Thailand morning news for October 30

Thailand morning news for October 30
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PM mulls canal plan but army brooks no delay
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and Office of the National Security Council (NSC) to look into a proposed canal project connecting the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea.
— Bangkok Post

FPO holds GDP growth at 4.5% on consumption uptick
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is maintaining its forecast for the country’s economic growth at 4.5% as private consumption picks up and investment counters sagging global demand.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government declares a three month “War on Drugs” in Thailand
The government has decided to declare war on narcotic drugs across the country with an expectation of positive result in three months.
— The Pattaya News

Huge meth bust in Chiang Rai
A total of 14.6 million methamphetamine tablets were seized in a crackdown on drug trafficking carried out on a road running along the Mekong River in Wiang Kaen district of Chiang Rai in the early hours of Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s ‘King Power’ duty free empire faces unknown after Vichai’s death
The sudden death of billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha strips his King Power duty-free brand of its streetwise and connected frontman, challenging his heirs to secure the future of a monopoly that has become one of Thailand’s most lucrative businesses.
— Channel NewsAsia

Police general to lead Thailand’s main opposition party
The main political party that will oppose Thailand’s ruling military government in elections planned for early next year has voted in its new leadership.
— Aljazeera

Police back down on ‘Prathet Ku Mee’ threat
Police have backed down on a threat to press charges against the artists behind the Rap Against Dictatorship project over the lyrics to their smash-hit song “Prathet Ku Mee”.
— Bangkok Post

Northern provinces to experience cold weather, temperature dropping 3-5 degrees Celsius
The Meteorological Department said today that another strong cold front from China was about to cover the upper part of Thailand during October 30-November 2 and this would cause the temperature to drop between 3-5 degrees Celsius during the period.
— Thai PBS World

High-wire act for the economy
Although hopes remain high that the much-touted 2019 general election will be a catalyst jump-starting confidence among consumers and investors, the dream is marred by the reality that several economic tailwinds are keeping full-scale celebrations at bay.
— Bangkok Post

Probe urged into 1,800 rai of destroyed watershed forest in Phetchabun
The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) is calling on agencies concerned to look into about 1,800 rai of deforested forest land, in a watershed area of Phetchabun’s Phu Khi Kai mountain.
— Thai PBS World

THAI: Captain, station chief unethical in seating dispute
Thai Airways International (THAI) has found the flight captain and the Zurich station chief acted unethically in causing the delay of a Zurich-Bangkok flight during a pilot-passenger seating dispute.
— Bangkok Post

Health activists demand govt halt all changes to ThaiHealth bill by Nov 18
HEALTH ACTIVISTS are threatening to rally outside Government House if a new bill – seen as a risk to the heart of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) operations – is pushed through.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Plans halted for national holding firm
The government has backed off a plan to set up a national holding company after a public outcry against a draft act on state-owned enterprise governance.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok, You Can Now Send Mail From 7-Eleven
Thailand’s most prolific retailer on Monday launched yet another offering – mail delivery – at thousands of its stores across metro Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

Thammasat confirms Pattaya budget
Thammasat University has finalised the 5-billion-baht budget to develop infrastructure on its Pattaya campus in Chon Buri, supplementing the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme.
— Bangkok Post

Rangsiman Rome Explains Leaving Protest Movement For Politics
One of Thailand’s most prominent pro-democracy activists is putting down his bullhorn and taking up mainstream politics.
— Khaosod English

Legal medical marijuana? (video)
Seminar planned to discuss legal medical marijuana.
— The Phuket News

Thailand’s only ‘Offshore Fishing’ tournament is back
The Phuket Sportsfishing Tournament (PST) is the only ‘Offshore Fishing’ tournament in Thailand, and over the years the organisers have brought fishermen and women from all over the world to Phuket to participate in the event.
— The Phuket News

Grievances being collected ahead of northern region Cabinet retreat
The Cabinet is inviting members of the public to hand in complaints and grievances before its retreat in the northern region.

A comparative look at higher education: National capacity building in Thailand
Quality education is the catalyst to advance Thailand’s 4.0 objectives of social-well-being, environmental protection, economic prosperity, and enhanced human values.
— Bangkok Post

Woman accused of animal-assault offence dodges media after getting bail
The Thonburi Municipal Court on Monday freed on bail a 30-year-old woman who has been accused of an animal-assault offence.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

500 TukTuks expands to food in disruption hunt
Following investing in fintech, logistics and property tech, 500 TukTuks is expanding its portfolio to food tech to capitalise on what is expected to be a US10-billion (331 billion baht) market in Southeast Asia by 2022.
— Bangkok Post

The future of rice production
Rice, one of the world’s most important staple foods, is now facing a challenging time with increasing competition for dwindling resources such as land and water, unpredictable climate, farm labour shortagesand lack of technical expertise.
— Bangkok Post

Making online payments with a wave or just show your face
IN THE NEAR FUTURE, people will be able to make online payments by waving their hand or just showing their face – all thanks to Hitachi’s latest bio-technology innovation.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Tourists flock to Hin Chang Si in Khon Kaen
The Nam Phong National Park is prepared for a spike in tourism at Hin Chang Si or Elephant-Rubbing Rock in Khon Kaen as a result of the late October surge in colder weather.

Former Phra Buddha Isara gets suspended jail term
The Criminal Court on Monday sentenced the former Phra Buddha Isara to a suspended 18-month jail term for illegally detaining plainclothes police during a 2014 anti-government protest.
— Bangkok Post

THAI takes up new revenue strategies
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI), the national carrier, has unveiled marketing plans to enhance business, particularly over the final two months of the year.
— Bangkok Post

PM hosts presentation of land use permits in Chiang Rai
During this week’s Cabinet retreat in four upper northern provinces, the Prime Minister has witnessed the conferral of land-use permits on local residents of Chiang Rai.

Central plans unique department store in Phuket Smart City
The Central Group is investing more than Bt1 billion to develop a new form of department store, Porto de Phuket.
— The Nation

Reinventing learning in your organisation
Learning is central to the human experience and to the very survival of our species.
— 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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