Thailand Morning News For January 22

Thailand Morning News For January 22

Thailand morning newsFear of fallout over baht’s rise
Business operators, exporters, investors and even tourists are bracing themselves for the impact from the currency’s surge.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry offers tax incentive for nursery in workplace
The Ministry of Finance is offering a tax incentive to encourage manufacturers to set up nurseries at working places as a basic welfare for employees and workers.
— NNT

Govt steps up piracy fight in Thailand
The government has vowed to continue its effort to solve the problem of intellectual properties infringement in Thailand, says the government spokesman.
— NNT

Migrant arrests ‘risk new panic’
Recent crackdown ‘could do more harm than good’ given new economic realities.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking
Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.
— ChannelNewsAsia

Hopes for revival of Dawei SEZ
IMPLEMENTATION of the Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) has been suspended for years, but Myanmar and Thailand are still eager to revive the mega project, according to an official in Myanmar.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Govt crises ‘entirely of own making’
The Pheu Thai Party says the government now faces crises entirely of its own making which threaten its downfall.
— Bangkok Post

PM satisfied with increased rice price, calls for sustainable solution
The Prime Minister was satisfied with an increased rice price and called for all sectors to find a sustainable solution to the rice price issue.
— News Today (video)

80% dengue cases don’t exhibit symptoms, says Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University says that 80% of dengue patients don’t show symptoms which makes the disease more dangerous and sometimes fatal.
— News Today (video)

Minister Arkhom officiates construction of Thailand-Laos-China logistic center
Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has officiated the launching ceremony for the construction of the Thailand-Laos-China logistic center at its construction site near the 4th Thai-Lao Friendship bridge in Wiang sub-district in Chiang Kong district of Chiang Rai.
— News Today (video)

Mindshare: Ads to rebound on growth
Advertising expenditure is expected to grow by 7.6% this year, reaching 119 billion baht thanks to a rebound in consumer sentiment and support from government policies and events such as the World Cup, says Mindshare Thailand, a marketing and media network agency.
— Bangkok Post

Taxi services ‘to be safer’ under new reforms as passengers complain about manners and safety
TAXI REFORMS to be launched on Thursday are meant to ensure more convenient and safer rides for passengers and boost the competitiveness of taxis against the Uber service, which is currently illegal, the Land Transport Department (DLT) has announced.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

PTT and RISE join hands to launch Thai digital hub
PTT Group and RISE have launched the DNEXT programme to support the creation of a regional digital hub in the country in the near future.
— The Nation

Thai central bank threatens baht speculation probe
Thailand’s central bank has threatened to investigate financial institutions for baht speculation as the local unit climbs over 2% against the US dollar so far this year, making it Asia’s second best performer to date.
— Asia Times

Childcare centers to be set up at workplaces
As part of its effort to encourage Thai families to have children and offset the ageing society, the Royal Thai Government is offering a tax break to private companies that provide care to employees’ children. Let find out more from Na-ark Rojanasuvan.
— News Today (video)

Thailand, Myanmar build 17-kilometer fire barrier
Thai and Myanmar authorities on Saturday built a 17-kilometer long barrier in the northern province of Chiang Rai as a precautionary measure against forest fires.
— NNT

18 million workers to benefit from minimum wage hike
Up to 18 million people will benefit from the minimum wage increases according to the Ministry of Labor.
— News Today (video)

“Limit visits to marine national parks to six million”
A leading marine biologist has proposed to the government to limit visitors to marine national parks to 6 million a year to lessen impact on its ecological environment.
— Phuket Gazette

Prawit ‘close to resigning’ amid scandal
PRESSURE is building on the junta government and Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, although the defence minister had until recently seemed secure in office despite the ongoing scandal over photographs of him wearing opulent wristwatches.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Amata announces $157m investment; IRPC to close first acquisition
Amata Corporation has announced a further investment of $157 million in Thailand and Vietnam in 2018, while IRPC Pcl said it is in the process of making its first acquisition next month.
— DealStreetAsia

Scandal-hit Thai temple helps to stage mass Buddhist event in Myanmar
Thousands of Buddhist monks gathered in Myanmar’s second largest city on Sunday for an event partly organized by a scandal-hit Thai temple whose abbot is wanted for questioning on money-laundering allegations.
— Reuters

12 infringements during random safety check at Chalong Pier
The Tourist Police, Marine Police and Phuket Marine Office headed to Chalong Pier yesterday (January 20) to conduct random inspections and found 12 boat operators in error over various safety issues.
— Phuket Gazette

Baggage handlers arrested over thefts at Phuket airport
Police arrested two worker at the Phuket International Airport and their alleged accomplice over the theft of passengers’ belongings, said Sakhu Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Jirasak Siamsak on Sunday.
— Phuket Gazette

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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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