Thailand Morning News For May 25

Thailand Morning News For May 25
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Thailand morning newsEmployers reminded of June 30 deadline for foreign labor registration
The Ministry of Labor has called on employers to complete the registration of their foreign workers before the end of June, warning that failure to do so will result in legal punishment.
— News Today (video)

Labor Minister orders solution to labor shortage in fishing industry
The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, has ordered relevant units to find a quick solution to a labor shortage of more than 42,000 workers in Thailand’s fishing industry.

SPECIAL REPORT: Thai junta steers education reform to nowhere
FOUR YEARS after the 2014 military coup, Thailand’s education sector is still stuck over the same old question: which way forward?
— The Nation

Thailand slips to 30th in global competitiveness
Thailand’s world competitiveness ranking slipped three spots this year, mainly due to government inefficiency and budget deficits.
— Bangkok Post

Govt warns of crypto vote scam
Cryptocurrency transactions could be manipulated to buy votes in the general election, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Temple raids over graft net high-ranking monks
THREE senior monks have lost their place in the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC) over a corruption scandal, which prompted police to stage unprecedented and simultaneous raids on temples yesterday.
— The Nation

Buddhists ruffled over headscarf row
A Buddhist group Thursday demanded a local school reinstate a ban on Islamic headscarves and other religious clothing or face a protest.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to repatriate displaced people from Myanmar
Thailand is planning to return displaced people from Myanmar to their homes following the discussion on the issue between the governments of the two countries.
— News Today (video)

Pro-election activists are released on bail
FIFTEEN ACTIVISTS were granted bail yesterday shortly after the Criminal Court ordered their 12-day detention following charges stemming from their participation in Tuesday’s pro-election assembly.
— The Nation

Govt invites private investment in Bangkok – U-Tapao railway
The government is set to invite private companies to invest in the Bangkok – U-Tapao railway project by the end of the month.

Thailand to host ASEAN skill development fair
This year, Thailand will host the ASEAN skill development fair from August 31st to September 2nd at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.

Digital content industry on track for Bt26 bn mark
THE digital content industry in Thailand is forecast to reach Bt26 billion by the end of this year, supported by the efforts of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), which is fostering partnerships between the public and private sectors.
— The Nation

700 stores across the nation to offer 50% cheaper household items in June
More than 700 retail and wholesale stores will offer up to 50% discounts on household items under the Ministry of Commerce’s new campaign to shoulder the cost of living for Thais.

Chiang Mai wakes up to floods this morning
Downtown Chiang Mai has hit by flash floods this morning (Thursday) following heavy rains on Wednesday night.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

Phra Buddha Isara arrested after commando raid of temple
POLICE COMMANDOS raided the Onoi Temple yesterday morning to arrest its well-known founder and abbot, Phra Buddha Isara.
— The Nation

Manufacturers vow to cap prices while costs stay manageable
Major consumer goods makers have confirmed they will continue capping the prices of their products for the interim despite transport costs rising 5% on higher diesel prices.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket Governor faces Chinese envoys over tourist safety, lifeguards
A high-powered delegation of Chinese officials were in Phuket again yesterday (May 23) to specifically plea for better safety measures for tourists.
— The Phuket News

Public Health Minister: Thailand committed to achieve universal health coverage
The Public Health Minister, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, delivered a speech at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) on Thursday (May 24th), reiterating Thailand’s commitment to achieve universal health coverage for everyone everywhere.

LPN Bt627m land purchases for three condo projects
Listed property firm LPN Development Plc will spend Bt626.57 million to purchase three vacant land plots on Suthisarn and Ruegpracha roads in Bangkok, and another site in Samut Prakan province.
— The Nation

Smuggling of hazardous waste comes to light
THE TRAIL of an illegal hazardous-waste smuggling network to Thailand by a group of Chinese investors has been exposed, after officers yesterday launched inspections at an electronic parts importing company accused of distributing imported hazardous electronic materials to waste management plants in Chachoengsao.
– The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand: Stinky fruit brings sweet smell of success to planters
Durian, the fruit famous for its spiky shell and pungent smell, is winning the hearts of Chinese consumers and bringing profits to planters all over Southeast Asia.
— Fresh Plaza

Mida looks to synergise wellness, hospitality
SET-listed Mida Assets Plc plans to invest in residential projects worth 5 billion baht this year, including its first wellness resort worth over 1 billion on the east coast, set to open this August.
— Bangkok Post

Surat Thani to raise palm oil exports to lower surplus
The public and private sectors in Surat Thani province have joined hands in increasing palm oil exports to deal with the output surplus and price fall.

Sandwiches, 1984 and wristwatches: four years of the NCPO, four years of creative resistance—part one
For the past four years, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has sought to control political resistance.
— New Mandala

Labor Ministry and Civil Service Commission to enhance integrity of civil servants
Thailand’s Ministry of Labor and Office of the Civil Service Commission have held a training program to preserve the dignity of Thai civil servants and to immunize them from graft, seeking to bolster understanding of the need for public confidence in their integrity.

Over 80 dogs in Lak Si moved to shelter in Uthai Thani
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has relocated more than 80 dogs from the capital to a new dog shelter in Uthai Thani province as part of the effort to contain the spread of rabies.

Govt threatens to lodge complaints against fake news about PM
The Technology Crime Suppression Division is urgently locating people who have disseminated false information that the prime minister had told the public to use water instead of oil following the global oil price increase.


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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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