Thailand morning news for November 21

Thailand morning news for November 21
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Thailand morning newsThailand a non-mover in talent index
Thailand’s ranking in the latest global survey on developing and attracting talent remains unchanged at 42nd out of 63 countries.
— Bangkok Post

Phoenix wreck handed over to Royal Thai Police
Responsibility for the salvaged wreck of the disaster-struck tour boat ‘Phoenix’ was officially handed over from the Phuket Marine Office to the Royal Thai Police team of investigators today (Nov 20).
— The Phuket News

Commerce Ministry sticking with 8% export growth outlook
Despite the state planning agency painting a murky picture of exports, the Commerce Ministry remains resolute in its 8% growth forecast for this year and next.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut: No party has formally approached me
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has, again, given little away when talking about his political future. That he will seek to remain in power after the election is not the question of the hours, though. How he will do it is what everyone wants to know.
— Thai PBS World

Thai prosecutor among trio jailed for US$1.4 million rhino horn haul
A public prosecutor and two Thais were sentenced for four years on Tuesday (Nov 20) after they were caught attempting to smuggle more than a dozen rhino horns worth US$1.4 million through Bangkok’s main airport last year.
— Channel NewsAsia

FTI strikes bullish note on 2019 despite trade worries
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is optimistic that the domestic economy in 2019 will gain from the general election and public investment, even as the trade spat between the US and China pressures the country’s export outlook.
— Bangkok Post

Panel meets to discuss rail contracts
The committee overseeing the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, will meet from Wednesday until Friday to discuss key issues surrounding the project.
— Bangkok Post

Thanachart Fund analyst downplays external risks to Thai economy
Capital and market analysts have maintained a rosy outlook for the Thai economy, despite fears arising from the US-China trade war and fluctuations in world fuel prices.

BoT tweaking lending to support SMEs
The Bank of Thailand is revamping a series of regulations by applying information-based lending in a bid to help financial institutions and small businesses cut costs.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand working with WEF on Digital ASEAN program
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is partnering with leading technological entities including Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Lazada to launch a Digital ASEAN program, aiming to develop digital skills among some 20 million ASEAN citizens by 2020 with an emphasis on SMEs.
— News Today (video)

‘Boom’ steps in over abuse claim
Actress Panadda ‘Boom’ Wongphudee, head of the Do Good Things Organisation (Ongkorn Tham Dee) on Tuesday urged the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) to take over a case in which a gynaecologist is accused of sexually abusing a patient during a check-up at his clinic in Nakhon Sawan.
— Bangkok Post

Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell
A 23-year-old drug suspect who locked up a duty warden and escaped from the Sena district police station cell on Monday was recaptured after an extensive manhunt involving about 200 police and volunteers.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s King Power loses retail bid in U-Tapao airport concession
Thailand’s Central Group and DFS Venture Singapore snapped up retail and services concession at an upcoming airport in the eastern province of Rayong, a government official said on Monday, beating out duty-free giant King Power.
— Reuters

Local sales drive auto output
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has increased its projection for the country’s automotive output in 2018 after recording huge growth in domestic sales.
— Bangkok Post

Govt officials seek to lay criminal charges following boy’s Muay Thai death
THE DEPARTMENT of Children and Youth (DCY) is preparing to take action against all those involved in organising the November 10 muay thai match, in which a 13-year-old boy was killed.
— The Nation

Unesco report shows migrants, refugees still not equal to Thai children in schools
The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by Unesco shows that eight out of 10 countries with the most refugees are leading the way by including them in their national education systems.
— The Phuket News

Utilities allowances for low-income earners approved
Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister Puttipong Punnakanta said the cabinet has approved the additional allowances for water and electricity payments for low-income earners who have enrolled in the welfare campaign.

SRT weighs 4 rail projects in East
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is studying four train projects in the East to cope with the major expansion of cities, while expecting bids for the first Bt8-billion project, which will run from Sriracha to Map Ta Phut, next year.
— The Nation

Prices of para rubber in decline since 2008
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has asked the Para Rubber Committee and the Natural Para Rubber Policy Committee to consider implementing three measures to help rubber farmers cope with declining rubber prices.

EC briefs local officials for Senator selection process
The Election Commission (EC) is preparing district and provincial-level members to handle the Senator selection process, emphasizing checks against corruption and collusion.

Scavengers and local projects ‘key to cutting waste in oceans’
SCAVENGERS ARE the real heroes as Asia struggles to tackle intensifying urban waste problems and marine plastic pollution, the United Nations Economic and Social Committee for Asia and Pacific (Escap) has discovered.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Tourism Ministry seeking to boost street food quality
Famous around the world for its fresh and sometimes fiery flavours, Thailand’s street food is nevertheless in need of an upgrade, according to the Tourism Minister.
— The Nation

Cabinet approves four additional measures for the welfare scheme
The Cabinet has approved four more assistance measures to be provided to low income earners via the welfare card scheme, with 38 billion baht set aside to help cover utilities, medical care travel expenses, home rental and end of year expenditure.

Auto target gets a lift
The Thai Federation of Industries (FTI) has revised upwards the 2018 automobile production target to 2.1 million vehicles.
— The Nation

Thai national costume ready for Miss Universe Thailand
As Miss Universe 2018, the 67th Miss Universe pageant, will take place next month in Bangkok, Thailand, Miss Universe Thailand has unveiled the national costume for Miss Thailand called ‘Chang the Icon of Siam’.
— News Today (video)

The Phoenix is now high and dry at Rassada shipyards
The Phoenix was hoisted up on land this morning. It is now sitting on the hardstand at Rattanachai Shipyard in Rasssada as importance evidence for forthcoming court cases.
— The Thaiger

THAI defends standards after flight cancellation
Thai Airways International (THAI) on Tuesday insisted its passenger care met all international standards after a message and photos were posted on social media showing stranded travellers at Shanghai airport…
— Bangkok Post

PM says more measures for low income earners coming
The Prime Minister has assured the public that measures to assist low income earners will continue while explaining his recent trips abroad were to clarify Thailand’s vision to the world.

Private Bangkok bus operators demand fare increase
Over 200 private bus operators in Bangkok gathered outside the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday to demand an increase in fares.

GoAir to launch Phuket-Bangalore direct flights
GoAir, which last month launched the first direct flights between India and Phuket, will further expand its network with the launch of direct flights between Phuket and Bengaluru (Bangalore) next month.
— The Phuket News

Cabinet agrees to inject 18.6 billion baht to help rubber planters and tappers
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle 18.6 billion baht in aid package to help rubber plantation owners and rubber tappers currently affected by falling rubber prices.
— Thai PBS World

Despite a ban, permission has been sought to launch 64,000 lanterns for Loy Krathong
Enthusiasts are seeking permission to fly 64,000 lanterns on the night of Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, despite a nation-wide ban. Loy Krathong is on this Thursday.
— The Thaiger

ALERT: Amoxicillin use in Thai orange orchards
The Thai Public Health Ministry is checking on pharmacies and antibiotics manufacturers that may have distributed amoxicillin (an antibiotic) for farms – reportedly used widely in northern and central orange orchards – as it could lead to drug resistance or even fatal allergies in humans as well as contaminating the environment.
— The Thaiger

Yala’s measles outbreak contained
Disease control operations in Yala province have reduced a spread of measles according to the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC).

Commerce Minister to lead trade delegates to South Korea
The Ministry of Commerce plans to lead trade delegates to South Korea in effort to find more market opportunities for Thai export products.
— News Today (video)

Over 55,000 police officers to patrol 200 Loy Krathong venues nationwide
The Royal Thai Police will deploy over 55,000 officers to ensure security at venues where the annual Loy Krathong festival would be held on Thursday night nationwide.

PWO asserts payments to rice stock operators will be made
The Public Warehouse Organization (PWO) has met with rice store operators and quality inspectors to tell to them that pending payments will gradually be made, as 3.4 billion baht has been set aside for the rice stockpiling program in 2019.

Medical Council to probe ethical conduct of Rama II Hospital over poor treatment of patient
The Medical Council is to set up a panel to consider action against the management of Rama II Hospital for alleged violation of ethical conduct for its mishandling of a victim attacked with acid who eventually died while being taken to another hospital, said Dr Itthiporn Kanacharoen, the council’s secretary-general on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS World

Seafood street restaurant holders go on the offensive
A street restaurant owner has given authorities in Hua Hin a spray complaining they are being singled out for overpriced seafood in their stores.
— The Thaiger

160,000-ton crude palm oil set to generate electricity
The government plans to use 160,000 tons of crude palm oil to generate 576 million electricity units as part of an attempt to re-balance the domestic demand and supply for palm oil.

Thailand, Belgium discuss road safety cooperation on occasion of 150th anniversary of relations
Thailand and Belgium exchanged experiences in road safety cooperation on occasion of the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations.

MSDHS to propose increase in newborn allowance for low-income earners
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) will propose to the cabinet an increase in allowance for newborn infants of low-income earners.


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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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