Thailand morning news for December 25

Thailand morning news for December 25
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Thailand morning newsThousands flock to Government Housing Bank for cheap housing loans
Thousands of people flocked to the head office of the Government Housing Bank (GHB) on Rama 9 Road in Bangkok this morning in order to apply for housing loans to purchase housing units under the One Million Housing Units Project.
— Thai PBS World

Activist, Politician Vow to Sue Over Leaked Sex Tape
A pro-democracy activist and a Pheu Thai party member on Monday said they’ll pursue legal action over their sex tape alleged to be filmed by a third party as a tactic to discredit them.
— Khaosod English

Armed bandits steal school guards’ guns
Pattani: A school in Sai Buri district suspended all classes on Monday after security officers guarding the premises were robbed of their weapons on Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry eyes digital skills for 4 million
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry aims to train 4 million people in digital literacy through its Net Pracharat course, as well as in the Sustainable Thainess programme offered by the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (NFE).
— Bangkok Post

Prayut’s former deputy launches scathing attack
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday played down a commentary criticising Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha penned by a former cabinet minister, saying it was driven by a personal grudge.
— Bangkok Post

Several complaints filed against Palang Pracharath
The Election Commission has been kept busy with complaints against pro-regime Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) since last week, with the latest being an accusation the party’s leader might not be qualified.
— Bangkok Post

WHO recognizes anti-HIV drugs produced in Thailand
The big news last year in the pharmaceutical industry is a self-produced anti-HIV drug in Thailand that the World Health Organization finally certified this year, making the price 18 times lower.
— NBT (video)

Getting started on change to improve learning
We’re fast approaching the New Year, when many of us will be making resolutions because we want to change ourselves for the better and help improve the things around us.
— Bangkok Post

Drivers face blood tests for alcohol
DRIVERS suspected to be drunk will be forced to undergo blood tests for alcohol especially during the festive period.
— The Nation

2,700 senator candidates to choose 200 on Thursday
A total of 2,746 senator candidates will choose 200 among themselves at the national round of cross-elections among professional groups on Thursday, according to the Election Commission.
— Bangkok Post

Air pollution improves in most areas in BKK and vicinity
A level of PM 2.5 in Bangkok and the vicinity has decreased since Saturday morning. Particulate matter amounts in most areas no longer affect the health of people.
— NBT (video)

Ex-deputy premier Pridiyathorn says Gen Prayut unfit to be next prime minister
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is unfit to be Thailand’s next prime minister for a number of reasons, ranging from his lack of fiscal discipline and courage in making crucial decisions for fear of losing his popularity, to being temperamental and his appeasement policy toward China, said former deputy prime minister Pridiyathorn Devakula in his commentary published by the Isara news agency.
— Thai PBS World

Cannabis growers will be given guidelines: Prajin
FARMERS planning to grow cannabis once it is legalised for medical and research purposes next month have been told to contact authorities.
— The Nation

Investor obstacle course
Investors have had a tricky 2018, particularly in equities, as the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening policy, which saw several central banks follow suit, led to a continued sell-off of Thai shares by foreign investors.
— Bangkok Post

Elephants join search for 2-year-old Myanmar boy missing for 6 days in Suphan Buri sugarcane plantation
Four elephants were this morning employed to help some 300 police, military personnel, local administration officials and private rescue workers in a massive search for a two-yearขold Myanmar boy who has gone missing in a thick sugarcane plantation in U-Thong district of the central province of Suphan Buri for almost a week.
— Thai PBS World

Who needs a work permit? Making rules simpler creates complications
The Foreigners’ Working Management Emergency Decree Number 2, B.E. 2561 was issued in March 2018 and meant to clarify and simplify certain work permit practices and regulations.
— Bangkok Post

NLA accepts law to establish sports universities
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the national sports university draft act in principle.
— NBT (video)

Discovery of more WWII bombs delays plans for disposal
Another four WWII bombs have been discovered in the Mae Klong River near Chulalongkorn railway bridge, raising the total to seven and necessitating a careful revision of the plan to dispose of them.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket Excise Chief denies alcohol sales tax jump, warns of possible ‘fake officials’
The Chief of the Phuket office of the Excise Department has warned that ‘fake officials’ might be visiting visiting businesses in Patong, Karon and Kata, explaining to operators that the levy on alcohol sales will rise by 10% next month.
— The Phuket News

Officials confiscate over a million endangered European eels
Authorities have confiscated six large crates containing an estimated 1.6 million young critically endangered European eels after they were smuggled into Thailand from Romania.
— NBT (video)

After death in ring, fight continues over limiting child boxing
Sprawled on a bamboo mat, Supattra Inthirat closed her eyes as her father massaged her hard arms with oil and menthol. In preparation for her 15th muay Thai bout, her father whispered a prayer into her ear.
— Bangkok Post

Taco Bell set for Thailand debut early next year
THE ICONIC Southern California brand, Taco Bell, will partner with Siam Taco Co Ltd to bring its Mexican-inspired cuisine to Thailand for the first time with a new Bangkok restaurant.
— The Nation

Abusive ‘Buddhist Camp’ One of Top 10 Worst SOTUS Incidents of 2018
From spleens being burst as a result of beatings and screaming university chants while rolling in mud, to an abusive religious camp where students were forced to stand reciting pledges until 5am, activists ranked the worst instances of hazing to break the news in 2018.
— Khaosod English

Government keen to bring down road fatalities during New Year
All relevant agencies have been instructed to set measures to facilitate the travel of local people and foreign visitors across the country for New Year celebrations and to ensure safety at various tourist sites.
— NBT (video)

Political parties urged to support media organization’s call to scrap gag orders
The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on Sunday issued a statement addressed to all political party leaders, urging them to join its campaign for the revocation of four executive orders issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that have imposed restrictions on press freedom and freedom of expression.
— Thai PBS World

Thailand Together for the ASEAN Chairmanship 2019
Live from Santi Maitri Building, the Government House. The significant occasion of the “Thailand Together for the ASEAN Chairmanship 2019”
— NBT World (video)

Bangkok to hold massive riverside fireworks display to usher in the New Year
Bangkok’s famed Chao Phraya River – a major arterial highway and still very much the lifeblood of the city – is set to stage a massive fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
— Channel NewsAsia

10 Stories You Loved in 2018 – And Those We Kinda Wished You Had
To the surprise of none, it was the against-all-odds miracle rescue of 13 boys and their football coach from a cave in Chiang Rai that had people clicking Khaosod English like people snatching up pineapple-patterned Hawaiian shirts this year.
— Khaosod English

Wife Fears Anti-Monarchist Forced to Disappear in Laos
The friends and wife of a prominent anti-monarchist exiled in Laos said they fear he might have been disappeared after they lost contact with him for two weeks.
— Khaosod English

32 Phuket candidates register for Senate selection
A total of 32 people in Phuket on Saturday (Dec 22) registered their candidacy to become Senators in the national selection process that is to be finalised in Bangkok this Thursday (Dec 27).
— The Phuket 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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