Thailand morning news for May 8

Thailand morning news for May 8

Thailand morning news

EC announces election results in 349 constituencies
More than six weeks after Thailand held one of its most important general elections, the Election Commission today finally announced its official results for 349 constituencies and nationwide and endorsed…
— Thai PBS News

Palang Pracharat confident it can form majority coalition
The Palang Pracharat party is confident it will be able to muster more than 250 MPs to form a majority coalition government after the Election Commission today announced the official…
— Thai PBS News

China, Japan to join EEC smart city plan
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) smart city initiative is likely to be the second development project involving collaboration with China and Japan, following the high-speed rail network linking the…
— Bangkok Post

List MPs risk approval delay
The Election Commission’s (EC) endorsement of party-list MPs is still in doubt pending a Constitutional Court ruling on Wednesday on the EC’s formula to calculate and allocate party-list MPs for political parties.
— Bangkok Post

Sharp Increase in Entrepreneur Investors Targeting Thailand
Thailand is experiencing a boom in applications from entrepreneurs seeking to take advantage of the investor-friendly Thailand Elite Residence Program.

Investor zeal slips, stays in neutral territory
Investor confidence for the next three months has dropped slightly, weighed by concerns over government stability and US-China trade talks.
— Bangkok Post

65 of NCPO orders to remain in effect
The junta has issued 456 announcements and orders over the past five years and 65 of them will continue to take effect after the new government is sworn in.
— Bangkok Post

Patong lifeguards issue warning as monsoon season begins
The Patong Surf Life Saving group have today (May 7) made an announcement urging the public to exercise caution when visiting Patong Beach following a weather warning issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) warning of heavy rain, strong winds and high waves from today until Friday (May 10).
— The Phuket News

No US visa for stateless pupil
A stateless student is now seeking assistance from the National Human Rights Commission after her application for a visa to attend a science competition in the US was rejected.
— Bangkok Post

Weather warning issued for Phuket
Phuket Lifeguard Service An urgent weather warning for heavy rains, strong winds and wave warning has been issued by the Phuket Governor.
— The Thaiger

About 60 NLA members to resign to join Senate
About 60 members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) are expected to tender their resignations in the next two days to be ready to join the military-appointed Senate.
— Thai PBS News

Officials Want to Import Japan’s Harsh Traffic Penalties
The Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday officials are studying whether Japan’s tough penalties for traffic offenses can be imposed in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

Egat plans to convert used cars into EVs
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to develop electric vehicles (EVs) by modifying used cars, aiming for commercial sales in 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Charter court to decide on legitimacy of senator selection committee
The Constitutional Court is expected to decide tomorrow whether to accept the ombudsman’s petition challenging the constitutionality of the committee tasked withselecting senators.
— Thai PBS News

Panel set to OK price move
The Central Committee on Prices of Goods and Services is set to approve a proposal to require private hospitals to show the prices of medicine, medical supplies and medical service charges so consumers can be aware of them before deciding to use their services.
— Bangkok Post

J Ventures hits brakes on further ICOs as JFin flags
J Ventures Co Ltd, a subsidiary of SET-listed Jay Mart Plc, will not raise funds from new initial coin offerings (ICOs), but instead aim to stimulate the use of JFin coins as a medium of goods and services…
— Bangkok Post

FTI trusts in operators to handle drought
Although Thailand is dealing with the effects of a drought nationwide, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is still optimistic about production sentiment for food, processed food and agriculture.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut Cabinet to carry on after 15 ministers resign
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed today that at least 15 members of his Cabinet are resigning to prepare to take up seats in the military-appointed Senate and insisted that…
— Thai PBS News

BA tacks Lotte onto bid
Bangkok Airways Plc (BA) has named South Korea’s Lotte as its partner to vie for concessions to operate duty-free shops at Bangkok’s main airport and three regional ones.
— Bangkok Post

Large-scale projects set to fuel industrial production
The Ministry of Industry and Trade will strive to enable a number of industrial production projects to come online soon, with a particular focus on large-scale projects likely to stir up industrial growth during 2019 and the years to come.

Fifteen cabinet ministers resign to take up seats in the senate
Fifteen cabinet ministers resigned on Tuesday to take up seats in the new senate, as the Pheu Thai Party questioned the impartiality of the nominations made by a selection panel appointed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
— Bangkok Post

Elephants march near Grand Palace to honor His Royal Majesty the King
Ten elephants painted white marched on Tuesday near Bangkok’s Grand Palace to honor Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a day after ceremonies for his coronation ended.
— The Pattaya News

NCPO to consider lifting old ‘orders’ passed after the 2014 coup
The Thai PM says, following the coronation, it’s time to revoke some of the old orders Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-gnam says that the junta and the government are meeting today to discuss the revocation of orders and announcements originally issued by the NCPO, but were no longer considered …
— The Thaiger

THAI to submit B156bn new plane purchase plan to cabinet
Thai Airways International (THAI) will seek cabinet approval this month to buy or lease 38 new planes at an estimated cost of 156 billion baht, with 31 planes to be procured over the next five years.
— Bangkok Post

‘Why in Heavens Are You Asking Me?’ Junta Silent on Senate List
Leaders of the ruling junta on Tuesday deflected media questions about the identities of 244 new, unelected senators.
— Khaosod English

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

Summer storms hits several provinces
Nong Khai province last night has been hit by summer thunderstorms causing damages to houses in many areas. Volunteers and military officials are now assisting victims.

Songwriter for Rama IX dead at 100
Revered Thai scholar Prof Prasert na Nagara, praised for writing the Thai lyrics for King Rama IX’s songs, has died at the age of 100.
— Bangkok Post

INPUT 2019 highlights role of public broadcasting
One of the world’s leading events for public broadcasters and documentary film producers, “INPUT 2019”, opened this morning in Bangkok under the theme “storytelling in the public interest”.
— Thai PBS News

Pandora to cut 1,200 Thai jobs as Q1 profit, sales fall
Pandora will lay off another 1,200 workers in Thailand and speed up marketing spending as its new CEO looks to turn around the struggling jewellery maker after another fall in like-for-like quarterly sales.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Superheat Kills 4 Humans, and A Lot of Coral
Bleached coral. Fleeing elephants. Happy coconut water vendors. These are only a few side effects of the inordinate heat currently smothering Thailand.
— Khaosod English

BAAC to continue selling savings lottery
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will be selling the 4th set of the Prosperous Farmers savings lottery at 100 baht per unit, offering prizes up to 15 million baht, as another option to encourage savings.
— Pattaya Mail

TV Pool accredited for impressive coronation coverage
Live coverage of the royal coronation ceremonies has received critical acclaim from all quarters, with particular credit going to the dedicated teams of the Television Pool of Thailand (TPT).
— Pattaya Mail

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

Bank of Thailand’s CBDC Project Prototype is being finalized by R3 and Wipro
Blockchain consortium R3 and global IT leader Wipro Limited have developed a blockchain solution prototype to enable digital currency for interbank settlements in Thailand, according to a press release from May 7.

Cop Busted for Trading Drugs 5 Months Before Retirement
NAKHON PHANOM — A senior-ranking policeman’s career came to an ignominious end when he was caught in a drug bust on Tuesday, just five months before his scheduled retirement.
— Khaosod English

Grab car driver attacked, but gets the assailant to take him to hospital
A father has posted a story on social media about the travails of his son, a Grab car driver in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Missing Dutch man found dead in Krabi lagoon
An 83 year old Dutch man, reported missing with his dog yesterday, was found dead this morning in a lagoon in Krabi where his dog was still waiting on the shore looking for its master.
— The Thaiger

Cpf Encourages All Business Units to Undertake SHE&EN Standard
Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaoswanglerg (Third from left), Chief Executive Officer – Agro Industrial Business and Co-President, Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods), presented Safety Health Environment and Energy Standard Certification, which was assessed by its internal auditor and independent auditor, …
— Khaosod English

Memories of a movement: How the election crushed one Red Shirt’s hopes for a comeback
Like many Red Shirts in the Northeast, Sabina Shah expected the election to stir the country towards democracy. But as political parties made only lackluster use of the old red shirt network, she found her infamous radio voice suppressed.
— Isaan Record



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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