Thailand Morning News For November 1

Thailand Morning News For November 1
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Thailand morning newsThailand’s political activity ban stays for now: PM
Thailand’s military government on Tuesday said it will not yet lift a ban on political activity, despite a general election scheduled for next year and growing pressure from political parties to lift it.
— Reuters

Thai Sept factory output rises 4.21 pct y/y, beats forecast
Thailand’s industrial output rose for a third straight month in September on an annual basis, beating forecasts, helped by higher production of automobiles, rubber and electronics, showing the economy is growing steadily.
— Reuters

Prayut wants tax breaks renewed
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday ordered the Finance Ministry to prepare tax breaks for year-end shopping to stimulate consumption.
— Bangkok Post

Learning STEM with robots in Thai school
In the sphere of education, the STEM curriculum is a study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics taking an integrated approach. It is an important tool in encouraging the young to gain skills they can use, especially in a technology and innovation-driven economy.
— NBT World (video)

AoT wants to operate at least 15 other provincial airports
The Airports of Thailand Plc wants to take over the operations of 15 other provincial airports after a study shows that a large number of foreign tourists want to fly out of the country directly from the provinces.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry postpones enforcement date of new regulation on dual-use technology
The Ministry of Commerce has postponed its date to enforce new regulations on dual-use technology by one year to allow for businesses to take the necessary steps towards compliance.
— NBT World (video)

PM orders less water to be released from Ubonrat dam
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (Oct 31) ordered the Royal Irrigation Department to cut down the amount of water released from the Ubonrat dam to 30 million cubic metres/day in order to ease flooding in Khon Kaen province.
— Thai PBS

Secretary for keeping secrets: CDC chief on appointment of his daughter
The chairman of the junta’s Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has dismissed nepotism accusation after many raised eyebrows from learning that his daughter is appointed as his own deputy secretary.
— Prachatai English

Normal UK immigration rules for Yingluck: Don
THE UNITED Kingdom has informed Thailand that if former premier Yingluck Shinawatra went to stay in the country, it would not involve political asylum, Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai said yesterday.
— The Nation

THB1 bn budget approved for public-private collaboration projects
The National Village and Urban Community Fund has approved more than one billion baht to implement public-private collaboration projects with the objective to strengthen the grassroot economy.
— NBT World (video)

New legislation Smoke-Free along the beach
Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has signed an MOU with other public and private sector members to solve the problem of cigarette butts littering the country’s beaches.

Rubber planters plan rally to oust RAT board
Small-scale rubber planters planned to rally in Tham Panna district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Wednesday (Nov 1) to demand the ouster of the board of the Rubber Authority of Thailand for their alleged incompetency in reducing rubber stockpiles.
— Thai PBS

Welfare card misuse being probed and regulations may be tightened
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has indicated over 9,000 people who appealed for eligibility in the welfare card scheme have received approval and that a probe has been launched into an individual who posted pictures of using the card while wearing designer goods.
— NBT World (video)

Finance Ministry mulling law for handling dormant bank accounts
The Ministry of Finance is planning to propose a draft law that would authorize the state to use money in dormant bank accounts for public benefits while people are welcome to offer their input on the bill until mid-November.
— NBT World (video)

Cha-am and Pran Buri beaches strewn with garbage washed ashore from the sea
Huge amount of garbage were washed ashore on the beaches of Cha-am and Pran Buri districts of Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces respectively by strong wind, prompting a marine scientist to warn that garbage problem in the Gulf of Thailand is critical and micro plastic may enter the food chain.
— Thai PBS

TAT highlights ‘Amazing Green: A’Maze 2017’ sustainable agricultural tourism project
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is highlighting ‘Amazing Green: A’Maze 2017‘, a family friendly sustainable agricultural tourism project that combines creative tourism with agricultural activities.
— TAT News

Fireworks, sky lanterns banned on Loy Krathong Day
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will open 30 public parks for the public to celebrate this year’s Loy Krathong Day. Fireworks and sky lanterns will be strictly prohibited during the festival
— NBT World (video)

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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