Line Mobile, a business under the operations of DTAC TriNet, is under close scrutiny by the national telecom regulator. According to the letter, Line Mobile is operated by DTAC TriNet, a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC). DTAC TriNet bought the rights to use the name Line Mobile from Line Thailand. Line Mobile, which is operated by DTAC TriNet, has nothing to do with the service offered by Line Mobile in Japan. Both Line Thailand and DTAC declined to clarify the matter, but a DTAC source said the service would benefit both Line and DTAC.
June 26, 2017 23:03 UTC
A trade group says many uncertified tour companies in mainland China are still offering ultra-low prices for Thailand packages. The story of extremely cheap Chinese tour packages has made many in the Land of Smiles frown. It also embarked on efforts to stamp out illegal businesses and non-registered tourist guides working with Chinese tourists. "The zero-dollar tour scheme is a big issue calling for a special plan," he said. Mr Chart said the remaining zero-dollar tours may cost the Thai economy close to 30 million baht per day.
June 26, 2017 23:03 UTC
By adding one digit, the supply of phone numbers will rise to 550 million, of which 500 million are for mobile service and 50 million for fixed-line numbers. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has assigned 260 million numbers to mobile phone operators. Some 52 million numbers are left, estimated to last until 2020. The NBTC has also assigned 50 million numbers for fixed-line service. Mobile numbers cannot have prefixes of 02, 03, 04, 05 and 07 because of limited transmission settings, he said.
June 26, 2017 22:52 UTC
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that the 30 baht gold card will not be terminated. Both of them are also eligible for the 30 baht healthcare programme. I usually use the 30 baht gold card, but I live in Nakhon Nayok so my card covers public hospitals in Nakhon Nayok only. The 30 baht programme benefits the poor and the middle class. What do you think of people's reactions after they heard there might be no more 30 baht gold card?
June 26, 2017 22:52 UTC
Thailand's household debt was the third highest in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter of 2016, driven by the heavy load of first-jobbers' personal loans, say researchers at the central bank's think tank. According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Thailand's household debt-to-GDP ratio in the third quarter of 2016 was 71.2%, trailing only Australia at 123% and South Korea at 91.6%. Mrs Sommarat said despite the high debt-to-GDP ratio, only one-third of Thais have access to loans, citing a study, "Thailand's Household Debt through the Lens of Credit Bureau Data: Debt and Delinquency". Ms Atchana said that 17% of the Thai population takes out personal loans, with 30% of first-jobbers aged 25-35 having taken out personal loans. She said 20% of first-jobber debtors defaulted on their personal loans, higher than 15% of all Thai debtors who defaulted on their personal loans.
June 26, 2017 22:41 UTC
A former central bank governor is the latest to issue warnings about the property sector, plus strong words about cooperatives as well. Imprudent lending and embezzlement at credit unions and thrift and credit cooperatives have stolen the limelight in recent years. Even though the crisis has yet to arrive, all related parties should be cautious and proactive to head off such a crisis, Mr Prasarn said. The 1997 Tom Yum Kung crisis was caused by many factors, he said: "We were too complacent, arbitrary and capricious. At this point, we must closely oversee thrift and credit cooperatives, state-owned financial institutions and unbalanced investment in the real estate sector.
June 26, 2017 22:30 UTC
The Phu Rua National Park chief is facing a serious disciplinary misconduct probe, following allegations of irregularities in a weir construction project in Loei, which cost the government about 20 million baht in damages. It has set up a panel to investigate Mr Ronnaphop over disciplinary violations which officials believe "caused damage to the park", department chief Thanya Netithammakun said Moinday. The province grants Phu Rua National Park about 10 million baht a year for a range of conservation projects. Department investigators found construction was being "duplicated" as new weirs were built on areas where water barriers already existed, the department chief said. Narong Khon-iat, chief of Ramkhamhaeng National Park in Sukhothai, will replace Mr Manot as the marine park chief.
June 26, 2017 22:24 UTC
Pol Gen Panya said police also needed to question 40 other people in connection with the case, adding he had also discussed issues needing further investigation with a probe panel last Friday. The 15-day probe was initially set to be completed today, as ordered by national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda. Pol Gen Panya said he had already sent a letter asking permission from Pol Gen Chakthip for the extension. In some cases, officers had also paid money to mistresses of some high-ranking police officers to get promotions, claimed Mr Witthaya. Pol Gen Panya said Mr Witthaya had also been questioned by police.
June 26, 2017 22:23 UTC
"The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly," Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden after holding his first talks with Modi. Trump also thanked India for "joining us in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime." The US president has made halting Pyongyang's weapons program a top foreign policy priority. Despite international condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that threaten Japan and South Korea -- and one day could even hit some US cities. Washington has 28,000 troops deployed in South Korea and a naval armada in the region.
Source:The Nation Bangkok
June 26, 2017 22:18 UTC
Meechai Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, has strong doubts about the organic law on 'primary' elections. (Post Today photo)At least two issues stemming from the controversial primary vote system in the organic bill on political parties risk contravening the charter, says Constitution Drafting Committee chairman (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan. The CDC wrote generally in the charter that people must be allowed a role in deciding a party's MP candidates. First, he said the system would create problems for parties, large and small, in selecting MP candidates in elections. Mr Meechai disagreed with the EC's suggestion that primaries are an extension of a poll, saying if that were the case, primaries must be conducted by the EC, not parties.
June 26, 2017 21:44 UTC
The procurement programmes have to take into consideration the military capabilities of neighbouring countries, possible threats as well as reform. Some equipment will be useless if there are no spare parts, said Maj Gen Kongcheep. He said Thailand is considering buying more from China, and will discuss problems encountered in the procurement programmes. "We'll talk to China about maintenance and spare parts and transfer of technical know-how," said Maj Gen Kongcheep. One involves reforms and restructuring of the Defence Ministry for 2017-2026 and the other deals with enhancing the ministry's capabilities for 2017-2026, he said.
Photos and video showing former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra crying during her 50th birthday celebration last Wednesday have gone viral. (Photo FB/oakpanthongtae)Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has given the cold shoulder to former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's pleas for justice over charges against her in connection with the rice-pledging scheme. Ms Yingluck was chair of the National Rice Policy Committee when she was in power. Asked whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to form a political party, Gen Prawit said the premier should be asked this question. As to whether he would persuade Gen Prayut to contest the poll, Gen Prawit said he had never even thought of this possibility.
It was also possible that some state officials had used their positions to pressure school directors into enrolling their children. He said the country needed to fight corruption from the ground up, and that included cleaning up the school selection process. The call was made in the wake of the "tea money" scandal at Samsenwittayalai School. Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said yesterday he had ordered the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) to investigate the allegations at Samsenwittayalai School. Mr Karun said if the investigation finds Mr Viroj not guilty, he would return to work at the school.
The Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) intends to reclaim 11 locations, which have been leased to City Hall, for a new expressway project worth 31.2 billion baht. They will include the parking area of a public park along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, under Rama IX Bridge in the Phra Nakhon and Thon Buri areas. The project would form an effective road link between the inner city and outer areas of Bangkok, he said. Responding to public feedback on the park, Exat governor Narong Kieddej insisted only 3.4% of the park's 29 rai will be returned to Exat. The construction of the expressway project will begin within this year.
Controversies about amendments to the national health security bill and the Thai-Chinese train project offer a glimpse into the type of legacy the junta will leave. Of course, there are those who oppose the ideas no matter what but there are definitely more who are willing to listen. The national health security bill, which paved the way for the highly popular universal healthcare coverage, also known as a 30-baht scheme, is emblematic of the country's political conflicts. There are people who may like Thaksin but oppose the universal healthcare scheme. The military regime is here today because it successfully destroyed the moral leadership of career politicians and the value of democracy.
June 26, 2017 21:27 UTC