The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is set to delve into the navy's submarine purchase though any information discovered that is regarded as security-sensitive will not be disclosed. Mr Pisit said Thursday the OAG is ready to check the submarine purchase as requested. Mr Pisit said the OAG is looking into the need to seek a budget for the submarine purchase, and will study the potential impacts stemming from the purchase. The OAG will disclose information regarding the submarine purchase where necessary, but it will not divulge any secret and security-sensitive information. Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra posted a message on her Facebook page Thursday, saying she disagreed with the government's submarine purchase procurement as the country is still dealing with economic problems.
(Photo via Facebook)Mae Hong Son governor Suebsak Iamwicharn was involved in the sex trade scandal in his province, deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul insisted Thursday. Pol Gen Srivara said police have not summoned Mr Suebsak since the provincial governor has already been questioned by a disciplinary panel set up by the Interior Ministry. The governor was previously implicated by the mother of a girl forced into prostitution, who said that Mr Suebsak was a client of the human trafficking gang. Meanwhile, Mr Suebsak was questioned for four hours Thursday by a five-member panel, led by interior deputy permanent secretary Prayoon Ratanasenee, in Mae Hong Son. Mr Suebsak said he would respect the inquiry results when they come out.
The regulator was expected to send the court order to all ISPs by Thursday. However as of Thursday afternoon it had still not done so, claiming it was awaiting a court order from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. "We [ISPs] are waiting for the NBTC's order and the court order," she said. "TISPA members will hold talks this week before discussions are held with the regulator next week." TISPA has 19 members including all major ISPs in the country including CS Loxinfo, True Internet, Advanced Wireless Network, DTAC TriNet and CAT Telecom.
The prime minister insisted he has not blamed mainstream media professionals in general, but the problems are caused by "bad people" exploiting social media. However, the NRSA media reform panel later made revisions to the proposed council by reducing the number of state representatives from four to two. It remains to be seen as to whether the meeting will send the bill back to the media reform panel for revisions, Mr Kamnoon said. ACM Kanit, chairman of the NRSA's media reform steering panel, expressed confidence the media bill will be approved at the meeting on Monday. Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said the NRSA media reform panel must explain why all media professionals are required to apply for an operating licence under the media bill.
During the trial, police and soldiers insisted the message on his leaflets had the potential to stir up violence and provoke political chaos. They were charged with violating the referendum act and a National Council for Peace and Order edict prohibiting political gatherings. Suppressing dissidents and restricting freedom of expression will make that path toward national unity more rocky. It seems our military leaders have a picture of Utopia for everyone that does not match that of many others. How can the country move forward when there are so many people left forgotten just because they're speaking their minds?
JD has already employed drones to make thousands of deliveries in China, where regulators haven't been as obstructive. The startup has received approval from five provinces to fly drones so far, and is applying for more. In financial technology, too, this hands-off approach could help Chinese companies outpace their American counterparts. American fintech companies, by contrast, face a complex web of red tape from myriad regulators, state and federal. But China's hands-off approach has created an environment in which startups can experiment with trial-and-error, take on increased risk, and thrive.
Connecting the strategic dots between Afghanistan, Syria and North Korea has become an unavoidable task. Was the barrage of Tomahawk missiles intended simply to send a message, as the Trump administration claims? Under Mr Trump, however, the US may drop a few more MOABs on the way out. Some advocate making a deal with the Kim regime: a moratorium on weapons tests, in exchange for curtailment of US-South Korea military exercises. The circumstances in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea vary widely, but they have some things in common.
In Switzerland last June, they had a referendum on a universal basic income that would have given each adult Swiss citizen US$2,500 (86,450 baht) per month. That is why universal basic income is now a hot topic in political circles throughout the developed democratic countries: it might prevent that disaster. But the curious thing is that none of trials now being undertaken is actually universal, with everybody getting the same "basic income" regardless of what other income they may have. If everybody gets the basic income as a right, the argument goes, then receiving it causes neither shame nor anger. But meantime they will be gathering valuable data about the actual behaviour of people who have a guaranteed basic income.
But three years later, public support has waned significantly while military entrenchment has deepened. Several factors underpin Thai political docility. Clearly, the quelling of dissent and spreading of fear are core reasons why Thais are putting up with military rule. In social movements against military rule, only the Oct 14 uprising in 1973 was organic, spontaneous and broad-based. Nevertheless if the Thai people don't do something about their military rule, they may well end up with a government they deserve.
Higher commodity prices are among the conditions the Fiscal Policy Office considered for its GDP growth target this year. SURACHAI PIRAKSAThe Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has raised its 2017 export growth forecast to 3.3% but is maintaining its economic growth projection at 3.6%. The upward revision of its 2017 export growth forecast from 2.5% predicted in January should have minimal effect on the overall economic growth estimate, said director-general Krisada Chinavicharana. Given the strong export growth, improving farm prices and domestic consumption rebound, it is possible to see economic growth surpass the 3.1% FPO projection for the first quarter, said Mr Krisada. He said the brighter export growth forecast was in response to the FPO's economic growth estimate for Thailand's trade partners of 3.51% this year, up from 3.41% previously predicted.
An employee of the Government Savings Bank helps an elderly woman who registered with the bank to receive government welfare for low-income people. kitja ApichonrojarekThe government estimates it will spend an annual budget of 30 billion baht to finance welfare provisions and subsidies for the poor through the national e-payment system. Registration for the scheme, starting from April 3, will run through May 15 at Krungthai Bank, the Government Savings Bank and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. Mr Apisak said the government will kick off offering welfare and subsidies to those who qualify on Oct 1. Thailand will be the first country in Asean to implement an integrated e-payment system.
No further proof is needed that the controversial submarine purchase deal with China that went ahead with secret cabinet approval has put the Prayut Chan-o-cha government in the hot seat. More importantly, the rhetoric about the navy budget versus central budget is of no use. It should be noted that the government had shelved the purchase plan for more than two years as it was well aware of public opposition. To support their account, netizens posed a clip of a speech given in 2007 by the late King Bhumibol who disagreed with the submarine plan. If it cannot do so, it must halt the process, kill the deal, and save the country from unnecessary damage, and itself from a disgraceful downfall.
The latest findings by Mastercard showed that over the past two years (2015-16), Singapore tracked strong 18% growth in total visitor spending. Half of the top 20 most-visited destinations in Asia-Pacific saw more than 10% growth in international overnight arrivals from 2015-16. Overnight arrivals to 171 Asia-Pacific destinations in 2016 stood at 339 million (up 9.8% from 2009-16), led by Bangkok, which attracted 19.3 million visitors. Singapore (13.1 million arrivals) came in second place, followed by Tokyo (12.6 million), Seoul (12.4 million) and Kuala Lumpur (11.3 million). China stands as Asia-Pacific's most avid outbound travel market, having contributed 55 million international overnight visitors to the region last year or 16.2% of the total.
ICAO regional director Arun Mishra explains the importance of making Asean an aviation hub. Asean countries need to accelerate investment in basic infrastructure development to accommodate the 6.5% annual growth in international tourist arrivals, says the head of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Low-cost airlines are not prepared to pay for standard procedures, including services and equipment available at airports, such as boarding bridges or bus transport. He pointed out airports in Britain as an example of low-cost facilities featuring the full range of airport services on par with traditional airlines. Mr Fernandes also urged the Thai government to allow 100% foreign investment in aviation sector, up from the restricted 49% currently.
The governments of Thailand and Hong Kong have joined hands to promote trade among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for product distribution online. This is another marketing channel to help distribute Thai goods in Hong Kong and across the world, he said. He said Hong Kong also requested for Thailand set up a joint venture fund to provide support and develop SMEs in both locations. The Thai government plans to hold a seminar in Bangkok on investment between Thailand and Hong Kong on May 8, expecting the event to attract new investment from Hong Kong to the Eastern Economic Corridor, said Mr Uttama. Osmep also has a fund to help SMEs with some 2 billion baht.