Thailand Morning News For April 10

Thailand Morning News For April 10

Thailand morning newsPrayut hints at new plan to retain grip
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has hinted that he might accept an invitation to be on a political party’s list of nominees to become prime minister after an election if he feels there is enough support behind him.
— Bangkok Post

PM calls on students to help mobilize Thailand 4.0 agenda
The Prime Minister has called on students to take part in mobilizing the country’s Thailand 4.0 development agenda.

Fishermen strike over new regulations
More than a thousand fishing boats yesterday went on strike against the government’s stringent measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
— Bangkok Post

Alongkorn: Thailand in transition after enactment of 11 reform plans
The future of Thailand is bright after the introduction of eleven reform plans, according to Alongkorn Ponlaboot, a former deputy speaker of the now defunct National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA).

World Bank, OECD and CIMBT at odds over GDP forecasts
Economic forecasting houses are still divided on Thailand’s growth prospects.
— Bangkok Post

BLOODIED AND CHAINED Thailand zoo horror revealed in sickening snaps showing emaciated animals shackled in tiny cages
THESE heartbreaking images of zoo animals caged after being exploited in sick shows are enough to shock anyone.
— The Sun

Court to look into pleas on organic bill
The Constitutional Court will consider Wednesday whether to accept petitions asking it to rule on the validity of the organic bill on the election of MPs and also a Section 44 order to amend the law on political parties.
— Bangkok Post

The judiciary wants the prime minister to resolve the Doi Suthep housing saga
The executive committee of the judiciary has decided to refer the controversial housing project in Doi Suthep mountain to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to decide.
— Thai PBS

Cabinet to review 20-year strategy in May
The draft 20-year national strategy is expected to be forwarded to the cabinet next month and come into force in July, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) said.
— Bangkok Post

Songkla fishers to not join protests after their demands were received
Songkla fishers have assured they will not be joining a seaside protest taking place in several provinces after the government and European Union rejected several demands by the fisheries sector as the province has received the go-ahead to commence fishing.

Thailand Commissions Four New South Korean Fighter Jets
Last week, Thailand officially commissioned four of its new South Korean trainer jets.
–The Diplomat

NBTC backs down on relief plan for AIS, True Move
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has made a U-turn by saying it would not push the plan to relax licence fee payment terms for two telecom operators.
— Bangkok Post

Greenlots Chosen as Network Provider for Major EV Charging Expansion in Thailand
Today, Greenlots, a global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and grid management software, announced it was selected to provide its cloud-based network services for Thailand’s leading state-owned utility, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
— PR Newswire (media release)

Three bombs exploded in Southern Thailand; four residents injured
At least four local residents were injured when three bombs exploded simultaneously on Monday (Apr 9) in several areas in Sungai Golok, Southern Thailand.
— Channel NewsAsia

BOT discusses trend in robotics and automation
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has publicized research on robotics and how the country’s workforce can prepare for a more automated economy.

Government ready to solve rubber price slump
The government is ready to tackle the low rubber price by buying latex from farmers through agricultural cooperatives.

11 9% increase in air travel during water festival
Measures are put in place at airports across Thailand in preparation for the increasing number of flights during the annual Songkran Festival.
— News Today (video)

Insurance commission urges holiday makers to join 10-baht premium insurance campaign
The Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) has urged holiday makers to join a travel insurance package campaign which has a low premium of 10 baht but with compensation amounting to 50,000-100,000 baht for a 30-day protection during the Songkran festival.
— Thai PBS

BMW Group adds to university researchers’ hybrid research fleet
BMW Group Thailand has delivered its new electric plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the BMW 330e M Sport, to Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering for academic research on energy conservation conducted by the Smart Mobility Research Centre in collaboration with the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO).
— The Nation

DPM discusses IUU fishing situation with EU delegates
Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan held talk with a delegation from the European Union regarding Thailand’s illegal fishing situation.

TAT expects close to 20 billion baht in Songkran circulation
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting up to 20 billion baht to be circulated from both domestic and international spending during the Songkran holiday, especially after the Cabinet announced an extra day for the festivities and tax incentives for tourism.
— News Today (video)

CIMB Thai Research Office remains confident Thai economy can withstand external pressures
The CIMB Thai Research Office has adjusted its growth forecast of the Thai economy down to 3.7 percent due to internal and external risk factors. However, a growth rate of over 4 percent is possible if the government can enunciate clear economic reform to boost confidence.

A volunteer sustains serious injuries when a bomb hidden under his car exploded
A defence volunteer was seriously injured when a bomb hidden under his car parked in the garage of his house Pattani’s Yaring district exploded as he switched on the car’s engine Monday afternoon.
— Thai PBS

Drivers told to halt drive-by splashing
Revellers are being urged to stop their vehicles before throwing water at pedestrians along roads in a bid to reduce Songkran traffic accidents, as hospitals in major provinces prepare emergency response measures and medical facilities, according to the authorities.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket gets eight booze-free, safe water-play zones for Songkran, Seven Days of Danger looms
Phuket will have eight alcohol-free, safe water-play zones for celebrating Songkran this Friday (April 13), officials have confirmed.
— The Phuket News

Transport Ministry aims to cut road accident rate by 7 percent this Songkran
The Transport Ministry has set a target to reduce the number of road accidents during Songkran festival this year by 7 percent compared to the statistics for the same period last year, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit on Monday.
— Thai PBS

New Contract Controls Introduced for Residential Property Leasing Businesses in Thailand
Section 35 bis of the Consumer Protection Act B.E. 2522 (1979) grants the Contract Committee of the Consumer Protection Board the power to designate “contract controlled businesses in order to control the contents of written contracts between certain businesses and their consumers in the course of sales or services.
— Tilleke & Gibbins (PDF)

Southeast Asia feared next on list for US trade sanctions
The U.S. administration of President Donald Trump could aim its protectionist measures at Southeast Asian countries, with Thailand likely the first target, an analyst said.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Baht seen under pressure this year
A SEASONAL DOWNTURN in Thailand’s baht driven by dividend outflows and a lack of tourists could be worse than usual this year amid rising global bond yields and less liquidity, according to Kasikornbank Pcl.
— BusinessWorld Online

BoT: US-China rift harm to be indirect
Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob rushed to ease fears about a trade stand-off between the world’s top two economies, saying it would not directly hurt the country’s macroeconomy as the products under threat of higher US tariffs represent a marginal proportion of the nation’s shipments.
— Bangkok Post

Govt officials to retire at 63 not 60
The mandatory retirement age for government and state enterprise officials will be extended from 60 to 63 under a national reform plan that took effect on Saturday as Thailand addresses problems associated with being an ageing society.
— Bangkok Post


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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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