Thailand morning news for November 14

Thailand morning news for November 14
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Thailand morning newsChild boxer dies after fight
A 13-year-old boy has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a Muay Thai fight on Monday night.
— The Phuket News

PM Prayut pushes for greater ASEAN connectivity
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today pledged to push for greater connectivity to strengthen business and investments in ASEAN when Thailand assumes the chairmanship of the regional grouping next year.
— Thai PBS World

Thailand ‘seeks delay’ in Asean Summit next year
THAILAND has proposed to host the first Asean Summit of the year in June instead of April when Bangkok chairs the group in 2019, as the country is worried about a delay in the next general election, sources said yesterday.
— The Nation

New tourist draws added
In addition to the visa fee waivers approved last week, the cabinet on Tuesday approved more measures to lure foreign visitors.
— Bangkok Post

Govt: No more election delays
Key ministers came out on Tuesday to confirm there are no plans to further defer the long awaited general election.
— Bangkok Post

Bidding begins to connect 3 airports by high speed rail
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has opened a bid between private companies for the right to construct high-speed rail lines connecting three of the nation’s airports.
— News Today (video)

NCPO wants more done after drug busts reveal networks still strong
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has called for greater stringency against the smuggling of narcotics after seeing a significant uptick in drug-related arrests over the last month.
— News Today (video)

Cadmium-sickened villagers awarded B16m compensation
The Supreme Court has upheld previous rulings in ordering two mining companies to pay compensation worth a total of 16 million baht to 114 villagers suffering as a result of cadmium being used in mining…
— Bangkok Post

Radioactive material found in cargo to India ‘not a threat to humans’
THE RADIOACTIVE waste found at Chon Buri’s Laem Chabang Seaport has been analysed though more investigation is required to track its origin and movement, the authorities said.
— The Nation

Medical Weed Law Clears Thai Cabinet
Legalization of medical cannabis is on track to become law after the cabinet signed off Tuesday on legislation that would allow limited uses of it and other Category 5 drugs.
— Khaosod English

Govt to open one-stop fishery centres
The Labour Ministry will open special one-stop registration centres for fishery workers from neighbouring countries between Dec 3 and Jan 31.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry Cannabis extract cannot be patented
The Ministry of Commerce has confirmed that cannabis extract cannot be patented.
— News Today (video)

Vietnam, Thailand won’t sell rice to PH at cheaper price
The National Food Authority (NFA) has failed for the third time to secure supply for bulk of the 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice it has been ordered to import for the remainder of the year as Vietnam and Thailand — the only countries with existing rice trade agreement with the Philippines — won’t sell their rice at cheaper price.
— Manila Bulletin

AIS seeks fatter revenue slice for enterprise
Largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is counting on enterprise business to generate 15% of total revenue in 2019, up from 11% this year, as enterprise services and solutions see growth driven…
— Bangkok Post

No cold weather for Bangkokians this cold season
Bangkokians hoping to have a chance to put on their sweaters during what is supposed to be the cold season will be disappointed because the mercury will not drop any further in the next one month or so.
— Thai PBS World

Thai Air Force sending help to flooded communities
The Royal Thai Air Force is delivering supplies of necessities and medications to flooded communities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
— Pattaya Mail

Chiang Mai Cancels Flights so Sky Lanterns Don’t Hit Planes
It’s that time of the year when Thai airspace becomes contested by the launching of thousands of traditional lanterns.
— Khaosod English

Singapore barge and crane arrive for the rising of Phoenix
Phuket’s Governor Pakkapong Tawipat says that the barge which has been making its way from Singapore with a 1,200 tons crane this week, has arrived at ready to help with the recovery of ‘Phoenix’. The Governor is expecting that, if the weather holds, the boat will be brought to the surface before Thursday.
— The Thaiger

True Corp expands convergence platform to cover IoT
Thailand’s True Corporation has signed an expanded contract with Amdocs aimed at enhancing the operator’s convergence platform to support IoT services for enterprises and consumers.

Myanmar man, 56, claims self-defence after fatally stabbing shackmate
Police have arrested a Myanmar man after he confessed to fatally stabbing his housemate in Phuket Town last night (Nov 12) in what he claims was self-defence.
— The Phuket News

EU Says Time Running Out if It’s to Observe Thai Elections
The European Union said time is running out if Thailand is to invite it to observe general elections slated for February.
— Khaosod English

Thai Deep South: Court Sentences 8 Suspected Insurgents for 2017 Attack
Seven suspected insurgents have received life sentences in prison after a court found them guilty of being involved in an attack that wounded 12 policemen at a security checkpoint in the Deep South province of Yala last year, according to court documents.
— Benar News

Thai activist gets political refugee tag
Anti-junta activist Chanoknan Ruamsap, who fled the country earlier this year after being charged with lese majeste, has received political refugee status from the South Korean government.
— Bangkok Post

Bangchak allots B77bn for comprehensive expansion
SET-listed energy firm Bangchak Corporation Plc (BCP) has earmarked 77 billion baht for plans to expand and develop both domestically and overseas over the next four years.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Treasury moves to raise commercial rent
The Treasury Department wants to raise the rent for land being used for commercial purposes to a 4% return on assets, up from 2-3% of ROA, to match the economic situation, the department chief says.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Triumph sees first sharp sales drop since Thai debut
British Triumph Motorcycles has cut its sales view for this year from 3,000 big bikes to 2,500 after sales shrank in the first 10 months.
— Bangkok Post

CPN to spearhead surge in co-working spaces
CENTRAL PATTANA (CPN), a leading local mall operator, announced yesterday it is in the process of setting up a joint venture with Common Ground Works Sdn Bhd and MSB Asia Ltd of Malaysia to operate a co-working space business in Thailand.
— The Nation

To pay or not to pay: Deduction of wages under the Labour Protection Act
When an employee causes damage to a company, Thai employers often resort to deducting wages, holiday pay, or overtime payments as a penalty or restitution.
— Bangkok Post

Dow opens ‘world-class’ rigid foam plant in Rayong
A new “world-class” polyol plant for rigid polyurethane foam was opened on Tuesday by the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) in Rayong, Thailand.
— The Nation

KS plans paperless e-account opening
Kasikorn Securities (KS) is set to unleash its online trading business by launching an e-account opening service, letting customers open cash balance accounts without showing paper documents.
— Bangkok Post

Developers saw strong nine-month growth as new mortgage rules loom
MOST LISTED property firms show strong growth in their financial results for the first nine months of this year, thanks to strong demand in the market.
— The Nation

Beware. Horny elephants in Hua Hin
Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn has posted on Facebook about two elephants causing a traffic jam as they faced off on the Phusai to Sai-En Road near Hua Hin last Sunday morning.
— The Thaiger


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo acknowledges World Diabetes Day, November 14.


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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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