Thailand Morning News For March 30

Thailand Morning News For March 30
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Thailand morning newsThailand wants to join CPTPP trade pact this year: deputy PM
Thailand aims to seek membership in a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday.
— Reuters

First batch of fresh chicken shipped from Thailand to China
The first shipment of fresh chicken was exported from Chiang Rai in northern Thailand to Yunnan in southern China.
— News Today (video)

Kresearch upbeat on exports
In its assessment of the trade policy of the US and global trade situations, Kasikorn Research (Kresearch) said although the US has implemented various trade protectionism measures that produce different impacts on trade partners and product types, there are certain flexibilities that may limit the overall impacts and lead to trade negotiations with each trade partner of the US.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Rabies vaccinations continue in risk prone areas
Authorities in various provinces are urgently providing local animals with rabies vaccine injections in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
— News Today (video)

Scrapped digital fees to hit banking income
Four large banks and a few smaller ones deciding to eliminate fees for digital banking transactions will deal a blow to the industry’s fee-based income, which contributes a big portion, says the chief of the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA).
— Bangkok Post

Eight protection centers for the destitute cleared of embezzlement
The Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW) has announced that out of 59 protection centers for the destitute being investigated for possible state-fund fraud, no irregularities have so far been found in eight of the centers.

Somkid denies party head rumour
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak denied media reports Thursday that he was approached by a group of veteran politicians to join talks about forming a new political party this weekend.
— Bangkok Post

Govt to open new complaint channels
The government will open new complaint channels early next month to solve people’s problems more efficiently.

NACC comes up empty in Prawit scandal, saying watchmakers’ responses needed
THE National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) continued to drag its feet in the case over Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s collection of luxury watches, showing no significant progress in the case yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand’s benchmark interest rate to remain at 1.5%
The Monetary Policy Committee has announced it will maintain the benchmark interest rate at 1.5 percent to support continued economic expansion and facilitate maintenance of the inflation rate within its target range.

NACC decides more probe is needed on DPM Prawit’s wristwatch controversy
After four months of investigation by its panel, the National Anti-Corruption Commission today (March 29) decided not to decide on the controversial issue pertaining to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s diamond ring and luxury wristwatches by assigning the panel to conduct further probe to find out the real owner or owners of the wristwatches.
— Thai PBS

Parties voice concerns at meeting with EC
The Election Commission (EC) has held a meeting with 55 of the nation’s existing political parties to explain new laws in preparation for the coming general election with all calling for greater clarity on new requirements.

Labor Minister: No extended period for migrant worker registration
The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, said the migrant worker registration period will not be extended.

Govt to permit Songkran revellers to ride in pickup beds
SONGKRAN revellers will welcome news that the government will relax its ban to allow them to splash water from the beds of pickups this year.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Mekong River level drops to lowest in a year in Bueng Kan
The water level of the Mekong River in Bueng Kan has reached its lowest point in a year’s time, affecting transport boats and ferries traveling between Thailand and Lao.

Labor Ministry follows up on collection of personal data of foreign workers
According to the information from the Ministry of Labor, the agency has been following up on the program to collect the personal data of foreign workers.
— News Today (video)

Thailand, Myanmar labour ministers discuss nationality verification
Thailand’s Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, and Myanmar’s Labour, Immigration and Population Minister, U Thein Swe, discussed the ongoing nationality verification process for the remaining 180,000 Myanmar workers in Thailand.

Thailand weaves colourful future for ethnic hill tribes through textiles
It was perhaps only natural for young ethnic Tai Lue women to learn weaving to help their marriage prospects.
— Channel NewsAsia

Banks bet on savings from Net services
THAI banks are betting on reaping the savings from the increased popularity of mobile banking, even as many of the major lenders begin waiving fees for transfers and bill payments on mobile and other Internet banking services, said Predee Daochai, chairman of the Thai Bankers’ Association.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

PM calls for adherence to govt’s rice stockpile policy
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired a meeting with the rice policy and management committee, urging it to adhere to the government’s rice stockpile management policy.

Famous Thai beach in Leonardo DiCaprio film closes as tourism takes its toll
Thailand will shut Maya Bay, which famously featured in The Beach, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for four months from June.
— Channel NewsAsia

Officials woo foreign airlines to open up more Thai routes
Darun Saengchai, director-general of the Department of Aviation, said that several airlines have expressed an interest to open routes from their home countries to Thailand as a result of discussions with 18 partners at the Routes Asia 2018 event in Australia from March 18-20.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

New ferry service to link Phuket Airport to nearby provinces
The Harbour Department will build a new pier near Phuket Airport and open five ferry routes linking Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga according to the department chief today (Thursday).
— The Thaiger

Thaksin and Yingluck show up in Tokyo
Former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra attended a social function in Tokyo today (March 29), The Asahi Shimbun reports.
— Thai PBS

Pai Daodin found not guilty for distributing leaflets against referendum
Political activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, alias Pai Daodin, was found not guilty by Phu Khiao provincial court today (March 29) for his role in distributing leaflets in a “Vote No” campaign ahead of the Constitution Referendum in August 2016.
— Thai PBS

Fraud probe pins top guns at ministry
A preliminary probe has confirmed the permanent secretary of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry (SDHSM) and his deputy are implicated in the nationwide embezzlement scandal involving funds intended for the destitute, Social Development and Human Security Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat said Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Police chief criticizes an officer who complained to PACC about forced contribution for air-cons
National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda has instructed the commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau and the commander of the 2nd division of the MPB to look into the alleged deduction of allowances of junior police officers at Phaholyothin police station to fund the installation of an air-conditioning system at the investigative affairs office of the station.
— Thai PBS

Fine Arts Department almost completes demolition of royal crematorium
The Fine Arts Department has almost completed the demolition of the royal crematorium of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.

PM Prayut to attend GMS Summit in Hanoi
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, is scheduled to attend the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 30th and 31st, 2018.

OIC launches 10-baht travel insurance for Songkran revelers
The Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) has unveiled a travel insurance package costing only 10 baht to be offered to holidaymakers this Songkran Festival.

Digital media ad growth on steady course
Thailand’s digital media spending is expected to reach 14.3 billion baht in 2018, leaping 16% from 2017, thanks to intense competition in digital services.
— Bangkok Post

20 registered Myanmar migrants burned to death on bus in Tak
A chartered double-decker bus taking 47 registered Myanmar workers to Pathum Thani caught fire in Tak early Friday, killing 20 of them trapped inside, police said.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Political ban ‘will end’ by June
The ban on political activities will be lifted in June, when all new political parties have been established, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Thursday.
— Bangkok Post


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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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