Thailand Morning News For August 4

Thailand Morning News For August 4

Thailand morning newsPassenger traffic at major airports slows
Passenger traffic experienced slower growth at six major airports in Thailand in the first half but remained healthy by global standards.
— Bangkok Post

WARNING: ‘Most dangerous’ Android malware targeting UK, Australia and Singapore bank customers
People who use online banking apps are being warned about a dangerous new form of Android malware.
— The Nation

Horrifying Video: Man Eaten Alive in Thailand Buddhist Temple
Horrifying video has emerged of a Thai man being eaten alive by a bear at a Buddhist temple in Phetchabun Province in north-central Thailand.
— AEC News Today

Thailand’s neighbours leapfrog Japan to become biggest export markets
Strong demand from other Asean countries should see 8% growth for Thai agriculture and food exports this year.
— Food Navigator

Thailand floods kill 23, cause damage estimated at US$300 million
Floods have killed at least 23 people in Thailand’s northeastern farming region, the interior ministry said on Thursday, causing damage estimated at US$300 million.
— Channel NewsAsia

Thais tell Facebook: “This is Thailand – you’re not doing enough to block illegal content”
The Thai national broadcasting authority has told Facebook they are not doing enough to block content deemed illegal in the kingdom.
— The Nation

Govt to hold fundraising activity for flood-hit provinces
The government is preparing to organize a fundraising activity to help residents in flood-hit provinces.

CU denies forcing students to prostrate in the rain in oath-taking ritual
Chulalongkorn University administration clarified on Thursday (Aug 3) that it did not force first-year students to sit in the rain and to prostrate in front of the statue of King Chulalongkorn, the founder of the university, in an oath-taking ceremony.
— Thai PBS

Low-income housing plans being drafted
The National Housing Authority (NHA) is prepared to handle long-term residential development plans for low-income earners in accordance with the government’s “Housing for All” ambitions.
— Bangkok Post

Junta’s reform policies literally copy and pasted
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has presented the junta its long-anticipated recommendations for developing post-coup Thailand. But iLaw, a watchdog NGO, has pointed out that much of the NRSA’s reform package was merely copy and pasted from other sources.
— Prachatai English

Isaan faces more floods
MORE RAINFALL has been predicted for already inundated swathes of the Northeast, while experts have urged authorities to issue immediate warnings to the public via all available channels if more flooding is possible.
— The Nation

Heavy rainfall to affect 30 provinces
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has issued warnings to 30 provinces in the northern, northeastern, eastern, and southwestern regions to brace for flash floods and mudslides in the next few days.

Treasury Department to waive rent on state land for flood victims
The Treasury Department has decided to waive rental fees for state land for up to two years for tenants impacted by flooding.

Flood economic damages estimated at over 15.7 billion baht
The Kasikorn Research Center says damage to the national economy caused by the ongoing flood crisis could amount to more than 15.7 billion baht or 0.1% of GDP in total.
— Thai PBS

Flood-affected farmers urged to join in rice insurance project
The Office of Agricultural Economics has assessed that the rice insurance project will help to reduce the effects of the flooding conditions on rice farmers in the northeastern region. The office will sell insurance policies until the end of this year.

MOL: 15-day migrant worker employment reporting centers not for undocumented Vietnamese workers
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has addressed why the 15-day migrant worker employment reporting centers is unable to provide services to undocumented Vietnamese workers.

‘ICAO standards failure rumours false’, say Phuket Airport officials
Officials from Phuket International Airport have today denied a claim posted on a Phuket Facebook group yesterday (Aug 2) which stated the airport failed to meet the standards, including those of security, of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
— Phuket News

DPM for Economy satisfied with 4 0 policy implementation.
The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has expressed his satisfaction with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in its implementation of the government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda.
— NBT World (video)

Cyber warfare among the people: Thailand’s digital dystopia
With a secret military court again denying bail last week to Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa, a law student from Khon Kaen University in Northeast Thailand, the regime is adopting show trials targeting university students, human rights activists, and academics.

Toyota Thailand plans to slash HEV prices
Toyota Motor Thailand plans to be the first carmaker in the country to cut the retail price of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), in line with the lower excise tax the company was granted last week under Board of Investment (BoI) privileges.
— Bangkok Post

TCP puts Bt10 bn behind Asean push
TCP Group is embarking on a Bt10 billion, five-year regional expansion mission for its products led by the well-known Krating Daeng energy drink and Sun Snack snacks.
— The Nation

Chinese bike-sharing giant Ofo launches operations in Bangkok
Beijing-based bike-sharing startup Ofo Inc, which recently secured over $700 million in a series E round led by Alibaba Group, has officially launched its services in Thailand, marking its fifth overseas footprint.
— Channel NewsAsia

F&N shares fall after third quarter results
Shares of Fraser & Neave Holdings (F&N) came under selling pressure on Friday following its slightly below expectation earnings for the third quarter ended June 30, 2017.
— The Star Online

PM orders for post flooding recovery plans
The Prime Minister has ordered the authorities to conduct a damage survey and commissioned prompt recovery operations to ensure all water reservoirs will be capable of storing more water during dry season.
— NBT World (video)

KMUTNB students win two awards from World Robocup Rescue 2017
A group of Thai students from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) won two awards at the World Robocup Rescue 2017 in Nagoya, Japan.

Science Ministry to hold science & technology fair
The Ministry of Science and Technology is preparing to host National Science and Technology Fair 2017 to showcase technological advances from different countries.

B1bn to help Kerry Express branch out
Kerry Express Thailand Ltd, a logistics provider, plans to spend at least 1 billion baht to expand its networks and enhance services to meet growing demand for parcel delivery service rising from robust e-commerce business.
— Bangkok Post

Clarity needed over vital drugs, says Aids group
Auditor-general’s ruling to revoke NHSO authority to negotiate group purchases leaves procurement process in state of limbo.
— The Nation

Fisheries Dept plans to eliminate blackchin tilapia
The Department of Fisheries is planning to stop the breeding of blackchin tilapia, an invasive fish species currently plaguing the waters of Phetchaburi and Samut Songkram provinces.

Student sought in stabbing death brawl to surrender to police
Parents of the Pathumwan Institute of Technology student – who is being sought after a brawl on Tuesday left a rival student dead and another seriously injured – have contacted police to arrange for his surrender.
— The Nation


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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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