Thailand Morning News For January 5

Thailand Morning News For January 5
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Thailand morning newsRoad deaths at 423 after final day of NY holiday
The holiday season road death toll rose to 423 on Wednesday, the final day of the “seven dangerous days” of New Year travel, with Nakhon Ratchasima the province with the most deaths.
— Bangkok Post

GSB expects Thai economy in 2018 to expand by 4 6%
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) Research Center has forecast that the Thai economy in 2018 will expand by 4.6%.
— News Today (video)

Thai court jails blind woman for 1-1/2 years over royal insult
A Thai court on Thursday jailed a blind woman for 1-1/2 years for violating the country’s royal insult law, her lawyer and a court official said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Minimum wage expected to be hiked by more than Bt15, but nowhere near Bt600 request
The minimum wage looks set to rise by at least Bt15 per day starting at the end of this month.
— The Nation

Somkid moves to calm currency fears
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is playing down warnings from some foreign research houses that Thailand risks being added to the US Treasury’s watch list of potential currency manipulators, saying the government has no immediate plans to step in and curb the stronger baht.
— Bangkok Post

Junta’s popularity at lowest level since 2014 coup: survey
THE JUNTA’S popularity rating has touched the lowest level since it came to power following a military coup in May 2014, hitting lows seen by the civilian government that it overthrew, according to the results of the latest survey by security agencies.
— The Nation

December consumer confidence rises for fifth straight month
Thailand’s consumer confidence rose for a fifth straight month in December, lifted by a brighter economic outlook but low commodity prices were still a worry, a private survey showed on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Government extends tax exemption policy for new businesses to Dec 31, 2018
The Government has extended the tax exemption policy for new businesses until December 31st of this year.
— News Today (video)

Traffic authorities claim success as deaths down 11%
THE SEVEN-DAY road safety-monitoring period ended with what was considered a success as the accident count reduced by 2 per cent and the death rate decreased by 11.5 per cent.
— The Nation

PM not satisfied with NY road safety statistics
The Prime Minister has expressed dissatisfaction with the road safety situation during the recent New Year holiday, calling for all sides to boost safety measures throughout the year and for tighter adherence to traffic regulations.

Mekong River anti-narcotics drive affirmed
The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) will continue to work closely with narcotics suppression units of five countries along the Mekong River under the “Safe Mekong” project to fight illicit drugs threat in the sub-region.
— Bangkok Post

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.
— News Today (video)

CDC refutes reports of removal of state employment rights for “no-show” voters
The Constitutional Drafting Commission has dismissed reports that those who fail to cast a vote in future elections will lose the right to apply for jobs with the government.

A year of living dangerously in Thailand
They were supposed to be in power for the royal transition but they have stayed too long and now want to win an unavoidable election.
— Bangkok Post

Global push planned for Thai farm sector
THE NATIONAL Strategic Committee on Country Competitiveness aims to push Thailand to become a super power in the global agriculture market.
— The Nation

Kraburi coffee growers band together to cut costs
Ranong coffee growers have banded together to harvest crops, using the tradition of “Long KaK” to cut costs.

Tourists leave. Garbage problem stays
Tourists left behind more garbage at New Year holiday destinations this year, report tourism operators around Khao Lak and Hua Hin.
— Phuket Gazette

TAT launches Go Local project to spread benefits of tourism across local communities nationwide
The Royal Thai Government has approved a series of tax deduction measures to promote seminars, leisure travel and MICE events in 55 second-tier tourist provinces nationwide all through 2018.
— TAT News

Thai penis whitening fad drives social media nuts
A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.
— Channel NewsAsia

DSI and Thanachart Bank award quick thinking teller
The Deputy Director of Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has joined executives of Thanachart Bank to provide a plaque of honor to a quick thinking teller who helped a 74 year old woman to avoid being scammed out of her money.


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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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