Thailand morning news for September 28

Thailand morning news for September 28
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Thailand morning newsNUS, Mahidol casualties of rising China & Malaysia: 2019 World University Rankings
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings are out for another year and while there’s some minor shuffling in the top 10, lower down the list where most Asean universities sit there’s some considerable disruption taking place.
— AEC News Today

Prayuth Upset by Prediction He’ll Lose Power in Election
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha has lashed out at a senior politician who suggested he will fail to hang onto power after elections promised for February.
— Khaosod English

20-year plan irreversible: PM
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha staunchly defended his 20-year national strategy plan yesterday and warned that people should not allow politicians to scrap it, even as scholars expressed their fears it could be used to sabotage future governments.
— The Nation

Thai–Vietnam trade expected to reach $20 bn by 2020
THE TARGET for bilateral trade between Thailand and Vietnam has been set at US$20 billion by 2020, said Thai-Vietnam Business Council’s president Sanan Angubolkul during an interview with The Nation yesterday.
— The Nation

NLA considering revisions of revenue code
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is considering additions to the Revenue Code and has prepared an announcement on its past four years of work.

Administrative Court rejects tobacco companies’ appeal against graphic health warning
The Central Administrative Court has rejected an appeal of tobacco companies to revoke Public Health Ministry’s graphic health warning covering 85 percent of cigarette packs on ground that the ministry is legally bound to protect the health of the public.
— Thai PBS World

Thai Vietjet to fly to Danang and Taichung
Thai Vietjet, which is based at Suvarnabhumi Airport, continues its international network expansion to Vietnam and Taiwan.
— The Nation

US tells Thailand to allow foreign worker unions
The US is calling on Thailand to alter its labour laws and allow foreign workers to set up labour unions here in order to protect workers’ rights.
— Bangkok Post

Thai ginger farmers hope to achieve exports to China
“As a family-owned company, we grow and sell ginger in Thailand. At this stage, we only sell ginger domestically, but considering the increase in production capacity and the demand in overseas markets, we hope to achieve exports, especially to China.
— Fresh Plaza

Cabinet promotes corn farming after rice season in 33 provinces
The cabinet has approved a Pracharat project promoting corn farming as an alternative occupation for rice farmers in 33 provinces of Thailand.

Bangkok tops GDCI for third straight year
Thailand has continued to see significant growth in the travel sector, making it the only country with three of the top 20 global destination cities, according to the seventh annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI).
— Bangkok Post

FPO spots signs of low-income recovery
Improving farm income and a higher number of motorcycle registrations in August suggest that the economic recovery is spilling over to rural people, says a senior official at the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).
— Bangkok Post

Police investigating misuse of public soil
Investigators have collected soil samples from a designer village in Sukhapiban 5 as part of a probe into whether soil dug up for the construction of a State Railway Authority (SRT) tunnel on Ratchayothin was used by a private entity.

SCB, KTB fined for forced sales
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and Krungthai Bank (KTB) have instructed their staff at branches nationwide to strictly comply with the central bank’s market conduct rules after they were fined more than 6 million baht combined.
— Bangkok Post

Lenzing to focus on Thailand expansion after halting U.S. project
Austrian fibers producer Lenzing (LENV.VI) will focus on setting up a new production facility in Thailand after halting its planned U.S. expansion due in part to rising trade tensions, its chief executive said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Warning issued after 30 tourists stung by jellyfish at Patong Beach
Lifeguards stationed at Patong Beach have today (Sept 27) issued a warning for tourists to be aware of jellyfish at the beach after more than 30 tourists have reported being stung by jellyfish this month.
— The Phuket News

Singapore’s Grab in talks to sell Thai unit stake to Central Group: sources
Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab is in talks to sell “a decent-sized stake” in its Thai business to Thailand’s largest retailer, Central Group, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
— Reuters

No extension for the service of ageing passenger vans after September 30
All ageing passenger vans which are over ten years old will be put out of service starting October 1 after the working committee to regulate the service of the vans has agreed to not extend their service for another year as requested.
— Thai PBS World

Teachers want police to investigate OTEP for possible fraud
A group of 100 teachers has urged the Crime Suppression Division to investigate the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Educational Personnel (OTEP) over possible fraud.

BOT to issue regulations on car-for-cash schemes
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) is preparing to issue regulations governing car-for-cash schemes, with the purpose of protecting borrowers.

Land rental extended for Club Med Phuket
It has been confirmed that Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) council members have agreed to extend the rental agreement on land it rents to Club Med (Holiday Villages Thailand Limited) for a further 15 years and at a cost of B45 million per year.
— The Phuket News

Safe, Legal Abortion Still Out of Reach For Many Thai Women
Though abortion remains nominally illegal, about 200,000 women end their pregnancies each year through safe and unsafe channels, killing dozens and leaving tens of thousands suffering complications.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok’s sinking truth
For the more or less 10 million people living in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, flooding is a common and recurring phenomenon.
— The Asean Post

Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya on Mastercard top 20
Thailand has continued to see significant travel growth as the only country with three in the top 20 global destination cities, according to the seventh Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI), released today.
— The Nation

Cancer patient died after gauze left inside him during operation
The family of a cancer patient, Ad Laiphukeaw, has accused a surgeon at Chum Phae Hospital, Khon Khaen, of causing his death after leaving gauze inside him during an operation.


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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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