Thailand morning news for May 7

Thailand morning news for May 7

Thailand morning news

Junta and government looking to unwind some orders made since 2014
The junta and the government are scheduled wind back orders and announcements originally issued by the junta but which are no longer considered necessary – some of them issued back in 2014 when the Junta took control in May of that year.
— The Thaiger

Department to bump up tax base
The Revenue Department aims to add 200,000 individuals to the income tax base every year, says director-general Ekniti Nitithanprapas.
— Bangkok Post

EC to approve 95% of MPs Tuesday and Wednesday
The Election Commission (EC) met on Monday to review the last batch of election-related complaints and will likely endorse more than 95% of all MPs on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an informed source.
— Bangkok Post

TV Pool accredited for impressive coverage
Impressive coverage of magnificent, historic coronation ceremonies broadcast live in pictures and sounds to viewers were credited to every member of the attentive, devoted teams of Television Pool of Thailand.
— NNT

King, Queen give public audience
Thais had a chance to see Their Majesties side by side in public for the first time during the grand public audience on Monday, as the coronation ceremonies were drawing to a close.
— Bangkok Post

Govt to adopt ‘tough’ points-based driving penalties
Thailand’s new traffic laws will be based on the more stringent Japanese model, according to the Ministry of Transport.
— Bangkok Post

IBM lauds Thai blockchain
IBM Corporation says Thailand is among the 90th percentile of countries actively embracing blockchain technologies in business.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand develops railway to boost economic development
Thailand plans to revive a railway line that has been disused for more than 20 years between it and Malaysia to increase connectivity between the two countries.
— Vietnam+

NLA boss tipped to be Senate Speaker
National Legislative Assembly (NLA) president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai is first in line to assume of the role of Senate Speaker, according to a government source.
— Bangkok Post

INPUT 2019 documentary event starts in Bangkok
INPUT 2019, one of the world’s leading events for public broadcasters and documentary film producers, starts today in Bangkok with a documentary on the dramatic cave rescue at Tham Luang in…
— Thai PBS News

Sepo nursing 5 enterprises back to health
The State Enterprise Policy Office is focused on five financially ailing state enterprises forced into business rehabilitation, aiming to make their turnaround efforts pay off, Sepo’s chief says.
— Bangkok Post

Forest fires very close to a revered shrine in Mae Hong Son
Fires continue to rage in the northwestern province of Mae Hong Son over the weekend. One of them got very close to a revered Guan Yin shrine in Muang district last night (Sunday).
— The Thaiger

Phuket lifeguard service warning of strong currents along Phuket beaches
Phuket lifeguards are warning all swimmer at Phuket’s beaches of strong waves and rip currents.
— The Thaiger

First detailed mapping of Tham Luang cave begins
A team of local and foreign cave experts has been exploring the Tham Luang- Khunnam Nang Non cave, in the Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, with the mission to create the first detailed map of the cave…
— Thai PBS News

5 Best Beaches In Phuket, Thailand, With Finest White Sand And Green Waters
Summer is here, and what’s the best way to enjoy the season but to go to the beach. There are a lot of beaches you can enjoy around the world, but it is nothing with what Phuket, Thailand, has to offer
— Business Times

King hopes the people’s show of unity will bring prosperity to the country
His Majesty the King said he was impressed with the spontaneous show of friendliness and expression of good wishes the Thai people expressed toward him on the occasion of his…
— Thai PBS News

Depa pins hopes on trio of R&D centres
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) plans to open and operate three R&D centres in June, comprising an artificial intelligence (AI) lab, an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) lab and Maker Space, an innovative device design centre.
— Bangkok Post

Thais post strong mobile pay growth
Thailand has the second-fastest growth for mobile payments in Southeast Asia behind Vietnam, which is the global leader, according to the Global Consumer Insights Survey 2019.
— Bangkok Post

One boy drowns, two two others plucked out of the surf in Phang Nga
A boy has drowned while two others have been rescued from the seas off Phang Nga.
— The Thaiger

Sea turtle rescued on Kamala beach
A sea turtle has been rescued after being washed up on the shores of Kamala beach. Tourists who were walking along the beach discovered the beached turtle. They informed beach vendors.
— The Thaiger

Thais post strong mobile pay growth
Thailand has the second-fastest growth for mobile payments in Southeast Asia behind Vietnam, which is the global leader, according to the Global Consumer Insights Survey 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Princess Gains Social Media Traction During Coronation
Rock and roll hand gestures. Selfies. Fashion shoots. Amid the pomp and ceremony of His Majesty the King Rama X’s coronation, the public’s eye has been drawn to the colorful social media posts of his daughter Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
— Khaosod English

Thais nationwide conduct activities in honor of HM King
People in the provinces have conducted activities in honor of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, such as giving alms, growing trees and organizing exhibitions.
— NNT

TAT targets Latino LGBT traveller rise
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is set to increase tourism arrivals from Latin America, in part through a plan to present Thailand as a friendly destination for LGBT travellers.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket holds mass cleanup in honour HM The King
Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana led a mass cleanup along the Bang Yai Canal in Phuket Town this morning (May 6) in honour of the Royal Coronation ceremonies conducted this weekend
— The Phuket News

Six arrested for Hi-Lo gambling, rest flee into rubber plantation
Police have arrested six people for gambling beside a road in Srisoonthorn, with the rest of the players fleeing into a rubber plantation.
— The Phuket News

Something Borrowed, Something New: Electric scooters zip their way into Bangkok
You might have seen them zipping up, down and around Thonglor. People whisking by silently, clenching orange metal handlebars. I wanted to track these small-wheeled wonders to their source –
— Coconuts (paywall)

Five police injured in armoured vehicle bombing
Five border patrol policemen were injured when their armoured truck was attacked with two bombs installed in 15-kilogramme gas cylinders in Thepa district late Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post

Ranong immigration chief transferred after Myanmar complaint
The Immigration chief of the southern province of Ranong was transferred to an inactive post in the Immigration Bureau after Myanmar accused Ranong immigration police of slow service for 200 Myanmar tourists.
— Bangkok Post

Two Singaporean Bak Kut Teh Restaurants in Siam: Our Verdict
By stroke of coincidence or marketing, two Singaporean franchises selling bak kut teh have opened in Bangkok’s downtown.
— Khaosod English

Six gamblers arrested in Thalang
The Thalang Police have arrested six gamblers his weekend. Police have arrested six gamblers at the side of a road near a rubber plantation in Srisoonthorn over the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Sewers repaired
Pattaya workers spread out across the city to clean and repair sewers following recent rain
— Pattaya Mail

Migrant workers donate blood
Cambodian, Laotian and Myanmar migrant workers from Belton Industrial (Thailand) Co.’s factory in Pathum Thani province have given blood donations in honor of His Majesty the King, The activity was organized by the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor in cooperation with …
— Pattaya Mail

HM The King confers new royal titles on his family – PHOTOS
“HM The King’s mother will now be addressed as Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother.”
— The Thaiger

 

Feature photo Royal Household Bureau/ Thailand Government Public Relations Department/ MFA Thailand

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo acknowledges the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X, May 6, 2019.

 

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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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