Thailand Morning News For February 5

Thailand Morning News For February 5
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Thailand morning newsPhuket event unveils Kra Canal push
The Thai Canal Association for Study and Development has filed a formal request to the current government to undertake a full feasibility study to make the Kra Canal a reality.
— The Phuket News

Commerce Ministry says 2018 will be a golden year for Thai agricultural products
The Ministry of Commerce is getting ready to propose a fruit industry strategy to the Cabinet, designed to manage the products that will mature in March, mentioning that 2018 will be a golden year for Thai agricultural products.
— News Today (video)

Investors ready to pour into EEC
Local, overseas corporates show interest as they await passing of corridor act by the legislature
— The Nation

Thai students taunt ‘Rolex General’ in latest burst of dissent
Thai students with huge banners and caricature puppets on Saturday (Feb 3) delivered the latest satirical swipe at the junta’s number two – known as the “Rolex General” for his collection of undeclared luxury watches.
— Channel NewsAsia

Thailand 4.0: Rise of the machines?
With AI and automation set to take the local economy by storm, the absence of a clear-cut strategy to manage the transition may leave blue-collar workers and university graduates alike without a place…
— Bangkok Post

Panel wants end to licensing nightmare
A law reform panel is to ask the government to vastly curb the amount of paperwork involved in issuing licences to businesses.
— Bangkok Post

Coal power plants shelved for at least three years
The Thai Ministry of Energy has decided to put on hold two coal-fired power plant projects in Krabi and Thepa district of Songkhla for three years pending additional environmental and health impacts assessments and environmental impact studies.
— Phuket Gazette

Thailand rejects UN report on Myanmar refugees on border
THAILAND yesterday dismissed the end-of-mission statement by United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee on refugees’ basic rights in the kingdom, saying that her message was untrue and unfair.
— The Nation (annoying auto start video ads)

Coffee sellers call for end to tariffs on Aussie beans
Thai manufacturers are urging the government to scrap the tariff quota system for imported coffee beans.
— Bangkok Post

Military ‘exposed in online poll fraud’
THE JUNTA could have shot itself in the foot after its online information operation (IO) targeting websites and social media was revealed, casting its credibility in a bad light, which could eventually lead the public to lose trust in the military government, analysts said yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying auto start video ads)

IEAT eyes development of two industrial estates
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) plans to form a partnership with two private companies to develop and operate two new industrial estates worth 9.83 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Kanchanaburi opens first cashless market
Kanchanaburi province has unveiled its first cashless market, fully implementing the electronic payment platform to help promote the government’s cashless society policy.

Property firms acquire land worth nearly Bt100 billion
Twelve listed property firms have announced investment budgets worth between Bt98.04 and Bt99.04 billion to acquire land to develop residential projects worth between Bt385.15 billion and Bt385.64 billion in the year 2018, according to a survey by The Nation.
— The Nation

Poor enforcement of labour law still harming fishing industry
INSUFFICIENT law enforcement remains a challenge in the Thai government’s efforts to combat the illegal fishery industry, which includes the practices of forced labour and human trafficking, according to a United States official.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Making sense of 2018’s head-scratching trends
The seemingly endless month of January is past, and the festive season’s good tidings and optimism have given way to the usual hard-bitten cynicism about the year ahead.
— Bangkok Post

Strict surrogacy law bans financial gain
Thai nationals eligible to apply for board approval for assisted pregnancies in cases related to medical conditions.
— The Nation

Wildlife corridor will boost ecology and economy, says Transport Minister
The secure wildlife crossing on Highway 304 Kabinburi-Paktongchai will definitely boost the ecology of the Dong Phrayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex World Heritage Site and also benefit commuters travelling between eastern and northeastern regions, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said yesterday during an inspection of the construction site before a mobile cabinet meeting in eastern provinces.

Mice expected to crack 30m with 2018 arrivals
Some 30.2 million people, both locals and foreigners, are expected to make business trips in Thailand this year, generating revenue of 174 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Government promotes digital technology for community development
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is promoting the use digital technology for the development of economy and society of all communities nationwide.

Thaicom abandons plans for Thaicom 9
Thailand’s Thaicom has abandoned plans to build a Thaicom 9 satellite due to an ongoing regulatory dispute and falling demand for transponder capacity.

Thailand, Laos discuss regional connectivity
A recent meeting between Thai and Lao officials in Champasak province agreed to push for regional connectivity and sustainable development.
— News Today (video)

Welfare card holders can now apply for career training
The government is inviting the poor and the country’s low-income earners who are registered in the welfare card scheme, to sign up for career training.
— News Today (video)

EGAT, PTT ink MoU on energy security
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and PTT Public Company Limited, a state-owned oil and gas company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve energy security in Thailand.
— News Today (video)

Khlong Prakaet reservoir construction over 87% completed
The construction of Khlong Prakaet reservoir is now more than 80 percent in progress and will be completed and ready to help fruit farmers this coming dry season.

Boat crew arrested after slashing tourist
Phuket Tourist Police and Thalang Police arrested a boat crew, 24 year old Thanakorn Sechana from Sakon Nakhon province, after he slashed a Ukrainian passenger with a knife yesterday (February 3).
— Phuket Gazette

DDPM coordinates with 8 southern provinces to brace for heavy rains
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has coordinated with eight southern provinces to brace for heavy rains expected today the next four days.


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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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