Thailand Morning News For May 21

Thailand Morning News For May 21
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Thailand morning newsPublic rallies banned for coup anniversary
Government House and surrounding areas within a 50 metres radius are expected to be declared a “controlled zone”, where any public gatherings are prohibited, said a deputy national police chief Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign businesses bring in 4 8 billion baht in first four months
The government is keen to raise the standard of Thai startups to a level on par with their Singaporean counterparts.
— News Today (video)

Foreigners continue call for lifting ownership cap
Foreign businesses have repeated their call for the government to allow foreign ownership of Thai businesses to exceed 49%, saying it will help tackle the controversial nominee issue.
— Bangkok Post

April business registrations hit 10 year high
The number of new businesses in April was the highest in a decade despite long holidays.
— News Today (video)

Sa Kaeo SEZ set for December
Sa Kaeo Industrial Estate is poised to become the first project to commence under the government’s special economic zone (SEZ) initiative, with operations expected to start in
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry sets export growth target at 8%
The Ministry of Commerce is optimistic that the country can achieve 8% export growth target this year.
— News Today (video)

Digital assets at the crossroads
With the recent unveiling of the digital asset decree as an overarching apparatus to regulate digital asset investments and transactions, opinions are divided on whether the framework will help domestic digital fund-raising leap forward or retreat backward into oblivion.
— Bangkok Post

Tech teams impress judges in start-up mentoring competition
“Pitch Day” found the 11 finalists for a spot in the “batch 6” edition of the programme for start-ups, as 25 teams of digital entrepreneurs competed to sell their idea to start-up mentors.
— The Nation

True Move H says it’ll sit out 1800MHz bid
Second-largest mobile operator True Move H says it will not join the planned 1800-megahertz auction on Aug 4 after concluding it has sufficient bandwidth on a variety spectra to provide services.
— Bangkok Post

Thai private sector readied with technological innovations to accommodate Thailand 4.0 policy
The private sector has readied itself with more technological innovations to accommodate the government’s implementation of the Thailand 4.0 policy.

Junta gets thumbs-down in varsity survey
A survey of 2,175 university students found that most respondents believed the military coup did not solve the country’s problems, and the performance of the General Prayut Chan-o-cha-led government during the past four years was “bad or very bad”, according to the poll by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

BAY puts Vietnam plans on back burner
SET-listed Bank of Ayudhya (BAY) has put off exploring business opportunities in Vietnam after facing several hurdles, particularly the high costs of mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
— Bangkok Post

Multiple bomb attacks hit Thailand’s deep south, injure three people
Multiple bomb attacks by suspected separatist insurgents injured at least three people in Thailand’s far south on Sunday, the military said.
Read more at–injure-three-people-10252398
— Channel NewsAsia

Govt tackles big sector items, but the poor still waiting
After almost four years in power, the military government may have been successful in some macroeconomic areas and structural changes. In terms of the household economy, however, it still faces the uphill task of easing the plight of the grassroots.
— Bangkok Post

Thai students take out six awards in Intel ISEF
Thai adolescents have won six awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2018 (Intel ISEF) in the U.S.

Renting out rooms daily or weekly? You better read this.
Illegal short-term holiday rentals, advertised and promoted by online portals like AirBnB, are coming under increasing scrutiny from authorities.
— The Thaiger

Declaration of dissolution of Ministry of Science to merge with OHEC
The Minister of Science and Technology has stated the reasons for merging the Ministry of Science and Technology with the Office of the Higher Education Commission to become a new ministry.
— News Today (video)

FPO pushing bill on private trusts
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is pushing a draft bill on using private trusts as a tool for the affluent to manage their wealth and prevent them from transferring assets overseas, says a source at the…
— Bangkok Post

Government warns Thai businesses of impact of EU’s GDPR
The government is raising awareness among Thai businesses of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be enforced next week by the European Union.
— News Today (video)

In Thailand, No Justice 8 Years After Crackdown
Eight years ago my colleagues and I watched as the streets of Bangkok were covered with blood in one of Thailand’s most violent political confrontations. Yet there is still no justice for the at least 98 people killed and more than 2,000 injured between April and May 2010 – despite compelling evidence that the military was behind most of these abuses.
— Prachatai English

Agricultural Extension Dept unveils new farmer wellbeing project
Thailand’s Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE) has unveiled a new project aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of agriculturists.

Army announces ban on fireworks sale throughout Ramadan
The Fourth Army Region has announced a ban on the sale of fireworks and firecrackers in southern border provinces throughout the Ramadan holy period.

Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors
Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj, the prominent Phuket condo developer arrested earlier this month on a fraud charge, and re-released on bail this week after failing to present himself to court as part of his original bail conditions, has held a press conference to address the accusations of fraud and mismanagement.
— The Phuket News

Tropical islands far from deserted
Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove.
— The Phuket News

Water levels at 5 major dams in Nakhon Ratchasima continue to rise due to continuous rain
he water levels at five major dams in Nakhon Ratchasima have continued to rise due to continuous rain, relieving future drought concerns.

Captains of whale shark-catching fishing vessels to face more charges
The captains of the fishing vessels found involved in the catching of a whale shark will now face more legal charges.


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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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