Thailand Morning News For January 11

Thailand Morning News For January 11

Thailand morning newsAdditional B150bn to swell deficit
The government plans to compile a supplementary budget of 150 billion baht for this fiscal year, a move requiring it to borrow an additional 100 billion baht and bring the fiscal 2018 budget deficit to 550 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

National Shippers’ Council says 2018 exports to grow 5.5%
The Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) believes the export sector could have expanded by no less than 10% in 2017 and has forecast 5.5% growth in 2018.
— News Today (video)

Bt3 tn readied for fiscal 2019 reforms
THE government plans to spend Bt3 trillion in the 2019 fiscal year on programmes aimed at reforming the economy and narrowing the country’s ever-widening income gap between rich and poor.
— The Nation

Thai SCB, Prudential reach bancassurance deal
Siam Commercial Bank Pcl , Thailand’s second largest bank by assets, and Prudential Life Assurance (Thailand), a unit of UK-based Prudential Plc, have signed a bancassurance partnership deal aimed at the lender’s wealthy clients.
— Reuters

Cabinet unveils 2nd phase of welfare card campaign
The Cabinet this week unveiled the benefits of the welfare card campaign, saying its support will allow cardholders to actively pursue their careers and improve their quality of life.
— News Today (video)

Digital Ministry plans cybersecurity agency
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry plans to set up a cybersecurity agency and hacker training centre to serve Thailand’s digital economy, says DE Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.
— Bangkok Post

Vow for digital economy to be a reality this year
GOVERNMENT ministers have vowed to make the digital economy become a reality in Thailand this year by accelerating changes to the legal and regulatory framework and the roll out of high-speed Internet services to all parts of the country.
— The Nation

Emerging companies to gain from Bt200m IT fund
THE Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) is setting up a fund to help startups and other ventures described as transitional businesses adopt new information technology in support of business expansion.
— The Nation

Food prices at Don Meuang airport 30-50% higher than on streets : Thai PBS survey
Food at Don Meuang airport are about 30-50 percent higher than food sold outside the airport, according to a random survey of food prices conducted by Thai PBS reporters.
— Thai PBS

McThai aims to grow further in 2018
McThai, the licensee to operate McDonald’s restaurants in Thailand, says it is continuing its investment commitments with the aim of being the “QSR (quick-service restaurant) of choice” in the country.
— The Nation

Bidding to be opened for SEZs in Tak, Nakhon Phanom, Kanchanaburi
The Treasury Department is getting ready to accept bids from investors, who are interested in three of the planned special economic zones.
— News Today (video)

Fierce competition seen in LPG retail market this year
PTT PLC predicts fierce competition in the retail market of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), targeting sale growth of 1 per cent this year, compared with the earlier estimate of 1-2 per cent in market contraction.
— The Nation

Consideration of minimum wage hike deferred to Jan 17
The National Wage Committee has decided to reschedule the meeting on the planned increase in the minimum wage to next week to allow some provinces to reconsider their proposed figures.
— NNT

Some Article 44 orders to become permanent laws
PLANS RELATED to the future of the junta’s sweeping Article 44 orders were in place, with each order being classified on a case-by-case basis, including plans to upgrade some into permanent laws and revoking others, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday.
— The Nation

More nations to take part in Cobra Gold
Many more countries have expressed interest in taking part in the multinational Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand this year, Supreme Commander Thanchaiyan Srisuwan says.
— Bangkok Post

State enterprise unions want a fair uniform minimum wage rate
The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) and the State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation have demanded the government to impose a uniform minimum wage rate applicable throughout the country and that the rate must be sufficient for workers and their families to live a decent life.
— Thai PBS

National parks’ entrance fees totaled 2.4 billion baht in 2017
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reported that the collected fees from national parks nationwide in 2017 totaled 2.41 billion baht.
— NNT

Public Transportation linking airports and tourist attractions planned to boost tourism
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is joining forces with Bangkok Airways to offer public transportation linking airports and various tourist attractions in several provinces, as part of the government’s move to boost tourism.
–NNT

Samut Prakan inspects fishing vessels to prevent human trafficking and IUU fishing
Samut Prakan Provincial Administrative Organization and related units recently dispatched officials to inspect fishing vessels in the province, in a bid to prevent human trafficking as well as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the inner part of the Gulf of Thailand.
— NNT

DPM Wissanu: Cabinet still to receive draft amendments of provincial election laws
A deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs said today that it remains uncertain when the Cabinet will review the draft amendments of all six laws governing provincial and local elections.
— NNT

Actress to be charged with cybercrime over pornographic image
A famous actress has to report the police after accidentally posting an image of her boyfriend’s genitals on her Instagram account.
— Prachatai English

History of Thai kings a new topic in schools of conflict-torn south
Private Islamic schools in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south will teach the history of past kings, a governor said on Wednesday, the Buddhist-majority nation’s latest bid to bring peace to the strife-torn region, but one that could backfire.
— Reuters

Ultra-royalist monk faces harassment over lèse majesté lawsuit
The anti-election monk has urged the police to stop harassing his disciples after the authorities visited his temple to investigate the lèse majesté allegation against him.
— Prachatai English

Education Ministry steps up measures to crack down on drugs at schools
Education Minister Teerakiat Jaroensettasin has ordered all schools to step up measures to combat drugs and other vices which might possibly harm students.
— NNT

I’ve got a drone. Can I bring it with me to Thailand? Yes, but…
Last week it was reported that over 7,000 drones had been registered for flying in Thailand since October 2, 2017 when the law came into effect where drones must be registered.
— Phuket Gazette

Probe dropped of German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king
German prosecutors have dropped an investigation of a then 14-year-old boy who was suspected of shooting plastic bullets at the King of Thailand from a toy gun near Munich last summer, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday.
–Reuters

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots 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.

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