Thailand Morning News For March 14

Thailand Morning News For March 14

Thailand morning newsThailand to host ASEAN Summits next year
The Thai government has held a meeting to prepare for the hosting of two ASEAN Summits next year.
— News Today (video)

Thailand plans to draft a law to regulate cryptocurrencies: official
Thailand’s cabinet has agreed in principle that a law should be drafted for regulating digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, a government official said Tuesday.
— Reuters

Thai TV wins landmark licence case against NBTC
IN AN historic case, Thailand’s broadcast regulator was yesterday ordered to return seized bank guarantees worth almost Bt1.75 billion to Thai TV, the licensee of two digital television stations.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Thai Feb tourist arrivals jump 20 pct y/y – ministry
Thailand saw a 20 percent increase in foreign tourists in February from a year earlier, led by visitors from China, the government said on Monday.
— Reuters

Cabinet passes draft law on digital asset exchange
The Cabinet has given initial approval to a draft law governing digital asset businesses, aiming to protect people from fraud. Additional details of the law are expected to be announced next week.

Cabinet approves national reform plans
The weekly Cabinet meeting has resolved to approve national reform plans in 11 areas, to be implemented in tandem with the 20-year National Strategy.

New CIA chief ran Thailand’s secret waterboarding site
Gina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the US intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency’s black-site detention facilities.
— Bangkok Post

Constitution author warns new election delay possible
Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan has warned against the “collapse” of the roadmap to the February election if the controversy over two organic bills on electing MPs and selecting senators is not settled by the Constitutional Court.
— Bangkok Post

Startup to serve rural Thailand with satellite broadband
Thai startup mu Space Corp has entered agreements with SES Networks and Hughes Network Systems to provide satellite-based broadband access in rural Thailand.

Education Min improves internet access in schools
The Ministry of Education has improved Internet connectivity in schools nationwide to enhance students’ education and learning opportunities.
— News Today (video)

Foreign Trade Dept announces plans to expand border trade
The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) has announced plans to expand border trade by focusing more on CLMV countries, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. CLMV refers to the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Thai trade strong with ASEAN in 2017
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has reported Thai farm goods enjoyed a trade balance advantage in ASEAN of 200 billion baht in 2017, which should continue if the sector maintains its quality and trustworthiness this year.
— News Today (video)

Rabies prevention campaign launched nationwide
A campaign to prevent the spread of rabies has been launched in various provinces.
— News Today

Court orders NBTC to return bank guarantees worth 1.75 billion baht to Thai TV
Loss-ridden Thai TV company won a lawsuit against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission after the Administrative Court ordered the broadcasting regulator to return bank guarantees worth 1,750 million baht to the digital TV operator.
— Thai PBS

Govt confirms commitment to resolving IUU fishing
The Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs has confirmed that efforts to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand’s waters are ongoing, as the government remains committed to raising the standards of Thai fishing operations.
— News Today (video)

More than half of the 76 centres for the destitute were found to be plagued with graft
Anti-corruption officials have so far found evidence of corruption in 44 out of a total of 76 centres for the destitute after a nationwide investigation was launched on February 13 since the exposure of embezzlement at the Khon Kaen centre by a handful of student interns.
— Thai PBS

Ministry to consider tax deduction on travel expenses for older people to encourage tourism
The Ministry of Finance says it will propose tax deduction on travel expenses for the older people to encourage them to travel to boost tourism.
— Thai PBS

UNICEF praises Thailand’s financial aid scheme for newborns
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has thanked the Thai government for expanding financial aid to parents of older infants.
— News Today

Thailand’s secondary tourism destinations are focus of 2018
Thailand’s secondary tourism destinations will be the main focus of this year’s promotional efforts, according to the National Policy Committee for Tourism.
— News Today (video)

Court dismisses 40-million baht lawsuit against 222 Buri Ram farmers
The Nang Rong provincial court in Buri Ram province on Tuesday dismissed a 40 million baht lawsuit against 222 farmers by a fertilizer selling company on the ground that all the defendants have not signed any contract to buy fertilizer from the plaintiff.
— Thai PBS

More wastewater outlets flowing into sea at Krabi
Can we allow this wastewater to keep flowing into our beaches? Krabi video footage from Karl Vandenhove.
— Phuket Gazette (video)

GGGI to Assist Thailand to Close Financial Gaps for Green Growth
Thailand, a Member of GGGI, has set an ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 20-25% from the business-as-usual level by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. However, the country is faced with a bold challenge in securing resources for green growth and low-carbon investment.
— Inter Press Service

Thailand. DFT anticipates 9.5 million tons of rice exported throughout this year
The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) has expected some 9.5 million tons of rice to be exported to the world markets throughout this year.
— UkrAgro Consult

15 footballers, referee and financiers charged with match-fixing scam by police
Crime Suppression Division police decided on Tuesday to press charges against 15 individuals, including eight footballers, for alleged involvement in the match-fixing of Toyota Thai League soccer tournament 2017.
— Thai PBS

Pattaya City Hall gives over 1000 Motorcycle taxi drivers lessons and drug tests
In an effort to improve public safety Pattaya City Officials have started testing all the licensed motorbike drivers in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Motorway toll fees to be waived from April 11-18
The cabinet on Tuesday (Mar 13) decided to waive toll fees of motorways during April 11-18 to enable Songkran revelers to return to their home provinces or to tourist destinations to celebrate the Songkran festival.
— Thai PBS

Amazing Thailand Pavilion at ITB 2018 awarded 2nd Best Exhibitor
he Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Amazing Thailand Pavilion stand at the ITB 2018 in Berlin, Germany, has been awarded the 2nd Best Exhibitor among the top 10 from the Asia, Australia and Oceania region.
— TAT News

Supreme Court upholds compensation for Karens
The Supreme Administrative Court yesterday upheld the lower court’s ruling that ordered authorities to pay 10,000 baht in compensation to each of six Karen villagers for burning down their shelters while evicting them from Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park seven years ago.
— Bangkok Post


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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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