Thailand morning news for August 20

Thailand morning news for August 20

Thailand morning newsThailand win 1st Asian Games gold from women’s team poomsae
Thailand’s first Asian Games gold medal in Indonesia came from the women’s team poomsae at the Jakarta Convention Center Plenary Hall on Sunday.
— The Nation

EEC dubbed new driver of Thai economy
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) that straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand is emerging as the new driving engine of the Thai economy.

GSB expects 4.6% economic growth this year
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) believes the Thai economy will expand by 4.6% this year thanks to rising exports and tourism.
— News Today (video)

Kanchanaburi at flood risk
All district chiefs in Kanchanaburi have received an urgent order to brace for floods and evacuate villagers if necessary amid growing worry after heavy rain submerged parts of Nan.
— Bangkok Post

Cow dies of rabies amid new jab drive
Another cow has died of rabies despite efforts to curb the disease that has already killed six cattle and threatened to infect hundreds of villagers and paramilitary officers who ate or handled the meat.
— Bangkok Post

Forest governance reforms needed in the region, forum told
Southeast Asian countries are being urged to incorporate forest governance into their policies in order to ensure the health of forested land and communities dependent on them.
— The Nation

Fishing for migrant labour with MoUs
Myanmar has expressed an interest in sending 42,000 workers to fill vacancies in the commercial fishing sector, according to Labour Minister Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo.
— Bangkok Post

NCPO: No reason to change election road map
There is now no reason for the election, tentatively scheduled for early 2019, to be postponed, Maj Gen Piyapong Klinpan, a spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

North, Northeast in grip of severe floods
HOMES AND farmland across the North and Northeast were flooded yesterday following heavy rainfall triggered by Tropical Storm Bebinca, which has swelled rivers and canals.
— The Nation

July dip in new firms not expected to harm results
The government remains confident that the number of new business registrations will reach 80,000 this year despite a drop in July, driven by the country’s economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Private sector to propose southern economic plan to mobile Cabinet in Chumporn
The private sector in 11 southern provinces will propose to the government during the mobile Cabinet meeting in Chumporn on August 20-21 to push for the implementation of the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) projects with a combined investment projection of 200 billion baht, including 7 projects worth 8 billion baht for Chumporn province alone.
— Thai PBS

Regime woos South with billions of baht
The government is expected to try to appease the southern region by approving a 200 billion baht budget during mobile cabinet meetings in Ranong and Chumphon province, according to a source.
— Bangkok Post

NCPO has final say on election day: EC secretary-general
Election Commission secretary-general Charoongwit Poomma clarified on Sunday that the earliest election day on February 24 floated by the EC chairman was just a “model” as the final say would rest with the National Council for Peace and Order.
— Thai PBS

Liverpool 2018: Thailand top medal table
Slovakia denied Thailand a third gold medal on Saturday (18 August) at the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships in a closely fought battle in the BC4 Pairs in Liverpool, a fitting finale to seven days of high drama.
— Paralympic

Khaosan vendors to ‘disobey’ orders from Monday
Khaosan Road vendors will resort to “civil disobedience” from Monday if Bangkok authorities do not allow them to sell their wares during daylight hours, a leader of the Khaosan Road Street Vendors Association said.
— The Nation

Total Access, Advanced Win Thai Mobile Permits for $754 Million
Advanced Info Service Pcl, Thailand’s biggest wireless operator, and third-placed Total Access Communication Pcl won licenses in the country’s spectrum auction for a combined 25 billion baht ($754 million).
— Bloomberg

Banks and tech firms: if you can’t beat them, join them
Who will win the race between tech giants and banking behemoths? Experts say the current trend points more toward partnership than direct competition, but technology companies are pulling away while traditional players are catching up.
— Bangkok Post

EC to cap election spending at 2 million baht for MP candidate
The Election Commission may fix the maximum election spending for each candidate at two million baht and 20-70 million baht the spending of each party of its party list-MP candidates, said Mr Sawaeng Boonmee, deputy secretary-general of the Election Commission.
— Thai PBS

Thailand’s king now largest shareholder in Siam Cement Group
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is now the largest shareholder in the country’s biggest industrial conglomerate, Siam Cement Group Pcl, data from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), published on its website on Saturday showed.
— Reuters

New bid vowed for unsold spectrum lots
THE NATIONAL Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has pledged to hold auctions for the unsold seven lots of the 1800MHz licence and an unsold 900MHz licence within this year or early next year.
— The Nation

Housing bank sets aside 1 billion baht to help flood-affected customers
The Government Housing Bank has set aside one billion baht as a fund to help its customers who are affected by flooding.
— Thai PBS

Transport project scheduling beefed up
Two agencies have been instructed to prioritise short- and long-term transport infrastructure projects to facilitate seamless connectivity of domestic logistics services and support local economic development.
— Bangkok Post

Overseas sales help CPF grow in second quarter
Thailand pork and poultry business Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) has benefited from overseas market growth, which contributed to an 8% rise in the company’s overall sales in the second quarter.
— Food Navigator-Asia

ASIAN GAMES: Pinays fall to regional powerhouse Thailand
The Philippine national women’s volleyball team had their moments and gave a gallant stand against Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand.
— ABC-CBN Sports

Joint meeting lures 400 Chinese execs
As many as 400 business leaders and chief executives from 40-50 leading Chinese companies, including Alibaba Group, are scheduled to meet Thai counterparts next Friday at Government House to tighten bilateral trade and investment.
— Bangkok Post

14.8 million meth pills seized from container in Ayutthaya
Narcotics police seized 14.8 million meth pills hidden in a container at a warehouse in Bang Pa-in district of the central province of Ayutthaya on Sunday.
— Thai PBS

BOI finding new incentives to attract foreign investments
The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) will come up with new incentives to draw foreign investments into the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and other areas of the country.
— News Today (video)

Small fry get first go at TFF
The initial subscription in investment units for the first batch of the Thailand Future Fund (TFF) will be based on the “small lots first” concept of the Securities and Exchange Commission, says the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo).
— Bangkok Post

Researcher pushes for revamp of pay system at Thai courts
THAI JUDGES are over-paid while court fees stay relatively low by global standard, said TDRI researchers who propose that the Court of Justice should revamp judges’ salaries and court fee to reflect the real costs of litigation and boost judicial efficiency.
— The Nation

Fire destroys Cambodian-run stalls in Thai border market
A fire ripped through several Cambodian-run stalls at the Rong Kluea market on the Thai side of the border near Poipet city on Saturday evening, according to an official.
— Khmer Times

India, Thailand complete two-week-long ‘Exercise Maitree’
The Indian Army and the Royal Thai Army today completed a two-week-long platoon level annual joint military exercise aimed at strengthening partnership and cooperation between them, the Army said here.
— The Economic Times

TAT encourages travellers to check weather updates during monsoon season
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is encouraging travellers to remain extra vigilant by following all safety rules and guidelines during the country’s current monsoon season.
— TAT News

Thailand to see 80,000 new businesses this year
The Ministry of Commerce is confident there will be no fewer than 80,000 new businesses before the end of this year.
— News Today (video)

Four Malaysian fishermen spirited to Thailand by robbers, four rescued
Four Malaysian fishermen are believed to have been spirited away to Thailand by robbers after the latter attacked a fishing vessel off Teluk Pelam, Pulau Langgun waters here on Sunday.
— New Straits Times

“One Belt, One Road” to be tabled at 6th Thailand-China trade committee meeting
The 6th meeting of the China-Thailand Joint Commission on trade, investment, and economic cooperation will take place at Bangkok’s Government House this coming Friday, August 24th.
— News Today (video)

Industry Minister stresses new economic step towards Thailand 4.0
The Industry Minister has announced that the government is implementing a 20-year national strategy to progress into the age of Thailand 4.0.
— News Today (video)

Call for Thailand to Stand Strong on Human Rights
A group of 28 NGOs have called on the Thai government to not yield to attempts to derail the ratification of the international Work in Fishing Convention, which protects fishers from human rights abuses.
— The Maritime Executive

The Duty of the Thai Man: My Trip to Postpone Military Service
I traveled to Phatthalung this evening. Whenever there are long holidays stretched over several days, I go home to visit my parents. But this trip was to postpone my military service, not for the Songkran [Buddhist New Year] holiday.
— Prachatai English


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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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