Thailand Morning News For April 19

Thailand Morning News For April 19

Thailand morning news

Thailand is set to say final farewell to His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol on Oct. 26 with an elaborate cremation ceremony will be held at Sanam Luang, the palace announced Tuesday.
– Khaosod English

Tougher enforcement and safety measures ‘cut road fatalities’
ROAD ACCIDENTS during the Songkran holidays rose in number this year but proved less deadly due to safety precautions. The death toll from road accidents during the so-called seven dangerous days of 2017 Songkran stood at 390 – down from 442 during the same period a year earlier.
– The Nation

PM not happy although Songkran death toll has dropped
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Tuesday that he was not satisfied with the statistics of road accidents during the Songkran festival although death toll has dropped.
– Thai PBS

Over 1000 people request UCEP during 7 dangerous days
Over 1,000 people requested for coverage in the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP) scheme during the seven dangerous days of the Songkran road safety campaign.

Thailand reaches top 20 ranking for FDI interest
Thailand jumped two places to 19th in A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index for 2017, with investors turning bullish on Asia-Pacific.
– Bangkok Post

Military withholds CCTV footage of Lahu activist killing
After a month of the summary killing of the young Lahu activist by a soldier, the police have revealed that the military has not sent the CCTV footage of the crime scene to them yet.
– Prachatai English

A yearly reminder of utter incompetence
Thailand’s latest round of national educational assessment, the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net), just provided a painful reminder of the country’s educational failings, reflecting the incompetence…
– Bangkok Post

Thai Airways labour union asks Finance Ministry to probe airline’s operations
The Thai Airways International labour union has appealed to the Finance Ministry to inspect the airline’s operations.
– The Nation

Panel hears bribery rife in fish industry
The Command Centre for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has set up a panel to look into complaints accusing some officials of demanding bribes from trawler operators.
– Bangkok Post

Cabinet agrees to 3-per-cent salary increase top-up for over 700 ‘government officials’
THE Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to top-up the annual salary increase for hundreds of “government officials” recruited from their principal offices to help the junta perform its work.
– The Nation

Losing Streak May Continue For Thai Bourse
The Thai stock market has moved lower in back-to-back sessions, slipping more than 15 points or 1 percent along the way. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now rests just beneath the 1,575-point plateau, and the market is in line for further damage on Wednesday.
– Nasdaq

Little impact from possible second Thai FSO on MISC
Maintain hold with a fair value of RM7.35: Further to our update last Friday, management has claimed that the upstream report on Chevron’s award of another floating, storage and offloading vessel (FSO) to MISC Bhd is incorrect as the project’s details are still at a preliminary stage and far from completion.
– The Edge Markets

Concerns raised over capital flight amid North Korea face-off
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assigned the Foreign Ministry to monitor the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, he said after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.
– The Nation

Retirees need at least B4.4m over 20 years
Thais should save at least 4.36 million baht when they retire so they can have 16,000 to spend each month over the next 20 years.
– Bangkok Post

NLA to change meeting regulations to go in line with new Constitution
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is set to bring its meeting regulations in line with the new charter.
– Pattaya Mail

Artificial intelligence to play big role in global economy
Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to provide a significant boost for the global economy as it lays the foundation for accelerated innovation throughout the coming decade and beyond, according to consulting firm PwC Thailand.
– The Nation

China’s biggest Silk Road summit plans omit Thai leaders
China will gather presidents and prime ministers for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend.
– Bangkok Post

Chinese Tourists Spent Around $261 Billion Overseas in 2016
Chinese tourists spent about $261 billion on overseas travel in 2016, a 12% increase from 2015, making it the world’s leading outbound market, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
–Next Shark

Food vendors fearful amid BMA move to sweep them away
THOUSANDS of food vendors are fearful about their future after officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) declared their intention to clear them off streets for the sake of cleanliness.
– The Nation

More Cambodian workers returning to Thailand nabbed for illegal entry
Soldiers in Sa Kaeo province have arrested more Cambodian workers who crossed the border illegally on their way back to Thailand following the Songkran holiday.

World Bank keeps wary outlook
The country’s underlying productivity challenges are expected to cap Thai economic growth at a mere 3.4% in 2019, the World Bank says.
– Bangkok Post

Irrigation Dept to supply water to central region to accommodate farming
The Royal Irrigation Department is prepared to supply water to the lower central region, in order to accommodate agricultural activity.

Thailand’s Ranking in the World Happiness Report Has Improved
Thailand ranks 32nd in the World Happiness Report 2017, issued by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.
– Government Public Relations Department

Q1 condo supply sees bounceback
The amount of new condo supply launched in Greater Bangkok in the first quarter returned to normal at about 10,000 units as developer confidence has returned.
– Bangkok Post

First rise in Real Estate Confidence Index for nearly a year
The Real Estate Confidence Index in the first quarter stood at 54.2 points, up from 53.5 points in the final quarter of last year.
– The Nation

Dusit Hotels & Resorts becomes first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay
Thailand-based, global hospitality group Dusit Hotels & Resorts has signed a partnership agreement with Ksher (WeChat Pay Thailand) and Asset Bright Public Company Limited to accept WeChat Pay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.
– Hospitalitynet

Mekong survey draws protests
A network of environmentalists is getting ready to protest against a Chinese government survey of the Khon Pi Long rapids in Chiang Rai.
– Bangkok Post

Sikorsky beefs up chopper help
Connecticut-based helicopter maker Sikorsky is expanding its helicopter service support in Thailand as part efforts to grow its presence in Asia-Pacific.
– Bangkok Post

SAM arranging debt collection unit
Sukhumvit Asset Management (SAM), a wholly owned bad-asset management firm under the Financial Institutions Development Fund, is seeking central bank approval to dip its toes into debt collection service…
– Bangkok Post

Taiwan extends visa-free visits for Thai passport holders for another year
Thai Trade and Economic Office Taipei has recently decided to extend visa-free visits to Taiwan by holders of Thai passports for another year as of August 1, 2017 until August 31, 2018.
– Thai PBS

Government asks for delay in pickup ban
The Transport Ministry plans to ask the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to come up with a traffic regulation that will allow people to sit in the rear space, or tray, of pickup trucks, after the government suffered fierce criticism over its vow to stop the practice.
– Bangkok Post

159 persons prosecuted for violating Alcohol Control Act during Songkran festival: DDC
A total of 159 persons have been prosecuted for violating the Alcohol Control Act during Songkran festival.

Songkran 2017 attracts more foreign visitors
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revealed that the number of tourist arrivals during the past Songkran Festival was higher than last year and that revenue was slightly below 40 billion baht.
– Government Public Relations Department

PM orders probe into missing plaque
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has ordered the Royal Thai Police Office and the security agencies to investigate the missing of the 1932 coup makers’ plaque embedded at the Royal Plaza.
– ThaiPBS


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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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