Thailand Morning News For October 12

Thailand Morning News For October 12
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Thailand morning newsRehearsals For Thai King Bhumibol’s Funeral Begin (HD Video)
The royal funeral for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej won’t be held for another couple of weeks, but with work on the royal crematorium nearing completion and the restoration of the centuries old royal chariots and royal palanquins finalised, it is now time to ensure the entire ceremony goes off without a hitch.
— AEC News Today (video)

Construction of Thai-Chinese high-speed railway to start in November
Construction of the first stage of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway will definitely begin in November although there is still a problem with an environment impact assessment study, Transport Minister Termpittayapaisith confirmed on Wednesday (Oct 11).
— Thai PBS

Urgent flood warning as reservoirs overwhelmed
Rid denies repeat of 2011 crisis as residents warned to seek safety on higher ground
— The Nation

Thai private sector starts using biometric authentication system
A member of the Thai private sector has integrated a biometric authentication system into its transactions, as part of the Thailand 4.0 approach.

Retailers expand space in face of economic slowdown
Despite the country’s tepid economy, retail operators remain busy with their expansion this year, increasing the total new retail supply this year by over 20%.
— Bangkok Post

Stricter accounting measures announced for temples as corruption investigation deepens
NEW FINANCIAL measures are being introduced to monitor the income and expenses at temples, Somkiat Thongsri, director of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand (SCC), said yesterday.
— The Nation

PTTEP chews over Bongkot stake of Shell
PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP), the only SET-listed upstream oil business, says it is interested in buying the 22.2% stake of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the Bongkot gas field in the Gulf of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Water to be discharged from flood-prone areas due to fear over new storm
The government is preparing to discharge water from the flood-prone areas at a rate of 2,600 cubic meters/second ahead of a new storm from Vietnam. All sides have been urged to adhere to water management plans of the government in order to reduce the storm’s effects on people.
— NBT World (video)

More economic stimulus packages to be rolled out end of year
The Government will launch more economic packages to stimulate economy at grass-root level.
— Thai PBS

Customs Dept will listen to opinions on new import tax structure
The Customs Department will meet with entrepreneurs in the automotive industry to listen to their opinions about price estimation and a new tax structure for imported cars.

CDC chairman admits drafting of two last organic laws difficult
Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan admitted the difficulty in the drafting of two last organic laws – elections of Members of House of Representatives and Senators – but assured that they would be completed and passed by the National Legislative Assembly within the 240-day timeframe.
— Thai PBS

PM addresses welfare card concerns as Commerce Ministry works to install more EDCs
The Prime Minister has hit back at accusations the government’s welfare card program benefits major companies, while the Ministry of Commerce believes it can set up at least 8,000 more Electronic Data Capture (EDC) machines this month.

Japan’s Sumitomo entersThai real estate market with JV
JAPAN-BASED Sumitomo Forestry Co Ltd will invest in developing residential projects in Asean as it sees strong demand in this region.
— The Nation

Luxury car dealers want lower duties
The Customs Department plans to complete its consideration of luxury car importers’ proposals in one month, as the group is requesting a cut in import duties and an increase in deductible expenses.
— Bangkok Post

Shinwa eyes more investment in Thailand
Japanese developer Shinwa Group plans to expand its investment in the building and construction industry in Thailand soon after the successful launch of its first condominium project, Runesu Thonglor 5, this year in Bangkok.
— The Nation

Thailand’s Saha Group sees sales recovery in 2018 as economy picks up
Thailand’s top consumer goods manufacturer Saha Group expects sales to improve next year as government spending drives growth in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, its chairman said.
— Reuters

Agriculture Ministry softens stance on plant varieties protection
Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said Wednesday that the Agricultural Technique Department might back off on its attempt to amend the Plant Varieties Protection Act if it is proven that the draft law will infringe on the rights of farmers.
— Thai PBS

84,000 tonnes of corn released from govt stockpiles
At least 84,000 tonnes of field corn, held in government stockpiles under a market intervention program, has been sold to bio-energy producers.

Drone users face fines, jail terms
Owners of all drones must register their devices within 90 days or face up to five years in prison and a 100,000-baht fine.
— Bangkok Post

Deadly bombings dim peace prospects in Thailand’s Deep South
The bomb blast was so powerful that it ripped in half the pickup truck carrying a group of Thai soldiers, killing four of them and wounding five others and a civilian.
— UCA News

Land Transport Department unveils plan to renovate all transport stations across the country
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is preparing to renovate all public transport stations across the country to adhere to service standards. The department aims to complete renovations on five stations by early next year.
— NBT World (video)

Asian animal welfare puts world leaders to ‘shame’
A Thai pork producer’s decision to phase out pig cages within the next decade could have major repercussions around the world, an animal welfare advocate said.
— Global Meat News

Bangkok’s 4th shelter for the homeless opens its door Wednesday
The fourth shelter for the homeless and beggars for Bangkok was officially opened on Wednesday by the Minister of Social Development and Human Security Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaeo.
— Thai PBS

No report of “Flakka” spread in Thailand: NSB
There have been no reports of the spread of a kind of drug called “Flakka” or “zombie” in Thailand but narcotic suppression police throughout the country have been instructed to watch out for it, Pol Maj Gen Tanai Apichartseni, acting deputy commissioner of the Narcotics Suppresion Bureau (NSB) said on Tuesday (Oct 10).
— Thai PBS

Updates regarding temporary closure of businesses and attractions on 26 October
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates as the entire nation prepares to pay a final tribute to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the Royal Cremation Ceremony Day, on 26 October.
— TAT News


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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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