Thailand Morning News For March 7

Thailand Morning News For March 7

Thailand morning newsThailand threatens to block global e-commerce websites
The Revenue Department has threatened to block giant foreign e-commerce websites if they do not pay VAT taxes.
— The Nation

Revenue Dept and DBD link databases to ease doing business in Thailand
The Revenue Department is cooperating with the Department of Business Development (DBD) to link financial and tax databases to benefit the nation’s ease of doing business.

Cabinet waters down tough punishments for migrants
DESPITE PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s threat to arrest hundreds of thousands of illegal migrant workers, the Cabinet yesterday approved a draft amendment that would lessen punishments.
— The Nation

Thailand’s outbound travel industry booms
We all know there’s plenty of tourists heading TO Thailand this year. But what about the traffic in the other direction?
— Phuket Gazette

Deputy Commerce Minister: RCEP meeting tries to finalize free trade talks by 2018
The Deputy Minister of Commerce, Chutima Bunyapraphasara, said the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting will finalize free trade negotiations by 2018.

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Bank looks at digital channels to boost credit cards
TMB Bank has announced that spending through its credit cards has grown 35 per cent, and said that it would put more emphasis on expanding its base through digital channels in the future.
— The Nation

BoT urges time frame
Thailand’s central bank should consider a time frame this year for monetary policy tightening, with the economy likely to grow by at least 4%, says Paiboon Kittisrikangwan, deputy governor of the Bank…
— Bangkok Post

Criticism over Fukushima fish imports
AUTHORITIES HAVE defended Thailand’s importation of fish from Fukushima, the scene of a major nuclear accident and radioactive leak in 2011.
— The Nation (annoying popup video ads)

Six cases of human rabies in Bangkok since January 1
Six cases of human-infected rabies have been reported in Bangkok since the beginning of this year, but there is no fatality, according to the Ministry of Public Health and the Livestock Department.
— Thai PBS

Imported Japanese fish to be thoroughly inspected for radioactive contamination
The Department of Fisheries is cooperating with the Food and Drugs Administration to conduct a thorough inspection into fish imported from Fukushima, Japan, out of public concerns over radioactive contamination.

Krabi residents, “Close Maya Bay”
An initial survey by a leading marine scientist found that most residents supported the closure of the popular Maya Bay in Krabi after more than 80% of coral reefs in the area were damaged.
— Phuket Gazette

Bangkok installs more inner-city water pumps to prevent flooding
More water pumps have been installed to enhance drainage capacity at Khlong Wat Sai and Chong Non Si water pump stations and prevent flooding in Yannawa and Bang Kho Laem districts in Bangkok.

QR code payment now via credit card
An airline, insurance company, postal service, cinema group, and department store are pioneering QR code payment online via credit cards thanks to 2C2P’s Thailand gateway for mobile apps.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand urged to seek markets amid trade row
THE country should seek out new markets and pursue direct trade negotiations with the United States against the backdrop of heightened fears of a global trade war following protectionist moves by Washington, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) said.
— The Nation

Corruption of cash aids to the destitute now confirmed in 24 provinces
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)’s probe into corruption at the protection centres for the destitutes has found irregularities at at least 24 centres nationwide.
— Thai PBS

Businessman arrested, suspected of financing drug rings
A Thai-Indian businessman was arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of financing major local and transnational drug-trafficking networks, as associated raids were carried out on 30 premises nationwide, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Thai state-owed telcos oppose spin-off plan
The Thai government is facing opposition to its attempts to split the market’s two state-owned operators into two companies each.

Court overturns massive compensation ruling for Klong Dan project
THE CENTRAL Administrative Court has nullified an arbitration panel’s ruling for the Pollution Control Department (PCD) to pay multi-billion-baht compensation to a group of privately-owned companies in connection with the failed Klong Dan wastewater treatment scheme near Bangkok.
— The Nation

BMW earmarks B400m for EVs
BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, a local arm of the German luxury carmaker, has set aside 400 million baht to prepare its production facility for this year’s electric vehicle (EV) plan.
— Bangkok Post

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Banpu ordered to compensate TLL 2.6 billion baht by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Mar 6) ordered Banpu, one of Asia’s largest coal producers, to pay Thai-Lao Lignite Co (TLL) 1.5 billion baht plus 7.5% interest over Hongsa coal-fired power plant dispute.
— Thai PBS

DRRAA introduces advance disaster warning system
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) has developed an advance disaster warning system, urging the people to not stay outdoors in areas affected by haze or hail storms.

Thai farmers install tracking system to prevent fruit theft
The Thai paper, World Daily, circulated an essay to prevent and end the theft of fruit. Important production areas in Chanthaburi, Thailand, have installed chips in the fruit from their banana and durian plantations. They have also installed a GPS tracking system to follow the chips.
— Fresh Plaza

Fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra gets another arrest warrant in telecom excise tax case
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions today (Mar 6) issued another warrant for the arrest of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to appear to defend himself in a corruption case involving a telecom concession.
— Thai PBS


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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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