Thailand Morning News For May 15

Thailand Morning News For May 15

Thailand morning newsAirports of Thailand to end outsourcing of main functions
AIRPORTS OF THAILAND (AOT) will stop outsourcing contracts for its main businesses, while planning to set up subsidiaries to take over the currently outsourced operations, given frequent uncontrollable problems.
– The Nation

Thai cops foil plan to smuggle drugs to Europe via Malaysia
n yet another crippling blow to international drug syndicates, Thai authorities intercepted a consignment of drugs bound for a European country by pre-empting a plan to use Malaysia as a transit point.
– The Star Online

Six-legged livestock – sustainable food production
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future – and now the first study to measure the environmental impacts and identify hotspots associated with commercial insect production has been published.
– Space Daily

Closure looms as IBank option
Business closure remains an option if Islamic Bank of Thailand (IBank) fails to forge a partnership, says the head of the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo).
– Bangkok Post

Land Transport Dept reports 569 public transport drivers violated law
The Land Transport Department has found hundreds of cases of law violations by public transport owners and drivers.

Thailand’s ‘failing’ public healthcare needs a lifeline
Large crowds and long queues are common in almost every Thai public hospital. Rural hospitals in particular are suffering from a severe shortage of doctors and most are short on funds.
– Channel NewsAsia

Heavyweights forge robots for Thailand 4.0
Thai Beverage Group and Charoen Pokphand Group, respectively owned by billionaires Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi and Dhanin Chearavanont, are planning to develop robots to respond to the Thailand 4.0 scheme.
– Bangkok Post

Deestone Joins Hands with Thai Government for Making High-rubber Content Tires
The Thai government is hoping to promote the use of natural rubber grown in the country through production of its own tire brand named TH-Tyre. Made by The Rubber Authority of Thailand and Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in association with Deestone, the government is hoping that the sale of these tires will boost the use of natural rubber which is grown and tapped in Thailand.
– Tires and Parts News

Central bank to draw up measures to lower household debt
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) says it will formulate assistance measures to lower the country’s household debt.

EGATi to explore investment in renewable energy abroad
THE ELECTRICITY Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)has tasked its subsidiary Egat International (EGATi) with looking for opportunities to invest in renewable energy projects abroad.
– The Nation

Charoen to boost Central Luzon food industry
Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPFPC) is expanding its operations in Central Luzon to generate more jobs, income and benefits for farm workers and people engaged in the agriculture and aqua sectors.
– SunStar

MSIG’s new mobile app speeds up motor claims in Thailand
Instead of having customers involved in motor accidents to report the incident via a hotline, the app allows them to do so with just a push of a button. A staff member from MSIG will then call the customer within 60 seconds to provide assistance. Customers who are already registered with MSIG do not need to repeat details of their car models or personal particulars.
– MIS Asia

Grilled pork franchise business set to expand to Laos, Cambodia
Preecha Klongchit spent Bt20,000 in 2011 to launch a grilled-pork franchise, Kim Soon Grilled Pork, and it now generates revenue of Bt240,000 a day.
– The Nation

Phuket Gazette to stop print edition of newspaper locally
It’s like Grandma’s little drinking problem. Everyone knows, but people don’t much talk about it. And so it goes with the publishers of hard-copy newspapers these days – worldwide. We know where print is headed, so the only real choices are whether to get out now or, say two years from now.
– The Nation

Draft National Strategy Act to be completed by June 12
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) says the drafting of the National Strategy Bill will be completed in June and will be presented to the main assembly in the same month.


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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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