Thailand Morning News For October 23

Thailand Morning News For October 23

Thailand morning newsCentral Plains brace for severe floods
Communities living along the Chao Phraya River in Central Plains areas are suffering as run-off from the river continues to rise.
— Bangkok Post

Loan-loss provisions drag down commercial banks’ earnings for first nine months of 2017
THE counter-cyclical loan-loss provisioning in the third quarter by major banks dampened their overall net earnings in the first nine months of this year.
— The Nation

Rethink Needed: Thailand’s Migrant Worker Policy Debacle
Since 2014 Thailand’s coup-led government has prioritised eliminating human trafficking, especially among migrant workers. This renewed attention has been in direct response to a storm of international criticism aimed at the poor working conditions suffered by migrant workers. So far, the government has responded with hasty action and a number of legislative changes.
— AEC News Today

RID: Critical water situation in Chao Phraya river is over
The critical situation of water in the Chao Phraya river is over as water level in the river section in Nakhon Sawan province dropped 30cm Sunday (Oct 22), according to the Royal Irrigation Department (RID).
— Thai PBS

Flood continues in upper Thailand
Some provinces in the upper part of Thailand continue to be hit by ongoing floods.

Cardinal Bo criticizes slave labor in Thai fishing industry
The Thai fishing industry’s use of slave labor was highlighted by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon during the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea recently held in Taiwan.
— UCA News

Last two organic bills to be submitted to NLA in Nov
The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) will present the last two organic bills to the lawmakers in late November.

Govt to have 18,000 EDC machines installed by November
The Comptroller General Department (CGD) has joined hands with the Ministry of Commerce and public and private banks to have 18,000 Electronic Data Capture (EDC) machines installed within November to facilitate the use of welfare cards.

EEC committee approves five development projects
The executive committee in charge of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project this week approved five public-private joint undertakings during a meeting to discuss infrastructure plans.
— NBT World (video)

Consumer goods firms harness online data to tap Southeast Asia e-commerce boom
When diaper maker DSG International (Thailand) wants to know what its customers are thinking, it often turns to Lazada, an e-commerce firm majority-owned by Alibaba Group Holding (BABA.N).
— Reuters

Krabi residents vow to fight on against junta’s power plant plan
The authorities are still pushing an energy policy that ignores local interests and the environment, even after February protests temporarily halted a coal-fired power station in Krabi.
— Prachatai English

PM urges political parties to set their policies in line with NCPO’s National Strategy
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on all political parties to set their policies in line with his government’s 20-year National Strategy.
— Thai PBS

Social welfare program generates 1.7 billion baht for Thai communities
The government’s social welfare card program is said to generate more than 1.7 billion baht for local communities.
— NBT World (video)

NBTC asks for no airing of recorded rehearsal of Royal Cremation procession before the ceremony
Thailand’s broadcast and telecom regulator has asked for no airing of recorded footage of the rehearsal of the Royal Cremation procession, until after the ceremony is over.

150,000 police officers to be deployed nationwide during cremation week
No fewer than 150,000 police officers will be deployed at funeral sites across Thailand during cremation week.

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king
Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners.
— Reuters

Message from TAT regarding the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to express our deepest appreciation to all visitors to Thailand during this historic period of the Royal Cremation Ceremony for the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— TAT News

Air force repeats drone warning
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has urged the public to inform the air force if they find anyone operating drones during the royal cremation ceremonies this week.
— Bangkok Post

Dignitaries from 30 countries taking part in royal cremation ceremony
Dignitaries from at least 30 nations will be attending the royal cremation ceremony of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Public urged to not drink during Royal Cremation period
The Disease Control Department has urged people to refrain from drinking alcoholic drinks for the five days of the Royal Cremation period to make merit for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— The Nation

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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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