Thailand Morning News For January 4

Thailand Morning News For January 4

Thailand morning newsThis may be as good as it gets for Thailand
Thailand’s military government can look to 2017 for the economy’s best performance in five years but the strength of the recovery is expected to wane.
— The Malaysia Reserve

BOT to implement loose monetary policy throughout 2018
The Bank of Thailand plans no change in its monetary policy implementation this year.
— News Today (video)

Cabinet OKs housing projects for low-income earners in 8 provinces
The Cabinet on Wednesday (Jan 3) approved housing projects for low-income earners in eight provinces so they will be able to have their own homes at a cost of 2,000 baht instalment payment per month.
— Thai PBS

TAT unveils “Anyone Can Travel in Thailand” for welfare card holders
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined hands with four government agencies to organize “Anyone Can Travel in Thailand” project for state-sponsored welfare card holders.

Prayut ‘no longer a soldier’
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared openly for the first time Wednesday that he is no longer a soldier and is a politician, though he said he felt compelled to become premier out of a sense of responsibility.
— Bangkok Post

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Drunk driving cases clog courts
MOST CONVICTS put on probation by courts between last Thursday and this Tuesday were punished for drunk driving.
— The Nation

Cabinet resolves to extend verification of foreign workers’ nationality until June 30
The Cabinet has resolved to extend the deadline of nationality verification for foreign workers by three months.

Department of Airports launches 10 year plan to increase air traffic capacity
The Department of Airports has launched a 10-year plan to increase the capacity of its airports, following anticipation of tourism growth as well as the lifting of restrictions imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
— News Today (video)

India, Myanmar, Thailand negotiating motor vehicles pact
The government of India is implementing two projects as part of Trilateral Highway between India, Myanmar and Thailand, parliament was informed on Wednesday.
— Governance Now

PM promises speedy development of smart cities in 2018
The Prime Minister has vowed that the government will continuously push forward its various projects, especially the development of smart cities in 2018.
— News Today (video)

Thailand donates $200,000 to aid Rohingya refugees
The Royal Thai Government has donated $200,000 for the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for safety in Bangladesh.
— Dhaka Tribune

Tax loopholes closing on transfers of assets and profits
THE Cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill aimed at preventing the transfer of assets and profits for the purpose of avoiding tax liabilities.
— The Nation

Cabinet approves draft regulation on motorway toll collection
The Cabinet has granted approval to a draft regulation concerning the collection of tolls on the Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya Motorway.

Bhiraj REIT to raise up to $159m; Asia Biomass files for IPO
Bhiraj Office REIT has announced its trust units’ price at 10 baht each to mobilise up to $159 million. Asia Biomass is to sell 25 per cent of its registered capital via IPO.
— Deal Street Asia

Disabled foreigners to get tax break
The cabinet has approved in principle a draft ministerial regulation that will grant tax exemptions for non-Thai taxpayers with disabilities, worth up to 190,000 baht in their personal income tax assessment.
— Bangkok Post

Government to provide free high speed internet for 3 years in 3,920 villages
The government is planning to provide free high-speed internet in 3,920 villages across the country for three years, starting on August 1st.
— News Today (video)

PM Prayut denies NCPO’s alleged attempt to delay election
The Prime Minister has denied claims that the National Council for Peace and Order has been attempting to delay the planned general election.

Democrat, Pheu Thai to ask Charter Court to rule on the legitimacy of junta’s order
The Democrat and Pheu Thai parties will separately ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the legitimacy of an order of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to amend the Political Parties Act B.E. 2560.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry unveils goals for 2018
The Ministry of Commerce has announced its goals for 2018, focusing on mobilizing urgent policies to boost the economy and reduce the cost of living.
— News Today (video)

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Inflation edges up 0.66% in 2017
The Ministry of Commerce has indicated that inflation in December 2017 decreased from the previous month but the annual average was 0.66 percent higher year-on-year.

PM urges media to help promote reconciliation in 2018
The Prime Minister has called on members of the press to help promote national reconciliation in the hope of creating happiness in the New Year.
— News Today (video)

Drones to be registered by 9 January or owners face legal penalty: NBTC
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has reminded drone owners to have their aerial devices registered by 9 January, after which the use of unregistered drones will result in a maximum of five years in prison.


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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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