Thailand Morning News For May 8

Thailand Morning News For May 8

Thailand morning news

Thai central bank chief welcomes proposal to reduce US dollar transactions
Thailand’s central bank chief said Saturday he welcomed moves to wean Southeast Asia off its reliance on the U.S. dollar, as Japanese representatives put forward a bilateral currency swap proposal on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank’s annual summit.
— About Nikkei Asian Review

Thailand: Police on hunt for human traffickers who abandoned 35 migrants from Burma
THAI police are on the hunt for suspected human smugglers who abandoned 35 migrants from Burma (Myanmar) in a forest in southern Thailand.
— Asian Correspondent

March’s public debt ups 76.3 billion baht
Thailand’s public debt at the end of March amounted to 6.16 trillion baht, accounting for 42.27 percent of GDP, according to Mr Thirach Attanavanich, advisor to the Public Debt Management Office.
— Thai PBS

Indonesia launches Bt70-bn lawsuit against PTTEP over oil spill off Australia
INDONESIA has sued PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP) and its Australian subsidiary over an oil spill off Australia in 2009 that it claims caused environmental damage in the archipelago’s waters.
— The Nation

Port to open bidding for B1.3bn container station
The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) plans to open bids for a container freight station (CFS) project worth 1.3 billion baht at Bangkok port, known as Klong Toey port, this year.
— Bangkok Post

Illegal land grabbers on Koh Pha-ngan face crackdown
The Forest Department is to crack down on a group of land grabbers who have allegedly hired locals to clear about 400 rai of forest reserve on Koh Pha-ngan to pave way for the construction of resorts and bungalows.
— Thai PBS

NBTC plans termination of analog broadcasting system in 2020
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is planning to close the analog broadcasting system in Thailand in three years.

Energy peak could hike electricity bills
Soaring temperatures have pushed energy usage to 30,303.4 Megawatts (MW) per day, the year’s highest figure so far and possibly a cause for a hike in production cost.
— Pattaya Mail

In search of a healthier puff
Thailand Tobacco Monopoly is making an unprecedented move: it is considering planting hemp and processing it for use in consumer products.
— Bangkok Post

Number of post-coup lèse-majesté arrests surges to over 100
The number of individuals arrested on lèse-majesté charges since the May 2014 military coup has passed the 100 mark, FIDH and its member organizations Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) and Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) said today.

Govt to recruit skilled persons
The government is keen to recruit people with high potential to serve the country in the hope of achieving sustainable development.

Thailand Future Fund IPO delayed by cost concerns
The planned initial public offering (IPO) of the Thailand Future Fund (TFF) will be pushed back for another three months to September as concerns over the cost of launching the fund continue.
— Bangkok Post

Education Min reaching out to indebted teachers
Teachers who are overwhelmed by personal debt, now have the opportunity to improve their financial position, in a scheme being offered by the Education Ministry.

TOT to seek bank guarantees from bidders
TOT Plc plans to seek bank guarantees from the winning bidders on a partnership project to provide fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service on the state telecom enterprise’s network.
— Bangkok Post

Asean Design & Business Center to help Thai businesses in ASEAN market
The Ministry of Commerce believes the Asean Design & Business Center can help Thai businesses be successful in Southeast Asia.

Starfish selfies lead to fine
A crewman from a southern tour boat has been fined 500 baht for taking starfish and sea cucumbers from the sea so that tourists on board could take photographs of them.
— Bangkok Post

Min of Energy to announce Thailand Energy Award results in June
The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is preparing to announce the winner of the Thailand Energy Award 2017 next month.

NRSA to table healthcare reform on Monday
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) is scheduled to deliberate on healthcare reform on Monday, May 8th.


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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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