Thailand Morning News For June 13

Thailand Morning News For June 13

Thailand morning newsBTS ‘months away’ from finalising joint investment in |high-speed airports rail link, with PTT possibly in the frame
BTS Group Holdings Plc expects to finalise within months a deal for joint investment in the high-speed train project that will connect the Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao international airports.
— The Nation

Rail link to Tak gets nod from cabinet
The cabinet accepted in principle Tuesday a proposal to construct a double-track railway linking Tak and Nakhon Phanom as part of the transport routes under the East-West Economic Corridor.
— Bangkok Post

Army to buy six new attack helicopters
The army has received approval to buy six new attack helicopters to replace existing Bell UH-1 Cobra helicopters which are due for decommissioning, Army Aviation Centre commander Maj Gen Veerayuth Inthavon said on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS

EC flags up ‘legal obstacles’ in calendar for next election
THE ELECTION Commission (EC) has prepared a calendar for the next election to be discussed with the government, according to the agency’s chief.
— The Nation

DGA rolls out two-year digital road map
The Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), formerly the Electronic Government Agency (EGA), has outlined a two-year road map to drive all state agencies toward digital governance by 2020.
— Bangkok Post

We want our homes back, not money, say Karen forest dwellers
KAREN FOREST dwellers have vowed to fight on for their right to return to their old homes in Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park, despite a court ruling yesterday.
— The Nation

“Rice spaghetti and nam pla” school director dismissed pending disciplinary probe
The school director in Surat Thani’s Tha Chana district who fed school children with rice spaghetti and nam pla (fish sauce) as their lunch has been temporarily dismissed from service pending a disciplinary investigation.
— Thai PBS

State agencies fall short on spending
State agencies doled out a mere 37.1% of the annual investment budget for the eight months through May, well below the full-year target of 87%, says a source at the Finance Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign owners of e-waste companies said by police to have broken the law
At least 11 operators of e-waste separation businesses in Thailand have committed several wrongdoings, Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Wirachai Songmetta disclosed yesterday.
— The Nation

Better migration systems can propel Thailand to grow faster
The minister of labor has highlighted the government’s efforts to provide better opportunities for migrant worker mobility at a World Bank conference. However, the recent World Bank report implies Thailand needs to work harder on the issue. Our correspondent has more details.
— News Today (video)

Thailand prepared to host 8th ACMECS Summit this week
Thailand has prepared to host he 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Leaders’ Summit this week, hoping participants will accept the ACMECS Master Plan for fostering connectivity.
— News Today (video)

Thailand ready to supply PH sugar requirements
Thailand, the world’s second largest sugar exporter, is hoping to bag most of the deals to supply the Philippines with cheaper, imported sugar.
— Manila Bulletin

Thailand asked to intervene in Angkor Wat branding case
Cambodia on Monday asked Thai authorities to intervene to halt sales of Thai rice products that use Angkor Wat in their branding.
— Khmer Times

SF budgets Bt700m for new cinemas, IT upgrade
SF CORPORATION Plc yesterday said it will invest Bt700 million this year to open six cinema complexes and upgrade the company’s IT system.
— The Nation

DIW promises action against illegal electronic waste facilities
The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has committed to better coordination with the Customs Department following the discovery of shipping containers transporting illegal electronic waste.
— News Today (video)

EDL-GEN appoints five banks as joint lead arrangers for debentures
Rattana Prathoumvan, centre, EDL-GEN’s managing director and CEO, and Dr Bounsalong Southidara, fourth left, deputy managing director (CFO), make a presentation on Tuesday at an institutional investors roadshow to detail the company’s plan to issue Bt17.5-billion debentures, which will be offered by the end of July.
— The Nation

K-Research: Foreigners key for hospitals
The Kasikorn Research Center forecasts that foreign patients will continue to be a key driver for the growth of the hospital business in Thailand this year.
–Bangkok Post

Cambodia court backs Donaco vs Thai trio on casino lease
A Cambodian court has acted to stop three Thai shareholders in casino operator Donaco International Ltd from ending the lease on the land occupied by its Star Vegas casino in Cambodia, the company has announced.
— GGRAsia

Fruit campaign in China yields more purchase orders
The Ministry of Commerce has revealed that Thai fruit has received more purchase orders from Chinese companies, further boosting confidence that Thai fruit exports will continue to grow.
— News Today (video)

TPIPP seeks new assets and licences
SET-listed TPI Polene Power Plc (TPIPP), a waste-to-energy power plant operator with the largest capacity in the Thai segment, plans to acquire new assets this year after licences for eight power plants…
— Bangkok Post

Community wastes to be turned into refuse-derived fuel
Thailand’s Pollution Control Department is set to turn community waste into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to make energy provision more sustainable.

SEC expects 5 ICOs in the pipeline once law enacted
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expects five initial coin offering (ICO) projects to register for fund-raising procedures after the organic law of the digital asset decree takes effect this month.
— Bangkok Post

Starbucks celebrates 20 years in Thailand with new flagship store, focus on coffee innovation
Starbucks on Tuesday celebrated 20 years of delivering the Starbucks Experience to customers throughout Thailand with its recently opened CentralWorld store – its largest outlet in Bangkok.
— The Nation

Singha Estate buys six Outrigger hotels
SET-listed property developer Singha Estate Plc yesterday announced the successful acquisition of six Outrigger-branded hotels.
— Bangkok Post

Thai ambassador talks migrant affairs
The Thai ambassador to Cambodia met with one of the country’s Deputy Prime Ministers on Monday to discuss the legalisation of about 300,000 migrant workers in Thailand.
— Khmer Times

Bangkok a cheap posting for expats, says Nestpick
Bangkok is ranked as the 62nd most expensive city to relocate to, says furnished apartment aggregator Nestpick.
— Bangkok Post

5th Bangkok International Digital Content Festival being held in Bangkok
The 5th Bangkok International Digital Content Festival is currently being held in Bangkok.
— News Today (video)

BAAC sets up B1.67bn in loans for withholding paddy
The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is offering 1.67 billion baht in soft loans to 10,000 farmers and agricultural institutes to build rice barns and delay paddy sales to stabilise rice prices.
— Bangkok Post


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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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