Thailand morning news for July 30

Thailand morning news for July 30
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Thailand morning newsBoT: E-payment climb hastening
Thailand’s average digital payment transactions are expected to triple to 150 transactions per person per year sooner than previously forecast, thanks to a series of launches of digital banking services.
— Bangkok Post

Fishermen threaten strike
The commercial fishing sector has renewed its call for the government to bypass the lengthy hiring process for migrant workers or face a strike.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ranked 44th on Global Innovation Index 2018
Thailand has moved up seven places in the Global Innovation Index 2018 rankings, now standing at number 44.
— News Today (video)

Six arrested for digital currency fraud
A man and five women have been arrested on fraud charges for allegedly tricking people into investing in cryptocurrencies, promising high returns and then failing to make payments.
— Bangkok Post

Election campaigns to be allowed after promulgation of election laws
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will revoke its ban on political activities after the enforcement of the last two organic election bills.

Phuket Law: Royal Decree blows work permits wide open
Last month in part one on our series on Thailand’s new foreign labour law we explained that the new law allows foreigners to work without a work permit in some limited but significant circumstances.
— The Phuket News

GH Bank targets digital service overhaul
Inspired by Scandinavia’s cashless society push, state-owned GH Bank has set its sights on becoming a digital services bank by jump-starting its mobile app and QR code payment service.
— Bangkok Post

Landslides in northern Thailand kill seven; houses, roads damaged
Landslides in northern Thailand, triggered by days of heavy downpours, killed seven people on Saturday and left one missing, an official said.
— Reuters

Thai provinces accepting donations for victims of Laos dam collapse
Several provinces across Thailand are accepting donations for the victims of a disaster that was triggered by the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy Dam in the Lao PDR’s Attapeu province.
— News Today (video)

App launched to prevent, eliminate counterfeit banknotes
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has launched Thai Banknotes App to prevent and eliminate counterfeit banknotes.
— Pattaya Mail

Commerce Ministry eyes Russian fruit market
The Ministry of Commerce says that various types of tropical fruit are becoming more and more popular among Russian consumers whose purchasing power is increasing.
— News Today (video)

River provinces warned of likely floods
Provinces along the Mekong River have been warned of possible flooding due to the rapidly rising water level of the river.
— Bangkok Post

Laos accelerating aid to victims of dam collapse
Laos is now accelerating its distribution of aid to victims of the recent dam collapse this past week, as officials scramble to search for those still missing.
— News Today (video)

Indonesian rescue workers meet 4 groups of Thai tourists
Indonesian rescue workers have reached Thai tourists trapped at four locations around Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok island, according to a report from the Thai Embassy in Jakarta.
— Thai PBS

Thai Hajj pilgrims visit Islamic historical sites in Makkah
Thai Hajj pilgrims have a chance to visit important Islamic historical sites in Makkah under the Thai government project.

Pattaya taxi drivers fined 1,000 baht for not turning on their meter, again
Manager Online is reporting that ‘many’ Pattaya taxi drivers have been stopped in a crackdown on the non use of meters outside Central Festival. The crackdown was to be in force over the four day long weekend.
— The Thaiger

BoT issues new banknotes in celebration of HM the King’s birthday
The Bank of Thailand on Saturday issued the new 500 and 1,000 baht banknotes depicting His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

Phuket crocodile finally caught after 12-day search
Officials have finally caught a crocodile that was first spotted in the open sea in Phuket over a week ago.

Pattaya City Police arrests nearly 100 teenage motorbike racers, confiscates bikes
On the early morning hours of July 29th, 2018, at roughly 1:30AM right after the religious holidays have ended, Lt. Gen. Nantachat Supamongkol, Chonburi Police Chief and his team responded to complaints from concerned citizens of large “gangs” of teenagers racing loud and large bikes at high speeds dangerously through the streets of Jomtien at various locations.
— The Pattaya News

Truck taking Thai aid to Laos plummets off cliff
A man was killed and two others were injured as their six-wheeled truck delivering donated supplies from Thailand plunged into a river Sunday on the way to help flood victims in Attapeu, Laos.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya testing speed-trap cameras
Pattaya has begun testing speed-trap cameras on city streets.
— Pattaya Mail


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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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