Thailand Morning News For March 28

Thailand Morning News For March 28
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Thailand morning newsCabinet gives nod to highs-speed train network linking three international airports
The cabinet on Tuesday gave a green light to the 200 billion baht high-speed train project connecting three international airports of Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang in Bangkok and U-taphao in Rayong.
— Thai PBS

EU lauds Thai foreign labor registration efforts
The European Union has commended the Thai government for its management of foreign laborers, noting significant progress in their registration.
— News Today (video)

Bali Top Destination in Asean, Thailand the Most Choices (video)
According to some recent research planning annual holidays can be more stressful for some people than planning a wedding. To help take the stress out of holiday planning TripAdvisor, the worlds largest travel website, trolls through millions of reviews a year to come up with a list on just about anything to do with travel.
— AEC News Today

PM denies poll delay conspiracy
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday denied the military regime was conspiring to delay next February’s election via potential plans to submit a poll-related bill to the Constitutional Court for a ruling on its validity.
— Bangkok Post

PM rejects rescue of TV and telecoms companies
IN A SURPRISE MOVE, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has put the brakes on a controversial proposal to help financially troubled broadcasting and telecoms firms following criticism from top academics.
— The Nation

Barcode system to improve efficiency of excise tax collection
The Excise Department has developed a barcode system to calculate median prices of excise products. The system is expected to help the excise tax collection meet its target.
— News Today (video)

15% tax for digital currencies trade
TRANSACTIONS involving cryptocurrencies, including digital tokens, will be subject to a 15 per cent withholding tax under a measure approved by the Cabinet yesterday.
— The Nation

Civil group petitions Livestock Dept on substandard vaccines
Atchariya Ruengrattanapong, chairman of a crime victim support group, has submitted a letter to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), calling for it to investigate companies that delivered substandard rabies vaccines.
— NNT deal marks TCC’s biggest step in digital realm
TCC GROUP’S digital arm TSpace Digital Co Ltd yesterday announced its first acquisition deal with e-commerce operator, hailed as a strategic exploration by the corporate giant into the high-potential digital sector.
— The Nation

Police ‘ordered’ to fund bosses’ aircon
Eleven low-ranking police officers have cried foul over an order forcing them to pay more than 2,000 baht each to buy a new air-conditioner for their bosses’ office at Phahon Yothin Police Station.
— Bangkok Post

Siri: No state renewable power buying for 5 years
The government has no plan to buy renewable power from 2018-2023, saying the country has enough reserved power for the medium term.
— Bangkok Post

7,000 state agencies preparing e-payments
Some 7,000 state agencies are set to fully use the e-transaction system for money transfers and social welfare payments to citizens starting in June, says the Comptroller-General’s Department.
— Bangkok Post

Alibaba’s to reveal investment roadmap for Thailand
Jack Ma, founder and CEO of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will visit Thailand in April to announce the company’s investment plan in connection with Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative, Thai Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana said.
— Investvine

Ministry ‘errors’ led to B120m theft
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has identified three possible flaws in the Education Ministry’s handling of its fund to help vulnerable girls, which possibly led to the embezzlement scandal involving more than 120 million baht in estimated losses.
— Bangkok Post

Malfeasance net catches more fish
Five high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) could be punished this week for alleged malfeasance in connection with the embezzlement of state funds originally destined for the underprivileged, Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat says.
— Bangkok Post

13 police officers transferred under new graft rules
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has transferred 13 police officers for alleged involvement in human trafficking under the government’s new anti-graft guidelines, which came into effect yesterday.
— The Nation

Thai General’s Comments Irk Panel Representing Southern Rebels in Peace Talks
A military program that encourages insurgents in Thailand’s Deep South to surrender has been a source of friction lately in peace talks between the Thai government and a panel negotiating on behalf of rebel groups in three-year-old peace talks.
— Benar News

PM discusses anti-IUU fishing measures with Indonesian minister
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha held talk on government measures against illegal fishing with Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

City health office clarifies no human rabies case in Bangkok this year
The health office of the City Administration clarified today (Tuesday) that there has not been a single case of rabies attack on humans in Bangkok this year, but six dogs were found to be infected with rabies during the same period.
— Thai PBS

Tourist inflow set to continue
The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) expects 9.1 million foreigners to visit Thailand in the second quarter of 2018, up 11.9% from the same period last year.
— Bangkok Post

Excise Dept creates accessible database to improve taxation
The Excise Department has implemented a bar code system to help retailers access a database of base prices, after a revamp of the excise tax in 2017 enabled retail prices to be used to calculate rates.

Southeast Asia Closes Island Beaches to Recover from Tourism
More popular Southeast Asian islands will be off-limits to visitors this year as officials seek to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl, despite the risk to tourism revenues and tens of thousands of jobs.
— Tempo

Bahtfintech sets sights on coin offering to raise B900m
Bahtfintech Co, a new blockchain-based e-money startup, plans to raise 900 million baht in funds through an initial coin offering (ICO) to cash in on opportunities in social commerce.
— Bangkok Post

Three hurdles new parties must clear for upcoming elections
Overall analysis of the coming elections by Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee: Three hurdles that new parties face in the coming elections, together with the single-ballot system, opportunities for pro-military parties and campaign strategy when policies aren’t the main focus suggest that little immediate change will be achieved.
— Prachatai

Cabinet meeting approves NCPO’s solutions to corruption problems
The weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday (March 27th) has approved solutions to corruption problems in the state sector, as proposed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

NESDB 20 Year National Strategy to be in effect in July
The National Economic and Social Development Board has affirmed the 20-year National Strategy will be activated in a few months.
— News Today (video)

Immigration and Banglamung authorities raid migrant camp at Terminal 21 construction site
Responding to complaints from local residents that there were illegal workers at the Terminal 21 construction site in North Pattaya near the dolphin roundabout local and district authorities raided the construction area earlier this week to investigate.
— The Pattaya News

MCOT Re-focus to asset development
MCOT Plc is focusing on asset development to eliminate risks in the media industry.
— The Nation

Transport Ministry launches Safe Songkran Festival 2018
The Deputy Director-General of the Department of Highways, Apisit Promasen, said the Ministry of Transport has launched the Safe Songkran Festival 2018 under the “7-7-7” road safety campaign.

Automotive Industry ASEAN: Indonesia Lags Behind Thailand
While Thailand only counted 871,650 domestic car sales in full-year 2017, the nation manufactured a total of 1,988,823 vehicles in the same year.
— Indonesia Investments

Rabies zones down to 27 provinces
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has declared 27 provinces temporary quarantine zones for rabies.

Thai startups join Korean peer in digital currency venture
THAI startups Ookbee U and Computerlogy yesterday joined South Korean peer Yellow Digital Marketing Global (YDM) in officially launching a joint-venture company that will initiate a cryptocurrency and help foster the development of the digital economy in Thailand.
— The Nation

Central Department Store embraces online
Despite technology disruption, Central Department Store remains upbeat that Thai department stores will survive, boosted by growing tourism and seamless offline and online integration by existing operators.
— Bangkok Post

Songkran revelers can ride on the back of pickup trucks, but banned from splashing water on main roads
Songkran revelers will be allowed to ride on the back of a pickup truck, but will not be allowed to splash water from the truck on main roads as part of the Royal Thai Police’s safety measure guideline to be applied nationwide during Songkran festival.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry promotes agricultural innovation products
The Institute for Agricultural Product Innovation, under the Department of Foreign Trade, has organized an activity to raise awareness of the value of agricultural innovation products.
— News Today (video)

Thailand turns to bioenergy
Members states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have turned to renewable energy as the most sustainable way to ensure energy security.
— The Asean Post

Cabinet allows foreign migrant workers to return homes to celebrate Songkran festival during April 5-30
Migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who are legally working in Thailand and hold “pink cards” will be able to return to their home countries to celebrate the Songkran festival during April 5-30 without being charged exit fees on the condition that they must return to Thailand within April 30.
— Thai PBS

PM orders Commerce Ministry to look into Big C mobile grocery stores
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Commerce to take a close look at Big C mobile grocery stores whether the practice is legal or not.
— Thai PBS

RE company to pay P178M for stakes in Thai firms
Listed Basic Energy Corp. said its decision to invest 15 percent outstanding capital in Thai firms Vintage EPC Co. Ltd. and VTE International Construction Co. Ltd. will involve 106,185,000 Thai baht equivalent to approximately P178.4 million.
— Malaya Business Insight

New Bangkok bistro offering every avocado dish imaginable
Although coming to the scene two years after the everything-avocado trend reached its peak, the Hass Bistro in Bangkok uses the Hass avocado (imported from New Zealand) to guarantee creaminess and prepares them in every way you can imagine.
— Fresh Plaza

Chiang Mai locals take part in Sustainable Thai Idealism project
Local residents in Chiang Mai province have taken part in the government’s Sustainable Thai Idealism project to develop local farming in Mae Chaem district.
— News Today (video)

Phuket Airport has a lot to fix – Transport Commission
The Transport Commission of the National Assembly of Thailand (NAT) visited Phuket International Airport to follow up on the current renovation and services at the terminal following numerous complaints from passengers, tour companies, media and other government departments.
— The Thaiger


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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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