Thailand Morning News For March 23

Thailand Morning News For March 23
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EJF praises Thailand’s crackdown on illegal fishing
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has welcomed executive director of the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Steeve Trent who is on a visit to the country to observe and discuss the progress of the government’s crackdown on illegal fishing.

Thai-Chinese rail project falls in price
Nakhon Ratchasima: A 3.5-kilometre pilot stretch of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway in this northeastern province will be 9% cheaper than its initial valuation of 398 million baht, said Thanin Somboon, chief of the Department of Highways (DOH).
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok and its vicinity step up anti-rabies efforts
Local authorities in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are working together to strengthen their efforts to contain the rabies virus.

Phnom Penh, Bangkok agree to exchange fugitives
After Bangkok deported a prominent Cambodian activist, Phnom Penh has agreed to help Thailand in hunting for Thai fugitives.
— Prachatai English

February sees 61,000 more unemployed
Thailand’s unemployment rose by 61,000 jobless workers in February from a year earlier, with bachelor’s degree holders maintaining the highest unemployment rate, according to the latest survey.
— Bangkok Post

PM denies political campaign as junta proposed as ‘model of democracy’
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday insisted the junta government was not using the much-hyped Thai Niyom Yangyuen scheme to campaign ahead of the next general election.
— The Nation

Free tuberculosis screening tests at Suvarnabhumi Airport
The Department of Disease Control has cooperated with Suvarnabhumi Airport to offer free tuberculosis screening tests to public transport drivers and people at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Passage for Bt150 bn supplemetary budget
The National Legislative Assembly yesterday approved a Bt150 billion supplementary mid-year budget for the current fiscal year (October 2017-September 2018) to further stimulate the economy.
— The Nation

Thailand keen to register illegal migrant workers on time
The Thai government is eager to have around two million illegal migrant workers, most of them from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, registered by a deadline of the end of this March before European Commission inspectors arrive on April 4 to check whether the EU should impose economic sanctions on Thailand due to cases of exploitation, underage and forced labour of unregistered workers.
— Investvine

Shopping points to offer VAT refunds
The Revenue Department will allow five department stores to offer value-added tax (VAT) refund services for foreign tourists as a pilot project, a move meant to offer convenience to international shoppers and encourage spending.
— Bangkok Post

Premchai to face new charge of causing ecological damage
The Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division is gathering evidence to initiate civil suit against Italian-Thai Development boss Premchai Karnasuta and his poaching team for allegedly causing ecological damage to Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary.
— Thai PBS

Thailand, Cambodia agree to heighten relations
The Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) has commended the two countries’ close relations and agreed to avoid border trespass.
— News Today (video)

‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ says Prawit about his watches
Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Thursday that he has not yet done anything wrong in regard to his possession of the luxury watches.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

2018 auto parts expo to kick off next month
Thailand Auto Part & Accessories Expo 2018 (TAPA 2018) will take place next month, showcasing new products and hosting business negotiations, with auto parts export estimate this year expected to grow at six percent.

Livestock Dept explains pet registration, reports on rabies situation
The Livestock Department has confirmed that pets may have to be registered in the near future to better combat rabies but dismissed rumors that a tax would be imposed.

Line backs startup push with $10m
MESSAGING service operator Line is putting US$10 million into a project that will help nurture startup ventures on the widely used platform.
— The Nation

Land Transport Department to stop registering new double-decker buses
The Land Transport Department will stop accepting new registration of double-decker buses because they are more vulnerable to road accidents than ordinary buses, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Thursday (March 22).
— Thai PBS

Traders take cue from Fed rate rise to push baht, stocks higher
INVESTORS pushed the baht and Thai shares higher in response to a widely expected rise in the US Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rate, though stocks failed to hold on to their gains by the close yesterday.
— The Nation

A court official claims no order to suspend construction of judges’ housing project
Construction of the housing project for judges at the foot of Doi Suthep in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai is going on as usual despite an order from Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart to put the project on hold pending further examination of the project.
— Thai PBS

PM welcomes Cambodian DPM on visit to Thailand
The Prime Minister received Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, discussing cooperation for the peace and happiness of the people of both countries.
— News Today (video)

Business Development Dept launches training program for local shops
The Department of Business Development is inviting local merchants to take part in its management program, training participants in the use of technology to strengthen their businesses.

US company imports Thai coconuts you can drink from directly
A Florida company has launched a new program importing organic coconuts to drink directly from.
— Fresh Plaza

Fisheries Dept cracks down on cichlid traffickers
The Department of Fisheries has invoked Section 65 of the 2015 Fisheries Act to ban businesses from importing, exporting, transferring and raising invasive aquatic species, in a bid to save native fish populations and the aquaculture industry from cichlids.

Department cleared over rabies furore
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has cleared up alleged irregularities involving a company which supplied rabies vaccines to officials and was put under the spotlight amid doubts over substandard vaccines.
— Bangkok Post

Govt ‘open’ to public input on draft bill
The government is open to suggestions from all sides on whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should send the organic bill on the election of MPs to the Constitution Court for a validity check, says Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Groundbreaking poaching civil lawsuit puts monetary value on slain leopard
A CIVIL suit against Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development Plc, for damaging the ecology and environment at Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary would be the first of its kind, if prosecutors decide to pursue the case.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Prayut shifts responsibility for sacking Somchai to unnamed agency
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday he had dismissed former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn from office at the request of a state agency.
— The Nation (annoying popups)


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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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