Thailand Morning News For May 24

Thailand Morning News For May 24

Thailand morning newsHigh-speed airport link auction shapes up
The terms of reference (ToR) for the 224.54-billion-baht high-speed railway linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao airports to serve the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme are scheduled to be unveiled today.
— Bangkok Post

Junta reform ‘may kill off universal healthcare’
THE MILITARY-LED government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hostile towards universal health coverage and is planning reform that could weaken the health security of citizens, health experts warn.
— The Nation

Factors align for surge in exports
ECONOMIC researchers are rewriting their forecasts for the performance of the export sector, flagging growth of as high as 8.9 per cent this year on the back of global economic expansion.
— The Nation

Prayut invokes S44 to relieve digital TV operators’ debt
The National Council for Peace and Order on Wednesday invoked Section 44 to impose a three-year debt moratorium to help digital TV operators struggling to pay their licence fees to the telecom and broadcasting…
— Bangkok Post

Thai suspects held in kidnap probe
Two Thai male suspects – out of the 11 individuals wanted for the nighttime abduction of a 39-year-old woman at Suvarnabhumi Airport on May 6 for a Bt15 million ransom – have been brought into custody, a police source said yesterday.
— The Nation

Health Ministry steps up awareness campaign against rabies
The Ministry of Public Health has initiated cooperation with various networks to promote the neutering of pets and regular vaccinations to intensify the effort being taken against rabies.

Major Banks Pilot Successful Thailand-Singapore Blockchain Remittance
A joint effort by major banks in south-east Asia has led to a successful blockchain-powered cross-border funds transfer in real-time from Thailand to Singapore.

Outpouring of support for pro-poll detainees
INTERNATIONAL AND local communities yesterday lent their support to the pro-election group that is calling on authorities to release leaders arrested on Tuesday after their attempt to rally for an early election was suppressed.
— The Nation

Thai April car sales jump 25.2 pct y/y – federation
Thailand’s domestic car sales in April surged 25.2 percent to 79,206 vehicles from a year earlier, underpinned by higher investments, farm prices and model launches, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Judges’ housing pull-down hits hitch
Legal hurdles exist which could pose a problem for removing houses in the controversial residential project for judicial officials in Chiang Mai, according to Treasury Department deputy chief Amornrat Klamplob.
— Bangkok Post

Senior educators oppose merger of Ohec with Science and Tech Ministry
SEVERAL PROMINENT figures have expressed their opposition to the plan to merge the Office of Higher Education Commission (Ohec) with the Science and Technology Ministry.
— The Nation

Senior monks arrested for embezzlement, robbery
Some 200 police commandos in coordinated raids on Buddhist temples Thursday morning arrested senior monks including well-known “political monk” Buddha Isara for alleged robbery during the Bangkok Shutdown…
— Bangkok Post

Mustang Resources exports rubies to Thailand office to be sold
Mustang Resources Ltd (ASX:MUS) is exporting a further 34,400 carats of medium and higher grade rubies to its sales office in Thailand.
— Proactiveinvestors Australia

No ban on controversial toxic agriculture chemicals
THE USE OF CONTROVERSIAL agricultural chemicals like paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos will continue to be allowed, but with tighter regulations and controls.
— The Nation

Premchai indicted on bribery rap
Public prosecutors indicted construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta and his associate on a charge of bribery Wednesday in connection with their alleged poaching in Kanchanaburi’s Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in February.
— Bangkok Post

House Members Call for End to Thailand’s Ban on U.S. Pork
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including U.S. pork.
— Ag Web

PM Prayut satisfied with NCPO’s reform achievements
The Prime Minister has expressed satisfaction over key achievements in the national reform plan initiated by the National Council for Peace and Order. He is also content with the government’s works on improving Thai economy.
— News Today (video)

Thai police charged after paying trickster bribes for promotions
Six Thai police officers seeking promotion face charges after they paid a total of US$130,000 to a person they thought was a high-ranking officer, highlighting a cash-for-jobs culture in the force.
— Channel NewsAsia

100 billion baht approved for use in Thai Niyom Yang Yuen scheme
The ministers of the three ministries spear heading the Thai Niyom Yang Yuen project have announced the dissemination of 100 billion baht to local areas and that 210,000 farmers are to be provided training starting next week.
— News Today (video)

Tense 22 Hours of Tuesday’s Thammasat Rally in 22 Photos
Twenty-two hours and 30 minutes passed from the moment pro-election activists converged on Thammasat University and its leaders surrendered to police.
— Khaosod English

Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in SE Asia
Bui Mai Phuong is an avid online shopper, ordering anything from clothing to personal-care products from her smartphone. But she prefers to pay with cash.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to be first Asian country to host 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism
Thailand’s strategy to promote gastronomy tourism will take a huge step forward with the 4th UNWTO World Gastronomy Forum to be held in Bangkok between 30 May – 1 June 2018. It is the first time this event will be held in Asia.
— TAT News

CPN plans B100bn expansion
Central Pattana Plc (CPN), the SET-listed property and retail developer under Central Group, plans to spend 100 billion baht to expand its retail empire both at home and abroad over the next five years.
— Bangkok Post

Alibaba’s customers visit fruit plantations in eastern region
The Cooperatives Promotion Department (CPD) facilitated a visit of Alibaba’s customers to fruit plantations and processing facilities in eastern Thailand and was set to ink a deal in the sales of 800,000 durian fruits via China’s

Thai Minor International buys $226 mln stake in Spain’s NH Hotels
Thailand’s Minor International Pcl said on Wednesday that it acquired a stake in Spain-based NH Hotel Group SA for 192 million euros ($225.79 million) to grow its hospitality footprint in Europe.
— Reuters

Special Report: Saving Maya Bay
The island, Koh Phi Phi Ley, made famous by the movie “The Beach”, is due to get a complete makeover as part of a new project designed to protect the environment and the ocean.
— The Thaiger

BTS aims to double revenue in five years
BTS Group Holdings aims to more than double its annual revenue within the next five years, driven mainly by its involvement in big infrastructure projects. The company is awaiting the release of the terms of reference for high-speed and double-track rail projects planned for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— The Nation

Govt agencies move to mitigate pineapple oversupply
The Cooperative Promotion Department has reached out to the Department of Livestock Development and local dairy cooperatives to use pineapples in animal feed, in a bid to mitigate the present oversupply.

Pattaya losing war on trash as residents block dump site
Pattaya’s proposal to start dumping garbage near a Jomtien Beach arena hit a brick wall after residents got a whiff of the stinky plan.
— Pattaya Mail

Govt sector and CP All launch campaign to lessen use of plastic bags
Governmental organizations and CP All Plc Co Ltd have launched a campaign entitled ‘Save the Andaman Sea, Reduce Plastic Bags’ in an effort to lessen widespread plastic consumption.

Thailand – Myanmar agree to boost anti drug efforts
Thailand and Myanmar have agreed on increased border cooperation to crackdown on the narcotics trade.
— News Today (video)

Phuket hearing finds agreement on neutering local monkeys
A public hearing into dealing with the monkey problem in Phuket province, one of 12 such areas facing the issue, found most residents agree with neutering the animals but not with moving them to a different location.


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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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