Thailand Morning News For January 31

Thailand Morning News For January 31

Thailand morning newsThai PM calls for a little more time in office to prepare for vote
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he needed a little more time in office to prepare the country for a general election, just days after his deputy said a vote planned for this year could be delayed.
— Reuters

PM denies attempt to put off election date
The Prime Minister has confirmed that the government is adhering to the national reform roadmap and is never intent on postponing the general election.
— News Today (video)

AMLO orders that cryptocurrency deals must be reported to curb criminals’ money laundering
THE GOVERNMENT will step up surveillance of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by requiring digital currency exchangers to report their transactions to the country’s anti-money laundering agency.
— The Nation

PM admits his government’s declining popularity
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (Jan 30) admitted the decline in the popularity of his government and the National Council for Peace and Order, but argued that it was the same with any governments in their final year in the office.
— Thai PBS

Thai junta charges activists for protesting at poll delay
The Thai junta has filed charges against seven pro-democracy activists who led a 100-strong rally calling for elections, authorities said on Tuesday (Jan 30), as the regime seeks to smother dissent over its latest poll postponement.
— Channel NewsAsia/ AFP

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BOT warns institutions allowing baht speculation
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has issued a warning to financial institutions in Thailand to cease transactions that may counter measures to prevent speculation on the baht.
— The Nation

Cabinet gives nod to new minimum wages and measures to assist SMEs
The cabinet on Tuesday (Jan 30) endorsed the National Minimum Wage Committee’s proposed increase in minimum wages by 5-22 baht to 308-330 baht to be effective as of April 1 in 77 provinces throughout the country.
— Thai PBS

Acquittal of fishing boat captain angers human rights campaigners
THE HUMAN Rights and Development Foundation has pledged to appeal against a court decision to acquit fishing trawler captain Prawit Kimsai over the enslavement of 15 migrants from Myanmar.
— The Nation

6 trafficking convicts lose court appeal
The convictions of a former president of Trang’s Fisheries Association and five others for conspiring to commit human trafficking crimes against 15 victims were upheld by the Appeal Court in the province Tuesday, though their jail terms were cut to 10 years.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Ambassador to India outlines opportunities for relations
The Thai Ambassador to New Delhi of India has outlined opportunities for the Thai tourism sector due to ASEAN’s strong relationship with India.
— News Today (video)

DTAC to go digital with workforce culling
Total Access Communication (DTAC), the latest in a growing list of companies seeking to capitalise on digital transformation, will slash its workforce by 1,000 employees this year in an effort to increase earnings.
— Bangkok Post

DSI officials to look into debt dispute between ethanol firm and sugarcane farmers
Officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) are looking into complaints from 53 sugarcane farmers that they were duped to sign contracts with an ethanol company which cause them to end up owing 1.3 billion baht with the firm.
— Thai PBS

PM suspends Thepha coal-fired power plant project
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (Jan 30) that he had ordered the Energy Ministry to suspend the controversial coal-fired power project in Thepha district of Songkhla and to search for alternative energy sources after the project was met with stiff resistance from local residents.
— Thai PBS

Kaidee boasts 35m Thai users, transactions worth Bt100bn via its platform
Kaidee, Thailand’s biggest online market place, announced on Tuesday that more than 35 million Thai users had visited the platform.
— The Nation

DSD to offer fund for skills development at private firms
The Department of Skill Development (DSD) is encouraging business owners to borrow a fund from the government on purpose of training their employees.

Jay Mart says ICO will go on
SET-listed mobile distributor Jay Mart insists that it will move ahead with selling its JFin digital currency through an initial coin offering (ICO) as scheduled, with company officials voicing confidence that the plan will comply with soon-to-be-launched regulations.
— Bangkok Post

Industry Min to provide support to SMEs
The Ministry of Industry has prepared to assist SMEs by focusing on communities and addressed effects from the minimum wage hike by saying it must wait for a final Cabinet conclusion.
— News Today (video)

SME Bank to lend 78 billion baht in loans to small businesses
The state-owned Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank (SME Bank) has allocated a total of 78 billion baht in loans for SMEs affected by a minimum wage increase.

Ombudsman follows up on overpriced products at airport
Ombudsman-General Gen. Withawat Rachatanan has inspected product prices at Don Mueang Airport and found that some of the products are more expensive than the prices stated in the airport’s contracts with shops.
— News Today (video)

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Tax cuts provided for private donations to govt’s innovation funds
The cabinet has approved tax cuts for private donations to the government’s innovation funds until 31 December 2019.

AOT to open auction for new duty-free shop at Suvarnabhumi airport
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) will open an auction to find a new duty- free shop at Suvarnabhumi airport within this year, replacing King Power whose contract will expire in 2020.

Phuket hosts Thai, Indian navy emergency exercises
The Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command carried out a series of emergency exercises with their counterparts from the Indian Navy off Cape Panwa yesterday (Jan 29), including an armed boarding sortie and a sea rescue.
— News Today (video)

Judges announce TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 Competition
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to announce its talented team of expert judges for the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition, under the theme of ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept.
— TAT 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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