Thailand morning news for September 18

Thailand morning news for September 18
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Thailand morning newsWarning of dengue fever in Bangkok
Bangkokians, especially children, have been warned to protect themselves from dengue fever which has since the beginning of this year infected more than 5,800 people in Bangkok with five fatalities so far.
— Thai PBS World

TMB introducing online account opening
From next month, TMB plans to offer electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC), a feature enabling customers to open ME savings accounts on Android smartphones with near-field communication technology and passport documents.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s street vendors decry evictions as authorities clean up
“Quick, move!” Bangkok street vendors call to each other as they rush carts laden with souvenirs and snacks from the city’s bustling Ramkamhaeng road, pushing their wares into an alley before the police spot them.
— Reuters

Thailand’s road to sustainable, legal, and regulated fishing
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya talks about the country’s commitment to making its fishing industry globally competitive and both sustainable and free of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) activity.
— Politico

Probe into misappropriation of funds for disabled sought
A REPRESENTATIVE of people with disabilities yesterday petitioned the Office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe various associations advocating the cause of those with disability amid allegations that they had siphoned off as much as Bt1.5 billion a year from training/seminar expenses and funds for employing the disabled.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

New Bangkok zoning from late 2019
A new Bangkok city plan scheduled to be applied from the end of next year will lead to greater use of land for property development, notably in locations along the new mass transit lines and their extensions, resulting in more affordable residential prices, says a planner.
— Bangkok Post

Rising investor interest in private education sector in Asia-Pacific
The private education market in Asia-Pacific is a rising investment segment, driven by the region’s demand for high-quality international schools with a focus on English curriculums, says a report by property consultancy JLL.
— The Phuket News

Huge drug haul intercepted in Sukhothai province
A huge drug haul of ten million meth pills and 35 kilogrammes of heroin believed bound for a third country was intercepted in the northern province of Sukhothai on Monday.
— Thai PBS World

Loei province readies for raft of infrastructure projects
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pledged Monday to develop the northeastern province of Loei with new projects aimed at enhancing its capacity in a range of areas from tourism to transport connectivity.
— Bangkok Post

DAEX Takes on First Exchange Customer, SEADEX, Following the Platform’s SEC Approval in Thailand
DAEX is pleased to announce that SEADEX, a Thai cryptocurrency exchange, will be the first official exchange customer of the DAEX Wallet.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Bangkok street vendors: from Michelin star to fighting eviction (video)
When Jay Fai, a 70-year-old street food seller in Bangkok known for her crab omelettes, won a Michelin star last year at the launch of the city’s first restaurant guide, few locals were surprised.

Pattaya focuses on marine safety, encroachment
Pattaya has launched another campaign to make the city cleaner and safer by focusing on marine safety and property encroachment.
— Pattaya Mail

TCEB Moves Forward to Implement MICE Venue Standards, Leveraging ASEAN MICE towards International Arena
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB is moving forward to leverage MICE venues to achieve ASEAN venue standards.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Expert warns against omnipotent agency
The cybersecurity bill would threaten citizens’ rights and become a government tool to control social media ahead of the general elections instead of strengthening security capabilities and coping with national cybersecurity threats, says a security expert familiar with the law.
— Bangkok Post

Kanchanaburi to register geographical indication of Thong Pha Phum Rambutan
Kanchanaburi province is seeking the geographical indication (GI) of rambutan from Thong Pha Phum district, to promote and protect the province’s unique fruit.

Laotian murder suspect admits to slashing the throats of three victims and a cat
A Laotian migrant worker has confessed to a gruesome murder of a 67-year old woman and her 12-year-old grand-daughter in Samut Prakarn after he was arrested while waiting for a ferry in Muk Daharn province to across the Mekong River to Laos, police reported on Monday.
— Thai PBS World

Pornpetch suggests Govt maintain order in online election campaigns
National Legislative Assembly (NLA) President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, has suggested the government devise measures to regulate online election campaigns ahead of the general polls.
— Pattaya Mail

Accelerator for innovation proposed
In a bid to pool innovation resources and rely less on fragmented research and innovation budgets, the National Innovation Agency (NIA) plans to propose a National Innovation System (NIS) accelerator platform.
— Bangkok Post

Wat Pho beats Great Wall of China in TripAdvisor’s 2018 ranking
Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram, better known as Wat Pho, in Tha Tian area of Bangkok’s old town, has beaten the Great Wall of China in the 2018 world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisor.
— Thai PBS World

Govt to accelerate megaprojects as PPP
The extension of the Orange Line in Bangkok – Bang Khun Non-Minburi section – worth Bt238 billion is expected to be submitted to the PPP committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak by November this year.
— The Nation

Developer launches new project
Teak Development Co Ltd is introducing Teak Sathorn-Lumpini worth Bt360 million at a starting price of Bt160,000 per square metre, the company’s chief executive officer Sanchai Neunsit said yesterday.
— The Nation

Scan raises capital for Myanmar operation
SET-listed Scan Inter Plc (SCN), a natural gas trader and operator of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, has increased its registered capital by 97.63 million baht via a private placement (PP) to beef up its solar power plant operation in Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Sharing made easy in Line Square
Ariya Banomyong, managing director of Line Thailand said: “Powered by our massive user base of 42 million users in Thailand, Line sees an opportunity to bring people who have the same interests together, building up communities by using our platform as a space where people get together, share ideas and update trends on their favourite topics.
— The Nation

Phuket-bound mules busted with 780kg of kratom
Police and military personnel arrested a man at the Phuket Checkpoint yesterday (Sept 16) as he tried to smuggle onto the island more than half a ton of kratom leaves jammed into a Toyota Fortuner.
— The Phuket News

Asia centre of activity for the construction industry
Khmer Times’ Sok Chan spoke with Isabelle Alfano, construction business unit director at Comexposium, and an organiser of the recently concluded Intermat Asean and Concrete Asia expo held in Bangkok.
— Khmer Times

Muang Yasothon get WWF honour for green initiatives
MUANG YASOTHON was crowned the Thai winner in the 2017 One Planet City Challenge international sustainable city competition.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Ford Focus gets price rise, 3-cylinder engine and more tech
The current Focus is made in Thailand but Ford Australia will source the new model from Germany.
— Sunshine Coast Daily

Akaryn to expand akyra brand beyond Thailand
Thailand-based Akaryn Hotel Group has revealed an ambitious strategy to launch its first akyra hotels beyond homeground, tripling the brand portfolio in South-east Asia from four to twelve by 2022.
— TTG Asia

Elephantiasis case in Tak
Mae Sot General Hospital on Sunday confirmed at least one new case of elephantiasis in the province, six months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) lauded Thailand for eradicating the tropical disease.
— Bangkok Post

Mor Chit redevelopment to resume after 2-decade delay
The Treasury Department will ask the cabinet to approve a 26-billion-baht contract for the redevelopment of the old 63-rai Mor Chit bus terminal compound by Bangkok Terminal Co.
— Bangkok Post

KoneSi rides digital platform to lift Myanmar’s logistics sector
RETAILERS will no longer need to bother about logistics and fleet operators or worry about empty runs in Myanmar thanks to an innovative technical solution launched earlier this year, according to Soe Pyae Aung, co-founder and chief operating officer of KoneSi Freight Co.
— The Nation

ToR for slate of transport projects set for fast track
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said several infrastructure projects, including those related to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Bangkok’s mass transit system and the double-track rail network, are queued for cabinet approval, ToR preparation and auctions.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Malaysia join forces in drug raids
Close cooperation between Thailand and Malaysia authorities was behind the recent success in cracking down on two major drug factories in Penang, Malaysia, whose products were partly destined for the Philippines, indonesia and Australia.
— Bangkok Post

Thai government disputes U.N. claims of threats against human rights activists
The government has disputed a claim by the United Nations that Thailand has implemented a policy to threaten human rights activists.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai police charge founder of new political party over Facebook speech
Thai police on Monday charged the founder and two members of a new political party opposed to military rule with violating a computer crime law, an offence that could result in a five-year jail sentence, a fine of 100,000 baht (US$3,062.79) or both.
— Channel NewsAsia

Thailand extradites 10 Iranian prisoners
A source at Iranian embassy in Thailand said Mon. that the south eastern country handed over 10 sentenced Iranian nationals earlier this week to serve the remainder of their sentences in their home country.

Stamford, partners strategise to unleash Graduate 4.0’s potential
STAMFORD International University, which has shaped the careers of students from more than 100 countries over the past 23 years, took its goals a few steps further by creating an industry engagement platform with its industry partners, aimed at understanding first-hand expectations and challenges faced by top recruiters and industry leaders seeking to build strong talent pipelines.
— The Nation

Cabinet to hear economic development proposals for the Northeast
Public and private agencies in the Northeast of Thailand are preparing to present the region’s economic development proposals to the Cabinet.

223 monkeys caught in Phuket mass-sterilisation Round 2, 162 sterilised so far
The Director of the Khao Phra Thaew Natural and Wildlife Education Centre, Pongchart Chouehorm, has confirmed that a total of 223 monkeys have caught at Toh Sai Hill for sterilisation in ‘Round 2’ of the wild monkey mass-sterilisation with 162 having already been sterilised.
— 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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