Thailand Morning News For February 8

Thailand Morning News For February 8

Thailand morning newsJapan rejects calls to invest in bullet train
Thailand wants Japan to invest in the Shinkansen-like high-speed railway from Bangkok to Chiang Mai but Japan insists only on offering loans for the project.
— Bangkok Post

Strong baht may rewrite export goal
THE Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) said export growth this year could come in well below its estimate of 5.5 per cent due to a stronger baht and the recent increases in the country’s minimum daily wage.
— The Nation

Myanmar workers go on trial for accusing Thai chicken farm of abuse
Migrant workers from Myanmar who accused a Thai chicken farm of a litany of abuses went on trial for defamation on Wednesday in a landmark case between workers and an employer.
— Reuters

ITD under pressure over state contracts
Stock Exchange of Thailand-listed Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) has been thrust into an unwelcome spotlight as questions have been raised over its corporate governance after the arrest of its president,…
— Bangkok Post

NLA confirms no imposition of tax on water used for consumption and agricultural purposes
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has confirmed that it will pass no law, which demands the collection of tax on the non-commercial use of water.
— News Today (video)

Thailand asks farmers to cut down rubber trees to boost prices
Thailand, the world’s largest rubber producer and exporter, has launched a program to encourage farmers to cut down rubber trees earlier than the 25-year life cycle to reduce total annual output by 5% by the end of April, in a bid to support falling rubber prices.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Bangkok voted Best City Destination in Asia Pacific third year in a row
Bangkok has been voted as the “Best City Destination in the Asia Pacific” for the third consecutive year by readers of DestinAsian magazine, a leading travel and lifestyle magazine.
— TAT News

PM, Environment Minister confirm legal action over ItalThai President caught poaching
The Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, have both confirmed that anyone found to be poaching animals in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary will face legal action.

Large arms cache and ammunition found in Premchai’s house
Police found a large cache of arms and ammunition as well as two pairs of ivory tusks in the search of the house of Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta on Wednesday (Feb 7).
— Thai PBS

Energy Minister views alternative energy application in Chantaburi
The Minister of Energy has looked into the use of alternative energy by farmers in Chantaburi province.

Thailand Gets SMART
Doing business in Thailand is getting easier all the time. When the World Bank released its Ease of Doing Business report for 2017, the Kingdom of Thailand soared 22 places up the rankings to 26th in the world from 48th just one year earlier.
— Reuters

B40k bail for Russian woman found in possession of dead coral in Phuket
The 20-year-old Russian woman who was found to be in illegal possession of dead corals at her bungalow in Karon last week is out on bail while awaiting her court sentence, Nares Choopueng from the Department Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office confirmed today (Feb 7).
— The Phuket News

Bt12 bn budget backs Smart Park plan
THE Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) plans to work with partners to set up a Smart Park project involving investment of more than Bt12 billion in the Eastern province of Rayong.
— The Nation

Family appeals against death penalty over Italian slaying in Phuket
An Italian Senator has appealed to the Government of Thailand to stave off the death penalty for Denis Cavatassi, who stands convicted of hiring a killer to murder his business partner, Luciano Butti, in Phuket in 2011.
— The Phuket News

Suvarnabhumi airport increases baggage handling security to curb baggage theft
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is now cooperating with the police, airlines and baggage handling operators to improve the baggage handling operations following increasing cases of baggage theft.
— Thai PBS

TAI to support military and police Airbus helicopters
Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus military and law-enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years.
— The Nation

One-stop service centre set up on Phi Phi for fire victims
A one-stop service centre has been set by the Krabi Governor, gathering all the departments involved to assist victims of last night’s fire.
— Phuket Gazette

Chinese New Year celebrations next week to generate 20 billion baht
The Tourism Authority of Thailand says this year’s Chinese New Year celebration will generate no less than 20 billion baht from local and foreign tourists visiting the country to celebrate the events held in 12 old Chinese communities in Bangkok and the provinces.
— Thai PBS

Minimum wage hike nationwide
The latest minimum wage hike that has just been imposed is expected to have a direct impact to the SME businesses, particularly in the trade and management aspects. What direction should the government take to assist these businesses. Newsline this morning talked to Dr. Somchai Harnhirun, the Deputy Minister of Industry, about this issue.
— News Today (video)


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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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