Thailand Morning News For June 27

Thailand Morning News For June 27

Thailand morning newsDrones & Robots Join Search For Thai Teens Believed Trapped in Flooded Cave (HD video)
A desperate search and rescue operation is currently underway for 12 teenage members of a rural Thai football team believed trapped by rising flood waters in a cave in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand.
— AEC News Today (video)

Alien workers have 5 days left to register at OSS center
The Yala Office of the Department of Employment has urged migrant workers in Yala to register and have their nationalities verified by the end of this month.

FTI calls on government to maintain 80% tariff on imported cars
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) yesterday called on the government to maintain tariff on imported cars at 80% to protect local auto industry.
— Thai PBS

PM’s EU visit ‘spurs investor interest’
ENTHUSIASM for investment in Thailand from Britain and France is high after the leaders of the two countries that hosted a visit by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed their interest in the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said.
— The Nation

Search operations continue throughout the night non-stop
Search and rescue operations continue throughout the night as rescue teams race against time to reach the 13 trapped footballers and coach who are still missing since they went into the cave on Saturday.
— Thai PBS

NBTC steps in to tackle Skytrain automated operation system problem
THE NATIONAL Broadcasting and Telecom Commission (NBTC) will today step in to help solve the radio frequency interference problem that has hit Bangkok’s Skytrain service, causing a commuter nightmare for two consecutive days this week.
— The Nation

Thailand expands ties with Israel through UAV acquisition
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has taken delivery of four Hermes 450 long-endurance tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel’s Elbit Systems, further strengthening Thailand-Israel defence ties.
— Janes

Ex-Pheu Thai MP Arisman indicted on corruption charge
Former Pheu Thai list MP Arisman Pongruangrong was among five defendants indicted at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions by the public prosecutor on Tuesday for involvement in alleged corruption in the Ban Uah Arthorn housing project of the National Housing Authority.
— Thai PBS

Department of Foreign Trade confident trade growth will reach 1 5 trillion baht target
Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) chief has revealed that border trade during the first five months of the year grew by 6.4%. He expressed confidence that total trade growth this year will reach its target of 15% at 1.5 trillion baht.
— News Today (video)

Foreign Minister Kang to visit Thailand next week
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will visit Thailand next week as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral ties and promote Seoul’s diplomatic drive to deepen engagement with Southeast Asia, her office said Tuesday.
— The Korea Herald

Harley Davidson’s new Thailand plant comes at the right moment
Harley Davidson, the US motorcycle maker which will open a new plant in Thailand later this year, retrospectively has made the right decision at the right time.
— Investvine

Airbus to provide an end-to-end Geo-Information system to Thailand
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA) has selected Airbus as a partner for its next-generation national geo-information system.
— Geospatial World

Chiang Mai: Axe-wielding monk attacks abbot and nun at temple
A small quarrel has led to an abbot being attacked by a monk with an axe in Mae Rim, north-west of Chiang Mai city.
— The Thaiger

400 e-waste containers abandoned at ports
ABOUT 400 cargo containers full of electronic waste, plastic scrap and discarded metal have been left unclaimed at Thailand’s two major ports as authorities crack down on illegal e-waste handling.
— The Nation

Phone firms ‘not blighting’ BTS system
State-owned telecommunications company TOT’s 2300-megahertz spectrum is not responsible for interfering with the signalling system of the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), according to an initial report by the telecom regulator Tuesday evening.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Bans Infant Formula Advertising to Encourage Breastfeeding
To meet international recommendations for breastfeeding, Thailand’s Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act bans manufacturers, importers and distributors from marketing and advertising breastmilk substitutes (e.g. infant formula) and complementary foods for infants
— Hunter College New York (report)

Stateless Muslim migrants caught in Thai registration trap
Muslim minorities from Myanmar who move to Thailand for work are facing severe problems because they must identify their nationality to register as migrants, says a report launched by the NGO-based Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN).
— The Nation

Thailand Ranked as Worst Country for Vapers
This year’s Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) has attracted 500 delegates from 60 countries. Members of the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations in attendance, were each allowed to nominate up to five countries in the worst category and five in the best, from a list of the world’s 100 most populated countries.
— VapingPost

Thailand set to fast-track Riviera Project to promote coastal provinces
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will spearhead the marketing push of the area with the focus on generating tourism revenue for the residents, communities and local businesses in four coastal provinces also known as the “Thailand Riviera.”
— TAT News

Scania total solutions paving the way for an exciting future in Thailand
Scania has forecast 650 trucks to be delivered this year, a close to 40 per cent increase compared to 2017, according to its press statement.
— The Nation

Govt will establish standards for Thai cooks
The Ministry of Labor is preparing to establish standards of competency for Thai cooks by next year, as part of its plan to accredit Thai cooks working abroad.

Recycling of plastic, e-waste faces ban
The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has promised to ban local factories from recycling plastic and electronic waste.
— Bangkok Post

Rice from Vietnam and Thailand now available in markets —NFA
Officials of the National Food Authority (NFA) inspected markets in Quezon City on Tuesday to see if rice imported from Thailand and Vietnam has reached the stores.
— GMA News Online

Narcotics incinerated to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has incinerated 6,322 kilograms of seized narcotics, worth over 13.697 billion baht, to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse.

Drafted bill on land tax to proceed on schedule
The government did not have a plan to postpone the legal enforcement of the drafted bill on land and building taxes, said Wisudhi Srisuphan, deputy minister of finance.
— The Nation

KBank’s plan for agencies heading to BOT soon
A PLAN by Kasikornbank (KBank) to have petrol stations and mini marts serve as banking agents will be submitted to the Bank of Thailand (BOT) by the end of this month.
— The Nation

10 global food and beverage trends transforming the Thai market
10 food and beverage trends around the world have already trickled into the Thai market in 2018, and are starting to shape the ‘next generation’ of consumer demands.
— Foodnavigator Asia

Telit Expands APAC Market Leadership with Thailand Regulatory Approval of the NE866B1-E1 NB-IoT Module
Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the Telit NE866B1-E1 module for use in the country.
AEC News Today / PR Newswire

DTAC keen on bidding for 900MHz
TOTAL Access Communication (DTAC) yesterday informed the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) its interest in bidding for a 900MHz licence, NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said.
— The Nation

Phuket among top ten leisure destinations
Mastercard has announced the top cities where people go play with Phuket ranked among the top 10 leisure destination in Global Destination Cities Index: Play”Application toolbar.
— The Nation


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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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