Thailand Morning News For May 17

Thailand Morning News For May 17

Thailand morning newsThailand Smashes Ugandan Human Trafficking Operation (HD video)
Thai authorities have broken what they believe to be a major transnational human trafficking operation responsible for the trafficking of hundreds of Ugandan women into Thailand and on to other parts of Asean.
— AEC News Today (video)

Thailand Doesn’t Feel Pressure to Join Global Tightening
Thailand’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged near a record low, and said it doesn’t feel pressure to join a global wave of tightening that’s swept along some peers in Southeast Asia.
— Bloomberg

Thai court rules AirBnB against the law in Thailand for daily and weekly rentals, Banned!
A court in Thailand has deemed AirBnB to be against Thai law and in effect banned with serious fines and possible jail time for anyone who offers rooms for daily and weekly rental as well as potential tenants. Monthly rentals and long term leases were deemed legal.
— The Pattaya News

Cabinet gives the nod to marijuana for medical use
A DRAFT LAW, which allows marijuana use for medical purposes, has sailed through the Cabinet.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Government rice stocks near depletion
Thailand’s Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) has announced that over 14.8 million tons of the more than 18 million tons of rice in government stocks, acquired through pledging since May of 2014, has been released to market and the stocks are likely to be depleted by next month.
— NNT

Thai Government meets World Bank representatives on ease of doing business
The Thai government has met with representatives from the World Bank and gave them updates on what the nation has done to improve the ease of doing business in the Kingdom over the past 12 months.
— News Today (video)

Number of foreign tourists rises 9% in April
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced the number of foreign tourists rose nine percent in April 2018, with most coming from the East Asian region.
— NNT

Farm chemicals ‘pose a threat to public health’
ACADEMICS urged the government to prioritise the protection of people’s health from the threat of chemical contamination and ensure a healthy environment in keeping with the county’s pledge to pursue Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Five month recovery closure imposed on Surin, Similan Islands
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has declared Surin and Similan Islands off-limits to tourists for five months to allow the environment to recover.
— News Today (video)

The holy month of Ramadan to begin on May 17
The Sheikul Islam Office has announced that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on May 17th.
— NNT

ICOs no-go amid public vetting
New initial coin offerings (ICOs) will be prohibited from launching during the public hearing process to draft the organic law on regulating digital assets, says the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
— Bangkok Post

Police reject request to hold activity commemorating 2010 crackdown
The Bangkok police have asked a pro-democracy activist to seek permission from the junta before he could host a symbolic activity to commemorate the 2010 crackdown on the redshirts.
— Prachatai English

Moldovan arrested for running underage porn site
A Moldovan man has been arrested for violating the Computer Crime Act by operating a website said to contain underage pornography.
— Bangkok Post

NLA hosts seminar on anti-corruption efforts under new Constitution
The National Legislative Assembly has hosted a seminar on the effectiveness of the new Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions.
— NNT

Doubts over ‘graft-busting’ charter
VETERAN POLITICIANS say they are not convinced the Constitution can live up to its drafters’ claim of suppressing corruption.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Govt agencies hold seminar on encouraging public participation in reform
Government agencies have held a seminar on raising awareness and encouraging public participation in national strategy and reform agendas.
— NNT

Deal struck for airport feeder systems
The Department of Airports (DOA) and Transport Co, Ltd Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish provincial feeder systems for passengers using all 28 of the department’s airports.
— Bangkok Post

Panel formed to handle land conflicts
The Bureaucratic Reform Committee has set up a subcommittee to consider solutions to the complaints made by the P-Move group. The committee confirmed that the government will address all of the group’s issues.
— NNT

Three military branches showcase capabilities of reserve forces
The reserve forces of the three military branches have conducted a demonstration to showcase their readiness to assist in national security operations.
— NNT

Better migration systems and policies can propel Thailand to grow faster
Thailand can strengthen its migration policies and systems to support sustained, innovation-driven growth, under its Thailand 4.0 strategy, experts concluded at a presentation of the recent World Bank report, Migrating to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Labor Mobility in Southeast Asia today in Bangkok.
— Devdiscourse

Cabinet earmarks budget for 3 biomass power plants in Deep South
The Cabinet has set aside a budget of over one billion baht for biomass power plant projects in the three southern border provinces, hoping to foster energy security and create jobs for locals.
— NNT

THAI bets big on maintenance hub
A PLAN by Thai Airways International (THAI) for a showpiece aircraft maintenance centre in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) – intended to cement the country’s status as a regional aviation hub – is edging closer to reality, with a feasibility study due to be completed this month.
— The Nation

GSB launches loan management centers nationwide
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) has set up loan management and control centers across the country, aiming to improve the quality of loans and reduce bad debts.
— NNT

Magic Skin couple bought 30 cars worth B68m
Police are looking to seize 30 vehicles, including high-end performance cars, worth about 68 million baht bought by the couple who ran Magic Skin, a firm found to have marketed substandard cosmetics and weight loss products.
— Bangkok Post

Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays
When Thailand’s army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the “Land of Smiles” and return the country to democratic rule within two years.
— Reuters

Migrant workers barred from golf caddy jobs
Migrant workers have been barred from legally working as caddies at golf courses in Thailand.
— Chiang May Mail

Power surge after blackout burns out electrical appliances
Unhappy householders are pointing their collective finger at the Provincial Electricity Authority after a huge power surge following a blackout blew out and ruined all their electrical appliances.
— Bangkok Post

Plan to ease monkey overpopulation with colonies on Phuket islets
FIVE UNINHABITED small islands in Phuket province have been chosen as possible monkey colonies.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Digital Economy and Commerce Ministries show their projects to Cabinet members
Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Ministry of Commerce showed their latest projects to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha before the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
— NNT

 

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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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