1. Small hotels set to legalise ventures : Some 5,000 non-registered small hotels are expected to legalise their business after a recent order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Bangkok Post
  2. Opposition takes charter change campaign to public : On 87th anniversary of Siamese revolution, anti-junta camp targets clauses ‘aimed at entrenching’ the military’s role . The anti-junta camp chose the 87th anniversary of the Siamese Revolution yesterday to kick off its campaign for amendments to the junta-sponsored Constitution, vowing to make it democratic for the benefit of the country and the people. The Nation
  3. Vietnam leads way as giants’ trade spat bites : Vietnam is reaping the lion’s share of benefits from the US-China trade war as manufacturers transfer their supply chains to avoid US tariffs, according to one analyst. Bangkok Post
  4. Cabinet is nearly ready, pledges PM : Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed yesterday a new government will be in place by the middle of next month, saying background checks on would-be cabinet ministers were progressing. Bangkok Post
  5. Benchmark interest rate expected to stay on hold : Economists expect a majority vote in favour of keeping the policy rate on hold when the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets today. The Nation
  6. FTI seeks measures to rein in baht : Move needed to halt decline in exports . The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is calling on the Bank of Thailand to launch new measures to rein in the baht’s rapid gains after the currency hit a more than six-year high, aiming to prevent the export slump from deepening. Bangkok Post
  7. Major staff cuts loom at BMTA : The debt-ridden Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) plans to cut at least 5,000 employees as a result of its new restructuring plan endorsed by the cabinet yesterday. Bangkok Post
  8. GSB makes first foray into securities : State-owned Government Savings Bank has bought a 25% stake in online securities broker ASL Securities, marking GSB’s first venture into the securities business and opening the door for the 106-year-old bank to offer a full array of financial services. Bangkok Post
  9. New government to be ready by middle of July, PM assures : Amid speculation and concern about the failure to set up a Cabinet three months after the March election, Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday confirmed that the new government would be ready by mid-July. The Nation
  10. Media share probes ‘fair’ : Observers defend charter court move . Academics have leapt to the defence of the Constitutional Court in the wake of the court’s decision to allow 32 government MPs who are accused of breaching the charter’s rule on shareholdings in media firms to continue performing their duties. Bangkok Post

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