Thailand Morning News For October 17

Thailand Morning News For October 17

Thailand morning newsUTCC sees welfare cards pusing Q4 growth to 4 4%
The Economic and Business Forecasting Center of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce has found the government’s welfare card program is boosting circulation and could hike up spending in the fourth quarter by up to 4.4 percent.
— NBT World (video)

PM calls urgent meeting to combat flooding
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday (Oct 16) called an urgent meeting to monitor the flooding situation while the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has stepped up preparations for another round of deluge after Bangkok was told to brace for more rain until Oct 20.
— Thai PBS

Huge deluge on the way
A fresh round of torrential downpours is expected in the lower Central region including Bangkok over the next few days because of a monsoon trough, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).
— Bangkok Post

Tourism visitors and revenue notably up year on year
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has reported latest tourism earnings at 1.37 trillion baht, 7.6 percent up, attributing the growth to its focus on traditional Thai life as a tourist attraction.
— NBT World (video)

EU visit sparks rush to get ship-shape
Agriculture and Co-operatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya has urged authorities to boost oversight of the fishing industry ahead of a visit by European Union representatives to audit Thailand’s measures…
— Bangkok Post

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Somkid tells finance minister to increase welfare-card credit limits
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripithak said on Monday that he had told Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong to consider increasing purchasing credit for the poor who hold the government’s welfare debit cards.
— The Nation

Farming, food sectors face flooding hit
The recent floods across several provinces have inundated business districts and farm areas and will have a short-term impact on the agricultural and food processing sectors, say government and industry officials.
— Bangkok Post

Northeast rice farmers gain subsidy to ease harvest costs
THE THAI Rice Exporters Association will subsidise Northeastern farmers at Bt200 per rai for no more than 10 rai each in an effort to help reduce harvest costs.
— The Nation

PM : Foreign investors confident in political situation in Thailand
The Prime Minister said Thai and foreign investors trust the current administration and have confidence in the current political situation.
— NBT World (video)

Thai rice price up 15% this year on high demand
The Thai Rice Exporters Association has indicated a 15 percent increase in the average price of Thai rice this year due mainly to high demand among importers.

EGAT : No extra discharge from Bhumibol, Sirikit dams
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has assured that no additional water has been discharged from Bhumibol and Sirikit dams, as both dams can still store more water.
— NBT World (video)

Motorcycle sales boost Krungsri Auto’s expectations
Krungsri Auto, Bank of Ayudhya’s automotive financing arm, estimates that new lending for Krungsri Motorcycle will reach Bt14 billion for 2017, a year-on-year increase of 8 per cent, fuelled by a steady recovery in motorcycle sales.
— The Nation

Smartcards for low-income earners ready to be distributed in Bangkok tomorrow
The Comptroller General’s Department (CGD) is ready to distribute welfare smartcards to low-income earners in the remaining seven provinces, including Bangkok tomorrow (October 17).
— Thai PBS

Thailand to host 7th ASIAN Ministerial Energy Roundtable
Thailand will host the 7th ASIAN Ministerial Energy Roundtable this year to hold discussions between energy producers and consumers in Asia on present and future demand.

Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king
Hotels in Bangkok’s bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favored by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday.
— Reuters

All 7-Eleven stores to close on Oct 26 from 3 pm to midnight
All 7-Eleven convenience stores throughout the country will be closed on October 26 from 3 pm until midnight to allow their employees to join the nation in the Royal cremation ceremony.
— Thai PBS

New Phuket dam onstream within two months, says waterworks chief
Amid complaints from residents about persistent water shut-offs by the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA), the PWA’s acting manager has assured that the outages will cease once the Khlong Katha Dam is complete in the coming two months.
— Phuket News

Food the focus of new travel campaign
Gastronomy tourism and local food are being highlighted in a new tourism campaign starting this month, says Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.
— Bangkok Post

Security to be beefed up during royal cremation rites
The Thai government has reassured the public of the security measures to be deployed during the royal cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— NBT World (video)

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Raids net 50 suspects, mostly Africans
More than 50 foreign nationals, mainly of African origin, were arrested Monday for various transgressions, ranging from illegal entry and visa overstaying to drug offences, as authorities raided 11 llocations in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.
— Bangkok Post

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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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