Thailand Morning News For March 26

Thailand Morning News For March 26
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Thailand morning newsLabour Ministry to open online channel to facilitate registration of migrant workers tomorrow
The Ministry of Labour will be opening an online channel for employers to pre-fill information to help facilitate the legalization of migrant workers from tomorrow ahead of the March 31st deadline.

Government urged to blitz corruption
The government has been urged to bolster its fight against corruption amid the many scandals that have erupted involving state officials.
— Bangkok Post

Kra Canal – the 28 Billion Baht shortcut
Despite a history going back three centuries, the highly controversial and politically sensitive proposed Kra Canal mega-project in southern Thailand is once again up for debate
— The Thaiger

Commerce Ministry to petition US for tax exemption
The Ministry of Commerce is now working with the private sector to petition for tariff exemption after US President Donald Trump invoked Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose new tariffs of 25 percent on imports of steel and 10 percent on imports of aluminum.

Confusion reigns as migrant worker deadline nears
MIGRANT WORKERS, employers and NGOs have highlighted problems with the ongoing nationwide registration process and urged the Labour Ministry to extend the registration period.
— The Nation

Online sellers accused of sidestepping taxes
Some merchants are exploiting the online distribution channel to avoid tax payment even though they have physical shops, says a source at the Revenue Department.
— Bangkok Post

PM denounces ‘lack of order’ after protests against military
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that if a “lack of order”, such as the anti-military protest on Saturday, continued, there was no guarantee that the national election would be held peacefully, government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
— The Nation

Ministry orders rabies vaccine probe
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach denied on Sunday reports of a transfer request by the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) chief following his order on Friday to probe irregularities in the department’s rabies vaccine procurement.
— Bangkok Post

RCAF ‘observing’ in Thailand, with photos showing army-plated vehicles in Bangkok
Days after Cambodian and Thai officials reportedly agreed on closer coordination over “foreign fugitives”, opposition party members who have fled the country for Thailand have provided evidence of Cambodian military vehicles stationed near their homes in Bangkok, increasing fear among asylum seekers that they could be extradited.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand enjoys 10.3% export growth in Feb
The Ministry of Commerce says the global economic recovery contributed to February’s export growth of 10.3% while maintaining this year’s export growth target at 8%.

Dubious aid for two giants draws flak
Public queries have bombarded the military-led government and the telecom regulator after their decision to take the inexplicably generous route of invoking Section 44 to ease the financial burdens of Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS) and True Move, the winners of the 4G licence auctions three years ago.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand produces more than 178,000 vehicles in Feb
Domestic vehicle production expanded 15.37% year-on-year in February to more than 178,000 units, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Govt unlikely to ban deadly farm chemical
THE chances of winning government approval to ban paraquat, a toxic chemical widely used in agriculture as a herbicide for weed and grass control, are relatively slim, according to the BioThai Foundation.
— The Nation

NLA to draft law governing domesticated animals
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has backed the decision of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to seek a Constitutional Court ruling on the draft Organic Election of Senators Act, saying what the court says will settle a difference in opinion.
— News Today (video)

Monk appeals for help in lone fight against loggers
A 76-year-old Buddhist monk, the abbot and only person living at a temple in a forest harbouring more than a thousand precious trees that is also part of a royal project to promote conservation, is calling for help in his fight with a transnational logging gang.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to produce its own HPV vaccines
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to transfer the technology required to create human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines to Thai producers.
— News Today (video)

Durian-fuelled Chinese storm stores
Love it or hate it, Chinese visitors are driving Thailand’s tourism sector, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Government urges foreign workers to complete registration by March 31
The government is urging foreign workers to complete their registration before the end of this month.
— News Today (video)

Digital media’s influence and role questioned in news sharing
A seminar has been organized to discuss the role and the influence of digital media in the dissemination of news.
— News Today (video)

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants
The elephant is Thailand’s national animal, so it’s only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of the friendship between the two countries.
— The Asahi Shimbun

35 tourists jump off burning dive boat in Krabi
35 passengers escaped unscathed after a diving boat called ‘Chontara’ they were travelling in caught fire near an island in Krabi province late last night/Sunday morning. No injuries were reported.
— The Thaiger

Commerce Min increases sales channels for tropical fruits
The Ministry of Commerce has agreed to terms with giant retailers, on the distribution of tropical fruit as the new harvest season has arrived.

TAT supports ‘Tourism Mega Fam Trip’ celebrating 60 years of Thai-Korea relations
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is providing its full support behind a bilateral ‘Tourism Mega Fam Trip’, organised by the Korea Association of Travel Agents (KATA) in cooperation with the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) in Bangkok and Pattaya, from 22-26 March.
— TAT News

Beyond the tipping point: Phuket garbage excess to see return of trash mountain
Officials at the Phuket Solid Waste Incineration Plant – the only solid waste disposal centre on the island – are changing their approach to secure funds for a much-needed third incinerator in order to stave off the return of the huge piles of garbage at the landfill at Saphan Hin.
— The Phuket News

From one addiction to another: Thailand’s ethnic minorities quit opium for coffee

Ethnic minorities on Mount Doi Tung in northern Thailand have seen their lives transformed after replacing illicit opium fields with profitable coffee plantations.
— Channel NewsAsia


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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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