Thailand morning news for August 2

Thailand morning news for August 2
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Thailand morning newsThai July headline CPI rises 0.98% y/y, slightly below forecast
Thailand’s annual headline consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.98% in July from a year earlier, slightly lower than a Reuters poll forecast of a 1% increase, and June’s 0.87% rise, commerce ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Reuters

Thailand plans larger budget deficit for fiscal 2020
Thailand is planning for larger budget deficit of 469 billion baht ($15.21 billion) for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1, the head of the budget bureau said on Thursday, as revenue slips and the new government strives to revive a slowing economy.
— Nasdaq

Thailand set to deliver first batch of medical marijuana
Thailand plans to distribute about 10,000 bottles of cannabis oil next week for hospital patients, a government official said on Thursday (Aug 1), the first official use of medical marijuana since a law legalizing it came into effect this year.

Private hospitals miss price reporting deadline, dept says
The Internal Trade Department will summon 48 private hospitals to explain why they failed to provide information about the actual costs of drugs, medical supplies and medical services by the submission deadline of July 31.
— Bangkok Post

CU holds seminar on fishery sector post-IUU Fishing eradication period
Asian Research Center for Migration of Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Asian Studies and the Thai Civil Society’s Coalition for Sustainable and Ethical Seafood have organized a seminar on the direction of the Thai fisheries sector in the era after the eradication of the illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand, Laos launch cross-border freight train
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday launched a freight train across the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge at Thailand’s Nong Khai railway station near the border with Laos.
— Xinhuanet

Department ramps up cloud-seeding to ease drought in the Thailand’s northeast
“…he noted that drought in the middle of a wet season is very unusual.” The Department of Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation is stepping up cloud-seeding efforts to help generate much-needed rain for drought areas in the central-north and north-east regions of the country.
— The Thaiger

Report motorcycles riding on footpaths today for a 1,000 baht reward
Bangkok motorcyclist, riding on footpaths, will be fined 2,000 on-the-spot from today. If someone reports a motorcyclist riding on the footpath they’ll get 1,000 baht fine.
— The Thaiger

Prices rise almost 1% in July
Consumer prices edged up in July, largely driven by fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh food, pork, milled rice and milled glutinous rice.
— Bangkok Post

Wissanu keeps mum on incomplete oath
Wissanu Krea-ngam, the deputy prime minister for legal affairs who always have answers to all legal challenges against the Prayut-led government, has uncharacteristically kept mum about the accusation cabinet ministers took an incomplete oath when they were sworn in on July 16.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand penalizes peasants, not real climate offenders
A recent decision by a Thai appellate court against 14 residents of Ban Sapwai, a village in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, proves again that peasant women are bearing the brunt of false climate-change solutions.
— Asia Times

Thai unis face major challenges
Falling student rolls at a time of globalisation in the workforce will force providers to customise courses and emphasise re-skilling
— Bangkok Post

Infections from parasite and pork tapeworm
The possibility of parasitic infection from Pad Thai as claimed & Pork tapeworm diseases on tongue from fresh vegetable
— NBT World (video)

PM instructs all ministers steer away from corrupt practices
The Prime Minister has instructed all ministers and government officials to perform their duty impartially and to steer clear of corrupt practices.
— NBT World (video)

Transport Ministry to study costs before any transport fare reduction
The Ministry of Transport has assigned the Office of Transport and Traffic and Policy Planning to study the costs of electric train operations before considering a policy to reduce public transport fares.
— NBT World (video)

Bangkok road briefly closed amid bomb fears
Police temporarily closed the inbound section of Rama I Road outside their headquarters on Thursday after a security camera captured a man dropping a suspicious object at the fence.
— Bangkok Post

More firefighters sent to Khuan Khreng swamp fire in Nakhon Si Thammarat
About 200 additional fire-fighters, from the Royal Forest Department and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, have been sent to fight a fire at the Khuan Khreng peat swamp in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— Thai PBS News

Startup of the Month, July: The Philippines’ Edusuite and Thailand’s QueQ
Can’t believe this actually happened. We asked the e27 Community to vote for the Startup of the Month winner on our Telegram Group and Twitter handle, and we came out with two winners!
— e27

Thailand Teeters Between Drought and Floods, Awaiting Tropical Storm Wipha
Locals are simultaneously digging wells due to a longstanding drought and bracing for flash floods that could result from a coming storm.
— Khaosod English

New parliament to open next week for first meeting of the Senate
Parliament President Chuan Leekpai and senior officials of the Office of the House of Representatives yesterday (Wednesday) inspected the new parliament building at Kiakkai intersection.
— Thai PBS News

Beijing vows to ramp up infrastructure, economic cooperation
China is looking forward to enhancing its long-standing relationship with Thailand as well as improve its strategic partnership now Thailand has a new government, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
— Bangkok Post

Queen presides over first function
Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana presided over her first solo function on Thursday when she opened a exhibition marking the National Women’s Day at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province.
— Bangkok Post

Activist Protests New Gov’t ’12 Zodiacs’ Lottery
An activist decried the proposed opening of a new government lottery Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Police arrest 4 in diet pill crackdown
Police have cracked down on the illegal sale of diet pills and arrested four people, one of them connected to a gang involving a doctor, according to deputy national police chief Chalermkiat Srivorakhan.
— Bangkok Post

Immigration in Chiang Mai continue crackdown on TM30 infringements
Thai immigration continue to roll out their nationwide crackdown on people failing to report foreigners staying at private addresses with 24 hours, as per the controversial TM30 form, which also applies to resident expats moving around the country for business or pleasure.
— The Thaiger

Thai, Singapore debenture defaults the tip of the iceberg
A series of debenture defaults in two of Southeast Asia’s largest capital markets has yet to fan fears of a meltdown, but what is unfolding may be just the tip of the iceberg of financial irregularities.
— Bangkok Post

PMC allots B1bn for elderly
Phyathai-Paolo Medical Campus (PMC) plans to spend 1 billion baht in the next three years to build up medical services for elderly patients.
— Bangkok Post

Top diplomats of US, China meet in Bangkok
U.S. secretary of state met with his Chinese counterpart in Thailand on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial meeting on Thursday.
— Anadolu Agency

Economy faces 4 key hurdles this year
The first half of 2019 has already passed and it is a well-known fact that the Thai economy is not in good shape.
— Bangkok Post

P2P power model for rural areas
The Energy Ministry plans to promote a peer-to-peer (P2P) power trading model for private companies to decentralise the country’s power generation system in line with the new version of the power development plan (PDP) for 2018-37.
— Bangkok Post

Education Ministry eyes E-book to replace textbooks in class
The Ministry of Education is planning to replace textbooks with e-books, citing a case of a student developing spinal deformities from carrying a heavy school bag full of textbooks.
— NBT World (video)

China, Thailand pledge to promote ties, boost cooperation
China and Thailand agreed to work together to promote the development of bilateral ties and expand cooperation in various fields during a meeting Thursday between Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
— Xinhuanet

NBTC looks to allay fears over conduit monopoly
The telecom regulator is assuaging concerns about a monopoly firm controlling the 20-billion-baht underground cable conduits project, saying city hall’s business arm Krungthep Thanakom Co (KT) would be responsible for investing in and operating the scheme.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand in talks with India to buy BrahMos supersonic missiles
Thailand is negotiating with India about its purchase of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, according to the Hindu of India.
— Vietnamplus

Public Health Ministry Says Thailand implements international “Clean Food Good Taste” standard
The Public Health Ministry on July 11, 2019 instructed all provincial health offices to strictly enforce the “Clean Food Good Taste” standard after tourists posted complaints on social media about food poisoning.
— NBT World (video)

Cashless movement picks up steam
Online payments are growing exponentially as banks and tech firms enter the segment
— Bangkok Post

BoT asks for fewer high-DSR loans
The Bank of Thailand has requested banks and their subsidiaries reduce the ratio of new consumer loans extended to vulnerable groups with a high debt-service ratio (DSR) by at least 10% per quarter for four quarters, starting from the second quarter.
— Bangkok Post

UAE issues mobile SIM warning for Thailand travelers
The Embassy of UAE in Bangkok tweeted a statement on Thursday, advising Emiratis travelling to Thailand to cancel their local mobile phone SIM card before returning to UAE, adding that someone could misuse the SIM if it wasn’t canceled that could result in fines or other legal issues for them.
— Khaleej Times

Bangladesh, Thailand discuss bilateral issues
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai have discussed bilateral issues in Bangkok on the sidelines of the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum.

Land officials to face lawsuit
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is considering taking legal action against a group of land reform officials for allegedly causing damage to the state over a controversy involving a seminar held for Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MPs.
— Bangkok Post

Thai private sector to host ABIS 2019
The private sector of Thailand will organize the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2019 (ABIS 2019), a platform for ASEAN and non-ASEAN leaders to share their views on the economy amid the global economic volatility and promote the importance of workers’ development.
— NBT World (video)

Chiang Mai rallies behind light rail
Chiang Mai residents rallied behind the province’s first light-rail project at the first public hearing on the project on Wednesday, according to Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas.
— Bangkok Post

EXIM Bank anticipates global trade disruption from Libra digital currency
The Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Bank) has held a seminar on the Libra cryptocurrency announced by Facebook, which has sparked concerns among the U.S. government and the Council of the European Union.
— NBT World (video)

Woman abducted at gunpoint in Central Bang Na car park
A driver working in Bang Na allegedly abducted a woman at gunpoint and forced her to drive to a ‘short time’ hotel.
— The Thaiger

Opposition’s best chance to penetrate Bangkok
The city gubernatorial election was always, in the distant past, romanticized. Chamlong Srimuang with “cheap” campaign posters made of rural household utensils, Bhichit Rattakul with a tree-hugging and overwhelmingly-underdog image.
— Thai PBS News

Woman arrested, large amount of meth, ketamine seized
A young woman has been arrested with more than 2 million speed pills, 83 kilogrammes of crystal meth and 25kg of ketamine, at a house in Bangkok’s Bang Khae district.
— Bangkok Post

Indian man frisked in Soi 6 by group of ladyboys
An Indian businessman has fallen victim to a gang of ladyboys in Soi 6 early this morning (Thursday), losing his 55,000 baht gold necklace in the process.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai’s Wat Suan Dok closed off after tourists take ‘inappropriate’ pics
Tourists are being warned about taking photos at a “Royal Family Burial Site” in Chiang Mai province. Locals say tourist have been taking “inappropriate” photos at the Old Lanna Royal Family Burial Site located in Wat Suan Dok.
— The Thaiger

Dusit Thani runners excel in recent Pattaya Marathon
The Dusit Thani Pattaya team celebrates after finishing the gruelling the Pattaya Marathon recently. The Dusit also support the event by distributing drinking water and light snacks to the thousands of participants of the international event.
— Pattaya Mail

Actor gets 2½ years for electricity theft
An actor has been sentenced to two years and six months in jail for theft after he dodged paying for electricity for his car-wash business.
— 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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