Thailand Morning News For March 29

Thailand Morning News For March 29

Thailand morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Thailand news on matters of governance and policies.


Thailand morning news

Anti-coal groups denounce junta’s southern energy committee
Southern civil society groups have denounced a public forum held by the junta to gather feedback on its pro-coal policies, saying the event was merely self-promotion.
– Prachatai English

Van operators mull stoppage
Passenger van operators are threatening to stop their services from this Friday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not relax new traffic rules which require safer public van services.
– Bangkok Post

Military refuses to reveal CCTV evidence of late Lahu activist’s crime scene
The military has refused to reveal footage at the crime scene where Lahu activist was summarily executed, saying it might mess up the investigation process.
– Prachatai English

Red Bull Heir Enjoys Jet-set Life 4 Years After Hit-and-run
An heir to the Red Bull energy-drink empire is accused of killing a Thai police officer in a hit-and-run nearly five years ago, yet he still has not appeared to face charges.
– Bloomberg

New population of rare tigers found in eastern Thailand
A new breeding population of the critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been found in a national park in eastern Thailand, conservationists say.

Holiday boost for airports
Thailand’s six main airports recorded a robust rise in passenger traffic and aircraft movements in the first two months of 2017.
– Bangkok Post

Century-Old Thai Bank Plans Digital Revamp to Fight Fintech Risk
Siam Commercial Bank Pcl, Thailand’s oldest homegrown lender, plans to reinvent its mobile digital payment platform as a lifestyle app to help fend off competition from upstart financial technology providers.
– Bloomberg

Alibaba plans trade centre in Thai
E-COMMERCE giant Alibaba Group is still investing in Thailand, planning to set up a regional electronic-trade centre and logistics system here to link Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) markets, Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana said.
– The Nation

Interpol holds training course on identifying falsified, stolen travel documents in Thailand
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) recently held a three-day training course in Thailand, which discussed various ways law enforcement entities can identify individuals who use forged travel documents.
– Homeland Preparedness News

Thailand must invest in its workers
The world of work is undergoing major changes of unprecedented speed and scale. Thailand, like other Southeast Asian countries, must face the challenges posed by these transformations head on.
– Bangkok Post

Government rethinks softer teacher entry rules
The Education Ministry has bowed to pressure from academics who have criticised its policy to allow graduates who do not hold a degree in education to enter the teacher recruitment process.
– Bangkok Post

Thai prime minister election feels not so close, just far away
A delay in finalizing Thailand’s new constitution, approved last August after a lengthy drafting process, will likely lead to another postponement of promised elections, reports Bloomberg.
– Asia Times

New ‘Tobacco Authority’ could ease cigarette restrictions
A bill to set up a tobacco authority of Thailand, approved by the cabinet on Dec 13 last year, contains loopholes that could be exploited by transnational tobacco firms aiming to make products in Thailand through their Thai nominees, according to anti-smoking activists.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand imposes AD duties on Vietnamese Al-Zn, painted flats
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of alloy and non-alloy aluminium-zinc-coated flat steel and pre-painted galvanized flat steel products from Vietnam.
– MetalBulletin


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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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