The Royal Thai Police yesterday (Jan 30) ordered the closure of nine nightclubs and bars for five years after they were found to repeatedly commit same offences during the past years.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry organizes seminar on Thai-Japanese Strategic Economic Partnership through FTA
The Ministry of Commerce has continued to penetrate the Japanese market by organizing a seminar on the Thai-Japanese Strategic Economic Partnership through the free trade agreement (FTA), seeking to expand trade between both countries. The trade value between the two countries was over US$54 billion in 2017.

What’s Next for China-Thailand Military Ties in 2018?
On January 26, Thailand’s military carried out a high-profile test of Chinese-built battle tanks, with media outlets invited to witness the event.
— The Diplomat

Security units instructed to bust drugs networks, foreign mafias
Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has urged security units to eradicate drugs networks and foreign mafias, said Defense Ministry Spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Thailand keeps hunting for 8,000-plus overstaying foreigners
Thailand’s authorities are continuing to hunt for over 8,000 foreigners who have allegedly overstayed in this country, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich.
— XinhuaNet

Thailand charges eight activists as public frustration at junta grows
Thailand on Wednesday charged eight activists of a civil rights group with violating the military government’s ban on public gatherings, after it kicked off a cross-country march on Jan. 20 in a rare display of public discontent.
— Reuters

Rice exports expected to edge down slightly from last year
After Thai rice exports managed to hit a record high in 2017, the Thai Rice Exporters Association has projected that this year’s figure will be slightly lower due to the strong baht and shortage of certain types of rice.

Nestle launches dairy coffee enhancer in Thailand
Nestle is launching into the Thai market Coffee-Mate Milky, which it calls the “world’s first dairy coffee enhancer”.
— The Nation

MPB probes senior Lumpini police officers over extortion scandal
The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) commissioner has appointed two committees to look into the alleged extortion of a Canadian tourist by a traffic police officer at Lumpini police station.
— Thai PBS

Police ordered to compensate yellow-shirt protesters
The Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday ordered the Royal Thai Police Office to pay multi-million-baht compensation to yellow-shirt protesters injured or killed during a 2008 police crackdown, but acquitted the Prime Minister’s Office in the same case.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PTTGC teams up with S Korea’s Daelim for petrochem complex in US
Thai listed petrochemical firm PTT Global Chemical Pcl (PTTGC) and South Korea’s construction and petrochemical giant Daelim Industrial have agreed to jointly develop a petrochemical complex in the United States.
— DealStreetAsia

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NokScoot notches up record performance in 2017
Low-cost airline NokScoot ended 2017 with a record performance since its inception, with the company saying that it sets the stage for a revival in sustainable growth.
— The Nation

Labor minister inspects nationality verification center for Myanmar migrant workers in Chiang Mai
Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo visited Chiang Mai province to inspect operations in relation to migrant workers.

Shell says to sell its stake in Thai Bongkot fields to PTTEP for $750 million
Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that it will sell its stake in the Bongkot gas field and adjoining acreage offshore Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production PCL for $750 million before tax.
— Reuters

Thai court jails six for setting fire to kings’ portraits
A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced six people to jail for setting fire to portraits of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in several spots around the northeastern province of Khon Kaen last year.
— Reuters

Cabinet approves budget to repair flood damaged schools in southern Thailand
The Cabinet has approved a special budget to repair schools in southern Thailand, which have been damaged by flooding in the past years.
— News Today (video)

Thailand hosts 5th meeting of Mekong environment ministers
The Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has kicked off the Fifth Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Mai province.
— News Today (video)

Phuket officials issue last warning over Patong Beach smoking ban
Officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) today reminded people – and especially tourists – that the ban on smoking on Patong Beach will be enforced from tomorrow (Feb 1).
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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