Thailand Morning News For March 29

Thailand Morning News For March 29
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Thailand morning newsAt least 5 directors implicated in the cheating of fund for the destitute
At least five directors of the centres for the protection of the destitute have, so far, been found to be implicated in the alleged embezzlement of the fund for the poor and the destitute, said Minister of Social Development and Human Security Gen Anantaporn Kanjanarat, on Wednesday (March 28).
— Thai PBS

Fund probe finds no colluders
The probe into an embezzlement scandal involving the Sema Phatthana Chiwit Fund will be concluded by Songkran or the end of April at the latest, Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Fishermen long for justice as Thailand comes under U.N. scrutiny
Sold to a boat operator in Thailand for 6,000 baht ($192) two years ago, Win from Myanmar worked as a fisherman until he lost his forearm in an accident on the vessel this year.
— Reuters

Man dies of suspected rabies at Phatthalung hospital on Sunday
A man in Phatthalung province died of suspected rabies at the provincial hospital on Sunday two days after he was admitted for medical treatment.
— Thai PBS

MP election bill to go to the Constitutional Court for interpretation
In an about-turn, a group of 25 legislators signed up a motion asking the Constitutional Court to determine the constitutionality of two issues of the bill for the election of members of the Parliament which is now with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Thai PBS

Forget him not: 1 year without truth in the death of young Lahu activist
His lawyer and brother speak out about the difficulties in the investigation into the death, about a community in fear and about a family grievously hurt as last March 17th marked the first anniversary of a soldier shooting dead Lahu activist Chaiyaphum Pasae, accusing him of smuggling drugs.
— Prachatai English

PM says tourism and export sectors performed well in February
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said the Thai export and tourism sectors both began to expand in February.

Weekly Cabinet meeting approves draft ministerial regulation to protect labor in fishing industry
The weekly Cabinet meeting has approved the draft ministerial regulation designed to protect labor in the fishing industry.
— News Today (video)

In depth investigation ordered by PM on pro-election movement
The prime minister has ordered security officials to conduct in depth investigation into the movement of the pro-election groups as he suspected they might have support from certain political parties and they might have ill intentions.
— Thai PBS

Banking giants instigate price war
The country’s two largest banks are igniting a price war by promising customers free digital channel transactions for life, as they vie to secure the most market share in the rapidly growing online banking…
— Bangkok Post (restricted content)

Transport Ministry re-certifies two more airlines with ICAO standards
The Ministry of Transport has granted Air Operator Certificate to two more airlines in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standards.

Transport Ministry: Government places importance on rail transport development
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Pailin Chuchottaworn, said at the 4th Thai Rail Industry Symposium and Exhibition (RISE) that the government has placed importance on the rail transport development and is opened to new technologies that contribute to personnel development.

Forest court, housing get green light
Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad has given the green light for the construction of the new Region 5 Court of Appeal office and housing for judicial employees at the foot of Doi Suthep National Park in Chiang Mai to continue, saying the project does not encroach on the forest or violate any laws.
— Bangkok Post

NACC is expected to rule on the wristwatch and diamond ring controversy March 29
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is due to decide on the controversy concerning Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s expensive wristwatches and a diamond ring Thursday afternoon (March 29).
— Thai PBS

‘Impossible goals’ set for parties to organise
A JUNTA order setting the schedule for political parties in preparation for the upcoming election could be a problem rather than a solution, as political parties yesterday voiced concerns over difficulties and confusion related to their activities.
— The Nation

Livestock Development Department on alert for potential poultry diseases
The Department of Livestock Development, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, is keeping a close watch on potential outbreaks of diseases that affect livestock, and has warned people that diseased animals must be buried or burned and should not be consumed.
— News Today (video)

Labor Minister follows up on collection of personal data of foreign workers
The Ministry of Labor has been following up on the program to collect the personal data of foreign workers.

Ageing society prompts ministry tax review
The Finance Ministry is studying a revamp of the tax structure by raising the ratio of asset- and consumption-based taxes because income-based ones, which dominate revenue contributions, are expected to decline as Thailand becomes an aged society.
— Bangkok Post

NRCT organizes activities to promote innovation in higher education
The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) is organizing activities to promote innovation in the higher education by encouraging youths to showcase their research projects and inventions.
— News Today (video)

Court dismisses fraud case over bogus GT200 bomb detectors
DON MUANG Municipal Court yesterday dismissed charges in a fraud trial filed by the Armed Forces Security Centre against Jackson Electronics (Thailand), which supplied eight faulty bomb-detecting devices known as GT200, worth Bt10.4 million, to the centre in 2007.
— The Nation

Yala state offices transitioning to E-Payment systems
Government offices in Thailand’s Yala province have begun paying out and receiving payments through electronic systems in line with the cashless society government policy.

True taking IoT nationwide
True Corporation is flexing its muscle in Internet of Things (IoT) services through the launch of a Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network that covers every major province and is scheduled to expand to all provinces nationwide by May this year.
— Bangkok Post

Saha Pathanapibul banks on partners
SAHA Pathanapibul Plc, one of Thailand’s largest trading conglomerates, yesterday officially announced a partnership programme under which it can help wholesalers and retailers move into the emerging area of online business-to-business transactions.
— The Nation

Police reform plan ready for PM’s consideration
The police reform plan has been completed and will be presented to the Prime Minister this week, while the deliberation process is expected to take over a year before implementation.

Foreign labor registration continues across Thailand
The registration of foreign workers continues across Thailand as employers are rushing to bring their employees to complete the process before the deadline.
— News Today (video)

ICOs get 30 extra days to inform SEC
A draft version of a royal decree regulating transactions related to digital assets will grant issuers of initial coin offerings (ICOs) 90 days to inform the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of their plans before the law takes effect.
— Bangkok Post

Thai billionaire buys e-commerce portal Tarad, heating up competition
Thai beverage, property, industrial, agriculture and retail conglomerate TCC Group said it is acquiring a majority stake in, a leading domestic e-marketplace operator in Thailand, to expand its reach in the country’s e-commerce market.
— Invsetvine

NCPO asks NBTC to reconsider its request
Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has asked the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to reconsider its request for Article 44 of the temporary constitution to be used to provide reparations to digital television channel operators, saying it should more thoroughly consider if the call is in the best interests of the public and whether or not it would benefit private entities.

Government to urge operators of double decker buses to convert to single decker for safety reasons
The Ministry of Transport is now working closely with the Ministry of Finance to help operators of double decker buses to convert to the safer single decker bus after they were considered unsafe following several fatal bus crashes involving double decker buses.
— Thai PBS

Five metre King Cobra removed from Phuket taxi’s wheel arch
Rescue workers removed a five-metre long King Cobra from the wheel arch of a taxi in Karon this morning (Mar 28).
— The Phuket News

New traffic ticket payment channel provided for motorists
Krungthai Bank and the Royal Thai Police have collaborated to provide a new channel for traffic ticket payment at more than 8,000 locations across the country from 2nd April 2018 onwards.

Court dismisses fraud charges against importer of Alpha 6 bomb detectors
A Thai company which imported Alpha 6 hand-held bomb detectors for sale to the Royal Thai Armed Forces acquitted by the Don Meuang District Court of fraud charges.
— Thai PBS

Private sector urges government to review duty-free concession at airports
Representatives of the private sector have urged the government to review the duty-free business concession granted for all airports.

Officials seize 1.5 tonnes of marijuana in Bueng Kan
About 1.5 tonnes of compressed marijuana worth about 15 million baht in street price were seized from a car on a road in Bueng Kan province.
— Thai PBS

Krabi family murderers get death sentence
The Krabi Provincial Court today (Mar 28) sentenced six men to death for invading a village headman’s home and murdering him and seven members of his family last July.
— The Phuket News

Patong and Kamala Number One in survey
The recent Hotel Price Index from revealed that Kathu District, where Patong and Kamala beaches are located, is among the top five destinations for low cost 5-star accommodation among global travellers in 2017.
— The Thaiger


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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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