Thailand morning news for October 24

Thailand morning news for October 24

Thailand morning newsPM orders supportive measures for Thai rice trade in world market
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered government agencies to find supportive measures for the competitive trading of the Thai rice in the world market.
— News Today (video)

Phuket smartens up to bring tourists back
Reeling from a deadly boat accident this summer, Thailand’s Phuket Island is using “smart” technologies to tackle issues like safety and traffic in an effort to get back on track amid the Southeast Asian tourism boom.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Probe into Thaksin’s alleged influence over Pheu Thai underway
The Election Commission (EC) is investigating what is seen by many as attempts by ousted prime minster Thaksin Shinawatra to exert influence over Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said today.
— Thai PBS World

Investigating panel set up to probe THAI’s Zurich-Bangkok flight delay
A panel of investigators has been set up to look into the delayed departure of a recent Thai Airways International flight from Zurich to Bangkok, within a five-day time-frame.

Beware of marijuana being misused if it’s legalised, says expert
A MEDICAL lecturer has cautioned policymakers against rushing to legalise marijuana, even if it’s just for medical use.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

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Buri Ram police ‘waiting for years’ for housing repair funds
A deputy police chief in this northeastern province says he has been waiting ‘for years’ for the funds to repair the dilapidated living quarters of low-ranking police officers at Nong Song Hong police station in Muang district.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pops)

Thailand aims to tap new export markets
THE COMMERCE Ministry intends to turn a crisis into opportunity by tapping new markets that have emerged as a result of the escalating US-China trade war.
— The Nation

Three people arrested on misleading visa claim on social media
Three people have been arrested for sharing a YouTube video wrongfully accusing Thai authorities of trying to make extra money by asking Chinese tourists to obtain visas on arrival.

Illegal fishing key threat to reefs
THOUGH EXCESSIVE tourism has garnered recent headlines over threats to the health of Thailand’s diverse saltwater seas, illegal fishing presents another big challenge to preserving their rich natural resources.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

AI, big data technology used in pilot project to ease Bangkok’s traffic congestion
Four main roads in Bangkok are included in a five-year pilot project aimed at easing traffic congestion in the capital with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytical technology.
— Thai PBS World

Pheu Thai could be dissolved if Thaksin is found to be interfering, EC warns
PHEU THAI PARTY could be dissolved if it were found to have let former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra interfere with its internal affairs, a senior Election Commission (EC) official warned yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Malaysia PM Mahathir to visit Thailand on Wednesday
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will make a two-day official visit to Thailand starting on Wednesday (Oct 24).
— The Straits Times

The Fiscal Policy Office of the Finance Ministry plans to launch a stimulus package to boost the country’s tourist business in the last quarter of this year to boost the number of tourists following a drop in the number of visitors from China and Russia, the office’s director-general, Lavaron Sangsnit, said recently.
— The Nation

NCPO on guard against smuggling of drugs, weaponry in Deep South
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has assigned security units in the southernmost region of Thailand to beef up measures against drug and arms trafficking along the border.
— News Today (video)

BOT to consider suggestions from developers, banks for home loan policy
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) revealed that real estate developers and commercial banks had submitted ideas to help develop new criteria for home loans.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Introducing Prayut’s “Queen” in cut-throat power play
As former coup leader Gen Sunthorn Kongsompong’s son, new Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong can never say what many people think regarding toppling a government by military force. The real issue, therefore, is what he will actually do in the future, not what he ambiguously said the other day.
— Thai PBS World

Krungsri teams up with MUFG to offer cutting edge cross-border banking services
Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya Pcl.) is banking on the vast network of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to help its customers in Thailand expand regionally and globally.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Prawit: Thai political situation remains normal
A deputy prime minister in charge of national security has assured that Thailand’s political situation remains calm and normal.
— News Today (video)

GSB platform to pool small shop purchasing
State-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) aims to attract 60,000 small shops and One Tambon One Product companies to participate in its sponsored online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce platform to raise their bargaining power in purchasing goods from manufacturers.
— Bangkok Post

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Zoological Park Organization hosting Asia’s first WAZA conference in Bangkok
The Zoological Park Organization is set to host Asia’s first World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) conference, to focus on conservation and research as well as standards for zoos in the interests of animal welfare.
— News Today (video)

Bilateral relations, security and Asean issues to take centrestage in Dr M’s official visit to Bangkok
Bilateral and economic relations, trade, investment, security as well as Asean-related matters are set to be the key highlights of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s two-day official visit to Bangkok, which begins on Wednesday.
— Yahoo News/ New Straits Times

Villagers protest against foul-smelling recycling plant in Rayong
Villagers in Pluank Daeng district, Rayong province, have gathered in front of the district office to protest against a waste recycling plant emitting foul smells and dust.

Prawit calls for Thaksin sway probe
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday urged the Election Commission (EC) to look into whether fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has control over the affairs of the Pheu Thai Party from abroad, which could result in the party’s dissolution for violating the law on political parties.
— Bangkok Post

Fight against gold mine turned Thai village into ‘war zone’
For several hours, villagers cowered in terror, fearing for their lives as the armed men subdued them and tore down the barricades the residents had built on the road to the gold mine nearby. Several trucks then carried out the precious ore.
— Reuters

Morgan Stanley closes Thailand private equity fund at US$440 million
Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s (MSIM) Asian private equity arm has closed its Thailand fund at US$440 million, 46.7% higher than the original target, with the money to be ploughed into companies that have significant business in the “highly attractive” Thai market.
— Asia Asset Management

Bombardier signs 20-year service contract with BTSC
MOBILITY technology leader Bombardier Transportation has announced that Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a contract for 20 years of maintenance services.
— The Nation

City Hall to dismantle more than 1,000 huge roadside billboards
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administraion will this Friday start dismantling 1,170 huge billboards, including LCD screens, after the company granted with the permission to install them has failed to pay their fees.
— Thai PBS World

HSRI grants ฿10mn to CU anti-cancer drug research team
The Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI) joined a fundraising drive to help a team of researchers at Chulalongkorn University (CU) continue their 1.5-billion-baht project to develop a new anti-cancer drug.

TII aims to build regional operations of Thai firms
Thailand Insurance Institute (TII) plans to help pioneer insurance businesses in neighbouring countries to expand future business opportunities for local insurance companies.
— Bangkok Post

Entertainment sector’s role in promoting value of ageing society
Appreciating the ageing society is becoming more important in Thailand. Even TV dramas are telling stories of elders from a different perspective from that of the past, and are now more positive about being an elder. Our correspondent has more details.
— News Today (video)

BIG plans retail LNG entry to supply EEC firms
Bangkok Industrial Gas Co (BIG), Thailand’s largest industrial gas producer, is upbeat about its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business after receiving a licence to be an LNG retailer from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) last week.
— Bangkok Post

BMA to remove unauthorized markets
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is set to take legal action against market owners who fail to renew their operating licenses.

Three palm oil proposals to target slump
The Commerce Ministry is proposing three measures to the cabinet over the next few weeks to tackle the domestic oil palm price slump.
— Bangkok Post

3 Growth Themes That Will Lead the Future of Technology
Citigold is a wealth management service for clients with total deposits or investments of 5 million baht and above with Citibank Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Animal lovers seek action against alleged kitten killer
Animal rights groups and livestock officials on Monday asked Bangkok police for advice on taking legal action against a woman DJ accused of killing an adopted kitten for bitcoins on a fetishist website.
— Bangkok Post

Police bust trafficking of 15 million speed pills in Chiang Mai
Police in Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai province deterred and seized a record haul of 15 million methamphetamine pills.

Government insists on recognition of operation of regional public offices
The government has insisted that it continues to recognize the importance of the operations of regional public offices.
— News Today (video)

Naga Fireball Festival begins on Wednesday in Nong Khai
More than 200,000 people are expected to travel to Nong Khai province to see Naga fireballs this week.

Bangkok is turning into a giant art gallery (video)
Bangkok is renowned for street food and shopping delights as well as notorious nightlife, but the latest effort to woo tourists aims for the cultural high ground by turning the metropolis into an art gallery.
— Bangkok Post

Government to put coconuts on state price control list
The government plans to put coconuts on the state price control list in a move to end the domestic coconut price slump.

Fast and furious in the mud as Thai buffalo racers mark end of monsoon
Scores of Thais took to their water buffaloes for muddy annual races on Tuesday, marking the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the rice harvest in a tradition that dates back more than 140 years.
— Reuters



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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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