Thailand morning news for November 6

Thailand morning news for November 6
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Thailand morning newsConsumer confidence drops in Sept
The Center for Economic and Business Forecasting has remarked that the U.S.-China trade war and the lower number of Chinese tourists were negative psychological factors that affected consumer confidence in September.

Pheu Thai won’t join political discussions if invited by NCPO
The Pheu Thai Party will opt out of discussions on lifting of political restrictions between political parties and the Election Commission if the invitation comes from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
— The PBS World

The ‘war on drugs’ is a complete failure
The demand for both crystal meth and ‘yaba’ is escalating as is the production to meet the increasing demand.
— The Thaiger

Final public hearings planned for bill to legalize cohabitation of transgenders
Public hearings will be held in Bangkok and several other provinces on November 12-16 to gauge opinions from stakeholders about the partnership bill which will, for the first time in Thai history, legalize the cohabitation of transgenders.
— The PBS World

Thai Niyom’s sustainability under fire
Former auditor-general Pisit Leelavachiropas has expressed concern over the sustainability of local projects funded under the government’s much-touted Thai Niyom Yangyuen, or Sustainable Thainess, programme.
— Bangkok Post

Thai aerospace industry is ready for take-off
Aviation and aerospace industry is growing rapidly worldwide. Thailand takes the advantage from this trend as well as its aviation market leadership to bring its aerospace and aviation industry to new heights.
— AEC News Today/PR Newswire (media release)

Watertight electric car can ‘swim’ through floods
The tiny, pink car crawled down a ramp before an expectant crowd, then slid silently into the makeshift swimming pool.
— The Straits Times

State enterprises invest heavily in infrastructure
Forty-five state enterprises have invested a total of Bt310.92 billion in the first nine months of this year, up 45 per cent from the same period last year, State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) director-general Prapas Kong-led said on Monday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thai Patients to Benefit From 3D Preoperative Planning
Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) has been cleared to bring the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite software (Mimics Medical, 3-matic Medical) to the Thai market.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Asset rule irks college councils
A new regulation announced by an anti-graft agency requiring senior civil servants to declare their assets and liabilities has caused consternation, with university council members affected by the new rule set to quit their jobs citing “unnecessary paperwork and fuss”.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Confronted with Dengue and Measles Outbreaks
Thailand’s health ministry has confirmed 2 ongoing infectious disease outbreaks.
— Precision Vaccinations

ThaiHealth, agencies disclose survey results on domestic violence nationwide
A recent survey on domestic violence in Thailand showed that violence against women and family members accounted for 35 percent.

Tourism package ready
A series of tourism stimulus measures, including visa fee waivers for citizens of some countries and improved safety and security rules, is about to go before the cabinet as the industry looks for a boost in the last two months of the year.
— Bangkok Post

Panthongtae pleads not guilty
FORMER PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s son Panthongtae pleaded not guilty when he showed up in court yesterday to fight a money-laundering case related to a controversial Krungthai Bank loan.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

UOB Asset Management Thailand is setting the standard by prioritising sustainability
Thailand has quickly progressed from a low-income country to an upper-income one, with citizens experiencing declining poverty, increasing levels of educational attainment and rapid economic growth over the past few decades.
— World Finance

Army boss vows to clean up Isoc
Army chief Apirat Kongsompong vows to dismiss Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) officers found guilty of drug offences.
— Bangkok Post

ISOC to address local problems, crack down on drugs at the border
Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has held a meeting with its agencies to ensure success in addressing local issues and in the crack down on drug trafficking at the border.

LCFC players attend owner’s funeral in Bangkok
Grief-strickening Leicester City players, manager and other representatives attended the funeral rite of their highly revered owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprapha in Bangkok , less than 20 hours after they beat Cardiff in the Saturday’s Premier League.
— The Nation (annoying pops)

Cash rewards offered to save sea turtles
NATIONAL PARKS on the Andaman coast are offering cash rewards to those who discover sea turtle nests and notify park officers in an attempt to protect the endangered species from extinction.
— The Nation

Concerns over facial recognition AI
THE ARRIVAL of artificial intelligence facial recognition technology across Asean countries, including Thailand, has raised concerns among businesses and consumers over individual privacy.
— The Nation

Thailand a magnet for firms fleeing trade war – but who benefits?
The tariff war between the US and China is hurting not only both superpowers, but also their trading partners, including Thailand.
— The Nation

Thai Union net profit falls on impairments
SET-listed Thai Union Plc (TU), the world’s biggest exporter of canned and frozen tuna, reported a considerable dip in both third-quarter and nine-month net profits because of asset impairment charges and weak first-quarter results.
— Bangkok Post

Prisons to ban sale of tobacco products and cigarettes
A NEW REGULATION will ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory diseases, Corrections Department director-general |Pol Colonel Narat Savettanan said.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

BTS Samrong-Samut Prakan line to open next month
The 13km extension of the BTS elevated railway linking southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan will open next month, and travel on that stretch will be free for the first four months, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pops)

Man questioned over bestiality “club” in northern Thailand
A man who was allegedly running a bestiality “club” near the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai has been questioned by police after an investigation lasting more than a year by animal rights activists Watchdog Thailand (WDT).
— The Thaiger

Rising abuse of elderly irks NHRC
With abuse and neglect of the elderly tipped to increase as the country moves toward an ageing society, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is taking a lead in calling for strong policies to address these concerns.
— Bangkok Post

Dept of Internal Trade to propose measures to drive up palm oil prices
Thailand’s Department of Internal Trade (DIT) is proposing to the Cabinet measures to drive up palm oil prices.

Radiation law delays at NLA irk dentists
The Dental Council is threatening to renew moves against the new Radiation and Nuclear Regulation Act, saying draft amendments to the law have not been deliberated by the National Legislative Assembly since the draft was approved by the cabinet five months ago.
— Bangkok Post

Energy policy office to increase proportion of biodiesel in automotive diesel
Thailand’s Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) has announced an increase in the proportion of biodiesel to be used in automotive diesel oil, which is expected to increase the country’s consumption of palm oil by 80,000 metric tonnes per year.

State enterprises drive economy
State enterprises invested 310 billion baht in the first nine months of this year, up 45% year-on-year, and were the main force driving the economy, according to the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo).
— Bangkok Post

Number of men joining army voluntarily rises
The Ministry of Defense has revealed that the number of men who volunteer to serve in the army has increased continuously since 2015.

Effective integration of digital technology and farming
In today’s dawning Internet of Things (IoT) era, with so much online and lifestyle aspirations only a click away, disruptive technologies are catalysts for business people to adopt in order to ride the wave of change.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese tourists escape serious injury in Karon minivan incident
Four Chinese tourists and a minivan driver have escaped serious injury in an accident in Karon this morning.
— The Thaiger

Greener car cleaning? There’s an app for that
The premium carwash provider Instawash might have started life in Korea but the co-founders of the Thai business believe Thailand is ready for an app-based service that will clean your car anywhere at any time.
— Bangkok Post

Strategic deal with China close to reality
Thailand is enthusiastic about signing a strategic partnership with China to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries.
— Bangkok Post

Warm welcome for Beckham in Bangkok
Britain’s most iconic footballer, David Beckham, came to Bangkok on Saturday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of AIA Thailand as the insurance giant’s global brand ambassador.
— Bangkok Post



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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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