Thailand Morning News For April 27

Thailand Morning News For April 27

Thailand morning news

Thailand Broadens Powers of Internet Censors
Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube, Facebook Inc. and other internet companies will face stricter content limits in Thailand next month when a law that curbs criticism of the monarchy and government takes effect.
– Bloomberg BNA

Producers, importers and distributors of internet TV boxes must get permits
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has issued an announcement requiring producers, importers and distributers of Internet TV boxes to get permits from the broadcasting regulator or face two-year imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of two million baht.
– Thai PBS

Thailand ready to answer Trump probe
Thailand is ready to submit details on factors causing its trade surplus with the US, as requested by an executive order from the White House.
– Bangkok Post

Experts push for inquisitorial system of justice
Experts at a seminar on constitutional procedure in the organic law related to the Constitutional Court expressed the need to emphasise on the inquisitorial system over the adversarial legal system as well as allow the public to bring constitutional dispute cases to the Court.
– The Nation

Car shipment woes linger in March
Thailand’s car exports continued to decline in March despite reaching their highest volume in more than six months, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
– Bangkok Post

Land lease protest starts to heat up
Activists from the Network of Special Economic Zone Watch pledged Wednesday to petition the Administrative Court to interpret whether the eastern special economic development zone bill has been drafted correctly, if the government refuses to consider hosting a public hearing on it.
– Bangkok Post

Live and death: Facebook sorely needs a reality check about video
It’s barely a week since Facebook streamed the murder of 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin and the social network is reeling from another tragedy: a father in Phuket, Thailand, used Facebook Live to broadcast him killing his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself. Two harrowing clips of the incident were accessible to users on his Facebook profile for about 24 hours and were together viewed almost 400,000 times.
– The Guardian

ACT demands ‘secret’ sub buy details
Anti-corruption advocates have demanded the government and Royal Thai Navy disclose information on its “secret” submarine purchase to ensure the transparency of the deal.
– Bangkok Post

TDRI: Thais more aware of corruption problem
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has indicated higher awareness of corruption among Thai people while suggesting that the government revise related laws for more efficiency.

Not good enough, Ghosn tells Nissan
NISSAN has done poorly in Thailand and will need to fill in unused capacity at its assembly plants here, said Carlos Ghosn.
– The Nation

Junta to pass bill allowing police to intercept communications
The junta has given the green light to a new version of the Criminal Procedure Code that allows police to intercept communications.
– Prachatai English

BMTA expects to receive the first lot of 50 electric vehicles in December
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is expected to wrap up the result of the second round of public forum regarding the acquisition of electric vehicles this week before going ahead with the holding of an auction to procure a fleet of 200 electric vehicles to replace the ageing buses.
– Thai PBS

Access to information very important for the people of Thailand: #RadioAsia2017
he minister attached to the PM’s office, Ormsin Chivapruck welcomed delegates on behalf of the Thai Prime Minister at the opening ceremony of Radio Asia in Bangkok.
– Asia Radio Today

PM opens WTTC 2017 Global Summit
The Thai Prime Minister has presided over the opening ceremony of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2017 Global Summit, during which he invited more tourism investment from overseas.

Thailand’s Muslim-friendly travel application now available in Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia
A special travel application launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to help Muslim travellers in Thailand has been enhanced with translations into Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia. Along with the original Thai and English; this means the application is now available in four languages.
– Travel Daily News

Ezyhaul takes ‘Uber model’ to meet shippers’ needs
THREE friends from three countries have come together to create an “Uber-like technology platform’’ that can match the needs of shippers with transport companies in Malaysia and Singapore.
– The Nation

Thailand To Make U-Tapao Airport A Third Bangkok Airport
Thailand is planning to make U-Tapao International Airport a third airport for Bangkok, as part of an ambitious government plan to beef up infrastructure in the eastern part of the country.

BCPG to invest in I’nesia geothermal power
RENEWABLE-POWER company BCPG plans to invest in geothermal power business in Indonesia through acquisition of equity in Singapore-based Star Energy Group Holdings, with total power production capacity equivalent to 995 megawatts.
– The Nation

Smart farm project proves successful in Yala
A smart farm project, which was initiated by the Southern Border Province Administration Center (SBPAC), has proved successful in helping farmers in Krong Pinang district of Yala province supplement their monthly incomes.

Over 400 illegals from Cambodia nabbed in Wang Nam Yen district
Over 400 illegal immigrants from Cambodia believed to be duped with false job opportunities in Thailand have been rounded up near the Thai-Cambodian border in Wang Namyen district of Sa Kaew province.
– Thai PBS


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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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