Thailand Morning News For June 14

Thailand Morning News For June 14

Thailand morning newsThailand’s 10th rabies victim dies in Rayong
A 10th person has died from Rabies in Rayong according to the Disease Control Department director-general Suwanchai Watanayingcharoenchai today (Wednesday).
— The Thaiger

Foxconn keen on EEC
Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, a Taiwan-based global manufacturer of computers, communication devices and consumer gadgets, is eager to invest in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Thailand, China progress plans to establish joint industrial facility
Thailand and China have progressed plans to set up a jointly run defence industrial facility in the Southeast Asian country that will be focused on supporting Chinese land systems operated by the Royal Thai Army (RTA).
— Janes

B35m digital fund for SMEs
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) is allocating 35 million baht for a digital transformation fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) embrace digital technology.
— Bangkok Post

What Does Thailand’s 2019 Defense Budget Mean?
Last week, the Thai government announced new defense budget figures for the 2019 fiscal year.
— The Diplomat

Key state bodies to meet on legal hurdles to election
A KEY meeting today to discuss legal problems on the path to the next election may not lead to concrete resolutions, as the participants are not decision-makers, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday.
— The Nation

NLA to consider draft 20-year national strategy Friday
The draft 20-year national strategy will be tabled for deliberation in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said on Wednesday.
— ThaiPBS

TCAS: A practical lesson in flawed implementation
USED FOR the first time this year, the Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS) is proving great in theory but flawed in practice.
— The Nation

Bt88m seized from ex-officials of destitute fund
THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Office (AMLO) has seized 41 assets worth Bt88 million from three former senior officials at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry and nine alleged accomplices as part of the probe into the misappropriation of allowances and related irregularities at protection centres for the destitute.
— The Nation

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.

Govt ups efforts to nab ‘fake news’ spreaders
The authorities are stepping up a crackdown on false and misleading information targeting the government which is spreading quickly via social media platforms.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Office of Industrial Economics encourages technology uptake to improve productivity
The Office of Industrial Economics (OIE) is collaborating with the private sector on a project to encourage businesses to embrace the latest manufacturing technologies, in order to cut costs and improve productivity.

88 million baht worth of assets of 3 officials and accomplices to be seized over corruption
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will confiscate the assets of three former top officials of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and 12 other accomplices worth 88 million baht for corruption in the state funds for the destitute.
— Thai PBS

Bangkok enters list of 100 most expensive cities in the world
As cost of living in Thailand is on the rise and the baht remains strong, Bangkok has now entered the global top 100 most expensive cities to live for the first time, according to the latest cost of living survey 2018 by London-based business intelligence firm ECA International .
— Investvine

Imports of electronic and plastic waste surge in 2018
Mountains of electronic and plastic waste are stacking up rapidly in Thailand after China banned the import of such trash last year, say a senior official at the Customs Department.
— Bangkok Post

Robotics, SI sector back procurement
Local robotics and system integrator (SI) producers are calling for the Industry Ministry’s robotics cluster committee to propose the government add a procurement rule for its agencies to purchase Thai-made robotics and SI products to beef up local demand and attract further investment.
— Bangkok Post

Exclusive: Shocking photos of Pattaya city using long closed landfill site that runs directly into main public water reservoir
The following is a reader submission/editorial who lives near the site in question. The text and pictures are credit a private anonymous concerned citizen and not the official opinion or property of The Pattaya News.
— The Pattaya News

Office of Industrial Economics encourages technology uptake to improve productivity
The Office of Industrial Economics (OIE) is collaborating with the private sector on a project to encourage businesses to embrace the latest manufacturing technologies, in order to cut costs and improve productivity.

Thailand highlights “5-D reasons for celebrating weddings and honeymoons” in the Kingdom
In a media briefing on the opening day of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2018, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for the Marketing Communications, identified these 5-D reasons as follows:
— TAT News

TTTC expects 30% revenue contribution from non-automotive business in 5 years
TOYOTA TSUSHO (Thailand) or TTTC, a trading house in the kingdom, has adjusted its business strategy, focusing on contribution from non-automotive products in its trading activities.
— The Nation

Nakhon Phanom immigration chief shunted over ex-monk escape
The immigration chief of this northeastern province has been moved to a regional office and is facing a probe after his subordinates allowed a former senior monk wanted in connection with a temple fund scandal to flee the country.
— Bangkok Post

Carabao chases lead in energy drinks
CARABAO has set its sights on becoming the No 1 player in Thailand’s Bt32 billion energy drink market within two to three years under a target to increase its market share from the current 26 per cent to 35 per cent.
— The Nation

KBank upping franchise loans
Kasikornbank (KBank), the country’s third-largest lender by assets, aims for 20% growth in new franchise loans this year, says a senior official at the bank.
— Bangkok Post

Monkeys pay price for rubbing Phuket residents the wrong way
AS PART of an attempt to solve the serious problem of overcrowding of monkeys and macaques, Phuket will, today and tomorrow, start mass sterilisation on dozens of wild monkeys and macaques that were caught earlier this week.
— The Nation


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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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