Thailand Morning News For November 10

Thailand Morning News For November 10
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Thailand morning newsSomkid: Policies to stay steady
Thailand’s economic growth is solid and economic policies are unlikely to be derailed by any cabinet reshuffles, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Teacher Beating a Student Video’ Goes Viral in Thailand – But It’s Fake News (video)
A video posted to a Thai Facebook page purporting to show a teacher in a Thai school beating the bejeebers out of a student has caused an uproar amongst Thai netizens and on various expat bulletin boards.
— AEC News Today

Flood damages hit Bt14 billion since July with Khon Kaen residents blaming authorities
BY THE middle of the year, floods had already caused estimated damages of Bt14 billion, the head of the Agricultural Economic Operation Centre said yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand ranks 6th in Asia for ‘ease of doing business’
Singapore, closely followed by South Korea, remains the best country in which to run a business, according to the World Bank.
— The Nation

Prayut to focus on economic issues, skirt security rows, at Apec, Asean talks
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend two leader summits beginning with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Danang today, and later moving to Manila for the Asean summit to focus on sustainable human resources development, while both events are expected to focus on hot-button global security issues.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Govt ready to invest in 8 new infrastructure projects in 2018
The Ministry of Transport has prepared eight new infrastructure investment projects for implementation next year, with a combined budget of over 100 billion baht.

Angry rubber farmers plan rally in Bangkok on Monday over prices
Rubber farmers will rally in Bangkok next Monday to pile pressure on Agriculture Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya over what they see as his failure to adequately address falling rubber prices.
— The Nation

SCB tempers QR customer expectations
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has halved its forecast for the number of merchant customers using quick response (QR) code payment this year to 100,000 because the experimental period in the regulatory sandbox is taking longer than expected.
— Bangkok Post

Thai jasmine rice crowned best in world for flavor for fifth time
Thai jasmine rice has taken the mantle of World’s Best Flavored Rice for a second year in a row and for the fifth time ever with the Ministry of Commerce stating it will leverage the recognition to further expand the nation’s rice sales.
— NBT World (video)

Six main airports see big surge in passenger congestion
Passenger traffic at Thailand’s six major airports has mostly stretched well beyond capacities by a third, compounding heavy congestion, according to latest data.
— Bangkok Post

Academics express serious reservations about state enterprises bill with NLA
ACADEMICS have expressed concerns over the state enterprises bill which is currently being vetted by the National Legislative Assembly, even as trade unions demand withdrawal of the bill fearing its passage would lead to privatisation.
— The Nation

NBTC panel likely to sting Line Mobile
Line Mobile’s service is likely to violate the licensing regime as its brand image is not clearly delineated as the second brand of mobile operator Total Access Communication (DTAC), according to a panel of the telecom regulator scrutinising Line Mobile’s operation.
— Bangkok Post

Betting against a bubble
With oversupply in the Bangkok property market and surging land prices, sporadic concerns have emerged over a potential bubble, stoking fears of a financial tremor similar to the events of 20 years ago.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand and Japan launch campaign to boost Thai dairy industry
The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) together with Orion Machinery Co. Ltd. and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Thailand have launched a campaign to boost Thai dairy industry.
— NBT World (video)

Grohe expanding Rayong zinc plant with B1bn outlay
Grohe, the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and part of Lixil Corporation, is investing more than 1 billion baht to expand its zinc manufacturing facility plant in Klaeng, Rayong as part of international growth strategy.
— Bangkok Post

Thai MICE reaps benefits of online channels
The Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry has benefited from the online market. TCEB, Thailand’s official body responsible for MICE, has reported that its website for online marketing has been well accepted.
— NBT World (video)

“New Guinea flatworm” found at many spots in country
A large number of users of the social media have sent their information on and images of the “New Guinea flatworm” to Facebook page from many parts of the country including Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Loei, Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok.
— Thai PBS

Over 11 million baht worth of pangolin scales and ivory tusks seized at airport
Customs officials seized 116 kilogrammes of ivory tusks and 15 kilogrammes of pangolin scales in cardboard boxes imported from Congo at the cargo warehouse in Suvarnabhumi international airport on Thursday (Nov 9).
— Thai PBS

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Thai listed property developer Sansiri Pcl today announced an investment of $80 million across six global technology and lifestyle companies as part of a bid to expand beyond real estate development and into the global market.
— Deal Street Asia


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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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