Thailand Morning News For April 24

Thailand Morning News For April 24

Thailand morning news

Krabi coal plant up in the air
The government’s plan to build a coal-fired power plant in the coastal province of Krabi has once again been put on hold after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha scrapped the previous environmental health impact assessment (EHIA) and ordered the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to conduct a new one with greater input from nearby communities.
– Bangkok Post

City Hall on back foot in clean-up drive
A heavy backlash from the public and food vendors has forced City Hall to come out and explain its planned “regulation” of street food in the capital.
– Bangkok Post

Ten banks see profits rise 8%
TEN BANKS have announced that their combined net profit in the first quarter of this year was Bt55.71 billion, up 8 per cent from the same period of last year, thanks to increases on both interest and non-interest income.
– The Nation

Govt praised for anti-corruption policies: Poll
A recent Suan Dusit poll has shown the general public are satisfied with the government’s anti-corruption policies, with an increased overall satisfaction towards the government.

Commerce officials braced for new Trump measures
The government is scheduled to hold a joint meeting between the state and the private sector on Wednesday to discuss possible adverse impacts from executive orders signed recently by US President Donald Trump.
– Bangkok Post

Rubber Policy Committee extends loan project for another year
The Natural Rubber Policy Committee has resolved to extend a 10-billion-baht loan program for another year in the hope of stabilizing the rubber industry.
– Pattaya Mail

‘Yields dropping as govt bonds more popular now’
INVESTORS have flocked to subscribe to government bonds auctioned by the Finance Ministry after the Bank of Thailand tapered off its short-term-bond issuance this month, said Suwit Rojanavanich, director-general of the Public Debt Management Office.
– The Nation

MoU for PromptPay security
Telecommunications and banker associations will next month start joining forces for the handling of electronic money transfers and mobile banking services, as they prepare for security risk management control.
– Bangkok Post

Nok Air seeks B1.5bn capital injection
Nok Air has received shareholder approval to raise 1.5 billion baht in fresh capital to support its revival efforts.
– Bangkok Post

‘Second-class citizens’ after EEC
Academic warns of Massive land grabs in three provinces; privileges for foreign investors likened to pre1997 Hong Kong
– The Nation

Thailand expects to host 12 lakh tourists from India in 2017
Thailand, the South Asian country mainly known for its tropical beaches and cuisine, is eyeing 12 lakh travellers from India this year.
– The Economic Times

150,000 Thais working abroad in March
Some 150,000 Thai workers employed in foreign countries at present, generated 10.25 billion baht that was sent back to Thailand, says DOE chief.

Thailand Salary Guide 2017
Whether you are looking for employees to hire or to find a job that suits your profile, knowing the salaries usually granted for certain positions, in certain industries and with a certain level of experience can be very useful. For such purpose, here is a detailed report to assess your HR cost or salary expectations in Thailand.
– AseanUp

DSI gears up to freeze new Tarit asset list
The anti-graft agency is gearing up to freeze almost 100 million baht from former Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith in a fresh probe into his alleged ill-gotten assets.
– Bangkok Post

All taxis to be equipped with tracking devices
All taxis will soon be required to have safety devices according to the Department of Land Transport.
– Pattaya Mail


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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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