Thailand Morning News For July 5

Thailand Morning News For July 5

Thailand morning news‘Samui Times’ to be sued after Koh Tao death story
The death case of a Belgian tourist on Koh Tao took a twist on Tuesday as provincial authorities on Tuesday targeted a news website which ran the story before it went viral.
— Bangkok Post

12th National Economic and Social Development plan aims to double per capita income
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has expressed confidence that the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan will lead to GDP growth as high as 5 percent, while this year’s GDP will only grow at 3.5 percent due to external global factors.

Customs department lowers its revenue target
THE CUSTOMS Department has revised down the target of revenue it can collect in the 2017 fiscal year to just over Bt100 billion from the original target of Bt120 billion after revenue in the first eight months of the fiscal year fell short of the original target by Bt10 billion.
— The Nation

Cabinet approves emergency budget
The cabinet on Tuesday approved an emergency 22.9 billion baht budget for fiscal 2017 to help farmers improve production in line with the sufficiency economy philosophy, initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— Bangkok Post

Inflation rate reaches 14 month low
Thailand’s inflation rate has reached a 14-month low due to a drop in oil prices, as well as economic recovery that has not affected the cost of living.
— NBT World (video)

Education itself must learn some lessons
As debates rage on about how to move national education reform forwards, globalisation has been transforming Thailand’s learning landscape without the experts and administrators in charge noticing much.
— Bangkok Post

“Startup Thailand 2017” to kick off this week
The Ministry of Science and Technology is gearing up to organize “Startup Thailand 2017” later this week, with entrepreneurs from across the globe expected to take part in the event.
— NBT World (video)

Strong potential for luxury senior housing market in Thailand
As Thailand is becoming an ageing society, more senior housing projects by both government bodies and private developers are rising across the country.
— Bangkok Post

JSCCIB raises projection for export performance this year
A PEAK private-sector grouping has scaled up its expectations for the country’s export performance this year with growth of 3.5-4.5 per cent forecast, from a previous estimate of 2-3.5 per cent expansion.
— The Nation

Chiang Rai sets development blueprint for food industry city
Chiang Rai province has set a blueprint for the development of a food industry city in the upper northern region in bid to promote local entrepreneurs.

Experts baulk at plan for social media ‘watch centre’
MEDIA and legal experts have strongly opposed a proposed social media monitoring centre, which would require all users to register with their fingerprints and ID cards, saying it will lead to even more underground online content.
— The Nation

Yingluck supporters won’t be banned: Army chief
Supporters of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will not be banned from turning up at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to give her moral support on July 21, the last day of the examination of defence witnesses in the rice-pledging case against her, Gen Chalermchai Sittisart said on Tuesday (July 4).
— Thai PBS

Firms wary of new labour law
EMPLOYERS of foreign workers are worried about government efforts to solve the migrant workers’ issue, as they feel recently-announced measures are not enough to relieve the worker shortage and many small businesses may have to temporarily close down.
— The Nation

Labour law hiatus sparks abuse fears
State agencies have been ordered to refrain from abusing their power following Tuesday’s invocation of a special order under Section 44 to allow a 180-day reprieve for people involved in the employment of unregistered migrant workers.
— Bangkok Post

NLA Whip to turn executive decree on foreign workers into law
The National Legislative Assembly is planning to upgrade the executive decree on foreign workers into a law.
— NBT World (video)

PM Prayut insists on effective solutions to foreign worker problems
Thailand has to move quickly to solve problems surrounding foreign workers, according to the Prime Minister.

Government to use Section 44 to postpone enforcement of royal decree on foreign workers
A committee responsible for solutions to the problems of foreign workers and human trafficking in labor will ask the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to postpone the enforcement of the royal decree on managing the work of foreigners for another 120 days.
— NBT World (video)

New Migrant Worker Law results in uptick in registrations
Employers across the nation have stepped up registration of their migrant laborers and are working to properly document their employees in response to new stricter laws on employment, with some members of the private sector asking for a period of grace to allow businesses to adapt to the new legislation.

Banks look to positives from stricter personal loan controls
THE Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA) says that proposed official measures to impose more stringent conditions on personal loans will have only a limited impact on commercial banks and that they may help to improve the quality of their loan books.
— The Nation

Phnom Penh closes down all unofficial border checkpoints with Thailand
The Cambodian has closed down all unofficial border checkpoints with Thailand in Banteay Meanchey and Battambang in an apparent reaction to the Thai government’s recent promulgation of a new alien workers’ law imposing stricter punishments on illegal migrant workers as well as their Thai employers, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS

Government develops farmers with technology
The Ministry of Science and Technology has launched the InnoAgri project to develop farmers with science, technology and innovation. The project will be piloted in Si Sa Ket province first.
— NBT World (video)

Radical change is needed to unlock country’s potential
DELIVERING his keynote speech at the conference on implementation of the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan on Monday, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was furious about the inactivity of authorities over the plight of a villager whose house was hit by a fallen tree.
— The Nation

Several benefits of “Double track” railway project to both Thais and foreigners
Deputy Secretary General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, General Navin Damrigan, talks about the progress of the Double track project construction and its benefits for both Thais and foreigners perspective in the “Thailand Today” program at NBT World TV Station.

FTD to appeal against Administrative Court’s order
The Foreign Trade Department will appeal against the Central Administrative Court’s order suspending the auction of degraded rice and contract signing of degraded rice already auctioned off.
— Thai PBS

NCPO uses Article 44 to grant more time for notifying waterway encroachment
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has allowed an additional 60 days for the notification of waterway encroachment, by exercising the special powers granted to it under Article 44 of the interim charter.
— The Nation

Royal Thai Army tries to calm Chanthaburi fishermen’s anxiety over new law on navigation
The Royal Thai Army has tried to calm anxiety among fishermen in eastern Chanthaburi Province, who are opposing the enforcement of a new version of the law on navigation in Thai waters.

Thai meat giant claims ethical approach to hiring of migrants
One of Thailand’s largest meat companies, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), has declared that the migrant staff comprising nearly a fifth of its workforce have been recruited in line with anti-slavery laws.
— Global Meat News

Public Health Ministry promotes awareness of new Tobacco Control Act
The Ministry of Public Health is moving forward with the enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2017, targeting to safeguard youth and non-smokers against the dangers of tobacco.
— NBT World (video)

Vietnamese lychees enter Thai market
According to Central Group Vietnam, the Luc Ngan lychee is being sold at Tops Supermarkets and the Central Food Hall chain in Bangkok, at a listed price of THB299 per kg.
— Fresh Plaza

AIS, TCDC aim to inspire young creatives with new AIS Design Centre in Bangkok
Advanced Info Service (AIS) has partnered with the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) to establish the AIS Design Centre (AIS DC for short) – a tech space and playground in the heart of Bangkok for the new Thai generation to get inspired by the worlds of new technologies, design and business.
— The Nation

25 NRSA members resign
Twenty-five members of the National Reform Steering Assembly have resigned as the NRSA is due to be dissolved on July 31, said Alongkorn Ponlaboot on Tuesday (July 4).
— Thai PBS

Foreign bike gang makes life in South Pattaya neighborhood miserable
Pattaya police are now hunting for a foreign biker gang which is making life of residents in the South Pattaya neighborhood miserable from the gangsters’ defiant behaviour and noises from their roaring engines.
— 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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