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What's new in business news: April 24, 2014

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New woman president for Stock Exchange of Thailand, 2G service must end by July says regulator & 2nd fire at infamous chemical waste factory. 

The SET board has chosen Kesara Munchusree, the SET’s executive vice-president, to succeed Charamporn Jotikasthira, whose tenure will end on May 31.


New woman president for Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)

Ms. Kesara Munchusree (53) has been chosen to become the 12th president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and the third woman to take the helm. Ms Kesara has a political background and was head of the Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX). Under her tenure at the TFEX, trading volume surged at a rapid clip to 16.7 million contracts last year from 199,000 contracts in 2006, when the derivatives exchange was founded. All five board members nominated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and some members who represent brokers are said to have backed Ms Kesara.

The SET’s current ambitious goal of setting up a new trading board for companies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and southern China, should provide the impetus for the Thai stock exchange to become a key regional player. Even though the planned GMS trading board’s establishment is in very early stages, it is likely to become a reality as most of these stock exchanges are in the early phase of operations, with those in Cambodia and Laos having very few listed companies, so they need a more active trading channel to promote their stocks. Myanmar has no stock exchange yet.

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2G service must end by July says regulator

Mobile operators True Move and Digital Phone Co (DPC), a unit of Advanced Info Service (AIS), transfer all existing 2G customers to other networks within three months by July before the 4G auction takes place in August, warned the telecommunications regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Signals for these companies 2G SIM cards will be cut off after Sept 15.

True Move still has 7 million customers on 2G, down from 17 million last October. DPC has 13,000 users, down from 70,000 last year. The concessions of True Move and DPC from owner CAT Telecom expired last Sept 15. The NBTC allowed the two companies to retain their customers for another year after their concessions expired, but they are not allowed to acquire new subscribers. The NBTC believes only 3.1 million True Move customers are still active 2G users. Most are prepaid users.

The NBTC rejected True Move's proposal to transfer its existing 7 million subscribers to True's 3G networks by without customer consent. Last October True Move featured a promotion offering its existing 2G customers a free mobile handset if they migrated to its 3G network, which attracted 2 million customers. DPC is preparing to launch a similar campaign.

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Second fire at infamous chemical waste factory

A fire at a chemical waste recycling factory in Ratchaburi early Thursday morning destroyed three warehouses and their contents. The fire started at the Wax Garbage Recycling Centre about 5am in a building storing inflammable materials including recycled paints, plastic containers and gasoline, the source of bomb-like sounds during the inferno. Three of five warehouses at the factory complex and their contents were destroyed by the blaze. Police suspected it was started by an electrical short circuit. More than 10 fire trucks were sent to combat the flames.

The factory recycles industrial waste such as plastic pellets, dish washer liquid, paints and other chemical materials. The factory earlier had problems with surrounding communities with complaints of water pollution and foul odours. The factory was also hit by a fire on March 16.  

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ambitious: difficult and needing a lot of effort to succeed - ความทะเยอทยาน

at a rapid clip: very quickly, going very fast -

attract: to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ

auction: a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most - การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด

back: to support - สนับสนุน

background: the type of career, training, or education that someone has had - ประวัติ

blaze: a fire - เพลิง

board: a group of people who have the responsibility of managing important business or government activities - คณะกรรมการ

broker: a person who buys and sells things for other people - นายหน้า

channel: a method for doing something - วิธีการ

combat: to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing - ต่อต้าน

community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ

complex: an area that has several parts - พื้นที่ประกอบด้วยส่วนต่าง ๆ

consent: to give permission to do something - ยอมให้ทำ, อนุญาต

container: something used for storing or holding things - หีบบรรจุ

contents: what is inside something - จำนวนของสิ่งที่บรรจุอยู่

contract: to make an official written agreement with someone to do something - ทำสัญญา

current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

cut off: to not communicate with someone any more; to refuse to communicate with someone - เลิกการติดต่อ

establishment: an organisation, an institution or a hotel - สถานประกอบการ

existing: used now - ที่มีอยู่

flame: the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire - เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง

foul: extremely unpleasant - น่ารังเกียจ

found: to start an organization, company, political party etc - สร้าง, ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา

futures exchange: a place where futures contracts are bought and sold by investors and traders - ตลาดซื้อขายล่วงหน้า

goal: aim; purpose - เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS): "a development project formed by the Asian Development Bank in 1992 that brought together the six states of the Mekong River basin, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province, China. The GMS is a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River, covering 2.6 million square kilometers and a combined population of around 326 million" (Source: Wikipedia) -

handset: the part of a phone held in a hand; a mobile phone -

helm: in official control of an organisation or company - มีตำแหน่งผู้ควบคุม

industrial: relating to industry - เกี่ยวกับอุตสาหกรรม

inferno: a very large dangerous fire - เพลิงไหม้ครั้งใหญ่

inflammable: of something that burns easily -

key: very important - ที่สำคัญ

launch: an event held to start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มวางขาย

listed firm: a public company, i.e., a company that offers its shares to the public on a stock exchange - บริษัทมหาชน

material: a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ

member: a person, a country or an organization that has joined a particular group, club or team - สมาชิก

migrate: moving from one place to another or from an old technology to a new technology - อพยพ

mobile (technology): of devices, especially telecommunication devices, that can easily be moved around, e.g., mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers - อุปกรณ์ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC): the independent government agency which oversees and regulates the Thai telecoms and broadcasting industry - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการกิจการกระจายเสียง กิจการโทรทัศน์และกิจการโทรคมนาคมแห่งชาติ

network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

nominated: officially suggested for a job or position - แต่งตั้ง

odour: a smell, often one that is unpleasant - กลิ่น

offer: to make something available or to provide the opportunity for something - เสนอ

operations: the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ

operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

pellet: a small piece of something, a small hard ball of any substance, often of soft material that has become hard - เม็ดเล็ก

phase: a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ

player: a person, organization or company involved in some activity or industry -

pollution: contaminated, when something has been made dirty, poisonous, unpleasant to see or smell and possibly dangerous to health - การทำให้เป็นมลพิษ, การทำให้สกปรก, ภาวะมลพิษ, สภาวะมลพิษ, มลภาวะเป็นพิษ, สภาพเป็นพิษ, ความสกปรก

promote: to encourage or support something - สนับสนุน

proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

rapid: happening quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว

reality: actually happening - ความเป็นจริง

recycling: waste recycling, processing waste such as glass, metal and paper so it can be used again - การนำกลับมาใช้ใหม่ [สิ่งแวดล้อม], การใช้ของเสียให้เป็นประโยชน์

regional: of or relating to a region - เกี่ยวกับภูมิภาค

regulator: an official who makes certain that the companies who operate a system work effectively and fairly - ผู้มีอำนาจควบคุม

reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ

represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน

Securities and Exchange Commission: the government agency, under the Finance Ministry which oversees and regulates Thailand’s capital markets. - คณะกรรมการกำกับหลักทรัพย์และตลาดหลักทรัพย์

set up: to create something or start it - ตั้งขึ้น

short circuit: a failure in an electrical circuit, when electricity travels along the wrong route because of damaged wires or a fault in the connections between the wires - วงจรลัด, ช็อต

signal: a mobile phone, TV or radio transmission -

sound: something you hear with your ears - เสียง

source: the place or person or something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something - ต้นกำเนิด, แหล่งกำเนิด

stage: a particular point in time during a process or set of events - จังหวะเวลา

stock: a share that somebody has bought in a company or business - หุ้น, หุ้นทุน

stock exchange: a place where shares in companies are bought and sold; all of the business activity involved in doing this - ตลาดหลักทรัพย์

Stock Exchange of Thailand: the main institution in Thailand where shares in companies are bought and sold - ตลาดหลักทรัพย์แห่งประเทศไทย

store: to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future - เก็บ

subscriber: someone who pays money to an organization in order to receive a product, use a service regularly or support the organisation - ผู้ใช้บริการ

surge: a sudden increase in something - การเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว

surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

suspect: to believe that something is true, especially something bad - สงสัย, เป็นที่สงสัยว่า

telecommunications: the science and technology of sending information by telephone, radio, or television - โทรคมนาคม

tenure: the period of time during which someone has an important job - ช่วงระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง

trading: the activity of buying and selling things - การซื้อขาย, การค้าขาย

transfer: to move from one person/thing to another - ส่งผ่าน, ถ่ายทอด

unit: a part of a company or organisation that carries out a particular function; a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose - หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม

volume: an amount of something - ปริมาณ

warehouse: a large building for storing things - โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ

warn: to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน

waste: the useless part that is thrown away after something is used - ที่ไม่มีประโยชน์, การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, การหมดเปลือง

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