Thailand Morning News For December 28

Thailand Morning News For December 28

Thailand morning newsGovt rolls out economic stimulus measures before year’s end
Economic stimulus measures continue to be issued by the government as New Year presents to the Thai people.

ATTA says visa on arrival strands tourists 1-4 hours at airports
The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has complained of unnecessary waste of time for tourists applying for visas on arrival (VOA) at the airports saying the process take 1-4 hours.
— Thai PBS

Cabinet gives green light to Smart Visa project
The Cabinet has given the green light to the implementation of a Smart Visa project which was proposed by the Committee for Strategic National Administration.

Zimbabwean family stranded at airport for months
The Immigration Bureau confirms that a Zimbabwean family of eight – including four young children – has been living at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan for several months pending an asylum process with the United Nations.
— Bangkok Post

SLF to start deducting salaries of student loan borrowers in March
The Office of the Student Loan Fund (SLF) will start deducting the salaries of officials who were given student loans while they were studying to settle their debts on monthly basis in the first quarter of the coming year.
— Thai PBS

Prawit seen with another pricey watch
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has been caught wearing another luxury watch, his 11th, worth more than half a million baht, according to a Facebook post.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry sets target of 463 for New Year road toll
The Transport Ministry is looking to cut the number of road accidents and deaths during the New Year holidays this year by 5%.
— Bangkok Post

Death toll in Thailand’s southern conflict hits record low
The death toll this year from an insurgency in Thailand’s Muslim-majority southern provinces was the lowest since the conflict began 13 years ago, monitors said Wednesday (Dec 27), as security improves under the ruling junta.
— Channel NewsAsia/ AFP

Second Chiang Mai airport endorsed
The cabinet has given a go-ahead for the construction of the second Chiang Mai international airport, either in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai or in Ban Thi district of Lamphun, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Wednesday(Dec 27).
— Thai PBS

Welfare card user awarded 1 million baht under government program
The Ministry of Finance has for the first time awarded 1 million baht to a welfare card user as part of an effort to promote digital money usage.

Tax refund through Promptpay accounts can be done in 1 day
Taxpayers who submit their tax return forms via the internet will have their tax refund to be wired into their Promptpay account within one day, Revenue Department director-general Prasong Poontaneat said Tuesday (Dec 26).
— Thai PBS

Police at checkpoints with road accidents may be punished
The Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police said he is considering punitive measures against officers operating in areas where a high rate of accidents took place during the New Year’s holiday, while indicating more checkpoints will be setup along minor roads.
— News Today (video)

Start-ups the new engine of growth
THAI START-UPS have played a key role in helping major and small businesses achieve digital transformation, while helping create direct and indirect employment.
— The Nation

Military units sent out to aid cold-hit people
The military has delivered assistance to cold-stricken people around the country, especially the elderly and those in remote areas, while free medical services have also been offered.

Thai AirAsia founder back in control
Thai AirAsia (TAA) chief Tassapon Bijleveld has regained his sway over Thailand’s largest low-cost carrier through an 8.28-billion-baht share buyback from King Power Group.
— Bangkok Post

Office of Insurance Commission announces affordable insurance plans
The Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) is encouraging New Year holidaymakers to purchase insurance and is collaborating with companies to provide affordable plans to the public.
— News Today (video)

Minister orders faster verification system for foreign workers after staff reshuffle
Labour Minister Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew has instructed nationality-verification centres to speed up their work to reduce the time required per person verified from 13 hours to less than two hours.
— The Nation

BMTA buys 489 NGV buses from CHO-SCN
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the operator of city bus service, has signed a contract to buy 489 NGV-powered buses from CHO-SCN, a consortium of Scan Inter Plc and Cho Thavee Plc.
— Thai PBS

90% of medical emergency volunteers ‘not qualified’ under new NLA rules
FEWER THAN 10 per cent of medical emergency volunteers nationwide qualify under new standards that will take effect in the middle of next year.
— The Nation

Traffic police offers free inspections for vehicles throughout New Year’s holidays
The Traffic Police Division is providing free vehicle inspections from now until 3 January 2017 in an effort to reduce traffic problems and road accidents.
— News Today (video)

Military units ordered to employ more inmates in defense industry
Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan called upon military units to extend the employment of inmates in national defense industry.

Chinese tour guide trampled to death by elephant in Thailand
A Chinese tour guide has been trampled to death by a rampaging elephant in Thailand, reports said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Travel agents attract 6.8% increase in Asian travellers
The number of foreign tourists using the services of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) has surged significantly this year as the Asian market grows.
— Bangkok Post

Probation Department launches anti-drink-driving campaign
The Department of Probation and its network have launched a campaign to ensure that motorists abide by traffic rules and regulations to help reduce the number of road accidents during the New Year festival.


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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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