Thailand Morning News For April 26

Thailand Morning News For April 26

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Father in Thailand Kills 11-Month-Old Daughter Live on Facebook
A man in Thailand broadcast himself murdering his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook late Monday before turning off the camera and hanging himself, the police said.
– The New York Times

Online live streaming is to be placed under NBTC’s control
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to place online live streaming under control following complaints of unfair competition from several digital TV operators.
– Thai PBS

Govt starts new campaign to curb websites
The national telecom regulator and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE) have reiterated their demand that all internet service providers (ISPs) and international internet gateway providers block webpages and content that contain or promote illegal acts or breach Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand agree to increase cooperation
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the Bahraini side and Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha led his country’s delegation at the talk session held today at Qudaibiya Palace.
– Bahrain News Agency

Export surge keeps growth target in reach
A SURGE in exports last month pushed up the value of first-quarter shipments by 4.9 per cent to $56.46 billion from the year before for the best performance in four years, fuelled by multi-year highs in trade volumes with China and India.
– The Nation

Automakers head to Thailand as new green-car frontier
Global automakers are exploring new avenues for environmentally friendly cars into Thailand, drawn by incentives from a government intent on maintaining the competitiveness of Southeast Asia’s largest auto producer.
– Nikkei Asian Review

Thailand: Govt needs long-term military supervision – deputy prime minister
THAILAND’S military commanders should oversee a long-term national strategy in order to resolve the country’s “unique” problems, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Monday.
– Asian Correspondent

FTA with Thailand likely to be signed in May ’17: Dagha
Pakistan hopes to sign Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand in May 2017, which would help to boost volume of bilateral trade.
– The Nation

Self employed workforce to get state welfare
The government yesterday announced special welfare and benefit for self employed workforce to mark the upcoming National Labour Day on May 1.
– Thai PBS

Thailand under strain from tourist surge
Thailand’s tourist industry faces “trouble” without urgent investment to cope with an expected near-doubling of visitors to 60m by 2030, a top official has warned.
– Financial Times

TCEB Launches Spice Up Thailand 2017 Campaign With Special Privileges for MICE
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is returning the Spice Up Thailand campaign for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, adding new privileges for domestic business event travellers and targeting delegates from Asia, especially CLMV countries.
– PRNewswire (media release)

Thailand Targets Energy Hub Status in Asia
The country is gearing up to take the mantle with the Ministry of Energy setting the stage for its announcement in December at Future Energy Asia
– Asia Outlook

What’s in for Thailand in the Eastern Economic Corridor Project ?
The EEC project will connect with 10 target industries under the Thailand 4.0 policy which takes into account the shifting of Thailand’s economy to value-based, innovation-driven economy.
– Thailand Business News

After Berli Jucker became Big C’s majority shareholder in March 2016, a series of changes were introduced. Some of these included discontinuation of unprofitable categories, investment in fresh food and the testing of new formats. After a period of consolidation, the retailer is ready to expand its network.
– Retail Analysis

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) rolls out enhanced after-sales, assistance programme
Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) has reinforced its “Best Customer Experience” commitment by revealing its after-sales strategy for 2017
– The Nation

SE Asian aircraft demand skyrockets
Southeast Asia’s significance as a major global aeroplane market is becoming more apparent with its burgeoning aviation activities.
– Bangkok Post

NEC Successfully Trials Landslide Prediction System in Thailand
NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701), in collaboration with Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC), announced today the completion of a trial for a system that identifies areas where there is danger of a landslide occurring. The effectiveness of the system was confirmed as the trial was conducted in Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand during the period from November 2016 to March 2017.
– Benzinga

Uber confident on legal clearance for services
UBER has expressed confidence that it can clear within five months the legal hurdles that have dogged its taxi-service operation in Thailand.
– The Nation

Farmers reap gains from sugar cane
Better yields have given Thailand abundant sugar output in the current 2016-17 crop, allowing the world’s second-biggest sugar exporter to capitalise on rising global prices, says the Thai Sugar Millers Corporation Ltd (TSMC).
– Bangkok Post

Sexy Cyber Scammer Who Stole Millions And Lived A Double Life
Prison scrubs are the new swimsuit for an accused cyberscammer plucked off the beaches of Thailand to face justice in a Brooklyn court. But her attorney and prosecutors said Wednesday that they’re in talks about a plea deal.

Junta defends ‘cheap’ $393 million Chinese sub purchase
The Thai junta on Tuesday defended $393 million earmarked for a Chinese submarine, batting back criticism of the secrecy of the deal, its cost and the questionable utility of the warship.
– Pulse GH

Sweat, heat and the press of crowds on lengthy journeys is the experience of traveling Thailand by train. For director Sompot Chidgasornpongse, it’s the perfect allegory for Thai society.
– Khaosod English


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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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