Thailand morning news for October 2

Thailand morning news for October 2
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Thailand morning newsThailand struggles to win back Chinese tourists during Golden Week holiday
As China kicked off its “Golden Week” holiday on Monday, Thailand said it was struggling to lure back visitors from its biggest source of tourists, after a boat accident in July that killed dozens
— Reuters

Thai armed forces to provide aid to Indonesia, Thai citizens to be evacuated
The Thai Embassy in Indonesia has requested its government evacuate 32 Thai citizens at the first available possibility, fearing for their safety following a tsunami disaster in the country while the Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs has ordered the armed forces provide humanitarian assistance to Indonesia.
— News Today (video)

Thailand eyes 20% rise in exports to Asean after robust 8-month growth
THAILAND intends to increase exports to Asean markets by 20 per cent this year, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said yesterday.
— The Nation

Cabinet members defy calls to quit over party move
GOVERNMENT figures yesterday shrugged off growing calls for four Cabinet members to resign after having joined a new political party that is regarded as pro-junta.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Tobacco tax ‘too little’ to finance public healthcare
THE Finance Ministry’s plan to collect an extra Bt2 from every cigarette packet sold to fund the universal healthcare scheme has been met with scepticism by public-health experts.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Somkid insists 4 ministers need not quit after joining Palang Pracharat
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak came to the defence today of four cabinet members who are facing pressure to relinquish their posts after joining the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party.
— Thai PBS World

Police to wrap up investigation into murder of female tourist in two weeks
The Royal Thai Police plan to wrap up its investigation into the alleged murder of a female Chinese tourist, whose body was found at a waterfall in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province, on September 20th, 2018, in the next two weeks.

Inflation in steady rise for 15 consecutive months
Inflation has continued to rise 15 months in a row to an average of 1.14 per cent for the first nine months of this year, said Ms Pimchanok Wornkhorporn, director of Trade Policy and Strategy Office of the Commerce Ministry.
— Thai PBS World

DPM Somkid advises incumbent ministers with political affiliation to work cautiously
A deputy prime minister has suggested fellow ministers of the current government, who have publicly declared their affiliation with any political party, perform their duties cautiously.

Counter Service VAT refund agent for foreign tourists
The Revenue Department has chosen Counter Service Co as its agent for value-added tax refunds for departing foreign tourists from Oct 1 to March 31.
— Bangkok Post

Ad spending in media poised to get a boost
THE MEDIA Agency Association of Thailand (MAAT) has forecast 4-per-cent growth in this year’s total advertising spending with a positive outlook for 2019.
— The Nation

Suthep kicks off ACT recruitment campaign
Suthep Thaugsuban, co-founder of the Action Coalition for Thailand party (ACT), has kicked off the party’s member recruitment campaign at Pattavikorn Market in Bangkok’s Bung Kum district.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Thailand’s auto industry gears up for electric vehicles
Thailand is the largest car manufacturer in ASEAN and it’s often called the “Detroit of Asia”. But car makers are facing the slow demise of the internal combustion engine and the dawn of electric vehicles. Saksith Saiyasombut reports.
— Channel NewsAsia

State pact on e-marketplace scheduled
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry is set to deliver an integrated e-marketplace platform by October as a tool to promote e-commerce activities nationwide.
— Bangkok Post

Department of Older Persons seeks volunteers to aid senior citizens
The Department of Older Persons, under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, needs more service-minded volunteers to take care of home-bound senior citizens across Thailand and in doing so earn points towards receiving care when they become elderly.

Egat to propose coal plant upgrade
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to propose the Energy Ministry allocate 35 billion baht to develop two units of coal-fired power plants in Lampang’s Mae Moh district to replace two units that are due to be decommissioned by 2020.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Lamphun beckons as art hub
THOUGH LAMPHUN is a small province and is often neglected by travellers in a hurry to get to Chiang Mai, it’s home to four celebrated artists. Inson Wongsam, Prasong Luemuang, Praphan Srisuta and Charoon Boonsuan have all opened galleries in the hope of making the peaceful provincial capital a gathering place for art lovers.
— The Nation

Thailand lauded for war on ivory smugglers
Thailand has been praised for its achievement in tackling the illegal ivory trade as mandated by Cites, according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

TPSO reports 1.33% inflation in September
The Trade Policy and Strategy Office has reported 1.33% inflation in September, marking 15 months of consecutive depreciation of the Thai baht due to rising energy prices.

Govt disburses 92% of its 2018 fiscal budget
2.6 trillion baht or 92% of the total government budget of 2.9 trillion baht was been disbursed in the 2018 fiscal year, slightly lower than the previous year.

Thailand’s New Deep South Military Chief Vows to Focus Battle on Drugs
The new military commander overseeing Thailand’s predominantly Muslim southernmost provinces has vowed to launch a crackdown on drugs, saying a recent survey found that most people in the region see addiction as their most-pressing issue, not the insurgency.
— Benar News

Despite seed concerns, CPTPP study to proceed
A study of the benefits and impacts of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a newly formed bloc of 11 Pacific Rim nations excluding the US, is likely to be finished later this year.
— Bangkok Post

Government to open service centers for the disabled across Thailand
The government is planning to open a special service center for people with disabilities across Thailand.

Line to launch 5 decentralized apps to push forward token economy
Line, the Japan-based mobile messenger under South Korean internet giant Naver, has announced plans to launch five new decentralized apps, or DApps, running on its proprietary blockchain network, Link Chain.
— The Nation

NEPC to inject more subsidy to freeze retail diesel price
The National Energy Policy Committee (NEPC) has agreed to inject another subsidy of 70 satang per liter from the Oil Fund to keep the domestic retail price of diesel at 30 baht a liter.

Deputy Governor vows to save cash-strapped BACC
THE Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) will get a new lease of life once it receives the subsidies promised by the city administration.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Whale watching season starts off Phetchaburi coast
The Bryde’s whale has returned to the waters off Phetchaburi and reporters and tourists boarded boats on Monday for the official opening of the official whale-watching season, with about 10 of the huge animals obliging them on the first day.
— The Thaiger (video)

TMI diversifies into renewable energy field
Teera-Mongkol Industry Plc (TMI), an MAI-listed manufacturer of lighting products, is upbeat about the renewable power business as it looks to diversify its business portfolio.
— Bangkok Post

Sixty-one outstanding innovative Thai products receive DEmark award
The Commerce Ministry, through the International Trade Promotion Department (ITPD), continues to push forward its “Creative Economy” policy, offering support and development to designers, and this year using DEmark 2018 as a platform to stimulate and motivate Thai creators to build their capabilities to match international standards.
— The Nation

Financial agencies discuss regional capital market connectivity
Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak has held a meeting to discuss measures to increase the connectivity of capital markets in the region.


New Dept of Land Transport mandate on public vans takes effect
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is monitoring public van activity at Bangkok’s Victory Monument, after its ban on 10-year-old public vans takes effect.

300 join ‘We Love Andaman’ clean-up in Phuket
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport (MoTS) Santi Pawai came to Phuket to preside over the opening ceremony of the event, which was also attended by Director of Phuket Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports Sirawee Waloh, Rawai Mayor Aroon Soros, and representatives from local government agencies, the private and public sectors, the Phuket dive community and volunteers.
— The Phuket News



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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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