Thailand morning news for December 26

Thailand morning news for December 26
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Thailand morning newsEC to speed up poll breach probes
The Election Commission (EC) is speeding up its probe into two cases of alleged violations of the law governing political parties by the pro-regime Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), saying results of the investigation are expected in up to two months .
— The Bangkok Post

Thailand to require travel insurance for 1-year visa
Foreigners visiting Thailand on a 1-year multiple-entry visa will be required to have travel insurance throughout their stay.
— NBT World (video)

Thai Nov factory output rises 0.98 pct, below forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in November rose 0.98 percent from a year earlier, led by higher production of cars, petroleum and sugar, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Most voters part of a ‘silent majority’, survey shows
Despite a general perception that Thailand is deeply divided politically, a survey released yesterday revealed that most people consider themselves part of a silent force |that remains undecided about ideology and has yet to take a political stance.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

New Year spending to rise 2.5 per cent this year: survey
A Thai Chamber of Commerce survey estimates spending over the New Year will reach Bt135.279 billion, up 2.5 per cent from last year.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Police again announce seizure of B4.6bn in assets, allege B7bn in tax fraud by Chinese tour operator
Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander Gen Rungroj Saengkram and Immigration Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn along with Region 8 Police Acting Commander Lt Gen Pongwut Pongsri yesterday (Dec 24) announced in Phuket that police had seized B4.6 billion in assets from the Phuket-based Chinese tour operator OA Transport Co Ltd.
— The Phuket News

Thailand legalizes medical marijuana and kratom
The South East Asian country of Thailand has approved the use of cannabis and kratom plants for medicinal use.
— Forbes

Bangkok top in Asean, second in Asia for sustainable conference destination
Bangkok has placed second on the list of Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

EEF begins paying subsidies to needy students nationwide
The Equitable Education Fund will on Wednesday begin transferring state subsidies to the first batch of some 400,000 students from needy families across the country.
— Bangkok Post

Increasingly popular Chiang Mai gears up for changing tourism trends
The Tourism industry in Chiang Mai has seen some changes recently, especially in the type, behaviour and nationality of tourists, Pakkanan Winijchai, director of the Chiang Mai branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

People power is way forward for Thailand: Mahathir
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad talks to The Nation’s managing editor Supalak Ganjanakhundee in an exclusive interview covering issues including Thailand’s coming election and the Kingdom chairing Asean for 2019
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Export slowdown to cast shadow over GDP growth next year
Lower exports and the China-US trade tensions will be a drag on Thailand’s economic growth next year, reducing it to between 3.7 and 4.3 per cent, according to leading economists.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Ex-Cabinet colleague says Prayut unfit to be the PM
The Prime Minister and a pro-junta political party are on the defensive, amid increased criticism and scrutiny of a pro-junta party in the run-up to the general election.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

More loans planned for One Million Housing Units project
The Finance Ministry has ordered the Government Housing Bank to increase the limit of housing loans initially set at 50 billion baht for the One Million Housing Units project after it was over-applied.
— Thai PBS World

2,746 candidates in running for Senate seats
The Election Commission revealed on Monday that 2,746 Senate candidates had made the cut from the provincial to the national level after voting last Saturday.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Epac cuts oil prices by B1
The Energy Policy Administration Committee (Epac) has decided to cut retail oil prices by another one baht per litre for both gasoline and diesel segments from Tuesday, says Energy Minister Siri Jarapongphan.
— Bangkok Post

High-value residential to be main driver of 2019 realty growth
Challenges await property developers next year with the Bank of Thailand (BOT) poised to implement a more restrictive regime on mortgage loans starting April 1
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Electronic GPS ‘tags’ replace prison time
Authorities plan to use 4,000 smartwatch-like electronic monitoring (EM) bracelets for offenders on probation next year in order to keep them out of prison and away from the influence of other, more hardened convicts.
— The Bangkok Post

What is holding back Prayut’s announcement?
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not playing hard to get.
— Thai PBS World

Nexus: Condo supply to shrink in 2019
New condominium supply being launched in Greater Bangkok next year will shrink by 13% to 53,000 units, the same level as the market average the past five years, says property consultant Nexus Property Marketing Co.
— Bangkok Post

Intensive rescue training to save lives of tourists
The Royal Thai Navy has launched an “Emergency Response Volunteer Training Course” for local authorities and tour agencies, to help them cope with accidents that might happen to tourists traveling to islands in Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Prisoner electrocuted during jailbreak, two others recaptured
A prisoner was electrocuted while climbing a prison wall during an escape bid from Chaiya prison in the early hours of Tuesday. Another broke an arm and was apprehended, while the third managed to escape, but was later found hidden in an underground drain.
— Bangkok Post

Reforms will make it easier to file police complaints
Interrogations to be captured on film; no parading of suspects before press.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Govt urged to focus on boosting vocational education
Upgrading vocational education will be the key to boosting the country’s competitiveness and helping it step out of the middle-income trap, the Future Innovative Thailand Institute (FIT) has advised.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Cabinet endorses civil partnership bill
The cabinet has approved the civil partnership bill, paving the way for Thailand to become the first country in Asia to endorse same-sex marriage.
— Bangkok Post

Free internet for low-income earners in remote areas
Some 1.8 million registered low-income earners in remote areas will have home internet for free for three years under a National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission project.
— Bangkok Post

Immigration police detain 87 workers in Tak in holiday clampdown
These workers are now being detained at the Tak Immigration Centre pending investigation and deportation.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Bomb attack in southern Thailand kills one policeman
One police officer was killed and five others were injured in a recent bomb attack in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat, local news reported on December 25
— Vietnam Plus

Swinging to an end
The SET Index is expected to swing in a range of 1,5801,630 points for the last week of 2018.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

PIA starts new flights to Malaysia and Thailand
Starting from yesterday, there would be two flights weekly from Lahore to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok as informed by a spokesperson of the airline.
— RS Tech

Wat Sai gang drug smugglers nabbed
Five drug trafficking and theft suspects allegedly belonging to the notorious Wat Sai gang based in Nakhon Pathom have been arrested in connection with a series of robberies this month.
— The Bangkok Post

The disabled need sex-ed as they have feelings too
Most people with with disabilities drop out after primary school, without learning enough about safe sex.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Palian River offers cultural and natural treats of the South
Visitors to three riverside communities in Trang province’s Palian River Basin are in for an ecotourism treat, thanks to a collaboration between the locals and a research project sponsored by the Thailand Research fund.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)


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