Thailand Morning News For December 1

Thailand Morning News For December 1

Thailand morning newsThai Oct factory output rises 0.48 pct y/y, well below forecast
Thailand’s annual industrial output rose for a fourth straight month in October, but much less than expected, as stronger production of rubber, car engines and processed food was offset by weaker output of air conditioners, jewellery and textiles.
— Reuters

More flooding, heavy rain in southern Thailand
Heavy rain has continued to pound many southern provinces of Thailand, as areas in Trang and Yala provinces have been declared flood disaster zones.
— NBT World (video)

Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan dies aged 68
Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan died aged 68 on Thursday (Nov 30). Dr Surin, who was also a former Thai foreign minister, died of an acute heart attack, Thailand’s Democrat Party said.
— Channel NewsAsia

E-business tax to be levied in 2018
An e-business tax, a levy on any online transaction that takes place in Thailand regardless of the e-commerce operator’s location, is expected to come into force next year, says the Revenue Department’s chief.
— Bangkok Post

Khao Luang runoffs are gushing toward Nakhon Si Thammarat townships
Residents in Muang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat have been told by officials to brace for flooding after almost 400mm of rainfalls were dumped into the province, particularly in the mountainous Khao Luang area.
— Thai PBS

Citizen journalist arrested for flying drone over controversial mine
The police have detained a citizen journalist at the Thai-Myanmar border for flying a drone over a disputed gold mine in 2015.
— Prachatai

Revenue chief warns tax-evading SMEs
About 150,000 small to middling businesses currently evading taxes by keeping more than one set of account books, and using the doctored figures when filing their returns, have one month to fall into line, the Revenue Department chief warned on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Environment board awaits complete Songkhla power plant EHIA report
The National Environment Board is waiting for the complete Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) report from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) regarding the coal-fired plant construction project in Thepha district, Songkhla province.
— NNT

Hotel growth expected despite snags
Hotel business is expected to grow by 5-7% this year despite being sluggish in several regions in October, says Supawan Tanomkieatipum, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA).
— Bangkok Post

NACC finds Boonsong’s ex-secretary unusually rich, seeking to freeze B896.6m assets
Pol Maj Veerawut Vajjanapukka, former secretary to Boonsong Teriyapirom, a former commerce minister, has been found by the National Anti-Corruption Commission to be 896.5 million baht unusually rich in connection with the bogus government-to-government rice deals, NACC deputy secretary-general Vorawit Sukboon said on Thursday (Nov 30).
— Thai PBS

Thai property developer Habitat plans to mobilise funds via IPO in 2019
Habitat Group, a Thai developer of premium property, plans to raise up to 1.5 billion baht ($46 million) in its initial public offering (IPO) scheduled for the second half of 2019.
— DealStreetAsia

300,000 new SMEs targeted
The government plans to increase the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by 300,000 next year, as they are expected to play a major role in supporting the Thai economy, says Suwanchai Lohawattanakul, newly appointed director-general of the Office of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Promotion (Osmep).
— Bangkok Post

Flood-ravaged school in Yala closes indefinitely
All classes at Ban Thung Riang School in Yala have been suspended indefinitely due to severe flooding.
— NNT

CIFS finds it difficult to conduct DNA test on Pakapong’s internal organs
The Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has revealed that a special solution is being applied in conducting a DNA test on the internal organs of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, since they had been kept in formalin for a long time.
— Thai PBS

Thailand and Southeast Asia to see salary growth across key sectors: annual survey
According to a newly released annual salary survey from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters, the overall job market in Thailand and Southeast Asia has remained active throughout 2017, despite facing variable economic conditions.
— The Nation

Amazing Thailand VR brings ‘Discover Thainess’ to life
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a virtual reality ‘Discover Thainess’ campaign to harness the power of new media and provide potential visitors with an authentic Thai local experience even before visiting the country.
— TAT News

 

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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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