Thailand morning news for October 10

Thailand morning news for October 10
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Thailand morning newsAbe pledges to promote free trade with Thailand, offers legal and political assistance to Cambodia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday confirmed their cooperation in promoting free trade, with the Southeast Asian country expressing its readiness to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Japan has helped spearhead.
— Japan Times

Investors and analysts both rosy on the Thai economy
Political clarity and continued economic expansion have bolstered investor sentiment to its highest level in seven months and prompted analysts to forecast the Thai stock market hitting 1,826 points by year’s end.

Air safety plan won’t be ready until 2022
Air transport officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said Tuesday they will an official air safety master plan, but not before 2022.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Democracy groups launch their own election watchdog
DESPITE the junta’s promise of a poll less than six months from now, the atmosphere of distrust remains, with pro-democracy movements yesterday launching a new election watchdog, “Free Fair & Fruition Election” (FFFE), to monitor the first election organised by the coup-installed regime.
— The Nation

PM discusses cooperation with Japanese counterpart ahead of 10th Mekong-Japan Summit
Thailand’s Prime Minister is in Japan for the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit to discuss the 2018 Tokyo Strategy draft and cooperation with his Japanese counterpart.

Arrest made after deadly mall shootout
Police are preparing to make five more arrests after a suspect in the Sunday gunfight that killed an Indian tourist and injured four other people in the Pratunam area turned himself in on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Deductions for political contributions approved
The Revenue Department is allowing tax deductions for contributions to political parties, with a cap of 10,000 baht for individual taxpayers and 50,000 baht for companies.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Pressure mounts for collusion probe
Pressure has mounted on the Election Commission (EC) to look into whether the Pheu Thai, Pheu Tham and Pheu Chart parties are colluding to win the next election.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

PRD offering free breast cancer screening until Wed
The Public Relations Department (PRD) and Kanchanabaramee Foundation are providing free breast cancer screening for women on the occasion of breast cancer awareness month.

Thai Ministry of Commerce Explores Blockchain Solutions for Copyright, Agriculture, Finance
The Thai Ministry of Commerce has begun to conduct feasibility studies on the use of blockchain in copyright, agriculture, and trade finance, English-language Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reports Tuesday, Oct. 9.
— Coin Telegraph

EC will dissolve Pheu Thai if probe finds Thaksin controls it
The Election Commission (EC) has threatened to dissolve Pheu Thai if an inquiry into a meeting of party members with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong finds the party let a non-member or outsider interfere in its internal affairs.
— Bangkok Post

NLA to pass backlog of legislations before end of term
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will pass legislations before the end of its term, said NLA Vice President Surachai Boonlertchai.

THAI 747 slides off Suvarnabhumi runway on landing
A Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 carrying 97 passengers and 18 crew members from Guangzhou slid off a runway while landing at Suvarnabhumi airport in heavy rain late Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Transport Min unveils 60 new public vans
The Ministry of Transport has unveiled 60 new vans to replace decommissioned ones, making sure that public transport services continue without a hitch.

Sontaya lays out priorities for Pattaya
New Pattaya mayor, Sontaya Kunplome, stressed the need for the city to quickly address water, environmental and traffic problems while fully supporting the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Expat Visa Requirements Tighten In Thailand
Thailand is all it says on the tin, an oriental paradise! However behind the ever present smiles – hospitality and arguably the most delicious food in the world, lies a rigid military junta that rules.
— NewsPressed

Air-con bus fares to rise ฿2
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will raise air-conditioned bus fares by two baht from 11-23 baht a trip to 13-25 baht on Oct 15, cancelling out the two-baht fare reduction in February 2015.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok CyberTech District seen as ‘game changer’
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) in collaboration with True Digital Park is launching the Bangkok CyberTech District in the Punnawithi area.
— The Nation

Vegetarian Festival in full swing nationwide
Business has picked up significantly on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok now that the Vegetarian Festival is in full swing with both Thais and foreigners buying vegetarian food to join in the tradition.

Chemical residue warning on fruit and vegetables Thailand
A medical researcher at a leading Thai university has warned that some fruit and vegetables in Thailand contain high levels of pesticides.
— Fresh Plaza

It may be more than a year before Tham Luang cave opens again to the public
THERE ARE no plans yet to reopen the world-famous Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province where 12 Mu Pa (Wild Boars) footballers and their deputy coach were trapped in late June, a senior official of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department said recently.
— The Nation

Govt urged to ramp up action on greenhouse gas emissions
Thailand will have to balance economic, social and environmental concerns to achieve the country’s climate change policy and related action plans, according to Phirun Saiyasitpanich, a senior official on climate policy at Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
— Bangkok Post

Sat Thai marked by Thais in Bangkok and the south
Buddhists across the nation have today been celebrating the Sat Thai tradition, presenting offerings of food to the spirits of their ancestors.

Malaysian PM to visit Thailand
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will visit Thailand and meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Privy Council president Prem Tinasulanond late this month.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Studies Blockchain for Applications in Intellectual Property, Trade Finance
Two feasibility studies on blockchain technology have been launched by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce.
— Inside Bitcoins

Airlines prepare for arrival surge
Airlines are launching marketing efforts and promotions to capitalise on higher projected arrivals in the coming high season.
— Bangkok Post

BOT: Thai economy grows continually
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) reported that the Thai economy has been growing continually thanks to several key factors, including the the government’s economic stimulus measures and the global economic situation.

Thailand’s first Apple Store coming to Icon Siam mall next month: report
Apple will reportedly launch its first Thai store at Icon Siam, the mixed-use property located on the banks of Chao Phraya River that will become Bangkok’s biggest mall when it opens on Nov. 9, according to multiple sources.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Google says social network bug exposed private data
Google announced Monday it is shutting down the consumer version of its online social network after fixing a bug exposing private data in as many as 500,000 accounts.
— The Nation

Issan needs more water to sustain farming activities in summer
Secretary-General of the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) Somkiat Prajamwong, traveled to Khon Kaen province this week to ensure that there is enough water in the northeastern region for use in the summer.

Hunting suspects granted bail
A court has granted bail to Watcharachai Samirak, deputy chief of Dan Makham Tia district in Kanchanaburi, and 10 others charged with hunting wildlife in Sai Yok National Park over the weekend.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry urged to remove ‘homophobic’ books
LGBT CAMPAIGNERS yesterday stepped up their efforts to prevent homophobia being encouraged by school textbooks across the country.
— The Nation

Thailand announces 1-month campaign to deport all foreigners who have overstayed visas
Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered a one-month crackdown on foreigners who have overstayed their visas or participated in criminal activities.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thailand’s Chinese tourist dilemma
With its sandy beaches, megamalls and local culture and cuisine, it’s no wonder that tourism contributes a significant amount to Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP).
— The Asean Post

Govt pushed for more child subsidy
THE GOVERNMENT has been urged to provide financial support to every child aged up to six years old in order to invest in human capital, as Thailand is fast becoming an ageing society.
— The Nation

Thailand debuts electric boat, free for passengers until end of year (PHOTOS)
Thailand has debuted the country’s first electric passenger boat, which will serve customers along Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem canal for free until the end of the year.
— Coconuts Bangkok

NetApp, Ducati play big role in MotoGP
US-BASED NetApp and Ducati of Italy have demonstrated the power of data in world-class motorbike racing at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit during October 5-7, a feat that could be emulated by corporate CTOs.
— The Nation

thyssenkrupp wins continuous mining contract in Thailand
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems, has signed a contract to supply a large-scale continuous mining system to Italian-Thai Development PLC (ITD).
— Global Mining Review

Bank of Ayudhya sells stake in consumer unit to CVC Group
Bank of Ayudhya Plc, a Thai lender controlled by Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., is selling part of its microfinance arm to a CVC Capital Partners-led group.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand – Bangkok mulls options for cane farmers support
The government of Thailand is currently considering ways out of the crisis in the local sugar market.
— AgraNet

Police raid popular Korat market, pirated goods seized
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Police raided a popular flea market in downtown Muang district on Monday night, seized more than 13,000 pirated products with a combined retail value of over 25 million baht, and arrested 11 suspects.
— Bangkok Post

‘Technology now a core issue’ for all businesses, says expert
THAI COMPANIES must find ways to bridge technology and business to be able to survive technological disruptions, an expert has said.
— The Nation

Accelerating Growth in Thailand’s Media Industry with AI
For over 10 years, Ooyala has been at the forefront of shaping the OTT and media workflow revolutions as a leading provider of software and solutions that optimize the production, distribution and monetization of media.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

New Bangkok Restaurant ‘R-HAAN’ embodies the essence of the wisdom of Thai cuisine
Discerning diners can experience a unique culinary journey at the newly opened R-HAAN, a fine dining establishment serving authentic Thai cuisine in a royal Thai setting right at the heart of the trendy Thong Lor area of Bangkok.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Thailand’s Chinese tourist dilemma
With its sandy beaches, megamalls and local culture and cuisine, it’s no wonder that tourism contributes a significant amount to Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP).
— The Asean Post



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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo acknowledges World Mental Health Day October 10.


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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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