Thailand Morning News For June 5

Thailand Morning News For June 5

Thailand morning newsSecond pilot whale dies with 8 kgs of plastic bags in its stomach
The second pilot whale has succumbed to its death after it was kept for treatment and observation for four days by a team of veterinarians and villagers who tried their best to save its life.
— Thai PBS

Thai rice exports on their way to the 10m-ton mark
Thailand upwardly revised its 2018 rice export target to 10 million tons, from the previous forecast of 9.5 million tons, after exports of the grain for the first four months of this year performed better than expected, according to the Thai Rice Exporters Association.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

FPO: Growth risks waning, prospects up
Risks to economic growth, including oil prices and a potential global trade war have subsided, making the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) optimistic for this year.
— Bangkok Post

75% foreign cap mulled for port
LEAM CHABANG Port officials have conducted a feasibility study on setting the level of foreign investment in the development of Phase 3 of the deep-sea port at 75 per cent – the same level as that for the the high-speed train project linking the Don Meuang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports.
— The Nation

Thailand plans regional infrastructure fund to reduce China dependence
Thailand is taking the lead in creating a regional fund with its neighbors, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, to back infrastructure and other development projects and to lessen reliance on Chinese investment.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Banks can sell products via telephone, post offices
The Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) is allowing financial institutions to sell insurance products via telesales and post offices, aiming to expand insurance penetration in rural provinces.
— Bangkok Post

Police to set up technology crime suppression center
The Royal Thai Police will set up a technology crime suppression center to deal with call center scams.

Bangkokians asked: how are you helping to cut plastic use?
As the globe prepared to celebrate World Environment Day, The Nation took to the streets to interview Bangkok residents about what they’re doing to help protect their planet.
— The Nation

Getting Old Gracefully: New retirement regime for Thai private sector employees
As Thailand gradually transforms into an ageing society, the potential economic and social burden of retiring workers is one issue that is likely to be on the minds of many employees, employers, and policymakers.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Wissanu brushes aside calls for invocation of Article 44 to prepare for election
The deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has brushed aside calls for the invocation of Article 44 to prepare the country for the general election.

Power capacity reserve to be raised
Thailand’s 15% electricity generation capacity reserve will be increased following a recent power outage in the Northeast, says Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan.
— Bangkok Post

Office of the Education Council holds seminar on education reform
The Deputy Education Minister says that successful education needs assistance from all sides. He was speaking during a seminar held by the Office of the Education Council (ONEC) at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province.

Poisonous electronic waste being processed in secret: Ministry
THE INDUSTRY Ministry has suspended import licences of four companies found sending electronic waste to other factories that have no permission to handle the toxic material.
— The Nation

Mitsubishi applies for BoI’s frozen EV programme
Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is the eighth car manufacturer to join the Board of Investment’s (BoI) electric vehicle (EV) scheme, even though the BoI has frozen applications after awarding only one permit to Toyota since mid-2017.
— Bangkok Post

BGRIM brings Rayong power plant onstream
B.Grimm Power Plc (BGRIM) has successfully started the commercial operation of its latest power plant in Rayong, raising its combined generating portfolio to date to 1,912 megawatts.

People who helped monk flee to Germany to be charged
Five civilians and possibly a monk face police charges of helping the former assistant abbot of Wat Samphanthawong escape arrest for alleged temple funds embezzlement and flee to Germany.
— Bangkok Post

Aviation agency remains wary of airport privatisation
Partial or full privatisation is not an ideal way to make airports efficient and cheap for airlines or consumers, despite Asian airports dominating this year’s world ranking of the top six, says analysts…
— Bangkok Post

TrueMoney to adopt Red Hat solutions
True Corporation spin-off Ascend Money has engaged Red Hat technologies to help enable and accelerate electronic payments across Thailand and the wider Southeast Asia region.

Nakhon Phanom eyed as new tourism hub
The Tourism and Sports Ministry and the six nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are teaming up to push Nakhon Phanom province as a new hub of tourism and trade for the region.
— Bangkok Post

Police close down online soccer gambling sites
The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has conducted a raid on a gambling den operating an illegal online soccer gambling site in Bangkok.

Final edible stock sale okayed
The government has approved the sale of the final edible-grade rice stocks totalling 43,700 tonnes with a value of 534 million baht to nine bidders after postponing the auction for almost a year.
— Bangkok Post

Dead whale spotlights Thailand’s losing battle against plastic
A pilot whale that died after ingesting rubbish has highlighted Thailand’s losing battle against plastic, said conservationists who called for urgent measures to cut back on pollution that also worsens urban flooding.
— Reuters

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry campaigns against plastic use to mark World Environment Day
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has urged all sectors to reduce the use of plastic on the occasion of World Environment Day. The ministry has also called on state agencies to use less plastic and Styrofoam in their offices.

ACMECS to be hosted in Thailand June 14-16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the third Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) will open officially on June 15.

Four more Andaman islands close for R&R this year
Four Trang islands have been closed to tourists for four months to allow time for their ecosystems to rehabilitate.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

Government vows to bring online saboteurs to justice
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed relevant agencies to make an all-out effort to promote a correct understanding of the government’s mission and aims.
— News Today (video)

Rice Dept promotes new technologies in rice production
June 5 each year marks National Rice and Farmer’s Day. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, through the Rice Department, has organized this year’s activity to impart technologies in rice production to raise incomes for farmers.

Tapping into uncertainty: Thailand’s rubber crisis leaves farmers in limbo
After nearly two decades of stable work, 40-year-old rubber tapper Sa-ari Buraheng is finding his future uncertain.
— Mekong Commons

SET offers finance e-learning course to 101 universities
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has provided an e-learning course to 101 universities for students to gain knowledge about capital markets.

Thai PBS’s exposure of school lunch fund thievery
In the course of my three plus years of covering the Akara Resources Public Company’s Chatree gold mine operations in the lower northern province of Phichit,
— Thai PBS

Thai Taste Festival for tourists and tummies
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is bringing together 134 restaurants and street-food vendors for the Amazing Thai Taste Festival from June 8 to 10 in Bangkok’s Siam Square
— The Nation

Rice Dept promotes new technologies in rice production
June 5 each year marks National Rice and Farmer’s Day. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, through the Rice Department, has organized this year’s activity to impart technologies in rice production to raise incomes for farmers.

International Fireworks Festival Next weekend, June 8th and 9th
The Pattaya International Fireworks Festival returns this month, exploding in the summer for the first time on June 8th and 9th!
— The Pattaya News

“Five Coloured” stone beach : The Wonder of Petra Island
Besides the crystal clear water and white sand, the Petra Island of the Petra Islands marine park in the southern-most province of Satun boasts a unique colourful stone beach filled with pebbles of diverse colours – hence its fitting name the “Five Coloured” stone beach.
— Thai PBS


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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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