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Japan PM Abe promises cooperation on high-speed trains, water management. Thai Islamic group speaks out, calls for Rohingya compassion. The Criminal Court sentenced Yossawaris Chuklom, aka Jeng Dokchik, a Red Shirt leader, to 2 years in jail without suspension for lese majeste.
Torrential rains in Jakarta, thousands evacuate. French fight intensifies against Mali Islamists. Foreign hostages of Algeria al-Qaeda escape or killed.
– NOK AIR IPO: Nok Air, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, asked its financial adviser, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), to prepare a listing application for submission to Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in March. The move is part of the expansion strategy of the airline which wants to raise money to fund its growth, according to Nok Air Chief Executive Patee Sarasin.
Details of the planned IPO have yet to be finalized, though Mr. Sarasin declared that up to a 30 percent stake in the company would be offered with existing shareholders’ holdings reduced pro rata. Nok Air posted an unaudited net profit of 480-500 million baht, a major turnaround from 2011 when its operation was hit by the great flood in October and November.
Nok Air also plans to resume international services this year after they nearly pushed the airline into bankruptcy five years ago. It suspended loss-making international flights to Vietnam and India as part of a turn-around program implemented four years ago.
Private regional carrier Bangkok Airways is also looking into an IPO launch in either April or May this year, according to its management. Both Nok Air and Bangkok will then follow Thai AirAsia, which was the first to make its trading on Bangkok’s stock exchange in May 2012.
– DREAMLINER: US officials and Boeing are investigating whether defective batteries from the same batch caused failures in two 787 Dreamliners that triggered the plane’s worldwide grounding.
If proven true, flaws may be confined to a small number of 787s, rather than indicating a systemic fault with the plane’s design and manufacturing, and could speed resumption of flights on the jet.
– THAILAND TOP: More than half the foreign tourists polled recently agreed that Thailand is their favorite destination in the Asean region, Bangkok Poll of Bangkok University reported on Thursday.
The pollsters interviewed 686 foreign tourists visiting Thailand, seeking their views on Thailand’s readiness for the debut of the Asean Economic Community in December 2015, from January 11-13.
Bangkok Poll said 58% of the respondents voted for Thailand as the most attractive tourist destination in Asean, followed by Vietnam (34.1%), Cambodia (30.6%), Laos (30.3%), and Singapore (26.1%).
Asked whether Thailand was ready for the AEC, 83% of the polled foreigners said yes, but 16.1% of them disagreed.
Regarding the most interesting things in Thailand, 28.1% of the respondents pointed to ancient ruins, 20.4% said Thai culture and traditions, and 14.3% said beautiful sea and beaches.
Asked if they had confidence in the security provided by Thai authorities, 97.6% said they have strong confidence and only 2.4% responded negatively.
Asked about factors that could damage tourism in Thailand, 37.2% of them said traffic congestion, 23.2% pointed to unfair fares charged by taxi and tuk tuk drivers, and 20.7% said unreasonably high prices of products.
As many as 85% the respondents said they would visit Thailand again, 14% of them were unsure, and only 1% said they would not.